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         TDP voices concern over attacks on Indians in US    
AMARAVATI (AP): The Telugu Desam Party Sunday expressed grave concern over the increasing "racial attacks" on Indians in USA and urged the Indian government to mount pressure on the Donald Trump administration to ensure full safety of the expatriates.

         Minor reluctant to go with mother, SC grants custody to father    
NEW DELHI: A minor girl's unequivocal desire to be with her father and not go to the United Kingdom with her mother weighed on the Supreme Court which granted the custody of the child to the man.

         Jawan commits suicide with service rifle in Kashmir    
JAMMU: A BSF soldier guarding a forward post along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle, late on Saturday night.

         DU girl gang raped in Faridabad, four arrested    
NEW DELHI: A 20-year-old Delhi University student was allegedly gang raped by five men, including her friends in Faridabad, police said. The accused were identified and four have been arrested, police said.

         16 killed in Meghalaya accident    
SHILLONG: At least 16 people were killed on Sunday when a truck they were in rammed into the concrete barricade of a road in Meghalayas West Khasi Hills district, police said.

         Body of engineer killed in US shootout to arrive India    
NEW DELHI: Mortal remains of Indian Engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a shootout at a bar in Kansas in America in apparent case of hate crime against foreign nationals, is likely to arrive today in India under thick cover of privacy.

         DCW orders probe into alleged attacks on women by cops at DU    
NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission for Women has ordered an enquiry into the alleged attacks on women by policemen during violence at Delhi University's Ramjas college and has issued a notice to Delhi Police. Ramjas College on Wednesday had witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP supporters.

         Shobha De effect: Mumbai hospital staffer meets obese MP inspector    
NEEMUCH: A staffer of Mumbai-based Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery today met Madhya Pradesh Police Inspector Daulatram Jogewat, at whom columnist Shobhaa De had poked fun over his obese physical condition in a tweet early this week.

         DMK objects to Jaya's portraits in govt offices    
CHENNAI: The DMK today called for the removal of portraits of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from government offices, saying she was convicted in an assets case. DMK Working President and Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly M K Stalin also opposed the naming of government schemes after her and "the use of taxpayers' money for her 69th birthday celebrations" yesterday.

         UP BJP chief Keshav Maurya booked for violating poll code    
An FIR was today lodged against BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya here for allegedly violating the model code of conduct, which is in place in the state in view of the Assembly polls.

         Donkey, Kasab, kabootar: Phase-V campaign touches a new low    
LUCKNOW: The high-decibel campaign for the fifth phase of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which had touched a new low by a free flow of scornful words like "donkey, Kasab and kabootar", came to a close this evening. A total of 51 constituencies, spread over 11 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, will go to polls on February 27 under this phase. The political campaigning in the fifth phase of the state polls was marked by 'war of words' among rival parties.

         Nitish seeks national debate to protect Ganga    
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed grave concern over receding water flow in river Ganga and highlighted the growing silt deposit due to Farakka barrage causing floods in the state every year. Kumar also raised concern over proposed construction of reservoir at Buxar and some others in Uttar Pradesh enroute Allahabad-Haldia National waterway.

         Sabotage angle in recent train derailments gains currency    
NEW DELHI: The suspicion over sabotage as a possible reason for the spate of recent train derailments has gained currency with Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating the Kanpur train accident was a "conspiracy". Amid a growing number of derailments, railways has earlier cited "outside interference" as the possible reason in more than 40 such cases in the recent past.

         I will be a backroom man, says Sasikala's spouse Natarajan    
THANJAVUR: M Natarajan, the husband of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, today said he would always remain a backroom man in the ruling party of Tamil Nadu. Natarjan also hit out at dissident leader O Panneerselvam while stating that "no one" can destroy the party. Against the background of charges of Sasikala's family taking over the ruling party, he said, "I will always remain behind in the AIADMK party's activities and will be silent... Nobody can destroy the party."

         After Tirupati, KCR offers 'gold moustache' to Kuravi temple    
WARANGAL: Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today offered 'bangaru meesalu' (gold moustache) to Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy temple in Mahabubabad district. Rao arrived at the temple along with his family and offered the 'gold moustache' worth Rs 60,000 to the temple's presiding deity.

         Family of Indian engineer killed in US 'hate crime' in shock    
HYDERABAD: A pall of gloom descended on the residence of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at Bachupally here today when his parents and family learnt about his death after an American navy veteran yelling "terrorist" and "get out of my country" opened fire on him in the US.

         JNU's culture under threat: 400 global academicians to VC    
NEW DELHI: Over 400 academicians from international varsities, including Harvard, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Yale and New York University, have written to JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar voicing concerns over recent events unfolding at the university.

         Committed to attack graft: PM after BJP show in civic polls    
GONDA: Buoyed by the success of his BJP in local body elections in Maharashtra and some other states after demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was committed to root out corruption. "Odisha, where there is so much poverty, starvation, unemployment and where the BJP did not even have foothold to place its flag, people have given so much support that everyone is taken aback...even the poor of Odisha have come with the BJP," Modi said at an election meeting here.

         BSP trying to check SP with BJP's help: Akhilesh    
AYODHYA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today charged Mayawati with trying to check the SP with the help of the BJP, saying the BSP had transferred its votes to the saffron party in last Lok Sabha polls. "Actually BSP does not want to fight the BJP. They together want to stop the Samajwadi Party. BSP chief Mayawati has an understanding with the BJP and she can celebrate raksha bandhan once again with them," he said.

         Looking for graceful opportunity to join another party: Amar    
NEW DELHI: Amar Singh, who was expelled from the Samajwadi Pary in January, today said he is looking for a "graceful opportunity" to join another party.

         BSP trying to check SP with BJP's help: Akhilesh    
AYODHYA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today charged Mayawati with trying to check the SP with the help of the BJP, saying the BSP had transferred its votes to the saffron party in last Lok Sabha polls. "Actually BSP does not want to fight the BJP. They together want to stop the Samajwadi Party. BSP chief Mayawati has an understanding with the BJP and she can celebrate raksha bandhan once again with them," he said.

         Bicycle is now obsolete and elephant old: Rajnath    
AZAMGARH: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh today blamed SP and BSP for the dismal states of affairs of Uttar Pradesh and said the 'bicycle' has become obsolete, while the 'elephant' has grown old. "SP, BSP and Congress have pushed UP into a pool of mud, and it is out of this pool of mud that the lotus will eventually bloom," he said at an election rally here.

         UPSC prepones civil services exam; prelims on June 18    
NEW DELHIThe civil services preliminary examination, to select IAS and IPS officers among others, has been preponed and it is scheduled to be held in June this year instead of August. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the examination in June after a gap of three years. The preliminary tests for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August, a senior UPSC official said. The preliminary exam for 2013 was held on May 26 that year.

         Dinakaran hints at rapprochement with Panneerselvam    
CHENNAI: AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran today hinted at a rapprochement with expelled leader O Panneerselvam, saying the party would "accept with motherly affection" anybody who had gone out of the "parent organisation" and wanted to return. Addressing reporters after formally taking over, he also fended off criticism that he was elevated "suddenly", saying he had been brought into the party by the late Chief Minster J Jayalalithaa in the early days itself and that he h

         There cannot be a bigger 'Kasab' than Amit Shah: Mayawati    
AMBEDKARNAGAR: Mayawati today hit back strongly for Amit Shah's 'KASAB' acronym for Congress, SP and BSP, describing the BJP chief as a "terrorist" and saying there "cannot be a bigger Kasab" than him. "Aaj apney desh mein Amit Shah se bada yehan koi aur bhi Kasab nahin ho sakta hai, arthaat aatanki nahi ho sakta hai (There cannot be a bigger Kasab, meaning a terrorist, than Amit Shah in our country now)," she said.

         Freedom251 phone: Ringing Bells MD Goel detained for 'fraud'    
GHAZIABAD: Mohit Goel, the Director of Noida- based company Ringing Bells which had announced Freedom251 smartphones at an astonishingly low price of Rs 251 apiece, was detained today here on allegations of fraud, police said. Goel has been detained after owner of Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises filed an FIR yesterday alleging that Ringing Bells "defrauded" it of Rs 16 lakh.

         No security stamp on hand baggage tag at seven airports    
NEW DELHI: Fliers from seven airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will no longer have to get security stamp on their hand baggages with authorities scrapping the system following successful trial runs. In a circular today, civil aviation security regulator BCAS said the system of putting security stamp on hand baggage tags would be immediately done away with at seven airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

         Oppn slams KCR's Rs 5 cr gold offer to Lord Venkateswara    
HYDERABAD: The main opposition Congress and the BJP in Telangana today criticised Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for using public money to fulfil his "personal vows" made to Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh.

         Wanted Mallya appears in UK for launch of F1 car    
Businessman Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for Rs 9,000 crore loan default, was today seen at an event in UK promoting a new Formula One car launched by his team Sahara Force India.

         Telangana CM offers Rs 5cr gold ornaments to Lord Venkateswara    
TIRUPATI: In a princely offering, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today donated gold ornaments worth around Rs 5 crore to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in nearby Tirumala. Accompanied by family members and some cabinet colleagues, Rao arrived here last night by a special flight on a 15-hour maiden spiritual visit to the ancient temple.

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