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Justice Bhagwati Prasad passes away

Ahmedabad: Former chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court Bhagwati Prasad passed away at a private yesterday, family sources said. He was 68. Prasad was admitted to the hospital yesterday after he suffered low blood pressure complications, they said, adding that the last rites will be performed tomorrow. He was the chairperson of the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) and had been the judge in the Rajasthan and Gujarat

2 men caught for misbehaving with airline staff

Hyderabad: A video of two drunk men allegedly misbehaving with a woman staffer of a private airline at the international airport here has surfaced, following which the two persons were booked for creating nuisance, the police has said. In the video, which has gone viral on various social media platforms, the woman is seen confronting the duo and taking them to the police outpost at the airport. The men were

Woman held for attacking shopkeeper in Thane

Thane: The police today arrested a 38-year-old woman here for allegedly attacking an elderly shopkeeper with a knife and throwing hot tea on him. The woman, residing at Vishnu Nagar in the city’s Naupada area, used to frequently visit the 74-year-old man’s shop to buy cigarettes but she seldom paid for it, senior police inspector C J Jadhav said. On 18 November, the woman came to the shop and bought

Siddharamaiah dismisses claims of Madhwaraj joining BJP

Mangaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah yesterday dismissed reported claim of BJP that state minister Pramod Madhwaraj was going to join the saffron party. The BJP was ‘purposefully’ spreading rumours about the Udupi district-in-charge Minister Madhwaraj joining the party. The minister himself had clarified several times that he would not join the BJP, the Chief Minister told reporters here. He was responding to a question in this regard. Madhwaraj and another

Woman tries to enter Ayyappa temple, questioned by cop

Sabarimala (Kerala): A 31-year-old woman yesterday made a vain attempt to enter the famous Lord Ayyappa Temple here, where female devotees in the 10-50 age group are not permitted. The woman, a resident of West Godavari district in Telangana, was picked up from ‘sannidhanam‘, the temple complex, police sources told PTI. She was questioned and her statement recorded, they said. According to the tradition of the temple, the entry of

Bedi asks Pondy govt to make people self reliant

Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi appealed to the territorial government to promote “self reliance” among people of the Union Territory by providing them easy access to assured health services and skill development centres. In her twitter handle, the former IPS officer said, “Biggest welfare scheme the people of Puducherry need the most is promotion of self reliance.” “This means gradually moving away from dependence on basic minimums to being

Bedi encounters protest by group of villagers

Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today faced protest at Pandasozhanallur village here by some locals who accused her of blocking the implementation of various government welfare programmes, a charge she denied. The incident occurred when Bedi, who has come under strong criticism from the ruling Congress over her style of functioning, was interacting with members of self-help groups in the village as part of her regular weekend field visits.

Left, BJP workers clash in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Activists allegedly belonging to the BJP tonight pelted stones at the CPI(M) district committee office here, even as clashes were reported in the district and in Kannur between workers of the two parties, police said. The incident happened a day after Mayor V K Prasant was attacked allegedly by BJP workers at the city corporation council here. Four women councillors and a staff member were injured in the melee

6 LeT ultras gunned down

Srinagar: Six top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist were gunned down in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday in an encounter in which a Garud commando of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was also killed. Among those killed include Obaid, nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and the son of Jamat-ud-Dawa second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki. Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of

Advisory on risks of e-smoking to be issued by Health Ministry

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry is planning to issue an advisory to all States on the health risks of electronic smoking, even as it is in a quandary over which legal provisions it should be banned under. The advisory is likely to mention that products such as e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), nicotine and flavoured hookah are extremely harmful to health and that they have not been approved

Get connected through social media: BSNL

Chennai: State-owned telecommunications company, BSNL is offering free rental service for the first month on bookings made via social media. A press note said that this offer is valid for one year and is applicable for booking of landline, broadband and fibre-to-the-home services and can be made via Twitter and Facebook. The release added that one can go and search on Google for ‘FB BSNL book now’ to get the