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Politicians are so insecure these days -

In a state where the line between cinema and politics has always been blurred, Tamil romantic hero Vijay has been no exception as far as political controversy is concerned. It has, however, usually been his father who has spoken on his behalf. Vijay’s own voice has rarely been heard, which is why many i the state have remain unconvinced by indications and allegations, over the years, that he might enter politics.       Vijay’s latest film, Mersel,...

PM hits out at Cong for failing poor on 'garibi hatao' slogan -

Varanasi, Sep 18 (PTI) Taking a swipe at the 'garibi hatao' campaign of Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said those who could not bring any real change in the lives of the poor or even open bank accounts for them during their five-decade rule were now questioning his government. The Prime Minister, on his first trip to his Lok Sabha constituency in over eight months, claimed poverty alleviation measures have lacked a proper direction and they are spoken about during...

Devotees take 'Shahi snan' at Kumbh?Mela ? -

ashik, Sep 18 (PTI) Amid heavy downpour, thousands of saints and devotees today took 'shahi snan' (royal bath) in the Ramkund here on the last auspicious day of the ongoing Kumbh Mela. Saints belonging to the three akhadas -- Nirmohi, Nirwani and Digambar -- arrived in a grand procession from Laxminarayan Temple in Tapovan area to the Ramkund pond on banks of river Godavari. They were seated in colourfully decorated vehicles and were sporting marigold garlands. Smeared with...

Dalmiya's condition stable -

Kolkata, Sept 18 (PTI) The condition of BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya improved today after a clot in his coronary artery was cleared during an angiography at a city hospital. Doctors attending on 75-year-old Dalmiya said, "Today he is clinically better with improvement in ECG. He is being monitored at the hospital with medication as per protocol." They said that he underwent a coronary angiography last night and a "clot was aspirated out to establish good flow in...

Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries -

A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon today, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. Dozens of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in central Kathmandu. There was no immediate estimate on fatalities. Several buildings collapsed in the centre of the capital, including centuries-old temples, said resident Prachanda Sual. He said he...

Quake: PM speaks to Nepal Prez -

Reaching out to Nepal which has been struck by a strong magnitude quake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to the country's President Ram Baran Yadav. "PM is trying to reach Nepal PM Shri Sushil Koirala, who is abroad. He has spoken to President of Nepal Shri Ram Baran Yadav," the PMO tweeted. A high-intensity quake shook Nepal's capital, causing extensive damage to buildings. Prime Minister has also taken report of the situation in districts of UP and...

Family of five killed in mishap -

Six persons, including a five member family from Chattisgarh, were killed on the spot when the car in they were travelling in collided with a lorry at Palladam in Tirupur district today, police said. Those killed included two women and a four-year-old child, besides the car driver, they said. Police said the family, hailing from Mahasamund in Chattisgarh were on their way to Udhagamandalam to attend a marriage on April 27. Since the family had a day to spare, they decided to...

Daredevils-RCB face off in search of winning momentum -

High on confidence after convincing victories in their previous games, both Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek the winning momentum when they face off in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow. Daredevils dispatched Mumbai Indians to end their nine-match losing streak at Kotla while RCB returned to winning ways with a nine-wicket thrashing of Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad last night. It will also be a homecoming for RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who is hoping...

Local court rejects Masarat Alam's bail plea -

A local court in Budgam today rejected the bail application of hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat. "The court has rejected the bail application of Bhat.The grounds on which the plea was rejected will be known when we get the detailed order copy," the Hurriyat leader's counsel Shabir Ahmad Bhat told PTI. The 45-year-old separatist leader, arrested last week on charges of waging war against the country and sedition, was booked under Public Safety Act...

Sensex extends losses, down over 103 pts in early trade -

Continued its losing streak for the fifth straight session, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell by another 103 points in early trade today on sustained selling by funds and retail investors coupled with weak corporate earnings figure. The 30-share index was trading down by 103.90 points, or 0.37 per cent, to 27,782.31 with stocks of healthcare, IT, teck, FMCG, auto and banking sectors leading the fall. The gauge had lost 1,158.23 points in the previous four sessions.

E-Samiksha launched to monitor rail projects online -

With an aim of monitoring implementation of various ongoing projects including Rail Budget proposals, railways today launched E-Samiksha, an online monitoring mechanism. It is a very good beginning and now each and every project implementation can be monitored on real-time basis, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here after launching the system.

Baby swap case solved in MKCG hospital -

A DNA report has helped crack the baby swapping case that rocked MKCG Medical College and Hospital here two months ago. The hospital authorities yesterday handed over the baby girl to Priyadarshini and Anil Biswasray after the DNA report confirmed that they were the rightful parents. "The DNA report was received and it confirmed that the baby belonged to the Biswasray couple. We have handed over the baby to them," said Medical Superintendent A K Behera.

Nine killed as bus catches fire -

Nine persons were today killed and six others injured when a roadways bus caught fire in Peeparpur area, a senior police officer said here today. The incident occurred this morning when the roadways bus going to Sultanpur caught fire due to short circuit in the engine near Ramgaon village, Superintendent of Police Heera Lal told PTI. He said 42 passengers were on board the bus. Some passengers managed to escape by smashing window panes of the bus.

RCB to face CSK in a high-voltage IPL encounter -

Beaten in their respective last games, both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will be hungry to prevail over each other in the battle of wits when they lock horns in an Indian Premier League match here tomorrow. The Super Kings are placed second in the table with six points from four games, while the Royal Challengers are languishing at the bottom with just two points from three outings.

Will do whatever we can for Ankit's family: Gambhir -

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has said that his IPL franchise will go all out to support late Ankit Keshri's family after the young Bengal player passed away post a freak on-field collision. Barely five months after the Phillip Hughes tragedy, the cricket world is once again mourning the loss of yet another young player.

Rahul Gandhi returns home from sabbatical -

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today returned home from his 56-day unexplained sabbatical which had raised questions over his leadership of the party that is struggling to find its feet after a string of electoral defeats. The 44-year-old leader arrived here at 11.15 AM on a Thai Airways plane from Bangkok, ending days of intense speculation over his return and amidst celebrations by party workers who burst crackers outside his residence.

Saina regains World No.1 ranking -

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal today regained the number one position in international rankings after China's Li Xuerui dropped a couple of rungs to third in the latest list issued today. Saina, the first Indian woman shuttler to be world number one after her India Open Grand Prix Gold triumph earlier this month, had dropped to the second place following her semifinal finish in the Malaysia Open Super Series.

Voyeurism case: Chargesheet may include Irani as witness -

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani may be included as a witness in the trial room voyeurism case involving a Fabindia outlet, a senior police official said today. Besides Irani, police is considering to mention two BJP MLAs and a government official as witnesses in the case.

30-year-old woman gangraped in UP -

A 30-year-old woman was allegedly grangraped by four persons at her residence in Basdhara village here, police said today. The woman complained that the accused identified as - Matloob, Mehtab, Amil hasan - and one other forcefully entered her house under Shahpur police station area here on April 8 and raped her, followed by threats of dire consequences, SP (Rural) Alok Priyadarshni said. An FIR was registered in the matter on the instruction of SSP KB Singh.

SpiceJet requests deferment on payment of dues, but AAI -

Budget-carrier SpiceJet has sought a deferment of three years on the payment of dues of Rs 211 crore to AAI though sources said that the airport operator is disinclined to entertain the request after the airline received a recent infusion of funds.

Modi slams developed nations for denying nuke fuel -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today castigated developed nations which "lecture" India but deny it nuclear fuel for clean energy and reaffirmed the country's commitment to fight against climate change. "See the irony. The world gives lecture on climate but if we tell them that we want to move forward in nuclear energy as it is a good path for environment protection and when we ask them to provide necessary fuel for nuclear energy, they refuse," he said. Modi...

Bihar Council adjourned over 'statue washing' issue -

The Bihar Legislative Council was adjourned till tomorrow after BJP legislators protested today over the washing of a statue of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia after former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi garlanded it in Supaul district of the state. The BJP members also demanded strict action against the culprits who had committed such an act and sought a statement from the government over the issue. MLC Mahachandra Prasad Singh first drew the attention of the House towards the...

Clean Ganga not possible without clean Yamuna: Bharti -

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has said the Centre will soon start fulfilling the promises made for cleaning up River Yamuna. Saying that the government is committed to the cause of cleaning up the river, the minister added that the plans for rejuvenation of river Ganga also include cleaning up of Yamuna as it is not possible to clean Ganga without cleaning Yamuna. Bharati, who arrived here on Saturday night, said a committee has been formed under the Secretary of...

TMC resorting to politics of threat: Left Front -

The Left Front today accused the Trinamool Congress of resorting to politics of threat ahead of civic polls in the state and "forcing its candidates to withdraw their nominations at gun point." "The TMC is creating all sorts of hurdles for our workers. They have forced our candidates to withdraw their nominations at gun point and now they are wiping our writings from walls and tearing our hoardings for civic polls," Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said...

PM promises full support to Muslims -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised his full support in addressing grievances of all sections of the Muslim society with particular focus on ameliorating their social conditions and meeting their educational requirements. He made his views known when a delegation of Muslim leaders called on him and discussed issues related to the community and the concerns they have. They promised to work for strengthening communal harmony and strengthening national unity. "The...

Couple commits suicide in UP -

A young couple, facing opposition from their respective families to their relationship, committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train at Bharthana Railway Station here today. The bodies of Sonu and Soni (both 18) were found at the western outer of the station this morning, Police Inspector, Bharthna Kotwali, Balbir Singh said. The couple, belonging to Nagla Dhadeusrahar village, had wanted to get married but their family members were opposed to their relationship, following...

Court frees man of rape charge -

A man has been acquitted of raping a divorcee on the pretext of marriage as the woman retracted her complaint, with a Delhi court raising questions on the veracity of rape cases in the present day situation. The court freed the man, a native of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, saying there was no material on record to show that the accused had been raping the woman for the past one year under the false promise of marriage. It also took note of the woman's statement that she had married...

Modi wants RBI to prepare 20-yr road map for fin inclusion -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Reserve Bank to prepare a 20-year road map for financial inclusion and nudged banks to be considerate in giving loans to the poor as also while making recoveries from them, especially farmers. "RBI will be completing 100 years in 2035...it will be appropriate for the central bank to work on the theme of financial inclusion and prepare a road map for achieving it," he said while addressing a function to mark the 80th anniversary of...

7-yr-old UK girl dies as horse runs amok -

A seven-year-old girl from UK died after she fell from a horse that ran amok and dragged her quite a distance at Matheran hill station in Maharashtra's Raigad district, police said today. The victim, India Mevhue was enjoying a horse ride along with her family members in the hill station on Tuesday evening when suddenly the animal went wild, Matheran police station sub-inspector Rajvardhan Khebude said. The girl lost her balance and fell from the galloping horse and got dragged...

20 students injured as school bus overturns -

Twenty school students were today injured when the bus carrying them turned turtle at Bhojannapet village under Peddapalli police limits, 40 kms from here. The mishap took place when the bus, carrying 30 students, was proceeding from Moolasala village to reach the school at Peddapalli, Circle Inspector Pingili Prashanth Reddy said. The private school bus overturned when the driver took a sharp turn in a bid to avoid collision with a Road Transport Corporation bus coming from the...