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15 lakh teens will vote for 1st time in assembly elections

as many as 15,42,121 teens, aged between 18 and 19, have registered to vote in the upcoming assembly polls.the number of young voters born after january 1, 1999 registered to vote this time is more than double the number of first-time voters in the 2013 assembly elections, chief electoral officer sanjiv kumar said saturday. "of the 15.42 lakh young voters, 7.72 lakh have been enrolled in the ongoing special summary revision of electoral rolls," he said.the final electoral rolls will be published on february 28 and the number of voters stands at 4.96 crore for now. the bangalore south assembly constituency has the highest number of voters in the state at 5.01 lakh, whereas sringeri in chikkamagaluru district has the lowest with just 1.62 l...




jd(s) counters ahinda, hindutva politics with 'bahujan' card

the jd(s), which is making a desperate bid to return to power in the state, on saturday used its 'gathbandhan' with the bahujan samaj party (bsp), to display its show of strength, by far the party's biggest till date.the jd(s) leadership juxtaposed its 'marriage of convenience' with the bsp to make an emotional appeal to the 'bahujans' to counter chief minister siddaramaiah's ahinda politics, and the bjp's hindutva agenda. lakhs of jd(s) workers and loyalists who travelled from across the state to yelahanka in bengaluru to see their 'appaji' h d deve gowda and 'anna', h d kumaraswamy up close, also heard 'behanji' bsp chief mayawati tear into the two national parties.mayawati, who attacked the congress for its "betrayal" of b r ...




sea of devotees witness mahamastakabhisheka

lakhs of people from across the country and abroad witnessed the 88th mahamastakabhisheka, the grand festival of anointing the statue of bahubali in shravanabelagola on saturday. the event is held once every 12 years.the first drop of water fell on the 58-foot monolithic statue of bahubali at 2.32 pm amid chants of'bhagawan bahubali ki jai' and 'jai jai gurudev'. the statue was anointed with milk, sugarcane juice and saffron paste, sprinkled with sandalwood, turmeric and vermilion. the jain munis from parts of the world, jinamatas, devotees, and devotees witnessed grand event.the district administration had made arrangeme...




won't say no if i get a chance to be chief minister

actor-turned-politician m h ambareesh has been nursing a chief ministerial dream for the last 15 years. but, he is no dreamcatcher."i have been a chief minister candidate for 15 years and i will not say no if the opportunity comes my way. but it's good not to have hopes, because you get hurt when they get dashed," ambareesh told reporters in bengaluru on saturday. the former minister said there was no question of him contesting from any other constituency than his home turf mandya. "the people of mandya helped me win by 42,000 votes. can i run away? if i do, i'll be called a coward," ...




stray leopard shot dead, forest dept to file case

a leopard, that had strayed into residential areas three days ago, was shot dead on saturday by a cop triggering protests from the forest department.the forest department has sought registration of an fir against the police.according to sources, the leopard, which had been dodging forest officials for the past three days, entered a house in ashiana locality in the morning.a police team that was sent to control the crowd and keep the people away to enable the forest officials to tranquillise the animal, managed to pin it inside a room.the leopard reportedly attacked the cops prompting an inspector to open fire at the big cat. the bullet killed the leopard on the spot, sources said.luc...




india set to take over operations of chabahar port

india is set to take over the operations of chabahar port in iran, as prime minister narendra modi and the west asian nation's president hassan rouhani witnessed signing of the lease contract in new delhi on saturday.the port and maritime organization of iran leased out to india ports global limited a part of the phase 1 of the chabahar port (a.k.a. shahid behesti port) of the islamic republic for 18 months. the contract was signed by shipping minister nitin gadkari and iranian transport minister abbas akhundi after the leaders of the two nations met in new delhi.modi and rouhani witnessed exchange of seven other pacts after they met at hyderabad house in new delhi. they also witnessed exchange of instrument of ratification of the bilater...




sc turns to ag on plea to bar legislator-lawyers

the supreme court has sought assistance from attorney general k k venugopal to decide a plea to debar members of parliament and legislative assemblies from practising in courts as lawyers.a bench of chief justice dipak misra and justice a m khanwilkar posted the petition filed by bjp leader and advocate ashwini kumar upadhyay for consideration on march 12.several former union ministers, including kapil sibal and p chidambaram, now practice in courts as senior advocates though they are mps. there are several other mps in various political parties, who regularly don black robes and appear in courts as advocates.in his plea, upadhyay contended the country needed dedicated and full-time legislators."we cannot have legislators who are sailing in...




india giving befitting reply to pak's nefarious acts: rajnath

union home minister rajnath singh on saturday said india is giving a befitting reply to the nefarious activities of pakistan.singh, who was here to attend a programme at rohilkhand university, said bilateral talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand."india is giving a befitting reply to the nefarious activities of pakistan... talks and terrorism cannot go on concurrently," he told news persons.replying to a question on wit...




congress to take pnb fraud issue to people; rope in other parties

with the pnb banking scam gaining traction, congress on saturday decided to put all its might to "expose" the nda government's "complicity" in the fraud and also rope in other like-minded parties to corner prime minister narendra modi in parliament.leading from the front, congress president rahul gandhi said a scam of this magnitude cannot be done without "high-level protection". the congress is also planning a nation-wide campaign to step up pressure on the government."the question is nirav modi has taken away rs 22,000 crore. prime minister modi has to explain why did it happen and what he is going to do about it," rahul told reporters after a meeting of the congress steering committee which deliberated on the issue.former prime mi...




cbi makes first arrests in pnb scam; blame game on

the cbi on saturday made the first arrests in the multi-crore bank fraud involving billionaire diamond merchant nirav modi, taking into custody three people with a mumbai court saying the scam has "consequences for the economy of the nation".the enforcement directorate (ed), on its part, continued its searches in 21 locations across india in the rs 11,344.40 crore scam, seizing diamonds, jewellery and precious stones worth rs 25 crore at book value. the total seizures by the ed has now risen to rs 5,674 crore.the political temperatures over the fraud committed on punjab national bank also soared with congress president rahul gandhi locking horns with the government and his party planning to coordinate with other opposition parties to dema...




bjp links rahul, singhvi to nirav modi; congress says diversionary tactics

the bjp on saturday tried to pin the blame for the pnb banking fraud on the congress claiming that it was upa's "original sin" and sought to link controversial diamond merchant nirav modi to rahul gandhi and abhishek manu singhvi.while union minister prakash javadekar had claimed that state-run banks approved loans to nirav modi after rahul gandhi visited hi jewelry exhibition, defence minister nirmala sitharaman claimed that the diamond merchant's company operated from a property owned by singhvi's wife in mumbai.rahul dismissed the bjp's claim as an attempt to "divert the issue", while singhvi threatened to lodge "civil and criminal defamation" cases against sitharaman and her colleagues for making "ill-considered, ignorant and pa...




ram gopal varma grilled over derogatory comments

the cyber crime police on saturday questioned ram gopal varma in connection with a complaint against him for making derogatory comments against women during a tv discussion on his film god sex and truth.social worker r devi, who had opposed the release of the film, has filed a complaint accusing the filmmaker of making personal comments against her.varma appeared before the officials at the central crime station in response to the notice served on him almost a month back.cybercrimes additional dcp raghuveer said varma cooperated with the police but didn't answer technical issues.varma was asked about the location of the shoot and how he paid for the controversial film starring american porn star mia malkova.according to sources, varma denie...




congress fields lady doc in yogi's hometown for ls bypoll in up

hoping to regain lost grounds in uttar pradesh, that sends 80 members to lok sabha, congress has fielded a lady doctor in the bypoll from gorakhpur, the hometown of up chief minister yogi adityanath. the congress nominee dr. surhita kareem, is a well-known gynaecologist in gorakhpur town and had earlier contested for the mayor seat. she secured over 80 thousand votes but had lost to bjp.incidentally, surhita's name was not among the list of probables from gorakhpur seat sent to the party leadership. her choice came as a surprise for the state party leaders, sources said.although congress had won the gorakhpur seat six times after independence, its nominees had lost their security deposits in the past six lok sabha polls. in the 2014 lok s...




india giving befitting reply to pak's nefarious activities: rajnath

union home minister rajnath singh today said india is giving a befitting reply to the nefarious activities of pakistan.singh, who was here to attend a programme at rohilkhand university, also said talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand."india is giving a befitting reply to the nefarious activities of pakistan... talks and terrorism cannot go on concurrently," he told newspersons.replying to a question on withdrawal of cases aga...




vice president calls to end political killings

vice president m venkaiah naidu today condemned political killings and asked people to isolate the forces of violence."progress will not be possible without peace. i appeal to the people of kerala to isolate the forces of violence," he said, speaking at the release of the 100th book of senior bjp leader in kerala, p s sreedharan pillai. the vice-president's statement assumes significance in the backdrop of killing of a youth congress leader shuhaib, allegedly by ruling cpi(m) workers, at the politically sensitive kannur district on february 13. coming down heavily on political clashes, naidu said such attacks were not good. "murder and violence affect the social fabric. they will divert attention. i request the kerala state to isolate...




pnb fraud: cbi makes first arrests

the cbi made the first arrests in the multi-crore bank fraud involving billionaire diamond merchant nirav modi, taking into custody three people.the arrested were identified as retired deputy manager gokulnath shetty, single window operator manoj kharat and authorised signatory of the nirav modi group of firms hemant bhat.they will be produced before a cbi special court in mumbai.the government has launched a multi-agency probe after punjab national bank filed complaints with the cbi against nirav, his wife ami, brother nishal, uncle mehul choksi and bank officials that they defrauded it of rs 11,344.40 crore through illegal issuance of letters of undertaking and letters of credit.besides the cbi, the ed, income tax department and ministry o...




magnetic maharashtra summit to kick off from tomorrow

prime minister narendra modi's pet project – the ahmedabad-mumbai bullet train project-and chief minister devendra fadnavis's flagship initiative - the nagpur-mumbai super communication expressway – would be showcased at the at the mega summit in maharashtra starting from sunday.the aim is to make maharashtra future-ready so that it features consistently in the top destinations of the world for industrial innovation and smart manufacturing.while modi would inaugurate the magnetic maharashtra convergence 2018 global investors summit at the mmrda ground at the bandra-kurla complex on sunday, a host of central ministers and captains of the india inc would be visiting the event.the event will be organised by the maha...




rs 25k reward for info about man seen masturbating in front of du student

the delhi police has announced a reward for information about the unidentified man who was seen masturbating next to a delhi university (du) student in a bus last week, said a senior officer on saturday.the girl student had filmed the act and uploaded the video on social media causing widespread outcry.following the incident, a case under sexual harassment and performing obscene act in public was registered at vasant vihar police station on february 10.the police has appealed to the people to help in catching the accused and anyone providing information leading to his arrest will be rewarded with rs 25,000, said the officer.information regarding the man can be given at vasant viha...




arvinder singh lovely returns to congress

the congress on saturday welcomed former delhi unit chief arvinder singh lovely back into the party, a move that is seen as a signal to other leaders who left the organisation for greener pastures.lovely, a confidant of former delhi chief minister sheila dikshit, had quit the congress in april last year to join the bjp and a battle of egos between sheila and city unit chief ajay maken had peaked.with sheila and maken agreeing to set aside their differences to put up a united face ahead of the bypolls to 20 assembly seats, the congress also reached out to leaders who had quit the party."i was an ideological misfit in the bjp," lovely, told reporters at the aicc headquarters here on saturday.earlier in the day, lovely met congress president r...




india, iran agree to step up efforts to help afghanistan

prime minister narendra modi and iranian president hassan rouhani agreed on saturday to step up efforts to bring stability to war-ravaged afghanistan.modi reiterated india's commitment to help afghanistan become "a peaceful, secure, permanent, prosperous and pluralistic country" after holding talks with rouhani in new delhi on the last day of his three-day visit."looking at our common interests, we are committed to stopping the expansion of such forces that promote international organised crime in terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking, cyber crime and various forms," modi saidthere was no mention of financial assistance or providing weapons to help afghanistan fight militants by either leader.they did not name pakistan but it has...