An influential Kerala Catholic church on Saturday criticised the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's decision to reopen liquor outlets along highways that were shut down following a Supreme Court order in 2017.
The Supreme Court has set aside the life sentence of three members of a family in Bengal and acquitted them of murdering a two-and-a-half-month-old baby, saying the circumstances established against the accused "may not unerringly point" to their guilt.
A citizens' committee led by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha has delivered a damning indictment of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-BJP alliance in Kashmir, claiming the situation had deteriorated in the Valley while Jammu was getting increasingly communalised.
In hindsight, the evening's guests could have afforded larger dollops of dessert, and probably wider smiles as they stood together, barely able to fit into a single camera frame. They couldn't have had any intimation at the time, but the March 13 Opposition soiree on the lawns of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's 10 Janpath residence was to become the eve of an astonishing bump to wilted morales rather in desperate need of succour.
They were worth their weight in gold, though gold was easier to possess. A few centuries ago, the royal households of Europe, to be ahead of others, went to great lengths to obtain porcelain ware. Importing it, as they did, all the way from China and at exorbitant prices too. And thus it continued, for years, even as the Chinese guarded closely the secret of moulding this delicate material.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of spreading hatred and anger, and said the Congress was the only party that would take the country forward by fostering an environment of amity and love.
The Telugu Desam Party on Friday walked out of the BJP-led coalition and, backed by the wider Opposition, moved a notice for a no-confidence motion against the government, churning the political pot at a time when the perceived invincibility of Narendra Modi has come under stress.
India's science and technology minister on Friday evoked angry reactions from sections of scientists after he claimed that physicist Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday, had said the Vedas had a theory superior to Einstein's law of relativity.
Our Special Correspondent and PTIMar 17, 2018 00:00 IST