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AIADMK factions merged, OPS is deputy CM, Sasikala to be removed

Chennai, Aug 21: Amid the hectic political drama, the two warring AIADMK factions in Tamil Nadu announced the merger on Monday with rebel group leader O Panneerselvam (OPS) will be a part of Edappadi K Palaniswami's cabinet as deputy chief minister, a newly created post.

The new look AIADMK also decided to convene general council meeting to formally adopt...

SC to tomorrow pronounce judgement on 'triple talaq'

New Delhi, Aug 21: The Supreme Court would tomorrow pronounce its judgement on the controversial issue of whether the practice of 'triple talaq' among Muslims is fundamental to the religion.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing during the summer vacation.

During...

Merger of AIADMK factions likely today

Chennai, Aug 21: The expected merger of AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam is likely to fructify today.

Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to arrive at the party headquarters here by noon and formalise the merger deal, party sources indicated.

Ahead of the formalisation of the deal, the Palaniswami camp is...

Doklam standoff will be resolved soon, confident China will take positive steps, says Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Aug 21: Home Minister Rajanth Singh today expressed confidence that China would take positive steps to resolve the ongoing Doklam standoff and that peace would prevail between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. "There will be a solution soon and I am sure China will make a positive move," he said.

At the same time, Singh sought to project...

Passenger service fee at airports likely to be hiked

New Delhi, Aug 21: The Passenger Service Fee (PSF), levied on air travellers, might marginally go up as the ministries of home and civil aviation were finding it increasingly difficult to manage the escalating cost of airport security, the government officials said.

The differences between the ministries over who would bear the cost of providing security at airports continued...

Kiran Bedi after incognito night ride: Puducherry's women safe at night

Puducherry, Aug 20: Riding pillion on a two-wheeler with her 'dupatta' (shawl) covering her face, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi travelled incognito to assess safety of women in the Union Territory after dusk.

In a WhatsApp message to media persons after a "night round" of the city on Friday, Bedi said, "Felt that Puducherry is safe for women even...

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Sonia, Rahul pay floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on 73rd birth anniversary

New Delhi, Aug 20: The nation on Sunday remembered former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 73rd birth anniversary with political dignitaries paying tribute to him at his memorial Veer Bhoomi in National Capital.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikhsit paid floral tributes at the samadhi. Daughter Priyanka...

Cops fight with people to prevent cows from slaughtering

Godhra: A police team was attacked on Saturday by a mob of over 100 persons here when it tried to rescue a large number of cows which were allegedly being taken for slaughter.

The police had to lob 18 rounds of teargas shells after the mob attacked them, Godhra Deputy SP VK Nai said.

"When...

Prabhu directs CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by today

New Delhi, Aug 20: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday directed the Chairman Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by the evening, in connection with yesterday's Utkal Express derailment, which left 23 people dead and over 100 injured.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Prabhu posted,"Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have...

23 dead in Uttar Pradesh rail accident; three trains cancelled, six rerouted

Lucknow, Aug 20: In a series of tweets, Prabhu said Minister of State Manoj Sinha has rushed to the spot while the Chairman of Railway Board and Member Traffic have been asked to oversee rescue and relief operations. "Rescue operations have been completed. All injured shifted to hospital. Restoration work will start now. Still monitoring situation closely. "Have directed Railway...