Congress paranoid about Modi: BJP
BJP today accused Congress of being paranoid about Narendra Modi, saying if it had not been so, the party-led government in Uttarakhand would not have "systematically hidden" facts about the assistance offered by Gujarat for the relief of disaster-hit people.
"I cannot understand why the Congress is so paranoid about Modi. After all it is this paranoia which did not let Bahuguna government talk openly about the generous amount of help offered by Modi for the flood-hit people of the state," BJP national secretary Trivendra Singh Rawat told reporters here.
Bihar govt official gifts wife 230 gold earrings
A Bihar official, an accused in a disproportionate assets case, would gift his wife gold ornaments whenever he received a fat bribe. And as investigators searched, they came upon a staggering 230 gold earrings, 53 finger rings and 36 bangles.
The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) team of Bihar Police was flummoxed when it recovered 230 pieces of gold earrings and tops during raids at the residence of Deputy Director of Secondary Education Radha Krishna Singh Yadav.
Hrithik discharged from the hospital
Hindi movie star Hrithik Roshan, who underwent a brain surgery for removal of a clot at the Hinduja Hospital here, has been discharged Thursday.
When he came out of the hospital, Hrithik was accompanied by his father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan.
Juvenile Board defers verdict on Delhi gang-rape accused
IANS: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has deferred its verdict on whether the minor, an accused in the December 16 gangrape case, would be tried as an adult or a juvenile for his crime
The minor, who was aged 17-and-half years at the time of the crime, could face a maximum sentence of three years, including the time already spent in custody, if he is tried as a juvenile for the crime. He turned 18 last month.
The family of the victim as well as social groups have been demanding that the juvenile accused should be tried and punished as an adult in view of the gravity of his crime.
A 23-year-old woman was gangraped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in Delhi Dec 16 last year. She later died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29. Six people, including the juvenile, were arrested in the case.
15 gold and diamond-studded idols stolen from old Jain shrine near Mangalore
India Today: In one of the biggest heists in the history of Karnataka, unidentified persons made away with 15 gold and diamond-studded idols from a Jain shrine in Moodabidri, near Mangalore, in coastal Karnataka. The current value of the idols, which belong to the 10th century, is said be "crores of rupees".
Allahabad High Court bans caste-based rallies, sends directive to all political parties.
Purported Indian Mujahideen's twitter handle remains alive and kicking
TOI: The purported twitter handle of the terror outfit - Indian Mujahideen - is still alive and kicking. Unperturbed by the ongoing probe which may uncover the truth of its intention, the handler of @IndianMujahidin on Thursday morning removed or hid all its 'followers' and the list of people it had followed for five days.
NDTV: The fire at the annexe of the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar has been brought under control, no casualties have been reported. Five fire fighters have been injured while trying to put down the fire.
PTI: A major fire broke out in the annexe of the Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, here today.
Flames and smoke started billowing from the two-storey wooden structure adjacent to the main building of the Civil Secretariat minutes before the scheduled opening of the offices at 9.30 AM, officials said.
The building, which houses among other offices of the Education Department and Medical dispensary, was engulfed in flames within no time, they said.
They said it was not clear whether any employee is trapped in the building even as fire tenders are trying to douse the flames.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Not just veggies, chicken prices are flying too
HT: Even as the price of tomatoes seem be inching downwards, it is now time for the prices of onions and poultry products to head north.
Uttarakhand government puts number of missing people at 5360, fresh rains claim 11 more lives
The Uttarakhand government put the number of missing people in last month's tragedy at 5360 and announced that pilgrimage to Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines will resume by September 30 even as fresh rains pounded several parts of the state and claimed 11 lives.
Seven members of a family were killed when the ceiling of their house collapsed in Dhikauna village in Chamoli district.
Delhi gangrape: fate of juvenile accused may be decided today
HT: A Juvenile Justice Board that conducted the trial of a 17-year-old accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in New Delhi is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday.
With helicopters hovering in the sky, the five-phase rural polls in West Bengal begin in the backdrop of intriguing court battles between two constitutional bodies, violence and complaints of terror and intimidation against the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Altogether 4.4 crore eligible voters will elect 58,865 representatives out of 1.77 lakh candidates in the three-tier panchayat bodies of the state - which is considered a model for the rural development system in the country - in the polls slated for July 11, 15, 19, 22 and 25.
In the first phase, the polls will be held in the three Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, under intensive security arrangements with helicopters keeping vigil from the air and the central paramilitary troopers manning every polling booth.
The issue of central security forces had been a bone of contention between the State Election Commission and the Mamata Banerjee-led government, with the latter being initially opposed to requisitioning uniformed personnel from the central paramilitary troopers.
Ahead of the polls, there were differences between the State Election Commission (SEC) and the state government over a plethora of issues. They almost fought a duel to determine the right to announce the poll schedule, and the primacy to conduct the polls, besides the security arrangements.
The disputes reached the legal corridor and finally the Supreme Court ordered a five-phase poll under the vigilance of a mix of central and state security forces.