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         DCW orders probe into alleged attacks on women by cops at DU    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission for Women has ordered an enquiry into the alleged attacks on women by policemen during violence at Delhi University's Ramjas college and has issued a notice to Delhi Police. Ramjas College on Wednesday had witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP supporters.

 
         Shobha De effect: Mumbai hospital staffer meets obese MP inspector    
 
NEEMUCH: A staffer of Mumbai-based Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery today met Madhya Pradesh Police Inspector Daulatram Jogewat, at whom columnist Shobhaa De had poked fun over his obese physical condition in a tweet early this week.

 
         DMK objects to Jaya's portraits in govt offices    
 
CHENNAI: The DMK today called for the removal of portraits of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from government offices, saying she was convicted in an assets case. DMK Working President and Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly M K Stalin also opposed the naming of government schemes after her and "the use of taxpayers' money for her 69th birthday celebrations" yesterday.

 
         UP BJP chief Keshav Maurya booked for violating poll code    
 
An FIR was today lodged against BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya here for allegedly violating the model code of conduct, which is in place in the state in view of the Assembly polls.

 
         Donkey, Kasab, kabootar: Phase-V campaign touches a new low    
 
LUCKNOW: The high-decibel campaign for the fifth phase of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which had touched a new low by a free flow of scornful words like "donkey, Kasab and kabootar", came to a close this evening. A total of 51 constituencies, spread over 11 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, will go to polls on February 27 under this phase. The political campaigning in the fifth phase of the state polls was marked by 'war of words' among rival parties.

 
         Nitish seeks national debate to protect Ganga    
 
 
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed grave concern over receding water flow in river Ganga and highlighted the growing silt deposit due to Farakka barrage causing floods in the state every year. Kumar also raised concern over proposed construction of reservoir at Buxar and some others in Uttar Pradesh enroute Allahabad-Haldia National waterway.

 
         Sabotage angle in recent train derailments gains currency    
 
NEW DELHI: The suspicion over sabotage as a possible reason for the spate of recent train derailments has gained currency with Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating the Kanpur train accident was a "conspiracy". Amid a growing number of derailments, railways has earlier cited "outside interference" as the possible reason in more than 40 such cases in the recent past.

 
         Modi promises to end economic blockade in Manipur    
 
 
IMPHAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised to end the crippling economic blockade in Manipur if the BJP comes to power in the state and said what the Congress could not do in 15 years, the BJP will do in 15 months. He also launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, accusing him of "running the most corrupt government" and "taking 10 per cent commission".

 
         Stents pricing: Govt asks hospitals to make prompt refunds    
 
 
NEW DELHI"No action will be taken against hospitals under the scanner for overcharging on stents if they refund the money to patients before receiving a demand notice, drug price regulator NPPA said. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said the matter would end there for such hospitals if there were no further complaints.

 
         Cong rules out supporting Sena to capture power at BMC    
 
MUMBAI: The Congress today said the party would not support the Shiv Sena to capture power at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or for installing its Mayor. Congress' Mumbai unit president Sanjay Nirupam also told reporters that the party was planning to hold discussions with like-minded parties for a common candidate in Mayor's election.

 
         PM unveils Adi Yogi, world's tallest bust    
 
 
COIMBATORE: Adi Yogi, world’s tallest bust of Lord Siva, designed by Isha Foundation founder Sadguru Jaggi, was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Coimbatore on Friday, the Maha Sivarathri day. The 112-feet installation also has won the reputation of world’s tallest bust. “The bust, the biggest charming one, is being installed to eulogise the 112 paths instructed by Adiyogi –Siva, for the reformation of soul,” he said.

 
         I will be a backroom man, says Sasikala's spouse Natarajan    
 
 
THANJAVUR: M Natarajan, the husband of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, today said he would always remain a backroom man in the ruling party of Tamil Nadu. Natarjan also hit out at dissident leader O Panneerselvam while stating that "no one" can destroy the party. Against the background of charges of Sasikala's family taking over the ruling party, he said, "I will always remain behind in the AIADMK party's activities and will be silent... Nobody can destroy the party."

 
         After Tirupati, KCR offers 'gold moustache' to Kuravi temple    
 
WARANGAL: Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today offered 'bangaru meesalu' (gold moustache) to Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy temple in Mahabubabad district. Rao arrived at the temple along with his family and offered the 'gold moustache' worth Rs 60,000 to the temple's presiding deity.

 
         Family of Indian engineer killed in US 'hate crime' in shock    
 
 
HYDERABAD: A pall of gloom descended on the residence of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at Bachupally here today when his parents and family learnt about his death after an American navy veteran yelling "terrorist" and "get out of my country" opened fire on him in the US.

 
         JNU's culture under threat: 400 global academicians to VC    
 
NEW DELHI: Over 400 academicians from international varsities, including Harvard, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Yale and New York University, have written to JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar voicing concerns over recent events unfolding at the university.

 
         Committed to attack graft: PM after BJP show in civic polls    
 
GONDA: Buoyed by the success of his BJP in local body elections in Maharashtra and some other states after demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was committed to root out corruption. "Odisha, where there is so much poverty, starvation, unemployment and where the BJP did not even have foothold to place its flag, people have given so much support that everyone is taken aback...even the poor of Odisha have come with the BJP," Modi said at an election meeting here.

 
         BSP trying to check SP with BJP's help: Akhilesh    
 
 
AYODHYA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today charged Mayawati with trying to check the SP with the help of the BJP, saying the BSP had transferred its votes to the saffron party in last Lok Sabha polls. "Actually BSP does not want to fight the BJP. They together want to stop the Samajwadi Party. BSP chief Mayawati has an understanding with the BJP and she can celebrate raksha bandhan once again with them," he said.

 
         Looking for graceful opportunity to join another party: Amar    
 
NEW DELHI: Amar Singh, who was expelled from the Samajwadi Pary in January, today said he is looking for a "graceful opportunity" to join another party.

 
         Indian shot dead in US, shooter yells 'get out of my country'    
 
 
HOUSTON: An Indian engineer was killed and two others were injured after an American man yelling "get out of my country" opened fire on them in a crowded bar in Kansas City in an apparent hate crime incident. Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32), who was working at GPS-maker Garmin headquarters in Olathe, was killed while another Indian man and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured after a 51-year-old Navy veteran started shooting hurling racial slurs following an altercation on Wednesday

 
         Kanpur train accident was conspiracy from across the border:PM    
 
 
GONDA: The Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed, was a "conspiracy" and the perpetrators carried it out "sitting across the border" in Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said. Addressing an election meeting in Uttar Pradesh' Gonda district, which is close to the Indo-Nepal border, he touched upon the derailment of 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district on November 20, and said the findings showed it was a "conspiracy".

 
         Kanpur train accident was conspiracy from across the border:PM    
 
 
GONDA: The Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed, was a "conspiracy" and the perpetrators carried it out "sitting across the border" in Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said. Addressing an election meeting in Uttar Pradesh' Gonda district, which is close to the Indo-Nepal border, he touched upon the derailment of 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district on November 20, and said the findings showed it was a "conspiracy".

 
         Jaya bequeathed her properties to Deepa & me: Deepak Jayakumar    
 
 
CHENNAI: Once a supporter of V K Sasikala, J Jayalalithaa's nephew Deepak Jayakumar has now said her becoming the Chief Minister was not acceptable to the people of Tamil Nadu, while claiming that the late AIADMK chief had left behind her properties to him and his sister.

 
         BSP trying to check SP with BJP's help: Akhilesh    
 
AYODHYA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today charged Mayawati with trying to check the SP with the help of the BJP, saying the BSP had transferred its votes to the saffron party in last Lok Sabha polls. "Actually BSP does not want to fight the BJP. They together want to stop the Samajwadi Party. BSP chief Mayawati has an understanding with the BJP and she can celebrate raksha bandhan once again with them," he said.

 
         Bicycle is now obsolete and elephant old: Rajnath    
 
 
AZAMGARH: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh today blamed SP and BSP for the dismal states of affairs of Uttar Pradesh and said the 'bicycle' has become obsolete, while the 'elephant' has grown old. "SP, BSP and Congress have pushed UP into a pool of mud, and it is out of this pool of mud that the lotus will eventually bloom," he said at an election rally here.

 
         UPSC prepones civil services exam; prelims on June 18    
 
NEW DELHIThe civil services preliminary examination, to select IAS and IPS officers among others, has been preponed and it is scheduled to be held in June this year instead of August. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the examination in June after a gap of three years. The preliminary tests for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August, a senior UPSC official said. The preliminary exam for 2013 was held on May 26 that year.

 
         Dinakaran hints at rapprochement with Panneerselvam    
 
 
CHENNAI: AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran today hinted at a rapprochement with expelled leader O Panneerselvam, saying the party would "accept with motherly affection" anybody who had gone out of the "parent organisation" and wanted to return. Addressing reporters after formally taking over, he also fended off criticism that he was elevated "suddenly", saying he had been brought into the party by the late Chief Minster J Jayalalithaa in the early days itself and that he h

 
         There cannot be a bigger 'Kasab' than Amit Shah: Mayawati    
 
 
AMBEDKARNAGAR: Mayawati today hit back strongly for Amit Shah's 'KASAB' acronym for Congress, SP and BSP, describing the BJP chief as a "terrorist" and saying there "cannot be a bigger Kasab" than him. "Aaj apney desh mein Amit Shah se bada yehan koi aur bhi Kasab nahin ho sakta hai, arthaat aatanki nahi ho sakta hai (There cannot be a bigger Kasab, meaning a terrorist, than Amit Shah in our country now)," she said.

 
         Freedom251 phone: Ringing Bells MD Goel detained for 'fraud'    
 
 
GHAZIABAD: Mohit Goel, the Director of Noida- based company Ringing Bells which had announced Freedom251 smartphones at an astonishingly low price of Rs 251 apiece, was detained today here on allegations of fraud, police said. Goel has been detained after owner of Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises filed an FIR yesterday alleging that Ringing Bells "defrauded" it of Rs 16 lakh.

 
         No security stamp on hand baggage tag at seven airports    
 
NEW DELHI: Fliers from seven airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will no longer have to get security stamp on their hand baggages with authorities scrapping the system following successful trial runs. In a circular today, civil aviation security regulator BCAS said the system of putting security stamp on hand baggage tags would be immediately done away with at seven airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

 
         Shiv Sena will retain Mayor's post: Uddhav    
 
 
MUMBAI: As uncertainty loomed large in the BMC polls due to a hung house, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today exuded confidence that the party will retain the coveted Mayor's post, even as he hesitated to give a definitive answer on whether there would be an alliance. As the results of the civic polls trickled in, Sena was at the top after winning 84 seats in the 227-member BMC, while its estranged ally BJP was close behind at 82.

 
 
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