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Police seeks adjournment of Kathua trial

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch Monday moved a plea before a juvenile justice board hearing the case of an accused in the gangrape and murder of a young girl in Kathua, seeking deferment of the trial as the state high court is yet to decide whether he is a minor or not. Appearing before the board, the special …

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Death toll in Himachal building collapse climbs to 14

Shimla: Six more bodies were retrieved on Monday from the debris of a building collapse in Himachal Pradesh’ Solan district, taking the death toll to 14, officials said. Twenty-eight people, including 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians, were injured after the four-storey building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed on the Nahan-Kumarhatti Road on Sunday evening following heavy rains, they said. …

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Supreme court urged to decriminalise abortion

New Delhi: Reproduction and abortion was a basic fundamental right and a matter of choice for every women, stated a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Supreme Court challenging the existing laws that criminalise abortion. The current legal framework imposed immense financial and social hardship on women. Also, the time taken in adjudication was also detrimental to the health …

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Last-ditch efforts to save HDK govt

Bengaluru: Leaders of the crisis-hit ruling Cong-Janata Dal-Secular coalition in Karnataka were locked in hectic parleys on Sunday to discuss the future course of action to save the government that is on the brink of collapse, even as efforts to mollify rebel Congress MLA M T B Nagaraj failed. However, the embattled leaders continued with efforts to woo back some …

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Sidhu resigns as Punjab minister

Chandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been at loggerheads with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and was stripped of key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle in June, has resigned from the state cabinet. The 55-year-old Sidhu took to Twitter on Sunday, making public his resignation letter, which was sent just four days after his portfolio was changed. The …

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India conveys to Pakistan concerns on Kartarpur corridor

Attari/Wagah: India on Sunday conveyed its concerns to Pakistan on possible flooding of areas adjoining the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara due to the construction of a causeway by the neighbouring nation and urged it to make a bridge like India is doing. At a bilateral meeting held here, New Delhi also urged Islamabad to take into consideration the sentiments of pilgrims …

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21 stations of Delhi Metro’s Red Line to be renovated in phases: DMRC

New Delhi: From exterior beautification to installation of new signages, 21 stations of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line from Rithala-Dilshad Garden are set to be renovated, officials said Sunday. A senior DMRC official said the work on the busy corridor will be carried out in phases. “Renovation work is being taken up on Line 1 covering all the 21 stations …

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Provision that criminalised beggary by transgender people removed from bill

New Delhi: A contentious provision that criminalised begging by transgender people has been removed from the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week. Another provision that made transgender people subject themselves to certification by a district screening committee to be acknowledged as a transgender, has also been struck out. The section …

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India holds bright spot as ISRO eyes dark side of the Moon

Sriharikota (AP): Aimed at taking a giant leap in its space programme, India will Monday launch its second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 onboard its heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII, nicknamed Baahubali, from the spaceport here, to land a rover near the unexplored Lunar Southern Pole. The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover …

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Delhi govt to give ownership rights to 7,200 families allotted land

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to grant ownership rights to around 7,200 families that got agricultural land in the mid-70s under a programme for landless people. Under the “20-point programme”, launched during former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s tenure in 1975-76, around 12,500 landless families in Delhi got land for cultivation, according to officials. “At that time, …

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