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Modi misled nation on Doklam: Congress
New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of “misleading” the nation over Chinese troops occupying Doklam plateau, saying that India’s security and strategic interests have been compromised. “The satellite imagery and media reports suggest that China has set up military establishments in Doklam near the Indian border which indicates that India’s security
 
 
Three NE states to vote next month
New Delhi: Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will elect new legislatures in February. The Election Commission (EC) announced on Thursday that Marxist bastion Tripura will vote on Feb.18 while Congress-ruled Meghalaya will go to polls on the 27th along with Nagaland, where BJP supports the government. Counting in all three states will take place on March 3. The code of conduct has come into force in these states with the announcement
   
Woman arrested for murdering teenaged son
Kollam: A 45-year-old woman, said to be “mentally unstable”, was on Thursday arrested after admitting that she she had killed her 15-year-old son for allegedly teasing her, police said. Jayamol, a housewife who was detained for questioning on Wednesday, on Thursday said she had killed her son Jeethu Job by first pushing him down in the kitchen and then strangulating him with a shawl, said police. She then tried to conceal her
 
 
Girl detained for stabbing Class 1 boy
Lucknow: A girl student suspected of stabbing a Class 1 boy in a school in the state capital has been detained while the school principal has been arrested, police said on Thursday. The girl student of Brightland School is being interrogated. She was produced before a juvenile justice board. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lucknow Deepak Kumar said that Rachit Manas, principal of Brightland School, was arrested for not
   
Adopted Indian child now a Swiss parliamentarian
New Delhi: His biological mother Anasuiya could never have imagined that Niklaus-Samuel Gugger, whom she abandoned in a hospital 48 years ago just after his birth, would be the first Indian to be elected to the Swiss parliament. Born in CSI Lombard Memorial Hospital, run by Basel Mission, in Karnataka’s Udupi town, on May 1, 1970, Niklaus was adopted by a Swiss couple within a week of his abandonment. Niklaus’s new parents —
 
 
CJI meets ‘revolting’ judges again
New Delhi: Details remained hazy on a meeting that Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra held on Thursday morning with four senior judges who had risen in a rebellion against him. Sources at the Supreme Court said a thaw was expected in the coming days. It is understood that Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph, put forward to the CJI a proposal of rostering judges and assignment of sensitive
   
Concerns over passport reforms grow
Trivandrum: The changes in Indian passports have become a cause of worry for citizens working abroad. They are not only concerned about different coloured passports for the educated and undereducated, but striking out family details aimed at ending prejudice against the single woman. “For us, Indian passport is the only documentary proof because we are not eligible to take Aadhaar, the biometric card,” said KV Shamsudheen, a
 
 
India failed to stop attacks on minorities: HRW
New Delhi: Human Rights Watch on Thursday said the Indian government failed to stop or credibly investigate vigilante attacks against minority religious communities in 2017 which killed 10 people. Many senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism at the expense of fundamental rights for all Indians, as per the World Report 2018, released on Thursday.
   
Top court clears release of controversial film
Mumbai: India’s Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the release of a controversial Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a 14th-century queen, a day after its producers went to court to fight bans by several states. The film Padmaavat ran into trouble after groups critical of the project accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by portraying a Muslim ruler as the “lover” of Queen Padmavat
 
 
Kejriwal launches Girl Child Week
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched a week-long programme to celebrate the girl child and to create awareness about gender equality. Organised by NGO Alliance Defending Freedom India, the event will go on till National Girl Child Day celebrated on Jan.24. “Girls are an integral pillar of society. No nation can hope to progress and aspire for a future of prosperity, joy and fulfilment by
   
5 of a family killed in UP car accident
Lucknow: Five members of a family were killed around midnight when the car they were travelling in was blinded by fog and fell in a roadside pond in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi district, police said on Thursday. The accident happened on the road between Jajupara and Shahadat Nagar in Hardoi. The car was pulled out by the police and the bodies were fished out in the wee hours. Police informed that Munne (50) was returning from a family
 
 
Keralite Daesh recruit killed in Syria, says report
Kannur: Quoting family sources, media reports said on Thursday that a youth from Kannur district in north Kerala who was suspected to have joined the terror outfit Daesh, was killed in Syria recently. According to the victim’s family sources, Abdul Manaf had been killed in an encounter that took place in Syria in November last year. A WhatsApp message received by Abdul Khayyum, a native of Union Territory of Mahe, however, did not
   
India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-V missile
Bhubaneswar: India on Thursday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series — that can reach targets as far as Beijing. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement in Chennai and said “We have successfully launched nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V today”.
 
 
Kamal Hassan calls for Dravidian unity
Chennai: Megastar Kamal Hassan, who on Tuesday announced he will float a political party on Feb.21, revealed his political stance on Thursday as he urged the unity of all Dravidians in his regular newspaper column. Dravidian pride had been the springboard for parties like the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a byproduct of the original Dravidian movement Dravida Kazhagam established by the well-known Periyar Ramaswamy Naicker.
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