Saturday, September 26, 2020


Bihar Assembly polls in 3 phases from Oct 28 to Nov 7, counting on Nov 10

NEW DELHI: The elections for the 243 Assembly seats of Bihar will take place in three phases between October 28 and November 7. The counting of votes will be on November 10, the Election Commission said on Friday.

32 MPs ask Prez to disband expert committee to study Indian culture

CHENNAI: Thirty two Members of Parliament (MP) belonging to different parties have written to President Ram Nath Kovind to advise the Central government to disband the expert committee set up by the Union Ministry of Culture.

Pappu Yadav launches party manifesto after filing an affidavit

PATNA: The Jan Adhikar Party headed by Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav on Thursday claimed that voters will not allow Gujarati CM in Bihar any longer.

Farmer bodies gear up for 'Bandh' on Friday

NEW DELHI:  Over two dozen farmer organisations have announced support to the 'Bandh' call on Friday to protest against the farm Bills passed by Parliament amid massive protests from 18 political parties.

Salman Khurshid, Prashant Bhushan named in Delhi riots charge sheet's disclosure statements

NEW DELHI: From politicians to lawyers and activists, names of various prominent personalities have come up in the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in the Delhi riots case. This includes the name of Congress leader Salman Khurshid and advocate Prashant Bhushan.

Madras HC grants 30 day parole to Rajiv Gandhi's assassin Perarivalan

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday granted 30-day parole to Perarivalan, an assassin of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Fire in Delhi Mall, no casualty

NEW DELHI: Fire was reported in a mall in Delhi's Karkardooma area on Thursday. The fire was quickly brought under control and no loss of life was reported.

K'taka cancels all programs as mark of tribute to Angadi

BENGALURU: Following the sad demise of Union Minister of state for Railways Suresh Angadi, Karnataka on Thursday decided to fly the flag half-mast on all government buildings as a mark of tribute.

AMU students seek re-investigation into anti-CAA protests

ALIGARH(UTTAR PRADESH):  The students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have urged the state police to re-investigate the December 15 anti-CAA protest violence and drop charges against those who are "innocent".

Agra reports 104 fresh Covid cases

AGRA:  The Agra region continues to battle Covid-19 spread after in the past 24 hours, 104 fresh cases of the coronavirus were reported and one death.

Trooper injured as militants snatch weapon in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was injured and his service rifle was snatched away after motorcycle borne militants shot at him from close range in central Kashmir's Budgam district on Thursday, officials said.

TN Minister's PA 'kidnapped', released

CHENNAI:A Personal Assistant of Tamil Nadu's Animal Husbandry Minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan was allegedly kidnapped on Wednesday but released later on by his abductors, following which a probe has been launched.

Feeling the heat, Vijayan may take legal action against media

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:After facing the heat from the media in various high profile cases, the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government decided at a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday to take action against the mediapersons.

Source of tar ball menace traced to Bombay High: Goa Minister

PANAJI:The source of tar balls -- sticky blobs generated from waste oil spilled into the sea -- which mar Goa's beaches during and after the monsoons, is essentially oil discharged at Bombay High, a floating oil field off Mumbai, Goa's Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral said on Wednesday.

RS adjourned sine die amid opposition boycott

NEW DELHI:After the completion of its legislative business, the Rajya Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned sine die even as the opposition continued to boycott the session on the third consecutive day after the suspension of eight lawmakers over Sunday's pandemonium.

Farmers' delegation meets Yogi with problems

LUCKNOW:A delegation of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Wednesday, met UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow to discuss the problems of farmers.

SFJ now announces $1 mn grant to farmers for Khalistan support

NEW DELHI:As thousands of Indian farmers protest against the three contentious agriculture-related Bills passed by Parliament, banned US-based secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is trying to fish in troubled waters, declaring a grant of $1 million for farmers in Punjab and Haryana in lieu of their support for Khalistan.

After taking VRS, Bihar DGP Pandey may take political plunge

PATNA:A day after taking voluntary retirement, speculation is rife that Bihars former Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey may begin his political innings. Though nothing has been finalised yet, Pandey says he will talk to people and plan his journey ahead.

LS to adjourn sine die, 3 Bills listed on Wednesday

NEW DELHI:As the Lok Sabha is to adjourn sine die on Wednesday, the government has listed three Bills for the Legislative Business of the day to pass it in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Heavy rain cuts off Bengal-Sikkim highway after landslides

KOLKATA:Multiple landslides due to heavy rain have resulted in the closing of a stretch of a national highway that connects Sikkim with Darjeeling district of West Bengal, resulting in massive traffic jams, officials said on Wednesday.

FIR against 2 UP IPS officer

LUCKNOW: FIRs have been lodged against IPS officers Ajay Pal Sharma and Himanshu Kumar in Meerut for allegedly lobbying for their transfer and posting. They have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

China pursuing 'Xinjiang-style' forced labour system in Tibet

NEW DELHI:In a shocking revelation, it has been found out that the Chinese government is pursuing a Xinjiang-style system of forced labour in Tibet, a region which, though suffering from suppression, until now has not been subjected to such atrocities.

Andhra CM invites Union Jal Shakti Minister to visit Polavaram

AMARAVATI/NEW DELHI:Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy met with Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekawat, and invited him to visit the Polavaram project on Wednesday.

Now China encroaches upon Nepal territory

KATHMANDU:After India, China is now embroiled in a fresh boundary dispute with Nepal in its remote Humla district that is close to the Nepal-Tibet border.
The dispute emerged after the Chinese side unilaterally constructed 11 cemented buildings in the Nepali territory and people in the Lapcha area where the buildings were constructed, brought it to the notice of the Humla administration.

Andhra CM discusses state's issues with Shah

AMARAVATI/NEW DELHI:Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the second time during his Delhi tour and discussed issues related to the state's development, official sources said.

IOB manager in TN who said 'Hindi must for loan', transferred

CHENNAI:At a time when major political parties in Tamil Nadu allege that the Central government is imposing Hindi, a doctor in Ariyalur district alleged that he was denied a loan by the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) Manager 'for not knowing the North Indian language'.

Was numbers game behind Sunday ruckus in RS?

NEW DELHI:Was the numbers game responsible for the ruckus witnessed in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday over the two agriculture-related contentious Bills? That could be the case, if one were to believe the opposition, even though the government asserted that it had the required numbers.

RS passes FCRA Bill amid opposition boycott

NEW DELHI:The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill sans opposition making Aadhaar mandatory for registration of organisations receiving foreign funds, and also to give the government powers to stop utilisation of foreign funds by an organisation through a "summary enquiry".

Over 1.26 cr AB-PMJAY beneficiaries got free treatment in 2 yrs'

NEW DELHI:Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday chaired 'Aarogya Manthan' 2.0 to celebrate the second anniversary of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), which he called a "historic step".

AIADMK to seek explanation from RS member for opposing farm Bills

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK on Tuesday said that it will seek an explanation from its Rajya Sabha member S.R. Balasubramanian for speaking against the three farm Bills in the upper house on Sunday.

Gujarat assembly passes Industrial Disputes Act (Amendment Bill) 2020

GANDHINAGAR:The Gujarat State Assembly on Tuesday gave its nod to the Amendment Bill on the earlier passed Industrial Disputes Amendment Ordinance in July, which allowed industrial units having up to 300 employees to lay off its employees without getting prior approval of the government.

Ex-MP Ateeq Ahmad's Rs 30cr property demolished in Prayagraj

PRAYAGRAJ(Uttar Pradesh): A joint team of the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA), district administration and police, demolished a house belonging to former parliamentarian Atiq Ahmed here as part of its drive against the jailed mafia don's unauthorized properties.

Bengaluru violence: NIA's special team to grill SDPI functionaries

BENGALURU:Taking over the probe in the Bengaluru violence case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to interrogate SDPI leader Muzamil Pasha and his close associates for allegedly "instigating the mobs" that triggered the violence in the state.

As CBI knocks on 'Life Mission', Kerala CM announces probe

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Finally, after close to two months, the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala on Wednesday decided to order a Vigilance probe into the 'Life Mission' project.

HC allows Kangana to make Raut, BMC official parties to her plea

MUMBAI:The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to include Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and a civic body officer as parties to her plea against the demolition carried out at her office in Bandra on September 9.

Don't fall into Congress's trap, MSP to continue: Narendra Tomar

NEW DELHI:Amid the opposition's objection and widespread protests of farmers in various states over two farm Bills passed by both the Houses of Parliament last week, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar requested the farmers "not to fall into the trap of Congress", asserting that "MSP will continue".

LS passes J&K Official Languages Bill, 2020

NEW DELHI:The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020 with voice vote, allowing Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi, apart from the existing Urdu and English, to be official languages in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

India, China agree to implement political leaders' consensus over border dispute

NEW DELHI:India and China agreed to implement the consensus reached by theirs leaders over the border issue during the 14-hour-long diplomatic-military talks in Moldo to resolve border disputes, the Indian Army stated on Tuesday.

Farmers made puppets of corporates through agri Bills: RJD

PATNA:Taking a dig at the Modi government over the agriculture-related Bills, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said that it has made 'anna datas' or food-providers the puppets of its 'fund datas' or fund-providers.

Yogi meets filmmakers, invites them to UP

LUCKNOW:Several filmmakers on Tuesday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath through video conferencing to discuss the film city project.
The Chief Minister shared a presentation with the guests and assured filmmakers of all help in film making in the state. He said that the proposed film city would be spread over 1,000 acres of land.