Madras High Court quashes CBI’s look out circular against Karti Chidambaram

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The Madras High Court today quashed CBIs look out circular (LOC) against Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, in connection with the INX Media case, saying that it was issued in haste and in the absence of conditions warranting it. A bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose gave the order allowing a …

Need to check ‘urban naxals’ support to Maoists in Chhattisgarh, says Brijmohan Agrawal

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There is a need to check the support of urban sympathisers to Maoists so that the left-wing extremism can be eliminated in Chhattisgarh, senior cabinet minister Brijmohan Agrawal said Tuesday. The minister of water resources, agriculture and biotechnology, animal husbandry and fisheries said Naxalism has ended from 75 per cent area of the state and 25 per cent region was …

Mumbai: 4 dead in Parel fire at Crystal Towers; flames doused

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Four persons have died in a massive fire that broke out on Wednesday morning in Mumbais Crystal Tower near Hindmata Cinema in Parel. The fire has been doused with the help of 20 fire engines. It is being believed that many residents are still trapped in the high-rise building. A total of eight people rescued were rescued so far and …

‘Didi-kaka’ scheme of Thane police in Maharashtra to educate students about safety

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The Thane police in Maharashtra have decided to adopt schools to educate students about various safety measures in a bid to prevent sexual abuse and other crimes against children. Under the didi-kaka scheme, children will be made aware about the difference between a good touch and a bad touch, a senior police official said. The scheme was launched Tuesday by …

BJP comes up with ‘Bharatiya’ banners as riposte to Congress casteist poster

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In an apparent riposte to poster depicting castes of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders that had come up here two days before, banners with Bharatiya (Indian) written against images of top leaders of the BJP were seen on the streets of Patna Friday. The posters, put up by the BJPs youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), …

Shocking! Man carries sister-in-law’s body on bicycle to funeral ground

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A man had to carry the body of his sister-in-law on a bicycle for her funeral in Odishas Boudh district as reportedly no one came forward to help him. The incident took place at Krushnapali village yesterday where 60-year-old Chaturbhuja Banka tied the mortal remains of his sister-in-law Pancha Mahakud (40) to the crossbar of his bicycle and pushed it …

NGT anguished over Ganga’s condition, says water unfit to use

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The National Green Tribunal today said the water of the Ganga river, between Haridwar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, was unfit for drinking and bathing, and expressed anguish over the situation. The green panel said that innocent people drank and bathed in the river with reverence, without knowing that it may adversely affect their health. Innocent persons are drinking and …

Kathmandu-Bodh Gaya bus service launched

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A direct bus service was launched between Kathmandu and Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar on Thursday with a view to promoting religious tourism between India and Nepal. Nepals Transport Minister Raghubir Mahaseth and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri jointly flagged off the bus service launched in collaboration with the Bihar transport department from Swoyambhu, a …

Shocking! Vaishno Devi pilgrim commits suicide in J&K’s Reasi

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A 26-year-old pilgrim from Jharkhand today allegedly committed suicide by hanging at Katra, the base camp for the Vaishno Devi yatra, in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Vivek Lohia, resident of Jodhadih More Bokaro, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hotel room this afternoon, a police official said. He said the hotel staff informed …

Karunanidhi burial: 2 dead, 33 injured in stampede at Rajaji Hall where Kalaignar’s mortal remains were kept for public

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In a tragic incident in Chennai hours before the burial of M Karunanidhi, at least two people were reported dead and as many as 33 others were injured in a stampede at Rajaji Hall, where the mortal remains of the DMK patriarch were kept for public homage. The 94-year-old passed away in the citys Kauvery Hospital after a brief illness …

Independence Day: India set example for South Asia by supporting democracy, says Michael Pompeo

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India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity and the rule of law, the US said today while greeting the country on its Independence Day. In his message on behalf of the US government on the occasion of Indias 72st Independence Day, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo lauded the contribution of the …

Whopping Rs 12,000 cr remain unutilised from MPLAD, Uttar Pradesh tops list of states with unspent funds

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The local area development funds of Members of Parliament (MPLADs) are meant for MPs to carry out developmental works in their respective constituencies which they represent in the Parliament. According to the rules, every year, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs are allocated Rs 5 crore under the MPLAD scheme to take up development projects. The rules empower each MP …

Narendra Dabholkar, Gauri Lankesh murders linked, CBI tells court

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In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday said it has established links between the murders of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh. The CBI said it had established the crucial connection before the Shivajinagar Magistrates Court in Pune to extend the police custody of one of the prime suspects, Sachin Andhure. Accordingly, …

Karnataka cops yet to establish role of Sanatan Sanstha’s link in Gauri Lankesh killing: Dy CM G Parameshwara

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Karnataka police were yet to establish the role of Maharashtra-based rightwing outfit Sanatan Sansthas activists in the journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh Gauri Lankesh murder, state deputy chief minister G Parameshwara said today. Investigation was still on to find out whether the right-wing outfits activists were involved in the Lankesh murder case, he told reporters here. The investigation is still on.. Nobody …

Kerala floods 2018: CM relief fund, Paytm, Zomato and all other ways to donate

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The Kerala government on Sunday withdrew red alert from all districts of the state. However, eleven districts remain on orange alert. Both the Central and State government has promised to contribute to Kerala flood relief. A total of 357 people have died while more than lakhs of people have been shifted to several relief camps. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra …

By hugging PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi started a ‘chipko movement’ in Parliament: Rajnath Singh

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi tried to express his love towards PM Narendra Modi through his hug in Parliament. However, he termed Gandhis hug to Modi as an initiation to chipko movement. President of party who could not maintain the dignity of the Parliament, dreams to become the prime minister of the country. …

India-born woman student Rajalakshmi Nandakumar to get ‘Young Scholar’ award in US

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Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, an India-born woman scholar in the US, has been chosen for a prestigious award for her work to help detect potentially life-threatening health issues using smartphones. Nandakumar, studying at the University of Washington, has created a technology that turns an ordinary smartphone into an active sonar system capable of detecting physiological activities, such as movement and respiration, without …

BJP responsible for lynching incidents, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today held the BJP responsible for increasing number of lynching incidents in the country and said that instead of merely condemning them, the saffron party should control its leaders. Rajnath-ji (Union home minister) condemned the incident in Parliament. But, why instead of condemning, they are not controlling their leaders from the upper to lower …

Mamata Banerjee one of most senior leaders, name emerging as front runner for PM post ‘nothing new’, says TMC leader Derek

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TMC leader Derek OBrien said today 2018-19 is the year of think federal, suggesting regional parties will play a crucial role at the Centre and projected Mamata Banerjee as one of the most senior leaders in this matrix. He also said that Banerjee emerging as one of the front runners for the prime ministers post is nothing new. His comments …

Response to Doklam showed this is not India of 60s: M J Akbar

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Union minister M J Akbar today said the handling of the Doklam crisis showed that we are no longer India of the 1960s and those criticising the government over it have no IQ sense about governance. Speaking at Mapusa near here, the Minister of State for External Affairs said the only way to ensure peace is through strength as India …