DGP directs Kochi IGP to probe crashed RPA

Thiruvanthapuram: The State police chief Loknath Behara directed the Kochi range IGP to probe the incident in which a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) of the Indian Navy crashed at Kochi. The Inquiry has to be conducted in detail, taking all necessary assistance from the Armed forces and Intelligence agencies and covering the aspects of VVIP safety as well as public safety, a police press release said. The Israeli made pilot

Kumbakonam fire: HC slams TN Govt; removes DEO

Chennai: The Madras High Court quashed a State government order removing the district educational officer in the wake of the 2004 Kumbakonam fire tragedy that killed 94 school children. Allowing a petition filed by P Pinagapani, who was district education officer (DEO) at the time of the fire accident, Justice M V Muralidharan directed the state government to release all service and monetary benefits to the petitioner. The judge held

HC rejects pvt institution plea to pay property tax

Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench here rejected a plea by private educational institutions to quash demand notices issued by this city corporation to them for payment of Rs 20.85 crore as property tax. Disposing their petitions, Justice R Mahadevan agreed with the corporation counsel’s view that under the Corporation Act, the institutions should satisfy two conditions, first of which was that these should be run on philanthropic purposes and

Two Art of Living men arrested in Meghalaya

Shillong: Two members of the Art of Living foundation were arrested on charges of conspiracy and having links with a banned insurgent group in Meghalaya’s west Jaintia Hills district, police said. The two, one of whom hailed from Noida, were arrested yesterday from near the Bangladesh border at Dawki, they said. “Two persons from the Art of Living organisation were arrested while they were trying to cross over to Bangladesh

Maharashtra BJP minister seeks ban on 'Padmavati'

Mumbai: Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal demanded a ban on the screening of the controversy-ridden film Padmavati in the State. Rawal has also written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding that the movie be shown to a committee of expert historians for scrutiny. “I have written a letter to the chief minister demanding a ban on the movie if it distorted historical facts,” the BJP