Don't Miss SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Don't Miss Few subjects of VTU examinations postponed Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has postponed the examinations for few subjects scheduled for December 18, yet again, due to overlapping of dates. Air India to connect Bengaluru-Hubbali-Mumbai from Dec 12 Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju will formally inaugurate the upgraded Hubballi Airport on 12th December, Tuesday. He will also flag off Hubballi-Mumbai air service by the Air India on the same day. 'Anantkumar Hegde is a coward politician' says MLA Mankal Vaidya "A five-time Member of Parliament and Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde is a timid politician", roared Bhatkal MLA Mankal Vaidya addressing a huge crowd in Chief Minister's program in Bhatkal on 6th December, Wednesday. Coast Guard Ship rescues boat with 13 fishermen off Malpe Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Amartya rescued Androth (Lakshadweep island) registered fishing boat Barracuda (Regd No IND LD AN MM 153) along with 13 crew members from a position 18 km off Malpe on Wednesday. FB Barracuda had sailed from Kochi on November 7. The crew members were from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam. The rescued are Bebron John (32), Stalin (29), Antony (27), Abin (22), Andross (49), Prabhu (38), Meerlin (35), Benedit (48), Jelastin (46), Martin (34), Arul Das (55), Thadeus (46) and Mohammed Ali (33). Mangaluru: One dead, 20 injured in bus-truck collision One died and several passengers were injured when a speeding bus and container truck collided head on today at the busy Nanthoor Junction in Mangaluru. The deceased has been identified as Kavitha (50), a helper at the Government Lady Goschen Hospital in Mangaluru. Mani Shankar Aiyar calls PM 'neech aadmi', Rahul asks him to apologise Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today kicked up a row when he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech" (vile man), drawing a sharp reaction from the latter who dubbed it as an "insult" to Gujarat and a reflection of "Mughal mentality". Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too disapproved of Aiyar's remarks and said both he and the party expected the senior leader to apologise. "He (Modi) is 'neech kism ka aadmi' (a vile man) who has no 'sabhyata' (civility)," Aiyar, who has often courted controversy with his off-the-cuff remarks said, attacking Modi after the latter accused the Congress of seeking votes in B R Ambedkar's but trying to erase his contribution to building India. Union Minister Hegde booked for remarks against CM Siddaramaiah A case has been registered against Union Minister Ananthkumar Hegde for allegedly using derogatory words against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a speech at Kittur in Belagavi district recently, police said today. The case was registered by Mysuru police on the direction of a court based on a complaint by Mysuru district Congress president B J Vijay Kumar, a senior police official said. The complainant has accused Hegde of having used "foul language" against the chief minister. Cyclone Ochki death toll climbs to 36  Three bodies were recovered this morning off the Kerala coast, taking the death toll due to Cyclone Ockhi to 36 even as rescue operations are going on in full swing to trace the 96 missing fishermen. Sources in the State control room monitoring the rescue operations, said with the recovery of three more bodies, the death toll in Kerala due to the cyclone has gone up to 36 and 96 fishermen are yet to be traced. While a body was recovered near Alappuzha by the Marine enforcement wing, two bodies were found by Coast Guard ship Vaibhav off Alappuzha-Kochi coast this morning, defence sources said. Ready to extend deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to March 31, 2018: Centre tells SC The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend till March 31 next year the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for availing various services and welfare schemes. The Supreme Court now will be setting up a five-judge Constitution Bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre's decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was informed by Attorney General K K Venugopal that the Centre was willing to extend the deadline of December 31 to March 31 next year for linking of Aadhaar with various services and schemes. India captain Virat Kohli grabs second position in ICC Test rankings Riding on his career-best 243 in the third Test against Sri Lanka, India captain Virat Kohli today jumped three places to grab the second position among batsmen in the ICC Test rankings. Kohli's double ton was followed by a 50 in the second innings as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0 after the first and third Test ended in draws in Kolkata and New Delhi. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50. Arvind Kejriwal defamation case: Court issues notice to BJP MP Subhash Chandra The Delhi High Court today issued notice to Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and the Delhi Police seeking their responses on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea to quash a criminal defamation complaint filed by the BJP leader. A bench of Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also exempted Kejriwal from personal appearance before a trial court on December 11 in the case. The court was not inclined to stay the proceedings before the trial court and listed the matter for further hearing on January 22. Kejriwal had sought stay on the summons issued to him by the trial court on March 4. Quake measuring 5.5 hits Rudraprayag, tremors in north India Tremors were felt in several parts of North India as a medium-intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district today, the India Meteorological Department said. We stand by Kapil Sibal's request: Zafaryab Jilani Zafaryab Jilani, convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) which has been fighting the Ayodhya dispute case on behalf of the Muslims, on Wednesday showed solidarity with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, in the wake of his asking for a July, 2019 date for the next hearing of the long-standing matter. "Whatever Sibal has said has been stated with prior consultation with all advocates including leaders of the Muslim Personal Law Board. Sibal had discussed this. With full confidence, we can say that we completely endorse what Sibal said," Jilani said. Cyclone Ockhi: Search, rescue operation for missing fishermen continues In the wake of  Cyclone Ockhi, the Indian Navy on Wednesday continued the search and rescue operation for missing and stranded fishermen off the Kerala coast. Earlier, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured the ministry was making every attempt to bring back stranded fishermen in the sea. Congress believes 'only' it made India achieve freedom: PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday criticised the Congress saying the party believed that freedom in the country was brought by the Nehru-Gandhi family. Addressing a public gathering here, the Prime Minister said, "The Congress feels only one family won India's freedom. They forgot the contribution of the tribal communities in India's struggle for freedom. The Congress Party is an expert in lying." He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the state has constributed massively for the development of the tribal community. Major fire breaks out in Bhiwandi, 50 rescued A major fire broke out on Wednesday morning where 50 people were rescued from 16 godowns in Bhiwandi's Mankoli area. Over 12 fire tenders have reached the spot to douse the fire. Taj is 2nd best UNESCO world heritage site: survey The Taj Mahal is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey. With over 8 million visitors per year, the monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is rated after Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, the survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe. "You can find hundreds of tours and experiences to visit this mesmerizing site, from a private tour with a guide and visit at sunset or sunrise, to a visit, including a home cooked meal at a local home in Agra," the travel portal said. Youngsters guide Sri Lanka to draw, India claim series Sri Lanka's unheralded youngsters, led by Dhananjaya De Silva, cashed in on the ineffectiveness of Indian spinners, holding on for a draw in the third Test even as the home team collected its ninth successive series victory here today. While the win in Nagpur ensured a 1-0 series win for India, it will certainly be a moral victory for a beleaguered Sri Lankan team, which also had to endure physical discomfort due to pollution in the national capital. Woman passenger 'molested' by Ola cab driver in Bengaluru A woman was allegedly molested by a driver attached to cab aggregator Ola en route for her residence here recently. Ola said in a statement today that it had zero tolerance to such incidents and the driver had been suspended on receiving the complaint. It said the customer has been asked to lodge a formal complaint with the authorities. Demolition of Babri Masjid an assault on democracy: Yechury Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Wednesday dubbed the demolition of Babri Masjid as the biggest assault on the secular democratic foundation of the nation. Speaking to ANI, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "Today happens to be the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition that remains to be a black spot in the history of modern India. That has been the biggest assault on the secular democratic foundation of our country." Udupi: Cops nab 7, recover 1.6 kg out of 4.1 robbed gold Police superintendent Dr Sanjeev Patil said that the team led by him was able to crack down the most notorious case of dacoity in the recent past that took place in the district. A gold salesman from Mumbai was robbed of 4.112 kilograms of gold on September 18 inside the Nethravathi Express travelling from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram. CM Siddaramaiah to inaugurate 519 works in Uttara Kannada district in two days Call it urgency to carve names on the boards or making up for not coming to the district frequently after he became Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah will be inaugurating a whopping 519 projects in two days. The mammoth list of projects to be inaugurated has been prepared by the district administration. Rahul Gandhi set to be next Congress president Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is the only valid candidate in the fray for the election to the Congress president's post, the party's returning officer said today. The picture became clear following the scrutiny of nominations filed yesterday on his behalf. "There is now only one validly nominated candidate, that is Shri Rahul Gandhi," said Mullappally Ramac Yashwant has my full support, concerned about him: Mamata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today extended her "full support" to former Union minister Yashwant Sinha in his fight for the cause of farmers and said she was concerned about the BJP veteran, who was detained by Maharashtra Police. She said she was sending Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi to meet Sinha, who was detained at Akola in Maharashtra last evening while protesting along with hundreds of farmers against the government's alleged apathy towards cotton and soybean cultivators of the Vidarbha region. Cyclone Ockhi: 39 dead, 167 fishermen missing As many as 39 people have perished and 167 fishermen were still missing after cyclone Ockhi hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts while 809 others were swept away to Maharashtra, the Union Home Ministry said today. Joint Secretary in the ministry Sanjeev Kumar Jindal also said the cyclone is slowing down and would have no impact in Gujarat, where the first of the two-phased assembly elections is due four days later. SC to hear Rohingya petitions on January 31 The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted all petitions relating to deportation of Muslim Rohingya refugees for detailed hearing on January 31. The Rohingya immigrants, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine state of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu and Kashmir, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and termed Rohingya refugees a threat to national security. Mangaluru: Strengthen government hospitals, demand protesters Members of the DYFI Dakshina Kannada unit have demanded strengthening government hospitals, a government medical college in Dakshina Kannada and control of private hospitals. The members staged a protest in front of DC's office in Mangaluru, on Monday. The protesters also demanded measures to check and control private hospitals in the state. A memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah through Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil. Addressing the protesters, CPM leader HC releases mentally challenged convict who served 26 yrs of life term The Allahabad High Court has directed the release of a murder convict who served 26 years of his life imprisonment, of which 22 years was in a mental hospital. The convict is still undergoing treatment and is in a critical condition. Expressing deep anguish over the delay in disposal of the convict's appeal, the court, while upholding the conviction, confined his life imprisonment to only 20 years, which he has already undergone. India close in on win as SL totter at 31/3 in pursuit of 410 India hurtled towards their ninth successive series victory as they left Sri Lanka precariously placed at 31 for three and staring at another humiliation in the third and final Test here today. The visiting Lankans were set an improbable victory target of 410 to level the three-match series. It will be a miracle if Sri Lanka manage to make it. The 16 overs that they batted during the final 85 minutes of the fourth day's play was with an aim to survive rather than play positive cricket. Wont allow communal violence in Karnataka ahead of assembly Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said his government will not allow communal violence in the state even if the BJP tried hard for the same ahead of the assembly polls. His comments come in the wake of the arrest of BJP MP Pratap Simha near Mysuru, ahead of a Hamnuman Jayanti procession yesterday. Simha is out on station bail. "We will not allow any communal violence in our state, however much the BJP tries, ahead of the (assembly) polls. We will deal it with iron hands," Siddaramaiah told reporters here. Minister visits Ullal hit by rough sea conditions Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader today visited areas in Ullal in Dakshina Kannada district, bordering Kerala, affected by turbulent sea waves in the aftermath of cyclone Ockhi. He inspected houses which had been damaged by the waves that surged into the shore. Later talking to reporters, the minister said 35 families had been shifted to safer places. Narendra Modi has failed on foreign diplomacy front: Veerappa Moily Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Veerappa Moily today claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed on the foreign diplomacy front though he had been touring countries frequently. Addressing reporters here, he said Modi "is only busy with frequent foreign tours. He cannot stop cross-border terrorism from Pakistan. China is exporting its goods to India, but they do not import from India," he charged.said Modi "is only busy with frequent foreign tours. He cannot stop cross-border terrorism from Pakistan. China is exporting its goods to India, but they do not import from India," he charged. Besides, the visa issue with the United states could not be resolved yet. Waves hit coastal areas of Ullal in DK, houses damaged Three houses were damaged while the compound wall of a private resort collapsed as surging waves lashed the coast of Ullal near here in the last two days. Seen as an after-effect of cyclone Ockhi, damage to the property by huge waves has occurred in most of the coastal areas, official sources said. Two houses near the seashore at Ullal were completely destroyed by the waves while another one was partially damaged. The houses belonging to Philomena Fernandes and Everest Alphonse were consumed by the waves which advanced into the shore. Coast Guard issues advisory on sea condition Fishermen, tourists and coastal population have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next 48 hours as the sea conditions are likely to be non-conducive due to the effect of cyclone Ockhi. A Coast Guard (CG) advisory here said the status of weather and sea conditions should be checked on television, radio, newspapers and smart phone applications before venturing out into the sea. Seabird land-losers to stage dharna on December 28 in Karwar Seabird Landlosers Union convener Ravindra Amdalli informed that the people who lost their land for the Seabird Project will stage a dharna on December 28. They also submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his visit to Karwar tomorrow, 6 December, urging him to exert pressure on the Union Government to release the pending compensation. Festivities mark Eid celebrations in Karwar Muslims celebrated Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, by taking out procession in the City here, on Saturday. Welcome GDP growth, but BJP can't equal UPA's 10-yr average: Manmohan  Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday welcomed the uptick in the Q2 GDP growth at 6.3 per cent but cautioned that it is too early to say there is a reversal in decline seen in the past five quarters. Singh also said at this rate it is not possible for the Narendra Modi government to equal UPA government's 10-year average growth rate. "July-September quarter has registered a growth rate of 6.3 per cent. This is to be welcomed, but is too early to conclude that this represents a reversal of the declining trend seen in the previous five quarters," Singh, also a former finance minister, told a gathering of businessmen here. 531 fishermen rescued off Kerala, Lakshadweep coasts As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in the choppy waters off the Kerala and the Lakshadweep coasts due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. So far 393 people from Kerala have been rescued, Vijayan said, as the state government announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of those who died in the storm. Of the rescued, 132 fishermen were from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, 66 from Kozhikode, 55 from Kollam, 40 from Thrissur, and 100 from Kanyakumari, Vijayan told reporters. Kohli blasts ton as India reach 371-4 in Sri Lanka Test Skipper Virat Kohli hit 156 as India reached 371-4 at the close of the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Court jails 2 for raping minor girl, awards Rs 10L to victim A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment and his accomplice to 10 years in jail for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl, noting that such an offence has made women and children unsafe on the road, encroaching upon their fundamental right to freedom of movement. Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh also awarded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the minor victim, while directing that the amount be paid in equal proportion by convicts Gaurav and Harish, residents of northeast Delhi. The court said the offence has shaken the conscience of the society and fell in the category of heinous crime. Newly Married woman commits suicide over dowry harassment A newly married woman allegedly committed suicide over dowry harassment by her mother-in-law, at HSR layout in the city. Police said she left behind a suicide note, saying her mother-in-law had been harassing her over dowry. Vanitha (28), daughter of a corporator in Mysuru, was found hanging from the ceiling of her room last night. New DPR for drinking water scheme to be prepared soon; Minister A new Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 'Paschima Vahini' scheme, envisaging construction of check dams across West-flowing rivers in coastal districts would be prepared soon, according to state Forests and Environment Minister B Ramanath Rai. The DPR on the project, with an estimate of Rs 300 crore, would be discussed in the cabinet, he said at a Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting at the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat office here. The government had earlier sanctioned Rs 100 crore fo Cyclone 'Ockhi' claim four lives in Kanyakumari At least, four people were killed as heavy rains and strong winds disrupted normal life in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari on Thursday. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert of heavy rainfall in the town and several other places in the state. Karnataka govt to bring action plan for electric vehicles policy The Karnataka government today said it would soon unveil an action plan for implementation of its electric vehicle and energy storage policy aimed at creating conducive environment and necessary infrastructure for electric mobility in the city.       Stakeholders would meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tomorrow with regard to the action plan on electric vehicles and battery charging, Minister for Major and Medium Industries R V Deshpande told reporters here.     Centre plans to withdraw its ban on sale of cattle for slaughter The Central government plans to withdraw its ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, a senior official from the Ministry of Environment and Forests told The Indian Express. The ministry, in its May 23 notification, has sought feedback on changes made to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017. The official told the national daily that they have sent a file to the Ministry of Law stating that the ministry is withdrawing the notification due to several issues and will be revising it. Aadhaar to work as big weapon against benami property: PM Noting that Aadhaar is helping in bringing about an "irreversible change" in the interest of the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Unique Identification Number will work as a "big weapon" in the fight against benami property too. Aadhaar has a played a "big role" in ensuring that ration at proper rates, scholarships, pension and government subsidies reached the poor, he said. The prime minister made the remarks at the inaugural session of the 'Hindustan Times Leadership Summit - 2017' here. Congress to hold walk for harmony The Congress would organise a walk for harmony in Bantwal taluk in Dakshina Kannada district on December 12 to spread the message of communal harmony, state Forests Minister and district-in-charge Ramanath Rai has said. The rally would be held with the participation of people belonging to like-minded organisations, he told reporters here. Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal in Weightlifting World Championship Mirabai Chanu today became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics. Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women's 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. Spike in onion prices may see hike in hotel bills in Karnataka BENGALURU: Rising onion prices are causing a strain on hoteliers who are already struggling to cope with the taking away of input tax credit recently. Prices which were `36 per kg in early October have risen to around `67 per kg, are pegged to remain high for the next 15-20 days till the supply eases. With prices at retail locations being marginally higher at about `75 per kg and the heavy dependence of Indian cuisine on the humble onion, people are coming up with innovative ways to ensure that they consume less. “We usually need four or five onions to make a curry, but now we just grind two onions in order to get the same flavour,” said Nitu Arun, a resident of C V Raman Nagar. Ready to pay political price for steps taken for better India: PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he is ready to pay the political price for the steps taken by him for a better India and asserted he would not be deterred. Addressing a gathering here, he said his government is committed to developing a development-centric eco system which is free of corruption and is citizen centric. He also said that post demonetisation, the black money, which was part of a parallel economy, has now become part of the formal system. Mehbooba orders withdrawal of stone pelting cases against 4,327 youth Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday ordered withdrawal of cases against 4,327 youth involved in 744 cases of stone pelting in the valley. Last year the chief minister ordered withdrawal of 104 cases against 634 persons. The decision was made on the basis of the report submitted by a high-powered committee headed by Director General of Police (DGP), said an official. Pakistan spinner Ajmal retires from cricket, criticises ICC Pakistan's ace spinner Saeed Ajmal has brought the curtains down on his cricket career with a "heavy heart", criticising the ICC's protocol to assess bowling actions on his way out. After a successful but controversial career, off-spinner Ajmal finished with 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for a second time. His action was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009. Modi an excellent actor, better than Amitabh Bachchan: Rahul jibes at PM Beginning his two-day tour of poll-bound Gujarat with a visit to the famous Somnath temple, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his emotional exhortations, calling him an "excellent actor better than Amitabh Bachchan". Addressing three rallies at Visavadar, Savarkundla and Amreli in the Saurashtra region, Gandhi also reached out to Patidars and attacked Modi over his "silence" on Rafale deal and "proximity" to select industrialists. Before setting out on the campaign trail, Gandhi offered prayers at the famous shrine of Lord Shiva at Somnath. If Pejawar seer not ready to accept Constitution, let him leave country: Dalit bodies The members of Dalit organisations stage a protest in Tumakuru on Wednesday, condemning the statement made by Pejawar seer Vishwesha Thirtha Swami that the Indian Constitition needs to be amended. Tumakuru: The members of Dalit organisations on Wednesday staged a protest in the city, condemning Pejawar seer Vishwesha Thirtha Swami's statement seeking an amendment to the Constitution. Mangaluru: IOB Bank manager, four staff held for fraud  Five employees of Indian Overseas Bank, including its manager, have been arrested for allegedly embezzling Rs 55 crore in fixed deposits in the name of Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited. Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar Express gets new numbers The South Western Railway (SWR) on Friday issued a notification announcing diversion of Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar-Bengaluru combined express via the shortest route of Shravanabelagola with effect from February 10, 2018. With the diversion, new numbers have been given to the services — 16511/16513 for Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar express and 16512/16514 for Kannur/Karwar-Bengaluru express. Services on the shortest route from Bengaluru would be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays so as to help residents of Bengaluru reach their native places during the weekend. Similarly, services from Kannur/Karwar would be on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help people reach Bengaluru for the weekdays to attend office and other works. Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule: Rahul Gandhi  Stepping up his offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Gujarat elections, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sought to make the state’s ruling BJP accountable for its promises in the last polls. Gandhi also brought up the BJP’s 22-year rule in Gujarat and said people were demanding answers. “22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule),” he tweeted. Modi's Rafale deal is injustice to Karnataka, says Congress The state Congress unit on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi administration over the controversy surrounding the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, saying leaving out Bengaluru-based HAL was "rendering injustice to Karnataka." Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Dinesh Gundurao said the deal finalized by the previous Congress-led UPA entailed purchase of 18 Rafales from the French aviation company Dassault and manufacture of 108 aircrafts at HAL. Want to meet my husband, says Hadiya Freed by the Supreme Court from the custody of parents and directed to pursue her studies, Hadiya, who is at the centre of a love-jihad case, today said she desired to meet her husband Shafin Jahan. She arrived here in a police vehicle from Coimbatore, about 170 km from here, amid tight security, to pursue her studies at a homeopathy college here. "I have sought permission from the college authorities to meet my husband. I hope they will allow," she told reporters at the college where she will undergo a 11-month internship. Owaisi-led party to contest Karnataka assembly elections All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) today said it would contest the upcoming assembly elections in the Congress-ruled Karnataka. The city-headquartered AIMIM said in a release that its president Asaduddin Owaisi made an announcement in this regard after a meeting here with the party's Karnataka unit. Love in the times of Fundamentalist Politics: Case of Hadiya The politics of communal polarization in is focusing on many identity issues, one being the Love Jihad, where the Hindu girl married to a Muslim or Christian man is targeted, and is legally manipulated in a manner to ensure that she is forced to be sent to her parents or sent to ‘anti Conversion clinics’. The sixth showroom of Koskii comes in Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru 21st October was a date to be remembered, with the all-new Koskii store launched at Phoenix Marketcity in Bengaluru. The store definitely stands out compared to the other five. While the previous outlets were stand-alone high street stores, the Phoenix Marketcity outlet is Koskii's entry into the mall culture. With that said, another differentiating factor is the facade and freshly thought interiors of the store. It has been designed to not only cater to the wedding day but also all the other occasions around the wedding like Haldi, Mehendi, Sangeet. This will not only help the bride to gear up for the big day but will ensure every woman in the bride's family is wearing the occasion.  Bhatkal: Anjuman MBA students achieve 100% results With the MBA results out, there was a celebratory mood among the student. Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management, MBA department's 4th-semester exam results of July 2017 has established its excellence. Students have performed tremendously with 100% results for the college. Defamatory news: Popular Front filed complaints against TV channels Popular Front of India filed complaints against three  TV news channels for telecasting defamatory news about the organisation,  before the National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) which is a self-regulatory body headed by Justice R.V. Raveendran.  Has Modi forgotten he is prime minister, asks Chidambaram Congress leader P Chidambaram today hit out at the prime minister and said the elections were not about "Mr Modi, the individual" but the promised "achhe din" that had not arrived even after 42 months. In a series of posts on Twitter, the former finance minister also asked if Modi had forgotten he was prime minister. "Mr Modi's campaign is about himself, his past and the alleged disdain of Gujarat and Gujaratis. Has he forgotten he is Prime Minister of India?  No loan waiver for capitalists, says Jaitley The government has not waived any loans of big NPA defaulters, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today dismissing rumour that loans of capitalists are being written off by banks. In a blog, Jaitley said that over the last few days, a rumour is being propagated regarding waiver of loans of capitalists by banks. Observing that the time has come for the nation to be apprised of facts in this regard, he said one should ask at whose behest the loans, which have turned NPAs were disbursed between 2008 and 2014 by public sector banks. Ivanka bats for women empowerment at Global Entrepreneurship Summit Families, economies, societies reach their fullest potential when women are empowered, said Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the United States President, on Tuesday. Ivanka, who is daughter of United States President Donald Trump, was speaking at the inaugural function of Global Entrepreneurship Summit here. "Only when women are empowered to thrive; our families, our economies, and our societies reach their fullest potential. Fuelling the growth of women-led businesses isn't simply good for our society - it's good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap world-wide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 percent," Ivanka said. PM Modi inaugurates Metro rail in Hyderabad  Prime Minister Narendra Modiinaugurated the first phase of Hyderabad Metro rail project here on Tuesday. The prime minister took a ride along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Governor ESL Narasimhan in the newly inaugurated Metro rail. The inaugural journey was across four stations, where tight security was put in place. Acche din will never come, says Chief Minister Siddaramaiah GADAG: On a whirlwind tour of Gadag district on Monday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated several development programmes and performed bhoomi pooja for some works. Kohli rested for Lanka ODIs, Rohit named captain Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has been playing non-stop cricket for the past year and a half, has been rested from the 15-member squad for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, beginning December 10 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. In Kohli's absence, India's vice-captain and opener Rohit Sharma has been named to lead the limited-overs squad against the islanders, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced. Kohli, however, will continue to captain the Test squad in the third game of the ongoing three-match series, which will be held at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi from December 2. 7 killed, 14 hurt as SUV collides with jeep in Latur At least seven people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries when a high-end car rammed into a jeep in Maharashtra's Latur district in the wee hours today, a police official said. The car, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), was heading towards Nanded from Pandharpur when it collided with the jeep coming from the opposite direction around 4.15 am near Kolpa Pati village in Latur, located about 274 kms from here, inspector Gajanan Bhatalwande, of Latur's Vivekanand Chowk police station, said. AAP slapped with 30-cr tax notice, party dubs it 'vendetta' Income Tax (IT) department on Monday sent Rs. 30.67 crore tax notice to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). As per the reports, the IT department has alleged that the AAP has not disclosed donations worth Rs 13 crore received during 2014-15 and revealed details of 461 donors to the Election Commission. The party has been asked to pay the penalty by December 07. Lalu's son threatens to 'skin' PM Modi Former Bihar cabinet minister, Tej Pratap Yadav has said that he will get Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'skinned' if any harm is done to his father Lalu Prasad Yadav. Tej Pratap's remark comes in the wake of the Centre's decision to scale down the Z-Plus security of Lalu Prasad and withdrawing of National Security Guards from the Bihar leader's protection. I want freedom, says Hadiya; SC sets her free from parents' custody Her head covered in a red scarf, Hadiya, a 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam, told the Supreme Court on Monday that she wants "freedom and release". The top court set her free from the custody of her parents and directed that she be allowed to complete her studies at a Salem homeopathy college. Allowing Hadiya to walk free, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra directed the Salem college to allow her to complete her house surgeon internship. She studies in Salem's Sivaraj Homoeopathic Medical Colleges and Research Institute. Ivanka to stress on fuelling women-led businesses growth Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of US President Donald Trump, in her address today is likely to stress on fuelling the growth of women-led businesses, saying closing the gender entrepreneurship gap worldwide could grow global GDP by as much as 2 percent. In her keynote address to the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit later in the day, she is likely to stress on ensuring women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws. Minister tells traders to pass on GST benefits to consumers Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader urged the traders, shopkeepers and dealers to pass on the benefits of the reduced GST rates on around 175 items to the end users. Briefing reporters here on Monday, he said that Legal Metrology department would initiate action against the dealers and traders who have failed to pass on the benefits to the consumers by charging the MRP fixed before reduction of GST. The state government officials have been directed to conduct a raid on the rates/prices of various products especially those on which GST has been reduced at the 23rd meeting of GST council. Officials would check the prices of products before and after reduction in GST rates. The GST council had reduced tax rate to 18 % from current 28% slab on around 175 daily use items, he said. Rakesh Asthana won't be removed as CBI Special Director, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging appointment of senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI. A bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre said, "the writ petition is dismissed". Mangaluru: 804 gms of gold seized from passenger Gold weighing 804 grams has been seized by customs officials from a passenger who arrived at Mangaluru International airport from Dubai. The passenger,identified as Ahmed Tahir from Kasaragod in Kerala, was intercepted by the officials on suspicion yesterday. A check revealed the gold concealed under the sole of his footwear. Bhatkal: Two students from Anjuman selected for University teams Two students from Anjuman Degree College and PG center of Bhatkal were selected for the Karnataka University's Kabaddi and Shuttle Badminton team. It may be noted that the KUD sports teams are composed of the best players from every division of the state.  Host Parashuram wins Inter-District Kabaddi Tournament in Bhatkal Host Parashuram Bhatkal defeated Jala-durga Udupi by 17-14 in the final to win Kabaddi Championship title at the Inter-District Kabaddi Tournament. The two days flood light Kabaddi tournament was ended on Monday early morning. Jignesh Mevani to contest as Independent with Congress’ support Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Monday announced his decision to contest the Gujarat polls from the Vadagam (SC) seat of Banaskantha district as an Independent candidate with outside support of the Congress. The moves comes after sitting MLA Manibhai Vaghela said the state Congress asked him not to contest the polls from the seat “as a part of an agreement” with Mr. Mevani. CRPF jawan killed, 2 others injured in encounter A CRPF jawan was killed while two others were injured in an encounter with Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, officials said today. A gunfight broke out between a joint team of the CRPF and Maharashtra Police and Maoists near the Dhanora village of the district when the troops were out on operation yesterday. BJP has done in 3 yrs what Pak, ISI couldn't do in 70 yrs: Arvind Kejriwal New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a broadside against the BJP, accusing it of "polarising" the country, and said the saffron party has realised the goal of Pakistan of dividing the nation in just three years of its rule. Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Kejriwal said the AAP is "not like a Napolean" whose intention is to win every state election, but its real purpose is to change the system. Islamic group will wipe out terror: Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince vowed to “pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth” as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance. “In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination” among national authorities, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the Saudi defence minister, said in his keynote speech. “This ends today, with this alliance.” 263 coins, chain, blades, needles found in Madhya Pradesh man's stomach Satna: In a rare surgery, doctors in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa district recently removed 5 kilogram iron objects - a chain, as many as 263 coins and shaving blades - from the stomach of a man who they said is not in a good frame of mind. The 32-year-old Mohammed Maqsood, who hails from Sohaval in Satna district, was taken to the state-run Sanjay Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in adjoining Rewa on November 18 after he complained of pains in stomach. Mangaluru woman rescued from Saudi returns home A 43 year-old woman from here, rescued after being allegedly kept confined at house by her employer in Saudi Arabia, arrived here today. Vijaya working as house maid for the last two years in Dammam in Saudi Arabia, was not allowed to contact her family or return to India by her employer, her family said. An acquaintance of her family at Vamanjoor here informed some people from the coastal Karnataka who are working in Saudi Arabia about her plight. Dharma Sansad seeks rollback of directive on cow vigilantes The "Dharma Sansad", a conclave of Hindu seers, mutt heads and VHP leaders, today demanded the immediate withdrawal of a directive, which it claimed was issued by the Centre to states on the issue of cow vigilantism. Briefing reporters on the concluding day of the three-day conclave, VHP international joint general secretary Surendra Kumar Jain said the meet passed a resolution to this effect. ‘Make in India project just died,’ Rahul says citing report on Nano production drop The media report claimed that the average daily production of Nano cars at the Tata Motor’s Sanand plant was down to “just two”. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday cited a media report on a drop in the production of ‘Nano’ cars at a Gujarat plant and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Make in India’ project “just died,” turning Gujarati tax payers’ ₹33,000 crore into “ash.” Govt has no intention of introducing Islamic banking: Naqvi India has a wide network of different banks to meet the financial needs of people and hence the government has no intention to consider introducing Islamic banking, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said. Islamic or Sharia banking is a system of finance in which interest is not charged. ₹15 crore deposited in Delhi bank after demonetisation declared benami It was one of the first rulings under the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act. Cash deposits of ₹15.93 crore made in a Delhi bank post demonetisation have been held as benami property by a special court even as the depositor and the beneficial owner of the stash are “untraceable”. The deposits were declared benami in the ruling in one of the first adjudication cases of the new anti-black money law. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had brought into force the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016, from November 1, 2016, as part of its multi-pronged strategy to curb illicit wealth. Mumbai airport sets new record, handles 969 flight movements in 24 hours The Mumbai airport recorded 969 aircraft movements, the highest in a 24-hour period, on Friday, eclipsing its previous best of 935 registered in May this year. Officials said an increase in the number of flight movements using a single runway is an achievement for the airport operator and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). They attributed Friday’s record to a spike in non-scheduled aircraft movements in the afternoon — a period that witnesses fewer flights. Kohli double ton puts India in command of 2nd Test Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blistering double century to hand India a massive first innings lead of 405 as the hosts tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka on day three on Sunday. India declared on 610-6 after Rohit Sharma (102) had completed his hundred, as they seek to go one up in the three-match series. The visitors were in early trouble on 21 for one at stumps in Nagpur, still trailing India by 384 runs. Indo-Pak series is more than a sport: MS Dhoni Former India Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that as India-Pakistan cricket match is more than a sport to the country, the government should have the final say on bilateral series. Dhoni, during a visit to Baramulla, said, "When we talk about cricket, in most people's opinion it is a sport, but when it comes to India and Pakistan series, it is much more than that. It is also a diplomatic and political decision." Vegetable price hike leaves vendors, customers in lurch Vendors and customers are unhappy with the increase in the prices of vegetables in the market. The vegetable vendors said the sales have dropped drastically and have, hence, blamed the lack in supplies and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) for this. A vendor told ANI, "I think the GST is responsible for the price hike." Australia inch closer to win first Ashes Test As David Warner and Cameron Bancroft crossed a 100 run partnership, here on Day 4 at the 'Gabbatoir'; the Australian team seized complete control of the first Ashes Test. Chasing 170 in the fourth innings, after their fast bowling ripped through England in the morning session; the Australian openers looked quite at ease when they came in to bat. Ahead of Gujarat elections, state Police seizes nearly 76,000 liquor bottles The Gujarat Police has seized 75,968 bottles of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) worth Rs 2,20,88,000 in Gandhinagar, a few days ahead of the upcoming Gujarat elections. The state police also captured five vehicles worth Rs 24,15,000 on Saturday. Critical not to disturb fraternity of separation of powers: President Kovind President Ram Nath Kovind said today that it was critical not to disturb the fraternity of separation of powers and maintain a “delicate balance” while exploring the relationship between the judiciary, the executive and the legislature as they are all equal. The three organs of the state should be conscious of their liberty and strive to protect their autonomy, he said. However, they should be careful about not disturbing the fraternity of separation of powers “by even unknowingly intruding into the domain of either of the two other branches,” the President said. No compromise on fundamental rights: CJI  There can be no compromise on a citizen's fundamental rights, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said today while responding to the assertion of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that governance "must remain" with those elected to govern. On Prasad's remark that "PILs cannot become a substitute for governance", the CJI said the Supreme Court believed in and practised "constitutional sovereignty". "The fundamental rights are in the core value and the bedrock of the Constitution. An independent judiciary with the power of judicial review has been conferred with the power of the ultimate guardian of the Constitution to strike a balance ... to ensure that respective governments are functioning as provided by the law within their respective domains," he said. 26/11 anniversary: Modi urges world to together battle terror On the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai terror strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today recalled the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the attacks, and said the world would have to together battle terrorism. For over four decades, India had been raising the issue of terrorism, Modi said in his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' programme. Hindu couple should have 4 children, opines spiritual guru A Haridwar-based spiritual guru, Govindadev Giriji Maharaj, has sparked a row saying a Hindu couple should have four children. Addressing a public gathering on Saturday in Karnataka's Udupi, he said, "We have seen that India lost those territories wherever Hindu population reduced, resulting in demographic imbalance. Every Hindu couple should have four children then only the population of Hindus will be stable. Many followers have followed my preaching." This is not the first time when such statements have been made to maintain 'demographic balance'. Earlier, BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj had also raised eyebrows after making a similar remark.