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BMC: Suspense over alignments remain, Cong says won't back SenaNewly-elected Shiv Sena corporators meet party president Uddhav Thackeray with son Aditya Thackeray at Shiv Sena Bhavan in Mumbai on Saturday. PTI

BMC: Suspense over alignments remain, Cong says won't back Sena

25 Feb 2017 | 9:22 PM

MUMBAI: The suspense over alignment of parties for controlling the Mumbai civic body continued on Saturday, with the Congress ruling out support to the Shiv Sena which said it had not approached the party either while the BJP refusing to accept the Congress' backing.

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Mumbai, February 25

The suspense over alignment of parties for controlling the Mumbai civic body continued on Saturday, with the Congress ruling out support to the Shiv Sena which said it had not approached the party either while the BJP refusing to accept the Congress' backing.

Earlier, some Congress sources said thinking was strong in the party's state unit that it should consider the option of enabling the Shiv Sena to have its Mayor, as a tactical move to sharpen the rift between the Sena and the BJP.

Final decision would be taken by the Congress' central leadership, they said.

Neither the Sena, which emerged as the single largest party after February 21 election to 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation by winning 84 seats, nor the BJP which won 82 seats can come to power on its own in the cash-rich civic body with the `magic number' being 114.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said the party will not back the Shiv Sena, contrary to the speculation.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said BJP will not have any post-poll understanding with Congress (which is in the third position with 31 seats), and also not abandon the ‘transparency’ agenda on which it had targeted the Sena during the bitterly-fought election.

"Let those who want to align with Congress do so. The BJP is a party which fights ideology with ideology. Whether we bag power (in BMC) or not, we will never go with Congress," he said.

The Sena today claimed it had 89 corporators, with some independents extending support to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

"I can say that we have secured the maximum number of corporators and the Mayor will be only from the Shiv Sena. The reports that we sought support from the Congress are not true," Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. — PTI

NIA court defers pronouncement of verdict in Ajmer Dargah blast case to March 8

NIA court defers pronouncement of verdict in Ajmer Dargah blast case to March 8

25 Feb 2017 | 4:18 PM

JAIPUR: A special court trying the 2007 explosion that killed three people and injured 15 at Ajmer Dargah on Saturday put off its verdict to March 8.

Muslim group offers Rs 10 lakh bounty for Fateh's beheading

Muslim group offers Rs 10 lakh bounty for Fateh's beheading

25 Feb 2017 | 9:24 PM

BAREILLY:A Muslim organisation here has declared a bounty of Rs 10 lakh for anyone beheading Canadian Muslim activist Tarek Fateh for allegedly professing "un-Islamic" views in a TV programme.

Defamation case: Kejriwal moves HC seeking Jaitley's financial records

Defamation case: Kejriwal moves HC seeking Jaitley's financial records

25 Feb 2017 | 7:41 PM

NEW DELHI:Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday moved the Delhi High Court seeking details of bank accounts, tax returns and other financial records of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has filed a defamation suit against him.

Irani refers to K'taka diary issue, claims it mentions 'RG'

25 Feb 2017 | 8:33 PM

AMETHI: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday cited a media report to claim that diaries seized during an IT raid on a Congress leader in Karnataka had mention of 'RG' and sought to know whom it refers to.

Police foil D-Gang contract killing believed have been ordered from Pakistan

25 Feb 2017 | 7:46 PM

RAJKOT: A paid assassin and three other people from Mumbai gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s gang were arrested on Saturday while they were on their way to kill a businessman from Gujarat’s Jamnagar on the underworld don’s brother Anees Ibrahim’s orders.

Rawat govt misappropriated disaster relief funds: BJP leader

Rawat govt misappropriated disaster relief funds: BJP leader

25 Feb 2017 | 5:44 PM

DEHRADUN: A BJP leader and RTI activist on Saturday accused the Harish Rawat government of paying Rs 47.19 lakh out of disaster relief funds to a firm, in which singer Kailash Kher has a stake, for a tourism video featuring cricketer Virat Kohli.

DMK objects to Jaya's portraits in govt offices

DMK objects to Jaya's portraits in govt offices

25 Feb 2017 | 7:18 PM

CHENNAI:The DMK on Saturday called for the removal of portraits of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from government offices, saying she was convicted in an assets case.

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation

25 Feb 2017 | 7:18 PM

NEW YORK: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, are using artificial intelligence called fuzzy logic to get drones to navigate and land themselves on moving platforms without any help.

Censor board responsible for preserving India's culture: Nihalani

Censor board responsible for preserving India's culture: Nihalani

25 Feb 2017 | 7:12 PM

MUMBAI:Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani on Saturday that the film body is not only responsible for giving certificates to films, but is also accountable for preserving the culture and tradition of India.

Donkey, Kasab, kabutar: UP’s phase-V campaign touches a new low

Donkey, Kasab, kabutar: UP’s phase-V campaign touches a new low

25 Feb 2017 | 6:14 PM

LUCKNOW:The high-decibel campaign for the fifth phase of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which had touched a new low by a free flow of scornful words like "donkey, Kasab and kabootar", came to a close this evening.

Thackeray under pressure to act against ministers

25 Feb 2017 | 6:05 PM

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is under pressure from party workers to act against several ministers who failed to deliver in the recently-concluded civic and zilla parishad elections in Maharashtra.

Slain woman intruder was mentally ill: Pakistan media report

Slain woman intruder was mentally ill: Pakistan media report

25 Feb 2017 | 5:14 PM

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani woman, who was shot dead when she allegedly tried to infiltrate into Indian territory along the International Border, was mentally ill, a media report said.

Kolkata American Centre shooting suspect arrested

25 Feb 2017 | 5:00 PM

GAYA: A suspect in the 2002 shooting at the American Centre in Kolkata that had killed six people has been arrested from Gaya in Bihar, police said on Saturday.

IAS body demands CBI probe, release of Bihar commission chairman

25 Feb 2017 | 3:21 PM

PATNA: The IAS Officers’ Association of Bihar fumed over the arrest of Bihar Staff Service Commission (BSSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar in connection with the question paper leak in the Commission, while it demanded his immediate release and a CBI probe in the matter.

Pakistan rails against India’s ‘unlawful occupation’ of Kashmir

Pakistan rails against India’s ‘unlawful occupation’ of Kashmir

25 Feb 2017 | 12:10 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has asked India to end its “unlawful occupation” of Kashmir in its own interest, warning any delay in the settlement of the lingering dispute could spell “disaster” for regional peace.

Ruckus in Odisha Assembly over Modi’s poverty jibe

25 Feb 2017 | 3:46 PM

BHUBANESWAR: Demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark over poverty in Odisha, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Congress members on Saturday created a ruckus in the state Assembly.

BSP can enter into understanding with BJP to stop SP: Akhilesh

BSP can enter into understanding with BJP to stop SP: Akhilesh

25 Feb 2017 | 2:57 PM

SIDDHARTHNAGAR: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturtoday said the BSP can enter into an understanding with the BJP anytime as they are concentrating on ensuring that the SP does not move ahead.

Kansas killing latest in series of tragedies to hit Telugus in US

Kansas killing latest in series of tragedies to hit Telugus in US

25 Feb 2017 | 3:03 PM

HYDERABAD: The killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla has come as yet another blow to the Telugu community in the US and has focused attention on a series of tragedies that have struck immigrants from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in recent times.

Five Maoists arrested in Jharkhand

25 Feb 2017 | 12:37 PM

RANCHI: Five Maoists were arrested from a shopping complex here, police said on Saturday.

Army jawan laid to rest at ancestral village

25 Feb 2017 | 2:37 PM

PALAKKAD: The body of Army jawan Sreejith M.J., who was among the three soldiers killed in a militant attack in Kashmir, was laid to rest with full state and military honours at his ancestral home in Paruthipully here on Saturday.

Price capping: High-end stents disappear from hospitals

Price capping: High-end stents disappear from hospitals

25 Feb 2017 | 2:19 PM

NEW DELHI:High quality new generation coronary stents being manufactured by top foreign firms are gradually disappearing from city hospitals.

Indian techie shot dead in US ‘hate crime’, friend hurt

Indian techie shot dead in US ‘hate crime’, friend hurt

25 Feb 2017 | 9:19 AM

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON:A 32-year-old Indian engineer was killed and another Indian man and an American were injured after a navy veteran yelling “get out of my country” and “terrorist” opened fire on them at a bar in Kansas City in an apparent racially-motivated hate crime.

Rs 2,000 features copied, warns IB

Rs 2,000 features copied, warns IB

25 Feb 2017 | 1:42 PM

NEW DELHI:Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operatives have managed to copy eight out of 10 security features in the new Rs 2,000 note, a joint report of the Intelligence Bureau and National Investigation Agency has alerted the government after last week’s seizure along the India-Bangladesh border.

India is America’s greatest strategic partner: Top US Governor

25 Feb 2017 | 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON: India is America’s “greatest” strategic ally and the country has been instrumental in helping the US build technology and medical professions, a top US Governor has said.

Zeliang appointed Finance Adviser to Nagaland govt

25 Feb 2017 | 1:03 PM

KOHIMA: Former Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang was on Saturday appointed Finance Adviser to the state government in the rank of a Cabinet Minister.

Best, worst of US to fore amid ‘hate crime’

Best, worst of US to fore amid ‘hate crime’

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

NEW YORK: The killing of an Indian-origin man shows the worst and the best of America — the undercurrent of bigotry and the heroism and the generosity, which are often the dominant traits.

Deceased’s kin blame Trump’s ‘hatred’ policy

Deceased’s kin blame Trump’s ‘hatred’ policy

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

HYDERABAD: Relatives of murdered engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla on Friday blamed US President Donald Trump for the “hate” crime in Kansas.

AFT upholds 3-yr jail term for Major

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has upheld sentence of a Major who was cashiered from service and awarded three years rigorous imprisonment by a general court martial (GCM) on charges that included abetting a soldier to set a Captain’s house afire, stealing his car, encouraging the soldier to desert and improperly borrowing money from a subordinate.

Valentine’s Day moral policing victim ends life

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

PALAKKAD (KERALA): A 22-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide after being assaulted and subjected to moral policing on Valentine’s Day by a group of men who also circulated a video of his ordeal.

Sultanpur Sadar: UP’s bellwether seatASSEMBLY POLL 2017

Sultanpur Sadar: UP’s bellwether seat

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

SULTANPUR: Booked for murdering a woman who had charged him with rape in 2013, Samajwadi Party’s sitting MLA from Sultanpur Sadar Arun Kumar Verma is currently under rough weather in this “lucky” bellwether seat of UP.

Sting op: DEOs told to book 3 UP candidates

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

LUCKNOW: The District Election Officers (DEOs) of Moradabad and Agra have been instructed to file FIRs against three candidates involved in a sting operation.

For Phase V, BSP tops list of criminals and crorepatis

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

LUCKNOW: In the fifth phase of UP election, the BSP has fielded maximum number of candidates with criminal cases and most crorepatis.

Cong, BJP woo Sena for tie-up in Mumbai

Cong, BJP woo Sena for tie-up in Mumbai

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena, which has emerged as the single largest party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, is being wooed by both Congress and the BJP for an alliance to control the richest civic body.

Bihar staff panel chief held for paper leak

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

PATNA: Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar was today arrested by a Special Investigation Team in connection with the paper leak scam in clerical-grade recruitment examination even as the IAS Officers’ Association demanded a CBI inquiry to ensure a fair probe.

BJP man who spent Rs 2 cr on election gets notice

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

GUWAHATI: The Returning Officer of the 48-Mao (ST) Assembly constituency in Manipur has issued a show-cause notice to BJP candidate Woba Joram for purportedly mentioning during a TV interview that he had already spent Rs 2.

Bombs found ahead of PM’s Manipur visit

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

IMPHAL: The police today recovered a hand grenade and a bomb from 2 districts of Manipur, a day ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the northeastern state to address a poll rally.

Kanpur train mishap was conspiracy: PM

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

Gonda (UP): The Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed, was a ‘conspiracy’ and the perpetrators carried it out ‘sitting across the border’ in Nepal, PM Narendra Modi said on Friday.

After Tirupati, KCR offers ‘gold moustache’

25 Feb 2017 | 1:34 AM

Warangal: Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday offered a gold moustache worth Rs 60,000 at Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy temple in Mahabubabad.

Bride decamps with jewellery on wedding night

25 Feb 2017 | 3:25 PM

KANPUR: A newly-wed woman in Sarojini Nagar here allegedly made off with nearly Rs 2.5 lakh worth of jewellery from her husband’s house on the first night of weeding, the police said on Saturday.

Separate earthquakes hit Arunachal, Tripura

25 Feb 2017 | 3:04 PM

AGARTALA: Two separate quakes of varying magnitude hit India’s northeastern region and Bangladesh on Saturday. There was no report of any major damage, officials said.

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