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Swalia BibiUjjwala's beneficiary number 2 crore can no longer afford LPG

On the evening of March 31, 2017, when Swalia Bibi returned home after working as a house help, she sees officials of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited waiting at her doorstep. They had come to her dingy two-room house in Bhubaneswar’s Sikharchandi slum to tell the bewildered Swalia that she …

Section 144 imposed in Sabarimala as temple opens for devotees on Monday

The Pathanamthitta district collector in Kerala has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in Sabarimala and attached areas ahead of the ChithiraAvittom Pooja. The hill shrine in Sabarimala will be open for devotees on November 5 and 6. Prohibitory orders will be in place from Saturday midnight till Tuesday at 12 pm. District collector PB …

Uddhav Thackeray to RSSBring down govt if protest needed to get Ram temple built

Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should bring down the government if it felt the requirement to hold protests for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya despite having a strong government at the Centre. “If you feel the need to hold a protest despite having a strong government, …

Sabarimala rowDevotee organizations say Kerala Police's new security measures may only compound chaos

The new security measures being launched by Kerala Police to deal with law and order issues triggered by the 28 September Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women of all ages to the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala may compound the chaos during the two-month Mandalakala puja from 16 November. The protests by the Sangh Parivar …

YSR Congress won't contest Telangana Assembly polls; party's 'complete focus' on 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh

The YSR Congress on Saturday decided not to contest the 7 December Assembly elections in Telangana from its ‘complete focus’ is on the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh, its actual base. The party, however, stated it would take steps to strengthen the organization across Telangana with the elections in 2024 as the target. The YSRC …

Greatness will elude India unless there's support for free speech; it's people, not governments which make the nation

If you ask Indians what sort of India they want, almost all will said they want a powerful and prosperous one. The most powerful nation on the globe is the United States of America, which is also one of the most prosperous. It has an economy 10 times the size of India’s and it has …

Mamata inaugurates Kolkata International Film Festival

A bevy of Bollywood and international stars descended in the city on Saturday to visit the inauguration of the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). The eight-day long film festival has Australia as the theme country for this year. With the Bollywood stars who attended the event include Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, …

Invest in TN, invest in our shared future

“I am glad to inform you that Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Investment Fund (TNIF) has declared its first close with a total fundraising of $350 million,” Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam said here on Saturday. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of roundtable conference, ‘Innovative and Alternative Finance for Business and Infrastructure …

Cyclone Gaja to become the severe cyclone, weaken ahead of landfall

The low-pressure area over the Andaman Sea underwent controlled intensification by yesterday and became tropical cyclone ‘Gaja’ this morning over the open waters of the Bay of Bengal. India Met Department (IMD) has situated the cyclone to over East-Central and adjoining West-Central and South-East Bay, 400 km west-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 990 km …

There’s no resonance here for Ram Mandir or Rafale

Hindutva and Ram Mandir may as well be crafted in hieroglyphics, alleged Ram Fanoti, a Gond tribal in southern Chhattisgarh, a State ruled by the BJP for 15 years. Fanoti is equally perplexed by Rafale and defense scams but the Congress aka panja (Congress election symbol) has the advantage of habit during a campaign, marked …

Delhi air quality to remain ‘severe’ till Saturday

Delhi’s air quality would remain in the hard category till Saturday and the already toxic situation caused by smoke from fireworks is likely to aggravate further due to intensified stubble burning in neighboring states, government-run agency SAFAR said on Friday. Delhi’s air quality lits “significant” improvement as compared to Thursday when it went off the …

India alive to emerging threats in Indo-Pacific, concerned by modernization rate in the neighborhoodIAF chief

The Indian Air Force is “very much alive” to emerging challenges that could arise in the Indo Pacific region, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Sunday and asserted that his force was ready to deal with any challenge to protect India’s national interests. He also commented there is cause for concern over the rate of modernization …