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24 Mar 2019, 6:55 PM

Fire breaks at AIIMS, fire tenders rush to the spot

Fire breaks out at an operation theatre in AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) Trauma Center,4 fire tenders present. No one is stranded.

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24 Mar 2019, 6:11 PM

I cannot add the Prefix of Chowkidar to my name as I am a Brahmin says Subramanian Swamy

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy on Sunday revealed the reason as to why he did not add the prefix "Chowkidar" to his name on Twitter. In an interview to a Tamil Channel Swamy said I cannot add the Prefix of Chowkidar to my name as I am a Brahmin

Swamy revealed this reason after PM Modi as well as many other BJP leaders like Smriti Irani, Sambit Patra, Prakash Javadekar, Sushma Swaraj and Party President Amit Shah had added "Chowkidar" to their name on their Twitter accounts attempting to popularise the "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign.

24 Mar 2019, 5:58 PM

Jharkhand: Fire broke out at a power plant in Bokaro today. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot, fire under control now

24 Mar 2019, 5:47 PM

Soldier killed in ceasefire violation along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

A soldier was killed on Sunday when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages with heavy caliber weapons and rockets along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri districts, a defence spokesperson said.

The Indian Army retaliated in strong measure, inflicting adequate damage and casualties to Pakistani troops, Jammu-based Public Relations Officer (defence) Lt Col Devender Anand said.   He said grenadier Hari Bhakar, a resident of Rajasthan's Nagaur district, was seriously injured and admitted to the nearest field hospital, but succumbed later, taking the number of Army personnel killed since last week to three.

24 Mar 2019, 5:24 PM

Police recovered bodies of four men who drowned in Tunga river at Vidyaranyapura village, near Sringeri in Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka today; Police investigation underway.

24 Mar 2019, 5:05 PM

ABVP-SFI activists clash in Shimla; 10 injured

At least 10 students were injured in a clash between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Students Federation of India (SFI) members in the Himachal Pradesh University campus here on Sunday, police said.

The clash took place when the ABVP activists asked the SFI members to stop playing cricket on the ground where they wanted to hold an "RSS shakha", a police official told IANS.

Most of the injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here.

24 Mar 2019, 5:01 PM

Death toll rises to 6 in bus accident that occurred near Trimbakeshwar road in Palghar district today. 45 people were injured in the accident.

24 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM

BJP will turn India into religious state: CPI-M

If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returns to power after the Lok Sabha polls, it would turn India into a "fully religious nation", Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Central Committee member Bijan Dhar said on Sunday.

The BJP, which is backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in its present five-year tenure embarked on a plan to turn India into a "religious nation" and after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls they would complete the mission to turn India into a "fully religious nation", Dhar said.

He said the BJP has started destroying India's traditional culture, heritage, language, history and education and blamed it for destroying secularism, economy, age-old social justice, federalism -- the pillars of the Indian Constitution.

24 Mar 2019, 4:41 PM

It is for Advani to clear the 'mist' says Uma Bharti

BJP leader and Union minister Uma Bharti Sunday said it is for L K Advani to clear the "mist", after the veteran leader was not named as a party candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, and asserted that his stature was not affected by contesting or not contesting any poll.

Heaping praises on the 91-year-old leader, Bharti said it was Advani who played the central role in bringing the party to such a position that Narendra Modi is prime minister today and added that he never craved for any position in his long political career.

"The only person who should comment right now to clear the air, all these things- the mist around- is Advani ji," she said adding that it would not be proper for others, including her, to comment on the matter.

24 Mar 2019, 4:14 PM

4 people killed, 45 people injured in a bus accident in Maharashtra

4 people killed, 45 people injured in a bus accident near Trimbakeshwar road in Palghar district of Maharashtra

24 Mar 2019, 3:58 PM

AIIMS sack professor for not having needed qualification

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has removed a doctor from the post of Assistant Professor for not possessing the requisite qualification, following an order in this regard by the Delhi High Court.

An official letter issued by AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, a copy of which has been accessed by IANS, said that subsequent to an order by the Delhi High Court, Kanika Jain's appointment "to the post of Assistant Professor of Hospital Administration hereby stands terminated with immediate effect".

24 Mar 2019, 3:34 PM

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's condition had deteriorated in jail

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's condition had deteriorated in jail due to a kidney disease, a day after his family met him and expressed concern over his health, Pakistan media reported on Sunday.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo's daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted about his worsening health on Saturday after she along with his personal physician Adnan Khan visited Sharif at the Kot Lakhpat jail here on receiving permission from the country's interior ministry, according to The Express Tribune newspaper.

24 Mar 2019, 2:55 PM

Indian sailors return after spending 13 months in Greek jail

Five Indian crew members of a cargo vessel arrived in Mumbai Sunday after spending 13 months in a jail in Greece.

They were on board merchant cargo vessel `MV Andromeda' that had set sail from Cyprus to Libya in December 2017.

The ship anchored in Turkey for repairs and then proceeded to its destination. However, in January 2018, when it reached Greece, authorities detained the ship on charges of carrying explosive material.

Addressing the media here, one of the five sailors said he had last seen his daughter when she was two months old.

"Now she is two years old and has started walking. And I was not there to see this," he said.

24 Mar 2019, 2:49 PM

Death toll from Mozambique cyclone increases to 446, with 531,000 people affected, says Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia

24 Mar 2019, 2:32 PM

Indian naval crew has rescued more than 192 people in cyclone-hit Mozambique

24 Mar 2019, 2:15 PM

Thailand votes in 1st elections after 2014 coup

Thailand went to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first general elections after incumbent Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha came to power following a bloodless coup in 2014.

About 50 million people, including 7 million young Thais who will be participating in their first ever election, are eligible to cast their ballots to elect 500 members of the House of Representatives, the lower house, for a four-year term, reports Efe news.

24 Mar 2019, 2:12 PM

Separatist shutdown affects life in Kashmir

Life across the Kashmir Valley was affected by the separatist-called shutdown on Sunday against the Centre's decision to ban the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The Joint Resistance Leadership, a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for the shutdown.

Shops, other business establishments and educational institutions were closed and public transport remained off the roads.

Inter-district transport and train services were also suspended

24 Mar 2019, 2:08 PM

Rahul Gandhi slams Javadekar for restricting PhD topics

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday slammed Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar over a circular issued by his Ministry asking all departments to prepare "a shelf of projects" in line with "national priorities" for PhD scholars.

"Now, self-attested wise minister (Javadekar) of over intelligent Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) will tell the intellectuals of the country how should they do their work. It is perfectly said that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing," Rahul Gandhi wrote on his Facebook account.

The Congress President posted a picture of Javadekar below his comment and also pasted a website link of an article published in a newspaper on Sunday carrying headline "HRD says PhDs only on 'national priority' topics, Kerala Prof quits".

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24 Mar 2019, 1:59 PM

6.3 magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami alert

24 Mar 2019, 1:39 PM

Remembrance service slated for Christchurch victims

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that the country will hold a national remembrance service on March 29 for the 50 victims of the attack in the Christchurch mosques.

The service will provide an opportunity for New Zealanders and people around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the attack carried out at two mosques on March 15.

24 Mar 2019, 1:37 PM

PM Modi remembering chowkidars after forgetting chaiwalas says Kapil Sibal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has forgotten about his bonhomie with "chaiwalas", is now remembering "chowkidars", and will focus on somebody else the "next time" for political gains, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has said, taking a swipe at the PM's 'main bhi chowkidar' campaign.

The former Union minister also accused Modi of politicising the Balakot air strikes and asked whether the 'chowkidar' (watchman) was sleeping when terror attacks took place in Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Uri, Baramulla, and Pulwama.

On the prime minister's 'main bhi chowkidar' campaign to counter the Congress' 'chowkidar chor hai' barb, Sibal said: "First of all he has forgotten about the chaiwalas (tea sellers). He now remembers the chowkidars (watchmen). Next time he will remember somebody else and forget the chowkidars."

24 Mar 2019, 1:21 PM

Two injured in mysterious Shopian mosque blast

Two persons were injured on Sunday in a mysterious blast inside a mosque in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district.

Police said the explosion occurred in Chowgam village mosque when it was being cleaned.

"Two people were injured. The blast seems to have been caused due to the malfunctioning of pipes," a police officer said. "The injured have been shifted to a hospital."

24 Mar 2019, 1:10 PM

Cyclone Idai: Unicef urges assistance to children

The Unicef has urged the international community to provide assistance to the children affected by Cyclone Idai that has killed 417 people in Africa and has left over 1,500 displaced.

"We are in a race against time to help and protect children in the disaster-ravaged areas of Mozambique," Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, Unicef, said on Saturday after visiting Beira, one of the areas most affected by the cyclone.

24 Mar 2019, 1:08 PM

Chowkidars’ only working for rich, Priyanka Gandhi on unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers and alleged that 'chowkidars' (watchmen) were only working for the rich, not for the poor.

She shared a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state.

"The families of sugarcane farmers toil day and night but the Uttar Pradesh government does not even take the responsibility of paying their dues," Priyanka Gandhi said.

"Rs 10,000 crore of farmers' dues means everything, including their children's education, food, health, and the next produce comes to a standstill. These chowkidars only work for the rich and do not care about the poor," she claimed.

24 Mar 2019, 12:58 PM

Purification ceremony result of RSS superstition

The alleged purification of the site where Manohar Parrikar's mortal remains were kept for public veneration is the outcome of RSS's superstitious ideology that is being endorsed by the BJP government, Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar said on Sunday.

He said the 'purification' controversy had opened a Pandora's box about performance of religious rituals and practices in government offices and at official functions and demanded that the state government come up with a comprehensive policy on the issue.

"The purification ceremony is the result of the same RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) mindset which is ruling the country, which is boosting superstitious beliefs. Yesterday's incident at the Kala Academy is an outcome of the same ideology," Kawthankar told IANS.

24 Mar 2019, 12:54 PM

Pakistan violates LoC again

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan along LoC in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir at 11.50 am

24 Mar 2019, 12:46 PM

Pak PM orders probe into forced conversion and marriages of 2 teenage Hindu girls

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and to take immediate steps for their recovery, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday.

The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of "influential" men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown solemnising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls.

In a separate video, the minor girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will.

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