Malayalam actor Mohanlal's first release of the year, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol has completed one-month of its theatrical release. Directed by Vellimoonga fame Jibu Jacob and produced by Sophia Paul, the family entertainer was released on 21 January at the Kerala Box Office.Read more »
New Delhi [India] Feb. 26 (ANI): A seven-year-old girl was allegedly molested and sedated by two senior girl students, at her school in Delhi's Moti Nagar, police said on Sunday. The victim and accused are students of Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya. One of the accused has been arrested following a case was registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), a senior police officer said.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Supporting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi being looked for by his 'mother' Ganga, the Congress on Sunday said PM Modi has always failed to carry on his responsibilities and fulfill promises made to people. Congress leader Shobha Oza seconded her party's view, saying that the Prime Minister delayed the cleaning process of the River Ganga to the extent that the Supreme Court had to rebuke the Central government over the same. "We all saw how before Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Modi went to Varanasi and said 'Mother Ganga has called me.' But we all saw how issue of cleaning up the River Ganga was delayed.
New Delhi [India], Feb.26 (ANI): After India slumped to a humiliating 333-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the opening Test in Pune, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has shown faith on Virat Kohli and the team, saying that the series is still wide open and that the home side will surely bounce back in the next match to be held in Bengaluru from March 4. Chasing a mammoth target of 441 runs to win, India suffered a second batting collapse in two days and were bowled out for 107 runs in the second innings just on Day Three of the first Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. Speaking on the sidelines of IDBI Federal New Delhi Marathon at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the master blaster said that losing is a part and parcel of the game before adding that he is sure his national side would come up with a much better performance in the upcoming matches.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Monday pronounce its order on the nursery admission notification of the Delhi Government. The Delhi Government had moved the High Court following a single judge's interim order on its notification based on the neighbourhood criteria. The judge had said the interim stay on the January 7 notification would remain in place till final disposal of the pleas challenging the Delhi Government order directing the private unaided schools to accept nursery admission norms based only on the neighbourhood or distance criteria.
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 25 (IANS) The Indonesian woman suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam said she was "hired" by two men to carry out a "prank" on the North Korean and was paid 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) for it. Siti Aisyah claimed that the men, whom she named as James and Chan, "looked like Korean or Japanese", Indonesian deputy ambassador to Malaysia Andreano Erwin said. Andreano, who was allowed to meet the Indonesian for half an hour at the lockup in Cyberjaya police station on Saturday, said she was paid 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) to carry out the prank for a reality show in Malaysia, reported the Star newspaper reported.
Jalandhar (Punjab) [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Lady Sri Ram Ram College student Gurmehar Kaur, whose social media campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) student organisation ABVP went viral recently, has said that she would also not hesitate in taking a bullet for the country like her father Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh. Gurmehar asserted that her campaign is aimed at raising voice against organisations, which challenge the law of the land and try to curb the fundamental right of 'freedom of speech'.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The Madras High Court will on Monday resume its hearing in regard to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham's (DMK) petition challenging Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami's floor test. The Madras High Court earlier on February 22 sought credible evidence to prove that the AIADMK MLAs were held captive in a resort in Kuvathoor and also the video evidence of the proceedings in the Tamil Nadu Assembly during the Chief Minister's trust vote.
London, Feb 25 (IANS) Veteran football manager Claudio Ranieri has lamented that his dream of staying with Leicester City died after the reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions sacked him earlier this week. Leicester enjoyed a dream run under Ranieri's guidance last season and stunned the football world by winning the EPL title. The 1-2 loss to Spanish outfit Sevilla FC in the first leg of the last-16 stage of the Champions League on Thursday night proved to be the final nail in the coffin as the experience Italian was removed as Leicester manager soon after.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 25(ANI): President Donald Trump again escalated his attack against the media, saying the large sections of it had ignored the lowering of national debt in the first month of his tenure in office. "The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by USD 12 billion vs a USD 200 billion increase in Obama's first month," he tweeted. With the U.S. national debt expanding rapidly over the past decade, the state of the federal budget has come under intense scrutiny.
Kolkata, Feb 25 (IANS) Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhonis 50-ball 43 and his 81-run partnership with Saurabh Tiwary proved a trifle short as a fighting Jharkhand went down by five runs to Karnataka in a Group D tie of the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket championship here on Saturday.
Kasaragod [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): A youth from Kerala, believed to have joined the ISIS has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan. The message was received by a distant relative of Hafesudheen Theke Koleth in Kasaragod, Kerala, who was from the missing 21-member group who have left the nation. The message went on to say that the killed youth had been buried in Afghanistan.
Pune, Feb 25 (IANS) Inspired by an all-round effort, Australia ended India's 19-match record unbeaten streak after thrashing the hosts by a mammoth 333 runs within three days of the opening Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday. Playing his first Test in the sub-continent, left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe turned out to be the dark horse, taking six wickets in each innings to break the backbone of the Indian batting as Virat Kohli tasted his first defeat as skipper of all three formats. Chasing a mammoth 441, the home side once again succumbed to the visiting spin duo of O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon to be dismissed for a paltry 107 in their second essay.
Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 25 (IANS) The wife of slain Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla has publicly sought answers to what she perceived was a spread in American hate crimes as mourners held a vigil at a local church for the victims of the bar shooting in which her husband died. Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani was injured in an apparent hate crime, when Adam W. Purinton, a white who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, earlier this week. "I have a question in my mind: Do we belong here," Sunayana Dumala asked at a news conference on Friday at the headquarters of electronics manufacturer Garmin, where Kuchibhotla worked as an aviation systems engineer.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 29th edition of Mann Ki Baat, touched on a range of issues from India's historic launch of a record 104 satellites on a single rocket to the Indian team's incredible victory in the Blind T20 Cricket World Cup.
Ahmedabad [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The Gujarat Anti Terror Squad (ATS) has arrested two brothers from the state for their involvement in activities related to the terror group ISIS. Wasim and Nathin were arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar respectively, in an operation launched by the ATS. Last year, the ATS of Rajasthan had arrested an alleged Islamic State operative in Sikar district who was involved in collecting and transferring funds for the terror organisation from Dubai.
Chandigarh, Feb 25 (IANS) Maiden semi-finalists Dabang Mumbai extended their sensational campaign in the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) by eliminating former champions Delhi Waveriders 2-0 in a last four battle here on Saturday. Robert Kemperman's back-hand strike in the 26th minute separated the two sides as Mumbai set up a title clash against Kalinga Lancers, who earlier in the day overcame Uttar Pradesh Wizards. Delhi's Iain Lewers missed a penalty stroke incurred from field play at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium.
Bhubneshwar (Orissa) [India], Feb.25: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has asked the BJD and the Congress to apologise for failing to usher in development, rather than criticising Prime Minister Modi's remark on the state. "Some political parties are misleading over Prime Minister's remark made yesterday and the media has raised questions. "BJD should realise that it has failed to improve the condition of the people during its 17 years of rule and that the Rajan Committee Report of 2013, when the BJP was not in power at the Centre, had placed Odisha as the least developed and most backward state, added Pradhan.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the plea filed by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore against Parasvnath developers in connection with the builders apathetic attitude for not providing the basic amenities while providing him the flat. The apex court, earlier on December 15 had asked Rathore and Parsvnath developers to sit together and amicably settle the dispute. The developer had promised to hand over the flat by October 2009, which he failed to, after which Rathore was forced to take a legal action.
Mau (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 26 (ANI): The security arrangement at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Mau has been beefed up after a senior police officials on Sunday claimed that there is a threat to the former's life during his visit to Uttar Pradesh's Mau district for addressing a rally ahead of the sixth phase of assembly elections. "Rasool Pati and associates are planning to attack the Prime Minister's cavalcade with rocket launcher and explosives," said Mau Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), RK Singh.
By Sudipto Ganguly PUNE, India (Reuters) - Australia's utter dominance in Pune provided clear evidence that the touring side arrived in India armed with the tactics and personnel to beat the hosts at their own game in what promises to be a compelling four-test series. Few would have predicted the events that unfolded in the opener, however, with top-ranked India riding a 19-test unbeaten run against a rebuilding Australian side regarded as massive underdogs by captain Steve Smith. The odds were heavily stacked against a side that had lost their previous nine tests in Asia and suffered a 4-0 whitewash when they last toured India in 2013, but Smith and his men were in the mood to cause an upset.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Branding Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju as a "goofy minister" for dubbing the recent clashes between the All India Students' Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Ramjas College as an act of anti-nationalism, the Congress on Monday said that the former should refrain from making statements on issues which he cannot understand. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that Rijiju is frivolously branding students as anti-nationals, whereas the reality is that the MoS has no knowledge about the veracity of the situation.
New Delhi [India], Feb.25 (ANI): Congress leader C. P. Joshi on Saturday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on development in Manipur and claimed that there is an improvement in the infant mortality rate. "The infant mortality rate has improved in Manipur and as a result the state government received an incentive of Rs.1000 crore in three years which was used for building a medical college in the state," Joshi told ANI.
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): A fire broke out in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram city in the early hours of Sunday, after a pile of garbage was set on fire by locals, thus revealing the apathy of the local administrative bodies. A post office building and its godown were gutted after a fire broke out near Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Dewaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran has appealed to the public, stating that the matter is being considered for immediate discussions.
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Raising serious concern over the death of a youth from Kerala in a drone strike in Afghanistan, who is believed to have joined the ISIS, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said these recruitments are a threat to the national security and urged political parties not to indulge in politicise such sensitive issues. Talking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said the Government of India should probe in detail about such recruitments and the family who are aware of such activity but fail to inform the authority.
Jaunpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Taking a jibe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat', Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday said the former is not capable of understanding the radio address.