National News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. National News One nation, one election on agenda as PM Modi calls all-party meet on June 19 Chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all parties to a meeting on June 19 to discuss the "one nation, one election" issue and other important matters. IMA to hold nationwide protest on Monday against attack on doctors The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will hold a nationwide protest on Monday against the beating of doctors in West Bengal, said Dr Ranjan Sharma, president of the doctors' national body, on Sunday. Dr Sharma said that they would also stress for the enactment of protection law for the doctors and amendment in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). "We need amendments in IPC and CrPC so that anybody who indulges in acts of violence against hospitals and doctors is taken to task as per the laws," said Dr Sharma while talking to ANI. Terming the strike of doctors in W First Parliament session of 17th LS to commence on Monday The first session of the brand new Lok Sabha after the general elections commences its business on Monday with the BJP-led NDA coming back to power with an improved majority and a massive mandate to rule the country for the next five years. The first two days of the session will be completely devoted to oath-taking by 542 members of the 17th Lok Sabha. The election for Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu was cancelled on charges of money power playing a huge role in the election there. Two more MPs will be nominated by the government from the Anglo Indian community. The oath-taking by the new members will be overseen by the protem Speaker. Seniormost MP Virendra Kumar elected from Tikamjarh in Madhya Pradesh. A former Unio All-party meet: Opposition demands debate on unemployment, farm distress A day before the budget session, an all-party meeting convened by the government was held Sunday in which the opposition demanded that issues such as farm distress, unemployment and drought should be debated upon in Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting, attended by representatives of all parties, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and TMC leader Derek O'Brien. Heatwave claims 44 lives in Bihar At least 44 people have died in a blistering heatwave that hit three Bihar districts on Saturday, officials said on Sunday. The officials at the Disaster Management Control Room said 22 people died in Aurangabad, 20 in Gaya and two in Nawada districts due to the heatwave. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the deaths due to the "loo" winds and the heatstroke in the three districts and has announced a payment of Rs four lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of those killed, an official release said. Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: 13 ministers take oath, 6 dropped Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expanded his Council of Ministers on Sunday with 13 new ministers, including 8 of Cabinet rank, taking the oath of office. He dropped six ministers including Prakash Mehta who held the Housing portfolio. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who quit Congress recently, was sworn-in as a Cabinet minister at Raj Bhavan here. He was earlier the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly. His son Sujay Vikhe Patil was elected during the recent Lok Sabha polls from the Ahmednagar seat in the state on a BJP ticket. Encephalitis death toll rises to 84 in Bihar With three more deaths reported from Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the death toll in the district mounted to 84 on Sunday as Bihar continues to grapple with the deadly disease. Doctors' stir in WB enters 6th day, venue for talks with CM to be decided The impasse at the state-run medical colleges and hospitals in West Bengal entered the sixth day on Sunday, even as the agitating doctors asserted that they were open to talks with the government, the venue for which would be decided by a governing body of medical practitioners. EC announces bypolls to six RS seats  The Election Commission Saturday announced bypolls to six Rajya Sabha seats on July 5, including the one vacated by BJP chief Amit Shah following his election to the Lok Sabha. Three separatists arrested in terror funding case sent to judicial custody till July 12 A Delhi court on Friday sent Kashmiri separatists Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam Bhat, arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a terror funding case, to judicial custody till July 12. Karnataka doctor studying in Rohtak commits suicide, department head booked A 30-year-old doctor hailing from Karnataka, who was pursuing his MD course from PGIMS, Rohtak in Haryana, allegedly committed suicide in the hostel of the hospital's campus, police said Friday. Five policemen killed in Maoist ambush in Jharkhand Five police personnel were killed in an ambush by Maoists Friday while they were patrolling the area here, officials said. Doctors seek Mamata Banerjee's apologise, set conditions to withdraw stir Agitating doctors Friday demanded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's unconditional apology and set six conditions for the state government to withdraw their four-day-long stir that disrupted healthcare services across West Bengal. Man shot dead in west Delhi's Vikaspuri A 35-year-old man was shot dead allegedly by unidentified assailants in west Delhi's Vikaspuri area, police said Friday.  High Court refuses to pass interim order on doctors' strike The Calcutta High Court on Friday refused to pass any interim order on the strike by junior doctors at state-run hospitals in protest against the attack on two of their colleagues by family members of a patient. Doctors protest in Delhi over Kolkata hospital violence Scores of doctors at some government and private hospitals in Delhi held demonstrations Friday by marching and raising slogans to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in Kolkata. Cyclone Vayu changes course, unlikely to make landfall in Gujarat: IMD Cyclone Vayu has changed its course and is unlikely to make landfall in Gujarat, but it will cause heavy rain in several coastal districts of the state, officials said Thursday. All Waqf properties will be geo-tagged and digitised: Naqvi Properties belonging to All India Waqf Board will be geo-tagged and facilities like school, college, hospital, community centre, common centre and hostel will be constructed on them, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced. India successfully tests scramjet demonstrator aircraft India successfully launched the indigenously-developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) in its maiden test from a base off the Odisha coast on Wednesday. Union minister Piyush Goyal appointed Deputy Leader of House in Rajya Sabha Union minster Piyush Goyal was Wednesday appointed as the Deputy Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, sources said. Cyclone Vayu: Over 3 lakh people evacuated; Army, IAF teams on standby As the "very severe" cyclonic storm 'Vayu' is inching closer to Gujarat coast and expected to make a landfall Thursday, the Army, the Air Force, and the NDRF teams are deployed and put on standby for rescue and relief operations along the coastal districts. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has cleared the loans of over two thousand farmers from Bihar. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has cleared the loans of over two thousand farmers from Bihar. RTGS, NEFT fund transfers to be cheaper from July 1 The Reserve Bank of India Tuesday said it will waive all charges on fund transfer through popular RTGS and NEFT systems from July 1 and asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers from the same day. Right-wing activist Sharad Kalaskar who shot Dabholkar held in Pansare murder case A special team of the Maharashtra police Tuesday arrested right-wing activist Sharad Kalaskar in connection with the killing of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare, an official said. Indian government sets target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2024 The Centre has set a target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2024, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said Tuesday. Thawar Chand Gehlot is new leader of Rajya Sabha  Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has been appointed the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha. Hearing of Nirav Modi bail plea concludes, final decision today The UK High Court on Tuesday heard fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s appeal against a lower court’s order to deny him bail as he fights his extradition from Britain to India in the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case. Scholarships to 5 crore minority students in next 5 years: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Several scholarships such as pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means will be provided to 5 crore students from minority communities, including 50 per cent girls, in the next five years, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Tuesday. Finance Minister engages with all stakeholders ahead of budget Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Tuesday, began her pre-Budget consultations with different stakeholders starting with those from agriculture and rural development sectors in which she stressed the need for ways to eradicate unemployment and poverty. 'Yogi Adityanath behaving foolishly': Rahul attacks UP CM over scribes' arrest  Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday criticised the arrest of scribe Prashant Kanojia and the editor and the head of a Noida-based TV channel, saying Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is behaving "foolishly" and he should release the journalists. Punjab toddler, rescued from borewell after 110 hours, dies A two-year-old child, who was stuck in a 150-foot-deep unused borewell here, was pulled out Tuesday morning after almost 110 hours, but could not be saved, officials and doctors said. 12 senior I-T officers sacked for corruption The government has dismissed from service 12 senior income-tax officers on charges of corruption and professional misconduct, sources said. North sizzles as Delhi sees 48°C Large swathes of the country seared under record high temperatures today with the mercury touching 48°C in Delhi, the highest for June. Centre, BJP trying to incite violence in Bengal: Mamata  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Monday that the Centre and the cadres of the ruling BJP were trying to incite violence in the state and conspiring to bring down her government. She also said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to throttle her voice as she was the only one in the country to protest against them. 6 convicted in gang rape, murder of 8-yr-old girl in Kathua; 1 acquitted Six of the seven accused in the horrific gangrape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua were convicted by a court here on Monday, lawyers said. A seventh accused, namely Vishal -- son of main accused Sanji Ram -- was acquitted by the court, giving him the 'benefit of doubt', said Farooqi Khan, who represented the victim's family in the court. The court pronounced its much-awaited verdict away from the gaze of media which has gathered outside the premises. Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the temple where the crime took place, Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar, a civilian, have been convicted under Ranbir Penal Code sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy, murder, gangrape and destruction of evidence, the lawyers said. Two police officials -- Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj --and a special police officer Surender Verma have been convicted for destruction of evidence, they said. Rahul Gandhi won in Wayanad due to 40 pc Muslim population: Asaduddin Owaisi All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi has claimed that Congress President Rahul Gandhi won in Wayanad due to 40 per cent population being Muslims. 8 killed after ambulance collides with lorry in Kerala's Palakkad At least eight people died after an ambulance they were travelling in rammed into a lorry in Palakkad city of Kerala. I am an Indian, will remain one: Rtd Army officer Sanaullah "I am an Indian and will remain an Indian," said former Army officer and Kargil War veteran Mohammed Sanaullah, who was declared a foreigner and detained by police in Assam. PM gives priority to BJP-ruled states: Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad Lauding Kerala for accommodating diverse political ideologies, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives priority to BJP-ruled states over those governed by opposition parties. Modi arrives in Tirupati to worship Lord Venkateswara Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening arrived in the temple town of Tirupati to offer prayers to Lord Venkateswara, atop the sacred Tirumala Hills. Record 2 lakh Haj pilgrims from India this year: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday that a record number of two lakh Indian Muslims will go to Haj this year, that too without any subsidy, on more than 500 flights from 21 embarkation points across the country. JD-U to go it alone in Assembly polls outside Bihar The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Sunday decided not be a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance outside the Bihar. India requests Pak to let PM Modi's flight pass through its airspace India has requested Pakistan to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13 and 14, said a senior government official. Rahul Gandhi meets Kerala nurse who held him in her hands as baby It was a special moment for 72-year-old Rajamma Vavathil, a retired nurse, when Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugged and held her hand here on Sunday, 49 years after she took him in her hands as a newborn at a Delhi hospital. IAF Mi-17 crash: Probe in final stage, 2 officers likely to face court martial The Indian Air Force's (IAF) investigation into the crash of its Mi-17V5 chopper near Srinagar on February 27 is in the final stage and two officers are likely to be court-martialed for the lapse. BJP workers, police personnel clash in Bengal, many injured Several BJP workers and police personnel were injured on Saturday, after clashes broke out between the two sides over a victory rally being taken out by the saffron party at Gangarampur area of North Dinajpur district. Hot day ahead in Delhi, relief unlikely soon Sultry weather will prevail in the national capital Saturday and no relief is expected from the scorching heat for two days, the weatherman said. Was it black money? Congress questions BJP's Rs 28,000 crore poll expenditure The Congress on Friday said that the BJP spent around Rs 28,000 crore of the total Rs 60,000 crore spent by all political parties during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and demanded that the BJP disclose the details of the source of the money. Bilkis Bano case: IPS officer sacked a day before retirement Gujarat cadre IPS officer RS Bhagora, convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case, was dismissed from service by the Union Home Ministry on May 30, a day before his retirement, a senior state government official said on Friday. The 60-year-old officer, who was to retire on May 31, was serving as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) with the Ahmedabad police when his dismissal order came, said MR Soni, Deputy Secretary (Inquiry), Gujarat Home Department. “The state Home Department had received a communication from the Union Home Ministry ordering dismissal of Bhagora from service on May 29. ‘Fruitless’ to attend Niti Aayog meeting, Mamata writes to PM West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday refused to attend a meeting of Niti Aayog to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15, saying it is “fruitless” as the body has no financial powers to support state plans. Her decision to skip the meeting of the top plan panel comes days after she stayed away from the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30, citing as “untrue” claims by the BJP that 54 of the party workers were murdered in political violence in Bengal. She conveyed her decision not to attend the Niti Aayog meeting in a letter written to the Prime Minister. “Given the fact that the Niti Aayog has no financial powers and the power to support state plans it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers,” Banerjee wrote. Andhra CM Reddy to have 5 deputy Chief Ministers in full 25-member Cabinet In what could be an unprecedented move, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Friday decided to have five deputy Chief Ministers under him in a full 25-member Cabinet. The new Council of Ministers will be constituted at a public function here Saturday. The Chief Minister held a meeting of the YSR Congress Legislature Party at his residence here in the morning where he announced the decision to appoint five deputy chief ministers. Accordingly, one each from SC, ST, BC, minority and Kapu communities would be made deputy CMs. Delhi court grants bail to Tharoor over 'scorpion' remarks A Delhi court granted bail to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Friday on a complaint over his alleged 'scorpion' remarks referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AAP govt's health scheme 'ten times bigger' than Ayushman Bharat: Kejriwal Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, saying the Delhi government's health scheme is "ten times bigger and comprehensive" than the Centre's flagship Ayushman Bharat programme. Kejriwal said if the AAP government's health scheme is closed and the Ayushman Bharat is implemented in Delhi, it will be a loss for the citizens of the national capital. The AAP chief's comments come a week after Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that the AAP dispensation would not implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in the city as it seeks to provide equitable treatment to all residents here. DMK wants Tamil to be made official language in central government offices After stridently opposing the Centre’s move to impose the three-language formula, DMK chief M K Stalin Wednesday demanded that Tamil be made an official language in all central government offices. ‘Jo humse takraega, choor choor ho jaega’: Mamata's warning to BJP in Eid message West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a veiled attack on the BJP on Wednesday while taking part in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at Red Road, escalating an intense war of words over nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s comments the day before. Trial runs of Vande Bharat-type trains between Mumbai to Pune, Nashik, Vadodara from next week Buoyed by the success of the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi, the Railways is planning to explore the possibility of running such semi-high speed trains between Mumbai to Pune, Nashik and Vadodara. Siddu slams BJP for not inducting Dalit MP from Karnataka Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah has hit out at the BJP for not inducting a Dalit MP from Karnataka in the Union cabinet, saying "upliftment" of the community will not happen just by "big talk". EC may revisit penal provision on test vote: CEC Arora The Election Commission may "revisit" a rule that provides for prosecution of an elector if a complaint of EVM and VVPAT machine malfunction turns out to be false, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has said. Kerala govt confirms Nipah virus, 86 under observation A 23-year-old college student here has been confirmed to be infected with the Nipah virus while 86 others are under medical observation, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja Tuesday said.  Don't depend on alliances to win votes: Mayawati tells UP BSP leaders In a clear indication that she is not happy with the performance of the 'gathbandhan' with Samajwadi Party in the just-held Lok Sabha polls, BSP chief Mayawati Monday asked party workers not to depend on alliance to win votes but to improve the party's organisation. Centre's move on language aimed at deceiving TN: Stalin DMK president M K Stalin alleged on Monday that the Centre's move on dropping the clause on compulsory Hindi learning in the draft National Education Policy was aimed at deceiving Tamil Nadu and demanded an explanation over it Ashok Gehlot rejects resignation of Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has rejected the resignation of Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria, who had offered to quit following the poor results of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha polls in the state. Double Whammy, Says Cong After US Ends India's Special Trade Status, Urges PM to Give Statement The Congress on Saturday said the US government's decision to terminate special trade status for India will have adverse consequences on exports and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the country into confidence and make a comprehensive statement explaining how he intends to overcome this "grave trade and economic crisis". Panaji MLA, Mayor, ex-Deputy Mayor held for molestation Panaji's Congress MLA, Mayor and former Deputy Mayor were on Saturday booked for allegedly molesting a woman during an anti-encroachment drive outside a casino office in the state capital on Friday. Prakash Javadekar takes charge as Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday took charge as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and said that he would continue to push Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of addressing climate change and other issues. Amit Shah takes charge as Union Home Minister  BJP President Amit Shah Saturday took charge as Union Home Minister, two days after he was sworn-in following a landslide victory of the saffron party-led NDA. 9 Rohingyas arrested in Manipur with fake Aadhaar cards Nine Rohingyas have been arrested from Moreh town near the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district with fake Aadhaar cards, police said Saturday. Rajnath Singh takes charge as defence minister Rajanth Singh on Saturday took charge as the defence minister and immediately held a meeting with the top military brass. Ex-President Pratibha Patil conferred Mexico's highest civilian honour for foreigners Former President Pratibha Patil on Saturday was conferred with "Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" or Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico's highest civilian honour for foreigners. 'Proud to follow Sushma Swaraj's footsteps,' says new EAM Jaishankar Engaging on Twitter for the first time, newly appointed External Affairs Minister (EAM) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Saturday said that he is honoured to be given the responsibility. Committed to ensure women empowerment, children welfare: Smriti Irani Newly-appointed Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said she is "committed to take all appropriate steps" to ensure women empowerment and welfare of children in the country. Bonanza for farmers: New govt extends PM-KISAN, announces pension scheme In the first Cabinet meeting Friday, the government decided to extend PM-KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers, costing Rs 87,000 crore a year, and also announced over Rs 10,000 crore pension scheme for 5 crore farmers, thereby fulfilling the BJP's poll promise. First Parliament Session From June 17, Budget On July 5 The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26, with the regular budget to be presented on July 5, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday. Muslims Are Shareholders, Not Tenants In India, Says Owaisi Stating that Muslims are shareholders and not tenants in India, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday said their fight to get the rights guaranteed by the country's Constitution will continue. Sonia Gandhi elected leader of Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi was once again elected leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) at a meeting of party MPs at the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday. The meeting was attended by the party’s 52 newly elected Lok Sabha MPs and Rajya Sabha members, besides members of the Congress Working Committee and other senior leaders. Modi govt decides to give shopkeepers, retail traders Rs 3,000 as pension The Modi 2.0 government in its first Cabinet meeting Friday approved a new scheme, which assures minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to all shopkeepers, retail traders and self employed persons after attaining the age of 60 years, fulfilling its poll promise. Education, employment, empowerment priority for Minority Affairs Ministry: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said his ministry will work with the mantra of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas', and asserted that priority will be given to "3Es"-- education, employment and empowerment -- for development of minorities. Plea in Delhi HC seeks allowing conjugal visits in prisons A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking allowing of conjugal visits in prisons, with the argument that such a step is necessary to meet the fundamental and human rights of those incarcerated and also the spouses of those behind bars who suffer without any fault of their own. IMD issues red-code warning for Delhi Heat wave conditions continued unabated in Delhi even as the MeT department on Friday issued a "red-colour" warning for the national capital. Admiral Karambir Singh takes over as Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday took over as the Chief of the Naval Staff succeeding Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is retiring after over four decades of service. Amit Shah gets Home, Rajnath to be new Defence Minister, Jaishankar to be EAM mit Shah will be the new Home minister, Rajnath Singh the new Defence minister and Nirmala Sitharaman the new Finance minister, the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced on Friday. Govt to present Budget 2019-20 on July 5 The newly appointed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the full Budget for 2019-20 on July 5 in the Lok Sabha Allies should have proportional representation in cabinet: Nitish Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose JDU refused "symbolic participation" in the Union cabinet, asserted on Friday that allies should have been given proportional representation in the cabinet. Monsoon to be below normal over north, south India: IMD The overall monsoon across the country is "most likely" to be normal this season but it will be below normal over north and south India, the India Meteorological Department said in its forecast Friday Ready to take over probe into multi-crore bitcoin Ponzi scam, CBI tells SC CBI told the Supreme Court Friday that it is ready to take over the investigation into the multi-crore bitcoin Ponzi scheme in which several investors were allegedly lured on the promise of handsome returns Cabinet clears pension scheme for shopkeepers, traders The Modi 2.0 government in its first Cabinet meeting Friday approved a new scheme, which assures minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to all shopkeepers, retail traders and self employed persons after attaining the age of 60 years, fulfilling its poll promise. Next Parliament session from June 17 The budget session of Parliament is likely to be held from June 17 till July 26, in which regular budget will be presented, a senior official said on Friday. Delhi HC grants 4 more months time to CBI to complete probe in Asthana bribery case The Delhi High Court on Friday granted four more months to the CBI to complete its probe in a bribery case involving the agency's former special director Rakesh Asthana. Mayawati calls for meeting of BSP leaders to discuss poll drubbing After the recent drubbing in Lok Sabha elections, BSP supremo Mayawati has called for a meeting of party leaders on June 3 to discuss the reasons leading to a dismal performance. Kerala govt freezes order to reinstate controversial cop  The Kerala government has frozen the controversial order of reinstating a police officer, who was suspended for alleged lapses that led to the killing of a Dalit Christian last year. Modi Cabinet: Amit Shah Gets Home, Rajnath Singh Defence, complete list of portfolios: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modiand his 57-member council of ministers were sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday, Modi government today allocated portfolio to his new ministers. Nirmala Sitharama has got the key Finance Ministry and Amit Shah has got Home Ministry while Rajnath Singh has been given the responsibility of Defence Ministry.  Hindu forest officer in Maharashtra observes 'roza' on behalf of ailing driver Keeping religious beliefs aside and placing humanity first, Sanjay N Mali, a Divisional Forest Officer in Buldhana, is observing 'roza' (fast) in place of his driver Zafar during the holy month of Ramzan. Modi sworn in as PM for 2nd term; Amit Shah in, Jaishankar surprise pick in 58-member ministry Narendra Modi was on Thursday sworn in as the Prime Minister for a second term helming a 58-member ministry with BJP chief Amit Shah making his debut at the Centre and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar emerging as a surprise pick while party veteran Sushma Swaraj was among the outgoing ministers who found no place. 1/3 of Union Council of ministers are first-timers One-third of the total ministers in the Modi's 2.0 Cabinet are the first-timers, which includes BJP president Amit Shah and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar. New team blend of youthful energy, experience: PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday described his new council of ministers as a blend of youthful energy and administrative experience. T'gana Cong leaders hold fast urging Rahul not to resign Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) general secretary Bollu Kishan and former MP V Hanumantha Rao observed a day-long fast here Thursday, urging Rahul Gandhi to continue as party president. Raj govt bans ads, sale of e-cigarettes The Rajasthan government has decided to ban production, distribution, advertisement and sale of e-cigarette in the state Sadanand Gowda: From student leader to union minister From a student leader associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Udupi to now a union minister in the Modi government for the second time, D V Sadananda Gowda has covered a long way. Modi takes oath as PM for second term Narendra Modi was on Thursday sworn in as country's Prime Minister for a second term, heading the National Democratic Alliance government in the presence of a large gathering of national and international dignitaries. Delhi BJP website hacked, shows beef dishes The website of the BJP's Delhi unit was hacked on Thursday and photos of beef dishes posted on it.