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Over 3.5 lakh sing anthem, set new world record

RAJKOT, Jan 21, (PTI), OVER 3.5 lakh people on Saturday set a new world record by singing the national anthem at an event at Kagvad in Rajkot district of Gujarat. The occasion was installation of idol of goddess Khodiyar at a newly-built Khodal Dham ..

Varun, Katiyar missing from BJP’s list of UP star campaigners

NEW DELHI, Jan 21, (PTI), BJP MP Varun Gandhi and its former Uttar Pradesh unit president Vinay Katiyar are missing from the party’s list of star campaigners for the first two phases of the State Assembly polls. Names of BJP veterans like L K ..

EC censures Kejriwal for violating Model Code; AAP leader to approach court

NEW DELHI, Jan 21, (IANS), Speaking at four rallies in Goa on January 8, Kejriwal said people should not just accept Rs 5,000, but demand Rs 10,000 from politicians keen on offering them money, but vote for the AAP. THE Election Commission of India ..

Pankaj Bhujbal surrenders; released on bail

MUMBAI, Jan 21, (PTI), PANKAJ Bhujbal, son of former Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, on Saturday surrendered before a court here in connection with the money laundering cases being probed by the Enforcement Directorate, and was released on bail..

Won’t interfere in CBI Chief’s appointment: SC

NEW DELHI, Jan 20, (PTI), SUPREME Court on Friday refused to direct the Centre to place before it the minutes of the meeting of a high-powered committee, comprising the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition, which ha..

Over 40 jihadists killed in air strikes in Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 20, (AFP), OVER 40 fighters of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria on Thursday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it could not immedi..

J&K House passes resolution facilitating return of Pandits

JAMMU, Jan 20, (PTI) JAMMU and Kashmir Legislative Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution for creating a conducive atmosphere for return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, a day after the Assembly took initiative in this regard. ..

Working to reduce cost on online payments: Urjit Patel

NEW DELHI, Jan 20, (PTI), RESERVE Bank of India (RBI) on Friday informed a parliamentary panel that it is working on a mechanism to bring down transaction cost on online payments even as the meeting was stalled for a while as BJP members protested Ch..

Obama makes farewell call to Modi, thanks for partnership

NEW DELHI, Jan 19, (IANS), HOURS before he exits the White House, US President Barack Obama made a farewell call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thanking him for his partnership and to review bilateral cooperation in various fields, including defenc..

Bail to traders if tax evasion is upto Rs 2 cr

NEW DELHI, Jan 19, (PTI), TO make GST regime less onerous, the Centre and States have decided to water down the penal provisions to ensure a trader gets immediate bail if the alleged tax evasion is upto Rs 2 crore.The GST Council, at its last meeting..

Children among many feared dead in avalanche-hit hotel after Italy quake

AMATRICE, Jan 19, (AFP), SEVERAL children were among more than 25 people unaccounted for, feared dead, on Thursday after an avalanche engulfed a mountain hotel in earthquake-ravaged central Italy. The national civil protection agency said the Hotel ..

LCA Tejas to take maiden R-Day flight

NEW DELHI, Jan 19, (PTI), AFTER a gap of about two decades, an indigenously developed aircraft will take to the skies on Republic Day with LCA Tejas joining the fleet of 35 aircraft that will be part of an aerial display. Besides Tejas, which will l..

Aarchi, Parsha become brand ambassadors of State EC

Our Correspondent, MUMBAI, Jan 18, The poll panel is striving to increase voting percentage and the duo would appeal to the youths to vote in large numbers MARATHI blockbuster film ‘Sairat’ stars Aarchi and Parsha have become brand ambas..

Right time to invest in India: Gadkari

By Barun Jha, DAVOS, Jan 18 (PTI), SHOWCASING India growth story before global business leaders here for WEF annual meeting, senior Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said it is the appropriate time to invest in the country. Gadkari, Minister ..

Relief to Tata Sons as NCLT rejects Mistry firms’ contempt plea

MUMBAI, Jan 18, (PTI), THE National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Wednesday dismissed a contempt petition filed by two Cyrus Mistry family companies against Tata Sons and its directors, alleging violation of NCLT directives in taking steps to remove..

Amarinder, Sidhu file nominations for Punjab Assembly polls

CHANDIGARH, Jan 18, (IANS), TAKING the political battle right into the home turf of Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the L..

Hopes to overcome China ‘hurdle’ to India’s NSG bid, says US envoy

NEW DELHI, Jan 17, (PTI), US has been strongly supporting India’s bid at the NSG, and US envoy Richard Verma has full confidence that the Donald Trump Government will be able to overcome the Chinese hurdle A DAY after China came out strongly a..

2 senior IPS officers sacked for ‘non-performance’

NEW DELHI, Jan 17, (PTI), Mayank Sheel Chohan and Raj Kumar Dewangan were given ‘premature retirement’ under the All India Service (Death-Cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules-1958 TWO senior IPS officers were sacked by the Government after an ..

CM talks to Uddhav; seeks continuation of alliance

MUMBAI, Jan 17, (PTI), SHIV Sena kept up its attack on ally BJP saying transparency should be followed on the BMC polls issue, even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday spoke to Uddhav Thackeray seeking continuation of alliance ..

Snow continues to blanket Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR, Jan 17, (PTI), NIGHT temperature across Kashmir division went down with most places in the Valley receiving fresh snowfall overnight, while the Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained closed for vehicular traffic for the second consecutive..

SC irked over States’poor response on pollution, cleanliness

NEW DELHI, Jan 16, (PTI), Apex court while hearing PIL, on industrial pollution got irked after perusing the records which reflected that many States have not filed their replies despite several opportunities given SC had also issued notices to the C..

U’khand ex-PCC chief Yashpal Arya joins BJP

NEW DELHI, Jan 16, (PTI), BHARATIYA Janata Party’s campaign to wrest power from Congress in Uttarakhand on Monday received a shot in the arm with former PCC President Yashpal Arya joining saffron party in presence of its President Amit Shah her..

Shimla, Manali wrapped in snow

SHIMLA, Jan 16, (IANS), SHIMLA and Manali wrapped in white blankets of snow are a treat for tourists in Himachal Pradesh. Both tourist spots received some more snowfall on Monday, a weather official said. The Government has advised motorists to chec..

Tiger population booms in Terai region

By Kushagra Dixit, NEW DELHI, Jan 16, (IANS) PROJECTING a bright picture of tiger conservation, the number of big cats in the Terai region has grown significantly with at least 71 new adults roaring, say reports from the latest Phase-IV of monitorin..

Modi calls for satire, humour to build bridges between communities

NEW DELHI, Jan 15, (IANS), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, lauding political satirist and editor Cho Ramaswamy for having mastered the art of satire and humour, said“bothare needed to build bridges between communities and societies&rd..

David Guetta performs in Mumbai, says, ‘thank you’

MUMBAI, Jan 15, (PTI), AFTER much hoopla and delays,international DJ David Guetta finally performed in Mumbai this afternoon at the ‘ S unbur n Arena’ event. The concert here was earlier planned at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, but the Brihan mu..

Jaitley looks to break deadlock over GST in meeting today

NEW DELHI, Jan 15, (PTI), FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley will on Monday look to break the deadlock over distribution of powers between Centre and States to administer GST,anissue that is holding up launch of the new national Sales Tax fromA pril. The..

Hindu leader shot dead by assailants; police clueless

LUDHIANA, Jan 15, (PTI), POLICE have failed to make any headway in the alleged murder of35-year-old Hindu leader Amit Sharma who was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borneassailants late on Saturday night near Durga Mata temple at civil lines..

US keen to develop more smart cities across India

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON, Jan 13, (PTI), THE US is exploring new partnership opportunities for developing more smart cities across India, a top US Commerce Department official said, emphasising that States will play a major role in defining the tra..

Present material on why Budget should be postponed: Apex court

NEW DELHI, Jan 13, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Friday sought material and legal provisions in support of a PIL seeking postponement of presentation of the Union Budget due to Assembly elections in five States.“You (lawyer) tell us what provisio..

Govt issuing new-look and tamper-proof PAN cards

MUMBAI, Jan 13, (PTI), THE Government is issuing newly designed PAN (Permanent Account Number) cards that have added security features to make them tamper-proof and with contents written in both Hindi and English, a senior Income-Tax Department offic..

Over 40 lakh cases pending in 24 High Courts

NEW DELHI, Jan 13, (PTI), A WHOPPING 40.54 lakh cases are pending across the country in 24 High Courts which are also grappling with almost 44 per cent shortage of judges, at a time when the judiciary and executive are on a face-off over appointment ..

Central staffers to get Rs 9000 minimum pension

NEW DELHI, Jan 12, (PTI), THE minimum pension has been increased to Rs 9,000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount for Central Govern-ment employees, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.Addressing the 29th meeting of the S..

Judgement on Jallikattu not before Pongal: SC

NEW DELHI, Jan 12, (PTI), The draft of judgement has been prepared but it is not possible to deliver it before Pongal, on Saturday when Jallikattu is to be organised, says the apex court THE Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea urging it to pas..

It’s -180 C in Leh, minus 13.50 C in Gulmarg

SRINAGAR, Jan 12, (UNI), ALL water bodies, including world famous Dal Lake, were frozen in Ladakh region and Kashmir Valley as cold wave has further intensified after the minimum temperature recorded a considerable drop though the day temperature rem..

Guided Pinaka missile test fired successfully from Chandipur

BALASORE (Odisha), Jan 12, (PTI), GUIDED Pinaka, which has been upgraded from Pinaka Rocket, was on Thursday successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near here.The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I, is..

Madhav, Sinha compare Modi to Vivekananda

NEW DELHI, Jan 11, (PTI), BJP GENERAL secretary Ram Madhav and Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Tuesday likened Narendra Modi to the revered spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, saying the two share same traits such as courage and giving hope to people...

Enhance happiness in life: President’s New Year’s message to students

NEW DELHI, Jan 11, (IANS), PRESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee, in his New Year’s message to students on Tuesday, called happiness fundamental to human experience of life happy and presented them with a ‘toolbox’ to use to achieve this. In ..

Two arrested for printing and circulating fake notes

NEW DELHI, Jan 11, (PTI), Fake Indian Currency Notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denomination of the face value of Rs 6,10,500 were seized, computer and printing equipments used for printing the notes were also seized TWO persons have been arrested for al..

SC asks Mah to decide applications for licenses to open dance bars in 4 weeks

NEW DELHI, Jan 11, (PTI), THE Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra to expeditiously decide on 69 pending applications for licenses to open dance bars in four weeks under old rules and the directions issued by it from time to time. A bench..

Ashley Tellis could be next US envoy to India: Report

WASHINGTON, Jan 10, (PTI), MUMBAI-BORN Ashley Tellis, a former White House official and renowned India expert, could be appointed the next US ambassador to New Delhi by President- elect Donald Trump who is preparing his own pivot to Asia policy, a me..

Obama selects 4 Indian-Americans scientists for presidential awards

WASHINGTON, Jan 10, (PTI), “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us,” Obama said U..

Rajnath Singh offers worship at Tirumala temple

TIRUPATI, Jan 10, (PTI), UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala here. The temple management honoured the Minister with a sacred silk cloth and laddu prasadam whi..

Hotline between PMO and White House to continue post Jan 20

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Jan 10, (PTI), THE hotline established in 2015 between Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue to exist after the outgoing US President hands over the baton to his successor Donald Trump on January 20,..

Govt working to secure release of 41 Indian sailors stuck in UAE: Sushma

NEW DELHI, Jan 9, (PTI), 41 Indian sailors employed in four merchant ships in the UAE were stranded in four abandoned ships at Ajman anchorage in UAE. Two of the vessels are leaking and face the danger of sinking EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swa..

British special forces on ‘kill not capture’ mission for IS chief

By Aditi Khanna, LONDON, Jan 9, (PTI), BRITAIN’S Special Air Service (SAS) alongside US special forces are on a “kill not capture” mission for Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a media report has claimed. Britain&rsq..

I-T Deptt detects undisclosed income of over Rs 5,300 cr

New Delhi, Jan 9, (PTI), The Income Tax Department has detected un-disclosed income of over Rs 5,343 crore and seized Rs 114 crore of new notes which were allegedly procured illegally in its nation wide operation against black money hoarders post dem..

Will present Motor Vehicles Bill in Budget Session, says Gadkari

NEW DELHI, Jan 9, (PTI), GOVERNMENT on Monday said it would try to present the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill which proposes hefty penalties for violation of traffic norms in the upcoming Budget session, soon after it receives it from Parliament&rsq..

Railways offer platforms for setting up over 2,000 ATMs

NEW DELHI, Jan 8, (PTI), EYEING about Rs 2,000 crore annually from non-tariff sources, Railways is all set to reach out to big names from the advertising world for spaces in trains, level crossings and areas along tracks besides offering major platfo..

11 killed in attack on Baghdad market

BAGHDAD, Jan 8, (AFP), A SUICIDE bomber blew up a car at the entrance of Baghdad’s main vegetable market on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens, security officials and medics said. “A soldier at the gate of Jamila mark..

Former Iranian leader Rafsanjani passes away

TEHRAN, Jan 8, (AP), Rafsanjani’s mix of sly, wit and reputation for cunning moves both in politics and business earned him a host of nicknames such as Akbar Shah, or Great King FORMER Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wily politic..

Manmohan Singh to release Cong Punjab manifesto today

NEW DELHI, Jan 8, (PTI), THE Congress is all set to hit top gear in poll bound Punjab on Monday as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will release the party’s manifesto for the State here on Monday coupled with parallel releases at Chandigarh..

India, Portugal sign defence, 6 other pacts to boost ties

NEW DELHI, Jan 7, (PTI), INDIA and Portugal on Saturday inked seven pacts to expand bilateral engagement in a wide range of areas including defence and security, IT and renewable energy even as they took a veiled dig at China for blocking New Delhi&r..

Akhilesh camp submits affidavits to poll panel, claims 90 pc support

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, Jan 7, (PTI), AMID intense slugfest for the ‘cycle’ symbol, the Akhilesh Yadav faction on Saturday submitted to the Election Commission affidavits which it claimed to have signatures of “90 per cent” of legi..

China’s N-powered submarine was spotted at Pakistani port

NEW DELHI, Jan 7, (IANS), A CHINESE nuclear-powered submarine was reportedly docked at a port in Pakistan, sources privy to the development said here on Friday. They added that it could be there as Beijing was selling eight submarines to Islamabad, f..

Portuguese ex-President Mario Soares passes away

LISBON, Jan 7, (AFP), PORTUGAL’S former president Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy, died on Saturday aged 92 in Lisbon. The founder of Portugal’s Socialist party, Soares spent decades in..

Mah plans spl wagon to market agri-produce in W Bengal, Assam

MUMBAI, Jan 6, (PTI), BI-WEEKLY Mumbai-Guwahati Express will soon have a waggon carrying vegetables from the State pending final approval from the Railway Ministry, Maharashtra Minister of State for agriculture Sadabhau Khot said on Friday. “The..

Mastermind of Dhaka cafe attack killed

DHAKA, Jan 6, (PTI), ONE of the masterminds of Bangladesh’s worst terror attack at a popular cafe here and another top militant behind the murder of a Hindu priest were killed on Friday in a gunfight with police during a pre-dawn raid in the Mu..

US designates Osama’s son Hamza as ‘global terrorist’

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Jan 6, (PTI), AL-QAEDA leader Hamza bin Laden, the son of the terror group’s slain leader Osama bin Laden, was on Thursday designated as a “global terrorist” by the US. The US move comes nearly year and ..

Justice Katju tenders apology in SC

NEW DELHI, Jan 6, (PTI), FORMER Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Friday tendered unconditional apology for contemptuous remarks in his blog to the apex court which was accepted by it and the contempt proceedings closed. The order was passed by ..

Demonetisation to have positive impact on GDP in long run: Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Jan 5, (IANS), “Though the world economy is quite fragile yet India appears to be much better placed today on the back of improvement in its macroeconomic fundamentals,” says Arun Jaitley UNION Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on..

Rahul attacks PM on Sahara issue

NEW DELHI, Jan 5, (PTI), LATCHING on to an order from I-T settlement authority giving relief to Sahara Group, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded an inquiry into Sahara diaries asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he fears such a probe.“Immuni..

CBI files case against SBI officials

VISAKHAPATNAM, Jan 5, (PTI), THE CBI has registered a case against five SBI officials posted in Tanuku branch in West Godavati district for allowing private companies to withdraw over Rs 2.49 crore in a day post-demonetisation. The case was register..

Japan ready to help in development of Chennai, Varanasi

NEW DELHI, Jan 5, (PTI), Japan also to associate itself with in developing Ahmedabad as smart city JAPAN has decided to associate itself with India in developing Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities.During a meeting of Japanese Ambassador..

5 Indian-Americans sworn in as members of US Congress

By Lalit K Jha, WASHINGTON, Jan 4, (PTI), Kamala Harris is the first Indian-American to become a Senator A RECORD five Indian-Americans took oath as members of the US Congress, scripting history for the minority ethnic community that comprises just..

Istanbul nightclub attacker identified

ISTANBUL, Jan 4, (AFP), TURKISH authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the attack on an elite nightclub that killed 39 people, including two Indians, celebrating New Year, the Foreign Minister said on Wednesday. “The identity o..

Rs 1,000 cr for beautification of Kakinada city

RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM (AP), Jan 4, (PTI), KAKINADA MP Thota Narasimham has said Rs 1,000 crores will be spent in the next five years on the beautification of Kakinada city that has been selected to be developed as a ‘Smart city’. Narasimham ..

After Mars, ISRO eyes Venus and Jupiter missions

TIRUPATI, Jan 4, (PTI), AFTER its successful Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is eyeing inter-planetary missions to Jupiter and Venus and is studying their feasibility. “We are looking at other planets that..

Give list of corporates that owe in excess of Rs 500 cr: SC to Govt

NEW DELHI, Jan 3, (PTI), Over 70,000 cases involving an amount of Rs 5 lakh crore approximately are pending before DRTs, of which many are pending for more than ten years. The bench said there should be adequate infrastructure and manpower to meet t..

CBI arrests TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay

KOLKATA, Jan 3, (PTI), THE CBI on Tuesday arrested Trinamool Congress parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam, the second of a party MP within a week.Bandopadhyay, who a..

‘Demonetisation has weakened Naxals’

NEW DELHI, Jan 3, (PTI), HOME Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said demonetisation has increased problems for Naxals, underlining that Intelligence inputs suggest that they have weakened. The Minister refused to give any specific estimates about th..

CBI court allows ED to bring Lodha to Chennai for questionin

CHENNAI, Jan 3, (PTI), A CBI court on Tuesday issued a prisoner transit warrant enabling the Enforcement Directorate to bring Paras Mal Lodha, who is jailed in Delhi after being arrested for alleged illegal conversion of over Rs 25 crore in old curre..

32 people killed, dozens injured in Baghdad suicide car bomb blast

BAGHDAD, Jan 2, (AFP), A SUICIDE car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 32 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said. Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jo..

Arunachal CM Khandu drops three ministers, 2 advisors

ITANAGAR, Jan 2, (PTI), ARUNACHAL Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has dropped three ministers from his Council of Ministers, a notification issued by the Chief Secretary said on Monday.On the recommendation of the Chief Minister, Governor V Shanmu..

Fake twitter A/cs in Baijal’s name appear, LG office orders action

NEW DELHI, Jan 2, (PTI), THE Delhi Lt Governor’s office has asked the police to act against fake Twitter handles in the name of Anil Baijal putting out misleading posts critical of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the elected Government.In fa..

‘BHIM downloaded 3 mn times, top app in India’

NEW DELHI, Jan 2, (PTI), INDIGENOUS digital payments app BHIM has been downloaded 3 million times and enabled over 5 lakh transactions since its launch, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday. “Bhim App - 3 million download since launch, N..

India, Pakistan exchange list of N-facilities

NEW DELHI, Jan 1, (PTI), INDIA and Pakistan on Sunday exchanged for the 26th consecutive year a list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement that prohibits them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities.“India and P..

Mistry row gives Tata a bad repute

NEW DELHI, Jan 1, (IANS), A good bit of the reporting and analysis has been critical of the manner in which Ratan Tata’s handpicked successor Cyrus Mistry was suddenly ousted from the company AS the Tata-Mistry tussle continues, an unintended ..

Keralite appointed to top army post in Kyrgyzstan

DUBAI, Jan 1, (IANS), A SAUDI-BASED entrepreneur of Indian origin has assumed a top position in the Defence Department of Kyrgyzstan, the media reported. Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, a Keralite, was appointed Major General by Kyrgyzstan Defence Minister A..

Survey favours doubling of I-T exemption limit

NEW DELHI, Jan 1, (PTI), According to a survey by tax consultant Deloitte, almost all respondents want the I-T exemption limit to be raised substantially while 58 pc of the respondents were in favour of raising it to Rs 5 lakh FINANCE Minister Arun ..

ATMs cash limit to be Rs 4,500 from January 1

NEW DELHI, Dec 30, (Agencies), RESERVE Bank of India (RBI) on Friday increased the limit of ATM withdrawal to Rs 4500 from current Rs 2500. “There is no change in weekly withdrawal limits of Rs 24,000 per week. Such disbursals will predominantl..

Security forces alerted against Whatsapp virus

NEW DELHI, Dec 30, (PTI), CENTRAL security agencies have alerted defence and security personnel against the malicious activity of a virus, falsely bearing the name of elite organisations like NDA and NIA, that may breach and hack into their personal ..

ED files criminal case against Zakir Naik, IRF

MUMBAI, Dec 30, (PTI), THE Enforcement Directorate has registered a criminal case against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his organisation IRF under money laundering laws. Officials said the agency’s zonal office here has register..

China blocks proposal to list Azhar as designated terrorist

NEW DELHI, Dec 30, (PTI), CHINA on Friday finally blocked India’s proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN, triggering a sharp reaction from New Delhi which termed it as “unfortu..

Cong leadership desperate after demonetisation: PM

NEW DELHI, Dec 29, (PTI), PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress leadership of “desperation” in the face of his “tough” demonetisation decision and said it was the first time that a concerted effort was ..

‘Demonetisation to have transformative effect on economy’

MUMBAI, Dec 29, (PTI), RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Thursday said the demonetisation exercise will have “far reaching changes” towards a transformative effect on the economy going forward, despite some short-term disruptions and “pub..

Arunachal CM, 6 others suspended from PPA

ITANAGAR, Dec 29, (PTI), IN A fast-paced development, the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) late Thursday night suspended Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and five other party MLAs from the primary membership of the..

Two killed in UShelicopter crash

NEW YORK, Dec 29, (IANS), TWO persons were killed when a US military helicopter crashed in northern Galveston Bay, off Texas, media reported on Thursday.Coast Guard divers were searching the waters just off the shoreline after witnesses said a milita..

Men posing as CBI officials loot 40 kg gold from Muthoot office

HYDERABAD, Dec 28, (IANS), The robbers threatened the branch manager and other employees with weapons and locked them in a bathroom. They also took away the hard disk of CCTV cameras POSING as CBI officials, five unidentified persons looted 40 kg go..

Wrong to blame only Tyagi for chopper scam, says IAF Chief

NEW DELHI, Dec 28, (PTI), Multiple agencies are involved in the procurement process of defence deals, says Raha   IN the wake of corruption allegations against former IAF Chief S P Tyagi in the VVIP chopper scam, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on..

Lalu stages dharna over note ban

PATNA, Dec 28, (IANS), BIHAR’S ruling alliance partner RJD on Wednesday organised sit-ins at Patna and all district headquarters against the demonetisation, with party Chief Lalu Prasad accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of cheating the coun..

Shorter queues seen outside ATMs, banks

MUMBAI, Dec 28, (PTI), THE run for the cash seems to have eased slightly in the city as shorter queues were seen outside ATMs and banks on Wednesday, as just two days are left for depositing the scrapped Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes. However, people opt..

FCRA licences of 20,000 NGOs cancelled

NEW DELHI, Dec 27, (PTI), FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licences of around 20,000 of 33,000 NGOs have been cancelled by the Government after they were found to be allegedly violating various provisions of the FCRA, thus barring them from..

Mah Govt to have separate Ministry for OBC, VJNT, SBC

MUMBAI, Dec 27, (PTI), MAHARASHTRA cabinet on Tuesday decided to carve out a separate Ministry for Other Backward Classes and some other communities. The new ministry will start functioning from April 1, 2017. At present the Social Justice Ministry..

17th-Century Indian carpet discovered in Dutch shipwreck

LONDON, Dec 27, (PTI), FRAGMENTS of a carpet - likely made in the 17th century India - along with a silk gown and other royal artefacts have been discovered from a 400-year-old shipwreck near the Netherlands.The carpet, made from silk and wool, is de..

Over 70 snakes seized from Pune flat, 2 arrested

PUNE, Dec 27, (PTI), OVER 70 snakes mostly deadly Russell’s vipers and cobras illegally kept for extracting venom have been seized from a residential apartment here where a man was living with his wife and children. Ranjit Kharage (37) was arr..

Ex-IAF Chief S P Tyagi granted bail in VVIP chopper scam case

NEW DELHI, Dec 26, (PTI), Ex-IAF chief S P Tyagi, arrested on December 9 in AgustaWestland chopper scam case, was on Monday granted bail by a special court here.Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Tyagi on a personal bond of Rs two l..

Woman finds Rs 100 cr in Jan-Dhan account, sends complaint to PMO

GHAZIABAD, Dec 26, (IANS), The woman sought help of the bank officials but they did not attend her SHOCKED to find nearly Rs 100 crore in her Jan-Dhan account in a Meerut branch of a state-run bank, a woman here on Monday sought the PMO’s inte..

India needs lower level of taxation, says Jaitley

FARIDABAD, Dec 26, (IANS), HINTING at reduction in taxes in the coming few years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that in order to be globally competitive, India will have to move to a lower taxation regime. “What you need is lowe..

200 more rly stations to have Wi-Fi in ’17: Prabhu

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Dec 26, (PTI), AS PART of its programme to upgrade facilities for rail users, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Monday that 200 more stations and some additional trains would be provided with Wi-Fi in 2017.Dedicating si..