Deccan Herald : India (60)

SC asks Bombay HC Receiver to auction Sahara's Aamby Valley

The Supreme Court today directed official Receiver of the Bombay High Court to help the Liquidator in getting the Sahara Groups Aamby Valley property auctioned. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and A K Sikri also asked the official liquidator of the Bombay High ...

Tibet wants to stay with China, seeks development: Dalai Lama

Tibet does not seek independence from China but wants greater development, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said here today. China and Tibet enjoyed a close relationship, though there were occasional "fights", he said at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce. "The ...

Bharti family pledges Rs 7,000 cr to philanthropy

Telecom czar Sunil Mittal today said the Bharti family has pledged 10 percent of their wealth totalling Rs 7,000 crore to support activities of the Groups philanthropic arm Bharti Foundation. The amount committed includes three percent of the familys stake in Bharti Airtel, Sunil Mittal, founder and ...

Ruling AIADMK gets party symbol from EC: TN CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today said the Election Commission has allotted the two leaves symbol to the unified AIADMK led by him and his Deputy O Panneerselvam. However, the EC is yet to make an official announcement in this regard. Palaniswami described the development as a "welcome ...

Official bans song from 'Padmavati' at school functions

Amid the raging controversy over film "Padmavati", an education officer in Madhya Pradeshs Dewas district has issued a circular banning a song from the period drama from being played at cultural programmes in schools. However, the district collector today ordered for withdrawal of the circular with ...

Letter to White House from Hyderabad over killing strays

The over-enthusiasm of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to keep the city spik and span for Ivanka Trumps visit is attracting the ire of animal rights activists. The alleged poisoning of street dogs by the veterinary wing of the corporation has made the animal lovers of the city write to ...

Fools gave formula, fools accepted it: Gujarat Dy CM

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was at his aggressive best after Hardik Patel announced that PAAS was accepting the Congress formula on reservations. "Fools have given a formula and fools have accepted it," Nitin said. "I have not seen a more foolish person than Hardik. He is a young boy. ...

Why so quiet on 'Padmavati', Shatrughan Sinha asks PM, Irani and Bollywood

Actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani as well as high profile Bollywood stars on their silence over the "Padmavati" controversy. Sinha has often taken positions contrary to the partys official stand on ...

Dalai Lama asks dark-skinned people to shun inferiority complex

Dark-skinned people and oppressed sections of society should shun inferiority complex and gain self-confidence to face challenges, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said today. The 82-year-old Buddhist monk was addressing a gathering of tribal students at the Kalinga Institute of Social ...

Govt 'avoiding' Parliament session in view of Gujarat polls: Cong

The Congress on Tuesday said the government was "avoiding" the Winter Session of Parliament in view of the Gujarat assembly elections and to evade facing the Opposition that wanted to raise issues like scams of ministers, Rafale deal, GST and note ban. The Opposition party said the Modi government ...

Kerala HC orders screening of 'S Durga' at IFFI

The Kerala High Court today ordered the screening of Malayalam film "S Durga" at the ongoing IFFI in Goa, days after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry dropped the movie from the festival. Allowing a petition by the films director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Justice B Vinod Chandran directed the ...

Winter Session in December, UPA did it too: govt

The government will call the Winter Session of Parliament in December and its dates will be announced soon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said on Tuesday while citing precedents during the UPA rule to reject the Congress allegations of "delay". Kumar said the opposition party is ...

Sonography centre sealed for conducting sex determination test

The Nashik Municipal Corporation has sealed a sonography centre here and suspended its registration for allegedly carrying out sex determination test in violation of law, an official said on Tuesday. The civic body received a complaint on its website about a doctor running the sonography centre in ...

After allegation of 'overcharging' by private hospital : Nadda

Union Health Minister J P Nadda has taken note of alleged overcharging by a Gurgaon-based private hospital from family members of a patient, who reportedly died of dengue recently. A Twitter user @DopeFloat in a post on a microblogging site alleged that the hospital "charged Rs 18 lakh" for 15 days ...

Adityanath hits out at film-maker Bhansali over Padmavati row

Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is no less guilty than those issuing threats to actors involved in the film, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today, accusing the film-maker of being "habitual of playing with public sentiments". The chief minister asserted that if there is ...

Modi lacks courage to face Parliament, says Sonia

Hitting out at the NDA government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi lacked the courage of face Parliament and accused him of sabotaging the winter session of Parliament on "flimsy grounds", such as the upcoming elections in Gujarat. "The prime minister had ...

Gujarat chief minister files nomination papers

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday filed his nominations from Rajkot Assembly constituency as the BJPs candidate in the presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Before filing his papers, Rupani visited several religious places to offer prayers. He also addressed a public meeting ...

'Bogus' bills, rent land aviation consultant Deepak Talwar in trouble

Aviation consultant Deepak Talwar has found himself in trouble with the CBI over his NGOs foreign funds after the Ministry of Home Affairs flagged "irregularities" in the purchase of medicines and payment of rent by his outfit. Last week, the CBI had registered a case against Talwar and others on ...

Calculated plan to destroy freedom of expression: Mamata on Padmavati row

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today charged that the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansalis "Padmavati" was a "calculated plan" of a political party to destroy freedom of expression. She urged film industry members to come out in support of Bhansali and his film. "The Padmavati ...

Jaitley refutes Sonia's charge of govt sabotaging Parl session

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said Parliament sessions were often rescheduled to ensure they did not overlap with elections and claimed the Congress had done so too in the past. On Congress president Sonia Gandhis allegation that the government was "sabotaging" the Winter session of ...

Sushma asks Indian mission in Pak to grant visa to ailing woman

In yet another humanitarian gesture, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday asked the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to grant a visa to a Pakistani woman for a liver transplant in India. Her intervention came after Sadia, the ailing womans daughter, requested Sushma to grant a visa ...

'Padmavati' makers postpone film's release amid controversy

The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansalis "Padmavati" has been deferred, the makers of the film said on Sunday. In a statement, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision "voluntarily". "Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind Padmavati, has voluntarily ...

Argentine national killed in stray bull attack in Rajasthan

A 29-year-old Argentine man was killed after a stray bull reportedly hit him in the walled city area, police said on Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday when John Pablo was visiting the city with a fellow tourist when the bull hit him, they said. He was taken to a government hospital where he ...

Leaders pay glowing tributes to Indira Gandhi

Rich tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary today with former President Pranab Mukherjee leading the remembrances. Senior Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, also paid ...

Kerala plans 500 public toilet complexes to realise ODF tag

The Kerala government is drawing up an ambitious programme to construct over 500 public toilet complexes across the state to realise the objectives of complete Open Defecation Free status. The complexes, comprising over 3,000 toilet seats, is envisaged to be built in densely populated urban centres, ...

Encounter breaks out in J-K's Bandipora

An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in north Kashmirs Bandipora district today, the police said. Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence ...

Ravi Shankar BJP's pawn to polarise Hindu vote bank: SP leader

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, working to find an amicable solution to the Ram Temple dispute, was being used as a "pawn" by the BJP to polarise the Hindu vote bank, a senior SP leader said today. With the Supreme Court set to begin hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in ...

Camels rescued from slaughter perish in custody

In move that went counterproductive, over 11 rescued camels perished due to starvation and ill health during the last 48 hours at a farm near Abdullahpurmet here. These were among the 97 camels rescued by the police on 16 November from Shaheen Nagar. These docile animals were illegally shifted from ...

Economy not out of wood despite Moody's rating, says Manmohan Singh

The NDA government should not be "lured into false belief" that the economy is out of the wood, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday, reacting to the Moodys upgradation of Indias sovereign credit rating. The US-based agency upped Indias rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its ...

22-yr-old gang-raped in Chandigarh

A 22-year-old girl was gang-raped in a moving auto rickshaw by three men in Chandigarh late on Friday. She was spotted by a passerby in a semi-conscious state in a dense forest area near Sector 53 here. The girl, who was later admitted to the PGI hospital, is from Dehradun and was staying at a ...

Flight suffers bird hit, returns to Delhi airport

A Patna-bound GoAir flight with 174 passengers on board on Saturday returned to New Delhi following a bird strike soon after it took off from the Indira Gandhi International airport, the airline said. The Airbus A320 neo plane suffered the bird hit when it was on the climb, forcing the pilot to ...

Strong quake strikes Tibet close to Arunachal

A strong earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted the Nyingchi city and surrounding areas in Tibet, close to the border with Arunachal Pradesh, in the early hours of Saturday. No casualties were reported immediately but the quake caused power failure and damage to properties and roads in ...

Chidambaram mocks govt's sudden love for Moody's rating upgrade

Mocking at the governments elation over the sovereign rating upgrade by Moodys, former finance minister P Chidambaram said only a few months ago the regime had flayed the rating methodology. "Just some months ago, the government had said the Moodys methodology was all wrong... A long letter was ...

Odisha set to apply for GI tag for Rasagola, turmeric

The Odisha government is all set to apply for GI tag for Odishara Rasagola and Kandhamal turmeric after neighbouring West Bengal was granted it for Banglar Rosogolla. Odisha MSME minister Prafulla Samal said the state will soon apply GI tag for the two products. The state government has completed ...

Denmark, Sweden, Norway bullish on India, woo Indian tourists

Denmark, Sweden and Norway are expecting Indian tourists to consume more than 3.5 lakh hotel room nights in a year as the three Scandinavian nations are going all out to attract travellers from the country by promoting their tourism destinations. The Scandinavian Tourist Board has been actively ...

Modi govt clutching at straws to reclaim lost credibility: Congress

The Congress today accused the Modi government of "clutching at straws" to reclaim the lost credibility, and said it and rating agency Moodys have failed to gauge the mood of the nation. Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala also sought to downplay Moodys rating upgrade of India, ...

ED issues fresh summons to Tejashwi, Rabri

The ED has issued fresh summons to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadavs wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav in connection with its money laundering probe into the railway hotels allotment corruption case of the UPA-I tenure, official sources said today. They said that while Tejashwi has been summoned ...

Woman raped by taxi driver, aide

A 29-year-old woman was allegedly raped and robbed by a taxi driver and his accomplice in Greater Noida after she was picked up from Ansal Plaza here, police said. On November 15, the woman approached K N Katju police station with a complaint alleging that she had been raped the night before. She ...

Madras HC grants interim stay on pleas of Chidambaram, family on IT notice

The Madras High Court today granted interim stay on petitions filed by former Union minister P Chidambaram and his family seeking to quash of a notice issued under the Income Tax Act for reopening of the assessment for the year 2010-11. Chidambaram, his wife Nalini, son Karti and daughter-in-law ...

BJP releases first list of 70 candidates for Gujarat polls

The BJP in Gujarat appears to have decided to bank on experience and the Patel community in the first list of 70 candidates declared by it on Friday.The first list of candidates announced by the ruling party in Gujarat, which would contest on all the 182 Assembly seats in the elections to be held in ...

Ambulance ferries ailing infant through 500 km in 7 hours

A 500-odd kilometre drive, an ailing infant on board. The brief for driver Abdul Tamim and male nurse Jinto, both natives of Kasaragod, was as direct as it could get. Fatima Laiba, a 58-days-old girl child with Ischemic Heart Disease had to be shifted from the Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur to ...

Open to alliance with secular parties but only if we get a respectable share: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati said today that her party favoured joining hands with secular parties to check "communal parties" in Lok Sabha and state polls but only if it gets a respectable number of seats to contest. She said that even for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls her party leader ...

BJP behind Hardik's sex CDs, says PAAS

The Patidaar Anamat Andolan Samiti , the organisation spearheaded by Hardik Patel, on Thursday claimed that BJP leaders were behind the release of sleaze videos of the Patel quota stir leader . "As per the information we have been able to gather from our sources, there are 52 more sex CDs of PAAS ...

No one can stop India if it tries to take PoK: MoS Home

Union Minister Hansraj Ahir today said no one could stop India if it wanted to wrest PoK from Pakistan, stressing that the territory was a part of India. The minister of state for home said Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir was under Islamabad because of the "mistakes" of previous governments. "I say ...

NGT orders Delhi schools, colleges to install rainwater harvesting system in two months

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed all Delhi government and private schools as well as colleges to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within two months at their own cost. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered that any institution that ...

3 die after consuming spurious liquor in Bihar

Three persons died after consuming spurious liquor, while another was taken ill in Vaishali district of Bihar, where the state government has implemented total prohibition since last year. In an another incident in Samastipur district, six people were arrested and a truck in which they were carrying ...

Rahul accuses Modi govt of changing Rafale deal to 'benefit one bizman'

Stepping up pressure over the Rafale fighter procurement, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday on accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of changing the deal to help one businessman. "Can you explain Reliance on someone with nil experience in aerospace for Rafale deal," Rahul asked on ...

Ganga Kumari appointed Rajasthan's first transgender constable

Ganga Kumari , is all set to become Rajasthans first transgender police constable. Gangas two years of struggle ended as the Rajasthan High Court directed police department to appoint her as a constable. A resident of Raniwara, a small village in Jalore district of Rajasthan, Ganga was selected in ...

Bihar inmates can make phone calls

Bihar on Wednesday became the fourth state where prisoners have the freedom to use landline phones. Now, The jail inmates need not make calls through mobiles phone smuggled illegally, The state government has provided telephone facilities to around 30,000 inmates lodged in 30 different jails, ...

Armed forces to support child care centres

The Sashastra Seema Bal will adopt child care institutions in their area of operation and groom the juveniles by providing them vocational training and other support. The central armed police force, deployed at the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders, will start its work at the CCIs functioning in ...