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This Hindu-majority village chooses head of its only Muslim family as Punch

Bhaderwah, Dec 8: Setting an example of communal harmony and brotherhood, a Hindu-majority village in Bhaderwah town of Jammu and Kashmir elected unopposed the head of its only Muslim family as their Panch in the ongoing nine-phased Panchayat polls.

Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain (54), a Gujjar from a family of cattle rearers, has become the Panch of Bhelan-Kharothi village of...

Mekedatu Project helps both Karnataka and TN, says D K Shivakumar

Mekedatu, Dec 8: Karnataka minister for Water Resources D K Shivakumar today expressed surprise over Tamil Nadu calling for a special Legislature session over Mekedatu drinking water project taken up within the state and said that the riparian State should realise benefits as it was not an irrigation project.

Speaking to reporters at the proposed dam site on the...

Inspector’s murder during Bulandshahr violence just an ‘accident’: Yogi Adityanath

New Delhi: Days, after a police inspector was killed during the Bulandshahr violence, erupted over alleged cow slaughter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called the murder an 'accident', adding that whoever responsible for it will be punished. Adityanath also said that the cop's killing was not an incident of 'mob lynching'.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's statement came...

Surgical strikes Constant hype around military operations unwarranted says ex Army officer

Chandigarh, Dec 8: Two years after the surgical strikes carried out by the Army across the Line of Control, Lt Gen (retd) D S Hooda Friday said it was natural to have an initial euphoria over the success but the constant hype around the operation was unwarranted.

Gen Hooda was the Northern Army commander when the surgical strikes were...

ED searches premises of 3 people linked to Robert Vadra's firms

New Delhi, Dec 8: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday carried out searches against three people linked to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, in connection with its probe into alleged "commissions received by some suspects in defence deals" and illegal assets stashed abroad, officials said.

This is for the first time that Vadra's associates have been linked...

Rajasthan: Exit polls predict majority for Congress

Jaipur, Dec 7: Over 72 per cent of the 4.74 crore registered voters had cast their vote by 5 pm in Rajasthan where elections were held on Friday for 199 of the 200 assembly seats.

The exit polls for Rajasthan, which has switched governments every election, show Congress ahead though what people have decided will be revealed only on...

Telangana exit polls predict 60 plus seats for TRS

The exit polls for Telangana assembly elections are out. There are 119 constituencies in the state. As many as 1,821 candidates including a transgender are in the fray. The Congress has stitched together 'Praja Kutami' (People's Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) to take on the...

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, on the run, turns to Supreme Court

New Delhi, Dec 7: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate after hearing a petition filed by liquor baron Vijay Mallya seeking a stay on the proceedings to declare him a fugitive economic offender and confiscate his assets.

Headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the bench issued notice to the ED on the...

Reliance Jio employees with laptops caught in EVM strongroom

Chhattisgarh, Dec 7: Amid ongoing assembly elections, a security breach in a strongroom—where EVMs and VVPAT machines are kept after the polling is over until the day of counting—has been reported from Chhattisgarh. Three persons, who claimed to be employees of Reliance Jio, were detained by police from a strongroom at Women's Polytechnic College, Dharampura Jagdalpur.

However, news agency...

Nitin Gadkari, 61, collapses on stage at University convocation in Maharashtra

Ahmednagar, Dec 7: Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari fainted and collapsed during a function in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, on Friday.

The incident occurred when he was standing with other dignitaries for the National Anthem at the convocation function of the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) Agricultural University.

Gadkari started feeling uneasy, lost his balance and collapsed on the...