Nation pays homage to martyrs; toll 45

  SRINAGAR, THE toll from Thursday’s terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 45 as two more troopers succumbed to their injuries, officials said on Friday.  Besides, 38 others were wou..

Rajnath, Malik turn pallbearers of slain jawans’ coffins

  SRINAGAR, WITH the bugler playing the ‘last post’, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik turned pallbearers on Friday as the bodies of 45 paramilitary personnel killed in an audacious terror strike in sout..

Curfew clamped in Jammu after massive protests; Army stages flag marches

  JAMMU, CURFEW was imposed in Jammu city on Friday and the Army conducted flag marches in sensitive areas following massive protests and incidents of stone-pelting and arson over the Pulwama terror attack in which 45 CRPF jawans were killed, off..

Explosion on CRPF convoy was heard 10 km away, say locals

  SRINAGAR, THE scene of devastation and destruction caused on Thursday by the suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 43 security personnel sent chills down the spine of unsuspecting locals who witnessed the blood bath in Pulwama district&r..

Sacrifices of our personnel won’t go in vain: PM

  NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday termed the attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama as despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain.He also spoke with Home Minist..

43 CRPF men martyred in J&K suicide attack

    (1) Security personnel carry out rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district on Thursday. Related reports and more pics on page 3, 4, 7, and last right(2) Suicide bomber&..

Raj Assembly passes 5% Gujjar Quota Bill

  JAIPUR,   The Bill will increase the backward classes’ reservation from the present 21 per cent to 26 per cent with a 5 per cent quota for Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria communities THE Rajasthan Assembly on We..

28 students hurt in J&K’s tuition centre blast

SRINAGAR, What caused the blast is being ascertained.  An earlier unconfirmed report said that it took place when one of the students was fiddling with a grenade he was carrying TWENTY-EIGHT students were injured on Wednesday in a mysterious..

NDA’s Rafale deal 2.86 pc cheaper than UPA’s: CAG

  NEW DELHI, CAG report didn’t disclose pricing details CAG sights drawbacks of settling for a ‘Letter of Comfort’ rather than a sovereign guarantee NDA DEAL Vs UPA DEAL On India-specific enhancements: NDA deal 17.08 per cent..

Nageswara Rao awarded day-long courtroom detention for contempt

  NEW DELHI, SC also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on former acting CBI chief Rao and another official for transferring out an officer who was probing the Bihar shelter homes sexual assault cases THE Supreme Court on Tuesday awarded day-long ..

Kovind unveils Vajpayee’s portrait in Parlt

  NEW DELHI, PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday unveiled a life-size portrait of Atal Behari Vajpayee in the Central Hall of Parliament House, noting the former Prime Minister led the nation under trying times. The President also said that the ..

17 killed in massive Delhi hotel blaze

  NEW DELHI, A child among those killed in the fire that started on the first floor of the Arpit Palace Hotel around 3.30 am,  trapping many guests who were deep in sleep General Manager and a Manager of hotel held, owner abscondin..

Priyanka makes political debut in UP

  LUCKNOW, PRIYANKA Gandhi Vadra made her debut in Uttar Pradesh’s political arena as Congress General Secretary with a grand road show on Monday, raising hopes of a turnaround in the party’s fortunes. Virtually launching the party&r..

Govt to table CAG report on Rafale deal in Parlt today

  NEW DELHI, THE Government is scheduled to table the CAG report on Rafale jet fighter deal, which has generated a massive political controversy, in Parliament on Tuesday, sources said. The Government’s decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jet..

SC refuses to monitor CBI probe into Saradha scam

  NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Monday refused to monitor the ongoing CBI investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam in West Bengal. A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna did not allow the applicat..

Shots fired, police vehicles torched as Gujjar agitation turns violent in Raj

  JAIPUR/NEW DELHI, THE Gujjar community agitation demanding five per cent quota in jobs and education turned violent on Sunday with shots being fired and police vehicles torched in Dholpur district and protesters blocking road and rail traffic i..

5 militants killed in J&K encounter

  SRINAGAR, Ph.D. Scholar-turned-Commander Wasem Rather was among the 5 Hizbul militants   FIVE militants belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed on Sunday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kash..

Over 1.5 cr pilgrims take holy dip in third ‘shahi snaan’ at Kumbh

  By Arunav Sinha, ALLAHABAD, THE chill in the atmosphere in and around the Sangam here failed to dampen the spirit of over 1.5 crore people who gathered Sunday for the third ‘shahi snaan’ at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the m..

Two cr expected to take holy dip on Kumbh’s third ‘shahi snaan’ today

  By Arunav Sinha, ALLAHABAD, THE Sangam city is all set to host the third ‘shaahi snaan’ of the ongoing Kumbh on Basant Panchami, falling on Sunday, during which more than two crore devotees are expected to take a holy dip. All the ..

Spl DGP, SP suspended in Rs 36,000 cr Chhattisgarh PDS scam phone tapping

  Our Correspondent and Agencies RAIPUR,   Special DGP Mukesh Gupta and SP Rajnesh Singh were suspended with immediate effect on charges of illegal phone tapping and forging documents while probing into Public Distribution System scam SPEC..

CBI questions Kolkata Police chief for 8 hrs

  SHILLONG, Asks Rajeev Kumar to appear again today for further examination CBI also summons former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh who was granted interim bail in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams KOLKATA Police Commissioner Rajeev Kum..

Mamata held sit-in to protect scamsters from CBI, says Modi 

  JALPAIGURI, West Bengal, (IANS), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of trying to save those who defrauded the poor in the chit fund scams, and said th..

Michel moves court for bail in VVIP chopper case

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), CHRISTIAN Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, moved a Delhi court on Friday seeking bail in cases by the CBI and the ED, saying the chargesheet against him was not filed within the stipulated time frame..

7 cops among 12 killed in snow-related incidents in J&K

  SRINAGAR, (PTI), TWELVE people were killed while one went missing in Jammu and Kashmir following the season’s heaviest snowfall on Thursday. Bodies of seven policemen were on Friday extricated from a police post hit by an avalanche near..

Rafale is most transparent deal: Ex-officials 

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), AMID a fresh controversy over the Rafale deal, Air Marshal SBP Sinha (retd), who was leading the Indian negotiating team for the fighter jet purchase, on Friday rejected the charge that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO..

SC ‘no’ to stay 10 pc quota for poor in general category

  NEW DELHI, Feb 8 THE Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. The apex court, however, agreed to examine the validity of..

‘Lab-grown liver’ raises hopes for Acute Liver Failure patients

  K.S.Jayaraman, BENGALURU, Researchers adopted the strategy for rapid and efficient decellularisation and repopulation, through chemically-induced ALF in mice and then made the affected livers functional again RESEARCHERS in Hyderabad claim to..

10 Naxals killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

  Our Correspondent, BIJAPUR, The forces recovered 12 weapons including 11 muzzle guns and one 315 bore revolver from the encounter site The number of Maoists’ deaths could increase, said SP Mohit Garg IN a pitched gun-battle with the se..

Loans to get cheaper as RBI cuts key rates

  MUMBAI, IN THE first interest rate cut in 18 months, the RBI on Thursday shed its hawkish stance to reduce policy rates in the maiden policy meeting under new Governor Shaktikanta Das, a move that may make home and other loans cheaper. Coming ..

Sabarimala board’s U-turn on women’s entry in temple

  NEW DELHI, Supports entry of women of all ages in the temple and urges the apex court to dismiss pleas seeking review of verdict THE Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which runs the historic Sabarimala temple in Kerala, took a U-turn in the Sup..

ED grills Vadra for over 5 hrs in money laundering case

  NEW DELHI, The money laundering case relates to Vadra’s purchase of a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds Vadra denies allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets ED to grill Vadra again today ROBERT Vadra, the brother..

Communication satellite GSAT-31 launched

  BENGALURU, Ariane-5 vehicle of the European launch services from French Guiana put the latest communication satellite into orbit successfully The mission will enhance connectivity for ATMs and provide uninterrupted DTH services INDIA’S ..

Hazare ends fast; says, happy with outcome of talks with Fadnavis

  RALEGAN SIDDHI (Maha), Process of appointing Lokpal will be initiated soon, says Fadnavis SOCIAL activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday called off his fast after a marathon meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and two Union Minis..

SC asks Kolkata top cop to appear before CBI

  NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate into the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam, while it making..

Magnetic North Pole wandering about 34 miles a year!

  WASHINGTON, The Magnetic North Pole is wandering about 34 miles (55 kilometers) a year. It crossed international date line in 2017, and is leaving the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia TRUE north isn’t quite where it used to be. Eart..

Shukla takes charge as CBI chief

  NEW DELHI, NEWLY-APPOINTED CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge of the agency on day when it finds itself locked in a dirty turf war with the Kolkata Police that spiralled into a political slugfest between the Centre and the West Bengal Gov..

UK orders Mallya’s extradition to India

  LONDON, THE extradition of Vijay Mallya, accused of conspiracy to defraud banks and money laundering offences, has been approved by UK Home Secretary, the British Government said on Monday, in a major blow to the liquor baron and boosting India..

SC to hear CBI’s plea today; HC declines to hear WB police plea

  NEW DELHI, The West Bengal Governor submitted his report to the Home Ministry on the situation that unfolded in Kolkata after a CBI team was allegedly obstructed by police from questioning Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam ..

Kolkata Police physically stops CBI from raids on chief

    CBI officers, who came to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam, were detained by Kolkata police on Sunday KOLKATA, The CBI officers had gone to question Kolkata Police chief Rajeev..

BJP launches drive to seek views of 10 crore people for manifesto

  NEW DELHI, LAUNCHING a mega drive to seek views from 10 crore people for BJP’s manifesto for the coming Lok Sabha election, its chief Amit Shah asserted on Sunday that only the Modi Government can ensure inclusive growth as it has laid a ..

Six killed as train derails in Bihar

  SONPUR (Bihar), AT least six passengers died and 29 others were injured early on Sunday when a rail fracture caused 11 bogies of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express to jump the tracks in Bihar’s Vaishali district, railway and police offici..

Defence Ministry clears procurement of 73,000 assault rifles from US

  NEW DELHI, The US-manufactured rifles will replace the Insas rifles, Army sources said IN MAJOR move towards infantry modernisation, the Defence Ministry has cleared a long-pending proposal of the Army to procure around 73,000 assault rifles f..

Rishi Kumar Shukla is new CBI Director

  NEW DELHI, Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer, is at present chairman of Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation in Bhopal Appointment triggers fresh war of words between Government and Opposition ENDING speculation, the Government on Saturda..

NITI Aayog asks States to identify farmers for income support plan

  NEW DELHI,   In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced a scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ under which Rs 6,000 per year would be provided to farmers holding cultivable land of up to 2 hectares TH..

India fastest highway developer in world: Goyal

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), INDIA is the fastest highway developer in the world with 27 km of highways being built every day, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday highlighting the importance of infrastructure sector in the nation’s develo..

MHA gets Rs 1.03 lakh cr; emphasis on border infra, police force modernisation 

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), FOR the first time, budgetary provisions for the Home Ministry has crossed the Rs 1-lakh crore mark and is pegged at over Rs 1,03,000 crore for the next fiscal, with special emphasis on improving border infrastructure of pol..

Sensex ends 212 points higher;  auto, consumption stocks rally

  MUMBAI, (PTI), BENCHMARK Sensex ended over 212 points higher in see-saw trade on Friday after the Government presented a farm-friendly, consumption-oriented Budget ahead of the general elections. After rallying over 500 points to hit the day&..

Railways gets highest ever allocation of Rs 1.58 lakh cr

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), THERE has been no hike in passenger fare and freight charges in the interim Budget announced by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, which also saw an allocation of Rs 64,587 crore and the highest ever capital expenditur..

Sab ka vikas Budget 

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), MAKING a big populist push in its final Budget before elections, the Narendra Modi-Government on Friday exempted people with an earning of up to Rs 5 lakh from payment of income tax, announced an annual cash dole-out of Rs 6..

Defence Ministry approves changes to DPP

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), THE Defence Ministry on Thursday approved changes to the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to make it industry-friendly and facilitate faster procurement of operationally urgent requirements of the Armed Forces. In its con..

‘Poor across all religion benefited under Modi Govt’

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Thursday said the Modi Government has ensured welfare of poor irrespective of their religious background and asserted that no major communal riot has happened in the States ..

ED arrests Saxena, Talwar after being deported

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), IN A major boost to agencies probing high-profile corruption cases, a Dubai-based businessman wanted in the VVIP choppers case and a corporate aviation lobbyist have been deported to India, officials said on Thursday. Enforc..

Modi Govt has worked to build ‘New India’: Kovind

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), PRESENTING key achievements of the Modi Government ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asserted it has worked to build a “New India” after assuming power in 2014 and infused new ho..

I-T concessions, farm relief package may figure in Goyal’s Budget today

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), INCOME tax concessions for individuals, a farm relief package, support for small businesses and possible populist spending measures may be part of the Budget that Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present on Friday as the G..

NDFB chief, 9 others get lifer for Assam blasts

  GUWAHATI, Nine serial blasts were triggered by the NDFB on October 30, 2008 -- three each in Guwahati and Kokrajhar, two in Barpeta and one in Bongaigaon -- killing 88 people and injuring 540 others THE chief of the National Democratic Front o..

Srikrishna panel indicts Kochhar for violating bank policies

  NEW DELHI, ICICI Bank to recover bonuses and stop her retirement benefits The development comes days after the CBI filed an FIR naming Kochhar and others in the alleged quid pro quo in extending Rs 3,250 cr loan to Videocon Group IN A major e..

PM dedicates Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Museum to nation

  MUMBAI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial and Museum at Dandi in Gujarat’s Navsari district on Mahatma Gandhi’s 71st death anniversary on Wednesday. The memorial has statues o..

George Fernandes no more

  NEW DELHI, George Fernandes, former Defence Minister, Socialist leader, passed away after prolonged illness GEORGE Fernandes, a lifelong Socialist despite his political adventurism that included Cabinet posts in two ideological opposite Govern..

Rs 7,214 crore to six States, 1 UT as relief for calamity damage

  NEW DELHI, Mah gets Rs 4,714.28 cr drought assistance THE Centre on Tuesday approved the release of Rs 7,214 crore to six States and a Union Territory, including Rs 4,714 crore to Maharashtra, for floods, draught and cyclone damage. A statemen..

Centre moves SC in Ayodhya case

  NEW DELHI, Centre moves SC seeking nod to return 67-acre land around disputed Ayodhya site to original owners THE Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking its permission to return the excess or superfluous land around the disputed Ram..

Won’t hesitate to act tough for national security: Modi

  Delhi Bureau and Agencies NEW DELHI,  Addressing the NCC cadets, the Prime Minister also asserted that corruption cannot be a part of ‘New India’ and those indulging in graft will not be spared  PRIME Minister Narendra Mo..

CBI court convicts 15 in 2008 Assam serial blasts case

  GUWAHATI,   THE chief of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Ranjan Daimary, and 14 others were on Monday convicted by a CBI fast track court in the 2008 case of serial bomb blasts in Assam that had left 88 people dead. CBI ..

Kumaraswamy threatens to quit over Congress MLA’s remarks

  BENGALURU, Demanding that Siddaramaiah be made the Chief Minister, Congress MLA ST Somashekhar had said, “The coalition Government is in power for the past seven months but not a single work has taken place.”   AMID strains i..

Nearly 4,500 cases pending per HC judge: Govt data

  NEW DELHI, According to the National Judicial Data Grid, at the end of 2018,  2.91 crore cases were pending with the district and subordinate courts. In the 24 HCs, 47.68 lakh cases were pending. EACH High Court judge is saddled with near..

NDA Govt committed to strengthening initiatives for universal healthcare: PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami at the foundation stone laying ceremony of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai on Sunday. TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit is a..

Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express: Goyal

  NEW DELHI, ACKNOWLEDGING its made-in-India status, the Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured semi-fast Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express, which will ply from the national capital to Varanasi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said ..

India, S Africa announce 3-year strategic programme to boost ties in key sectors

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), INDIA and South Africa on Friday announced a three-year strategic programme to expand ties in several key areas such as defence, maritime security and trade and investment after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive ta..

Govt approves minimum  Rs 18K/month disability pension for Armymen

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), WITH approval from the Defence Minister, it has been decided that disability or war injury pension for Armed Forces personnel shall be minimum Rs 18,000 per month, the Ministry said on Thursday. “With approval from Sm..

Mukesh Ambani wants to be India’s 1st Internet tycoon, says report

  NEW DELHI, (IANS), AFTER a successful run with Jio which decimated the rival telecom players and has empowered 28 crore users in India till date, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani now wants to become India&rsquo..

‘Pluralism is India’s  greatest strength’

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), WITH Lok Sabha elections round the corner, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave a clarion call to people to perform the “sacred act” of voting, emphasising this year’s polls should be seen as a “o..

Pranab, Nanaji, Hazarika conferred Bharat Ratna

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), FORMER President Pranab Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika will be conferred the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. The Bharat Ratna has been conferred after a..

Ashok Chakra for ultra-turned Armyman Wani posthumously

  NEW DELHI, Wani was killed on November 25 during an anti-terror operation at Shopian   LANCE Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, a militant-turned-soldier who laid down his life during an anti-terror operation at Shopian in Kashmir in November last y..

CBI books ex-ICICI CEO Chanda Kochar, hubby for loan fraud

  NEW DELHI, MD of Videocon group Venugopal Dhoot, whose company got 6 loans by means of cheating and corruption, also made accused by CBI in its FIR FORMER CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar have been booked by the ..

Apex court refuses to stay amendments to SC/ST Act

  NEW DELHI, The amendments rule out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs THE Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the Scheduled  Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocitie..

FIR against Shuja after EC’s complaint over his EVM hacking claim

  NEW DELHI, THE Delhi Police has registered a case based on a complaint filed by the Election Commission regarding allegations of hacking of EVMs and rigging of polls levelled by self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja, officials said on Wednesd..

Nine IS suspects held in Mah for plotting attacks ahead of R-Day

  MUMBAI, The group, which had engineers in its ranks, had planned to prepare toxic chemical mixtures and blend those with food at big events to cause mass casualty Among the nine apprehended, one is a minor THE Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad..

Priyanka formally enters politics as Cong General Secy

  NEW DELHI, Priyanka is AICC General Secretary for UP East while Jyotiraditya Scindia is appointed as AICC General Secretary for UP West GANDHI family scion Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally entered politics on Wednesday with the Congress appointi..

EVM hacking is Cong’s conspiracy to defame democracy, says BJP

  NEW DELHI, THE BJP on Tuesday dubbed allegations of rigging in the 2014 polls, made at a London press conference, a “Congress-sponsored conspiracy” designed to “defame” Indian democracy and its Election Commission. A da..

14 killed as ships with Indian crew catch fire off Russian coast

  MOSCOW/MUMBAI, AT LEAST 14 sailors were killed and six others missing when two Tanzanian-flagged fuel ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members caught fire in the Kerch Strait separating Russia from Crimea, Russian rescue officials..

Grand alliance driven by ‘greed for power’: Shah

  MALDA (WB), LAUNCHING his party’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday scoffed at the efforts by Opposition parties to forge a Grand alliance, saying it is driven by the “greed for power” ..

CJI recuses from hearing plea against interim CBI chief Rao

  NEW DELHI,   “I would be taking part in the meeting to select the CBI director on January 24, hence would like to recuse from hearing the plea”, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said. “The Government should ensure tr..

Arun Jaitley to be back to present Budget on Feb 1

  NEW DELHI, FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in the US for a medical check up, will return home on Friday, well ahead of the Budget presentation on February 1, official sources said. “The Finance Minister is set to return on the eveni..

Over 1 cr devotees take dip in Ganga on ‘Poush Pournima’

  ALLAHABAD, BRAVING intense chill, over 1.07 crore devotees took a dip in the Ganga river here on Monday on the occasion of ‘Poush Pournima’ -- the second auspicious bathing day of the Kumbh Mela. From Sunday night itself, the Sangam..

Nirmala launches TN Defence Industrial Corridor

  By Deepak Patel, TIRUCHIRAPPALLI (TN),   Total investments worth over Rs 3,038 crore were announced during the launch IN A major move to boost indigenisation of defence manufacturing, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday launch..

BJP leader Thakre killed in MP distt

  BARWANI (MP), A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was found dead in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday morning, with the police suspecting that he was murdered. The death of Manoj Thakre (48) came to light three days after another B..

Trump offers protection to 7 lakh immigrants against wall funding

  By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, The Democrats rejected the deal as a “non-starter” and called on Trump to open the federal government departments that have been shut for nearly a month before negotiations on immigration could begin US..

Oppn parties join hands at Mamata rally

  Kolkata, (PTI), Leaders from over a dozen Opposition parties came together Saturday, vowing at a mega rally here to put up a united fight in the coming Lok Sabha elections and oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. Over 20 leaders, in..

India will work for economic, social empowerment of Africans: Sushma

  GANDHINAGAR, (PTI), EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday assured African nations that India will continue to be their trusted partner and work closely for the economic and social empowerment of Africans. Addressing ministers a..

Like cinema, India is changing too: PM

  MUMBAI, (PTI), NOTING that Indian films which once focused on “helplessness” are now changing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that in today’s India, there are more solutions than there are problems. The Prime..

Sikh man awarded for bringing changes in US’ headgear policy

  By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, (PTI), AN INDIAN-AMERICAN philanthropist and entrepreneur, Gurinder Singh Khalsa, has been presented with the prestigious Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign that forced US authorities change their policy..

Those stopped from looting public money are forming ‘mahagathbandhan’, says PM

  SILVASSA, (PTI), ON A day when many Opposition parties came together on a common platform in Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at their proposed ‘mahagathbandhan’ or grand alliance, saying it is a combine of those who ..

Modi inaugurates L&T’s   facility making K9 Vajra,   self-propelling howitzer

  HAZIRA (Guj), (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Lin Gujarat, the first private facility in the country where the K9 Vajra self-propelled howitzer guns will b..

Women to be recruited in  military police: Nirmala

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), DEFENCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that the Government has taken a ‘historic’ decision to induct women in the military police with an aim to enhance their representation in the Armed Forces. Women..

Agrovision Foundation to hold workshop today

  AGROVISION Foundation along with Nagpur Veterinary College and Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University will jointly organise free workshop on ‘Role of sustainable livestock enterprises in socio-economic empowerment of rural far..

Asthana is DG of Civil Aviation Security

  NEW DELHI, (IANS), A DAY after the Government curtailed his tenure in the CBI as Special Director, Rakesh Asthana, who had a bitter fight with ousted agency chief Alok Verma, was on Friday appointed as the new Director General of the Bureau o..

‘India aims to be in ‘Top 50’ in ease of doing business’

  GANDHINAGAR, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India is aiming at being in the list of top 50 countries next year in the ‘ease of doing business’ category. India ranking has jumped 75 places in the World Bank&rsqu..

India win 1st bilateral ODI series in Australia

  MELBOURNE, (IANS), LEG-SPINNER Yuzvendra Chahal’s heroics with the ball were complemented well by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s third  consecutive half-century as he anchored India’s run chase to beat Australia ..

Govt orders moving strategic ITBP command from Chandigarh to Leh

  By Neelabh Srivastava, NEW DELHI, The frontier has been ordered to move ‘lock, stock, and barrel’ by March-end and will have to be operationalised at the new location from April 1 The move comes amid growing concerns over the Chin..

NIA raids 7 places in UP, Punjab to probe into new IS module; detains 4

  NEW DELHI, THE NIA on Thursday raided five places in Uttar Pradesh and two in Punjab in its probe into a new Islamic State (IS)-inspired module Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam and detained four men, officials said. The National Investigation Agency (NIA..

Ram Rahim gets lifer in journalist murder case

  CHANDIGARH,   His three close aides also get lifer Ram Rahim’s life imprisonment will begin after the completion of his 20-year jail term in the rape cases A SPECIAL Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Panchkula on Thur..