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Terror strikes, a challenge for India: Rajnath

  GURGAON, THREATS posed by “lone wolf” attackers and “do it yourself” terrorists are a major challenge for agencies tasked with ensuring security of the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. Address..

Strong leadership will boost growth: Jaitley

  NEW DELHI, INDIA needs strong and decisive leadership at the Centre to promote growth, get rid of poverty and transform the country into a developed nation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Tuesday. With general elections due early next year,..

Devotees stop women from travelling to Sabarimala

  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Sabarimala gates open today for the first time since SC order on entry of women   HUNDREDS of women devotees of Lord Ayyappa on Tuesday checked vehicles for girls and women of menstrual age at Nilackal, the main gatew..

Nirmala dedicates website to Kalam

  NEW DELHI, DEFENCE Minister Nimala Sitharaman dedicated on Monday a DRDO website -’The Kalam Vision - Dare to Dream’ - to former president and ‘Missile Man’ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The website was launched on the 87th birth ..

PMs of India museum to be completed in a year

  NEW DELHI, THE Prime Ministers of India museum on the Teen Murti Estate premises will be completed in a year and will cover the works done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tenure, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Monday. The Union Min..

‘Devpt of tribals was never a priority for Cong in MP’

  Our Correspondent, DINDORI, As a gearing-up exercise in wake of forthcoming Assembly election, BJP National President Amit Shah infused new energy among the rank and cadres of the party in the tribal belt of Mahakaushal region with his visit t..

Free Rs 5 lakh insurance cover for Vaishno Devi pilgrims

  SRINAGAR, THE Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has approved enhancement of free accident insurance cover for pilgrims visiting the shrine to Rs 5 lakh besides free treatment to trauma victims from nearby areas. The decisions were t..

Parrikar returns to Goa after discharge from AIIMS

  PANAJI, GOA Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in his home State on Sunday afternoon from New Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment at the AIIMS for pancreatic ailment.Parrikar, 62, was flown in a special flight and later taken to his p..

Ashok Chakra for Odisha cop posthumously

  NEW DELHI,  An ASSISTANT Commandant of the Odisha Police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) has been conferred with the Ashok Chakra posthumously for sacrificing his life while fighting the Naxals, Home Ministry officials said on Sunda..

Army finalises mega reform plan

  NEW DELHI, Reforms to include restructuring officer cadre, bringing down age of key commands, arresting rising revenueexpenditure and  ‘right-sizing’ the force Reform measures will be implemented in a ‘phased manner and ..

82% voting in Samba in phase-3 civic polls

  SRINAGAR/JAMMU, JUST 3.49 per cent of the electorate voted in the third phase of the urban local body polls in militancy-hit Kashmir Valley, while a high turnout of 82 per cent was recorded in Jammu’s Samba district, officials said on Sat..

12 feared dead, 4 missing in landslide in Titli-hit Odisha

  BHUBANESWAR, AT LEAST 12 people were feared dead and four missing in a landslide triggered by heavy rain after cyclone Titli in Odisha’s Gajapati district, Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi said on Saturday. The incident occurred when..

NHRC important to achieve sustainable devpt goals: PM

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), THE National Human Rights Commission (NRCH) has an important role to play in Government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. Addressing an event in New Delhi ..

President Kovind advocates transparency in governance

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Friday strongly advocated transparency in governance, saying there is no such thing as “too much information” in a democracy and “information overload” is always preferabl..

Over 60 lakh affected in cyclone-hit Odisha, Govt steps up relief ops

  BHUBANESWAR, (PTI), THE Odisha Government on Friday deployed NDRF and ODRAF personnel to speed up rescue and relief operation mainly in three districts where over 60 lakh people were affected by flood due to heavy rainfall triggered by Cyclon..

Reliance has 10 per cent of offset in Rafale deal: Dassault CEO

  PARIS, (AFP), DASSAULT Aviation’s joint venture with Reliance represents around 10 per cent of the offset investments under the Rafale jet deal, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier has said. “We’re in talks with about 100 Indian firms..

US Govt to prevent nuclear  technology exports to China

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON, (PTI), THE Trump administration has said that it would sharply restrict exports of civilian nuclear technology to China that officials here claimed was being diverted to power new generations of Chinese submarines, aircraf..

‘Presence of terror infrastructure in Pak constantly testing India’s patience’

  PARIS, (PTI), IN A clear reference to cross border terrorism from Pakistan, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the presence of terror infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the immediate neighbourhood are constantly testin..

ED freezes bank a/cs of Greenpeace after raids

  NEW DELHI, THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has frozen over a dozen bank accounts of environmental NGO Greenpeace and its linked entity after it conducted searches at their premises in Bengaluru on charges of alleged forex violations, officials..

Losses on Wall Street rip through Asian financial markets

  SINGAPORE, A STOCK market rout that started on Wall Street rolled through Asia, driving China’s benchmark to a four-year low on Thursday and knocking down indexes in Japan, Korea and Australia. The Shanghai Composite index plunged 5.2 pe..

2 Hizbul militants killed in encounter in Kashmir

   (Right) Manaan Bashir Wani          SRINAGAR, Top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Manaan Bashir Wani shunned a PhD course in the AMU to join militancy. He was considered to be the chief recruiter for militan..

SC ‘no’ to issue notices on two Rafale PILs; seeks details in sealed envelope

  NEW DELHI, The Supreme Court directed the Centre to provide details of decision-making process, sans pricing and technical information, in the Rafale deal with France. The Government sought dismissal of the PILs, terming them “political ..

Bhilai Steel Plant CEO removed, two senior officials suspended

  Staff Reporter, BHILAI, TAKING serious cognizance of the major fire mishap in Bhilai Steel Plant that has claimed 12 lives so far, Union Steel Minister, Chaudhary Birender Singh removed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bhilai Steel Plant M Rav..

Five killed as train derails in UP

  LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI, FIVE coaches and the engine of the New Delhi bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli early on Wednesday, killing at least five people and seriously injuring nine, officials said. The accident on the New Farakka Exp..

9 killed in Bhilai Steel Plant blast

  Staff Reporter, BHILAI, NINE people were killed and 14 others injured on Tuesday morning in a blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of State-owned SAIL in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district, police said.The mishap occured following a gas leak ..

Terrorists pushing limits to hit Aviation Sector: Rajnath

  NEW DELHI, RECALLING the 2009 “underwear bomber”, who attempted to blow up a Amsterdam-detroit flight mid-air,  Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Tuesday terrorists are pushing their “limits” and “underpants&rd..

China to sell 48 high-end military drones to Pak

  By K J M Varma, BEIJING, CHINA will sell 48 high-end military drones to its ‘all-weather ally’ Pakistan in what a military observer said will be the largest deal of its kind, official media here reported on Tuesday. The cost of the..

Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to 2 Americans

William Nordhaus , Paul Romer STOCKHOLM, THE Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2018 was awarded on Monday to American economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer for designing methods that address fundamental and pressing issues including long-term sust..

Valley records 8.3% turnout in civic polls

  SRINAGAR/JAMMU, Militant threats keep people indoors in Kashmir local polls. Heavy turnout in Jammu and Ladakh THREATS from militant groups kept a majority of people away from polling booths in Kashmir Valley where the turnout was a paltry 8.3..

Brahmos Aerospace staffer in Nagpur arrested on suspicion of espionage

  Staff Reporter NAGPUR,  ANTI-TERRORISM Squad (ATS) units of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Police carried out a joint operation in the city on Monday morning and arrested a staffer of BrahMos Aerospace on suspicion of espionage. The staf..

General Rawat says, India follows independent policy

  NEW DELHI, AMID fears of US sanctions over the S-400 deal with Russia, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday asserted that India follows an independent policy and was also keen on getting the Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from M..

Kashmir is ours, it was ours and it will be ours: Rajnath

  LUCKNOW,   “No power in the world can snatch Kashmir from us,” Rajnath Singh said on the occasion of 26th anniversary of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) ‘Naxalism will be wiped out from the country in about three years&rsq..

Petrol, diesel prices on the rise again

  NEW DELHI, WITHIN a day of the one-off Excise Duty cut and PSUs subsidising fuel, petrol and diesel prices are on the rise again and have hit a three week high. Petrol and diesel prices were cut by a minimum Rs 2.50 on October 5 when the Gover..

Grand alliance a tried, tested and failed idea, says Jaitley

  NEW DELHI, TEARING into the Congress and other Opposition parties, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday called the proposed grand alliance an anarchic combination, the likes of which were “tried, tested and failed” in India.Spe..

EC announces dates for Assembly polls in 5 States

  NEW DELHI,   MP, Mizoram Assembly elections will be held on November 28 Chhattisgarh will go to the polls in two phases on November 12 and 20 Polls in Rajasthan and Telangana will be held on December 7 Counting of votes in all the Stat..

Pawar won’t contest 2019 LS polls: Awhad

  MUMBAI, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, party leader Jitendra Awhad said here on Saturday. Putting to rest speculations that Pawar will contest from Pune Lok Sabha seat, Ahw..

SC dismisses plea for fresh probe in Kathua rape case

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea by an accused in the sensational Kathua gangrape and murder case seeking fresh investigation in the matter on grounds that the probe was allegedly motivated.  A bench of Justi..

SC dismisses plea for fresh probe in Kathua rape case

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea by an accused in the sensational Kathua gangrape and murder case seeking fresh investigation in the matter on grounds that the probe was allegedly motivated.  A bench of Justi..

S-400 can launch 72 missiles simultaneously

  NEW DELHI, The S-400 Triumf air defence system deal, inked by India and Russia on Friday notwithstanding the US pressure of sanctions, can engage up to 36 targets at a time and simultaneously launch 72 missiles.  The long and medium range ..

Mah fines MNCs, others Rs 1,200 crore for supplying inferior BT cotton seeds

  By Quaid Najmi MUMBAI, (IANS), IN A significant step, the Maharashtra agriculture department recently slapped notices of Rs 1,200 crore in fines and compensations on around 90 top global and Indian firms for allegedly hawking poor-quality bi..

Interpol President reported missing during trip to China

PARIS, (AP), THE President of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he travelled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official said on Friday. Meng Hongwei’s wife reporte..

‘Problem in J&K majorly due to Pak’

  NEW DELHI, (IANS), ASSERTING that terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down in comparison to the past, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the “problem” in the State is “majorly” due to Pakistan ..

India, Russia seal S-400 deal despite US warning

NEW DELHI, (IANS), The two countries inked eight deals Modi said that India-Russia relations are unique and that President Putin has personally contributed to it A crucial MoU signed between ISRO and the Federal Space Agency of Russia ‘ROSCOSM..

Sensex dives 806 pts, Nifty 259 pts

  MUMBAI, THE equity benchmark Sensex on Thursday hit its lowest level in three months, crashing over 806 points to close below the 35,200-level as concerns over weakening rupee and rising crude oil prices spooked investors.Similarly, the NSE Nif..

Govt cuts petrol, diesel prices by Rs 2.50/litre

  NEW DELHI, THE Government on Thursday announced a Rs 2.50 per litre cut in petrol and diesel prices by reducing Excise Duty and asking PSU oil firms to take a hit of Rs 9,000 crore, a step that was matched by BJP-ruled States by slashing VAT so..

Kochhar resigns, Bakhshi is new MD, CEO of ICICI Bank

    NEW DELHI, FACING enquiry over charges of nepotism and conflict of interest, ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar on Thursday quit the bank, six months before her current tenure was to end. Kochhar, 57, has also resigned ..

Rupee hits new low of 73.34

  MUMBAI, THE Indian rupee on Wednesday crashed below the 73 mark against dollar for the first time ever on strong demand for the American currency from importers amid rising global oil prices and unabated capital outflows. At the Interbank Forei..

Justice Gogoi sworn in as new CJI

  NEW DELHI, JUSTICE Ranjan Gogoi was on Wednesday sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Justice Gogoi, 63, at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan’s historic Darbar Hall. Justice ..

BSP will go it alone in Raj, MP polls: Maya

LUCKNOW,   The BSP chief blamed the Congress for its ‘stubborn attitude’ IN A setback to Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BSP chief Mayawati said on Wednesday her party will not enter into a tie-up with the Congres..

‘Vaishnava Jana To’

  NEW DELHI, Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global   Artists from over 124 countries contribute musically in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations MAHATMA Gandhi’s fa..

Tributes paid to Bapu, Shastri

  NEW DELHI, THE country on Tuesday remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 149th birth anniversary and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 114th birth anniversary. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid ..

Violence as farmers try to enter Delhi

  NEW DELHI/GHAZIABAD, Seven policemen, including ACP, injured as protesting farmers turned violent CHAOS prevailed at the Delhi-UP border on Tuesday as thousands of protesting farmers attempted to enter the national capital, prompting the polic..

US, Japanese scientists win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

(Left) Tasuku Honjo (right) James P Allison   STOCKHOLM, TWO immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body’s natural defences can fight cancer, the jury s..

‘Our judiciary most robust’

  NEW DELHI, CHIEF Justice of India Dipak Misra said on Monday that Indian judiciary is the “most robust institution” in the world and young lawyers were assets having potential to develop the jurisprudence. “Our judiciary has b..

States asked to identify Rohingya refugees: Rajnath

  KOLKATA, The State Governments have been asked to collect biometric details of Rohingya refugees UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the State Governments have been asked to identify Rohingya refugees in their regions and collect ..

NSG upgrades security cover of VIPs

  By Neelabh Srivastava, NEW DELHI, THE NSG, which provides top category security cover to select VIPs like Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a number of Chief Ministers, has upgraded its protocol and armour on lines of the Special Protection Grou..

Govt owes AI over Rs 1K cr for VVIP charter flights

  NEW DELHI,   As per Air India data, some of the oldest pending bills are nearly 10 years old THE total outstanding of cash-strapped Air India towards Government for VVIP charter flights stands at Rs 1146.86 crore, according to the latest..

Death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami tops 800

  PALU, THE death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 on Sunday, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. The new toll announced by the national d..

Forces struck hard at Pak recently: Rajnath

  MUZAFFARNAGAR, UNION Home Minister has indicated that Indian forces struck hard at Pakistan recently, retaliating to the killing of a BSF jawan at the International Border earlier this month. The Minister said he would not reveal the nature of ..

Pakistan glorifies killers: Sushma to world leaders

  By Yoshita Singh, UNITED NATIONS, Mastermind of 26/11 attacks Saeed still roams streets of Pakistan with impunity, says External Affairs Minister PAKISTAN’S commitment to terrorism as an instrument of state policy has not abated one bit..

384 killed in Indonesia quake-tsunami

  Palu (Indonesia), Hospitals were overwhelmed by the influx of injured, with many people being treated in the open air, while other survivors helped to retrieve the remains of those who died NEARLY 400 people were killed when a powerful quake s..

Develop connect with people and serve them: PM to IAS officers

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday encouraged a group of newly-recruited IAS officers to develop a connect with the people around them in course of their duties. He was addressing a valedictory session of 176 IAS office..

BRICS shouldn’t be divided on UNSC reform: Sushma

  UNITED NATIONS, (PTI), THE members of the BRICS grouping should speak with a stronger voice and not be divided among themselves on the critical issue of achieving the long-pending UN Security Council reform, External Affairs Minister Sushma Sw..

Modi to endorse campaign to combat sexual abuse in UN

By Yoshita Singh, UNITED NATIONS, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is among 48 world leaders who have endorsed a collective statement issued by UN Chief Antonio Guterres reaffirming their continued personal commitment to support efforts to combat..

SC rejects plea for release of five activists in Bhima-Koregaon case

  By Pawan Kumar Singh, Abhishek Anshu, Manohar Lal & Sanjeev Kumar NEW DELHI, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea for immediate release of the five Left-wing activists, held in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case for al..

SC opens Sabarimala doors for women of all ages

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), IN A LANDMARK verdict, the Supreme Court on Friday lifted a ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala, holding this centuries-old Hindu religious pra..

Prasar Bharati Chief Surya Prakash, ex-SBI head Arundhati Bhattacharya on Lokpal search panel

  By Ashwini Shrivastava, NEW DELHI, An eight-member search committee to recommend the chairperson and members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal   THE Modi Government on Thursday constituted an eight-member search committee, to be h..

3 militants, soldier, 2 civilians killed in gunfights in Valley

  SRINAGAR, SIX persons, including a soldier, two civilians and three militants of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed on Thursday in four anti-terror operations in Kashmir.  Security forces launched a cordon-and-search o..

No reference to 5-judge bench on mosque-integral-to-Islam issue: SC

    NEW DELHI,   The 1994 verdict of Supreme Court states, “A mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam and namaz by Muslims can be offered anywhere, even in open.” A Muslim group had assail..

650 rescued, 1,000 tourists still stranded in snow-hit Himachal

  SHIMLA, MORE than 650 people, including five foreigners, have been evacuated in the past two days and over 1,000 are still stranded in snow-marooned Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, officials said on Wednesday.3 stranded persons, incl..

G4 nations for early UNSC reforms

  By Yoshita Singh, UNITED NATIONS, The G4 nations, India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, support each others’ bids for the permanent seats in the top UN body INDIA and the G4 nations voiced concern over the lack of substantive progress in th..

Aadhaar constitutionally valid: SC

  NEW DELHI, MANDATORY FOR Filing of I-T returns Allotment of PANGovt’s welfare schemes   NOT MANDATORY FOR Bank accounts Mobile connections Admissions and exams IN A verdict with far reaching consequences, the Supreme Court on We..

IIT students among 249 rescued; 300 still stranded in Himachal

  SHIMLA, A GROUP of 40-45 students of IIT-Roorkee, five residents of Kolkata and two German trekkers were among 249 persons rescued on Tuesday from the icy heights of Himachal Pradesh in a joint operation by the district administration and the B..

‘Economy to grow at 8%’

  NEW DELHI, FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the new insolvency law, indirect tax regime and demonetisation will help drive India’s growth rate and sustain it at 8 per cent.He added that there was a need to trust the banking s..

Let Parlt cure politics of criminalisation: SC

  NEW DELHI, Holding that criminalisation of politics is an extremely disastrous, lamentable situation, the apex court said this unsettlingly increasing trend in the country has the propensity to send shivers down the spine of a constitutional de..

PM inaugurates Sikkim’s first airport

  PAKYONG (Sikkim), With the inauguration of the airport, the country currently has 100 airports DEDICATING Sikkim’s first airport at Pakyong to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday his Government is committed to make th..

11 killed as rains pound North; ‘red alert’ issued in Punjab

  NEW DELHI, INCESSANT rains triggered flash floods and landslides in hill States of Northern India, with at least 11 people killed on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, and a ‘red alert’ being issued in Punjab..

‘Urban Naxals’, will be ‘neutralised’ soon: C’garh CM

  By Ashwini Shrivastava, RAIPUR,   “There are people of their (Naxals) ideology who support them, from High Courts to the Supreme Court (referring to some providing legal aid to them). We are getting successful (in checking Naxal ac..

C’garh is among fastest developing States: Modi

  The Hitavada State Bureau Janjgir/Raipur, Jai Johaar, Jai Satnam, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while greeting the huge gathering in chaste Chhattisgarhi, said when the State of Chhattisgarh came into existence, the passion of doing someth..

Three couples among 13 killed in Shimla accident

  SHIMLA, THIRTEEN people, including three couples, died after a vehicle veered off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district on Saturday, a police official said. The accident happened at Sanail, three kilomet..

IS militants attack Iran military parade, kill 29

  TEHRAN,   Attack in Ahvaz city comes as Iran marks anniversary of the start of its 1980-1988 war with Saddam’s Iraq MILITANTS shot dead at least 29 people including women and children in an attack on Saturday on an Iranian military..

Terrorists abduct, kill 3 policemen in J&K

  SRINAGAR, (PTI), THREE policemen were abducted from their homes in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and shot dead in cold blood by the Hizbul Mujahideen on Friday, police said as a new page opened up in the three-decade chapter of milita..

126 killed in Tanzania ferry disaster

  NAIROBI, (AFP), THE death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to 126 on Friday, as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200..

Govt-Oppn fight over ‘Surgical Strike Day’

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that a University Grants Commission’s communication asking varsities to celebrate anniversary of surgical strikes as “Surgical Strike Day..

Choksi moves court for cancellation of Non-Bailable Warrant against him

  MUMBAI, (PTI), FUGITIVE jeweller Mehul Choksi, a co-accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud case, on Friday moved the special CBI court here for cancellation of a non-bailable warrant against him claiming he has reasons to believe that his ..

India cancels UN meeting between Sushma-Qureshi 

    NEW DELHI, (PTI)   MEA cites killing of three policemen in J&K and release of postal stamps glorifying Burhan Wani BARELY 24 hours after agreeing to the engagement, the Government on Friday called off a meeting between the F..

Imran writes to Modi; seeks to re-start bilateral talks

  ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN’S new Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, the Foreign Office said here on Thursday, seeking to re-start the bilateral talks on key issues “challenging the relat..

Jet airways passengers suffer ear, nose bleeding

  MUMBAI, The crew ‘forgot’ to turn on a switch that controls cabin air pressure Five passengers suffer ‘mild conductive deafness’ The flight 9W-697 with 171 passengers and five crew, was forced to return to Mumbai short..

27 States, UTs to implement mega healthcare scheme from 25th: Niti

  NEW DELHI, Prime Minister Modi will launch the scheme on September 23 but effectively it will become operational from September 25, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay AS MANY as 27 States and Union Territories are ready to join..

Bhagwat pitches for policy to maintain demographic balance

  NEW DELHI, Ram Mandir should be built at the earliest as it would remove a major cause of discord between Hindus and Muslims, says Mohan Bhagwat RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday pitched for a policy to maintai..

Pak court suspends jail terms of Sharifs

  ISLAMABAD, The court order release of the former Premier, his daughter and son-in-law from the Adiala jail and directs them to submit bail bonds worth Rs 5,00,000 IN A major relief to the Sharif family, a top Pakistani court suspended on Wedne..

President signs triple talaq ordinance

  Delhi Bureau and Agencies, NEW DELHI, Under the proposed ordinance, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband   PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday night signed a..

RSS doesn’t interfere in Govt policies, functioning: Bhagwat

  NEW DELHI, There will be no ‘Hindu rashtra’ without Muslims, Hindutva is the basic thought of all communities residing in India, says RSS Chief   RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that the ..

‘3 infants die every 2 minutes in India’

  NEW DELHI, THREE infants die every two minutes on an average in India due to lack of access to water, sanitation, proper nutrition or basic health services, according to a report by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Esti..

Logo, web portal for Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

  NEW DELHI, PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday launched the logo and the web portal to be used for commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an official statement said. The logo was released in the presence of Minister of..

Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank to be merged

  NEW DELHI, THE Government on Monday said State-owned Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will be merged to create the country’s third largest lender as part of efforts to revive credit and economic growth. The move follows top lend..

Cong stakes claim to forming Govt in Goa as Parrikar unwell

  PANAJI,   The Congress, which has 16 members in the 40-member State Assembly, submitted a memorandum to the Goa Governor, urging her not to dissolve the Assembly and instead invite the party to form the Government The 16 Congress MLAs we..

‘India’s diversity should not be a reason for discord’

  NEW DELHI, RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh does not seek domination and is indifferent to who comes to power, the Hindutva organisation’s Chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday, as he launched an unprecedented outreach in a bid to allay apprehens..

India, France plan satellites for maritime surveillance

      By Prashant Rangnekar, BENGALURU,   This will be India’s largest space cooperation with any country India and France have planned 8-10 satellites as part of a “constellation” for maritime surveillance,..

DRDO flight-tests Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile successfully

      NEW DELHI,   The missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker operating in the Lock-on-Before-Launch mode. It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world THE Defence Research and Development Organisation..