Unfair To Target Mohanlal Over Handling Of Kidnapping Case Accused Membership: Film Body AMMA

Actor Mohanlal is the chief of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists or AMMA Thiruvananthapuram:  The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists or AMMA today came out in support of its chief and actor Mohanlal, who has been criticised by a women’s group over the way a case involving an actress’ kidnapping case was handled. “AMMA finds it unfair that Mohanlal is being targeted,” AMMA treasurer and spokesperson actor Jagdish said in a statement. “Dileep’s case is currently in the court and unless the court gives its final ruling, no one…

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Telangana Congress Gears Up For Rahul Gandhi’s Visit

Rahul Gandhi would address two public meetings in Telangana on October 20. (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders today inspected the arrangements for the visit of party President Rahul Gandhi to Telangana on October 20. Mr Reddy and others left from Hyderabad by a chopper to Bhainsa near Adilabad where Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Reddy attacked the Telangana Rashtra Samiti government in Telangana for allegedly ignoring farmers’ and other sections and highlighted the…

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Ahead Of Sabarimala Temple Opening, Big Protests, Plans To Stop Women

Thiruvananthapuram:  Thousands of Lord Ayyappa devotees, including women and children, today protested in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple. As the temple complex opens Wednesday for monthly rituals, protesters have warned they will not allow women inside the complex and if needed, they will lie down at the entry points. Steered by the state unit of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), devotees raised slogans and held pictures of Lord Ayyappa, placards as part of their “Save Sabarimala”…

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Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Accused Of Raping Kerala Nun, Gets Bail

Franco Mulakkal has denied the allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun. Thiruvananthapuram:  Franco Mulakkal, the senior Catholic priest accused of raping a nun, has been granted bail by the Kerala High Court over three weeks after he was arrested. The priest had approached the high court for bail last month after it was rejected by a lower court. Franco Mulakkal was arrested after three days of questioning and amid protests over the sexual assault allegations. The Kerala government had assured the probe by the Special Investigation Team…

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Massive Protest Against Sabarimala Verdict To Reach Thiruvananthapuram

Political parties and Hindu organisations have been part of a ‘Save Sabarimala’ protest. New Delhi:  Less than 48 hours before the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala will be open to women of all age groups as per a Supreme Court ruling last month, thousands of Lord Ayyappa devotees, mostly women, continue to carry out protests against the ruling. Earlier, police were forced to use tear gas on the angry protesters who turned violent and tried to break brigades. A massive protest will today reach the Kerala secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. Political parties…

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In Visakhapatnam, Goddess at Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Temple Wrapped In Gold Jewellery Worth Rs 4.5 Crore

Goddess at the 140-year-old temple is adorned with jewellery worth crores every year Visakhapatnam:  As Dussehra festivities gather momentum, the goddess at Sri Kanyaka Parameswari temple was decorated with gold ornaments worth crores this year. The goddess was gifted jewellery worth Rs 4.5 crore and another Rs 2.5 crore as currency notes were used to decorate the temple interiors, said the organizing committee on Sunday in Visakhapatnam. Traditionally every year, on the occasion of Devi Navaratri Vustavalu, the idol is wrapped with gold jewellery and decorated with new currency notes…

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School Principal Hacked To Death In Front Of 20 Students

A gang of 20 barged into the classroom and hacked the school principal to death (Representational) Bengaluru:  A school principal was hacked to death Sunday by a six member gang in front of 20 students, for whom he was holding a special class, police said. Ranganath, 60, principal of the Havanur Public School in suburban Agrahara Dasarahalli in Bengaluru, was holding classes for 10th standard students when the gang barged into the classroom and hacked him to death, they said. They later ran away in the car in which they…

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177 Cases Of Swine Flu Detected In Karnataka, Says Official

Bengaluru municipal corporation commissioner said 177 swine flu cases were identified (Representational) Bengaluru:  After reports about a fresh batch of swine flu cases in Karnataka surfaced, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Manjunath Prasad on Sunday assured that there is no need to panic, as the reported numbers are less than the previous year’s figures. “Till now we have identified 177 cases, out which 37 are from outside Bengaluru. These are regularly monitored and proper action is being taken. Numbers are less compared to the previous years. There is no…

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School Principal Killed By Gang Of 6 In Front Of School Children

A gang of 20 barged into the classroom and hacked the school principal to death (Representational) Bengaluru:  A school principal was hacked to death Sunday by a six member gang in front of 20 students, for whom he was holding a special class, police said. Ranganath, 60, principal of the Havanur Public School in suburban Agrahara Dasarahalli in Bengaluru, was holding classes for 10th standard students when the gang barged into the classroom and hacked him to death, they said. They later ran away in the car in which they…

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Air India Express Plane, Which Hit Wall, May Have Overshot Runway: Official

The Air India plane seems to have overshot the normal take-off point (File Photo) Chennai:  The Dubai-bound Air India Express Boeing plane seems to have overshot the normal take-off point as tyre marks have been found between the end of the runway and the compound wall of the Trichy airport in Tamil Nadu, officials said on Sunday. The airport officials also said that the accident investigation team was expected to reach on Monday. Speaking to IANS on the condition of anonymity, an official said: “Tyre marks were found between the…

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HD Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Chief Minister’s Wife Anitha Kumaraswamy To Contest By-Poll

JD(S) announced fielding Anitha Kumaraswamy will contest by-poll from Ramanagara constituency (PTI) Bengaluru:  Ending uncertainty over her candidature, the JD(S) on Sunday announced fielding Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha Kumaraswamy in the by-poll to the Ramanagara Assembly constituency. The ruling party in the state also said Madhu Bangarappa, son of former chief minister S Bangarappa, would be the candidate from the Shivamogga parliamentary seat. Earlier, there was speculation that Ms Kumaraswamy would contest either from Ramanagara or Mandya. The Janata Dal (Secular) has still not finalised the candidate for…

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Elderly Couple Allegedly Commit Suicide After Daughter Elopes With Lover

An elderly couple allegedly committed suicide at their home in Tamil Nadu’s Pollachi (Representational) Coimbatore:  Depressed over their only daughter eloping with a man outside their community, an elderly couple allegedly committed suicide at their home in Tamil Nadu’s Pollachi, around 35 km away from Coimbatore on Sunday. The couple had advised their 24-year-old daughter, who had fallen in love with the man while in college, not to continue the affair, police said. However, the daughter left home last evening, telling her parents that she was going to live with…

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Belgaum, Karnataka Man Arrested After Allegedly Raping, Strangling Woman In Goa

A man from Karnataka was arrested for allegedly raping, killing a woman in Goa (Representational) Panaji:  A 23-year-old man from Karnataka was arrested for allegedly raping and killing a middle-aged woman at Old Goa village, 10 kilometres away from state capital Panaji, police said Sunday. The arrest was made on Saturday night, days after the victim’s body was found in Old Goa, police said. “The accused, Manjunath Dodamani, hailed from Belgaum in Karnataka and lived with his parents at Old Goa. He was arrested last night,” Superintendent of Police (North),…

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Ex Judge K Ravinder Reddy Who Gave Mecca Masjid Blast Verdict Joins Telangana Jana Samiti

Former judge K Ravinder Reddy (right) had earlier expressed keenness to join the BJP. Hyderabad:  Former judge K Ravinder Reddy, who quit after delivering the verdict in the Mecca Masjid blast case, has joined the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), part of the opposition alliance led by the Congress for the coming assembly polls, weeks after expressing keenness to embrace the BJP. The move is being seen as a shot in the arm for the TJS in the run-up to the December 7 polls. Mr Reddy was welcomed into the party…

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Mohanlal Slammed By Kerala WCC Women’s Collective In Cinema Over Handling Of Dileep Case

Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, led by Mohanlal, was criticised from Women’s Collective in Cinema Kochi:  The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), led by actor Mohanlal, came under fire on Saturday from the Women’s Collective in Cinema (WCC) over the way the kidnapping case of an actress is being handled. The WCC was formed last year by women drawn from various sectors of the film industry to fight for their cause, after they found that AMMA was not protecting their interests. Actor Dileep is an accused in a kidnapping…

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Air India Express Plane, Which Hit Wall, May Have Been Overloaded: Officials

Dubai-bound Air India Express plane was flying at a speed of 250 km and possibly overloaded (File Photo) Tiruchirappalli:  The Dubai-bound Air India Express plane was flying at a speed of 250 km and possibly overloaded when its tyre hit equipment used to guide a pilot to land a flight and then brushed the compound wall during take-off at the International Airport in Trichy early Friday, officials said. Tiruchirappalli airport Director K Gunasekaran has said on-duty Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel had informed the air traffic control (ATC) about…

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Shiv Sena Activists Threaten To Commit Suicide If Women Enter Sabarimala

Peringammala Aji is a member of the Shiv Sena Kerala unit. Trivandrum:  As Sabarimala Temple is all set to open its door next week for a monthly ritual, Shiv Sena’s Kerala unit on Saturday warned that their women activists will commit suicide if any young woman tries to enter the shrine. A member of the Shiv Sena Kerala unit, Peringammala Aji told ANI that their women squad will gather near the Pamba River on October 17 and 18 as part of their so-called suicide group. “Our women activists will gather…

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Will Soon Visit Sabarimala Temple: Gender Activist Trupti Desai

The Sabarimala temple doors will open on October 18 for its routine monthly pujas Thiruvananthapuram:  Amidst strong sentiments against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women in the 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, gender equality activist Trupti Desai said on Saturday that she was still determined to visit it. “We will announce a date very soon to visit the Sabarimala Temple as the apex court has upheld the fundamental rights of women… There should be no attempt to stop us because we now have equal rights,” Ms…

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Tax Raids Continue Overnight At Andhra TDP Lawmaker CM Ramesh Homes, Offices

New Delhi:  Tax raids continued overnight at the residential properties and offices of Telegu Desam Party leader CM Ramesh in Hyderabad and Kadapa. The Rajya Sabha parliamentarian in Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s party has said the raids were a “political vendetta”. Tax officials conducted searches at his business premises at Jubillee Hills in Hyderabad, Amaravathi and Kadapa and also at Rithwik Projects, a company Mr Ranesh owns. The raids started on Friday when multiple locations, including the office of a company owned by Mr Ramesh’s relative, were…

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50 Cases Of Swine Flu Reported In Telangana

There has been a increase in swine flu cases in Telangana. (Representational image) Hyderabad:  Telangana is witnessing a spurt in the number of swine flu or H1N1 cases from last one week. At least 50 cases have recently been detected in the state. Dr Shankar, Director of Government Institute of Preventive Medicine and Superintendent of Government Fever Hospital, said that from past one-week, Swine Flu cases in the state have witnessed a hike. “In past one week, swine flu cases have increased. Till now, about 40 to 50 cases have…

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In Chennai, Lord Ayyappa’s Women Devotees Pledge To Save The Tradition

Devotees held banners and placards like “save the tradition”. (File) Chennai:  Woman devotees of Lord Ayyappa on Friday took a vow in Chennai to undertake pilgrimage to the Sabarimala hill shrine only in keeping with age old traditions and avoid visiting it notwithstanding a favourable Supreme Court verdict. Woman devotees, under the auspices of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajam, took the vow at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai after a puja-ceremony to the accompaniment of ‘chenda melam,’ a traditional percussion instrument of Kerala. Devotees held banners and placards like “save the…

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Karnataka Congress Calls BSP Minister’s Resignation “Unfortunate”

The Congress, which is in a coalition with the Janata Dal Secular in Karnataka, has reacted to the resignation of N Mahesh from the post of minister of primary and secondary education. Mr Mahesh was the sole BSP MLA in the ruling coalition and the alliance was decided before the election, with party chief Mayawati actively campaigning for the JDS. In the backdrop of fears that Mayawati was going cold on the alliance of opposition parties ahead of the 2019 elections, the ruling coalition in Karnataka has denied any such…

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Madras High Court Dismisses Woman’s Claim Of Being J Jayalalithaa’s Daughter

Madras High Court dismissed a woman’s petition who claimed she was J Jayalalithaa’s biological daughter Chennai:  The Madras High Court Friday dismissed a petition of a woman, who claimed that she was the biological daughter of late chief minister Jayalalithaa, stating that she “miserably failed in her endeavour to establish the same”. Justice S Vaidyanathan, who dismissed the petition, said that since the woman could not establish she was the biological daughter, there was no question of the court allowing her to perform the last rites for Jayalalitha as per…

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Women Entering Sabarimala Should Be Ripped Into 2 Pieces

Kollam, Kerala:  Malyali actor Kollam Thulasi made a shocking statement today, saying women entering Sabarimala temple should be ripped into half. Hitting out at both the central and the state governments, he said one half should be sent to Delhi while the other half should be thrown towards Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s house. “Women coming to Sabarimala temple should be ripped into half,” the actor said while addressing a public gathering in Kerala’s Kollam city, according to news agency ANI. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has traditionally barred…

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Greenpeace Says Attempt To Muzzle Dissent As Enforcement Directorate Raids Offices

Greenpeace said that every rupee donated to it, is by ecologically conscious people in India Bengaluru:  Not for the first time, the global environmental NGO, Greenpeace, is facing the heat from the Indian government. In a move that the organisation has called an effort to “muzzle democratic dissent”, the Enforcement Directorate has conducted searches in its offices in Bengaluru and other establishments associated with it. The agency, which probes financial crimes, suspects that the environmental NGO is receiving foreign funding. However, Greenpeace has denied the charges, stating that it is…

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Protests Against Supreme Court Verdict On Sabarimala Continue In Kerala

Both the BJP and Congress have been staging protests against the Supreme Court order on Sabarimala temple Thiruvananthapuram:  Members of the opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala today staged demonstrations to express solidarity with Ayyappa devotees even as the CPI, the key partner in the CPI-M led LDF, said there was an attempt to “politicise” the Supreme Court order on Sabarimala. On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra, lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple.…

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Gang Allegedly Robs Rs 35 Lakh From Two ATMs In Kerala

Kochi/Thrissur:  Burglars struck at two automated teller machines in Thrissur and Ernakulam districts of Kerala making away with Rs 35 lakh in the early hours today, police said. Police suspect the involvement of a single gang. In the first incident, the ATM of a nationalised bank at Irumbanam in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district was looted. The gang used a gas-cutter to break open the ATM and decamped with Rs 25 lakh, police said. The incident is suspected to have occurred before 3.30 am. The burglars then targeted an ATM of…

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No Problem In Airing MeToo Grievances In Fair Manner

Kamal Haasan said if grievances were made in a “fair manner,” there would be no problem with that (PTI) Chennai:  With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, actor-politician Kamal Haasan said men accused of sexual harassment by women should respond to the allegations. The movement has gathered pace over the past a few days with a number of women speaking out on sexual harassment at the workplace and support for them pouring in from various quarters. Asked for his response, Mr Haasan initially said only “the accused should respond (to the…

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Madras High Court Orders CBI Probe

Madras High Court ordered a CBI probe into alleged corruption allegations by E Palaniswami (File Photo) Chennai:  The Madras High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into allegations of corruption in award of road contracts by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Justice AD Jagadish Chandira gave the direction on a petition by the DMK, after perusing the report filed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption or DVAC. The court said it was not satisfied with the report and the action taken by the DVAC on the complaint…

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Founder Of Shankar IAS Academy Found Dead In Chennai Home. He Was 45

The news of his death shocked his students. New Delhi:  Shankaran Devarajan, founder of Shankar IAS Academy, and a prominent IAS professor in Tamil Nadu, was on Thursday night found hanging at his home in Chennai. He was 45. Neighbours rushed him to a private hospital in Mylapore, where he was declared brought dead. Police confirmed his death to be a case of suicide, adding he had an argument with his wife before committing suicide. The news of his death shocked his students, who poured heartfelt tributes on social media.…

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Madras High Court Orders CBI Probe

Madras High Court ordered a CBI probe into alleged corruption allegations by E Palaniswami (File Photo) Chennai:  The Madras High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into allegations of corruption in award of road contracts by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Justice AD Jagadish Chandira gave the direction on a petition by the DMK, after perusing the report filed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption or DVAC. The court said it was not satisfied with the report and the action taken by the DVAC on the complaint…

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Telangana Girl Lost In Temple 2 Years Ago, Reunites With Family

The girl went missing from at Venkateswara Temple two years ago. Cyberabad (Telangana):  The Telangana Police’s “Operation Smile” teams re-united an 11-year-old girl with her family after two years. The girl went missing at a temple when she was nine years old. Anuradha, Deputy Commissioner of Police of SHE Teams, said that from the past few days, they were studying government-run shelter homes. It was during this time that the team visited a shelter home and found the girl named Sandhya. “The girl said that she went missing from at…

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Coimbatore Doctors Remove World’s Heaviest Ovarian Cancer Tumour

This is the world’s heaviest ovarian cancer tumour removed so far, say Coimbatore doctors. Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu):  Vasantha, an agricultural labourer from Ooty in Tamil Nadu, noticed her tummy size growing but ignored it thinking she was gaining weight with age. She felt no pain or discomfort till the tummy size grew massively. On vising a local hospital, surgeons detected a large tumour in her abdomen, but refused the surgery, saying her chances of survival were slim. Seeing Vasantha’s crying husband in a bus, a co-passenger referred them to a…

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KCR’s Party Counters Amit Shah On Early Polls

The elections to all the 119 assembly seats in Telangana will be held on December 7 Hyderabad:  The Telangana  Rashtra Samithi (TRS) today gave BJP president Amit Shah a history lesson in response to his comments attacking their party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s move to go for early elections in the state. They pointed out that this is exactly what Narendra Modi did in 2002 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.  Taking on Mr Shah, Lok Sabha member from Karimnagar B Vinod Kumar said, “All political parties have…

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Andhra TDP Lawmaker CM Ramesh’s Homes, Office In Hyderabad Raided By Tax Officials

CM Ramesh is a lawmaker from N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Hyderabad:  Raids by Income Tax officials are being held at the ho mes and the offices of a lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s party. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmaker CM Ramesh’s homes and offices in Hyderabad and Kadapa are being raided.  Nearly 100 tax officials are raiding multiple locations including the office of a company owned by Mr Ramesh’s relative. The firm, Rithwik Industries, is said to have a turnover of close to Rs.…

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

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

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15th Finance Commission To Better Performing States

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

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2008 Bengaluru Blast Suspect Arrested In Kerala’s Kannur

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

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

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

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Probe Agency Deputy Director Questioned In Tamil Nadu Gutka Scam

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

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What About PM Narendra Modi In 2002?

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

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

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

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Deaths, Outage As Cyclone Titli Hits Andhra Pradesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hyderabad Airport Gets Interim International Departure Terminal

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

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KCR, Rahul Gandhi Pursue “Break In India” Politics, Says Amit Shah

Karimnagar, Telangana:  Pitching for a change of government in Telangana, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday  said neither the ruling TRS nor the main opposition Congress can give a push to development in the southern state. He said if voted to power after the Lok Sabha elections next year, the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ensure “not a single infiltrator” was left in the country. “Telangana’s development is not possible either under KCR (K Chandrasekhar Rao) family or Rahul baba. They are into break-in-India while Modi ji pursues…

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Protests Continue In Kerala Over Sabarimala Verdict

The Supreme Court lifted a ban on the entry of women at the Sabarimala temple. Thiruvananthapuram:  Hindu outfits on Wednesday protested against the LDF-led Kerala government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, even as the state government maintained that it would not go for a review. Devotees, including a large number of women, squatted on the road at different places, chanting “Protect the rituals of Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala”. A minor scuffle was also reported between the protestors and the general public at Aluva and Muuvatupuzha…

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Karnataka Lawyer, Allegedly Drunk, Assaults Traffic Cops

Rudrappa assaulted the cops with clay pots that left one of them bleeding. Davangere, Karnataka:  A lawyer, allegedly drunk, thrashed two traffic cops who asked him to stop for a breathalyser test in Karnataka. The incident was caught on cellphones. Rudrappa was riding his motorcycle in Davangere, about 260 km from Bengaluru, when traffic cops suspected he was drunk and asked him to stop. An infuriated Rudrappa picked up terracotta objects from small shops on the side of the road and began assaulting the cops. One of the cops suffered…

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