Asthana gets interim protection from arrest till Monday

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to maintain status quo in the ongoing probe involving agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana and granted him interim protection from arrest till Monday.

Capt Amarinder Singh greets people on Bhagwan Valmiki Jayanti

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has greeted the people of Punjab on the auspicious occasion of the Pargat Divas of ‘Adi Kavi’ Bhagwan Valmiki Ji.

Senior officers of DIPR & Punjab Public Relations Officers Association condole demise of elder brother of IPRO Kamaljeet Paul

CHANDIGARH: The senior officers of Information and Public Relations Department and Punjab Public Relation Officers Association have expressed profound shock and grief over the demise of Mr.

Nearly 46 lakh tonne paddy procured in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Nearly 46 lakh tonne of paddy has been procured in Punjab this season, food and supplies officials said on Tuesday.

Delhi's landfill burns for 3rd day, turns air quality severe

NEW DELHI: The fire that started at the sprawling Bhalaswa landfill site here on Sunday is continuing for the third day on Tuesday, while a very poor quality air is choking Delhi.

Gurugram judge's son shot at by guard dies, family donates organs

GURUGRAM: Gurugram's Additional District and Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's son, who was lying 'brain dead' in Medanta-The Medicity hospital here after being shot at by the judge's security guard on October 13, was declared dead by the hospital on Tuesday.

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra apologises for remarks against Odisha legislators

BHUBANESWAR: Security analyst and columnist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra appeared before a House Committee of the Odisha Assembly on Tuesday and tendered an unconditional apology for his derogatory remarks against the Sun Temple and comments on legislators.

Punjab vigilance nabs ASI for taking bribe

CHANDIGARH: State Vigilance Bureau, today nabbed an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) posted at Basti Tenka Wali, Police Post Ferozepur red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 50,000.

Fireworks industry to file review petition in SC after Diwali

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) on Tuesday said that it would file a review petition in the Supreme Court post Diwali.

LJP, RLSP refute 2019 seat sharing reports in Bihar

PATNA: BJP allies LJP and RLSP leaders on Tuesday refuted media reports that seat sharing has been finalised in the NDA for 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Bihar but there appeared to be growing restlessness on the issue in the BJP-led NDA here.

Aamir Khan meets China's film regulator official

BEIJING: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan met a top official from China's film regulator here last week and discussed cooperation between India and China in making films.

Vijayan blames sangh for creating Sabarimala mess

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday accused the 'sangh parivar' and its associates of turning the Sabarimala temple into a conflict zone and vowed to implement the Supreme Court order in the next long-season pilgrimage starting in November.

Upgradation of institute for auto parts & hand tools technology to transform Punjab into a global manufacturing & export hub: Sunder Sham Arora

CHANDIGARH: “The Institute for Auto parts & Hand Tools Technology, Ludhiana owing to the persistent efforts of the Punjab Government has been upgraded under the ASIDE scheme with an investment in plant and machinery worth Rs.

Togadia joins active politics, slams BJP for Ram Mandir betrayal

AYODHYA: Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia said on Tuesday he was "jumping into mainstream politics" and would soon announce the name of his new party that would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Tripura CM, BJP leaders to campaign in Mizoram

AGARTALA: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and other state BJP leaders would campaign for the party in the November 28 Assembly polls in Congress ruled Mizoram, a party official said here on Tuesday.

Constitution Bench to decide on plea for EC collegium

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to a Constitution Bench a plea seeking formation of a collegium for appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Commissioners.

Asthana moves Delhi HC seeking quashing of FIR

NEW DELHI: Central Bureau of Investigation Special Director Rakesh Asthana on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking interim protection from arrest and quashing of an FIR in connection with bribery allegations against him.

Minor raped by bus driver in Delhi

NEW DELHI: A five-year-old girl was raped by the driver of her school bus here, police said on Tuesday, adding the accused has been arrested.

Saudi Foreign Minister pledges 'fair probe' into Khashoggi's death

JAKARTA: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir, who is in Indonesia on an official visit, said on Tuesday that the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be thoroughly investigated and those responsible would be punished.

5 tourists from Bengal killed, 3 injured in Sikkim road accident

GANGTOK: Five persons from West Bengal were killed while three were critically injured after a tourist car fell into a gorge in Reshi Bazar in Sikkim, police said on Tuesday.

Cabinet meet cancelled, Yogi leaves for Chhattisgarh

LUCKNOW: The weekly meeting of the Uttar Pradesh cabinet was cancelled on Tuesday as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath headed for poll-bound Chhattisgarh to canvass support for BJP candidates, an official said.

I will not contest polls: Prashant Kishor

PATNA: Election strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor, who is the new national Vice President of Bihar's ruling JD-U, said on Tuesday he will not contest any elections for the next 10 years to concentrate on bringing the state out of the "undeveloped" tag.

India summons Pakistan High Commission official, lodges protest

NEW DELHI: The External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday summoned a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission here and lodged a strong protest over the cross-border infiltration attempt in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in which two terrorists and three Indian soldiers were killed.

J&K withdraws order to purchase religious books for educational institutions

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday withdrew an order asking educational institutions to purchase copies of the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana for their libraries.

Actor Ajaz Khan nabbed for possessing drugs

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ajaz Khan has been arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell of Navi Mumbai Police for alleged possession of banned drugs here.

Amritsar Dusshera organiser on the run; releases video

CHANDIGARH: While remaining underground, the organizer of the Dusshera event, where at least 59 people were crushed by a speeding train, on Monday released a video claiming he had taken all permissions, and that appeals were made to people standing on the tracks to vacate the area.

Sidhu defends wife, questions railways

CHANDIGARH: Under fire from various quarters, Punjab's Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday continued to defend his wife and close aides in the Amritsar train tragedy in which 59 people watching Dusshera proceedings died last Saturday.

Himachal's mega hydropower project re-allotted

SHIMLA: After over a decade of flip-flops and litigation, a multi-million dollar hydropower project was re-allotted on Monday by the Himachal Pradesh government to state-run Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL).

Depressed man kills 8-year-old son, held

NEW DELHI: A 54-year-old man suffering from depression has been held for killing his minor son in the national capital, police said on Monday.

$77 bn laundered through fake bank accounts in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court has been informed that transactions of more than 100 billion Pakistani rupees ($77 billion) have been carried out through 107 fake bank accounts, the authorities said on Tuesday.

Modi's handpicked CBI officer caught red-handed: Yechury on Asthana

NEW DELHI: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose "hand-picked" Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana was "caught red-handed" he said, as the probe agency registered a graft case against one of its own.

Explosion in Poonch army camp in J&K

JAMMU: An explosion occurred inside an army camp on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district though there has been no casualty, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

Researcher accuses PGI prof of sexual harassment

CHANDIGARH: A researcher has accused a PGI professor of sexual harassment in a front of its kind case in the prestigious medical insititute that has earlier seen women staff members level similar allegations against faculty members.

Giani Harpreet Singh is appointed acting Jathedar of Akal Takht

AMRITSAR: Giani Harpreet Singh Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Talwandi Sabo has been appointed acting Jathedar of Akal Takht after the resignation of Giani Gurbachan Singh was accepted by executive committee of SGPC which met here on Monday.

Rajnath arrives in Srinagar on day-long visit

SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Tuesday to review the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

SC permits bursting of only green firecrackers

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that only green firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels will be permitted during all religious festivals.

India,China sign first security cooperation agreement

NEW DELHI: India and China on Monday signed a first-ever agreement on security cooperation which will strengthen and consolidate assistance in counter-terrorism, organised crimes, drug control, human trafficking and exchange of information, marking a new beginning between the two countries.

29 Chhattisgarh-bound Tripura troopers injured in accident

AGARTALA: Twenty nine troopers of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) bound for poll-related duties in Chhatisgarh have been injured after their bus fell into a deep gorge, police said here on Tuesday.

Ayushamann, Vicky to appear together in 'Koffee with Karan'

MUMBAI: Actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal will be making their debut on filmmaker Karan Johar's popular chat show 'Koffee with Karan.

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