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End VIP culture, every person is important: PM

NEW DELHI, Red beacon ban comes into force today. PM says ban aimed at removing VIP culture from the minds of certain people and replace it with concept of “Every Person is Important” (EPI). India’s ‘priceless gift’ South..

‘Triple talaq not a religious issue, no sanction in Shariat’

HYDERABAD, “Congress doesn’t have concern for women among the minorities. It is a question of inequality anddiscrimination against women on the basis of religion.” UNION Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asserted that triple talaq ..

NITI Aayog presses for major labour reforms

NEW DELHI,  A panel, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is mulling converting 44 labour laws into four simplified codes. They relate to industrial relations, wages, social security and safety NITI Aayog has pressed for ‘substantive&rs..

40 guns, 117 kg nilgai meat seized during raid on retd Col’s house

MEERUT, AT LEAST 117 kg nilgai meat, animal skin, ivory and 40 guns have been seized from the house of a retired army officer here during a 17-hour-long joint raid conducted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the forest department. A team o..

Turkish President Erdogan arrives in India

NEW DELHI, TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived here on Sunday and will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday on key bilateral and regional issues, including India's NSG membership bid and ways to strengthen coop..

Don’t politicise triple talaq issue: Modi urges Muslims

NEW DELHI, Modi calls upon Indian Muslims to lead not just those from the community in the country, but also to show the “path of modernity” to Muslims worldwide PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged Muslims not to view the triple..

Intel agencies differ on brain behind Sukma Naxal attack

By Mukesh S Singh, Raipur/Sukma/Jagdalpur, STILL reeling under the impact of the recent Sukma ambush by Naxalites killing 25 troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), various agencies of the Government are busy tallying conflicting Intelligence..

Cong removes Digvijaya as Goa, K’taka in-charge

NEW DELHI, Digvijaya had failed to gain enough numbers to form Government in Goa despite Congress emerging as the largest single party THE Congress on Saturday replaced Digvijaya Singh as General Secretary in-charge of poll-bound Karnataka as well as ..

Poll panel to call all-party meet on EVM issue soon

CHANDIGARH, THE Election Commission of India (ECI) will soon call a meeting of all political parties to assure them that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tampering-proof and secured, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said on Saturday. ..

Positive about SC ruling on triple talaq: Justice Ganguly

KOLKATA, FORMER Supreme Court judge Asok Kumar Ganguly on Saturday said that he was positive about the outcome of the apex court’s ruling on constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’, hearing of which will begin on May 11. “I t..

Rs 50 cr windfall for Vadra in illegal deals: Report

NEW DELHI, According to Dhingra Commission report leaked in a daily, there was a collusion between developers and Hooda Govt aimed at benefiting Vadra’s firm Skylight CONGRESS President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra made an &ldquo..

Ready for talks on Kashmir but not with separatists: Govt to SC

NEW DELHI, Apex court asks J&K High Court Bar Association to come up with suggestions to resolve the crisis, including the stone-pelting and violent street protests GOVERNMENT on Friday told the Supreme Court it was ready to talk to recognise..

Narmada campaign would be model for ‘Namami Gange’: Yogi

Staff Reporter JABALPUR,  Participates in Jan Samvadprogramme under the Namami Devi Narmade –Narmada Seva Yatra “THE Narmada Seva Yatra initiative has shown a way to the Uttar Pradesh Government for starting the ‘Namami Gange&rs..

PM launches UDAN to boost regional air connectivity

SHIMLA, Earlier it was believed that air travel was meant only for the Raja-Maharaja and elite class. Even the mascot of Air India was a Maharaja, said Modi and felt that cartoonist R K Laxman’s Common Man be made mascot of the airline PRIME Min..

Vinod Khanna, Bollywood’s ‘Amar’, passes away

MUMBAI, VETERAN actor and Member of Parliament Vinod Khanna – the dashing Bollywood star best known for his roles in films such as ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Qurbaani’ and ‘Insaaf’ -- died of cancer at a hospital h..

NASA craft dives between Saturn and its rings

WASHINGTON, NASA’s Cassini’s spacecraft first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26 was successful and the spacecraft is now in the process of beaming back science and engineering data collecte..

Captain, 2 jawans killed in militant attack on Army camp in Kupwara

SRINAGAR, Two of the assailants were gunned down while third one escaped THREE heavily-armed terrorists in an audacious pre-dawn attack on Thursday stormed an Army camp in Kupwara district of Kashmir, killing a Captain and two other soldiers before tw..

Perpetrators of 26/11 still enjoying freedom in Pak: India

NEW DELHI, DEMANDING immediate action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack, India on Thursday said it was a matter of concern that even after eight years of the strike, they continue to enjoy freedom in Pakistan. External Affairs Ministry Spok..

BJP’s hat-trick in Delhi civic polls

NEW DELHI, Wins 181 out of 270 wards retaining three Municipal Corporations AAP finishes a distant second with 48 wards, Congress gets 30 Maken resigns as Delhi Pradesh Cong chief AAP top leadership alleges EVM tampering THE Bharatiya Janata Party ..

PM to launch ‘UDAN’ scheme today

NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will launch on Thursday a regional air connectivity scheme under which the fares of flights will be capped at Rs 2500 per seat per hour.Modi will flag off a flight from Shimla to Delhi to launch the ‘UDAN&r..

Trainee pilot, instructor killed in plane crash near Gondia

Our Correspondents, WARASEONI/GONDIA, The ill-fated aircraft crashed into the Wainganga river on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, killing Instructor Ranjan R Gupta and trainee pilot Himani Gurudayal Kalyani on the spot As per eyewitnesse..

Sensex touches another milestone of 30K for first time; Nifty at new peak

MUMBAI, MARKETS raced past milestones on a record-setting spree on Wednesday, with the benchmark Sensex closing above the 30,000-mark for the first time, while the broader Nifty hit a new peak, buoyed by unabated funds inflows and a global rally. Stoc..

The generic drug debate!

By Anshuman Bhargava, The Government is revising the National List of Essential Medicines of 2015 to include more medicines. The Janaushadhi programme, under which the Government provides essential medicines at reasonable rates at specially established..

Will review anti-Naxal strategy: Rajnath

Staff Reporter, RAIPUR, Naxals used tribals as human shield while attacking security forces High level meeting in New Delhi on May 8 to formulate a revised strategy Operations against Maoists will be conducted with more firmness: Raman Singh TERMIN..

CBI books Ranjit Sinha for influencing coal block probe

NEW DELHI,   Sinha was accused of holding meetings at his residence with some accused in the coal scam THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a case against its former Director Ranjit Sinha for his alleged role in influencing..

Sadhvi Pradnya gets bail in Malegaon blast case; Purohit’s plea rejected

MUMBAI, THE Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Sadhvi Pradnya Singh Thakur, a key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case and in jail for over eight years, holding that prima facie no case was made out against her. The court, however, reject..

J&K CM meets Army top brass, discusses security

SRINAGAR, IN THE backdrop of the protests by students in the Kashmir Valley over a week, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday met top brass of Army, State police and other security agencies and discussed the security situation in ..

Amit Shah kicks off BJP’s expansion drive from Naxalbari in West Bengal

SILIGURI (WB), BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah on Tuesday launched his party’s expansion drive in five states from West Bengal’s Naxalbari village, declaring development and progress will start from the place where the left-win..

25 CRPF jawans martyred in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack

Hitavada Correspondent, SUKMA, A group of 150 armed outlaws including many women cadres fired at a patrol party comprising 99 troopers of the 74th Battalion, CRPF near Burkapal village. The security personnel were attacked when they were engaged in s..

Sacrifices of martyrs will not go in vain: PM

NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the Naxal attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh, terming it as a “cowardly and deplorable” act, and asserted that the sacrifices of the martyrs will not go in vain. “Attac..

PM willing for talks on Kashmir: Mehbooba

NEW DELHI, JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said the Prime Minister appears amenable to holding talks with stakeholders in a bid to arrest the deteriorating situation in the Valley.However, she cautioned, that “an atmosph..

India becomes world’s sixth largest military spender

NEW DELHI, The top five military spenders in the world are US, China, Japan, South Korea, and Australia Pakistan does not figure in the top 15 spenders INDIA’S military expenditure grew around 8.5 per cent in 2016, making it the world’s s..

NASA astronaut Whitson sets new US record for most days spent in space

WASHINGTON, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on Monday set a new US record for most cumulative days spent in space, surpassing cosmonaut Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS).With the recent extension of her s..

Vision of ‘New India’ can be realised only through combined efforts: Modi

NEW DELHI, “It is the collective responsibility of this gathering to envision the India of 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence, and see how the nation can swiftly move forward to achieve these goals,” said Modi “The consensus ..

Yogi orders installation of biometric attendance system in all offices

LUCKNOW, TO ENSURE all Government employees reach work on time, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices upto the block level. Adityanath’s instructions came during..

Modi meets CMs of BJP-ruled States

NEW DELHI, Modi discussed with them the strategy to highlight the governance agenda of his Government, and to blunt Opposition parties’ attack PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a meeting with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers ..

Metro rails to have 75 pc coaches made in#Hitavada

NEW DELHI, IT IS now mandatory for the metro rail companies to procure minimum 75 per cent of train cars and 25 per cent of critical equipment from within the country, a norm made compulsory under the ‘Make in India’ campaign.The Urban Deve..

EC to buy 16,15,000 VVPATs

NEW DELHI, THE Election Commission (EC) has issued a letter of intent for purchase of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) at an estimated cost of Rs 3,173.47-crore during 2017-18 and 2018-19 from PSUs BEL and ECIL, a release by the E..

140 Afghan soldiers killed by Taliban

KABUL, Taliban militants dressed as army men stormed the 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters, one of the largest military bases in Mazar-e-Sharif city, during Friday prayers. Ten Taliban militants were killed by the forces AT LEAST 140 Afghan military pers..

Prescribe only generic drugs or face action: MCI to docs

NEW DELHI, THE country’s apex medical regulator has warned doctors of action if they failed to adhere to its guideline on prescribing drugs in generic names.The Medical Council of India’s directive comes days after Prime Minister Narendra M..

Modi to address 13 BJP CMs today

NEW DELHI, WITH the upcoming State Assembly polls and next Lok Sabha elections on his mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the party Chief Ministers on Sunday and is likely to ask them to focus on the agenda of “good governance and dev..

Climate change is creating existential crisis: Dr Joshi

Staff Reporter, NAGPUR,  “Balanced growth, optimum consumption assuring dignified living without damaging mother earth should be our guiding principles”, says the veteran BJP leader “BALANCED growth and not unlimited growth bas..

Zawahiri hiding in Karachi: US media

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, EGYPTIAN-born Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, is most likely hiding in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI, a US media report said. ..

Why Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards? SC

NEW DELHI, Apr 21, (PTI) , THE Supreme Court on Friday questioned the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for procuring Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, told a bench headed by Justice A K ..

Work together as a team to reform and transform: PM to civil servants

Delhi Bureau and Agencies, NEW DELHI,  Apr 21, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that he does not lack the political will required to carry our reforms rather has an ‘extra bit’, and exhorted bureaucrats to break silos and ..

Home delivery of petrol, diesel likely     

NEW DELHI, Apr 21, (PTI), PETROL and diesel may soon be home delivered as the oil ministry mulls options of door-to-door delivery on pre-booking to cut long queues at petrol pumps. As many as 3.5 crore people currently visit 59,595 petrol pumps in t..

Cong loses Latur citadel to BJP  in civic elections

MUMBAI, Apr 21, (PTI), CONTINUING its winning streak in Maharashtra, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday won Latur and Chandrapur Municipal Corporations, out of three civic bodies that went to polls on April 19. Defeat in Latur came as..

Over 13 killed in PDS shop fire near Chhindwara

Our Correspondent CHHINDWARA, Apr 21, OVER 13 villagers were charred to death in a fire at a ration shop at Harrai, around 90 km from Chhindwara, on Friday.  It is speculated that people were smoking inside the shop. One of the drums filled with..

Purohit lauds Warnekar couple for running tribal school in Assam

Our Correspondent GUWAHATI,  Apr 21, ASSAM Governor Banwarilal Purohit appreciated untiring efforts of Nagpur couple Ashok Warnekar and his wife, in uplifting tea garden workers in Assam. Purohit recently visited Bhaskar Gyan Peeth, the school ..

Major terror attack foiled; 10 IS suspects nabbed in 5 States

LUCKNOW/ MUMBAI,   The arrests were made in Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (both in Uttar Pradesh) The accused were arrested on charges of hatching terror conspiracies and associated ..

India slams China for renaming six places in Arunachal ‘illegally’

NEW DELHI, INDIA on Thursday dismissed China’s act of giving its own names to six places in Arunachal Pradesh, saying “it doesn’t make illegally held territory legal”.“I can only say that if you rename or invent names for ..

Himachal CM appears before ED

NEW DELHI, HIMACHAL Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in connection with a money laundering case registered against him and others. Singh arrived at the agency’s office here ..

Pak SC orders setting up of JIT to probe graft charges against Sharif

ISLAMABAD, ‘Insufficient evidence’ to remove Nawaz from office, says the apex court EMBATTLED Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday got a temporary breather from the Supreme Court which said there was “insufficient evidenc..

Modi, Paytm founder in list of Time’s ‘most influential people

By Yoshita Singh, NEW YORK, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma were the only two Indians to make it to an annual list of ‘100 most influential people in the world’ this year released by the Time magazine on..

Brazenly, China renames six places in Arunachal

By K J M Varma, BEIJING, UPPING the ante, China for the first time announced “standardised” official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the fronti..

Advani, Joshi, Uma to face trial in Babri case, rules SC

NEW DELHI, BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) stalwarts L K Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and several others would be prosecuted for criminal conspiracy in 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, with the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordering day-to-day trial to be..

No red beacons for VIPs including President, PM

NEW DELHI, Beacons will be allowed on vehicles concerning emergency and relief services, ambulance and fire service SEEKING to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that ..

Trump signs order to tighten H-1B visa norms

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON,   “Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to repl..

Sonu shaves his head over cleric’s fatwa

MUMBAI, SONU Nigam on Wednesday got his head tonsured by a celebrity hairstylist at a press conference in response to a ‘fatwa’ by a Muslim cleric who took strong exception to the Bollywood playback singer’s tweets critical of the use..

Loan defaulter Mallya held in UK; gets bail

LONDON, Rs 9,000 crore loan defaulter Mallya was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities Extradition proceedings may take a long time Government vows to leave no stone unturned LIQUOR baron Vijay Mallya, wanted in India for bank loan default of..

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth today

WASHINGTON, AN asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.“Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this wi..

Schools, colleges closed in Valley after violence

SRINAGAR, (PTI), Several dozen students and 5 police personnel were injured in clashes as students resorted to stone pelting THE Kashmir University and colleges across the Valley remained closed on Tuesday and will continue to be shut on Wednesday on..

AIADMK suspends Sasikala, Dhinakaran for patch up with OPS faction in TN

CHENNAI, (Agencies) IN what could be construed as a decision to keep the party and the Government intact, the ruling AIADMK in a stunning late night decision decided to suspend V K Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran from the party affairs, virtual..

Petrol pumps to be shut on Sundays from May 14

CHENNAI, Apr 18, (PTI), BEGINNING May 14, fuel outlets in eight States will be shut every Sunday following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ call to conserve oil, a fuel pump owners’ body said here on Tuesday.“We had planned to shut our..

Chief Information Commissioner of Mah Ratnakar Gaikwad assaulted

MUMBAI, (PTI), Gaikwad, who was in Aurangabad for some official work, was manhandled by some persons after he got out of his car AT LEAST eight persons, including an ex-corporator of Bharip-Bhaujan Mahasangh were arrested for assaulting Maharashtra&r..

PM extends deadline for procurement of pulses

BAJIPURA (Tapi), Inaugurates number of projects in Gujarat Our Correspondent and Agencies IN a relief to farmers across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said, the Government has decided to extend the deadline for procurement of pul..

Pak Army ‘no’ to consular access to Jadhav

By Sajjad Hussain ISLAMABAD, (PTI), UPPING the ante, Pakistan’s army on Monday ruled out consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, days after India had made a strong case for the access to the Indian prisoner on death row. Jadhav, 46, was awarded ..

Top Trinamool leaders booked for ‘bribery’

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, (Agencies), Carried out some two years back, the sting shows top TMC leaders accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed an FIR agains..

Srinivasan cannot represent BCCI in ICC meet, says SC

NEW DELHI, (PTI),   The apex court allowed BCCI’s Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to represent the cricket board at the ICC meeting on April 24 FORMER BCCI president N Srinivasan cannot represent the Board at the ICC meeting next week ..

SC orders auction of Sahara’s Aamby Valley

NEW DELHI, (PTI), IRKED over non-submission of money, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to sell Rs 34,000 crore worth properties of the Sahara Group at the Aamby Valley and sought Subrata Roy’s presence next week when it could consider sending..

Elect Modi to power again in 2019 to continue devpt: BJP

By Kumar Rakesh, BHUBANESWAR, (PTI), A resolution adopted by BJP National Executive describes Modi Govt’s welfare policies like  GST, health policy, Mudra loans and Jan Dhan accounts as “revolutionary” and pro-poor THE Bharati..

IMD issues heatwave alert for many States

NEW DELHI, (PTI), THE India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heatwave alert over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana for the next 3 to 4 days. The department has also issued a thunderstorm warning over Bihar, West Bengal, A..

AIMPLB rejects out-of-court settlement of Ayodhya issue

LUCKNOW, (PTI),   Only a verdict by SC will be acceptable, says board Decides to issue code of conduct on triple talaq issue Those who give talaq without ‘Sharia’ reasons to face social boycott Board to help women against whom tal..

Maximum alert at Mumbai, H’bad, Chennai airports after plane hijack threat

NEW DELHI, (PTI), SECURITY at international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai was on Sunday put on maximum alert after the State police forces and the CISF were informed about a possible aircraft hijack attempt. The security protocols at thes..

Pak yet to respond to India’s demand on Jadhav case

NEW DELHI, (PTI), INDIA on Sunday said it was yet to get a response from Pakistan on its demand for a certified copy of the chargesheet as well as the military court order awarding death sentence to the retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. ..

India cancels maritime talks with Pak over Jadhav issue

NEW DELHI, (PTI), Ministry of Defence has not given clearance for Pak delegation’s 4-day visit from April 16 to discuss issues related to fishermen with Indian Coast Guard INDIA has called off the IndoPak maritime security dialogue it was to hos..

Shah eyes BJP’s rule from‘Panchayats to Parliament’

BHUBANESWAR, (PTI) BHARATIYA Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday cautioned party leaders against complacency, saying it is yet to reach the peak as he rolled out plans for its expansion in States where it has been traditionally weak. In his ..

PM mingles with crowds during roadshow in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday led a roadshow and mingled with crowds at several places breaking security protocol as he arrived here to attend the two-day BJP National Executive meeting with saffron expansion in Odisha b..

Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar LS by-poll

SRINAGAR, (PTI) NATIONAL Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday won the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll, defeating the rulingPDP candidate,Nazir Khan, by a margin of over 10,700 votes. Immediately after his victory, Abdullah demanded the dismissal o..

More seats for girlsin IITs from 2018

NEW DELHI, (PTI), Govt approves 20 pc supernumerary seats for girls for the year 2018 The percentage of the supernumerary seats will be decided every year MORE girl students would get admission in the prestigiousIndian Institutes of Technology (IITs..

Misdirected US strike kills 18 allied fighters

BEIRUT, Apr 14, (AP), A MISDIRECTED air strike by the US-led coalition earlier this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria, the US military has said. US Central Command on Thursday said coalition aircraft w..

No holidays in schools in name of great leaders: Yogi

LUCKNOW, Apr 14 , (UNI) , UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday paid his tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar on his 126th birth anniversary. On this occasion, he announced that all schools would teach ..

NGT slaps Rs 50 lakhs cost on Tehri Hydro Devpt Corporation

NEW DELHI, Apr 14, (PTI), DEVELOPMENT does not mean destroying nature, the National Green Tribunal has said while slapping an environment compensation of Rs 50 lakh on Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) for throwing debris of its Vishnugad Pi..

Kerala man among 36 IS ultras killed in US bombing in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/KASARGODE, (Kerala), Apr 14 , (IANS) , AN Islamic State (IS) activist from Kerala is believed to have been killed along with 36 IS militants when the US unleashed a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs”,..

DigiDhan is cleanliness drive against black money: Modi

Staff Reporter, NAGPUR,  Apr 14, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi launched various schemes under DigiDhan initiative from the city on the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of ‘Bharat Ratna’ Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and said that digital ..

Women can retain maiden name on passport, says PM

MUMBAI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said there was no need for a woman to change her name on the passport after marriage or divorce and that she could get the travel document by giving the names of either of her parents. “There has ..

US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ on IS in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, (Agencies) The most powerful non-nuclear bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing IS fighters The 9,797 kg GPS-guided bomb has been used for the first time THE United States dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb GBU-43, also known a..

BJP wins 5 out of 10 seats, Cong bags three in Assembly by-polls

NEW DELHI, THE BJP on Thursday won half of the 10 Assembly seats in by-polls across seven states and Delhi while the Congress bagged three and the TMC and the JMM one each with all but two of the seats being retained. Of the five seats won by the BJP,..

Only 2 pc turnout in re-poll in Srinagar LS constituency

SRINAGAR, A MERE two per cent turnout was witnessed in repolling held in 38 polling stations of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, making it the lowest percentage in the state’s history, election officials said. However, the overall percentage in ..

No info about Jadhav: MEA

NEW DELHI, INDIA has no information on retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location in Pakistan or his condition, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday, noting that it is in touch with the Government there on this ‘imme..

Petrol, diesel prices to change every day

NEW DELHI, The pilot project for daily price revision will be launched in 5 selected cities (Puducherry, Vizag, Udaipur, Jamshedpur and Chandigarh) from May 1 and will be gradually extend to all over the country COME May 1, petrol and diesel prices wi..

‘Historic’ Parlt Budget session concludes

NEW DELHI, The productivity of Lok Sabha was 114 pc while that of Rajya Sabha was 92 pc. As many as 23 Bills were passed in the Lower House and 14 legislations in the Upper House MARKED by some historic events, the Budget session of Parliament came t..

EC throws ‘open challenge’ to people to hack EVMs

NEW DELHI, The challenge would be held in the first week of May and could continue for ten days Oppn delegation meets President, raises the issue of alleged EVM tampering ON the day Opposition parties met President Pranab Mukherjee and raised the issu..

Jadhav will not be executed immediately: Pakistan minister

ISLAMABAD, KULBHUSHAN Jadhav, who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on the charges of spying, will not be immediately executed, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said. Asif said that three appellate forums are ava..

Somalia forces free eight hostages from hijacked Indian ship

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA security forces on Wednesday freed eight sailors who had been taken ashore by pirates after they were chased off a hijacked Indian ship earlier this week, a coast guard official said. “The eight hostages were freed without figh..

Budget Session of Parlt winner for Treasury benches, says PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described the Budget Session as a “winner” for the Treasury benches, saying the BJP put up an impressive show in State polls while the Government was able to secure passage of many key Bills in Parliam..

Will go ‘out of way’ to save Jadhav: India

If Jadhav is hanged, it will have consequences on ties, thunders Sushma   AMID an outrage in Parliament, India on Tuesday said it will go “out of way” to ensure justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav and warned Pakistan that his execution will ..

Indian fishermen save their Pak tormentors from drowning in sea

AHMEDABAD, Apr 11, (PTI), CAPTURED by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) personnel who illegally entered Indian waters, Indian fishermen did not dither in saving their tormentors after one of the Pakistani boats capsized off the Gujarat coast i..

Paswan mulls food control in hotels to avoid wastage

NEW DELHI, Apr 11, (UNI), AMID controversy pertaining to Rs 12,000 cost of per ‘Thali’ surfacing against AAP regime in Delhi, the Union Consumer Affairs and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said, “wastage” of food is ..

EC announces re-poll in 38 polling stations in Srinagar

SRINAGAR, Apr 11, (IANS), THE Election Commission on Tuesday announced that re-poll will be held on Thursday in 38 polling stations of the Srinagar Lok Sabha Constituency, which was hit by violence on Sunday. State Chief Electoral officer Shantmanu ..