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Actress abduction: Dileep slams media for targeting him

Kochi: Popular Malayalam actor Dileep slammed a section of media for ‘targeting’ him in connection with the alleged abduction and harassment of a noted South Indian actress by a gang of men last week. Dileep, who recently got married to Malayalam actress Kavya Madhavan, said he did not have any contact, directly or indirectly, with any of the accused involved in the ‘heinous crime’. “I appeal to the authorities to carry out a complete and honest investigation

Woman injured in black magic act succumbs

Kozhikode: A 27-year old woman who suffered burns in an alleged act of black magic by another woman died at a private hospital here, police said. Shemina, who was admitted to the hospital on Monday withsevere burns, died without responding to treatment, they said. Police have arrested Najima on the charge of injuring Shemina by practicing black magic. According to police, Shemina had approached Najima seeking remedy for some personal problems. Najima had prepared for

Kambala bill sent to President for assent

Bengaluru: A Bill passed recently by Karnataka Assembly to legalise traditional  buffalo race ‘Kambala’ and bullock cart races has been sent to the President for his assent, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said. “The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been approved by the Governor. We have now sent it to President of India,” Jayachandra told reporters here after a cabinet meeting. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,

Kerala CM’s visit will lead to political unrest: BJP

Mangaluru: BJP opposed the proposed visit of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to the city on 25 February to attend a ‘communal harmony rally’, saying it will lead to political unrest in Dakshina Kannada district. District BJP President Sanjeeva Mathandoor also announced the party’s support to a bandh called by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Hindu Jagrane Vedike and several other organisations on 25 February opposing Vijayan’s visit. He said the district had always witnessed political harmony and

No plans to introduce Rs 1,000 note: Centre

New Delhi: The government has no plans to introduce Rs 1,000 note and the focus is on increasing production of lower denomination currencies, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said today. He also said complaints of cash shortages at ATMs are being addressed and requested people to desist from withdrawing more money than they need. “No plans to introduce Rs 1,000 notes. Focus is on production and supply of Rs 500

SC asks Centre to frame guidelines for rehabilitation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to frame guidelines for rehabilitation of persons who have been cured of their mental illness, observing that the issue was ‘very sensitive’. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar observed that after mentally ill persons are cured, not even their family members are willing to take them back home. “It is a very, very sensitive issue. You (Centre) should apply

Snapdeal to lay-off 600 people over next few days

New Delhi: SoftBank-backed Snapdeal will lay off around 600 people across its e-commerce, logistics and payments operations over the next few days. According to sources, the company started the process last week and will lay off 500-600 people across Snapdeal, Vulcan (logistics) and Freecharge (digital payments business). The sources added that the reduction will include employees across levels and the process will be completed in the next few days. A