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Chennithala demands probe by SC judge in MCI scam

Thiruvananthapuram: Attacking the BJP in Kerala, opposition leader in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala demanded a probe by a Supreme Court judge into the alleged corruption in getting MCI clearance to a private medical college in the State. Addressing a press conference here, he claimed what had happened in Kerala was an indicator of the national-level “medical college scam”. “It is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “It can

Lingayat plea has not reached me: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: As clamor grows for granting separate religion status to the dominant Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he was yet to receive any requisition in this regard. “Requisition has not yet come, how will the recommendation come? I have said if you all (community leaders) together give a requisition, the government will consider it,” he told reporters in response to a question about sending a recommendation to the

Freedom fighter K E Mammen passes away

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran freedom fighter and Gandhian K E Mammen passed away due to old age-related ailments at a private hospital here yesterday. He was 97 and a bachelor. He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago and died today after his condition worsened, hospital sources said. Mammen was very active in public life by intervening in social issues connected with people till sometime back. He was in the forefront

Cong demands expunging Jaitley remarks

New Delhi: Heated exchanges between the Opposition and treasury benches in the Rajya Sabha led to the adjournment of proceedings thrice today, after Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said adjournment notices were being “grossly misused” for publicity and the Opposition demanding expunction of these remarks. Heated arguments followed soon after Deputy Chairman P J Kurien permitted Anand Sharma (Congress) to raise his point under Rule 267. Sharma said the NDA government was

Modi unlikely to attend UNGA session in Sept

United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to attend the annual UN General Assembly session here in September and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the high-level session, according to the provisional agenda released by the UN. According to the first provisional list of speakers for the General Debate of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, Swaraj will address the high-level session on the morning of 23

Defence Minister pays homage to Kargil war heroes

New Delhi: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and the three Service chiefs today paid glowing tributes to armed forces personnel who laid down their lives in the Kargil war. Jaitley accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, paid homage to Kargil war heroes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here. “Salute to the valour of our soldiers

Actor Charmee Kaur appears before SIT in drug case

Hyderabad: Actor Charmee Kaur today appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) of Telangana Prohibition and Excise Department here which is probing a drug racket. Charmee is the seventh person from the Telugu film industry to appear before the SIT. The SIT has summoned 12 persons from the film industry, including directors and actors, for questioning in the case. Charmee arrived at the SIT’s office in Nampally area this morning.

Petition filed in SC to stay release of film Indu Sarkar

New Delhi: A woman, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, today moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the release of the movie Indu Sarkar. The movie is scheduled to be released this Friday. The counsel appearing for the petitioner mentioned the matter before a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and alleged that the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed movie is “full of concocted facts

Telangana man kills 5 family members, ends life

Hyderabad: A 32-year-old man allegedly killed five members of his family before committing suicide in Telangana’s Khammam district, police said today. The man, S Saleem, allegedly pushed his parents, wife and two children, both aged below 10, into a canal and later himself jumped into the water in Jillacheruvu village last night, a senior police official said. “As per preliminary investigation, Saleem killed his family members and later committed suicide

BJP leader, six others arrested for alleged kidnap bid

Malappuram: A BJP leader and six others were arrested and remanded to judicial custody for allegedly attempting to kidnap an NRI businessman at gun point from his residence in Malappuram district, police said yesterday. The BJP Minority Morcha National Vice-President Aslam Kurukkal, who is also a trustee of the India Islamic Centre Trustee and the others were arrested last night from different places in Kozhikode and Kannur districts. They were

Lewd comments on actress: Director, actor booked

Kochi: Four persons, including a young director and actor have been booked for allegedly making lewd comments on an actress and cheating her by not giving remuneration. The case was registered against Honey Bee 2 director Jean Paul Lal, son of veteran actor Lal, and new generation actor Sreenath Bhasi and two others, the police said. The four were booked under IPC sections 354A (making sexually coloured remarks), 420 (cheating),