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Modi invites Uddhav for dinner to discuss President poll strategy

MUMBAI, Mar 25, (PTI), SHIV Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has been invited to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dinner party being hosted next week for the NDA allies to firm up the strategy for the upcoming presidential polls. “Modi has c..

U’khand Govt unearths land acquisition scam, writes for CBI probe

DEHRADUN, Mar 25, (PTI), THE newly-elected Trivendra Singh Rawat Government in Uttarkhand has claimed to have unearthed a “scam” running into hundreds of crores of rupees in the acquisition of land for a National Highway.The State Governm..

Bikaner’s Tanushree becomes first woman combat officer of BSF

GWALIOR, Mar 25, (PTI), TANUSHREE Pareek on Saturday became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force. Pareek (25) also led the passing out parade of 67 trai..

Central Board of Excise and Customs to be renamed

NEW DELHI, March 25, (IANS), THE Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will be reorganised for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system and renamed the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) following parliamenta..

ED notice to Gauri Khan, Knight Riders Sports

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, Mar 24, (IANS) THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued show cause notice against Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd (KRSPL) and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan for allegedly violating foreign exchange rules. Th..

SBI chief Bhattacharya 26th in Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders

MUMBAI, Mar 24 , (IANS) STATE Bank of India (SBI) chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th in the Fortune’s top 50 greatest leaders. She is the only Indian corporate leader in the list. “Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, SBI, ha..

Navi Mumbai commissioner Tukaram Mundhe transferred

MUMBAI, Mar 24, (PTI) MAHARASHTRA Govt on Friday evening transferred a few IAS officers including the Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe who had faced opposition from political parties due to his no-nonsense approach .N Ramaswami, a 20..

Refrain from seeking favours from Yogi: PM tells UP MPs

NEW DELHI, Mar 23, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday instructed BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh to refrain from seeking favours from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in transfers and postings of officials, saying his administration should be a..

Interest subsidy scheme for housing loans for MIG effective from Jan 1

NEW DELHI, Mar 23, (PTI), THE Centre’s credit-linked interest subsidy scheme for housing loans taken by people in Middle-Income Groups (MIG) has been made effective from January 1 with EMIs to go down by over Rs 2,000 per month. Prime Minister..

SC forms panel to find ways for blocking offensive videos

NEW DELHI, Mar 23, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a committee comprising representatives from the Union Government and internet majors to explore a technical solution to block videos of sexual offense on social networking sites. A..

HC stays FIR against Kapil Sharma over illegal construction

MUMBAI, Mar 23, (PTI), THE Bombay High Court on Thursday stayed the FIR lodged against comedian Kapil Sharma over unauthorised structures allegedly constructed by him at his flat in suburban Goregaon here and directed the BMC to resolve the dispute w..

Amarinder meets Modi, seeks farm loan waiver

NEW DELHI, Mar 22, (PTI), PUNJAB’S newly-elected Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and made a strong pitch for a loan waiver for farmers of the State. Amarinder met the Prime Minister in his Parliament..

Prepare action plan for closing slaughter houses: Yogi to cops

LUCKNOW, Mar 22, (PTI), IN LINE with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election manifesto, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed police officials to prepare an action plan for closure of slaughter houses across the State..

GST will make goods cheaper, says Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Mar 22, (PTI), HOPEFUL of the GST rollout from July 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that it will create one of the world’s biggest single markets and make commodities cheaper and tax evasion difficult. Speaking at..

Cong veteran S M Krishna joins BJP

NEW DELHI, Mar 22, (PTI), CONGRESS veteran and former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna, who had quit the party in Jaunary, on Wednesday formally joined the BJP at its headquarters here. He joined the BJP at a programme in the presence of party ch..

Will work to free UP of corruption, riots: Adityanath

NEW DELHI, Mar 21, (IANS), “No trader in Gorakhpur pays goonda tax, the town does not witness incidents of abduction and there are no communal riots. We will be successful in generating same situation in UP,” said the new UP CM UTTAR Pra..

63 million in India do not have access to clean water: Report

KOCHI, Mar 21, (PTI), INDIA has the maximum number of people -- 63 million -- living in rural areas without access to clean water, according to a new global report released to mark World Water Day on Wednesday.This is almost the population of the Uni..

Shah visits under-construction BJP Headquarters in Delhi

NEW DELHI, Mar 21, (PTI), BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday visited the party’s under-construction headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg to assess the ongoing work. He was joined by Union minister and party treasurer Piyush Goyal. A party ..

Mining baron J Sekhar Reddy arrested for money laundering

CHENNAI, Mar 21, (PTI), Reddy along with his two associates sent to jail till March 28 THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested sand mining baron J Sekhar Reddy and his two alleged associates in connection with one of the biggest black money an..

Heroes of surgical strike receive gallantry medals

NEW DELHI, Mar 20, (PTI), MAJOR Rohit Suri, who led the Army team that carried out the daring cross-border surgical strike last year, was on Monday decorated with second highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee.Cor..

ED books former CBI Director Singh, meat exporter Qureshi

NEW DELHI, Mar 20, (PTI), PROBLEMS for former CBI Director Amar Pratap Singh seem to be far from over as the Enforcement Directorate has registered a case against him and controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi for alleged money laundering.In a rela..

India, Pak hold Indus Water talks

By Sajjad Hussain, ISLAMABAD, Mar 20, (PTI), OFFICIALS from India and Pakistan discussed problems relating to the Indus Basin at the two-day Indus Water Commission meeting which began here on Monday after a gap of nearly two years following the tens..

4,000 resident doctors in Mah go on mass leave

MUMBAI, Mar 20, (Agencies), MEDICAL services in 17 Government hospitals were disrupted on Monday when over 4,000 resident doctors went on a mass Casual Leave to protest growing incidents of attacks by patients’ relatives.The issue also came up ..

Modi all ears to Mulayam, pats Akhilesh in Yogi’s swearing-in

LUCKNOW, Mar 19, (PTI), Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati was not present at the ceremony RISING above electoral bitterness and putting on the back burner their slanging matches during Uttar Pradesh campaign, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh and hi..

India should become international diamond trading hub, says PM

MUMBAI, Mar 19, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted the Indian diamond industry to aim at becoming an international trading centre and “preferred destination for manufacturing” rather than only a cutting and polishing h..

Sharad Pawar suggests grand alliance against BJP

AHMEDABAD, Mar 19, (PTI), NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Sunday said all the like-minded parties need to come together to counter the BJP.He also said that with Yogi Adityanath becoming the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, “mandir-masjid” po..

Dinesh Sharma’s slow and steady rise in BJP

LUCKNOW, Mar 19, (PTI), Party insiders say that a godman had presented him a garland with a blessing that “red beacon” will never leave him. He was first elected as the Mayor of Lucknow in 2008. He stood for re-election in 2012 and defeat..

Yogi, a fiery Hindutva mascot

LUCKNOW, Mar 18, (PTI), A FIVE-term Lok Sabha MP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath is a fiery Hindutva mascot with a reputation of being controversy’s favourite child.Named as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, 44-y..

Former racing champion Ashwin Sundar, wife killed in mishap

CHENNAI, Mar 18, (PTI), FORMER national racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha died in a mishap at MRC Nagar here on Saturday.According to police sources, the car in which the two were traveling caught fire after it hit a roadside tree...

RSS-loyalist Rawat will find organisational skills handy

DEHRADUN, Mar 18, (PTI), KNOWN for his fierce loyalty to RSS and BJP, Trivendra Singh Rawat, who has risen from obscurity to become Uttarkhand Chief Minister, will find his organisational skills handy in the task of fulfilling the development promise..

Tensions show as Trump, Merkel hold ‘awkward’ joint meet for first time

WASHINGTON, Mar 18, (AFP), STARK differences between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on everything from trade to immigration were in full view during an icy first meeting at the White House. In a frequently awkward joint pr..

Raja Ravi Varma’s ‘Damayanti’ fetches Rs 11.09 cr

NEW YORK, Mar 17, (PTI), RAJA Ravi Varma’s Untitled portrait of Damayanti sold for a whopping Rs 11.09 (approx)crores at Sotheby’s New York Sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art here, fetching over double its upper estimate of R..

Govt approves printing of Rs 10 plastic notes

NEW DELHI, Mar 17, (IANS) THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been authorised to conduct field trials for printing plastic Rs 10 denomination notes which will have a longer life span, Parliament was informed on Friday“Approval for procurement o..

Will continue doing TV show: Sidhu

CHANDIGARH, Mar 17, (PTI), A DAY after being sworn in as minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that if the Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, had asked him to serve as an MLA, he would have done so. Allotted portfolios of Local Government ..

Fadnavis refutes talk of moving to Centre

MUMBAI, Mar 17, (PTI), MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday refuted suggestions that he could be appointed as Union Minister, saying he is going to be around in the State.Fadnavis was speaking at the India Today Conclave 2017 in Mum..

Govt approves 20 projects worth Rs 1,902 cr for cleaning Ganga

NEW DELHI, Mar 16, (PTI), THE executive committee of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 20 projects worth Rs 1,902 crore to develop sewage treatment infrastructure in various Ganga basin States, including Delhi. In its meeting ..

When Gadkari worked whole night to ensure BJP’s 3rd Goa term

MUMBAI, Mar 16, (PTI), HECTIC parleys for Government formation in Goa began soon after results started pouring in, with Union Minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari getting into action on party president Amit Shah’s insistence.The BJP, which was..

NIA takes over custody of 3 held in Bhopal-Ujjain train blast case

NEW DELHI, Mar 16, (PTI), THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday took over the custody of three persons arrested in connection with the blast in a passenger train at Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh last week to ascertain their role and the gr..

Mah signs pact for construction of bridges on railway tracks

MUMBAI, Mar 16, (PTI), The total cost of the work is expected to be around Rs10,000 crore In Mah, there are total 210 level crossings where railway tracks and roads cross each other UNION Ministry for Road Transport and Highways and the Maharashtra..

Modi urges consumers to embrace digital transactions

Delhi Bureau, NEW DELHI, Mar 15, Department of Consumers Affairs celebrates World Consumer Rights Day 2017 PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has saluted the consumer urging him to embrace digital transactions on World Consumer Rights Day on Wednesday.Sta..

Not afraid of ‘fatwa’, will sing till my last breath: Nahid Afrin

GUWAHATI, Mar 15, (IANS), Afrin had brought laurels for Assam by becoming the runner up in popular television show “Indian Idol Junior” in 2015 YOUNG singer Nahid Afrin, against whom some Islamic clerics in the State have issued a &lsquo..

World’s oldest fossils discovered in MP

LONDON, Mar 15, (PTI), The fossils discovered in sedimentary rocks at Chitrakoot may be the oldest evidence of plant-like life on the Earth and it is 400 million years older by oldest plant-like fossils ever found SCIENTISTS have discovered 1.6 bill..

Absconding SP minister Prajapati arrested

Gets 14-day judicial custody LUCKNOW, Mar 15, (PTI), AFTER being on the run for nearly a month, rape-accused Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati was on Wednesday arrested from the city by Lucknow Police.Six others accused in the case have alrea..

Modi favourite for 2019 polls: US experts

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Mar 14, (PTI), One of the US experts noted that the electoral results of the just concluded Assembly polls show that the 2014 LS election results were not an aberration, while another noted that Modi would continue to lea..

3 Indian MPs participate in Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Mar 14, (IANS), REPRESENTATIVES of 23 countries, including three MPs from India, are participating in a key session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) that began in the Pakistani capital on Tuesday. Indian parliamentarians Shashi T..

77 Indian fishermen released by Lankan Govt; repatriated

RAMESWARAM (TN), Mar 14, (PTI), SEVENTY-SEVEN Indian and 12 Sri Lankan fishermen were on Tuesday repatriated in line with the decision taken by two countries to set free fishermen in each other’s custody to defuse tension following the killing ..

Kejriwal doubts EVMs, wants ballot papers in Delhi municipal polls

NEW DELHI, Mar 14, (PTI), AFTER BSP supremo Mayawati, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday doubted reliability of electronic voting machines as he sought use of ballot papers in next month’s municipal polls in the national capital. ..

Modi supporters celebrate UP poll victory across US

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Mar 12, (PTI), THE large Indian-American support base of Prime Minister Narendra Modi held celebrations across the US after BJP’s electoral triumph in Uttar Pradesh and attributed the win to the party’s develo..

Mass grave found at prison near Mosul

BAGHDAD, Mar 12, (AFP), IRAQI paramilitary forces announced on Saturday that they had discovered a mass grave at Badush prison near Mosul containing the remains of hundreds of people executed by the Islamic State group.Iraqi forces have found dozens ..

Nobel winner Malala receives offer to study at UK varsity

LONDON, Mar 12, (IANS), NOBEL Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai has received an offer to study at a British university after applying to Oxford.Yousafzai made the announcement at an education conference in Birmingham. She sai..

I will continue to pursue my aspirations: Amruta Fadnavis

MUMBAI, Mar 12, (PTI), SHE is the wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, but that has not deterred banker Amruta Fadnavis from pursuing her aspirations and working on social causes. “I did change after my husband became Chief Mi..

Demonetisation fails to dampen prowess of ‘Modi Magic’ in UP

NEW DELHI, Mar 11, (UNI), COMING within months since the Prime Minister announced the demonetisation move, the stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh and improved performance in Uttarakhand and Manipur have come not only as a major reprieve to Narendra Mo..

PM the most dominant figure post poll: Chidambaram

MUMBAI, Mar 11, (PTI), FORMER Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said PM Narendra Modi has emerged as the “most dominant political figure” after the Assembly polls, while seeking to differ that the election results are a referendu..

Behenji’s reworked social

LUCKNOW, Mar 11, (PTI), IN 2007, Mayawati’s social engineering formula helped her party BSP win a majority in the Uttar Pradesh elections but she was not that lucky this time with its reworked version. Out of power for two consecutive terms and..

Captain Amrinder Singh gets perfect b’day gift

Captain Amrinder Singh gets perfect b’day gift..

Court sacks S Korean President for graft

SEOUL, Mar 10, (AP) IN A historic, unanimous ruling on Friday, South Korea’s Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and w..

Mah Assembly passes motion of thanks on Governor’s address

MUMBAI, Mar 10, (PTI), THE functioning of Maharashtra Legislature continued to remain affected amid uproar over the demand for loan waiver to farmers, with both the Houses being adjourned for the day on Friday without transacting any business.In the ..

India, Pak conflict could lead to nuclear war: Top US General

WASHINGTON, Mar 10, (PTI), A CONVENTIONAL Indo-Pak conflict could escalate into a nuclear exchange as attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists and potential reactions by India increase the likelihood for “miscalculation”, a top US General has..

IS using ‘messenger app’ to avoid detection in Pak

ISLAMABAD, Mar 10, (PTI) THE Islamic State militants in Pakistan are dodging authorities by using a messenger app to communicate instead of calling each other to avoid detection, media reported on Friday. The militants have been using the Telegram m..

China tests J-20 stealth fighter aircraft in Tibet

By K J M Varma, BEIJING, Mar 10, (PTI), CHINA has operationalised its first stealth aircraft and tested it in the rugged Tibet region for its endurance in high altitude, a development that will have major implications for India. A video footage on F..

Hopeful of breakthrough in GST, says PM as Parlt session begins

NEW DELHI, Mar 9, (PTI), AS the Budget session of Parliament resumed on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped there will be a breakthrough on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and that issues will be discussed in a democratic manner. &ldq..

2 LeT ultras, boy killed in gunfight

SRINAGAR, Mar 9, (PTI), TWO Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and a civilian were killed during a nine-hour gunbattle between the ultras and the security forces in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.The encounter brok..

Supreme Court questions Mallya on assets, transfer of USD 40 mn to kids

NEW DELHI, Mar 9, (PTI), LIQUOR baron Vijay Mallya, who is presently in the United Kingdom, was on Thursday posed searching questions by the Supreme Court which asked him about the “truthfulness” of his disclosure of assets and transfer o..

Chandrababu’s son declares assets worth over Rs 330 cr

AMARAVATHI, Mar 9, (PTI), THE TDP General Secretary Nara Lokesh, who is set to be elected as a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, on Thursday declared assets worth over Rs 330 crore.This includes shares worth Rs 265 crore in his family..

Modi announces scheme for giving loans up to Rs 1 crore to fishermen

DIU, Mar 8, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a scheme for giving loans up to Rs 1 cr to small and marginal fishermen for buying modern boats so that they can venture into the deep sea for a better catch.“We are bringin..

340 suicides by farmers in Amravati distt in a yr

Our Correspondent, MUMBAI, Mar 8, In Amravati district alone, 340 farmers have committed suicides in 2016, admitted Rehabilitation Minister Chandrakant Patil in a written answer in the Assembly.Responding to a question by Vijay Wadettiwar and 11 othe..

No place for gender biases in modern India: President

Delhi Bureau and Agencies, NEW DELHI, Mar 8, GENDER biases have no place in modern India where inclusive development is a key objective, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday.He also lamented the rise in crimes against women and said it was in..

ACB to probe into Khadse land case: Mah Govt tells HC

MUMBAI, Mar 8, (PTI), THE Anti-Corruption Bureau would probe the land deal case against BJP leader Eknath Khadse and register an FIR against the accused, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court which said the investigation shou..

India needs its daughters

By Aasawari Shenolikar, The skewed sex ratios in our country prove how we suffer at various levels. The latest available figures put it at 919 females per 1000 boys. And with rampant killing of females in nooks and corners of the country, surveys revea..

PM gives full marks to his Govt for curbing price rise, black money

Our Correspondent, BHARUCH, Mar 7, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave full marks to his Government for curbing price rise and black money and for enabling India move forward in the midst of a turbulent global economic scenario. The Prime M..

IISc makes it to top 10 global varsities ranking

NEW DELHI, Mar 7, (PTI), THE Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore has become the first Indian educational institution to make it to the top 10 of a global ranking for universities. IISc has been ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education..

Doctor behind Sangli abortions arrested

MUMBAI, Mar 7, (PTI), A HOMOEOPATHIC doctor, who allegedly performed sex-selective abortions in Maharashtra, was arrested by police from Karnataka, two days after 19 aborted foetuses were found dumped near his hospital in a suspected cross- border fe..

Modi makes impassioned plea to Uttar Pradesh voters at final rally

VARANASI, Mar 6, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made an impassioned plea to voters to defeat SP-Congress combine and BSP, blaming these parties for the plight of Uttar Pradesh, as he wrapped up his hectic campaign for Assembly polls. ..

Trump signs new travel ban targeting six Muslim nations

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Mar 6, (PTI), The latest executive order puts 90-day ban on people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen The new order drops Iraq’s name from the list of targeted countries US PRESIDENT Donald Tru..

Aircraft carrier INS Viraat decommissioned

MUMBAI, Mar 6, (PTI), AIRCRAFT carrier INS Viraat on Monday sailed into sunset, after 30 years with the Indian Navy.The warship was decommissioned on Monday evening, at an impressive ceremony onboard and in the presence of Navy chief Admiral Sunil La..

FBI joins investigation into Sikh man’s shooting in hate crime

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Mar 6, (PTI), THE FBI has joined the investigation into the shooting of a Sikh man by a partially- masked gunman, who shouted “go back to your own country”, in a suspected hate crime.Deep Rai, a US national of..

Single form soon for firms to enrol with EPFO, ESIC

NEW DELHI, Mar 5, (PTI), Firms with 20 or more employees are required to register with EPFO while this ceiling is 10 or more in case of ESIC COMPANIES will soon have to fill just a single common form to enrol themselves with retirement fund body EPF..

Rahul Gandhi stops over for tea in rural UP

SONEBHADRA (UP), Mar 5, (PTI), BANARASI, a tea seller, got the surprise of his life on Sunday as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi dropped by for a cuppa at his stall in this remote area of UP. Rahul too was in for a surprise. He met Priyanka ther..

Aadhaar data base secure: UIDAI

New Delhi, Mar 5, (PTI), DISMISSING reports of misuse of biometrics data, the Government on Sunday said Aadhaar-based authentication is fully safe and secure.Moreover, subsidy transfers linked to Aadhaar has led the exchequer to save Rs 49,000 crore ..

Karan Johar becomes father of twins

MUMBAI, Mar 5, (PTI), KARAN Johar has become a single father of twins - a baby boy and girl - who were born through surrogacy and his friends and colleagues from Bollywood have expressed their happiness for the filmmaker. Johar, 44, has named his dau..

SP-Congress chanting Gayatri Prajapati Mantra, says Modi

JAUNPUR (UP), Mar 4, (PTI), BLAMING Akhilesh Yadav for ‘sleeping over’ the demand for justice by a ‘beti’ in the rape case against Gayatri Prajapati, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the voters in Uttar Prade..

No prayers will help Modi: Maya

VARANASI, Mar 4, (IANS), SLAMMING Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not keeping his promises made to the people during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaign, BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday said that no amount of prayers would help him this time.Addressing a r..

SP, BJP workers clash at Akhilesh-Rahul’s roadshow in Varanasi

VARANASI, Mar 4, (PTI), A CLASH broke out between SP and BJP workers during a joint roadshow of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi here on Saturday. The roadshow took off from Kutchery at around 3 pm..

Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phone before elections

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Mar 4, (PTI), PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Saturday accused his predecessor Barack Obama of “wire tapping” his office in New York just before the 2016 presidential elections and likened the alleged surveillance o..

Freida Pinto fed over 800 people with Oscars leftover food

LOS ANGELES, Mar 3, (PTI) ACTRESS Freida Pinto ensured the leftover food from the several parties organised over the Oscars weekend did not go waste and was redistributed to over 800 residents.The 32-year-old actress was part of an initiative by the ..

Pakistan won’t extradite ‘spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Aziz

By Sajjad Hussain, ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, Mar 3, (PTI) PAKISTAN on Friday asserted that it will not extradite alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and said that more information on him has been sought from India.Reacting to Pakistan’s assertion,..

RSS sacks functionary who put bounty on Vijayan’s head

NEW DELHI, Mar 3, (PTI) RSS on Friday sacked its functionary Kundan Chandravat who had sparked a controversy by announcing a Rs 1 crore bounty for beheading Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.RSS’s Madhya Pradesh state head Prakash Shastri is..

SC expresses concern over farmers’ suicides

NEW DELHI, Mar 3, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Friday expressed grave concern over farmers’ suicide due to indebtedness and crop failure and said it felt the Government was going in a “wrong direction” in tackling the real problem.As..

Yoga shows the way to lasting peace: Modi

RISHIKESH, Mar 2, (PTI), AT A time when the world is grappling with the challenge of terrorism yoga shows the way to lasting peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.Addressing the week-long International Yoga Festival at Paramartha Niket..

Age no bar for this sprightly 81-yr-old pilot

By Anjali Ojha, BENGALURU, Mar 2, (IANS), “THERE are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old-bold pilots.” Try telling this to 81-year-old Air Vice Marshal Ajit Lamba (retd) and he’ll laugh in your face. Such is his undying spirit.&..

Rs 70,000 cr black money detected so far: SIT Deputy Justice Pasayat

CUTTACK, Mar 2, (Agencies), SIT on black money to submit its sixth interim report to Supreme Court in April.Rs 70,000 crore of black money, including more than Rs 16,000 crore detected after probe launched into global leaks about Indians stashing fun..

SC notice to Mah Govt on plea of bar dancers’ body

NEW DELHI, Mar 2, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Thursday sought a response from the Maharashtra Government on a plea of a bar dancers’ body challenging the constitutional validity of a 2016 State law putting conditions on dance performances by wo..

Hard work much more powerful than Harvard: PM

MAHARAJGANJ (UP), Mar 1, (PTI) MOCKING economists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that “hard work is more powerful than Harvard” as the latest GDP data shows demonetisation did not affect growth rate, rather the figures im..

India seeks $5-7 bn aid from World Bank

NEW DELHI, Mar 1, (IANS), UNION Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday urged the World Bank to grant India $5-7 billion to meet its funding requirements.“An increase in World Bank’s support is imperative to meet our current requiremen..

Compensating rape victim is Govt’s obligation, not charity, says HC

MUMBAI, Mar 1, (PTI), A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by a 14-year-old rape victim, seeking Rs three lakh as compensation under the Government’s ‘Manodhairya Yojana&r..

Sharif for closer ties among ECO members

By Sajjad Hussain, ISLAMABAD, Mar 1, (PTI), PAKISTAN Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday urged the members of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) to forge closer cooperation to fully exploit the collective potential of the bloc which ac..

Govt working to improve connectivity in J&K: PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 28, (PTI), EFFORTS are being made by the Central Government to improve connectivity and infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.He talked about the efforts while interacting with a group of ove..

India’s first heliport becomes operational in Delhi

NEW DELHI, Feb 28, (PTI), INDIA’S first dedicated heliport built at a cost of Rs 100 crore for flying in and out of Delhi to nearby areas in choppers became operational here on Tuesday.Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated th..

World Bank closely working with Mah Govt, says CEO

MUMBAI, Feb 28, (PTI), THE World Bank is closely working with the Maharashtra Government to deliver a proposed assistance programme of over one billion USD in the areas of urban transport and climate resilient agriculture over the next two to three y..

Jaitley discusses overstaying of ‘certain individuals’ with UK counterpart

LONDON, Feb 28, (PTI), The British Prime Minister's move to drop in during the meeting was described as a "warm gesture" and an indication of the strong focus the UK has on improving relations with India BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday..