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Cyclone Titli: Over 60 lakh hit by flood in Odisha, govt steps up relief ops

Bhubaneswar, Oct 12: The Odisha government on Friday deployed NDRF and ODRAF personnel to speed up rescue and relief operation mainly in three districts where over 60 lakh people were affected by flood due to heavy rainfall triggered by Cyclone Titli.

The flood situation in three south Odisha districts—Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada is grim as the water levels in...

Maneka proposes committee of legal experts to look into #MeToo cases

New Delhi, Oct 12: The Women and Child Development Ministry plans to set up a panel of legal experts to look into allegations of sexual harassment that have surfaced in the #MeToo campaign, Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Friday. She asserted that she believed in the “pain and trauma” of every complainant.

More women should come out...

Shankar IAS Academy founder commits suicide after fight with wife

Chennai, Oct 12: Shankar Devarajan, founder and CEO of Shankar IAS Academy, was found dead Friday morning at his home in Mylapore, Chennai. Shankar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself due to some personal issues.

Police said Shankaran committed suicide after a fight with his wife Vaishnavi. The couple had had some issues for the last few months, police...

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PFI national council appeals judiciary to protect religious freedom, personal laws

New Delhi, Oct 12: The National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of Popular Front of India held at its headquarters in New Delhi stated that a series of seemingly liberalist and progressive judgments came from the apex court in recent months intensifies the apprehension among the religious minorities that they may pave the way for Uniform Civil Code.

A highly...

Senior Cong leaders are egoistic, inaccessible: Cadre complain to Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Oct 12: Expressing discontentment, district presidents of the Congress party from various states told party president Rahul Gandhi that issues such as indiscipline among the party cadre, ego and lobby of senior leaders are creating problems for the party.

Sources told ANI that as part of an organisation-building exercise Rahul Gandhi had a telephonic interaction with party...

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Ganga activist's death: Rahul Gandhi vows to take fight for clean river forward

New Delhi, Oct 12: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday hailed environmental activist G D Agarwal for his contribution towards saving the Ganga and vowed to take his fight forward.

Agarwal passed away at a hospital in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, on Thursday, 111 days after he began a fast for a pollution-free Ganga. He was 86.

Describing Agarwal as "the...

Rahul Gandhi lying on Rafale, comes from family of "middlemen": BJP

New Delhi, Oct 12: Rejecting Rahul Gandhi's allegation of corruption against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal, the BJP on Thursday accused the Congress chief of "lying through his teeth shamelessly" and indulging in "politics of misinformation" to build his political career.

Repeatedly calling Gandhi a "clown prince", the BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra at a...

BJP trying to convert India into RSS Raj: Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad, Oct 11: The BJP is trying to convert India into "RSS Raj", AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi alleged on Thursday and hit out at Amit Shah, the chief of the saffron party, saying he was "frustrated and lost".

The remark of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief came a day after Shah lashed out at Owaisi, a bitter...

Cyclone Titli leaves 8 dead in AP, causes widespread damage in Odisha

Amaravati(AP)/Bhubaneswar, Oct 11: Cyclone 'Titli' made landfall on the eastern coast of the country early on Thursday claiming eight lives and wrecking havoc in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh, while causing widespread damage in neighbouring Odisha.

While no loss of lives were reported in Odisha, the "very severe" cyclonic storm left a trail of destruction in Gajapati...

On fast since June 22 to save Ganga, professor-turned-seer GD Agarwal dies

Haridwar, Oct 11: Noted environmentalist, IITian-turned-seer Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand (Professor GD Agarwal) who was on an indefinite fast for nearly past four months to exert pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led union the government to clean river Ganga, breathed his last today at AIIMS-Rishikesh. He was 87.

He had begun his fast on June 22 in the Matri...