• Home Ministry replies to Vijay Mallya’s 3 questions

    On a day Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari accepted the resignation of the beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, the Home Ministry replied in the Upper House on Wednesday to three untarred questions. In one question, the Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka wanted to know whether the Karnataka government had referred on August 19, 2015, the Karnataka State Motor Vehicles (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 for obtaining assent of the President of India, and by when the assent to the Bill would be communicated to the state government. In another question, Mallya wanted to know whether the Karnataka government had on August 17, 2015, referred to the Home Ministry the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2015 for getting the assent of the President, and by when the assent would be communicated to the state.

    The Indian Express
  • Six-month operation, 7-hr raid by team of 60: Police

    Raids to pick up the suspects from three separate locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh were conducted over seven hours by a team of 60 sleuths of Delhi Police Special Cell, said the sources. After getting an input Monday about an explosion in north east Delhi’s Gokalpuri, a team led by Special Cell DCP P S Kushwaha formed 12 teams. Another team had information on Shakir Ansari, who was nabbed from Deoband in western UP’s Saharanpur district.

    The Indian Express
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  • AgustaWestland scam: Top 5 quotes from Subramanian Swamy’s speech in RS

    BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday made his debut speech in the Parliament on Wednesday with a direct attack on Congress leaders on the AgustaWestland scam.

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  • On first day in Kerala, migrant worker is tied up and left in the sun, dies

    A MIGRANT worker from Assam died after a mob allegedly tortured him and forced him to lie down on the road in the sweltering heat for hours, in Kottayam district on Wednesday. The four boarded a bus to Chingavanam in the district, but Behra reportedly got separated from his friends.

    The Indian Express
  • From Mumbai shanties to 18-storey building: 255 families from Dharavi move into new homes

    After living for over two decades in his claustrophobic Dharavi shanty, 32-year-old Babu Mandipla had a childish grin plastered on his face as he took in the big windows and easy ventilation of what was now his own house. The erstwhile Congress-NCP government had started the construction of this building before the 2014 polls to show some movement in the Rs 25,000-crore project during its reign. The authority is in charge of redeveloping Sector 5, the easiest of Dharavi’s five sectors, while the other four are to be revamped with private developers on a public-private partnership model.

    The Indian Express
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  • Mumbai woman dies after bedsheet catches fire

    According to police, Lalita Krishna Bombe was found engulfed in flames by her two sisters in their apartment. The incident took place around 4 am on Wednesday inside the bedroom where Lalita was sleeping alone with door unlocked. Around 2 pm, Lalita succumbed to her injuries.

    The Indian Express
  • IPL 2016, KKR vs KXIP: Russellmania twenty-four

    Synopsis: Thanks to their openers, Kolkata begin emphatically, before disciplined bowling by Punjab at the death overs put parity in the proceedings. Punjab begin on a false note before Maxwell’s lusty hits give them hope. Glenn Maxwell’s belligerent 68 ignited the flagging spirits of the Punjab.

    The Indian Express
  • I wasn't at BJP's platform, clarifies Sanjay Dutt

    New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): After the Bharatiya Janata Party drew flaks from several quarters over 1993 serial bomb blasts convict Sanjay Dutt sharing the stage with its leaders in Mumbai on the occasion of Maharashtra day celebrations in Mumbai on Monday, Dutt on Tuesday made it clear that he was not there at the BJP's platform, he was there for his brother Mohit Kamboj, party's youth wing leader. "I was not there at the BJP's platform, I was there for my brother Mohit Kamboj and the occasion was the 'Maharashtra Day' celebrations," said Dutt, who recently came out of Pune's Yerawada Central Jail after serving the remainder of his five-year sentence.

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  • Life on Mumbai local: My voice guides commuters clueless about their trains

    Sitting in the confined space of the ‘announcement room’ of Mumbai Central railway station, Neeta Manohar Tondwalkar provides a service to millions of Mumbaiites every day, but they almost don’t notice it. “Be it a signal failure, a welcome to passengers or any other railway announcement, I need to do it all. The Western Railway employee handles the early morning duty shift for announcements about long-distance trains arriving or leaving from Mumbai Central station.

    The Indian Express
  • Give Kohinoor to Jagannath temple, says BJD MP in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

    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 today. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Bhupinder Singh (BJD) said Maharaja Ranjit Singh had willed that the Kohinoor diamond be given to Jagannath Temple as Guru Nanak Dev had visited Puri and mentioned about the diety in the holy book of Guru Granth Saheb.

    The Indian Express
  • Full text: Sachin Tendulkar’s acceptance letter to the IOA

    Having been announced as Indian contingent's second Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio 2016 Olympics, Sachin Tendulkar wrote an encouraging letter to IOA expressing his pleasure and interest in helping the athletes in any which way he can. 'Master Blaster' vowed to help the athletes with words of encouragement before they leave the country for Rio Olympics and to help in raising awareness for the quadrennial extravaganza. Thank you for the letter dated April 28, 2016 regarding the upcoming Olympic Games at Rio De Janeiro.

    The Indian Express
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  • Collegium picks 4 for SC, recommends Uttarakhand Chief Justice’s transfer

    The Supreme Court collegium has recommended elevation of three High Court Chief Justices and a senior lawyer to the apex court, the first such recommendation in over a year. The last recommendation was made before the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act — which was struck down by a Supreme Court bench on October 16 last year — came into force. Sources said the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, which met on Monday, has recommended the elevation of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud of the Allahabad High Court and Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan of the Kerala High Court to the Supreme Court.

    The Indian Express
  • Govt ‘sorry’ for ministers’ absence in Question Hour

    Suresh Prabhu and his junior Manoj Sinha — were not present in the House to address a question relating to their ministry. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who criticised the government for the amiss, issued a stricture that such instances should not occur again. Sinha, who had answered a question earlier in the day, had left the House by the time the Speaker took up question number 147 on Go-India Smart Card.

    The Indian Express
  • IPL 2016, DD vs RPS: Pune’s IPL in danger of early finish as MS Dhoni struggles to get a grip

    As far as MS Dhoni and his cricket career go, every ounce of the indomitable power he has showcased on the field has come from the immense control he’s always seemed to have at his disposal, whether it is with bat in hand or as the ultimate leader of cricketers. There’s never been an IPL where Dhoni hasn’t made his presence felt in the business end. Going into their clash against the Delhi Daredevils at Ferozshah Kotla on Thursday, not only are Rising Pune Supergiants languishing ominously near the bottom, they also face the prospect of having to win pretty much every match from hereon to have a chance of progressing.

    The Indian Express
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  • Indian police hunt man who sexually mutilated and murdered student

    India police are hunting a man who sexually mutilated and murdered a student, an officer said Tuesday, an attack which echoes the 2012 fatal gang-rape of a Delhi student that sparked mass protests. The 30-year-old university law student from a low social caste was attacked last Thursday at her home in the southern state of Kerala, with her mother discovering her body in a pool of blood. "The suspect attacked and murdered her brutally and fled the scene quickly," police inspector general Mahipal Yadav, who is heading the investigation, said of the case reported on Tuesday in national newspapers.

  • Shariat and Muslim Personal Law: All your questions answered

    The issue of the applicability of the Muslim Personal Law in India and the skewed impact it has on gender relations within the Muslim community has once again raised itself with Kashipur’s Shayara Bano challenging the validity of “triple talaq”. Last time this issue of protection of women in Islamic legal norms had gained public prominence was in 1985 when the Shah Bano case had raised concerns. The “Muslim Personal Law” is based upon the Shariat.

    The Indian Express
  • BJP MP contradicts Home Minister, gives Congress reason to cheer

    Former home secretary R K Singh, BJP member from Arrah constituency of Bihar, caused a flutter in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour on Tuesday when he contradicted Home Minister Rajnath Singh. While the minister, who ranks second in the Cabinet, appeared unruffled by the MP’s remark, elated Congress members were seen welcoming his intervention. In the course of a discussion following a question by NCP’s Supriya Sule, Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the Union government had discontinued a housing scheme under which the Centre provided 75 per cent of the money for police modernisation, equipment and housing against 25 per cent by the states.

    The Indian Express
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  • Kohli, Rahane have performed exceptionally well: BCCI

    New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said the names of India's Test skipper Virat Kohli and right-handed batsman Ajinkya Rahane have been nominated for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award respectively as the duo have performed exceptionally well in the past and will continue to do so. "Looking at the performances of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, the BCCI has nominated their names for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award.

  • The brutal rape, murder of law student that’s sending shock-waves across Kerala

    In Perumbavoor, Kerala, a most-savage rape and murder of a 30-year-old law student has shocked the public and sent the state police force scrambling to solve the case. In an incident similar to the chilling 2012 Nirbhaya case, the law student was found murdered in a pool of blood at her one-room house in Kuruppampady on April 28. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, under attack from the opposition which complained of delayed investigation in the case, has promised strict action.

    The Indian Express
  • TMC to lock horns with Congress, plans petition against Ghulam Nabi Azad

    The Trinamool Congress and the Congress have not just locked horns in West Bengal, the gloves are off in Delhi too. It will file a petition through an MP in the Rajya Sabha accusing Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad of misleading the House with his statement that the UPA had blacklisted AgustaWestland.

    The Indian Express
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  • Somaiya levels fresh charges, says Rahul Gandhi, Vadra have started new scheme

    New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): Continuing his tirade against Rahul Gandhi with regard to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya on Wednesday said the Congress vice-president and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra have started a new scheme, which takes a kick-back with the DLF. Rahul Gandhi and his brother- in- law Robert Vadra have started a new scheme, which takes a kick-back with the DLF," Somaiya told ANI.

  • IPL 2016, KKR vs KXIP: KKR beat KXIP by 7 runs at Eden Gardens

    Kolkata Knight Riders moved to the top of the IPL 2016 points table after a seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday. After posting 164/3, KKR bowlers kept KXIP to 157/8.

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  • BJP slams USIRF report on religious intolerance in India

    New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday dubbed US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USIRF) report on religious intolerance in India as uncalled for and futile, saying the foreign commission should look in to their backyard where religious tolerance is on a negative trajectory. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI this report does not reflect the correct position.

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  • Kerala Dalit rape: CM Chandy to meet victim's family

    Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), May.4 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will meet the family members of the Dalit law student, who was brutally raped and murdered in Kerala's Ernakulam district, today. With protest marches by students and rights activists being held across Kerala condemning the ghastly incident, Chandy yesterday described the crime as "shocking" and said the culprits will be brought to the book. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday took suo motu cognizance of yet another 'Nirbhaya' like rape and murder of a Dalit law student, whose body was found by her mother on April 29 evening.

  • AgustaWestland deal: Swamy corners Congress in RS

    New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said the people, who lowered the specifications of height of choppers were not from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), adding the Italian High Court's judgement clearly mentions the role of Congress leaders. Swamy, who was speaking in the Rajya Sabha, said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has full right to interrogate the 'driving force' behind the VVIP chopper deal as mentioned in accused Michel's letter. Asking former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to clarify as to whose orders did he follow, Swamy said, "There were businessmen, politicians and bureaucrats involved.