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Two security personnel killed in encounter in Baramulla -

Two security personnel were killed and a civilian was injured in an encounter with militants in Tangmarg area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district today. Acting on a tip off about the presence of militants in Kunzer village, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area, a police official said. He said a gun battle broke out when militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated. One policeman was killed in the encounter while an army...

Karishma and I are in a very happy phase: Upen Patel -

Model-actor Upen Patel says his relationship with reality TV star girlfriend Karishma Tanna is going strong. Upen, 32, proposed to the 31-year-old "Grand Masti" star during their outing on the last season of the popular TV show "Bigg Boss". "We are very much together till now. Things are going extremely good at our end since we met each other. We are in a very happy phase personally and professionally," he told PTI. Upen and Karishma, who will be...

Relief to Manmohan Singh, others in coal scam case -

In a relief to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Supreme Court today stayed the trial court order summoning him as accused in a case pertaining to grant of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 to Aditya Birla group company Hindalco. The stay, which also applied to Hindalco Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, former Coal Secretary P C Parakh and three others, came after senior counsel Kapil Sibal questioned the legality of the summons to the former Prime Minister citing lack of...

Lineman electrocuted in UP, five booked -

A lineman was electrocuted while repairing an electric line here following which an FIR was today registered against five persons, including a Sub Divisional Officer and junior engineer of Power department, police said. The FIR was lodged at Sikanderpur police station based on a complaint filed by his wife, they said. Sunil Kumar was electrocuted yesterday while repairing the electric line. In the FIR, SDO Amit Kumar and Junior engineer Vinay Srivastava have been named besides...

Saibaba trust gets Rs 3.88 cr donations on Ram Navmi -

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has received donations worth a whopping Rs 3.88 crore from devotees during the three-day Ram Navami festival held here, a senior trust official said. The sansthan received Rs 1.96 crore in cash boxes, Rs 62 lakh at donation counters and Rs 25 lakh through donations made online during the Ram Navmi festival held here from March 27-29. Besides, gold and silver ornaments worth Rs five lakh have also been received, Sansthan's chief accounts officer Dilip...

Deepika's video comes from a good space: Sonakshi -

Actress Sonakshi Sinha thinks Deepika Padukone's online video "My Choice" comes with good intentions but feels more needs to be done on women empowerment. Deepika's two-minute-34-second video, has gone viral online but opinions are divided over its content with some hailing the move while others calling it unrealistic. Sonakshi, who is yet to watch the video, believes that women empowerment is not always about the choice of "having sex and clothes of a...

Bawankule demands Central Agriculture Varsity in Nagpur -

Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has requested Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to consider setting up a Central Agriculture University in Nagpur. "The previous UPA government had decided to establish five Central Agriculture Universities across the country. Of them one was set up in Jhansi (UP) to serve Bundelkhand region," Bawankule said in a letter to Singh written three days back. "The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is reeling...

Sonia condoles death of former Singapore PM -

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today condoled the death of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, saying he belonged to the league of Asian statesmen who successfully carried forward the task of nation building. "Sonia Gandhi has expressed grief and extended her condolences on the passing away of the former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew," the AICC said.

India, China hold border talks -

India and China today held the 18th round of talks on the the vexed boundary issue, the first such meeting after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year. Special Representative on the Boundary Question and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. The fresh round of discussion on the issue is taking place nearly six months after Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit here.

PM to farmers: Lies being spread on Land Bill -

With opposition mounting campaign against the Land Acquisition Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to farmers, telling them that "lies" are being spread over the measure for "political reasons" to create confusion among the farming community

3 of family shot dead by Maoists -

Three members of a family have been gunned down allegedly by the Maoists at Murmu village in Lohardaga district. They were shot dead by the ultras of the CPI (Maoist) last night, Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan said here today. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the ghastly killings. Das expressed condolences to the bereaved family and talked to police officials following the incident.

Passengers aboard Charminar Express robbed of jewellery -

At least four passengers of Chennai-Secunderabad Charminar Express were allegedly robbed of their jewelleries in Andhra Pradesh's Prakasam district. One of the robbers, suspected to be on board the train, pulled the chain near Chirala at around midnight yesterday to stop the train, according to a spokesman of South Central Railway (SCR). Some robbers then snatched the chains and other jewellery of the passengers through the windows in sleeper coaches, he said.

Four held for betting on World Cup cricket match -

Four persons have been arrested on charges of betting during the quarter final match played between New Zealand and West Indies in the ongoing cricket World Cup, police said today. Surendra Kumar, Nishant Singh, Mohammed Their and Shanu Mansoori were arrested yesterday while they were placing bets in a house in Dadwada area here, SHO of Bheemganj Mandi police station Harish Bharti said.

Big B performs with Shillong Choir, Vienna Orchestra -

Bollywood megastar Amitabah Bachchcan left the audience at the Umaid Bhawan Palace impressed with his serenading performance with Shillong Chamber Choir and Vienna Chamber Orchestra. The 72-year-old actor stressed on the importance of giving and togetherness during his brief appearances in-between the mesmerising fusion concert by the "India's Got Talent" fame Shillong Chamber Choir and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Hindutva remarks, conversion damaging NDA's prospects: Kushwaha -

Reflecting the growing unease within the government over controversial remarks by Hindutva hardliners and conversion, a senior Union minister today said such issues are "damaging" NDA's prospects, citing example of Kashmir where it could not manage a single seat. Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha also said that he was not in favor of any law to check conversion as there are already provisions to check coercion and allurement for conversion.

Manish Paul starts filming 'Katha' remake -

TV presenter-actor Manish Paul has begun shooting the remake of filmmaker Sai Paranjpye's 1983 cult classic 'Katha'. The 'Mickey Virus' star is stepping into the shoes of veteran actor Farooque Sheikh in the Khalid Mohamed's-directed film of the same name. "All set to start my new film Katha... Nervous, excited, happy! Too many feelings and thoughts! First day on the set is always like that," Manish, 33, posted on Twitter.

Two arrested for harassing girls in UP -

Two youths have been arrested in separate harassment-related incidents, police said here today. 25-year-old Daksh was arrested for harassing some girls in Miranpur town, police said. In another incident, a girl in Shamli district complained that one Prevez (25) harassed her, following which he was arrested, they said.

Women unsafe in BJP rule in Chhattisgarh: Cong -

Women are not safe in the BJP government's rule in Chhattisgarh, main Opposition in the state, Congress has alleged. "It is unfortunate that the BJP, which succeeded in forming the government in the state by promising safety and security for women, has failed to do so," state Congress unit president Bhupesh Baghel said here today.

Foggy morning in Delhi, 51 trains running late -

It was another chilly morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 6.6 degrees Celsius and dense fog delaying 51 trains. "The minimum temperature recorded this morning was 6.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal. The visibility was less than 800 metres," a MeT official said. Humidity recorded was 89 per cent, the official added.

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Modi congratulates Sirisena for election as Lanka President -

Reaching out to President-elect of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated him on his electoral victory and said he looked forward to working with him to take the bilateral ties to a new level. Modi first called up Sirisena and then wrote a letter to him, hailing his win and expressing India's continued solidarity to Sri Lanka's peace and development. "I spoke to Shri Maithripala Sirisena and congratulated him.

Tatas' Vistara starts flying; says will 'do it right' -

Marking Tatas' re-entry into the Indian aviation space after over six decades, new airline Vistara today flew its first flight, and said its aim will be to "do it right" without making a big splash. Entering at a turbulent time facing the sector, the airline said it would not be "lavish or over-the-top" in the name of being a full service carrier.

Mumbai Indians appoints Shane Bond as bowling coach -

Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond was today appointed as the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians for the 2015 Indian Premier League season. The 39-year-old Bond, currently employed in similar capacity with the New Zealand national team, will join in the ranks of Mumbai Indians' support staff along with former Australian great Ricky Ponting, Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and Robin Singh (batting coach).

Qureshi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram -

Aziz Qureshi was today sworn in as the Governor of Mizoram at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan here. Justice Michael Zothankhuma, Judge of the Gauhati High Court, administered the oath of office to Qureshi. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by the state Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, some of his cabinet colleagues, Speaker Hiphei, parliamentary secretaries, legislators and top officials.

Governor's rule imposed in J and K -

Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir today after political parties failed to muster the requisite number in the 87-member Assembly for staking claim to form the government. The decision came after Governor N N Vohra submitted a report to the President last night stating that Omar Abdullah had requested to be relieved of the post of being a caretaker Chief Minister.

Three found dead in Mathura -

Three persons were found dead in a 'yagya shala' near Bankey Bihari temple here, police said today. The bodies of three persons identified as Aakash, Kalyan and Manoj, aged between 20-25 were found this morning, they said. A yagya shala is a place where havans are performed. "The cause of the death is being ascertained and their bodies have been sent for post mortem," SSP Manjil Saini said.

Groundnut oil extends gains on sustained demand -

Groundnut oil extended its gains further at the Vashi oils and oilseeds wholesale market due to sustained demand from stockists and retailers amid lower arrivals from producing belts. Meanwhile, refined palmolein slipped following subdued retail offtake. In the non-edible section, Linseed oil strengthened further on firm demand from paints and allied industries. Castorseed bold and castoroil commercial ruled stable in the absence of any worthwhile buying activity.

Opportunities await you in India: PM -

Seeking deeper engagement of the Indian diaspora for the country's growth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said a whole lot of possibilities were awaiting them in India as it has "risen" with new strength.

India's pluralism world's envy: Ansari -

Holding communalism, casteism, linguistic and regional chauvinism as challenges facing the country, Vice President Hamid Ansari today said India's pluralism gives the country a composite national identity "that is a source of envy for the rest of the world". "Every society has fault lines based on social, economic and political differences. These generate tensions at times.

Copper, Aluminium drop on subdued industrial demand -

Copper and aluminium prices dropped at the non-ferrous metal market here today on heavy stockists selling amidst subdued demand from industrial users, despite a recovery at the global level. Elsewhere, brass and zinc also eased following lower offtake from consumer industries. At the London Metal Exchange (LME), the industrial metal copper climbed from its 4-1/2-year lows yesterday as oil steadied, but analysts said that any calm could prove short-lived as Chinese buyers waited for...