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3 protesters killed in Kashmir gunfight
Srinagar: A militant was killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday while three local youth protesting the operation were also killed, officials said. Defence ministry spokesman, Col. Rajesh Kalia told reporters here that the gunfight in Durbugh village of Budgam’s Chadoora area ended in the afternoon when the lone militant holed up inside a house was killed. “The body of the slain militant and his
 
 
Salesgirl shot dead in market
Gurugram: An 18-year-old salesgirl was shot dead by a man in a busy market here, the city police said on Tuesday. The girl, identified as Gunjan, worked at a Patanjali store at an upscale Sector 21 market in Palm Vihar area here. Talking to media, Assistant Commissioner of Police Jai Singh said the killing took place late on Monday night. Pawan Kumar, a resident of Chauma village in Gurugram district, went to the store where Gun
   
Six fall ill after eating ‘stale’ dinner on train
Kolkata: Six passengers travelling on the New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express were taken ill after eating “stale food” served on the airconditioned train, leading to protests by passengers at two stations on Tuesday. Union Minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo said he also found the food and service quality on Rajdhani “utterly disappointing” at times. A section of the passengers protested at the Asansol and Sealdah terminus again
 
 
Attack on Africans dubbed hate crime
NEW DELHI: Authorities in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday rejected charges that the attack on four African students in Greater Noida on Monday was a hate crime, while the union of African students insisted that it is. A national news agency quoted Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Nagendra Singh as asserting on Tuesday: “Absolutely not a hate crime, neither it’s some kind of anger against a race.” The violence spread from Greater
   
Grounded Sena MP takes train to Delhi
Mumbai: Left with no options after Air India again cancelled his flight ticket, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Tuesday evening boarded the Rajdhani Express for Delhi, officials said. He was booked this afternoon on a IInd AC sleeper compartment. The train left Mumbai Central at 5pm and will reach Delhi around 8.30am on Wednesday. The officials could not say if he was travelling alone or with some aides and security personnel.
 
 
Mamata calls for crackdown on child trafficking
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday directed the state police and the bureaucracy to monitor the issue of child trafficking and stop the traffickers at all costs. “The police and the block development officers (BDO) have to take responsibility to thoroughly monitor the issue of child trafficking in the state. Whoever is involved in trafficking should not be spared,” Banerjee said during an administrative
   
Congress rejects suggestion of Bhagwat as President
New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday said that there was no question of it backing the Shiv Sena’s suggestion to consider RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for the post of President and said it will spell out its stance on a candidate at the right time. Party leader Gaurav Gogoi told reporters here that the party’s views about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were well known. “It is very clear that we do not support RSS ideology and when it
 
 
Meat traders on indefinite strike in Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad: Meat traders in Ghaziabad went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday against the district administration’s order to shut down meat shops. The administration had ordered the closure of the meat shops three days ago after a new BJP government took office in Uttar Pradesh. “As our families started starving for food and other necessary items, we decided to go on strike outside the Collector’s office,” said Yaad Ilahi Quereshi
   
Corruption cases haunt Dinakaran
CHENNAI: A corruption case under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (Feraa) has come to haunt Tamil Nadu’s ruling Anna DMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran as he is engaged in a deadly battle in the RK Nagar bypoll that is due on April 12. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (EO-II) Court, Egmore on Monday dismissed his petition seeking adjournment of the trial. That would mean he could be summoned any day to the
 
 
Prime minister greets people on Hindu New Year
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of the New Year and wished that it brings prosperity and better health to all. “People across India are celebrating the start of the New Year...greetings to everyone. May the year bring peace, joy and prosperity,” Modi tweeted. The occasion is celebrated with different names in various regions and communities, so likewise the Prime Minister
   
Kerala NCP seeks cabinet berth for Thomas Chandy
TRIVANDRUM: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Kerala has named NRI businessman Thomas Chandy as the new transport minister in the southern state’s communist-led government. Chandy, a three-time legislator who runs schools in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and owns a luxury holiday resort back home and spends most of the time abroad, replaces his senior colleague AK Saseendran. Saseendran had to resign this weekend after a
 
 
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