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PLA installing new early warning monitoring system along Indo-China border
NEW DELHI, May 25 (Agencies): To improve management of border defence, the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) has reportedly developed a new kind of equipment. As per sources in Indian security agencies, China has developed early warning monitoring system and is now installing these at Indo-China border for enhancing surveillance capacity. The new early warning monitoring system which has network-centric surveillance camera is capable of detecting any movement in and around border areas and can be used in all weather conditions. China is placing these systems at disputed border areas. As per an earlier report, the PLA has begun making use of advanced technology all along the Sino-India border. China is also using fabricated fortifications specially designed to shelter arms, equipme...
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Modi, Sheikh Hasina inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan
KOLKATA, May 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina - his Bangladeshi counterpart - inaugurated the Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan on Friday. Bangladesh Bhavan showcases the close ties between India and Bangladesh, and has a museum which highlights ties between the two countries, the Liberation War of 1971 and Rabindranath Tagore's close ties with Bangladesh. "India and Bangladesh are two separate countries, but our interests are connected. Be it culture or public policy, we learn a lot from each other. One such example is Bangladesh Bhavan," PM Modi said here. "We are constantly working on helping students here and elsewhere in the country. You all have the blessings of Gurudev." Built at a cost of Rs 25 crores, Bangladesh Bhavan is being regarded as symbolic...
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Nipah Virus
Kerala CM chairs high-level meet to review preventive measures
KERALA, May 25 (Agencies): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today chaired a high-level meeting to review the steps taken by the state government to contain the outbreak of Nipah virus, which has claimed 11 lives so far. Directions have been given to continue vigil and to strengthen the state's monitoring mechanism, besides increasing awareness about the virus and strengthening precautionary measures, a government press release said. Those who attended the meeting included state Health Minister K K Shylaja, Chief Secretary Paul Antony, the chief Minister's private secretary M V Jayarajan and Chief Principal Secretary to the CM, Nalini Netto. A committee led by the chief secretary will monitor the situation continuously. Ribavirin tablets, an anti-viral medicine are being distribut...
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Ramesh elected as speaker of Assembly as BJP withdraws nomination
BENGLURU, May 25 (Agencies): With a hope for an end to the turmoil in Karnataka over government formation, newly sworn-in Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is going to face a floor test on Friday to prove his majority. Congress MLA K R Ramesh Kumar was today elected Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly unopposed, after senior BJP leader Suresh Kumar withdrew his nomination. Ramesh Kumar was the Speaker of the House from 1994 to 1999. He will conduct the floor test Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will face later today to prove his majority in the house. "We withdrew (nomination of BJP candidate) as we wanted the election to be unanimous in order to maintain dignity of the Speaker's post," BJP's BS Yeddyurappa said in the assemby. With the support of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition...
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Delhi CS Assault Case
Police Question Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
NEW DELHI, May 25 (Agencies): The Delhi Police on Friday reached Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's residence to question him in connection with the case of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's alleged assault. Sisodia was on Wednesday sent a notice to join the probe, days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was questioned for over three hours in connection with the matter. In a reply to the Delhi Police, Sisodia said that he will be joining the investigation on Friday at 4.30 pm, they said, adding the proceedings will be video recorded, they said. "You (Sisodia) are required to attend investigation and be available at your residence/office on May 25 at 11 am. In the event, such timing is not convenient to you due to official exigencies, kindly intimate an alternate time," ...
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12-year-old boy gets stuck in apartment lift in Hyderabad, dies
HYDERABAD, May 25 (Agencies): A 12-year-old boy died after getting stuck in a lift in an apartment in Hyderabad. The incident took place on Wednesday when the boy who worked for newspaper delivery had entered the elevator to drop newspapers in an apartment complex at Barkatpura. "It is suspected that after delivering the papers he came down and again went inside the lift from ground floor when he got stuck between the grill door and wall and sustained injuries in the incident and died," a police official attached to Kachiguda police station said. A police officer informed that the lift has two doors, one on the outside and a grill inside with a small gap between the two. He said that after closing the grill, the boy came out and then suddenly turned back to enter the lift again by att...
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ISI training jail inmates in Pak to target Indian Army: Sources
NEW DELHI, May 25: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence may be training jail inmates across the country on how to target Indian Army installations, sources have revealed to Zee News. It has been learnt that ISI - notorious for its operations against India - is preparing dacoits and robbers languishing in Pakistani jails for localised attacks on Indian Army posts across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. For these operations, the entire training and providing of required weapons would be taken care of by ISI. Once deemed ready, they could be used for actions undertaken by the country's Border Action Team (BAT). In return for their 'services', the inmates have been promised reduced jail times and cash incentives - but with a catch. Compensation in the form of lesser time in prison, as well a...
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Rupani's government to perform 41 'yajnas' in 33 districts to appease rain god
GANDHINAGAR, May 24 (Agencies): The Vijay Rupani-led BJP government in Gujarat has decided to seek divine intervention for good rains this monsoon. According to reports, the state government has decided to hold 41 'parjanya yagnas' to appease the rain god (Lord Indra) and the water god (Lord Varun). The 'yagnas' will be held on May 31 across 33 districts and eight major cities of Gujarat, as per reports. The decision to hold yajnas has been taken at a time when the soaring temperature is making the life miserable for ordinary people and the water resources of the state are also drying up fast. The state government had recently undertaken a month-long drive to de-silt and deepen rivers, lakes, pond, canals and other water bodies to harvest more rainwater during the forthcoming monsoon s...
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Furious Mamata reprimands DGP Raju for making her 'walk a few metres'
WEST BENGAL, May 24 (Agencies): Soon after arriving for Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was furious. An angry Trinamool Congress chief reprimanded Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Neelamani Raju as she had to reportedly walk a few metres. In a video shared by news agency ANI, Mamata can be seen expressing her displeasure to the DGP. Not just to the senior police officer, Mamata also went ahead and made her discontent visible when she met former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy at the dais. Both the JDS leaders can be seen greeting Mamata with folded hands as she reportedly complains to them about having made to walk. Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spo...
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Maharashtra LC election results 2018
Sena, BJP win 2 seats each, NCP bags 1
MUMBAI, May 24 (Agencies): The Shiv Sena and the BJP have won two seats each while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has bagged one seat in the five seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council elections, th evoting for which was held on May 21. Shiv Sena has won from Parbhani-Hingoli Legislative Constituency. Shiv Sena's Viplav Bajoriya defeated Congress candidate Suresh Deshmukh by a margin of 256 votes. The party also has also won in Nashik. Shiv Sena's Narendra Darade defeated NCP's Shivaji Sahane by over 190 votes. BJP's Pravin Pote bagged the Amravati seat defeating Congress leader Anil Madhopadiya. Of the total polling in Amaravati, 488 were deemed valid. Anil Madhopadiya of Congress only got 17 votes while the BJP candidate bagged 458 votes. BJP also won the Wardha-Chandrapur-G...
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Like Akhilesh, Mulayam asks for two years to vacate govt bungalow
New Delhi, May 24 (Agencies): After son Akhilesh Yadav asked for two years to vacate the official government bungalow allotted to him, former SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav too followed suit and sought permission of the same duration to move from his government bungalow. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had ordered that CM's of Uttar Pradesh will have to vacate their government bungalows once their tenure in office comes to an end. The decision was taken by the apex court while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Lokprahari. The plea had challenged the decision of the government to allot official bungalows to Chief Ministers after their tenure in the office got over. Former CM Akhilesh - who suffered a humiliating drubbing in the last state elections, sought two...
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Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka CM, Parameshwara deputy CM
Bengaluru, May 23 (Agencies): A JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy was sworn-in on Wednesday in Karnataka at a ceremony attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders and chief ministers. Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD(S) supremo and former PM HD Deve Gowda, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at 4:30 pm in front of the Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the government in Bengaluru. A huge stage had been erected in front of the majestic stone building for the ceremony. Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara took oath as the deputy chief minister and Congress' Ramesh Kumar, a former minister, is the new Assembly speaker. The Congress will have 22 ministers and JD(S) 12 in Kumaraswamy's Cabinet. The floor test is slated for Frida...
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JDU leader Pragati Mehta’s wife commits suicide, no note found
GIDHAUR, May 23 (Agencies): The wife of Janata Dal United (JDU) spokesperson and media in-charge Pragati Mehta has committed suicide reportedly by hanging herself from a ceiling fan inside her paternal house in Gidhaur in Jamui district. Mehta’s wife Khushboo Kumari took the extreme step on Tuesday night. According to reports, after the family had its dinner on Tuesday night, other members went to the terrace to sleep whereas Khushboo went to a room along with her daughter. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan at around 4 am on Tuesday. The police were informed immediately and an investigation was initiated into the case. The cause of the JDU leader’s wife committing suicide is yet to be ascertained. Family members have claimed that everything seemed normal with her, and they...
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India behind Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China in healthcare, marginally ahead of Pakistan
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare, behind its neighbours like China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, according to a Lancet study. The Global Burden of Disease study, however, mentioned that India has seen improvements in healthcare access and quality since 1990. In 2016, India's healthcare access and quality scored at 41.2 (up from 24.7 in 1990). "Although India's improvements on the (healthcare access and quality) HAQ index hastened from 2000 to 2016, the gap between the country's highest and lowest scores widened (23?4-point difference in 1990, and 30.8-point difference in 2016)," the study stated. It said that Goa and Kerala had the highest scores in 2016, each exceeding 60 points, whereas Assam a...
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Nipah virus: AIIMS team camps in Kerala, Health Minister calls for calm
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencie): With 10 deaths reported from Kerala and two more being suspected as cases being related to Nipah virus, Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday said that all measures are being taken to contain the epidemic. The deadly Nipah virus has claimed at least 10 lives in Kerala in the last two days and is threatening to spread to other states like Maharashtra and Goa. Teams from AIIMS and National Centre for Disease Control have been camping in Kerala and Nadda said he is contantly in touch with them. "Spoke with both Director NCDC and AIIMS team camping in Kerala. Instructed them to leave no stone unturned in terms of proactively countering the nipah virus threat," he tweeted early morning Wednesday. "I urge everyone to stay alert and avoid rumours." Hospitals ...
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Mercury soars in Delhi, IMD warns of heatwave conditions
NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): The National Capital Region (NCR) is on the cusp of an intense heatwave condition with Tuesday's temperature in Delhi's Palam reaching the 46C mark. And there is no relief in sight. The Met office has warned that the heatwave conditions in Delhi are likely in the next few days and that the mercury would settle around the 44C mark for most parts of the week. Locals have been advised to avoid going out in the heat unless absolutely necessary. The peak time between noon and 1500hrs is especially harsh on the body and medical experts have urged people to wear light-coloured clothes, drink plenty of water, avoid food cooked outside and eat light. While the month of May usually sees high temperatures, Tuesday's reading was a two-year high. Several parts of north...
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Anti-Sterlite protests On second day of violence, police firing kills one
Tuticorin, May 23 (Agencies): Despite the massive backlash against the use of force against protestors in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin on Tuesday, forces once again resorted to firing live rounds - killing one and injuring two on Wednesday afternoon. Demanding closure of a copper plant of Sterlite Industries, a three-month-long protest reached the tipping point on Tuesday when a group of 5000 clashed with security forces. At least 11 people died in preventive firing - inviting nation-wide outrage. Nonetheless, similar measures were once again adopted by police personnel on Wednesday when another round of firing - this time in Thoothukudi's Anna Nagar - resulted in one protestor being killed. While it is not clear if the person killed was part of protests, ground reports suggest police did res...
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Perceived as kingmaker, Kumaraswamy becomes the king
BENGLURU, May 23 (Agencies): “I will be the king and not the kingmaker,” H D Kumaraswamy had said in the run up to the Karnataka polls. His words proved prophetic as the 58-year-old Vokkaliga leader on Wednesday wore the crown despite his Janata Dal-Secular finishing a poor third in the electoral battlefield. On the margins of Karnataka politics for a decade, Kumaraswamy, the third son of JD-S supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, was widely tipped to play a supporting role in government formation, but nobody gave him even an outside chance of landing on the chief minister’s chair. As the counting of votes progressed on May 15, and it became clear that there would be no straight winner in the three-horse race for power, fate smiled on Kumaraswamy. A badly bruised Congres...
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5 incidents of stone pelting since ceasefire
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): Only five incidents of stone pelting were reported in Jammu and Kashmir in the first five days of suspension of operations by the government forces, an official said today, citing an assessment by security agencies. The count is from May 17 to May 21, an official said. This is down from 92 incidents of stone pelting in the first five days of April this year when operations against militants by forces were fully on, he said. Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid also said today that the "Ramzan ceasefire" has been successful thus far. "The initiative of Hon'ble PM has helped in general improvement in law & order. The situation especially in south Kashmir has eased & is serving as confidence Building Measure for families who want their boys to return back...
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Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka CM
Why anti-BJP leaders are expected as audience
Bengaluru, May 22 (Agencies): Bengaluru is prepping up for what promises to be a swearing-in ceremony like no other. Even as HD Kumaraswamy of JDS takes oath as Karnataka CM on Wednesday, the spotlight is likely to keep oscillating from one leader to another. After all, several regional leaders are expected to be present in what may well be a statement of intent directed towards the NDA government at the centre. After a week of tussle for power between BJP and the JDS-Congress combine, the political thriller in Karnataka culminated with BS Yeddyurappa tendering his resignation due to lack of majority and HD Kumaraswamy emerging as the kingmaker who snatched the throne. His 'coronation' - otherwise known as swearing-in ceremony in democracy - will be attended by several key political figu...
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Congress' G Parameshwara to take oath as Karnataka DyCM today
BENGLURU, May 22 (Agencies):: Congress leader and president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, G Parameshwara will take oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow. Congress' KR Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker of the Karnataka's Vidhana Soudha. The swearing-in ceremony of JD(S)' HD Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister of Karnataka will be held Wednesday, after which the Congress-JD(S) coalition will have to prove majority in a floor test. While the swearing-in was earlier expected to take place on Monday, it got pushed to May 23 due to the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "Congress-JDS leaders met and discussed about the cabinet formation, out of 34 ministries, 22 ministries will go with Congress Party and 12 ministries, including CM will...
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Rise up students, your future is at risk
Rahul launches fresh attack on Modi, RSS
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): Congress president Rahul Gandhi has once again launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), alleging a plan by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government to appoint officers of the choice of the right-wing body in central services. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the Congress president posted a letter by the government which calls for examining “if service allocation/cadre allocation to probationers selected on the basis of Civil Services Examination be made after Foundation Course”. The letter further says, “Examine the feasibility of giving due weightage to the performance in the Foundation Course and making service allocation as well as cadre allocation to All India Service Officers,...
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Yeddyurappa writes to EC, alleges irregularities in Karnataka polls
Bengaluru, May 22 (Agencies): Former Karnataka chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa has alleged irregularities in the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly elections. The Lingayat strongman has written a letter to the Central Election Commission in this regard. The BJP leader, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 17 but resigned just before taking the trust vote, said that several irregularities were brought to the notice of officials concerned before the Karnataka Assembly elections, but no cognisance was taken of the same. “This is not the first time that irregularities in the conduct of elections were brought to the notice of Election Commission and officials holding elections at ground level. Prior to polling we brought many suc...
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Delhi minorities commission issues notice to JNU on proposed 'Islamic terrorism' course
NEW DELHI, May 22 (Agencies): The Delhi Minorities Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to the registrar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) seeking to know the reason behind a varsity proposal to start a course on 'Islamic terrorism'. Taking suo motu cognisance of reports about the proposed course, the Commission has asked the registrar to explain on what basis the course on Islamic terror is being started by the university, said Zafarul Islam Khan, the commission's chairman. The JNU Academic Council "passed" a proposal to set up a Centre for National Security Studies under which there would be a course on "Islamic terrorism", said a professor who attended the meeting said last week. The DMC has asked the JNU administration to reply whether there is any concept paper or proposa...
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Anti-Sterlite protest in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin turns violent, at least 9 killed
Tuticorin, May 22 (Agencies): Nine people have been killed in the protest in Tuticorin demanding a ban on Sterlite Industries in the wake of the pollution created by them, as per news agency ANI. The month-long protest demanding the closure of Vedanta Sterlite Copper unit took a violent turn on Tuesday with agitators pelting stones and toppling police vehicles after they were prevented from marching towards the plant. Police said section 144 of CrPc has been invoked in and around the Sterlite unit to provide security to it as per the orders of the Madras High Court. However, angered over not being allowed to take out a rally, the slogan-shouting protesters forcibly tried to push back the security personnel in riot gear. They then started hurling stones at police and also overturned a veh...
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