Latest News Feeds SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Recent Posts Denied ticket from Nawada, union minister Giriraj Singh goes into a sulk Firebrand BJP leader and union minister Giriraj Singh was on Monday apparently left sulking after the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, which he represents, went to NDA ally LJP. Came out of home as Constitution and country in danger: Priyanka Gandhi For many years I had been sitting at home, but I have come out because the country and the Constitution are in danger, said Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra here on Monday. BJP in danger, creating fear psychosis: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Sunday blamed the BJP for "creating fear psychosis" across the country by crying hoarse over the "nation being in danger". Car-Truck collision on Honnavar NH-66 kills one Car driver was killed on the spot after coming in collision with a speeding truck on Emepail NH-66 in the taluk on Monday morning. Priyanka rides boat to test political waters in UP Seeking to navigate the Congress towards regaining its lost political moorings in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday began her 'Ganga Yatra' on boat to reach out to voters urging them to bring "a government that works for them" and asserting that "my brother Rahul Gandhi does what he says". Owaisi files nomination in Hyderabad, seeks 4th term as MP AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi Monday filed his nomination papers for Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, seeking a fourth straight term in the lower house of Parliament. Afghanistan record maiden Test win, beat Ireland by 7 wickets Afghanistan's cricket team Monday recorded its maiden Test win as it beat Ireland by seven wickets in a one-off game here, nine months after making its debut in the traditional format. 'SP-BSP alliance can defeat BJP on its own, don't need you': Mayawati to Congress In a clear message to the Congress party, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said that the BSP-SP alliance can alone defeat the BJP in the forthcoming general elections. Modi turned whole country into chowkidars on getting caught: Rahul Mocking the prime minister's "main bhai chowkidar' (I too am watchman) campaign, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Monday said Narendra Modi has turned the whole country into "chowkidars" after getting caught. Cong MLAs meet Goa Governor, stake claim to form govt A day after Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death, Congress MLAs met Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday and staked claim to form government in the coastal state. Pramod Sawant to be new Goa CM; allies manage to get 2 Dy CM's posts BJP's Pramod Sawant willl be the new chief minister of Goa, party sources said here Monday, ending the suspense over who will succeed Manohar Parrikar. Congress united in Haryana, leaders to undertake bus yatra: Ghulam Nabi Azad The Congress is united in Haryana and will display this unity when leaders undertake a bus yatra to launch its election campaign there, a top party leader said Monday, denying differences among functionaries over a state committee. Rahul Gandhi must contest Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Karnataka: KPCC The Karnataka Congress on Monday wrote to party president Rahul Gandhi inviting him to contest the Lok Sabha polls from the state. 'City Center' shopping mall opens in Honnavar Honnavar’s first Shopping mall owned by Alhaj Bavafaki Hussain Mastan and Brothers, ‘City Centre’ gets prestigious inauguration by Sulaiman U Talkani, Ex-Chairman Karnataka Minority Develoment Board on Monday, March 18. Kumta lad among 4 who won Gold and Silver medals for India at 'Special Olympic World Games' in Abu Dhabi A young lad from Kumta among four others managed to bring gold and silver medals to the country after battling various levels in the table tennis game at the 'Special Olympics World Games 2019' held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Parrikar was epitome of integrity and dedication in public life: President President Ram Nath Kovind Monday expressed grief over the demise of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, saying he was an "epitome of integrity and dedication in public life". The former defence minister was battling a pancreatic ailment and died at his private residence in Dona Paula near Panaji, officials said.  He was 63. Gladiators clinch maiden Pakistan Super League title Quetta Gladiators overpowered Peshawar Zalmi with an eight-wicket victory in the final to win their maiden Pakistan Super League title at the National Stadium in Karachi yesterday. It was third time lucky for the Gladiators in the final, having lost their two previous title clashes.  Zalmi had set a moderate target of 139 runs, which the Gladiators chased down in 17.5 overs. After Shane Watson was dismissed early, Ahmed Shehzad scored a brilliant half-century to lead Gladiators run chase.  BJP shortlists candidates for all 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka The BJP's Karnataka unit said Sunday that it has shortlisted candidates for all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies and the party's central election committee would soon take a call on it. "We have shortlisted the names of all the candidates (in Karnataka). The central election committee will take a decision on it and release the list," BJP state general secretary Arvind Limbavali told reporters. He was speaking after the party's state core meeting here, chaired by BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa. LS polls: Sumalatha digs in heels, turns Mandya prestige battle for JD(S)-Cong combine The battle for Mandya constituency has become a prestige issue for the JD(S)-Congress combine, which is making all-out efforts to ensure victory for Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Gowda, as popular Kannada film star Ambareesh's widow Sumalatha refused to back-pedal on her insistence on contesting the seat. The multi-lingual film actress has made it clear that she would contest the polls from Mandya in spite of the Congress leaving the seat for the Janata Dal (Secular). Ambareesh, a former Congress MP, represented Mandya in the Lok Sabha thrice. Congress writes Goa Governor to formally stake claim to form govt Congress late on Sunday evening formally staked claim to form the government in Goa, hours after state chief minister Manohar Parrikar passed away. The opposition Congress, which is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa assembly, wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha, the second time in 48 hours. The letter signed by Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar and Girish Chodankar, President Goa Pradesh Congress Committee states that coalition allies had aligned with the BJP in 2017 on the condition that it would support a BJP-led government only if the coalition was headed by Parrikar, the then Defence Minister. Sea erosion worries people in Byndoor Fear has gripped the people as sea erosion as severely affected the Trasi-Hosapete-Kanchugodu stretch in Byndoor taluk of Udupi district.  The sea erosion that was noticed on Thursday has intensfied and has already swallowed 200-metre long shore. Trees have been washed away due to the fury of the waves.  BJP has abused Poojary in the past: Khader It’s surprising to hear senior Congress leader B. Janardhana Poojary, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, call Mr. Modi a crusader of corruption, said district in-charge Minister U.T. Khader here on Sunday. Talking to presspersons, Mr. Khader said, “Mr. Poojary is our senior leader. It’s surprising to hear him praise Mr. Modi. It is Mr. Poojary who made us aware of the faults of Mr. Modi. He was a vocal critic of Mr. Modi,” he said. SDPI state president to contest from DK Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) state president Ilyas Muhammed Thumbe will be contesting from Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency. The party announced the decision at a district convention held at Nehru Maidan on Sunday. Announcing the decision, SDPI national general secretary Abdul Majeed Mysuru said the party will also be contesting from five constituencies in the state. “SDPI wants to keep communal forces away from the corridors of power. Hence, we will field our candidates in five constituencies—Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru-Kodagu and Bidar,” he said. Sulthan Gold & Diamonds enters Udupi with its 10th showroom Sultan Gold and Diamonds, one of the well known names in the Indian jewellery market opened its 10th showroom on Sunday here in Udupi at West Coast building near Gitanjali silks on VST road. The showroom was inaugurated with supplications from Udupi District Qazi Al Haj Ibrahim Musliyar Bekal. Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji of Puthige Mutt also graced the event with his presence and wished the band would prosper at its new outlet here in the city. Goa CM and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar passes away at 63 Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar suffering from pancreatic cancer died on Sunday despite doctors best efforts, his office said Sunday. Omar will be chief ministerial candidate in JK: Abdullah  National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Sunday announced that his son, Omar Abdullah, will be the party's chief ministerial candidate.  Kick-starting the party's campaign for the Lok Sabha polls here, the party chief said he will represent Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament.  "I will not be the chief minister. The chief minister will be Omar Abdullah as he is young. I am old and I cannot match the energy of young people, but he can. I will go to Parliament and I have full faith that I will be there," Abdullah said addressing a party rally at Bahu Fort here.  Accusing the BJP of dividing the people and spreading hatred in the country, he said that the country had to be strengthened within and there was a need to fight polarisation, hatred and injustice. The former chief minister asked people to support those candidates who could run the country based on the principle of equality.  Manohar Parrikar extremely critical: Goa CMO Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's health condition is extremely critical, his office said Sunday. Parrikar, 63, is suffering from a serious pancreatic ailment, and is currently at his private residence at Dona Paula near here. 2019 LS polls: Bihar NDA announces candidates for 40 seats The three NDA constituents in Bihar -- BJP, JD(U) and LJP -- Sunday announced the names of candidates for the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies for the coming general elections. As per the announcement made at a joint press conference of the three parties here, the BJP and the JD(U) will contest 17 seats each and the LJP in six. An agreement on the seat sharing had already been reached between the three parties. YSR Congress releases full list of candidates for LS, Assembly polls in AP The main opposition in Andhra Pradesh the YSR Congress Sunday released its full list of candidates for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly constituencies in the state that will go to polls on April 11. Only two candidates, who were elected as party MPs in 2014, have been re-nominated while new candidates have been chosen by the party for the remaining 23 seats. YSRC dropped Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and Y V Subba Reddy, who represented Nellore and Ongole constituencies respectively, while Vara Prasad, who was Tirupati MP, has now been fielded for the Assembly from Gudur (SC) constituency. Modugula Venugopal Reddy, the TDP MLA who recently joined the YSRC, has been made the party candidate for the Guntur Lok Sabha seat. LS polls: Cong leaves seven seats in UP for SP, BSP and RLD alliance To woo allies in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress in a reciprocal gesture on Sunday announced that it will leave more than a dozen Lok Sabha seats for other parties, including seven seats for the SP, BSP and RLD alliance in the state. Apart from this, the grand old party of India also announced that it will leave two seats for the Apna Dal, and entered into an electoral agreement with the lesser known Jan Adhikar Party. "The Congress is leaving seven Lok Sabha seats in the state for the SP, BSP and RLD alliance. These include Mainpuri, Kannauj and Firozabad. Apart from this, the party will not field any candidate on seats from where BSP chief Mayawati, RLD chief Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary are likely to contest or may contest,"UP Congress chief Raj Babbar told reporters here. Lok Sabha polls: Shah Faesal launches Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement Former IAS officer Shah Faesal launched a new political party at an impressive public rally here on Sunday. Scores of supporters from different parts of the Valley attended the launch of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM), whose slogan is "Hawa Badlegi" (winds of time will change). Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' leader Shehla Rashid and some other prominent persons across the geographical and religious divide in the state have also joined Faesal's party. The launch ceremony took place at the Gindun Park in Rajbagh area, which was festooned with banners and white flags carrying Faesal's picture. Addressing the gathering mostly comprising youth, Faesal said, "I joined the civil services 10 years back. Over the years, I realised that my diagnosis as a doctor was wrong. I believed that by providing roads, electricity and safe drinking water, we could change the lives of the people. But I have understood that as long as the youth in Kashmir live in a state of constant fear, as long as our mothers and sisters face the prospect of losing their dignity and dear ones, nothing will work here. It is natural for many to discredit a new idea and understate a revolution, when they see one in the making. Some say we are agents of the army. I am ready to face all criticism, but our pursuit to usher in a new tomorrow will continue undeterred." BJP steps up its 'Main bhi chowkidar' campaign The BJP Sunday stepped up its 'Main bhi chowkidar' campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party leaders, including its president Amit Shah, prefixing the word 'chowkidar' to their names in their Twitter profile as they sought people's support in the Lok Sabha elections.     Party leaders, many of them Union ministers and chief ministers, also put out short advertisement videos showing that people from diff 50 killed in Indonesia flash floods triggered by rains, landslides At least 50 people have been killed by flash floods in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, an official said Sunday, as rescuers raced to find more victims of the disaster. The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain and subsequent landslides on Saturday, and also left 59 people injured. Dozens of homes were damaged by floodwaters, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. "The number of casualties and impact of the disaster will likely increase as search and rescue teams are still trying to reach other affected areas," he added. "The floods were likely caused by a landslide." The waters had receded but officials were still trying to evacuate people. Goa govt stable, leadership thinking on 'political transit phase', says BJP Amid Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's deteriorating health, the BJP on Sunday said it is "already thinking on Goa political transit phase" even as the party asserted that the state government was "stable" and warned people against rumours. Parrikar, 63, is suffering from a pancreatic ailment. "Our BJP leadership in Delhi and Goa are very strong, stable and are already thinking on Goa political transit phase," BJP's state media coordinator Sandesh Sadhale said in a statement. "We will come out of all the things with greater success. Do not believe in any rumours or any news being spread via social media," he added. State minister Vijai Sardesai met Parrikar on Saturday at his private residence at Dona Paula near here and said his health had "deteriorated", but he was "stable". RBI Guv to hold pre-policy meet with trade bodies, rating agencies on Mar 26 Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das will hold discussions on March 26 with representatives of trade bodies and credit rating agencies on interest rate and steps to boost economic activities, said sources. The meeting, which comes ahead of the next financial year's first MPC meet scheduled for April 4, is aimed at broadening the consultation process, they added. The bi-monthly policy, to be finalised by the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), assumes significance as it would be announced just a week before the commencement of the seven phase general elections beginning April 11. "The pre-policy consultation meeting" with the governor will take place in Mumbai on March 26, the sources said. Besides trade bodies, including industry chambers and rating agencies, the governor has also called representatives of the All India Bank Depositors' Association. Das has been meeting industry chambers, non-banking financial companies, bankers, government representatives and rating agencies to elicit their views on different aspects of the economy and the measures they expect from the central bank. Former SC judge Justice Ghose to be first Lokpal The name of former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose is said to be in active consideration for appointment as the chief of country's first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman, officials said on Sunday. Justice Ghose, who retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017, is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). His name for the post is understood to be in active consideration by the Lokpal selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they said. KT Irfan first Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020 ational record holder KT Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year's Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes. The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020. No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics. 70 arrested for gambling near Mangaluru As many as 70 persons were arrested by the Bantwal police on the charges of gambling at a recreation club in Panemangalore. Man booked for sexually harassing six-year-old The Yellapur Police have arrested a 50-year-old man for sexually harassing a six-year-old girl in Aratibail village of Yellapur taluk on Friday. 1 held for overstaying in India Gokarna police, on Friday night, arrested 67-year-old Russian citizen Lebedev Igor as he was overstaying in the country even after his Visa had expired. Solve our issues, Karnataka Congress MLAs tell CM Kumaraswamy The Congress MLAs from the Bangalore North Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday urged former Chief Minister and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) chief Siddaramaiah to convene a meeting with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to discuss concerns over development works in their assembly segments. Don’t field candidate, support Sumalatha in Mandya LS: SM Krishna to BS Yeddyurappa State BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa met former external affairs minister, S.M. Krishna at his  home on Saturday to  discuss the party's strategy for Mandya this Lok Sabha poll and was reportedly advised against fielding a candidate for the constituency and instead support Ms Sumalatha Ambarish, wife of the late actor/politician, M H Ambarish,  who may contest as an independent.   BJP holds CEC meet, 1st candidates list for LS polls expected soon The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late on Saturday held a meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, to shortlist candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. BJP likely to drop Shatrughan, field Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna Saheb Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is the sitting Member of Parliament (MP) from Patna Saheb parliamentary constituency in Bihar is likely to be replaced with Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, according to sources. Seven killed, 13 missing in landslide in China Seven people were killed and 13 others reported missing when a landslide toppled residential buildings in China's north Shanxi province. ACB traps transport officer for ‘accepting’ bribe; broker also caught A team of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths trapped the Deputy Commissioner of Transport and a broker while allegedly accepting bribes here on Saturday. India, US agree to build six nuclear power plants in India India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation. Fake complaints flood Election Commission’s app The cVIGIL mobile app developed to report model code of conduct (MCC) violations cases has been getting more false complaints than genuine ones, revealed Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar.  EC bars parties from releasing manifestos in last 48 hours before polling The Election Commission Saturday barred political parties from releasing election manifestos in the last 48 hours before polling. The commission has now made the release of election manifestos a part of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which is a set of rules to be followed by parties after elections are announced. The amended model code now states, "In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act 1951. "In case of multi-phase elections, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods, as prescribed under Section 126 of the RP Act of all the phases of those elections." Section 126 of the act embodies "election silence", which prohibits any form of the election campaign in the last 48 hours leading up to voting. JD(S) emerging from hibernation in Uttara Kannada district Uttara Kannada constituency falling in the courtyard of the Janata Dal (Secular) as per the seat-sharing arrangement of the Congress and the JD(S) for the Lok Sabha elections in the State has left the JD(S) workers of the district wondering. Danish Ali joining BSP is "political arrangement," says JDS JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Saturday termed party general secretary Danish Ali joining Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, as a "political arrangement" between the two parties. Ali joined the BSP on Saturday in the presence of the party's national general secretary Satish Mishra in Lucknow. According to JD(S) sources, Ali is likely to contest Lok Sabha polls from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh on a BSP ticket as JD(S) has no presence there, his home state. Modi govt has lost credibility: Sharad Pawar The wave in the country is unfavourable to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lost credibility, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Saturday. In an interview to PTI, the Maratha strongman cited the BJP's losses in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the assembly polls held in November-December last year. Pawar said these states were ruled by the BJP for 10 years and nobody could have predicted the party's drubbing. "Modi himself concentrated on and campaigned extensively in these states. But what was the ultimate result? It is a clear indication that the wave in the country is not favourable to the BJP, particularly in rural India," he said. He said people in rural areas were miffed with the Centre over farm distress, farmers' suicides and other agrarian issues. Pawar said during his term as the Union agric PU II students may get grace marks in Biology The department of Pre University education has constituted a committee of three men to look into a complaint by students who attended the PU-II Biology examination paper on Thursday. BMC directs structural audit of 157 Mumbai bridges on 'most urgent' basis Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has directed one of their consultants to carry out inspections and review the structural audit report of 157 bridges in Mumbai on a 'most urgent' basis. AB de Villiers reveals what makes Virat Kohli the best in ODIs South African great AB de Villiers feels Virat Kohli's "personality and mental strength" makes him the best ODI player at the moment. President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma awards Folk Singer Teejan Bai, Larsen and Toubro chairman Anil Kumar Naik, scientist S Nambi Narayanan, actor Manoj Bajpayee and 106-year-old environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka were among the 54 noted citizens conferred the Padma award by President Ram Nath Kovind here on Saturday. Pakistan should hand over Dawood, Salahudeen to India to show sincerity in tackling terror: Government sources If Pakistan was sincere in tackling terror, then it should at least hand over to India Dawood Ibrahim, Sayeed Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country, government sources said Saturday. JD-S leader Danish Ali joins BSP ahead of Lok Sabha polls Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader Danish Ali on Saturday joined the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections. Guaranteed minimum income scheme to be introduced if UPA comes to power: Rahul Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said if elected to power, his party will introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor, which will go straight into their bank accounts. Former IAS officer Shah Faesal to launch political party, Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement, Sunday Former IAS officer Shah Faesal will launch his political outfit 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in Rajbagh area of the city on Sunday. Ayodhya case: Seer urges Supreme Court to replace Ravi Shankar from mediation panel Spiritual leader Adhokshajanand Deo Tirtha Maharaj on Saturday called for replacing Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from the panel formed by the Supreme Court to mediate the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute. Madhya Pradesh CM wants Digvijaya to take up 'toughest seat' Lok Sabha challenge Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath Saturday said if party colleague Digvijaya Singh wants to contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls, he should choose the "toughest seat" in the state. BJP to miss 'star campaigner' Parrikar during polls in Goa Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was among the leaders that spearheaded the BJP's poll campaign since 1994 in the state, is likely to stay away from the heat and dust of electioneering for Lok Sabha polls this time. Siddaramaiah mocked for poll invitation to Rahul Gandhi The BJP in Karnataka on Saturday mocked former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for inviting Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the southern state. Actress Sumalatha seeks support of S M Krishna for candidacy Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician, who is likely to contest asan independent from Mandya in the Lok Sabha polls, Friday metsenior BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minster S M Krishna here and sought his support. Krishna, a prominent Vokkaliga leader from Mandyasaid he would discuss with the party leadership on supporting her in the polls. On her part,Sumalatha said she would reveal her decision on contesting the polls and her plan of action by March 18. "Sumalatha informed me about contesting the pollsfrom Mandya. I will also speak to the BJP leadership,"Krishna said. Speaking to reporters, he said the BJP wo Karnataka seat-sharing deal: Deve Gowda urges Rahul to cool 'resentment' of Congress MLAs Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Friday requested Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to cool the reported resentment of some party MLAs over the coalition government's seat-sharing arrangment to avoid political acrimony ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections. Gowda also said that he had not made up his mind on contesting from North Bengaluru. Siddaramaiah wants Rahul to contest LS polls from Karnataka Former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said the Karnataka Congress wants party president Rahul Gandhi to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the southern state. Calling Gandhi the "next Prime Minister of India", the Congress Legislature Party leader recalled his grandmother Indira Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka in the past. Return Tumkur seat to Cong if Gowda is not contesting: Parameshwara urges JD(S) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara Friday said he has requested the JD(S) to return Tumkur seat to the Congress if former prime minister H D Deve Gowda is not contesting from the constituency. The development comes amid simmering discontent within the Congress's local leadership over ceding of Tumkur seat to the alliance partner. Parameshwara, who has held a series of meetings with the Congress and JD(S) leaders, however, said his party was fine if the latter fields Gowda from the seat. The seat is held by the Congress's S P Muddahanumegowda. LS Polls: In Power in Karnataka, JD(S) Seeks to Expand Base Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda's JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. I-T Raids KTK Rural Dept Engineer, Seizes Rs 1.5 Crore; BJP Seeks Minister's Resignation Income tax sleuths Friday seized unaccounted cash of Rs 1.5 crore from a lodge here in which a rural development department engineer was staying, sparking demands from the BJP for minister Krishna Byre Gowda's resignation. Rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR) minister Byre Gowda has denied any involvement in the matter. Acting on a tip, I.T officials raided the lodge at Anand Rao circle where the executive engineer from Haveri and his driver were staying, officials said. Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar announces list of 37 Lok Sabha candidates Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar Friday released a list of 37 Lok Sabha candidates who will contest the upcoming polls under the banner of his new political front, dealing a blow to Congress-NCP efforts to forge a grand alliance against the BJP in the state. They will contest the next month's polls under the banner of the VanchitBahujan Aghadi (VBA), a social coalition of Dalits and Muslims jointly formed by Ambedkar and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi. The list includes some constituencies in Mumbai. Trust between government, business community eroded: Manmohan Singh Slamming what he termed as the "wrath of coercive agencies" on the business community, former prime minister Manmohan Singh Friday said trust between the government and businesses has eroded and a hostile narrative has been built that will hurt the economy. Speaking at Hindu Business Line's award event, Singh without taking any names said there was no room for authoritarian impositions after the country opted for a democratic path for itself. PM Modi urges supporters to take 'main bhi chowkidar' pledge Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged his supporters to take the 'main bhai chowkidar' (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. "Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar," he wrote on Twitter. SC seeks EC reply on plea by 21 opposition leaders for verification of 50 pc VVPAT slips The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear the plea of 21 opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, seeking that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each assembly constituency be checked randomly in the Lok Sabha elections. The leaders from six national and 15 regional parties, claiming to represent 70-75 per cent of the population, have also sought the setting aside of the Election Commission of India (EC) guideline on random verification of one assembly seat. BJP likely to release first list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls today The BJP is likely to release its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, when its central election committee is scheduled to meet. The list will have the names of most of the candidates for the first phase of polling, which will be held on April 11 in 91 seats. The election for 543 parliamentary seats will be held in seven phases till May 19 and the counting of votes will be taken up on May 23. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and other top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will attend the central election committee meeting. All 42 seats in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will g Samajwadi Party’s Rampur unit to boycott Lok Sabha polls 2019: Azam Khan Senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan on Friday said that Rampur unit of his party will boycott upcoming Lok Sabha polls.  “The BJP wants to control all the institutions in the country and it has been successful to an extent. The Rampur unit of the party has announced that they will boycott the Parliament elections,” former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and Rampur MLA, Khan, said while addressing SP workers here. On March 6, 2019, Rampur District Magistrate Anjaney Singh demolished Urdu Gate illegally constructed by Khan’s trust. 2 burglars held in Ankola Police have arrested the accused involved in the burglary of the donation box of a temple recently. Liquor seized in Karwar, two held Uttara Kannada excise department officials conducted raids at various places and recovered illegally stored liquor worth `27.9 lakh on Thursday night. Two people were arrested in this regard. Mangaluru: Coast Guard ships douse major fire on research vessel Two Indian Coast Guard ships doused a major fire on board a ship, carrying around 30 crew members and 16 scientists late last night off the Mangaluru coast in Karnataka. SDPI to contest in 5 seats  Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has planned to contest in five constituencies in Karnataka. The candidate for Dakshina Kannada will be announced on Sunday, said Atatullah Jokatte, district president, SDPI. He was addressing media here on Friday, and said that the party has organised a district convention on Sunday. During the convention, the party will also announce the candidate who will be contesting in the elections in DK parliamentary constituency Dakshina Kannada SVEEP committee launches various initiatives for election campaign As a part of generating voting awareness among the citizens of the district, the Dakshina Kannada district SVEEP (Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Programme) committee has come up with many initiatives to assure maximum polling percentage. Anti-Muslim terror attack on Mosques in New Zealand - 49 dead Extremist right wing terrorist opens fire at civilians in 2 mosques in New Zealand. 5 dead, 29 injured as foot overbridge collapses in south Mumbai Five persons were killed and 29 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near a train station in south Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening, officials said. Navjot Singh Sidhu to be Congress' star campaigner in Lok Sabha elections: Senior party leader Known for his trademark witty one-liners, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will be one of the star campaigners for the Congress in the Lok Sabha poll hustings, a senior party leader said. We know our playing XI going into World Cup, says Virat Kohli The Indian team management are clear about their "playing XI" going into the first match of the World Cup despite their ODI series defeat against Australia as only one slot is up for grabs, skipper Virat Kohli said on Wednesday. Pakistan fails to secure USD 3.2 billion UAE oil facility Cash-strapped Pakistan has failed to secure a USD 3.2 billion oil on deferred payments facility from the UAE, a media report Thursday quoted Finance Minister Asad Umar as saying. Non-NDA parties to move SC against use of EVMs, says Chandrababu Naidu Some of the non-BJP parties have decided to approach the Supreme Court against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said here Thursday. India seeks visa-free access for pilgrims to Kartarpur shrine India Thursday sought visa-free access from Pakistan for 5,000 pilgrims per day to the historic Sikh shrine in Kartarpur. 'Modi hai to Mumkin Hai', BJP's slogan for LS Polls Seeking to encash Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image of a doer, BJP has chosen the slogan of 'Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai' – 'Modi makes it possible' for the upcoming general elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. Modi, he added, has demonstrated during the last five years indefatigability by literally working round-the-clock, Jaitley said in the 'Agenda 2019 – Part-4' blog post. He further said Modi as a quick learner has demonstrated his ability to take quick decisions on complicated matters with clarity and determination. "His image as a doer is now recognised by most Indians. Many India observers across the world have marvelled with India's pace of taking decisions and implementing them. The BJP, therefore, has chosen an effective slogan for the forthcoming elections 'Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai' – 'Modi makes it possible'," said Jaitley, who is also in charge of the publicity division of BJP for 2019 general elections. We don't want SP-BSP 'ghatbandhan' to lose: Moily Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said on Thursday his party did not want the SP-BSP-RLD alliance to lose in Uttar Pradesh and that it may enter into an understanding with the 'ghatbandhan' in segments where it is not strong in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He said the Congress has chosen to fight the polls in Uttar Pradesh, an electorally crucial state with 80 seats, on its own strength after the SP-BSP offered it only two seats. "For a national party like the Congress, we cannot take like that (the offer of only two seats). That is why we are putting up candidates," Moily told PTI in a telephonic interview. "And while putting up candidates, there may be seat understanding even without 'ghatbandhan'. You will see that trend. Wherever we (Congress) are interested...they (SP-BSP) are interested to defeat the BJP, there may be an understanding. "We do not want our (SP-BSP-RLD) 'ghatbandhan' people to Till now he used to 'abuse' PM Modi: Cong on Tom's joining BJP After its spokesperson Tom Vadakkan joined the BJP, the Congress on Thursday dismissed his criticism of the party saying that till now he used to "abuse" Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a huge embarrassment to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Vadakkan, once a key aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP and attacked his former party for its stand on the Balakot air strikes. Vadakkan, who joined the saffron party in the presence of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and later met its president Amit Shah, said, "I am deeply hurt and that is why I am here." "Our best wishes to him," Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said when asked about Vadakkan joining the BJP. Congress and JDS adopted 'give and take' policy in seat sharing: Siddaramaiah The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah on March 14 said alliance partners had adopted a "give and take" policy in the seat sharing deal for the Lok Sabha elections. The state Congress Legislature party leader also said the party's list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls is likely to be finalised by March 16. "In alliance there will be give and take..," Siddaramaiah said to a question whether Congress leaders were satisfied with seat sharing. Responding to reports about disgruntlement among party leaders in a few places, the former chief minister said, "all these things will be there in the beginning..aspirants will be bit angry, but things would normalise gradually." On ceding Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency to the JD(S), despite state Congress leaders' stand that no seat with sitting party MP should be conceded, he said "We had said it should not be given, but it is the party high command's decision, we will have to go by the decision.." LS candidate should publish self-declared character certificate in media: DC Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar said, as per Supreme Court orders any candidate contesting for Lok Sabha elections has to get their ‘ self-declared character certificate’ compulsorily publish in newspapers at least thrice before the end of open campaigning. LS polls: Deve Gowda's grandson Prajwal Revanna to contest from Hassan Former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda on Thursday officially declared his grandson Prajwal Revanna as the party's candidate for Hassan Lok Sabha seat. "With your blessings and blessings of Channakeshava God, I have chosen Prajapati Revanna from Hassan," he said in a party workers' meeting held at Mudalahippe village in Holenarsipur taluk. An emotional Gowda asserted that he is not practising nepotism. Disappointed over China blocking move at UN to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist: MEA India Wednesday expressed disappointment soon after China blocked yet another move at the United Nations to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". In its reaction, the External Affairs Ministry, without naming China, said the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee was not able to come to a decision on the proposal to list Azhar on account of a member country placing the proposal on hold. The proposal was a fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. China has been blocking the moves. Keep close watch on EVMs during polling: NCP chief Sharad Pawar tells partymen NCP chief Sharad Pawar Wednesday asked his party workers to keep a close watch on the EVMs during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said despite putting in a lot of efforts, many times the candidates are not able to win the election due to EVM tampering. Rahul promises 33 per cent job reservation for women, GST reforms if UPA wins Lok Sabha polls Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday promised 33 per cent reservation of government jobs for women and reforms in the Goods and Services Tax(GST) if the party-led UPA wins the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. If Imran Khan is such a statesman, give us Masood Azhar: Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said India cannot have dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country acted against terror outfits on its soil, asserting that “talks and terror cannot go together”. Talking on ‘India’s World: Modi Government’s Foreign Policy’, she stated that Pakistan needs to control the ISI and its army who are bent on destroying the bilateral relations time and again. “We do not want talk on terror, we want action on it. Terror and talks cannot go together,” she said. Swaraj also questioned Pakistan’s retaliation to the Indian air strikes in Balakot when, she said, India had specifically targeted the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Missing fishermen’s families threaten to boycott poll The two fishermenfamilies from Malpe, whose family members were crew members in the missing Suvarna Tribuja boat, have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha election. While on the one hand the district administration is making all efforts to get the maximum number of voters to the booths through SVEEP activities, the family of Damodar Salian and Chandrashekhar Kotian of Payanjiguda in Badanidiyur village are in tears as they have lost their breadwinners. They believe boycotting the election will be the final step to grab the attention of elected representatives and the gove Congress & JD(S) reach 20-8 seat sharing deal in Karnataka  The Congress will contest 20 seats and JDS eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two ruling coalition partners Wednesday, the JDS said.