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Renjith Maheswary may get reprieve -

Going by circumstantial evidence, triple jumper Renjith Maheshwari, who reportedly failed a dope test in 2008, may get a reprieve paving the way for his getting the Arjuna Award. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in its report to the sports ministry Monday said they have no knowledge of any action taken against Maheshwary failing a dope test for banned substance during the 48th Open National Athletics in Kochi in 2008. It has put the ball in ministry's...

Afghan security death toll 'unsustainable' -

US General Joseph Dunford has told the Guardian paper that Afghan security forces may need five more years of western support before being able to take over full responsibility. "I view it as serious, and so do all the commanders," Dunford said of the toll, which has often hit 100 per week. "I'm not assuming that those casualties are sustainable." The general said "time is going to tell" whether NATO had been right to switch in June from playing...

KSRTC is facing the greatest crisis ever in its history -

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is facing the greatest crisis ever in its history with the debt to the Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation Ltd (KTDFC) crossing Rs 1,200 crore. The collection from three more depots will now be acquired by the KTDFC. This means the KSRTC will not be able to pay festival allowance to its employees. In the present scenario, the employees will not get the proposed hiked allowances from November. The KSRTC need to repay...

Sonia Gandhi flies to US for medical check-up -

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today left for the US for medical check-up. Accompanied by her daughter Priyanka, she left this afternoon, official sources said. 66-year-old Gandhi, who had undergone a surgery in the US for an undisclosed ailment on August 5, 2011, had flown there for a check-up in February and again on September two last year. The Congress President was admitted to AIIMS last Monday after she complained of chest pain and exhaustion in the Lok Sabha during a...

Police to quiz Asaram -

Indore/Jaipur/New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Even as police were on the lookout for the elusive Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, his son said the spiritual guru, who has a huge following, was not in hiding and police could question him any time. As as his arrest looked imminent, dozens of supporters of the man who has millions of disciples in India and around the world, gathered in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city and assaulted media persons, leaving two seriously...

Joint trade union has called for a motor vehicle strike -

In protest against the hike in fuel prices, the joint trade union has called for a motor vehicle strike in Kerala on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Union government on  Monday came under sharp attack from Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha over fuel price hike with CPM, CPI and Trinamool members staging walk-out from the House which saw a brief adjournment due to uproar. Members including those from BJP attacked the government over the issue saying making the announcement...

Government mulling proposal to shut petrol pumps at night -

The government is considering various proposals including shutting petrol pumps in the night to taper fuel demand as it looks at ways to cut the massive oil import bill, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said today, drawing a sharp reaction from BJP. "There are various options and ideas that have been floated. Shutting petrol pumps during night is one of them. But we have not decided. It is just a proposal," Moily told PTI from Bangalore. His ministry plans to launch a...

Police clueless about Asaram's whereabouts -

Police were on Saturday clueless about the whereabouts of Asaram Bapu, who is believed to have fled his Bhopal ashram, as Jodhpur Police was on his trail for arresting him in connection with the charge of sexual assault of a minor girl. A large number of his supporters gathered outside his ashram at Khandwa Road in Indore while his whereabouts are not known after he left Bhopal in a vehicle last evening.

Need to end all acts of violence against women: Sonia -

Against the backdrop of rising crimes against women, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said making laws for their empowerment is not enough as they will have to be implemented properly on ground. “We realise that by just making laws and announcing policies would not be enough to empower women. Along with it, policies and laws will have to be implemented properly on ground,” she said while addressing a gathering at the launch of the Ahimsa Messenger scheme, under...

Price rise is not a 'new phenomenon' - Vayalar Ravi -

Price rise is not a 'new phenomenon' and the central and and state governments were making earnest efforts to check inflation, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said today. In an apparent reaction to KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala's criticism against the Congress-led UDF government for not effectively intervening in the market to arrest price rise, Ravi said the policies of the government were not the reason behind increase in...

Syria UN inspectors say analysis may take up to three weeks -

The analysis of samples taken by UN inspectors in Syria probing alleged use of chemical weapons could take "up to three weeks," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW) said. "The evidence collected by the team will now undergo laboratory analysis and technical evaluation," said the group based in The Hague where the team arrived yesterday. "These procedures may take up to three weeks for completion in a systematic, orderly and objective...

'Arab wedding' brings to focus vulnerability of poor women -

The latest incident of forced marriage of a minor Muslim girl to an Arab national has once again brought to focus vulnerability of women from poorer sections who continue to be victims of sexual exploitation. The infamous "Arabbi Kalyanam" (Arab wedding), a social malady prevalent in parts of Kerala, has stirred a raging debate over the evil practice, which has devastated the lives of young girls in the wake of recent episode in which a 17-year-old girl from Kozhikode, living...

Asaram Bapu was arrested by the Jodhpur police -

Controversial godman Asaram Bapu was arrested by the Jodhpur police, 20 minutes past midnight. According to Times Now, the godman is now being taken to Rajasthan via Delhi. The midnight swoop came hours after the Rajasthan police stopped his sermons late in the evening and whisked him away for interrogation. SP Indore (East) OP Tripathi confirmed to TOI that Asaram, who is accused of sexually abusing a minor in Jodhpur, was taken out of the ashram in a white Tavera. The car...

G20 summit ; Putin is currently not planning to have bilateral talks with Obama -

Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently not planning to have bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit although there is a chance of an informal encounter, the Kremlin said today. "A meeting with Obama is not planned," the Kremlin's foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said at a briefing today. Putin plans to "shake his hand" along with other leaders' when he greets them at the summit in Saint Petersburg, Ushakov said. The...

Malappuram accident ; Death has increased to eight. -

The death toll in the accident involving a bus and an autorickshaw here has increased to eight. The deceased were coming back after attending a marriage function. Irate public burned the bus and the situation is said to be volatile with politicians and police being turned away from the scene by the local public.  

Ice cream parlour case.; High Court dismissed petition by V S -

Kerala High Court on Friday dismissed a petition by Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly V S Achuthanandan seeking CBI investigation into the alleged sabotage of probe in the ice cream parlour sex scandal case. 'Will move SC' Meanwhile, Achuthanandan said that he will move Supreme Court to seek CBI probe into the case. The CPM veteran had approached the HC seeking CBI probe into a case registered on the basis of claims by a relative of state minister P K...

Solar; High court refuses to spare sitting judge -

The Kerala High court has informed the state government that it cannot spare a sitting judge to conduct probe into the solar scam that brought Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's office under a cloud and rocked the UDF government for the past two months. The decision in this regard taken by a five-member administrative committee of the court, chaired by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur, was on Friday conveyed to the State Chief Secretary E K Bharath Bhushan, CM's office sources...

Corruption has destroyed the dignity of the Prime Minister's post - Modi -

Continuing his criticism against the Congress-led UPA government, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Monday said that corruption has destroyed the dignity of the Prime Minister's post. "Widespread corruption has destroyed the dignity of the Prime Minister's post since people below him have begun indulging in more corruption," Modi said, at a function in Modasa, organised to felicitate him for carving out Aravalli as a separate district from Sabarkantha district on...

KSRTC has stopped services on many routes -

The KSRTC has stopped services on many routes as lack of maintenance and non-availability of spares have made many buses inoperable. The corporation has cancelled about 150 services in northern Kerala recently. Lack of  essential spare parts and key personnel to manage services has led to the situation. Even though KSRTC faced a similar issue last year too, this year, the situation has become worse. While 31 services have been stopped in Kozhikode, Palakkad has lost 11...

Magistrate wants to recuse himself from hearing the Solar case. -

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, M V Raju, wants to recuse himself from hearing the Solar case. Raju, who had earlier heard a statement from Saritha in the case, said that he would like the case to be transferred from him since he was not interested in it. Raju has applied to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in this regard. However, the court said that it would consider the request only after the chargesheet is issued in the case. Raju was recently in the news for all the wrong...

Court has denied bail for Madani -

The Karnataka High Court has denied bail for PDP Chairman Abdul Nassar Madani, who had sought bail for meeting his medical needs. Madani had approached the court for bail to get himself treated using his own money. The court said that it did not have the right to issue the bail and said that Madani could approach the Supreme Court if he wanted the bail. This is the fifth time that the High Court is denying bail for Madani. Earlier, public prosecutor Dorairaju had submitted a report...

Rupee again breached the 65-mark. -

The BSE benchmark sensex tanked over 400 points on Monday after three sessions of gains as rupee again breached the 65-mark. The 30-share index lost 221.29 points, or 1.19 per cent, in early trade with banking, realty, metal PSUs and oil and gas sector stocks leading the fall. It later fell further and was down over 450 points at 11.30am.  

Biju and Saritha had conversed with each other over phone -

There are allegations that solar case accused Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha Nair had conversed with each other over phone. It is believed that the two talked over phone at Edakkad police station limits when they were being taken back from the Thalassery sessions court. It has been alleged that  investigating officer DySP K Sudarsan had allowed them to use his phone. However, the DySP said that all he did was to allow the two to call their lawyers as per the directions of...

Road construction and development is lagging in Kerala -Parliamentary committee -

According to the permanent parliamentary committee on transport and tourism, compared to other states, road construction and development is lagging in Kerala by a decade. The committee also went on to say that the state government was not sincere in the upkeep of roads in the state and added that the public cannot be blamed for not paying tolls. The report is to be tabled in the parliament on Tuesday. The report says that while the central government was providing paltry sums for...

Madani has got health issues -

Karnataka state Jail authorities stated that Abdul Nazar Madani has got health issues .But he is not cooperating for expert medical assistance. Multi Specialty treatments can not be given.In jail he is being given medical facilities; stated the authorities.

Mumbai gang rape ; All the five accused in the case have been arrested -

Three days after a young photojournalist was gang-raped in a mill here, all the five accused in the case have been arrested even as Mumbai Police was grappling to trace the mobile phone used to shoot pictures of the crime that triggered outrage across the country. Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali, a resident of Agripada in central Mumbai, was arrested at 4.15am from Mumbai Central while his accomplice Siraj Rehman Khan (24) was arrested last night. Both were remanded in...

Tom Joseph, India’s poster boy volleyball star insulted again. -

India is the second largest population in the World with about a fifth living in the subcontinent. However India did not win even a single gold medal at the London Olympics! What is the reason behind this disproportionately abysmal performance? We know that India is a victim of wholesale and retail corruption and often is the reason for all evil. Sports is no different! We saw the organizers of Commonwealth games amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. We recently...

Bachchan angry with fake video that shows him endorsing Modi -

In the video, Bachchan's voice, which he had lent for a newspaper-led campaign in the past, is used to create the impression that he endorses Narendra Modi as India's next prime minister. Actor Amitabh Bachchan is reportedly furious. The reason? An allegedly fake video that is going around the web. In the video Bachchan's voice, which he had lent for a newspaper-led campaign in the past, is used to create the impression that he endorses Narendra Modi as India's next...

Sensex rebounds 407 points despite new low for rupee -

Ignoring the rupee's further descent to a fresh record low, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex on Thursday gained for the first time in five days surging 407 points on the back of metal shares, which got a boost from encouraging data from China. The 30-share Sensex opened at 17,896.84, lower than the previous close of 17,905.91, and dropped to a low of 17,759.59. Value buying saw the index recover and touch the day's high of 18,349.82 before it closed at 18,312.94, a gain of...

Pakistani soldier was killed on Indian fire -

The Pakistani army said one of  its soldiers was killed on Thursday in "unprovoked" Indian fire  along the border dividing the disputed territory of Kashmir, in  the second such incident within two days. A series of clashes that began this month has undermined a  push by Pakistan's new civilian government to improve ties with  old rival India, although Pakistani officials say they are still  hoping to hold talks.A...