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'Indian cities badly hit by pollution'

New Delhi: “There is a huge necessity for people in India to breathe fresh air. Cities like Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai are badly hit by air pollution. For them, our machine comes as a rescue that will even clean up the minute particles,” says Dyson’s chief engineer, Jake Dyson. He said this at the company’s launch of three new products – air purifier, V8 cord-free vacuum cleaner and hair dryer

Shravanabelagola maha kumbh begins today

Karnataka: Lakhs of devotees from all over the country and abroad are expected to gather at Shravanabelagola, the Jain pilgrimage centre, for Lord Bahubali’s ‘Mahamastakabhisheka’, a once in 12-year ritual, that begins today. The ceremony is an integral part of the ancient and composite Jain tradition at the pilgrimage centre. Rituals related to the Mahamastakabhisheka, or head anointment ceremony, were set in motion on 7 February by President Ram Nath

I am happy with SC verdict on Cauvery: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that though the Supreme Court verdict on the Cauvery issue was not as per the state’s appeal, he was happy with it as “we have got some relief”. Siddaramaiah also said he did not want to say that the verdict was a defeat for any state and noted that the apex court had only responded to ‘our difficulties.’ In his reaction, Siddaramaiah told

VP prefers traditional attire to bandh gala suit

Thiruvananthapuram: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has said he prefers his traditional attire to the bandh gala suit. After his elevation as Vice-President, Venkaiah said he was asked by some if he should not be wearing bandh gala suit since he was holding a constitutional post. “I said no change of dress, only change of address,” Venkaiah, who wears the traditional dhoti, said speaking at the 24th Sree Chithira Thirunal memorial lecture. “We should

Cong slams CPI(M) for murder of its YC leader

Thiruvananthapuram / Kannur: The Congress has sharpened the attack on the ruling CPI(M) over the murder of a Youth Congress functionary in Kannur and alleged that Taliban-style violence was carried out on their party worker. As part of intensifying the agitation against the ‘delay’ in arresting those behind the murder of Youth Congress functionary Shuhaib, senior party leader K Sudhakaran will observe a 48-hour fast from Monday. The Congress also said there was

VP cautions against mixing religion and politics

Thiruvananthapuram: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu cautioned against mixing religion with politics and said religion was “personal” and a “way of worship.” Closing temples in the name of caste is “totally wrong” and against the dharma, culture and the visions of the country, he said. Delivering the annual Sree Chithira Thirunal Memorial Lecture here, Naidu said “social justice” and “inclusion” were a part of the genesis of independent India and “we