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Saturday, April 21, 2018Cabinet approves Ordinance to confiscate properties of fugitive economic offenders

New Delhi, April 21: In a bid to bring back defaulters of huge bank loans who escape to refuges abroad, the Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance that would provide for attachment and confiscation of the properties of the economic offenders.

The decision to issue The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Nare

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Women protest rising crimes

Guwahati, Apr 21: Over a hundred women today staged a protest march in Guwahati city, demanding exemplary punishment for crimes against women and children and controlling growing incidence of such crimes.

The protest rally was organized by eight organizations of North East region, including All India Democratic Women Forum, Assam Mahila Sangha, North East Network, SFI, DYFI, AISF and Asom Yuba

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says would not join any party

Patna, Apr 21: In a setback to BJP ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election, veteran party leader and former union minister Yashwant Sinha today left the party by asserting that democratic institutions were under threat in the Narendra Modi government.

Mr Sinha, who has been attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government since long made an announcement to that effect during a conference of

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Income Tax sleuths seize cash, gold in poll-bound Karnataka

Bengaluru, April 21: Income-Tax (I-T) sleuths seized Rs 4.13 crore in cash and 4.52 kg gold jewellery valued at Rs 1.32 crore during raids conducted over the last three weeks in poll-bound Karnataka, an official said on Saturday.

"Of the Rs 4.13-crore seized, Rs 4.03 crore is in Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes, with Bengaluru accounting for Rs 2.47 crore and Ballari Rs 55 lakh," said state

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Infant raped, killed in MP; 1 arrested

Indore, April 21: A four-month-old girl was sexually assaulted and murdered in Madhya Pradeshs Indore town, police said, adding that the accused has been arrested.

The incident occurred in the M.G. Road area. The infant was abducted, raped and killed in a vacant basement space just 50m away from where her parents were sleeping early on Friday.

The police used CCTV footage to identify the a

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Union cabinet approves ordinance for death penalty for rape of children

New Delhi, Apr 21: The Union Cabinet today approved an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.

Official sources said here that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Ac

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018CRPF trooper killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

Raipur, April 21: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper has been killed during a gun battle between the security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, an official said on Saturday.

The gunfight took place on Friday night. The slain CRPF trooper has been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Anil Kumar Maurya, who hailed from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

"The Maoists

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Dainik Jagran lit fest faces boycott over Kathua rape fake news

Patna, April 21: Several poets, writers, theatre activists and journalists have boycotted Hindi daily Dainik Jagran's literature festival "Bihari Samvadi" on Saturday to protest against its repeatedly publishing a news story claiming the eight-year-old Kathua victim was not raped.

They have also appealed to fellow writers not to participate in the two-day event.

Bihari Samvadi, the first li

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Amit Shah to discuss ministry reshuffle in UP on Saturday

Lucknow, Apr 21: Even as BJP president Amit Shah would lead the party in attacking the Congress on its home turf of Rae Bareli on Saturday, but his stay here for more than three hours has created tension among the Uttar Pradesh ministers over the possibility of ministry reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath government.

Mr Shah, who reached Lucknow on Saturday morning en route to Rae Bareli was acco

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Perpetrators of Unnao, Kathua rape incidents shouldn't be 'shielded, glorified': PFI

New Delhi, Apr 21: Terming the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents as "violent acts to subjugate, humiliate and instill fear", the Population Foundation of India (PFI) has asked the government to ensure that the perpetrators are neither "shielded nor glorified".

PFI is a body advocating for effective formulation of gender sensitive population.

Executive Chairperson, PFI, Poonam Muttreja, has d

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Forty bombs recovered from Howrah

Howrah (WB), Apr 21: Forty live bombs were recovered from an abandoned house at Chandrapur in Howrah district, the police said today.

Acting on a tip off, police raided the house and recovered the bombs under Amta police station last night.

A bomb squad came from Kolkata and defused the bombs.

Two bikes found in front of the house were seized, the police said.

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Freak accident kills 7 in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, April 21: In a freak accident, a child apparently disengaged the hand-brake of a car leading it to roll down a roadside gorge killing seven persons, including four women and a child, police said.

The incident occurred late on Friday when the wedding party of around a dozen people were headed to Khoda from Behrampur in Vijayanagar in Uttar Pradesh.

According to survivors, the dri

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018BJP seeks action against Balakrishna for verbal attack on Modi

Vijayawada, April 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded action against senior Telugu actor and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator N. Balakrishna for using objectionable language while targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A delegation of BJP leaders called on Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in Visakhapatnam and urged him to take serious note of the language us

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Three sisters attempt suicide due to father’s atrocities

Barabanki, Apr 21: Unable to bear atrocities of their father, three sisters attempted suicide by jumping in-front of moving train late on Friday night.

Police sources here on Saturday said that three sisters, residents of Dariyabad area, jumped in front of a moving train at Dariyabad railway station. The victims told police yesterday their father tried to rape their younger sister and when the

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Ravi Thapar next Ambassador to Nicaragua

New Delhi, Apr 21: Indian Ambassador to Panama has been given the addition charge of envoy to Nicaragua.

Mr Thapar, a 1983-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, would take up this assignment soon.

Presently Ambassador of lndia to Panama, Mr Thapar has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Nicaragua, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Last mont

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018WHO concerned over increasingly overwhelmed health services in Gaza Strip

Gaza, Apr 21: Mass demonstrations in Gaza have left at least 33 Palestinians dead and more than 4279 injured since March 30, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The escalating violence has also led to the injury of 41 health staff, of whom 3 were injured by bullets, with 13 ambulances damaged by bullets and tear gas, a WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region report said on Saturday

“T

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Pleasant morning in Delhi, air quality moderate

New Delhi, April 21: It was a sunny and breezy morning in the national capital on Saturday with the maximum temperature set to touch 38 degrees Celsius, the weather office said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

"The sky will remain clear with strong surface winds during the day within the national capital region," an India Meteo

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018US human rights report criticises violations in India by both government, terrorists

New York, April 21: The US State Department's human rights report criticises India for violations by police and security forces while at the same time noting the "serious abuses" by separatist insurgents and terrorists.

"The most significant human rights issues included police and security force abuses, such as extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, ra

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018Indiana Governor declares April as National Sikh Heritage Month

Indianapolis, Apr 21: Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb celebrated the 319th anniversary of “Creation of Khalsa Day” and on this occasion he also declared the month of April as National Sikh Heritage Month by the executive order of Proclamation.

Sikh community leaders were invited at the Governor’s office and welcomed by the honorable Governor for the celebrations. At the end of the ceremony, t

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018PM returns to Delhi after three-nation tour

New Delhi, Apr 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on Saturday after his successful visit to Sweden, England and Germany.

PM Modi was received at the airport by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.

On his five-day visit, Mr Modi attended the first India-Nordic summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) meeting.

During his visit, M

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Unnao rape: Y-category security withdrawn from BJP MLA

Lucknow, Apr 20: After utter controversy, the Uttar Pradesh government has withdrawn the Y-category security cover of accused ruling Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Bangarmau Kuldeep Singh Sengar, charged with raping a teenaged girl in Unnao last year.

Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said Sengar’s Y-category security was revoked soon after an FIR of rape and kidnapping against t

 

Friday, April 20, 2018CBFC will hopefully value artistic expression: 'Ascharya F#*k It' director

New Delhi, April 20: "Ascharya F#*k It" -- as the name suggests, is a bold film. But its director Samit Kakkad has "immense faith" in Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has often locked horns with filmmakers over cuts and beeps. He is sure that the censor board will see the film, which is inspired from the works of controversial writer Saadat Hasan Manto, for what it is and hopeful

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Five acts of 'misbehaviour' levelled against CJI

New Delhi, April 20: Following are the five "charges of acts of misbehaviour" in the impeachment motion submitted by the opposition parties to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu against Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Friday:

The first charge relates to the conspiracy to pay illegal gratification by persons in relation to the Prasad Education Trust case and the manner in which the case was de

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Girl forced to marry youth; commits suicide

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Apr 20 : Rural Kannad police have registered a case against a man and mother for abetting to an 18-year-old girl to commit suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her residence, police said on Friday.

The girl, a resident of Vadner village in Kannad taluka of district, commited suicide after she was continuously forced for marriage by the youth.

According to

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Aamir spreads awareness about water scarcity

Pune, Apr 20: Superstar Aamir Khan on Friday visited a college here to interact with the students, spread awareness about his water foundation and call for their participation by sticking posters of the social initiative.
Aamir urged students to join and volunteer Shramdaan (labour donation) across villages in Maharashtra fighting against water scarcity and drought situations.
Aamir along wit

 

Friday, April 20, 2018India demands legal action against flag desecration in UK

London, Apr 20: India has demanded legal action against those behind the desecration of the Indian flag at Parliament Square here during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's UK visit.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the matter had been taken up with the UK government and had been regretted at the highest level.

"We are deeply anguished with the incident involving our national flag at

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Indians can see the truth, says Rahul on Judge Loya case

New Delhi, April 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said "there is hope" on Judge B.H. Loya case as millions of "Indians can see the truth", a day after the judge's family said "there is no hope left".

"'There is no hope left, everything is managed', says Judge Loya's family. I want to tell them, there is hope. There is hope because millions of Indians can see the truth. India will

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Decision on re-exam taken on basis of trend analysis: CBSE

New Delhi, April 20: The CBSE on Friday told the Delhi High Court that after doing a trend analysis of science, maths and english papers, it decided not to conduct a re-exam of the Class 10 mathematics paper which was allegedly leaked.

The Central Board for Secondary Education told Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar that it cannot put lakhs of students in difficulty j

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Probe Punjab pilgrim's conversion in Pakistan: VHP

New Delhi, April 20: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday demanded a probe into a Punjab woman pilgrim's conversion to Islam and re-marriage with a Lahore-based Pakistani national.

"The VHP demands a thorough investigation into Kiran Bala's mysterious disappearance, religious conversion, remarriage and unwillingness to return to India," a VHP release said.

VHP Working President Alok Ku

 

Friday, April 20, 201810 houses gutted in Manipur fire

Imphal, April 20: At least 10 houses have been gutted in a massive fire in Manipur's Moreh town, officials said on Friday.

A 10-year-old boy sustained injuries in the fire that broke out on Thursday night at Prem Nagar in Moreh, located along the India-Myanmar border.

"We are trying to establish the cause of fire. An FIR has been registered and investigation is on," Superintendent of Polic

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Nine-year-old raped, killed in UP

Lucknow, April 20: Less than a week after an eight-year-old was lured from a wedding function and raped and then murdered in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district, a nine-year-old was raped and killed in the district the same way on Friday, police said.

The accused is a boy who was part of the cooking team hired for a pre-wedding ceremony in Kailtha village.

He lured the girl to a field behind the

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Pak shells areas along LoC in Nowshera

Jammu, April 20: Pakistani troops opened fire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, police said today.

Pakistani troops shelled Anwas, Laam, Sarya and Pukhrani areas of Nowshera sector late last night.

The firing continued for a brief period, they said and added that there was loss of life or injury to anyone.

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Indian Army commanders discuss challenges faced by security forces, increase in ceasefire violations along LoC

New Delhi, Apr 20: Senior Indian Army commanders today discussed the increase in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, the volatile situation in Kashmir Valley, and the challenges faced by security forces, particularly along the borders with China and Pakistan.

During the Army Commanders Conference, which began on Monday and will conclude tomorrow, they also discussed the radicalisat

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Minor girl raped in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 20: A Class 6 girl student has been allegedly kidnapped and raped for two days by her relative in Odisha's Kalahandi district, police said on Friday.

Police have arrested the accused, identified as Munna Naik, 30, after the family members of the victim lodged a complaint on Thursday night.

As per the FIR, the minor girl had gone to her uncle's house at Dumerapadar village

 

Friday, April 20, 2018"Bad things" happening too frequently: Akhtar on Kathua case

Mumbai, Apr 20: Expressing concern over the brutal rape and murder of an an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, veteran screenwriter and poet Javed Akhtar said he is afraid that "bad things" have started to happen too frequently and one needs to be worried.

"What can be an opinion about a brutal rape and murder? Can there be any other opinion? The society doesn't move together, it remains in differ

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Ex-Delhi HC Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar dead

New Delhi, April 20: Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar died on Friday here at a private hospital, family members said.

"He was admitted in Fortis Hospital two weeks ago. He passed away at around 12 p.m.," a family member told TNN.

Sachar, who was born on December 22, 1923, chaired the Sachar Committee, constituted by then Congress-led central government, which submitted

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Opposition parties to move impeachment notice against CJI

New Delhi, April 20: The Congress and some other opposition parties met here on Friday and decided to submit a petition in Rajya Sabha to initiate the impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Following a discussion at senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's room in the Parliament House complex, the opposition leaders went to meet Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to

 

Friday, April 20, 2018IPL-2018: KKR, Punjab look to continue winning streak

Kolkata, April 20: Table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will both be high on confidence after registering morale-boosting victories in their respective previous games, when they clash in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday.

While KKR got the better of Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in Jaipur, Punjab rode Chris Gayle's bla

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Modi Govt heralded new scales of development: Amit Shah

Bengaluru, Apr 20: Seeking to the woo the trading community in country's IT capital, BJP national president Amit Shah has asserted that the Narendra Modi-led dispensation has changed the scale of development works and promised the citizens here that if voted to power his party will turn Karnataka as a 'corruption free' model state.

“Before 2014, the situation was grim in the country. We change

 

Friday, April 20, 2018BJP asks MPs to attack Rahul over Judge Loya verdict

New Delhi, April 20: The day the Supreme Court dismissing petitions seeking an SIT probe into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, the BJP asked its MPs to attack Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanding his apology by holding press conferences and on social media platforms.

A letter issued by BJP Parliamentary party on Thursday also provided written material for all the party MPs asking them to run

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Migratory vultures in India gaining resistance to bacteria

New Delhi, April 20: In a most unusual wildlife health study, ornithologists trace the phenomenon of bacteria in a migratory vulture species that is gaining antibiotic resistance during its sojourn in India -- and this is quite widespread and can be epidemic too.

But the drug-resistance bacteria are not necessarily harmful to the birds that have them, say the ecologists.

The first-of-its-ki

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Sunny morning in Delhi, rains likely

New Delhi, April 20: It was a hot and sunny morning in the national capital on Friday with the maximum temperature set to touch 39 degrees Celsius. The Met predicts rain later in the day.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted some respite soon. "Light rains and drizzles are like

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Chandrababu Naidu on day-long fast to protest injustice to Andhra

Vijayawada, April 20: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who turned 68 on Friday, began his day-long fast to protest what he calls the injustice being meted out to the state by the Central government.

Naidu launched the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' hunger strike at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada. The fast, which began at 7 a.m., will conclude at 7 p.m.

State minis

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Naroda Patiya massacre: Gujarat HC acquits Kodnani, convicts Babu Bajrangi

Gandhinagar, April 20: A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday acquitted former Bharatiya Janata Party Minister Maya Kodnani while upholding the conviction of Bajrangi Dal activist Babu Bajrangi in the Naroda Patiya massacre case of 2002.

Kodnani was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court for inciting a mob post the Godhra train carnage in 2002. The court fo

 

Friday, April 20, 2018Simi Garewal to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Mumbai, Apr20: Actress and talk show hostess Simi Garewal will be honored with "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for her immense contribution to the Indian cinema.

According to a statement here on Friday, Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards has partnered with Smile Foundation to present the coveted awards for the second year in a row.

The

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Mecca Masjid blast verdict: Resignation of NIA court judge rejected

Hyderabad, Apr 19: The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad has rejected the resignation of Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court Judge K Ravinder Reddy, who had put in his papers hours after he acquitted five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid Bomb Blast case which claimed nine lives and 58 others left injured.

High Court Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan not only declined hi

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Fadnavis welcomes SC verdict on judge Loya death case

Mumbai, April 19: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Judge B.H. Loya case, rejecting PILs seeking a SIT investigation into his death.

"This issue was raised three years after his (Judge Loya's) death and was an attempt to make a hidden attack on BJP President Amit Shah," he said in his reaction while attending some events in Nande

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Ministry calls for time-bound execution of clean air plan

New Delhi, April 19: Amid green organisations voicing concern over the absence of pollution reduction targets, the Union Environment Ministry on Thursday called for time-bound implementation of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

The NCAP calls for a long term time-bound national-level plan to control air pollution. Under this, the ministry aims to augment air quality monitoring in 100 no

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018India focuses on Kazakhstan to boost fruit exports to Central Asia

New Delhi, April 19: Scouting for untapped international markets in the face of dwindling fruit exports, the government has zeroed in on Kazakhstan, which is expected to open up local markets in the Central Asian region, where tropical fruits are in demand.

"The region remains covered under snow for almost six months of the year. They have (sub-tropical) pomegranate and grapes. Our embassy in

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Maneka wants special cells to deal with sexual offences

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Thursday told the states and Union Territories to create special police cells for dealing with sexual offences against women and children.

In a letter, Gandhi urged all Chief Ministers to make sure that investigations in such cases are completed "as per the timelines of law" for speedy justice to the vic

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Tribal girl raped in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 19: A minor tribal girl was raped in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, police said on Thursday.

The girl was raped by an auto driver when she was returning home with her family after attending a religious event late on Wednesday, said police.

Since the accused was known to the family, after dropping them at their house, he took the girl to a secluded spot on the pretext of pa

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Indian-Americans protest against Kathua, Unnao rapes

Washington, Apr 19: Indian-Americans, including women and children, raising slogans like "Hate Murder, hate Crime: No more. No More" held peaceful protests in front of the Indian Embassy against the gang rape and murder of young girls in Kathua and Unnao, demanding swift justice.

They displayed banners and posters seeking justice for the minor girl who was gang-raped by six men and then murder

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Rape protest: 9 on hunger strike in Bihar

Patna, April 19: Nine people, including six women, are on a 72-hour hunger strike in the Bihar capital here. They are protesting against the rape cases in Kathua, Unnao, Surat and Rohtas that have led to countrywide outrage.

They are seeking to mobilise voices against the rising cases of crimes against women across the country.

The hunger strike being held near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Sensex up by 75 97 pts

Mumbai, Apr 19: The benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday advanced 75.97 points to 34,407.65, tracking strong Asian cues supported by a rally in oil prices and easing global trade concerns.

The Nifty of National Stocks Exchange (NSE) too advanced by 34.00 points to 10,560.20.

The sensex registered intra-day high and low at 34,478.82 and 34,386.99 points respectively.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Judge Loya case: Rahul behind petitions, says BJP

New Delhi, April 19: The BJP on Thursday said the "invisible hand" behind the petition on Judge B.H. Loya case was of the Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi and they should apologise to the country for defaming the judiciary.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came down heavily on opposition parties after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) pr

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Nitish, Rabri set to be elected unopposed in Bihar Council polls

Patna, April 19: All eleven candidates including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are set to be elected unopposed on Thursday to the Bihar Legislative Council, officials said.

Nitish, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, and eight others had filed nominations for the April 26 Bihar Legislative Council polls.

They are likely to be elected unop

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018SC for fair trial in Kathua rape-murder case

New Delhi, April 19: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up Jammu lawyers for obstructing the filing of charge sheet in the Kathua minor rape and murder case even as they claimed they were protesting on a different issue.

"We are not concerned with anything, we are concerned with fair trial. You created a situation, police had to file the charge sheet at the residence of the magistrate," said

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018UP to felicitate CWG medal winners from state

Lucknow, April 19: The Uttar Pradesh government will be soon honouring five sportspersons from the state who won medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) held in Australia, an official said on Thursday.

The gold medallists will get Rs 50 lakh each, while the silver medallists will get Rs 30 lakh each and those who won bronze will get Rs 15 lakh each, the official from the sports department

 

Thursday, April 19, 201814-year-old gang-raped in Hamirpur, father axed

Hamirpur, Apr 19: A 14-year-old girl returning from farms was gangraped by three men in Biwar area here late on Wednesday evening and her father was attacked with an axe when he resisted their attempt.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Abhishek Yadav here on Thursday said that three men, identified as Anand Kumar, Sanjay and Chandbabu, waylaid the girl when she was returning from agriculture fi

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Punjab Sikh woman pilgrim converts to Islam, remarries in Pakistan

Chandigarh, April 19: A Sikh woman pilgrim from Hoshiarpur district has reportedly converted to Islam and married a Lahore-based Pakistan national, reports reaching her family in Punjab have indicated.

Her old father-in-law, Tarsem Singh, alleged on Thursday that his daughter-in-law could have fallen into the hands of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and may have been forced to co

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Four injured in acid spill in Puducherry

Puducherry, Apr 19: Four people suffered burns when sulfuric acid, leaking from a running tanker lorry, fell on them at Saidarapet-Pathukannu road near here on Wednesday.

According to police, sulfuric acid was being taken in a tanker lorry from an industrial unit at Saidarapet here to Mettur. When the vehicle reached near Pathukkannu, the acid started leaking and fell over four people riding o

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Congress should apologise for 'Hindu terror' charge: Shah

Bengaluru, April 19: Accusing the Congress party of indulging in vote bank politics, BJP national President Amit Shah on Wednesday asked Rahul Gandhi to apologise to Hindus for labelling them 'terrorists'.

"In pursuit of vote bank politics, the Congress popularised 'Hindu Terror' and tried to implicate some Hindu activists in the Meccas Masjid blast case in Hyderabad over a decade ago, though

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Once decrepit, Varanasi's Balaji Ghat gets a makeover

Varanasi, April 19: It's a city considered sacred by Hindus and is among the oldest in the world to have been continually inhabited. As the Ganges river flows past its ghats, all 88 of them, each one has a historical tale to tell -- if only the walls could speak.

One such is the Balaji Ghat, which is more popularly known as the abode of legendary shehnai artist Ustad Bismillah Khan for his ear

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018Delhi set to get hotter

New Delhi, April 19: It was a sunny morning in the national capital on Thursday with the maximum temperature set to touch 40 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) though predicted some respite soon. "There are chances of drizzling and light showers on Friday," an IMD official

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018SC dismisses plea for SIT probe in Judge Loya case

New Delhi, April 19: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea for a Special Investigation Team probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI Judge B.H. Loya.

Loya allegedly died of a cardiac arrest while in Nagpur in Maharashtra on December 1, 2014 when he was attending a wedding there.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Omar takes jibe at Tripura CM’s ‘internet during Mahabharata time’ comment

Srinagar, Apr 18: Taking a jibe at Tripura Chief Minister for his comment that the internet and satellites existed during the period of the fictional epic Mahabhharata, National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah said lazy archaeologists have been busy digging up stones and rocks when they should have been unearthing remains of computers and server banks of ancient Indian internet.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018This cannot be happening to us constantly: Alia on Kathua rape case

Mumbai, Apr 18: Joining the growing chorus against the alleged rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, actor Alia Bhatt today said she is heartbroken and angry over the incident.

Several Bollywood celebrities have reacted angrily over the incidents and have demanded justice for the victims of the Kathua, Unnao and Surat rape cases that have generated a massive outrage against th

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Abolish groups that advocate "ideology of hate": Goa church

Panaji, Apr 18: In the backdrop of Kathua and Unnao rape cases, the Goa church said today there is a growing trend in the country to justify crimes committed against some sections of the society by using the garb of nationalism.

It said this trend has generated fear and insecurity among the citizens of the country.

The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), the social arm of the Goa c

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Engineering student among others 6 arrested for IPL betting

Jalpaiguri, Apr 18: An engineering student was among six others arrested from a hideout in Jalpaiguri district for betting of cricket during play between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, police said today.

Jalpaiguri Kotwali police, following a specific input, raided a hideout and arrested all the six people while they were engaged in betting last night. Their betting subject wa

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Lalu's elder son engaged

Patna, April 18: Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of now jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, on Wednesday got engaged to senior RJD leader Chandrika Rai's daughter Aishwarya Rai here.

Former Bihar Health Minister Pratap, who celebrated his 29th birthday two days ago, exchanged rings with 25-year-old Aishwarya Rai at a traditional function. Lalu Prasad is currently

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Chandy, Chennithala to meet Rahul

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has summoned former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala to Delhi. They will meet on Thursday to help Gandhi pick a new state unit chief.

Gandhi is seeking a younger crop of leaders, an informed source said. He is focussing on the second generation of leaders. The front runners include V.D.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Modi meets Theresa May for bilateral talks on immigration, counter-terrorism

London, Apr 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived at 10 Downing Street for a breakfast meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May during which the two leaders are expected to discuss wide range of issues of mutual interest, including cross-border terrorism, visas and immigration.

Modi was greeted with the customary handshake by May.

"Very welcome to London, Prime Minister," M

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018SC reserves verdict on Sidhu's conviction in road rage case

New Delhi, April 18: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on a plea filed by Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu against a three-year jail term awarded to him in a 30-year-old road rage case.

A bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul reserved the judgment after hearing arguments from counsels of the Punjab government and Sidhu and his cousin.

Th

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Media houses to pay Rs 10 lakh for revealing rape victim identity

New Delhi, April 18: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed some media organisations to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation for disclosing the identity of an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

Advocates representing the media houses told a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar that the mistake was due to ignoran

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Candle march in Latur against Kathua, Unnao rapes

Latur, Maharashtra, Apr 18: District and city Congress activists led by MLA Amit Deshmukh took out a candle march from Ganggolai to Gandhi chowk to protest recent incidents of rape against minors in Unnao and Kathua, raising corruption and crimes.

Mr Amit Deshmukh led the candle march on Tuesday night at 2200 hrs along with party activists, including rural MLA Adv Trimbak Bhise, Distrcit Cong

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018No currency shortage, printing of notes ramped up: RBI

Mumbai, Apr 18: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have assured the public that there is no currency shortage.

"Unusually large cash withdrawals" have lead ATMs in some places to run out of cash. It has been reported in a section of the media that there is shortage of currency in certain parts of the country. It is clarified at the outset that there is sufficient cash in the RBI vaults and curre

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Rakesh Singh is new Madhya Pradesh BJP President

Bhopal, April 18: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday nominated Jabalpur Lok Sabha MP Rakesh Singh as the new president of Madhya Pradesh's BJP unit.

The development has come a day after Khandwa Lok Sabha MP Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan resigned from the post.

Chauhan, along with Rajasthan BJP President and Jaipur city MLA Ashok Parnami and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Prades

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018CBI court sentences 37 in fodder scam case

Ranchi, April 18: A Special CBI court here on Wednesday sentenced 37 people to jail between three to 14 years in a fodder scam case, and also imposed a fine of up to Rs 1 crore on some of them.

According to a lawyer, four officials have been awarded up to 14 years' imprisonment. Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Shivapal Singh pronounced the sentence on Wednesday, said a lawy

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Rakesh Singh likely to be Madhya Pradesh BJP chief

Bhopal, April 18: BJP Lok Sabha member from Jabalpur Rakesh Singh is likely to be named as the new Madhya Pradesh party chief, informed sources said on Wednesday.

The decision was made keeping in mind the assembly polls slated for later in 2018.

Singh will replace Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan, who stepped down late on Tuesday.

The other names discussed were ministers Bhupendra Singh, Narot

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018One killed in Delhi accident

New Delhi, April 18: One person was killed and five others were injured on Wednesday after their auto was hit by the driver of a speeding SUV in Delhi, police said.

The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. in Lado Sarai when the SUV tried to jump a red light, police sources said.

The victim, Chandan Jha, died on the spot.

"The six people travelling in the auto were going back home in centr

 

Wednesday, April 18, 201840 houses gutted in Shimla fire

Shimla, April 18: A massive fire in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday gutted at least 40 houses and property worth lakhs of rupees, officials said.

The fire reportedly broke out when the occupants were asleep. However, no casualties have been reported.

"There are reports of 40 houses, mostly wooden, being destroyed in the fire in Kasheni village," Sub Divisional Magistrate B.R

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Three drug peddlers arrested in Agartala

Agartala, Apr 18: Three drug peddlers were arrested and a consignment of brown sugar was recovered from their possession in Bijoynagar colony of Ramnagar, here.

Based on specific intelligence inputs, BSF and police on Tuesday raided the locality and detained the trio.

Security forces recovered 10 small packets of brown sugar and Rs 21,120 from their possession.

The detainees were ident

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Justice rally in New York protesting Kathua, Unnao & Surat rapes

New York, Apr 18: Several women's rights and advocacy groups, civil society and inter-faith organisations have joined hands to hold a rally here protesting against the rapes of young girls in Kathua, Unnao and Surat towns, expressing outrage at the horrific incidents and demanding swift justice.

The 'United For Justice Rally: Against the Rapes in India' was organised by Sadhana: Coalition of P

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Facebook begins fact-checking news in poll-bound Karnataka

New Delhi, April 18: With Karnataka heading for the polls in May, Facebook has announced a third-party fact-checking programme in the state to fight spread of fake news on its platform.

The social media giant on Tuesday partnered with BOOM, an independent digital journalism initiative, for a pilot programme that will first roll out in the southern state.

Karnataka goes to election on May 12

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Markets open on higher note

Mumbai, April 18: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a positive note during the morning session of the trade.

The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 34,443.42 points, touched a high of 34,505.19 points and a low of 34,434.20 points.

The Sensex is trading at 34,434.73 points up by 39.67 points or 0.12 per cent from its Tuesday's close at 34,395.06 points.

On the

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Fortis Healthcare receives EoI from Fosun Health Holdings

Mumbai, April 18: Fortis Healthcare on Tuesday said that it has received "an unsolicited non-binding expression of interest (EoI)" from Fosun Health Holdings.

According to a BSE filing, Fortis Healthcare's Board of Directors received the EoI from Fosun Health Holdings on Tuesday for a possible due diligence.

Fosun Health Holdings, in its letter to the company's Board, made an offer of a "pr

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018Clear Wednesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, April: It was a clear Wednesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 23.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above the seasons average, the weather office said.

"The sky will remain clear with strong surface winds during the day within the national capital region," an India Meteorological Department official told IANS.

The maximum temperature was lik

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: On BJP's second list, Reddy brother, tainted ministers, and rape accused

BENGALURU: Despite Amit Shah's public assurance that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nothing to do with mining baron G Janardhan Reddy, the latest list of candidates announced for Karnataka Assembly Elections presents a different picture.

The party has fielded the mining baron's elder brother G Somashekar Reddy from Bellary City.

The political fortune of three Reddy brothers – Karunak

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018World Bank notes India has recovered from demonetisation and GST, predicts 7.3% growth

New Delhi: The World Bank has noted that India now made a full recovery from the effects of demonetisation and GST which were introduced in the last two years. It further predicted a growth rate of 7.3 percent for the Indian economy in the financial year of 2019/20.
In its South Asia Economic Focus report, the World Bank stated that the Indian economy has recovered from demonetisation and GST -

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Cash crunch in many parts of India as ATMs run dry; government says solution in 3 days

New Delhi: Severe cash crisis has thrown life out of gear as ATMs have run dry in several states and cities including Telangana, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Vadodara, Bhopal, Patna and a few areas in Delhi.
Cash-starved customers in large numbers started queuing up outside ATMs and banks since early Tuesday morning to withdraw currency notes from vending machines, but most of them were either out of se

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site


Damascus, April 17: Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said.

The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma, the BBC reported.

The attack on April 7, prompted military strikes on Syrian government targets by the US, Britain and France a week

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Blast near Indian Embassy field office in Nepal

Kathmandu, April 17: A pressure cooker bomb went off near the Indian Embassy field office in Nepal's Biratnagar late on Monday damaging the walls of the premises, Nepal Police has said. No one has claimed responsibility.

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has not made any remarks regarding the blast yet.

It is suspected that a splinter group of Maoist-led by Netra Bikram Chand could be respon

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Sushma in China from Saturday, hold talks with Wang Yi

Beijing, April 17: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during her two-day China visit beginning on Saturday.

Sushma Swaraj will meet Wang on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO).

She will meet a more powerful Wang, who in March was elevated to China's top diplomatic

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Bodies of Indian family missing in US found

Washington, April 17: The bodies of all four members of an Indian family, which perished when their sport utility vehicle plunged into a river in California earlier this month, have been found, the authorities said.

Searchers recovered the submerged bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter, Saachi, 9, from the Eel River in Leggett, California, on Sunday, the Mendocino County Sheriff

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Cash crunch: Rahul slams Modi for destroying banking system

Amethi, April 17: With ATMs suddenly running dry in several states, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what he described as destroying India's banking system by ushering in "acchhe din" for fugitive jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.


Gandhi also criticised Modi for his silence on the banking frauds allegedly committed by the diamond mercha

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018There is more than adequate currency in circulation: Jaitley

New Delhi, April 17: Allaying fears of currency shortage in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the government has reviewed the situation and "there is more than adequate currency in circulation".


"Have reviewed the currency situation in the country. Overall there is more than adequate currency in circulation and also available with the banks. The temporary shortage ca

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Maharashtra police raid Dalit activists

Mumbai, April 17: The Maharashtra Police carried out multi-city raids on Tuesday against prominent Dalit activists and supporters in a fallout of the January 1 caste riots in Koregaon-Bhima, official sources said here.


The raids which started at around 5 a.m., and were carried out by several teams of the Pune police in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, in the homes and offices of various Dalit activi

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Like terrorists, rapists have no religion, says VHP chief




INDORE: V S Kokje, the newly-elected international president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), today termed the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir as "shameful".

He also said that "divisive forces" were giving communal colour to the incident.

Returning to Indore, his hometown, after being elected as the VHP international president

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Rasana case in Supreme Court, J&K Govt’s reply sought on shifting trial to Chandigarh

JAMMU: The Kathua minor’s rape and murder case today reached the Supreme Court which sought Jammu and Kashmir government’s reply on a plea, filed by the father of the victim, for transfer of the trial to Chandigarh. It also asked the state to provide security to two lawyers who are assisting the victim’s family.

The Supreme Court also appeared not inclined at accepting demand for a Central Bur

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Green panel order on Amarnath pilgrimage set aside by apex court

JAMMU: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a National Green Tribunal order that had created a controversy by putting restrictions on devotees asking them to maintain silence while standing in front of the ‘Maha Shivalinga’, a natural formation inside the Amarnath cave in South Kashmir Himalayas. The top court said that the December 14 last year’s order should not have been passed by the NGT on

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Veteran journalist Nehal Singh dies

NEW DELHI: Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh passed away here today following illness, his family members said.

Singh breathed his last at the National Heart Institute. He was suffering from kidney-related ailments. He would have been 89 later this month.

"He was ill for quite some time. But he turned critically ill for the past one week," Indu Nihal Singh, his sister-in-law said.

He will

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Mecca Masjid: All acquitted, judge quits soon after order

HYDERABAD: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday acquitted all the ten persons in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand. "All accused persons have been acquitted," said the defence lawyer, adding that a copy of the judgement will be available after 15 days.

Ten persons are - Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma a

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018Generals shores up peace hopes, Govt welcomes

Jammu: Welcoming Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's statement on the Kashmir issue, the Jammu and Kashmir government said today that this was the expression of the overwhelming sentiment in the state.

It is a welcome announcement coinciding with a similar assertion made by General Rawat's Pakistani counterpart, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and it is something the people of J&K, entangled in blood-

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Heroin over Rs 6 cr seized, Rajasthan-based man held

Mumbai, Apr 16: In one of the biggest drugs haul, Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) seized around four kg of heroin valued at Rs 6.15 crore from a Rajasthan-based man who was nabbed in Bandra.

According to ANC sources, it is the highest catch in last two years, earlier a big catch was made in October last year and two persons who also hailed from Rajasthan, was nabbed by ANC officials.

In the fresh

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Army officer injured in accidental fire in Kupwara

Srinagar, Apr 16: An Army officer was injured after his service rifle went off accidentally in Kandi forest in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara on Monday.

Official sources said Captain V K Sahu of 47 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was part of party, which was patrolling in Kandi forest, when his service rifle went off accidentally on Monday.

“Captain Sahu was injured in the incident,” they said

 

Monday, April 16, 2018CM condemns rape and murder of Asifa in J&K

Amaravati Apr 16: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu condemned the rape and murder of eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir and rape of a woman in Uttar Pradesh.

The Chief Minister in a statement here on Sunday night expressed anguish over the heinous crimes.

He described the brutal rape and murder of a eight-year old girl Asifa in J and K as ''barbaric'' and ''inhuman''.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018BJP releases second list of candidates for Karnataka polls

New Delhi, April 16: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its second list of 82 candidates for elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly.

The names were finalised by the party's Central Election Committee headed by party President Amit Shah and has Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swar

 

Monday, April 16, 2018At 97 percent, normal monsoon this year, says IMD

New Delhi, April 16: India is set to get a normal monsoon this year, with average rainfall likely to be 97 per cent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Monday.

The prediction stands at a moderate error estimated of plus-minus 5 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA).

A figure between 96 to 104 percent is considered normal monsson.

Earlier, on April 4, private weat

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Ramadoss wants CBI probe into sexual exploitation of students

Chennai, April 16: PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday demanded the arrest of a college professor who is alleged to have tried to lure her students to extend "sexual favours" to top officials of a leading Tamil Nadu university.

In a statement issued here, Ramadoss also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the episode.

The former Union Health Minister said a shockin

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Kathua rape: SC seeks J&K's response on transfer of trial

New Delhi, April 16: The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Jammu and Kashmir government's response on a plea for transfering the trail of the Kathua rape and murder case to Chandigarh.

Seeking the response, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the state to provide adequate security to the victim's family, their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, her family and Talib Hussain -- a me

 

Monday, April 16, 2018DCW chief continues hunger strike for fourth day

New Delhi, April 16: Demanding stringent laws and the death penalty for rapists, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal continued her indefinite hunger strike for the fourth day on Monday.

Maliwal, 33, launched the protest at Rajghat on Friday in the wake of the rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua districts.

Slamming the Delhi Police for tryi

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Search operation in Pathankot after suspected terrorists spotted

Chandigarh, April 16: Security agencies are on high alert and carrying out search operation in the border belt of Punjab, particularly in the frontier districts of Pathankot and nearby areas, on Monday after two suspected terrorists were seen in the area.

The Punjab Police, Army and para-military forces launched the search operation after the two suspected armed men in Army fatigues were seen

 

Monday, April 16, 2018PM should fast track cases of rapes of minor children: Rahul

New Delhi, Apr 16: Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on increasing cases of rapes in the country, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the PM should fast track cases of rapes of minor children.

In a post on social media, Mr Gandhi said, 'there were 19,675 rapes of minor children reported in 2016. This is shameful. PM should fast track these cases and punish the gu

 

Monday, April 16, 2018All accused in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted

HYDERABAD: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday acquitted all the ten persons in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand. "All accused persons have been acquitted," said the defence lawyer, adding that a copy of the judgement will be available after 15 days.

Ten persons are - Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma a

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Pakistan hits back at India over Sikh pilgrims row, calls New Delhi’s move ‘ironic’

New Delhi: A day after India lodged protest with Islamabad over blocking of access of visiting Sikh pilgrims to Indian diplomats in the country, Pakistan has reacted angrily terming the move as “ironic”. Pakistan-based Dawn News quoted country’s Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal as saying that India had on two occasions in 2018 denied visas to Pakistani pilgrims.

A statement attribut

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Neighbour lures 4-year-old with chocolates, brutally rapes and injures girl

New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident of sexual abuse, a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a neighbour on Friday in Odisha's Balasore district.

The accused, 24-year-old man, lured the minor victim to his home with chocolates and raped her.

The child was reportedly playing outside her home at the time of the incident.

Later, the victim narrated the incident to her mother. Th

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Jharkhand witnesses rise in rape cases

Ranchi, April 16: Jharkhand has witnessed an overall increase in the number of rape cases but the first quarter of 2018 saw a decrease, according to state police data issued on Monday

The total number of rape cases registered in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were 1,122, 1,198, 1,146 and 1,335 respectively.

The average cases in 2014 per month was 93.50 which increased to 113.08 per month in 201

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Army porter killed in Pakistani firing

Srinagar, April 16: An Army porter was killed on Monday in firing by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district.

Police said Khurshid Ahmed was killed in Uri sector. Reports reaching here said there was no retaliatory firing by the Indian forces.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Shutdown over Kathua rape hits life in Kerala, many arrested

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 16: A shutdown called by a section of social media users against the rape and murder of a girl in Jammu and Kashmir derailed normal life in parts of Kerala. Police took several protesters into custody.

The worst affected districts included Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Palakkad and parts of Thiruvanathapuram.

What began as a campaign in the social media on Sunday

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Pathankot on alert after local claims sighting suspected terrorists

Chandigarh, Apr 16: Security forces today put the city of Pathankot in Punjab on high alert after a local claimed to have given lift to two suspected terrorists.

The local claimed that he gave lift to two men last night. The duo got down at a place nearby Kathua region in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir, the police said.

"We are on alert and the matter is being investigated. A local told us

 

Monday, April 16, 2018All 5 accused in Makkah Masjid blast case acquitted

Hyderabad, April 16: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Monday acquitted all five accused in the 2007 Makkah Masjid bomb blast case.

Eleven years after the powerful explosion killed nine people and injured more than 50 during the Friday prayers near the iconic Charminar here, the court held that none of the charges framed against the accused were proved.

A lawyer of

 

Monday, April 16, 20183 killed in UP road mishap

Lucknow, April 16: Three persons were killed and six others injured when a speeding truck rammed into a tempo in Ballia district, Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday.

The mishap took place in the wee hours of Monday, an official said.

Of the six injured, the condition of three is very critical and they have been referred to Ballia.

Two deceased persons have been identified as--Arjun Kha

 

Monday, April 16, 2018DMK leads protest against SC/ST law dilution

Chennai, April 16: The DMK, along with other opposition parties, staged a protest here on Monday against the dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Addressing the gathering, DMK leader M.K. Stalin said the Supreme Court order to dilute the Act was unacceptable.

Stalin demanded the Central government to file an appeal in the Supreme Court and al

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Unnao rape: CBI to seek Narco test of BJP MLA

Lucknow, Apr 16: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Unnao rape case would be seeking court's permission for conduct narco and polygraph test on alleged accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

Sources here on Monday said that CBI was reported to had taken a decision of narco test after it found discrepancies in the statements of the MLA during interrogation.

"The MLA was giv

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Commonwealth rich nations 'shirking' on climate fight

New Delhi, April 16: Commonwealth rich nations are contributing less towards the global effort to tackle climate change, while poorer nations are over-achieving on pledges, a British charity said on Monday.

The richer nations include Britain, Australia, Singapore and Canada.

The report revealed these nations are shirking their responsibilities, while the poorer members are picking up the sl

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Omung Kumar proud of Mary Kom's CWG title win

Mumbai, April 16: Director Omung Kumar, who helmed a Bollywood biopic on star Indian boxer M.C. Mary Kom, is proud of her gold medal win in the women's 48 kg category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast.

The boxer won on Saturday.

Mary Kom was closely associated with Kumar's film, which saw Priyanka Chopra play the boxer on reel, and won a National Film Award for Best Popular

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Goa Central Library launches mobile library

Panaji, Apr 16: Aimed at creating a knowledge-based society, not only in urban areas but in rural as well, Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library in the city has launched mobile library.

According to Dr Carlos M Fernandes, Curator of the Library, the idea is to reach out to the poor people who cannot afford to come to the cities or have some problems to reach city libraries.

It was also

 

Monday, April 16, 2018IPS officer Praveen Kumar dies of brain infection

New Delhi, Apr 16: DIG of the National Investigation Agency Praveen Kumar died of brain infection here on Monday morning, sources said.

He was 46.

Son-in-law of BJP MP Jagdambika Pal, Kumar was admitted to the Max hospital in Saket in South Delhi for brain infection.

He died on Monday morning.

A 1998 batch IPS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, Kumar was appointed as the DIG of NIA on S

 

Monday, April 16, 2018SC to hear plea for transfer of trial in Kathua case

New Delhi, April 16: The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will hear later in the day a plea by the father of Kathua rape and murder victim seeking transfer of trial to Chandigarh.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the hearing of the matter to 2 p.m.

Dipika Singh Rajawat, lawyer of victim's father, sought the transfer of trial from Kathua to Chandigarh, as she said sh

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Karvan-e-Aman bus leave to cross over to PoK

Srinagar, Apr 16: The weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) left here on Monday to cross over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector, official sources said.
The bus, ferrying nine passengers, including seven Kashmiri residents and two returnees of POK left Bemina, Srinagar, on Monday morning for Kaman

 

Monday, April 16, 2018Bollywood celebrities hit streets to seek justice for rape victims

Mumbai, April 16: Bollywood celebrities, along with thousands of Mumbaikars, gathered on Sunday for a peaceful protest against the barbaric rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and sexual assault of another young girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Bollywood celebrities like Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Sameera Reddy, Twinkle Khanna along with her son Arav, Aksha