Monday , 18 February 2019

National News

President rejects call to disqualify 27 AAP MLAs, party celebrates

IANS   NEW DELHI In a major boost to the AAP, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of 27 party MLAs on charges of holding Office of Profit as Chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) in Delhi government hospitals, prompting the ruling party in Delhi to claim victory. After the petition filed by a Vibhor ... Read More »

Kejriwal granted bail in CS assault case

IANS   NEW DELHI A court here on Thursday granted bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and nine other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in a case of alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted the bail after the accused appeared before him in pursuance of summons issued ... Read More »

Want 50 per cent women CMs in Congress ruled states: Rahul

PTI   KOTA Pushing for the participation of more women across various levels in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he would like half his party’s chief ministers in the country to be women in the next five to seven years. The BJP and the RSS think women should not go out of their houses while the Congress promotes ... Read More »

Presence of IB sleuths outside CBI chief’s house sparks row

PTI   NEW DELHI A row erupted as four Intelligence Bureau personnel were “picked up” by the police on Thursday after they were found outside the official residence of CBI director Alok Verma, with the Congress accusing the government of snooping on him, a charge rejected by the Union home ministry which said they were on “routine covert” duties in ... Read More »

CBI director Verma, special director sent on leave

PTI   NEW DELHI In an unprecedented shake-up in CBI’s 55-year-history, both the CBI Director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana were stripped of their powers and sent on leave in dramatic overnight action by the government after their worsening feud sparked a serious crisis in the country’s premier probe agency. As the government went into damage control mode, ... Read More »

Modi awarded 2018 Seoul Peace Prize

IANS   NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named as the recipient of 2018 Seoul Peace Prize, a biennial award instituted to crystallise the wishes of the Korean people for peace on the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world. According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday, Modi has been awarded “in ... Read More »

CEC justifies deletion of voters in Telangana

IANS   HYDERABAD Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat on Wednesday justified deletion of lakhs of voters in Telangana saying the Election Commission used the latest technology to purify the electoral rolls during special revision. The number of voters in Telangana have come down from 2.82 crore in 2014 to 2.73 crore as per the final rolls published this month. ... Read More »

FIR lodged in Bengal stampede case

IANS   KOLKATA An FIR was lodged on Wednesday against unknown persons for the stampede at a railway overbridge in Howrah’s Santragachhi station that killed two people and injured a dozen, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said. The tragedy happened around 6 pm on Tuesday at the busy railway junction station under the South Eastern Railway due to overcrowding ... Read More »

Cabinet approves environment pact signed by BRICS nations

IANS NEW DELHI The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among the BRICS nations on environmental cooperation. The agreement was signed during the 10th BRICS Summit in South Africa in July this year. As per a statement, the MoU focuses on issues such as air quality, water, biodiversity, climate change, waste management, ... Read More »

‘Rape-accused Bishop harassed Fr Kuriakose for backing nun’

PTI   HOSHIARPUR The family of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, found dead in a room on the premises of at Dasuya near here, Wednesday alleged that the senior Catholic priest was being consistently harassed at the behest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal who is facing allegations of raping a nun. In a complaint to the police, Kattuthara’s brother Jose Kurian said his ... Read More »