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Palaniswami wins trust vote amid chaos

CHENNAI, Feb 18, (PTI), 122 AIADMK MLAs back Palaniswami Govt in TN Assembly Former Chief Minister Panneerselvam could muster only 11 votes Speaker P Dhanapal and M K Stalin’s shirts were torn in fracas “I am hurt and ashamed,” s..

Phase-III UP Assembly polls for 69 seats today

LUCKNOW, Feb 18, (PTI), HOME Minister Rajnath Singh’s Lok Sabha seat Lucknow and SP strongholds Kannauj, Mainpuri and Etawah will be among 69 Assembly constituencies that will witness voting on Sunday in the third phase of the UP polls.Over 2.4..

Won’t support BJP if Sena pulls out in Mah: Pawar

MUMBAI, Feb 18, (PTI), NATIONALIST Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday asserted that his party will not bail out the BJP Government in Maharashtra if it is reduced to minority and dared the Shiv Sena to withdraw support to it. “We are ..

Pak lists Hafiz under anti-terrorism act

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18, (PTI), MUMBAI attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, who is under house arrest, has now been listed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism act, a tacit acknowledgement of his links to militancy.‘Dawn News’ reported..

Arrested Samsung heir appears handcuffed for questioning

SEOUL, Feb 18, (AFP), HANDCUFFED and bound with ropes, the heir of electronics giant Samsung appeared for questioning on Saturday over his alleged involvement in the corruption scandal currently engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.Among ot..

Law makes wage payment through cheques or e-mode compulsory

NEW DELHI, Feb 17, (PTI), THE Central and State Governments can now specify industrial units and other establishments which will have to pay wages either through cheques or by electronically transferring into the workers’ bank accounts, as per ..

SC orders FIR against UP minister Prajapati in rape case

NEW DELHI, Feb 17, (PTI) THE Supreme Court on Friday directed the UP police to lodge an FIR against State minister and Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati in connection with cases of alleged gangrape and attempt to rape a woman and her daughter...

Govt to act against cos creating artificial shortage of stents

NEW DELHI, Feb 17, (PTI), GOVERNMENT on Friday said it is keeping a close watch on some companies trying to create an artificial shortage of life-saving coronary stents and stringent action will be taken against those engaging in unethical practices...

Palaniswami expected to win trust vote today

CHENNAI, Feb 17, (PTI), TAMIL Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, a loyalist of V K Sasikala, will seek a trust vote in the Assembly on Friday and barring any last-minute hitches the new AIADMK Government is expected to sail through. On the e..

BJP will win 6 out of 10 corporations: Fadnavis

BJP will win 6 out of 10 corporations: Fadnavis..

BJP will win 6 out of 10 corporations: Fadnavis

By Kartik Lokhande NAGPUR, Feb 17, DEVENDRA Fadnavis, Chief Minister and poster-boy of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra, exuded confidence that BJP will win at least six out of 10 municipal corporations in State that are going to polls on ..

70 killed in IS suicide attack on Pak shrine

KARACHI, Feb 16, (PTI), The bomber blew himself up near the site where the ritual of sufi dance ‘Dhamal’ was taking place 12 women and four children among the dead OVER 70 people were killed and nearly 150 others injured on Thursday nig..

Palaniswami sworn in as TN CM

CHENNAI, Feb 16, (PTI), Sasikala loyalist, Palaniswami is the third person to occupy the top post in the last nine months. He now heads 31-member Cabinet Palaniswami keeps portfolios of Home, Finance, Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports EDAPPADI ..

ISRO’s world record makes Indians proud: Chinese daily

By K J M Varma, BEIJING, Feb 16, (PTI), The daily which has been carrying critical articles against India on almost on daily basis also sought to make out a case that India is spending more on defence than China in terms of GDP ratio GRUDGINGLY ack..

Pichai responds to 7-yr-old girl’s Google job application

By Aditi Khanna, LONDON, Feb 16, (PTI), GOOGLE’S India-born CEO Sundar Pichai surprised a seven-year-old British girl by personally responding to her hand-written job application.Chloe Bridgewater from the town of Hereford in England was so fa..

LeT ultra convicted, two freed in 2005 Delhi serial blasts case

NEW DELHI, Feb 16, (PTI), Police fail to prove charges against two persons in 2005 serial blasts case in which 67 lives were lost Dar will also be released as he has already completed 11-year jail term A DELHI court on Thursday awarded ten-year jail..

ISRO hits century

SRIHARIKOTA (AP), Feb 15, (Agencies), Launches record 104 satellites at one go PSLV successfully puts into orbit India’s weather observation Cartosat-2 Series satellite and 103 nano satellites in a gap of 30 minutes.The 103 satellites include ..

Sasikala surrenders, sent to B’luru jail

BENGALURU/CHENNAI, Feb 15, (PTI), Judge turns down her plea for more time to surrender and for home food Four cars in the cavalcade of Sasikala were damaged by unknown persons Sasikala angrily thumped Jaya’s Samadhi, apparently pledging to st..

OPS, Palaniswami meet Governor with claims of majority

CHENNAI, Feb 15, (PTI), ALL eyes were on Wednesday on Governor C Vidyasagar Rao over the swearing-in of the new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister after Edapaddi K Palaniswami and rival O Panneerselvam met him with claims of majority support of AIADMK MLAs. ..

Over 65 pc voting in UP phase-II polls

LUCKNOW, Feb 15, (PTI), AN impressive turnout of over 65 per cent was recorded in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, figuring in the second phase of the crucial State polls on Wednesday.The districts where pollin..

Arrest warrant against Pak jail official in Sarabjit case

By M Zulqernain, LAHORE, Feb 15, (PTI), A PAKISTANI court has issued a bailable arrest warrant against a top jail official for failing to appear before it in connection with the 2013 murder case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh. The court’s ..

Sasikala gets 4-year jail

NEW DELHI/CHENNAI, Feb 14, (PTI), Supreme Court upholds trial court verdict, including fine of Rs 10 crore and disqualifying her from contesting an election for 10 years THE Supreme Court on Tuesday restored AIADMK chief V K Sasikala’s convict..

Sasi expels OPS; Palaniswami elected new AIADMK leader

CHENNAI, Feb 14, (PTI), EDAPPADY K Palaniswami, a loyalist of AIADMK general secretary V Sasikala, was on Tuesday elected the Legislature Party Leader, taking over the post from her after she was convicted by the Supreme Court.The move was apparently..

Govt cuts coronary stent prices by up to 85 pc

  NEW DELHI, Feb 14, (PTI), Price fixed at Rs 7,260 for bare metal ones and Rs 29,600 for the drug eluting variety Maximum retail cost of a stent currently ranges from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1.98 lakh   IN a major relief to patients, the Gover..

Rs 1 crore seized from car in Selu

District Correspondent, WARDHA, Feb 14, SENSATION prevailed at Vanarvihar near Selu on Tuesday when a stock of currency worth of Rs 1 crore was seized from the four-wheeler during the vehicle check-up drive conducted by Talathi and Village Secretary ..

BSF detects tunnel along IB

JAMMU, Feb 14, (PTI), BSF has detected a tunnel originating from the Pakistani side along the International Border in Samba district, foiling designs by militants to infiltrate.During anti-tunneling exercise, BSF detected the approximately 20-meter t..

SC verdict on assets case against Sasikala today

NEW DELHI/CHENNAI, Feb 13, (PTI), If convicted, Sasikala will be rendered ineligible for contesting Assembly election, stifling her ambition of becoming the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu THE all-important Supreme Court verdict, which will decide the ..

Justice Karnan fails to appear in SC in contempt proceedings

NEW DELHI, Feb 13, (PTI), SC defers the matter for hearing till March 10 Justice Karnan has purportedly said in a letter that he has been victimised for being a ‘Dalit’ and this matter be referred to Parlt CALCUTTA High Court’s con..

Aero India show set for flying start today

BENGALURU, Feb 13, (IANS), THE 11th edition of ‘Aero India’, set for a smooth take-off here on Tuesday, will witness the participation of 30 countries and as many as 72 state-of-the-art aircraft.As many as 270 companies from India and 279..

Reliance signs warship repair pact with US Navy

NEW DELHI, Feb 13, (PTI), MONTHS after India and US signed a key logistics pact, Reliance Defence and Engineering on Monday announced an agreement with the American Navy for repair and alteration services for warships of the largest forward- deployed..

K’taka Assembly passes Bill to allow Kambala

BENGALURU, Feb 13, (PTI), BOWING to public pressure, a Bill to legalise traditional buffalo race “Kambala” and bullock cart races in Karnataka was passed by the State Assembly with all parties backing the move. The Prevention of Cruelty t..

Submit details of tours of 3 months: PM asks Ministers

NEW DELHI, Feb 12, (PTI), Ministers have been asked to submit the details by Monday The reason is to know if the Ministers visited places beyond their constituencies to promote demonetisation PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministerial co..

4 ultras gunned down in Valley

KULGAM (J&K), Feb 12, (PTI), Two soldiers were martyred and son of the house owner who got caught in the cross-fire succumbed to injuries A youth was killed and 15 were injured in clashes between stone pelters and security forces following the e..

Five more MPs, actors, star campaigners join OPS camp

CHENNAI, Feb 12, (PTI), SUPPORT grew on Sunday for Tamil Nadu’s caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, locked in a bruising feud with AIADMK supremo V K Sasikala for power, with five more MPs crossing over to his camp.Four Lok Sabha MPs--Jai..

ITBP troops get snow scooters to patrol along Chinese border

NEW DELHI, Feb 12, (PTI), 5 scooters costing around a crore, can seat two personnel with their rifle and ammunition in tow and can negotiate a 45 degree slope on the hills and are supported by chaincase belts to help the 278 kg machine glide smooth a..

With an eye on Venus and Mars, ISRO attempts mega world record

By Pallava Bagla, BENGALURU, Feb 12, (PTI), INDIA will boldly go to Venus for the first time and re-visit the Red Planet very soon.Buried and hidden in the hundreds of pages of the new format electronic budget documents, is the first formal acknowle..

India tests nuclear interceptor missile

NEW DELHI, Feb 11, (IANS), THE Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Saturday successfully test fired a Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile designed to intercept and destroy hostile ballistic missiles in space even bef..

64 pc turnout in phase-1 UP polls

LUCKNOW, Feb 11, (PTI), AN estimated 64 per cent voter turnout was witnessed on Saturday in the first of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh polls which passed off peacefully in 73 Assembly constituencies, barring some stray incidents of violence. Chief ..

BJP wins 3 graduate MLC seats in UP

NEW DELHI, Feb 11, (PTI), BJP on Saturday won three graduate constituencies in the Legislative Council elections in Uttar Pradesh, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming it an indication of things to come in the State. BJP won the Kanpur, Bareilly..

Big boost for OPS: MLA, 4 LS MPs join camp

CHENNAI, Feb 11, (PTI), O PANNEERSELVAM on Saturday got a boost, with an MLA and 4 MPs of AIADMK joining him after deserting V K Sasikala who threatened to hold protest on Sunday while targeting Governor Vidyasagar Rao for the delay in swearing her i..

500 kg Egyptian woman reaches Mumbai hospital, lifted by crane

MUMBAI, Feb 11, (PTI), EMAN Ahmed, one of the heaviest women in the world weighing 500 kg, on Saturday landed here for weight reduction treatment at a local hospital and was lifted, along with the bed on which she laid while travelling, with the help..

Kohli eclipses Dravid, Bradman

Kohli eclipses Dravid, Bradman..

Round one of polling in UP Assembly elections today

LUCKNOW, Feb 10, (PTI), NEARLY 2.6 crore people in 73 constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh will be eligible to vote on Saturday in the first of the seven phases of high-stake Assembly elections, seen as a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Mo..

ATS suspects teleco staff involved in MP spy-racket

Our Correspondent & Agencies, BHOPAL, Feb 10, THE Madhya Pradesh ATS said the accused in an alleged spy-racket run from Pakistan had built a hi-tech communication system in collusion with some staff of telecom companies to pass on strategic infor..

Rs 18,000 crore cleared for Ken-Betwa river linking project

NEW DELHI, Feb 10, (PTI), The national project envisaged to address drinking water and irrigation requirements of the parched Bundelkhand region The first-of-its-kind project covers parts of Madhya Pradesh and poll-bound UP THE investment clearance ..

Wait for CM in TN gets longer as Governor yet to decide on issue

CHENNAI, Feb 10, (PTI), Sasikala sacks party presidium chairman E Madusudanan Don’t recognise Sasikala as AIADMK General Secretary: E Madusudanan writes to EC A section of AIADMK MLAs supporting Sasikala have dismissed reports that they have be..

All eyes on TN Governor now

CHENNAI, Feb 9, (PTI), Sasikala, Panneerselvam meet Rao separately, stake claim to form Govt Before meeting Governor, Sasikala visits Jaya memorial, places an envelope containing list of MLAs supporting her After meeting Governor, Panneerselvam say..

MP ATS busts spy ring, arrests 11

Staff Reporter, Bhopal, Feb 9, The eleven accused have been held from Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Satna Madhya Pradesh ATS has arrested as many as eleven people on espionage related charges from Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Satna. Accused were in..

Mallya extradition letter handed over to Britain

NEW DELHI, Feb 9, (PTI), INDIA on Thursday handed over to the UK an extradition request for absconding businessman Vijay Mallya who is facing cases of loan default and other financial irregularities.“Today, we handed over the request for extrad..

Theresa May wins vote in UK Parlt to start Brexit

By Aditi Khanna, LONDON, Feb 9, (PTI), BRITISH Parliament overwhelmingly supported a Bill on Thursday empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start crucial negotiations by March 31 on leaving the European Union, bringing Brexit a step closer.The dr..

Aadhaar mandatory for getting PDS foodgrains

NEW DELHI, Feb 9, (PTI), AFTER cooking gas LPG, the Government on Thursday made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from the ration shops with a view to better target Rs 1.4 lakh crore subsidy under the food security law. The Govern..

PM slams Manmohan for describing note ban as ‘organised loot’

NEW DELHI, Feb 8, (PTI), Congress stages walkout as Prime Minister says “the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on” is known only to the former Prime Minister as there is “no blot on him” despite “all the scams..

Governor to reach Chennai as Sasi, OPS claim majority

CHENNAI, Feb 8, (PTI), Sasikala takes MLAs to undisclosed location to keep flock together Panel headed by SC judge will be set up to probe ‘doubts’ surrounding Jaya’s demise, says Panneerselvam INJECTING a new twist to the ongoing ..

No cash withdrawal limit from March 13

MUMBAI, Feb 8, (PTI), Limit to be increased from Rs 24,000 to Rs 50,000 from 20th THE Reserve Bank on Wednesday said that the weekly limit on withdrawal of cash from savings bank accounts will be increased to Rs 50,000, from the current Rs 24,000, f..

Campaigning for phase-I of UP polls ends today

LUCKNOW, Feb 8, (PTI), Polling in 73 constituencies will be held on February 11 THE campaigning for the first phase of the high-stake Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will come to an end on Thursday in 73 constituencies spread over 15 districts incl..

SC issues notice to Calcutta HC judge

NEW DELHI, Feb 8, (PTI), Justice Karnan sent letters to various dignitaries, including the PM, CJI, Law Minister and various sitting judges across High Courts, alleging corruption against several sitting and retired judges SC asks Justice Karnan to ..

Panneerselvam revolts

CHENNAI, Feb 7, (Agencies), Creates flutter by sitting in meditation at Jayalalithaa’s ‘Samadhi’ for 40 minutes; says, her ‘spirit’ talked to him. Says, he was forced to resign, but may withdraw it. Sasikala faction sack..

Demonetisation timing was perfect: Modi in LS

NEW DELHI, Feb 7, (PTI), Modi raises pitch for simultaneous elections, asking all parties to consider the proposal, rising above political considerations GIVING a new turn to his demonetisation decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asser..

I-T Deptt detects Rs 16,200 cr black money stashed abroad

NEW DELHI, Feb 7, (PTI), “There is no official estimation of quantum of black money stashed abroad by Indians,” said Jaitley OVER Rs 16,200 crore in black money has been detected by the Government after investigations on global leaks abo..

3.3 crore ghost, duplicate LPG connections blocked

NEW DELHI, Feb 8, (PTI), AS MANY as 3.3 crore fake, ghost and duplicate LPG connections have been blocked, leading to saving of Rs 21,000 crore in subsidies, said Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. “When we assumed office (in 2014), we had a sys..

LS passes Bill to make holding of old notes punishable

NEW DELHI, Feb 7, (PTI), THE Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill which makes holding of more than 10 old notes of Rs 500/1000 denomination punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000, with the Government saying the aim was to check parallel economy us..

SC orders attachment of Sahara’s Aamby Valley

NEW DELHI, Feb 6, (PTI), Supreme Court directed attachment of Sahara Group’s prime property worth Rs 39,000 crore at Aamby Valley in Pune for realisation of money to be paid to its investors. Sahara Group has to pay Rs 14,000 crore to repay its..

Uncertainty over Sasikala’s oath taking today

CHENNAI, Feb 6, (PTI), PIL filed in Supreme Court seeking to restrain Sasikala from being sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on the ground that the apex court was likely to pronounce within a week judgement in corruption case in which she and Jaya..

Ousted Cyrus Mistry voted out as Director by Tata Sons shareholders

MUMBAI, Feb 6, (PTI), OUSTED Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry was on Monday removed as director of the company with shareholders voting in favour of his removal with “requisite majority”.“The shareholders of Tata Sons Ltd, at the ext..

Taxmen not to question people on deposits up to Rs 2.5 lakh: CBDT

NEW DELHI, Feb 6, (PTI), PROVIDING clarity on scrutiny of deposits made in banks post demonetisation, I-T department on Monday said no questions will be asked about deposits of up to Rs 2.5 lakh and only those accounts will be probed that do not matc..

Verify identity of all mobile users in a year: SC to Centre

NEW DELHI, Feb 6, (PTI), IN A move to end fake mobile phone users, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to put in place within a year an effective mechanism to scrutinise the details of identity of over 100 crore existing and future mobile te..

Sasikala set to be TN Chief Minister

CHENNAI, Feb 5, (PTI), “I will fulfil the dreams of Amma fully and I give my assurance that this regime will work for the people,” said Sasikala She said that whenever the party faced tough times it was our dear brother Panneerselvam who ..

US court rejects White House request to reinstate travel ban

WASHINGTON, Feb 5, (PTI), IN A significant blow to President Donald Trump, a US federal appeals court on Sunday rejected a request by his administration to immediately reinstate travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.The Justice De..

Kejriwal has high blood sugar, to visit Bengaluru

NEW DELHI, Feb 5, (PTI), DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will on February 7 leave for Bengaluru where he will undergo naturopathy treatment for high blood sugar.He returned to the national capital on Saturday after spearheading AAP’s aggre..

Water level in dams depletes as drought advances in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 5, (PTI), Water level in 20 major reservoirs in the State was about 34.43 per cent less in January, when compared to the water level in these dams in January last year WITH the drought situation advancing, water level in all ..

Over 100 killed in Afghan avalanches

KABUL, Feb 5, (AFP), MORE than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said on Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.The ..

Saeed’s JuD is now ‘Tehreek Azadi J&K’

By Sajjad Hussain, ISLAMABAD, Feb 4, (PTI), JAMAAT-UD-DAWA has rebranded under the new name of ‘Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir’, just days after its chief Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest and a crackdown launched on the organisati..

Punjab records 75% voting, Goa 83%

Punjab records 75% voting, Goa 83%..

US suspends travel ban after judge stays Trump’s order

WASHINGTON, Feb 4, (AFP), US authorities on Saturday suspended President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries, following a court ruling that blocked its enforcement.“We have reversed the provisional re..

No tax incentive beyond Rs 2 lakh for second home

NEW DELHI, Feb 4, (PTI) RULING out rollback of the proposal to restrict tax incentive for second home to Rs 2 lakh per annum, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Saturday said there is no point in subsidising purchase of second property by those who h..

Rid UP of SCAM (SP, Congress, Akhilesh, Mayawati), says Modi

MEERUT, Feb 4, (PTI), IN HIS first rally in Uttar Pradesh after polls were announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday alleged the corrupt he had “robbed” with note-ban have ganged up to bring him down and targeted the SP-Congress..

Bill in Lok Sabha to make holding of scrapped notes a criminal offence

NEW DELHI, Feb 3, (PTI), New bill aims at eliminating the ‘possibility of running a parallel economy’Once passed by Parlt, possession of more than 10 pieces of the old notes by individuals and more than 25 pieces for study will be a crimi..

Punjab, Goa go to polls today

CHANDIGARH/PANAJI, Feb 3, (PTI), Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases between February 11 and March 8 Manipur voters will exercise their franchise in two phases on March 4 and 8 The counting for all five States will take place on March 11 ARCHRIV..

Remonetisation nearly complete: Das

NEW DELHI, Feb 3, (PTI), In less than 90 days, the whole process of remonetisation is almost complete. This speaks volumes about the way the remonetisation has been completed, said Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. THE exercise of remoneti..

NEET 2017 to be counted as first attempt: CBSE

NEW DELHI, Feb 3, (PTI), THE National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2017 for admission to medical colleges across the country will be considered as the first out of three available attempts for all the candidates, the Central Board of Seco..

ED files 1st chargesheet in demonetisation case involving Axis bank officials

NEW DELHI, Feb 3, (PTI), THE ED has filed its first chargesheet in money laundering cases resulting from demonetisation against officials of an Axis bank branch here and others for alleged illegal conversion of scrapped currency notes. The agency fi..

Maran, others discharged in Aircel-Maxis deal cases

NEW DELHI, Feb 2, (PTI), The courts order will not have any effect on the two accused Malaysian nationals -- Ralph Marshall and T Ananda Krishnan -- as the court has already segregated the trial against them A SPECIAL court here on Thursday discharg..

Poll guns go silent in Punjab, Goa

CHANDIGARH/PANAJI, Feb 2, (PTI), State     Seats Contestants Punjab 117 seats 1,145 Goa 40 seats 250  THE high-octane, calumny- filled campaign for Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa, billed as first majo..

All evidence against Hafiz available with Pak: India

NEW DELHI, Feb 2, (PTI), INDIA on Thursday dismissed Pakistan’s demand for “concrete evidence” against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in the 26/11 case, saying the required proof is already available in that country as the entire conspiracy ..

40 tonnes of oil sludge collected in Chennai: CG

CHENNAI, Feb 2, (PTI), WORK is on to clear the oil spill caused due to the collision of two ships and it is expected to be completed soon, a senior official said here on Thursday. Nearly 40 tonnes of oil sludge and 27 tonnes of oil mixed with water ..

China tests new version of missile with 10 nuclear warheads: Report

By K J M Varma, BEIJING, Feb 2, (PTI), The Dongfeng-5C missile, carrying 10 dummy warheads, was launched from the Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province, and flew to a desert in western China The missile is a new variant of the DF-5, an int..

Jaitley gives boost to infra, farming; sops to I-T payers

NEW DELHI, Feb 1, (PTI), Rs 3,96,135 crore for infrastructure schemes Allocation for agriculture up by 6 pc to Rs 51,026 crore To promote digital economy, cash expenditure allowable has been reduced to Rs 10,000 from the existing Rs 20,000 SOFTENI..

Cash donations to political parties capped at Rs 2000

NEW DELHI, Feb 1, (PTI), Parties can receive donations via cheques, electronic mode Electoral bonds to be issued by RBI IN A major move aimed at promoting transparency in political funding, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced cappin..

Rlys gets Rs 1 lakh cr as spl safety fund

NEW DELHI, Feb 1, (PTI), The service charge on rail tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn. 500 rail stations will be made differently abled-friendly.By 2019, all coaches will be fitted with bio-toilets.Unmanned railway level crossings on th..

Budget presents ‘FUTURE’: Modi

NEW DELHI, Feb 1, (PTI), THE Budget presents the “future”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.Explaining about the “future”, he said it has a meaning in each of its letters. “In FUTURE, the letter ‘F&rs..

Pakistan may be included in Trump’s travel ban list

WASHINGTON, Feb 1, (PTI), Top White House officials have been asked why the list does not include countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia PAKISTAN, viewed as an epicentre of global terrorism, could be included in a list of Muslim- majo..

Survey bats for tax cuts, GST for faster growth

NEW DELHI, Jan 31, (IANS), Demonetisation will hit GDP but fiscal growth will return to normal next year, says Economic Survey A DAY ahead of the tabling of Union Budget, the Economic Survey has called for lowering tax rates and stamp duties, quick ..

President lauds note ban, surgical strikes; favours joint polls

Delhi Bureau & Agencies, NEW DELHI, Jan 31, Favours a constructive debate on simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assemblies and funding of polls to eradicate money power LAUDING the demonetisation decision and the surgical strikes across Lin..

Govt reacts cautiously on Saeed’s detention

NEW DELHI, Jan 31, (PTI), INDIA on Tuesday reacted cautiously to reports of detention of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and four others under an anti-terrorism act by Pakistan. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vi..

Modi hopes for comprehensive parleys during Budget session

Delhi Bureau & Agencies, NEW DELHI, Jan 31, AHEAD of the start of the Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hoped for a comprehensive discussion in Parliament. He noted that in the last few days, the Government has held discussi..

‘18 lakh people made suspicious deposits’

NEW DELHI, Jan 31, (PTI), I-T Deptt to send emails and SMSes seeking explanation about their source of funds   THE Income Tax department has identified 18 lakh people who have made ‘suspicious’ cash deposits post demonetisation, in..

RBI lifts curbs on ATM, current a/c withdrawal

MUMBAI, Jan 30, (PTI), RBI removes all limits on cash withdrawals from current accounts/ cash credit accounts/ overdraft accounts with immediate effect Weekly limit of Rs 24,000 on savings bank accounts will continue RBI promises to review weekly l..

Hafiz Saeed put under house arrest in Lahore

LAHORE, Jan 30, (PTI), JAMMAT-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai terror attack, was on Monday night placed under house arrest in Lahore, his outfit said.Punjab Government’s Home Department has issued detention order of Saeed a..

Ex-CAG Rai to head BCCI administrators’ panel: Apex Court

NEW DELHI, Jan 30, (PTI), BRUSHING aside all resistance, the Supreme Court Monday appointed a four-member committee of administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to run the affairs of the BCCI and implement cou..

Parliament should work despite differences: PM

Delhi Bureau and Agencies, NEW DELHI, Jan 30, Congress to demand discussion on demonetisation during 1st phase of session Trinamool Congress MPs not to attend Parlt on the first 2 days SEEKING cooperation of all parties in running Parliament during ..