Saturday , 20 October 2018

National News

Decision on Parrikar at appropriate time: Shah

AGENCIES   HYDERABAD/ NEW DELHI BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the party would take a  decision at an appropriate time about finding an alternative leader to ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “For now, we only wish Parrikar a speedy recovery. The party will take a decision at an appropriate time,” Shah said at a news conference in ... Read More »

Cleanliness achieved in 4 yrs than in previous 65, says Modi

IANS   NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched “Swachhata Hi Seva” (cleanliness is service) movement by interacting with common people and personalities from diverse fields through video conferencing at 17 locations and said the country has achieved more in sanitation coverage in the last four years than that in the last 60-65 years. The interaction, stretching about ... Read More »

Decision on Rajiv’s killers to be taken in fair manner: TN Governor

IANS   CHENNAI The decision on release of seven convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case will be taken in a just and fair manner, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s office said in a statement here on Saturday. The statement also denied media reports about making a reference to the Union Home Ministry by Governor Purohit. “It ... Read More »

‘India to fly its first small rocket next year’

IANS CHENNAI The Indian space agency expects to fly its first small rocket with a carrying capacity of about 500-700 kg sometime next year, according to a top official. “The developmental work for our small rocket that can carry satellites weighing around 500 kg is on. The first flight of the small rocket is expected to happen sometime next year,” ... Read More »

Nun rape case: bishop gives up administrative charge

PTI   KOTTAYAM/KOCHI Bishop Franco Mulakkal, facing probe after a nun accused him of rape, has handed over administrative responsibility of Jalandhar diocese to a senior priest even as a group of Catholic priests on Saturday extended support to the protest by various Catholic reformation organisations seeking justice for the nun. In a circular addressed to priests, nuns and brothers ... Read More »

‘No question of engaging Opposition on Rafale deal’

PTI   NEW DELHI Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has ruled out any engagement with the Opposition on issues relating to the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal, saying they do not deserve to be involved after throwing muck on a very sensitive issue concerning India’s defence preparedness. Sitharaman said the government decided to go for procuring only two squadrons of ... Read More »

Recommendation to release Rajiv Gandhi’s killers sent to MHA

PTI   NEW DELHI Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has forwarded to the Union Home Ministry a recommendation of the Tamil Nadu government to release the seven convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case for its view, officials said Friday. The state government has sought the release of the seven convicts citing Article 161 of the ... Read More »

ISRO case: scientist awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation

IANS   NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Friday awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation to former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan who was falsely implicated in an espionage case and had to suffer jail term and ignominAy. Awarding the compensation, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also directed the setting ... Read More »

SC restores police power in dowry harassment cases

IANS NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Friday restored the police power to act on complaints of dowry harassment under section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud struck down its earlier verdict that family welfare committees scrutinise dowry harassment complaints and submit their ... Read More »

Kerala seeks Rs 4,700 crore as compensation for flood damage

PTI   NEW DELHI The Kerala government Thursday sought Rs 4,700 crore as compensation from the Central government for the damage caused by the recent floods, termed as the worst in a century, officials said. At least 488 people have died in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon, which hit 14 districts of the state. The Kerala ... Read More »