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  • Gautam Gambhir steps down as IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils captain, says couldn't handle pressure.
  • Centre issues 2nd notice to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook seeking more details on data breach
  • Jodhpur court awards life imprisonment to self-styled godman Asaram for raping a minor.


Thane builder gets 'extortion threat' from gangster Ravi PujariPhoto for representational purpose only. iStock

Thane builder gets 'extortion threat' from gangster Ravi Pujari

25 Apr 2018 | 2:10 PM

THANE: A builder in the Mumbra township of Thane district has filed a police complaint, alleging that he had been receiving extortion calls from fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, an official said. The Thane police’s anti-extortion cell was probing the builder’s complaint, the official added.

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Thane, April 25

A builder in the Mumbra township of Thane district has filed a police complaint, alleging that he had been receiving extortion calls from fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, an official said.

The builder, in the complaint filed on Tuesday with the Mumbra police, claimed that since January this year he had received several calls from a man, who identified himself as Pujari and demanded Rs 2 crore from him, he said.

He also alleged that the caller said a rival builder was ready to give Pujari Rs 3 crore to eliminate him and keep him away from a disputed land project, the official at the Mumbra police station said on Tuesday.

The builder claimed that the caller threatened him with dire consequences if he did not pay the money, he said.

The Thane police’s anti-extortion cell was probing the builder’s complaint, the official added. PTI

No untoward incident so far after Asaram conviction: MHA

No untoward incident so far after Asaram conviction: MHA

25 Apr 2018 | 4:05 PM

NEW DELHI: No untoward incident has been reported so far from anywhere in the country in the wake of the conviction of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu by a Jodhpur court on Wednesday, the Home Ministry said.

Asaram's supporter detained ahead of rape case verdict

Asaram's supporter detained ahead of rape case verdict

25 Apr 2018 | 11:34 AM

JODHPUR: A supporter of Asaram was detained today outside the Central Jail in Jodhpur where prohibitory orders have been clamped in view of a trial court verdict in the rape case against the self-styled godman.

Asaram case verdict: Security beefed up in Ahmedabad, Surat

Asaram case verdict: Security beefed up in Ahmedabad, Surat

25 Apr 2018 | 12:13 PM

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat police has stepped up security outside two of the prominent ashrams of self-styled godman Asaram in the state, as a court in Rajasthan convicted him in a rape case on Wednesday.

Involvement in India will be investigated, says Cambridge Analytica

Involvement in India will be investigated, says Cambridge Analytica

25 Apr 2018 | 4:10 PM

LONDON: Cambridge Analytica (CA), the data consultancy firm at the heart of a fake news investigation in the UK, has said that all its activities around the world, including in India, will be investigated and reported on.

Govt hikes raw jute MSP by Rs 200 to Rs 3,700/quintal

25 Apr 2018 | 2:18 PM

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) of raw jute by Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 3,700 per quintal for the 2018-19 crop season, an official release said.

Uddhav Thackeray lashes out at Maharashtra govt

Uddhav Thackeray lashes out at Maharashtra govt

25 Apr 2018 | 3:27 PM

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday lashed out at the Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying it was “good for nothing”, and demanded a separate Home Minister for the state.

Bureaucratic rejig: Tripti Patra Ghosh appointed CMD of SPMCIL

25 Apr 2018 | 3:22 PM

NEW DELHI: Senior bureaucrat Tripti Patra Ghosh has been appointed the CMD of state-owned SPMCIL, which produces banknotes and coins among others, as part of a mid-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the central government.

Security forces arrest militant in Manipur

25 Apr 2018 | 10:49 AM

IMPHAL: Security forces have arrested a militant of proscribed outfit United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in Manipur’s Bishnupur district, a government press release said.

Engine of Chennai-bound train derails; no casualties

25 Apr 2018 | 12:07 PM

TIRUCHIRAPPALLI: The engine of the Karaikudi-Chennai Egmore Pallavan Express derailed here on Wednesday, Southern Railway officials said.

Fire breaks out at chemical factory in Navi Mumbai

25 Apr 2018 | 11:40 AM

NAVI MUMBAI: A massive fire broke out in a chemical factory in Navi Mumbai’s Belapur in the wee hours of Wednesday. The entire factory was gutted by the blaze.

Complaint filed against UP teacher for using casteist words against student

25 Apr 2018 | 10:29 AM

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A complaint was registered against a teacher over charges of using casteist words against a Dalit student, a police official said.

6 new faces likely in Assam cabinet

25 Apr 2018 | 10:14 AM

GUWAHATI: Close to two years after the formation of the Assam government, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is all set to expand his cabinet for the first time on Thursday.

UN peace-building efforts held back by lack of funding: India

UN peace-building efforts held back by lack of funding: India

25 Apr 2018 | 11:59 AM

UNITED NATIONS: The UN’s peace-building efforts are struggling due to a lack of political will to back them up with sufficient funds, India has told a high-level meeting here.

A first: India, Pak to be part of SCO military drill in Russia

A first: India, Pak to be part of SCO military drill in Russia

25 Apr 2018 | 11:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday made it official that India will participate in a multi-nation military exercise to be conducted in Russia in September this year.

Scope for India, Sweden co-op in green tech: Nila Vikhe Patil

Scope for India, Sweden co-op in green tech: Nila Vikhe Patil

25 Apr 2018 | 11:48 AM

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sweden will lead to greater cooperation between the two countries in green technology, says Nila Vikhe Patil, the political adviser in the Swedish PMO.

9 injured in clash over harassment of women in Muzaffarnagar

9 injured in clash over harassment of women in Muzaffarnagar

25 Apr 2018 | 10:06 AM

MUZAFFARNAGAR:At least nine people were injured in a clash between two groups after a few women were allegedly harassed during a marriage function at Miranpur town here, a police official said on Wednesday.

Southern states to chalk out action planTax devolution

Southern states to chalk out action plan

25 Apr 2018 | 10:51 AM

HYDERABAD:Amid concerns over the “adverse impact” of the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, the Andhra Pradesh Government will host the second round of Finance Ministers’ conclave in Vijayawada on May 7 to firm up a joint action plan.

Make boys more responsible: PMRape menace

Make boys more responsible: PM

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

MANDLA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the promulgation of an ordinance on rape demonstrated his government’s determination to act on the issue, but stressed that people had to respect their daughters and make their sons more responsible for a safer atmosphere.

Ball in Pak court: India says 2018 SAARC summit unlikely

25 Apr 2018 | 1:36 PM

NEW DELHI:India resetting ties with China does not imply Delhi will soften its position on Pakistan and terrorism sponsored from its soil, said sources.

Don’t name, shame rape victims: SC

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: Noting that even the dead have dignity, the Supreme Court on Tuesday took exception to disclosure of identity of rape victims, including the eight-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hanging safer, quicker way to execute: Govt to top court

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday defended “hanging by the neck till death” — the practice of execution of death sentence — before the Supreme Court, terming it a safer and quick method for termination of life of a death row convict.

Why UIDAI needs to gather citizens’ meta data, asks SC

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) why it needed to collect ‘meta data’ of personal transactions of citizens which go for Aadhaar authentication to avail services and benefits.

Decision timely, not hasty: NaiduImpeachment

Decision timely, not hasty: Naidu

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: A day after he rejected Congress-led opposition parties’ impeachment motion seeking the removal of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said his decision was “timely and not a hasty one” and one that came after over a month of due diligence.

Identify terror havens, says Sushma

Identify terror havens, says Sushma

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

BEIJING: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India on Tuesday asserted that arguments of “political convenience” to provide an alibi for terrorist organisations are no longer tolerable and the international community should identify states that provide “sanctuary” to terror groups.

No joint statement when Modi meets Xi

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Wuhan City in central China on Friday for a first informal summit meeting with President Xi Jinping, there will be no set agenda for discussions, no burden of producing a joint statement and no pre-negotiated outcome document.

UGC releases list of 24 fake universities

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission has released a list of 24 “self-styled” and fake universities across the country, including eight in the national capital.

CBSE Class 12 economics exam today

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education will conduct a re-test of Class 12 economics paper on Wednesday, nearly a month after it was leaked triggering widespread outrage among students.

Siddaramaiah not automatic choice, Cong top guns to pick CM: KhargeKarnataka polls

Siddaramaiah not automatic choice, Cong top guns to pick CM: Kharge

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

KALABURAGI:The Congress stands a very good chance of winning the Karnataka Assembly polls and the high-command will take a call on the next Chief Minister, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Tuesday, indicating incumbent Siddaramaiah may not be the automatic choice.

BJP appoints Yeddy son youth wing gen secy after ticket denialKarnataka polls

BJP appoints Yeddy son youth wing gen secy after ticket denial

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

BENGALURU: In an apparent placatory move, the BJP appointed state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra as its youth wing general secretary on Tuesday, a day after protests erupted over denial of party ticket to him for the May 12 assembly polls.

Parliament isn’t immune to casting couch: Cong leader

Parliament isn’t immune to casting couch: Cong leader

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury on Tuesday said the casting couch was the “bitter truth” of not just the film industry, but all workplaces and even Parliament was not immune to it.

Rape: Asaram verdict today, 3 states on alert

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI/JAIPUR: On the eve of verdict in a rape case against Asaram by the SC-ST Court at Jodhpur Central Jail, the Union Government on Tuesday asked Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana to beef up security and deploy additional forces, an official said.

Police probing phone talk to ‘eliminate’ PM

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

COIMBATORE: The police on Tuesday said they were examining a recorded telephonic conversation in which a 1998 serial blast convict is purportedly heard telling a contractor that he was planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Acquisition: 5K Guj farmers ‘seek death’

Acquisition: 5K Guj farmers ‘seek death’

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

AHMEDABAD: Over 5,000 people in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district, battling acquisition of their land by a state power utility, have written letters to authorities seeking permission to die, a farmers' body leader claimed on Tuesday.

Panel wants one-window solution for inter-country removal, retention of kids

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

CHANDIGARH: A multi-member committee set up by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has recommended the establishment of an “Inter-Country Parental Child Removal Disputes Resolution Authority”.

Over 5,500 dead voters in MP segment, EC told

25 Apr 2018 | 1:44 AM

BHOPAL:Over 5,500 dead voters and 1,900 multiple entries were found on the voters’ list of Madhya Pradesh’s Kolaras Assembly constituency, where bypolls were held on February 24, according to a letter from the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to the Election Commission (EC).

Cabinet approves inclusion of tribal-dominated Rajasthan districts under Fifth Schedule

25 Apr 2018 | 3:17 PM

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave approval for inclusion of certain areas in Rajasthan under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution so that the tribals living there can avail benefit of protective measures under its provisions.

Idol of Radha and crown of Lord Krishna stolen from temple

25 Apr 2018 | 10:48 AM

KHAGARIA: An ashtadhatu idol of Shree Radha and a crown of same metal of Lord Krishna were stolen from a temple at Chautham bazaar in Khagaria district, the police said.

Blood of Muslims on Cong hands: Khurshid

Blood of Muslims on Cong hands: Khurshid

25 Apr 2018 | 2:19 PM

NEW DELHI:The Congress was left red-faced on Tuesday with senior party leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid saying the party had Muslims’ blood on its hands.

India not keen to revive SAARC

India not keen to revive SAARC

24 Apr 2018 | 10:30 PM

NEW DELHI: India resetting ties with China does not imply Delhi will soften its position on Pakistan and terrorism sponsored from its soil, said sources.

UGC releases list of 24 ‘self-styled’, fake universities

UGC releases list of 24 ‘self-styled’, fake universities

24 Apr 2018 | 10:20 PM

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission has released a list of 24 “self-styled” and fake varsities across the country, including eight in the National Capital.

Casting couch exists in industry but only among 10 per cent of people: Manoj Tiwari

Casting couch exists in industry but only among 10 per cent of people: Manoj Tiwari

24 Apr 2018 | 10:09 PM

NEW DELHI: It cannot be denied that the casting couch exists in Bollywood and there is a section that makes films solely for the purpose of exploiting women, BJP MP and popular Bhojpuri actor-singer Manoj Tiwari said on Tuesday.

Pre-2006 retiree Major Gens to get pension parity with post-Jan 1, 2006, retirees

Pre-2006 retiree Major Gens to get pension parity with post-Jan 1, 2006, retirees

24 Apr 2018 | 10:06 PM

NEW DELHI: Pre-2006 retiree Major Generals will finally get parity with post-January 1, 2006, retiree Major Generals in pension benefits.

Even the dead have dignity: SC on disclosure of rape victims’ identity

Even the dead have dignity: SC on disclosure of rape victims’ identity

24 Apr 2018 | 9:53 PM

NEW DELHI: Noting that even the dead have dignity, the Supreme Court on Tuesday took exception to disclosure of identity of rape victims, including the eight-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mamata dubs impeachment move ‘wrong’; Jaitley slams ‘misconceived’ motion

Mamata dubs impeachment move ‘wrong’; Jaitley slams ‘misconceived’ motion

24 Apr 2018 | 9:33 PM

NEW DELHI: As Congress geared up to approach the Supreme Court against rejection of its notice to impeach CJI Dipak Misra, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday criticised the impeachment bid as “wrong” and said she had cautioned Sonia and Rahul Gandhi against the move.

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