A kiss, a prayer: Last hours of MH17’s victims

UNDATED: In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his big brother Shaka at the airport so they [Full Article...]

Uproar in Parl; govt says report regarding Sena MPs unverified

Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim worker to break Ramzan fast New Delhi: Parliament was rocked on Wednesday over reports that Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a fasting Muslim worker to eat in the new Maharashtra Sadan, but government dismissed the allegations as “unsubstantiated” and said they need to be verified first lest they raise communal passions. The issue was raised in both [Full Article...]

Don’t have hatred for other religions: Uddhav

Mumbai:  Amid an outrage over Shiv Sena MPs force-feeding a Muslim catering worker fasting during Ramzan, its President Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the uproar over the incident was an attempt to “silence” his party’s voice. He, however, said despite being a votary of Hindutva, Shiv Sena had no hatred for other religions. “This (uproar over the incident) is an attempt to silence Shiv [Full Article...]

School chairman arrested

Girl rape case Bangalore: Chairman of the city school where a six-year old girl was allegedly raped, evoking public outrage and triggering protests, has been arrested. Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman of Vibgyor High School, was arrested under various sections of IPC, Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters here. Police have invoked [Full Article...]

National Nuggets

Whistleblowers can get security from govt New Delhi: Whistleblowers or people exposing corruption can get security from the government, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. The government has authorised Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of ministries or departments of the central government as designated authority to receive any written complaint or disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office in respect of [Full Article...]

Mumbai: A court in suburban Kurla on Wednesday issued fresh summons against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA from Hyderabad Akbaruddin Owaisi in connection with an alleged hate speech case. The metropolitan magistrate court has asked the MIM leader to be present before it next month. “Earlier a summons was issued against him (Owaisi) in May. However, since there was no report from the [Full Article...]

India to place special emphasis on neighbourhood: Swaraj

New Delhi: India will place special emphasis on its neighbourhood, stretching from West Asia to East Asia, while playing a role to fulfill its international responsibilities to build a peaceful and prosperous world, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. Making suo motu statements in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Brazil for BRICS Summit, External Affairs Minister [Full Article...]

People from Northeastern states stage a candle light protest to condemn murder of Manipuri youth, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)