Can Dileep Get Kerala Actress Attack Video, Top Court To Decide Next Week

Dileep hasdenied all allegations and claimsit is a conspiracy against him. (File photo) New Delhi:  After Malayalam actor Dileep, one of the accused in the kidnapping and sexual assault of an actress, approached the Supreme Court seeking a copy of the memory card that contains the visuals of the attack, the court said it will take up the case on December 11. In his plea, the actor has said he has the right to see the video and other evidence collected in the case, including the memory card. The Kerala…

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Pinarayi Vijayan Spars With Congress Veteran Ramesh Chennithala

Kerala Assembly was adjourned until Tuesday after ongoing protests over Sabarimala. Thiruvananthapuram:  A war of words between Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala escalated on Monday when the Kerala Chief Minister told the latter that the Congress’ state unit was following the diktats of BJP’s national chief Amit Shah, and not party President Rahul Gandhi anymore. The Chief Minister said that ever since the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court allowing all women to pray at the Lord Ayyappa shrine, the protests in the state showed “who…

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Asaduddin Owaisi Responds To Yogi Adityanath, Says India My Father’s Country

Election in Telangana: Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that Yogi Adityanath was ignorant about historical facts Hyderabad/New Delhi:  Hours after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he would have to “run away” if the BJP came to power in Telangana, Hyderabad lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi delivered his retort. “India is my father’s country. Nobody can force me to leave it,” the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader said at a rally on Sunday. “If BJP comes to power, I assure you Asaduddin Owaisi will have to run away from Telangana the same…

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IIT Madras Students Allege Harassment, Dean Says Not Whole Picture

IIT Madras’ dean of students said the harassment allegations do not reveal the whole picture Chennai:  Several research scholars and hostel inmates of IIT-Madras in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai have alleged harassment and violation of their privacy by vigilance officers during checks conducted in their rooms, a charge denied by the Dean of students. The hostel residents, both men and women, allege that officers barge into rooms, insult and click pictures without consent and their behaviour violates the students’ right to privacy and dignity. The dean of students, MS Sivakumar,…

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Kerala Minister G Sudhakaran Says Donkeys In Sabarimala Have More Grace Than Head Priest

In Sabarimala, donkeys carry most goods from the base camp at Pamba to the hill temple Alappuzha, Kerala:  Kerala PWD Minister and CPI-M leader G Sudhakaran on Sunday slammed the Sabarimala temple tantri, or head priest, saying the donkeys in the temple town have more grace. G Sudhakaran, known for his sharp tongue, made the observation at an inaugural speech at a cultural event in Kerala’s Alappuzha. The minister has been cut up with the Sabarimala tantri family ever since they threatened to close down the temple in case a…

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BJP Protests Across Kerala on Sabarimala. Video Has Twitter Laughing

Police stand guard near barricades as hundreds of BJP supporters protest in Kerala. Chengannur:  The video of a BJP protest rally against Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan gave rise to much mirth on Twitter today, with many wondering if the party was trolling itself. As part of a statewide protest over the prohibitory orders banning large gatherings around the hill shrine of Sabarimala today, the BJP held a black-flag protest at Alappuzha’s Chengannur — near a spot where Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran were scheduled to…

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Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: Congress, TRS, TDP Are Private Limited Parties: Nitin Gadkari

Telangana Assembly Elections: Nitin Gadkari the Congress and the TRS are family parties. Hyderabad:  Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday described the Congress, the TRS and the TDP as “private limited parties” and made a strong pitch for change of regime in Telangana. Addressing an election rally at Uppal, he claimed that the BJP alone is a democratic party where a small-time worker like him could rise to become its president and a tea seller could become the country’s prime minister. The shipping and road transport minister slammed TDP chief…

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In Cyclone Gaja-Hit Areas In Tamil Nadu, An Alarming Pattern Of Suicidal Tendencies

Cyclone Gaja: Chinnayan lost around 1,500 coconut trees at Kalagam village in Thanjavur. Chennai:  For coconut farmer KK Chinnayan in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur, the nightmare has just begun. After Cyclone Gaja uprooted nearly 1,500 of his coconut trees, he is left with a staggering loan of Rs. 40 lakh. The 56-year-old, once a wealthy landlord who had a monthly turnover of Rs. 5 lakh, is now left with almost nothing. He has sleepless nights and fears that he will be hounded by banks and moneylenders. Many others like him say…

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BJP Chief Amit Shah’s Team In State As Kerala Announces Million Women’s Great Wall

Kochi, Kerala:  A four-member BJP team handpicked by party chief Amit Shah will visit Kerala on Sunday, to meet party workers in connection with the Sabarimala row. In Kochi they will meet the devotees and party workers today, to get a “firsthand account” of what the BJP called “atrocities being committed against the satyagrahis”.  The four members comprising Saroj Pandey, Vinod Sonkar, Pralhad Joshi and Nalin Kumar Kateel will submit their report to Amit Shah within 15 days, the party said in a statement.  The team also plans to meet…

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Pinarayi Vijayan Pitches “Women Wall” In Kerala Amid Sabarimala Row

Sabarimala has been boiling since the top court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the shrine. Thiruvananthapuram:  In an attempt to garner support following recent protests by Hindu groups across Kerala over the entry of women of all ages to the Sabarimala shrine post the Supreme Court verdict, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said a “women wall” would be formed on January 1 from the northern district of Kasargode to the state capital pledging support to the state government stand. CM Vijayan’s remarks came after representatives of…

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Centre Approves Rs 353 Crore As Relief To Tamil Nadu

The amount is an interim relief to help Tamil Nadu in providing relief measures to the affected people. New Delhi:  The Centre has approved the release of Rs 353.70 crore to Tamil Nadu as assistance for the damage caused by Cyclone Gaja last month. At a high-level meeting held Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the release of second installment of the central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) amounting to Rs 353.70 crore for the year 2018-19, a Home Ministry statement said. The amount is an interim relief…

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Telangana Assembly Election 2018: Can’t Win Elections On False Promises

Hyderabad:  Alleging that the TRS government in Telangana has failed to fulfill its promises, Chhattishgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today reminded TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao that elections cannot be won on false assurances. Addressing an election rally in support of BJP’s Khairatabad assembly constituency candidate Chintala Ramachandra Reddy in Hyderabad, he said he had interacted with people in some villages and towns and found they were not provided with two Bedroom Hall Kitchen houses as promised and there were no proper arrangements to purchase the crop of farmers. “Over…

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Two Women Attempt Sabarimala Without Police Aid, Return After Protests

Sabarimala has been on the boil ever since the top court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple. Thiruvananthapuram:  Right-wing protesters forced two women to abandon their Sabarimala pilgrimage while they were still a few kilometres from the Lord Ayyappa shrine today. Police said they were not informed about their plan to attempt the climb. While one of the women was 42 years old, the other was in her late twenties. Sources said the first group — which had the middle-aged woman — was just a little over…

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Kamal Haasan Praises Aamir Khan On Cyclone Tweet

Kamal Haasan thanked Aamir Khan for his tweet on Cyclone Gaja. (File) Mumbai:  Superstar Aamir Khan expressed his concerns over the devastation Cyclone Gaja wrought on Tamil Nadu and has urged his fans and followers to contribute generously to alleviate their suffering. “I’m very saddened to hear of the devastation caused by Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu. Let us all come together to help our brothers and sisters there who are suffering. Let us try and contribute in any way that we can,” the Bollywood actor tweeted on Friday.  Tamil…

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Kerala Women Cops Get Rs 1,000 For Right-Wing Leader’s Arrest At Sabarimala

According to the Kerala police, Ms Sasikala had tried to enter Sabarimala after it was shut. Sabarimala:  A day after the hilltop temple of Sabarimala was re-opened for devotees on November 16, the state president of Hindu Aikya Vedi, KP Sasikala, was arrested by women police officials in the suspicion of trying to create a law and order problem. Today, the women cops were rewarded for their efforts — a sum of up to Rs 1,000. In an press release issued by the Kerala police, the cops were awarded with…

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Fish Import Ban Causing “Huge Losses” To Karnataka: HD Kumaraswamy To Goa

Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy has requested his Goa’s Manohar Parrikar to lift the blanket ban on fish import Panaji:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has requested his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar to lift the blanket ban on fish import, claiming that the crackdown has caused “huge losses” to the fishermen from the southern state. In a letter, Mr Kumaraswamy said: “I request you to kindly permit transportation and trading activities of fish between the two states and the ban order issued by the state of Goa may be kept on hold…

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi Failed To Pressure NDA On Assurances Given To State: Congress

Congress also accused KCR of corruptionduring the latter’s tenure as labour minister at the Centre. Hyderabad:  Telangana Congress yesterday questioned the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on why it “failed” to mount pressure on the NDA-led Centre to realise the assurances given to the newly-formed state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Congress state unit president Uttam Kumar Reddy said the assurances include setting up a rail coach factory, steel factory and tribal university in the state. Taking exception to TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s allegation that Telugu Desam Party…

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KCR’s Daughter K Kavitha Dares Rahul Gandhi To Back Telangana Demands In Parliament

The TRS MP said Mr Rahul’s love for Telangana was only for the sake of votes. Hyderabad:  Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP K Kavitha yesterday dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to support their demands in Parliament during the winter session next month. Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s speech at an election rally in Nizamabad, the TRS Lok Sabha member from Nizamabad said if Mr Gandhi had true love for Telangana, he should back TRS MPs on the issues they plan to raise in Parliament. Ms Kavitha, who is the daughter of…

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CBI Says Andhra Pradesh Leaked Secret Info On Arresting Corrupt Officials

CBI said it had asked the Andhra home department to treat the information with utmost secrecy. New Delhi:  The CBI yesterday accused the Andhra Pradesh government of leaking secret information to trap some corrupt officials, saying this resulted in the arrest of just one person, while the others escaped. Enraged by its planned operation to trap the corrupt central government officers getting ruined by the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) half-baked action, the CBI said it had asked the Andhra home department to treat the information with utmost secrecy. The turf…

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Armchair Assessment Of Areas Hit By Cyclone Gaja Won’t Help

Kamal Haasan alleged that the state government has released a pittance as aid for the cyclone-hit. Chennai:  Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan today accused the Tamil Nadu government of conducting an “armchair assessment” of  areas hit by Cyclone Gaja and releasing a measly compensation that would do little to alleviate the people’s losses. “Three lakh houses have been destroyed, forcing around a million people onto the streets. The cyclone has affected even the rich, and made the poor even poorer. But the EK Palaniswami government has released a pittance as aid; it…

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KCR’s Comeback On Commission Jibe

KCR said his life was one of fighting, unlike Mr Gandhi’s. Hyderabad:  Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, also known as KCR, has returned Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s scathing attack with equal intensity on Friday. At a rally Illendu, he said Mr Gandhi speaks like a “joker”. He was reacting on the Congress leader’s barb that KCR stands for “Khao Commission Rao”. “Whether that Rahul Gandhi has intelligence or not, God has given intelligence or not, he speaks like a joker. (He says) we have redesigned (irrigation projects)…

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K Chandrashekhar Rao Got Hyderabad Like A Cooked Biryani With No Efforts: Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh played a key role in the bifurcation process. (File) Hyderabad:  Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday said that Hyderabad was like a “cooked biryani” which Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao got following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The former union minister said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief had no contribution in the making of this “biryani”. Talking to reporters at Sangareddy in Telangana during campaigning for next month’s Assembly election, the Congress leader termed the tech hub a ready to eat “biryani”, the famous dish of…

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A New Friendship In Telangana Aims To Trounce The BJP, Congress And TDP

Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao aims to be chief minister again. (File) Hyderabad:  The campaign trail in Telangana, which will vote to elect a new government in the state next week, has intensified in the last few days. While there has been a lot of talk about the recent camaraderie between Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, a new friendship between caretaker chief minister KCR and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has emerged strong, and one which cannot be ignored by the rest. Though…

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Now, A Hi-Tech Device To Forewarn Kerala Fishermen Of High-Sea Disasters

Fishermen face connectivity issues in the sea, preventing them from receiving cyclone alerts. Thiruvananthapuram:  A year has passed since the Cyclone Ockhi struck Kerala, but the wounds feel just as raw today. “My husband had ventured into the sea with three others a few hours before the cyclone alert was sounded,” recalls Sherly Thomas, her voice quivering with emotion. “We tried calling them, telling them in any way possible about the approaching disaster, but we just couldn’t get through. They never returned.” The Kerala government, however, plans to prevent such…

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Swanky Tejas Coaches To Be Rolled Out In Chennai Today

Tejas coaches have seating capacity of 78 passengers. Chennai:  The first set of Tejas coaches manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) of the Indian Railways will be flagged off in Chennai on Friday. The ‘swanky’ coaches will be inaugurated by seniors railways officials at the Integral Coach Factory Furnishing Division, Chennai, later in the day. The manufacturing of 23 new coaches for Tejas Express was allocated to Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory by Railway board for Northern Railways. Out of 23 coaches, 18 are air-conditioned chair cars, two are air-conditioned…

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Madras High Court Stays Proceedings In Defamation Case Against MK Stalin

MK Stalin alleged the complaint was filed with malicious and political motive to harass him. (File) Chennai:  The Madras High Court has stayed proceedings in a criminal defamation case against DMK president MK Stalin over remarks made by him against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami in September. Justice N Anand Venkatesh issued the interim order on Thursday on a petition by Mr Stalin against the proceedings arising out of a complaint filed against him under Section 500 (defamation) of the IPC over his alleged public speech in Salem on…

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Kerala Government Sounds Nipah Virus Caution Across State

Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala government has advised caution against the deadly Nipah virus, which left 18 dead in the northern parts of the state earlier this year. Given that the virus spreads most between December and June, the state health department has put out an advisory warning people against eating fruits bitten by bats and asking them to wash fruits and vegetables before eating them. Guidelines have also been given to the hospitals. Patients suffering from cough have been advised to wear masks, available at the government hospitals, and cover their…

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Tamil Nadu Farmers Threaten To Walk Naked To Parliament If Demands Not Met

Over 1,000 farmers from Tamil Nadu have reached Delhi carrying skulls. New Delhi:  Farmers from different corners of the country have started gathering at the Ramlila Maidan on the second day of the two-day protest demanding debt relief and better Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. Over 1,000 farmers from Tamil Nadu have reached Delhi in the early hours of Friday carrying skulls of their colleagues who had committed suicide. The group threatened to march naked if they are not allowed to go to parliament today. “We are only demanding…

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BJP To Move Sabarimala Protests To Kerala Capital

Sabarimala protests: BJP said it was planning a 15-day-stir in Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram:  The BJP, which was spearheading the agitation against the entry of young women at Sabarimala, on Thursday announced its decision to shift its protest from the temple complex to the state capital Thiruvananthapuram to intensify its stir. Reacting to the BJP’s move, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the decision to “stop” the protest in Sabarimala was because the BJP had got an inkling of the secular minds of the people in the state. Talking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, he…

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Telangana Assembly Election 2018: Small Modi

Election in Telangana: Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP is contesting in 13 seats in the Telangana polls Hyderabad:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu Thursday dubbed ruling TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao as “small Modi”, alleging he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were ‘cheating’ people. “There is one big Modi in Delhi and small Modi here in the form of KCR (as Rao is popularly known). People are scared of the duo. Both are cheating people,” he said referring to “unfulfilled” electoral promises made by them. Addressing a…

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Chandrababu Naidu, On Congress Team-Up, Says No Ideological Differences

Election in Telangana: Rahul Gandhi has said he and Chandrababu Naidu have a good chemisty Hyderabad:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who has been trying to forge a grand alliance against the BJP, today said that while his Telugu Desam Party and the Congress were politically different, they did not have any ideological differences. Justifying his alliance with the Congress, Chandrababu Naidu, who shared the dais with Rahul Gandhi in a couple of meetings on Wednesday as part of a poll campaign for People’s Front candidates in Telangana, said…

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Cyclone Gaja Shatters Dreams In Tamil Nadu, Brings Back Tsunami Memories

A man sits on the remains of his house, razed by the Cyclone Gaja, in Tamil Nadu. Chennai:  A hut was all that 50-year-old Farida and her husband had to their name until the Cyclone Gaja blew it away. Today, they squat with their grandchildren near the remains of what was once their home, trying to halt passing vehicles in the hope of getting something to eat. Farida says she doesn’t even have a change of clothing. “We need a house; we need that to at least make some food.…

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Kerala Government Asked To Foot Bill For Airlifting During Floods

The estimated loss in Kerala due to the floods has been around Rs 31,000 crore, Pinarayi Vijayan said Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala government has received a bill of over Rs 33 crore to be paid to the Controller of Defence Accounts, and this includes the airlift services provided by the Indian Air Force during the massive deluge in August this year. The letter which has been sent to the state government by the Air Headquarters in New Delhi, and has been accessed by NDTV, includes a sum of Rs 2,03,15,000 for…

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Kerala Police Detain Three Suspected Bodo Terrorists On A Tip-Off

The suspected Bodo terrorists were detained on Thursday morning (Representational photo) Kochi:  Three suspected Bodo terrorists employed as daily wage labourers at a factory in Ernakulam’s Perumbavoor area were today detained by the Kerala police on a tip-off from their Assamese counterparts. “According to a preliminary probe, the three men are part of the banned National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB). Having received arms training in Myanmar, they had previously worked as private security guards in Hyderabad,” senior police officer J Himendrananth told NDTV. “We detained them soon after receiving…

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Kerala Assembly Session Ends In 21 Minutes

Kerala Assembly proceedings was disrupted for the second day in a row on Thursday. Thiruvananthapuram:  With the Congress-led opposition continuing to disrupt the Kerala Assembly proceedings for the second day in a row on Thursday, the Speaker adjourned the House in about 20 minutes. Demanding an end to prohibitory orders in place in Sabarimala, the opposition wanted suspension of the question hour to discuss the “poor facilities” being provided in the temple town. Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan then suspended both the question and zero hours and rushed through listed business of…

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Telangana’s Missing Transgender Candidate Turns Up At Police Station

Telangana assembly election: Chandramukhi M went missing a day after launching her campaign Hyderabad:  Transgender candidate M. Chandramukhi, contesting the Telangana assembly elections from a constituency in Hyderabad, turned up at a police station late on Wednesday night. Chandramukhi, who is contesting the election from Goshamahal as a candidate of the Bahujan Left Front and was missing since Tuesday, reached Banjara Hills police station along with her lawyer and some members of the transgender community. She refused to give a statement to police about her whereabouts, saying she will reveal…

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Former CBI Joint Director VV Lakshminarayana To Launch Own Political Party

VV Lakshminarayana is famous in Telugu states as he was the Joint Director of CBI Hyderabad:  Former Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and IPS officer VV Lakshminarayana has announced to soon launch his own political party. “It has been decided in our volunteers’ meeting held on November 26 that my political entry should be done through my own political party, as per their suggestions. The name of the new party, its modalities, date and place of the launch of the party, and other details will soon…

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Police Produce ‘Missing’ Poll Contestant Before Court

The candidate further said he had voluntarily withdrawn his nomination papers. Hyderabad:  A candidate from the Gajwel constituency, who had reportedly gone missing since filing his nomination papers on November 22 for the Telangana Assembly polls, was produced before the Hyderabad High Court Tuesday, a day after it had directed police to produce him. A division bench comprising Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy had on Monday directed police to produce K Dinesh Chakravarthy, contesting on a Samajwadi Forward Block Party ticket, before the court by 2.15…

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Rahul Gandhi On Alliance With Chandrababu Naidu

We are working together because there is a threat to this nation from the PM, Rahul Gandhi said Hyderabad:  Standing shoulder to shoulder with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, 20 years his senior, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi told NDTV today that they are not adversaries and their “chemistry is very good”.  “We like each other. We think there is a lot we can do together and I think, you’re going to see that in these next coming elections, we are going to win elections,” Mr Gandhi said in Telangana’s…

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Green Signal for Mekedatu Ignites Cauvery Spar Between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

Karnataka says the project will address the growing drinking water needs of the state capital New Delhi:  The Centre’s go ahead for the construction of a reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery, about 110 km from Bengaluru, has raised the prospect of another showdown between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over river water sharing. The Karnataka government has been pitching for the project which it says will address the growing drinking water needs of the state capital and parts of Mysuru region, but Tamil Nadu has said the reservoir…

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Opposition Congress Creates Noisy Scenes Over Sabarimala in Kerala Assembly

Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Assembly witnessed noisy scenes on Wednesday after the opposition Congress members rushed to the well of the House, shouting slogans against the state government for its “inept” handling of the Sabarimala issue. The protesting legislators demanded withdrawal of prohibitory order imposed in and around Sabarimala hill shrine and an immediate discussion on the situation in the Assembly. Some members kept on shouting slogans, standing near the Speaker’s podium and displayed banners and placards that flayed the Left-led government. They said the state government has been insensitive to the…

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We Like Each Other, Rahul Gandhi, Chandrababu Naidu Tell NDTV: Transcript

Congress President Rahul Gandhi with TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad. New Delhi:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, political rivals for 37 years, are now campaigning together in Telangana for the upcoming state elections. Speaking to NDTV in a big exclusive, Rahul Gandhi said “We are not adversaries… the chemistry is very good” and that there is a lot that can be done together. Chandrababu Naidu said it is the responsibility of all political parties to come together to fight the BJP and win…

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Indian Air Force Trainer Aircraft Crashes, Pilot Injured

The trainee aircraft flew from Hakimpet station, crashed in Telangana’s Bahupeta today at 11.45 am Bhuvanagiri, Telangana:  A trainee aircraft which took off from Hakimpet Air Force station on Wednesday crashed in Bahupeta in Telangana’s Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district. The pilot of the crashed aircraft is safe but sustained injuries. He was immediately shifted to a local hospital; he received a fracture on his left leg. Rachakonda’s Bhonghir division ACP Jitender Reddy said a trainee aircraft flew from Hakimpet station has crashed in Bahupeta today at 11.45 am. The incident took…

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Bala Sai Baba, Self-Styled Godman, Dies In Hyderabad. He Was 58

Bala Sai Baba had set up two ashrams, one at Kurnool and another at Hyderabad. New Delhi:  Bala Sai Baba, a self-styled Godman from Andhra Pradesh, died at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday reportedly due to cardiac arrest. He was 58. Born on January 14, 1960 in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool, Bala Sai Baba was referred as “magic baba” by some of his devotees as he was popular for spitting out Shivalingam from his mouth on the day of Shivaratri every year. According to reports, he would also produce…

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami To Visit Cyclone Gaja-Hit Areas Amid Demands For More Help

E Palaniswami had sought a Rs.15,000 crore-relief for Tamil Nadu after Cyclone Gaja. Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami will visit Cyclone Gaja-affected parts of the state today amid protests over allegations that many remote areas are yet to get relief supplies. Mr Palaniswami will visit Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts. Mr Palaniswami had sought a Rs.15,000 crore-relief from the centre for Tamil Nadu when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi last week. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan appealed to neighbouring Kerala to “rise above politics” and help those affected…

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Activist Rehana Fathima Suspended By BSNL After Arrest

Activist Rehana Fathima almost made it to the Sabarimala shrine. Pathanamthitta:  The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Tuesday suspended model and woman activist Rehana Fathima from the post of telecom technician after she was arrested by the Pathanamthitta Police for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of people. On September 30, Ms Fathima had posted a picture on Facebook, dressing up like an Ayyappa devotee with the caption ‘Thathvamasi‘. The Kerala police registered a case against her on October 30 after the Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi, a group that claims to…

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Four-Member BJP Delegation To Visit Sabarimala To Assess Agitation

The delegation will assess the atrocities allegedly being committed to the “satyagrahis” New Delhi:  A four-member BJP delegation formed by party chief Amit Shah will visit the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala to meet the public and party workers in order to assess the atrocities allegedly being committed against the “satyagrahis”. The delegation was constituted by Mr Shah Tuesday to get a first-hand account of the ongoing agitation at the famous hilltop shrine in the southern state. It will submit its report within 15 days to the party chief, the ruling…

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Mekedatu Project Gets Centre’s Nod Despite Tamil Nadu’s Resistance

The CWC has given permission to Karnataka to prepare the DPR for the Mekedatu project Bengaluru/Chennai:  A miffed Tamil Nadu Tuesday demanded that the Centre withdraw its permission to Karnataka for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a proposed balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery. Reacting to the neighbouring state’s demand, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy asserted that the project has to come into effect. “No need to panic, Mekedatu project has to come into effect,” Mr Kumaraswamy said in response to a question about…

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Chandrababu Naidu Says Never Did Injustice To Telangana. Why Is KCR Criticizing Me

Vizianagaram:  TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday wondered why his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao was criticising him though he never did any injustice to Telangana. Addressing a public meeting in Vizianagaram, Naidu said he was “pained” by KCR’s repeated attack on him while campaigning for the December 7 Telangana assembly election. “I am unable to understand why KCR is criticising me. I did no injustice to Telangana. In fact, I am in the front row (of Chief Ministers) who developed Telangana. I never…

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P Sreeramakrishnan, Kerala Speaker, Rejects Private Bill On Sabarimala Temple

P Sreeramakrishnan has not allowed the introduction of a private bill by a Congress legislator Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan has not allowed the introduction of a private bill by a Congress legislator in the assembly on the issue of entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple. The bill, urging the LDF government to consider devotees of Lord Ayyappa as a separate religious group and a new legislation to protect their traditional rituals and customs, was proposed by Kovalam Member of Legislative Assembly or MLA M Vincent.…

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