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BSP to go it alone if seat share not respectable in anti-BJP alliance: Mayawati

The Bahujan Samaj Party will be compelled to go it alone if it does not get a “respectable” number of seats in the anti-BJP alliance that is shaping up before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said on September 16.

Seat sharing with BJP is at last stage, will be announced soon: JD(U)

After a marathon state executive meeting of ruling party Janata Dal (United) on Sunday at official residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, party leaders said “seat sharing talks with BJP are at last stage and it will be officially announced soon”.

“The seat sharing arrangement with BJP is in final and last stage…it will be officially announced soon”, said JD (U) Rajya Sabha member RCP Singh. Mr Singh is considered close to Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar.

PSLV to launch two U.K. satellites today

A PSLV (polar satellite launch vehicle) will be launched on September 16 night from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota to put two earth observation satellites from the United Kingdom to space. The 33-hour countdown for the launch began at 1.08 p.m. on Saturday.

JNUSU elections: United Left sweeps all central panel posts

The United Left alliance comprising the All India Students’ Association (AISA), Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and the All India Students’ Federation (AISF) won all four central panel posts in the Jawaharlal Nehru Student Union (JNUSU) elections.

Tech Mahindra sacks homophobic supervisor

Information technology company, Tech Mahindra has on the back of a sustained former employee’s sustained Twitter campaign, sacked a senior company official in charge of Training and the Diversity portfolio — paying heed to a serious complaint of discrimination in the workplace.

Oil marketing companies again hike petrol, diesel prices

State owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) have again increased the price of sensitive petroleum products like petrol and diesel in the country on Sunday. The prices of petrol and diesel touched a new high on Sunday with Mumbai paying the maximum among the four metros.

Two storms, Florence and Mangkhut, different as water and wind

Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

Mayawati snubs Bhim Army chief on ‘bua’, ‘same blood’ remark

In a virtual snub to Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Sunday denied any association with him, days after he had claimed that he and his “bua” (aunt) Mayawati have the “same blood”.

The Bhim Army was set up around three years ago in Saharanpur and has gained considerable popularity among members of the Scheduled Castes.

No starvation situation in hills, claims Tripura government

Tripura government denied reports of a starvation situation prevailing in tribal majority Dhalai district. The refutation came after Dhalai district magistrate visited places where people were allegedly facing hunger.

Over 70 sheep, goats crushed to death near Sivakasi

In a tragic accident, 69 sheep and three goats were crushed to death after a compound wall of an under-construction temple collapsed following heavy rain at Sengamalanachiyarpuram near here on Saturday.

The police said that S. Murugan (39) of Gangapuram had brought the animals for grazing. Sivakasi and its surrounding areas experienced heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning on Saturday evening.

Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2hr 1min 40sec. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195km race, took 1min 17sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.

Kento Momota wins Japan badminton title

Japan's Kento Momota outgunned Thai rival Khosit Phetpradab 21-14, 21-11 in a one-sided final to capture the Japan Open badminton title on Sunday.

The 24-year-old sank to his knees after a towering smash completed a comfortable win, kissing the Japanese badge on his shirt as he took another step towards redemption following a gambling scandal that threatened to ruin his career.

A piece of my heart will always beat for Kerala Blasters, says Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said “a piece of my heart will always beat” for Kerala Blasters, after selling off his stakes in the franchise before the start of the new Indian Premier League football season.

Tendulkar has always been an integral part of the Blasters set-up and was often seen cheering the team from the stands in home and away games.

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