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In Pauri Garhwal, most young people have left their homes for work. Only the elderly and those without options remain.
New Delhi [India], Feb 20 (ANI): Castigating Akhilesh Yadav for his 'gadha' remark against Gujarat BJP leaders, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is disturbed and hence is making such derogatory statements.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): With Prime Minister Narendra Modi courting controversy over his 'Diwali electricity' remark, the Congress on Monday took a jibe at him asking if he wanted to become a municipal commissioner, since he was showing a keen interest on local issues as distribution of electricity. Responding to Prime Minister Modi's 'Diwali, Ramzan bhed-bhav remark' Congress leader Salman Khurshid told ANI that this kind of language should not be used to by the leader of the nation and added that he should learn to be a Prime Minister.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru on Monday ended with surprises for many, both in good and bad terms.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): An FIR was registered against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin on Sunday. The case has been lodged against Stalin a day after he and DMK MLAs were detained by police for protesting against the floor test result at Chennai's Marina Beach. Meanwhile, Stalin held a special meeting with party MLAs at DMK headquarters here.
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trumps revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said. "The President is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (executive order)," Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): As soon Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh for the Indian blind cricket team for winning the Blind T20 Cricket World Cup, Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) on Monday said the team won't be accepting the prize as the team were "expecting more". Earlier in the day, Goel, while felicitating the Indian blind cricket team, announced a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs for the entire team.
Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Rising Pune Supergiants on Sunday removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain of the franchise for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the owners announced on Sunday. Australia captain Steve Smith will take over the mantle from the former India skipper. The move comes after Dhoni stepped down as the national team captain in the limited-overs format before the start of the England series.
Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered a case against a Chhattisgarh government employee for allegedly seeking 'help in a case against him' by paying bribe through Hawala operators. "It was further alleged that an amount of Rs. 45 lakh (approx.) was handed over by the public servant to hawala dealer at Raipur which was to be delivered at Delhi to a person (r/o Greater Noida) at Delhi, out of which Rs. 20 lakh (approx.) has been delivered to the said at Delhi," an official release stated. Searches were conducted at the premises of accused persons and Hawala operators at Raipur, Hyderabad and New Delhi/Greater Noida," the officials added.
Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 (ANI): The Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, has ordered both Cricket Australia and former Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill to commence mediation over the latter's 2.6 million Australian dollar injury case. Fairfax Media has reported that MacGill has demanded Australian dollars 1.6 million for loss of match payments and prize money, and almost a million Australian dollars in interest, plus costs.
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Hawala operator Jabbar, who was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Delhi in connection with the Bhopal espionage case, has been sent to police remand till February 23. Jabbar was working closely with mastermind Balram Singh, who was arrested earlier in the same case. This came a day after the ATS made its 12th arrest Sahyog Singh in connection with the case.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): With Pakistan finally putting Hafiz Saeed, the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah under the Anti-Terrorism Act, India has asserted that effective action mandated internationally against him is the first step in ridding the region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism. "Hafiz Saeed is an international terrorist, the mastermind of Mumbai terrorist attack and responsible for unleashing wave of terrorism against Pakistan's neighbours through LeT/ JuD and their affiliates.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Monday told the High Court it has no objection to get a polygraph test done on Najeeb Ahmed's friends, along with nine students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The mentioned nine students had raised suspicion on the intent of the Delhi Police, asking why the police wanted to conduct only their polygraph test and not of Najeeb's friends.
Bengaluru [India], Feb.20 (ANI): All-rounder Mohammad Nabi on Monday became the first Afghanistan player in the Indian Premier League when he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a base price of Rs. 30 lakh in the IPL Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): In the wake of the uproar created over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Diwali, Ramzan bhed-bhav' remark, a delegation from the Congress, consisting of Kapil Sibal, Deputy Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, Rajya Sabha MP Satyawrat Chaturvedi and Secretary of the Legal and Human Rights Department of the Congress party K.C. Mittal, will meet the Election Commission of India (ECI) today at 5.30 p.m. Earlier, branding the comment as deplorable, Mittal appealed to the ECI to exercise its constitutional powers and take stern action to ensure that free and fair elections are held. Mittal told ANI that the Bharatiya Janata Party symbol should be withdrawn and should be derecognised.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): In the aftermath of noted gangster Lovely Lamba's arrest in Ludhiana, Punjab, his supporters resorted to vandalism across the city, expressing their resentment over the same. Shopkeepers in Ludhiana's Clock Tower and Chaura Bazar region stated that as soon as news spread of Lamba's arrest, over 100 supporters created a ruckus on the streets, supposedly closing down shops and destroying public property. Lamba is said to be facing trial in at least 10 criminal cases, including murder, following a complaint filed by a local resident.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 20(ANI): Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career, as per local Pakistan media reports. Nicknamed 'Boom Boom', the 36-year-old all-rounder was currently active in the International Twenty20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and One-Day Internationals(ODI) in 2015.
Tura (Meghalaya) [India], Feb 18 (ANI): Continuing his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Sunday said the 'wheel of development' has come to a standstill due to the ban on high currency note. Speaking at the Jan Vedna Sammelan at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills, Sangma said, "The wheel of development has come to a standstill as people are still seen lining up in front of banks and ATMs by giving up their day-to-day livelihood." "Modi wants to make India cashless but did he take decision by taking all stakeholders into confidence.
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place. Auctions of players will be held in Bengaluru from 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Coming down heavily upon Tamil Nadu speaker for giving decision in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palanisamy's favour, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin on Monday said his party will bring a no confidence motion against the speaker in the state assembly. "We will bring a no confidence motion against the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker.
New Delhi [India], Feb.20 ANI: Days after a popular Malayalam actress was allegedly molested by her driver in Ernakulum district of Kerala, Member of All India Mahila congress, Shobha Oza, blamed the Communist Party governance in state asserting that crime is on the rise under the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government. "Since the Community Party came in governance, then there is a rise in crime against women like rape, gangrape, assaults which have become very common in the state, since no one fears the police and law there anymore. The Kerala Government has to take immediate action," Oza told ANI here.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi for drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals, the Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Monday said that the former is just trying to create 'polarisation' by making such remarks. Prime Minsietr just wants to create polarisation by making such statement," Azmi told ANI. Azmi said that it doesn't suit a Prime Minister to make such statements and said that the latter is just a sinking ship.
Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammed Nabi were on Monday bought by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, making them the first Afghanistan cricketers to be bought by an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise at the ongoing auctions here.
Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Baloch leader Mazdak Dilshad who was in Gujarat's Vadodara on Sunday, asserted that Baloch people are awaiting the support of the international community in connection to their human rights' violation and mass genocide by the Pakistani Army. Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for initiating talks about the cause, the Baloch leader called on the public across India, the Indian Government, political parties, NGOs and other organisations to come and support the community deprived of their basic rights.
Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) A total of 357 cricketers, including 130 from abroad, will go under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) players' auction to be held here on Monday. The pool comprises 62 batsmen, 117 bowlers, 148 all-rounders and 30 wicket-keepers.