J&K, Jharkhand to vote from Nov 25

New Delhi: Brushing aside reservations of the ruling National Conference, the Election Commission on Saturday decided to go ahead with holding Assembly polls in flood-devastated Jammu and Kashmir and announced a five-phased schedule between November 23 and December 20. Polling will take place on November 25, December 2, 9, 14 and 20, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said at a press conference here. [Full Article...]

Gadkari meets RSS chief ahead of Modi’s visit

Nagpur: Fuelling fresh speculation in political circles, union Minister for Shipping and Transport Nitin Gadkari called on Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat here on Saturday. Late Friday night, the Bharatiya Janata Party state president and prime contender for the post of the next Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had met Bhagwat. Sources in the BJP claimed ignorance of what transpired in both [Full Article...]

Netaji deputy, Nehru aide was Soviet spy: Documents

London: A deputy of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, an “old friend” of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and a former Indian ambassador, A.C.N. Nambiar, has been described as a Soviet spy. According to documents declassified under the 30-year-rule at the National Archives here, Nambiar went to Berlin in 1924 as a journalist and worked with the Indian communist group, visiting Moscow as a Soviet [Full Article...]

National Nuggets

Crib deaths continue in Bengal, toll reaches 18 Kolkata: Crib deaths at West Bengal’s Malda Medical College and Hospital continues unabated with three more babies dying since Friday to take the toll to 18. “Three more babies, all brought here in very critical condition, have died since Friday. Since Monday 18 babies, mostly newborn have died,” Medical Superintendent and Vice Principal M.A. Rashid said [Full Article...]

PM Modi breaks ice with media, poses for selfies

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday broke the ice when he met journalists, shook hands with them and smiled for selfies. This happened after Modi was being blamed for keeping the media at arms length. A “Diwali Milan” or Diwali meet as called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), this was Modi’s first formal outreach to the media since he became the [Full Article...]

Owl Festival: A time for jokes, merry making in ‘holy Varanasi’

Varanasi: Hundreds of thousands of people in this Hindu holy city – and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency – in Uttar Pradesh are eagerly looking forward to Sunday, to a time for cracking jokes on anything under the sun and merry making, when the annual “Uloo Mahotsava” (Owl Festival) takes place. The festival, which has become part of the city folklore, helps [Full Article...]

Indian-origin woman killed self, daughters

London: An Indian-origin mother poisoned herself and her two young daughters with acid last year after apparently facing problems trying to live with her husband’s parents, an inquest heard on Saturday. Heena Solanki, 34, was found dead in her bed alongside Jasmine, nine, and Prisha, four, by her husband Kalpesh Solanki at their home in Ruislip, west London, the Mirror reported. An inquest said [Full Article...]

Non-Gandhi can be Cong chief : PC

New Delhi: In a statement that is bound to kick up a controversy, Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said a non-Gandhi can be the party president in the future. In an interview to a TV channel, Chidambaram, however,said Congress president Sonia Gandhi is presently the numero uno in the party. “A non-Gandhi can be Congress president in the future. [Full Article...]