Monday , 10 December 2018

National News

Opposition grand alliance ‘a non-starter’: Ram Madhav

PTI   HYDERABAD Terming the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties against BJP a “non-starter,” BJP general secretary V Ram Madhav on Saturday said the party is gearing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a target of winning 315 seats. The opposition parties are proposing ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) as there was no leader who can match the popularity ... Read More »

Air India Express plane possibly overloaded: officials

PTI   TIRUCHIRAPPALLI The Dubai-bound Air India Express plane was flying at a speed of 250 km and possibly overloaded when its tyre hit an equipment used to guide a pilot to land a flight and then brushed the compound wall during take-off at the International Airport here early Friday, officials said. Tiruchirappalli airport Director K Gunasekaran has said on-duty ... Read More »

Zika virus cases in Rajasthan rise to 51

PTI NEW DELHI Fresh mosquito samples have been collected from various parts of Jaipur by a team from the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) as the number of Zika patients in the Rajasthan capital rose to 51. Of the total 50 patients who have tested positive for the Zika virus, 11 are pregnant women, sources at the Union Health ... Read More »

Maneka proposes panel to look into #MeToo cases

PTI   NEW DELHI The women and child development ministry plans to set up a panel of legal experts to look into the allegations of sexual harassment that have surfaced in the #MeToo campaign, minister Maneka Gandhi said on Friday, asserting that she believes in the “pain and trauma” of every complainant. More women should come out and address the ... Read More »

Big Bollywood stars speak up as Sajid, Luv Ranjan, Subhash Ghai ‘ousted’

PTI   MUMBAI More skeletons tumbled out of Bollywood’s closet Friday with directors Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai and Luv Ranjan being accused of sexual harassment, leading to big stars Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar and Ajay Devgn expressing their solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Sajid Khan’s sister, director-choreographer Farah Khan, also spoke out against her brother, saying she does not endorse ... Read More »

SC takes cognisance of plea filed by woman judicial officer alleging sexual harassment

PTI   NEW DELHI The #MeToo movement seems to be spreading like a wild fire in India. On Friday, the Supreme Court took cognisance of a plea filed by a woman who had alleged sexual harassment by a judge of high court in 2014. The apex court has sought response from the Registrar of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on ... Read More »

Judiciary plagued by ‘rampant sexism’: HC judge

PTI   MUMBAI Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court has come out in support of the ongoing #MeToo movement currently sweeping the country’s landscape, saying the patriarchal world does not allow women to speak freely. Justice Patel Thursday said he “fully supported” the women who had decided to share their experiences of sexual harassment and name their tormentors. ... Read More »

‘Police to record statements of witnesses before summoning Nana’

PTI   MUMBAI Police will record statements of witnesses before summoning Nana Patekar and three others in connection with a complaint of sexual harassment filed by actor Tanushree Dutta, an official said Thursday. Dutta has accused Patekar of touching her inappropriately on the sets of a Bollywood film in 2008. The investigation is at a preliminary stage. Since it is ... Read More »

‘Everyone in industry knows Alok Nath harasses women’

PTI   MUMBAI Actor Deepika Amin has claimed Alok Nath’s reputation of an alcoholic and a harasser was common knowledge in the Hindi film and television industry. Amin, who recently worked with Nath in ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’, said several years ago the actor tried to “barge into her room” when they were shooting outdoors for a telefilm. “Everyone ... Read More »

CPI-M demands Akbar’s resignation

IANS   NEW DELHI The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday demanded the resignation of Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar over allegations of sexual assault against him by several female journalists. “Seven women journalists have come forward recounting their experience of sexual harassment and unacceptable behaviour from M J Akbar when he was the editor ... Read More »