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Eid celebrated across India
New Delhi: Eid-Al-Fitr, marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, was celebrated across India on Monday with tens of thousands of Muslims converging at mosques to offer prayers and greet each other. In the turmoil-hit Kashmir Valley, clashes were reported between stone-pelters and security places at various places. Eidgahs across various states saw members of the Muslim community coming out in large numbers to offer ‘Namaz
 
 
‘Act of God’ blamed for cable car accident
Srinagar: The management of the company that operates the gondola cable car service in Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday blamed “an act of God” for the Sunday tragedy which killed seven people including four members of a Delhi family. Riyaz Ahmad, General Manager of the project, told reporters that there was no violation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) on Sunday as alleged by some. A man, his wife and their two
   
Farmer, labourer commit suicide in Bundelkhand
Bhopal: A farmer and a farm labourer committed suicide reportedly due to debt burden and a financial crunch in two separate incidents in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday. According to police, Barelal Ahirwar, 65, of Phutera village in Tikamgarh district committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself from a tree in his farm. The deceased, who had six acres of land, had taken a loan to dig three wells
 
 
Devotees deny damaging famed Kerala flag post
Sabarimala (Kerala): Five devotees arrested for damaging a new gold-plated flag post consecrated at the famed Sabarimala temple here have denied sabotage charges and said what they did was a ritual, police said on Monday. Inspector General Manoj Abraham said the five men from Vijaywada claimed they performed a traditional ritual which they do to newly commissioned things when they threw a cloth dipped in mercury at the flag post
   
Kerala star ready for polygraph test, slams media
TRIVANDRUM: Kerala film star Dileep on Monday criticised media and his detractors for slandering him. In a Facebook post, he also expressed willingness to undergo “brain mapping, narco analysis, lie detection test or whatever” to prove that he had no role in the abduction and molestation of a co-star. The post begins thanking co-stars Salim Kumar and Aju Varghese who came in his support and ends with Eid greetings to his more
 
 
Editors ordered to be jailed
Bengaluru: Editors of two Kannada tabloids sentenced by the assembly to a year in jail for defaming two ruling Congress lawmakers have not been arrested as one is hospitalised while the other one has been missing since Saturday, police said on Monday. Meanwhile, media sources said that the two will move the high court against the conviction and sentence “We have not arrested Hai Bangalore editor Ravi Belagere or Yelahanka Voice
   
Woman shunted out over traditional dress in Delhi
New Delhi: A governess was shunted out of the Delhi Golf Club for wearing a Jainsem, a dress worn by the indigenous Khasi women in Meghalaya, the woman said. On Sunday, Tailin Lyngdoh had gone to the Club along with her employer Nivedita Barthakur after they were invited for lunch by a member of the Club. However, 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two Club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the Club saying the dress
 
 
Trump, Modi seek to boost trade
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold their first face-to-face meeting in Washington on Monday, seeking to boost US-Indian relations despite differences over trade, the Paris climate accord and immigration. Their White House session promises less pomp than Modi’s previous visits to Washington, which included former President Barack Obama taking him to the Martin Luther King
   
Panel to prepare final draft of education policy
New Delhi: After virtually dumping the report of an earlier committee, the Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday constituted a nine-member panel headed by eminent space scientist K. Kasturirangan to prepare the final draft of the National Education Policy. Besides Kasturirangan, who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the panel includes Vasudha Kamat, academician from the field of education technology;
 
 
Can’t thank people enough for tolerating me...: SRK
Mumbai: It has been 25 years since his first film Deewana hit the screens, and the magic of Shah Rukh Khan’s super stardom was there for all to see outside his bungalow Mannat on the occasion of Eid on Monday. Thousands of fans gathered to get a glimpse of the actor, who says it’s this love that keeps him motivated. Shah Rukh worked in the television industry before moving on to films. “Deewana” had released on June 25, 1992.
   
VHP plans to scrap ministry for minorities
Ahmedabad: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday said it has passed a resolution demanding the immediate scrapping of the National Commission for Minorities and the Ministry of Minority Affairs, as they “give credence to a separatist mindset”. The VHP’s Central Governing Council met in Vadtal in Kheda district of Gujarat between June 24 and 25, where it concurred that minorities “gather sympathy” and carry out “anti-Hindu
 
 
Meira Kumar to file nomination tomorrow
New Delhi: The opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar will file her nomination papers on Wednesday, the last date of filing nominations. Congress sources said Meira Kumar will be accompanied by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge when she files her papers. Leaders of 16 other parties supporting her, including NCP’s Sharad
   
Socially-conscious e-waste warrior aims at cleanup
Bengaluru: In a mushrooming urban landscape where waste disposal is becoming big business, meet one of India’s new breed of waste warriors -- Saahas Zero Waste (SZW) is an enterprise with the motto of making maximum social impact in the area of sustainable urban development. Started in 2013, Saahas describes itself as a socio-environmental company that believes in conversion of all waste to resources. Its clients in this IT hub,
 
 
GJM threatens to intensify Gorkhaland stir with ‘self-sacrifice’
Darjeeling: Urging the Central government to start a dialogue about a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of northern West Bengal hills, a section of GJM leadership on Monday vowed to intensify their agitation though actions like “self-sacrifice” and fasting till death. “The Central government should immediately start dialog about the separate state of Gorkhaland,” Prakash Gurung, President of the Gorkha Janmukti Yuva
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