2 women forced to return 500 metres away from Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala (Kerala): Huge protests by hundreds of devotees at the entrance of Sabarimala temple forced the Kerala Police accompanying two women Friday to call off their journey towards the Lord Ayyappa shrine. At 10.50 a.m., Kavita, the Hyderabad-based journalist and her four member crew along with another woman devotee Rehna Fathima from Kochi, began their descend towards Pamba foothills of the temple. It was around 6.45 a.m., when the two women...

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No insurance cover to persons suffering from congenital anomalies: HC seeks IRDAI explanation

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) to "explain the reasonableness" of not granting insurance cover to people suffering from congenital anomalies. "What is the objection to giving insurance cover to them (people suffering from congenital anomalies)," a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao asked the IRDAI and sought its response before the next date of hearing on...

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Statues of legends S D Burman, Kishore Kumar in Kolkata soon

Kolkata: Statues of music maestros S D Burman and Kishore Kumar, who enthralled audience with their hit numbers for decades, would be installed here by a fan club next week. Kumar's son and popular singer Amit Kumar would inaugurate the statues on October 22, in presence of Kolkata Municipal Corporation's Mayor-in-Council Debasish Kumar, secretary of the club, Sudipta Chanda, said Wednesday. Earlier, the fan club had set up a bust of...

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Indian-American awarded at White House for combating human trafficking

Houston: An Indian-American woman has been honoured with a Presidential award by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combatting human trafficking in Houston. Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor on Human Trafficking to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, received the 'Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking' in the White House last week at a ceremony also attended by President Donald Trump. "It was unbelievable," said Davis after winning...

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PM and CM greet people on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended their heartfelt greetings to the people of Odisha on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra Friday. Prime Minister posted a video on his official Twitter handle speaking about the importance of festival in our life and significance of Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day of...

Man kills wife for opposing liquor consumption

Keonjhar: In a shocking incident, a man assaulted his wife, slit her throat with a sharp-edged weapon and brutally killed her after she reportedly objected his liquor consumption at Mukta Sahi under Telkoi police station in Keonjhar district Thursday night. While the deceased was identified as Gurubari Juanga, the accused has been identified as Tukura Juanga. According...

Trump praises congressman for assaulting reporter

Washington: US President Donald Trump has praised Montana Republican Representative Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter during his campaign last May and called him "my guy". "Any guy who can do a body slam ... he's my guy," Trump said at a Montana rally Thursday night and made a gesture mimicking a body slam, according to CNN....

Man carries daughter’s body: Administration provides Rs 10L

Mohana: The incident of a man carrying his minor daughter’s body on his shoulder to hospital for post mortem, took a different turn after the superintendent of police (SP), Gajapati claimed that the man carried the body with an intention of getting compensation money. While addressing media people at a press conference held at the conference hall...

Modi slams UPA for not building sufficient homes for poor

Ahmednagar (Maharashtra): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday attacked the previous UPA government for not building sufficient homes for the poor. "In the final four years of the UPA rule, they built only 2.50 million homes for the poor. In the past four years of the BJP government, we have constructed 1.25 crore houses for the poor with...

RBI eases norms to increase liquidity flow for NBFC sector

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Friday came out with new measures to increase the liquidity flow to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs). The move comes amid concerns of a credit crunch for the NBFC sector post default by some of the IL&FS Group companies. "It has been decided that, with immediate...

Class 9 student gangraped, attempts suicide

Patna: A gang-raped Class 9 student was seriously injured on Friday after she leap from a building and landed on high voltage wire in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, triggering mob violence, police said. The victim was battling for life after jumping from the roof of a three-storey building in Chitranjan where she was raped after being intoxicated, Lakhisarai...

Elections postponed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar after top officials’ assassination

Kabul: The Afghan government Friday delayed October 20 parliamentary elections by one week in Kandahar province after the provincial police chief and intelligence chief were assassinated by the Taliban. A spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani announced that the National Security Council decided in a special meeting that Saturday's polls would be suspended as recommended by provincial leaders...

Taliban threatens to disrupt Afghan elections

Kabul: The Taliban Friday threatened to derail the upcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan by blocking roads to prevent voters from reaching the polling stations. The insurgents allege that the elections, to be held on Saturday, were aimed at legitimizing the presence of foreign troops in the country, reports Efe news. "The Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate (as the...

Man attempts suicide in Berhampur railway station

Berhampur: In a shocking incident, a man reportedly attempted suicide by publicly slitting his throat with a sharp blade over some unknown reason at Berhampur railway station here in Ganjam district Friday morning. According to reports, the man is a native of Maharaj village in Aska block but was working as a daily wage labourer in Surat. He...

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