CPI-M worker murdered in Kannur, RSS activist killed in retaliation (Lead)

A CPI-M worker was on late Monday slashed to death by RSS activists at Palloor near here, the Left party alleged. An RSS worker was soon attacked in retaliation and has succumbed to her injuries, officials said. In a press statement issued by its Kannur unit, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said that the …

Microsoft determined to protect customers’ data: Satya Nadella (Lead)

At a time when data privacy is making headlines the world over, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday reiterated that the company is determined to ensure consumers’ data and is building secure solutions towards preserving data privacy. Delivering the keynote address here on the first day of Microsoft’s “Build 2018” developers’ conference, he said it …

Caretaker government and fresh elections, says Italian President (Lead)

Italian lawmakers must accept a caretaker government that will administer a revote, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella said on Monday after his last-ditch talks with political leaders failed to broker a deal on a viable government. The cabinet of centre-left Premier Paolo Gentiloni cannot continue in office “as it represents a parliamentary majority that no longer …

Caretaker government and fresh elections, says Italian President (Lead)

Italian lawmakers must accept a caretaker government that will administer a revote, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella said on Monday after his last-ditch talks with political leaders failed to broker a deal on a viable government. The cabinet of centre-left Premier Paolo Gentiloni cannot continue in office “as it represents a parliamentary majority that no longer …

ICICI co-operating with regulatory, investigative agencies: Kochhar (Lead)

More than a month after nepotism allegations against her, ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar on Monday said that the private lender works under and abides by all regulatory norms and that it has been fully cooperating with regulatory and investigative agencies. Kochhar was addressing a press conference to announce the company’s earning results …

NIA gets 10 day custody of Pakistani militant

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has got 10 days custody of Pakistani militant namely Zabiullah alias Hamza and is questioning him, officials said on Monday. Zabiullah, a resident of Pakistan’s Multan, had escaped during a gunfight with security forces at Halmatpora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupawara district on the intervening night of March 20 this …

Aiyar says Savarkar was first proponent of two-nation theory

Suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Monday kicked off yet another controversy by saying that Hindu Mahasabha leader V.D. Savarkar was first proponent of two-nation theory and added that he invented the term “Hindutva” to create religious divide in the society. His remark come at time when Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s portrait at the Aligarh …

No action on rape threat plaint, MP ex-CM’s relative resigns

A woman doctor related to former Madhya Pradesh S.C Shukla has resigned from her government job after authorities and police allegedly failed to act on her complaint about rape threats issued by anti-social elements linked to the ruling BJP, a Congress leader said on Monday. Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh said that the resignation of …

Italian President holds last-ditch talks on a government

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella on Monday began a final round of talks with party leaders aimed at forming a coalition government after the inconclusive March 4 national election led to political deadlock. Mattarella on Monday held final talks with the conservative coalition – including Forza Italia, the far-right League party and the rightwing Brothers of …

Injured in stone-pelting, tourist succumbs in Srinagar hospital (Lead)

A tourist from Chennai, injured in stone pelting on Srinagar-Gulmarg road on Monday, succumbed to critical injuries in a hospital here, police said. The tourist, identified as R. Thirumani, 22, son of Rajwali, of Chennai was injured when stone pelters attacked a tourist vehicle in Narbal area on Srinagar-Gulmarg road. “He was shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir …

Women panchayat candidate in Bengal threatened, seeks NCW’s help

A women candidate, contesting the upcoming panchayat elections in West Bengal, has been threatened to withdraw her nomination and has sought help from the National Commission for Women (NCW), the apex women’s body said on Monday. According to the NCW, the complainant, a resident of Shantipur town in Nadia district, approached it last week. “The …

Injured in stone-pelting, tourist succumbs in Srinagar hospital

A tourist from Chennai, injured in stone pelting on Srinagar-Gulmarg road on Monday, succumbed to critical injuries in a hospital here, police said. The tourist, identified as R. Thirumani, 22, son of Rajwali, of Chennai was injured when stone pelters attacked a tourist vehicle in Narbal area on Srinagar-Gulmarg road. “He was shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir …

Siddaramaiah serves Rs 100 cr defamation notice to Modi, Shah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday served a Rs 100-crore legal notice on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and party’s state unit chief B.S. Yeddyurappa for alleged defamatory speeches and advertisements against him in the media. The BJP leaders will have to face civil and criminal action and pay damages of Rs …

Committee formed to revise ‘inadequate’ Rajya Sabha rules (Lead)

A two-member committee to revise the rules and procedure of conduct of business in the upper House of Parliament has been formed by Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma said on Monday. The two-member committee would be headed by former Rajya Sabha Secretary General V.K. Agnihotri, while S.R. …

Five-Judge SC bench to hear plea against rejection of impeachment notice (Second Lead)

A five-Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a plea by two Congress Rajya Sabha members against house Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to reject a notice on the impeachment motion against apex court’s Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice …

Thunderstorms likely in NCR including Rohtak, Jind

Thunderstorm with light rain and strong winds is expected in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Jind, Rohtak and Bhiwani, the weather office warned late Monday evening. “Thunderstorms with light rain and strong winds would occur over NCR, including Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Narnaul, during the next two hours,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) …

Microsoft hell-bent to protect customers’ data: Satya Nadella

At a time when data privacy is making headlines the world over, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday reiterated that the company is determined to ensure consumers’ data and is building secure solutions towards preserving data privacy. Delivering the keynote address here on the first day of Microsoft’s “Build 2018” developers’ conference, he said it …

Water given to TN under distress formula, need rest for drinking, Karnataka tells SC

Karnataka on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has already released the Cauvery water that Tamil Nadu was entitled to under the “distress formula” due to deficient rainfall and needed remaining water for drinking purposes in Bengalauru and the areas falling under its part of the Cauvery basin. In view of this, it was …

Despite ankle sprain, Ronaldo to play in Champions League final

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to play in the Champions League final later this month against Liverpool despite suffering a slight sprain to his right ankle over the weekend, sources from the capital football club said on Monday. The Portugal forward sustained his injury on Sunday while scoring Real’s first goal in …