Achuthanandan wants strong action against moral policing (10 minutes ago)
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 24 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Friday demanded strong action from the state government against moral policing.

Shiv Sena approaches Congress for pact, party says 'not interested' (24 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after a hung House was thrown up following the BMC polls here, the Shiv Sena, which bagged (84+3) of the 227 seats, on Friday approached the Congress party for a post-poll alliance, but the latter evinced no interest.

Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa floats her forum, to contest from R.K.Nagar (22:02)
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) Deepa Jayakumar, the niece of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on Friday announced the formation of her forum MGR Amma Deepa Peravai and her decision to contest from the R.K.Nagar constituency here

Maha Shivaratri celebrated across Bengal (22:02)
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) The festival of Maha Shivaratri was on Friday celebrated in West Bengal amid traditional fervour as hundreds of thousands of devotees thronged Lord Shiva temples across the state.

Keep immature Rahul home, why send him to UP: Amit Shah to Congress (22:02)
Gorakhpur, Feb 24 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national President Amit Shah on Friday targeted Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's remarks that he needed more time to "mature", saying "immature Rahul should be kept at home" instead of being sent to Uttar Pradesh.

Rheumatic Heart Disease can be controlled by treating Streptococcal throat infection (21:52)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) -- permanent damage to heart valves -- can be controlled or prevented by treating Streptococcal throat infection through antibiotics, said doctors on Friday.

Modi describes yoga as 'potent peace weapon' (21:38)
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Feb 24 (IANS) Describing yoga as the "most potent peace weapon" in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it is also the passport for health assurance.

BJP seeks Centre's intervention over Odisha panchayat poll violence (21:38)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 24 (IANS) The BJP's Odisha unit on Friday sought Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention over the alleged involvement of government officials in violence during panchayat polls in the state.

AISA may move HC over cops' role in Ramjas incident (21:38)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Expressing dissatisfaction over the handling of Ramjas College incident by the Delhi Police, the All India Students Association (AISA) on Friday said they will approach the high court if the situation continues like this.

Wagah-like tourist spots proposed on Bangladesh border in Meghalaya (21:38)
Shillong, Feb 24 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has proposed to develop two areas along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya as tourist spots along the lines of the Attari-Wagah border with Pakistan, a BSF official said here on Friday.

Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary quiet day for Sasikala in jail (21:38)
Bengaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) The 69th birth anniversary of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday was a quiet day for her long-time confidante and AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala, housed in the Central Jail on the city's outskirts.

Modi dubs Kanpur train accident cross-border conspiracy, SP questions it (Second Lead) (21:38)
Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed last November's train accident in Kanpur a conspiracy hatched from across the border and urged people not to vote for those "who help conspirators".

Family of slain Indian engineer blames Trump's policies (21:32)
Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) The families of an Indian engineer who was killed and another who was injured in the firing by an American in Kansas have blamed the policies of President Donald Trump for the incident.

NSUI seeks President's intervention in JNU admission issue (21:26)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Friday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene on the issue of the JNU Vice-Chancellor's "arbitrary" move to slash admission seats.

Lung Health Screening Test important for children in Delhi's polluted air: Doctors (21:10)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) As children in Delhi continue to be affected by high pollution levels, doctors have urged parents to conduct Lung Health Screening Test (LHST) for their children as their vital organs are not mature enough to tackle the polluted air.

AAP announces 109 candidates for Delhi civic polls (21:08)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The AAP on Friday announced the names of 109 candidates in its first list for Delhi civic body polls to be conducted in April.

Scared Modi tries to create tension between two religions: Rahul (20:58)
Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying "when he gets sacred, he tries to create tension between two religions".

Three-year-old raped, murdered in Delhi (20:56)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped, murdered and her face mutilated beyond recognition by a teenager who was caught after he dumped her body at an isolated place in a west Delhi neighbourhood, police said on Friday.

Talks on Masood Azhar under progress: Chinese envoy (Lead) (20:42)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday.

Chinese Army delegation visits Indian Army's Eastern Command  (20:36)
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) A 15-member delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army visited the headquarters here of the Eastern Command of the Indian Army, an official said.

Shiv Sena-BJP vie for Mumbai Mayor post (20:34)
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after a hung house was thrown up in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation elections, the two biggest parties - Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party - struggled to cobble up sufficient numbers to grab the critical post of Mayor on Friday.

Centre to set up new Passport Seva Kendras in Assam (20:30)
Guwahati, Feb 24 (IANS) The Centre will set up several new Passport Seva Kendras in Assam.

Hindus throng temples on Maha Shivratri (20:02)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Hundreds of thousands thronged Shiva temples, big and small, all over the country on Maha Shivratri on Friday to pray and offer flowers, bel (wood apple) leaves, milk, honey and more to the Lord.

One dead, two injured in Delhi shootout (19:58)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A youth died and his two friends were critically injured in a shootout among two groups near a wedding function site here, police said on Friday.

Two Delhi firefighters die dousing small fire (Second Lead) (19:46)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two Delhi firefighters dousing a small fire in a shop here were killed on Friday when a cooking gas cylinder inside the snack store exploded, catching dozens of firemen by surprise, officials said.

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