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SC stays HC order on Santhara

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed a Rajasthan High Court order which held that the Jain practice of Santhara amounted to suicide.

The apex court stayed the Rajasthan High Court order which declared Santhara as illegal under section 309 of the IPC (punishment for attempted suicide).

The high court had also held that any endorsement of Santhara by the members of the community amounted to abetment to suicide.

Cops hunt for killers of Kannada rationalist scholar

Dharwad (Karnataka): Working on certain leads, police have stepped up their hunt for the killers of renowned Kannada scholar-turned-rationalist M.M. Kalburgi, a senior official said on Monday.

"We are looking for an early breakthrough as our probe team is working on leads and clues from the crime scene with the help of CCTV footage obtained from the vicinity," Dharwad Police Commissioner Ravindra Prasad told IANS.

Dharwad is located about 430 km north of Bengaluru.

Violence will be dealt with strongly: Kerala minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Violence unleashed by any political party would be strongly dealt with, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Monday.

He made the comment after a high-level meeting here of senior police officials and bureaucrats to review the law and order situation after a series of political clashes, involving the RSS-BJP and CPI-M activists on the eve of Onam.

The law would be strictly adhered to and none would be spared if they indulge in activities that disturb the peace as was recently the case on account of political rivalry, he told reporters.

Teen suicides jolt Kashmir

By Shamshad Ali

Srinagar: After her wake-up knocks at Mohsin's (name changed) door in the morning got no response, the worried mother called her husband. The door, locked from inside, was then broken open and the 19-year-old was found dead in the room.

Odisha police arrest another godman, his two sons

Bhubaneswar: A self-styled godman and his two sons have been arrested following public outcry over his alleged wrong-doings and an FIR lodged by a social activist, police said on Monday.

Police arrested Surendranath Mishra and his sons from the controversial Trahi Achyut Ashram situated on the outskirts of state capital Bhubaneswar in the early hours of Monday. Police also reportedly seized two guns from the ashram.

On Sunday night, an irate mob barged into the ashram, set vehicles on fire, and burnt down houses and other assets in the premises.

Andhra legislature pays tributes to Kalam

Hyderabad: Both houses of the Andhra Pradesh legislature on Monday paid rich tributes to former president of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died last month.

Members in both the assembly and legislative council observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the late leader after legislators paid rich tributes, recalling his services to the nation.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu moved a resolution, condoling the death of Kalam. He announced that the proposed Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Ongole will be named after the former president.

Dialogue only after all issues put on agenda

Islamabad: Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistan prime minister's advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, has said Islamabad will not resume dialogue with New Delhi unless all bilateral issues were placed on the agenda.

"Security advisor-level talks between India and Pakistan could not be held due to India's pre-conditions," Radio Pakistan cited him as saying in an interview.

SC declines plea seeking Salman Khan's bail cancellation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of bail of film star Salman Khan who was convicted and sentenced in a hit and run case.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu declined the plea by one of the alleged victims associated with the case and belonging to Mumbai Police.

The petitioner had challenged the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Salman.

Salman was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on the very day he was convicted and sentenced by the sessions court.

बिहार चुनाव: महागठबंधन की गर्जना

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net

पटना: लोकतंत्र में भीड़ बहुत कुछ कहती है. सियासी पार्टियां जनसैलाब को अपनी ताक़त के तौर पर प्रचारित करती आई हैं. ऐसे में इस पैमाने पर देखें तो रविवार को हुई महागठबंधन की ‘स्वाभिमान रैली’ ने बिहार के सियासी माहौल में भारी हलचल पैदा कर दी है. स्थानीय लोगों के मुताबिक गांधी मैदान में यह अब तक की सबसे बड़ी रैली थी.

Divisions among Gujjar community emerge over Hardik Patel

New Delhi: Fissures emerged on Sunday among the members of the Gujjar community in the national capital over extending support to Patel community leader Hardik Patel from Gujarat.

The 22-year-old, who held a mega rally in Ahmedabad on August 25 for Patel community's inclusion in the Other Backward Classes category quota, arrived here on Sunday at the invitation of Gujjar and Kurmi communities, which had organised a meet at the Gujjar Bhavan in Kotla village.

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