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Amit Shah Makes Poll Pitch For BJP In Kerala, Slams Opposition

Amit Shah said the grand alliance is just a “front to grab power” and did not have any ideology or leader Palakkad:  BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday attacked the proposed “mahagathbandhan“, or the grand alliance of opposition parties, and said it was not good for the country. Addressing a party rally, Mr Shah said the alliance was just a “front to grab power” and did not have any ideology or leader. The BJP president was in Kerala’s Palakkad to review poll preparedness of his party for the coming Lok…

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School Bus Brakes Failed In Busy Andhra Traffic. Watch What Happened Next

The CCTV video shows the school bus charging down the intersection, ramming vehicles Vijayawada:  At least half a dozen people had a very close call this morning when a school bus in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada rammed three vehicles at an intersection after its brakes reportedly failed.  Three people were injured in the accident that was caught on CCTV. The video shows the mini bus charging down the road crossing where a rickshaw and an autorickshaw had slowed down to turn right. The bus charges right into them and carries forward.…

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Congress-DMK Synonymous With Corruption, NDA For Development, Says Amit Shah

PM Modi-led NDA government will avenge the killing of our soldiers in Pulwama, Amit Shah said. Ramanathapuram:  In his first address in Tamil Nadu after forging a coalition with AIADMK and PMK, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Friday called the alliance of Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) as synonymous with corruption. “DMK and Congress party who indulged in Rs 12 lakh crore of scam can’t work for the development of Tamil Nadu. Congress and DMK are synonymous with corruption while the BJP and NDA stand for…

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Not A “Single Drop Of Politics” In Meet With Vijayakant, Says Rajinikanth

Vijayakant returned to India last week after being in the US for a medical treatment. Chennai:  Rajnikanth met actor-turned-politician Vijayakant today, who returned to India last week after being in the US for a medical treatment, at his home. Rajinikanth said that his visit was personal and there was not a “single drop of politics” involved in the meet. “I came here to enquire my friend Vijayakant’s health. Now, he has returned and is in good health. When I was admitted in Ramachandra Hospital, Vijayakant was the first person who…

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BS Yeddyurappa Gets Interim Stay On Inquiry

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa filed the plea on Wednesday. Bengaluru:  The Karnataka High Court’s Kalaburagi bench on Friday ordered an interim stay on the investigation into allegations that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president BS Yeddyurappa tried to bribe a Janata Dal (Secular) MLA. The decision came after Mr Yeddyurappa had filed a plea to get the First Information Report (FIR) against him quashed. BS Yeddyurappa, Preetham Gowda, Shivanna Gowda and Marakal on Saturday got bail in the case registered by Sharanagouda, son of Gurmitkal MLA Naganagouda Kandkur, over…

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Tamil Nadu Man Kills Teacher In Classroom Allegedly For Rejecting Him

S Ramya taught Maths to students of Class 5 at Gayathri Matriculation School. Chennai:  A 23-year-old teacher was hacked to death by a man in a private school in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district, around 200 km from Chennai. S Ramya who taught Maths to students of Class 5 at Gayathri Matriculation School was alone in her classroom when the suspect Rajashekhar targeted her. “She used to come early to the school as her home is nearby. We understand there was an argument after which he had killed her,” said an…

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2019 Lok Sabha Election Campaign Live Updates: Rahul Gandhi Reaches Tirupati

Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives at Tirupati airport. New Delhi:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati’s Tirumala today as part of his election campaigning ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a senior party functionary said. AICC secretary CD Meyyappan said Mr Gandhi will land at the Renigunta airport in Tirupati in the afternoon and reach the hills by road from there. After offering worship, he is expected to address a public meeting at Taraka Rama Stadium. In the rally, Rahul Gandhi would…

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Telangana Announces Rs 25 Lakh Each To Soldiers’ Families

Telangana assembly condemned the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF soldiers. Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced Rs 25 lakh financial assistance each to families of the 40 CRPF soldiers killed in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. He made the announcement while moving a resolution in the state Assembly to condemn the terror attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit. The resolution was unanimously passed with members cutting across party lines condemning the attack. The House also observed a two-minute silence. As…

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High Court To Decide On BS Yeddyurappa’s Plea Today

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa filed the plea on Wednesday. (File) Bengaluru:  The Karnataka High Court will pronounce the order on quashing of a First Information Report (FIR) filed against former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa over a controversial audio clip. The Kalburagi bench of Karnataka High Court will give the verdict today on a plea filed by Mr Yeddyurappa on Wednesday. BS Yeddyurappa, Preetham Gowda, Shivanna Gowda, and Marakal on Saturday got bail in the case registered by Sharanagouda, son of Gurmitkal MLA Naganagouda Kandkur, over an alleged call made…

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KJ Alphons Files Complaint Over Trolling For Photo With Soldier’s Coffin

It was alleged KJ Alphons took a selfie, but he denied the allegation saying someone else took the photo Thiruvananthapuram:  Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam Thursday filed a police complaint alleging insult and abuse through social media over a photo of him standing near the coffin of a slain CRPF personnel killed in the recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. In his complaint to state police chief, Loknath Behera, Mr Kannanthanam said it was “unethical” and “illegal” to unleash false campaign against him in connection with his visit to the…

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AIADMK, Congress Both Hope Vijayakanth’s DMDK Will Jump On To Their Bandwagon

Senior State Congress leader Su Thirunavukkarasar on Thursday visited Vijayakanth at his home. Chennai:  Both the ruling AIADMK and Congress, which is part of the DMK front, on Thursday hoped that the DMDK, led by actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, would join them. Senior AIADMK leader D Jayakumar, slamming the DMK front, told reporters in Chennai that talks with the DMDK was on and hoped that the Vijayakanth steered outfit would join his party-led “auspicious” alliance. The AIADMK has already held talks with the DMDK leadership, which has however been inconclusive. The DMDK,…

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DMK Alliance With Congress Against Karunanidhi’s Ideals, Alleges AIADMK

AIADMK said Stalin’s tie up with Congress was against the stand of late Dravidian patriarch Karunanidhi. Chennai:  Countering arch rival DMK for taking potshots at Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) for joining hands with it, the ruling AIADMK on Thursday said its opponent’s tie up with Congress was against the stand of late Dravidian patriarch M Karunanidhi. Days after DMK chief MK Stalin mocked at PMK for joining forces with AIADMK, Tamil Nadu Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju said Karunanidhi had years ago — when parting ways with Congress– said that…

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59 Lakh Fake Voters In Andhra, Claims Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party

The party said that over 20 lakh people have votes in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. (FILE PHOTO) Amravati:  With an Election Commission (EC) team visiting Andhra Pradesh to audit the state voter list, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Thursday intensified its attack on the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), claiming over 59 lakh fake voters had been added to the list at its behest. Out of the total 3.69 crore names on state voter rolls, over 59 lakh (16 per cent) are invalid or duplicate, the YSRCP said…

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On Camera, Motorcyclist Hit By Honda Car In Tamil Nadu, Flung 15 Feet Away 

The motorcyclist and his bike were flung far away after being hit by the car. New Delhi:  A motorcycle rider is said to be critical after he was hit head-on by a car and flung some 15 feet away in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore. A video of the accident, caught on a CCTV camera and shared by news agency ANI, shows the motorcycle rider taking a blind left turn and stopping, only to be hit by the oncoming car. It is not clear by watching the video whether the motorcyclist or…

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Congress Legislator JN Ganesh Accused Of Attacking Lawmaker Brought To Karnataka

New Delhi:  Congress legislator JN Ganesh, accused of beating fellow Karnataka lawmaker Anand Singh, was arrested in Gujarat’s Somnath district on Wednesday. Today, he was brought to Bengaluru to face the charges. He would be produced in court and later taken to Ramnagara where a case of attempt to murder has been registered against him. JN Ganesh had gone missing after allegedly assaulting Mr Singh during a brawl at a resort, where Congress lawmakers had been camping to avoid the BJP’s alleged attempt to poach them. He was arrested near…

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DMK Chief Stalin’s Poll Outreach On Facebook, Says Share Your Dreams, Thoughts

DMK chief MK Stalin asks voters on Facebook to participate in “Tamil Nadu’s progress” Chennai:  A day after DMK and the Congress sealed the deal for the Lok Sabha elections, chief of the southern UPA ally, MK Stalin, reached out to voters on Facebook and asked for “thoughts and comments” for the party’s manifesto. “You have a chance to participate in the progress of Tamil Nadu! Share your dreams, innovative thoughts and expectations in the parliamentary election report of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK),” Stalin posted on social media. The…

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Parents Accuse Tamil Nadu Hospital Of Giving HIV-Infected Blood To Child

The Tamil Nadu hospital has said that it is ready to face any inquiry. Coimbatore:  The parents of a two-year-old girl have alleged that a government hospital in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore has transfused HIV positive blood to her. The hospital authorities have refuted the claimand said that they are ready to face the inquiry. The infected blood was transfused into the baby while she was being treated at the hospital last year for a heart condition, the parents allege. The girl’s father, while speaking to news agency ANI, said, “Our…

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In Ties With BJP, Safeguard For Palaniswami’s Shaky Government: Sources

Chennai:  While trying to cobble together a mega alliance whose efficacy is debatable, the ruling AIADMK has actually managed a smart deal to ensure its survival over the remaining two-year term. The party has got a commitment from the PMK and the BJP to support it in the soon-to-be-held crucial by-polls for 21 assembly seats. A similar agreement would bind other potential allies including the DMDK as well. These 21 seats fell vacant in one go, after the Tamil Nadu Speaker disqualified AIADMK lawmakers supporting Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran…

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File Case Against K Chandrashekar Rao For Not Having Women In Telangana Cabinet, Says BJP Leader G Kishan Reddy

Hyderabad:  A senior BJP leader in Telangana Wednesday hit out at Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for not inducting women members in his recently expanded Cabinet and sought registration of a case against him. Speaking to reporters, the saffron party’s former MLA G Kishan Reddy also said even Islamic Countries have women ministers whereas Telangana has been deprived of one. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, had on Tuesday expanded his two-member Cabinet with the induction of ten members. None of the woman members were selected to the Council of…

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Kerala Police Has A New Recruit: A Robot

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan attended the inaugural ceremony of KP-BOT. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Police has a new recruit that stands apart of its peers; that’s because it’s a robot. Kerala Police Cyberdome, the technological research and development centre of Kerala Police Department, developed the human-like robot ‘KP-BOT’ with Asimov Robotics that was launched in the state on Tuesday. “The Robot can move by itself, and that’s why it is called a humanoid. It has camera which has facial recognition technology,” Kerala’s ADGP Manoj Abraham told NDTV.  Kerala Police said they’d…

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Church Group Accused Of Pressuring Elderly Nun In Kerala Assault Case

Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun on 14 occasions from 2014 to 2016. Thiruvananthapuram:  A 60-year-old nun deposing as a witness in the sexual abuse case filed against former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal allegedly came under tremendous pressure to withdraw her police statement until the court finally came to her aid on Tuesday. According to Save Our Sisters (SOS), an umbrella organisation of several church-based reformation groups, the nun was intimidated by superiors after being transferred to Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh a few months ago. “The nun in…

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Kerala Women Employees Take Part In Festival Outside Secretariat

Attukal Pongala is a 10-day festival celebrated in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram:  As Attukal Pongala celebrations are underway in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, around 3,861 women employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) who were abruptly laid off are participating in the festival hoping for the state government to address their complaints. The women prepared a ritualistic offering for Attukal Devi in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvanathapuram where they have been protesting for nearly a month against their abrupt termination. Speaking to news agency ANI, Sandhya, a woman employee who was…

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Fire At Rubber Factory In Kerala’s Kochi, Residents From Nearby Buildings Evacuated

Kochi fire: Residents from nearby buildings have been evacuated. Kochi:  A massive fire broke out at a footwear godown in Kerala’s Kochi this afternoon. No casualties have been reported. The fire broke out in the five-storey building near the Ernakulam South railway station.  Residents from nearby buildings have been evacuated. There are 10 fire fighting teams at the spot to douse the blaze. Thick, black smoke was seen rising from the top floors of the factory.    Source link

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Newborn Boy Stolen In Telangana, Neighbour Arrested

The woman gave birth to the baby boy at Narapally Primary Health Centre on Tuesday. (Representational) Medchal:  A new born was rescued after he was allegedly kidnapped by his neighbour in Telangana’s Medchal district, the police said. According to the police, a woman gave birth to a baby boy at Narapally Primary Health Centre on Tuesday. However, when she woke up, the baby was missing. The family members of the woman informed the police who launched a search operation. After receiving information, the baby was rescued from a woman named…

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Swine Flu On Rise In Telangana, 496 Positive Cases Reported This Year

496 people tested positive for swine flu o far this year in Telangana. Hyderabad:  Telangana is seeing an alarming rise in the number of swine flu cases, with at least 496 people tested positive for the infectious seasonal influenza so far this year. “In January, we have tested 1657 swine flu samples from across the state in which 307 turned swine flu positive,” Dr K Shankar, Director of Government Institute of Preventive Medicine, told news agency ANI. He added that in February, of the 1,108 swine flu samples tested, 189…

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Kerala CPM Member Arrested Over Murder Of Youth Congress Workers In Kasargod

Kasaragod Murders: Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered arrest of all accused at the earliest. Thiruvananthapuram:  A member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) committee from Kerala has been arrested in connection with the murder of two Youth Congress workers in Kasargod district, the police said. The CPI(M) Peria area committee member Peethambaran was arrested after the murder of Kripesh and Sarath Lal. The two were killed on Sunday. Kerala Chief Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the CPM “didn’t have any reason”…

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Telangana Chief Minister KCR K Chandrasekhar Rao Allocates Portfolios To New Ministers

K Chandrasekhar Rao expanded his two-member Cabinet by inducting 10 ministers (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday allocated ministries to ten new members in the state cabinet. Senior TRS leader Etela Rajender has been given the charge of Medical and Health and Family Welfare ministry and A Indrakaran Reddy was allocated with Endowments, Law, Forest and Environment, Science and Technology ministry. Another second time minister, Talasani Srinivas Yadav was made minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and Cinematography whereas G Jagadish Reddy got Education. First-time…

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Indian Railways Launches Tourism Package Covering Temples In Tamil Nadu

This tour for temples in Tamil Nadu will start on February 28 from Chennai (Representational) New Delhi:  The Railways is offering a tour package covering temples in Tamil Nadu, christening it the “Ram Sethu Express-Tamil Nadu Temple Tour”, an IRCTC statement said Tuesday. Last year, the Railways introduced the Ramayana Express for those wishing to travel to spots associated with Hindu gods in India and Sri Lanka. It had also launched a seven-day tour to religious destinations in Maharashtra and the Samanta Express tourist train to cover places of Buddhist…

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Telangana Congress Leader Revanth Reddy Appears Before Enforcement Directorate ED In Cash For Vote Case

In 2015, Revanth Reddy was caught while allegedly trying to give a bribe to a nominated lawmaker (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Congress working president and former legislator A Revanth Reddy Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the cash-for-vote case. The Congress leader, who was recently served a notice by the ED, appeared before it and was quizzed by the probe agency’s officials for several hours. In 2015, Reddy, then in the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was caught while allegedly trying to give a bribe to a nominated…

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After Thousands Fired, Kerala Woman Attempts Suicide Outside Secretariat

The woman was eventually calmed down by a few men from the fire department and brought down Thiruvananthapuram:  A former woman conductor with Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) climbed a tree outside the state secretariat, in an attempt to commit suicide. Dramatic scenes unfolded outside the secretariat as a team of around eight men tried to get her down. Despite initial requests, the visibly tired woman, 38, did not oblige. She was eventually calmed down by a few men from the fire department and brought down. The woman, Dinia,…

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CPM Leader Arrested In Murder Case Of 2 Kerala Youth Congress Leaders

Thiruvananthapuram:  A leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Kerala has been arrested for the murder of two Youth Congress workers in Kasaragod district, the police said on Tuesday. CPM local committee member A Peetambaran has also been suspended from the party, the CPM said. The police said they are looking for more accused. On Sunday, two Youth Congress workers – Kripesh and Sarath Lal – were hacked to death by a group of men while they were riding a motorcycle in Kerala’s northern-most district, Kasaragod. The Kerala…

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K Chandrashekar Rao Expands Telangana Cabinet After 67 Days, Leaves Out Son, Nephew And Women

Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao ended over two months of speculation and expanded his two-member cabinet today with the induction of ten members, including six new faces. However, two big names of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi were left out. They are KCR’s son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao. KCR did not include any woman in the cabinet after much speculation over this. His first Cabinet also did not have a woman minister.  Former Deputy Speaker and Medak lawmaker Padma Devender Reddy and Azeera Rekha Naik…

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Grieving Tamil Nadu Couple Commit Suicide, Months After Son’s Death: Cops

Police said the couple’s grandson tried to save them but they pushed him away. (Representational) Coimbatore:  Grief-stricken after the death of their only son, an elderly couple in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore allegedly committed suicide by setting themselves on fire today, police said. The man and his wife lived their son and grandson in Tirupur district. Their son died of an illness six months. Police say the loss could have led them to kill themselves. The couple poured kerosene all over themselves and lit the fire. Hearing their screams, their grandson…

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AIADMK, PMK Tie-Up Ahead Of Former’s Alliance With The BJP For Lok Sabha Polls

Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu announced its alliance with PMK ahead of Lok Sabha polls likely in May. The announcement came hours before the scheduled visit of union minister and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal to Chennai. The AIADMK and BJP have formalized the tie-up for the general elections. The PMK would get eight seats; the constituencies would be announced later. In addition, the PMK has also been assured of a Rajya Sabha seat later this year. In return the PMK has committed support to the ruling AIADMK in the…

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Telangana Chief Minister Expands Cabinet, Inducts 10 Ministers

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office. Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today expanded his two-member Cabinet with induction of ten members. Six new faces — S Niranjan Reddy, Koppula Eashwar, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, V Srinivas Goud, Vemula Prashanth Reddy and Ch Malla Reddy — found berth in the Council of Ministers. A Indrakaran Reddy, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, G Jagadish Reddy and Etela Rajender, who were part of the Cabinet in Rao’s previous term, returned as ministers. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL…

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In Andhra Pradesh 2 Class 9 Girls Were Expelled After Being Caught Drunk In Classroom

Andhra Pradesh:  In a shocking incident, two girls were expelled from a government school in Andhra Pradesh for reportedly being drunk in class. The Class 9 students had reportedly carried soft drinks mixed with alcohol in the class room and were sipping from the bottle while the teacher was in the class. The smell of alcohol and also their unusual behaviour with their classmates reportedly gave them away.  Headmaster, Battu Suresh Kumar, said that this is not the first time that girls were caught drunk in school. “The girls said…

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Men Who Damaged 16th Century Hampi World Heritage Ruins Made To Re-Erect Pillars By Court: Report

The Hampi video has led to concern over the safety of the protected sites. Hampi:  Four men who vandalised the ancient ruins of the world-famous monuments in Karnataka’s Hampi were made to re-erect the pillars by a local court, according to reports. The four men were arrested after a video of stone pillars at the UNESCO world heritage site being damaged by some men went  viral on social media earlier this month. The clip shows three men pushing the artistically carved stone pillar to the ground, following which it breaks.…

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Kerala Chief Minister Speeds Up Investigation After 2 Youth Congress Workers Killed

Kasaragod Murders: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered arrest of all accused at the earliest Thiruvananthapuram:  Describing the murder of two Youth Congress workers in Kerala as “extremely unfortunate,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said strict action will be taken against those found guilty. The chief minister said in a statement on Facebook on Monday that Kerala’s Director General of Police or DGP has been instructed to arrest all the accused at the earliest. Two people were taken into custody on Monday in connection with an incident where two Youth…

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Tamil Nadu Government Asked By Madras High Court About Gap In Salaries Of Government, Private Employees

The judges said the work of government employees, including teachers, was as important as their demands Madurai:  The Madras High Court Monday asked the Tamil Nadu government why there was such a big gap in the salaries of employees of the government and private companies. Hearing a petition relating to anomalies in the pay and the recent strike by government employees and teachers, a bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar said as they talk so much about their rights, they should also discharge their duties. “After implementation every…

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Sterlite Plant On Top Court’s Order To Keep It Shut

Will go through Supreme Court order in detail, in consultation with our legal team: Sterlite Plant Chennai/Tuticorin:  Sterlite Copper on Monday said it would go through in detail the Supreme Court order, setting aside the NGT directive to reopen its plant at Tuticorin and consult its legal team before deciding on the future course of action. The Supreme court refused to allow reopening of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant, which was at the centre of massive protests over pollution concerns, but granted it liberty to approach the Madras High Court against the…

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Want To Meet The Pope

Sister Lucy teaches higher secondary students at a government-aided school near in Wayanad Wayanad:  Despite repeated warning letters from her own congregation, Sister Lucy, a 53-year-old nun from Kerala’s Wayanad, remains undeterred. The last warning letter she received from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, which comes under the Catholic Church, was on February 2. “Of course I am being targeted because I supported the nuns protesting against Bishop Franco Mullackal, after their colleague – a nun – raised allegations of sexual abuse against him. I have been a nun with them…

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Top Court Stays Trial Court Proceedings Against TTV Dhinakaran

TTV Dhinakaran allegedly acquired $1,04,93,313 in foreign exchange without obtaining RBI permission New Delhi:  The Supreme Court Monday stayed the proceedings of a Chennai court relating to the 1996 Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) case lodged against AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to TTV Dhinakaran and sought his reply on the petition filed by ED challenging the Madras High Court order of June 25, 2018. The bench, also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna, was not in agreement with the Enforcement Directorate…

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Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu, closed after protests last year over alleged pollution, will stay shut, says Supreme Court

The Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu was ordered to be shut by the Tamil Nadu government. New Delhi:  The controversial Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu, closed after protests last year over alleged pollution, will stay shut, the Supreme Court said today. The Tamil Nadu government had approached the top court against the National Green Tribunal’s order allowing the Sterlite plant to reopen, in a case that is seen as politically sensitive. The court was hearing a plea by Vedanta group seeking a direction to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control…

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HD Kumaraswamy Rejects BJP’s Fake Tape Charge: Mimicry Not Easy

Bengaluru/New Delhi:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday rejected allegations that a controversial tape supposedly containing a conversation between BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa and the son of a Janata Dal (Secular) legislator is fake. Mimicry, he said, is not an easy thing to do. The conversation in the tape has a voice allegedly belonging to Mr Yeddyurappa telling Sharan – the son of JD(S) legislator Naganagouda – that they would be given a large sum of money for helping bring down the coalition government in Karnataka by crossing over…

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Jagan Mohan Reddy Promises 15,000 Crore For Backward Classes If Voted To Power

Jagan Reddy was unveiling a ”Backward Class” declaration at a rally in Eluru in West Godavari district Eluru, West Godavari:  Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday described the ”Backward Class” as ”Backbone Class” and promised them several welfare measures including an annual budgetary provision of Rs 15,000 crore, if his party was voted to power in Andhra Pradesh in the coming assembly elections. Unveiling a ”Backward Class” declaration at a rally in Eluru in West Godavari district, Mr Reddy’s promises to the…

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2 Youth Congress Workers Hacked To Death In Kerala’s Kasaragod

The two Congress workers were returning home after attending an event in Kasaragod Thiruvananthapuram:  Two youth Congress workers were hacked to death in Kerala’s Kasaragod district on Sunday, the police said. Congress workers Kripesh and Sarath Lal were attacked while they were on a motorcycle. A group of people who came in an SUV stopped them on the road and hacked them to death, the police said. The two Congress workers were returning home after attending an event nearby, news agency PTI reported. The Congress alleged that CPM activists were…

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Superstar Rajinikanth Says He Will Not Contest In General Election

Rajinikanth had announced his political entry on December 31 in 2017. (File) New Delhi:  Ending months of speculation, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday declared he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections nor support anyone. In a statement, he strictly said, “I am not supporting anyone. No party should use my picture or outfit’s logo” for any propaganda. “My party has no support in the upcoming parliamentary election to any parties. So no one should use my photo or flags in the name of Rajini Makkal Mandram and Rajini Fan Club…

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2-Year-Old Son, Pregnant Wife Bids CRPF Jawan From Tamil Nadu, Sivachandran Farewell

Pulwama terror attack: C Sivachandran’s 2-year-old son and mother bids him farewell Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu:  Two-year-old Sivamuniyan, son of C Sivachandran, the soldier who was killed in Pulwama terror attack on Thursday, looked puzzled as hundreds including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, paid their tribute before bidding his father final farewell. Sivamuniyan can hardly understand why he saluted and kissed the coffin draped in tricolour. His mother, Gandhimathi, pregnant with her second baby, held Sivamuniyan close to her chest. C Sivachandran, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was cremated in…

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Telangana CMR Mall Sees Stampede-Like Situation Over Sarees For Rs 10

Several people were injured in the stampede-like situation at CMR Mall in Siddipet Hyderabad:  A stampede-like situation arose at a shopping mall in Siddipet of Hyderabad city after women thronged in large numbers to buy sarees priced at Rs 10 each. Women and girls rushed to avail the Rs 10 sarees, being offered by the CMR shopping mall and as word spread, the number of customers began to swell creating a stampede, police said. Several people were injured in the incident. A woman also reportedly alleged that she lost her…

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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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