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Voting begins for 7th and final phase of 17th Lok Sabha elections
short by Anmol Sharma / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Voting for the seventh and final phase of 17th Lok Sabha elections has begun. The phase covers 59 constituencies across Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, UP and West Bengal. Around 1.12 lakh polling booths are in place for smooth conduct of polls, while 10.02 crore registered voters will decide the fate of 918 candidates including PM Narendra Modi.
short by Anmol Sharma / 06:59 am on 19 May
Cave where PM Modi meditated had WiFi, telephone and toilet: Report
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
The cave in Kedarnath, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditated, was WiFi and telephone-enabled, according to a report. It also had an adjoining toilet with basic facilities, the report added. PM Modi emerged from the cave on Sunday after meditating overnight. After offering morning prayers at the Kedarnath temple, the PM will head towards the Badrinath shrine.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:45 am on 19 May
What is the rent for the Kedarnath cave where PM Modi meditated?
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
The cave in Kedarnath where PM Narendra Modi meditated can be rented for ₹990 a day. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) officials said the rudra meditation cave was built after PM Modi suggested the concept of meditation caves in the area. GMVN offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea two times in a day to the tourist residing in the cave.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:40 pm on 19 May
Villagers claim BJP workers inked fingers to stop them from voting
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Residents of UP's Tara Jivanpur village have alleged that three BJP workers had "forcefully" applied ink to their fingers and gave them ₹500 in a bid to prevent them from voting in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday. "They told us now you can't vote," a villager said. Authorities said action will be taken against the accused.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:40 am on 19 May
India's fastest female sprinter says she's in same-sex relationship
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
India's fastest female sprinter, Dutee Chand, has revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with her "soulmate" who is a girl from her hometown of Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha. However, Chand refused to identify her partner as she didn't want to make her "the centre of undue attention". Chand said she doesn't have any immediate plans of "settling down".
short by Ankush Verma / 11:16 am on 19 May
We're committed to CM's security: Delhi Police on Kejriwal's claims
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
After Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said his PSO reports to BJP and claimed he might be assassinated like late PM Indira Gandhi, the Delhi Police said its unit was a "professional set up of well-trained personnel...committed to their jobs". "The unit has been providing security cover commendably for several high dignitaries of all political parties," additional PRO Anil Mittal added.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 08:08 pm on 18 May
Andhra minister's wife creates ruckus at toll plaza over ₹56
short by Anmol Sharma / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
P Venkata Kumari, wife of Andhra Pradesh minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, created a ruckus at a toll plaza in Telangana's Nalgonda on Hyderabad-Guntur highway on Friday over payment of ₹56. A video of Kumari went viral, wherein she can be seen telling a toll employee that she's the wife of a minister. Kumari later paid to cross the toll plaza.
short by Anmol Sharma / 11:11 pm on 18 May
Stalker enters cab, stabs B'luru air hostess for refusing proposal
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
A 30-year-old man surrendered to the Bengaluru Police on Friday days after allegedly stabbing a 27-year-old flight attendant, who is now stable. The stalker got into the victim's cab and began demanding she agree to his marriage proposal. When she refused, he ripped off her right ear, stabbed her in the face, and punched her in the stomach, police said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:59 pm on 18 May
Sony Music copyright strikes Kerala temple music videos online
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
Several people who recorded and uploaded videos of Thrissur Pooram's orchestra on Facebook and YouTube have claimed that they are being marked for copyright violation by Sony Music. The videos were allegedly blocked for containing sounds similar to tracks of the multilingual movie 'The Sound Story', starring Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty. Sony owns the copyright for the film's music.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 08:00 pm on 18 May
20-yr-old youth solves 9 Rubik's cubes underwater, sets world record
short by Pragya Swastik / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Chinmay Prabhu, a 20-year-old Mumbai youth, has entered the Guinness World Records for solving nine Pyraminx (Rubik's cubes) underwater in 1 minute and 48 seconds. "I started my journey five years ago and learned different methods to solve a cube online," said Prabhu, a BSc (IT) student. "I practised four hours daily...sat underwater and held my breath," he added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 01:50 pm on 19 May
Wanted to feel death, take care of my parents: JNU student to prof
short by Anmol Sharma / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
In his suicide note, which he emailed to his English professor, Rishi Joshua, a second year MA student at JNU, stated he wanted to "experience the physical state of death from sometime," police said. "By the time you read this, I won't be in physical state...Take care of my parents," it read. Joshua committed suicide by hanging himself in library.
short by Anmol Sharma / 08:25 pm on 18 May
26 dams hit zero water storage level in Maharashtra
short by Nandini Sinha / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
Twenty-six dams in Maharashtra have reached 'zero storage' level as on May 18, figures provided by the state water conservation department revealed. The affected areas include the Aurangabad Division, as well as some dams in the Nagpur Division, Jalgaon and Pune. Water storage in Maharashtra's 103 large, medium and small reservoirs stood at 11.84%, as compared to 23.73% last year.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:39 pm on 18 May
3-year-old girl dies after Telangana MLA's convoy hits bike
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
A three-year-old girl was killed on the spot after a convoy vehicle of Mulugu MLA Danasari Anasuya, known as Sitakka, hit the bike on which she was travelling. Her mother and uncle suffered minor injuries and were shifted to a local government hospital. A sub-inspector said Sitakka was not in the SUV during the accident, however, some reports claim otherwise.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:38 pm on 18 May
Red carpet welcome for 103-yr-old voter at Himachal Pradesh booth
short by Anmol Sharma / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Shyam Saran Negi, 103-year-old man who had first cast his vote in 1951, will cast his vote in 17th Lok Sabha elections at a polling booth in HP's Kalpa village on Sunday. Pratham Prathmik Vidyalaya, where the polling booth is located, will accord a red carpet welcome to Negi, who had cast his vote in 1951 at the same booth.
short by Anmol Sharma / 12:57 am on 19 May
PM's Secretary PK Mishra wins UN's Sasakawa Award
short by Nandini Sinha / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
Dr PK Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, has been conferred the 2019 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. "He received the award for his dedication to improve the resilience of communities most exposed to disasters and his personal commitment to social inclusion", the government said in a statement.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:31 pm on 18 May
Man beaten to death after alleged gang-rape of 14-yr-old in Alwar
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
Days after the gang-rape of an 18-year-old woman in Rajasthan's Alwar, another rape case has surfaced from the city where a youth was beaten to death by relatives of the victim. The 14-year-old girl alleged the boy and two of his friends raped her on May 14 when they were attending a wedding. Police have detained the other two accused.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:27 pm on 18 May
Over 1,000 kg fake ghee seized after raid in Delhi market
short by Daisy Mowke / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Delhi's food safety department on Friday seized over 1,060kg of counterfeit ghee during a raid in Shradhanand market near Lahori gate. Officers confiscated ghee being sold under the 'Gowardhan' brand. "We realised there was a problem when we found out...our ghee was being sold at ₹100 less than our market price," said a representative of the company manufacturing 'Gowardhan' ghee.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:46 am on 19 May
2 booths in Arunachal to go for re-polling on May 21
short by Nikita Pradhan / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
The Election Commission has ordered re-polling at a booth in Koloriang constituency and a booth in Tali constituency of Arunachal Pradesh on May 21 following complaints of electoral malpractices. The two stations had already gone for re-polling earlier when re-polls were held for 18 booths in the state. However, several allegations of electoral malpractices were raised in the re-polling too.
short by Nikita Pradhan / 12:04 pm on 19 May
Publicity of PM's Kedarnath visit violates MCC: TMC to EC
short by Nikita Pradhan / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday wrote to the Election Commission saying that the wide-scale coverage of PM Narendra Modi's visit to Uttarakhand's Kedarnath violates Model Code of Conduct. The complaint said that even though election campaigning is over, his visit is being publicised with "ulterior motive to influence voters". Campaigning for last phase of polls got over on May 17.
short by Nikita Pradhan / 12:51 pm on 19 May
Mumbai most vulnerable to cyberattacks, Delhi, B'luru next: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
Mumbai topped the 15-city list of the most vulnerable cities to cyberattacks in 2019, followed by Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, Quick Heal Security Labs revealed. The 'Annual Threat Report 2019' put Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal as the top three states at most risk. The report compiled data from several cyberattacks that took place in 2018 on Windows and Android.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 09:16 pm on 18 May
Odisha govt to distribute 24L sanitary pads in Fani-hit Puri
short by Nikita Pradhan / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
The Odisha government has provisioned over 24 lakh sanitary napkins for free supply in Cyclone Fani-hit Puri district. This would "ensure health, hygiene and dignity of women and girls in this critical period," an official release said. Over 1.65 crore people of the state have been adversely affected due to the cyclone which hit Puri coast on May 3.
short by Nikita Pradhan / 01:18 pm on 19 May
T'gana Prisons Dept to open petrol pump run by transgenders
short by Nikita Pradhan / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Telangana DGP Prisons and Correctional Services Vinoy Singh said that transgender people will be hired to run a petrol pump operated by the Prisons Department in the state. The department intends to open 20 petrol pumps across Telangana in the coming three months, he added. The department already operates 18 petrol pumps run by prison inmates in the state.
short by Nikita Pradhan / 11:56 am on 19 May
1.64 lakh engineering seats cut in colleges across India
short by Jigyasu / on 18 May 2019,Saturday
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has cut down 1.64 lakh engineering seats nationwide in UG and PG courses. "While some colleges didn't achieve even 30% admissions in last five years, others have applied to reduce seats or shut down," AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said. "Action was taken against some institutions for not maintaining quality standards," he added.
short by Jigyasu / 11:30 pm on 18 May
24-yr-old tourist dies in paragliding accident in Himachal
short by Nikita Pradhan / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
A 24-year-old tourist from Punjab's Mohali was killed and a paragliding pilot was injured in a paragliding accident in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Saturday, police said. The incident reportedly occurred after the pilot lost control over the paraglider. A case has been registered and the tourist's body will be handed over to his family after the autopsy.
short by Nikita Pradhan / 11:06 am on 19 May
Jauhar should be considered different from Sati: Raj CM
short by Nikita Pradhan / on 19 May 2019,Sunday
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said that the practice of Jauhar, or self-immolation by women facing capture by invaders, should be considered different from Sati. He added that wherever BJP ruled in the country, they attempted to distort history. This comes after a picture in Rajasthan Class 8 textbooks suggesting self-immolation was replaced by picture of a hill fort.
short by Nikita Pradhan / 01:10 pm on 19 May
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