BJP to protest JD-S, Congress forming government in Karnataka

Unfazed by the fall of its 3-day government last week in Karnataka, a defiant BJP’s state unit will protest across the state on Wednesday against the formation of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government, said a party official on Tuesday. “As the Congress-JD-S alliance hijacked the people’s mandate and formed an unholy alliance to form …

Congress’ Parameshwara to be Karnataka Deputy CM (Second Lead)

The Congress’ Karnataka President G. Parameshwara would be the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government, a party leader said on Tuesday. “Party President Rahul Gandhi has approved the name of Parameshwara for the Deputy Chief Minister post in the coalition government,” Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal told reporters here. Parameshwara will …

Ghaziabad official threatens civic body chief with pistol

The tussle between Ghaziabad’s Khoda Municipality chairperson and its Executive Officer turned ugly on Tuesday when the chairperson and her representative sought to inspect some files but the official refused, and allegedly threatened them with a pistol, police said. Both parties have lodged complaints with police against each other. Executive Officer K.K. Bhadana, in his …

Hardik calls Patidar Nyay Panchayat, invites BJP and Congress legislators

In a bid to revive the Patel quota stir, its leader Hardik Patel has invited legislators from the community in the ruling BJP and opposition Congress to attend a Patidar mahapanchayat to decide the future course of action. In letters addressed to state BJP president Jitu Vaghani and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Paresh Dhanani, …

Akal Takht sets up Sikh Censor Board to review films on community

After a few Bollywood films ran into trouble with a section of the Sikhs over the depiction of the community, the Akal Takht on Tuesday announced the setting up of a ‘Sikh Censor Board’. The board will have 21 members, including Sikh clergy and experts. Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar (chief) of the Akal Takht — the …

Hindu College hasn’t applied for autonomy, says Principal

Facing with protests from students and teachers, Delhi University’s Hindu College on Tuesday clarified that it has not applied for autonomy. “No, we have not applied (for autonomy),” college Principal Anju Srivastava told IANS in an sms. A group of Leftist students earlier in the morning had picketed the college, alleging it had reached out …

TN sets up judicial inquiry into Toothukudi firing

The Tamil Nadu government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the police firing in the state’s Toothukudi on Tuesday which left nine people, including a girl, dead. The inquiry will be conducted by a retired judge. The firing came as ongoing anti-Sterlite protests turned violent with thousands of people from nearby areas allegedly attacking the …

RTI on Modi’s BA degree: Activists ‘want to prevent wrong interpretation of Act’

Three activists on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that they want to prevent a wrong interpretation of Right to Information (RTI) Act while opposing Delhi University’s action of rejection of an RTI application seeking inspection of records of students who had passed the BA degree exam in 1978, the year when, as per the …

Congress leader seeks structural audit of Goa bridges

In the wake of collapse of an under-construction flyover in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi district that claimed 15 lives, the Congress on Tuesday demanded a thorough structural audit of two under-construction bridges across major rivers in Goa. In a letter to Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, former state Congress president Shantaram …

Digvijaya, Jyotiraditya to head coordination, campaign panels for MP polls

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday announced Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiradiya Scindia would head the Coordination Committee and Election Campaign Committee respectively for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly elections. Apart from the former Chief Minister, the Coordination Committee will have 12 other members, including Mahesh Joshi, Rameshwar Neekhra and Mujeeb Qureshi, as per a party …

IO suspended, three HPS officials face action in divorcee’s case

Five police officers, including three Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs), face action following complaint filed by a divorcee in a district court and after the intervention of the Haryana DGP, an officer said on Tuesday. “Sub-Inspector Babu Lal has been suspended while a departmental inquiry has been ordered against the SHO concerned,” a senior police …

Telangana CM to skip Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said he would not be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister-designate H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday. “Due to prior engagements, I will not be attending the swearing-in ceremony. I extend my good wishes and congratulations to the JD-S leaders,” Rao told …

India’s first robotic excision of tumor in child at Ganga Ram Hospital

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Tuesday said it had carried out the country’s first successful robotic surgery on a child to remove a tumour of from an adrenal gland that was causing very high blood pressure and other medical problems. “To the best of our knowledge, it is the first such reported case of robotic …

Congress’ Parameshwara to be Karnataka Deputy CM (Lead)

The Congress’ Karnataka President G. Parameshwara would be the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government, a party leader said on Tuesday. “Party President Rahul Gandhi has approved the name of Parameshwara for the Deputy Chief Minister post in the coalition government,” Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal told reporters here. Parameshwara will …

Police assault BJP councillor’s son, kin; 3 suspended

An Assistant Sub-Inspector and two Constables were suspended on Tuesday for assaulting the son and relatives of a BJP Councillor at the Krishna Nagar Police Station in East Delhi, police said. Departmental action has also been started against Assistant Sub-Inspector Subhash and Constables Monu and Amit, a senior officer confirmed. Ronak Maheshwari, a relative of …

Unable to send daughter abroad, debt-ridden Gujarat man kills family

A debt-ridden businessman in Ahmedabad shot dead his wife and two daughters on Tuesday after an argument over sending the elder daughter to Australia for higher studies, police said. Dharmesh Shah, 50, owns a construction business and lived with his wife and daughters at an upmarket area of the city, according to police. Shah was …

Major scam in water conservation plans: Gujarat Congress

Paresh Dhanani, the Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly, on Tuesday alleged a major scam by the BJP government in the water conservation schemes carried out in the state since 2006 until recently. The Congress leader has alleged that thousands of crores of people’s hard earned money found its way into Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) …

SC no to urgently hear plea against Congress-JD-S invite to form government

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused urgent hearing on a plea filed by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite the alliance of the Congress and the JD-S to form a government in the state. The petition was mentioned before a bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice …

At 46 degrees, Delhi gripped by heat wave, scorching week ahead (Lead)

A heat wave officially struck the national capital on Tuesday with the city seeing a maximum of 44 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average, and some regions sizzling at 46 degrees while an unrelenting summer sun scorched the NCR and north, east and west India. With Tuesday marked as the warmest day of …

Fear grips border villages as Pakistan Rangers pound civilian areas

An all-pervading fear on Tuesday gripped scores of residents of border villages in Jammu and Samba districts following indiscriminate shelling on civilian areas by Pakistan Rangers. At least eight civilians sustained injuries in shelling on Tuesday in R.S. Pura and Arnia sectors, police said. Villages close to the International Border in R.S.Pura, Arnia, Bishnah and …