Evartha English http://www.evartha.in/english Breaking News India, Current News, Today’s News Headlines, Live News Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:31:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 13 reported killed in Barcelona as Van mows down crowd http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/18/13-reported-killed-in-barcelona-as-van-mows-down-crowd.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/18/13-reported-killed-in-barcelona-as-van-mows-down-crowd.html#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:21:56 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26162 Barcelona: A van ploughed into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media reported at least 13 …

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Barcelona: A van ploughed into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media reported at least 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack. The death toll was reported by Cadena Ser radio, citing police sources.

Police said some people were dead and injured but did not confirm the number of casualties. They said were searching for the driver of the van.

Spanish newspaper El Periodico said two armed men were holed up in a bar in Barcelona’s city center, and reported gunfire in the area, although it did not cite the source of the information. It was not immediately clear whether the incidents were connected.

A source familiar with the initial U.S. government assessment said the incident appeared to be terrorism, and a White House spokeswoman said president Donald Trump was being kept abreast of the situation.

Media reports said the van had zigzagged at speed down the famous Las Ramblas avenue, a magnet for tourists.

“I heard screams and a bit of a crash and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that,” eyewitness Tom Gueller told the BBC.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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Corporates donated Rs 957cr to political parties in 4 years, BJP got lion’s share: report http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/18/corporates-donated-rs-957cr-to-political-parties-in-4-years-bjp-got-lions-share-report.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/18/corporates-donated-rs-957cr-to-political-parties-in-4-years-bjp-got-lions-share-report.html#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:24:42 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26165 New Delhi: Corporate houses have donated a total of Rs 956.77 crore to national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16,constituting 89 …

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New Delhi: Corporate houses have donated a total of Rs 956.77 crore to national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16,constituting 89 percent of the total contribution from known sources, with BJP receiving the maximum Rs 705.81 crore, says a report.

Among the national parties, the BJP received the maximum donations of Rs 705.81 crore from 2,987 corporate donors followed by INC (Indian National Congress) which received Rs 198.16 crore from 167 corporate donors, the report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said Thursday, citing filings of political parties made to the Election Commission.

NCP received Rs 50.73 crore, followed by CPM (INR 1.89 crore) and CPI (INR 0.18 crore). BSP was not considered for analysis in the report as the party has declared that it received no voluntary contributions above Rs 20,000 from any donor between 2012-13 and 2015-16.

“Between 2012-13 and 2015-16, five national parties received a total of Rs 1,070.68 crore via voluntary contributions above Rs 20,000 out of which 89 percent of INR 956.77 crore was from corporates/business houses,” ADR said.

According to an earlier report by ADR, various business houses donated a total of Rs 378.89 crore to national parties, constituting 87 percent of the total contribution from known sources in eight years, between financial years 2004-05 and 2011-12.

(With agency inputs)

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Tragic accident; Former Kerala politician dies after falling off moving car in UAE http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/18/tragic-accident-former-kerala-politician-dies-after-falling-off-moving-car-in-uae.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/18/tragic-accident-former-kerala-politician-dies-after-falling-off-moving-car-in-uae.html#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:30:03 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26167 Dubai: A 40-year-old Indian woman politician died in a tragic accident after falling from a moving car and hitting her …

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Dubai: A 40-year-old Indian woman politician died in a tragic accident after falling from a moving car and hitting her head on a lamppost in Sharjah, a media report said Thursday. Sunitha Prashanth, who hails from Kerala’s Kasaragod district, died on the spot on Tuesday, Khaleej Times reported.

Sunitha, who had been working as a beautician in a salon in Sharjah for the last five years, was a councilor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kasaragod municipality and was a candidate in the Uduma constituency during the state assembly polls in 2011, said Ganesh Aramanganam, president of Indian People’s Forum in Sharjah.

She lived along with other colleagues in an apartment in the same building housing the salon, Ganesh said.

“On Tuesday, as there was pesticide sprayed in their flat, they were advised to stay away for some three hours. So the owner of the salon took all the staff in her car on a trip. “As they were traveling on Dhaid Road, the car’s door opened and Sunitha fell out of the car. Unfortunately, her head hit on a lamppost and died on the spot,” the report said, quoting sources as saying.

The owner of the salon, who was driving the car, looked back to see what happened, the vehicle swerved off the road and crashed into the divider, injuring all others in the car, Ganesh said.

The woman owner of the salon has been detained by the police, Ganesh said, adding that Sunitha’s body is in the morgue of Dhaid Hospital.

“Her head was totally smashed up on impact,” he added.

Sunitha was very active in Kerala politics and chose to come to the UAE five years ago due to her family’s financial issues after she got the job offer through a friend.

In Sharjah, she used to attend the meetings of the Indian People’s Forum. She is survived by husband and two children.

“Her husband was in Kerala, but came here on a three- month visit last month. He was staying in a room in Bur Dubai,” Ganesh said.

The body will be repatriated to her hometown once the legal formalities are over, he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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Brinda Karat bats for legal backing of menstrual leave http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/brinda-karat-bats-for-legal-backing-of-menstrual-leave.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/brinda-karat-bats-for-legal-backing-of-menstrual-leave.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:18:24 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26147 Hyderabad: Senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat has pitched for legal backing to menstrual leave for women employees, amid a debate …

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Hyderabad: Senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat has pitched for legal backing to menstrual leave for women employees, amid a debate on the issue.

She said that an employer should be legally bound to give menstrual leave to women employees.

“There should be a provision legally for menstrual leave and the (woman) employee can decide whether she wants to avail it or not,” Karat told PTI over the phone.

“Menstrual patterns differ, so it should be left to the employee,” the partys politburo member said.

“The employer should be legally bound to give menstrual leave over and above the leave rights of all employees,” Karat said.

The Kerala government last week said it would formulate a common stand on granting menstrual leave to its employees after considering various aspects of the issue.

“Women are suffering from various physical difficulties during the time of menstruation. Now, debates on period leave are coming up. Serious debates should happen on the matter considering menstruation as a biological process,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in the state Assembly.

In a first in Kerala, a leading media group had introduced period leave for women employees in its TV news channel.

(With PTI inputs)

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ISL; Kerala Blasters partners with Hyderabad Football Academy http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/isl-kerala-blasters-partners-with-hyderabad-football-academy.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/isl-kerala-blasters-partners-with-hyderabad-football-academy.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:54:37 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26144 Hyderabad: Kerala Blasters FC, a team that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL), Wednesday announced a partnership with city-based …

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Hyderabad: Kerala Blasters FC, a team that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL), Wednesday announced a partnership with city-based Hyderabad Football Academy (HFA) to nurture talent at the grassroots.

“We will give opportunity to the aspiring players trained by HFA to play in Kerala Blasters Football Club one day (some time in future). We will give technical support to the players being trained by HFA,” Nimmagadda Prasad, co-owner of Kerala Blasters, told reporters here.

The other co-owners of KBFC include cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and mega star of Telugu films Chiranjeevi.

HFA Founder Mohammed Atif Hyder said over 300 students belonging to different schools are being trained by his Academy.

The HFAs aim is to see that a few players from the city make it to the KBFC and also to the national side, he said.

KBFCs coaches would train their counterparts at HFA and the Academy would send its interested trainees for residential training, he said.

About five of its trainees are in the race for a a berth in the KBFCs team, the HFA Founder added.

(With PTI inputs)

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Noted lawyer and former AG of Kerala M K Damodaran departs at 70 http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/noted-lawyer-and-former-ag-of-kerala-m-k-damodaran-departs-at-70.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/noted-lawyer-and-former-ag-of-kerala-m-k-damodaran-departs-at-70.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:30:55 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26141 Kochi: M K Damodaran who was noted lawyer and former Advocate General (AG) of Kerala passed away at a private …

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Kochi: M K Damodaran who was noted lawyer and former Advocate General (AG) of Kerala passed away at a private hospital here on Wednesday. He was 70.

Damodaran has been undergoing treatment for age-related ailments. He occupied the post of Advocate General during the tenure of E K Nayanar-led LDF Government.

He, who maintained a close bond with Pinarayi Vijayan, had appeared on his behalf in the SNC-Lavalin case. After the present Pinarayi Vijayan-led Government assumed office, Damodaran was considered for the legal advisor to the CM.

However, questions were raised about his appointment since he was appearing against state government is some cases. Though an order was issued, he did not accept it after his appointment raked up debates and controversies.

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Hadiya case: SC orders NIA probe into annulment of marriage http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/hadiya-case-sc-orders-nia-probe-into-annulment-of-marriage.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/hadiya-case-sc-orders-nia-probe-into-annulment-of-marriage.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:53:33 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26133 New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the issue raised by a Muslim …

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the issue raised by a Muslim man whose marriage with Kottayam-native woman was annulled by the Kerala High Court that described it as a case of “love jihad”.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud on Wednesday said that retired Supreme Court judge RV Raveendran would monitor the probe by the NIA.

The court also said that it would call in Hadiya, earlier known as Akhila, to hear her version before delivering the verdict in the case.

The apex court had earlier directed the Kerala Police to render “all assistance” to the NIA in ascertaining whether there is any wider amplitude to the issue raised by complainant Shafin Jahan.

Hadiya, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.

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Actress adduction case; Pulsar Suni’s remand extended http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/actress-adduction-case-pulsar-sunis-remand-extended.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/actress-adduction-case-pulsar-sunis-remand-extended.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:30:20 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26136 Kochi: The Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday extended the remand term of Sunil Kumar alias Pulsar Suni, the …

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Kochi: The Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday extended the remand term of Sunil Kumar alias Pulsar Suni, the main accused in the actress attack case, till August 30.

The case pertains to alleged attack on another actress in 2011.

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Pulsar Suni not produced before the court fearing to reveal the name of ‘Madam,’ says his lawyer Aloor http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/pulsar-suni-not-produced-before-the-court-fearing-to-reveal-the-name-of-madam-says-his-lawyer-aloor.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/pulsar-suni-not-produced-before-the-court-fearing-to-reveal-the-name-of-madam-says-his-lawyer-aloor.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:05:07 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26138 Kochi: Actress abduction and rape case prime accused Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni was not produced before the Angamaly court …

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Kochi: Actress abduction and rape case prime accused Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni was not produced before the Angamaly court today while the probing team fetched an extended period of remand time till August 30.

Earlier, Suni had claimed that he will make crucial revelations about the actress attack case, including the name of the ‘madam’ involved in the conspiracy before the Angamaly court.

B A Aloor, lawyer of Suni alleged that the accused was not taken to Angamaly Court over ‘fear’ that he will reveal some names. He also said that Suni had told him about the ‘madam’, though he cannot reveal it now.

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After 11-hour long operation, two-year-old toddler rescued from borewell http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/after-11-hour-long-operation-two-year-old-toddler-rescued-from-borewell.html http://www.evartha.in/english/2017/08/16/after-11-hour-long-operation-two-year-old-toddler-rescued-from-borewell.html#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:46:13 +0000 http://www.evartha.in/english/?p=26123 Guntur: A two-year-old boy, who fell into a borewell in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, was rescued after an 11-hour long …

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Guntur: A two-year-old boy, who fell into a borewell in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, was rescued after an 11-hour long operation, police said on Wednesday.

Chandrasekhar, who fell in the abandoned borewell around 5 p.m. on Tuesday was brought out alive by the rescue workers around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

The toddler was stuck at a depth of 15 feet. He sustained minor injuries on his hands. After first aid by a mobile medical team, he was handed over to his parents.

According to doctors, the child is in good condition.

The joy of the parent’s — Mallikarjuna Rao and Anusha — knew no bounds. With tears of joy filling their eyes, they thanked rescue workers with folded hands. “There is God who saved our son,” screamed Anusha.

The boy slipped into the borewell in a field in Ummadivaram village in Vinukonda ‘mandal’ while playing near the pit, which was left uncovered.

Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force, police and other rescue workers were pressed into service.

They inserted oxygen tubes into the pit to help the child breathe and used cameras to ascertain the depth at which he was stuck.

The rescue workers with earth movers dug a 30-feet crater parallel to the borewell. After ascertaining the boy’s position, they made a hole at a depth of 22 feet and pulled the boy out.

Agriculture Minister P Pulla Rao, who supervised the rescue operation, termed it “a miracle”.

(With IANS inputs)

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