Even before the summer has fully set in, the acute water crisis has gripped many parts of the country. According to some surveys, people are facing water shortage this summer due to the depletion of water levels. Some parts of Jaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan has been declared as 'dark zone' , as water crisis hits the city with the onset of summer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday advised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers to think before speaking to the media to avoid controversies. While interacting through video conferencing with the help of his 'Narendra Modi App', the Prime Minister said, Sometimes our workers blame the media. He added, They will (media) obviously use parts of your sentences as per their convenience.
The proposed state-of-the-art elephant rehabilitation centre (ERC) at Kottoor is envisaged to enable the Forest Department to strictly enforce the licensing system for mahouts in the State. The mechanism will be used to revive the mandatory licensing system for mahouts and ensure an effective streamlining of the mechanism. Besides, development of the rehabilitation centre also provided the department the opportunity to take charge of captive elephants that were being ill treated, official sources said.
Sabrina Lal, sister of Jessica Lal who was shot dead at a crowded party in April 1999, has no objection to the release of Manu Sharma, who is serving life imprisonment in the murder case. 'No grudge' Ms Sabrina told The Hindu that there was no point in holding a grudge and anger against Sharma. According to Tihar jail officials, Sharma is associated with an NGO working for rehabilitation of prisoners and their children.
An Ola (app-based taxi service) user Abhishek Mishra who associates himself with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) took to Twitter on Sunday claiming that he cancelled his ride as the driver was a Muslim. While he continues to receive the expected backlash from Twitterati, Ola cabs responded to the man. Replying to Abhishek in a tweet, Ola cabs tutored him on secularism and how they expect their customers to be one.
Events at Manaveeyam Veedhi are usually marked by celebration and mirth, more so when the anniversary celebrations happen. On Sunday, when the Manaveeyam street collective and others got together to observe the 17th anniversary of the cultural corridor, the mood was sombre. At the middle of the corridor was a 'tree' painted white, on which 'leaves' were added as the evening progressed. To the two sides of the 'tree' stretched a white canvas, almost taking up the entire Manaveeyam Veedhi.
Incidentally, most of these leaders have a legal background and are well versed with the law. Yet they are misleading the people because they are not sincere in helping them but want to exploit them, he alleged. He said the legal position is crystal clear, after the charge sheet was presented and all of them know it. Now even the lower court hearing the case is not empowered to refer the case to CBI but can only seek additional evidence from Crime Branch.
Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said a record 1.75 lakh pilgrims from India will go on Haj this year after the Centre increased the pilgrims' quota for the second consecutive year. Besides, the Minister said, for the first time, Muslim women from India will go for Haj without a Mehram . The Minister said 355,604 applications were received for Haj this year, including 1,89,217 male and 1,66,387 female applicants.
Said to be one of the biggest encounters with Naxals in Maharashtra, all bodies have been recovered. The encounter broke out on Sunday morning after a team of C-60 commandos, following specific inputs, was dispatched to the area. At about 10 am, they (Naxals) opened fire on us and continued it even after warning. After the firing stopped from their side, we launched a search operation and found 16 bodies of Naxals, Special Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sharad Shelar said.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra should consider recusing himself from judicial and administrative work till allegations of misconduct against him are cleared, said the Congress on Sunday as it defended its move to impeach the top judge of the Supreme Court. The CJI must come out and tell the BJP not to politicise his office, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told reporters in New Delhi. On Friday, seven opposition parties, led by the Congress, submitted the removal motion which was signed by 71 Rajya Sabha members.
A pregnant woman claimed on Sunday immigration officials at the Petrapole border with Bangladesh made her wait for six hours before processing her immigration papers to allow her into India, police said. The woman and her husband filed a complaint alleging harassment by immigration officials on Saturday at the border check-post in North 24 Parganas district, police said.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today called for the revival of the ancient Indian traditions and for integrating them with the modern education system, saying doing so would help fight issues such as war and global warming. Serious discussions on how to include the ancient Indian traditions in educational system should begin. India has the capability to combine modern education with its ancient traditions to help solve problems in the world, the Dalai Lama said.
The Crime Branch on Sunday interrogated assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jayanandan, an officer attached to the Varapuzha police station, in connection with the alleged custodial death of SR Sreejith. Official sources said Jayanandan had been in charge of the Varapuzha police station on the day when the deceased youth was taken into custody. He took charge of the station in the absence of sub-inspector GS Deepak, who had been away on leave.
The newly-elected international president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje is reaching Ayodhya on Sunday along with other members of the outfit. During his two-day visit, Kokje will offer prayers at the make-shift Ram Janmabhoomi temple. Kokje in Ayodhya will convey VHP's main goal of the construction of Ram temple, cow protection and integration of the Hindu society. We want the Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya and are hopeful about judgement coming in our favour.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday set in motion the process of consultation on the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and held discussions with constitutional and legal experts. The vice president cut short his visit to Hyderabad and reached here to hold deliberations over the notice given by the seven opposition parties. The opposition parties, led by the Congress, initiated the unprecedented step to impeach the CJI by moving the notice levelling charges against him.
Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba on Sunday began his five-day visit to Iran to attend the sixth edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS). The Naval chief is leading a four member Indian delegation for the event. The Naval Chief's visit is also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Iran and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
Former Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Sunday termed the upcoming informal meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping as a 'very bold step'. In an exclusive interview to ANI, Jaishankar said, It is certainly a very bold step. The fact that they have agreed on an informal summit shows that the two leaders realise the importance of this relationship.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday urged the people not to divide the nation on religious lines as freedom fighters from both the religions have sacrificed their lives for India's independence. Don't divide the nation into Hindus and Muslims. If Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh sacrificed themselves for this nation, Ashfaqulla Khan sacrificed himself for India too said Home Minister Rajnath Singh at an event in Patna on Saturday. The home minister also spoke on the growing incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.