Saturday, May 25, 2019CEC meets Kovind, submits names of elected parliamentarians

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora accompanied by other officials met President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday and submitted a copy of the notification which contains the names of members elected to the 17th Lok Sabha.

Kovind congratulated Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra on the successful completion of the electoral process in the cou


Saturday, May 25, 2019Mamata offers to quit as CM, party doesn't endorse

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Two days after her party suffered serious setbacks in the Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday offered to step down from the post.

Banerjee said that she had expressed her desire to quit the Chief Minister's post at an emergent meeting of the Trinamool Congres, but her decision was not endorsed by those present at the meeting.



Saturday, May 25, 2019Police file charge sheet in Bandipora minor rape case

Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday filed the charge sheet against the youth accused of raping a minor girl in Bandipora district earlier this month.

"The charge sheet was presented today in the special court of Principal District and Sessions Judge, Bandipora. It was presented within 17 days from the date the crime was committed," a police officer said.

The rap


Saturday, May 25, 2019Modi elected leader of BJP and NDA parliamentary party

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Narendra Modi was on Saturday elected the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parliamentary party at a function in Parliament's Central Hall.

"I am happy to announce that the BJP parliamentary party has unanimously elected Narendra Modi as its leader," BJP President Amit Shah announced.

Veteran Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)


Saturday, May 25, 2019Vijayan rules out quiting as Kerala CM after poll rout

Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, here on Saturday, broke his silence and told those asking for his resignation after the Left Democratic Front's (LDF) Lok Sabha polls debacle in the state that it was not a verdict against his government and therefore there was no question of him stepping down.

"This defeat was not expected and we see this only as a temp


Saturday, May 25, 2019Surat toll 23, state orders all coaching centres shut

Surat, May 25 (IANS) Shaken out of stupor by the devastating fire in a coaching centre in a four-storey building here that claimed 23 lives, all of Gujarat's eight municipal corporations and scores of municipalities on Saturday ordered shutdown of all coaching centres running in commercial complexes.

Officials said that the coaching centres had been ordered to put all fire safety norms in plac


Saturday, May 25, 2019BJP vote share up 18.4% in Karnataka LS seats

Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS) An upbeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increased its vote share by 18.4 per cent in Karnataka's 28 Lok Sabha constituencies where polling was held in two phases on April 18 and April 23, a poll official said on Saturday.

"The BJP, which won 25 seats, registered a combined 51.35 per cent vote share in the 27 seats it contested in the 2019 general election, which is an i


Saturday, May 25, 2019Jagan meets Andhra Governor, stakes claim to form government

Hyderabad, May 25 (IANS) YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday met Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and formally staked claim to form the government.

Hours after he was unanimously elected as the leader by newly-elected legislators of the YSRCP at Amaravati, Jagan Mohan Reddy landed in Hyderabad to meet the Governor.

Accompanied by few senior leaders of the p


Saturday, May 25, 201979 schools score less than 10% result in Gujarat 12th boards

Ahmedabad, May 25 (IANS) A whopping 79 schools posted less than 10 per cent result in the 12th standard general stream examinations this year, even as English medium students performed better than their Gujarati counterparts, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Educational Board (GSHSEB) announced here on Saturday.

In all, 3,55,560 students appeared in the exams and 2,60,500 cleared it.


Saturday, May 25, 2019After thumping LS poll win, BJP sets eyes on Delhi Assembly

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) After bagging all the 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the BJP has set its eyes on the Assembly elections slated early next year, with the party on Saturday exuding confidence of repeating the similar performance then.

Delhi BJP chief and winner from North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency Manoj Tiwari expressed confidence that the party would wrest power from Aam Aadmi Par


Saturday, May 25, 2019No new Sikkim MLAs have criminal background: ADR

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) None of the winners of the just concluded Sikkim Assembly elections have any serious criminal cases against them, as per their sworn affidavits.

"It's the first time since 2009 that the Sikkim Assembly will have members with no criminal background making laws for the people," said the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report on Saturday.

The Sikkim Krantikari


Saturday, May 25, 2019After LS jolt, Trinamool in shock, fear of mass exodus looms large

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Two days after suffering major setbacks in the Lok Sabha polls, despondency of the West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress is palpable. The Mamata Banerjee-ruled party's workers and leaders appear to be in a fix, amid repeated claims by the BJP camp that many of its MLAs were ready to switch sides.

While the Trinamool leaders publicly have been putting the blame on the C


Saturday, May 25, 2019Modi to stake claim after NDA MPs meet

New Delhi, May 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to stake claim with President Ram Nath Kovind formally on Saturday evening to form new government after his election as the Leader of the BJP Parliamentary party and the NDA alliance.According to sources, BJP MPs will elect Mr Modi as their leader in a meeting here and this will be followed by
formal endorsement by all elected NDA law


Saturday, May 25, 2019This Gujarat Woman's Cow Dung-Coated Car Is An Internet Sensation

AHMEDABAD: Coating our sedans with cow-dung for braving the scorching summer heat might not be a feasible proposition for most of us, but a home-maker in Ahmedabad has done it, as she claims it keeps her car cool even without air-conditioning.

Sejal Shah's Toyota Altis became an internet sensation soon after its photos went viral, thanks to the thick coat of cow dung all over it. The woman's s


Saturday, May 25, 2019President dissolves 16th Lok Sabha

New Delhi, May 25: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha with immediate effect.

The President has accepted the advice of the Cabinet on May 24 and signed the order dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Sub-clause (b) of Clause (2) of Article 85 of the Constitution, an official communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said here.


Saturday, May 25, 2019BJP MP says he will send Jinnah portrait to Pakistan

Aligarh, May 25: Two days after being re-elected as BJP MP, Satish Gautam said that his first priority will be to send the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to Pakistan.

"The right place for Jinnah's portrait is not at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), but in Pakistan. There is no change in our stand and it will be sent by whatever means possible," said the newl


Saturday, May 25, 2019Modi to meet mother on Sunday, visit Varanasi on Monday

New Delhi, May 25: After the landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his mother in Gujarat tomorrow to seek her blessings for the second term.

In a tweet this morning, he also said he will go to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Monday next to thank the people there for re-electing him.

"Will be going to Gujarat tomorrow evening, to seek b


Saturday, May 25, 2019CWC meet begins, all eyes on Rahul

New Delhi, May 25: A couple of days after the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body of the party, on Saturday started its meeting to introspect the reasons for the debacle.

Sources said that the meeting of the CWC, held at Congress headquarters and attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan


Saturday, May 25, 2019Five killed in road accident in Meerut

Meerut, May 25: Five members of a family including two children were drowned when a SUV fell in the Ganga canal near Jatpura village on Saturday.

According to police, a family of 10 from Gurugram was going to Haridwar when at around 0500 hours, the driver of the car lost control over his vehicle and it fell in the Gang canal.

Local villagers rushed to the spot and rescued five people from


Saturday, May 25, 2019Surat fire toll rises to 23, two students on ventilator

Surat, May 25: The death toll in the Friday's devastating blaze in Surat rose to 23 by Saturday, even as seven students battled for survival in hospitals, officials said.

Two of the injured students were on ventilator and five admitted to intensive care units (ICU). The condition of four others was reported to be stable.

Most of the students who were killed in the fire at an arts coaching


Saturday, May 25, 2019Modi, Rahul express condolences for Surat fire tragedy

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled the fire tragedy in Gujarat's Surat which killed at least 15 students and left several others injured.

The fire broke out at a coaching centre atop a four-storey building in the Sarthana area of Surat in Gujarat. Official sources said that some of the students were charred to death while others jumped off the


Friday, May 24, 2019ED moves HC seeking to cancel Robert Vadra's bail

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Delhi High Court seeking to cancel the bail plea of Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a money laundering case.

Vadra was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on April 1 on the condition that he must not leave the country without permission and join the investigation whenever needed.


Friday, May 24, 2019Sabarimala row, Vijayan's style blamed for Left rout

Thiruvananthapuram, May 24 (IANS) Kerala's ruling CPI-M on Friday gave enough indications that the Sabarimala issue and even Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's leadership were to blame for the party's debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.

The party's Kerala state Secretariat dismissed Vijayan's contention that the Sabarimala row was never an issue in the campaign.

The CPI-M-led Left Democratic


Friday, May 24, 2019How TikTok made Modi popular among young voters

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Nearly 1.5 crore young "digital natives", most of whom cast their votes for the first time, chose to vote for Narendra Modi as India's next prime minister and Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok played a great role in creating a "Modi wave" among them.

While the seasoned members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were busy charting out strategies and organising ral


Friday, May 24, 2019Uttar Pradesh to face by-elections in 11 Assembly seats

Lucknow, May 24 (IANS) A total of 11 MLAs have been elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh this time and by-elections will be held in their constituencies.

The BJP had fielded four Uttar Pradesh Ministers and five legislators in the Lok Sabha battle. Two legislators from the Samajwadi Party and one each from the BSP and Apna Dal also contested the Lok Sabha elections.

Minister Rita Bah


Friday, May 24, 2019Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in Lok Sabha

Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state.

Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners - Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) - both famed for their oomp


Friday, May 24, 2019Akhilesh sacks party panelists

Lucknow, May 24 (IANS) In an unexpected development, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has sacked its panel of leaders who act as its spokespersons on television channels.

In a statement issued here on Friday, party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said: "The appointment of all party panelists has been cancelled on the directives of national President Akhilesh Yadav."

He further asked


Friday, May 24, 2019Bengal sends 6 Muslims to Lok Sabha, 2 less from 2014

Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) West Bengal is sending six Muslims to the 17th Lok Sabha -- two less than the last general election.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress with five Muslim MPs has the most number of parliamentarians from the community in the state and the Congress one.

Of the five Trinamool members, Arambagh MP Aparupa Poddar, who retained her seat by a slender margin, accepted


Friday, May 24, 2019Several film celebs win in LS battle, some lose

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) In the political 'dangal' of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, a slew of film celebrities including Hema Malini, Sunny Deol, Kirron Kher, Manoj Tiwari, Anubhav Mohanty, Mimi Chakraborty and Nushrat Jahan emerged victorious.

Veteran actress Hema Malini, Bollywood's evergreen 'Dreamgirl', won from Mathura by 293,471 votes, defeating Narendra Singh of Rashtriya Lok Dal.



Friday, May 24, 2019Fire at SAIL's Bhilai plant; no casualty

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) A fire broke out at the Coke Ovens and Coal Chemicals (CO&CC) Department in SAIL's Bhilai steel plant in Chhattisgarh on Friday morning, the company said, adding no injury or casualty was reported.

"A fire was reported at the Tar Distillation Unit of SAIL's Bhilai Steel Plant at 8.30 a.m.," Steel Authority of India (SAIL) said in a statement.

The cause behind the fi


Friday, May 24, 2019Left has suffered severe defeat: CPI-M

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The CPI-M and the Left have suffered "a severe defeat" in the Lok Sabha elections, the CPI-M has said, adding that the BJP-led NDA's sweeping victory "signal a consolidation of the rightwing offensive unleashed" after 2014.

"These election results signal a consolidation of the rightwing offensive unleashed after the 2014 election," said an editorial in the CPI-M journa


Friday, May 24, 2019Modi's mega swearing-in ceremony likely on May 30

New Delhi, May 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be sworn-in for the second term on May 30 and some world leaders could be invited for it, making it an event bigger than the 2014 when heads of governments of SAARC countries were invited, sources said here on Friday.

Before his swearing-in, Modi is likely to visit Varanasi to thank the people of the parliamentary constituency from where he h


Friday, May 24, 2019A day after poll rout, resignations fly in Congress

New Delhi, May 24: A day after Congress suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, party's Uttar Pradesh chief Raj Babbar, Karnataka's H.K. Patil, Odisha's Niranjan Patnaik and Amethi district head Yogendra Mishra sent in their resignations to the high command owning moral responsibility for the drubbing.

Owning moral responsibility for the rout of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Bab


Friday, May 24, 2019Amethi Congress President quits

Lucknow, May 24: Yogendra Misra, the district President of the Congress in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has sent his resignation to party President Rahul Gandhi, owning moral responsibility for Gandhi's defeat.

Misra, in a letter, said that it was his responsibility to ensure the Congress victory in Amethi and he had failed to accomplish the task. Hence he felt that he should take moral responsib


Friday, May 24, 2019NC will form next Govt in J&K: Farooq

Jammu, May 24: National Conference president and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday asserted that his party will form next government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

"We are hopeful of forming next government in the state," Dr Abdullah here told reporters on his arrival from Srinagar after again being elected as Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency.



Friday, May 24, 2019Modi cannot remove Art 370, 35A from J&K: Farooq

Jammu, May 24: National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that no matter how powerful Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become after winning with the majority, but he cannot remove Article 35A and Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

"No matters how much powerful he (Mr Modi) likes but he cannot remove Article 370 and Article 35A from the state," Dr Abdullah he


Friday, May 24, 2019Resounding Modi wave as BJP secures 303

New Delhi, May 24: The BJP's resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections that saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi make headlines across national and international dailies and also paint a vast swath of the mainland saffron brought in its wake some outstanding results from a number of states.

In the final tally that the Election Commission continues to update the most striking numbers for the Bh


Friday, May 24, 2019In continuing Modi surge, BJP claims Middle India

New Delhi, May 24: The Bharatiya Janata Party has effected a redrawing of its support base that now spreads beyond the Hindi heartland to include at least 10 states that form its core.

The results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections show that Middle India is now firmly in the BJP's kitty and comprises Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisga


Friday, May 24, 2019Four new Supreme Court judges sworn in

New Delhi, May 24: Four new judges of the Supreme Court were on Friday administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

With the swearing in of Justices B.R. Gavai, Surya Kant, Aniruddha Bose and A.S. Bopanna, the number of judges in the apex court now stands at 31, the full sanctioned strength of the top court.

Chief Justice Gogoi also attained the rare feat of overseeing th


Friday, May 24, 2019Modi promises an inclusive India as BJP storms back to power | BJP+ 350 CONG+ 85 Others 107

Every moment, every fibre of my being devoted to India, vows PM

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set for his second term in country’s top post as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—riding on his popularity and the nationalism wave—has once again stormed to a massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections, bigger than its 2014 showing, leaving the opposition dazed and demoralized.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) looks certain to cross


Friday, May 24, 2019PM Modi meets Advani

New Delhi, May 24: A day after sweeping the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran L.K. Adavni at the latter's residence here.

Modi was accompanied by Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah. Later, he is expected to meet another senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

The BJP on Thursday recorded a stunning and historic victor


Friday, May 24, 2019Smriti Irani thanks voters for Amethi win

New Delhi, May 24: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Smriti Irani, who toppled Congress President Rahul Gandhi from his pocket borough of Amethi, thanked the voters on Friday for trusting her.

"With a new morning for Amethi, there is a new resolution. Thank you Amethi. Lotus bloomed as you showed trust. I am thankful to Amethi," she said in a tweet.

Irani defeated Gandhi with margin of 55,120 i


Thursday, May 23, 2019NDA set to score 97.5 per cent in Bihar

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is all set to score 97.5 per cent in Bihar, if the current leads hold.

The BJP is set to win all the 17 seats it contested in the state, while partner Janata Dal (United) is ahead on 16 out of the 17 it contested. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), the third NDA member, is ahead on all the 6 seats it contested.

The NDA had gone to


Thursday, May 23, 2019Supriya Sule-Pawar wins Baramati, NCP leading in 3 more seats

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Supriya Sule-Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party was declared elected from Baramati Lok Sabha seat on Thursday, in her third consecutive victory from the family stronghold.

She secured over 650,000 votes, while her Bharatiya Janata Party rival, Kanchan R. Kool, who scored over 493,000 votes.

This makes Supriya Sule-Pawar, the daughter of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the f


Thursday, May 23, 2019Goa CM congratulates PM, Shah for 'spectacular' win

Panaji, May 23 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP President Amit Shah for pulling off a "spectacular" win in the 2019 general elections.

"People have voted for a new India. Heartiest congratulations to PM Shri @Narendramodi ji & BJP president @AmitShah for the spectacular win. Our nation will scale greater heights under yo


Thursday, May 23, 2019Jagan Mohan Reddy to take oath as Andhra Pradesh CM on May 30: YSRCP leader

Amaravati, May 23 (IANS) Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will take oath as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on May 30 in the temple town of Tirupati, a YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader said on Thursday.

YSRCP was heading for a landslide victory as it was leading on 152 seats in the 175-member Assembly.

Senior party leader Umareddy Venkateshwarlu told reporters that the newly elected YSRCP l


Thursday, May 23, 2019Modi wave sweeping Rajasthan

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Modi wave seems to be sweeping Rajasthan with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 24 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state as counting of votes progressed on Thursday.

This is a major debacle for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, which had managed to form government in the state a few months back, stoking hopes of a better performance in the parliamentary ele


Thursday, May 23, 2019Congress office wears deserted look

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Congress headquarters in the capital wore a deserted look on Thursday with counting trends showing only a marginal improvement in the partys tally from the previous Lok Sabha elections.

Senior party leaders were conspicuous by their absence as the trends showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead on 298 seats while the cCongress was leading in 52 seats, as per t


Thursday, May 23, 2019AAP welcomes public mandate; congratulates BJP for victory

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) As the trends showed BJP leading across the country as well as in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday congratulated the saffron party for its victory and said it hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would do good work in his future tenure.

Welcoming the people's mandate, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharwaj said: "Nothing in the democracy is as pure, sacred and


Thursday, May 23, 2019Shripad Naik leads in North Goa by 11,587 votes

Panaji, May 23 (IANS) Union Minister of State for AYUSH and sitting BJP MP Shripad Yesso Naik is leading over his nearest rival and state Congress President Girish Chodankar by 11,587 votes from North Goa, election officials said.

In the South Goa Lok Sabha, former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Francisco Sardinha polled 48,778 votes against 38,770 votes received by his BJP rival and si


Thursday, May 23, 2019Deve Gowda, Kharge trail in Karnataka

Bengaluru, May 23 (IANS) Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) candidate H.D. Deve Gowda and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge were on Thursday trailing behind their BJP rivals in the Tumkur and Gulbarga (SC) Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka.

According to the latest vote count trends, Gowda was trailing behind the Bharatiya Janata Party's G.S. Basavraj by 22,925 votes after


Thursday, May 23, 2019Mehbooba, Shah Faesal congratulate PM Modi on landslide win

Jammu: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti and former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal on Thursday congratulated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the landslide win in Lok Sabha polls.

“Congratulations to Narendra Modi ji for a historic mandate. Today surely belongs to BJP and its allies. Time for Congress to get an Amit Shah,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.



Thursday, May 23, 2019Jagan Mohan Reddy to take oath as Andhra Pradesh CM on May 30: YSRCP leader

Amaravati, May 23: Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will take oath as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on May 30 in the temple town of Tirupati, a YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader said on Thursday.

YSRCP was heading for a landslide victory as it was leading on 152 seats in the 175-member Assembly.

Senior party leader Umareddy Venkateshwarlu told reporters that the newly elected YSRCP legisl


Thursday, May 23, 2019'Main Bhi Chowkidar' emerged big winner on social media

New Delhi, May 23: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appeared set to retain power, the party emerged as a clear winner on social networks and traditional media platforms -- reaching out to its target audience in a much mor organised and methodological manner than its rivals.

The BJP's well-oiled social media machinery swung into action several


Thursday, May 23, 2019Modi wave sweeping Rajasthan

New Delhi, May 23: Modi wave seems to be sweeping Rajasthan with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 24 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state as counting of votes progressed on Thursday.

This is a major debacle for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, which had managed to form government in the state a few months back, stoking hopes of a better performance in the parliamentary elections


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Five of family killed in road accident in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 22: At least five members of a family were killed and two others seriously injured when a car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck in Odisha's Kalahandi district on Wednesday, police said.

The mishap occurred near Jaring on National Highway 26.

The family was returning to Khuseiguda village from the railway station in Kesinga. While on the way from V


Wednesday, May 22, 2019After seven phase polling, the stage is set for counting of votes on Thursday

New Delhi, May 22: After a lengthy seven-phase Lok Sabha poll that lasted for more than a month, all eyes are now riveted on the counting of votes that will be taken up on Thursday morning.

Election Commission of India (ECI) is monitoring all preparations at all the centres where counting of votes for the 542 Lok Sabha seats and four State assemblies – Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Prade


Wednesday, May 22, 2019‘2>1’: ECI rejects Lavasa's demand to record dissent

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission Tuesday rejected with a majority vote election commissioner Ashok Lavasa's demand that dissent notes should be recorded in its orders on model code violations, days after the simmering tension within the poll body over the issue came out in the open.

The 'full commission' of the panel, comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and two other members -Lavasa and Sushil Chandra- deliberated on the contentious issue, after which the Commission said that dissent notes and minority views would remain part of records but would not be part of its order.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Arunachal MLA, 10 others killed by Naga militants

ITANAGAR: In a brutal attack, suspected NSCN militants on Tuesday gunned down sitting MLA and NPP assembly poll candidate Tirong Aboh and ten others, including his son and two security personnel, in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Aboh, 41, was on his way to his constituency from Assam, along with son Longgem, other family members, four personal security officers and a poll agent in a con


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Indian woman doctor gets Global Asian award

Bengaluru, May 22: Bengaluru-based medical doctor Hema Divakar was honoured with the 'Global Asian of the Year 2018-19' award in Dubai recently for her yeomen services and contributions to the women's healthcare ecosystem, in India, said its organiser 'Asia One' magazine's publisher on Tuesday.

Hema received the award at the Asian Business & Social Forum 2019 under the 'In Service of the Socie


Wednesday, May 22, 2019India's PSLV rocket lifts off with radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), May 22: India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket carrying radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B lifted off from the first launch pad of the rocket port here on Wednesday.

About 15 minutes into the flight the rocket would eject the 615 kg RISAT-2B into about 555-km orbit.

According to the ISRO, the RISAT-2B with a life span of five years


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Tripura, Mizoram poll results to be delayed for VVPAT slips: officials

Agartala/Aizawl, May 21 (IANS) Declartion of results for Lok Sabha polls on Thursday in Tripura and Mizoram would be delayed by three to four hours as counting of ballots would be completed only after tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM vote count in five polling stations - instead of one - in each Assembly segment, election officials said on Tuesday.

Election Commission officials in Agartala and


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Arunachal Pradesh MLA, 10 others killed in militant ambush

Guwahati, May 21 (IANS) At least 11 persons, including Arunachal Pradesh legislator Tirong Aboh, were killed in an ambush by suspected Naga militants in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.

Police said that Aboh and his family members were travelling from Dibrugarh in Assam to Khonsa, when their vehicle was ambushed by suspected NSCN (IM) militants at Bogapani in Tirap


Tuesday, May 21, 2019EC meeting Wednesday on opposition's concern on EVMs: Congress

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday to address the concerns raised by leaders of 20 opposition parties, who met the poll panel on Tuesday to voice their concerns over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and use of VVPATs, the Congress said.

"We have raised these same issues in last one and half months. Why they have not responded ... the Commission heard us fo


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Coast Guard seizes Pakistani boat carrying heroin worth Rs 6 bn

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) In a major operation, the Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday chased and seized a Pakistani fishing vessel carrying 200 kg heroin, valued at a whopping Rs 600 crore, to be delivered to an Indian recipient, an official said.

Following a tip-off on Monday evening, the Coast Guard lay in wait for the Pakistani vessel, "Al Madina", seized it and detained its crew for interrogation,


Tuesday, May 21, 20192019 LS polls saw dip in number of candidates

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The just-held Lok Sabha elections saw a dip in the number of contestants as 8,040 people entered the poll fray, 211 less compared to 2014.

The maximum number of people to try their electoral fortunes was in 1996 when 13,952 candidates contested the general elections.

According to the Election Commission data, a total of 8,040 candidates were in the fray in this Lok


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Millions of Instagram users' data leaked, company probing

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) After Facebook that is battling several data breaches, its photo-sharing service Instagram saw itself in trouble after personal data of millions of celebrities and influencers were allegedly exposed on its platform in a massive database that was traced to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox.

The database contained 49 million records of several high-profile


Tuesday, May 21, 2019More arrests likely in Uttarakhand scholarship scam

Dehradun, May 21 (IANS) After the arrest of 12 people in the Rs 100 crore SC/ST scholarships scam that rattled the Haridwar district, the Uttarakhand Police on Tuesday said some more arrests were likely on the completion of investigations.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg. We will soon start investigations in the Dehradun district too. More arrests are likely as it's a big scam," said a to


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Notice to Karnataka Congress MLA for criticising party leaders

Bengaluru, May 21 (IANS) The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on Tuesday served notice to its legislator Roashan Baig for allegedly criticising the party's state unit leaders ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll results on Thursday, an official said.

"A show-cause notice has been served on Baig to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for going public against t


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Saffron noose tightening around Kamal Nath, probe into land deals worth in crores

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath seems to be in for big trouble. After IT raids on his aides last month, the BJP in Uttar Pradesh is initiating a probe against renowned IMT Institute run by the Congress stalwarts family. Recently his nephew Ratul Puri, was also interrogated in the VVIP chopper scam by ED.

BJP has accused Kamal Nath's IMT college of fraudulently


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Technical snag hits Metro's Yellow Line, normal services resume

Gurugram, May 21 (IANS) Thousands of commuters faced immense inconvenience during the morning rush hours on Tuesday and many had to be evacuated from stuck trains as the Delhi Metro services on the Yellow Line between Haryana's Huda City and Samaypur Badli in Delhi were stalled for over two hours due to a major technical snag.

Apparently due to power failure at the Chhatarpur metro station, tr


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern on EVM tampering reports

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and said the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lay with the Election Commission of India (ECI).

"They must do so and put all speculations to rest," he said in a statement.

Mukherjee said the safety and security of the EVMs, whi


Tuesday, May 21, 2019After campaigning, Yogi returns to official work

Lucknow, May 21 (IANS) After two months of hectic campaigning, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is returning to his official work.

The Chief Minister, who will return to Lucknow on Tuesday evening, has lined up a series of meetings of various departments in which he will take stock of the progress made in the past two months.

Among the projects that will be up for review are the


Tuesday, May 21, 2019All exit polls wrong, far from truth: Sharad Yadav

Patna, May 21 (IANS) Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said all exit polls are wrong and far from the truth and that the reality will be out on Thursday.

"All exit polls are wrong, real result of polls would be known to all on May 23," he told the media in reaction to the exit polls prediction that the NDA led by Narendra Modi will return to power with a majority.



Tuesday, May 21, 2019UP can be heading for mini-poll soon

Lucknow, May 21 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh could well be heading towards a mini election in the coming months if the results go the BJP way. A total of 13 legislators are seeking an entry into the Lok Sabha this time and if these candidates win, bye-elections are sure to be held in their constituencies.

The BJP has fielded four state ministers and five legislators in the Lok Sabha elections. Two leg


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Twitter records 5.6 lakh tweets on exit polls in 24 hours

New Delhi, May 21: As majority of exit polls predicted victory for the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, Twitter recorded nearly 5.6 lakh tweets related to exit polls in 24 hours, the company said on Tuesday.

"Twitter saw 560K Tweets talking about the Exit Polls in 24 hours, between 6:30pm on Sunday 19th until 6:30pm on Monday 20th May, across news commentators, opinion makers and Indian citizens,"


Tuesday, May 21, 2019SC junks PIL seeking 100% verification of VVPAT slips

New Delhi, May 21: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a PIL which sought 100 per cent verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23 for the recently held Lok Sabha elections.

The plea was been filed by Tech for All, a Chennai-based organisation.

A vacation bench, headed by Justic


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Over 22K security personnel on duty in Kerala for counting day

Thiruvananthapuram, May 21: Over 22,000 security personnel will be on duty in Kerala on vote counting day on Thursday as Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Teeka Ram Meena is preparing for a smooth conduct of the process.

Kerala voted on April 23 to elect 20 Lok Sabha members. There are 29 counting stations across the state.

"First the postal ballots would be counted and by noon we expect to fi


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Modi, Shah to hold dinner meet with NDA leaders

New Delhi, May 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah will hold a dinner meeting on Tuesday with leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The meeting, which comes two days ahead of the counting of votes of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, is likely to chalk out a strategy for the post poll scenario.

Senior BJP leaders are a


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Ansari, Gandhi family remember Rajiv Gandhi on 28th death anniversary

New Delhi, May 21: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former vice President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary.

Rajiv Gandhi's son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Rajiv's wife and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, his daughter and AICC general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priya


Tuesday, May 21, 2019PM pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary

New Delhi, May 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary.

'Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary,' Mr Modi tweeted.

Earlier this morning, former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Former
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Co


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Oppn doubts exit poll projections; Results will be in consonance: BJP

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties Monday doubted the exit poll projections that the BJP-led NDA will retain power at the Centre, calling it "speculation" and "fraud" and contrary to ground reality but the ruling party asserted that the final result will be in consonance with the predictions.

Exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that


Tuesday, May 21, 2019UNSC members welcome listing Azhar as international terrorist

United Nations, May 21: The listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist by a UN sanctions committee after China dropped its longstanding opposition has been welcomed by several Security Council members as a significant achievement in making the linchpins of terrorism accountable for their violence.

US Permanent Representative Jonathan Cohen told the Coun


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Exit polls make mixed predictions for Andhra Assembly polls

Amaravati, May 21 :While a majority of the exit polls predicted victory for BJP-led NDA at the Centre, they were divided on the likely outcome in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections which were held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.

The exit polls made mixed projections as to which party will form the next government in the state. While some predicted that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Bengal records 78% polling in last phase

Kolkata, May 21: The Election Commission on Monday said that an average of about 78.73 per cent votes was cast in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal across nine parliamentary constituencies on Sunday.

Basirhat recorded the highest voter turnout at 85.42 per cent, followed by Diamond Harbour (84.85 per cent), Jayanagar (82.26 per cent), Mathurapur (81.93 per cent)


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Restrictions imposed in Srinagar over separatist march

Srinagar, May 21 : Authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar on Tuesday to prevent a separatist-called commemoration march.

The Hurriyat Conference has called for the march to the Martyrs Graveyard in the Old City's Eidgah area to pay homage to two senior separatist leaders, Mirwaiz Moulana Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, who were killed by unidentified assailants on this d


Monday, May 20, 2019Former Kolkata police chief moves SC for protection from arrest

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam chit fund case.

With the top court last week granting seven days to Kumar to approach the competent court for legal remedies, Kumar's counsel told the vacation bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Sanjiv Khann


Monday, May 20, 2019Congress, JD-S call for end to verbal sparring in Karnataka

Bengaluru, May 20 (IANS) Ahead of the results for Karnataka's 28 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday, the warring Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) ruling allies in the state on Monday called for a 'ceasefire' amid acrimonious remarks against each other by leaders of both parties.

"I appeal to the leaders of both the parties to refrain from making any controversial remarks or commenting in the pu


Monday, May 20, 2019Naidu 'cent per cent' sure of TDP retaining power in Andhra

Amaravati, May 20 (IANS) Unfazed by the exit polls which predicted that the YSR Congress Party will storm to power in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said he was "cent per cent" sure of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) retaining power.

He told a news conference that he had not even remotest doubt about the TDP's victory in the elections.

The TDP supremo believes th


Monday, May 20, 2019Economist Piketty to study Kerala model of growth

Thiruvananthapuram, May 20 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said a nodal officer would be appointed to help eminent economist Thomas Piketty to study the state's model of growth.

Vijayan said this after returning from a tour to Europe, where he had a detailed discussion with Piketty.

"On my visit to the Paris School of Economics, I had a discussion with Piketty and he


Monday, May 20, 2019Powerful liquor lobby influencing CM Adityanath, alleges sacked UP Minister

Lucknow, May 20 (IANS) Infuriated over his sacking, controversial Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar on Monday alleged that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath succumbed to the powerful liquor lobby and did not implement prohibition in the state.

Adityanath's silence on a liquor ban was the trigger point in the ongoing tussle between Rajbhar and the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said.


Monday, May 20, 2019Blackbuck case: Fresh notices to Tabu, Sonali, Saif, Neelam

Jaipur, May 20 (IANS) The Rajasthan High Court on Monday served fresh notices to Bollywood stars Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Dushyant Kumar, a local resident, in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case following the state government's appeal against their acquittal.

On the state government's plea, the High Court earlier issued notices to the five respondents on March 11.


Monday, May 20, 2019NDA will win all 14 seats in Jharkhand: CM

Ranchi, May 20 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday asserted that the NDA would win all the 14 seats in the state even though the exit polls predicted six to eight seats for the alliance.

"The poll prediction by different exit polls portrays a different picture of Jharkhand. A news channel has predicted us 12 to 14 seats. We are confident of winning all the 14 seats in the st


Monday, May 20, 2019MNM lodges complaint against Tamil Nadu Minister

Chennai, May 20 (IANS) The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) on Monday lodged a police complaint against Tamil Nadu Minister for Milk and Rural Development Rajenthra Bhalaji for criminal intimidation and defamation of its founder actor-politician Kamal Haasan.

In the complaint submitted to Chennai's Commissioner of Police, MNM General Secretary A. Arunachalam alleged that Bhalaji had threatened violen


Monday, May 20, 2019Nitin Gadkari launches new poster of 'PM Narendra Modi'

Nagpur, May 20: Just a day after the Lok Sabha exit polls predicted victory for the ruling NDA, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday unveiled a new poster of the forthcoming Bollywood biopic "PM Narendra Modi".

The poster reads: "Aa rahe hain dobara PM Narendra Modi... Ab koi nahi rok sakta (PM Narendra Modi is coming again and this time no one can stop him)."

The new poster feat


Monday, May 20, 2019Redmi Note 7S with 48MP primary camera now in India

New Delhi, May 20: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Monday refreshed its Redmi Note 7 lineup with the 48MP camera-powered Redmi Note 7S for a starting price of Rs 10,999.

The 6.3-inch device with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip would be available online from May 23 in two variants: Rs 10,999 for the 3GB+32GB variant and Rs 12,999 for the 4GB+64GB variant in Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red and Onyx Bla


Monday, May 20, 2019Shah to meet NDA leaders, host dinner on May 21

New Delhi, May 20: Buoyed by the exit poll predictions, BJP President Amit Shah has convened a meeting of the leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on May 21, ahead of the counting of votes on May 23.

Sources in the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) said that Shah is likely to host a dinner for the NDA leaders and would chalk out alliance's strategy.

Twelve of 14 exit polls predicte


Monday, May 20, 2019Maoist attack in Jharkhand: 3 cops injured

Ranchi, May 20: Three policemen were injured in a Maoist attack in Seraikela district of Jharkhand on Monday, police said.

Members of the banned Left-wing extremist group detonated landmines and then fired indiscriminately on a police bus in Hudanga village.

The police personnel were on their way to the Suru irrigation project and dam when the attack took place.

The injured policemen we


Monday, May 20, 2019Akbar cross examined in defamation case against Ramani

New Delhi, May 20: The cross examination of former Union Minister M.J. Akbar continued on Monday in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani.

The hearing which is still on saw heated exchange of arguments between two senior advocates -- Akbar's counsel Geeta Luthra and Ramani's Counsel Rebecca John -- as Luthra objected many questions asked by John.



Monday, May 20, 20192 arrested for livestreaming voting on Facebook Live

Mohali, May 20: You must have read about people livestreaming suicides, shootings and other crimes on Facebook Live but police here have arrested two local leaders for uploading videos of casting their votes on the platform.

The police arrested Rahul Kalia, a Congress leader, and Bhanu Partap, a Bharatiya Janata Party councillor of Ward No. 3 in Kurali municipal council in Mohali after they s


Monday, May 20, 2019Centre moves Supreme Court on retrospective effect of Black Money law

New Delhi, May 20: The Centre on Monday moved the Supreme Court on the applicability of the Black Money law after the Delhi High Court had stayed proceedings against advocate Gautam Khaitan over questions on the retrospective effect of the 2016 legislation.

Khaitan is an accused in the VVIP chopper deal scam.

The court agreed to hear the matter on Tuesday.


Monday, May 20, 2019Delays in acquiring land posed problems for Delhi Metro phase-III project

New Delhi, May 20: Delays in acquiring land, getting No-Objection Certificates besides other unanticipated hurdles plagued the third phase of Delhi Metro project, leading to time overrun in expansion of the national capital's modern transport system.

The phase III of the project was scheduled to start in May 2011 but first construction could begin only in January 2012 and a small section stil