Torchlight parade, fireworks brings curtains down on Mysuru Dasara

A dazzling torchlight parade with laser display and spectacular fireworks in the sprawling Bannimantap Grounds here brought curtains down on the world famous 10-day Mysuru Dasara festival on Saturday night. Thousands of people, including visitors from across the country, were treated to a visual delight by about 300 police personnel on horses and motorcycles, with …

Top-50 shuttlers to get direct entry in National quarterfinals: BAI President

Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that the World Top-50 shuttlers will get direct entry into the national quarterfinals. “It will be mandatory for all the top ranked players to participate in the event. Those players who are in the world top-50, would get a direct entry into quarter-finals. …

Meghalaya legislator accused of beating up constituent

A Parliamentary Secretary in Meghalaya has been accused of assaulting two of his constituents for questioning him over the poor development situation in his assembly constituency, a police official said on Saturday. Samuel M. Sangma, the Independent legislator from Baghmara and a supporter of the Congress-led government, had allegedly beat up Freedom Marak. “Though, the …

Dussehra celebrated in Bengal

Dussehra, the Hindu festival signifying the victory of good over evil, was celebrated across West Bengal on Saturday. Effigies of Ravana, Meghnada and Kumbhakarana were torched at various places, including the Salt Lake Central Park, to mark the celebrations. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to wish the people on the festival.

AAP burns effigies of ‘evil of price rise’ in Delhi, elsewhere

Protesting against what it said was “skyrocketing” inflation and high petrol prices, AAP workers on Saturday burnt effigies representing the “evil of price rise” to coincide with Dussehra celebrations, the Aam Aadmi Party said. An AAP statement said such effigies were burnt in all 272 municipal wards in Delhi, as well as in some other …

DMRC defends fare hike, Kejriwal demands it be put on hold (Roundup)

Even as the DMRC defended another fare hike by saying its input costs had gone up, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged the Centre to direct Delhi Metro to withhold the “unjustified” proposed increase from October 10. In a letter to Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Kejriwal urged him to direct …

Thackeray avoids rocking government but blasts Modi at Dussehra rally

Contrary to speculation, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray avoided rocking the Maharashtra government, and remained content with making a sharp attack at ally Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Dussehra speech here on Saturday. As the massive crowds and all top party office-bearers waited with bated breath for a dramatic announcement, …

Hafiz Saeed sends Pakistan Foreign Minister Rs 100 mn defamation notice

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed’s legal team has sent a Rs 100 million defamation notice to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif for his remarks at the Asia Society forum in New York earlier this week. Asif, who told the forum that Pakistan was not to blame for militant outfits in the country, had said: “Don’t blame …

Kuwait commutes 15 Indians’ death sentence to life

The death sentence handed to 15 Indians in Kuwait has been commuted to life imprisonment, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday as she thanked the country’s ruler for the gesture. “The Emir of Kuwait has been pleased to commute the sentence of 15 Indian nationals from death to life imprisonment,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted. …

RSS-VHP organise ‘Shastra Puja’ across Bengal

The Vishva Hindu Parishad and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Saturday organised ‘Shastra Puja’ (weapon worship) in various blocks and districts in West Bengal on Vijaydashmi, informed sources said. The ritual was held mostly indoors and at some places within enclosed premises, the sources said. While the RSS said it held the ritual at held at …

Direct Delhi Metro to withhold fare hike, Kejriwal urges centre

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri to direct Delhi Metro to withhold the “unjustified” fare hike till its decision is jointly reviewed by the Central and Delhi governments. In his letter to Puri, Kejriwal demanded that a board meeting of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) should …

President, PM urge people to adopt values from Lord Rama’s life (Lead)

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the people to adopt values reflected by Lord Rama’s life in their lives to create a better society, as Dussehra was celebrated across the country with zeal. Speaking at the ground adjacent to Delhi’s Red Fort, President Kovind said the ideals of Lord …

Vijaya Dashami celebrated across India, PM asks citizens to get inspired from festivals (Roundup)

Vijaya Dashmi, or Dussehra, marking the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and symbolising the triumph of good over evil, was celebrated with fervour across the country on Saturday. In New Delhi, before burning the effigy of Ravana at the Subhash Maidan opposite Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted the citizens to see festivals …

Selangor CM expresses interest in collaboration with India

The Chief Minister of Selangor, Malaysia, expressed his state’s interest in collaboration with India in the field of bio-technology, ICT, life sciences, transport and logistics, a Commerce and Industry Ministry statement said here on Saturday. According to the statement, the Chief Minister of Selangor Mohamed Azmin Bin Ali, along with a 10-member delegation of the …

There will be no problem between Ronaldo and Real, says Zidane

Real Madrid football club coach Zinedine Zidane on Saturday preferred not to comment on the message star forward Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to send to club president Florentino Perez about his contract’s renewal. In an interview after winning 3-1 over German Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo was asked about the renewal and said …

Real Madrid look to get back to winning ways at home to Espanyol

Real Madrid aim to break their Santiago Bernabeu hoodoo in the Liga Santander football league for this season when they entertain Espanyol in front of their fans on Sunday evening. Real Madrid’s home form in the league this season has been worrying with draws against Valencia and Levante and a defeat to Betis leaving them …

Tillerson: US in direct contact with North Korea (Lead)

The US is in “direct contact” with the North Korean government over its missile and nuclear tests, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday. He said Washington was “probing” the possibility of talks with Pyongyang, “so stay tuned”, the New York Times reported. “We have lines of communications to Pyongyang,” he said during a …

Indian-origin ‘chicken king’ to face inquiry over hygiene standards

An Indian-origin founder of Britain’s 2 Sisters Food Group — the largest supplier of chicken to supermarkets in the country — is facing a parliamentary inquiry after an undercover investigation revealed poor hygiene standards and safety dates of chicken being allegedly manipulated in his factory. Ranjit Singh Boparan’s 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG), which owns …

Short circuit disrupts devotees’ entry to Durga Puja marquee for hours (Lead)

Hundreds of devotees and visitors failed to gain entry to the much-talked Durga Puja at Santosh Mitra Square here for several hours on Saturday after an apparent electrical short circuit triggered a scare, though entry later resumed after a go-ahead from the Kolkata police. The police nod came after Public Works Department authorities gave the …

Rape accused ex-Minister fails to surrender in court, as promised

Punjab’s former Akali Minister Sucha Singh Langah on Saturday failed to surrender in a court, as promised a day earlier after the registration of a rape case against him. Langah — who was booked on Friday on charges of rape, criminal intimidation, and cheating on the complaint of a woman working with Punjab Police — …

Hamilton claims pole position in Malaysia as Vettel to start from last

Formula one World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who struggled to be on par with the Ferrari’s during the practice session, claimed the pole position in the Malaysia Grand Prix on Saturday, while his major rival Sebastian Vettel got eliminated from the qualifying session due to an engine problem. Hamilton delivered a lap time of one …