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    Chinmayanand writes to UP Police, wants law student booked under Gangster Act

    Former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, who is accused by a law student of raping her, on Monday sent a letter to the police demanding that the Gangster Act should also be slapped on the woman for allegedly blackmailing him.The 23-year-old law student was arrested last month by a special investigation team (SIT) on charges of extortion.According to the SIT, the law...

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    Assembly polls: Maharashtra records 60.46% voting, Haryana sees 65% turnout

    Maharashtra Assembly elections held on Monday saw a voter turnout of 60.46 per cent till the closing hour of 6 pm, election officials said.The highest turn-out was reported in Karveer constituency in Kolhapur, at 83.20 per cent. The lowest turnout was recorded in south Mumbai's upmarket Colaba area at 40.20 per cent.The opposition Congress said it filed over 250...

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    Aadhaar failure: Several thousands in three districts in Odisha denied ration for two months

    After Jharkhand, now several hundreds of ration cardholders from three districts in Odisha have been denied their Public Distribution System (PDS) food grains for at least 60 days mostly on the basis of the failure of Aadhaar system.According to a survey conducted in three districts-Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Malkangiri- more than 35 per cent of those...

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    Savarkar equated cows with donkeys and pigs

    "If Hindu puranas have talked about a cow, they also have talked about pigs in the form of (Lord Vishnu's) Varah Avtaar. Then why not set up pig-protection groups on the lines of Gau Rakshaks," Hindutva ideologue Savarkar asked in one of his essays. He also ridiculed the idea of 33 crore gods living in a cow.'The passage referred above figures in an opinion piece written by Loksatta Editor...

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    Why were Kamlesh Tiwari's killers so keen to get caught?

    The alacrity with which the entire police force around the country from UP to Gujarat to Maharashtra and we know not where else, came into action over the murder of Hindu Samaj Party founder Kamlesh Tiwari on October 18, has been truly remarkable.But what is also extraordinary is that it left the deceased's 70-year old mother totally unconvinced. Even if one does discount her rant blaming...

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    Goa govt sends 'meat eating' cows for treatment, wants them turned herbivore

    Believe it or not, but Goa's Garbage Management Minister Michael Lobo has claimed that stray cattle in the state's coastal belt, which includes popular beach villages like Calangute and Candolim, have "turned non-vegetarian" and only eat scraps of "chicken and fried fish".Lobo, who is a BJP MLA from Calangute Assembly constituency, also said that 76...

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    Loan waivers, rate cuts may put banks in deeper distress; little protection for common man's savings

    Veteran banker and financial wizard Deepak Parekh is absolutely right to lately express his concern about the system of loan waivers and write-offs "every now and again" while there is little "to protect the honest, common man's savings."The HDFC chairman's comments came in the wake of the crisis at the Punjab and Maharashtra...

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    Resistance to common antibiotic rising among Indian patients

    Resistance to commonly-used antibiotic clarithromycin is rising among Indian patients and that too at quite a fast pace, health experts have warned.Clarithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication can also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat certain types of stomach ulcers.According to the World Health Organization (WHO),...

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    India express 'disappointment' over Pakistan's $20 fee for Kartarpur Sahib but ready to ink pact on Oct 23

    India on Monday said it is ready to sign an agreement with Pakistan on October 23 for the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Corridor, even as it expressed "disappointment" over Islamabad's insistence on levying USD 20 service fee per pilgrim and asked it to reconsider its decision.The External Affairs Ministry (MEA) said the...

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    Construction of storage and repair depot for Mumbai Metro can go on, but at what cost?

    The destruction of the Aarey forests in Mumbai caught a small bit of the public imagination in India. People who protested were arrested. I can see your eyes glazing over. One more rant on the environment and blah blah blah. My commiserations. Because when we take another turn for the worse, every bit of corrective action we don't take now will cost us in the...

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