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Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Yuva Sena Man Taken Into Custody -

The SIT, on Friday, 2 March, remanded one suspect into 8 days’ custody for interrogation in connection with the murder case of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in September 2017. This is the first arrest in the case. The suspect KT Naveen Kumar hails from Mandya district of south Karnataka but currently lives in Chikmagalur. Kumar is the founder of Hindu Yuva Sene. The 37-year-old Kumar was on the radar of the investigative agencies. The Central Crime Branch, acting...

Tripura Election: Ahead of counting of votes, CPI-M, BJP confident of forming govt in state -

The results of the Tripura Assembly Elections would not just have an impact on national politics, but also within the CPI(M). The CPI (M) has been in power in the state for 25 years and recent exit polls suggest that the BJP has made major inroads into the state. The BJP has emerged as a strong contender in Tripura as well as Meghalaya and Nagaland where counting of votes will be held today. Two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government...

PNB Scam: Cannot confirm if Nirav Modi is in the country, says US -

The United States government is aware of media reports that diamond jeweller Nirav Modi is in the country but is unable to confirm them, a State Department official said today. "We are aware of recent media reports that Nirav Modi is in the United States but cannot confirm them," the spokesperson told PTI when asked about reports that the Indian businessman is in New York.     Asked if the department is providing any assistance to the...

Larsen & Toubro to build Shivaji memorial off Mumbai coast -

The Maharashtra government has entrusted engineering major Larsen & Toubro with construction of a memorial to Maratha king Shivaji in the Arabian Sea off the Mumbai coast on the lines of the Statue of Liberty in New York. The state government handed over a ‘letter of acceptance’ to L&T on Thursday in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil made an announcement in this regard in the state legislative council. The...

Vietnam's President Heads to India -

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang will reach India on Friday to embark on a three-day visit to the country. President Quang three-day visit begins from March 2 to March 4. The visit is aimed to strengthen their partnership to ward off China's growing influence. During his visit, President Quang will meet Rashtrapatiji and hold official talks with Prime Minister. He will also have an interaction with prominent Indian businessmen. An 18-member delegation, consisting of...

Trump calls Modi a 'beautiful man' -

Now wouldn't you agree that the Harley Davidson is a beautiful bike? But it has caused a small tug of war between India and the US. Miffed with the high import duty imposed by India on the Harley-Davidson motorbikes, United States President Donald Trump yet again imitated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sans the Indian accent, this time. The high import duty on Harley-Davidson bikes has been a sore spot for the US President, who reiterated his displeasure, saying the US was...

No metro services in Delhi on Holi -

Metro services on Friday will be available only after 2.30pm on account of Holi, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced. "On day of Holi Festival on March 2, metro services will not be available till 2.30 PM on all lines. Services will continue normally thereafter," a DMRC statement said. Metro feeder bus services will not be available for the whole day.

Must overcome challenges in agriculture, employment: Pranab Mukherjee -

Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the country has to overcome challenges in agriculture, employment and power to become a sustainable economy with a substantial growth rate. Claiming that the economy has the potential of growing at a rate of eight to nine per cent every year, Mukherjee urged the current government to work towards addressing not just the major challenges but also the related issues through "cooperative federalism". "By 2025, India...

40 hardened terrorists shifted out of Srinagar central jail -

As many as 40 terrorists and their sympathisers including Pakistani national Zia Mustafa involved in the 2003 Nadimarg massacre of Kashmiri pandits were shifted on Tuesday from the central jail here to prisons outside the Valley, a step taken after the dramatic escape of LeT's Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from a hospital earlier this month. The Jammu and Kashmir prison department chalked out a list of these terrorists and sympathisers in the central jail and immediately a movement order for...

Indian Railways to Run 500 Special Trains to Clear Holi Rush -

The Indian Railways on Tuesday announced that it would run 500 special trains which would benefit more than seven lakh passengers. The decision to run a total of 500 special trains has been taken up to clear the Holi rush on March 2. The passengers can now travel on Holi through these special trains. More focus has been put on the passengers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. While Central Railway will run 26 special trains, the Western Railways will run 4. The Northern Railways, as...

Sridevi's final journey to commence at 2 pm tomorrow -

Actor Sridevi's mortal remains are likely to reach Mumbai tonight by around 10 PM. Though suspicions over her death still hold, the Dubai authorities have closed the case while ruling out any foul play. Sridevi's family today got the clearance letter after the two day ordeal and the actor's mortal remains are set to fly to Mumbai in a private jet.   LIVE UPDATES:   Sridevi's final journey to commence at 2 pm tomorrow   Kapoor family has...

Boney Kapoor's statement recorded by Dubai police -

The Dubai police on Monday recorded the statement of Boney Kapoor, husband of Bollywood actor Sridevi who died on Sunday of accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, according to a media report. Kapoor reportedly discovered Sridevi unconscious in the bathtub filled with water. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. On Monday, Dubai police called in Boney Kapoor to Bur Dubai police station for investigation. Police took his...

Just Before Sridevi's Death Was Announced, Amitabh Bachchan Tweeted This -

Is it a cardiac arrest? Or is it accidental drowning? Which is the correct reason that leads to Sridevi's death? Sridevi's cause of death - accidental drowning - have pushed people to question the series of changing statements since her demise and the unnecessary 'delay'. Television news channels have 'bathrooms and bathtubs' on screen and are investigating Sridevi's death by sensationalizing it. A few of the Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh...

Sridevi fainted, died after accidental drowning in bathtub: Dubai police -

There could be a further delay in Sridevi's body being brought back to India as another "clearance" is awaited from Dubai authorities. Mumbai/Dubai: Bollywood actor Sridevi died of "accidental drowning" in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai government said on Monday, giving a dramatic twist to her sudden death that has stunned legions of fans and industry colleagues. The autopsy report, which was tweeted, had a stamp of the...

Gun-free schools are magnets for bad people, says Trump -

A "gun free" school is nothing but a "magnet" for mass shooters, President Donald Trump said Thursday, doubling down on a proposal to train and arm some teachers to keep US schools safe. "Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!" Trump tweeted. At a White House meeting late Wednesday with survivors of a shooting rampage at a Florida high school that killed 17 people, Trump...

Imran's ex-wife calls his marriage a 'political misadventure' -

Days after former Pakistani cricketer and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan married for the third time, his former wife Reham Khan on Thursday called the marriage a 'political misadventure.' In an exclusive interview to WION from London, she said, "Imran has been blamed for certain miscalculations and wrong decisions in the party. And then he goes ahead and gets married. Politically it is not a very good advice. It sends...

Justin Trudeau Gets PM Modi's Bear Hug -

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday morning, where he was received by President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi and members of the Union Cabinet. Trudeau, who is on a week-long visit to India arrived in New Delhi

Yeddyurappa Slams Rahul Gandhi -

Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday took a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and called him a 'baccha' (kid). Yeddyurappa, who is the BJP chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Karanataka Assembly elections, asserted that his party would win over 150 seats. "By bringing that 'baccha' (Rahul Gandhi) in Karnataka, we now know that we will win more than 150 seats here," Yeddyurappa said at a BJP social media...

PNB scam:Accused sent to police custody -

The CBI on Tuesday arrested Vipul Ambani and four other senior executives of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi companies.   Mumbai: A special CBI court on Wednesday sent all the arrested executives of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi companies including Vipul Ambani in the PNB fraud case, to police custody till March 5.   The CBI on Tuesday had arrested Vipul Ambani and four other senior executives of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi companies, on Tuesday, in the alleged PNB fraud...

Pakistan behind influx of people from Bangladesh into NE-Bipin Rawat -

 A "planned" influx of people from Bangladesh into the Northeast is taking place as part of a proxy warfare by Pakistan with support from China with an aim to keep the area disturbed, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said. Referring to reports of increase in Muslim population in several districts of Assam, the Army Chief also talked about Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in the state, observing that its growth has been "faster"...

Pakistani Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif to be PML-N chief -

Pakistan's Apex Court has ordered that former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif cannot serve as party head and should be removed. Nawaz was disqualified by an apex court in the Panama Papers case last year under Article 62 of the Constitution for failing to declare a receivable salary as an asset. While delivering verdict on the petitions challenging the controversial Elections Act 2017, a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar stated that...

CCEA approves six rail projects worth over 11,000 Crore -

The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday approved six projects at a cost of Rs 11,661 crore for new lines as well as doubling and electrification of tracks in Uttar Pradesh and three other states, an official statement said. The projects would cover 881 km of lines in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha. "The CCEA has approved doubling and electrification projects of the 425 km-long Jhansi-Manikpur and...

Jaitley says bank management did not utilise their authority to prevent fraud -

Breaking his silence on the Rs 11,300 crore PNB scam, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday blamed the bank's management and auditors for failing to detect the fraud and said the scamsters will be chased and measures will be put in place to prevent such scams. "When a society has invested so heavily in its banking system... Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) himself had announced that we want you to be autonomous. None of us is going to call you up and therefore take your own...

PNB Scam: Nirav Modi Official Vipul Ambani, 4 Others Arrested -

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested Vipul Ambani and four other senior executives of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi companies in the Rs11, 400 crore PNB fraud case that continued for six years. Modi allegedly cheated the state-run bank by using fake bank "letters of understanding" (LoUs) to get loans. Most of the letters were sent to overseas offices of Indian banks, which made the actual loans, said Sunil Mehta, Punjab National Bank's managing...

Pakistan Cricket's Structure Needs Improvement: Shoaib Akhtar -

Pakistan’s former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is relishing the prospect of playing a role in improving the country’s cricket structure. After the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that chairman Najam Sethi had appointed Akhtar his advisor on cricket affairs and brand ambassador, the pacer said he would do his best. “I am really happy to be given this position because I have always wanted to do something for Pakistan cricket. We have great talent but a structure that...

PNB Fraud: Two Separate Pleas Filed In SC Seeking SIT Probe -

Two petitions were today filed in the Supreme Court seeking an SIT investigation into the over Rs 11,000 crore banking fraud, allegedly involving billionaire jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, and also for a probe into the role of top management of the Punjab National Bank (PNB). The petitions, filed by two Delhi-based lawyers, have also sought apex court's direction to the Centre to initiate process of deportation of Nirav Modi, who has allegedly gone out of India, and others...

Priya files plea over case registered against Adaar Love -

Priya Varrier files plea over case registered against 'Oru Adaar Love' Actor Priya Prakash Varrier on Monday filed a plea in the Supreme Court over the case registered against her film 'Oru Adaar Love' in Telangana. Earlier on February 16, the Raza Academy has penned a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani seeking a ban on internet sensation Varrier's song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' from her debut movie 'Oru Adaar...

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch -

Pakistani troops today violated ceasefire by targeting forward villages and posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, police said. The firing from small and heavy weapons from across the border in the Khari Karmara sector started around 1725 hours and continued for 15 minutes, a police official said. However, there was no report of casualty in the cross-border firing, the official said, adding that Indian troops also fired in...

Kamal Haasan Meets Rajinikanth Ahead Of Political Tour -

Ahead of his state-wide political tour, actor Kamal Haasan on Sunday met superstar Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai. The meet came amidst fervent speculations over whether the two actor-turned-politicians will forge an alliance.   However, Haasan maintained that it was a "courtesy call" and not related to politics. "It's a courtesy call, not a political meeting. I came to inform him about my political tour. He wished me good...

8 held for Kerala Youth Congress leader murder in Kannur -

Kerala police on Sunday arrested eight people in connection with the murder of a Youth Congress leader. Suhaib was hacked to death on Monday at Thyroor in the Kannur district of Kerala. When Suhaib was having tea at a nearby teashop at around 11:30 pm, some people came in a speeding van and hurled a bomb at him.   Later, the attackers brutally hacked Suhaib to death and fled from the spot. He was immediately brought to a city hospital in Kozhikkode where he was declared...