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NEW DELHI: Borrowing a page from the party patriarch LK Advani’s book, BJP chief Amit Shah will start a 15-day pravas (tour) for an expansion drive today. It will involve a journey through five states where the party has been traditionally weak — Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Telangana. The yatra will begin from Naxalbari — a West Bengal village from where the left-wing extremism started in the late 1960s. Mr Shah is planning to spend three days in each state. While the long-term goal is the 2019 generalRead More
NEW DELHI: Monday night was a special one for Zaheer Khan. The Delhi Daredevils captain announced his engagement to actor Sagarika Ghatge. The cricketer tweeted a photo with the actor and said, “Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them !!! Partners for Life #engaged.” The actor too shared a photo announcing the good news to her followers. The two have made many public appearances together including Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s wedding in December. But even as wishes poured in for the couple, some ended upRead More
WASHINGTON: A Silicon Valley “flying car” start-up, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a “personal flying machine” this year. “Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality. We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them,” said a statement on the website of the Kitty Hawk company, based in Google’s home town of Mountain View, California. “Today we’reRead More
RAIPUR: The deadly Maoist ambush of a Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF team that was helping build a road in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on Monday, took place only about 2 km away from the CRPF camp. 25 CRPF men were killed and six were injured when about 300 Naxals attacked them with rocket launchers and AK-47s, outnumbering the 99-member team of soldiers. A senior police officer said the attack was well planned. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called it a -challenge-. He will pay homage to the soldiers killed inRead More
Hyderabad/Vijayawada: Over five lakh trucks went off the roads in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as part of an indefinite strike by transporters which began on Thursday in the two states. The lorry owners’ associations in both states said the members suspended transportation services from 6 a.m. in accordance with the decision taken by the South Zone Motor Transporters’ Welfare Association in support of their demands. The association has exempted essential services like transport of vegetables, milk and petrol from the strike. Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners’ Association claimed that three lakhRead More
Lucknow: Eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed in the wee hours today near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, around 12 passengers of the Delhi-bound train were injured in the incident which took place at 2:07 AM, the Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway said. The official said an accident relief train has also been rushed to the site and the injured have been given first-aid. Around eight coaches from the rear side of the train derailed between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations, the CPRO said.Read More
New York: US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said there should be no travel ban on the basis of religion, but defended President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, saying it is meant to keep the country safe. Haley said she believes that legal immigration is the “fabric” of America, pointing out that she is the “proud daughter” of Indian immigrants. “I’m the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me everyday how blessed we were to be inRead More
New Delhi:  India moved another step closer to the launch of a nation-wide sales tax regime when the lower house of parliament approved supporting legislation on Wednesday night. The development will boost confidence that the wide-ranging tax reform — which was proposed a decade ago and since then has been refined to win bipartisan support under Prime Minister Narendra Modi — will meet the government’s latest target of July 1. The four bills supporting India’s most significant economic reform since the 1990s will now go to the upper house, whereRead More
India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday clarified that his ‘no-longer-friends’ with Australian cricketers comment had been blown out of proportion and he continues to be on good terms with the “few guys” he knows and those who have played with him at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kohli’s clarification comes after he received widespread criticism from the Australian media on what they dubbed as ‘classless’ comments.”No, it has changed for sure. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure. As IRead More
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today ruled out possibility of early Assembly polls. His assertion came in the backdrop of opposition Congress’ claim that Assembly elections are likely to be advanced in Telangana. “Elections will happen as per schedule,” he said in the Legislative Assembly, referring to the comments of state Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy. The term of current Assembly ends in 2019. Rao’s comments came during a debate on the annual budget for 2017-18 while talking about the measures announced by the TRS government for the welfare of backwardRead More