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Village In Andhra Pradesh Face Social Boycott After Rumour Spread That 2 Died Of Swine Flu

Schools declared holiday for children from Chintakollu after rumours of swine flu deaths Krishna, Andhra Pradesh:  A village in Andhra Pradesh is facing social boycott over rumours of two people dying of swine flu. Local doctors have clarified that the two deaths were not due to swine flu and their test results were negative but that does not seem to convince the people in the neighbouring villages. “The deaths were due to cardiac arrest. We have examined and found no symptoms of swine flu. We will make public announcements on…

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Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar Asks Tamil Nadu To Hear Out Mekedatu Project Benefits

Proposed Mekedatu project on Cauvery river will help farmers of Tamil Nadu, the minister said. (File) Chennai:  Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar has sought an opportunity to explain the benefits of the proposed Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river in his state to the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government and the opposition DMK, while asserting that it is aimed at helping the farmers of Tamil Nadu. The ruling AIADMK and the opposition parties have opposed the Centre’s nod for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) on the proposed balancing reservoir-cum-drinking…

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DMK Leader A Raja Booked Over “Derogatory Remarks” Against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami

DMK leader A Raja allegedly accused Tamil Nadu Chief Minister of corruption. (File) Perambalur:  A case has been registered against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and former Union minister A Raja for allegedly making derogatory remarks and levelling allegations of corruption against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his cabinet colleagues during a protest in September. According to the police, the case was registered based on a complaint filed by an AIADMK functionary on December 7. Mr Raja has been charged with “criminal intimidation, intentional insult with intent to…

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After Exit Polls, KCR’s Party Shoots Down BJP Advances In Telangana

Out of 11 exit polls, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi has been given outright majority by five New Delhi:  Yet another BJP overture for alliance has got shot down by K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi, a party the Congress dubbed the “B Team of the BJP”. Two days after most exit polls predicted that the TRS will get a second term in power with a healthy majority, the state BJP said it was ready to ally with “anyone except the Congress or (Asaduddin Owaisi’s party) AIMIM”. The pre-condition leaves…

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111-Year-Old Karnataka Priest Recovers From Emergency Liver Operation

Shivakumar Swami was flown to Chennai from Bengaluru on Friday in an air ambulance for the operation Bengaluru:  Karnataka’s 111-year-old revered pontiff Shivakumar Swami of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru recovered from a liver operation he underwent at a hospital in Chennai, an official said on Saturday. “The pontiff has recovered from the effects of anaesthesia, administered for the liver operation earlier in the day, and is awake in the intensive care unit,” said Rela Institute of Medical Centre Chairman Mohamed Rela in a statement. The pontiff was flown to Chennai…

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Kannur International Airport Limited Opened, Kerala Only State With 4 International Airports

Kannur International Airport Limited is spread across 2,000 acres costing close to Rs 1,800 crore Kannur:  Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the international airport in Kerala’s Kannur today, making Kerala the only state in India with four international airports. The airport, spread across 2,000 acres costing close to Rs 1,800 crore, is the fourth international airport Kerala adds to its belt, making Kerala the only state in the country to have four international airports. The three other international airports are located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi…

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Telangana Records 73.2 Per Cent Voter Turnout

announcement came more than 24 hours after the polling ended in all 119 constituencies Hyderabad:  The Election Commission on Saturday announced that 73.20 percent polling was registered in the Telangana Assembly elections on Friday. The announcement came more than 24 hours after the polling ended in all 119 constituencies. Suspense continued throughout the day over the final figure of voter turnout. Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar had stated late Friday that 67 percent polling was recorded at 5 p.m. Since those standing in queues were allowed to vote even…

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Lingayat Leaders Insisted On Grant Of Religious Status

Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of spreading false propaganda about him (File Photo) Bengaluru:  Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday said he was prodded by Lingayat leaders to recommend reservation for them and that his government’s recommedation to the centre to grant religious minority status had led to opposition unleashing false propangda against him. Siddaramaiah stated this while participating in the groundbreaking ceremony of a school in Chamarajnagar district. The Lingayat sect was founded by 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, whose belief revolved around social justice, benevolence and piety instead of…

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Madras High Court Stays Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Event At Tamil Nadu Word Heritage Site

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s event on the banks of the Yamuna had created a controversy in 2016 Chennai:  In a setback to spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Friday stayed his foundation’s two-day meditation programme at the Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple — a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district. Although the court will continue hearing the case on Monday, the organisers have already shifted the event to another venue. Around 2,000 people had reportedly registered for the event, “Unveiling Infinity”,…

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Jailed Sasikala Summoned By Tamil Nadu Court Over Forex Violations (FERA)

Sasikala is currently lodged in the Parapana Agrahara Central jail in Bengaluru. (File) Chennai:  A court in Chennai has issued a warrant to a Bengaluru jail to produce VK Sasikala on December 13 in connection with a case registered by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violations. Sasikala, an aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa was convicted in a disproportionate asset case and lodged in the Parapana Agrahara Central jail in Bengaluru since last February. The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in…

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KCR’s Gamble Pays Off, Set To Retain Telangana, Show Exit Polls

Election in Telangana: K Chandrasekhar Rao said he is confident of returning to power Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s gambit of dissolving the state assembly way ahead of time has paid off, exit polls indicated on Friday. Out of 11 exit polls, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi has been given outright majority by five. An aggregate of the exit polls have predicted the party will win 67 seats in the 119-member assembly — well above the majority mark of 60. The alliance of the Congress and Chandrababu Naidu…

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Video Shows Cyclone-Hit Man Threatening Tamil Nadu Minister With Sickle

The mob destroyed the minister’s SUV, forcing him to flee on a two-wheeler. Chennai:  A video showing a man threatening to attack Tamil Nadu Handlooms Minister OS Manian with a sickle at Nagapattinam has gone viral on the social media. The AIADMK politician had come to survey the destruction wreaked by the cyclone Gaja in his hometown when he was challenged by an angry mob. The video from last month shows the man — identified as Raja — advancing towards Manian’s SUV with a sickle, forcing it to reverse. Later,…

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Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing On Kerala’s Plea Against Setting Up Of Sabarimala Panel

Sabarimala has witnessed protests after women of all age groups were allowed entry into the temple (File) New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today declined urgent hearing on a fresh plea of the Kerala government challenging the high court decision to set up a panel to oversee pilgrimage at Sabarimala. Sabarimala has witnessed several protests after women of all age groups were allowed entry into the temple. The Kerala High Court, on November 28, ordered setting up of a three member committee, comprising retired judges PR Raman, S Sirijagan and senior…

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi Hoping For Resounding Victory

Hyderabad:    The Telangana Rashtra Samithi seeking re-election is hoping for “an emphatic” turnout and “resounding verdict” for the party in the state that votes today to elect a new government. As the voting gained momentum K T Rama Rao, the son of outgoing chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, said the three months of election campaign was exhausting. “Tired and exhausted after three months of campaigning. We hope people are not exhausted and they come out in larger numbers, especially in the urban areas, to cast their votes”, Mr Rao…

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818-Year-Old Kadavumbagam Synagogue Reopens In Kerala After 4 Decades

Kadavumbagam Synagogue is located on Market Road in Ernakulam. Kochi:  An 818-year-old Kadavumbagam synagogue in Kerala, which was closed for worship since 1972, reopened on Thursday. The synagogue, located on Market Road in Ernakulam, was reopened on its anniversary. On the occasion, the Sefer Torah, which is a handwritten copy of the Torah (holy scripture), was brought from Israel and kept in the renovated synagogue. In Judaism, Torah is the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Speaking to…

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Kerala BJP Leader, Arrested From Sabarimala, Gets Bail After 20 Days

Kerala BJP leader K Surendran had been housed at the Central jail in Thiruvananthapuram till now. Kochi:  Senior Kerala BJP leader K Surendran who was taken into custody from the Sabarimala base camp town nearly three weeks back for breaking a security cordon, on Friday secured bail from the Kerala High Court. The court also asked for a Rs two lakh surety amount as it discharged him in a case involving an attack on a 52-year-old woman, who had arrived at the Sabarimala temple to take part in a ritual…

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Tamil Nadu Assembly Passes Unanimous Resolution Against Mekedatu Dam On Cauvery

Analysts see the project as an attempt by BJP-led NDA government to woo voters in Karnataka New Delhi:  The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday unanimously demanded the Union Government to withdraw the permission given to Karnataka to prepare a detailed project report or DPR for a proposed dam across the Cauvery at Mekedatu, in yet another face off between the neighbouring states over sharing of river water. A special session of the state Assembly passed a resolution moved by Chief Minister K Palaniswami after a brief discussion where political parties…

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Telangana, Rajasthan Vote For New Government Today: 10 Points

Voting will begin at 8 am in Rajasthan and at 7 am in Telangana (Representational) New Delhi:  Assembly elections for 200 seats in Rajasthan and 119 seats of Telangana will be held today. For the BJP, the crucial battle is in the northern state, which has voted out the incumbent government for more than two decades. But Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is hoping to buck the trend, claiming that her government had worked hard and if anything is wanting, it is, as BJP chief Amit Shah said, is the publicity.…

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Green Tribunal Fines Karnataka Government Rs 50 Crore Over Frothing Bengaluru Lakes

Industrial effluents and excessive use of detergents cause Bengaluru’s lakes to froth. Bengaluru:  With Bengaluru’s lakes making headlines for their froth, flames and overall pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today found Karnataka negligent in protecting its water bodies and keeping the city’s drains free of encroachments. The HD Kumaraswamy government has been asked to pay Rs 50 crore as “environmental penalty”, which would be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for restoring the environment. The city’s civic body — the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike — has also…

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Special Tamil Nadu Assembly Session Over Mekedatu As Another Cauvery Face Off Looms

Chennai:  Raising the prospect of another showdown over river water sharing with Karnataka, The Tamil Nadu assembly will meet for a special session today to discuss the proposed construction of a reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery, about 110 km from Bengaluru. Despite opposition from Tamil Nadu, the Central Water Commission has given its in-principle approval for preparing a detailed project report — or DPR for the Rs. 5,000-crore project capable of storing 66 TMC feet of water. As Karnataka views this as a victory for the state,…

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European Union Announces Rs 84 Lakh For Cyclone Gaja Relief

New Delhi:  The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced emergency assistance of 105,000 euros to the communities most affected by cyclone Gaja that hit Tamil Nadu in November. “In response to cyclone Gaja, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Tamil Nadu in mid-November, the European Commission is allocating 105,000 euros to provide emergency assistance to the most affected communities,” the EU said in a statement. “The aid will directly benefit 17,500 people in the worst-hit districts of Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Thanjavur,” it stated. Cyclone Gaja crossed Tamil Nadu coast…

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Meet Karnataka Veterinary Doctor Who Lives With Parrots From 29 Countries

The doctor says he feeds parrots cerelac, imported from Brazil, four times a day. Kalaburagi:  Parrots are like family for this Karnataka-based veterinary doctor in Kalaburagi. Vishwanath Hegga, who is “crazy” for birds, boasts of a collection of 29 different species of parrots from various parts of the world. “I am a veterinary surgeon working with the state government. Now I am breeding parrots from 29 countries. I started with lovebirds which I got from New Zealand,” the veterinary doctor told news agency ANI. It’s a work of passion and…

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In Telangana, Rs 86.5 Crore Cash, 4 Lakh Litres Of Liquor Seized

Four lakh litres of liquor has been seized in Telangana. Hyderabad:  Telangana State Police on Wednesday seized Rs 86.5 crore cash, four lakh litres of liquor, and more than 8,400 arms have been deposited till now as part of preparations ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Special arrangements have also been made in Naxal-affected areas to avoid untoward incidents ahead of polls, scheduled to be held on December 7 (Friday). Speaking to the media, ADG law and order Jitender said, “Polls are going to be held on December…

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Jayalalithaa Remembered On Death Anniversary, Probe Into Death Continues

The AIADMK leaders and workers paid tributes to Jayalalithaa on her second death anniversary today Chennai:  A probe into the circumstances of the death of J Jayalalithaa is far from over two years after the former Tamil Nadu chief minister breathed her last in a Chennai hospital where she was admitted for 75 days. The AIADMK leaders and workers paid tributes to Jayalalithaa on her second death anniversary today. State Chief Minister E Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam were joined by rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran, party legislators for a silent…

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French Team In Kerala To Question ISIS Suspect In 2015 Paris Attacks Case

Thiruvananthapuram:  A five-member team of French investigators arrived in Kerala to interrogate an alleged ISIS terror operative Subahani Haja Moideen in connection with the 2015 Paris terror attack, sources said. Facilitated by the National Investigative Agency, the officials of the French anti-terrorism agency will question Subahani Haja Moideen currently lodged in Viyyur Central jail in Kerala, news agency PTI reported. The team that arrived in the country after an NIA court in Kochi granted them permission to interrogate Subahani Haja Moideen will be in the state till Friday. He is from…

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HD Kumaraswamy Cabinet To Be Expanded On December 22

This will be the second expansion of HD Kumaraswamy’s ministry. (File Photo) Bengaluru:  Ending the suspense, the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka Wednesday announced that the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet would be expanded on December 22. The decision was taken by the coordination committee of the coalition that met under the chairmanship of former chief minister Siddaramaiah. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda were consulted before deciding the date, Siddaramaiah told reporters after the over two-hour long meeting of the committee. Six members from the Congress and two…

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Development Versus Education? Metro Threatens 90-Year-Old School In Chennai

The second phase of the Chennai Metro is currently under construction. Chennai:  The 90-year-old Good Shepherd Convent in Chennai could lose a major part of its sprawling campus if the Metro authorities have their way. The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has issued a notice alerting the Good Shepherd Convent of its plans to acquire 3,590 square metres of land to build the Sterling Road Station as part of its phase-II network. This would result in the school losing its playground, stadium gallery and a junior block housing classes up…

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After HIV-Positive Woman Ends Life In Lake, Karnataka Villagers Want It Drained

A HIV-positive woman had committed suicide by jumping into the lake (Representational pic) Bengaluru:  Morab village in Karnataka’s Hubli will witness hectic activity in the days to come, with district administration officials expected to drain a 23-acre lake and fill it up with water from the neighbouring Malaprabha canal. The reason? Public pressure after an HIV-positive woman in her late twenties decided to end her life by jumping into it. Her body, found floating in the lake on November 29, was bloated and half-eaten by fish. Villagers refused to drink…

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Children Used As ‘Shields’ During Sabarimala Protests, Cautions Kerala Minister

Minister KK Shylaja cautioned about children being used as a “shield” during the Sabarimala protests Thiruvananthapuram:  Cautioning against using children as a ‘shield’ during agitations including the recent Sabarimala protest, Kerala Social Justice Minister KK Shylaja said today that the state government would have to take action against such practices. The minister told the state Assembly that causing difficulties to children by engaging them in protests was against the Juvenile Justice Act and amounted to violation of Protection of Child Rights Act. “Children were being used as shields in several…

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Elephant In “Catch Tiger” Operation Flees, Rangers Launch Search

Four elephants were roped in to catch the tiger wreaking havoc in a local village (Representational) Bengaluru:  Forest officials were baffled when an elephant that was part of an operation to capture a prowling tiger fled into the HD Kote forest in Mysuru district, forcing the officials to turn their attention to catching the jumbo. The officials told PTI Wednesday that a tiger had wreaked havoc in and around Taraka dam backwater regions near Antarasante village, killing a large number of cattle. The locals lodged a complaint with the forest…

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Karnataka, Tamil Nadu Face Off Yet Again Over Cauvery Reservoir Project

The Mekedatu stretch of the Cauvery where Karnataka intends to construct a reservoir. Bengaluru/Chennai:  Mekedatu, meaning ‘goat crossing’ or ‘goat leap’ in Kannada, refers to a rocky, narrow area of the Cauvery river in southern Karnataka. It is here that the state government wants to build a reservoir for storing water meant to generate electricity and provide drinking water to Bengaluru as well as its neighbouring areas. The Central Water Commission has given its in-principle approval for preparing a detailed project report — or DPR — in this connection. Karnataka…

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Sonia Gandhi Urges Telangana To Vote For Praja Kutami, Says Those In Power Betrayed People

Sonia Gandhi promised Telangana a government that will stand with every section of the society New Delhi:  Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has appealed to the electorate in Telangana to vote for the grand alliance in the assembly election on December 7, saying those in power in Hyderabad had betrayed them and it is time for people to realise their aspirations. She said the ‘Praja Kutami’ (people’s alliance) – comprising Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Jana Samithi and CPI – was a grand alliance for all sections of the society.…

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Jayalalithaa Remembered On Second Death Anniversary

Jayalalithaa was paid tribute by AIADMK leaders on second death anniversary. Chennai:  Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was remembered on her second death anniversary on Wednesday with silent marches, floral tributes and pledges. AIADMK leaders O Pannnerselvam and K Palaniswami led the partyworkers to a silent march from Anna Salai to Marina beach, where the former AIADMK supremo was buried. Senior cabinet ministers, leaders, supporters most of whom were wore black joined the peace march. Floral tributes were paid and pledges were taken by AIADMK leaders and workers…

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TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu Asks Voters To “Revolt” Against TRS

The TRS is bound to lose the election due to its inefficient rule, said Chandrababu Naidu. Hyderabad (Telangana):  Just a day before campaigning ends for Telangana Assembly elections Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu urged voters in Telangana to “revolt” against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). “The TRS is bound to lose the election due to its inefficient rule for four and a half years. They have done nothing for the state and so are indulging in verbal attacks against opposition parties’ alliance,” Mr Naidu said while addressing…

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Amit Shah Lied About Manifesto: Congress Approaches Poll Body

Amit Shah accused the Congress of “minority appeasement” at a rally in Telangana (File) New Delhi:  The Congress on Tuesday approached the Election Commission seeking action against BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly “stoking communal tensions” in Telangana by twisting the Congress manifesto and spreading misinformation. Campaigning at Amangal in Ranga Reddy district on December 2, Mr Shah accused the Congress of “minority appeasement”, claiming that the Congress in its manifesto promised free electricity only to mosques and churches in the state while leaving out the temples. Contrary to Mr…

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No News Report On Jayalalithaa’s Death Without Permission: Commission

Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016, after being treated at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital for 75 days Chennai:  A one-man commission probing the circumstances of the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has banned any reportage or debate on the matter by television channels and newspapers. Jayalalithaa died nearly two years ago after a long illness. Alleging there was a big mystery around be death, Tamil Nadu’s opposition DMK had demanded that the matter be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.   The Arumugaswamy commission’s stricture came…

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As Audio Clip Alleges Karnataka Coup Bid, Congress To Complain To Cops

Karnataka Congress said all its lawmakers still supported HD Kumaraswamy’s government. Bengaluru:  A day after an audio clip triggered accusations that the BJP was trying to topple the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka, the state Congress on Tuesday insisted that all legislators of the party and its partner Janata Dal Secular were with the government. They would, however, file a police complaint on the issue, the Congress said. “On behalf of the KPCC (Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee), we are lodging a complaint to find out between whom the conversation took…

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Bengaluru’s Iconic Rex Cinemas To Make Way For Mall, Multiplex Next Year

The 70-year-old Rex Cinemas is to be torn down after December 31. (File) Bengaluru:  For over 70 years, Rex Cinema hall has stood on the busy Brigade Road in the bustling central business district of Bengaluru. But next year, the iconic theatre will be gone – replaced by one more modern building – a mall and multiplex with four screens. If one is to assume the cinema hall is going down because of its financial viability, that isn’t it. The answer by the Joint Managing Director of the hall was…

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With First Flight To Singapore, Vijayawada Enters Global Aviation Map

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at the launch of the Vijayawada-Singapore direct flight. Vijaywada:  Vijayawada entered the international aviation map Tuesday after its maiden Indigo flight took off for Singapore from the airport at Gannavaram. The inaugural flight was flagged off by Vice President in the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha. “This is only a beginning and Vijayawada will have more international flights in the near future, Mr Naidu said on the occasion. The new air connectivity between Andhra…

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Kerala High Court Fines BJP Leader Over Baseless Petition On Sabarimala Arrests

Right-wing groups have vehemently opposed the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala. Thiruvananthapuram:  In an embarrassment for the opposition BJP, the Kerala High Court directed state leader Shoba Surendran to shell out a fine of Rs 25,000 for filing a “baseless” public interest litigation against the arrests carried out by the state police allegedly in violation of Supreme Court guidelines on the Sabarimala issue. Dismissing the petition, the High Court remarked that it was “filed for publicity”. Ms Surendran, however, wasn’t convinced. “We will move the Supreme Court against the High…

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Rs 5.8 Crore In “Hawala Cash” Recovered From Car Ahead Of Telangana Polls

The latest seizure has taken the total haul in Telangana to Rs 118 crore. Hyderabad:  Police seized Rs 5.8 crore from a car near Pembarthy checkpost in Telangana today, taking the total amount of black money recovered ahead of the state assembly polls to Rs 118 crore. Three people — identified as K Kumar Jain, Ram and Prashanth — were arrested in this connection. According to Police Commissioner V Ravindra, the vehicle — a Swift Dzire — had started off earlier today from Goshamal in Hyderabad. The cash, sewn into…

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“Some Legislators In Karnataka Congress Unhappy”, Says Leader

Congress Karnataka MLA Satish Jarkiholi said that some of the leaders in the party were unhappy. Belagavi:  Not all is well in Karnataka Congress unit, a Member of Legislative Assembly from Congress party, Satish Jarkiholi on Tuesday confirmed, saying that some of the legislators from the state are unhappy and the party leadership is trying to convince them. “Some of them are not happy. They may not be 25 to 30 in numbers but there are 6 to 7 of them. MLAs are unhappy and our leadership is convincing them,”…

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Special Courts To Try Criminal Cases Against Politicians In Bihar, Kerala

New Delhi:  Special courts will be set up in all districts in Bihar and Kerala to try pending criminal cases against legislators and parliamentarians, the Supreme Court said today. These courts will try both former and current leaders. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the directions and also sought compliance reports from the Patna High Court and the Kerala High Court by December 14. The cases that are already with special courts should be sent back to the district courts, the…

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Delhi Court Frames Criminal Charges Against TTV Dhinakaran

TTV Dhinakaran wanted to get the two leaves symbol for the Sasikala-led AIADMK faction New Delhi:  A Delhi court today framed charges of criminal conspiracy against former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran in a case related to the alleged bribery of Election Commission officials to get the two leaves party symbol. Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj put Mr Dhinakaran on trial after he appeared before the court and pleaded not guilty. The court framed charges against Mr Dhinakaran for the alleged offences punishable under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of…

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Telangana Election 2018: TDP, Congress Flags Flying Together For Country’s Good: Chandrababu Naidu

Rahul Gandhi and N Chandrababu Naidu addressed a poll rally in Kukatpally. Kukatpally (Telangana):  Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said that it is for the first time that his party and the Congress have formed an alliance for the benefit of the country. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu addressed a poll rally in Kukatpally as part of the campaign for the ensuing Telangana Assembly Elections. Mr Naidu said, “TDP and Congress flags are flying together for the first time,…

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Siddaramaiah Slams BJP Over Controversial Audio Clip

Siddaramaiah hit out at the BJP for its alleged attempts to destabilise the government. (File) Bengaluru:  An audio-clip containing an alleged conversation between a confidant of a former Ballari BJP MP and a Dubai-based businessman has triggered allegations of attempts being made by the BJP to topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. In the audio, which has gone viral, the confidant is allegedly saying at least 10 to 11 lawmakers from the Congress and JD(S) were ready to switch sides with specific names being mentioned. “They have been offered…

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Kerala Assembly Adjourns In 20 Minutes Over Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala Assembly was adjourned for the fourth consecutive day on Monday after Congress-led opposition demanding a discussion on Sabarimala disrupted the proceedings. Amid noisy trading of charges between the treasury and Opposition benches, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan adjourned the House for the day, barely twenty minutes after it was assembled. The Opposition legislators have been demanding a discussion on Sabarimala, suspending all other business of the Assembly, but the CPI (M)-led government remains unrelenting. As soon as the House met in the morning, the Opposition members — some carrying…

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Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: Prannoy Roy’s Analysis

The Telangana Assembly election results will have ramifications for next year’s national elections. Hyderabad:  Telangana, India’s youngest state, goes to polls next week following a tight contest. Data shows the outcome may depend on just a 2 per cent vote swing. The Congress and Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party have teamed up to take on Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who is seeking a second term. KCR, as Mr Rao is popularly known, had dissolved the state assembly eight months ahead of time to advance the elections. The BJP, which…

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Man Who Heckled Journalists In Sabarimala To Oversee Women’s Wall

CP Sugathan is the general secretary of an organisation called the Hindu Parliament. Thiruvananthapuram:  A man, who was allegedly part of the mob that heckled the NDTV team during protests at Sabarimala, has been appointed as the joint convener of a committee formed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to supervise the human chain of a million women being organised on January 1 in the state. While announcing his ambitious project, the chief minister said “organisations are coming together to save Kerala from going back to dark ages” and invited…

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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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