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Demons rule garba, says imam; tension bedevils festival
Just four days before Navratri, great unease has begun developing around the festive mood. Sufi Imam Mehndi Hussain — famous for having his offer of a skullcap rebuffed by Narendra Modi in 2011 — has said that the garba has been taken over by demons. Hussain, a cleric in a Kheda village, said: "Garba is not a religious festival but entertainment for rakshasas."
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:40:14 GMT)

Wanting to return, Mumbai man lands up in Iraq prison
Mohsin Yusuf Sheikh from Mumbai, working in Irbil since June 2013, is languishing in an Iraqi jail just because he asked his employer for leave.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:16:03 GMT)

CBI arrests stockbroker and builder in AT Group scam
The CBI, which is probing the multi-crore chit fund scams in the state, arrested a Mumbai-based stockbroker and a Bhubaneswar-based builder for their alleged complicity in the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group fraud on Sunday.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:14:25 GMT)

SC order puts 40 medical colleges in quandry
Nearly 40 medical colleges, including at five from Tamil Nadu, are finding themselves in a catch-22 situation.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:12:20 GMT)

Tamil Nadu records second highest number of human trafficking cases
For the last three years, Tamil Nadu has been among the five states that registered the highest number of cases of human trafficking.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:10:39 GMT)

VoIP calls by Kalyan youths fox investigators
Six months after four youths from Kalyan allegedly joined militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), security agency officials have expressed helplessness at having to depend totally on families of the three surviving youths for every scrap of information.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:09:17 GMT)

Court, NCW should probe JU fracas: BJP
BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Sunday called for an inquiry by the judiciary or by the National Commission for Women (NCW) into the police crackdown on students at Jadavpur University.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:08:53 GMT)

Insurance company has to reveal claim computation
Right to information is recognized under the Consumer Protection Act
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:54:43 GMT)

NC worker killed, Pak flags in Lal Chowk
Kashmiris reeling under the impact of the worst floods in a century received another jolt when a National Conference worker was killed by terrorists in Srinagar on Sunday.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:50:17 GMT)

Despite odds, we did good job in J&K: NDRF chief
Till 2012, people had either never heard of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) or associated it with everything that was wrong with the system: what with NDMA, its parent organization, becoming a rehabilitation ground for out-of-job politicians and retired bureaucrats.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:36:22 GMT)

N-liability law boomerangs, spooks domestic suppliers
Indian nuclear authorities are facing a unique problem – domestic companies are unwilling to supply components for nuclear power plants, which could spark a crisis sooner or later.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:23:11 GMT)

Modi-Israeli PM Netanyahu meet likely
India and Israel are working to stitch a meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Both sides appear to be keen on it, the only trouble is to match the schedules of both leaders.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:19:22 GMT)

NGO: J&K authorities holding up relief material
Several tons of relief material are held up at Srinagar airport by the anti-hijacking squad of J&K police, said Kashmir Volunteers in Delhi Flood Relief (KVFDR), a group of Kashmiri students in Delhi.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:16:10 GMT)

Many put weddings on hold in J&K
The devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir that forced people to put their lives on hold, has also hit wedding plans for many in the valley.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:14:14 GMT)

Short of oxygen supply, lone Srinagar hospital strives to stay afloat
Being the only functional hospital in Srinagar, SKIMS has been coping up with a three-fold increase in emergency patients and cases it did not have specialty in, in the face of dwindling oxygen and food supplies.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:03:29 GMT)

Chinese incursion: 15 battalions in Ladakh on high alert
Indian Army is keeping its 15 battalions as well as “reserve units” in eastern Ladakh on “high alert” to counter the People’s Liberation Army in the ongoing shadow-boxing taking place in the high-altitude region to strengthen claims to disputed areas.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:46:57 GMT)

16-year trend of poor monsoon in Punjab, Haryana
Experts are divided over why rains have been consistently failing in the region but the trend has dire implications for agriculture, which relies heavily on groundwater.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:20:32 GMT)

BJP fields 2 Muslims, hopes to win Mewat
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement exalting the patriotism of Indian Muslims, the party named two Muslim candidates in Mewat district, which is dominated by Meo Muslims.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:20:00 GMT)

Eye on saffron camp, but little hope for Cong-NCP
Congress and NCP were staring at a break-off with the two sides not able to resolve their differences even on Sunday.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:13:50 GMT)

Cong, NCP too won’t budge, head for split
Congress and NCP were staring at a break-off with the two sides not able to resolve their differences even on Sunday.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:13:50 GMT)

India’s innovations at IIT social summit
India put its innovations on display at the Social Good Summit (SGS) on September 21 and 22 during which the United Nations general assembly has been in session.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:08:40 GMT)

BJP prepares for life after Sena, but keeps door open
Reconciled to the near inevitable break-up with the Shiv Sena, BJP rolled out a plan to contest all 288 seats in Maharashtra with its smaller allies.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:45:14 GMT)

Binny refutes charges, calls it Kejriwal’s plot
Former Aam Aadmi Party member, Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, refuted the charges levelled against him by AAP leader Alka Lamba, calling it a “huge conspiracy” against him by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:44:18 GMT)

CBI ‘hindsight’ led to its U-turn on RComm in 2G case
The chargesheet was based on the premise that Reliance had floated Swan Telecom as a front to bypass a restriction on more than one company from the same group holding a licence in the same area.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:33:07 GMT)

Rattled Trinamool to rally on Monday, Partha meets governor
It’s clear that Saturday’s street show of solidarity and camaraderie by a sea of protesters against the police action in JU — and governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s assurance of taking a call on selecting the university’s vice-chancellor in a few days — has rattled the state government. To counter this “apolitical” movement, Trinamool Congress has chalked out plans to organize a “counter-rally” on Monday, helmed by academicians and intellectuals close to the party.
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:26:12 GMT)

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