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India, Saudi vow fight against terror
NEW DELHI: India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday pledged to continue their joint fight against terror of all forms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman emphasised at a joint media interaction that they have agreed to pressure countries providing support to terrorism in any form. Asserting that “barbaric attack in Pulwama last week is another cruel imprint of terror,” Modi said,
 
 
Farmers launch ‘long march’ in Maharasthra
MUMBAI: For the second time in 12 months, over 50,000 farmers embarked on a nine-day-long “Kisan Long March-2” from Nashik to Mumbai to protest against what they termed a “betrayal” of the peasantry by the BJP governments in the state and the Centre. Organised by the CPI-M’s peasant wing All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the march has attracted farmers from all over the state, including many women, and will end after 200 km in Mumbai
   
SC to hold Ayodhya title suit hearing on Feb.26
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hold a hearing on Feb.26 on a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict trifurcating the disputed site in Ayodhya and giving one part each to the Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla and the original Muslim litigant. The top court notice on Wednesday said that the batch of petitions challenging the 2010 judgment would be listed for hearing on Feb.26 before the constitution bench
 
 
Accused sent to police custody in twin murder case
KASARGOD: A court here sent a local committee member of ruling Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M) and the prime accused in the gruesome murder of two Youth Congress activists at Periya on Sunday, to police custody for seven days. Kanhangad Hosdurg Judicial First Class Magistrate court granted custody of Peethambaran, the main accused, to police. The police informed the court that more people are likely to be involved the
   
DMK, Congress agree on TN seats
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu principal opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies have reached a deal on seat-sharing in the Lok Sabha polls on Wednesday, a day after the ruling Anna DMK announced a deal with the BJP and the PMK, among other parties. The DMK front will have Congress as the second largest component. It will contest nine Tamil Nadu seats and the lone seat in Puducherry. Of the 30 other seats left, the DMK
 
 
Renowned Hindi author Namwar is dead
NEW DELHI: Marking the end of an era, Hindi literary stalwart, poet and critic Namwar Singh passed away on Tuesday night at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here following a month-long illness. He was 92. “With profound grief, I inform that my father, Prof. Namwar Singh, left for heavenly abode last night,” his son VP Singh said. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President
   
Vadra questioned in money laundering case
NEW DELHI: Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, was on Wednesday questioned for over three hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case. A senior ED official said: “We could question Vadra for only three-and-a-half hours as he complained of poor health. “We have asked him to appear before us again on Feb.22 at 10.30 am,” the official said. Vadra arrived at the
 
 
India to play key role in ‘global defence arena’
BENGALURU: India is set to emerge as a key player in the global defence arena, said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday. “With the policy initiatives and procedural reforms, I am confident that India will emerge as a key player in the global defence arena. We will create an ecosystem for enhanced technological collaborations of the public and private sectors with foreign manufacturers,” said Sitharaman, flagging off
   
Kerala Tourism campaign film for global audience
NEW DELHI: Kerala Tourism has held the global premier of a new brand campaign, Human by Nature, which encapsulates the state’s enticing charm in dramatic visuals and offers refreshing insights into the land where people and the bountiful nature are seamlessly fused in an enchanting spectacle. The three-minute destination campaign film, part of a marketing blitzkrieg to refurbish Kerala’s touristy appeal beyond the Indian shores,
 
 
Filmmakers had limited vision of me earlier: Rampal
MUMBAI: National award-winning actor-producer Arjun Rampal, who will soon to be seen in the upcoming web series titled “The Final Call,” says since he was a supermodel before entering Bollywood, initially filmmakers cast him in characters keeping only his “good looks” in mind. Talking about his career graph that has changed since 2008 with “Rock On!” Arjun said: “At the start of my career, filmmakers had a limited vision of me,
   
I can’t handle horror, says Sayani
NEW DELHI: Actress Sayani Gupta is not a fan of the horror genre, and says it took a lot of convincing to get her to say ‘yes’ to supernatural thriller “Darkness Visible.” Helmed by Neil Biswas, “Darkness Visible” is shot in Kolkata. Biswas has built the film from a script he co-wrote with Ben Hervey. Along with Sayani, the film stars Jaz Deol, Neil Bhoopalam, Seema Biswas and Salóme Gunnarsdottir. “It was actually quite fabulous
 
 
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