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BJP-RSS hold statewide agitation as devotees are detained

A large number of BJP and RSS workers protested outside the official residence of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan late on Sunday night against the detention of over 30 people at the Sabarimala temple

14-year-old shot accidentally at religious event in UP

A minor boy was shot dead in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh round midnight during a religious congregation, police said on Monday.

RBI board meeting on Monday; likely to reach common ground on some key issues

The ongoing rift with the government is set to play out at the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) crucial board meeting Monday, with the finance ministry nominees and some independent directors expected to take on governor Urjit Patel and his team over issues ranging from MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) credit to the central bank's reserves, though both sides are in favour of reaching a common ground.

Two-yr-old girl kidnapped, raped in Delhi; 1 arrested

A two-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a man, who then left her near the railway tracks of Old Delhi Railway Station, police said on Sunday. The accused, a 24-year-old drug addict, was arrested Sunday morning, they said. The girl was allegedly kidnapped by the accused on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday while she was sleeping with her mother on a footpath in a north Delhi area, a senior police officer.

Congress says Kesri belonged to OBC, targets PM Modi

The Congress attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday after he claimed that its former president Sitaram Kesri came from "a dalit and exploited community", saying Kesri belonged to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and was not a dalit. "Kesri was a Bania OBC from Bihar and not a Dalit. However, when has the PM allowed facts or truth to stand in the way?" Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted, tagging a news report on Modi's speech in Chhattisgarh.

Marathas to get reservation in jobs, education institutes: Maharashtra CM

The Maharashtra government has accepted the State Backward Class Commission's report and decided to give quota in jobs and educational institutes to the Maratha community, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Sunday. The reservation will be granted to the community under a new category called 'Socially and Educationally Backward Class' (SEBC) as per the recommendation of the commission, he said.

Amarinder Singh suspects ISI hand in Amritsar 'terror' attack

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday suspected Pakistan's ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terrorists' role in the Amritsar terror attack that killed three persons and injured twenty others. Amarinder also vowed that he would not let the "forces of terror" destroy the state's "hard-earned peace". "The possibility of involvement of ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terror groups could not be ruled out (in the Amritsar terror attack)," said Amarinder Singh in an official statement, adding the forensic teams have been rushed to the spot and "all angles were being investigated".

Raj polls: Ex-Congress MLA joins BJP after son denied ticket

Former Congress MLA Mamta Sharma Sunday joined the ruling BJP in Rajasthan after her son was denied a ticket by the Congress in the upcoming state assembly polls. Sharma met Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje here and announced her joining the party.

Taj Mahal in trouble over Hindu prayers and namaaz

The continuing tug-of-war between Hindutva and Muslim groups over conducting 'puja-arti' and offering 'namaz' inside the Taj Mahal premises is causing concern to tourism circles in Agra. Industry leaders fear that the dispute could trigger communal a flare-up in Agra, India's most popular destination.

TN cyclone toll rises to 45, opposition alleges poor relief work

The death toll due to the severe cyclone Gaja that devastated several districts in Tamil Nadu two days ago has risen to 45 and damaged 117,624 houses, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said in Sunday. Opposition leaders have criticized what they say was the government's apathy in reaching out relief materials like food, drinking water and other material to the cyclone affected areas.

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