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       HEADLINES: Bishop discharged from hospital                                              Saradakkutty remembers nuns who stood with victim                                              Bishop to be presented in court after another medical check-up                                              Dieep’s former advocate to appear for bishop Franco                                              Priests ordained by Franco married, offered qurbana                                              “If church try to throw us out, we’ll face it”, say nuns                                              Russia warns US it is 'playing with fire' with sanctions                                              Batsmen have to be better prepared when they go to England next time: Dravid                                              Batsmen have to be better prepared when they go to England next time: Dravid                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         “If church try to throw us out, we’ll face it”, say nuns    
KOCHI: The nuns who staged protest demanding the arrest of Jalandhar bishop said that they will face any disciplinary action taken by the church courageously. “We do not fear anyone. The church can no longer throw us out. All of us like to spend rest of our lives as nuns”, said sister Anupama. “When she heard the news about bishop’s arrest, the victim said that the arrest happened because everything depends on god. She was emotionless when she heard the news. We thank everyone from al

         We did not have a choice, says ex-French President Hollande on Reliance getting Rafale offsets    
NEW DELHI: Adding fuel to the ongoing Rafale controversy, former French President François Hollande in an interview to a media house said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal. In an article published by French journal Mediapart, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had n

         Parrikar govt on course to 'die natural death': Goa Congress    
PANAJI: The Manohar Parrikar government in Goa is on course to "die a natural death" and the Congress will form the next government in the state, the opposition party's state in-charge A Chellakumar claimed Friday. He, however, refused to say by when the Congress expected to wrest power in the coastal state. "The Manohar Parrikar-led government is on course to die a natural death. The government was formed by those who sold the ideology and sentiments of the voters for their greed

         Court seeks ED's response on Virbhadra Singh's plea    
NEW DELHI: A special court has granted two weeks to the Enforcement Directorate to respond to a plea of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh seeking certain documents in a money laundering case against him. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj directed the probe agency to file by October 5 its reply to the applications moved by Singh and other accused, including his wife Pratibha Singh and LIC agent Anand Chauhan. Special public prosecutors N K Matta and Nitesh Rana, appearing

         India, China need to work together: Maa Zhanwu    
KOLKATA: Consul General of People's Republic of China in Kolkata Maa Zhanwu has said his country along with India needed to work together for greater welfare of the world. The relations between the two countries have seen much progress and the meeting with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in July opened a new chapter in bilateral ties, he said. "We need to further promote exchanges and cooperation between the two great nations to contribute significantl

         Chaudhary appointed new SAIL chairman    
NEW DELHI: Anil Kumar Chaudhary has been appointed as the new chairman of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), a government order said Friday. Chaudhary, at present, has been serving as the Director (Finance) in the country's largest steel making company. The post of SAIL chairman fell vacant on June 30 with the retirement of P K Singh. The order issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) said Chaudhary will be in the post till his supera

         Camera traps spot antelope in Palamau Tiger Reserve    
NEW DELHI: Camera traps installed in the core area of the Palamau Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Jharkhand has found a young antelope this month, a wildlife official said Friday. With this, three young antelopes were spotted in the PTR in three consecutive years, Anil Kumar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer (Core Area), said. "The first photo was taken in 2016 and then in 2017. The latest one was taken in September this year in the core area of the PTR," Mishra said. Stating that the three

         HC directs two litigants to plant 100 trees in Delhi    
NEW DELHI: In an unusual verdict, the Delhi High Court has directed two men, who decided to withdraw cases against each other, to plant 100 trees in the capital as a "gesture of goodwill to society". While quashing criminal proceedings against them, Justice Najmi Waziri said the trees should be of deciduous indigenous variety and three years old or have a height of at least six feet. The court's order came while allowing the pleas of two men, who had filed cross cases against each

         Shah accuses Rahul Gandhi of supporting 'urban Naxals'    
RAIPUR: BJP president Amit Shah Friday accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of supporting "urban Naxals" plotting to assassinate the prime minister and asked him to clarify his stand on the issue to people in poll-bound Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Shah's comments come in the wake of the Maharashtra police arresting five human rights activists late last month for their alleged links with Maoists. Addressing party workers, Shah also mocked Gandhi, calling him "Rahul baba"

         Chidambaram slams govt for its 'heavy-handed' approach towards NPA    
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Friday slammed the Modi government for its banking policy, saying due to its "heavy-handed" approach towards non-performing assets, banks have no money to lend. In a series of tweets, the former finance minister also claimed that though export credit had declined from Rs 39,000 crore in June, 2017, to Rs 22,300 crore in June, 2018, the government thinks that it is taking steps to boost exports. "In a climate of suspicion and vendetta,

         Rahul pulls no punches in attack on PM, provokes BJP    
DUNGARPUR: In a no-holds-barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said people are now heard saying the country's watchman is a thief . Gandhi's remark at a public meeting provoked a strong reaction from the BJP with Union minister Smriti Irani calling him the clown prince who had no respect for the prime minister's post. Rahul Gandhi was referring to the prime minister's silence on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal with France and the Modi

         Assam govt to bear 2 pc premium of PM Fasal Bima Yojana    
GUWAHATI: Assam government would bear the two per cent premium for farmers to help them reap rich dividends from the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Thursday. The PMFBY is an actuarial premium based scheme under which a farmer has to pay a maximum premium of 2% for Kharif, 1.5% for Rabi food & oilseed crops. The state government will provide the premium to enable full insured amount to the farmers against crop loss on account of natural

         Six booked under Goondas Act in Gautam Buddh Nagar    
NOIDA: The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration Thursday said it has invoked the stringent Goondas Act against six persons for their alleged involvement in crimes in the district. District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh, based on a recommendation report by Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma, pressed charges under the UP Control of Goondas Act, 1970, against these persons, an official statement said. The Act has been invoked against Waheed, Wasim and Rizwan of Bulan

         SC extends deadline for probe in Aircel-Maxis deal case    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday extended by three months the deadline given to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete the probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the probe should be completed in three months. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, said the agency needs some two-three months to complete the probe as it needs to confront some accused with several e-mails. The ED is probing a money laun

         PM wishes Ajay Maken speedy recovery    
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday wished ailing Congress leader Ajay Maken a speedy recovery. Maken, who is undergoing treatment abroad, thanked the prime minister for his wishes. He said he is suffering from an "irreversible and progressive orthopaedic ailment, which is extremely painful, but not life-threatening". "Dear @ajaymaken Ji, I pray for your good health and wellbeing," Modi wrote on Twitter. "Many many thanks for your good wishes Sir," the Congress lea

         PDP hopes PM Modi will reciprocate dialogue offer made by Imran Khan    
NEW DELHI: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reciprocate the offer of talks made by his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan, saying dialogue was the only way out of the stalemate. Khan has proposed a meeting between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month. In a tweet on its official handle, the PDP said, "Thank y

         Indian economy to reach USD 5 trillion size by 2022: PM    
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday the size of Indian economy will double to USD 5 trillion by 2022 with manufacturing and agriculture contributing USD 1 trillion each. Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of India International Convention and Expo Centre here, he cited this week's announcement of merger of Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank and Bank of Baroda to create the country's third largest lender to say that the government will not shy away from taking tough decisio

         PM travels in Delhi Metro    
NEW DELHI: Going to lay the foundation stone for an international trade centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday travelled in Delhi Metro's Airport Express Line from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka and back. "Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi travelled in Delhi Metro's Airport Express Line today (Thursday). He boarded the Metro train at Dhaula Kuan Metro station at 3.13 p.m and travelled up to Dwarka Sector-21 Metro station, leaving the station at 3.27 p.m," a Delhi Metro Rail Corp spok

         India accepts Pakistan PM's proposal for foreign ministers meet    
NEW DELHI: India on Thursday announced that it has accepted Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). However, the government clarified that the meeting between the two ministers does not imply resumption of dialogue or talks with Pakistan. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders will meet at a mutually

         Difference in opinion will arise only if party exists: Oommen Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has come forward expressing his dissatisfaction in the protest of several people against the proposed plan to completely transform the party including changing KPCC president. “Everyone should accept high command decision whatever it is. Party is most important. Everyone should remember that difference in opinion occur, only if the party exists. Congress party will move forward united”, said Oommen Chandy. Meantime, clashes have originated w

         Hike in petrol price, diesel stagnant    
New Delhi: After a day of hiatus, petrol price witnessed a 6 paise per litre hike in three metropolitan cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata on Thursday. The price was increased by 7 paise per litre in Chennai.

         Forces within JNU 'waging war against India', says Sitharaman    
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has alleged that there are forces within the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which are "waging a war" against India.

         Cabinet clears ordinance to make triple talaq penal offence: Law Minister    
New Delhi: The Union cabinet has cleared an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Wednesday, citing compelling necessity for the move as the practice annulled by the Supreme Court continues unabated.

         Army pays tributes to Lance Naik Malik    
SRINAGAR: The Army Tuesday paid tributes to Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, who was killed by militants inside his house in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Malik was on leave at his native village in Kulgam district to perform the last rites of his son, who was killed in an accident a few days ago, when a group of terrorists barged into his house on Monday. "In a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh Cantonment, Corps Commander Lt Gen A K Bhatt and all ranks paid homage to the martyr Mu

         Seven-year-old girl raped in Shahdara: Police    
NEW DELHI: A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl in Shahdara's Seemapuri area, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night, they added. In a statement to the police, the victim's mother alleged that her daughter was raped by a neighbour. The girl was playing outside her residence at around 10.30 pm on Monday when the accused took her to the bushes near the DLF chowk and raped her, a senior police officer said. The victim was

         BJP, Congress mock Mamata's foreign visit    
KOLKATA: The opposition Congress and BJP Tuesday mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her foreign visits seeking investments and said the state government should publish a white paper on the amount of investments that the state has received in last few years. Stating that she was invited by industrialists, businessmen and the governments of the two European countries, Banerjee on Sunday left for a 12-day trip to Germany and Italy to attract investments to the state. "Ear

         No relief from Centre, states for Nagaland disaster    
KOHIMA: Nagaland has been hit by an unprecedented disaster last month and it is yet to receive any relief fund from the Centre or other state governments, the Assembly was informed Tuesday. Relief received from individuals and NGOs under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund till date is Rs 4.69 crore, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said. "The amount is being utilised for relief, rehabilitation, ex-gratia for the affected families and to meet the critical gaps not covered under National Disaster

         Gujarat Assembly pays homage to Vajpayee    
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat Assembly paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and nine former state legislators on the first day of monsoon session Tuesday. After paying homage to the deceased leaders, the House was adjourned for the day. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tabled a motion to pay homage to Vajpayee, two former state ministers and seven former MLAs who have died since the Budget session in March. The chief minister called Vajpayee a "nation-builder". "Atal-ji

         SC stays Patna HC order asking to set up a fresh probe team in Muzaffarpur shelter home case    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed a Patna High Court order asking the CBI special director to set up a fresh team to probe Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case. Patna High Court had on August 29 ordered that a fresh team of investigators be constituted by the Special Director of CBI in the case in which incidents of alleged rape and sexual assault of women inmates over a period of time had come to light in an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur. A bench of Justices Mada

         Air Tanzania to soon resume direct flights to India    
CAIRO: Air Tanzania will soon resume services to India with direct flights to Mumbai from Tanzanian city Dar Es Salaam, an official said Monday. Air India and Air Tanzania had direct flights between the two countries but the operations were stopped in mid-1990s due to commercial reasons. "Air Tanzania has recently received permission to operate into India from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)," Zanzibar Tourism Promotion Centre (Mumbai) Jilesh Babla told PTI here. The

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