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Congress in a fix over CMs in key states
NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has not finalised a choice of chief minister in the key states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress sources said on Thursday evening. Initial reports had suggested that Rahul had chosen two veteran leaders to helm governments in the two Hindi heartland states, which the party has recovered crushing several Bharatiya Janata Party bastions. The choice of two-time chief minister Ashok
13 miners trapped in coal pit in Meghalaya
SHILLONG: Thirteen miners were trapped inside a coal pit filled with gallons of water in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district on Thursday, police said. Officials said their chances of survival were bleak. The accident inside the coal pit is significant as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in Meghalaya from April 17, 2014. A rescue operation was on to get the trapped miners
Delhi’s air quality improves after rain
NEW DELHI: The air quality in Delhi on Thursday registered an improvement from ‘poor’ in the morning to ‘moderate’ in the evening due to increased wind speed and Wednesday night’s rainfall. The Air Quality Index (AQI) at 4 p.m. was recorded at 194 (moderate) against Wednesday’s 392 (very poor), on a scale of 0 to 500. In the national capital region (NCR), Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad also recorded ‘moderate’ levels of air
Ernakulam tops in road accidents in Kerala
KOCHI: Ernakulam tops among districts in Kerala contributing major share of road traffic accidents, according to statistics available with state police. While the district outshines all others in the number of accidents, most number of deaths due to accidents were reported in Trivandrum. Within eight months, 292 persons died in 3707 accidents in Ernakulam district with 1448 accidents reported in the city and 2259 in rural areas.
‘Death row prisoner entitled to meet family, lawyers’
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said a prisoner sentenced to death is entitled to meet his family members and friends as well as lawyers and doctors like any other convict in jail. “We are of opinion that a prisoner on death row should be permitted to have meetings and interviews with his lawyers or members of his immediate family or even mental health professionals,” said the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice
KCR takes oath as CM of Telangana
HYDERABAD: K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who led the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a landslide victory in Assembly elections, on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second term in a row. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the TRS leader at 1.25 a.m. at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. Mohammed Mahmood Ali, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also took oath as
Metal shard removed from toddler’s eye
SRINAGAR: Doctors have removed a metal shard from the eye of a toddler shot in Kashmir, whose horrific injuries became symbolic of India’s controversial use of pellet-firing shotguns in the conflict-torn region. Surgeons who operated on Hiba Jan said it was too early to know if the 20-month-old girl would ever use her eye again after being shot with a pump-action gun that discharges high-velocity fragments. The girl’s parents
Shah meets BJP office bearers
NEW DELHI: Days after being defeated in Assembly elections, BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday held a meeting with party office bearers, state BJP chiefs and other officials to galvanize the party’s frontal organisations in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. However, he didn’t speak about the party’s defeat in the polls but talked about the preparedness of party “morchas” and chalked out future plans in an attempt to give a new
No woman MLA in new Mizoram assembly
NEW DELHI: In the incoming assemblies of five states, Mizoram will not have a single woman legislator, while only Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have crossed the double-digit marks in terms of percentage, data showed on Thursday. In Madhya Pradesh, of 230 members, only 20 are women (8.69 per cent) while in Telangana, of 119 members, only five women (4.2 per cent) were elected, according to the data analysed by Delhi-based think-tank
Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath marry in Jalandhar
JALANDHAR: Star comedian Kapil Sharma married his lady love Ginni Chatrath here at a traditional Punjabi ceremony, which was enlivened by popular singer Gurdas Maan. Kapil made a late entry at the wedding venue, which was done up in red and gold. The bride stuck to the traditional for her attire, and accessorised her look with maatha patti, nath and statement earrings and a layered neckpiece. Kapil sported a green sherwani, with
Treasury benches disrupt speech, opposition boycotts Kerala Assembly
TRIVANDRUM: The 13-day special session of Kerala Assembly has ended abruptly without no debates taking place because of the continuous standoff between the treasury and opposition benches. On Thursday, the ruling legislators themselves were on their feet not allowing deputy opposition leader Dr MK Muneer to complete his speech demanding a debate on
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