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Modi calls up Nepal PM, offers help to deal with flood situation

  NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a telephonic call to his Nepal counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba and offered all possible assistance from India to deal with the situation created by floods. Widespread flooding and landslide..

NIA registers FIR to probe marriage after conversion of Hindu woman

  NEW DELHI, THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday registered an FIR in connection with the conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man in Kerala, on the directive of the Supreme Court. In a statement, the National Inves..

Report of BrahMos missile sale to Vietnam incorrect: Govt

  NEW DELHI, INDIA on Friday denied selling BrahMos cruise missiles to Vietnam, after a report said the missiles have been delivered to the south-east Asian nation which has tense relations with China. The development comes as tension between In..

CBI searches 10 locations in UP illegal mining case

    NEW DELHI, The case has been registered against nine people, including an Assistant Geologist of Shamli Searches carried out in Delhi, Lucknow, Bhiwani, Sonipat, Panipat, Baghpat and Aligarh THE Central Bureau of Investigation on Frid..

Amit Shah chalks out ‘350+’ strategy for ‘Mission 2019’

  NEW DELHI, SOUNDING the bugle for the next general election, BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday chaired a meeting of party leaders here to chalk out a strategy for “Mission 2019” and on ways to bag more than 350 seats.As part of the st..

Floods displace thousands in Bihar

  By Imran Khan, BAGAHA/PURNEA, SUNDARI Devi and her family of seven, including an elderly mother-in-law and children, are struggling to survive along an elevated road here for the last three days.Authorities have failed to provide them a polyth..

10-yr-old rape victim delivers baby girl

  CHANDIGARH, The girl was unaware that she had delivered a child. Her parents had told her that she has a stone in her stomach and she had to be operated for that THE 10-year-old rape victim, whose abortion plea was turned down by the Supreme C..

Modernised Jammu airport terminal inaugurated

  JAMMU, JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the Rs 80 crore state-of-the-art terminal building at Jammu Airport on Thursday. Union Ministers of State Jitendra Singh and Ja..

Kashmir issue can’t be solved by violence: PM

      NEW DELHI, INDIA on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day peacefully, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that ‘goli’ (bullet) and ‘gaali’ (abuse) cannot resolve the Kashmir problem. &ld..

Meghalaya Governor recalls contribution of freedom fighters

  SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday recalled the contribution of freedom fighters from the State who sacrificed their life to end the colonial rule even as people from all walks of life celebrated Independence day in a be..

Mohan Bhagwat defies CPI(M) Government order, unfurls tricolour at school

  PALAKAAD (Ker)/ NEW DELHI, DEFYING the CPI(M)-led Government in Kerala, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday unfurled the national flag at a school here. Palakaad District Collector P Marykutty issued an order late on Monday night stating that s..

Social media firms with ‘Blue Whale’ links to face action

    NEW DELHI, Government on August 11 had directed Internet majors - Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo - to remove the links to dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge THE Government will take action against In..

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy continues, 6 more kids die

  GORAKHPUR/ BENGALURU, SIX more children have died from encephalitis since Saturday at State-run BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur where the death of nearly 70 of them, including infants, has set off a nationwide outrage and political re..

Panneerselvam meets Modi

  NEW DELHI, FORMER Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and discussed the political situation in the State, including the possibility of the merger of AIADMK factions. Talking to the media, he sai..

Delhi turns into fortress ahead of I-Day

  NEW DELHI, DELHI turned into a fortress on Monday amid Intelligence alerts about possible terror attacks, and around 47,000 personnel were deployed ahead of Independence Day celebrations, officials said on Monday.The Red Fort and its surroundin..

Finance Minister reviews FDI policy in various sectors

  NEW DELHI, FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday held a meeting with other ministers and Government officials for a review of the current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy, informed sources said.Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Powe..

Govt working on a permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath

  NEW DELHI, HOME Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the incidents of stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley had declined and that the Centre was working towards a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. Singh also lauded the Jammu and Kashmir Polic..

Terrorists in Kashmir Valley now on the run, says Jaitley

  NEW DELHI, TERRORISTS in the Kashmir Valley are now on the run and they cannot continue to terrorise the people for decades, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday, maintaining that the Government’s priority was to clean up the Kash..

Builders, brokers, B’wood entities under Sebi scanner

  NEW DELHI, Sebi begins sending show cause notices to 331 listed firms suspected to have acted as ‘shell companies’ for those with illicit funds A ‘BLACK money bonhomie’ has come under the scanner involving builders, bro..

Nobody can ‘give’ away a mosque, says Owaisi on Shia Waqf Board stand

  HYDERABAD, The Shia Board had told the SC on August 8 that a mosque can be built in a Muslim area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said that no individual or organisation can &ld..

RSS for probe into killing of workers in Kerala but opposes President’s rule

By Brajendra Nath Singh, T’PURAM, Aug 12, (IANS) THE RSS on Saturday demanded that the Centre depute a fact-finding probe by a statutory body into the killings of its workers in Kerala but is against imposition of President’s rule in t..

‘BJP will form Govt in K’taka in 2018’

BENGALURU, Aug 12, (IANS), BHARATIYA Janata Party President Amit Shah, who arrived here on Saturday on a three-day visit to Karnataka, claimed that the BJP would return to power in the Assembly elections in early 2018. Addressing about 500 party ca..

Space India to telecast total solar eclipse on YouTube from US on August 21

                NEW DELHI, Aug 12, (IANS), PEOPLE in India will be able to witness the August 21 total solar eclipse on a YouTube channel, thanks to an initiative by Space India.The Delhi-based Science..

Number of slabs in GST will be reduced later: Meghwal

KOLKATA, Aug 12, (IANS), THE number of tax slabs in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime would be reduced with improvement in revenue, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said here on Saturday. With the ex..

Purohit meets President and Home Minister

  Delhi Bureau, NEW DELHI, ASSAM Governor Banwarilal Purohit met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday evening. It was a courtesy call. Governor also briefed the President about the flood situation in Assam and ..

Jaitley rejects CAG reports about ammunition shortage

  NEW DELHI, AMID the border stand-off with China, Defence Minister Arun Jaitely on Friday rejected reports about shortage of ammunition and asserted that the armed forces have enough quantity to face any eventuality.He stated this in the Lok Sab..

Cops rescue class 9 boy on way to finish task of ‘Blue Whale’

    PUNE, The boy from Solapur was travelling to Pune in a State Transport bus when the police intercepted the bus and rescued him A 14-YEAR-old boy from Solapur, who left home to complete a task given to him in the online game ‘Blue..

Former national level swimmer missing while swimming at pool

  KOLKATA, A FORMER national-level swimmer and a senior trainer on Friday allegedly went missing while swimming at a swimming pool in the central part of the city’s College Street area, police said. While onlookers said that sexagenarian K..

‘Lifetime experience competing with Mo’

  LONDON, IT’S not everyday that an Indian gets a chance to compete with Mo Farah and Govindan Lakshmanan said that running the 5000m heat alongside the reigning King of middle distance was an “experience of a lifetime”.Lakshman..

Mehbooba meets Rajnath amid debate over J&K special status

  NEW DELHI, JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh amid reports that she had come to the national capital to drum up support for preventing attempts to remove special status to the State..

Muslims feeling insecure: Ansari

  NEW DELHI, OUTGOING Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims in the country, asserting the “ambiance of acceptance” is now under threat. Ansari made..

RSS wants India to become world leader

  COIMBATORE, THE Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) wants India to become the world leader by making it stronger through unity, its chief Mohan Bhagwat has said.Referring to the fall of the erstwhile USSR, he said the RSS did not want India to be..

Vehicles’ insurance can’t be renewed without PUC certificate: SC

  NEW DELHI, CONCERNED over rising vehicular pollution, the Supreme Court on Thursday issued a slew of directions that included non-renewal of insurance policy of vehicles unless the owner provides pollution under control (PUC) certificate to the..

President felicitates 93 freedom fighters

  NEW DELHI, PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday felicitated 93 freedom fighters from across the country on the occasion of Quit India Movement. Maharashtra’s seven freedom fighters were among those felicitated. Each of the freedom figh..

Assam Governor asks people to pledge to form a new India

  GUWAHATI, ASSAM Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday advocated the need of a pledge for building a new India which will be clean and free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism. Speaking at a function held to commemo..

Armed Forces strong enough to meet any challenge, Jaitley

  NEW DELHI, “It is a wish of every Indian to retrieve that part of Jammu and Kashmir which is occupied by Pakistan since 1948,” said the Defence Minister AMID the border stand-off with China, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesd..

Dilip Kumar discharged from hospital

  MUMBAI, VETERAN actor Dilip Kumar was on Wednesday discharged from hospital, eight days after being admitted for kidney-related ailments. The actor came out of the hospital on a wheelchair with wife Saira Banu, family friends and doctors. Sair..

Gujarat cops arrest former Maoist leader from Nagpur-bound train

  Staff Reporter, NAGPUR, Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, former Central Committee Member of banned outfit CPI (Maoist), taken to Ahmedabad, his wife Shoma Sen cries foul GUJARAT Police on Tuesday arrested Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, former Central Com..

SC dismisses plea for making yoga compulsory in schools

  NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking framing of a national yoga policy and making the practice compulsory for students of classes 1-8 across the country.A bench headed by Justice M B Lokur dismissed the plea and said..

Dipak Misra is next CJI

  NEW DELHI, JUSTICE Dipak Misra, the senior most judge in the Supreme Court, will be the 45th Chief Justice of India, succeeding incumbent J S Khehar. An official notification announcing Misra’s appointment was issued by the Law Ministry ..

NIA grills Geelani’s sons, J&K DySP

  NEW DELHI, THE NIA on Tuesday questioned the sons of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in connection with a terror funding probe allegedly involving Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, official sources said. It also questioned..

Pak-origin sister ties rakhi to Modi

  NEW DELHI, PAKISTAN-ORIGIN woman Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, who has been living in India for the past 35 years, is in awe of her ‘rakhi’ brother Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She credits him for everything she is today. Presently living ..

Will move court if charges are diluted: Stalking victim’s father

  CHANDIGARH, THE Haryana IAS officer, whose daughter was allegedly stalked by a senior BJP leader’s son and his friend, on Monday took to social media to seek “maximum punishment” for the accused, adding that he will move court..

SC constitutes bench to hear Ayodhya dispute

  NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court has constituted a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.The bench, whose other memb..

Modi Govt has clarity, conviction, says minister

  JAMMU, THE Narendra Modi Government has “clarity, consistency and conviction” in its approach towards the issues of Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. This was “clear” from the action taken..

No need for Govt employees to visit bank to start pension: Centre

  NEW DELHI, THERE is no need for Central Government employees to visit banks to start pension as their copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) will be handed over to them at the time of retirement, the Personnel Ministry has said.Citing existing..

Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao down with swine flu

  MUMBAI, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao have contracted swine flu, and both of them are being treated at their residence here, sources said. The actor and Kiran were scheduled to attend an event of their NGO Paani Foundat..

Looking forward to serve the nation: NITI Aayog V-C

  NEW DELHI,  NOTED economist Rajiv Kumar on Sunday said he is looking forward to serve the country as the new Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.“Look forward to serve the nation with my role @nitiaayog @pmoindia,” Kumar tweeted.He was..

ED arrests Aslam Wani, grills Shabir Shah’s wife in money laundering case

  NEW DELHI,  THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday arrested Mohammad Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, in connection with its about-a-decade-old money laundering case against Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah.He was sent to the ED cu..

Lanka Navy commissions India-built patrol vessel

COLOMBO, Aug 5, (PTI), SRI LANKAN Navy has commissioned an India-built state-of-the-art Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), the first-ever purchase from a foreign ship builder, to boost its search and rescue capabilities. Sri Lankan President a..

Gadkari hopeful of making Chabahar port operational by 2018

NEW DELHI, Aug 6, (PTI), THE Government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar Port will be operational by 2018, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. The Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari is in Tehran on Saturday to represen..

Rouhani sworn-in as Iran’s President for 2nd term

TEHRAN, Aug 5, (IANS), HASSAN Rouhani was sworn in as Iran’s President for a second term in a ceremony at the country’s Parliament on Saturday. The 68-year-old cleric kissed the Quran and took the oath of office before lawmakers, foreig..

Venkaiah a witty one-liner Vice President

NEW DELHI, Aug 5, (IANS) MUPPAVARAPU Venkaiah Naidu - the new Vice-President of India - is known for his quick witted one-liners and wordplay. Weeks before his nomination was announced by the BJP, curious scribes at a party function in May asked hi..

Mughalsarai Rly Stn to get Upadhyaya’s name

  NEW DELHI, Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s body was found under mysterious circumstances on a platform of Mughalsarai in 1968 THE Centre on Friday approved a proposal to rename the iconic Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh after RSS ideo..

Expedite nod to infrastructure projects, Char Dham: Gadkari

  NEW DELHI, There should not be any delay in the Rs 12,000-cr project for developing 900 km of NHs in U’khand for improving connectivity to Char Dham pilgrimage centres, Gadkari said UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari has sought to fast-track k..

RSS demands judicial probe into killings in Kerala

  NEW DELHI, THE Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday demanded a judicial probe into the “political killings” of its workers in Kerala, alleging that CPI(M) cadre were involved in the violence which was aimed at checking its ex..

Salman appears in Jodhpur court in Arms Act case

  JODHPUR, BOLLYWOOD actor Salman Khan on Friday appeared before the district and sessions court here for verification of bail bonds in an Arms Act case related to the killing of black bucks in 1998. The court had summoned him while hearing an a..

Modi meets BJP MPs from Mah, Goa

  NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the BJP MPs from Maharashtra and Goa to “rise above” their political activities and connect with the people through public welfare works. Modi, who met the MPs from the two ..

CBI nabs GST Council top brass for accepting bribe

  NEW DELHI, Monish Malhotra, Superintendent of the GST Council, found accepting bribe through a middleman Manas Patra who is also arrested by CBI THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Superintendent of the GST Council for all..

Bank loan defaulters who divert funds will not be spared: Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Replying to a debate on the Bill, Jaitley said that a company defaulting on loans cannot claim the right of equality in treatment as regards repaying the loans. He said defaulting companies cannot ask why it was being targeted when some othe..

‘By 2100, deadly heat waves may hit South Asia’

  BOSTON, NEARLY 1.5 billion people in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are likely to face deadly heat waves within the next few decades due to climate change, exposing them to unsurvivable temperatures and widespread food crisis, an MIT study has ..

Govt committed to bring eastern States at par with western region, says Modi

  NEW DELHI, This was Modi’s first meeting with parliamentarians from Bihar after the new JD(U)-BJP alliance Government was formed in the State In last three years, our Government has started development works to bring eastern States at pa..

World Bank nod to Indian projects on Jhelum, Chenab tributaries

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Officials from India and Pakistan conclude the secretary-level talks over Indus Water Treaty INDIA is allowed to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers with certain restrict..

Abu Dujana buried in total secrecy

  By Sumir Kaul, PULWAMA, Ensuring complete secrecy, police moved the body of Dujana from south Kashmir to north Kashmir and buried it somewhere LASHKAR-e-Toiba’s Kashmir chief Abu Dujana was killed in predawn darkness on Tuesday and buri..

BJP for Didi’s resignation over graft charges against nephew

  NEW DELHI, THE Bharatiya Janata Party (PTI) on Wednesday demanded that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee either come clean over corruption allegations against her nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, or step down from her post. Addres..

Google’s ‘Internet Saathi’ now in 100,000 Indian villages

  NEW DELHI, RIDING on the ‘Internet Saathi’ programme -- a digital literacy initiative aimed at empowering women in rural India -- Google India on Wednesday announced that it has now reached 100,000 villages in the country. Launched..

Shahid Abbasi succeeds Sharif as Pakistan PM By Sajjad Hussain

  ISLAMABAD,  Khaqan Abbasi, a diehard supporter of Nawaz Sharif, was on Tuesday elected Prime Minister by Pakistan’s National Assembly and put up a strong defence of the ousted leader saying that he may have been disqualified by the S..

Guj ATS detains 3 over 1,500 kg heroin haul

  AHMEDABAD, THE Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Monday detained three persons in connection with the seizure of 1,500 kgs of heroin valued at about Rs 3,500 crore from a merchant vessel off the Gujarat coast on Sunday. Though the vessel, ..

ITR filing deadline extended to Aug 5

NEW DELHI, IN A last minute decision, the Government on Monday extended the deadline for filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) and linking Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of taxpayers.While ITRs can now be filed by August 5, the Aadhaar-PAN ..

Will continue to be BJP chief even if elected to RS: Shah

  LUCKNOW, BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday said there was no question of him leaving the party post and he was working “happily” and “wholeheartedly”.Ending speculation that he would resign as pa..

All-party meet on CPI(M), RSS clashes on August 6

  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AMID violent incidents following the slaying of an RSS worker here, a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and top BJP-RSS leaders on Monday agreed to support initiatives to promote peace and shun violence.The mee..

Cong parades 44 Gujarat MLAs, alleges BJP bid to poach them

  BENGALURU/ AHMEDABAD, Of the initial strength of 57 in Gujarat, six MLAs resigned from the party in the last two days. Three of them joined the BJP on July 28. Seven other MLAs are not part of the group in the resort near Bengaluru THE Congres..

Bofors case likely to come up in SC

  NEW DELHI, BJP leader, advocate Ajay Kumar Agarwal, who had challenged the Delhi HC May 31, 2005 judgement quashing all charges against the Europe-based Hinduja brothers in the case, said the matter was listed in the weekly list earlier this mo..

Fake currency reports double; leads to seizure of Rs 562 cr in 2015-16

  By Neelabh Srivastava, NEW DELHI, DETECTION and reportage of suspicious transactions, fake currency notes and cross-border fund transfers in the country’s economic channels doubled in the last fiscal year, leading to unearthing of over R..

7 held in Kerala RSS worker’s killing; another hurt in attack

  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, A DAY after an RSS worker was killed in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Director General of Police Loknath Behera were on Sunday summoned by Governor P Sathasivam.They apprised the Governor of the steps taken in ..

PM to visit Assam to review flood situation

  GUWAHATI, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit has contributed a month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood-hit people PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Assam on August 1 to review the flood situ..

With own T-90 tanks, Indian Army participates in Tank Biathlon-2017

  Staff Reporter NAGPUR,  FOR the first time, the Indian Army team is participating with own T-90 tanks, in the prestigious international event The TankBiathlon-2017competition conducted as part of the International Army Games held every yea..

All roads in country will be of cement-concrete: Gadkari

  THANE,  UNION Transport MinisterNitin Gadkari has said that all the roads in the country would be converted into cement-concrete ones to ensure their stability and durability. “In Mumbai, the cement concrete roads built 20 years ago ..

Research won’t be mustfor promotion of collegeteachers: Javadekar

  NEW DELHI,  COLLEGE teachers will no longer bemandated to conduct research to be eligible for promotions but wouldbe requiredtobe engaged more in community activities with students. This announcement was made by Union HRD Minister Prakash ..

3 more Cong MLAs resign in Guj ahead of RS polls

Our correspondent and Agencies, AHMEDABAD, Jul 28, IN A rude jolt to the Congress in Gujarat, three more of its MLAs resigned on Friday taking the number of legislators who quit to six ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, for which the party has fielded ..

Army Chief visits LoC; asks troops to ‘remain prepared’

                                JAMMU, July 28, (PTI), ARMY Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday visited LoC posts in the Rajouri district of Jammu and K..

LS passes Bill to give autonomy to IIMs

NEW DELHI, July 28, (PTI), THE Lok Sabha on Friday passed a Bill which provides for giving autonomy to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) by restricting the Government role in their functioning. The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 201..

Naik declared proclaimed offender

NEW DELHI, July 28, (PTI), CONTROVERSIAL Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been declared a proclaimed offender and the process to attach his assets has been initiated, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Friday. It said that the order dec..

ED files money laundering case against Lalu, family

  NEW DELHI, Lalu as Railway Minister during the UPA tenure had handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company IN FRESH trouble for R..

Govt not to abandon search for 39 abducted Indians in Iraq: Sushma

  NEW DELHI, THE sources who gave the Government confidence of not abandoning the search for 39 Indians abducted in Iraq include a “head of state and a Foreign Minister of another country,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told..

SC gives nod to ‘Indu Sarkar’; film to be released today

  NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the release of Bollywood movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ on Friday by dismissing a plea of a woman, who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, for a stay on it..

All parties to give objections on Motor Vehicels Bill: Gadkari

  NEW DELHI, The all-party meeting held on the bill which aims at bringing radical reforms in the transport sector, Nitin Gadkari said ALL parties in the Rajya Sabha will give their objections on the proposed Motor Vehicles Bill in writing befor..

Nitish’s moves a setback for Opposition unity

  NEW DELHI, NITISH Kumar’s resignation as Bihar Chief Minister on Wednesday has come as a big setback for the Opposition which was seeking to join hands against the Narendra Modi Government on a range of issues ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha ..

PM presents Kovind copy of Constitution

  NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind, a day after Kovind assumed President’s post.Modi posted pictures of the meeting on Twitter, one of which showed him apparently presenting a copy of the Co..

No proof that 39 Indians in Iraq are dead: Sushma

  NEW DELHI, NO concrete evidence has emerged to conclude that the 39 Indians abducted from Mosul in Iraq three years back have been killed, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday and asserted that she “will not commit th..

Crime in UP is well below national average: Minister

  LUCKNOW, CLAIMING that the crime rate in Uttar Pradesh is much below the national average and the situation was fast changing under the Yogi Aditynath rule, the Uttar Pradesh Government on Wednesday said now no complainant would be arrested by ..

Modi, Mamata bonhomie

  NEW DELHI, Frosty vibes between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who lost presidential race to Kovind WHEN Prime Minister Narendra Modi was about to leave the venue of the oath taking ceremony, he spo..

Armed Forces well equipped: Jaitley

  NEW DELHI, INDIAN Armed Forces are “reasonably and sufficiently equipped” to defend the sovereignty of the country, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asserted on Tuesday. Jaitley’s response in the Rajya Sabha came after Opposition..

12 killed in Mumbai building collapse

  MUMBAI, AT LEAST 12 persons, including five women and a three-month-old baby, were killed when a four-storied dilapidated residential building crashed in Ghatkopar suburb here on Tuesday morning, officials said. Another 19 persons were rescued..

Moon may have water trapped under its surface: Scientists

  WASHINGTON, THE Moon may have huge reservoirs of water trapped under the surface in the form of volcanic ‘glass beads’, which could be extracted and used by astronauts in future lunar colonies, scientists have found. A new study of..

Pranab Da never judged my Government’s decisions: Modi

  NEW DELHI, A day before President Pranab Mukherjee demits office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lavished praise on him and said he never judged his Government’s decisions or compared them with those made by previous Governments. ..

Tunnels through Sesa pass to cut down distance to China border

  ITANAGAR, THE Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct two tunnels through 4170-metre-high Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, which would cut down the distance to China border through Tawang by 10 km. “The tunnels would cut down at le..

Pandher, his servant Koli get death for Nithari killings

  GHAZIABAD, NOIDA businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli were sentenced to death by a special CBI court here on Monday in the Nithari serial killings case for murdering 20-year-old domestic help Pinki Sarkar in 2006.Spe..

‘BHIM’ crosses 16 mn download mark

  BHUBANESWAR, NATIONAL Payments Corporation of India (NCPI) on Monday said its Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App has crossed 16 million downloads and 4 million active customer base and a new updated version would be launched soon.BHIM App is..

Mukherjee, a ‘guru’ who taught generations of MPs: Speaker

  NEW DELHI, LOK SABHA Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday called outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee a “guru from whom generations of parliamentarians have received lessons”. Addressing a gathering of MPs in the Central Hall of Parlia..