May 06

12 people held for Dalit woman’s murder in Kerala

Perambavoor (Kerala): The police has so far arrested about a dozen people in connection with the murder last week of Dalit law student Jisha here in Ernakulam district, a case that has become a cause célèbre in the noisy election season in the state. The latest two suspects to be nabbed includes a neighbour of

Only Modi, Bhagwat leading India: Rahul

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a scathing attack at the Narendra Modi government, saying the country was being run by only two persons — Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Rahul said: “Anyone who dares to speak against them (Modi and Bhagwat) are charged with false allegations.” “Today in India,

FM rules out rollback of excise duty on jewellery

 The Centre spends over Rs 2.5 lakh crore from foreign exchange for the import of over 1,100 tonnes of gold annually.  There have been protests by jewellers and demands for rollback by MPs. New Delhi: In what comes as a jolt for millions of jewellers across the country, the Central government has decided not to

Goa minor rape case: Accused MLA’s wife cries political vendetta

Panaji: Goa Congress MLA Jennifer Monserrate, the wife of disgraced legislator Atanasio Monserrate who has been accused of “buying” and raping a minor girl, has backed her husband, claiming he is a victim of “political vendetta”. “Of course it is political vendetta against my husband, more likely because he said he would contest the Panaji

Earthquake jolts Uttarakhand at midnight

Lucknow/Dehradun:  People in many parts of Uttarakhand were jolted at the midnight when an earthquake hit the hill state, officials said on Friday. The tremors were felt in Bagheshar, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Chamoli and Bhimtal. People rushed out of their houses and spent the night under the open sky. Officials told IANS that the tremors were

Divorce Act to be amended

New Delhi: The Central government on Thursday said a proposal is ready to amend the Divorce Act to halve the separation period for Christian couples seeking to file for divorce by mutual consent. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said the government plans to amend Section 10 A

Jet crew member injured in Brussels terror attack returns home

Mumbai: Jet Airways crew member Nidhi Chaphekar, who was injured in the Brussels airport bombings in March this year and her picture became the face of the terror attack, returned to Mumbai this morning. 42-year-old Nidhi, who has not yet recovered from the injuries suffered in the terrorist attack, arrived at around 7.30 AM today

2 Indians shot dead in Myanmar; tension grips border town

Imphal:Tension gripped the Manipur-Myanmar border town of Moreh after two Indian nationals were reportedly shot dead at Wuksu in Myanmar. Sources in Moreh told IANS that the bodies are yet to be handed over to the Indian authorities for identification. However, the security forces are not taking any chances in this sensitive border area. Security

Accused of raping minor, ex-Goa education minister surrenders

Panaji: Former Goa education minister and unattached Congress MLA Atanasio Monserrate, who has been accused of raping a minor girl, surrendered before the Crime Branch on Thursday. Before stepping into the Crime Branch office in Dona Paula on the outskirts of Panaji, Monserrate said he was innocent and a victim of controversy. “This is a set

Court grants exemption to Kejriwal in Bidhuri defamation case

New Delhi: A court here on Thursday granted exemption to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance in a defamation case filed by BJP parliamentarian Ramesh Bidhuri. Kejriwal’s counsel Rishikesh Kumar and Neha Rastogi told Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh that Kejriwal has to attend a government meeting and he would not be able to

Pakistani court inquires about Indian citizen’s release

Islamabad: A Pakistani court has inquired about the arrest and expected date of release of an Indian national who was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a military court.The Peshawar High Court has directed the interior ministry and provincial home department to inform about Hamid Nehal Ansari’s release date, and ordered the prison administration to

VIPs visit murdered Dalit woman’s mother, probe continues

Perumbavoor (Kerala): A stream of high-profile people are visiting a hospital here in Ernakulam district to meet the mother of a poor Dalit woman whose brutal murder has shocked not just Kerala but the rest of the country. Jisha, a 27-year-old law student, was found murdered on April 28 near a canal here by her

Life sentence for four in Mumbai double-murder case

Mumbai: A Sessions Court here on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment four youths charged with killing two men who attempted to prevent them from molesting their women friends five years ago, a top legal official said. The convicts are Jitesha Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulgaj and Dipak Pivar who had attacked Keenan Santos, 24, and

Joseph, who quashed Prez rule, transferred

DEHRADUN: The chief justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, K M Joseph, who was recently in the news for quashing President’s rule, has been transferred to the Andhra Pradesh high court in Hyderabad. Justice Joseph, who assumed charge as the chief justice of Uttarakhand in July 2014, is an alumnus of the government law college

Indian-owned logistics solution firm rebrands itself

Singapore:  An Indian-owned shipping firm has rebranded itself as an integrated service provider in a bid to change the perception of the company from offering end-to-end and value-added services. The rebranding of ECU-LINE to ECU Worldwide was launched on Monday, eyeing the group revenue target of USD 2 billion by 2020, with an aim to

Goa MLA minor rape case transferred to crime branch unit

Panaji: The rape case involving former education minister and unattached Congress MLA Atanasio Monserrate has been transferred to the women’s police station which functions under the crime branch, a senior police official said on Thursday. Late on Wednesday, Monserrate also known as Babush, was booked by officials of the Panaji police station, for allegedly raping

Police bust JeM cell plotting multiple attacks, arrest 12

New Delhi: Three suspected members of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, arrested for allegedly planning an attack in the national capital, were on Wednesday remanded to 10-day police custody by a court as the investigators said their custodial interrogation was needed to crack their Delhi module. “The accused persons are sent to police custody till May 14,”

Polling begins in last phase of Bengal elections

Kolkata: Polling began at 7 a.m. for 25 constituencies covering the Cooch Behar and East Midnapore districts in the sixth and final phase of the staggered month-long polling for the West Bengal assembly elections on Thursday. Nine of the constituencies are in Cooch Behar district and 16 in East Midnapore. Over 58 lakh (58,04,019) voters

People jealous of Ramdev’s success, says ‘friend’ Lalu

New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has got an unusual friend in RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has been critical of him in the past due his links with the BJP and RSS. “People are jealous of Baba Ramdev because he is highly successful… he has earned everything through sheer hard work,” the Rashtriya Janata Dal

Bring back Kohinoor, gift it to Jagannath Temple: BJD MP

New Delhi: A demand for getting back the Kohinoor diamond from Britain and giving it to the Jagannath Temple in Puri, as had been willed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was made in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Bhupinder Singh (BJD) said Maharaja Ranjit Singh had willed that