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       HEADLINES: Murder case: Three year jail, fine                                              Hindus should not watch films of Khans: Sadhvi Prachi                                              I don't believe in VIP culture, says Maha CM Fadnavis                                              Govt, BJP dissociate with Mufti statement; Oppn walks out                                              PDP-BJP alliance an 'unnatural marriage', says Tharoor                                              Ajith Kumar and Shalini blessed with a baby boy                                              China defends docking of its submarines in Sri Lanka                                              Pak-Afghan ties have undergone 'qualitative change': Sharif                                              Best employee we ever had: Jihadi John's former boss                                              Kohli, Dhoni slide down; Shami gains 14 places in ODI rankings                                              All-round Riaz gifts Pakistan their first win                                              Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         'Attempts being made to remove Kejriwal as national convenor'    
NEW DELHI: AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Monday said that attempts were being made to remove Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the party's national convenor.

         PM has lunch in Parliament canteen, pays Rs 29 for 'thali'    
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday surprised some MPs having lunch in Parliament's canteen as he suddenly landed there to join them, perhaps becoming the first person to hold the post to do so, and paid Rs 29 for a vegetarian 'thali' (meal).

         Youth hangs self on board train in UP    
LUCKNOW: The body of a young man was found hanging early on Monday in the compartment of a passenger train, police said. The body of the dead was discovered on a train plying between Saharnpur and Moradabad.

         Ajith Kumar and Shalini blessed with a baby boy    
CHENNAI: Tamil cinema's popular on-and-off screen couple Ajith Kumar and Shalini were Monday blessed with a son, their second child.

         Dayanidhi Maran moves bail plea in Aircel-Maxis case    
NEW DELHI: Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi on Monday appeared before a court hearing the case relating to the Aircel-Maxis deal and moved their bail application.

         Two injured in bomb explosion in Meghalaya    
SHILLONG: Two people were injured on Monday morning after militants hurled a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district, police said.

         Chavan new Maharashtra Congress chief    
MUMBAI: Former chief minister Ashok Chavan has been appointed the new Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president, while Sanjay Nirupam will be the new Mumbai party chief, officials said on Monday.

         PDP-BJP alliance an 'unnatural marriage', says Tharoor    
NEW DELHI/JAMMU: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's statement crediting Pakistan for peaceful polls was 'uncalled for', adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance seemed to be an unnatural marriage.

         Govt, BJP dissociate with Mufti statement; Oppn walks out    
NEW DELHI: Opposition in Lok Sabha Monday lambasted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed for giving credit to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants with the smooth conduct of elections in the state, forcing the government and the BJP to "fully disassociate" themselves with the controversial statement.

         Girl molested by youth in Thane    
THANE: A 19-year-old girl was allegedly molested by an unidentified youth who also bit her when she resisted his move, police said on Monday. The girl was walking on a bridge in Ambernath township of Thane district last night at around 8.45 PM when the youth, aged around 20, came near her and tried to hug her, Shivaji Nagar police station inspector Vishwas Walvi said.

         Cong appoints five new PCC chiefs    
NEW DELHI: In a major reshuffle ahead of possible elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president at the AICC session next month, Congress today appointed five new PCC chiefs and one regional Congress Committee President. The reshuffle had a clear imprint of Rahul Gandhi in handing over Ajay Maken the state leadership in Delhi, Ashok Chavan in Maharashtra, Ghulam Ahmed Mir in Jammu and Kashmir Bharatsinh Solanki in Gujarat and Uttam Reddy in Telangana.

         Mayawati opposes Sayeed's statement    
NEW DELHI: Opposing Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's statement crediting Pakisatn and Hurriyat for the smooth conduct of Assembly elections in the state, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said the credit should go to the Election Commission.

         I don't believe in VIP culture, says Maha CM Fadnavis    
MUMBAI: A day after traffic policemen stalled movement of public vehicles to make way for his convoy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to people and insisted that he shuns VIP culture.

         Fire in gas pipeline in Telangana    
NEW DELHI: A fire broke out in a natural gas pipeline that ferries gas from Reliance Industries' eastern offshore KG-D6 field in Telangana on Monday. No loss of life or injury has been reported.

         All stories about crisis in AAP imaginary: Yadav    
NEW DELHI: Amid the on-going rumbling within the AAP, senior party leader Yogendra Yadav Monday said all the stories on the crisis in the party are "imaginary" and it was time to work after the big victory in the polls and not indulge in "small acts".

         Hindus should not watch films of Khans: Sadhvi Prachi    
NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sadhvi Prachi stirred another controversy with her statement that Hindus should boycott movies by Khan actors in Bollywood as they promote 'Love Jihad'.

         Pak, militants allowed conducive atmosphere for polls: Mufti    
JAMMU: Soon after taking oath, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today stoked a controversy saying Hurriyat, militant outfits and "people from across the border", an oblique reference to Pakistan, allowed conducive atmosphere for assembly polls, drawing sharp reaction from NC leader Omar Abdullah who demanded that BJP clarify its stand.

         Woman accused of theft thrashed by cop, video goes viral    
JALGAON: A woman, accused of stealing jewellery of a passenger at a bus stand, was beaten up in full public view allegedly by a policeman, a video of which has gone viral. The incident took place late last month but came to light when the video got circulated on social media.

         At party meet, Arvind Kejriwal wanted to quit as AAP national convener    
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal had tendered his resignation as party's national convener in the National Executive meeting held on Thursday, party sources said, a move which was vehemently opposed by members. The sources said Kejriwal was upset after a section of leaders raised the issue of him playing dual role of the Delhi Chief Minister and the party convener. Kejriwal is believed to have demanded more freedom to run the party.

         PDP-BJP government to examine need for denotifying disturbed areas: CMP    
JAMMU: Mufi Mohammad Sayeed government will examine need for denotifying disturbed areas with regard to AFSPA, according to the common minimum programme (CMP) of PDP-BJP alliance. The PDP-BJP government will take measures for sustenance and livelihood of refugees from West Pakistan, the alliance’s agenda for governance said.

         Rapist can be awarded lesser punishment for special reasons: SC    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has said that a rape convict can be awarded lesser punishment if courts find "adequate and special" reasons for doing so. Though a bench of justices M Y Eqbal and Pinaki Chandra Ghose upheld the conviction of Madhya Pradesh resident Ravindra in a 20-year-old rape case, it allowed him to walk free after imposing a jail term already undergone by him.

         Swine flu claims one more life in WB, toll rises to eight    
KOLKATA: Swine flu has claimed one more life in West Bengal, taking the toll to eight since January this year even as three fresh cases were reported in the state, a senior health official said Sunday. A child who was admitted to the BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on February 12 died on Saturday. His condition was quite critical and was put under ventilation since then. We have eight deaths due to swine flu in the state since January this year,” Principal Secretary (Health and Family We

         Bharatsinh Solanki made Gujarat Congress President    
AHMEDABAD: Former Union Minister Bharatsinh Solanki was today made Gujarat Pradesh Congress President, replacing Arjun Modhwadia who had resigned after the party scored a duck in the state in Lok Sabha polls last year. Solanki is the son of former Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki who had built the KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi, Muslim) coalition which had paid rich dividends to the party during his tenure.

         Congress, CPI(M) hit out at PDP-BJP alliance in J&K    
NEW DELHI: Congress on Sunday took a dig at the PDP-BJP alliance, saying that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed should be “careful” about the conversion agenda being pursued by the saffron party. “It was less a swearing-in ceremony, more a national executive committee meeting of the BJP held in Jammu,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

         Rahul took 'too long to emerge': Book    
NEW DELHI: In the midst of an intense debate over Rahul Gandhi's future role in Congress, a new book says the young leader took "too long to emerge" and describes his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign as "the worst" in living memory. In the soon-to-be-released "Mandate: Will of the People" on India's recent political history, veteran journalist Vir Sanghvi looks at issues like Sonia Gandhi's refusal to become Prime Minister in 2004, and Rahul's ambivalence on major issues paving the way

         Omar congratulates Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on becoming J-K CM    
JAMMU: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday congratulated Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on succeeding him as the head of the state government.

         PDP-BJP Govt formed in Jammu and Kashmir    
JAMMU: Ending 49-days of Governor rule, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday got a new government with veteran PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed taking oath as Chief Minister of a 25-member cabinet which marked the entry of BJP for the first time in the state government.

         Filmmaker Prakash Mehra's son Amit Mehra passes away    
MUMBAI: Amit Mehra, son of producer-director Prakash Mehra died today morning after suffering a cardiac attack. He was 40. "Sad news producer-director Prakash Mehra's son Amit passed away today morning," a source close to the family said. Prakash' other sons are Sumeet and Puneet Mehra.

         Petrol-diesel price hiked    
NEW DELHI: Petrol price was today hiked by Rs 3.18 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.09, the second increase in rates this month on rising international oil rates.

         Manmohan says budget lacks clear roadmap    
NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the budget reflected lot of “good intentions” of the NDA government but it lacked any clear roadmap to achieve the goals.

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