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  • In Kerala, you will be taxed for eating “fat” food

    The new Kerala government, led by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, announced its first budget on Friday. In his budget speech, finance minister Thomas Isaac introduced a “fat tax” of 14.5% on branded restaurants like McDonalds, Dominos and Pizza Hut etc. Isaac expects an estimated ₹10 crore would be raised by[Read More…]

  • Maharashtra cabinet expansion: Only 2 from Shiv Sena

    Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis expanded his Cabinet to add 11 more ministers to his government on Friday morning. Only two seats were given to ally Shiv Sena, which gave out a clear message on who is the boss. As a result of the power tussle, Shiv Sena party chief Uddav Thackeray skipped[Read More…]

  • “Shut up! or I’ll rape you” : Uber driver to woman

    An Uber driver has been arrested for assaulting a 27-year-old Kolkata resident was arrested on Tuesday night. According to reports, the woman had booked a Uber cab along with her friend, at JD Block in Salt Lake at 10 pm on Monday. Her friend got off at Aranya Bhavan, following[Read More…]

  • Newsd founder announces aid for two Jharkhand residents

    Speaking in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district on Monday, July 4, Mayur Shekhar Jha, founder of Newsd, announced financial aid for two citizens through ‘Ek Koshish’, a local NGO. He will help a widow seek legal aid after he husband died in mysterious circumstances. Harrowed by her in-laws and thrown out of[Read More…]

  • Newsd founder felicitated at Vidyapati Bhavan

    Mayur Shekhar Jha, Founder of Newsd, was felicitated at Vidyapati Bhavan, Jharkhand, on Sunday, July 3.  The chief guest of the event was BJP MP from Godda constituency Nishikant Dubey. Other local BJP members attended the event as well. Congress district president Deepika Pandey Singh was the special guest of[Read More…]

  • Madras High Court ‘resurrects’ Tamil writer Perumal Murugan

      The Madras High Court has quashed a criminal case filed against tamil writer Perumal Murugan by residents of Tiruchengode. The writer created controversy by his novel Madhorubagan , when people from the right winged organisation RSS burned copies of his book and forced him to recall the entire work. The writer had[Read More…]

  • Priyanka Gandhi appointed Congress’ campaigner for UP

    Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, will take the reins as the leader of the party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the state polls in 2017. An official announcement in this regard will be made once Rahul Gandhi is back in India in mid-July. She is[Read More…]

  • ABVP, Bajrang Dal ‘cleanse’ Dinkar statue garlanded by Kanhaiya

    A group of right-winged activists from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ABVP and Bajrang Dal ‘cleansed’ the statue of renowned Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar with ‘gangajal’ in Bihar’s Begusarai district to protest against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s floral tribute to the poet on Friday. The ABVP and Bajrang Dal[Read More…]

  • 3 killed after Rajasthan’s MLA’s son rams BMW into Auto

    In an apparent case of drunk-driving, three people were killed and five injured after a car allegedly driven by the son of a Rajasthan legislator rammed an auto-rickshaw and police van in Jaipur. According to the police, the incident took place around 2 am on Saturday when a speeding BMW rammed[Read More…]

  • Chennai techie murder case: Accused arrested from Tirunelveli

    A week after a 24-year-old Infosys software engineer S Swathi was murdered at Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai, the police on Friday arrested the accused killer in Tirunelveli. The police said the killer has been identified as Ramkumar, 22, who is an engineering graduate, was arrested while he was reportedly[Read More…]

  • Selfie of Shame, Rajasthan State Commission for Women Chief clicks selfie with rape victim

    In an event that highlights the insensitivity of Rajasthan State Commission for Women, Soumya Gurjar, a member, drew flak for her controversial ‘selfie’ with a rape survivor. The victim was gangraped by her in-laws who then tattooed her hands and head with expletives. The Chairperson of the Commission, Suman Sharma,[Read More…]

  • Uttarakhand cloudburst: 30 killed, CM declares compensation

    At least 30 people have died after a cloudburst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts on Friday. The water levels are continuing to rise in areas including Chamoli and Nandaprayag. Union home minister Rajnath Singh said, “NDRF teams are rushed to the affected areas and additional teams of NDRF are[Read More…]

  • Newsd impact: Police file FIR against Jharkhand BJP chief’s son

    On direction from a local court, an FIR has been lodged against Jharkhand BJP president Tala Marandi’s son Munna Marandi for sexually harassing a girl. On being pressured by the media and political parties, police have finally taken cognizance of the allegations. Incidentally, he is also allegedly married to another[Read More…]

  • Eknath Khadse breaks silence, says county will shake if he opens his mouth

    While speaking for the first time after his resignation as a revenue minister following series of allegations, Eknath Khadse, veteran BJP politician from Maharashtra, said on Thursday that the country would shake if he opened his mouth. Khadse was compelled to quit for his alleged connection with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.[Read More…]

  • 8,000 judicial employees go on indefinite strike Telangana

      Telangana judicial staff on Friday held a ‘maha dharna’ at Indira Park seeking immediate bifurcation of the existing Hyderabad High Court. In solidarity with the agitating judges in the state, nearly 8,000 employees working in various courts and other judicial departments across the state went on an indefinite strike.[Read More…]

  • AAP vs Centre tussle : Supreme Court to decide on statehood

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the AAP government’s plea to restrain the Delhi High Court from delivering its judgment on issues including the scope of powers of city government and full statehood and extent of powers under Article 299AA of the Constitution on July 4. Citing that the issues[Read More…]

  • BJP has failed the people: Ex-Jharkhand CM

    Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president Babulal Marandi says he will raise the issue of state BJP chief Tala Marandi’s son’s alleged marriage to a minor during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. He added that he will see how his party can collaborate with others to oppose[Read More…]

  • Twitterati reacts to Jharkhand BJP chief’s son marrying an 11-year old

    Newsd reported this morning that Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi’s son Munna Marandi is allegedly wed to an 11-year old minor. This story has received widespread criticism from politicians, journalists, political and social commentators and other random Twitter critics. It’s shameful and disgusting to the core… Every section of society[Read More…]

  • Office of profit row: AAP targets other MLAs

    The Aam Aadmi Party has written to the Election Commission seeking disqualification of 24 Parliamentary secretaries appointed by the Punjab government and 9 by Himachal Pradesh. In line with the 91st amendment in Article 164 (1A), only 10% of the total legislative strength can be part of the Cabinet, including[Read More…]

  • Newsd Exclusive: Jharkhand BJP chief’s son marries an 11-year old

    Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi’s son Munna Marandi is allegedly wed to an 11-year old minor. The wedding is said to have taken place in Godda, Jharkhand, on June 27. Incidentally, her cousin was asked to marry Munna, but she complained to the police but received no help. However, she and[Read More…]

  • Uttar Pradesh government forms panel to solve ‘Gumnami Baba’ mystery

    The Uttar Pradesh government formed a judicial commission to probe the mystery of Gumnami Baba and asked the commission to submit a report within six months. The man died in Faizabad in 1985 and believed to be Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.  The move came in the wake of the Allahabad[Read More…]

  • No retirement age at minority-run institutes: Gujarat High Court

    The Gujarat High Court ruled a landmark judgment on Tuesday that the government’s norms for retirement for employees are not applicable to minority-run educational institutions. The court stated that in minority-run institutes, the employees including teaching and non-teaching staff can work longer than their retirement age of 60 years. The[Read More…]

  • Nigerian woman tied up by Bengaluru police for attacking people

    A Nigerian woman in her late 20s, identified as Mariam, was tied up by the police in Karnataka’s Bengaluru after she allegedly attacked people at National Market. The police said the girl was drunk and damaged a shop’s glass pane in the market. Meanwhile, the African Students’ Association accused officials[Read More…]

  • ‘Bhagavad Gita’ to be a part of school syllabus in Haryana

    The Haryana government is all set to introduce lessons from the Gita and other spiritual texts in the school curriculum as part of the state’s moral education syllabus that will be started from July 1. The lessons will be delivered in classes 6-12. State Council of Educational Research and Training[Read More…]

  • Ex-BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya likely to join BJP: Katheria

    Union minister Ramshankar Katheria on Monday said former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya may soon join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Katheria said along with Maurya, many others too will join the BJP, as the BSP takes ₹5 crore for a ticket. However, Maurya has denied[Read More…]

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