Deccan Herald : India (72)

AIADMK Amma faction to support NDA Prez nominee: Dhinakaran

AIADMK faction leader T T V Dhinakaran today announced the camps support to NDAs candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential poll.Dhinakaran made the announcement as per the "orders" of jailed party chief V K Sasikala, and said all the MPs in the faction as well as MLAs in the Assemblies ...

TN assembly speaker pardons DMK MLAs for creating ruckus during floor test

Relief for seven DMK MLAs, who created ruckus during the floor test of the House on February 18, as Tamil Nadu assembly speaker pardoned them on Friday. Though Privilege committee, led by deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman, recommended six months suspension of the seven DMK MLAs such as S Ambeth ...

Stage set for GSAT-17 to blast off from French Guiana: ISRO

Space agency ISRO is all set to launch the GSAT-17 from French Guiana on June 28, the third launch is less than a month."GSAT-17 is getting launched on June 28. We will be working on the replacement satellite for IRNSS-1. Our plan is to have two Mark-II and two Mark-III launches apart from eight to ...

Passports to be in both English and Hindi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced that passports would now be in both Hindi and English, and not just in English.She also announced 10 per cent reduction in passport fee for applicants who are under eight and over 60. Personal details in passports are now printed only in ...

Lalu to neutralise Dalit card that Nitish could play in future

RJD chief Lalu Prasad could end up gaining more in the Oppositions Presidential nominee Meira Kumar, as it could help him in countering Bihar Chief Minister and JD chief Nitish Kumar. In Meira Kumar, the RJD president has found an opportunity to blunt the advantage Nitish felt he could garner in the ...

Efforts intensify to save 14 month old baby girl from bore well in Telangana

A National Disaster Response Force team of experts has joined efforts to save a 14 month old girl child "Chinnari" who has fallen into an uncovered bore well more than 60 feet deep in an agricultural field in Chennvelli village of Vikarabad district on Thursday evening.The NDRF team which rushed to ...

Lynching of policeman shameful: Mehbooba

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today termed as "shameful" the mob lynching of a police officer outside the Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar and warned people of severe backlash if the police loses its patience.J-K Police, she said, is one of the best police forces in the country ...

2 arrested for lynching officer outside mosque

Two persons were arrested in the wee hours today in connection with the lynching of a police officer by an irate mob outside Jamia Masjid in downtown area."Two persons have been arrested so far and a third has been identified. All of them will face the law," DGP S P Vaid told reporters on sidelines ...

CBSE declares NEET result, Punjab boy bags top rank

The CBSE today declared result of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in which Punjabs Navdeep Singh has bagged the top rank.Navdeep secured 697 marks out of 700. The second and third ranks have been bagged by Madhya Pradeshs Archit Gupta and Manish ...

Seeking loan waiver has become fashion these days: Venkaiah

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said seeking loan waiver has become a "fashion" now but it is not the final solution and should be considered in extreme situations.Farmers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha recently protested ...

Left may propose Gandhi and Ambedkar, but open to suggestions

Left parties are expected to make a pitch for former diplomat-governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi or Constitution architect B R Ambedkars grandson, Prakash Ambedkar, as a consensus candidate for the presidential poll at an opposition meeting today, sources here said.However, Left leaders would be open to ...

Kovind gets a new address - Mahesh Sharma's Akbar Rd residence

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharmas residence in Akbar Road will be the new temporary address of BJPs presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.Kovind will be staying at the expansive 10 Akbar Road bungalow in the heart of Lutyens Delhi for about a month till the presidential election on July 17, top ...

Eyeing 'smart' future, Jaipur polishes its heritage

Jaipur has fished out of its trove heritage buildings and is dusting off its fabled pink markets and stepwells to make them all squeaky clean for the second anniversary of the launch of the Centres smart city project.Jaipur made it to the select list of smart cities -- balancing the old and the new ...

Govt assessing feasibility of different time zones in India

The Department of Science and Technology is conducting a study to assess the feasibility of having different time zones in the country.The study is being conducted to give "scientific inputs" on the matter, DST secretary Ashutosh Sharma said.Recently, Pema Khandu, the chief minister of Arunachal ...

Palaniswami asks Modi to intervene in the release of fishermen

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his personal intervention and direct Ministry of External Affairs to urgently take up this issue with the highest authorities in Sri Lanka and secure the immediate release of 20 Tamil Nadu fishermen ...

Leaders hold hectic talks before crucial opposition meet today

Hectic parleys between leaders of non-NDA parties began this morning, hours ahead of a crucial opposition meeting where they were expected to zero in on a joint candidate for the presidential election.After the JD-Us decision to support NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, the Congress stepped ...

Farmers protest airport plan, 4 cops injured in violence

Farmers protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali set vehicles on fire and clashed with police today, leaving four policemen injured.The agitated farmers also blocked a busy road in the area by throwing burning tyres on it, a police official said.A Defence spokesperson said the ...

2 women Naxals killed in encounter with police in C'garh

Two women Naxals were today gunned down in a fierce encounter with police at a forest in Chhattisgarhs Narayanpur district, an official said. The skirmish took place this morning in the forest near Hasnar village when a joint team of the Special Task Force and District Reserve Group was out on an ...

23 booked in Kerala for celebrating Pak cricket team's victory

Twenty-three persons, who allegedly celebrated Pakistans victory over India in the Champions Trophy cricket final, have been booked on various charges including rioting and unlawful assembly, police said today.Cases have been registered against Razaq, Masood, Siraj and 20 others of Kumbadaje ...

Farmers perform 'shavasana' in UP to protest govt policies

A group of farmers today performed shavasana or the corpse pose on a national highway to symbolically protest killing of farmers in Mandsaur and "anti-farm" policies of the Modi government.As the Prime Minister performed yoga in Lucknow along with the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the farmers ...

Nitish backs Kovind ahead of Oppn meeting

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars decision to support NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind has put the Congress and Left parties in a tight spot ahead of the Opposition meeting on Thursday where a joint non-NDA candidate will be named.Though this has not come as a surprise to the parties, ...

It is cycling for SP on yoga day

The Samajwadi Party today celebrated the International Day of Yoga by undertaking cycle yatras across the state.Directives were issued to partymen by SP National President Akhilesh Yadav to take out cycle yatra at all district headquarter from 6 am and later perform yoga as per their convenience at ...

Nearly 3 lakh perform yoga at one place, set world record

Nearly three lakh people, led by Ramdev, turned up at GMDC ground here on the International Yoga Day today to perform asanas, which the yoga guru claimed is a world record.BJP president Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, former Chief Minister Anandiben ...

Tanker carrying ATF overturns, fuel spill hits traffic

A tanker carrying aviation turbine fuel overturned near the Moolchand underpass here early today, with around 4,000-5,000 litres of the fuel spilling onto the arterial Ring Road causing massive traffic jam.The driver and the helper of the 20,000-litre tanker, which had a Haryana registration number, ...

Prez election: Ram Nath Kovind resigns as Bihar Governor

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind has resigned from the gubernatorial post following his selection as NDA Presidential candidate and President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted it. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique on Tuesday said the President has accepted the resignation of Kovind and West Bengal Governor ...

Kovind denied entry to presidential retreat in Shimla

Bihar Governor and the BJPs presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind wanted to visit the Retreat Building, part of the presidential estate, during a trip to Shimla with his family late last month but was denied entry.A few weeks from now, the low-profile Kovind, whose family roamed around in hired taxis in ...

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen's visa extended for 1 yr

Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreens visa has been extended for one year, with effect from July 23, 2017, by the Union home ministry.Home Minister Rajnath Singh today gave approval for the visa extension, official sources said.Taslima, a citizen of Sweden, has been getting Indian visa ...

Kerala man who 'joined' IS reportedly killed in Afghanistan

A man from Kerala, who was suspected to have joined terror outfit Islamic State , has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan. A photograph of the body of Shajeer M Abdulla was received on WhatsApp by B C Abdul Rehman, a social activist in Kasaragod district, yesterday.Rehman said the picture, along ...

Centre not considering farm loan waiver: Jaitley

The Centre is not considering any proposal for farm loan waiver, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today, a day after Punjab approved waiving of loans for nearly 10 lakh farmers in the state."There is no such proposal. We have got FRBM Act and fiscal deficit target, we intend adhering to it," he ...

Liquor sales in TN touches Rs 26,995 cr

Despite the closure of 1,000 liquor shops after AIADMK government came to power for continuous second time in 2016, the sales of liquor touched all time high of nearly Rs 27,000 crore in 2016-17.Prohibition and Excise minister P Thangamani told the House on Monday that in 2016-17 the government ...

Sena targets Gambhir

Hours after former Team India opener Gautam Gambhir suggested Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to pack his bags and cross the border to go to Pakistan, the Shiv Sena Sanjay Raut said that had any Indian player refused to play, he would have been hailed."Mirwaiz jaise logon ko, aisa ...

Teenage girl abducted, molested in auto-rickshaw, 2 held

Police have arrested two persons, including an auto-rickshaw driver, for allegedly abducting and molesting a teenage girl in a vehicle in Dombivli here.This is the second incident this month of molestation in an auto-rickshaw in the district.The 17-year-old victim, a resident of Sonarpada in ...

Opposition parties to meet on June 22 to decide on presidential polls

Leaders of Oppostion parties will meet on Thursday to chart out their response to BJP selecting Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA candidate for the Presidential election.Kovinds candidature has also spurred fence-sitters TRS, AIADMK to declare support for the NDA candidate.The Left ...

Shiv Sena keeps BJP guessing, to inform in couple of days

The Shiv Sena has not yet committed any support to the Bharatiya Janata Partys proposal to field Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the Presidential nominee of National Democratic Alliance . Hours after the name was announced in New Delhi by BJP President Amit Shah, he spoke to Shiv Sena President ...

12-year-old girl attacked with acid in UP

An unidentified man threw acid on the face of a 12-year-old girl, leaving her in a critical condition, the police said today.The girl was sleeping in the courtyard of their house in Thiriya Kalyanpur here late last night when an unidentified man threw acid on her face and escaped, they said.Her ...

Who is Ram Nath Kovind?

A chamar leader from rural Kanpur, Ram Nath Kovind was chosen as the NDAs presidential candidate by the BJP in fitness with its dalit scheme of things ahead of the next parliamentary elections.By choosing a leader belonging to the most backwards among the dalits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi intends ...

Palaniswami asks Modi to take steps for releasing fishermen from Sri Lanka

A day after the arrest of five fishermen by Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urged the Prime Minister to take up the issue personally with the highest authorities in Sri Lanka and to bring the apprehensions at high seas to an immediate halt. Chief Minister also asked ...

Protesters block NH 31A at some places in Darjeeling district

Protesters today blocked the national highway 31A at some places in Darjeeling district to protest the death of three GJM activists on Saturday.Protesters blocked the NH 31A at some places in the district, official sources said today.The 92 km long NH 31A connects Sevoke in Darjeeling district to ...

Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind is NDA's pick for prez

India is set to get its second Dalit president as the BJP today picked Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA nominee for the top constitutional post.The 71-year-old low profile Dalit leader, a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, is seen as an astute choice by the saffron party, which has been ...

Rajinikanth meets farmers, assures support for linking rivers

Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth today met a delegation of 16 farmers led by P Ayyakannu and assured them his support for their plea to interlink rivers.Weeks after asking his fans to "prepare for war," hinting that he might consider joining politics, the Kabali star today told the visiting farmers that ...

Only needy farmers to benefit from state loan waiver: Maha CM

The Maharashtra government will ensure with the help of a digital platform that only needy farmers benefit from its loan waiver scheme, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said.Fadnavis said his dispensation took the decision in view of "the big scam" which occurred in Maharashtra after the then ...

Bobbitising case: Police move court for lie detector test on woman

With the bobbitising case involving a self-styled godman in Kerala getting murkier with twists and turns, Police have approached a court here seeking permission to conduct scientific tests, including lie detector, on the young woman victim.Police moved the court for conducting the polygraph and ...

Kerala in the grip of viral fever, 103 deaths so far

With over 100 deaths being reported since January in Kerala due to various types of fevers, government today appealed to the people to join the governments mass sanitation drive on a war footing.According to Health Department sources here, as many as 103 people, including women and children, have ...

TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy allegedly for violating IMBL

Just a few days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take diplomatic measures for the release of Indian fishermen who are in Sri Lankan custody, five fishermen were arrested and their boat were seized by the Lankan navy on Sunday on the ...

Don't resort to violence, have dialogue: HM to GJM protesters

As Darjeeling remained on the boil over a separate statehood agitation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today appealed to protesters not to resort to violence and, instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue.He said resorting to violence would never help them in finding a solution and asked the ...

AAIB instructs flight crew not to take medicines mid-air without consulting doct

Do not take medicines without consulting a doctor mid-air. This is the advice given by an investigation panel to aircraft crew following an incident on a SpiceJet flight. The recommendation by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau came recently following its investigation into an incident in ...

Army Chief asks armed forces not to lose trust of society

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Saturday called upon armed forces not to lose the trust of the people of the country by maintaining high standards of integrity. "Integrity is the foundation of our military profession. If doubted; we may lose the trust our society, if the society doesn't ...

Kashmir: Militant groups offer 'gun salutes' to their fallen comrades

In a brazen display which shows how the Valley has been pushed back to the turmoil days of the 90s, groups of militants appeared in south Kashmir on Saturday to offer gun salutes to their fallen comrades.Eyewitnesses said at least five militants of both Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ...

Fire ravaged Chennai Silks building collapses during demolition

Major portion of the multi-storied Chennai Silks building, which was ravaged by major fire recently, collapsed on Saturday morning when workers were involved in demolishing the structure. However, no one was injured in the mishap. Tamil Nadu government asked the authorities to demolish the building ...

Swaraj dismisses 'rumours' of being prez contender

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today dismissed reports that she was a contender in the presidential poll as "rumours".Though neither the government nor the opposition has declared their candidate for the poll to elect the countrys first citizen, several names, including Swarajs, have been ...