Voices raise against ban on cattle slaughter

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala and the Congress-led UDF today attacked the Centre for the ban on the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Centre’s decision was “surprising” which was unsuitable for a democratic nation. “It is not right that a government decides the choice of food of the people. With this decision, the Centre is destroying a sector which employees

Kerala CPI(M) secretary says Army absuses women

Kannur (Kerala): CPI(M) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has stoked a controversy alleging that women belonging to minority communities were subjected to atrocities by Army personnel in states where the AFSPA was implemented. Reacting sharply, NDA vice-chairman and MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar insisted on an apology from the CPI(M) leader and threatened to explore legal action, while the State BJP demanded criminal proceedings against Balakrishnan for ‘insulting’ the Army. “The AFSPA (Armed

Sale, purchase of cattle for slaughter banned

New Delhi: The government has banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that is expected to hit export and trade of meat and leather. It also prohibited practices that are cruel to animals including painting of horns and putting ornaments or decorative materials on them. The environment ministry has notified the stringent ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’

Maharashtra to get electric fuel stations

Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that in order to set up electric vehicle charging stations across the State, the government would frame a policy. Fadnavis was speaking here after inaugurating the country’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project and Ola electric charging station, in the presence of Union minister Nitin Gadkari. “The State government will frame a policy to set up electric vehicle charging stations for electric vehicles

Ariana's boyfriend cancels gig after UK attack

Los Angeles: Mac Miller has cancelled his two shows five days after the deadly attack at his girlfriend Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester that claimed the lives of 22 people, including children. The 25-year-old rapper announced on Twitter that he would not perform at Sasquatch and Soundset festivals this weekend. “Soundset and Sasquatch, I will not be performing this weekend. Thank you for understanding. I’ll be back. Love always,” Miller

PM Modi pays tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 53rd death anniversary. Nehru, the first prime minister of the country, had passed away on this date in 1964. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary,” Modi tweeted.

Budget will create millions of new jobs: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that his maiden budget will lay the foundation of a “new America” and reverse economic stagnation by creating millions of new jobs in the country. “My administration is laying a new foundation to build a future of economic prosperity and achieve American Greatness. The budget we are proposing will reverse economic stagnation and open the path to millions of new jobs for American

5 killed, 28 injured as van turns upside down

Coimbatore: Five persons, including two women, have been killed and 28 injured when their van turned upside down near Kothagiri in Nilgiris District, police said. All of them were returning to their village in Vellore district after a sight-seeing trip to Udhagamandalam late last night when the van skidded off the road, dashed against a roadside wall and turned upside down resulting in the death of five persons, police said.

Paris Hilton flattered by style copycats

Los Angeles: Socialite Paris Hilton said she is flattered when others like Kendall Jenner copy her sense of style. The Simple Life star was thrilled when she saw Kendall in a similar outfit to what she wore to her 21st birthday and said she loved being the style inspiration for others, reported E! online. “It makes me feel happy when I see somebody wearing something I’d already worn before. I

New H1B bill introduced; could benefit Indians

Washington: A bill has been re-introduced in the House of Representatives that seeks exemption for foreign- born persons with an American PhD in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually. Introduced by Congressmen Erik Paulsen and Mike Quigley, the Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, is likely to benefit Indians given that

Gag order: Congmen not to air grievances to media

Bengaluru: Congress General Secretary in- charge K C Venugopal, yesterday warned the partymen against going to the media with ‘grievances’ and pressed for unity within the party’s state unit ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls. He assured partymen that the decision on new Karnataka Pradesh Congress chief will be taken before this month end, but was non-committal to a question whether the 2018 elections will be under Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s