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Maya, Akhilesh seal pact for polls
LUCKNOW: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will contest 38 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh while the Samajwadi Party (SP) would field candidates in 37 constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary polls. A release signed by BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav listed the name of the constituencies that the two parties are going to contest in the Lok Sabha polls as part of their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.
 
 
Apex court orders eviction of 1m forest dwellers
NEW DELHI: Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the eviction of more than 1 million indigenous people and others who live in forests, after the federal government failed to defend a law aimed at protecting their rights. The top court’s order, dated Feb.13 and delivered in written form on Wednesday, was in response to a petition against the Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006, filed by some environmental groups who said the law impeded
   
Congress mounts attack on Modi again
NEW DELHI: The truce is over. After the silence of a few days following the Pulwama terror attack, the Congress on Thursday mounted an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi resumed his attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a stinging tweet. “The brave are martyred. Their families struggle. Forty jawans give their lives but are denied the status of ‘Shaheed (martyr).’ While this man has never given and only
 
 
Opposition wants MLA booked for twin murders
TRIVANDRUM: Congress party-led opposition in Kerala has demanded the arrest of ruling legislator E. Kunhiraman for the twin murders in his Uduma constituency earlier this week. They made the demand after families of the victims pointed the needle of suspicion to the Uduma legislator saying nothing would happen without his support. Ramesh Chennithala, the opposition leader in the state assembly, said Kunhiraman was the conspirator
   
ICJ urged to shift Jadhav’s case to ordinary court
THE HAGUE: India on Wednesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to transfer the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Indian national sentenced to death in an espionage case in Pakistan, from a military court to an ordinary court, if he is not to be released immediately. “The court (ICJ) should direct Pakistan to release the Indian national Jadhav and arrange for his safe passage to India. If the court were not to release him,
 
 
Kerala Fire Force gets Skylift boost
KOCHI: Kerala Fire and Rescue Services (Kerala Fire Force) will soon get sophisticated fire-fighting equipment to deal with fire emergencies in high-rise buildings, according to reports. By the year-end, the fire brigade will be equipped with Skylift that can be used to reach up to a height of 60 metres. “We’ve been allotted Rs28 crore (Rs280 million) for the purchase of most advanced fire-fighting equipment, including the Bronto
   
ADMK front in Tamil Nadu still struggling
CHENNAI: The ruling Anna DMK and its ally BJP were the first to announce a seat-sharing deal in the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu. But first doesn’t mean final. Even as the opposition DMK-Congress front is sitting pretty after having finalized their seats, the ADMK-BJP front is in trouble. The problem is one of plenty. The ADMK-BJP front has too many parties seeking too may seats. The ADMK, which had won 37 of the 39 seats in
 
 
Army chief flies in Tejas, hails fighter
BENGALURU: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday flew in the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Aero India air show here and hailed the fighter. “It was a wonderful experience flying the LCA. The avionics of the aircraft was very good. I could see the manner in which the pilot was accurately targeting in radar and other modes,” Rawat told the media here. The combat jet was piloted by Air Vice Marshal
   
Google to train journalists in fair election coverage
NEW DELHI: As India elections inch closer, Google on Thursday announced to train journalists in online verification and fact-checking, digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualisation for elections. Google News Initiative, in partnership with independent, third-party organisations DataLeads and Internews would host training sessions in 30 cities between Feb.26 and April 6 in English, Hindi,
 
 
Modi unveils Gandhi’s bust at S.Korean varsity
SEOUL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in South Korea’s premier Yonsei University and said the occasion assumes greater significance in light of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. “In the 20th century, Gandhi was perhaps mankind’s biggest gift. In the last century, through his life and personality, he showed what the future would be. He in fact used to say my life is the message,” Modi
   
Omar slams Modi, Congress over attack on students
SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Congress for their silence over attacks on Kashmiri students in parts of the country. Addressing the media here, Abdullah said: “Attacks on Kashmiri students will result in further alienation of Kashmiris. Kashmiri boys and girls pursuing studies outside the state have nothing to do either with politics or
 
 
Security forces allowed air travel in Kashmir
NEW DELHI: A week after 40 troopers were killed in a deadly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district, the government on Thursday allowed paramilitary forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to take commercial flights to join duty or while going on leave. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order saying, it “has approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu
   
Kejriwal says tired of trying to convince Congress
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Congress has refused to have an alliance with his Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections. He claimed if the Congress agrees to the alliance offer, the Bharatiya Janata Party will lose all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. “Tired of trying to convince Congress for alliance but they refuse to understand...If today our alliance with Congress is done, the BJP
 
 
‘Nationalism has nothing to do with a person or party’
MUMBAI: National Award-winning actor Pallavi Joshi, who hosts television show Bharat Ki Baat, which showcases a positive narrative of Indians, says people tend to associate nationalism with one individual or a political party, and that is a wrong interpretation of the ideology. Asked if addressing the subject of national interest made her face any problem while working on the show, Pallavi said: “Look, I do not understand why, but
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