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c’mon trolls, silly to abuse shahid for 2nd child

bollywood celebrities are often hounded by internet trolls for some of the most bizarre reasons.





apollo hospitals says it doesn’t have biological samples of late tamil nadu cm

chennai: the management of apollo hospitals, where former tamil nadu chief minister j jayalalithaa was hospitalised, has informed the madras high court that it doesn’t have any biological samples of the late cm in its possession. the hospital management made the submission in response to a query raised by justice s vaidyanathan in this regard, while hearing a plea moved by bengaluru-based amrutha claiming to be jayalalithaa’s biological daughter. she also wanted the court to order dna test to prove her claim. jayalalithaa was admitted to apollo hospitals in chennai on september 22, 2016 following complaints of fever and dehydration but developed complications later. she died on december 5, 2016. during earlier hearings, jayalalithaa's nephew deepak and niece deepa opposed...





government asks sc collegium to reconsider recommendation on km joseph | india news

new delhi: the government on thursday returned to the supreme court collegium its recommendation to elevate justice km joseph to the apex court and asked it to reconsider it, a move which may widen rift between the judiciary and the executive. law minister ravi shankar prasad wrote to chief justice of india dipak misra this morning requesting the collegium, a group of five senior-most judges that selects judges for the apex court, to reconsider its decision on recommending justice joseph to be a judge of the top court. this comes a day after the government cleared the appointment of senior advocate indu malhotra as a judge of the supreme court and kept in abeyance a decision on joseph, who heads the uttarakhand high court. both the names were recommended by the collegium earlier ...





13 children killed in bus-train collision in uttar pradesh

gorakhpur: at least 13 school children died on the spot and eight suffered injuries when the school van in which they were travelling was hit by a train at a railway crossing in kushinagar on thursday morning. taking serious note of the incident, uttar pradesh chief minister adityanath ordered immediate assistance to the victims and their families and directed commissioner gorakhpur to conduct a probe into the mishap. the cm also visited the injured as well as the accident site. prime minister narendra modi and union home minister rajnath singh also tweeted expressing their condolences over the deaths. the incident took place at around 7.30 am at bahpurva railway crossing under vishnupura police station of kushinagar district. the van driver also died on the spot. there were ...





f-16 jets: lockheed to sweeten india's fighter jet bid with f-35 technology | india news

new delhi: lockheed martin corp. will provide latest combat jet technologies including a target tracking device aboard the f-16 aircraft that it plans to offer to india in its bid for the world’s largest order from the indian air force. the global defence giant will offer jets equipped with the advanced radar which is fitted on its fifth-generation combat jet, the f-35, as well as a helmet-mounted tracking system and a new radio data link system, vivek lall, vice president for strategy and business development at lockheed martin said wednesday. the bid also comes with an offer to shift its lone production line for f-16s from fort worth, texas in the us to india as it takes on competitors saab ab and boeing co. the variant being pitched is the f-16 block 70. “there are a lo...





what jawaharlal nehru looks like according to google india

new delhi: a curious thing happens when you type in the words 'india first pm' into google india's search bar. the search engine correctly spits out the answer in the form of a wikipedia link right up top which says jawaharlal nehru was india's first prime minister. but the photograph that comes with the information is decidedly not that of nehru. it's of narendra modi. oops. this mess-up prompted even congress social media in-charge divya spandana to comment, and she sounded distinctly annoyed: "@google @googleindia what algorithm of yours allows this?! you're so full of junk-", tweeted spandana. when one clicks on the wikipedia link, 'list of prime ministers in india', the page correctly describes the prime minister's position in india and accurately lists all ...





asaram: how jodhpur police kept asaram supporters at bay | jaipur news

jaipur: for the past six days, hundreds of policemen from jodhpur police had to spent sleepless nights. from intense patrolling on highways connecting other towns and districts to jodhpur to scanning city hotels, the jodhpur police left no stone unturned to ensure they did not face riot-like situation in haryana following the conviction of another self-styled godman, sant baba gurmeet ram rahim. it was the constant vigil and efforts made by the jodhpur police that ensured peace on the day asaram was convicted. the first thing the jodhpur police did was to request the rajasthan high court to deliver the final judgment in the case at the jail. “we won half the battle when court accepted our request to have the special court proceedings in the jodhpur jail. we had deployed over...





asaram 'bapu maharaj': from ghetto boy to godman to jailbird | india news

ahmedabad: just after partition, thaumal harpalani moved from berani village in pakistan’s sindh with his wife menhgiba and son asumal to ahmedabad. what followed was the typical story of survival in a refugee ghetto. they lived in the sardarnagar area, where most sindhi refugee families were resettled. asumal helped his father with his timber and coal businesses in maninagar and then at a grain shop in the kalupur area of the city. when he was 10, his father died, but he still did his bit for the family business. but when he was 15, asumal ran away. he reached an ashram in bharuch, run by lilasha maharaj, but the maharaj convinced him to go back home. which he did, but eight years later, asumal, then 23, ran away again. this time, lilasha accepted him as a disciple and named ...





gautam gambhir: toi exclusive: it was my decision to step down, no one pushed me, says gautam gambhir | cricket news

gautam gambhir writes exclusively for toi, after stepping down as delhi daredevils captain in ipl 2018my hotel suite on the 22nd floor has blinds covering vast glass windows. at the bottom of these blinds there is a white plastic rod holding them together. those who know me hate the fact that i keep my room freezing cold. it was no different on monday night when i returned to my room after we lost to kings xi punjab. also read: gambhir steps down as dd captain amid dismal seasonthe air-conditoner was smashing on the blinds full tilt. it was around 1am and the silence in the room was only broken when the rod holding the blinds hit the wall. i don’t know if it was coincidence or god’s way of suggesting something but the sound of blinds hitting the wall had a striking similarity to th...





​‘traffic congestion costs four major indian cities rs 1.5 lakh crore a year’ | india news

new delhi: traffic congestion during peak hours in four major cities — delhi, mumbai, bengaluru and kolkata — costs the economy rs 1.47 lakh crore annually, according to a study conducted by global consultancy firm. the peak hours for this survey were 7-9 am and 6-8 pm during which commuters spent one-and-a-half times longer to travel a given distance as compared to non-peak hours, said the report by boston consulting group (bcg). the study across the four cities in january has found kolkata is the worst among them so far as congestion is concerned followed by bengaluru. delhi despite having maximum number of registered vehicles (little over 10 million) seems to be better because of its good road network, which is about 12% the capital’s total area. on the contrary, kol...





aadhaar: never directed aadhaar-mobile number linkage, says supreme court | india news

new delhi: the mad rush to link mobile phone numbers with aadhaar supposedly to comply with a directive of the supreme court was uncalled for. the apex court on wednesday clarified that it had not ordered mandatory linkage, and said the government misinterpreted its february 6, 2017, observation and insisted on doing it. “in the lokniti foundation case, the sc has not directed linking of sim with uid. but the union government’s circular says so. there was no direction by the court...” justice d y chandrachud said during the hearing before a bench that included chief justice dipak misra and justices a k sikri, a m khanwilkar and ashok bhushan. the cji-led bench pointed out that the february 6, 2017, order merely recorded then attorney general mukul rohatgi’s submission tha...





gautam gambhir: toi exclusive: it was my decision to step down, no one pushed me, says gautam gambhir | cricket news

gautam gambhir writes exclusively for toi, after stepping down as delhi daredevils captain in ipl 2018my hotel suite on the 22nd floor has blinds covering vast glass windows. at the bottom of these blinds there is a white plastic rod holding them together. those who know me hate the fact that i keep my room freezing cold. it was no different on monday night when i returned to my room after we lost to kings xi punjab. the air-conditoner was smashing on the blinds full tilt. it was around 1am and the silence in the room was only broken when the rod holding the blinds hit the wall. i don’t know if it was coincidence or god’s way of suggesting something but the sound of blinds hitting the wall had a striking similarity to the sound of a cricket ball hitting the stumps. was it a sign th...





asaram: for raping 16-year-old at ashram, asaram gets life in jail till death | india news

jodhpur: a special court on wednesday sentenced disgraced “godman” asaram to life imprisonment till death for raping a teenage girl studying at his ashram, with the judge saying, “in my humble opinion, asaram not only broke the faith of the complainant but also spoiled the image of saints among common men.” the 16-year-old teenager had said in her complaint that asaram had called her to his ashram in manai area near jodhpur and raped her on the night of august 15, 2013. the police chargesheet against asaram and four others was filed on november 6, 2013 under various sections of the pocso (protection of children from sexual offences) act, the juvenile justice act and the indian penal code. on wednesday, special judge madhusudan sharma read out the 453-page judgment in j...





asaram 'bapu maharaj': from ghetto boy to godman to jailbird | india news

ahmedabad: just after partition, thaumal harpalani moved from berani village in pakistan’s sindh with his wife menhgiba and son asumal to ahmedabad. what followed was the typical story of survival in a refugee ghetto. they lived in the sardarnagar area, where most sindhi refugee families were resettled. asumal helped his father with his timber and coal businesses in maninagar and then at a grain shop in the kalupur area of the city. when he was 10, his father died, but he still did his bit for the family business. but when he was 15, asumal ran away. he reached an ashram in bharuch, run by lilasha maharaj, but the maharaj convinced him to go back home. which he did, but eight years later, asumal, then 23, ran away again. this time, lilasha accepted him as a disciple and named ...





indu malhotra ‘cleared’ for supreme court, but justice joseph still on hold | india news

new delhi: senior advocate indu malhotra is likely to take oath as a supreme court judge on friday, with sources saying the government has cleared her appointment. however, the name of uttarakhand high court chief justice kuttiyil mathew joseph, the chief bone of contention between the sc collegium and the government, remains on hold. the collegium, headed by cji dipak misra, had created history by picking malhotra as the first woman advocate to be recommended for appointment as an sc judge. all the women sc judges, six in all, had so far been elevated from high courts. malhotra, 61, became the second woman lawyer to be designated as a senior advocate by the sc in august 2007, three decades after the honour was first bestowed on leila seth, who went on to become the first wom...





aadhaar: never directed aadhaar-mobile number linkage, says supreme court | india news

new delhi: the mad rush to link mobile phone numbers with aadhaar supposedly to comply with a directive of the supreme court was uncalled for. the apex court on wednesday clarified that it had not ordered mandatory linkage, and said the government misinterpreted its february 6, 2017, observation and insisted on doing it. “in the lokniti foundation case, the sc has not directed linking of sim with uid. but the union government’s circular says so. there was no direction by the court...” justice d y chandrachud said during the hearing before a bench that included chief justice dipak misra and justices a k sikri, a m khanwilkar and ashok bhushan. the cji-led bench pointed out that the february 6, 2017, order merely recorded then attorney general mukul rohatgi’s submission tha...





asaram convicted: my 5-year ‘house arrest’ is over, says survivor | india news

shahjahanpur: she was 16 years old when asaram violated her in his jodhpur ashram. scared and confused, she first kept quiet before deciding to fight, against odds that would have terrorised many into silence. “they killed witnesses, disrupted my education, hounded my family but i knew what i had to do,” said the girl whose battle led to asaram’s downfall. “someone else committed the crime, but i was the one under virtual house arrest for five years,” the girl, who will turn turn 21 this july, told toi on wednesday, moments after she heard that asaram had been found guilty of raping her in 2013. "i couldn’t go out without looking over my shoulder to see if anyone was following me. sometimes some people would drive past me and either swear at me in the filthiest of wo...





asaram: for raping 16-year-old at ashram, asaram gets life in jail till death | india news

jodhpur: a special court on wednesday sentenced disgraced “godman” asaram to life imprisonment till death for raping a teenage girl studying at his ashram, with the judge saying, “in my humble opinion, asaram not only broke the faith of the complainant but also spoiled the image of saints among common men.” the 16-year-old teenager had said in her complaint that asaram had called her to his ashram in manai area near jodhpur and raped her on the night of august 15, 2013. the police chargesheet against asaram and four others was filed on november 6, 2013 under various sections of the pocso (protection of children from sexual offences) act, the juvenile justice act and the indian penal code. on wednesday, special judge madhusudan sharma read out the 453-page judgment in j...





asaram 'bapu maharaj': from ghetto boy to godman to jailbird | india news

ahmedabad: just after partition, thaumal harpalani moved from berani village in pakistan’s sindh with his wife menhgiba and son asumal to ahmedabad. what followed was the typical story of survival in a refugee ghetto. they lived in the sardarnagar area, where most sindhi refugee families were resettled. asumal helped his father with his timber and coal businesses in maninagar and then at a grain shop in the kalupur area of the city. when he was 10, his father died, but he still did his bit for the family business. but when he was 15, asumal ran away. he reached an ashram in bharuch, run by lilasha maharaj, but the maharaj convinced him to go back home. which he did, but eight years later, asumal, then 23, ran away again. this time, lilasha accepted him as a disciple and named ...





north korea nuclear test site partially collapsed after massive blast: chinese experts

beijing: north korea's underground nuclear test site has partially collapsed following a massive bomb blast last year, making it unusable, chinese seismologists have concluded. the north's leader kim jong un declared last week that his regime would halt nuclear and long-range missile tests + and shut down its nuclear site at punggye-ri under mount mantap in the country's northeast. the offer came days before his summit this friday with the south's president moon jae-in, which is scheduled to be followed by a summit with us president donald trump. north korea conducted five of its six nuclear tests at the site, with the biggest one last september triggering a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that was felt across the northern border with china. the north claimed it ...