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Sonia gets big cheer as she attacks Modi
NEW DELHI: It was supposed to be Rahul Gandhi’s day at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday as the Congress Plenary session started. The new president of the Congress made his first plenary address and formally took over, but it was his mother Sonia Gandhi who still stole the show. A standing ovation greeted Sonia as she wound up her speech which turned out to be a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi
Jeetendra, facing sexual harassment charges, gets relief
SHIMLA: In a major relief to veteran Bollywood actor Jeetendra, who is accused of sexually harassing his cousin, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Saturday stayed the state police investigation into the case. Hearing the actor’s petition, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed this order after an initial hearing. Jeetendra sought quashing of the first information report (FIR) registered by the police on Feb.15. Jeetendra was accused
India’s Silicon Valley faces man-made water crisis
Bangalore: Every day more than 1,000 water tankers rumble past Nagraj’s small plywood store in Bangalore, throwing up clouds of dust as they rush their valuable cargo to homes and offices in India’s drought-stricken tech hub. Gleaming new apartment blocks are still springing up all over the city known as India’s Silicon Valley — even though there is nowhere near enough mains water to supply those already living and working
Four of a family drown in septic tank
Vijayawada: In a tragic incident, four brothers drowned in a septic tank in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district on Saturday, police said. Another member of the family was critical in Upamaka village in Nakkapalli ‘mandal’ (block) of the district. According to police, a person who entered the tank in his house to empty it started drowning and in an attempt to save him three of his brothers also lost their lives. Another
Violinist Dilip Roy passes away
Kolkata: Legendary musician and violinist Dilip Roy died at his residence here following old age complications, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. He was 83. The state government had conferred the Sangseet Samman award on him for his contribution to music. Expressing her deep condolences at the death of Roy, who passed away on Friday night, Banerjee said “it is an irreparable loss to the world of
Senior citizen killed in water row, four held
New Delhi: A senior citizen was on Saturday brutally beaten to death here after he intervened to stop a fight between his son and a neighbour over distribution of water from a tanker, police said. All the four accused, including a juvenile, have been taken into custody. Police said the incident occurred in Wazirpur area of north Delhi around 3.30pm as the locals were waiting for the Delhi Jal Board tanker. “As soon as the Delhi
Anna Hazare taunts Kejriwal for apologising
Patna: Following Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to a former Punjab minister for accusing him of being part of the “drug trade”, social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday taunted the AAP chief, saying one should not do anything for which one has to tender an apology later on. “Why should one do anything for which one has to tender an apology later on,” Anna Hazare told the media. Hazare said that making a mistake
Anti-booze campaigners up in arms in Kerala
TRIVANDRUM: The southern state of Kerala has liberalised the liquor trade further angering anti-booze campaigners. The new policy, which comes into force on April 1, allows villages with a population of more than 10,000 to have a bar serving both hard and light alcoholic beverages. The population criterion does not apply to tourist destinations, but hotels below four stars have to keep 200 metres from schools, places of worship
Leopard mortality on rise, 21 more die in March
New Delhi: At least 21 more leopards lost their lives in the first half of March, taking the toll to 127 this year, according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). The WPSI said the leopard deaths between March 1 and 15 reported from different parts of the country included a total 12 cases of “seizure and poaching”. Nine other cases were classified as “mortality”. Mortality is a category when a leopard or tiger is
Rain raises hopes for pleasant weekend in Chennai
CHENNAI: It rained in Chennai on Saturday, raising hopes for a more pleasant weekend. Weathermen predicted two more days of showers. The rainfall, which started in the wee hours of Saturday, continued on till 10am in the morning. The sudden downpour brought much relief as the city was looking up to sizzling hot summer days. The mercury dipped to 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The Met department said the rain was due to the low
Kerala feared to become cancer capital of India
KOCHI: Kerala would soon become cancer capital of India if the rise in the dreaded disease continues unabated despite best efforts by state government. As many as 50,000 new cancer cases were reported in the state every year as per a study by WHO, according to Minister for Health KK Shylaja. “Breast, thyroid and cervical cancer was found to be more among women, while oral and lung in men,” the minister said while replying to a
Life imprisonment till death for Punjab CM’s killer
Chandigarh: A local court on Saturday sentenced, to life imprisonment till death, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara, who was held guilty a day earlier for involvement in the assassination of then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995. Beant Singh and 17 others were killed when “human bomb” Dilawar Singh blew himself up at the heavily-guarded Punjab secretariat complex here on Aug.31, 1995.
763 kilogrammes of cannabis seized in Assam
Kolkata: A haul of 763 kgs of cannabis (ganja) was seized in Assam and two persons arrested, an official said here Saturday. “Acting on intelligence, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with support from Assam Police intercepted a truck on the Harmuti-Doimukh road in Assam’s Lakhimpur district and recovered 763 kgs of cannabis,” a DRI official said. The drug consignment was being transported from Arunachal Pradesh to
Always wanted to work on my terms, conditions: Devgn
NEW DELHI: He has kept the audience on the edge of their seats with his action roles, made them laugh out loud in his comical avatar and even cry with his emotional characters. Actor Ajay Devgn looks back at his Bollywood career with contentment − having worked on his own terms and conditions. Over the years, he diversified from being just an actor to also going behind the scenes as a director and producer. “Content” with how his
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3 astronauts to blast off for space station on March 21
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit
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