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       HEADLINES: School youth festival: Award for Kerala Kaumudi, Kerala Kaumudi online                                              Remission of sentence of political killing: Relative’s consent should be sought, says Governor                                              Beating Holi revellers: Case against college staff                                              Three Malayalis die in Velankanni vehicle accident                                              M B Rajesh clarifies why UP people’s representatives wore red cap                                              Indian Army inks MoUs with HPCL, NIEDO                                              Congress won’t cower in front of Modi’s arrogance: Sonia Gandhi                                              Stalin supports ‘Dravida Nadu’                                              Student faces suspension for not taking part in gun violence walkout                                              Pak PM discusses Afghan peace process with US VP                                              Trump re-affirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un                                              IPL 2018: Pune to host two play-off matches                                              KP confirms retirement in heartfelt Instagram post                                              All England Open: Sindhu eyes final berth                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Fire breaks out at Army building in Mumbai    
MUMBAI: A fire broke out at a building in the defence area of Colaba in Mumbai this evening. The building is located near Afghan Church in Colaba, South Mumbai. The fire is reported to have started in the third floor of Assaye Building.

         Stalin supports ‘Dravida Nadu’    
ERODE: DMK Working President M K Stalin on Friday said he welcomed the idea of all the five southern states and one Union Territory forming a ‘Dravida Nadu’.

         Congress won’t cower in front of Modi’s arrogance: Sonia Gandhi    
NEW DELHI: Coming down hard on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said on Saturday that the ruling dispensation was undoing the work of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

         Congress will take the country forward: Rahul Gandhi    
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, while addressing the first Plenary Session as the party president, asserted that it is the Congress party, who can "show the way and take the nation forward". "The symbol of the hand is the symbol of the Congress party. Congress party can unite the nation and take it forward. Only the Congress party can show the way and take the nation forward," he said.

         'Jagtar Singh Tara doesn't regret killing Beant Singh': Lawyer    
Chandigarh: Jagtar Singh Tara does not regret killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, his lawyer Simarjeet Singh said on Saturday. Simarjeet said, "Tara told the court that he does not regret killing Beant Singh and also said that he has been fighting the battle of Sikhs' freedom against the Punjab government and will continue to do so." The lawyer added Tara defended himself by saying, "If by killing a cruel person I can save thousands of innocent people then it is not wrong

         Congress hints at possible alliance for 2019    
New Delhi: Hinting at possible alliance, the Congress party on Friday said that it would adopt a pragmatic approach for cooperation with all like-minded parties to defeat the BJP-RSS in the 2019 elections.

         Ryan murder case: CBI summons 3 Gurugram Police officials    
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday summoned three Gurugram Police officials in connection with the Ryan International School murder case.

         Terrorists attack SSP Shopian's vehicle    
Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir): The vehicle of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Shopian was attacked by the terrorists on Saturday in Hajipora area of south Kashmir's Shopian district. No injuries were reported as of now. More details are awaited.

         Nawazuddin had no direct role in 'Call Data Case': Mumbai Police    
Thane (Maharashtra): In the ongoing 'Call Data Case' that saw actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui being accused of spying on his ex-wife, the Thane Police officials, on Saturday, confirmed that the 'Gangs of Wasseypur' star had no direct role in the case.

         Kharge confident of Congress' victory in K'taka    
New Delhi: Ahead of the State Assembly Polls in Karnataka, senior Congress Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday exhorted confidence in the party's victory in the state.

         Rahul Gandhi thanks Chidambaram, others for 'protecting party'    
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, while addressing the Plenary Session, thanked senior party leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and others for protecting the party.

         Indian Army inks MoUs with HPCL, NIEDO    
New Delhi: As part of Army's sustained initiative to secure a better future for the Kashmiri youth, the Indian Army under the aegis of Chinar Corps has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with corporate partner Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and training partner National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO).

         PNB fraud: 107 companies, 7 LLPs under scanner    
New Delhi: As many as 107 companies and seven limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are under the scanner following the billion dollar scam unearthed by Punjab National Bank (PNB).

         No-confidence motion not taken up; LS washed out for 10th day    
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha today could not take up notices for no-confidence motion against the NDA government moved by Andhra Pradesh parties, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying there was no order in the House and adjourned the proceedings for the day amid vociferous protests over various issues.

         No-confidence motion not taken up; LS washed out for 10th day    
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha today could not take up notices for no-confidence motion against the NDA government moved by Andhra Pradesh parties, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying there was no order in the House and adjourned the proceedings for the day amid vociferous protests over various issues.

         Centre to release 56 Pak prisoners    
New Delhi: The Central Government on Friday told the Supreme Court it wants to release 56 Pakistani prisoners. "We have found no case against 56 Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails, as a result of which we would want to release them and send them back to their country," Centre told Apex Court in an affidavit.

         Delhi HC reserves order on Karti's bail plea in INX Media case    
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the bail plea of Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidamabaram, in the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI.

         SC reserves verdict on pleas for probe into judge Loya's death    
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya.

         Customs seizes air gun parts at Delhi airport, 1 held    
New Delhi: An Indian man was arrested at the Delhi airport by the Customs for allegedly trying to smuggle air gun parts into the county, according to an official statement issued today. The man was intercepted after his arrival from Dubai yesterday.

         Rajputs hold anti-Mehbooba protests in Jammu    
Jammu: Demanding holiday on the birthday of erstwhile Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, Rajputs today held protests against Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti when she came here to inaugurate a park in his name.

         Judgement in fourth fodder scam case tomorrow    
Ranchi: A special CBI court today fixed tomorrow as the date of pronouncement of judgement in a fourth fodder scam case relating to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago against former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra.

         CPI to support no-confidence motion against NDA govt    
Hyderabad: The CPI will support the no-confidence motion moved by Andhra Pradesh parties against the NDA government, the party General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said today.

         Daler Mehndi convicted in human trafficking cases    
Patiala: A court here today sentenced Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi to two year imprisonment in connection with his role in human trafficking cases. He was held guilty under relevant sections of IPC by the court of Judicial Magistrate first class Judge Nidhi Saini, counsel Gurpreet Singh Bhasin said.

         TDP quits NDA; to move no-confidence motion    
AMARAVATI: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday decided to quit the NDA, days after two of its ministers resigned from the Narendra Modi government following the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. The party will also move a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over the injustice meted out to the state, an official communique said.

         J-K: 2 terrorists killed in Khanmoh encounter    
Srinagar: At least two terrorists were killed in yesterday's encounter with the security forces in Srinagar's Khanmoh area in Jammu and Kashmir. "In the said incident, two dead bodies of militants have been recovered so far, whose identities are being ascertained," police said in a release.

         Four arrested for running illegal online lottery racket    
Mumbai: The Mumbai Police has busted an online lottery racket and arrested four people from the Malwani area in western suburbs. The gang had developed a website and an online lottery application named 'Bhagyashree,' which is similar to Rajshree Lottery, the authorised online lottery centre. Police has seized five computers connected with CPUs, printers and scanners.

         From student to child labourer?    
Ghaziabad: A student in a government school in Ghaziabad was spotted carrying bricks to a construction site inside the school campus. One of the teachers said, "He is mentally challenged. We stop him from carrying bricks but he goes back to do the same." However, contradicting the teacher's claims, the student said that he was asked to bring the bricks by the labourers working in the school.

         Hearing in Justice Loya death case to continue today    
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Friday continue hearing the petitions seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged mysterious death of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge B H Loya. The apex court had earlier asked the Maharashtra Government to submit the postmortem report of the CBI judge, who had died in alleged suspicious circumstances in 2014, citing that the "matter was very serious."

         SP hints at alliance with BSP    
LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Govind Chaudhary on Thursday hoped for an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in future and congratulated chief Mayawati, as the SP, with the support of BSP, registered victory in both the Lok Sabha seats.

         Saffron cloth found tied to Tamil icons' busts    
CHENNAI: A saffron cloth was found tied to busts of Tamil Nadu's iconic leaders on Thursday, days after several incidents of vandalism of statues took place in the country.

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