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         Hike in petrol price, diesel stagnant    
New Delhi: After a day of hiatus, petrol price witnessed a 6 paise per litre hike in three metropolitan cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata on Thursday. The price was increased by 7 paise per litre in Chennai.

         Forces within JNU 'waging war against India', says Sitharaman    
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has alleged that there are forces within the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which are "waging a war" against India.

         Cabinet clears ordinance to make triple talaq penal offence: Law Minister    
New Delhi: The Union cabinet has cleared an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Wednesday, citing compelling necessity for the move as the practice annulled by the Supreme Court continues unabated.

         Army pays tributes to Lance Naik Malik    
SRINAGAR: The Army Tuesday paid tributes to Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, who was killed by militants inside his house in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Malik was on leave at his native village in Kulgam district to perform the last rites of his son, who was killed in an accident a few days ago, when a group of terrorists barged into his house on Monday. "In a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh Cantonment, Corps Commander Lt Gen A K Bhatt and all ranks paid homage to the martyr Mu

         Seven-year-old girl raped in Shahdara: Police    
NEW DELHI: A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl in Shahdara's Seemapuri area, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night, they added. In a statement to the police, the victim's mother alleged that her daughter was raped by a neighbour. The girl was playing outside her residence at around 10.30 pm on Monday when the accused took her to the bushes near the DLF chowk and raped her, a senior police officer said. The victim was

         BJP, Congress mock Mamata's foreign visit    
KOLKATA: The opposition Congress and BJP Tuesday mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her foreign visits seeking investments and said the state government should publish a white paper on the amount of investments that the state has received in last few years. Stating that she was invited by industrialists, businessmen and the governments of the two European countries, Banerjee on Sunday left for a 12-day trip to Germany and Italy to attract investments to the state. "Ear

         No relief from Centre, states for Nagaland disaster    
KOHIMA: Nagaland has been hit by an unprecedented disaster last month and it is yet to receive any relief fund from the Centre or other state governments, the Assembly was informed Tuesday. Relief received from individuals and NGOs under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund till date is Rs 4.69 crore, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said. "The amount is being utilised for relief, rehabilitation, ex-gratia for the affected families and to meet the critical gaps not covered under National Disaster

         Gujarat Assembly pays homage to Vajpayee    
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat Assembly paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and nine former state legislators on the first day of monsoon session Tuesday. After paying homage to the deceased leaders, the House was adjourned for the day. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tabled a motion to pay homage to Vajpayee, two former state ministers and seven former MLAs who have died since the Budget session in March. The chief minister called Vajpayee a "nation-builder". "Atal-ji

         SC stays Patna HC order asking to set up a fresh probe team in Muzaffarpur shelter home case    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed a Patna High Court order asking the CBI special director to set up a fresh team to probe Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case. Patna High Court had on August 29 ordered that a fresh team of investigators be constituted by the Special Director of CBI in the case in which incidents of alleged rape and sexual assault of women inmates over a period of time had come to light in an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur. A bench of Justices Mada

         Air Tanzania to soon resume direct flights to India    
CAIRO: Air Tanzania will soon resume services to India with direct flights to Mumbai from Tanzanian city Dar Es Salaam, an official said Monday. Air India and Air Tanzania had direct flights between the two countries but the operations were stopped in mid-1990s due to commercial reasons. "Air Tanzania has recently received permission to operate into India from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)," Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre (Mumbai) Jilesh Babla told PTI here. The

         PM's silence on gangrape unacceptable; shameful govt leaves India's women unprotected: Rahul    
NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the gangrape of a 19-year-old board exam topper in Haryana was "unacceptable", adding that it was shameful on the part of the government to leave the country's women unprotected and allow rapists to walk free. He also said the country's head hung in shame as another of its daughters was brutally gangraped. "India hangs its head in shame as another one of its daughters is brutally

         Bihar CM Nitish Kumar admitted to AIIMS    
NEW DELHI: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was admitted to the AIIMS here for a health checkup on Tuesday, a source at the hospital said. Kumar (67) was admitted to the private ward of the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) around 8.30 am, the source said. The chief minister was admitted to the hospital with complaints of fever and problems in his eyes and knees. The exact diagnosis is yet to be known, the source said.

         Court summons Lalu, others as accused in IRCTC money laundering case    
New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday summoned RJD chief Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav as accused in connection with the IRCTC hotels allotment money laundering case.

         SC notice to Centre on plea seeking ban on 85 pesticides    
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to examine a plea seeking ban on nearly 85 pesticides that are being used in India on the grounds that they pose health hazard.

         Territorial Army soldier shot dead    
SRINAGAR: Militants on Monday shot dead a Territorial Army soldier in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The ultras barged into the house of Mukhtar Ahmad Malik at Churat in Kulgam and shot at him from a close range, a police official said. The official said Malik, a soldier in the Territorial Army, died on the spot. Further details are awaited.

         BJP's popularity has declined, will be no surprise if it loses 2019 elections: Gehlot    
JAIPUR:Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Monday said the popularity graph of the Narendra Modi government has fallen and it will not be a surprise if the BJP faces a drubbing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was speaking at a press conference at his residence here. "Only two faces are ruling the country those of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. But it will not be a surprise if they are trounced (in the 2019 general) elections," the former Rajasthan chief minister said. He said

         568 kilo ladoo unveiled on PM's birthday    
NEW DELHI: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and his cabinet colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unveiled a 568-kg ladoo on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 68th birthday on Monday. Participating at a function organised by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, which is celebrating the PM's birthday as 'Swachhta Diwas', Javadekar said, "Sanitation coverage has significantly increased in the country in last four years." Under the 'Swachhta Campaign' more than n

         New coffee table book chronicles life of PM Modi    
NEW DELHI: A coffee-table book titled "Narendra Modi: A Charismatic & Visionary Statesman" was dedicated to the prime minister on the occasion of his 68th birthday on Monday. The 672-page book, weighing 5 kilograms on Japanese matte art paper, claims to present an objective picture of the country's 14th PM Narendra Modi, who the authors said "successfully left the spectre of the Gujarat riots of 2002 behind to rise like a phoenix in spite of much adversity and court battles". The

         Drug dealer nabbed from Kashmir by Gujarat ATS    
AHMEDABAD: A man was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in connection with a racket involved in selling heroin smuggled from Pakistan using sea route, police said Monday. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Gujarat ATS nabbed Nazir Ahmed Thakar on Sunday from a place in Srinagar with the help of local police and brought him here Monday, the ATS said in a release. This is the third arrest by the Gujarat ATS in the heroin smuggling case. Last month, t

         Bengal BJP chief's vehicle attacked in East Midnapore    
KOLKATA: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh's vehicle came under attack Monday in East Midnapore district, where he arrived in the morning with a contingent of 10-12 cars to attend a meeting, a police officer said. Ghosh claimed that the attack at Contai in East Midnapore was the "handiwork" of Trinamool Congress workers, a charge denied by the ruling party. The police officer, however, said the miscreants behind the attack were yet to be identified. "Ghosh was shown black flags

         Mathura gearing up for 'Chappan Bhog Mahotsava'    
Mathura is gearing up for 'Chappan Bhog Mahotsava', a three-day festival during which devotees make lavish offerings comprising 56 dishes to Lord Krishna in Goverdhan. Elaborate preparations are being made for the festival beginning September 21, according to the organisers. The festival will begin with circumambulation of the sacred Goverdhan Hill by thousands of pilgrims, said Murari Agrawal, the founder president of Sri Giriraj Seva Samiti. Prior to the main event slated for Se

         CM Parrikar unwell, Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa    
PANAJI: With Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar hospitalised, Goa's main opposition Congress party submitted a memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha Monday, staking claim to form an alternate government. The move came at a time when the BJP high command has sent three senior leaders -- Ram Lal, B L Santhosh and Vinay Puranik -- here to meet the state party leaders and allies to take stock of the political situation. Parrikar, 62, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, is currently admitted in

         BJP works for all castes, communities: Amit Shah    
JAIPUR: BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said his party works for all castes and communities. "This is the specialty of the BJP. It is not the party of any one caste or community. Our leader Prime minister Narendra Modi says the mantra for development is 'sabka sath sabka vikas'. Everyone in the country should get the opportunity to develop, Shah said during a programme in Pali district. "BJP par kabhi kisi samaj ka thappa nahi laga (BJP was never branded as a party of a particular c

         CBI charge sheet against Mallya likely in a month, bank officials may be included    
NEW DELHI: Many senior bank officials who had dealt with loans given to liquor baron Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines may be named as accused in a CBI charge sheet which is likely to be filed within a month, sources said. This would be first charge sheet in the case pertaining to loans of over Rs 6000 crore given to Kingfisher by a consortium of 17 banks led by State Bank of India which alone had an exposure of Rs 1600 crore. The agency has already filed a charge sheet against Mall

         20 lakh people join modified JanDhan scheme, total account holders 32.61 cr    
NEW DELHI: As many as 20 lakh people have joined the modified Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), taking the total number of account holders in the flagship financial inclusion programme to 32.61 crore as on September 5, according to finance ministry data. The government earlier this month relaunched PMJDY as an open-ended scheme with higher insurance cover and double the overdraft (OD) facility. The Union Cabinet decided to continue the scheme beyond the four-year period ended Augu

         Now a mobile app to check poll code violations    
NEW DELHI: The day elections are announced in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram voters in these states will get to use a mobile application to check poll code violations by political parties and candidates, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said. The C-Vigil mobile application gives the common man the opportunity to click pictures and take videos of violations and send it to concerned election officers. Further the application can triangulate the exact location o

         Mob lynching in name of cow vigilantism 'blot on democracy':Mayawati    
LUCKNOW: Terming mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism as a "blot on democracy", BSP supremo Mayawati Sunday accused the BJP governments of laxity and indifference on the issue. "The increasing tendency of indulging in mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism in the BJP-ruled states is a blot on democracy, yet the governments are exercising laxity and are being indifferent to it," Mayawati told reporters here. "These activities of the BJP governments (against the Dalits, t

         ECI to review poll preparations in Rajasthan    
JAIPUR: Election Commission of India will review poll preparations in Rajasthan on Monday and Tuesday. Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat, Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena and other senior officers will examine the preparations. They will hold meetings with representatives of national political parties on Monday. They will also hold meetings with divisional commissioners, district election officers, IGs, SPs and other officers to

         Election strategist Prashant Kishor joins JD(U)    
PATNA: Prashant Kishor, a political strategist and the man behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi's thumping victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, joined the Janata Dal (United) in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Sunday. The official announcement of him joining the JD(U) was made in the party's state executive meeting today. Ahead of joining the party, he had tweeted, "Excited to start my new journey from Bihar!" Kishor had earlier said that he would not be a par

         India gets first ever gender-neutral hostel in Mumbai's TISS    
MUMBAI: After the historic verdict by the Supreme Court to scrap Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalised homosexuality, India has become the first-ever country to have a gender-neutral hostel. Yes! You read it right. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai's Deonar has become the first campus in India to have a gender-neutral hostel. This comes after the efforts by Queer Collective, an informal student body advocating a safe space for LGBTQ+ students. Spea

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