Jagan Reddy Declares Assets Worth Rs 375 Crore, But Doesn’t Own A Vehicle

Jaganmohan Reddy filed his nomination for Pulivendula Assembly seat in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Amaravati:  YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy owns assets of more than Rs 375 crore but does not own a vehicle. He declared his assets on Friday while filing nomination for Pulivendula Assembly constituency in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. His movable assets were over Rs 339 crore while immovable assets were worth more than Rs 35 crore. In 2014, while filing nomination from the same constituency, Mr Reddy had declared total assets of Rs…

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Kerala Top Cop Who Was Once Suspended, Quits To Contest Lok Sabha Polls

Jacob Thomas was suspended in 2017 on charges of violating the All India Service Rules. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala’s Director General of Police Jacob Thomas, currently in suspension since December 2017, has put in his papers so as to contest the Lok Sabha elections. Jacob Thomas had another 18 months to go for retirement. The resignation has been forwarded to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office and to the Centre. According to Sabu M Jacob, Managing Director of Anna-Kitex group of companies, based near Thiruvananthapuram, who spearheads the Twenty20 Kizhakkambalam, a corporate social…

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Leaders Queue Up To File Poll Papers On Day Considered Auspicious

Andhra Pradesh elections 2019: Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is seeking re-election. Hyderabad:  On the day after the festival of Holi, considered auspicious according to Hindu customs, a number of politicians in Andhra Pradesh made a beeline to file their nomination papers for the upcoming state elections. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was campaigning in Visakhapatnam but party leaders filed the nomination papers with the returning officer on his behalf for the Kuppam assembly seat. This is the seventh consecutive time that Mr Naidu is seeking re-election from Kuppam, a constituency…

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Superstar Mammootty, Starring As YSR In Yatra, Is Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Political Wingman

“Yatra” traces the political journey of YSR in 2003-2004, when he went on his famous “padyatra” Hyderabad:  Elections are the time for free-flowing freebies from parties and candidates, from rice to household appliances to liquor or even cash. In Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress is offering voters an experience. More specifically, snacks and a movie. The movie is a biopic of Jagan Reddy’s father and former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy aka “YSR”. One is taken to the theatre in an autorickshaw or a special bus, treated to a…

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TRS, BJP Drop Key Contenders, Congress Fields Top Leaders In Telangana

The TRS, led by K Chandrasekhar Rao, dropped sitting legislator, AP Jithender Reddy. (File) Hyderabad:  The Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have ignored key contenders, but the Congress party has fielded senior leaders ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Telangana. The TRS, led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, dropped sitting member of parliament AP Jithender Reddy, who was the party’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha, in Mahbubnagar seat. The BJP denied ticket to its sitting MP and former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya…

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Karnataka Man Pulled Out After 62 Hours Under Rubble. See Miracle Rescue

Dharwad building collapse: Soma was pulled out of the debris of the collapsed building. Dharwad:  A man who was trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building in Karnataka for over 62 hours was brought out safely by rescue teams this morning. The number of people who died after the four-storey building collapsed in Karnataka’s Dharward earlier this week has gone up to 15.  Four to six people are still trapped in the debris as rescue teams are continuing the operation for the fourth day. As many as 55 people…

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Karnataka Congress’ Ramesh Kumar Says, I Don’t Sleep With Men, In Response To KH Muniyappa’s Remark

Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar: “I don’t sleep with men. I have a legal wife.” Bengaluru:  A bizarre exchange between two top Congress leaders in Karnataka has once again exposed festering infighting within the party, which has been ruling the state in an alliance since May last year. The two leaders, Ramesh Kumar and KH Muniyappa, have been squabbling over a constituency ahead of next month’s national election. On February, Mr Muniyappa, while denying any tussle with his colleague, had remarked to reporters: “Ramesh Kumar and I are like husband and…

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Telangana Girl, 6, Who Went Out To Play Holi Found Dead With Throat Slit; Gang-Rape Suspected

The incident took place in Medchal, around 31 km from Hyderabad. (Representational) Hyderabad:  A six-year-old girl who went out to celebrate Holi on Thursday was found dead near a railway track in Telangana, with her throat slit. The child is suspected to have been gang-raped allegedly by six labourers in the neighborhood.The incident took place in Medchal, around 31 km from Hyderabad. The girl reportedly went missing on Thursday afternoon, after she stepped out of her home.  More details are awaited.   Get the latest election news, live updates and…

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Congress Announces Candidates For National, State Seats In Andhra Pradesh

This is the first election that will take place after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh(Representational) Amaravati:  The Congress party on Thursday released the list of candidates for three Lok Sabha seats and 45 Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh. Out of 25 Lok Sabha seats at stake in Andhra Pradesh, the party had earlier announced candidates for 22 seats. In the remaining three seats, the party is fielding Ramana Kumari Pedada from Visakhapatnam, N Narasimha Rao from Vijayawada and J Lakshmi Narasimha Yadav from Nandyal Lok Sabha constituencies. Polling in the…

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Poll Body On Plea Over Tamil Nadu Polls Dates

The occurrence of a religious festival or season is common in the country, the poll body said. Chennai:  The Election Commission is the sole authority to decide election dates and courts have no jurisdiction to interfere with it, the poll body submitted in the Madras High Court on Thursday.  State Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo stated this in a counter affidavit filed before a bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad on petitions seeking rescheduling of April 18 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu citing religious festivals and events.…

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Men Who Raped, Killed 10-Year-Old Girl In Tamil Nadu’s Salem Get Double Life Term

The 5 men had hung the girls’ body to a tree after they had kidnapped, raped her. (Representational) Salem, Tamil Nadu:  Five people were sentenced to double life imprisonment by a court in Salem on Thursday for alleged gang-rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in the district in 2014. Mahila Court Sessions judge R Vijaya Kumari held the five guilty of the offences and also awarded varying terms of imprisonments on different counts, including kidnap and torture, besides the life term. The judge said the sentences would run concurrently. …

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TTV Dhinakaran Dismisses AIADMK Alliance Talks, Says No Need For That

TTV Dhinakaran responded to claims made by Madurai Aadheenam (Mutt) head. Chennai:  AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday categorically refuted Madurai Aadheenam (Mutt) head Arunagiri Nathar’s statement that talks being held for its merger with the ruling AIADMK. In a tweet, TTV Dhinakaran, who was sidelined and subsequently expelled from the AIADMK, termed Mr Nathar’s statement about the merger talks as baseless. “There is no truth in that. There is no need for that,” he said. Mr Nathar had told reporters that reconciliation between AIAMDK and Dhinakaran is going on.…

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Chandrababu Naidu Says Jaganmohan Reddy Got His Uncle Murdered: Report

Chandrababu Naidu said there would be a breakdown in law-and-order situation if Jaganmohan wins. Hyderabad:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has accused YSR Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy of orchestrating the murder of his uncle — YS Vivekananda Reddy — for political reasons, news agency ANI reported today. “If Jagan wins, there will be no security in the state. They killed their own uncle and are now doing drama,” the news agency quoted Mr Naidu as saying in Vizianagaram. YS Vivekananda Reddy, the younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh…

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9 Sentenced To Life In Deadly Attack On Tamil Nadu Newspaper

Dinakaran Attack Case: The Madras High Court found nine people guilty and sentenced them today. Chennai:  Nine men found guilty in an attack on the offices of the Dinakaran newspaper in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai in 2007, killing three people, were sentenced to life by the Madras High Court on Thursday. Among those sentenced was VP Pandi, also known as “Attack Pandi”, a supporter of the then DMK leader MK Alagiri. The court has also directed the state government to pay Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three…

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Locals Blame The Police For Slow Progress In Probe

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu:  Special investigators probing the Pollachi sex abuse case said that many women, who had been targeted, called the police helpline alleging sexual harassment, blackmail and extortion by the accused in jail now but none of them are ready to file a written complaint. Only one survivor, a college student, has filed a complaint. Around 60 women, mostly students, were sexually abused over seven years the police had said earlier. Locals are blaming the police and the Tamil Nadu government, alleging that the lapses in the case have…

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Kerala Woman Abandons Baby, Alleges Rape In CPM Office. Palakkad Cops Say Not True

The woman claimed that she was raped inside the CPI(M) office in Palakkad last year. Thiruvananthapuram:  A young woman in Kerala was named in a police complaint for allegedly abandoning her newborn baby on a roadside last week. But during investigation, the 21-year-old alleged that she was raped inside a local office of the ruling CPI(M) in Palakkad district. The woman. who first told this to the hospital authorities and then to the police, said she was raped by a student activist in June last year in Cherpulassery in rural…

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AIADMK MLA R Kanagaraj Dies Of Cardiac Arrest While Reading Newspaper

AIADMK lawmaker R Kanagaraj represented Sulur constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore. Chennai:  An AIADMK lawmaker died this morning reportedly due to a cardiac arrest. R Kanagaraj, who represented Sulur constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, had a cardiac arrest while he was reading the newspaper. He was 67. Chief Minister E Palaniswami and several other ministers are expected to go to Coimbatore to pay their last respects. He was an agriculturalist by profession. With Mr Kanagaraj’s death, the AIADMK’s strength in the Tamil Nadu assembly has come down to 113, five…

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Kamal Haasan Says His Party Won’t Be Sold, Won’t Indulge In Horse-Trading

Tamil Nadu will go to polls on April 18, and counting of votes will be done on May 23. Chennai:  Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said the leaders of his political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), will not indulge in horse-trading in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “The needle in the balance will be Makkal Needhi Maiam. We will not be sold, we won’t indulge in horse-trading. So, it will be a difficult negotiation for them. It will be an actual negotiation, not done with money,” Mr Haasan told news agency…

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BJP Finalises Seat-Sharing Pact, Will Fight Polls From 14 Seats In Kerala

Kerala has 20 Lok Sabha seats and the state will vote on April 23 (Representational) New Delhi:  The BJP Wednesday finalised its seat-sharing deal with the BDJS and Kerala Congress in the southern state for the Lok Sabha polls, party leaders said. The BJP will field candidates in 14 seats in Kerala, while the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) will contest in five seats and PC Thomas-led Kerala Congress will fight in one, said Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP. Announcing the seat sharing pact, Mr Rao said…

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In Telephone Exchange Case, Setback For Dayanidhi Maran, Brother

Former Union Minster Dayanidhi Maran is an accused in the “illegal” telephone exchange case. Chennai:  The Madras High Court on Wednesday refused to revoke charges framed against former Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran in the “illegal” telephone exchange case, rebuking them for approaching the court for the third time at this stage. Directing the CBI court to complete the proceedings within four months, Justice N Anand Venkatesh said if the petitioners adopt any dilatory tactics, it was open to the trial court…

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MK Stalin Launches Poll Campaign From Father M Karunanidhi’s Birthplace

DMK President MK Stalin launches his election campaign from Tiruvarur. (PTI) Tiruvarur:  A day after releasing his party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, DMK President MK Stalin on Wednesday launched his campaign from father M Karunanidhi’s birthplace Tiruvarur. Addressing a rally, the DMK leader said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure will end on June 3 – which also happens to be M Karunanidhi’s birth anniversary. Invoking his father’s legacy, the DMK leader assured voters that promises made to them before the elections will be fulfilled. “Thalaivar Kalaignar implemented…

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Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam Releases First List For Polls, But He’s Not On It

Kamal Haasan said, “I wish to contest but my party cadre will have to decide”. (PTI) Chennai:  Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam has released its first list of 21 candidates in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for Lok Sabha elections. The list, however, does not include Kamal Haasan. The second list for the remaining 19 seats would be released in Coimbatore on Sunday. On whether he would contest, Kamal Hassan said, “I wish to contest but my party cadre will have to decide.” He added, “The announcement on March 24…

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Thiruvalla, Kerala: Girl, 18, Dies After Stalker Sets Her On Fire: Kerala Police

According to eyewitnesses, the accused, Ajin Reji, set the girl on fire (Representational) New Delhi:  An 18-year-old girl, who was set on fire by a stalker in broad daylight on March 12, died due to injuries in Kerala’s Thiruvalla on Wednesday. The victim, who sustained 60 per cent burn injuries, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Ernakulam. According to eyewitnesses, the accused, Ajin Reji, set the girl on fire in Thiruvalla after pouring petrol over her. An onlooker caught the accused as he tried to run from the…

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Now, Shashi Tharoor Complains Against BJP And Right Wing Organisation

Shashi Tharoor filed the complaint after fliers were distributed accusing Congress and communist parties Thiruvananthapuram:  Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor has filed a complaint against the BJP and a right wing organization Sabarimala Karma Samithi with the Kerala Chief Electoral Officer against the alleged “malicious attempt” to appeal to religious sentiments of voters. The complaint has been filed by the sitting parliamentarian and Congress candidate after fliers were distributed in his constituency accusing Congress and communist parties of harming the interests of the devotees of Sabarimala temple.  “The fliers directly appeal…

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Number Of Deaths In Karnataka’s Dharwad Building Collapse Now 7; 15 Still Trapped

A thick blanket of dust and debris engulfed the area after the building collapse. BENGALURU:  The number of deaths in the under-construction building collapse in Karnataka’s Dharwad has risen to seven, Director General of Fire and Emergency Services MN Reddy told NDTV. Fifteen people are also still feared trapped under the debris. The building crumbled in Dharwad’s Kumareshwar Nagar, about 400 kilometres north of Bengaluru on Tuesday evening.  Around 55 people have been rescued from under the rubble. A case has been registered and no arrests have been made so…

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Baby’s Body Splits In 2 During Delivery In Tamil Nadu

The baby’s torso was stuck inside the mother’s body. (Representational) Chennai:  The body of a baby split in two during delivery at a primary health centre in a village in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepurm district, officials said today. Public health officials said the baby had died inside the mother’s womb. During the delivery, the child’s body split into two. The baby’s torso was stuck inside the mother’s body. The woman was then shifted to another hospital. Her condition is said to be stable. While the woman’s relatives alleged medical negligence, the…

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Sumalatha Ambareesh Files Nomination As An Independent From Mandya, Karnataka

Sumalatha says she will not focus on what the JDS is doing to defeat her. Bengaluru:  Sumalatha Ambareesh filed her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha seat of Mandya in Karnataka today. Sumalatha, the wife of late superstar Ambareesh is contesting as an Independent, even though her husband was a Congressman. The Congress has given the ticket for Manya to its coalition partner, the Janata Dal Secular, which is fielding Nikhil Gowda, the actor son of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. And Sumalatha, despite meeting BJP leader SM Krishna, decided to…

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No Need To Panic, Says Kerala Minister After West Nile Fever Death

West Nile Fever is a mosquito borne zoonotic disease caused by a flavivirus -West Nile Virus Malappuram:  In Kerala, after a six-year-old from Malappuram died of West Nile fever on Monday, rampant vector control measures have been undertaken in the city. The child, according to health officials, got this rare viral disease through mosquito bites but people have also been asked to keep a watch out for places where birds are in high density, since they are an intermediary too. This disease does not spread from human to human contact,…

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Over Pollachi Case, Reply Sought By Madras High Court From Tamil Nadu, CBI

Pollachi Sex Abuse Case: The petitioner wanted the court to monitor the probe by the CBI (File Photo) Chennai:  The Madras High Court Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government and the CBI to file their replies on a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into the Pollachi sexual harassment case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani and Justice M Duraiswamy gave the direction when the petition by an advocate came up for hearing. It then posted the petition to April 10 for further hearing. Petitioner P Pugalenthi referred to…

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3 Dead, 56 Rescued; Rescue Operations Underway

Fifty six people have been rescued from the debris so far. Bengaluru:  One more dead body was pulled out today from the debris of the building that collapsed at Dharwad in north Karnataka on Tuesday, raising the total number of dead to three. Fifty six people have been rescued from the debris in the rescue operations that have been taking place since last night. At least 30 more people are believed to be still trapped beneath the debris, news agency PTI reported, quoting the police. National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF)…

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Telangana Leader Nama Nageswara Rao Quits Telugu Desam Party

Nageswara Rao was a member of the TDP’s politburo, the highest decision-making body of the party. Hyderabad:  In a major blow to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Telangana, its senior leader and former MP Nama Nageswara Rao resigned from the party on Tuesday. Nageswara Rao, a member of the TDP’s politburo, the highest decision-making body of the party, was apparently unhappy with the party leadership for some time. In the recent Assembly elections, he had contested from Khammam constituency as the candidate of the Congress-led People’s Alliance but was…

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4 Men In Kerala Beat Up Man, Kidnap 14-Year-Old Daughter In Ochira: Police

Police said a man, close to the girl, and three others forcibly took her after beating up her father. Kollam:  Four men allegedly kidnapped a 14-year-old girl after beating up her father in Kerala’s Ochira, police said. They added that the father hails from Rajasthan and is involved in the pottery business. Speaking to news agency IANS, a police official said, “We have registered a case against four accused for kidnapping the 14-year-old Rajasthani girl,” he said. The official said that one of the men was close to the girl.…

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BJP Moves Poll Body Against Shashi Tharoor’s Why I Am A Hindu Posters

Shashi Tharoor said the poster had nothing to do with the upcoming elections. Thiruvananthapuram:  When members of the Thiruvananthapuram Congress recently came up with a poster on the various books published by party candidate Shashi Tharoor, including one called Why Am I A Hindu, they probably did not expect it to spark a political controversy. But things can flare up rapidly during election season, and Mr Tharoor has now been accused by the Kerala BJP of violating the Model Code of Conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “The very…

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1 Dead, 40 Feared Trapped As Under Construction Building Collapses In Karnataka’s Dharwad

Dharwad:  One person has died and nearly 40 are feared trapped after an under construction building in Karnataka collapsed this afternoon, news agency ANI has reported, quoting the police. Six people have also been injured. The collapse took place in Dharwad’s Kumareshwar Nagar, about 400 kilometres north of Bengaluru. 10 ambulances and more than half a dozen fire engines are at the spot. At least three excavators could also be seen aiding rescue efforts. 15 labourers have been rescued so far. Videos from the collapse site show hundreds of locals…

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Focus On Poverty Eradication Scheme As AIADMK Releases Manifesto

Lok Sabha elections 2019: AIADMK released its manifesto in Chennai today. (PTI) Chennai:  Ahead of elections, Tamil Nadu’s ruling party AIADMK released its manifesto in Chennai today, part of which is a national poverty eradication initiative that will be named after J Jayalalithaa. Releasing the manifesto, AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the party would “vigorously pursue” the Amma National Poverty Eradication Initiative (ANPEI). “Direct transfer of Rs 1,500 per month will be made to the poor-destitute, widows without income, differently-abled citizens, landless agricultural labourers,…

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DMK Poll Manifesto Highlights Jobs, Crop Loan Waiver, More Reservation

DMK cheif MK Stalin has promised to introduce old-age pension and scrap Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG. Chennai:  Tamil Nadu’s opposition DMK, which is contesting the election in alliance with the Congress, has based its manifesto for the coming national elections on three key promises – jobs, crop loan waiver for farmers and reservation in private sector for urban population Jobs will be provided for to 1 crore men and 50 lakh women who passed their Class 10 boards. The men would be employed as workers on road projects and…

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Chandrababu Naidu Has Eliminated My Uncle, Alleges Jagan Mohan Reddy

Rayachoti/ Orvakalu (Andhra Pradesh):  YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy accused Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of “eliminating” his uncle, saying that he can “stoop to any level”. Addressing a public gathering at Rayachoti, Jagan Mohan Reddy claimed that the Telugu Desam Party Chief eliminated his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy to demoralise him. “Chandrababu can stoop to any level and has eliminated my own uncle to demoralise me. The ghastly murder takes place under his guidance, it is his (state) police that takes up the investigation and…

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One Arrested Over Hoax Bomb Threat To K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s House

There was a bomb threat on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s residence in Chennai (FIle Photo) Chennai:  A bomb threat to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s residence in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai on Monday turned out to be a hoax and a 23 year-old “mentally disturbed” man was detained in this connection, police said. The man, later identified as L Sundarraj of suburban Kovilambakkam, made a phone call to the police control room Monday morning, claiming a bomb had been planted at the chief minister’s residence, police said. Members…

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Only Those Serving For Long Have Been Given Ticket

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Kanimozhi herself is the daughter of late party chief M Karunanidhi (PTI File) Chennai:  The DMK Monday denied dynasty politics in naming its candidates for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and asserted that only loyal party workers have been rewarded with a ticket. Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament or MP Kanimozhi said only those who have been serving the party for long have been given a ticket to fight the elections. Ms Kanimozhi herself is the daughter of…

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Karnataka’s Mandya Set For Cinematic Clash As Ambareesh Wife Announces Candidature

Sumalatha Ambareesh said she has taken the “difficult path” by choosing to contest as an independent. Mandya (Karnataka):  Sumalatha, the wife of late Kannada superstar Ambareesh, today announced that she will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Karnataka’s Mandya as an independent candidate. It is a seat that the actor had earlier represented, and Sumalatha’s decision to follow in his stead will result in a direct contest between her and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Gowda. Sumalatha was flanked by Kannada film stars Yash and Darshan when…

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6-Year-Old Dies Of West Nile Virus, Through Mosquito

Kozhikode, Kerala: West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite (Representational) Kozhikode, Kerala:  A six-year-old boy, who was undergoing treatment for vector-borne West Nile fever, died at a hospital in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Monday. Announcing the death, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said there was no need to panic and steps were being taken to prevent the spread of virus, which is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite and is mostly reported in North America. The boy, hailing from neighbouring Malappuram district, was admitted to the…

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Key Accused Sent Back To Jail, Cops Say Will File Chargesheet Soon

Pollachi, Tamil Nadu:  The investigating wing of the Tamil Nadu police, probing the Pollachi serial sex abuse case, today produced the accused, Thirunavukarasu at the residence of the magistrate, who sent him back to jail. Taking no chances, he was produced even before the four-day custody ordered by the court ended.  Investigators say they had grilled him with the information the woman survivor had given and the video evidence they had collected from the gang’s mobile phones, pen drives and storage devices found in Thirunavukarasu’s home. “We have collected a…

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Arch-Rivals AIADMK, DMK To Face Off In 8 Lok Sabha Seats In Tamil Nadu

Both AIADMK and DMK are contesting on 20 seats each in the state. Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK will face off in eight seats in Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties will be in straight contest in South Chennai, Kancheepuram (SC), Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Mayiladuthurai, Salem, Nilgiris (SC) and Pollachi. Both AIADMK and DMK are contesting on 20 seats each in the state, allotting the remaining 19 to their respective allies. The lists announced on Sunday by the two parties comprises several prominent personalities, including…

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Just One Woman In AIADMK’s List For Lok Sabha Polls

AIADMK allted the remaining 20 seats to its allies — PMK and BJP. Chennai:  While the DMK has fielded two woman candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, political rival AIADMK could accommodate for just one in its list released on Sunday. The BJP, which has allied with the ruling party, is yet to disclose its choices for the polls. The single seat given to Maragadam Kumaravel accounts for just 5% of the total tally, as compared to almost 12% during party founder J Jayalilithaa’s rule in 2016. Six sitting lawmakers,…

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13 New Faces, 2 Women In DMK List For Lok Sabha Elections

This will be the first time MK Stalin leads DMK into an electoral battle. Chennai:  The DMK released its list of candidates for 20 seats in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, earmarking four for children of leaders and two for women in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The rest of the 20 constituencies will go to the Congress and other allies.  MK Stalin’s sister, MK Kanimozhi, will be one of the two women contesting the polls on party tickets this time. With her Rajya Sabha term ending in July, the journalist-turned-politician…

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8th Congress Lawmaker In Telangana Quits To Join KCR’s Party

The lawmaker met KCR at the TRS chief’s farmhouse at Erravelli near Hyderabad, according to reports. Hyderabad:  Congress in Telangana continued to face desertions ahead of Lok Sabha elections as one more MLA and a party functionary Sunday announced their decision to leave the party and join the ruling TRS. Vanama Venkateswara Rao, representing Kothagudem, announced his support to the TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. He becomes the eighth Congress lawmaker to shift sides, which had won 19 seats in the December 7 elections to the 119-member…

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Nun Who Protested Against Bishop Franco Mulakkal Says Witnesses In “Extreme Fear”

Sister Anupama expressed disappointment over the delay in filing the charge-sheet against Bishop Mulakkal Kottayam:  A nurse who protested against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal said witnesses in the case of alleged rape of a 44-year-old nun live in “extreme fear.” Sister Anupama also expressed disappointment over the delay in filing the charge-sheet against Bishop Mulakkal. “We witnesses are in extreme fear. The investigation of this case is over, and the charge-sheet was to be filed in the court. Due to some reasons, the charge-sheet is getting delayed,” she told reporters.…

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Telangana Anticipates Security Personnel Shortage

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in a single phase in Telangana on April 11 (Representational) Hyderabad:  Telangana anticipates a shortage of police personnel for the Lok Sabha polls as it is difficult to get additional forces from other states due to simultaneous elections all over the country, a top election official said. “We are taking all efforts to make proper arrangements but I anticipate there will be a slight shortage of uniformed personnel,” Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said. During the assembly polls last year, about 19,000 additional…

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Tamil Nadu Pursuing HAL To Set Up Manufacturing Unit At Salem

The move is a part of ‘Make in India’ to catalyse indigenous production in defence manufacturing. (FILE) Chennai:  The Tamil Nadu government is trying to get Hindustan Aeronautics Limited onboard to set up a manufacturing unit at Salem as the state has been chosen for establishing the Centre’s ambitious defence corridor, a senior official has said. The move is a part of the ‘Make in India’ programme to catalyse indigenous production in defence manufacturing. “(In) Salem, we are looking at a big chunk of land. To do that we are…

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Students, Upset Over Ragging, Die After Drinking Poison

Madurai, Tamil Nadu: The two students were not able to put up with the ragging (Representational) Madurai:  Upset over being ragged by a senior, two students of a private arts and science college in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison, police said Sunday. The students, both pursuing their first year BA Economics course, had taken the poison on March 2, after which they were hospitalised. While one of them died Saturday, the other had died four days ago, police said. They said the two students were not…

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