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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Karnataka Businessman Jailed For Rs 7.35 Crore Tax Default

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

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

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

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2 Karnataka Congress Leaders, Facing Disqualification, Meet Siddaramaiah

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

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

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

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

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

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1.4 Crore Women In Andhra Pradesh To Get Free Smartphones

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

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Ramesh Kumar, Karnataka Assembly Speaker, Withdraws Rape Survivor Remarks

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

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

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

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

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

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Opposition Slams Telangana Government For Not Having Full-Fledged Cabinet

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

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After Weeks Of Suspense, 4 Missing Karnataka Congress Lawmakers Surface

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Prays At Lord Venkateswara Temple

Mahinda Rajapaksa offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara. (File) Tirupati:  Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. He arrived in Tirupati on Monday night and offered worship to the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara early Tuesday morning, a temple official told PTI. He said it was a sudden visit and there was no advance official communique about Mr Rajapaksa’s arrival to the officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs the ancient shrine. Source…

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Madras High Court Junks Plea Seeking Action For Not Playing Anthem In PM Event

The petitioner said that neither Tamil nor the national anthem was played in the function. Chennai:  The Madras High Court Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking action against the Tamil Nadu chief secretary for not playing the national anthem at a recent function in which the prime minister participated, noting that even the petitioner had not said it was mandatory. When the plea came up before a division bench comprising justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, the petitioner said neither Tamil (an invocation song to mother Tamil) nor the national anthem…

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Court Nod For Lie-Detector Test Of Kalabhavan Mani’s Friends

Kalabhavan Mani was staying in a 30-acre farmhouse near Chalakkudy, away from his home Kochi:  A court in Kochi on Tuesday granted permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct lie-detector tests on seven friends of late actor Kalabhavan Mani. On February 8, Jaffer Idukki, Sabumon and five others had presented themselves before the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate, offering to undergo the tests as demanded by the CBI that was probing the popular actor’s death in 2016. According to the guidelines, the test can take place only with…

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“Feel Like Rape Survivor,” Says Karnataka Speaker Amid “Bribery” Audio Row

There was speculation that Ramesh Kumar might resign, as he was referred to in the clip. Bengaluru:  Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar compared himself to a “rape survivor” having to undergo repeated questioning as he referred to repeated charges against him being part of the controversial audio tapes, over which government has announced a special investigative team or an SIT. On Tuesday, the speaker, pointing to repeated reference to charges against him, said his “situation was like that of a rape victim, as they too are supposedly questioned about…

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Tamil Nadu Man Driving Bus Ensures Passengers’ Safety Before Dying Of Heart Attack

The conductor and other passengers said the driver had shown great presence of mind (Representational) Chennai:  Clutching his chest in severe pain, a bus driver saved 30 passengers by steering the bus to the side of a busy road before collapsing and dying of a heart attack on the steering wheel near suburban Nerkundram in Tamil Nadu. L Ramesh, 55, had a heart attack while driving a state transport corporation bus from Tirupattur in Vellore district to Chennai early on Monday. Writhing in pain, he alerted the conductor and managed…

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To Protest Mandatory Helmets, AIADMK Lawmakers Are Smashing Them

Puducherry:  Legislators belonging to the opposition AIADMK Tuesday broke helmets on the premises of the Assembly to protest against the rule making wearing of the headgear mandatory without creating awareness on its use. The MLAs staged the protest to also condemn Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s action to implement the rule and flayed her style of functioning which, they said, was arbitrary. Leader of the legislature wing of the AIADMK A Anbalagan and his colleagues in the Assembly A Baskar and Vayyapuri Manikandan brought a helmet each and smashed them on…

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Kerala Cleric Lured Schoolgirl To Forest, Sexually Assaulted Her: Police

Thiruvananthapuram:  A Muslim cleric was booked today for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Kerala, police said. Shafeeq Al Qasimi, who was serving as the Imam of a rural mosque at Tholicode in Vithura, over 30 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, was removed after the incident came to light, they said. A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against him based on the mosque committee’s statement. According to the statement, he had lured a 15-year-old girl to an isolated forest area in Vithura…

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Kiran Bedi Turns Traffic Cop In Puducherry, Stops Motorists And Asks Where’s Your Helmet

Kiran Bedi asked police personnel to check motorists and ensure that traffic rules are followed. Puducherry:  Kiran Bedi, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, turned traffic cop on Sunday to raise awareness on road safety. During a campaign to mark National Road Safety Week, Ms Bedi stopped two-wheelers on a busy road in the Union Territory and asked bikers to wear helmets. She also took a swipe at the Puducherry government and said Chief Minister V Narayanasamy is stopping the enforcement of road safety rules. A video shared by her on…

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Court Refuses To Pass Order On Apollo Hospital Plea

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa died in December 2016. Chennai:  The Madras High Court today refused to pass interim orders on a plea by Apollo Hospitals seeking to restrain the Commission of Inquiry from looking into the correctness and adequacy of the medical treatment given to former chief minister J Jayalalithaa before her death in 2016. When the plea came up for hearing before a division bench comprising justices R Subbiah and Krishnan Ramasamy, the hospital’s counsel said they were not challenging the government appointed inquiry commission but…

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For Gift – “Vote For Modi”, Hyderabad Couple’s Appeal In Wedding Invite

Hyderabad:  With elections due by May, parties aren’t the only one campaigning for votes. The idea has now taken over wedding invites where the bride and groom, through their wedding cards, ask for just one thing as a gift to the soon to be married couple – their vote for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A 27-year-old man from Hyderabad printed his wedding card with a special appeal to the guests – vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming polls. Mukesh Rao Yande, a staunch supporter of the…

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AIADMK Government In Tamil Nadu Announces Rs 2000 Each For 60 Lakh Families A Month After Pongal Gift Hamper

AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu announced Rs 2000 each for 60 lakh families in the state Chennai:  In the peak of election season, people in Tamil Nadu received two back to back gift hampers from the AIADMK government after Chief Minister E Palaniswami – popularly known as EPS – announced Rs 2000 each for 60 lakh families in the state. In his speech, today on the floor of the House, EPS listed the beneficiaries, including fishermen, weavers, potters, artisans and those in firecracker, leather and construction industries. “This is a…

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Karnataka Speaker Wants Bribery Clip Probed

HD Kumaraswamy told the speaker that he will set up the special team. Bengaluru:  After HD Kumaraswamy released two audio clips to claim that former chief minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa was trying to lure lawmakers to topple his coalition government, the speaker of the Karnataka Assembly has asked the Karnataka Chief Minister to set up a special investigative team or an SIT to probe the issue. “Won’t take any hasty decision,” speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said today. However, the opposition said there was no need for an SIT.…

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BJP Files Complaint Against HD Kumaraswamy Over Audio Clip Row

BS Yeddyurappa accused HD Kumaraswamy of indulging in “third grade” politics (File) Bengaluru:  A complaint has been filed against Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy alleging that the audio clip released about state BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa’s alleged bid to destabilise the coalition government was a “fabricated,created and truncated” one, the party said on Sunday. The complaint has been lodged with the Vidhana Soudha police station under various sections, the state BJP said. After coming to know of the “plot” hatched by HD Kumaraswamy and his associates to “tarnish” the reputation…

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: PM Narendra Modi’s Jibe At Karnataka Coalition

Election 2019: PM Modi flagged off BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in Karnataka at rally in Hubbali Hubbali, Karnataka:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was becoming a “punching bag”, as he took a swipe at the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the state. Calling the coalition “helpless”, PM Modi predicted a similar model for the country if the opposition came into power at the centre. Addressing a rally at Hubbali, PM Modi said there was not even a single day “when the country doesn’t…

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Once For Ice Cream, Now “Family Packs” For Bail: PM Modi Mocks Congress

PM Modi in his speech, targeted P Chidambaram calling him the “recounting minister”. Tirupur:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe at the Congress today at a rally in Tirupur, saying the good work of the NDA government has made some people very unhappy. “Those who thought power was their divine right, those who thought only they are bound to rule are disturbed. Because here is a government that is working. Their unhappiness has turned into desperation and abuse,” PM Modi said. Taking potshots at the opposition for what he…

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In Audio Tape Row, Yeddyurappa Says Met JDS Lawmaker, “Ready For Probe”

BS Yeddyurappa said HD Kumaraswamy himself claimed to have sent the JDS MLA’s son. Bengaluru:  Accusing Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of indulging in ”third grade” politics, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday said he was ready for any inquiry into an audio clip about his alleged bid to destabilise the coalition government in the state. The audio tape war is set to play out in the assembly on Monday, with Mr Yeddyurappa saying that his party would raise the matter about an audio tape in which Mr Kumaraswamy is…

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Chandrababu Naidu To Fast Again To Demand Special Status For Andhra Pradesh

Chandrababu Naidu will begin his day-long fast at 8 on Monday morning. New Delhi:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will sit on a day-long fast in the national capital on Monday to demand special status for the state. He will also urge the centre to fulfil promises made when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), led by Chandrababu Naidu, had exited the BJP-led NDA last year over what its chief described as “injustice” done to Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation.…

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Kerala CPM Leader S Rajendran To Woman IAS Officer

Thiruvananthapuram:  Weeks after lakhs of women were rallied by the Left government in Kerala to showcase the state’s progressive history, a Left party lawmaker was seen bad-mouthing a young woman Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer for doing her job. Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM legislator S Rajendran from Devikulam insulted a sub-collector in the hill town of Devikulam, in full public view and in front of her officers, calling her “brainless, without any common sense”. IAS officer Renu Raj, 30, is the first woman sub-collector of Devikulam, a…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Last Leg Of Chennai Metro Rail

Tirupur:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the last leg of the Chennai Metro Rail’s Blue line and also gave go-ahead for the construction of underground metro stations through video-conferencing today. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minsiter O Panneerselvam were present at the inauguration. The Prime Minister also announced modernization project for the Chennai International Airport, (Phase-II), a new integrated terminal building at Tiruchirappalli airport and a 100-bedded ESI hospital in Tirupur. He also exclusively allotted to the BPCL Ennore Coastal installation, state-of-the-art and fully automated oil…

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PM Narendra Modi Flags Off Several Development Projects In Tamil Nadu

Tirupur:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched new projects and inaugurated completed projects in Tamil Nadu from Tirupur. In his first visit to Tamil Nadu after the presentation of the Interim Budget for 2019-20, PM Modi launched and inaugurated the projects at a brief function held in Perumanallur village in Tirupur district. Tirupur is about 470 km from Chennai and is a major export centre for knitted garments. PM Modi laid the foundation stone of a 100-bed Employees State Insurance Corp (ESIC) health facility in Tirupur. The hospital will cater…

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Karnataka Lawmaker K Srinivasa Gowda Claims BJP Offered Him Rs 30 Crore To Resign Janata Dal (Secular)

K Srinivasa Gowda said that he accepted the Rs 5 crore advance paid to him by the BJP. Kolar:  A Janata Dal (Secular) lawmaker, K Srinivasa Gowda, has alleged that the BJP offered him Rs 30 crore to resign from the HD Kumaraswamy-led party. He added that he accepted the Rs 5 crore advance paid to him by the BJP. “BJP’s CN Ashwathnarayan, SR Vishwanath and CP Yogeshwara came to my home, offered me Rs 30 crore and gave Rs 5 crore in advance. They wanted me to resign from…

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Hyderabad Doctor Arrested For Running Sex Determination Clinic: Police

Police said the accused doctor was running the sex determination centre since the past three years (FILE) Ranga Reddy:  A Hyderabad-based doctor was arrested in Telangana’s Ibrahimpatnam on Sunday for allegedly conducting illegal prenatal sex determination examination.  Telangana Police along with its division SHE Team arrested MBBS doctor Katta Nanda Kishore from Ibrahimpatnam’s Prathyusha Scanning Centre. Police said the accused doctor was running the sex determination centre since the past three years with the help of a mediator. A six-months pregnant cop first reached Prathyusha Scanning Centre through the mediator,…

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Kerala Nuns Allege Rape Accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s Hand In Transfer Orders

Bishop Franco Mulakkal was relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by Pope Francis Kottayam, Kerala:  Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by Pope Francis, still interferes with the administrative matters of Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, nuns protesting against him alleged in Kerala today. “We believe that Bishop Angelo is the apostolic administrator of Jalandhar diocese. But when we see the kind of letters (being issued by the diocese PRO and Missionaries of Jesus congregation head), we doubt whether Bishop Franco still wields power…

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PM Modi To Address Rally In Guntur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu today New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu today to inaugurate development projects and kick off the BJP’s Lok Sabha campaign. This is the first time the Prime Minister will visit Andhra Pradesh after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) broke ties with the NDA government last year. PM Modi is scheduled to visit Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Raichur in Karnataka and Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu today. He…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi To Campaign In Andhra Pradesh Today. TDP, Congress, Left Parties To Protest

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Andhra Pradesh for the first time after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out of the NDA last year. PM Modi is scheduled to visit Guntur, Tiruppur and Raichur today. Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, The TDP, Congress and Left parties have planned big protests and large posters of “No more Modi”and “Modi never again” have already come up across the state. The BJP, in Andhra Pradesh, has asked its cadre to be present at the rallies and make…

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Jagan Reddy Accuses Chandrababu Naidu Of Removing Names From Voters List

Jagan Mohan Reddy met Governor ESL Narasimhan to request for free and fair elections. (File) Hyderabad:  YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday met Governor ESL Narasimhan to request for free and fair elections in Andhra Pradesh. He accused Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of removing names from voters’ list and misusing his power in appointing police officers. Mr Reddy, who is the leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, informed the Governor that he had already lodged a complaint with the Election Commission stating that…

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Baby Elephant Falls Into Trench, Rescued After 3 Hours In Tamil Nadu

The baby elephant was reunited with its herd after a 3-hour long rescue effort. Coimbatore:  A baby elephant was rescued after it fell into a trench in the Mettupalayam Forest Range on the outskirts of Coimbatore, forest officials said today. Hearing the baby elephant’s trumpeting, officials went to the spot and pulled the one-year-old elephant out of the trench and. After a 3-hour long rescue effort, the elephant was reunited with its herd. The calf was moving with the herd when it fell into the pit that was created on…

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WhatsApp Blocks Service For Telugu Desam Leader Over “Several Complaints”

Hyderabad:  The WhatsApp account of a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP has been blocked over what the messaging application platform said were “violation of terms of service” in a mail dated February 8. CM Ramesh, the TDP’s Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh, noticed that the application wasn’t working and he was unable to send any messages. He wrote to the Whatsapp support centre enquiring about the issue. The subject line read: Question about Whatsapp for iPhone. However, the support team wrote back, “We have reason to believe your account…

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Apollo Hospital Seeks Stay On Panel Probing J Jayalalithaa’s Death

Chennai:  Apollo Hospital today approached the Madras High Court seeking an interim stay on the proceedings of a panel probing the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The hospital said the Justice Arumugasamy Commission, which is probing the death of Ms Jayalalithaa, is “prejudiced,” adding that the hospital will be subjected to “grave hardship and irreparable harm” if the proceedings are not stayed. “The real danger of prejudice and bias is apparent in the manner in which the probe panel is conducting the examination of witnesses,” the…

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19-Year-Old Ailing Lioness Dies At Kerala’s Neyyar Dam Lion Safari Park

The captive lioness was one among the two surviving at the safari park in Kerala’s Neyyar Dam. (FILE) Thiruvananthapuram:  A 19-year-old captive lioness, one among the two surviving at a safari park in Neyyar Dam near Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, died following age-related ailments. Named as ‘Sindhu’, the lioness died on Friday evening, zoo authorities in Thiruvananthapuram said. She had been suffering from health issues for some time, they said, adding the health condition of the other lioness, Bindhu, was also not too good. The only male lion left in the park…

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Church Cancels Orders To Transfer Kerala Nuns Protesting Against Bishop

Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of sexually assaulting a nun in Kerala. Kottayam:  Four Kerala nuns, who were transferred for allegedly campaigning against former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal accused of sexually assaulting a nun in the state, don’t need to move out of the convent where they are staying with the “survivor nun”, the church said. The nuns in Kerala had received their transfer orders in March 2018 by the Missionaries of Jesus Congregation, months after they had complained at several forums within the church against the bishop. Reminders followed…

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