Kerala Police Has A New Recruit: A Robot

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan attended the inaugural ceremony of KP-BOT. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Police has a new recruit that stands apart of its peers; that’s because it’s a robot. Kerala Police Cyberdome, the technological research and development centre of Kerala Police Department, developed the human-like robot ‘KP-BOT’ with Asimov Robotics that was launched in the state on Tuesday. “The Robot can move by itself, and that’s why it is called a humanoid. It has camera which has facial recognition technology,” Kerala’s ADGP Manoj Abraham told NDTV.  Kerala Police said they’d…

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Church Group Accused Of Pressuring Elderly Nun In Kerala Assault Case

Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun on 14 occasions from 2014 to 2016. Thiruvananthapuram:  A 60-year-old nun deposing as a witness in the sexual abuse case filed against former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal allegedly came under tremendous pressure to withdraw her police statement until the court finally came to her aid on Tuesday. According to Save Our Sisters (SOS), an umbrella organisation of several church-based reformation groups, the nun was intimidated by superiors after being transferred to Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh a few months ago. “The nun in…

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Kerala Women Employees Take Part In Festival Outside Secretariat

Attukal Pongala is a 10-day festival celebrated in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram:  As Attukal Pongala celebrations are underway in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, around 3,861 women employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) who were abruptly laid off are participating in the festival hoping for the state government to address their complaints. The women prepared a ritualistic offering for Attukal Devi in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvanathapuram where they have been protesting for nearly a month against their abrupt termination. Speaking to news agency ANI, Sandhya, a woman employee who was…

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Fire At Rubber Factory In Kerala’s Kochi, Residents From Nearby Buildings Evacuated

Kochi fire: Residents from nearby buildings have been evacuated. Kochi:  A massive fire broke out at a footwear godown in Kerala’s Kochi this afternoon. No casualties have been reported. The fire broke out in the five-storey building near the Ernakulam South railway station.  Residents from nearby buildings have been evacuated. There are 10 fire fighting teams at the spot to douse the blaze. Thick, black smoke was seen rising from the top floors of the factory.    Source link

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Newborn Boy Stolen In Telangana, Neighbour Arrested

The woman gave birth to the baby boy at Narapally Primary Health Centre on Tuesday. (Representational) Medchal:  A new born was rescued after he was allegedly kidnapped by his neighbour in Telangana’s Medchal district, the police said. According to the police, a woman gave birth to a baby boy at Narapally Primary Health Centre on Tuesday. However, when she woke up, the baby was missing. The family members of the woman informed the police who launched a search operation. After receiving information, the baby was rescued from a woman named…

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Swine Flu On Rise In Telangana, 496 Positive Cases Reported This Year

496 people tested positive for swine flu o far this year in Telangana. Hyderabad:  Telangana is seeing an alarming rise in the number of swine flu cases, with at least 496 people tested positive for the infectious seasonal influenza so far this year. “In January, we have tested 1657 swine flu samples from across the state in which 307 turned swine flu positive,” Dr K Shankar, Director of Government Institute of Preventive Medicine, told news agency ANI. He added that in February, of the 1,108 swine flu samples tested, 189…

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Kerala CPM Member Arrested Over Murder Of Youth Congress Workers In Kasargod

Kasaragod Murders: Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered arrest of all accused at the earliest. Thiruvananthapuram:  A member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) committee from Kerala has been arrested in connection with the murder of two Youth Congress workers in Kasargod district, the police said. The CPI(M) Peria area committee member Peethambaran was arrested after the murder of Kripesh and Sarath Lal. The two were killed on Sunday. Kerala Chief Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the CPM “didn’t have any reason”…

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Telangana Chief Minister KCR K Chandrasekhar Rao Allocates Portfolios To New Ministers

K Chandrasekhar Rao expanded his two-member Cabinet by inducting 10 ministers (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday allocated ministries to ten new members in the state cabinet. Senior TRS leader Etela Rajender has been given the charge of Medical and Health and Family Welfare ministry and A Indrakaran Reddy was allocated with Endowments, Law, Forest and Environment, Science and Technology ministry. Another second time minister, Talasani Srinivas Yadav was made minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and Cinematography whereas G Jagadish Reddy got Education. First-time…

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Indian Railways Launches Tourism Package Covering Temples In Tamil Nadu

This tour for temples in Tamil Nadu will start on February 28 from Chennai (Representational) New Delhi:  The Railways is offering a tour package covering temples in Tamil Nadu, christening it the “Ram Sethu Express-Tamil Nadu Temple Tour”, an IRCTC statement said Tuesday. Last year, the Railways introduced the Ramayana Express for those wishing to travel to spots associated with Hindu gods in India and Sri Lanka. It had also launched a seven-day tour to religious destinations in Maharashtra and the Samanta Express tourist train to cover places of Buddhist…

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Telangana Congress Leader Revanth Reddy Appears Before Enforcement Directorate ED In Cash For Vote Case

In 2015, Revanth Reddy was caught while allegedly trying to give a bribe to a nominated lawmaker (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Congress working president and former legislator A Revanth Reddy Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the cash-for-vote case. The Congress leader, who was recently served a notice by the ED, appeared before it and was quizzed by the probe agency’s officials for several hours. In 2015, Reddy, then in the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was caught while allegedly trying to give a bribe to a nominated…

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After Thousands Fired, Kerala Woman Attempts Suicide Outside Secretariat

The woman was eventually calmed down by a few men from the fire department and brought down Thiruvananthapuram:  A former woman conductor with Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) climbed a tree outside the state secretariat, in an attempt to commit suicide. Dramatic scenes unfolded outside the secretariat as a team of around eight men tried to get her down. Despite initial requests, the visibly tired woman, 38, did not oblige. She was eventually calmed down by a few men from the fire department and brought down. The woman, Dinia,…

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CPM Leader Arrested In Murder Case Of 2 Kerala Youth Congress Leaders

Thiruvananthapuram:  A leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Kerala has been arrested for the murder of two Youth Congress workers in Kasaragod district, the police said on Tuesday. CPM local committee member A Peetambaran has also been suspended from the party, the CPM said. The police said they are looking for more accused. On Sunday, two Youth Congress workers – Kripesh and Sarath Lal – were hacked to death by a group of men while they were riding a motorcycle in Kerala’s northern-most district, Kasaragod. The Kerala…

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K Chandrashekar Rao Expands Telangana Cabinet After 67 Days, Leaves Out Son, Nephew And Women

Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao ended over two months of speculation and expanded his two-member cabinet today with the induction of ten members, including six new faces. However, two big names of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi were left out. They are KCR’s son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao. KCR did not include any woman in the cabinet after much speculation over this. His first Cabinet also did not have a woman minister.  Former Deputy Speaker and Medak lawmaker Padma Devender Reddy and Azeera Rekha Naik…

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Grieving Tamil Nadu Couple Commit Suicide, Months After Son’s Death: Cops

Police said the couple’s grandson tried to save them but they pushed him away. (Representational) Coimbatore:  Grief-stricken after the death of their only son, an elderly couple in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore allegedly committed suicide by setting themselves on fire today, police said. The man and his wife lived their son and grandson in Tirupur district. Their son died of an illness six months. Police say the loss could have led them to kill themselves. The couple poured kerosene all over themselves and lit the fire. Hearing their screams, their grandson…

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AIADMK, PMK Tie-Up Ahead Of Former’s Alliance With The BJP For Lok Sabha Polls

Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu announced its alliance with PMK ahead of Lok Sabha polls likely in May. The announcement came hours before the scheduled visit of union minister and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal to Chennai. The AIADMK and BJP have formalized the tie-up for the general elections. The PMK would get eight seats; the constituencies would be announced later. In addition, the PMK has also been assured of a Rajya Sabha seat later this year. In return the PMK has committed support to the ruling AIADMK in the…

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Telangana Chief Minister Expands Cabinet, Inducts 10 Ministers

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office. Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today expanded his two-member Cabinet with induction of ten members. Six new faces — S Niranjan Reddy, Koppula Eashwar, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, V Srinivas Goud, Vemula Prashanth Reddy and Ch Malla Reddy — found berth in the Council of Ministers. A Indrakaran Reddy, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, G Jagadish Reddy and Etela Rajender, who were part of the Cabinet in Rao’s previous term, returned as ministers. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL…

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In Andhra Pradesh 2 Class 9 Girls Were Expelled After Being Caught Drunk In Classroom

Andhra Pradesh:  In a shocking incident, two girls were expelled from a government school in Andhra Pradesh for reportedly being drunk in class. The Class 9 students had reportedly carried soft drinks mixed with alcohol in the class room and were sipping from the bottle while the teacher was in the class. The smell of alcohol and also their unusual behaviour with their classmates reportedly gave them away.  Headmaster, Battu Suresh Kumar, said that this is not the first time that girls were caught drunk in school. “The girls said…

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Men Who Damaged 16th Century Hampi World Heritage Ruins Made To Re-Erect Pillars By Court: Report

The Hampi video has led to concern over the safety of the protected sites. Hampi:  Four men who vandalised the ancient ruins of the world-famous monuments in Karnataka’s Hampi were made to re-erect the pillars by a local court, according to reports. The four men were arrested after a video of stone pillars at the UNESCO world heritage site being damaged by some men went  viral on social media earlier this month. The clip shows three men pushing the artistically carved stone pillar to the ground, following which it breaks.…

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Kerala Chief Minister Speeds Up Investigation After 2 Youth Congress Workers Killed

Kasaragod Murders: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered arrest of all accused at the earliest Thiruvananthapuram:  Describing the murder of two Youth Congress workers in Kerala as “extremely unfortunate,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said strict action will be taken against those found guilty. The chief minister said in a statement on Facebook on Monday that Kerala’s Director General of Police or DGP has been instructed to arrest all the accused at the earliest. Two people were taken into custody on Monday in connection with an incident where two Youth…

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Tamil Nadu Government Asked By Madras High Court About Gap In Salaries Of Government, Private Employees

The judges said the work of government employees, including teachers, was as important as their demands Madurai:  The Madras High Court Monday asked the Tamil Nadu government why there was such a big gap in the salaries of employees of the government and private companies. Hearing a petition relating to anomalies in the pay and the recent strike by government employees and teachers, a bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar said as they talk so much about their rights, they should also discharge their duties. “After implementation every…

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Sterlite Plant On Top Court’s Order To Keep It Shut

Will go through Supreme Court order in detail, in consultation with our legal team: Sterlite Plant Chennai/Tuticorin:  Sterlite Copper on Monday said it would go through in detail the Supreme Court order, setting aside the NGT directive to reopen its plant at Tuticorin and consult its legal team before deciding on the future course of action. The Supreme court refused to allow reopening of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant, which was at the centre of massive protests over pollution concerns, but granted it liberty to approach the Madras High Court against the…

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Want To Meet The Pope

Sister Lucy teaches higher secondary students at a government-aided school near in Wayanad Wayanad:  Despite repeated warning letters from her own congregation, Sister Lucy, a 53-year-old nun from Kerala’s Wayanad, remains undeterred. The last warning letter she received from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, which comes under the Catholic Church, was on February 2. “Of course I am being targeted because I supported the nuns protesting against Bishop Franco Mullackal, after their colleague – a nun – raised allegations of sexual abuse against him. I have been a nun with them…

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Top Court Stays Trial Court Proceedings Against TTV Dhinakaran

TTV Dhinakaran allegedly acquired $1,04,93,313 in foreign exchange without obtaining RBI permission New Delhi:  The Supreme Court Monday stayed the proceedings of a Chennai court relating to the 1996 Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) case lodged against AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to TTV Dhinakaran and sought his reply on the petition filed by ED challenging the Madras High Court order of June 25, 2018. The bench, also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna, was not in agreement with the Enforcement Directorate…

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Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu, closed after protests last year over alleged pollution, will stay shut, says Supreme Court

The Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu was ordered to be shut by the Tamil Nadu government. New Delhi:  The controversial Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu, closed after protests last year over alleged pollution, will stay shut, the Supreme Court said today. The Tamil Nadu government had approached the top court against the National Green Tribunal’s order allowing the Sterlite plant to reopen, in a case that is seen as politically sensitive. The court was hearing a plea by Vedanta group seeking a direction to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control…

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HD Kumaraswamy Rejects BJP’s Fake Tape Charge: Mimicry Not Easy

Bengaluru/New Delhi:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday rejected allegations that a controversial tape supposedly containing a conversation between BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa and the son of a Janata Dal (Secular) legislator is fake. Mimicry, he said, is not an easy thing to do. The conversation in the tape has a voice allegedly belonging to Mr Yeddyurappa telling Sharan – the son of JD(S) legislator Naganagouda – that they would be given a large sum of money for helping bring down the coalition government in Karnataka by crossing over…

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Jagan Mohan Reddy Promises 15,000 Crore For Backward Classes If Voted To Power

Jagan Reddy was unveiling a ”Backward Class” declaration at a rally in Eluru in West Godavari district Eluru, West Godavari:  Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday described the ”Backward Class” as ”Backbone Class” and promised them several welfare measures including an annual budgetary provision of Rs 15,000 crore, if his party was voted to power in Andhra Pradesh in the coming assembly elections. Unveiling a ”Backward Class” declaration at a rally in Eluru in West Godavari district, Mr Reddy’s promises to the…

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2 Youth Congress Workers Hacked To Death In Kerala’s Kasaragod

The two Congress workers were returning home after attending an event in Kasaragod Thiruvananthapuram:  Two youth Congress workers were hacked to death in Kerala’s Kasaragod district on Sunday, the police said. Congress workers Kripesh and Sarath Lal were attacked while they were on a motorcycle. A group of people who came in an SUV stopped them on the road and hacked them to death, the police said. The two Congress workers were returning home after attending an event nearby, news agency PTI reported. The Congress alleged that CPM activists were…

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Superstar Rajinikanth Says He Will Not Contest In General Election

Rajinikanth had announced his political entry on December 31 in 2017. (File) New Delhi:  Ending months of speculation, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday declared he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections nor support anyone. In a statement, he strictly said, “I am not supporting anyone. No party should use my picture or outfit’s logo” for any propaganda. “My party has no support in the upcoming parliamentary election to any parties. So no one should use my photo or flags in the name of Rajini Makkal Mandram and Rajini Fan Club…

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2-Year-Old Son, Pregnant Wife Bids CRPF Jawan From Tamil Nadu, Sivachandran Farewell

Pulwama terror attack: C Sivachandran’s 2-year-old son and mother bids him farewell Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu:  Two-year-old Sivamuniyan, son of C Sivachandran, the soldier who was killed in Pulwama terror attack on Thursday, looked puzzled as hundreds including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, paid their tribute before bidding his father final farewell. Sivamuniyan can hardly understand why he saluted and kissed the coffin draped in tricolour. His mother, Gandhimathi, pregnant with her second baby, held Sivamuniyan close to her chest. C Sivachandran, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was cremated in…

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Telangana CMR Mall Sees Stampede-Like Situation Over Sarees For Rs 10

Several people were injured in the stampede-like situation at CMR Mall in Siddipet Hyderabad:  A stampede-like situation arose at a shopping mall in Siddipet of Hyderabad city after women thronged in large numbers to buy sarees priced at Rs 10 each. Women and girls rushed to avail the Rs 10 sarees, being offered by the CMR shopping mall and as word spread, the number of customers began to swell creating a stampede, police said. Several people were injured in the incident. A woman also reportedly alleged that she lost her…

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Using Face Recognition, Telangana Police Find Girl Missing Since 2 Years

The 7-year-old was reunited with her family, two years after she went missing. (Representational) Hyderabad:  With their face-recognition tool ‘Darpan’, Telangana police have managed to reunite a 7-year-old girl with her parents, two years after she went missing. The child had gone missing from Hyderabad and was found in Madhya Pradesh. Police did a batch processing and matched photos of missing people in Telangana with those found across the country. After getting the match, CID traced her to an NGO in Madhya Pradesh. The girl’s family went along with the…

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Using Face Recognition, Telangana Police Find Girl Missing Since 2 Years

The 7-year-old was reunited with her family, two years after she went missing. (Representational) Hyderabad:  With their face-recognition tool ‘Darpan’, Telangana police have managed to reunite a 7-year-old girl with her parents, two years after she went missing. The child had gone missing from Hyderabad and was found in Madhya Pradesh. Police did a batch processing and matched photos of missing people in Telangana with those found across the country. After getting the match, CID traced her to an NGO in Madhya Pradesh. The girl’s family went along with the…

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Andhra Chief Minister Announces Rs 5 Lakh For Families Of Soldiers Killed In Pulwama Attack

Central, state governments must implement strong strategies against terror: Chandrababu Naidu Amaravati:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday announced Rs 5 lakh to the families of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers. Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday when their convoy was targeted by a suspected suicide bomber in Pulwama on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Mr Naidu, while addressing the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) meeting, said, “The terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir is very painful. It is very sad that 40…

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Kerala Priest To Spend 20 Years In Jail For Raping, Impregnating Minor

Catholic priest Robin Vadakkumchery was suspended temporarily, but not de-frocked. Kannaur:  A catholic priest Robin Vadakkumchery from Kerala’s Kannur has been found guilty of raping and impregnating a minor girl. He will be spending 20 years in jail. The priest, 51, has been sentenced to 60 years in jail in three different cases of rape and abuse of minor girls, but will be in jail for 20 years as the charges are concurrent, explains public prosecutor  Beena. “Even though he will be spending 20 years in jail, it is important…

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Kerala Nun Who Protested Against Rape Accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal Gets Warning Letter

Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested last year following rape allegations by a nun. Thiruvananthapuram:  One of the nuns who had participated in the protest against rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal has received a second warning letter threatening her with expulsion from congregation unless she changes her mind. Franciscan Clarist Congregation Superior General has issued this second warning letter to the nun. The letter states ”..invite you to change your mind and attitude sincerely…If you don”t respond positively I will be constrained to proceed with your dismissal from Congregation.” In January…

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2 US Executives Charged For Alleged $2 Million Bribe To Tamil Officials

New York:  Two former high-ranking executives of the technology company Cognizant have been charged by US prosecutors in alleged $2 million bribery of Tamil Nadu government officials to get building permits for its campus in Chennai. Separately, the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC), which oversees publicly traded companies, fined Cognizant a total of $25 million for the alleged bribery. The criminal charges were filed on Friday against Cognizant’s former President Gordon Coburn, 55, and former Chief Legal Officer Steven Schwartz, 51, in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey, relating…

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Karnataka Businessman Jailed For Rs 7.35 Crore Tax Default

Bengaluru:  The Income-Tax department arrested and jailed a Karnataka businessman for defaulting on paying Rs 7.35 crore as income tax arrears and interest despite reminders, an official said today. “The defaulter was arrested and produced before the Tax Recovery Officer here on Friday, and sent to the city central jail for six months for failing to pay his tax arrears,” said the department in a statement in Bengaluru. The official, however, did not name the defaulter and the nature of his business, except that he is from Tumakuru, 70 km…

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Kumbakonam Case Filed 40 Years After Ancient Idol Stolen From Tamil Nadu Temple

Though a complaint was lodged, no case was registered for the past 47 years (Representational) Kumbakonam:  Four decades after an ancient Nataraja idol was stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu, the state idol wing police have registered a case. The idol worth Rs 50 crore then was stolen in 1972 from a Shiva temple in Thandanthottam village, police said. Earlier in 1971, five idols worth Rs 60 crore then were stolen from the same temple, they said. After the second incident of theft, the other idols in the temple…

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2 Karnataka Congress Leaders, Facing Disqualification, Meet Siddaramaiah

Siddaramaiah on Thursday said petition seeking disqualification of four MLAs pending with speaker Bengaluru:  Two out of four Congress legislators, against whom a disqualification petition is pending with the Karnataka assembly speaker, on Friday met with party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah and reportedly pledged loyalty to the party. “MLA Nagendra and Ramesh Jarkiholi met Siddaramaiah along with minister Zameer Ahmed Khan (sic),” the Karnataka Congress tweeted. Though the discussions at the meeting was not known, party sources said the legislators pledged their loyalty to the party and requested…

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Kerala CPM To Take Action Against S Rajendran Lawmaker For No Brains Remark

Devikulam legislator S Rajendran had made the controversial remarks on February 8 (File Photo) Thiruvananthapuram:  The ruling CPI (M) Thursday said it would initiate disciplinary action against party lawmaker S Rajendran for his controversial remarks against the Devikulam sub-collector, after the young woman IAS officer tried to stop the unauthorised construction of a shopping complex in Munnar. Party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the lawmaker’s action was “immature” and action would be taken against him after examining the issue. “Rajendran’s action was immature. The party will take disciplinary action against…

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Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Sleeps On Road Outside Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s Home

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy is on a protest outside Kiran Bedi’s residence. Puducherry:  Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy pulled off an all-nighter and slept on the road outside Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s residence in the latest case of power struggle between the Union Territory’s Congress government and the former IPS officer. What triggered the protest was Ms Bedi’s idea of making wearing helmets compulsory for motorists with immediate effect. Mr Narayanaswamy, however, was against it and wants the rule to be implemented it a phased manner. Mr Narayanasamy, who…

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1.4 Crore Women In Andhra Pradesh To Get Free Smartphones

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card. Amaravati:  The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform. The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups. The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls,…

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Ramesh Kumar, Karnataka Assembly Speaker, Withdraws Rape Survivor Remarks

Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s remarks had evoked laughter from the members (File Photo) Bengaluru:  Facing disapproval from women lawmakers for comparing himself to a rape survivor, Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar Wednesday expunged his own remarks made in the House and sought pardon from them. With his analogy Tuesday drawing criticism as being gender insensitive, the Speaker blamed the media for ”hyping” the issue “by adding masala” to his remarks. After the women lawmakers, including Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha Kumaraswamy, met him in his chamber and conveyed…

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Will Go Alone In Lok Sabha Polls If Congress, Others Do So: AIADMK

Chennai:  Taunted by the Congress to face the coming Lok Sabha polls alone, the ruling AIADMK on Wednesday hit back, saying it was strong enough and prepared for fighting the elections on its own provided other parties in Tamil Nadu also go without allies. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam made the remarks in the assembly after the Congress asked the ruling party to assess its strength in the post-Jayalalithaa era. During the debate on the budget, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader KR Ramasamy said the AIADMK should prove its strength…

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Mobile Phones Worth Rs 4 Crore Stolen From Container In Andhra Pradesh

Police said the gang of robbers intercepted the truck carrying the container and then drove away with it Amravati:  A gang of suspected interstate robbers has stolen a container load of cellular phones, estimated to be worth Rs 4 crore, in SPS Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, police said Wednesday. The gang, comprising more than three members, waylaid the container-laden truck on the National Highway-16 near Dagadarthi in Nellore last night and forcibly drove it away by kidnapping the driver, they said. The container was filled with a consignment of…

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Opposition Slams Telangana Government For Not Having Full-Fledged Cabinet

Hyderabad:  Two months after Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao assumed office, Telangana is yet to have a full-fledged cabinet, with the opposition lashing out at the government over the “delay”. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) said a government appointed committee tasked to look into ways to streamline the entire administration by bringing together connected departments under one minister has completed its exercise. “That exercise took a lot of time. Very shortly, the cabinet will be formed based on the exercise,” TRS spokesperson Abid Rasool Khan said on Wednesday. Mr…

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After Weeks Of Suspense, 4 Missing Karnataka Congress Lawmakers Surface

HD Kumaraswamy has been tight-lipped about ordering a probe into the audio clip case. Bengaluru:  Four Congress lawmakers who had gone missing for several weeks amid the political turmoil in Karnataka surfaced here this morning, two days after the party recommended their disqualification to the state assembly speaker. The legislators – Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, B Nagendra and Mahesh Kumtahalli – had kept the party on tenterhooks for several weeks, skipping the ongoing assembly budget sessions since February 6 and insistently defying its whip to attend Congress Legislative Party (CLP)…

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Battling Kiran Bedi Over Helmets, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Protests, Sits On Road Outside Raj Nivas

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy protested outside Kiran Bedi’s residence. Puducherry:  Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his ministers are sitting in protest on the road outside Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s residence, in the latest round of stand-off between the Congress government and the former IPS officer. V Narayanasamy led the sit-in against the rule making wearing helmets compulsory for motorists. While Kiran Bedi wants immediate implementation of the rule, Mr Narayanasamy wants it to be done in a phased manner. He also wants a recall of Kiran Bedi as…

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AIADMK’s ‘Change Of Heart’ On BJP Before Election

AIADMK is seen to be weakened and riven by feuding after the death of its chief J Jayalalithaa. (FILE) Chennai/New Delhi:  The BJP’s tie-up with the AIADMK is “nearly done”, say sources, signaling a big about-turn by Tamil Nadu’s ruling party, which had just weeks ago talked about its cadre being strongly against such an alliance. BJP president Amit Shah will seal the alliance soon, say sources, adding that the deal may be done by the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Kanyakumari to address a rally on February…

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Tamil Nadu Will Try To Ban TikTok App Over “Vulgar” Content: Minister

Designed as an app to share videos, TikTok has seen a huge surge in popularity in India. Chennai:  The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday told members of the assembly that it would take steps to ban the video-sharing app TikTok, stating that it is being used to “degrade” Tamil culture and trigger law and order problems. Information Technology Minister M Manikandan was replying to a question by AIADMK MLA Thamimun Ansari in the Tamil Nadu assembly, who alleged that the social media app was”misleading children” and youth with “vulgar content”,…

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