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SC confirms fine on Mercedes for faulty airbags

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed luxury car maker Mercedes Benz India to deposit Rs 10 lakh with its registry as one of its cars, on having met with an accident, failed to trigger airbags. The airbags of the car failed to open during a head-on collision with a container truck in 2006 in which managing director of electrical company Crompton Greaves, who was travelling from Nasik to Mumbai

Karnataka doctors end indefinite strike

Bengaluru/Belagavi: Doctors protesting the proposed amendments to an act aimed at making them accountable for medical negligence today ended their indefinite strike, which had crippled health services in private hospitals and nursing homes, after an agreement with the government. The decision to call off the strike was taken at a meeting between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and representatives of doctors, who had intensified the stir yesterday, declaring it to be indefinite.

Fresh plea against 'Padmavati' in Supreme Court

New Delhi: A fresh plea has been moved in the Supreme Court to remove alleged objectionable scenes and registration of an FIR against the makers of upcoming Bollywood flick Padmavati. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea but refused urgent listing of the matter. The petitioner, advocate M L Sharma, who mentioned the matter for urgent

Pak NSA accuses India of creating two-front situation

Islamabad: National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua today accused India of creating a “two-front situation” for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability. His statement came during his talks with visiting Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German Ambassador Martin Kobler here. According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional

Karnataka assembly passes SC/ST promotions bill

Belagavi (Karnataka): The Karnataka Assembly yesterday unanimously passed a bill aimed at determination of seniority of government servants promoted on the basis of reservation to post of civil services of the State. Popularly known as “SC/ST promotions bill”, it is titled the ‘Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (to the post in the civil services of the state) Bill, 2017′. The government

Police use water cannon to disperse SDPI workers

Thiruvananthapuram: Police yesterday used teargas to disperse a group of SDPI activists when they marched to the secretariat here protesting alleged attacks on its workers by ruling CPIM cadres. Police fired teargas shells when the SDPI activists tried to break the police cordon late this evening, police said. The march was taken out to protest against the alleged attack on the SDPI ‘Campaign Jatha’ by CPI-M workers at Chavara at

Hasty GST implementation slowed economy: Manmohan

Kochi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday claimed the country’s economy slowed down due to hasty implementation of the GST soon after demonetisation by the NDA government and said he did not see any immediate recovery in sight. Addressing a public meeting organised by the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) here, Singh lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led government’s policies and described the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500

US Senators upset at Indian dry pea import tariff

Washington: A bipartisan group of eight influential Senators today sought the intervention of the Trump administration in “either reversal or delay” in the implementation of the recently announced 50 per cent import duty on all dry peas by India. In a joint letter to the US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the Senators from major dry pea producing American States of Montana, Idaho, North Dakota

Karni Sena to intensify stir if 'Padmavati' not banned

Coimbatore: The Shri Rajput Karni Sena threatened it will intensify its protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati if the film was not banned. Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi said Rani Padmavati’s depiction in the film was “totally distorted” and the Rajput community will not accept her “wrong” portrayal. “It is an insult to the culture of the community and the queen’s legacy,” he said. Gogamedi urged central and State

Manmohan wants Left to cooperate with Congress

Kochi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh yesterday urged the Left parties in India to cooperate with the Congress leadership at the national level to fight together against the wrong policies of the BJP-led Union government. “At the national level, are we going to oppose the BJP as a united front or whether CPI(M) will keep BJP and Congress at the same distance?” he said in his address at a public

2,093 POCSO cases registered in Kerala in 2016

Thiruvananthapuram: Over 2,000 cases were registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in Kerala last year. According to the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, police records from January-December 2016 show that as many as 2,093 POCSO cases were registered. The capital city Thiruvananthapuram topped the list with 256 cases, followed by Malappuram 241, Ernakulam 217 and Thrissur 190. Commission chairperson Shobha Koshy said