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Kashmir heads for President’s rule
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday withdrew support to the People’s Democratic Party government led by Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu-Kashmir and Mufti handed in her resignation to Governor NN Vohra. The sudden move by BJP robbed Mufti of the chance to recommend dissolution of the state assembly and continuance as caretaker chief minister. Indications available in Delhi point to the possibility of President’s rule in the
 
 
Maoists slit man’s throat in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Maoists on Tuesday abducted a trader and slit his throat on charges of being a police informer in Jharkhand’s Giridih district. Police said that Vinod Agrawal was going on a motorcycle when he was seized, taken to a jungle and killed at Bhelwaghati. The guerrillas left pamphlets at the site claiming responsibility for the killing and branding Agrawal a police spy. According to family members, Agrawal left home after
   
Two hedgehogs found at Delhi railway station
NEW DELHI: Two hedgehogs, being trafficked, were found in an unclaimed bag at a railway station here and are currently under care, animal welfare organisation Wildlife SOS said on Tuesday. The stressed and scared animals — an adult female and a baby — were found huddled up in the bag at the Sarai Rohilla Railway Station in north Delhi, after a passenger inspected a shaking bag from which a scuffling sound was heard coming.
 
 
Rahul turns 48, Congress celebrates
NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday turned 48 and several senior Congress leaders reached his mother Sonia Gandhi’s residence at 10 Janpath to greet him on his birthday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and political leaders across the country also wished him. Former President Pranab Mukherjee, in a tweet to wish Gandhi, said that he had “an unparalleled legacy of nation building behind you and an outstanding
   
Man arrested for threatening to kill Kerala CM
TRIVANDRUM: An Indian expatriate who threatened to kill a state chief minister and later apologised has been held in New Delhi. Reports said the Delhi police arrested Krishnakumar Nair when he arrived at the international airport in the national capital late Monday evening. In a widely shared video he posted on his Facebook wall on June 5, he had said that he was going to kill Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of the southern
 
 
Alarming rise in Caesarean deliveries in Kerala
KOCHI: There is an alarming rise in number of people opting for Caesarean (CS or C-section) deliveries in Kerala, according to an audit report submitted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Deliveries through C-section is between 40- 42 per cent, against a national average of 17.20 per cent. State government admitted its failure to regulate C- sections in the hospitals, the report says. As per guidelines of the World
   
Palaniswami wooing disqualified MLAs
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu ruling Anna DMK is trying to woo the 18 disqualified MLAs loyal to TTV Dinakaran back into their fold, even as the government led by Edappadi Palaniswami faces a threat of collapse two years into its term. The Madras High Court is hearing a petition against disqualification of the MLAs who have stayed with Dinakaran, and have given a split verdict last week. The case now goes to a third judge and could be
 
 
Modi govt has a year to resolve Teesta: Swaraj
NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said West Bengal is an important stakeholder in resolution of the Teesta water sharing issue between India and Bangladesh and that the Narendra Modi government has one more year left to fulfil the promise. “Teesta resolution can’t happen only between the two countries − Bangladesh government and Indian government. A big stakeholder in this is West Bengal government,”
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