India

  • Sleaze CD case: Woman records statement before magistrate
    Bengaluru, March 30 (IANS): The woman who has accused former Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi of raping her twice, appeared before a magistrate here on Tuesday and recorded her statement in what has come to be known as the Sleaze CD case. Prior to her arrival at the court, her legal counsel Jagadesh K. N. Mahadev said his client will record her statement under the relevant provisions of law and that it cannot be revealed at this point of time. Since it emerged on March 2, the
  • Four Maoists held in Jharkhand, Rs 4.48 lakh seized
    Ranchi, March 30 (IANS): Four Maoist guerrillas were arrested on Tuesday along with Rs 4.48 lakh levy collected by them in Jharkhand's Latehar district. According to the police, there was information regarding the presence of Maoist guerrillas belonging to the Chotu Kharwar group near the Udaipur Chowk. Based on the tip-off, the police conducted raids and arrested three Maoists who have been identified as Upendra Yadav alias Bhupesh Yadav, Niranjan Yadav and Yogendra Yadav. T
  • Minor girl in UP sets herself ablaze after being molested
    Hamirpur (UP), March 30 (IANS): A 15-year-old girl set herself ablaze at a village in Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur district on Tuesday after allegedly being molested by a boy, police said. The girl has been rushed to Kanpur for advanced treatment as she has received severe burn injuries. Hamirpur Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh said that on Monday, the girl's family had beaten up the 16-year-old boy for allegedly molesting her. The victim's family had refuse
  • At 56,211, India records nearly 12K less new cases in a day
    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) India recorded 56,211 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 17 per cent lower than the day before, taking the total tally to 1,20,95,855 on Tuesday. On Monday, the country recorded 68,020 cases, the highest single-day spike in daily new cases since October 11, last year. Lower count of cases are a result of low testing. According to the ICMR, 24,26,50,025 samples have been tested up to March 28 with 7,85,864 samples being tested on Monday. On S
  • Hiran case: 2 accused sent to NIA custody till April 7
    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS): A special court here on Tuesday extended, till April 7, the NIA custody of a dismissed cop and a bookie arrested in connection with the death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran. The duo - jailed former cop currently on parole Vinayak Shinde and cricket bookie Naresh Gaud - was arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on March 21 and the case was subsequently taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on March 24. Seeking 10 days addit
  • NCP chief Sharad Pawar admitted to hospital
    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS): Sparking fresh health concerns, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, who has been unwell since Sunday, was rushed to the Breach Candy Hospital here after he developed fresh abdominal pains, a top party leader said on Tuesday. NCP spokesperson and Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said that Pawar, who was due to be taken to the hospital on Wednesday, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday "since he is experiencing some pain
  • Covid 2nd wave: Situation going from bad to worse, says V.K.Paul
    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS): The current coronavirus situation in the country is going from bad to worse with the surge in cases and the trends showing that the virus is still very active, NITI Aayog's Member (Health) V.K. Paul cautioned on Tuesday. Addressing the weekly press conference, Paul said: "As you have noticed in the last few weeks, the situation is becoming bad to worse. It is a serious cause of concern. In some states in particular, there is a huge cause of worry
  • LDF betrayed Kerala like Judas did to Jesus Christ: PM Modi
    New Delhi, March 30 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday targeted Kerala's ruling Left Democratic Front over the gold smuggling scam, saying the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led government "betrayed" the people of the state just as Judas did to Jesus for a few pieces of silver. He also slammed the LDF government on the manner in which it dealt with the agitation against the decision to implement a Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women in all age g
  • Former BJP leader found dead in a park
    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS): A former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was found dead at a park in West Delhi's Fateh Nagar on Monday evening. According to the police, the 58-year-old leader has been identified as Gurvinder Singh Bawa, former vice-president of the party's West Delhi unit. As per the police, Bawa's body was found hanging from a grill inside a park at around 6 pm on Monday evening. "Visitors to the park saw his body hanging and alerted the police
  • NC chief Farooq Abdullah tests positive for COVID-19
    Srinagar, March 30 (PTI) National Conference president and Lok Sabha member from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has tested positive for COVID-19, his son Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday. Omar urged everyone who came in contact with his father recently to get tested. "My father has tested positive for COVID-19 & is showing some symptoms," Omar, who is also vice president of the party, said in a tweet. "I will be self-isolating along with other family members until we
  • IMD predicts intense wet spell in NE, issues orange alert from March 30-31
    New Delhi, March 29 (PTI): The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange colour alert for Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for March 30-31 with a forecast of rains and thunderstorm over these northeastern states. It has also predicted an "intense wet spell" over northeast India until April 2. Under the influence of strong lower level southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal, fairly widespread to widespread rain with thundersto
  • 2 British-era cannons to adorn Mumbai garden
    MUMBAI, MARCH 29 (IANS): These two 3.10-metre long, 165-year-old steel cannons were among the scores of large guns which once protected the open-to-sea borders of Mumbai, but now, they will face inwards and deployed to enhance the beauty of the city's gardens. In an unique initiative, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to restore, refurbish and erect the two over 16-decades old cannons of the British East India Co. era in an east Mumbai suburban park soon.
  • 'So what?': MVA partners on Amit Shah-Pawar 'meeting'
    MUMBAI, MARCH 29 (IANS): Amid reports of an alleged secret meeting between Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar early on Sunday, Maharashtra's ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi on Monday rubbished the purported development and reiterated that the state government is safe and sound. Though leaders of all three constituents - the Shiv Sena, the NCP, and the Congress -- have denied any such behind-the-curtains parleys even took place, the oppo
  • Severe heatwave in Delhi, highest temperature in March since 1945, says IMD
    New Delhi, March 29 (PTI): The national capital reeled under a "severe" heatwave on the day of Holi as the maximum temperature shot up to 40.1 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day in March in 76 years, the India Meteorological Department said. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.1 degrees Celsius, eight notches more than the normal, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regiona
  • 3 Bangladeshis, Indian tout held while crossing into Bengal
    KOLKATA, MARCH 29 (IANS): Three Bangladeshi nationals, along with an Indian tout, have been apprehended while crossing the International Border into Indian territory in West Bengal, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Monday. On the basis of specific information, BSF's 78th Battalion caught the infiltrators in Murshidabad area of Border Out Post Boyraghat. "The Bangladeshi nationals and the Indian tout infiltrated Indian territory after illegally crossing of Internat
  • PM announces updated edition of exam warriors
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday delighted to announce about the updated edition of Exam Warriors, saying the fresh edition is enriched with valuable inputs from students, parents and teachers. He also said that substantive new parts have been added in the new edition of Exam Warriors that would especially interest the parents and teachers. "Let us all help our youngsters as they appear for their examinations!," the Prime Minister said
  • Lockdown not a solution for COVID-19 surge: Chandrakant Patil
    Pune, March 29 (PTI): A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked officials to prepare a plan for implementation of a lockdown, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said lockdown is not a solution for the rise in cases of coronavirus. Talking to reporters here after meeting Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, Patil said not the only BJP, but all traders and workers from unorganised sectors will oppose the lockdown. "Lockdown is not an answer to the inc
  • Virus scare dampens Holi mood in Punjab, Haryana
    Chandigarh, March 29 (PTI): Holi celebrations remained muted across Punjab and Haryana on Monday as people stayed indoors with the authorities prohibiting gatherings at public places due to the coronavirus scare. In Chandigarh too, people celebrated the festival at home as the administration prohibited the celebrations at public parks, Sukhna Lake and the Sector 17 Plaza. Clubs and hotels were also barred from holding any gathering. The restrictions had been imposed in the wake o
  • NE India likely to see widespread rainfall till April 2
    New Delhi, March 29 (IANS): Northeast India may see widespread rainfall with thunderstorms/lightning and gusty winds reaching 40-50 km per hour up to April 2, the Earth Sciences Ministry said on Monday. "Under the influence of strong lower level southwesterlies (winds) from the Bay of Bengal, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with thunderstorm/lightning at isolated places are very likely over Northeast India during 29th March-02nd April with maximum activity on 30th &
  • UP boy dies after phone battery explodes on his face
    MIRZAPUR, MARCH 29 (IANS): A 12-year-old boy died after his mobile battery exploded on his face. The incident took place over the weekend in Matwar village under Halia police circle. The tragic event took place when the he was testing the battery power after charging it with a 'jugaad' charger. The class 6 student, identified as Monu, died on the spot when the battery exploded on his face leading to severe facial injuries. Monu had put his mobile battery into a 'ju