IndiGo Bus Catches Fire At Chennai Airport, Passengers Rescued

The bus caught fire as it was nearing the arrival point with about 50 passengers on board. Chennai:  A bus belonging to IndiGo Airlines caught fire Thursday at the airport in Chennai while ferrying passengers of a domestic in-bound evening flight, according to airport officials. No one was injured in the incident as the blaze was put out immediately by Fire and Rescue Services personnel, they said. The bus caught fire as it was nearing the arrival point with about 50 passengers on board. Since the blaze was doused immediately,…

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For Separating Wife From Him, Hyderabad Man Sets Himself On Fire, Dies

Srikanth had an inter-caste love marriage in 2015 and her family opposed it: Police (Representational) Hyderabad:  A 25-year-old man died on Thursday, a day after he committed set himself on fire accusing his in-laws of separating him from his wife in view of their inter-caste marriage, police said. Srikanth set himself on fire in Hyderabad on Wednesday midnight and was immediately shifted to a hospital, where he died around 2 PM Thursday, police said adding he suffered 90 per cent burns in the incident. In a video taken before setting…

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BS Yeddyurappa Says “Centre Will Retaliate” After HD Kumaraswamy’s Warning

Bengaluru:  Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has warned Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of “retaliatory action by the centre” if the state government initiates any action against him. The state BJP president was reacting to Mr Kumaraswamy’s warning for his corruption remark against the chief minister and his father HD Devegowda. “Kumaraswamy should not forget that it’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government at the centre and if he takes any action, we know how to retaliate,” threatened the Lingayat strongman. The war of words between the two leaders was started by…

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Rise In Fuel Prices Prompts Many To Cycle To Work, Take Trains In Chennai; Fishermen Demand Subsidy

N Nagarajan, a software professional, is regularly seen cycling along Chennai’s IT Corridor. Chennai:  If you thought that the fuel price hike affected only the poor, you are mistaken. A lot of people in Chennai have ditched their cars and switched to bicycles as a healthy and efficient mode of transport. A lot of them are also taking trains and the city’s brand new Metro rail to work. N Nagarajan, a software professional, is regularly seen cycling along Chennai’s IT Corridor. He owns an SUV, but over the last few…

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CCTV Footage Of Jayalalithaa’s Stay Deleted, Hospital Tells Legal Panel

Apollo Hospitals said the CCTV footage gets deleted automatically after every 30 days Chennai:  The CCTV recordings of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s stay in the hospital has been overwritten several times automatically, Apollo Hospitals has told the Justice A. Arumughaswamy Commission. The Commission is probing the circumstances leading to hospitalization of Jayalalithaa on September 22, 2016 and the treatment provided to her till her death December 5, 2016. “The CCTV recordings get overwritten automatically after 30 days. This information was shared with the Commission on September 11,”…

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Hyderabad Governor ESL Narasimhan To Flag Off New Ameerpet-LB Nagar Metro Line On September 24

PM Modi has innagurated a 30 kilometre stretch of the Hyderabad Metro last year. (File) Hyderabad:  The Hyderabad Metro Rail line between Ameerpet to LB Nagar will become operational on September 24. Telangana Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao tweeted that Governor ESL Narasimhan, who had given his consent to flag off the route. “Happy to announce that Hon’ble Governor Sri ESL Narasimhan Garu has consented to flag off the Ameerpet-LB Nagar metro line on 24th Sep at 12:15pm,” he wrote.  In November last year, Prime Minister Narendra…

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Kamal Haasan Says His Party Makkal Neethi Maiam Is Gearing Up For Lok Sabha Polls

Kamal Haasan said the party expressed their desire to go it alone in the elections. (File) Coimbatore:  Makkal Neethi Maiam founder-president Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said his party has decided not to contest the two by-elections for the Tamil Nadu Assembly or the civic polls and was gearing up to test its fortunes in the Parliamentary polls. The party will not contest by-elections to Tiruvarur and Thiruparakundram constituencies, but observe them to prepare for the Lok Sabha elections, he told reporters in Coimbatore on the sidelines of a two-day workshop…

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Mullapally Ramachandran Appointed Kerala Congress President

K Murleedharan was named chairman of the state campaign committee. New Delhi:  Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has appointed Mullapally Ramachandran as the president of the party’s Kerala unit. Mr Gandhi also appointed three working presidents of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee — K Sudhakaran, MI Shanawaz and K Suresh, a party statement said. K Murleedharan was named chairman of the state campaign committee.  Source link

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Kerala To Opt For Crowd Funding Route To Raise Money And Rebuild State

The rains and subsequent flood in the state are said to be the worst in the last 100 years Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala government today decided to take the crowd funding route to rebuild the state in the aftermath of the deluge which wreaked havoc last month. For construction of houses, providing means of livelihood and basic infrastructure, it has been decided to accept sponsorship after imposing certain conditions. The decision to go in for crowd funding was taken at a cabinet meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on the suggestion of KPMG, one…

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MK Stalin Levelling Corruption Charges Out Of Frustration, Says AIADMK

“Stalin is making desperate attempts to become Chief Minister,” AIADMK has alleged. Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today hit out at DMK President MK Stalin for levelling corruption charges against its government, saying he was making such allegations out of “frustration”. AIADMK mouthpiece ‘Namathu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ also recalled past corruption charges against the DMK, such as the 2G spectrum allocation scam and took a dig at Mr Stalin for leading his party’s protests on Tuesday from Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s native district Salem. Chief Minister Palaniswami and…

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Rahul Gandhi Forms Key Congress Committees In Poll-Bound Telangana

The panel will take all key decisions ahead of the assembly election slated for later this year New Delhi:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday appointed A Revanth Reddy and Ponnam Prabhakar as working presidents of the Telangana unit of the party. He also set up a 15-member core committee comprising all top party leaders in Telangana. The panel will take all key decisions ahead of the assembly election slated for later this year. The assembly election in the southern state has been necessitated after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved…

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Hyderabad Couple Attacked Over Inter-Caste Marriage By Woman’s Father

Madhavi and Sandeep had a simple Arya Samaj wedding on September 12. Hyderabad:  An 18-year-old and the man she recently married in Hyderabad were attacked by her father for going against the family’s wishes. The accused had reportedly called the newlyweds for conciliatory talks. He said he wanted to meet his daughter. They couldn’t refuse.  After the couple, Madhavi and Sandeep, arrived at the meeting point in Sanathnagar, the father came to see them and parked his motorcycle next to theirs. Without wasting another minute, Narasimhachary removed his helmet and…

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Government Team To Visit Kerala Tomorrow, Assess Damage

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the loss was way more than the initial estimate of Rs 20,000 crore. New Delhi:  An inter-ministerial team led by a special secretary of the Union Home Ministry will tour Kerala for five days, starting Thursday, to assess the damage caused by the recent floods. Ministry officials said the visit was scheduled after the Kerala government sent a detailed memorandum seeking Rs 4,700 crore as compensation for the destruction caused by the deluge, considered the worst in a century. The team, to be headed by…

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Central Team To Visit Kerala For 5 Days To Assess Flood Damage

At least 488 people have died in 14 districts in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon New Delhi:  An inter-ministerial team, headed by a special secretary of the Home Ministry, will visit Kerala for five days beginning Thursday to assess the damage caused by the recent devastating floods, officials said. The move came after the Kerala government sent a detailed memorandum seeking Rs 4,700 crore as compensation for the damage occurred due to rains and floods, considered to be worst in a century. The inter-ministerial team, headed…

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Congress Not To Name Chief Ministerial Candidate Before Polls

Rahul Gandhi will pick the Congress’ chief ministerial candidate only after the Telangana poll result Hyderabad:  The Congress would not name the chief ministerial candidate in poll-bound Telangana, where it would fight the Assembly elections jointly with the Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Samithi, a key party leader said today. The Congress in-charge of Telangana, RC Khuntia maintained that the usual practice in the Congress was not to name the party’s chief ministerial candidate before any Assembly election. “TPCC (Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee)…

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Kerala Police Questions Bishop Franco Mulakkal In Nun Rape Case, Deny Being Under Pressure

Kerala nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused of raping a nun for nearly two years Kochi:  Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is facing charges of sexually assaulting a nun, arrived at the Kochi Crime Branch office in Tripunithura for questioning this morning. The Kerala Police has maintained that they are under no pressure to refrain from arresting the embattled clergyman. According to IANS, Bishop Mulakkal — attached to the Roman Catholic Diocese in Punjab — came to the Crime Branch office along with his counsel and a…

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32 Bonded Labourers, Exploited For 7 Years, Rescued From Tamil Nadu

The rescuers were exploited for seven years by the agent who had given them a loan Chennai:  Thirty two bonded labourers, 11 of them being children, were rescued from a sugarcane field in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district on Tuesday. They were allegedly exploited for seven years over a Rs 50,000 loan taken from an agent, who has been arrested. The 32 people, all belonging to the Irula tribe, were rescued from Puliyur Kattusaghai by the labour department and district administration after a tip off from a non-profit organization. The rescuers,…

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Kerala Court Rejects Clean Chit To KM Mani In Bar Bribery Case

Thiruvananthapuram:  In a setback to former finance minister and Kerala Congress (M) chairman KM Mani, a court in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday rejected a Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) report giving him clean chit in the bar bribery case. Inquiry commissioner and special judge (Vigilance) D Ajithkumar refused to accept the agency’s report and directed that further investigation into the case be carried out after getting necessary sanction from the government. The vigilance court posted the case to December 10 after hearing a bunch of petitions, including that of…

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Centre Owes Special Status To Andhra Pradesh, Says Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi In Kurnool

Rahul Gandhi replied to a wide range of questions on GST, the fuel price hike, corruption etc Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh:  Hitting out at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asserted that his party was committed to granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh if elected to power in 2019. The state required special support from the Union government, he said. “The nation and the prime minister owe something to the people of Andhra Pradesh. The Centre owes the special category status (SCS) to…

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Month After Devastating Kerala Floods, Over 2000 People Still In Relief Camps

Landslides and floods had claimed 493 lives in Kerala since the onset of monsoon on May 29. (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  Even a month after Kerala witnessed an unprecedented deluge, said to be the worst in the last 100 years, at least 2,500 persons are still in relief camps in the state. Presently, there are 80 relief camps in the state, in which 787 families, comprising 2,457 people, have taken shelter. Thrissur district has the maximum camps at 45 with 1,348 people, followed by Idukki with 332 in nine camps. Alapzuha district,…

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7-Month Pregnant Woman Dies During Abortion In Alleged Female Foeticide

Usilampatti (TN):  In an alleged case of female foeticide, a 30-year old woman, in the seventh month of pregnancy, died during an abortion carried out by a nurse Tuesday at her home in Usilampatti, once infamous for the practice of killing newborn baby girls, police said. Ramuthayee, already having three girl children, decided to go for abortion after a private hospital, where she underwent a scan, revealed that the yet-to-be born child was also a girl despite the ban on pre-natal sex determination, they said. The family of the woman…

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Tamil Nadu BJP Chief Tamilisai Soundararajan Shows Up At Assaulted Auto Driver’s Home With Sweets

After visiting Kathir’s home, Tamilisai Soundararajan urged “media friends to ignore false propoganda”. Chennai:  After an elderly autorickshaw driver in Chennai was allegedly manhandled for asking Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan difficult question around the rising fuel prices during an interaction with reporters, Ms Soundararajan today showed up at his home with sweets. She asked about his well-being and clarified that she was unaware of the incident and the whole episode was wrongly interpreted. The BJP leader uploaded a video of her visit on Twitter in which she is…

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Tamil Nadu BJP Chief Tamilisai Soundararajan Visits Auto Driver, Attacked For Asking Her Question

Tamilisai Soundararjan was accompanied by her aides and also shared a couple of pictures Chennai:  BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan Tuesday visited an autorickshaw driver, whose alleged “manhandling” after he posed a question to her on rising fuel prices triggered a controversy, and enquired about his well-being. The BJP leader’s visit to the residence of Kathir in the city came, a day after a video clip purportedly showing the man being shoved aside went viral on the social media, drawing widespread criticism of her. After the visit, Ms…

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BJP Leader Visits Assaulted Auto Driver, Says Incident Wrong Depiction

Tamilisai Soundararjan was accompanied by her aides and also shared a couple of pictures Chennai:  BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan Tuesday visited an autorickshaw driver, whose alleged “manhandling” after he posed a question to her on rising fuel prices triggered a controversy, and enquired about his well-being. The BJP leader’s visit to the residence of Kathir in the city came, a day after a video clip purportedly showing the man being shoved aside went viral on the social media, drawing widespread criticism of her. After the visit, Ms…

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In Telangana Caste Killing Case, The Police Suspect Role Of History Sheeter And Local Politicians

“My father used political leaders to put pressure on me and Pranay,” said Amrutha Nalgonda, Telangana:  Chilling details are emerging after a 23-year-old engineer was hacked to death in front of his pregnant wife in Telangana’s Nalgonda last week. The police suspect the killer is a man convicted and later released in the 2003 murder of former Gujarat minister Haren Pandya. Local politicians from various parties are also being investigated in connection with case. On Friday, Amruthavarshini had just left a hospital after a check-up when a man rushed to…

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In Telangana, Ph.D And M.Phil Degree Holders Apply For Clerical Jobs

Prashant and Durga Prasad, both engineers, have applied for jobs that requires one to pass Class 12 Hyderabad:  A million people have applied for 700 jobs in Telangana. Among them hundreds hold Ph.D and M.Phil degrees and lakhs are either postgraduates or graduate engineers, for the posts that require one to just pass the Class 12 board exams. “This is unprecedented,” admits Ghanta Chakrapani, chairperson of the Telangana State Public Service Commission, that was created in December 2014. “I don’t think in the combined state of Andhra Pradesh or anywhere…

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Priest Franco Mullakal Accused Of Raping Kerala Nun Seeks Protection From Arrest, Approaches Kerala High Court For Anticipatory Bail

Franco Mulakkal has denied the allegations of rape made by the nun in Kerala. Jalandhar/Thiruvananthapuram:  The senior Catholic priest accused of raping a nun in Kerala has approached the Kerala High Court to seek protection from arrest. Franco Mulakkal’s move comes a day before he has to appear before the police for questioning. Franco Mulakkal had also written to Pope Francis requesting for permission to step down temporarily as the bishop or head of the Diocese of Jalandhar, saying he needs to spend more time to fight his case. In…

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YSR Congress Party Kicks Off ‘Ravali Jagan’ Campaign In Andhra Pradesh

A YSR Congress Party member during Ravali Jagan campaign. Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh):  The Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) has kicked-off a one-month long mass outreach campaign “Ravali Jagan” across all 175 Assembly Constituencies in Andhra Pradesh. All the 175 assembly coordinators across the state started booth visits in their respective constituencies. The coordinators have started conducting meetings with the booth conveners and committee members. After the booth-level meetings, assembly constituencies coordinators were involved in door-to-door campaigning in respective booths, followed by holding a public meeting in the village. The…

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Court Tells Google, Facebook To Remove Derogatory Posts On Ex-AIADMK MP

New Delhi:  The Delhi High Court Monday directed Facebook and Google to remove allegedly derogatory material relating to expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa after she said that some unknown persons were threatening to tarnish her image by uploading her morphed photos and videos. Justice Yogesh Khanna said since the counsel for Sasikala Pushpa has provided the URLs, the social media platforms should remove such materials forthwith, preferably today. The court also asked the platforms to file their written submissions and listed the matter for further hearing on January 14 next…

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Contempt Proceedings Against BJP Leader H Raja For Comments Against Court

On Monday, the Madras High Court directed H Raja to appear before it in four weeks. Chennai:  The Madras High Court suo moto initiated contempt proceedings against BJP National Secretary H Raja over his alleged “derogatory remarks” against the judiciary on Saturday. Mr Raja had allegedly picked up a fight with policemen in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai when a Ganesh Chaturthi procession was stopped citing court orders against the procession route. He was caught on camera fighting with the police officials who paved certain restrictions, during the procession. Opposition DMK today…

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Auto Driver Assaulted For Asking Tamil Nadu BJP Chief About Fuel Prices

An auto driver was beaten for asking Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan about fuel prices. Chennai:  An elderly auto driver in Chennai was yanked aside and roughed up after he asked Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan about rising fuel prices during an interaction with reporters last night. In a video that has gone viral and broadcast widely on local channels, the khaki-clad auto driver standing behind Dr Soundararajan can be seen being elbowed twice, shoved away and roughed up by a BJP functionary standing next to her after…

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Periyar Statue Vandalised, Footwear Found On Its Head In Tamil Nadu

Periyar statue vandalised on Tamil icon’s 139th birth anniversary. Tiruppur (Tamil Nadu):  On the 139th birth anniversary of Tamil icon and social activist EV Ramasamy, famously called Periyar, one of his statues was found to be vandalised by unidentified men in Tamil Nadu. A pair of footwear was also kept on the top of the Periyar statue, located in Tiruppur, reports news agency ANI. The matter is under investigation. This is not the first time that Periyar’s statue has came under attack. In March this year, his bust was demolished…

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Telangana Poll Panel Rejects 70 lakh Discrepancies Claim By Congress

The elections for Telangana were originally due to be held in June next year. (Representational) Hyderabad:  Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar on Sunday rejected the Congress’ claim that there are around 70 lakh discrepancies in the state’s voter list saying that the number was much higher than their analysis indicated. Speaking to ANI, Mr Kumar said, “The figure of 70 lakh being reported is much higher than the number shown by our analysis.” Mr Kumar further stated that if the details are provided to them by any political party,…

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As Fuel Prices Spiral, Karnataka Announces Rs 2-Cut For Petrol, Diesel, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Announces

The Karnataka government decided to cut fuel prices by Rs. 2 per litre. Kalaburagi:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today announced that his government is reducing the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs. 2. The decision comes at a time when the Centre is under attack from the opposition as the fuel prices are scaling new heights every day. Petrol prices crossed Rs. 90 in at least 11 towns in Maharashtra today. “Everyday fuel prices are increasing, people of Karnataka felt that the state government can reduced the prices…

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As Petrol Price Rises, Tamil Nadu Groom Gets Some Fuel As Wedding Gift

The groom’s friends said petrol is now a commodity worthy of being given as a gift (Representational) Cuddalore:  Friends of a man who got married presented him with five litres of petrol, the price of which has skyrocketed, as a “wedding gift.” The young man and his newly wedded wife were greeting guests at a marriage hall when his friends trooped in and gave him a 5 litre can as a gift, Puthiya Thalaimurai Tamil television channel reported. Amid laughter all around, the man received it, a 39-second video clip…

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Complaint Against Men Suspected Of Treasure-Hunting In Tamil Nadu Temple

People believe renovation was an excuse to look for a hidden treasure in the temple. (Representational) Kancheepuram:  Suspecting that men who claimed to be renovating a temple were actually hunting for a hidden treasure, residents of Pullaloor near Kancheepuram lodged a police complaint.  The villagers found some men carrying out renovation work by putting up scaffolding inside the centuries old dilapidated temple premises and questioned them. Unconvinced by their replies that they were carrying out repair work, they lodged a police complaint, seeking a probe. “The villagers in their complaint…

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Mohanlal Apologises For Emotional Reaction On Kerala Nun Rape Case

Mohanlal said his remarks were not intended to hurt any individual, institution or journalism Thiruvananthapuram:  Actor Mohanlal Sunday apologised for his emotional reaction to a journalist who had sought his comments on the protests by a group of nuns, demanding the arrest of a Bishop facing rape charges. In a Facebook post, the actor said his remarks were not intended to hurt any individual, institution or journalism. “If my reply had hurt the individual who raised the question, please accept my apology considering me as your elder brother,” he said.…

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Telangana Woman After Husband’s Murder

“I have no intention of aborting my baby. Pranay’s baby is my future,” said Amrutha Telangana:  Five-month pregnant Amruthavarshini said, “My father wanted me to abort my baby.” Amrutha married Pranay Kumar eight months ago against the wishes of her family and today she is perhaps paying the price for it. The police suspect it is a case of ‘dishonour’ killing and have arrested the girl’s father and uncle. The blood curdling footage of Pranay’s murder in Telangana on Friday shocked the country. In the CCTV footage, Pranay, 23, was…

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Tourism Bounces Back In Kerala, Holiday Makers From Australia Arrive

Thiruvananthapuram:  Nearly a month after the devastating floods, tourists are back in Kerala. The first chartered flight, with tourists from Australia, arrived in Kochi on Saturday night. The tourism minister tweeted “We are hoping for a great start to the tourist season.” Airports, roads and railway lines have been restored and services are fully operational, said officials of the state government. Since May 29, a total of 491 people had died due to rain and floods; the maximum number of deaths occurred after August 8, as per the state government.…

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Telangana Man Hacked To Death Allegedly Over Inter-Caste Marriage

Pranay and Arutha’s marriage was objected to by both sets of parents on the basis of their caste Hyderabad:  Protests erupted in a town in Telangana’s Nalgonda district on Saturday after the brutal murder of a man in a suspected case of dishonour killing. Demonstrators called for a shutdown in Miryalguda town to demand justice for a 23-year-old man hacked to death in front of his pregnant wife, outside a local hospital. The murder was captured on CCTV footage that showed Pranay Kumar leaving the hospital, along with his wife,…

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C Vijayabaskar, Minister Raided In Connection With Gutka Scam Gets Key AIADMK Post

C Vijayabaskar has been named as one of the organising secretaries of AIADMK. (File) Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, in the eye of a political storm over the gutka scam and opposition demands for his resignation, has been named as one of the organising secretaries of the party, a key post in the ruling AIADMK. The residences of the minister, DGP TK Rajendran and former Chennai police commissioner S George were among 40 places raided by CBI on September 5 in connection with thealleged sale of gutka, banned…

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Telangana Elections: BJP To Contest Telangana Polls Alone Says Amit Shah: No Tie-Up With TRS

Telangana Polls: The BJP would not have any alliance with the TRS, said Amit Shah in Telangana Hyderabad:  Virtually sounding the poll bugle, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said his party will contest the upcoming Telangana Assembly election on its own. In the city to formally launch the party’s poll campaign at a public meeting in Mahabubnagar, about 110 km from Telangana’s capital Hyderabad, Mr Shah said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not go for a tie-up with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the ruling party in the…

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Request To Free Rajiv Gandhi’s Assassins Not Sent To Centre: Governor

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: State Cabinet had recommended the release of seven convicts on September 9. Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today denied media reports that he had forwarded to the Union Home Ministry a State Government recommendation that all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination be released. “A section of media has been reporting that in the matter of the release of the convicted prisoners undergoing life imprisonment for involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a reference has been made to the Ministry…

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Shocking CCTV Clip Shows Biker Catching Fire At Fuel Pump In Tamil Nadu

The man was taken to the hospital and has sustained burn injuries. Tirunelveli:  Getting his bike’s fuel tank full turned out to be a dangerous experience for a man in Tamil Nadu who caught fire the moment he started his bike. The shocking incident, captured on a CCTV camera from Tirunelveli fuel station, shows the man seated on his bike as the fuel tank of his bike gets refilled and then pays the money. The moment he starts the bike, it catches fire and burns him too. Caught in the…

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Man Hacked To Death In Front Of Wife Allegedly Over Inter-Caste Love Marriage

Police suspects involvement of woman’s relatives in the murder (Representational) Hyderabad:  A man was hacked to death on Friday in front of his wife in Telangana’s Nalgonda district, six months after he had an inter-caste love marriage. The incident occurred in broad daylight in Miryalguda town, 150 km from Hyderabad. According to police, Pranay Kumar and his wife Amrutha Varshini were coming out of a hospital when an unidentified man attacked him with a machete. CCTV footage shows a youth approaching Pranay from behind and attacking him on his neck.…

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Political Realignment Gathering Momentum In Poll-Bound Telangana

K Chandrashekhar Rao submits his government’s recommendation for dissolving the Telangana Assembly Hyderabad:  Several aspirants for tickets in the coming assembly election in Telangana have openly expressed their dissatisfaction after being denied the chance to contest, while some others are switching sides leading to re-alignment. The protests by those denied tickets has so far been seen mainly in the TRS as the party released its first list of candidates for 105 seats out of the total 119 assembly segments. In a swift move, TRS president and caretaker Chief Minister K…

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Supreme Court Verdict Has Brought Me Peace Of Mind

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan said he was now “armed” with the Supreme Court verdict. Thiruvananthapuram:  Hours after the Supreme Court ordered that a former ISRO scientist be given Rs 50-lakh compensation for the harassment and mental torture he underwent in a purported case of espionage, he accused certain Kerala police officers of fabricating the charges against him without getting any of the “fundamentals” right. Nambi Narayanan, 77, who was in charge of the cryogenics division when he was arrested for alleged spying in 1994, cited several points to buttress…

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TVs Removed From Puzhal Central Jail In Chennai To Prevent Inmates From Charging Illegal Cellphones

Media photographs showed Puzhal Central Jail inmates wearing informal clothes and using mattresses Chennai:  Authorities of the Puzhal Central Jail on the outskirts of Chennai have removed 18 television sets and two FM radios from its premises in the wake of findings that inmates were using these appliances to charge mobile phones sneaked inside illegally. “We withdrew 18 televisions from A Class wards in the jail after discovering that inmates were using their USB ports to charge mobile phones. The televisions will be reinstalled after the issue is resolved,” a…

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Warrant Issued Against N Chandrababu Naidu In 8-Year-Old Case

Hyderabad:  A court in Maharashtra on Thursday issued warrant against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu in an eight-year-old case relating to his protest over Babli Project. The Dharmabad Magistrate’s Court also issued warrants to Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Minister D. Umamaheshwar Rao and 14 others. They were all directed to appear before the court on September 21, according to sources in the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). In 2010, the TDP had organised a huge protest over what it called illegal construction of Babli Project across Godavari…

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In Karnataka, Operation Kamala Accusation Against BJP resurfaces

BJP had dismissed the Congress’ allegations as wild and baseless. (File PTI) Bengaluru:  The Congress and HD Kumaraswamy’s JDS has alleged that the BJP is trying to destabilise its three-month-old alliance government in Karnataka by attempting to poach on its lawmakers. JDS leader and minister Sa Ra Mahesh has told reporters that the BJP has been trying to pull another “Operation Kamala” – a term coined in 2008 when the BJP, three seats short of majority, had managed to secure support of lawmakers from rival parties and form the government. State party…

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