India must push for gas pipeline from Iran-Oman: Assocham

India must push for a trans-national deep water gas pipeline from Iran, passing through Oman but by-passing Pakistan, to feedstock the country’s power, fertilizer and steel plants in an environment-friendly and affordable way and for sustainable supply of the fuel, according to an Assocham study released on Tuesday. “An undersea pipeline between Iran-Oman-India will connect …

Mumbai journalists union condemns Lankesh’s murder

The Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists on Tuesday expressed shock and anger at the dastardly killing of veteran Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru this evening. In a statement here late on Tuesday night, it said Gauri Lankesh “has been a trenchant and courageous critic of Hindutva and casteist politics.” “Since last November, she has been …

Car of Italian mayor’s wife blown up in suspected Mafia attack

A blast totally destroyed a car owned by the wife of Fabio Scionti, the centre-left mayor of the Calabrian city of Taurianova early on Tuesday in a suspected act of mafia intimidation. The Toyota Yaris car was parked in the garden of the couple’s home when it exploded soon after midnight, police said. Scionti heard …

Guterres calls N Korea’s nuclear defiance ‘most serious crisis’ before world

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called North Korea’s defiant nuclear programme the “most serious crisis” the world faces and appealed to the fractured Security Council to unite to meet the threat. Speaking to reporters here, he warned that heated rhetoric could worsen the crisis and that even taking one step at a time …

Italy urges North Korea to end atomic programme

Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Tuesday called on North Korea to “immediately” halt its nuclear programme after it claimed to have carried out its sixth atomic bomb test at the weekend. “Pyongyang must immediately abandon the development of its nuclear and missile programme in a complete, verifiable and irreversible way,” Alfano said in phone …

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru (Fifth Lead)

Senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence, police said. She was 55. “She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m. as she was entering the house,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. …

Delhi businessman commits suicide after killing wife, son

A scrap dealer under depression for heavy business losses committed suicide after killing his wife and teenage son in west Delhi, police said on Tuesday. Police said the late Monday night crime came to light on Tuesday when scrap dealer Om Prakash’s elder son informed Nihal Vihar Police Station. Om Prakash, 45, was found hanging …

Make optimum use of waste-to-energy units: LG to Delhi civic bodies

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday said all three municipal corporations should use compactors for transportation of garbage, and solid waste should be processed by utilising excess expansion capacity of existing waste-to-energy plants. He also stressed on the need for processing entire solid waste generated in Delhi with specific timelines. For evolving a solution …

Government should go slow on public sector bank mergers: Raghuram Rajan (Lead)

Mergers can happen between healthy banks and not amongst weak ones and the central government should be careful in this regard, said Reserve Bank of India’s former Governor Raghuram G Rajan said on Tuesday. Answering a question raised in a function here, Rajan said one has to be careful while merging public sector banks as …

President assures full support for Women’s Reservation Bill

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday assured a delegation of women’s groups of full support for the speedy passage of the womens reservation bill as it sought his backing for gender equality in politics. The delegation updated Kovind on the present status of women in governance and the immediate passage of the bill. The President …

Alarmed over Gauri Lankesh’s death: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed alarm over the killing of senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh and demanded justice. “Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. We want justice,” Banerjee tweeted. Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at …

SC to examine whether CVC, VC met criteria of having impeccable integrity

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would examine whether a person appointed to the posts of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Vigilance Commissioners (VC) met the criteria of having “impeccable integrity”. A division bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice M.M. Shantanagoudar said: “The question is of impeccable integrity and not political favouritism. The …

Senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru (Fourth Lead, with Image)

Senior Kannada weekly tabloid Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence, police said. She was 55. “She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m.,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar told reporters …

Over 110 AIADMK legislators resolve to abide by CM’s decision

Over 110 legislators of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK attended a meeting held at the party headquarters here and agreed to abide by the decision of Chief Minister K.Palaniswami, a minister said. Fisheries Minister D.Jayakumar told media persons said a total of 111 legislators attended the meeting and have agreed to abide by the decision of …

Man held in Gurugram for impersonating as PMO official

A 53-year-old Gurugram resident holding a United States passport was arrested for impersonating as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official said on Tuesday. “Atul Kalsi of DLF Phase-1 here was arrested for impersonation on the complaint of the Divisional Commissioner’s staff and a case registered against him at the Civil Lines …

PKL-5: Haryana Steelers end Bengal Warriors’ unbeaten home run

Haryana Steelers snapped Bengal Warriors’ three-match unbeaten run at home with a 36-29 victory in a second Inter Zone Pro Kabaddi Challenge here at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. In-form home team raider Maninder Singh (14 raid points) continued his good show but his teammates let him down on a night …

Senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru (Third Lead, with Image)

Senior Kannada weekly tabloid Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence, police said. She was 55. “She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m.,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar told reporters …

NAB suspends over 100 volunteers’ service after Briton’s arrest

A day after British national Murray Denis Ward was arrested on the charge of sexually assaulting three blind children, the National Association for the Blind (NAB) said on Tuesday it has suspended services of over 100 volunteers. The NGO management said it was awaiting a status report from the Delhi Police on the matter before …

Normal life in Bengal hills remains affected, hand grenade found (Lead)

Normal life continued to be affected in most parts of West Bengal’s hills on Tuesday, the 83rd day of the GJM-called indefinite shutdown in support of Gorkhaland demand. During the day a hand grenade was found in Mirik area of Darjeeling. While shops, schools, and colleges in most parts of the hills remained closed, some …

‘Twenty suicide attempts since London fire’

At least 20 people who survived or witnessed the Grenfell Tower fire have since attempted suicide, media reports said. Silence of Suicide founder Yvette Greenway told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme the number was based on conversations with residents. Campaign group Justice4Grenfell said the volunteers had heard of 20 suicide attempts, but the BBC says …

Rohit Bal, Jaipur princess team up to support women empowerment, disabled

Ace designer Rohit Bal Aand Princess Divya Kumari of Jaipur have joined hands for inaugural edition of Nobility for Ability. The central themes of the event are Women Empowerment and the differently-abled. “Nobility for Ability” is the cornerstone event of the “For Ability India Trust” and will bring together like-minded individuals, organisations, stakeholders, advocates, influencers, …

Kolkata auditorium cancels booking for Bhagwat event (Lead)

Authorities at state-run auditorium Mahajati Sadan here have cancelled the booking for an October 3 programme which RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was scheduled to attend, an organising committee member said on Tuesday. “We booked the auditorium in June and furnished details of the programme. Sadan authorities informed us on Friday last that the facility could …

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru (Second Lead)

Senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence here, police said. “We learnt that the victim was shot dead from close range when she was standing at the gate of her house in Rajarajeswari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8.30 p.m.,” a senior …

HC seeks police, civic agencies response on posters ahead of DUSU polls

With election season officially beginning in Delhi University and posters being put up at almost every place in the campus, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from city police and civic agencies on a plea seeking a complete ban on the alleged defacement of public properties. A division bench headed by Acting Chief …