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 Aadhaar in national interest, does not violate privacy: RS Prasad Aadhaar is in the interest of the nation and does not violate privacy, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday. His remarks came here in Lok Sabha after he introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 despite opposition by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). "All the issues raised here have been dealt with elaborately by Supreme Court. Aadhaar is a valid law.It is in the national interest and it does not violate privacy," Prasad said. He was responding to concerns raised by RSP's N K Premachandran, who opposed the introduction of the Bill, saying it violates an earlier Supreme Court judgment and allows private entities to store data. They created anti-Muslims mindset: Owaisi blames BJP, RSS over lynchings A day after a man was allegedly lynched in Jharkhand, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said such incidents are not going to stop as the BJP and RSS have increased hate against Muslims in the society. "Incidents of mob lynching are not going to stop because BJP and RSS have increased a sense of hatred against Muslims," the Hyderabad MP said. He said, "They have successfully created a mindset where Muslims are seen as terrorists, anti-nationals and cow slaughterers." A 22-year-old man identified as Tabrez succumbed to his injuries on Sunday after being beaten up by locals in Saraikela Kharsawanand district in Jharkhand. He was later arrested on suspicion of theft. Talks must be held with Hurriyat leaders: Farooq Abdullah Two days after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that Hurriyat leaders were ready for talks with the Central government, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Monday asserted that talks must be held. "The Governor says Hurriyat has agreed to talks. Then, talks should be held with them," Abdullah told the media persons. Contending that situation in Jammu and Kashmir is changing, Governor Malik had on June 22 said that separatist Hurriyat Conference leaders were ready for talks with the Centre. Tamil Nadu: Namaz offered and fast observed for rains Special namaz is being offered and fasts are being observed by numerous devotees in Madurai for rains on Monday. This comes in the wake of the heatwave causing acute water crisis in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. While some chose to pray, DMK President MK Stalin and party workers held a protest against the Tamil Nadu government over the acute water crisis in Chennai by carrying empty plastic pots in their hands. Haj pilgrimage: SC refuses to pass order on tour operators' plea The Supreme Court Monday refused to pass any order on a plea by the Federation of Haj Private Tour Operators of India challenging a condition to charge extra for additional quota of 10,000 seats. A vacation bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai noted that most of the concerns of the tour operators have been addressed by the Ministry of Minority Affairs after which the petition was withdrawn. "Senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner seeks permission to withdraw the present writ petition with a liberty to file afresh writ petition, if required and necessary for the subsequent years. Permission is granted. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed as withdrawn with liberty as prayed," the bench said. Return 'our old India' with a culture of love; keep your 'New India' where humans are afraid of humans: Ghulam Nabi Azad Tearing into the BJP-led, government, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday said under the 'New India', humans are afraid of humans, those glorifying killers of Mahatma Gandhiare in the ruling party and hatred and lynchings are at its peak.  Speaking on the motion of thanks to the President's address in Rajya Sabha, leader of the opposition, Azad, said unemployment is at all time high and heinous crime like rape on minors are abnormally on the rise.  Launching a scathing attack on the government and its policies, Azad said a party could win elections on divisive policies but the "Nation stood defeated".  Coalition in Karnataka proved costly for both Congress, JD(S): KH Muniyappa Congress leader KH Muniyappa has blamed Janata Dal- Secular (JDS) for the Congress-JDS coalition's rout in the Lok Sabha elections, asserting that stitching an alliance with HD Deve Gowda's party cost dearer, amidst deep fissures in the ruling front in Karnataka. In a clear sign of simmering political differences between the two sides, Muniyappa also said that Congress will contest alone in the local body elections next year. "Coalition has not just proved costly to Congress but also for JDS. We saw someone like HD Deve Gowda lose. We have to make amendments for the future. We will run the coalition government. But, we will contest the local body elections independently," he told reporters here on Sunday. Kesard Onji - rural sports game festival organised in paddy fields in Mangaluru Shri JnanaShakti Subramanya Swamy temple organised Kesard Onji-rural sports festival in slushy paddy fields at Bakimara fields in Mangaluru on Monday. Children, women, and youth in large numbers participated in rural sports organised as a part of the event such as race in muddy water, tug of war, backward race, forming human pyramids to break earthen pots, running with water pots and folk dance performed in the slushy waters of the fields. Cong-JD S leaders engage in "daily street fight" people need relief Yeddyurappa Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa Monday dismissed Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's 'Grama Vastavya' (overnight stay in villages) programme as a "drama" and said people need relief from the "daily street fight" between Congress and JD(S) leaders. The chief minister is wasting crores of rupees in the name of 'Grama Vastavya', he alleged and claimed that the government spent Rs 1 crore on Kumaraswamy's stay at Chandaraki village in Yadgir district last week as part of the programme. 'Grama Vastavya' is aimed at taking administration to the people. Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill introduced in Lok Sabha Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha on Monday. The Bill proposes the voluntary use of Aadhaar as an identity proof for opening bank accounts as well as procuring mobile phone connections. Also, Union Home Minis Centre spending one-third of total capital expenditure on defence: Rajnath Singh Funding will not come in the way of the country's defence preparedness and there will be no compromise on it, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Replying to queries during Question Hour, the minister said the government will not allow any compromise on the defence preparedness due to capital constraints. Congress' misrule made us realise importance of strong leadership: Sarangi NEW DELHI: The Congress made us realise the importance of strong leadership as policy paralysis was a "new norm" during the ten-year rule of the party with the "accidental prime minister" at the helm, Union minister Chandra Sarangi said Monday. Initiating the debate on Motion of Thanks on the President's address, Sarangi said he is grateful to Narendra Modi for making a man like him, who hails from a "humble background", a minister. Taking on the Congress, Sarangi said ten years of the Congress-led UPA government was that of "misrule" and "full of corruption". "Policy paralysis was a new norm during those ten years. And it was Congress which made us realise the importance of strong leadership," he said. Without naming former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said even the Congress prime minister was an "accidental Prime Minister". Emphasising that both Modi and his government are committed to the welfare of the poor and downtrodden, Sarangi said by 2022 every poor person will have a "pucca" house with toilet. RS members raise issue of drinking water crisis Rajya Sabha MPs Monday raised the issue of growing drinking water crisis in different parts of the country and demanded immediate interventions such as inter-linking of rivers and rain water harvesting to recharge ground water table. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP) said parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka have traditionally faced water crisis but now the the problem has extended to fresh areas  "There has to be a permanent solution to drinking water crisis," he said, suggesting five big river inter-linking projects need to be taken up on a priority so as to make available excess water of one area to deficit regions. Bengal police seize 60 bombs in Bhatpara, arrest 8 people As many as 60 bombs were seized on Monday from Bhatpara area in North 24 Parganas district and eight people arrested in that connection, police said. Barrackpore Commissioner of Jharkhand man thrashed on suspicion of theft, made to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'; dies A 22-year-old man died on Sunday after he was beaten up by locals and later arrested on suspicion of theft here in Saraikela Kharsawanand. The deceased has been identified as Tabrej. No possibility of mid-term polls in Karnataka: Siddaramaiah The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah Monday ruled out any possibility of mid-term polls to the Karnataka assembly. "No, there won't be any mid-term poll," he told reporters in Mysuru, days after former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had sent alarm bells ringing in the Congress after he spoke of such a possibility. In a sign of growing tensions in the coalition, Gowda last Friday said he has no doubt that there would be mid-term polls to the state assembly, but had backtracked later, saying he had spoken about urban local bodies election. Gowda had also said he did not know how long the government, headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy, would continue and it was in the hands of the Congress. 'You came to power calling Rahul, Sonia 'thieves', how are they in Parliament': Adhir Ranjan asks BJP Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Central government in the Lok Sabha, saying that they failed to put alleged "thieves" -- Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi -- behind the bars in 2G and coal allocation scams despite being in power in the last term. "Did you manage to catch anybody in 2G and coal allocation scams? Did you manage to send Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi behind the bars? You came to power by calling them thieves. Then, how are they sitting in the parliament," asked Chowdhury, newly-elected Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. The 2G scam dates back to 2007-2008 when t Cong slams govt over BSNL, MTNL losses The Congress on Monday hit out at the Centre over state-owned telecom firms MTNL and BSNL reeling under losses, alleging that the Modi dispensation was helping private telecom companies at the cost of public sector undertakings. Both state-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL have been reporting losses since the time they were asked to pay auction determined spectrum price in 2010 for all the circles where they operate. "Problem is not with #BSNL & #MTNL. Problem is malice of BJP government to help pvt telcos at the cost of PSU's," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. 'It's not my duty to build hospital', says Uttara Kannada MP Anantkumar Hegde "It is not my duty to build a super speciality hospital. It is state government's work", says five-time Member of Parliament of Uttara Kannada and former Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde. Heavy rains in Uttara Kannada district Following heavy rains in Uttara Kannada district, low lying areas in coastal taluks inundated on Saturday and Sunday. Five held for poaching spotted deer Forest officials on Sunday arrested five people and seized meat of spotted deer at Manchikeri village in Yellapur taluk. Residents of Kumta to knock doors of HC against bypass Residents are up in arms against the proposal of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to lay a bypass in Kumta town as over 300 houses in various villages will have to be demolished for the purpose. In 2 months, SSLC student grows younger, denied hall ticket In a bizarre incident, the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has denied hall ticket to an SSLC student saying he is ‘underage’ to attend the supplementary exam currently under way. Ironically, the same board had issued the hall ticket to the student for the main exam held in March-April this year. Uraim Sada, a resident of Bhatkal, now has no other option but to wait for another year to pursue his education. According to department sources, Uraim studied in Jamiya Madarasa for 11 years and wanted to pursue formal education. He applied as a private candidate in Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Karwar and also got the hall ticket from the department. On March 21 he, along with four other students, left Bhatkal in a car to attend the exam. DC Harishkumar inspects places under flood threat in Ankola taluk Following directions of the District In-charge Minister R V Deshpande, Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar and his team inspected the places marooned by water in Ankola taluk on Sunday and instructed the officials of the taluk administration and taluk municipal council (TMC) to take suitable steps to rescue people. 7.3-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami threat A powerful magnitude 7.3 quake struck eastern Indonesia on Monday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. The quake hit at a depth of 208 kilometres south of Ambon Island in the Banda Sea at 11.53 local time, the US Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat of a tsunami as the quake was too deep. The strong temblor came hours after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, also in the eastern part of the Southeast Asian archipelago. BSP ends alliance with SP, calls Akhilesh ‘anti-Muslim’ Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has announced her party would contest all future elections alone—a message firmly puts an end to the alliance with Samajwadi Party after weeks of uncertainty.  In a speech that came three weeks after she announced that her party would fight by elections to Uttar Pradesh assembly seats alone—a significant development given that the BSP does not usually contest by elections—Mayawati launched a tirade against SP president Akhilesh Yadav by calling him 'anti-Muslim. 5 killed, over 67 injured in Bangladesh train accident Dhaka:  At least five persons were killed and over 67 others injured after five coaches of a passenger train veered off the tracks in Bangladesh’s northeastern region, a media report said on Monday. The accident happened on Sunday when the Dhaka-bound Upaban Express train, coming from Sylhet, veered off the tracks at Baramchal in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila after a culvert broke down, the Dhaka Tribune reported. “Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned, while the other coaches remained tilted,” police and railway officials were quoted as saying by the paper. Following the derailment, rail communication between Sylhet and rest of the country has been snapped., the report said. Moulvibazar’s Civil Surgeon Shahjahan Kabir said that five people have been killed in the accident. “Two of the killed are females while three are males,” he was quoted as saying in the report. “Moreover, 67 passengers have been injured. 20 of them are in critical condition and undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College,” he added. A senior official from the fire service department said that 11 units of rescuers are at the accident site along with the police personnel to help the survivors. Fresh bill to allow proxy voting to NRIs The Union cabinet will take a call Monday to introduce a fresh bill in Parliament to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians. A similar bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month. Sources in the government said Sunday that the union cabinet will consider introducing the bill in parliament. The bill proposes that overseas Indians, who are entitled to vote in India, can appoint a proxy voter to cast the ballot on their behalf. TMC MPs hold protest against EVMs in parliament premises  TMC MPs are holding a sit-in in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue on the Parliament's premises , demanding election be held by ballot paper instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The party, which has been crying foul over the use of EVMs in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, Monday said their agenda for the protest was - "No to EVMs, Yes to paper ballots."  RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya quits 6 months before his term ends RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya, who was in-charge of the monetary policy department, has resigned six months before the scheduled end of his term, sources said Monday. This is the second high profile resignation in the past six month at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In December, governor Urjit Patel resigned nearly nine months before the end of his schedule term over differences with the government. Encephalitis death toll rises to 152 in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur Two more children died in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Sunday due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) even as officials asserted that afflictions and casualties had begun to dwindle with the onset of rains. Both the deaths took place at the S K Medical College and Hospital, where 431 children, including two in the past 12 hours, have been admitted for AES treatment since June 1, according to figures released by the district administration. The total number of AES patients who have died at the SKMCH is 110. “There is a perceptible decline in the number of children who are being admitted with brain fever as also the number of deaths,” hospital superintendent ICC CWC'19: Pakistan knock South Africa out of semi-final race Pakistan displayed an all-round performance to defeat South Africa by 49 runs in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Sunday. With this win, Pakistan have maintained their hopes of reaching the semi-finals stages of the World Cup whereas the door for the semi-finals has been closed on South Africa's face. Chasing 309, South Africa got off to a bad start as they lost their opener Hashim Amla (2) in the second over. Mohammad Amir had the right-hander plum in front and Amla was adjudged LBW. Quinton de Kock and skipper Faf du Plessis retrieved the innings for South Africa. The duo mixed caution with aggression and they stitched together a partnership of 89-runs. Congress can survive without a 'non-Gandhi' party head: Mani Shankar Aiyar Amid uncertainty over Rahul Gandhi continuing as Congress president, senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said Sunday that a 'non-Gandhi' can be party chief, but the Gandhi family must remain active within the organisation. Jagan's YSRCP unlikely to accept Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker's post amid Andhra special status row The YSR Congress Party is unlikely to accept the post of Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha as it does not want to be seen aligned with the BJP-led ruling NDA until the Narendra Modi government fulfil its demand of granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, a senior leader of the party said Sunday. Karwar: Drunk Navy staff crashes into several vehicles, thrashed by motorists Intoxicated navy staff was beaten black and blue by the public after he was accused of driving his car recklessly crashing over multiple vehicles one after the other. The incident happened on Saturday evening near Navy gate in Binaga in Karwar. Mayawati appoints brother, nephew to key party posts BSP chief Mayawati Sunday appointed her brother Anand Kumar as the party's national vice president and her nephew Akash Anand as its national coordinator, a senior leader said. She also appointed BSP leader Ramji Gautam as the party's national coordinator. The decision was taken at a meeting here which was attended by top functionaries of the party. Amroha MP Danish Ali has been made the leader of the party in Lok Sabha and its Nagina MP Girish Chandra has been appointed the chief whip, he said. The elevation of Anand's son Akash is being seen a sign as his growing influence in the party affairs.  The suave 24-year-old, who is now a regular in BSP's official engagements, was introduced to party leaders by Mayawati in 2017 when she told them that he had returned from London after doing his MBA and he would look after the party affairs.   IMA founder urges police to arrange his return to India, blames political leaders for firm's collapse I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels founder Mansoor Khan, who is accused of perpetrating financial fraud worth crores, released a video on Sunday, urging police to arrange his return to India so that he could join the probe. He promised to fully cooperate in the investigation being conducted by an 11-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) and also assured to return the investors' money by liquidating the company's assets. "Alok Kumar Sir (Bengaluru Police Commissioner), please send the details about whom I need to contact to return. I want to return to India to put forward the truth before your team. I am very hopeful that you will do justice to me," he said in a video released on YouTube. He alleged that some bigwigs are behind his company's collapse and demanded a CBI inquiry into the scam. Upset Over Congress Leaders Remarks, HD Deve Gowda Meets Son Kumaraswamy Veteran Karnataka politician and Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda on Sunday met his son and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy amid turmoil in the state's coalition government. According to sources, the JDS supremo is not happy with some of the developments and comments of most of the Congress lawmakers and leaders in the state. Earlier, Deve Gowda had said there is "no doubt that there will be mid-term election", setting off alarm bells. The former prime minister, however, later clarified that he was referring to the local body election and not the state election. Mr Kumaraswamy drew criticism from senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily who openly slammed him for his "five-star" stay even during his village tour in Kalburgi.  "Simply sitting after becoming a chief minister or minister does not work. It is importa Social worker and famous personality of Yellapur, Abdur Rahman Beary passes away Mr Abdur Rahman Hassan Beary, who was a well-known personality of Yellapur and owner of famous Mumtaz hotel, passed away on 23 June, Sunday morning at his residence in Yellapur due to cardiac arrest. He was 67 years of age. Mid-term polls in Karnataka would be a burden on people: Sadananda Gowda  Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda Sunday said mid-term polls would be an additional burden on the people of Karnataka and if given a chance the BJP would "rectify things". Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra at Nelamangala on the city outskirts, the minister for chemicals and fertilisers said elections bring to halt all development works. "Mid-term poll is a burden on the people. Under the present circumstances, let new government take over but burdening people with mid-term poll is not proper," Gowda said. "We don't like to trouble people just to achieve our political ambitions. If they cannot rectify things then we will do it if given a chance," he added. 14 dead, over 50 injured as tent collapses during religious gathering in Rajasthan's Barmer At least 14 people were killed and about 50 injured after a shamiana fell on them due to strong winds during a religious programme in Barmer district of Rajasthan, police said. Police said the death toll could go up as a huge crowd had gathered to listen to a Ramkatha discourse in Jasol village in Balotra area of Barmer. The injured were rushed to the nearby hospital. Speaking to IANS, Balotra Sub-Inspector Khetaram said: "The exact number of the dead will be given after some time. Right now, the entire police machinery is busy providing medical aid to the injured and helping control the crowd." Istanbul votes in test for Erdogan and Turkish democracy Istanbul went back to the polls on Sunday in a re-run of the mayoral election that has become a test of Turkish democracy as well as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's continued popularity at a time of economic trouble. Election authorities annulled the first vote in March after Erdogan's party alleged corruption in a count that showed the ruling AKP's candidate had narrowly lost. Polling stations opened at 0500 GMT and the 10.5 million registered voters have until they close at 1400 GMT to elect the new mayor. Critics say Erdogan simply did not like the March 31 result, after a little-known former district mayor, 49-year-old Ekrem Imamoglu, snatched victory for the opposition by just 13,000 votes. Mangaluru doctor suffers heart attack while playing badminton, dies A 48-year-old doctor died after suffering heart attack while playing in a badminton tournament here Saturday. Dr Rajesh Bhat, obstetrician and gynaecologist, collapsed while playing in the Mangalore Premier League, tournament officials said. Heavy rain pounds Ankola; houses, fields inundated Heavy, incessant rain for the last two days triggered flood fears in Ankola of Uttara Kannada district. The weatherman has forecast heavy rain in the taluk in the next 24 hours, according to the taluk administration. Kodsani and Kurve islands are facing a flood threat with more than 50 houses inundated as a pond overflowed near Poojageri and Nadibaga villages. Water from the pond also entered agricultural lands. A sea wall constructed along the coast to prevent erosion was washed away by heavy tides. High tides left houses flooded and turned tiny villages into islands, cutting them off from the rest of the world. People risked their lives by wading through waist-high water. Gold seized at Mangaluru International Airport Mangaluru Customs officials seized 608 gm of 24 carat purity gold from a passenger who arrived from Dubai at Mangaluru International Airport on Friday. Moderate rain in DK, Udupi Moderate rain lashed different parts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Saturday. The sky remained overcast throughout the day. Udupi district received heavy to normal rainfall in the last 24 hours (ending 8 am on Saturday). The interior areas, in Kundapur and Karkala taluks, reported heavy rain. The areas in Kundapur, Hunsmakki, Amparu, Goliangadi, Bidkalkatte, Amasebailu, Jadkal, Japti, Ajri, Alur and Shiroor and the villages in Karkala, which includes Mala, Sanoor, Hebri, Shivapura, Yennehole, Meejaru and Hirgana, received good shower in the last 24 hours. Williamson's 148 trumps Brathwaite's maiden ODI ton as NZ beat WI by five runs Skipper Kane Williamson continued his impressive run with a second successive century to guide New Zealand to a narrow five-run win over West Indies in a World Cup thriller, despite a fighting maiden ODI hundred by Carlos Brathwaite. Sent into bat, Williamson rescued New Zealand with a career-best 148, steering his side to a competitive 291 for eight after being reduced to two for seven by West Indies in the first over. Chasing the total, Chris Gayle (87) and Shimron Hetmyer (54) cracked fifties but the West Indies were looking down the barrel at 164 for seven in the 27th over. Brathwaite then blasted nine fours and five sixes on way to a 82-ball 101 to take his side close to victory at Old Trafford. Brathwaite smashed three sixes and a four in the 48th over to bring the equation down to eight from 12 balls. 40 Admitted To Mangaluru Hospital Over Suspicion Of Dengue, 1 Confirmed A rise in fever cases has been reported from the Gujjarakere area of Mangaluru. About 40 people have been admitted to a hospital in the last three weeks over suspicion of dengue. However, only one case of dengue has been confirmed so far. Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa says no mid-term polls; asks Congress-JD(S) govt to quit if it can’t govern state Ruling out any mid-term polls, Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa Saturday said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government would not survive for long because of internal differences and asked it to quit if they were not able to govern the state. “I have already said this clearly as the state president. We are 105 MLAs. There are more than 20 disgruntled (MLAs) in Congress-JD(S). If you don’t have the capability to run the administration, resign,” Yeddyurappa said. Speaking to reporters here, he said voters of the state would not agree for another election, 13 months after the assembly polls. “Taking such decisions with selfish motives is not right. Resign and go home, we will run the administration- I have already said this…According to me, this government will not survive for long if you look at their infighting,” he added. Yeddyurappas statement comes a day after former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda Friday said there was no doubt there would be mid-term polls to the state assembly. Gowda had also said he did not know how long the Congress-JD(S) government, headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy, would continue and it was in the hands of the senior coalition partner. IMA Jewels case: Interpol issues blue corner notice against founder Mansoor Khan A blue corner notice has been issued by the international police (Interpol) against I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels founder Mansoor Khan, who is accused of perpetrating financial fraud running into several crores of rupees. Khan's company, IMA Jewels, has allegedly cheated a large number of investors, mainly Muslims, after promising them impressive returns on their deposits. BJP rejects US report on religious freedom, attack on minorities in India BJP on Saturday rejected a US report on religious freedom which accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi government of failing to tackle "mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities" and said the assaults were a result of "local disputes." "The recently released '2018 International Religious Freedom Report' shows clear bias against the Modi government and the BJP. The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind anti-minority violence is simply false. On the contrary, in most of such cases, these instances are carried out as a result of local disputes and by criminal mindsets," BJP's national media head Anil Baluni said in a communique. He said that the party and its leaders including Prime Minister Modi had "strongly deplored violence against minorities and weaker sections of the society." The report released by US State Department said minority communities, especially Muslims, were attacked by Hindu outfits throughout the year (2018) amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef. It also said that the government sometimes failed to act on mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalised communities, and critics of the government. While rejected the report, BJP said it believes in "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" and that its schemes have benefited "all the castes, religions and regions equally". "BJP is indeed proud of its record in uplifting living standards of all poor, underprivileged sections of the society, irrespective of their faith and gender. Indian people have recently reaffirmed their confidence on the development agenda of BJP/NDA alliance under the leadership of Narendra Modi by giving him a massive mandate," BJP said. The ruling party said the report ignored the fact that India has "deep-rooted democratic institutions" including judiciary which can handle such "disputes" and bring the culprits to justice. It said, "India has deep-rooted democratic institutions, including a fiercely independent and pro-active judiciary, which is quite capable of handling such disputes and punish the guilty. Unfortunately, this fact is completely ignored in this report." The report comes days before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's two-day visit to India, which starts on June 25. Walkathon organised to promote 'greener and safer Bengaluru' A walkathon was organised on Sunday as part of a campaign for "greener and safer Bengaluru". With an aim to spread awareness about climate change and depleting water levels in the state, people marched across the city in the morning. ‘It was a mistake’: Veerappa Moily on Congress-JD(S) alliance Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Saturday said the party would have won 15 to 16 seats in the Lok Sabha polls had there been no tie up with JD(S) and that trusting the alliance was a ''mistake." "Hundred per cent...not only here (Chikkaballapur).. in various constituencies...if there was no alliance, 15-16 seats Congress would have definitely got," he said. Moily was replying to a question on whether he would have won in Chikkaballapur if there had been no alliance. Speaking to reporters in Chikkaballapur, he said that trusting the coalition was a mistake. "Our people (Congress) also opposed (me).. that is very clear." Asked about the reasons for those in Congress opposing him, he did not divulge much details, saying it maybe because of power or money. Moily, a former Union minister, was the joint candidate of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition. He was defeated by BJP's B N Bache Gowda in Chikkaballapur by 1,82,110 votes. Congress and JDS that had faced the polls in alliance managed to win one seat each, while BJP won 25 seats. The BJP supported independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh won in Mandya. Moily said though he had lost from Chikkaballapur, he still trusted the people of the constituency. He said he was not sure about contesting an election again, saying he does not have that desire, "but will continue to have the love and trust with the people here." Indicating that ineffectiveness of the government also led to the disastrous result in the LS polls, Moily said other than saving the government, those in power should also look into the needs of the people, who do not have a good opinion about the administration. Calling for reorganising Congress from the grassroot level, he said "going with them JD(S) we have seen defeat. That bitter experience has happened and should not happen again. We should reorganise our party and we have to face elections." "...I have not got JD(S). Going to them, talking to them was a waste of time.If I had utilised that time to concentrate on voters, I would have got far more votes," he added. AAP will pay CBSE exam fee of students at Delhi government schools from 2020: Kejriwal The Delhi government will pay the examination fee charged by the CBSE from students in its schools from next year, officials said. The announcement was made Saturday by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an event held to celebrate the good show by Class XII students in the board examinations. "Access to high-quality education is the right of all children. Education cannot be a matter of charity. The government will pay the exam fee of students. Soon, the government will arrange coaching for the NEET and JEE aspirants," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. He said the scholarship for the students scoring 80 per cent or above had been increased to Rs 2,500 and the rider on family income was being removed. Shami Registers Last-Over Hattrick As India Beat Afghanistan In Last-Over Thriller Mohammed Shami’s last-over hattrick saved India from a mighty scare after they managed to pip Afghanistan by 11 runs to inch closer towards World Cup semi-finals, as brilliant death bowling compensated for an inexplicable batting display here Saturday. Bhatkal wants permanent solution to power outages Bhatkal residents are now demanding a permanent solution to power issues they face during very monsoon season. Monsoon covers whole Bihar, many places receive good rainfall Several cities and towns in different parts of Bihar on Saturday received good rainfall as the monsoon covered the entire state, Met officials said. PM Modi deliberates on employment, agriculture with economists, experts ahead of Budget During the meeting held under the theme 'Economic Policy - The Road Ahead', the participants shared their views in five distinct groups on the economic themes. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended an interactive session with over 40 economists and other experts, organised by NITI Aayog on the theme 'Economic Policy - The Road Ahead," an official release said. It said the Prime Minister thanked participants for their suggestions and observations on various aspects of the economy. The economic themes discussed at the meeting are critical in the government's efforts to boost growth, increase employment and growth and improve the quality of life of people. CJI writes to PM, seeks increase in number of SC judges  Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years. Gogoi has also urged the prime minister to make tenure appointments of retired apex court judges and high court judges under Articles 128 and 224A of the Constitution respectively to clear backlog of cases pending for years. Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace, will re-route flights: DGCA Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India's aviation regulator DGCA Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the "affected part of the Iranian airspace" and reroute their flight "suitably".  On Friday, the American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating "in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions". Government's total liabilities rise to Rs 84.68 lakh crore at end-March 2019 Government's total liabilities reached Rs 84.68 lakh crore at the end of March 2019, up 1.5 per cent over the preceding quarter, a report released by the Finance Ministry said on Friday. The total liabilities stood at Rs 83.40 lakh crore crore at end-December 2018. "The total liabilities (including liabilities under the 'Public Account') of the Government, as per provisional data, increased to Rs 84,68,086 crore at end-March 2019 from Rs 83,40,027 crore at end-December 2018," it said. Kumaraswamy shortens Karnataka village stay because of rain The much-publicised two-day village stay of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was cut short on Saturday due to heavy rains and inclement weather in north Karnataka, an official said. Heavy rains and inclement weather in the state's northern region forced Kumaraswamy to put off the second leg of his village stay at Herur in Afzalpur taluk of Kalaburagi district for Saturday night, an official of the Chief Minister's office told IANS. Encephalitis: Bihar toll 136, spreads across 16 districts Brain fever has afflicted more than 600 children across 16 districts of Bihar of which 136 have lost their lives since the beginning of this month, the state health department said on Thursday. According to statistics released by the department, the total number of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases registered across the state since June 1 was 626, and the total number of deaths caused by the same has mounted to 136. Muzaffarpur district has bore the maximum brunt, accounting for 117 deaths so far. Besides, deaths have been reported from districts like Bhagalpur, East Champaran, Vaishali, Sitamarhi and Samastipur. Contract employees stage protest before KIMS in Karwar Contract employees of Karwar Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) staged a protest before KIMS in Karwar on Friday expressing ire against termination of an employee from service by the contracting agency.  DC Harishkumar visits Medini, lends ears to problems of villagers Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar, who visited Medini, a remote village in Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district on Friday, assured that good quality approach roads will be laid to connect the village to the nearest town and that supply of ration and other essentials required by the villagers will be ensured during the rainy season. 'Instal wastewater tanks in fish trucks by July 31' All vehicles transporting fish in the region should be fitted with a wastewater tank to prevent spillage of wastewater onto the roads by July 31, Mangaluru Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil said on Friday. India: Pak must implement FATF; take verifiable steps against terrorism India on Saturday said it expects Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF action plan fully by September and take credible, verifiable, and irreversible measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from its soil. Karnataka celebrates international yoga day The World Yoga Day was Fridaycelebrated across Karnataka with people participating in various events. 30 private members' bills introduced in Lok Sabha As many as 30 private members' bills, including the one to ban non-vegetarian food at official meetings and functions, were introduced in the Lok Sabha Friday. Water to be ferried to Chennai by train from Jolarpet, says CM Palaniswami Water starved Chennai is all set to get some relief as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Friday said 10 million litres would be transported from Jolarpet in Vellore district by train to augment supply. Kejriwal govt dragging schools in its political game plan: Delhi Congress The Congress Friday accused the Arvind Kejriwal government of "dragging" schools in its "political game plan" and cited a so-called "circular seeking votes" for the AAP, which was termed "fake" by the ruling party. Discussing with banks to provide foreign currency loans to exporters: Piyush Goyal Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said the ministry is in dialogue with banks to see ways to extend foreign currency loans to exporters. I became more positive after being ignored for World Cup: Pant Back in the Indian team as a replacement following the injury to Shikhar Dhawan, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant Friday said he remained positive despite being ignored from the World Cup squad. Malinga, Mathews keep Lanka's Cup hopes alive Angelo Mathews hit a patient fifty before veteran pacer Lasith Malinga returned with a sensational four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka stunned hosts England by 20 runs in a low-scoring thriller to keep their World Cup semifinal hopes alive, here on Friday. Transfer domestic violence cases to police dept: Md Roshan Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Md Roshan has directed the counsellors of Santvana Kendra, to reffer the domestic violence cases to the Police Department through child development officers, if any such cases were registered with the Santvana Kendras in the district. Granny, 2 kids injured in stray dogs’ attack A woman and her two grandchildren suffered injuries after being attacked by half-a-dozen stray dogs in Kandlur under Kavrady Gram Panchayat limits on Thursday. The injured are Kanaka Poojary (45) and her grandchildren Adhwit, 3, and Ayeja, 3. Integrated agriculture campaign from June 21 in Kumta Agriculture Department will be organising an integrated agriculture campaign in the taluk from June 21. In a press release issued here on Wednesday, Assistant Director of Agriculture Shankar Hegde said, MLA Dinakar Shetty will inaugurate the campaign vehicle, which will provide information to the public about the programmes being organised by Agriculture and Agriculture related departments Karwar: Indian Navy personnel performs yoga at Kamat beach Indian Navy personnel performed yoga at Kamat beach near the Karwar Naval Base ahead of the international yoga day, here on Thursday. The striking yogic poses have now become a norm amongst the defence personnel in India. Several departments of the defence have taken part in yoga in the run-up to the fifth international yoga day. K'taka to teach English along with Kannada in 1,000 govt schools Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Thursday said the government has decided to start teaching English in 1,000 government schools across the state. "We are planning to teach English along with Kannada in 1,000 government schools. It is very important to teach English as a language to understand many global issues," said Parameshwara after releasing a report on the achievements of Cong-JDS government in o Disproportionate assets: ACB raids public servants across Karnataka Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials on Friday carried out searches at properties of public servants in the state who alleged to have disproportionate assets. The searches in the state are currently underway, the ACB said. States and Centre must work together for economic growth, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday exhorted states to work together with the Centre, stating that while the centre sets the direction of economic growth, it is for the states to ensure effective implementation on the ground. Asserting that goals cannot be achieved unless states and the Centre work together, the minister sought the cooperation of all states and union territories to achieve the aspirations of the people while assuring her full support in this regard. "No goals can be achieved if t Pakistan to revoke capital punishment for people extradited from other countries: Qureshi Pakistan is taking steps to revoke capital punishment for those fugitives who will be extradited from other countries, a day after the UK refused to sign any "politically-motivated" extradition treaty with Islamabad, according to a media report. People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing: Rashid Southampton, Jun 21 (PTI) "People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember that one particular bad day", says Rashid Khan of the criticism that came his way after he recorded the World Cup's worst bowling figures in a forgettable outing against England. To top it all, there was also a mocking tweet by Iceland Cricket, a nation that is yet to find its feet in the sport. Used to being showered with accolades for game-changing performances, the ignominy of recording World Cup's worst-ever bowling performance (9-0-110-0), against England, has been a humbling experience for the world's top spinner. "I am not thinking too much about that match. People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember that one particular bad day. They don't like to remember what Rashid did on previous 10 days," Rashid told PTI in an exclusive interview on the eve of their match against India. Rashid is the world's number three bowler in ODIs and tops the T20 chart. "I would focus on the mistakes I committed in that match and rectify those in the coming matches. No point thinking about the criticism. I need to keep things simple," added the 20-year-old, putting up a brave front. Asked if his relationship with skipper Gulbadin Naib has strained for voicing his displeasure at change of captaincy, Rashid said, "Neither do I play for Gulbadin nor for the cricket board (ACB) but for Afghanistan". Rashid and Afghanistan's other superstar Mohammed Nabi had raised objections when Gulbadin replaced Asghar Afghan as the skipper for the World Cup, something that didn't go well with the country's cricket board. Following five straight losses, plenty of conspiracy theories are floating including Rashid's relationship with Gulbadin. "I think there is no problem in my relationship with Gulbadin. I support him as much as I did when Asghar was the captain. If I supported Asghar 50 per cent on the field, Gulbadin has my 100 per cent support," he said. "Right from time we landed in England, no one has spoken about the issue. I think it was blown out of proportion by the media. Some of us have been playing together for 15-16 years. So if nothing has happened in more than decade, then what can suddenly change in a day or two." But when it comes to his take on change in captaincy, Rashid chose to stick to his guns. "Neither do I play for Gulbadin nor for the cricket board. I play for the flag, for Afghanistan. I know what my job is and I will continue doing that. "That tweet by me or Nabi, wasn't in support of Asghar. We raised our voice for the betterment of Afghanistan cricket," the 20-year-old spinner, who is an important member of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad said. Rashid calls it a principled stand and not against any particular individual. "Had someone else been appointed captain, my stand wouldn't have changed. That wasn't the right time to change the captain. I have nothing personal in supporting Asghar. I am not the only person who's saying that. The whole world is saying that," he said. Rashid then explained why he felt that the time was not appropriate to change captaincy. "We were going to play a big event like the World Cup. The combination didn't seem like Asia Cup and if you tinker with the combination before a big tournament, it's not a great thing. That was the reason for the tweet," he said. He did acknowledge that not playing enough games against big teams has been a huge factor for the Afghans. "Actually, we haven't played a lot against teams like Australia and England and that pressure is also there. In a stage like World cup, suddenly the pressure increases manifold when you play against big sides and that can affect the performance," Rashid reasoned. "This is the first time, we played South Africa in an ODI. We played New Zealand and Australia after 2015 World Cup. If you play a team once in four years, you are bound to face problems. As players, we understood we need to work harder." He did accept that Afghanistan need to work on their bowling. "As a bowling unit, we need to do more. Yes, we have been struggling in pace bowling department. I think we need to have proper 140 kph plus bowlers. We need these bowlers in these conditions. It's not that we will get these kinds of bowlers in a year. It will take time," Rashid signed off. My party supports what Quran says: SP's Azam Khan on Triple Talaq Bill On being asked about his party's stand on the Triple Talaq Bill, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Friday said that they support what is written in the Quran. On the day when the government tabled the Bill in Lok Sabha to ban the practice of instant triple talaq, the Samajwadi Party MP said, "Our stand is similar to what is written in the Quran." Triple Talaq Bill is 'unconstitutional', says Owaisi AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday claimed that the controversial Triple Talaq Bill is unconstitutional, saying it would be a great injustice against Muslim women if the Bill became law. "Triple Talaq Bill is unconstitutional. It is a violation of the Constitution's Article 14 and 15. We already have the Domestic Violence Act 2005, CrPC Section 125, Muslim Women Marriage Act. If Triple Talaq Bill becomes a law it will be even greater injustice against women," he told reporters outside the Parliament. Voicing his opposal on the Bill, Owaisi said, "If a man gets arrested how will he give allowance from jail? The government says if a Muslim man commits this crime the marriage will remain intact and he will be jailed for three years if punished by the cou Homeopathy Central Council bill introduced in LS A bill, which seeks to extend the period for reconstitution of the Homeopathy Central Council from the existing period of one year to two years, was introduced in the Lok Sabha Friday. The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to extend the period for reconstitution of the Central Council so that the tenure of the Board of Governors may be extended for a further period of one year with effect from May 17, 2019. There should be discussion on fake news in Parliament: Prakash Javadekar Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that fake news and information published with malicious intent are important subjects that need to be discussed. Replying to a question on the topic raised by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi's question on fake news, Javadekar said, "Fake news and information published with malicious intent (on social media) are important subjects and there should be a discussion on them in the House." Want to do 2-4 'village stays' every month: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday revived his 2006 rural outreach programme, in which he stayed at the homes of villagers. Kicking off the programme today, the chief minister said he wanted to start two to four programmes on 'Grama Vaastavya' or the village stay tour every month. JD(S) chief Deve Gowda doesn't rule out midterm polls in Karnataka mid simmering differences between Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda on Friday claimed that mid-term elections will "no doubt" be held in the state. "There is no doubt that the Speaker tells members to ask brief questions New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Speaker Om Birla Friday repeatedly urged members to ask brief questions and not to digress from the main issue in Lok Sabha during the Question Hour. During Question Hour, when Kaushal Kishore asked the first question of the new Lok Sabha, he started with praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers. Birla was quick to ask him to come to the point and ask question on tree plantation. Ajay Misra Teni was the next member to ask question on a similar issue. He was asked by the Speaker not to add long background. When Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was speaking during the introduction of the triple talaq bill, Birla urged members not to talk among themselves. As some opposition members continued to talk, he said he will be forced to take their names. The Speaker first named Shashi Tharoor. He, then asked Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, to stop talking as he was having a conversation with Tharoor and other fellow member. This, however, did not go down well with some opposition members who protested. "This is not a primary school," said one of the agitating members. "We are also elected members," said another member. Asaduddin Owaisi, who demanded division of votes while the triple talaq bill was being introduced, said by not agreeing to the process the Speaker was violating rules. KCR inaugurates mega irrigation project; Jagan, Fadnavis by his side Hyderabad: The Kaleshwaram project, touted as the world's largest multi-stage lift irrigation scheme and boon to Telangana, was inaugurated by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Medigadda in Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district on Friday. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh were present on the occasion when the Medigadda barrage was opened. "Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is a gift from the people of Maharashtra to the people of Telangana. Telangana completed this project at a record speed. This project will change the face of Telangana," Fadnavis said at the inaugural. Fresh triple talaq bill introduced in LS, opp members protest The government on Friday introduced the fresh triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha amid vehement protests by opposition members who claimed that it was violative of the Constitution The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019 became the first legislation to be tabled in Parliament by the Narendra Modi dispensation in its second term, with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserting the legislation was a must for gender equality and justice Make yoga part of school curriculum, says Vice President New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Friday recommended making yoga part of school curriculum and said doing so is necessary in the wake of changing lifestyles and growing incidence of non-communicable diseases. Naidu was speaking at an event to mark the International Day of Yoga organised by the Ministry of Ayush and Brahma Kumaris at the iconic Red Fort here. "At a time when people are encountering tremendous pressures in daily lives, there is a great need to introduce the subtle science of yoga, which everyone can use not just to achieve physical well-being, but also to lead a better life by making enlightened choices," he said. "Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India possibly around the fifth century. We need to propagate and preserve this holistic practice by making it a part of the school curriculum as it not only ensures physical fitness and mental equilibrium but also inculcates discipline," he said. The vice president said it's all the more necessary in the wake of changing lifestyles and growing incidence of non-communicable diseases in the country. "The time has come that we must go back to the old ways of living. These lifestyle changes are damaging our younger generation. There's no physical activity, no spiritual activity. We are all craving for prosperity and temporary pleasure," he said. Naidu also appealed to everyone to make yoga a people's movement and "to understand that it's not a programme of the government or (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi". "We should all see that it becomes a people's movement. Modi took initiative and propagated yoga across the world. But, we need to understand that yoga is for body and not because of Modi," he said. Naidu, who arrived 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled time, wore a white t-shirt with a monogram of the Ayush Ministry, pyjamas and slippers. Organisers said around 40,000 people, including the CISF personnel deployed at Red Fort, participated in the yoga day event. Naidu, along with the participants, did light exercises and raj yoga that focuses on thought management. The vice president also asked the youths not to get carried away by western food practices. "We all have a fascination for western food. Some people call it instant food. I would like to caution... instant food means constant disease. "Our forefathers gave us good food practices according to seasons and regions. We must get back to our old food habits and not get carried away by burgers or pizzas. Unfortunately, our children are getting swayed away by propaganda and branding by some icons," he said. Yoga is above everything, integral part of life: Modi Appealing to people to take yoga to all sections of society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said yoga is above everything, as he performed various asanas with around 40,000 enthusiasts at the Prabhat Tara ground here to mark the fifth International Day of Yoga. Modi also urged people to make yoga an integral part of life. IMA jewels case: ED summons main suspect Mansoor Khan Bengaluru, Jun 20 (PTI) The ED has summoned Mohammed Mansoor Khan, the owner of IMA Jewels, for questioning in connection with its money laundering probe into the alleged ponzi scam perpetrated by his group that is said to have duped thousands of investors, officials said Thursday. They said Khan has been asked to depose before the investigating officer in the case at the central agency's zonal office here on June 24. The agency wants to question and record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), under which a probe is underway in the alleged ponzi and investment fraud scam, the officials said. While Khan is said to be absconding, with reports suggesting that he has crossed the Indian borders, the agency wants to give him a "fair chance" to present his side, they said. The ED has already sought permission from a court to interrogate the seven directors of the firm arrested by the Karnataka Police, they added. The central agency has recently filed a case of money laundering in this case which is said to have left thousands of gullible investors in the lurch. It has taken cognisance of a complaint registered by the Karnataka Police and the subsequent creation of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged fraud. The agency is now gathering documents in the case and is looking for possible assets of the accused for attachment under the PMLA and also obtain an Interpol arrest warrant against Khan. The SIT has already sought the CBI's help in obtaining an Interpol red corner notice against him. The team also raided the IMA Jewels showroom at Jayanagar here and seized 43 kg gold, worth Rs 13 crore, 5,864 carat of diamond, worth Rs 17.6 crore, 520 kg silver, worth Rs 1.5 crore, and precious gems worth Rs 1.5 crore. It also raided the office of the company and the premises of the third divorced wife of Khan, Tabassum Bano, and found 1.5 kg of gold, 1.5 kg silver and Rs 2.69 lakh cash. It said the SIT has identified 26 immovable properties, including commercial buildings, land, school property and apartments, which are said to be of Khan. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has asserted that his government would bring to book the perpetrators of the ponzi scheme fraud, irrespective of how influential they were. It is feared that the size of the scam is around Rs 5,000 crore, with more than 30,000 people cheated by the ponzi scheme floating company. People not only from Bengaluru and Karnataka, but also from Hyderabad, the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and New Delhi are said to have invested in the company. As many as 26,000 police complaints have been filed by the investors against the 'I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels' store after an audio clip surfaced in which Khan was purportedly heard saying that he is going to commit suicide as he was fed up with corruption. He also alleged that Shivajinagar Congress MLA Roshan Baig took Rs 400 crore from him and was not returning it. Baig has, however, rubbished the charge, and alleged that his political adversaries had orchestrated the "series of events" to tarnish his character. Police said that they have received thousands of complaints against IMA Jewels and Khan from investors, who are mainly vendors, small businessmen and from the middle and the lower middle class. State Home Minsiter M B Patil said that most of the investors in the now-feared defunct group were from the minority community. Since drawing interest is prohibited in Islam, Khan had turned the investors into shareholders and promised to distribute profits from his earnings, he added. 427 stranded tourists evacuated from North Sikkim Altogether 427 tourists were evacuated from North Sikkim on Thursday, four days after they got stranded in the district as torrential rain damaged road infrastructure, an official said. The district administration arranged vehicles for all the 427 tourists to reach the state capital Gangtok, North Sikkim Collector Raj Yadav said. David Warner takes Australia closer to World Cup semifinals Australia moved closer to World Cup semifinals after David Warner inspired the defending champions to a comfortable 48-run win over a combative Bangladesh with his second century of the tournament. The left-handed opener co Educators need to do 'surgical strike' on hunger, violence, unemployment: Sisodia Hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, violence and hatred in society need to be fought through education, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said on Thursday and asserted educators of Delhi government are committed to carry out "surgical strikes" on these ills. Nirmala Sitharaman's first GST Council meet to decide on NAA extension, single point refund system Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will chair her first meeting of the GST Council on Friday which, among other things, would consider extending the tenure of the anti-profiteering authority by a year, setting up a single point refund system and a mechanism for businesses to issue e-invoices. AAP government fully prepared to deal with dengue and chikungunya: Kejriwal Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday stated that the Delhi government is prepared to deal with dengue and chikungunya cases, as monsoon approaches the city.The AAP chief chaired a meeting to review the preparedness of all the state departments to tackle the diseases that emerges the rains hit the city. The monsoon is expected to reach Delhi in the first week of July.