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Will Modi govt drop M J Akbar from cabinet?

New Delhi, Oct 11: Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar's position in the government is untenable, sources on Thursday told ANI, adding that something big on him can be expected soon.

The revelation comes after at least five women accused Akbar of sexually harassing them when he was a newspaper editor. Akbar, who is travelling outside India,...

Self-styled godman Rampal found guilty in 2 murder cases by Haryana court

Hisar, Oct 11: Self-styled godman Rampal was on Thursday found guilty by a court in Hisar in two murder cases.

Additional District and Sessions Judge, Hisar, D R Chaliya, held Rampal and some of his followers guilty in these cases. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on October 16 and 17.

Rampal and 27...


Modi declared absconder in duty evasion case

New Delhi, Oct 11: A court in Surat on Wednesday declared fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi as an absconder in a case filed against him by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence case (DRI) for allegedly evading customs duty on import of diamonds.

Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia declared Modi an absconder in a case filed against him in December...

Rupee hits new low, falls 24 paise against US dollar on strong demand from importers

Mumbai, Oct 11: The rupee Thursday weakened by 24 paise to hit another low of 74.45 against the US dollar on strong demand for the American currency from importers amid unabated foreign fund outflows and a sharp losses in the domestic equity market.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the domestic currency opened weak at 74.37 and slipped...

Fuel prices continue to rise

New Delhi, Oct 11: Fuel prices continued to soar on Tuesday, with petrol and diesel rates being hiked by 10 paise and 27 paise respectively in Delhi.

After the revision, petrol is being sold at Rs 82.36 per litre, while diesel rates have escalated to Rs 74.62 in the national capital.

In Mumbai, petrol and diesel rates were...

Cyclone 'Titli' makes landfall near Odisha's Gopalpur

Bhubaneswar, Oct 11: The very severe cyclone 'Titli' makes landfall on early Thursday with surface wind reaching speeds of 126 kmph at Gopalpur in Odisha's Ganjam district, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

"The process of landfall has started and it will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours. The system will pass close to Gopalpur,"...

Hindu organsations shut down 400 meat shops in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, Oct 11: The Shiv Sena and another Hindu organisation claimed to have forcibly shut around 400 meat and chicken shops at different locations here on Wednesday, demanding that they remain closed during Navaratri.

Chief of Shiv Sena's Gurgaon unit Gautam Saini told PTI that around 300 members of different Hindu organisations assembled at the Lord Shiva temple located...

Give satisfactory explanation or quit: Cong to Akbar

New Delhi, Oct 10: The Congress said Wednesday Union minister M J Akbar must either offer a satisfactory explanation on the allegations of sexual harassment against him or resign immediately.

The party also demanded an inquiry into his conduct.

As the #MeToo campaign gathered momentum in India, some women journalists have come out and accused Akbar, a former...

Don't take action on anonymous complaints: Govt

There is no need to take action on anonymous or pseudonymous complaints alleging corruption by government employees, according to a directive issued by Personnel Ministry to all central government departments.

It said such complaints "need to be simply filed".

Officials said Wednesday the move comes after some of the central government departments received complaints of alleged corruption by...

Man who announced Rs 10-cr for beheading Deepika Padukone is now BJP spokesperson

Chandigarh, Oct 10: Controversial Rajput leader Suraj Pal Amu, who announced a Rs 10 crore bounty for beheading actor Deepika Padukone ahead of the release of the movie 'Padmaavat' last year, has been made the spokesperson of the BJP in Haryana.

Amu was at the forefront of the protest seeking a ban on the release of Sanjay...