Opposition Leaders On Way To Sabarimala Briefly Blocked By Police

The UDF leaders and party workers later proceeded to Pamba in a KSRTC bus en route to Sabarimala Nilackal:  Opposition Congress-led UDF workers staged a protest Tuesday demanding withdrawal of prohibitory orders in force in and around Sabarimala as police briefly stopped them from accompanying a delegation of their leaders to the Lord Ayyappa shrine to inspect facilities for devotees. Police initially said they cannot be allowed to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple in such large numbers in view of the prohibitory orders, but later permitted them. The hill shrine…

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2 Women Die Of Swine Flu In Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore

Coimbatore:  Two women, one of them pregnant, have died of swine flu at the government hospital, sources in the facility said Tuesday. 22-year-old Baby, from Tirupur, was hospitalised on November 17 with fever and tested positive for swine flu, the sources said. The pregnant woman died Monday night, they said. Similarly, 50-year-old Veerammal from Pollachi in the district, who had been undergoing treatment for swine flu since November 18, also died, the sources said. Since October, 62 people have died of various types of fever, including swine flu and dengue,…

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K Vishweshwar Reddy, Key Leader From KCR’s Party Quits, Sends 3-Page Criticism

Insiders in K Chandrashekar Rao’s TRS said Vishweswar Reddy was upset with its senior leaders. Hyderabad:  A lawmaker from Telangana’s ruling party has quit amid buzz that he is heading for the Congress.  With weeks to go for assembly elections in the state, the resignation of K Vishweswar Reddy is seen as a deep setback for the K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which is seeking a second term in power. Assembly elections — initially scheduled for next year — will be held in the state on December 7. Sources…

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Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Likely To Receive Heavy Rains In Next 24 Hours

a few pockets may get heavy to severe rainfall in the next 24 hours, says official (File) Chennai:  Moderate to heavy rains were likely in many places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24 hours as a low pressure has formed in the Bay of Bengal, regional weather office said today.  A low pressure presently lying over southwest Bay of Bengal was likely to move west towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast bringing rains. Speaking to reporters, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, S Balachandran said there were…

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K Chandrasekhar Rao Behaves Like Naya Nawab, Failed To Deliver Promises, Says Congress Spokesperson Khus

Khusbhu Sundar also claimed that atrocities against women in the state have gone up Hyderabad:  Describing Telangana Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as “Naya Nawab” (new king), Congress spokesperson Khushbu Sundar Tuesday alleged that he ‘failed’ to deliver what he promised during previous assembly elections. The star campaigner for Congress in Telangana, also claimed that atrocities against women in the state have gone up during the current regime. “The promises made by Rao have gone to the dustbin. The only woman who benefited from his rule was his daughter…

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Freed Convicts Of Tamil Nadu Bus Burning Case On Advice, Says Governor Banwarilal Purohit

Three young girl students were burnt to death in the bus while other students escaped Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said on Tuesday that he went by the advice of the Advocate General while freeing three AIADMK activists convicted for burning a bus which killed three young women. In a statement, Mr Purohit’s office said the files related to the three convicts – Muniappan, Nedunchezhian and Ravindran – seeking remission of their life term was initially returned to the government for reconsideration. The three were released on Monday after…

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Provides Aid In Areas Hit By Cyclone Gaja

Cyclone Gaja has left a trail of destruction, uprooting 1.7 lakh trees and damaging farmlands (File) Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami today, visited districts hit by Cyclone ‘Gaja’ in the state and distributed relief material among the affected people. Chief Minister Palaniswami, who announced Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief and rehabilitation works yesterday, visited affected areas in Pudukottai and Thanjavur districts today morning. The cyclone crossed the state coast near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district, about 300 km from Chennai, on November 16 claiming 46 lives and leaving…

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B Pugalenthi Takes Oath As Madras High Court Judge

With the appointment of B Pugalenthi as judge, working strength of the court has now reached 60 Chennai:  B Pugalenthi took oath as judge of the Madras High Court today. The working strength of the court has now reached 60 as against the sanctioned 75. Chief Justice VK Tahilramani administered the oath to B Pugalenthi. B Pugalenthi was the additional advocate general of Tamil Nadu in the Madurai Bench of the High Court. He was appointed as judge by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday. A native of Virudhunagar district,…

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Pinarayi Vijayan Counters Amit Shah: RSS Vitiates Sabarimala Atmosphere

Thiruvananthapuram:  The ruling BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is vitiating the atmosphere at Sabarimala temple and sponsoring protests against the entry of women, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. Reading out names of those he described as “Sangh Parivar activists” arrested in connection with the protests, the Chief Minister said the agitation had “very little to do with faith.” Pinarayi Vijayan’s rejoinder followed BJP president Amit Shah’s sharp criticism that Kerala government was treating Sabarimala pilgrims as “Gulag inmates” and making them spend nights next to “pig droppings.”…

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Tamil Nadu Government Restrained By Madras High Court From Inaugurating MGR Centenary Arch

The Madras High Court bench gave the order when the petition came up for hearing (Representational) Chennai:  The Madras High Court has allowed the Tamil Nadu government to go ahead with the construction of the MGR Centenary Arch in Chennai, but restrained from inaugurating it. The 66-feet-wide and 52-feet-tall structure will commemorate the birth centenary of late chief minister and AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran, who was popularly known as MGR. It will come up on the arterial Kamaraj Salai, just off the Marina Beach where the late matinee idol-turned politician’s…

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Sabarimala Devotees Not Gulag Inmates

Amit Shah said the way Kerala government is handling the sensitive issue of Sabarimala is disappointing New Delhi:  BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s handling of the situation in Sabarimala as “disappointing” and accused the Kerala government of treating pilgrims as “Gulag inmates” and making them spend nights next to “pig droppings”. Asserting that his party stands firmly with every Ayyappa devotee who holds the Sabarimala tradition close to his heart, the BJP president said his party will not let the LDF “crush people’s faith with…

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Chandramukhi Muvvala, 32-Year-Old Transgender, Files Nomination Papers For Telangana Elections

Chandramukhi is pitted against former minister and senior Congress leader Mukhesh Goud Hyderabad:  A 32-year-old transgender, contesting the December 7 Assembly elections in Telangana, filed her nominations Monday. Chandramukhi is contesting on a CPM-led Bahujan Left Front or BLF ticket from Goshamahal constituency. She is pitted against former minister and senior Congress leader Mukhesh Goud and controversial BJP leader T Raja Singh in the constituency. “No party came forward to give a transgender a ticket to contest the polls. But, BLF gave me the ticket and I filed my nominations,”…

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Over 3,500 Nominations Filed For Telangana Assembly Elections

Hyderabad:  As many as 3,584 nominations were filed by political parties for Telangana Assembly elections, slated to be held on December 7, a release from the office of Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said Monday. Telangana caretaker ministers K T Rama Rao and Jagadish Reddy and state Congress Working President Revanth Reddy were among the prominent leaders who filed their nominations Monday, the last day for the process. PCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy’s wife Padamavathi also filed her nomination. Mr Rama Rao, the son of caretaker Chief Minister and TRS…

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Ship Master Asked To Clean Up After Oil Spill Near Chennai

This is the second oil spill off Chennai since last year. Chennai:  The Coast Guard Monday said it has issued notice to the master of a cargo ship to clean up the oil spill off the coast here caused by a rupture in a hose of the vessel, failing which action will be taken as per law. Spillage of Fuel Furnace Oil occured early Sunday when ‘MT Coral Stars,’ an oil tanker vessel was offloading it through a ‘flexible hose’ in Kamarajar port, at Ennore near here. The notice, issued…

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Over 3,500 Nominations Filed For Telagana Assembly Elections

Hyderabad:  As many as 3,584 nominations were filed by political parties for Telangana Assembly elections, slated to be held on December 7, a release from the office of Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said Monday. Telangana caretaker ministers K T Rama Rao and Jagadish Reddy and state Congress Working President Revanth Reddy were among the prominent leaders who filed their nominations Monday, the last day for the process. PCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy’s wife Padamavathi also filed her nomination. Mr Rama Rao, the son of caretaker Chief Minister and TRS…

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Karnataka Gets Rs 540 Crore Central Aid For Flood Relief

Torrential rains, landslips and floods during the southwest monsoon ravaged parts of Karnataka New Delhi/Bengaluru:  The Central government has approved an additional assistance of Rs 546.21 crore to Karnataka, which was affected by floods and landslides in August, said an official statement on Monday. A high-level committee meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the additional assistance of Rs 546.21 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund to Karnataka, affected by floods/landslides, said the statement from New Delhi. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Agriculture Radha…

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Protest At Sabarimala Temple Again, Police Say Situation Under Control

Devotees stopped protest but complained that the newly allotted place was not clean (File) Sabarimala:  A minor protest broke out at the Sabarimala Temple late Monday night after 20 pilgrims were asked to move out of the shrine’s ‘vavarunada’ area, a high sensitive zone, police said. However, the protesters were soon pacified by the police and taken to Nadapanthal area, a covered pathway in front of the temple, Superintendent of Police (special officer) Pratheesh Kumar said. On the third day of the two month-long pilgrimage season, the devotees started agitating…

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Tamil Nadu Announce Rs 1,000 Crore For Cyclone Gaja Relief

Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said the death toll due to the cyclone has gone up to 46. Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Monday announced a sum of Rs 1,000 crore for carrying out relief works in the cyclone Gaja affected districts. He also said the death toll due to cyclone has gone up to 46. In a statement issued here, Mr Palaniswami said a solatium of Rs 10 lakh will be given to the families of the dead, Rs 100,000 to those who are severely injured and…

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Sabarimala A War Zone, Pilgrims Being Treated Like Dacoits: Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

The minister said there were no toilets and all the three sheds at Nilackal are waterlogged. Nilackal/Pamba:  Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam Monday hit out at the Kerala government for turning the Sabarimala temple complex into a “war zone” and treating the pilgrims like “dacoits”. “They have imposed Section 144 (prohibitory orders). The pilgrims are being treated like dacoits. Where is the basic infrastructure…this is pathetic,” the minister, who arrived here to take stock of the facilities at the hill shrine, told reporters. “The state government has turned the temple complex…

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Former DMK Lawmaker S R Jayadurai Misses Flight After Carrying Bullets By Mistake

The lawmaker left for Chennai Monday morning after producing the original licence (Representational) Coimbatore:  Former DMK lawmaker S R Jayadurai was briefly detained at the airport after five rounds of live bullets were found in his baggage while on his way to Chennai, police said Monday. Mr Jayadurai, detained for questioning Sunday night after officials found the bullets, said he had an arms license and had carried the bullets by mistake, they said. He showed a copy of the license, but officials sought the original as per rules. He left…

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Assets Of NTR’s Granddaughter, Contesting Telangana Polls, Pegged At Over Rs 5 Crore

Hyderabad:  Founder of Telugu Desam Party N T Rama Rao’s granddaughter Nandamuri Suhasini contesting from Kukatpally constituency for the December 7 Assembly elections in Telangana declared in her election affidavit Monday that she has 2.22 kg of gold and precious stones worth Rs 30 lakh. Ms Suhasini, a law graduate and daughter of former Rajya Sabha MP Hari Krishna who died in a car crash in August, has Rs 10.53 lakh as income during the last fiscal year and her family has immoveable assets worth Rs 5.83 crore with a…

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Convicts Who Set Bus On Fire Killing 3 Women In Tamil Nadu Set Free

There were 44 girls and two lecturers on the bus set on fire by AIADMK men. Chennai:  Over 18 years ago, three Tamil Nadu woman students were burnt alive in Dharmpuri by AIADMK men protesting the conviction of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. Three of the protesters, who were found guilty of setting their bus on fire and sentenced to life, have been set free from the Vellore Central Prison following an approval from Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The convicts were initially sentenced to death, but the…

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President Kovind Inquires Tamil Nadu About Cyclone Gaja Aftermath

Cyclone Gaja which crossed Tamil Nadu coast on November 16 claimed 45 lives. (File) Chennai:  President Ram Nath Kovind today spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and inquired about the situation in the state in the aftermath of cyclone Gaja, which has so far claimed 45 lives. In a tweet, the president said the people and the Government of India were “standing by those in distress” in Tamil Nadu. “Spoke to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and inquired about the situation in the aftermath of Cyclone Gaja,…

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Travancore Devaswom Board Seeks More Time To Enforce Supreme Court Order On Women

Supreme Court order ended the ban on the entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years at Sabarimala A temple board governing the famous hill shrine of Sabarimala has appealed to the Supreme Court for more time to prepare for the entry of women into the temple as ordered by the court. Infrastructure to cater to women devotees, like washrooms and other facilities have to be created especially since the existing facilities at Pamba and Nilakal were washed away in the floods that ravaged the state in August, the…

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Pubs, Restaurants Must Have Smoking Rooms, Says Karnataka Government

Karnataka’s new coalition government says the rule will be strictly implemented in the state. Bengaluru:  Lighting a cigarette will not be allowed at bars, pubs, hotels and restaurants in Karnataka if these places don’t have designated smoking areas, the state government has said in its latest order. Smoking will be allowed in the restricted area only after obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the civic body concerned. Karnataka’s Urban Development and Housing Minister, UT Khader, warned that any violations will result in cancellation of their licences under the Karnataka Prohibition…

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s Barb At Woman Farmer Lost In Translation

“I would never disrespect a woman,” Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy told NDTV. Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s remarks on a woman farmer have stirred up a controversy with the opposition training its guns on him. Hundreds of sugarcane farmers have been protesting in north Karnataka over the last few days over the minimum purchase price for sugarcane. Among the protesters was a woman farmer who criticised Mr Kumaraswamy strongly. He responded later and said in Kannada, “Thayi (mother), where were you sleeping for the last four years”. The chief…

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On Sabarimala Row, Kerala Opposition Leader Asks If State Under “Rule Of Hitler”

The sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Ayyappa shrine opened today with very few devotees turning up early. Kochi:  Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala today attacked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the police action against Lord Ayyappa devotees at Sabarimala Sannidhanam -the inner courtyard of the temple, and asked if the state was under the rule of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The senior Congress leader alleged the Kerala government was trying to “brand” Lord Ayyappa devotees as Sangh Parivar activists and thus helping the RSS recruit people…

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Union Minister KJ Alphons To Visit Sabarimala Today, Temple Body To Move Court:

Sabarimala row: The Devaswom Board will move court today seeking more time to implement the order. Union Minister KJ Alphons will visit Sabarimala today to study the facilities meant for the pilgrims. Mr Alphons said that he wants to review the facilities provided to the pilgrims. The bureaucrat-turned-politician’s visit to the hill shrine comes amid protests against the detention of over 30 persons at Sabarimala Temple. On Sunday, the Kerala unit of the BJP and Congress held protests outside the official residence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram. Meanwhile, the…

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Late-Night Clashes At Sabarimala, BJP Protests At Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Home

Sabarimala temple: 15,000 police personnel are on duty in and around the Sabarimala temple. Sabarimala:  Nearly 80 people were detained at the Sabarimala temple late last night triggering massive protests by the BJP and the RSS in multiple parts of Kerala, including the Chief Minister’s home. The protesters were taken into preventive custody at night after hundreds of devotees agitated against the police restrictions and demanded the withdrawal of police forces. The protesters also demanded lifting the ban on overnight stay in the temple premises.  Late Sunday night, a large…

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Congress Releases Last List Of Six Candidates

New Delhi:  The Congress released its last list of six candidates for the Telangana assembly election Sunday. The party is sharing some seats with TDP and some other like-minded parties. The Congress has so far released lists for 94 candidates for the state which goes to polls on December 7. The party had initially released a list of 65 candidates, followed by 10 and 13 candidates in other lists. Source link

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Fresh Protests In Sabarimala, 28 Devotees Taken Into Custody

Police sources said they had information that the protesters might create trouble (File) Sabarimala:  Twenty-eight people were taken into preventive custody at the Sabarimala Temple late Sunday night after fresh protests broke out at Nadapanthal area in Sannidhanam where hundreds of devotees agitated against the police restrictions. On the second day of the two month-long pilgrimage season, the devotees gathered at the covered pathway to the temple when they were asked to leave Sannidhanam. Due to the early incidents of violence at the hill-top shrine, the police had imposed strict…

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Farmers Protest In Karnataka Over Support Price Of Sugarcane

Belagavi, Karnataka:  Hundreds of farmers, including the womenfolk, on Sunday staged a protests here against the state government’s alleged indifference over ensuring minimum support price for sugarcane and in getting their arrears released from the mill owners. “In view of the production glut and falling price, the state government should ensure a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 3,000 per tonne for sugarcane with 9.5 per cent recovery and help us get arrears for the cane supplied to mill owners last year,” farmer leader Siddanna Gouda told reporters here, about…

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Man Caught On Video Lying Down On Track As Train Passes Over Him

The man was caught under the train trying to cross over to the other side of Anantapur railway station Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh:  A man in Andhra Pradesh had a miraculous escape but was quickly reprimanded by passers-by after trying a reckless stunt, lying down under a moving goods train near a railway station platform. In the video filmed on a cellphone by a witness, the man can be seen lying still on the railway track, waiting with baited breath for the train to pass over. The man in question was…

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BJP Releases Fifth List Of Candidates For Telangana Assembly Polls

With this, the party has, to date, announced the names of 112 candidates (Representational) New Delhi:  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released its fifth list of 19 candidates for the ensuing Assembly election in Telangana on December 7. The list, finalised by the BJP Central Election Committee, included the names of Kusuma Satish from Warangal East, Naidu Prakash from Banswada and Sudhakar Rao for the Kollapur seat. With this, the party has, to date, announced the names of 112 candidates. There are 119 seats in Telangana. Earlier on…

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Kerala In Rush To Implement Sabarimala Supreme Court Order

PS Sreedharan Pillai said the Sabarimala protests are “a fight between devotees and atheists” Kochi:  Spearheading a campaign against the Kerala government over the Sabarimala issue, BJP state unit chief PS Sreedharan Pillai Sunday alleged that the CPI(M)-led dispensation was making the Lord Ayyappa shrine “a centre of dispute to destroy its uniqueness”. Condemning the police action against “peacefully agitating” devotees, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will extend all possible assistance to the protesters to protect the hill shrine from the “hidden agenda of atheists”. Mr Pillai said…

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Cabinet Expansion In Karnataka “At The Earliest”: Siddaramaiah

“In between we will seek time to discuss and do it,” Siddaramaiah said about the expansion. (File) Bengaluru:  Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the much awaited expansion of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition cabinet will happen “at the earliest”. He added that the party’s state leadership would soon seek Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s time to discuss about the expansion. “It (expansion) will happen at the earliest…elections are about to end there (in MP and Rajasthan). In between we will seek time to discuss and do it ,”…

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IT Minister KJ Alphons To Visit Sabarimala Temple Tomorrow To Check Pilgrim Facilities

Thiruvananthapuram:  Union Minister of IT KJ Alphons will on Monday visit the temple town of Sabarimala to study the facilities meant for the pilgrims. Mr Alphons told IANS that he will reach the Pamba base camp at 9 a.m. “I had visited the temple town two months back and found out that it was in a pretty bad shape due to the floods. I had suggested that a lot of things had to be done to make it fit for a smooth pilgrimage,” he said. He said he had come…

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Telangana Man Found Hanging; Suicide Note Urges Voters To Re-Elect K Chandrasekhar Rao As Chief Minister

The body of T Guruvappa was found hanging Saturday in a small room in Nizampet (Representational) Hyderabad:  A 42-year-old man, said to be TRS worker, allegedly committed suicide here leaving behind a purported suicide note, urging voters to re-elect TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao as Telangana Chief Minister. He also urged them to re-elect MLA Vivekananda, police said Sunday. The man had earlier made a vain attempt to commit suicide during the separate Telangana agitation. The body of T Guruvappa was found hanging Saturday in a small room in Nizampet…

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Kerala Government Creating Terror-Like Atmosphere In Name Of Security: Congress

State government has deployed large number of policemen in and around Sabarimala. Pathanamthitta:  Amid mounting tension in Kerala over the issue of women’s entry into Sabarimala temple, the Congress on Sunday accused the CPI(M)-led state government of creating a ‘terror-like atmosphere’ in the name of security of the hill shrine. The Congress levelled the allegation as a three-member party delegation comprising former state ministers Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Adoor Prakash and V S Sivakumar left for Sabarimala to study the situation there. ”The Sabarimala Sannidhanam has virtually turned into a fortress, where…

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Protesters Block Kerala Highway As BJP Calls It Day Of Sabarimala Protest

Thiruvalla/Thiruvananthapuram:  The BJP in Kerala has called for a “protest day” today after a party leader was arrested for trying to reach the Sabarimala temple despite the police stopping him.  Protesters blocked roads and highways in many parts of the state. About 150 BJP workers blocked the centre of the town of Thiruvalla, 90 km from Sabarimala. Kerala BJP’s general secretary K Surendran was detained last evening  at the Nilakkal base camp after he was stopped from heading to the hill-top shrine of Lord Ayyappa. Police blocked him and his…

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Telangana Man, Shot Dead In US, Was Planning Trip Home For Mother’s Birthday

Sunil Edla was living in US since 1987. New Delhi:  A 61-year old from Telangana was shot to death outside his apartment in the United States, days before his trip to India, his family said. Sunil Edla had planned a two-month trip to India to visit his mother for her 95th birthday and celebrate Christmas with family. “Everyone was calling him and talking to him because he was leaving for India so soon,” his cousin Raj Casula said. Mr Edla was shot to death by a 16-year old boy in a…

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46-Year-Old Woman On Way To Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple Sent Back Second Time

Protesters chanting “Swamiyae Ayyappa” soon gathered in front of the bus and asked her to return Chengannur:  A 46-year-old woman, who had made a vain bid to trek to the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala when it was opened last month, Saturday tried her luck once again, but had to beat a hasty retreat after protesters prevented her. Mary Sweety, from Kazhakootam in Thiruvanathapuram, took a train to Chengannur, about 30 km from Pampa at the foothills of Sabarimala, and boarded a Kerala Road Transport Corporation bus when she was…

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Sunil Edla, Medak, Telangana Man, In Ventnor City, New Jersey, Shot Dead By Teen

Sunil Edla had migrated to the US in 1987 and was to travel to India later this month Hyderabad:  A man from Telangana was shot dead by a 16-year-old boy in the United States in a carjacking incident, according to information received by his relatives on Saturday. Sunil Edla, 61, was killed by the minor boy outside his residence in Ventnor City in New Jersey at around 8 pm on November 15 local time. Mr Edla, who is from Medak district of Telangana, was working as a night auditor in…

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You Can’t Stop Us, Says BJP Leader K Surendran Near Sabarimala, Taken Away By Cops

K Surendran was carrying the “Irrumudikettu” when the police told him not to proceed to the shrine. Nilakkal/Pamba:  A BJP leader has been detained after he was stopped from heading to the hill-top shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala this evening. Kerala BJP’s general secretary K Surendran and his party workers were blocked at Nilakkal base camp and asked to return. When Mr Surendran refused, he was taken away in a police vehicle. His detention was described as a “preventive measure” by the police. Mr Surendran was carrying the “Irrumudikettu”…

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Anil Kumar, Top Cop, Violates Traffic Rules, Claims To Fine Himself

Passers-by uploaded photos of the car and challenged Hyderabad traffic police to fine the officer Hyderabad:  A fine for disobeying traffic rules would be nothing out of the ordinary but the person served a ticket in Hyderabad on Thursday happened to be a top city traffic police officer. Anil Kumar, an additional commissioner of traffic police in Hyderabad, parked his car in a no-parking zone near a city police station, according to news agency ANI. The officer defended himself by saying he was unaware of his car being parked in…

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CPI(M) Leader’s Son, Journalist Daughter-In-Law Attacked In Kerala During Strike

The couple have been admitted to the government medical college hospital (Representational) Kozhikode:  A CPI(M) leaders son and his journalist daughter-in law were attacked allegedly by protesters trying to enforce a shutdown Saturday, the police said. Julius Nikithas and wife Saniyo Manomi, working with a leading Malayalam news channel, were attacked at Kuttiady as they were going to a hospital in a car to visit a patient, they said. Mr Nikithas, son of party district secretary P Mohanan, suffered head injuries, police said, adding that Ms Manomi was also injured.…

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Congress Releases Third List Of Candidates For Telangana Assembly Polls

As part of the alliance, Congress would contest in 94 assembly segments (Representational) Hyderabad:  The Congress Saturday released its third list of 13 candidates, including former PCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah, for the December 7 Legislative Assembly polls in Telangana. Mr Lakshmaiah, who also served as a minister in the Congress government in undivided Andhra Pradesh till 2014, had failed to find berth in the previous lists. Mr Lakshmaiah would contest from his Jangaon assembly segment. It was speculated that the Jangaon seat would go to Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), a…

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Bus Collides With Lorry In Karnataka’s Hubli; 6 Dead, 10 Injured

Six of the tourists, who were headed to Hampi, died at the spot. Bengaluru:  At least six tourists died and more than 10 were critically injured in a road accident near Hubli on National Highway 63. The accident took place when a bus, carrying a team of Mumbai based travelers, had a head-on collision with a lorry. Six of the tourists, who were headed to Hampi, died at the spot. The district police rushed to the spot and injured were admitted to the Hubli KIMS hospital for treatment. The deceased…

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Shutdown In Kerala As Sabarimala Opens For Pilgrimage Season: 10 Facts

Sabarimala protests: So far no girl or woman in the previously banned age group have entered the temple. New Delhi:  A day after the Sabarimala temple reopened for the third time since the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of menstruating age to the shrine of Lord Ayyappa, a right-wing organisation has called a strike across the state against the arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala. The hill top shrine opened on Friday evening for the two-month pilgrimage season. Over 500 women in the 10-50 years age…

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Day After Temple Opening, Hindu Groups Call For State-Wide Shutdown

Sabarimala temple opening: The hilltop shrine was open to devotees yesterday evening. New Delhi:  The Sabarimala temple was re-opened to devotees late last evening in the midst of continuing protests in and around the hilltop shrine. Today, a group in Kerala has called for a state-wide shutdown over the arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi KP Sasikala, amid protests over allowing women of menstruating age to enter the Sabarimala temple nestled in the Western Ghats. The shrine is set to be open for a two-month pilgrimage. Some 500 women have registered…

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