Monday , 18 February 2019

National News

SC limits bursting of firecrackers to 2 hours

PTI   NEW DELHI Pushing for a “green” Diwali across the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed major controls on firecrackers, including an ‘8 pm to 10 pm’ window for bursting them and limiting the manufacture and sale of fireworks to only those that conform to permissible smoke and noise levels. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and ... Read More »

India lodges protest with Pak over killing of 3 soldiers along LoC

PTI   NEW DELHI India summoned a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission here Tuesday and lodged a strong protest over the loss of lives of three of its soldiers during an infiltration bid by Pakistani terrorists in the Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir two days ago. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said it ... Read More »

CEC holds meet with officials to review poll preparedness

PTI   HYDERABAD Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat Tuesday held a meeting with electoral officers and superintendents of police of all the districts of Telangana. A 11-member team, headed by Rawat, is here to review the preparedness for the Assembly elections to be held in the state on December 7. He discussed the law and order situation with officials ... Read More »

BJP damaging, destroying country’s institutions: Yechury

PTI   NEW DELHI Referring to an internal feud in the CBI between its director and deputy director, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury Tuesday alleged the BJP was damaging and destroying the country’s institutions. In a series of tweets, Yechury said the party’s “nefarious” design needed to be defeated. There was no comment from the BJP on the issue. “The ... Read More »

Every community should say rape is not acceptable: Unicef chief

IANS NEW DELHI Helping each other, talking, staying connected and learning to say no can help women protect themselves and others from rapes and sexual assaults, says Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore, who suggests that “every community should stand up and say rape is not acceptable”. “Speaking up, having a voice in the community, having faith-based leaders who intervene and ... Read More »

Key witness in nun rape case found dead in Punjab

PTI   HOSHIARPUR/KOTTAYAM Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, a key witness in the Kerala nun rape case who testified against accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was on Monday found dead under mysterious circumstances in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district, the police said. Fr Kattuthara (62) was found unconscious in his room in the Catholic church premises in Dasuya, 40 km from Hoshiarpur town, on Monday ... Read More »

Coastal communities to get $43 mn to fight climate change

PTI MANAMA A UN-backed fund has approved US $43.4 million for enhancing climate resilience for millions of people living in India’s coastal communities in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha as part of its efforts to combat extreme impacts of climate change. The grant is a part of more than US $1 billion approved by the Green Climate Fund for 19 ... Read More »

Naidu: educate women to educate nation

IANS   JALANDHAR Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday highlighted the need to educate women to take the country forward. “Educate women and educate the whole nation. Women need regular encouragement,” Naidu said while addressing students and faculty at the 9th convocation of the Lovely Professional University (LPU) near here. “We should always remember our mother, mother tongue, motherland, ... Read More »

12 persons booked for ‘selling’ two women for dowry

IANS   PALGHAR (MAHARASHTRA) A shocking incident of two Rajasthani women having been allegedly “sold off to recover dowry” has come to light on Monday in Virar town here, officials said. Following sustained efforts by social activists, Virar Police on October 9 booked a dozen persons including a chartered accountant and a businessman, besides their family members and other associates, ... Read More »

SC verdict on firecrackers today

IANS   NEW DELHI The Supreme Court will pronounce on Tuesday its verdict on the plea for a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of firecrackers across the country. A bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said although the matter was mentioned in Monday’s (Monday’s) list they would be pronouncing the judgment on October 23. ... Read More »