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‘Responsibility of clean air lies with all’
NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over poor implementation of the Supreme Court ban on the sale of fire crackers in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), industry chamber Assocham on Saturday said ensuring a clean environment should be a combined responsibility of the centre, the state governments, civil society and public at large and not of the apex court alone. “The economic interest of the traders and the manufacturers was
 
 
Mersal producers agree to cut scenes
CHENNAI: The producers of superstar Vijay’s Mersal has agreed to cut scenes or mute dialogue in those scenes that criticise the GST and Digital India following a protest from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Union minister has announced. The makers of the film have agreed to remove four scenes though several politicians and film industry people urged them not to budge under pressure. The State unit of the BJP demanded cuts
   
Teenager injured in firing incident in Valley
Srinagar: A teenager was injured in a firing incident by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district on Saturday, officials said. Police said protesters resorted to heavy stone pelting at the security forces in Machow area of Badgam district during protests against braid chopping incidents in the Kashmir Valley. Informed sources said security forces used tear smoke canisters to disperse the protesters but as the
 
 
Venkaiah leaves AIIMS after angioplasty
NEW DELHI: Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu was discharged from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday after an angioplasty procedure that was done on him on Friday night. According to a medical bulletin released by the Hospital, Naidu, 68, had a routine detailed medical check-up at the hospital which showed a significant block in one of the main artery which was stented then at the Hospital. The Vice-
   
Journalist shot dead in northern India
NEW DELHI: A journalist was shot dead by three gunmen in northern India on Saturday, police said, the latest attack on media in one of Asia’s deadliest countries for reporters. Rajesh Mishra, a 40-year-old reporter at the Hindi-language daily Dainik Jagran — one of India’s largest newspapers — was shot in the head by three gunmen on a motorcycle in Uttar Pradesh state, additional director general of police Anand Kumar said.
 
 
Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakore to join Congress
New Delhi: Aggressive young Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakore on Saturday announced he was joining the Congress, as state party chief Bharatsinh Solanki urged firebrand Patidar spearhead Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani to also join the Congress. Thakore, who has emerged as a strong OBC leader along with Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani during the last two years, announced his move in New Delhi after an evening
   
Kin of 39 missing Indians asked for DNA samples
Chandigarh: The families of the 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq’s Mosul in June 2014 have been asked to provide their DNA samples, but no reason has been given, the kin said on Saturday. The families of some of the missing Indians from Amritsar district were on Saturday asked to come to the Government Medical College in Amritsar to give DNA samples. However, the samples were not taken on Saturday. “We were told to come to
 
 
Congress party ‘united’ to fight ‘solar’ taint
TRIVANDRUM: The high-power Political Affairs Committee of the Congress party in Kerala has decided to fight the government move to trap its top leaders in sex and bribery scam. “It’s clear as the day that the chief minister (Pinarayi Vijayan) was unilaterally taking the decision to insult and humiliate our leaders and later forced others to fall in line,” its president MM Hassan said. “I suspect he first took the decision and
   
383 police personnel killed in 12 months
NEW DELHI: As many as 383 police personnel from different state police forces, central paramilitary forces and central police organisations were killed this year, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Rajiv Jain said on Saturday. Of the police personnel killed in the line of duty from September 2016 to August 2017 included 56 from the Border Security Force and 42 from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Jain said on the occasion of Police
 
 
Man murders best friend, arrested
New Delhi: A man has been arrested for murdering his best friend after he found him of having an affair with his wife, police said here on Saturday. Police said Badal Mandal, 33, from Odisha, murdered Vipin Joshi, 30, chopped his body into three parts and stuffed them inside a fridge. Mandal and Joshi were co-workers at a restaurant in Saidulajab area in south Delhi. Joshi stayed near Mandal’s rented apartment in the same
   
Keep me out of Tipu Jayanti, Hegde tells Karnataka
Bengaluru: Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde has asked the Karnataka government to keep him out of the state’s Tipu Jayanti celebrations, calling the erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan a “brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist”. “Conveyed (to) Karnataka government not to invite me to shameful event of glorifying a person known as brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist,” Hegde tweeted. Hegde had also written an
 
 
Priyanka Chopra warns of ‘many’ more Weinsteins
Los Angeles: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra says people like controversial Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein are present across the world. Priyanka slammed Weinstein and spoke about women empowerment at the 2017 Marie Claire Power Trip earlier this week, reports marieclaire.com. Asked whether there’s a Harvey Weinstein in India, Priyanka said: “I don’t think there is and I don’t think there is only a Harvey Weinstein in
   
Two activists win Rafto Prize for human rights
OSLO: Two Indian activists from the heavily militarised region of Kashmir on Thursday won Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory, the jury announced. Parveena Ahanger, nicknamed “The Iron Lady of Kashmir”, founded and leads the Association of Parents of Missing Persons after her 17-year-old son was kidnapped by security forces in 1990. She hasn’t heard anything
 
 
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