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As petrol, diesel prices skyrocket, oil minister says Centre mulling immediate solution

As fuel prices rose for the 11th consecutive day on Thursday, Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the Centre is deliberating on an “immediate solution” to deal with the prices that have been on fire. “The oil ministry is of the…

Congress-JD(S) MLAs holed up in hotels a day before Karnataka trust vote

The lurking fear of a repeat of “Operation Kamala” by the BJP has prolonged ‘resort politics’ in Karnataka, with the Congress and JD(S) MLAs remaining confined to hotels, a day ahead of the trust vote. Ever since the electorate delivered a…


J-K police ban smartphones for on-duty personnel to stop weapon snatching

The Jammu and Kashmir police have blamed the overuse of smartphones by its personnel for the rise in the number of incidents of weapon snatching across the strife-torn state and banned their use during duty hours, especially by sentries.…

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘fuel challenge’ for PM Modi: Cut petrol price or face agitation

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi received, and accepted, the fitness challenge extended to him by cricketer Virat Kohli, he received another one. This time it was a ‘fuel challenge’. Congress president Rahul Gandhi dared the prime…


Nipah virus: Fourth member of Kerala family succumbs, toll touches 12

A 62-year-old man has become the latest victim of the Nipah virus in Kerala’s Kozhikode and two new cases were confirmed in Malappuram district as the death toll from the rare disease rose to 12, authorities said on Thursday, a day after…


Sterlite protests LIVE: Over 65 people have been arrested for indulging in violence, says Thoothukudi collector

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and other opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh on Friday after one more person died in clashes with police in Thoothukudi. Violence erupted in the southern Tamil Nadu…


CRPF sub-inspector killed, jawan injured in IED blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

An official of the CRPF’s elite CoBRA unit was killed on Thursday and another jawan injured when a pressure bomb, planted by Maoists, went off in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said. The blast occurred around 7.45 am in a forest…


Nipah scare in Himachal school after 18 dead bats found on premises

Amidst the news of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, more than 18 dead bats were discovered on Wednesday on the premises of a government school in Himachal Pradesh’s Nahan, triggering panic among locals. Officers of the health, animal…


MHA advisor says Maoist insurgency in last stage, but Centre expects more IED attacks

India’s Maoist insurgency is in its “last stage”, but this could, paradoxically, result in a sharp spike in blasts with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) shifting its focus from direct attacks to bombings, the ministry of home affairs’…

Wednesday, May 23

No agreement with Pakistan on resolving Indus Waters dispute: World Bank

The World Bank has said it failed to arrive at an agreement with a visiting Pakistani delegation on a way forward to address Islamabad’s concerns regarding the Indus Waters Treaty with India. Over two days – Monday and Tuesday-- a high…


Congress looks to replicate its Karnataka model in Goa to oust the BJP

A buoyed Congress is planning to replicate the Karnataka model in Goa and has started back-channel talks with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a partner in the BJP-led ruling coalition, two top state Congress leaders said on…

Tuesday, May 22


Nipah virus: 10 deaths confirmed in Kerala, symptoms suspected in 2 Karnataka patients

The number of deaths from the contagious Nipah virus infection in Kerala may have touched 14 with two more reported on Tuesday even as state and central health agencies stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Till…

Kumaraswamy’s portfolio struggles continue in Karnataka, 22 berths for Congress

Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday indicated that Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara would be the deputy chief minister in the new government amid hectic wrangling for cabinet posts. After a meeting of JD(S) and…


Karnataka LIVE: Congress’ Parameshwara to be deputy CM, Ramesh Kumar Vidhan Soudha speaker

Karnataka chief minister designate HD Kumaraswamy announced that Congress leader G Paramaeshwara will take oath as deputy chief minister on Wednesday. The announcement comes after the JD(S) and the Congress met in Bengaluru on Tuesday to…

Monday, May 21


Panic grips Kerala as deadly Nipah virus suspected to have killed 12

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A deadly and contagious virus is suspected to have killed 12 people in Kozhikode in north Kerala, leading to hundreds of people with symptoms of fever into rushing to hospitals in panic, and forcing the central government to send a team of…


9 feared dead after Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, Centre sends team to assist state govt

At least nine people have died in Kerala’s Kozhikode district due to Nipah virus, an infection which has high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals, state health officials said. More deaths have been…


Eye on ties, PM Modi off to Russia today for informal talks with Putin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Russia on Monday for an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that will likely see discussions on terrorism and economy, among other issues. Modi left early in the morning and will…

Sunday, May 20


End of the road for Yeddyurappa after 55-hour stint as Karnataka CM?

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BS Yeddyurappa’s failure to prove a majority in the Karnataka assembly may not only have deprived him of the chief minister’s post — in which he spent all of 55 hours — but also an opportunity to remain relevant in the Karnataka unit of…


China’s $60b gold mine project at Arunachal border may become flashpoint with India: Chinese media report

China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found, a media report said on Sunday. The…


Northeast will be ‘Congress-mukt’ after Mizoram polls, says Amit Shah

A day after BJP lost out to the Congress-led alliance in Karnataka, BJP president Amit Shah slammed the grand old party’s “briefcase” politics and claimed his party had brought development to the Northeast. “Earlier Northeast was lampooned…


Kumaraswamy to meet Sonia, Rahul Gandhi in Delhi tomorrow to discuss Karnataka govt formation

Ahead of his swearing-in as the Karnataka chief minister, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will meet Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Monday to discuss the modalities of government formation. Clarifying that no…


Unknown virus kills three, Kerala government sends SOS to Centre; six critical

The Kerala government has asked Centre to rush a team of experts after panic gripped many areas in the northern part of the state following the death of three persons of a family in Peramabra in Kozhikode district after they were infected…


BSF says Pakistan Rangers ‘pleaded’ with them to stop firing across border after trooper killed

The Border Security Force (BSF) said that the Pakistan Rangers on Sunday “pleaded” with them to stop firing along the IB after being pounded with heavy artillery that also left a trooper dead across the border. The border guarding force…


Success to setback: How BJP failed to solve Karnataka equation

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On Tuesday evening, hours after the results to the Karnataka assembly were announced, and two days before the swearing in of BS Yeddyurappa as the chief minister of Karnataka, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary was dismissive of…

Saturday, May 19

Road to 2019: PM Narendra Modi plans big infrastructure push

With close to 200 road projects worth about Rs 1.5 lakh crore likely to be completed by mid-2019, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government plans to showcase highway development as one of its biggest achievements in the…


Floor test in Karnataka: FAQ on the principles and numbers in vote of confidence

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The BS Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government faces a cliffhanger vote of confidence on Saturday that will decide its fate. Situations where parties or alliances fail to get an outright majority after a general election…

Friday, May 18


BJP, Congress-JD(S) trade charges ahead of floor test in Karnataka assembly

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Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress combine expressed confidence a day ahead of the Supreme Court-ordered floor test to judge whether Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP indeed has the majority…


Ahead of Karnataka floor test, Supreme Court to hear Congress plea against Bopaiah at 10.30 am Saturday

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A petition challenging the appointment of BJP leader and former speaker KG Bopaiah as the protem speaker will be heard by the Supreme Court at 20.30 am on Saturday, half an hour before the new Karnataka legislative assembly convenes for a…


Letter to governor is key as Karnataka battle heads to Supreme Court today

The resolution of Karnataka’s political-legal drama may well rest on a letter the state’s newly sworn-in chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa, sent to governor Vajubhai Vala while staking claim to form the government. During the extraordinary…

Thursday, May 17


Man found dead in Kashmir day after government suspends security operations in Valley

A young man was tortured and strangulated on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday allegedly by militants in Hajin area of Bandipora in north Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir police said. Police said that militants abducted Hilal Ahmad…