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Congress leader Siddaramai joined a chorus of voices against the Centre’s draft national education policy, which recommending teaching of Hindi compulsory up to Class 8.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

‘Brutal assault’: Congress’ Siddaramaiah joins attack against draft policy’s Hindi formula

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 12:51 PM IST
In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah said the Centre was imposing Hindi on the states and asked it to give them “more space”.
Earlier, the central government said it had not taken a decision on the draft education policy and had no intentions to impose any language.(REUTERS)
Earlier, the central government said it had not taken a decision on the draft education policy and had no intentions to impose any language.(REUTERS)

Jaishankar says no language will be imposed, will consult states

New Delhi | By Agencies
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 11:47 PM IST
The minister’s remark comes in the wake of apprehensions expressed by political parties and academicians in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal over the draft education policy.
The situation is particularly grim in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra where water level in reservoirs have dipped to an all-time low. (File photo)
The situation is particularly grim in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra where water level in reservoirs have dipped to an all-time low. (File photo)

Water levels in 91 dams down to 20% storage

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 10:11 PM IST
The water level in 91 major reservoirs in the country in the week ending May 30 was one percentage point down compared to the week before, says Central Water Commission.
Indian members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) shout slogans and hold the portrait of party president MK Stalin as they celebrate on the results day for India's general election in Chennai on May 23, 2019. Stalin has emerged numero uno in a state after the passing away of the two iconic stalwarts, M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalithaa(AFP)
Indian members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) shout slogans and hold the portrait of party president MK Stalin as they celebrate on the results day for India's general election in Chennai on May 23, 2019. Stalin has emerged numero uno in a state after the passing away of the two iconic stalwarts, M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalithaa(AFP)

All BJP needs to enter the South is a political vacuum

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sriram Karri
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2019 07:08 PM IST
If Karnataka sees a change of power, the BJP can then expand, starting with Telangana, where it won four seats
The Dravidian party chief said Congress was the “permanent guarantee for pluralism, secularism, social justice and equality enshrined in the Constitution”.(AP)
The Dravidian party chief said Congress was the “permanent guarantee for pluralism, secularism, social justice and equality enshrined in the Constitution”.(AP)

Stalin greets ‘mother’ Sonia Gandhi, says no power can remove Congress from hearts of people

Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 07:18 PM IST
Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu usually refer Sonia Gandhi as “Annai Sonia” as a mark of respect.
The draft of the new National Education Policy, proposed by the panel constituted by Javadekar when he was HRD minister in the previous Modi government, had suggested teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The draft of the new National Education Policy, proposed by the panel constituted by Javadekar when he was HRD minister in the previous Modi government, had suggested teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Protests in South over Hindi formula in education plan, govt says not final

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 10:18 AM IST
His reaction came after parties in Tamil Nadu, including the DMK, Saturday strongly opposed the three language formula’s continuation with add-on features proposed in the draft National Education Policy.
According to the draft National Education Policy that was made public by the new government, the three-language formula should be introduced at an earlier stage in schools.(Ministry of HRD/Twitter)
According to the draft National Education Policy that was made public by the new government, the three-language formula should be introduced at an earlier stage in schools.(Ministry of HRD/Twitter)

Anger in South over draft policy’s Hindi ideas

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 11:54 PM IST
Although the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was muted in its response, the Tamil Nadu government maintained that the state will persist with a two-language formula – Tamil and English.
Recalling the anti-Hindi agitations beginning as early as 1937 in Tamil Nadu, the DMK leader in a statement here said since 1968 the State was following the two-language formula of learning only Tamil and English.(Twitter/@HRDMinistry)
Recalling the anti-Hindi agitations beginning as early as 1937 in Tamil Nadu, the DMK leader in a statement here said since 1968 the State was following the two-language formula of learning only Tamil and English.(Twitter/@HRDMinistry)

Centre’s Hindi formula in draft education plan faces backlash in Tamil Nadu

Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 07:55 PM IST
Reacting to the formula, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan said, “No language should be imposed and those who are interested can learn any language of their choice”.
Delhi’s infant mortality rate (IMR) went down by two points to 16 in 2017 compared to the year before, making it the state with second-lowest infant mortality among states with a population of 10 million or more(HT File)
Delhi’s infant mortality rate (IMR) went down by two points to 16 in 2017 compared to the year before, making it the state with second-lowest infant mortality among states with a population of 10 million or more(HT File)

Delhi’s infant mortality rate drops to 16 per 1,000 births, 2nd lowest among large states

New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2019 05:28 AM IST
IMR is the number of children dying before the age of one for every 1,000 live births and is considered to be a crude indicator of the health scenario of a country.
A 53-year-old man was arrested for allegedly impersonating an Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of the rank of inspector general in central Delhi’s Hauz Qazi on Thursday.(HT File)
A 53-year-old man was arrested for allegedly impersonating an Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of the rank of inspector general in central Delhi’s Hauz Qazi on Thursday.(HT File)

53-year-old man arrested for impersonating an IPS officer

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2019 04:11 AM IST
Deputy commissioner of police (central) MS Randhawa said they were informed by a resident of Sita Ram Bazar, Hauz Qazi, that a man is impersonating as an inspector general of police (IGP) from Tamil Nadu cadre.
It said that Stalin will follow the democratic values of Karunanidhi.(ANI Photo)
It said that Stalin will follow the democratic values of Karunanidhi.(ANI Photo)

Stalin will not topple AIADMK government, says DMK mouthpiece

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:44 PM IST
In the recent Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu and by-polls for 22 vacant assembly seats, DMK registered a landslide victory by winning 37 out of 38 parliamentary seats and 13 out of 22 assembly seats.
Annamalai said he was not quitting the job because of any political pressure.(Twitter/ Annamalai_K)
Annamalai said he was not quitting the job because of any political pressure.(Twitter/ Annamalai_K)

‘Singham’ of Karnataka police resigns, to pursue public service

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 09:46 AM IST
Annamalai met Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in the presence of state Home Minister M B Patil and informed him about his resignation.
The purpose of the visit is not to probe the coordinated bombings on April 21 that left 258 people dead, but to exchange information on suspects and about people based in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.(AFP)
The purpose of the visit is not to probe the coordinated bombings on April 21 that left 258 people dead, but to exchange information on suspects and about people based in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.(AFP)

NIA team in Sri Lanka to probe Indian link to Easter blasts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:57 AM IST
It will exchange info on people based in TN, Kerala who are likely have links with the National Towheed Jamaath, the group blamed for the attack.
Due to the poor monsoon and non-arrival of Cauvery water on time, the sluice gates of the Mettur Dam which are supposed to be opened on June 12 every year for the Kuruvai cultivation have not been opened since 2011.(PTI PHOTO)
Due to the poor monsoon and non-arrival of Cauvery water on time, the sluice gates of the Mettur Dam which are supposed to be opened on June 12 every year for the Kuruvai cultivation have not been opened since 2011.(PTI PHOTO)

Cauvery water management body asks K’taka to release 9.19 TMC water for TN

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 08:09 PM IST
After hearing Tamil Nadu’s contention, CWMA chairman Masood Hussain ordered Karnataka to release 9.19 TMC water.
Stalin has been a supporter of Rahul Gandhi from even before the Lok Sabha elections. He was the first Congress ally to project Gandhi as the PM candidate way back in December 2018.(PTI PHOTO)
Stalin has been a supporter of Rahul Gandhi from even before the Lok Sabha elections. He was the first Congress ally to project Gandhi as the PM candidate way back in December 2018.(PTI PHOTO)

Stalin dials Rahul Gandhi as ‘do not quit’ voices get louder

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 12:58 AM IST
Gandhi’s decision to step down as party chief was announced at the CWC meeting held after the party could manage just 52 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats with the PM Modi-led NDA storming to power with 352 seats.
Modi supporters celebrate the BJP’s win, Bengaluru, May 23. In 2014, the BJP alliance got 43.37% of votes and 17 seats. In 2019, it got 55% of votes and 25 seats(AFP)
Modi supporters celebrate the BJP’s win, Bengaluru, May 23. In 2014, the BJP alliance got 43.37% of votes and 17 seats. In 2019, it got 55% of votes and 25 seats(AFP)

The story of the Lok Sabha elections is one of a sustained electoral rise of the BJP

By Venkatesh Athreya
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 02:38 PM IST
Among these three states, post-bifurcation Andhra Pradesh remains a difficult terrain to conquer for the BJP, while Telangana has given the party significant space and Karnataka sees the BJP as a major player now. It is clear that the BJP has penetrated the southern region substantially, with a focused long term plan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a dinner meeting with National Democratic Alliance leaders in New Delhi(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a dinner meeting with National Democratic Alliance leaders in New Delhi(PTI)

Vote split behind AIADMK-BJP alliance loss in Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan & M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:46 AM IST
The DMK, led by former party chief Karunanidhi’s son, Stalin, swept the elections, winning 37 of the 38 Lok Sabha seats that polled last month.
PM Narendra Modi (R) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah gesture to supporters as they celebrate the victory in India's general election at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.(AFP file photo)
PM Narendra Modi (R) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah gesture to supporters as they celebrate the victory in India's general election at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.(AFP file photo)

BJP’s next target: 333 in 2024 Lok Sabha polls with focus on south

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 10:30 AM IST
In an attempt to increase its footprint in the southern states, the BJP will recast itself as a pan-Indian party and not a “Hindi-speaking outfit” in time for the next Lok Sabha election, senior functionaries said
Police found that she was sexually exploited. Police said her relatives later reportedly admitted that though she was prescribed medicine by a local doctor they refused it to her.(AP)
Police found that she was sexually exploited. Police said her relatives later reportedly admitted that though she was prescribed medicine by a local doctor they refused it to her.(AP)

3 held after black magic claims life of 16-year-old girl in Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 10:20 PM IST
Police said she used to have recurring bouts of fever and one of her relatives advised black magic in Tirunelveli for “permanent cure”.
Modi supporters celebrate the BJP’s victory, Bengaluru, May 23. In Karnataka and Telangana, the BJP’s vote share improved by 8.01 and 8.5 percentage points respectively(AFP)
Modi supporters celebrate the BJP’s victory, Bengaluru, May 23. In Karnataka and Telangana, the BJP’s vote share improved by 8.01 and 8.5 percentage points respectively(AFP)

How the BJP is increasing its vote share in the South

By Nikhila Henry
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 07:44 PM IST
All the party needs is a strong regional ally or a weakening incumbent to pit itself as an alternative. In the next five years if the BJP focuses on the South like it did over the past decade in the Northeast, could this citadel also fall?
Modi must develop a credible counterterrorism strategy(Hindustan Times)
Modi must develop a credible counterterrorism strategy(Hindustan Times)

Modi must advance national security

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 07:31 PM IST
He must take hard decisions on fundamental reforms to change India’s image as a Soft State
The MNM, which was launched by Haasan a year ago, projected itself as an alternative to the two Dravidian parties, and fielded candidates in 36 out of the 38 Parliamentary constituencies and 19 out of the 22 bypoll seats.(HT Photo)
The MNM, which was launched by Haasan a year ago, projected itself as an alternative to the two Dravidian parties, and fielded candidates in 36 out of the 38 Parliamentary constituencies and 19 out of the 22 bypoll seats.(HT Photo)

New entrants AMMK, MNM fail to garner votes in TN

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 10:07 PM IST
To secure a deposit, a candidate should get one-sixth of the total votes polled.
DMK president M.K. Stalin waves to his supporters after his party's victorious performance in Lok Sabha elections 2019 results in Chennai on Thursday.((ANI/ File photo))
DMK president M.K. Stalin waves to his supporters after his party's victorious performance in Lok Sabha elections 2019 results in Chennai on Thursday.((ANI/ File photo))

‘India is not solely made of Hindi-speaking states, time for constructive politics’: Stalin

Chennai | By IANS
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 05:41 PM IST
“Whichever party comes to power at the Centre, it cannot neglect the states. It is time to support and embrace all kinds of races,” he said.
It was the highest (60%) in the 1977 elections, when the party faced a severe backlash in northern India after the emergency.(HT Photo)
It was the highest (60%) in the 1977 elections, when the party faced a severe backlash in northern India after the emergency.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: South only silver lining in Congress flop show

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 08:07 AM IST
Both in 1989 and 1977, when the share of southern states in Congress’ Lok Sabha tally was more than 2019, the absolute number of Congress MPs from the rest of India was significantly higher than what it is today.
India's Vijay Shankar attends a training session at The Oval in London.(AP)
India's Vijay Shankar attends a training session at The Oval in London.(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar gets hit on forearm at nets, sent for scan

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 07:51 AM IST
Vijay Shankar, who has been tipped as probable No 4 in the batting order, was hit on the forearm while attempting to pull a short ball from left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed.
A CBI officer, requesting anonymity, said a lot of girls/women were not ready to come forward and lodge complaints for fear that their identities would be exposed.(HT Photo)
A CBI officer, requesting anonymity, said a lot of girls/women were not ready to come forward and lodge complaints for fear that their identities would be exposed.(HT Photo)

Charge sheet filed in Tamil Nadu’s Pollachi scandal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 10:08 PM IST
The agency has, however, not been able to identify the exact number of victims who were raped, videographed and blackmailed by the gang.
With a stunning electoral performance that stopped the Modi wave in the Dravidian heartland, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin has dispelled questions about his leadership and emerged out of his late father’s shadow.(ANI)
With a stunning electoral performance that stopped the Modi wave in the Dravidian heartland, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin has dispelled questions about his leadership and emerged out of his late father’s shadow.(ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Dravidian son rises in Tamil Nadu

Chennai | By MC Rajan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 04:24 AM IST
In the Lok Sabha results declared on Thursday, the DMK-led alliance which included the Congress, won 37 out of 38 seats which went to the polls.
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was re-elected last year with the hope of reviving the party, took responsibility for the defeat and talked about introspection.(PTI)
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was re-elected last year with the hope of reviving the party, took responsibility for the defeat and talked about introspection.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In its erstwhile bastion, Left bloc faces humiliation, draws a blank

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram | By Saubhadra Chatterji, Ramesh Babu & Venkatesha Babu
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 03:45 AM IST
From about 70 seats in 2009, the Left parties are likely to end up with a mere five in the 17th Lok Sabha.
Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (a splinter group of AIADMK) which was expected to split the AIADMK votes has come a cropper as the AIADMK votebank has remained intact.(HT Photo)
Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (a splinter group of AIADMK) which was expected to split the AIADMK votes has come a cropper as the AIADMK votebank has remained intact.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: With 9 bypoll wins, AIADMK manages to hang on to power

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 12:52 AM IST
Stumping exit poll predictions, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami managed to shore up the required majority for his government. Now, the AIADMK has 119 MLAs — minus the assembly speaker and three dissident MLAs.
Mamata Banerjee(PTI FILE)
Mamata Banerjee(PTI FILE)

Lok Sabha election result 2019: ‘All losers are not losers’, tweets Mamata Banerjee after BJP makes big gains in Bengal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 04:24 PM IST
According to the leads, the BJP was set to win 346 seats, UPA 91, BSP-SP alliance 19 and others 86 in the Lok Sabha election held on 542 of the 543 seats. Elections were cancelled in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore.
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