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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...
Brendon McCullum receives Sir Richard Hadlee Medal
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting at a glittering ceremony, here. McCullum, 33, led the Kiwis to their first World Cup final where they did lose to Australia by seven wickets at a packed MCG on March 29 but won a million fans with their entertaining show throughout the 50-over showpiece event. With 328 runs in nine matches at a strike...
Two security personnel killed in encounter in Baramulla
Two security personnel were killed and a civilian was injured in an encounter with militants in Tangmarg area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district today. Acting on a tip off about the presence of militants in Kunzer village, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area, a police official said. He said a gun battle broke out when militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated. One policeman was killed in the encounter while an army...
Karishma and I are in a very happy phase: Upen Patel
Model-actor Upen Patel says his relationship with reality TV star girlfriend Karishma Tanna is going strong. Upen, 32, proposed to the 31-year-old "Grand Masti" star during their outing on the last season of the popular TV show "Bigg Boss". "We are very much together till now. Things are going extremely good at our end since we met each other. We are in a very happy phase personally and professionally," he told PTI. Upen and Karishma, who will be...
Relief to Manmohan Singh, others in coal scam case
In a relief to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Supreme Court today stayed the trial court order summoning him as accused in a case pertaining to grant of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 to Aditya Birla group company Hindalco. The stay, which also applied to Hindalco Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, former Coal Secretary P C Parakh and three others, came after senior counsel Kapil Sibal questioned the legality of the summons to the former Prime Minister citing lack of...
Lineman electrocuted in UP, five booked
A lineman was electrocuted while repairing an electric line here following which an FIR was today registered against five persons, including a Sub Divisional Officer and junior engineer of Power department, police said. The FIR was lodged at Sikanderpur police station based on a complaint filed by his wife, they said. Sunil Kumar was electrocuted yesterday while repairing the electric line. In the FIR, SDO Amit Kumar and Junior engineer Vinay Srivastava have been named besides...
Saibaba trust gets Rs 3.88 cr donations on Ram Navmi
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has received donations worth a whopping Rs 3.88 crore from devotees during the three-day Ram Navami festival held here, a senior trust official said. The sansthan received Rs 1.96 crore in cash boxes, Rs 62 lakh at donation counters and Rs 25 lakh through donations made online during the Ram Navmi festival held here from March 27-29. Besides, gold and silver ornaments worth Rs five lakh have also been received, Sansthan's chief accounts officer Dilip...
Deepika's video comes from a good space: Sonakshi
Actress Sonakshi Sinha thinks Deepika Padukone's online video "My Choice" comes with good intentions but feels more needs to be done on women empowerment. Deepika's two-minute-34-second video, has gone viral online but opinions are divided over its content with some hailing the move while others calling it unrealistic. Sonakshi, who is yet to watch the video, believes that women empowerment is not always about the choice of "having sex and clothes of a...
Bawankule demands Central Agriculture Varsity in Nagpur
Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has requested Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to consider setting up a Central Agriculture University in Nagpur. "The previous UPA government had decided to establish five Central Agriculture Universities across the country. Of them one was set up in Jhansi (UP) to serve Bundelkhand region," Bawankule said in a letter to Singh written three days back. "The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is reeling...
Sonia condoles death of former Singapore PM
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today condoled the death of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, saying he belonged to the league of Asian statesmen who successfully carried forward the task of nation building. "Sonia Gandhi has expressed grief and extended her condolences on the passing away of the former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew," the AICC said.
India, China hold border talks
India and China today held the 18th round of talks on the the vexed boundary issue, the first such meeting after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year. Special Representative on the Boundary Question and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. The fresh round of discussion on the issue is taking place nearly six months after Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit here.
PM to farmers: Lies being spread on Land Bill
With opposition mounting campaign against the Land Acquisition Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to farmers, telling them that "lies" are being spread over the measure for "political reasons" to create confusion among the farming community
3 of family shot dead by Maoists
Three members of a family have been gunned down allegedly by the Maoists at Murmu village in Lohardaga district. They were shot dead by the ultras of the CPI (Maoist) last night, Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan said here today. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the ghastly killings. Das expressed condolences to the bereaved family and talked to police officials following the incident.
Passengers aboard Charminar Express robbed of jewellery
At least four passengers of Chennai-Secunderabad Charminar Express were allegedly robbed of their jewelleries in Andhra Pradesh's Prakasam district. One of the robbers, suspected to be on board the train, pulled the chain near Chirala at around midnight yesterday to stop the train, according to a spokesman of South Central Railway (SCR). Some robbers then snatched the chains and other jewellery of the passengers through the windows in sleeper coaches, he said.
Four held for betting on World Cup cricket match
Four persons have been arrested on charges of betting during the quarter final match played between New Zealand and West Indies in the ongoing cricket World Cup, police said today. Surendra Kumar, Nishant Singh, Mohammed Their and Shanu Mansoori were arrested yesterday while they were placing bets in a house in Dadwada area here, SHO of Bheemganj Mandi police station Harish Bharti said.
Big B performs with Shillong Choir, Vienna Orchestra
Bollywood megastar Amitabah Bachchcan left the audience at the Umaid Bhawan Palace impressed with his serenading performance with Shillong Chamber Choir and Vienna Chamber Orchestra. The 72-year-old actor stressed on the importance of giving and togetherness during his brief appearances in-between the mesmerising fusion concert by the "India's Got Talent" fame Shillong Chamber Choir and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Hindutva remarks, conversion damaging NDA's prospects: Kushwaha
Reflecting the growing unease within the government over controversial remarks by Hindutva hardliners and conversion, a senior Union minister today said such issues are "damaging" NDA's prospects, citing example of Kashmir where it could not manage a single seat. Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha also said that he was not in favor of any law to check conversion as there are already provisions to check coercion and allurement for conversion.
Manish Paul starts filming 'Katha' remake
TV presenter-actor Manish Paul has begun shooting the remake of filmmaker Sai Paranjpye's 1983 cult classic 'Katha'. The 'Mickey Virus' star is stepping into the shoes of veteran actor Farooque Sheikh in the Khalid Mohamed's-directed film of the same name. "All set to start my new film Katha... Nervous, excited, happy! Too many feelings and thoughts! First day on the set is always like that," Manish, 33, posted on Twitter.
Two arrested for harassing girls in UP
Two youths have been arrested in separate harassment-related incidents, police said here today. 25-year-old Daksh was arrested for harassing some girls in Miranpur town, police said. In another incident, a girl in Shamli district complained that one Prevez (25) harassed her, following which he was arrested, they said.
Women unsafe in BJP rule in Chhattisgarh: Cong
Women are not safe in the BJP government's rule in Chhattisgarh, main Opposition in the state, Congress has alleged. "It is unfortunate that the BJP, which succeeded in forming the government in the state by promising safety and security for women, has failed to do so," state Congress unit president Bhupesh Baghel said here today.
Foggy morning in Delhi, 51 trains running late
It was another chilly morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 6.6 degrees Celsius and dense fog delaying 51 trains. "The minimum temperature recorded this morning was 6.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal. The visibility was less than 800 metres," a MeT official said. Humidity recorded was 89 per cent, the official added.
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Modi congratulates Sirisena for election as Lanka President
Reaching out to President-elect of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated him on his electoral victory and said he looked forward to working with him to take the bilateral ties to a new level. Modi first called up Sirisena and then wrote a letter to him, hailing his win and expressing India's continued solidarity to Sri Lanka's peace and development. "I spoke to Shri Maithripala Sirisena and congratulated him.
Tatas' Vistara starts flying; says will 'do it right'
Marking Tatas' re-entry into the Indian aviation space after over six decades, new airline Vistara today flew its first flight, and said its aim will be to "do it right" without making a big splash. Entering at a turbulent time facing the sector, the airline said it would not be "lavish or over-the-top" in the name of being a full service carrier.
Mumbai Indians appoints Shane Bond as bowling coach
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond was today appointed as the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians for the 2015 Indian Premier League season. The 39-year-old Bond, currently employed in similar capacity with the New Zealand national team, will join in the ranks of Mumbai Indians' support staff along with former Australian great Ricky Ponting, Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and Robin Singh (batting coach).