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In State vs Activists, Supreme Court To Decide Today On House Arrest

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce today, its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and an SIT probe into their arrest.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions.

US reviewing India's development of Chabahar port, says official

Washington: The Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India's development of the strategically important Chabahar port in the Islamic Republic, a senior government official has said. 

The Chabahar port is being considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries besides ramping up trade among the three countries in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi. 

Cong will return to power in Chhattisgarh: Moily

Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily Monday said his party would return to power in Chhattisgarh after a gap of 15 years, riding on a "strong anti-incumbency" wave. He also claimed that the Congress would increase its tally from 12 to 15 of the 18 seats in the Naxal-hit areas of the state. 

"We are definitely returning to power in Chhattisgarh after a gap of 15 years, because there is a very strong anti-incumbency wave against the Raman Singh and Narendra Modi governments in the state and at the Centre," the former Union minister told PTI here. 

Karnataka floods: Centre approves Rs 546 crore to state

New Delhi/Bengaluru: The Centre Monday approved over Rs 546 crore as additional assistance to Karnataka, a large part of which was hit by floods and landslides this year.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the high-level committee chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh besides others, an official statement said.

The committee has approved the additional assistance of Rs. 546.21 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to Karnataka, it said.

Exposure to traffic noises may up obesity risk: Study

London: People who are exposed to road traffic noise for prolonged periods may be at increased risk of obesity, a study has found.

The study, published in the journal Environment International, was based on data from 3,796 adults.

"Our analysis shows that people exposed to the highest levels of traffic noise are at greater risk of being obese," said Maria Foraster, from Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain.

Heavy rain likely in coastal TN, Puducherry

Chennai: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Monday said a low pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal could intensify into a depression in the next 24 hours and bring heavy rainfall in the region.

The Regional Weather Office, meanwhile, advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the southwest Bay of Bengal area on November 20 and 21.

The low pressure area on Sunday has moved westwards and lay as a well-marked low pressure area over central parts of south Bay of Bengal on Monday, a bulletin from IMD said.

Lack of amenities at Sabarimala: TDB moves SC, seeks time to allow women in temple

New Delhi: The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its verdict allowing women of all age groups to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple.

The Board, which manages the hill shrine, has cited lack of basic amenities among other things as the reason for seeking more time from the top court.

The announcement on the TDB's move came amid mounting tension against the backdrop of the stand-off over entry of women in the 10-50 age group, traditionally barred at the shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, a celibate.

CBI director Alok Verma files response to SC on CVC report

New Delhi: CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma Monday filed in the Supreme Court his response on findings of the CVC's preliminary probe report on corruption charges against him in a sealed cover.

The apex court had earlier in the day asked Verma to file his response "as quickly as possible" during the day" and made it clear that it will not adjourn the scheduled hearing on Tuesday after his lawyer sought more time.

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