• New Delhi: ATM in Laxmi Nagar gutted in fire

    An ATM of the State Bank of India (SBI) was gutted in fire in Mangal Bazar area of Laxmi Nagar on Wednesday. No guard was stationed at the ATM kiosk.The fire also engulfed dwellings adjacent to the ATM room. The passers-by witnessed the fire in the ATM and informed the fire department. Two fire tenders were rushed immediately and reached the spot in 10 minutes. However, after the fire was doused, there was nothing left in the ATM as everything including the money had turned into ashes.Some of th
  • Uttarakhand civic body polls counting day Live: BJP bags 3 Mayoral seats, Independent candidates outshine

    The number of Independent candidates on the winning side is expected to touch 200 even as BJP and Congress remain in double digits.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Australia on a four-day visit

    President Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind were received by the official Secretary to Governor-General of Australia Paul Singer MVO along with other dignitaries.
  • Police on lookout for arrested Hizbul terrorist`s girlfriend who assisted in CID officer`s murder

    She had tipped-off terrorists about the travel plans of sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ali Ahmad Mir, whose bullet-ridden body was found in Pulwama last month. 
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  • Condition of former AAP district president Suresh Sharma stable: Punjab Police

    Amritsar Superintendent of Police (SP), JS Walia, added that the police will examine the CCTV footage. 
  • Angry over CBI leaks, Supreme Court says no party 'deserves hearing'

    The Supreme Court was on Tuesday furious over the purported leak of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma's reply to the CVC's findings against him over corruption allegations as also the sensational charges by the agency's DIG Manish Kumar Sinha being made public, telling lawyers none of the parties "deserved" any hearing.Making it clear that the court was not a "platform" where people can come and express "whatever they want", an anguished bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the matter tw
  • BMC to refloat tenders for new cafe inside Byculla zoo for fourth time

    The civic body wants to give 5,000 sqft inside Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, also known as Byculla zoo, on rent for Rs 4 lakh; but there are no takers! The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had floated tenders, calling experienced caterers to run a cafeteria at the zoo, but no interested parties turned up.Another attempt
    The BMC has kept a cafeteria space inside the new building that was constructed during the development of the penguin enclosures. Taking cognisance of the compl
  • Odisha: 12 dead after bus with 30 passengers falls from Mahanadi bridge in Cuttack

    Odisha: 12 dead after bus with 30 passengers falls from Mahanadi bridge in Cuttack
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  • 12 killed, 49 injured as bus falls into Mahanadi riverbed

    At least 12 people were killed and 49 injured after a bus fell into the Mahanadi riverbed from a bridge near Jagatpur on the outskirts of the city Tuesday evening, police said.The private bus, on its way to Cuttack from Talcher, crashed into the railing of the bridge and plunged 30 feet down into the dry riverbed, they said.According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the bus lost control when a buffalo came in front of it. The driver swerved the bus to save the animal and thus the accident happened
  • 5 killed and 9 injured as car falls from Haryana bridge

    Five persons were killed and nine others injured in Hisar town of Haryana on Wednesday when a speeding car ran over two men sleeping on the roadside and then fell from a bridge, police said.The out of control car had first hit another car on the Jindal bridge before running over the two sleeping labourers from Bihar, a police officer said.It had three occupants when it fell from the bridge, killing all on board.The accident happened after traffic was allowed along one-way on the bridge causing c
  • Man enters insanity plea in killing of mother at hospital

    A man accused of killing his mother last year in a New Hampshire hospital intensive care unit has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.Fifty-year-old Travis Frink appeared in Grafton County Superior Court on Tuesday. A judge accepted his plea and committed him to the state prison's secure psychiatric unit for up to five years.Frink initially pleaded not guilty to shooting 70-year-old Pamela Ferriere multiple times.Lawyers considering an insanity defense wrote in court documents Frink told po
  • Uddhav Thackeray says he is out to nail 'temple lie'

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray won't waste any time fighting critics who say that he is bringing up the Ayodhya temple issue because of the forthcoming elections. Instead, he used the opportunity to launch yet another attack on frenemy party, BJP, claiming that he was out to nail the 'temple lie'."[My] critics say that I have raised the issue because of the forthcoming polls. I say yes, because they [BJP] have made a promise every time they faced elections. It because of this that I have given
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  • Plastic waste in sea is a whale of problem

    People dump 8 mn tonnes of plastic in the sea that causes at least $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems.
    A dead whale washed ashore in Indonesia with about 5.9kg of plastic waste was found in the mammal's stomach, including 115 plastic cups, 4 plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, 2 flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 assorted pieces of plastic.
  • Chhattisgarh completes last-phase polling with 64.8pc voter turnout

    Around 64.8 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in the final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls held on Tuesday, an official said. The voting time ended at 5 pm, but voters were still standing in queues, waiting for their turn at several polling booths. The voting percentage is, therefore, likely to rise.A total of 1,079 candidates, including 119 women, are contesting in 72 constituencies of the state with an electorate of 1,54,00,596. This was the last of the two-phase polls to
  • Delhi Police arrests Arvind Kejriwal's attacker, calls him 'unstable'

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested the man who allegedly attacked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with chilli powder. The police further informed that 40-year-old Anil Kumar Sharma, the attacker was found to be "unstable and incoherent"."The accused Anil Sharma has been arrested. A case has been taken up for investigation. Since the accused has threatened Chief Minster, a joint interrogation was conducted by Intelligence Bureau, special cell and local police. He was found to be unsta
  • After acquittal, rape accused releases magazine written behind bars

    Shimla: A 27-year-old man, who was recently acquitted by the Himachal Pradesh High Court in an alleged rape case, has released a monthly magazine named 'Competition Companion' for those preparing for competitive examinations. Vikram Singh Khimta, a resident of Mandhol village in Shimla district served two years in jail in an alleged rape case. Khimta said that the case against him was fabricated."I was hopeful for justice from the Indian judicial system. On November 3, I was acquitted by the Hig
  • Senior Congress leader M I Shanavas passes away at age 67

    Senior Congress leader M I Shanavas, passed away early Wednesday at a private hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu after a prolonged illness. He was 67.The Member of Parliament who represented the Wayanad constituency twice in the Lok Sabha breathed his last at around 1 am. He had undergone a liver transplant on Nov 2.His mortal remains are expected to be brought to Kochi in the afternoon.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with senior Congress leader and former chief minister Oommen Chandy
  • Rs 1 lakh per month: Cost to maintain most expensive toilet in Mumbai

    Built at the cost of nearly a crore, the city's most expensive public toilet at Marine Drive will continue to cost the BMC a crap tonne of money. The civic body will flush Rs 1 lakh down its drains every month solely in maintenance charges. Officials plan to use advertising to offset the costs, but even this will require a further expense of nearly Rs 1 lakh to install smart mirrors that will also function as screens.The art deco toilet was constructed at the cost of Rs 90 lakh by the Jinda
  • IIT Delhi students develop 'stand and pee' device for women

    Students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi have developed a "stand and pee device" for women so that they avoid going to the dirty public washrooms. The device called "Sanfe (Sanitation for female)", was launched on World Toilet Day in Delhi. The 'stand and pee device' Sanfe is priced at Rs 10 and has been tried and tested at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The device has been launched with a #StandUpForYourself campaign under which one lakh free samples of
  • Mumbai: GLC confessions page removed after principal warns of action

    In a first such instance, the administration of the Government Law College (GLC) Mumbai Confessions Page was forced to take it off Instagram after the institute's principal issued a notice threatening to initiate action if it was not done.The decision has sparked anger and heated discussions among students. They are of the opinion that confessions pages are very common among institutes, and that there has been no objections from authorities regarding it. The principal of the law college issued a
  • ATS submits detailed, damning dossier against Sanatan Sanstha

    A month after the state government submitted a negative report on Sanatan Sanstha to the Centre, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is preparing a detailed one of its own, mentioning all of the organisation’s alleged criminal activities. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted its application to the ATS, as sought by it, soon after the former slapped various sections of the UAPA on the accused arrested in rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case.Taking informatio
  • Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation joint commissioner gets beaten up

    A joint commissioner of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, who was taking action against illegal constructions in the area, was allegedly beaten up by a local BJP activist to whom the constructions belonged.To protest against this, the UMC remained shut throughout the day on Tuesday and will also be closed till the cops arrest the accused, Kapil Adsul, and his supporters. A case has been registered with the Hill Line police station. The incident occurred in Ulhasnagar Number 3, in front of Ga
  • Pilot who failed alcohol test twice back with Air India

    Air India's former Director For Operations Capt Arvind Kathpalia, who lost the post early this month for failing to clear alcohol tests before operating a flight twice, has been reverted to the position of executive director (ED), an airline source said.The senior pilot, who has been serving the national carrier since late 1980s, was elevated to the post of director in March 2017 from the position of ED, just about two months after his flying licence was suspended for three months for skipping a
  • Marathi likely to be compulsory subject in schools across Maharashtra

    The Maharashtra government is mulling over making Marathi compulsory from Std I to X in all schools, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. He said this in response to Shiv Sena MLA Vilas Potnis who pointed that states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala had made their local languages compulsory in schools for all classes."The proposal is under consideration," Tawde said. He, however, added that it was a difficult task t
  • Quota politics first rocks, then stalls assembly

    Quota politics continued to shake up the state legislature on Day 2 of the winter session. With the declaration of reservation for Marathas, the Opposition demanded a similar quota for the Muslim and Dhangar communities, too, with some legislators even attempting to steal the Speaker's sceptre. The ensuing ruckus forced the state assembly to a halt, while the upper house, too, was adjourned for the day over the same demand.Earlier in the morning, enraged legislators Abdul Sattar, Amin Patel, Asl
  • Will Ram card help Congress overturn BJP in MP?

    Will Ram card help Congress overturn BJP in MP?
  • Mazgaon Court creates safe space for survivors

    Sex trafficking survivors now have a safe space to go to as they wait for justice at the courthouse. In a bid to provide a safe environment for survivors testifying before the magistrate, a Victim Friendly Room (VFR) has been set up at the Special Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA) Court in Mazgaon under the guidelines of the Bombay High Court. As they await their turn to testify, the women can wait in this room, ensuring they do not have to face their abusers or any other person who might tr
  • Senior government vet: NGO knew where T1 was but hid the data

    Adding fuel to the controversy over the killing of tigress T1, a letter has surfaced in which a senior government veterinarian has accused an NGO of withholding information on T1's activity that could have helped the Forest Department tranquilise and trap her months ago. The letter, sourced under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, was written by Dr Sunil Bawiskar, the officer in charge of Maharajbag zoo in Nagpur. Dr Bawiskar had been roped in to help with the search for T1 between December 30,
  • Caught! Mumbai Police, BMC nab debris-dumpers of Santacruz

    Barely hours after mid-day broke the story of how an alert citizen captured illegal dumpers offloading piles of rubble, collected from a construction site, on Relief Road in Santacruz West, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the police have swung into action and booked the accused.In a three-hour operation last morning, officials not only penalised more than 20 truck drivers, but also removed nearly 20 tons of garbage, including broken floor tiles, parts of a commode and hacked bit
  • Mumbai: Two 16-year-olds commit suicide in Aarey colony

    Two minor girls allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the well located in unit no 16 of Goregaon's Aarey Colony late Tuesday evening. The Aarey police along with the fire brigade team reached the spot immediately and managed to pull out one girl's body while the search for the other was still on till the time of going to press."The girls, both aged 16, were residents of unit no 25, the police said, and were friends. The team has also found two pairs of anklets and some books outside the we