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Shutdown turns violent in Kerala
SABARIMALA: Frenzied Hindu mobs stoned scores of vehicles and attacked passengers as they enforced a 24-hour shutdown in Kerala on Thursday. They were protesting Wednesday’s forcible eviction of devotees staging a sit-in on the way to the Sabarimala hill shrine against allowing women of all ages there. The Supreme Court last lifted the age-old ban on the women between 10 and 50 years to the abode of the bachelor god Ayyappa, and
 
 
Magistrate asks Akbar to appear on Oct.31
NEW DELHI: A magistrate at the Patiala Court in Delhi on Thursday directed journalist-politician MJ Akbar to appear in person on Oct.31 to record his statement against journalist Priya Ramani, whom he is suing for defamation. Ramani, who had alleged sexual misconduct against Akbar, had prompted his resignation as minister of state for external affairs on Tuesday. While a section in the Bharatiya Janata Party said Prime Minister
   
Shutdown affects life in Valley
SRINAGAR: A shutdown called by separatists affected life across the Kashmir Valley on Thursday with heavy security deployed here and other vulnerable places. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, called the shutdown against the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, Mehrajudd in Bangroo, his associate Faiz Ahmad Waza and Rayee
 
 
Woman kills 4-year-old granddaughter
JAIPUR: A woman killed her four-year-old granddaughter in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh town because she was irked with the girl’s stubborn and demanding nature, police said on Thursday. The grandmother drowned the girl in a water tank on Wednesday, said police officer Vishnu Dutt Vishnoi. Initially, it looked like an accident. But when police started the investigation, some startling facts came to light, Vishnoi said. An FIR has been
   
Delhi, neighbouring regions see poor air quality
NEW DELHI: The National Capital Region saw a “very-poor” air quality on Thursday, which experts believe may further deteriorate within the next two days due to weather conditions, stubble burning and festival season. Delhi and neighbouring regions also saw a shoot-up in particle pollutants, ranging from very-poor to severe levels in some regions, which was over three to seven times the permissible limits. The stubble burning
 
 
German Navy chief meets Indian admiral
NEW DELHI: Chief of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause met Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday as part of his four-day visit, dubbed by the government as a “significant milestone in Indo-German Naval relations”. During his visit, Krause laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here and was accorded a traditional Guard of Honour. He also held “extensive interactions” with the senior hierarchy of the Indian Navy and with the
   
Durga Puja marquee decorated with 4,000kg turmeric
KOLKATA: In a first-of-its-kind, a Durga Puja marquee here was decorated with 4,000 kilogrammes of turmeric or ‘haldi’. Santoshpur Lake Pally Committee, in collaboration with a leading spice manufacturer, has directed its creative efforts in presenting a novel concept and unique design sensibilities to the Pandal’s decor. Turmeric (haldi in Hindi and holud in Bengali) is considered to be very pure and auspicious.
 
 
Heavy rain cools Chennai, NE monsoon expected
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu capital received sudden showers on Thursday afternoon, bringing down temperature but paralysing city life. The hour-long rainfall inundated the streets. Traffic got snarled on most of the major roads. Motorists, as usual, faced the brunt of the situation as traffic came to a blistering halt at almost all key stretches. The city which started out at a maximum temperature of 33.1 degrees celsius became
   
No mobile phone to be disconnected: Government
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday dismissed a news report claiming around 50 crore mobile phone numbers are at risk of disconnection, saying it is “completely untrue and imaginary”. “The news report tries to create unnecessary panic among mobile users by claiming that ‘they stare at a prospect of disconnection if SIM cards procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification are not backed by a fresh identification’,” the Ministry of
 
 
Noted politician ND Tiwari no more
NEW DELHI: Former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Chief Minister ND Tiwari died on Thursday — on his 93rd birthday — in the national capital at a private hospital following prolonged illness, doctors said. Suffering from renal and old-age problems, the former Union minister passed away at 3pm at Max Hospital in Saket. He is survived by his wife Ujjwala and son Rohit Shekhar. Tiwari is the only politician to have served as chief
   
BSP leader’s son who waved pistol arrested
NEW DELHI: A former BSP MP’s son who threatened a man with a pistol at a luxury hotel four days ago surrendered in a court here on Thursday and was arrested. He claimed he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Ashish Pandey, the son of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Rakesh Pandey and brother of BSP MLA Ritesh Pandey, was taken into police custody for a day soon after he gave himself up before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh
 
 
Search on for leadership alternatives to Parrikar
PANAJI: The BJP has formally started its hunt for a leadership alternative to ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, party leaders as well as an alliance partner said on Thursday. The issue of leadership change had been a taboo subject for most of the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership, including MLAs and state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar, who until late on Wednesday had maintained that there was no question of even
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