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M.J. Akbar resigns from government

NEW DELHI:  Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar resigned from the government on Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by several women journalists.

Protests near Sabarimala turn violent, 2 female journalists injured

KERALA: Police used lathis after protesters opposed to the entry of women in the 10-50 age group to the Sabarimala temple turned violent and attacked journalists covering the stand-off here on Wednesday.

Sabarimala temple case: Kerala tense as hill shrine set to open today, protesters evicted

KERALA: Tension mounted in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta as police used force to evict protesters opposing the entry of women of menstrual age into the hill shrine in Sabarimala, which is set to open for devotees on Wednesday, the first time after the Supreme Court verdict which allowed women of all ages access the Lord Ayyappa temple.

Congress 'raider' Rane joins Parrikar's successor race in Goa

PANAJI:  Early local lore tells of the Ranes as feared Maratha raiders, who would ride into erstwhile Goa and plunder wealth from the region's wealthy folks.

None will be stopped from going to Sabarimala: Police chief

NILACKAL (KERALA): Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra on Wednesday said no one will be stopped from going to Sabarimala as the chief priest of the Lord Ayyappa temple announced that women from the royal and tantri families will take part in the prayers.

Narender Bragta to coordinate Jan Manch at Secretariat level: CM

SHIMLA---MLA and Chief Whip of the State BJP Narender Bragta will coordinate the Jan Manch programme at the Secretariat level for making it more effective and result oriented. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this while addressing the delegation of Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency here today. The delegation led by Narender Bragta had come to thank the Chief Minister for appointment of Shri Bragta as Chief Whip of State BJP with cabinet rank.

Save daughters from BJP minister: Rahul

SHEOPUR( MADHYA PRADESH): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at the BJPs slogan of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" and said it should be "BJP ke Mantri se Beti Bachao", as Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his silence over charges of sexual harassment made against his Union Minister M.J.Akbar.

Punjab govt wary of opening Pandora’s box by summoning ex-DGP Saini in graft case involving “conman” Amandeep Skoda

 CHANDIGARH: Even as the state vigilance bureau (VB) is likely to summon former Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini in a graft case involving “conman” Amandeep Skoda, the government is treading cautiously as the case may open Pandora’s box, with Skoda allegedly having close ties with many top-rank police officials.

BJP has 'taken' 2 Goa Congress MLAs: Official

PANAJI:  In a fresh twist to the ongoing saga of political instability in Goa, two Congress MLAs who left the coastal state for Delhi late on Monday, may have been "taken" by the BJP, Congress leader A. Chellakumar said here on Tuesday.

Manvendra all set to join Congress on Wednesday

NEW DELHI:  Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who quit the Bharatiya Janata Party in September, is likely to join the Congress on Wednesday, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot said on Tuesday.

Educational infrastructure will be strengthened in rural areas: Jai Ram Thakur

SHIMLA: The State Government is committed to make Himachal Pradesh an ‘Education Hub’ of the country for which special focus is being laid on strengthening the educational infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur after dedicating new college building of government degree college at Killar in Pangi valley of Chamba district today. The building has been constructed by spending Rs. 4.60 crore.

Goa BJP ally warns against Assembly dissolution as CM ails

PANAJI: Goa Forward Party President and Agriculture Minister Vijai Desai on Monay warned against dissolution of the Assembly even as the state Chief Minister is fighting a serious illness.

Rahul should apologize, sack Sidhu for his anti-south remarks: BJP

NEW DELHI: Accusing the Congress of turning itself into an organisation with an anti-India mindset, the BJP on Monday sought an apology from its President Rahul Gandhi and sacking of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for his analogy between visiting Pakistan and south India.

Alleging harassment of whistle-blower, MLA quits party

PANAJI: Goa Forward Vice President Trajano D'Mello resigned from the party after accusing the BJP-led government of brazenly backing the fish mafia in the state, adding to the state's political turbulence.

#MeToo: DCW urges victims to report sexual crimes, creates email ID

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women on Sunday urged the victims of sexual crimes to report their cases to the police and the women's panel, creating a dedicated email ID to receive such complaints.

AAP flays Centre for 'hijacking' its work on ITO Skywalk

NEW DELHI:  Delhi's ruling AAP flayed the Centre for "hijacking its work" on Sunday after reports suggested that no Delhi government Minister has been invited for the inauguration of the Skywalk at ITO.

Major General among 7 given life sentence by Army court

GUWAHATI: A Summary General Court Martial (SGCM) of the Indian Army has convicted seven personnel, including a Major General, in a 24-year-old fake encounter case, sentencing them to life in prison.

BJP's Shah says allegations against Minister Akbar need to be verified

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah has said that he was not in a position to comment on M.J. Akbar, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, as the claims against the Union Minister needed to be "looked into".

Congress's Ramdayal Uike joins BJP in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: In a major shock to the Congress, party Chhattisgarh Working President and former MLA from Pali-Tanakhar Ramdayal Uike joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday.

Will soon arrive at Sabarimala: Gender activist Trupti Desai

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amidst strong sentiments against the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women in the 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, gender equality activist Trupti Desai said on Saturday that she was still determined to visit it.

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