Deccan Herald : India (71)

India's finance minister says discussing steps to revive economy

The Indian government is discussing steps to revive the economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.Jaitleys comments came after Indias economic growth slipped to a three-year low of 5.7 percent in the last quarter.

Sunil Jakhar Cong candidate for Gurdaspur bypoll

The Congress today nominated its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar as the party candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election to be held on October 11.The last date for filing of nominations is September 22 after the Election Commission issued the notification on September 15."Congress President ...

Dera violence: Police release photos of Panchkula violence

Haryana Police has released a set of ten photographs showing those who engaged in violence following the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief last month and Police today said that anyone who provides information about those engaging in violence will be suitably rewarded and their identities will ...

President Kovind praises Christian community's role in education

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday praised the Christian community for carving a special role for itself in the field of education in India. Addressing the inaugural function of the golden jubilee celebrations of the reputed Jesus & Mary College here, Kovind said,"the Christian community - whose ...

UP gov white paper: BSP accuses BJP of seeking cheap publicity

BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the UP governments white paper on the performance of previous regimes in Uttar Pradesh and said it indicated the ruling partys "petty thinking to gain cheap publicity".The Yogi Adityanath-led government report was an attempt to hide its own shortcomings, the former ...

HC extends stay on floor test in TN Assembly

The Madras High Court today extended its stay order on a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly till further directions. Justice M Duraiswamy gave the order while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs belonging to the Dhinakaran camp by the Assembly ...

'Dera followers scattered ashes of kin in sect headquarters'

Around 300-400 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda had over the years scattered ashes of their relatives after their cremation inside the sect headquarters as part of "rituals", a senior Dera functionary has told a Special Investigation Team of Haryana Police.On media reports suggesting skeletons used to ...

Madras HC refuses to stay the disqualification of 18 MLAs

Refusing to stay the disqualification of 18 AIADMK rebel MLAs, supporting ousted TTV Dhinakaran, the Madras High Court on Wednesday extended its order not to conduct floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly till further directions.The courts order came after hearing a batch of petitions challenging the ...

Soldier killed, three injured in Pak sniper fire on LoC

In yet another ceasefire violation, an Army solider was killed and three others injured in sniper fire from the Pakistani side along the Line of Control in Keran sector of north Kashmirs Kupwara district on Wednesday.An army official said that Pakistan Rangers in violation of ceasefire opened sniper ...

Why should only petro consumers pay for infra projects: Reddy

Former oil minister S Jaipal Reddy has questioned the Centres policy of utilising its revenues from petroleum products for infrastructure projects, saying the high prices of diesel and petrol are hitting the middle class hard."Why should only the consumers of petroleum products pay for all the ...

Failing to form new party, Shankarsinh Vaghela to support political outfit

Rebel Congress leader and former Gujarat chief minister Shankarsinh Vaghela on Tuesday announced support to a newly-formed political front in the state 'Jan Vikalp Morcha' for the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state.Vaghela, who had in late 1990s through an experiment of a third political entity ...

After Kaskar, his two aides arrested in extortion case

Two aides of Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, were today arrested in connection with an extortion case, a senior police official said.Kaskar and his associates had allegedly been threatening a prominent builder in Thane, in Dawoods name since 2013 and extorted Rs 30 lakh and ...

Palaniswami to meet TN governor

A day after the Assembly speaker disqualified 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs supporting ousted leader TTV Dhinakaran, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is likely to meet the governor CH Vidyasagar Rao shortly.The governor, who met President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Rajnath Singh ...

What steps have you taken to check anti-NEET protests:HC to TN

The Madras High Court today asked the state government what steps it has taken to check the anti-NEET protests and whether any organisation was instigating the students.Justice N Kirubakaran, who was hearing a petition filed by a student after the suicide by 17-year-old NEET aspirant Anitha, posted ...

Dawood's role to be probed in Iqbal's extortion racket

A day after Dawood Ibrahims younger brother Iqbal Kaskar was arrested for running an extortion racket, the Thane police on Tuesday said that the role of the Karachi-based underworld don and global terrorist would also be probed. During the interrogation, the names of some politicians too had cropped ...

Uneasy calm prevails on border after intense shelling

An uneasy calm prevailed in Arnia sector on International Border in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, after six days of intense shelling by Pakistan killing a soldier and a woman and forcing hundreds of border residents to flee their homes.A BSF official said no cross-border firing or shelling incidents ...

Two accused in Malegaon case granted bail

Two accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case - Sudhakar Dwivedi and Sudhakar Chaturdevi - were on Tuesday granted bail by a special National Investigation Agency court.Sudhakar Dhar Dwivedi alias Dayanand Pandey alias Swami Amrutanand Devtirth, a self-proclaimed Shankaracharya, resident of J&K, was ...

Disqualified AIADMK MLAs to approach court

Hectic political activity was witnessed after the news of disqualification of 18 rebel MLAs, supporting ousted AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, reached them on Monday.The MLAs expressed their displeasure at the action of the Tamil Nadu Speaker and condemned it.MLA Tanga Tamilselvam said that the MLAs ...

Teen rape survivor from Bengaluru moves SC for abortion

A 17-year-old rape survivor from Bengaluru moved the Supreme Court on Monday for the termination of her 25-week pregnancy.A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the head of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute to set up a medical board on Tuesday to ...

Sena slams Alphons' remarks on fuel price hike, attacks Centre

Decrying Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanams remarks on fuel price hike as an "insult" to the poor and the middle class, the Shiv Sena today alleged that those having no merit and connect with the people are ruling the nation.Hitting out at the Centre over the fuel price hike, Sena, which is a ...

al-Qaeda terror suspect held in Delhi

A suspected al-Qaeda operative has been arrested from east Delhi, police said here today.Shauman Haq, 27, was arrested near Vikas Marg yesterday following a tip-off by Delhi Polices Special Cell, an official said.Haqs interrogation is underway and further details are awaited, he added.Last month, ...

Don't believe, forward WhatsApp messages without verification: Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that anti-national elements have been trying to foment tension in the society by posting unverified information on social media and asked people not to forward such messages without verification.Singh said information and news, that was completely wrong or ...

Mumbai floods: Police arrest 4 who opened manhole leading to death of doctor

A fortnight after Dr Deepak Amrapurkar, a gastroenterologist with the Bombay Hospital and Research Centre, died during the floods, the Mumbai Police has arrested four youths who had opened the manhole in which the doctor had fallen.On 29 August, Dr Amrapurkar had lunch around 1530 hrs and left for ...

Kerala court rejects Dileep's bail plea again

A court in Angamaly near here today rejected the bail plea of Malayalam film actor Dileep, arrested in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a South Indian film actress here in February this year.This is the second time Dileeps bail plea has been rejected by the Angamaly magistrate ...

Dera violence: Honeypreet Insan tops Haryana's wanted list

Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chiefs adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan tops the list of 43 persons wanted by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that followed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhs conviction in a rape case.Earlier, a lookout notice was issued against Honeypreet Insan and Dera ...

Boarding passes may be passe, says CISF

After doing away with hand baggage tags at over a dozen airports, aviation security agencies are now planning to dump the boarding pass collection system. The CISF chief said that they have begun "exploring" the technology that is required to usher in the boarding card-less system of air travel at ...

SSB intel wing to operationalise from Monday

The Sashastra Seema Bal will operationalise its new intelligence unit on Monday with an aim to further spruce up its efforts to tackle criminals and terrorists from taking advantage of friendly-borders with Nepal and Bhutan.Home Minister Rajnath Singh will announce the operationalistation of the ...

Rajnath Singh recalls Patel's role on Hyd's Liberation Day

Former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel played a crucial role in Hyderabad's annexure to the Indian union, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said as BJP celebrated the 'Liberation Day' marking the event.Speaking at an event to mark the occasion in Nizamabad on Sunday, Singh said the nation and ...

Confident of doubling farmers' income by 2022: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in the past has come in for flak for stating that the income of farmers in the country could double by 2022, once again reiterated his belief at Amreli in Gujarat on Sunday."If we work in an organised manner, the Indian farmer has the strength that the government, ...

Marshal Arjan Singh outstanding soldier: Sonia, Rahul

Congress president Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of 1965 war hero Marshal Arjan Singh, describing him as an outstanding soldier and a diplomat who led from the front.Sonia said Singh will be particularly remembered for his successful operation tenure on the Burma Front during World War II."His ...

Paternity leave across all sectors, proposes pvt members bill

Championing the cause of fathers in the early days after a childs birth, a private members bill proposes that all workers, including those in the unorganised and private sector, get paternity leave extendable up to three months.The Paternity Benefit Bill, 2017, which may be considered in the next ...

Dera functionary arrested, search for Honeypreet continues

Haryana Police has made two fresh arrests in connection with incidents of violence which broke out on August 25 in Panchkula after sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a rape case.Efforts are also on to trace the Dera chiefs adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan and Dera spokesman Aditya ...

No other project in the world has faced so many hurdles: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this "engineering miracle" which many people had "conspired to stop"."No other project in the world has faced such hurdles as the Sardar ...

Gorakhpur deaths: Oxygen supplier arrested

The proprietor of Pushpa Sales, which supplied oxygen to the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College where dozens of children died last month, was today arrested in connection with the case.More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at the hospital within a week last month.There were ...

Antrix-Devas: Ex-ISRO chief Madhavan Nair summoned as accused

A special court today summoned former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and others as accused in the Antrix-Devas deal case.Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal directed Nair, A Bhaskar Narayana Rao, the then Director in ISRO, K R Sridhar Murthy, the then Executive Director of Antrix, former Additional ...

Stone-pelting incidents: Two sent to NIA custody till Sept 19

A Delhi court today allowed the NIA to conduct the custodial interrogation of two men, including a freelance photo-journalist, for three more days in alleged case of stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley and mobilising support against security personnel through the social media.The court extended the ...

Missing diamonds of Padamanabha Swamy Temple recovered

As many as 12 diamonds, worth crores of rupees, which went missing from the famed Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple here, have been recovered from the shrine premises itself by a special investigation team.The precious stones form part of the ornaments adorning the idol of Lord Sree Padmanabha, the ...

Final arguments begin in two murder cases naming Dera chief

Final arguments in the two murder cases naming jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh began in a special CBI court today with his former driver filing an application to record a fresh statement against him.The disgraced cult leader, who is lodged in Rohtaks Sunaria jail on charges of ...

Kamal Haasan takes on rebel AIADMK MLAs

A day after ruling AIADMK came out with "no work no pay" concept for the agitating government employees, actor Kamal Haasan on Friday said that the same formula should also be applicable to the rebel MLAs staying at a luxurious resort in Karnataka. The actors statement came against the backdrop of ...

Rahul may like to be Cong Prez through internal poll: Moily

Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily today said Rahul Gandhi would like to emerge as the party president through an internal election process, and hinted that he may assume the charge as early as next month.The Gandhi scion had recently said that he was "absolutely ready" to take up an executive ...

SC seeks Centre's reply on plea for banning Blue Whale game

The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre on a plea of a 73-year-old man from Tamil Nadu seeking a ban on the Blue Whale challenge game linked to deaths of several children worldwide.The apex court also sought assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter.A bench of Chief ...

What I went through had a purpose: Abducted priest Father Tom

Kerala priest Tom Uzhunnalil, recently freed after being abducted by Islamic militants 18 months ago, has said what he went through "definitely had a purpose" as he thanked all those who helped in his release.In his first video message after being released on September 12, Father Uzhunnalil said he ...

Time has come to send Palaniswami govt home : Dhinakaran

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Friday said that a stage has come to bring down the Edappadi K Palaniswami government during next week. "A time has come to send them home. We have decided to do that during next week", Dhinakaran said. Claiming that thousands of party cadres and people do ...

Centre to file affidavit on Rohingyas in SC on Monday: Rajnath

The Centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.The Supreme Court had asked the government to file the affidavit on a plea against the deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants to Myanmar."We ...

India expected to be open defecation free by Oct, 2019: Rajnath

The whole country is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.The government is confident of fulfilling the prime ministers vision of making India open defecation free by October, 2019, Singh said after launching the Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign of ...

Sadhvi allegedly gang-raped at Sriji temple in Barsana

A 45-year-old sadhvi was allegedly gang-raped inside a temple complex in Barsana four days back, police said today.The incident took place on the night of September 11 at the Sriji temple in Barsana, near Mathura.According to the FIR, the woman was sleeping in the balcony of the temple when a ...

230 students fall sick after eating food at different schools in Odisha

Altogether 230 students, including 150 girls, were taken ill allegedly after eating food in different schools in Odishas Malkangiri and Kalahandi districts, officials said today.Around 150 girls of a government-run residential school fell ill with symptoms of food-poisoning at Badapada in remote ...

Akhilesh defends Rahul's 'India being run by dynasties' remark

Samajawadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today defended Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remark that India was being run by dynasties, saying world history was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background.Yadav was speaking at a press conference at ...

'We have majority, no need of floor test,' says AIADMK

The ruling AIADMK of Tamil Nadu on Thursday asserted that it has enough MLAs to prove the majority in the Assembly and it is not necessary to conduct a floor test at this juncture. "We have the majority in the House. Therefore, at this point the floor test is not required," deputy speaker Pollachi ...

India, Japan agree to strengthen cooperation against Pak-based terror groups

Strongly pitching for a "zero- tolerance" approach towards terrorism, India and Japan today agreed to strengthen cooperation against terror groups like Al-Qaida and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba .Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe asked ...