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Opposition names Meira Kumar as its Presidential candidate
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The opposition led by Congress on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for the Presidential polls. 72-year-old Kumar, a Dalit leader from Bihar, will contest the elections against BJP-led NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who is also a Dalit. Meira Kumar had served as the Union Water Resources Minister in the UPA government in 2009.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 05:57 pm on 22 Jun
Kulbhushan Jadhav files second mercy petition in Pakistan
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
After former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's mercy petition was rejected by the Military Appellate Court, he has filed another mercy petition to the Pakistan Army chief, seeking forgiveness on compassionate grounds. The Pakistan Army released a second confession video along with details of Jadhav's mercy petition. If this is rejected, Jadhav can make a final appeal to Pakistan's President.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 08:18 pm on 22 Jun
Uttarakhand, Haryana become Open Defecation Free states
short by Prashanti Moktan / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Uttarakhand has become the fourth and Haryana the fifth Open Defecation Free (ODF) states in India, under Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin. Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar said, "The next step for Swachh Bharat Gramin will be to focus on sustaining...ODF status." Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat praised collaborative community participation for the achievement.
short by Prashanti Moktan / 09:44 pm on 22 Jun
Mehdi Hassan's son asks India to help build mausoleum in Pak
short by Rini Sinha / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Late ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan's sons have requested the Indian government to help them build a mausoleum dedicated to the singer in Pakistan. Hassan's son said that the Pakistan government had promised to build it after Hassan's demise five years ago. "We've run out of patience...we request the Indian Hassan saab enjoyed a huge fan following across the border."
short by Rini Sinha / 02:26 pm on 22 Jun
No one better than Akshay to play PM, says CBFC chief Pahlaj
short by Prashanti Moktan / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Pahlaj Nihalani, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has said that he can't think of anyone better to play PM Modi than Akshay Kumar. "Akshay has risen from humble working class beginnings to become a national star, just like Modiji," added Pahlaj. He further said Akshay has a spotless image of an idealist and visionary.
short by Prashanti Moktan / 06:54 pm on 22 Jun
Govt paints 'I am poor, receive ration' on people's homes
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Officials in Rajasthan's Dausa have painted walls of people receiving ration under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), with the message “I am poor and I receive ration from NFSA.” Reportedly, around 50,000 homes are being painted with the message, which the people have called shameful. However, an official said it was done to identify BPL and NFSA families.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 02:47 pm on 22 Jun
FIR against GJM chief for murder, violence in Darjeeling
short by Prashanti Moktan / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Darjeeling Police has filed an FIR against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, his wife and other party members over the murder of three GJM workers and alleged involvement in the recent violence. A senior GJM leader said, "Why should we kill our own people?" while adding that they would file a counter case for violation of human rights.
short by Prashanti Moktan / 11:01 pm on 22 Jun
Mamata designs flags for state IAS officers after beacon ban
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has designed flags to be displayed on the state's IAS officers' cars after the central government banned beacons. The flags for chief secretary and additional chief secretaries will be rectangular, while those of secretaries will be swallow-tailed and junior administrative grade or selection grade officers will get triangular flags.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 03:24 pm on 22 Jun
If you don’t like my govt, don’t use our roads: Andhra CM
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said, "If you (voters in Andhra) don't like my government, don't take the pensions and don't use the roads." He also asked his party leaders to demand votes since the government was doing a lot for voters. Speaking against electoral corruption, Naidu urged voters not to fall for corrupt parties offering money.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 11:15 pm on 22 Jun
Loan waiver has become a fashion now: Venkaiah Naidu
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
After Karnataka decided to waive farmer loans, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said, "Loan waiver has become fashion now." He added, "It should be waived but in extreme situations only. It's not a final solution...The farmers should be taken care in distress." Union Minister Arun Jaitley recently ruled out any waiver, saying the Centre will adhere to fiscal targets.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:31 pm on 22 Jun
No ads of realty projects until registered with regulator
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The government has said that no ongoing or future projects can be advertised by real estate developers without registering them first with the new regulator. This will be under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, which came into force in May. Developers are required to get ongoing and new projects registered with regulatory authorities within three months, ending July.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 09:17 pm on 22 Jun
Gold worth ₹35 lakh found behind Jet Airways toilet mirror
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The Air Intelligence Unit rummaged through a Jet Airways flight from Dubai and found 10 gold bars weighing 1160 grams worth nearly ₹35 lakh. The gold was recovered from unclaimed packets wrapped with black coloured adhesive tape and concealed in the cavity behind a mirror in the flight's toilet. The said gold bars were seized and further investigation is underway.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 03:34 pm on 22 Jun
Movies on Tejas to have ads, Railways to earn ₹18 lakh a yr
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to earn as much as ₹18 lakh in one year solely through ad revenue generated from the high-speed Tejas Express. IRCTC will now allow ads to be streamed during movies on the train’s display screens, which were earlier ad-free. It will also charge passengers ₹30 for a pair of earphones.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 05:49 pm on 22 Jun
Jailed ex-judge HC Karnan taken to hospital after chest pain
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Former Calcutta HC judge HC Karnan, who is facing a jail-term for contempt of court, was taken to a hospital on Wednesday after a chest pain complaint. According to a prison official, his blood pressure was found to be quite high. Karnan complained of chest pain at the airport while being brought to Kolkata after evading arrest for a month.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 03:49 pm on 22 Jun
CBI refuses to hand over Tagore Nobel theft case to WB govt
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The CBI on Wednesday refused to hand over the theft case of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize medallion to the West Bengal government. The CBI asked state investigation agencies to inform it if it finds new clues, an official said. The medallion was stolen in 2004, and in 2009 the CBI permanently closed the probe citing a lack of fresh leads.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:34 pm on 22 Jun
UP cop asks victim for sexual favours to arrest her rapists
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
A gangrape survivor in Uttar Pradesh has accused an investigating officer of asking her for sexual favours for taking action against her rapists. On the news of her case being filed for closure, the woman went to the officer again and recorded the whole conversation. She then approached the SP with the evidence, who ordered an inquiry against the officer.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 03:41 pm on 22 Jun
Woman loses baby after nurse mistakenly gives abortion pill
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
A Mumbai woman who was 25-weeks pregnant with twins, lost a child after reportedly being given an abortion pill instead of a pill to prevent premature labour. She was administered the pills on 2 February, after which one of her babies died due to breathing complications. The abortion pill was reportedly meant for another patient admitted for termination of pregnancy.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 05:35 pm on 22 Jun
Woman gives birth on railway platform with female cop's help
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
A 24-year-old woman on Wednesday delivered a baby boy on Thane railway station's platform where she had reached with her husband to catch a local train to visit a hospital. After she went into labour before boarding the train, a Railway Protection Force officer Shobha Mote and other women reached for help and provided her with a cover to deliver.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 03:09 pm on 22 Jun
Two jawans killed in J&K; infiltration bid foiled along LoC
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Two Army jawans lost their lives on Thursday while another was injured in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch while foiling an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC). The infiltration bid was reportedly supported by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT). Further, the jawans killed an armed intruder while another armed intruder was injured in the operation.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 10:52 pm on 22 Jun
If need arises, will consider alliance with Rajinikanth: OPS
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Amid the reports of actor Rajinikanth entering politics, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has said that he will consider an alliance with the actor if the need arises. Panneerselvam further said that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami continues to function under the guidance of jailed AIADMK (Amma) leader Sasikala Natarajan.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 05:40 pm on 22 Jun
Govt plans to increase speed limit on highways, expressways
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The central government is planning to increase the speed limit on highways and expressways up to 120 kilometres per hour across India. Currently, all national highways in the country have a speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour, except the Yamuna Expressway that has a 100 kilometres per hour speed limit.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 09:02 pm on 22 Jun
UP policeman beating Agra hotel staffer caught on CCTV
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Video of an Uttar Pradesh policeman beating a hotel staffer in Agra has gone viral. The video shows the cop in civilian clothes, accompanied by other policemen in uniforms, beating the hotel staffer and throwing away some files. According to reports, the cop had food at the hotel, and later returned with other cops, after which the assault happened.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 04:27 pm on 22 Jun
B'luru firm agrees to give cab service to females after stir
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Bengaluru firm IDC Technologies that had said "we are not responsible for women's safety after they log out" has agreed to provide cab service to female employees working on the night shift. This comes after a female employee from the firm met IT Minister Priyank Kharge to bring up the matter, and the minister assured action after formal complaint.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 06:38 pm on 22 Jun
Darjeeling shutdown may cause ₹340 crore loss to tea gardens
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The shutdown in Darjeeling due to protests demanding a separate state may cause a revenue loss of ₹340 crore to the city's 87 tea gardens, according to reports. “Since plucking of leaves has stopped for the last 12 days, there has been undergrowth in bushes making the crop more vulnerable to pest attacks,” an official said.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 06:46 pm on 22 Jun
K'taka CM Siddaramaiah to play himself in a children's movie
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah will soon try his hand in acting and will be playing himself in a children's movie titled 'Summer Holidays' by director Kavitha Lankesh. "There is the role of a CM in the film. So I thought of bringing in the real CM. When I asked him, he agreed. But this is not a publicity stunt," Kavitha said.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 04:02 pm on 22 Jun
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