5th Shabanul Mujam 1436 | Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rs.100 cr spent by pol parties in by-elections, allege election watch

Ennikala Nigha Vedika (Election Watch Forum) chairman Justice Ambati Lakshmana Rao has alleged that the main political parties have distributed Rs 100 crore to influence the voters in the seven constituencies that went to polls yesterday in the State.

No compromise on Telangana: KK

Congress senior leader K Kesava Rao has said that he had no regrets that he did not get extension of Rajya Sabha membership and added that he knew all along that he would not be re-nominated.

I will voice Telangana in my own style: Renuka

Senior Congress leader Renuka Choudary has claimed that she was the daughter of Telangana and would voice Telangana sentiments in her own style.

Talking to the media after getting party nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat, the fire-brand Renuka said the Congress High Command has selected her for the Upper House, in view of the party’s needs at the national level.


Ration cards benefit 29.61-lakh families

A total of 29,61,454 ration cards were issued during Phase I and II of the Racchabanda programme as a result of which an equal number of families were benefited.

This was disclosed by the Minister for Civil Supplies, Mr. D. Sridhar Babu in the State Assembly in a written reply to a question. While 5,41,964 ration cards were issued during Phase I of the Racchabanda programme, 24,19,490 cards were issued during the Phase II of the programme, he explained.

Father films teen daughter in shower

In a horrific case, it has been found that a father had set up secret cameras in the family bathroom and filmed his teenage daughters in the shower.

The 50-year-old man had about 2,000 porn files in his computer, which were discovered when the police raided his home in June last year,

The man was going through marital issues and he had tried to get rid of his addiction twice by throwing his hard drive away but he was not able to beat it.

The father of the unsuspecting daughters could not explain why he had installed the cameras or downloaded the shower images.

SC throws out petition against Shah Rukh Khan’s Mannat

Observing that Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan cannot be targeted merely because of his celebrity status, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition accusing him of building his palatial Mumbai bungalow Mannat in violation of various laws.

A bench of justices DK Jain and AR Dave felt had the petitioners brought to its notice similar purported violations by others in the area, it could have examined the issue, but as the petition was solely aimed against Shah Rukh there was no reason for it to interfere.

Quota for all Muslims untenable

The Samajwadi Party may have promised 18% reservation for Muslims in UP, but the same is not possible nationally. Speaking on the subject, vice-chancellor designate of Nalsar Prof Faizan Mustafa said here on Monday that while reservation based on religion is not unconstitutional, a blanket reservation for the entire Muslim community is not justified.

Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

A Turkish cybersquatter has registered at least a dozen variants of Pope Benedict's name as .xxx internet domains and is using them to promote Islam.

Cybersquatted sites including PopeBenedict.xxx currently proclaim "Everyone will find Islam" alongside pictures of the Quran and Kaaba.

Unsurprisingly, the sites also state that "This Web Site is For Sale".

SC to hear Vodafone 11000 cr tax case today

The Supreme Court will hear the government’s appeal in the Rs 11,000 crore Vodafone tax case on Tuesday.

The government has filed a review petition asking the court to reconsider its verdict delivered in January which gave its order in favour of Vodafone and helped improve foreign investor confidence.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the General Budget had proposed amendments in the Income Tax Act with retrospective effect from 1962 to bring into net overseas deals concerning domestic assets.

RBI asks banks to update Al Qaida list

The Reserve Bank on Monday asked all banks to update the Al Qaida sanctions list as per the new United Nations circular.

"State and Central co-operative banks and regional rural banks are required to update the list of individuals/entities as circulated by the Reserve Bank and before opening any new account, it should be ensured that the name/s of the proposed customer does not appear in the list," a notification from the central bank said.

The RBI also made public the list of entities and individuals it has received from the foreign ministry.

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