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       HEADLINES: Moral policing victim found dead                                              BMC results: Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80                                              Pankaja Munde offers to quit after Beed results                                              Shiv Sena will retain Mayor's post: Uddhav                                              Azhar's actions well-documented: India on China's proof demand                                              Kim autopsy 'illegal and immoral': North Korean state media                                              8 killed, 35 injured in Lahore bomb blast                                              China says talks positive, skips reference to NSG,Azhar issues                                              India, China hold strategic dialogue                                              Now Jharkhand captain, Dhoni motivates wards in unique style                                              Umesh shines but defiant Starc takes Australia to 256/9                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Bicycle is now obsolete and elephant old: Rajnath    
AZAMGARH: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh today blamed SP and BSP for the dismal states of affairs of Uttar Pradesh and said the 'bicycle' has become obsolete, while the 'elephant' has grown old. "SP, BSP and Congress have pushed UP into a pool of mud, and it is out of this pool of mud that the lotus will eventually bloom," he said at an election rally here.

         UPSC prepones civil services exam; prelims on June 18    
NEW DELHIThe civil services preliminary examination, to select IAS and IPS officers among others, has been preponed and it is scheduled to be held in June this year instead of August. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the examination in June after a gap of three years. The preliminary tests for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August, a senior UPSC official said. The preliminary exam for 2013 was held on May 26 that year.

         Dinakaran hints at rapprochement with Panneerselvam    
CHENNAI: AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran today hinted at a rapprochement with expelled leader O Panneerselvam, saying the party would "accept with motherly affection" anybody who had gone out of the "parent organisation" and wanted to return. Addressing reporters after formally taking over, he also fended off criticism that he was elevated "suddenly", saying he had been brought into the party by the late Chief Minster J Jayalalithaa in the early days itself and that he h

         There cannot be a bigger 'Kasab' than Amit Shah: Mayawati    
AMBEDKARNAGAR: Mayawati today hit back strongly for Amit Shah's 'KASAB' acronym for Congress, SP and BSP, describing the BJP chief as a "terrorist" and saying there "cannot be a bigger Kasab" than him. "Aaj apney desh mein Amit Shah se bada yehan koi aur bhi Kasab nahin ho sakta hai, arthaat aatanki nahi ho sakta hai (There cannot be a bigger Kasab, meaning a terrorist, than Amit Shah in our country now)," she said.

         Freedom251 phone: Ringing Bells MD Goel detained for 'fraud'    
GHAZIABAD: Mohit Goel, the Director of Noida- based company Ringing Bells which had announced Freedom251 smartphones at an astonishingly low price of Rs 251 apiece, was detained today here on allegations of fraud, police said. Goel has been detained after owner of Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises filed an FIR yesterday alleging that Ringing Bells "defrauded" it of Rs 16 lakh.

         No security stamp on hand baggage tag at seven airports    
NEW DELHI: Fliers from seven airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will no longer have to get security stamp on their hand baggages with authorities scrapping the system following successful trial runs. In a circular today, civil aviation security regulator BCAS said the system of putting security stamp on hand baggage tags would be immediately done away with at seven airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

         Shiv Sena will retain Mayor's post: Uddhav    
MUMBAI: As uncertainty loomed large in the BMC polls due to a hung house, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today exuded confidence that the party will retain the coveted Mayor's post, even as he hesitated to give a definitive answer on whether there would be an alliance. As the results of the civic polls trickled in, Sena was at the top after winning 84 seats in the 227-member BMC, while its estranged ally BJP was close behind at 82.

         Pankaja Munde offers to quit after Beed results    
MUMBAI: Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde today offered to quit the Devendra Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra after BJP's poor performance in the local body polls in her constituency in Beed district. However, BJP state president Raosaheb Danve sought to downplay the issue.

         BMC results: Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80    
MUMBAI: The cash-rich BMC winning 84 seats, closely followed by BJP which bagged 80 seats, as results for the 225 seats poured in. Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body tally with 31 seats followed by NCP with 9 seats. MNS won 7 seats, AIMIM-3, SP-6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena-1 and others-4.

         BJP's win in civic polls a mandate on transparency: Fadnavis    
MUMBAI: As it put up a sterling performance in civic polls across Maharashtra including the cash-rich BMC, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said BJP's victory resulted from a vote for transparency and demonetisation. A jubilant Fadnavis, who spearheaded BJP's poll campaign, said the party's core committee will decide the future course of action in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

         Azhar's actions well-documented: India on China's proof demand    
BEIJING: India today hit out at China for demanding "solid evidence" for getting JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, saying the extent of his actions were "well- documented" and the "burden of proof" was not on it. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, while briefing the media on his extensive interactions with top Chinese officials and talks at the upgraded strategic dialogue co-chaired by him here, said the talks were "useful" in conveying India's concerns and priorities on key issu

         Oppn slams KCR's Rs 5 cr gold offer to Lord Venkateswara    
HYDERABAD: The main opposition Congress and the BJP in Telangana today criticised Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for using public money to fulfil his "personal vows" made to Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh.

         Wanted Mallya appears in UK for launch of F1 car    
Businessman Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for Rs 9,000 crore loan default, was today seen at an event in UK promoting a new Formula One car launched by his team Sahara Force India.

         Telangana CM offers Rs 5cr gold ornaments to Lord Venkateswara    
TIRUPATI: In a princely offering, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today donated gold ornaments worth around Rs 5 crore to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in nearby Tirumala. Accompanied by family members and some cabinet colleagues, Rao arrived here last night by a special flight on a 15-hour maiden spiritual visit to the ancient temple.

         Kambala bill sent to President for assent    
BENGALURU: A Bill passed recently by Karnataka Assembly to legalise traditional buffalo race "Kambala" and bullock cart races hasbeen sent to the President for his assent, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said today. "The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been approved by the Governor. We have now sent it to President of India," Jayachandra told reporters here after a cabinet meeting.

         Man gets Rs 2,000 notes with 'Children Bank Of India' written on them frm ATM    
NEW DELHI: A man who had gone to withdraw money at an ATM in Sangam Vihar here allegedly ended up getting four notes of Rs 2,000 with "Children Bank Of India" written on them, police said today. Rohit Kumar, a customer care executive, had gone to withdraw cash from the State Bank of India (SBI) ATM in Sangam Vihar on February 6. He got four notes of Rs 2,000 which had "churan" label on them in place of the official watermark.

         Industries to be shut for want of effluent treatment plants: SC    
NEW DELHI: Polluting industrial units across the country would be shut down if they do not have functional primary effluent treatment plants (PETPs) to stop the release of untreated waste in water bodies within three months after notice, the Supreme Court ruled today. Issuing a slew of directions, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar directed state pollution control boards (PCBs) to issue a common notice by way of public advertisement to all industrial units to ensure that they have set

         I-T to go easy on up to Rs 5 lakh deposits by 70-plus people    
NEW DELHI: The tax department will not carry out any further verification for cash deposits up to Rs 5 lakh made by people above 70 years of age post note ban, but the limit has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh for other individuals. "There is absolutely no cause for panic. We are not going after everyone who deposited their holding of the demonetised currency in bank accounts between November 8 and December 30, 2016. Very clear thresholds have been set for tax department to take up deposits for ve

         DMK working chief Stalin, cadres sit on fast    
TIRUCHIRAPALLI: DMK working president M K Stalin today sat on a day-long hunger strike here even as a similar fast is being observed by his party leaders across Tamil Nadu to condemn "the murder of democracy" in the Assembly on February 18 when Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won a trust vote.

         No plans to introduce Rs 1000 notes: Shaktikanta Das    
NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry today ruled out re-introduction of Rs 1,000 notes and said logistics issues of reloading ATMs more frequently are being addressed. In a series of tweets, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said the focus is on increasing production and supply of Rs 500 and lower denomination currencies, while complaints of cash shortage are being looked into. "Enough cash available. Logistics issues of reloading ATMs more frequently being addressed," Das said. He also

         Rahul-Akhilesh, Shah hold road shows in Allahabad    
ALLAHABAD: A sea of humanity flooded the streets of the 'Sangam' city on the last day of campaigning for fourth phase of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh today, with road shows conducted by Rahul Gandhi with ally Akhilesh Yadav and BJP president Amit Shah.

         Govt invokes emergency clause to maintain stents production    
NEW DELHI: The government today made it mandatory for stent makers to maintain production and supply of coronary stents by invoking an emergency clause under drug price control law citing reports of shortage in market. "After due deliberations on the current situation and alternatives available with the government to resume normal supply of the coronary stents, it has been decided to invoke the powers of Section 3 (i) of DPCO, 2013," Department of Pharmaceuticals said in a letter to stent m

         Gujarat BJP fumes at Akhilesh's 'insult', says donkeys are loyal unlike him    
AHMEDABAD: Akhilesh Yadav's 'donkey' remark targeting the Prime Minister triggered a sharp reaction from the Gujarat BJP, which accused the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister of "insulting" the people of the western state. The BJP leaders in the home state of Narendra Modi also took a swipe at Akhilesh over his tussle for power with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying that unlike him, donkeys are loyal and he should learn from the animal. "Akhilesh Yadav, by appealing to Amitabh Bachcha

         Jio crossed 100-mn subscribers mark in just 170 days: Ambani    
NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customers mark in 170 days of launch, its Chairman Mukesh Ambani said today as he announced a slew of offers, including 20 per cent more data than any rival from April. Reliance Jio, he said, will continue to offer free voice calls and national roaming post April 1, when its promotional free voice and data offer ends.

         Raj MLA, husband, others booked for thrashing policeman    
KOTA: Rajasthan BJP MLA Chandra Kanta Meghwal, her husband Narendra Meghwal, party workers along with five policemen were booked Tuesday for unlawful assembly and voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty, police said.

         Sengottaiyan to lead Jaya's 69th birthday celebrations    
CHENNAI: AIADMK presidium chairman KA Sengottaiyan will lead the 69th birthday celebrations of former party chief and late J Jayalalithaa, on February 24.

         Bus catches fire near Bengaluru, one killed    
BENGALURU: A 52-year-old woman was killed and few others injured when a state transport bus caught fire near Nelamangala on the city outskirts early on Tuesday, police said.

         Kolkata man who lived with sister's corpse dead    
KOLKATA: Partha Dey, the man who was discovered living with his sister's corpse last year, was found dead here on Tuesday, the city police said.

         Hauz Khas village rape case: One held    
NEW DELHI: The Delhi police has arrested one suspect in connection with the alleged rape of a 26-year-old woman by a stranger on pretext of giving her a lift in the Hauz Khas village area of the city on Saturday.

         Sasikala to serve 13 more months in jail if fine is not paid    
BENGALURU: AIADMK leader Sasikala, serving a jail term after her conviction in a disproportionate assets case, will have to serve 13 more months in prison if she fails to pay a fine of Rs 10 crore imposed by the Supreme Court.

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