Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 : At least 12 people were feared dead and four missing in a landslide triggered by heavy rain after cyclone Titli in Odisha's Gajapati district, Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi said Saturday.
Jammu, Oct 13 : The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) on Saturday threatened to launch an agitation to press for dissolution of the Assembly which was kept under suspended animation after the fall of PDP-BJP government in the state in June. Criticising the decision of keeping the Assembly in suspended animation for the last 116 days, NPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh claimed that never before had any assembly been kept in a similar situation for such a long time where none of the parties had the requisite strength.
Chandigarh, Oct 13 : Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking early elections of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages gurdwaras of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. In a letter written to the Home Minister, Bajwa claimed that the present members of the SGPC were "illegal occupants" of the SGPC office, saying that their tenure had ended in 2016.
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday said the standing crops, roads and trees suffered the maximum damage in cyclone Titli and the resultant flood in the state.
Sonbhadra, Oct 13 : Two people were killed when a diesel tanker fell into a 160-feet deep gorge in Markundi valley, police said Saturday. Additional Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar Dixit said the incident took place Friday night. "The diesel tanker fell into a 160-feet deep gorge in Markundi valley after the driver lost control.
Mumbai, Oct 13 : Two persons were Saturday nabbed by the National Investigation Agency from suburban Andheri here with fake currency notes of Rs 2000 denomination with a face value of Rs 96,000, an official said.
Jammu, Oct 13 : Like first two phases, the enthusiastic voters have thronged polling stations across Samba district of Jammu region in the third phase of the urban local bodies (ULB) elections to seal the fate of 242 candidates in 56 municipal wards. Besides Samba, the voting is in progress in the third phase of the four-phased ULB polls in Jammu and Kashmir from 6 am covering a total of 96 wards of eight municipalities 40 wards in Kashmir valley's Anantnag, Baramulla and Srinagar districts. The voting is underway smoothly in all the four municipal committees of Samba, Ramgarh, Vijaypur and Bari-Brahmana and so far 59.39 per cent of 31,878 electorate have exercised their franchise in the 57 polling stations set up across the district till 12 am, district election officer, Samba, Sushma Chauhan told TST.
Aligarh (UP), October 12Three Kashmiri students of the AMU were suspended after they allegedly tried to hold a prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in north Kashmir, officials said on Friday.Some Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Thursday had gathered near Kennedy Hall on the campus to hold funeral prayers for Wani, following which the university staff and student union leaders rushed to the spot and tried to stop them, AMU spokesperson and Professor Shafey Kidwai said on Friday.There was a heated exchange between the AMU Students’ Union leaders and the Kashmiri students but they finally moved out of the area, Kidwai said, adding that three Kashmiri students were suspended for trying to hold an unlawful gathering.He said the university has made it clear that there was zero tolerance for any act, which would even remotely be described as anti-national.AMUSU president Faizul Hasan told TST that he had always championed the cause of freedom of speech but any act of treason or terror was unacceptable to the union.He said they will not allow the university to be defamed by any person who indulges in such unlawful activity.Meanwhile, BJP lawmaker from Aligarh Satish Gautam said those trying to hold a prayer meeting for Wani on the AMU campus should be expelled.The 27-year-old Wani, who quit PhD studies in Allied Geology and joined the militant ranks in January this year, was killed at Shatgund village in Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district during the encounter on Thursday.
Kolkata, Oct 12 (TST) Agitating students of the Presidency University have withdrawn their 10-day-long hunger strike after authorities gave them a written assurance that they would be provided accommodation at a hostel, adjacent to the institute's campus, by the middle of the next month.The students have been demonstrating on the institute campus since August, seeking room allotments at two blocks of Eden Hindu Hostel.The authorities had, however, said that the hostel, which was undergoing renovation work, would be opened only after it was found to be safe for use.Sayan Chakraborty, a spokesman of the agitators, said Friday that the university has given written asurance that the hostel rooms will be made available to them by November 15.The institute also agreed to bear medical expenses of students who fell ill during the course of protest, he said."Besides providing accommodation by November 15, the authorities agreed to allot space at the hostel for immediate shifting of belongings from the rented facility at New Town."They are also ready to bear medical expenses of those who fell ill during the sit-in demonstration, which began on August 3, and indefinite fast on October 1," Chakraborty said in the statement.The university, however, did not concede to their demand for dissolution of a probe panel formed by the institute to find out who was responsible for closure of the main gate on September 10, a day ahead of the convocation ceremony, he said.One of the agitating students, Subho Biswas, said the strike was withdrawn around 7pm Thursday evening.He, however, clarified that the students will continue the sit-in demonstration on the main campus of the university till November 15 over other demands."In the light of the written assurance by the authorities Thursday, we withdrew the fast at 7pm. But this is a partial victory for the students," he added.A university official said the students have been given details about the progress of the renovation work."We had urged the students to withdraw fast as it was taking a toll on their health and Puja holidays were round the corner. We also shared with them details about the renovation of the Hindu Hostel and invited the PWD officials, who are supervising the work, to talk to the students," he said.Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia had called upon the students earlier this week, asking them to withdraw their fast after PWD officials informed the university that two wards of the hostel can be thrown open by November 15.Lohia also said the "ball was in the court of Public Works Department (PWD)" and every effort was being made to keep the hostel ready with all safety guidelines in place.The Hindu Hostel was shut down for repairs in July, 2015 and 150 boarders were shifted to a rented accommodation at New Town.
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 12 (TST) Members of the Opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala Friday staged demonstrations to express solidarity with Ayyappa devotees even as the CPI, the key partner in the CPI-M led LDF, said there was an attempt to "politicise" the Supreme Court order on Sabarimala.The BJP said its protest would not be confined to Kerala and would expand to other South Indian states.CPI state secretary Kannam Rajendran said, "LDF was not against believers. The government was bound to implement the Supreme Court order and it was doing only that." "There was an attempt to politicse the issue," he added.A group of Congress activists including several women held a dharna in front of an office of the Travancore Devaswom Board, that manages the hill shrine with the slogan of 'Protect Sabarimala Temple'.Inaugurating the 'devotees gathering,' KPCC Campaign Committee Chairman K Muraleedharan, MLA, said the state government should file a review petition against the apex court verdict to allow entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala shrine.Taking a dig at the BJP, which has also launched a protest march over the issue, Muraleedharan said the matter could be resolved if the Centre brings in a law to restrict the Court from interfering in temple customs and tradition.Meanwhile, the 'Sabarimala Protection' long-march led by BJP passed through the neighbouring Kollam district.The march would culminate in the state capital on October 15.Speaking on the occasion, BJP President P S Sreedharan Pillai criticised the CPI-M led LDF government's decision to implement the top court order.He said the saffron party was with the believers and there would be no compromise on that.The party would expand the stir over the issue to South Indian states, from which lakhs of Ayyappa devotees visit the hill shrine during the annual pilgrimage season, he added.Similarily, a protest dharna was held in front of the secretariat by members of Pandalam Royal family, associated with Lord Ayappa demanding a law to preserve customs and traditions of the hill shrine.Cutting across political lines, Congress leaders V S Sivakumar, MLA, Pandalam Sudhakaran and Suresh Gopi, actor-turned-BJP Rajya Sabha member were among those who participated in the dharna, organised under the banner of 'Ayappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi.' Speaking on the occasion, Pandalam Royal Family member Sasikumara Varma said customs and traditions of Lord Ayyappa Temple cannot be destroyed with a single court order.He also sought to know why there was an 'infringement' on the customs of the Sabarimala Temple alone. "Is it because the hill shrine has become famous?" he asked.The sit-in dharna by activists of the 'Save Sabarimala Forum' and 'Adivasi Samrakshana Samithi', demanding steps to protect the tradition and rituals of the hill shrine continued for the fifth day at Nilackal in Pathanamthitta district.The opposition Congress, BJP and various Hindu outfits have launched protests, demanding that the state government file a review petition against the September 28 top court order.But the Left government has maintained that it would not go in for a review of the ruling of the Supreme court.The LDF also alleged that the ongoing stir over the Lord Ayyappa shrine was to "destabilise' the government.On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra, lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.