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NEW DELHI: With Supreme Court geared up to adjudicate upon the legal aspects of Triple Talaq, a woman has urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to abolish the Islamic practice to dissolve the marriage. A victim of Triple Talaq, Nida Khan has taken to the social media appealing Adityanath for the abolition of anti-women Islamic tradition. Earlier, raising her voice against the Triple Talaq, a pregnant woman wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to ban the controversial p...
MEERUT: The Meerut Municipal Corporation has prohibited its member from attending a meeting as they refused to sing ‘Vande Mataram’. The resolution was proposed by Mayor Harikant Ahluwalia after some councillors belonging to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition parties clashed over the national song. All of the seven corporators who refused to attend the meeting were form a minority community. They left the session soon after rest of the members started sing...
LUCKNOW: Terming the Mahakaushal express derailment incident as ‘unfortunate’, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Thursday said it is a matter of probe, adding that necessary compensation will be announced. “Any incident is unfortunate. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed me to go to Mahoba. The ATS and railway police are there. I will take cognizance and will let Yogi Adityanath ji know,” Singh told ANI. “After the Chief M...
MUMBAI: Egyptian Eman Ahmed is the only person in the world found to be suffering from a gene defect that has made her abnormally obese, according to doctors treating her. The Egyptian weighed 498 kgs when brought to Mumbai, but now weighs 340 kgs following a bariatric surgery conducted on her earlier this month. Doctors said the operation may have some beneficial effects but does not deal with the underlying problem. "Eman is the only known person to have such a genetic defect," th...
KOLKATA: At least two persons were charred to death in a fire at a hotel in southern Kolkata early today, police said.      Anup Agarwal and Jugalkishore Gupta, guests at the hotel, were rushed to a hospital after suffering serious injuries in the fire but could not be saved. The fire broke out at around 3 am, a senior police officer said, adding that up to 30 persons, including the hotel's staff, have been rescued.      Nine fire tenders were rushed to the sit...
RANCHI: Many illegal slaughterhouses were closed down in Ranchi on Thursday as the 72 hours ultimatum ended today. “Who will employ me at this age? We will leave this work if the government provides us jobs,” Sarwar Ali,  an illegal slaughterhouse owner told ANI. The Jharkhand Government earlier on Monday issued an order for closure of all illegal slaughterhouses in the state within 72 hours. The government’s decision came on the heels of a demand by right wing organiza...
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the site of Mahakaushal express derailment and oversee the rescue and relief operations there. As many as 22 people have suffered injuries in the Mahakaushal express derailment accident that took place today. “22 people suffered injuries in Mahakaushal express derailment accident, out of which 19 are discharged,” Anil Saxena, DG (PR) of Indian Railways told ANI. E...
MUZAFFARNAGAR: As the abattoirs in Uttar Pradesh are on indefinite strike under the Yogi Adityanath Government, the meat shop owners are coerced to sell tea now. “My meat shop has been forcefully closed even when I had proper license, forced to sell tea now,” said Nazakat, a resident of Muzaffarnagar. Another meat shop owner said that the administration forcefully shut down their shops. “The meat shop owners are force to sell tea now as they don’t have any other option...
AMRITSAR: An Indian national from Jammu and Kashmir who had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan has been repatriated to India, seven months after he was captured by the Pakistani officials. Sham Bihari had crossed over to Pakistan in August 2016 and was repatriated back to India on Wednesday. Although he was upset, Bihari said he felt good before he was frisked away by army personnel. Sham was handed over to the Border Security Force (BSF) by afternoon but was sent back because of lack...
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear various petition on the Constitutional legitimacy of Triple Talaq and polygamy in the Muslim community. The apex court had earlier made it clear that it is not debating the important issue of uniform civil code (UCC). However, the petitioners had told the apex court that the matter is a serious and sensitive issue and the court should hear it. Several women have filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the Triple Talaq...
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear a batch of petitions seeking modification of its December 2016 order banning liquor outlets within 500 metres of state and national highways across the country. Several states, including Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana and Haryana and various others had told the apex court that 500-metre distance is much higher and should be reduced.  Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, also agreed with the associations and...
NEW DELHI: Supporting the passage of Goods and Services tax (GST) supplementary bills in the Lower House, The Shiv Sena on Thursday called it a ‘revolutionary bill’ Talking to ANI, Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said, “The bill has been passed, it’s a revolutionary bill. Let us experience and experiment it. There are some issues and some queries but unless you experience the implementation part of it, we will not be able to come to a conclusion.”  “The ...
NEW DELHI: Going against the party line, which expressed displeasure over the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes on Thursday supported the Centre’s move and said that the country would be benefitted under the new tax regime. “We have been very particular that we should pass the GST bill and it was UPA government under Dr Manmohan Singh, Sonia ji, Chidambaram ji they had moved this bill. But the opposition was not willing to co...
AMRITSAR: The Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT), which is responsible for the upkeep of the tricolor at the Attari-Wagah border, has urged the Centre to conduct an inquiry after the government was forced to replace the 350 feet flag which was torn apart due to high-speed winds. After it was inaugurated on March 5, the Rs 1.25 lakh worth flag has been replaced thrice after high-speed winds caused the flag to tear apart. This has raised concerns as fingers are being pointed on the authorities for ...
NEW DELHI: The Indian Government has decided to hold Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2017 at D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo on May 21 for admission of meritorious Sri Lankan students for the academic session 2017-18, High Commission of India, Colombo announced. Sri Lankan students aspiring for IIT admission can apply online along with successful Indian students who have cleared IIT JEE (Main), a screening test from which Sri Lankan students are exe...
NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will move Finance Bill 2017, in Lok Sabha for consideration of Rajya Sabha amendments.  The Rajya Sabha yesterday returned the Bill with five amendments moved by the opposition.  The Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017, and Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 is scheduled to come up for consideration and passage in the Lower House today.  In Rajya Sabha, Appropriation Railways Bill, 2017 and Appropriation Railways Nu...
NEW DELHI: Severe heat conditions continued in several parts of the country and parts of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab are reeling under intense heat. In Delhi, the mercury settled six notches above normal at 38.2 degrees Celsius. In Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions, the highest maximum temperature of 42.9 degree Celsius was recorded at Amreli, followed by 42 degree Celsius at Surendranagar and Kandla. Ahmedabad city reported maximum temperature of 41.8 degree Celsius. On Mo...
LUCKNOW: Eight coaches of the Jabalpur- Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed in the wee hours today near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh. According to initial reports, around nine passengers of the Delhi-bound train were injured in the incident which took place at 2:07 am, the Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway said. The official said an accident relief train has also been rushed to the site and the injured have been given first-aid. Around eight coaches from the rear si...
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned from April 1 the sale and registration of vehicles that do not comply with Bharat Stage IV emission norms. The Bench upheld the deadline of March 31 for a phaseout of BS III emission norms. Observing that health of the people is “far, far more important than the commercial interests of the manufacturers”, an apex court Bench said the makers of such vehicles have declined to take “sufficient proactive steps” despite being ...
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today allowed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to file a rejoinder to the government's reply to his plea seeking a direction for framing detailed guidelines and "fool-proof policy" for grant of security clearance to companies for FM broadcast. "You (Swamy) can file it," a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said when the BJP leader sought the court's nod for filing his rejoinder to the reply filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). ...