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Coming to avenge Babri, Kashmir, Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar: ISIS video
The Islamic State has released a new 22-minute Arabic-language documentary on purported Indian jihadists in its ranks, providing the first interviews with five fugitive jihadists known to have joined the ranks of fighters in Iraq and Syria since 2014.   More...
BJP MLA booked for attacking police horse, breaking its leg
Dehradun: A police horse was allegedly attacked by the BJP’s Mussoorie MLA, Ganesh Joshi, during a protest in Dehradun on Monday afternoon. The animal suffered multiple fractures during the incident near the Vidhan Sabha...   More...
Former Maharashtra police officer demands ban on RSS
Kolkata: Former Maharashtra inspector general of police SM Mushrif on Tuesday accused the Intelligence Bureau (IB) of being hand-in-glove with right-wing extremists, and called for a ban on the RSS describing it as India's No.1 terror organisation.   More...
Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa passes away, nation pays tribute
NEW DELHI: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the lone survivor of the February 3 Siachen avalanche that claimed the lives of nine soldiers till Thursday, breathed his last at the Army RR Hospital in Delhi. An Army statement confirmed that he passed away at 11.45 am on Thursday morning.   More...
Desperate for sleep in Delhi, homeless encounter a ‘Sleep Mafia’
Delhi: When midnight approaches in Old Delhi and a thick, freezing fog settles over the city, the quilt-wallah Farukh Khan sits on his corner, watching the market for his services come to life.   More...
Mufti Mohammad laid to rest; PDP seeks Mehbooba as CM
Srinagar: Thousands on Thursday evening attended the burial of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who died in New Delhi. While the PDP urged the governor to let his daughter Mehbooba Mufti take charge of the Muslim-majority state...   More...
TN flood: Over 50 trains cancelled; PM announces Rs 1,000 cr relief
New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said over 50 trains have been cancelled and around 200 trains were affected over a period of time due to the devastating floods in Tamil Nadu.   More...
Leading Indian actors lend voice to AIDS awareness content
Hyderabad: Global NGO TeachAIDS on Monday said it has roped in 22 leading Indian film actors to create instructional animated multi-media content to promote HIV education, especially in schools.   More...
Protesting OROP schemes, veterans attempt to burn medals
New Delhi: High drama ensued on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar here where two veterans tried to burn their medals in protest against the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme announced by the government.   More...
Arundhati, 23 other writers, filmmakers return National Awards
New Delhi: Author Arundhati Roy and 23 other National Award-winning writers and filmmakers, including Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah, on Thursday said they are returning their awards as a "symbolic gesture" to draw the country's attention to their....   More...
Filmmakers join to protest ‘intolerance’; Dibakar, nine others return awards
New Delhi: After writers, it’s now filmmakers turn to raise their voice against the ‘rising intolerance’ in the country. Noted Bollywood director Dibakar Banerjee and nine others on Wednesday decided to return their national awards in protest against...   More...
Massive quake claims over 180 lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan
Kabul: A massive earthquake rocked northeastern Afghanistan on Monday with devastating tremors rippling across the region, leaving more than 180 dead amid collapsed buildings, panicked stampedes and fears of landslides. Officials braced for even more casualties.   More...
Supporting authors, Gulzar says ‘Returning award only way to protest’
Patna: Noted lyricist Gulzar has come out in support of authors returning their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest of the growing religious intolerance in the country, saying this is the only way a writer can register protest.   More...
Another dalit killed in Haryana, cops booked
Chandigarh: Barely two days after two dalit children were burnt alive in a Haryana village, a 14-year-old boy was allegedly killed by cops hours after he was questioned for theft of pigeons in Sonipat's Gohana police station on Wednesday.   More...
People of Bihar will slay ‘political Ravana’: Lalu attacks PM Modi
Patna: Bihar being in the grip of a Dussehra festival mood, leaders of rival political groups including RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday used examples of slaying of Ravana to attack each other.   More...
Modi says his govt has nothing to do with Dadri lynching
New Delhi: Breaking his silence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday described the Dadri incident and opposition to the concert by Pakistan singer Ghulam Ali from Shiv Sena as “undesirable and unfortunate” and that his government had nothing to do...   More...
Modi’s comparison of Badal with Mandela draws caustic remarks
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comparison of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with towering South African leader, Nelson Mandela, unleashed a stream of mirthful comments on the Twitter.   More...
Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph returns her Sahitya Academy award
Thiruvananthapuram: Noted Malayalam novelist Sarah Joseph on Saturday said she has decided to return her Kendra Sahitya Academy award in protest against the ‘terror-like’ situation prevailing in the country.   More...
Azamgarh youth with ISIS in Iraq wants to return home
New Delhi: A youth from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who had joined ISIS to fight in Iraq, wants to return home and has contacted his family to facilitate it. The youth, in his late 20s, had gone to ISIS-held areas about six months ago through Turkey....   More...
President Pranab Mukherjee talks of India’s core values of diversity and tolerance
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the core values of diversity, tolerance and plurality of Indian civilization must be kept in mind and cannot be allowed to be wasted, in remarks that come against the backdrop of the Dadri lynching ...   More...
Congress-free India is BJP’s main agenda, says Amit Shah
Kollam (Kerala): BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said his party’s main agenda was a “Congress free India”. “Congress Mukth Bharat” is BJP’s agenda, Shah said addressing the ‘Navodhana Sangamam’ rally here.   More...
Shastri’s son urges Modi govt to speed up declassification of former PM’s files
New Delhi: Congress leader and son of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Anil Shastri, on Saturday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government should declassify the files related to his father and set up an inquiry committee on his death...   More...
JNU students up in arms over move to appoint Subramanian Swamy as VC
New Delhi: Up in arms over reports of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy being offered the JNU Vice Chancellor post, the student community of the varsity have threatened to “resist any attempts with all its mights” to saffronise the campus...   More...
Kannada writer Bhagwan booked for allegedly ‘outraging’ religious feelings
Mangaluru: An FIR has been registered against rationalist free-thinker and Kannada writer KS Bhagwan, who is facing the wrath of fringe rightwing outfits and threats to his life, for allegedly ‘outraging’ religious feelings.   More...
Making and withdrawing policies; a flip flop style of Modi government
New Delhi: A fundamental problem with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his back office is that they’re project driven, not the policy driven. In last 15 months the biggest political defeat of the NDA government was not when the BJP won....   More...
Bombay High Court refuses to stay ban on bull slaughter for Eid
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant interim stay on ban on slaughter of bulls and sale of their meat during the Muslim festival of Bakri Eid.   More...
Gujarat agitation: Mob turns violent after Hardik Patel’s detention
Surat: Non-violent protests that started soon after detention of Hardik Patel on Saturday morning in Surat city turned violent by evening. Stone pelting was reported in Kapodra area of the city as mobs started gathering near Kapodra police station.   More...
Dengue: Toll reaches 16 as two more girls die; over 2,000 tested positive
New Delhi: Two girls, aged three and nine, have become the latest victims of dengue in the city, taking the death toll to 16 today in what is being billed as the worst outbreak of the vector-borne disease in the national capital in the past five years.   More...
Kerala police register FIR against Kozhikode youth who joined IS
Kozhikode: Kerala Police on Wednesday registered an FIR against a man hailing from Kallayi in Kozhikode district after central agencies confirmed that he has allegedly joined banned terror outfit Islamic State.   More...
Intensifying quota stir, Patels withdraw bank deposits en masse in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Intensifying their quota stir, residents of some Patel-community dominated villages in Gujarat are withdrawing their bank deposits with one cooperative bank reporting that about Rs 20 lakh was withdrawn in just one day.   More...
Gujarat best Indian state for business: World Bank report
New Delhi: Gujarat, the state Prime Minister Narendra Modi ran for more than a decade, is India’s best place for conducting business, the World Bank said on Monday, in a report that ranks the country’s states in an effort to encourage them to cut red tape.   More...
India, China troops face-off along LAC in Ladakh
Leh: Indian and Chinese troops recently had a face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the same area where People's Liberation Army had pitched camps in April, 2013, that had led to a three-week long stalemate.   More...
Indo-Pak DG-level talks focus on bringing peace at border
New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Thursday decided to devise new strategies along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to put an end to incidents of ceasefire violations as they began their three-day DG-level border dialogue here.   More...
Hardik Patel released after brief detention; tension in Gujarat
NEW DELHI: The Gujarat police on Tuesday detained Hardik Patel, who has been spearheading the Patel community’s agitation for reservations, as he launched a hunger strike after the rally at the GMDC ground without permission.   More...
Deadlock in India-Pakistan NSA-level talks, dialogue unlikely between two sides
New Delhi: A deadlock over Kashmiri separatist leaders on Friday cast a cloud of uncertainty over the upcoming Indo-Pak NSA-level meeting after the two countries engaged in strong exchanges but neither side was willing to blink.   More...
Pakistan army indulges in heavy shelling in Poonch, J&K
JAMMU: The Pakistan army on Monday evening indulged in heavy shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.   More...
One Rank One Pension: Delhi police manhandle army veterans, Rahul joins stir
New Delhi: Agitating ex-servicemen demanding implementation of 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) were on Friday allegedly manhandled by Delhi Police as it tried to evict them from protest hotspot Jantar Mantar here ahead of the Independence Day ....   More...
Earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, felt in Delhi too
New Delhi: A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter Scale that hit Afghanistan on Monday at around 3.35 pm, was felt across South Asia, shaking the ground in Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi.   More...
Four feared dead as flash floods wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla: Four people including three members of a family were feared dead as flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Dharampur area of Mandi district, 250 km from here, on Saturday morning, inundating vast areas, washing away vehicles...   More...
Panel on land bill postpones meeting following suspension of Cong MP
New Delhi: The meeting of the Joint Committee of Parliament on the land bill was on Tuesday postponed for six days following demand from Congress as one of its members in the panel cannot attend the deliberations for being suspended ...   More...
Militants storm into Punjab police station, kill seven
NEW DELHI: Militants dressed in Indian Army uniforms on Monday opened fire on a civilian bus and then took over a police station in Punjab, killing at least seven persons, including Gurudaspur SP (detective) Baljeet Singh, in a region that has been mostly...   More...
Unrelenting Opposition forced LS adjournment till Monday
NEW DELHI: It was a complete washout of Lok Sabha proceedings in the first week of the Monsoon session, as the Opposition remained unrelenting on its demand for the resignation of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers ...   More...
Thirty people feared dead as bus plunges into river in Himachal Pradesh
NEW DELHI: Nearly 30 people are feared dead after a private tourist bus from Punjab, which was on its way to Manikaran, skidded off the road and plunged into a river near Bhuntar in Kullu district this afternoon.   More...
LS remained paralysed as Opposition adamant on Sushma, Raje, Shivraj’s resignation
New Delhi: Parliament was unable to function on the second day on Wednesday as the opposition, rejecting the government’s offer of a debate, forced repeated adjournments, demanding the removal first of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister ...   More...
Chaos in Parliament; Govt offers debate, Oppn demands ministers’ resignation
NEW DELHI: The monsoon session of Parliament got off to a chaotic start on Tuesday as the Rajya Sabha witnessed multiple adjournments with the opposition demanding resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers...   More...
Alert intensified along LoC after reports of infiltration bid
New Delhi: Security forces have intensified vigil along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after reports that two batches of militants would try to infiltrate next week.   More...
Replay of Nithari! Delhi man held for raping, killing 15 children
New Delhi: In a replay of the chilling Nithari killings, a man has been arrested from South Delhi for sexually assaulting and killing at least 15 children since 2008, police said on Sunday. His latest victim was a six-year-old girl a few days back.   More...
SC seeks Centre’s response to bring political parties under RTI
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought responses from the Centre, the Election Commission and six political parties, including Congress and BJP, on a plea to declare all national and regional political parties “public authorities” to bring...   More...
UP police set ablaze journalist’s mother, two cops suspended
Barabanki: The mother of a journalist was set ablaze on Monday at Kothi police station here allegedly by two policemen after she refused to “bribe” them to free her husband, prompting authorities to suspend the two officials and register a case against them...   More...
Rain triggered landslides in Darjeeling kill 38 people
Kolkata: Heavy overnight rain triggered a string of landslides in the mountainous Darjeeling district of West Bengal, killing at least 38 people, swamping homes, washing away highways and throwing normal life out of gear in the region famed for aromatic tea.   More...
Five kids die as tree falls on running school bus in Kerala
Kothamangalam: In an unfortunate incident, five children were killed and seven others injured after a tree fell on the school bus they were travelling in at Kuthukuzhi near Kothamangalam on Friday evening.   More...
Heavy rains claim 81 lives in Gujarat in 4 days
Ahmedabad: At least 81 people have died in Gujarat over the past four days in the heavy rainfall, which has created flood-like situation in many areas of the state, officials said on Friday.   More...
Government proposes income tax benefit for card payments
NEW DELHI: The Union Government on Monday proposed income tax benefits for people making payments through credit or debit cards and doing away with transaction charges on purchase of petrol, gas and rail tickets with plastic money.   More...
Kerala-born businessman to donate half his wealth to charity
Dubai: A 58-year-old Dubai-based Indian education entrepreneur has pledged to give away more than half of his wealth for helping teachers around the world by signing a popular philanthropic campaign.   More...
Heat wave claims 41 more lives in Andhra
New Delhi: Torrid weather conditions continued to prevail in several parts of the country on Sunday, claiming 41 more lives in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh since yesterday as the nationwide death toll mounted to 2,248.   More...
No immediate relief from heatwave in India, death toll reaches 2005
NEW DELHI: India’s blistering heatwave will continue for at least another 48 hours, weather officials have said, raising the possibility that the death toll could reach over 2,000.   More...
After slamming NDA govt, Manmohan Singh meets PM Modi
NEW DELHI: Hours after slamming the NDA government, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two discussed issues related to the economy and foreign policy.   More...
Wanted top Maoist leaders go hiding in Kerala
Kottayam: Top leaders of the Maoists such as the Western Ghats military commander, Vikram Gowda, Maoist commander Mallaraja Venugopal Rao (Bhupati) who carries a bounty, sub commander Sundari (Geetha) and others are believed...   More...
14 injured in grenade attack in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar: At least 14 civilians, including two minor girls, were injured on Saturday in a grenade attack by militants at a busy market in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police said.   More...
Bombay HC suspends Salman’s sentence, let him off on bail
Mumbai: Salman Khan will not have to go to jail pending disposal of his appeal against conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case after the Bombay High Court suspended his sentence and granted him bail, in a huge relief to one of the reigning...   More...
Convicted Salman Khan secures interim bail till May 8
MUMBAI: Securing interim bail from the Bombay High Court for two days after conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case, Bollywood actor Salman Khan this evening came out of the Sessions Court and headed for his residence in suburban Bandra.   More...
Bad weather cuts links with avalanche-hit village
Kathmandu: Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday.   More...
West Bengal Govt bans entry of VHP leader Praveen Togadia
Kolkata: West Bengal government on Wednesday banned the entry of Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia into the state fearing “communal tension and disruption in public tranquility.”   More...
Swine flu death toll crosses 2000 mark
New Delhi: Swine flu deaths crossed the 2,000 figure with the contagious disease claiming 17 more lives while the number of affected people stood at 33,462. Data collated by the Union Health Ministry on Friday said that till Thursday, 2,011 people have perished to the H1N1 virus....   More...
India asks its citizens in Yemen to leave the war-torn country
NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday issued an advisory asking all its nationals to leave Yemen immediately given the ‘fragile’ security situation in the conflict-hit country. “We are urging and advising our nationals to leave the country immediately through available commercial means...   More...
150 killed as German airliner crashes in French Alps
Marseille: A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board, in the worst plane disaster in mainland France in four decades.   More...
Sonia Gandhi leads Opposition charge against government
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had taken a backseat in the recent past, has once again taken on the responsibility of leading the party from the front and giving it direction, both inside parliament and outside.   More...
Swine flu death toll crosses 1,800-mark; over 31,000 affected
New Delhi: Swine flu has claimed 42 more lives taking the toll across the country to above 1,800 on Wednesday while those affected by the H1N1 virus inched towards 31,000-mark even as doctors said the number of such cases is expected to dip with the rise in mercury.   More...
Swine flu death toll crosses 1,700-mark in three months
NEW DELHI: 36 more deaths drove the swine flu toll past the 1700-mark while the total number of people suffering from the contagious disease reached close to 30,000 in the country this season.   More...
Huge cache of explosives seized from Maoist hideouts
BIHAR: Police seized 7,000 detonators, 3,000 explosives and 2,000 kg ammonium nitrate during raids conducted at Maoist hideouts in Rohtas district.   More...
CBI raids bust racket selling confidential govt documents to corporates
NEW DELHI: Busting a major ring of a well known Chartered Accountant and government servants, CBI has registered a case of alleged sale of confidential documents related to foreign investment policies which were passed on to major corporate groups of the country.   More...
Bar bribery: Mani sues Biju Ramesh, seeks Rs 10 crore in damages
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani on Wednesday filed a defamation case seeking Rs 10 crore in damages against whistle-blower bar owner Biju Ramesh who had accused him of accepting Rs 1 crore for re-opening shut down bars.   More...
Kerala among five states without law to ban cow slaughter
NEW DELHI: Five states including Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh and the union territory of Lakshadweep do not have any law for banning cow slaughter, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.   More...
Masarat’s release rocks Parliament: Centre not consulted, says Modi
NEW DELHI: Under Opposition pressure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a statement in Lok Sabha clarifying the Centre’s stand over the release of Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam from jail by the Jammu and Kashmir government....   More...
Centre blacklists 69 NGOs from receiving foreign funds
NEW DELHI: The Union government has blacklisted 69 NGOs from receiving foreign funds, junior home minister Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.   More...
Govt offers ‘window’ to black money holders to disclose assets
NEW DELHI: The Union government on Sunday disclosed that it will offer a ‘window’ to Indians holding black money in foreign bank accounts to come clean but categorically ruled out any amnesty scheme for them.   More...
Economic Survey: Subsidies benefit the rich more
NEW DELHI: Subsidies benefit the rich more than the poor and the government should link the JAM trinity — Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar number and Mobile numbers — for its effective transfer to the intended beneficiaries, the Economic Survey has suggested.   More...
Christian priest abducted in Afghanistan freed after 8 months
NEW DELHI: Eight months after his abduction in Afghanistan, Tamil Christian priest Fr Alexis Prem Kumar has been released safely and arrangements are being made to reunite him with his family at the earliest.   More...
Nigerian woman gang raped in moving car in Delhi
NEW DELHI: A 35-year-old Nigerian woman was allegedly gang raped in a moving car in New Delhi, police said on Friday. Four people have been arrested. The woman was found in an unconscious state in Mayur Vihar area ...   More...
Badaun repeated: Dalit girl raped, body found hanging from tree; 2 held
LAKHIMPUR (UP): In a grim reminder of the infamous Badaun incident, a teenage Dalit girl was raped and her body was later found hanging from a tree in Nighasan area of the district, police said on Thursday.   More...
Hindu temple vandalised with hate message in America
Washington: A Hindu temple has been vandalised with hate speech in the US state of Washington, sending shock waves through the community in the area and prompting authorities to launch an investigation.   More...
India seals nuclear deal with Sri Lanka in a bid to keep China away
NEW DELHI: India on Monday sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean Island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years.   More...
RSS will strive to unite Hindu society, says Mohan Bhagwat
KANPUR: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said his organisation would strive to ‘unite’ the Hindu society and that it must ‘expand’ to meet the expectations of people. Bhagwat also said that RSS moves ahead on the basis of its ‘own strength’.   More...
In J&K, government formation in remains a puzzle
SRINAGAR: Government formation in Jammu and Kashmir remained a puzzle Thursday with the BJP looking for a partner among the state's mainstream parties but the National Conference (NC) has virtually ruled out a tie up with the saffron party.   More...
ISIS threatens Bangalore cop of revenge after Mehdi’s arrest
BANGALORE: A senior police officer has received a threat in connection with the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the alleged handler of the most influential pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account, even as the latter was remanded in five-day police custody.   More...
After Maoist attack, Kerala govt effects large scale reshuffle in top police posts
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of Maoist attacks on Thunderbolt in Wayanad on Sunday a large scale reshuffle has been effected in the top police posts in Kerala.   More...
About 40 cases of crime against women recorded daily in Delhi
NEW DELHI: On an average, 40 cases of crime against women, including at least four rape cases, are registered everyday in Delhi, union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said on Wednesday.   More...
Catholic Church in Delhi gutted by fire, Christian community suspect sabotage
NEW DELHI: A substantial part of a catholic church in northeast Delhi’s Tahirpur area was gutted when a fire broke out on its premises this morning with the Christian community suspecting foul play in the incident.   More...
When in opposition BJP wanted 39 classified files on Netaji public, now Centre says no
NEW DELHI: The BJP-led government has refused to make public nearly 39 classified files on the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and related matters, in sharp contrast to the demands of disclosure raised ...   More...
Three army personnel among 7 killed in Jammu encounter
JAMMU: Three army personnel and as many militants were among seven killed in a fierce gun battle that broke out today between security forces and militants who had sneaked into Arnia border sector along international border in Jammu district.   More...
427 foreign bank account holders identified, says Finance Minister Jaitley
NEW DELHI: Identity of 427 account holders abroad has been established and 250 of them have admitted to having accounts, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley revealed on Wednesday while asserting that the government is on the right track ...   More...
Jashodaben files RTI request seeking details of her entitlement as PM’s wife
AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife, Jashodaben Modi, on Monday filed an application under the Right To Information Act, seeking details of the official order under which she has been provided security cover and what other “services” she is entitled to among other things.   More...
Centre may do away with LPG subsidy for rich: Jaitley
NEW DELHI: Government is considering doing away with the LPG subsidy for the well-off, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. “The next important decision India will have to take is whether people like me... (are) entitled to get ...   More...
Mullaperiyar dam: Centre calls meeting to reps from states to resolve issue
NEW DELHI: Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has called a meeting of water resources ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to discuss the issue of rising water level in the Mullaperiyar dam.   More...
Man shows traces of Ebola virus, quarantined in Delhi
NEW DELHI: India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.   More...
IPL spot-fixing: Srinivasan gets clean chit, Raj Kundra indicted
NEW DELHI: Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, which investigated the allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has given a clean chit to sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan on both counts.   More...
Pakistan pitches for building relations with India
HYDERABAD: Hoping that the stalled dialogue process will resume soon, Pakistan on Sunday pitched for building relations with India, saying there is convergence of agendas of the Prime Ministers of the two countries.   More...
Mullaperiyar: 450 families evacuated as water level rises to 141ft
IDUKKI: With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam on Tamil Nadu border touching 141 feet, Kerala has put in place contingency plans for the safety of the people which included evacuation of families from vulnerable areas as at least ...   More...
Major victory: India, US reach agreement on food security
NEW DELHI: In a major victory for India, Washington and New Delhi have resolved differences over the food stockpiling issue at the WTO, paving the way for implementation of the pending trade facilitation agreement to ease customs norms.   More...
Congress needs to heal itself and re-strategise, says Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: Urging Rahul Gandhi to be more “hands-on” since “I don’t think he is now, not totally”, Congress leader and general secretary Digvijay Singh has said it is time the Congress “turn into a cadre-based party” because “the masses...   More...
Botched sterilisation: Eight women die in Chhattisgarh; Modi orders probe
BILASPUR: A day after 8 women were reported dead at a sterilisation camp in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narenedra Modi, who is on a 10-day foreign tour, has asked Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to ensure a thorough investigation ...   More...
45-year-old woman stripped, paraded on donkey in Rajasthan tribal village
JAIPUR: A 45-year-old woman was forcibly tonsured, stripped and paraded on a donkey across a tribal village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan on Saturday. Thirty villagers involved in the act have been arrested out of them 26 have been sent to judicial ...   More...
Two CRPF men injured in guerrilla attack
SRINAGAR: Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were injured on Saturday when guerrillas fired at a security force vehicle on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Anantnag district.   More...
Army troops foil infiltration bid by armed terrorists across LoC
JAMMU: Army troops foiled an infiltration bid by armed terrorists from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala sector of Jammu Kashmir on Friday evening.   More...
Navy vessel sinks off Visakhapatnam coast during exercise, one dead, 4 missing
VISAKHAPATNAM: A Torpedo Recovery Vessel of Indian Navy on Thursday sunk off the Visakhapatnam coast during a naval exercise killing one sailor while four others went missing.   More...
Goa Chief Minister Parrikar likely to be Union Defence Minister
NEW DELHI: Speculations are ripe on Wednesday night over the possibility of a Union cabinet reshuffle, may be as early as Sunday, as Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amidst reports that he could get the defence portfolio.   More...
Terror alert in Kolkata; Navy withdraws two warships
KOLKATA: Kolkata and its port area may face a terror attack, according to a warning issued by central intelligence agencies amid which the Navy has withdrawn its two warships that were docked at the port here.   More...
BJP should emerge as a diverse party reflecting diversity of the country: Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the BJP should emerge as a ‘diverse’ party reflecting the diversity of the country.   More...
52 killed, 200 injured in suicide attack at Wagah border in Pakistan
WAGAH BORDER: At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah on Sunday, minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing.   More...
Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as first BJP chief minister of Maharashtra
MUMBAI: Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Chief Minister of the first BJP government in Maharashtra at a grand ceremony on Friday where Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made a last-minute appearance, raising the possibility ...   More...
Shahi Imam invites Pak PM Nawaz Sharif for son’s anointment, not Modi
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Thursday triggered a controversy by inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as political leaders in India but not Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the anointment...   More...
Black money: Supreme Court orders Centre to disclose all names
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Centre to disclose to it on Wednesday all the names being probed for allegedly stashing black money abroad and questioned why the government was “holding a protective umbrella for these people”.   More...
Cyclone Nilofar likely to hit Gujarat on October 31 morning
AHMEDABAD: The severe cyclonic storm Nilofar is expected to hit Gujarat around Naliya on the morning of October 31. As per the state’s Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) centre at Ahmedabad, the severe cyclonic ...   More...
Centre clears Rs 80,000-crore defence projects; to build six submarines
New Delhi: Defence projects worth a whopping Rs 80,000-crore were today cleared by the government which decided that six submarines will be made indigenously and over 8,000 Israeli anti-tank guided missiles and 12 upgraded...   More...
Centre announces 54 new border outposts, Rs 175-crore infra package
NOIDA: Unfazed by China’s objections to development of border areas, the Union government on Friday announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along ...   More...
Fire at firecracker shop kills seven in Barmer district of Rajasthan
JAIPUR: More than seven people were killed on Thursday in a fire at a firecracker shop in Rajasthan’s Barmer district. The incident took place around 1 am at the shop in Balotra area of the district, over 430 km from the state capital Jaipur.   More...
India warns Pakistan of more pain if ceasefire violation continues
NEW DELHI: India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more ‘pain’ if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.   More...
ISIS sympathiser who conspired terror attacks in Mumbai arrested
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has arrested a city-based software engineer, who admired the middle-east terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, for allegedly conspiring to blow up US establishments here including a school...   More...
193 persons die following Jayalalithaa’s arrest
CHENNAI: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Sunday claimed that 193 persons had died due to her “present situation,” and expressed concern over three other persons attempting suicide. The party released the list of the 193 deceased persons...   More...
Army Chief asks commanders to assess security situation continuously
NEW DELHI: Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday asked his commanders to “continuously assess” the situation in view of the security transition taking place in the neighbourhood and directed them to maintain relentless pressure ...   More...
Black money stashed abroad: Jaitley says can’t disclose names
NEW DELHI: After the government toed the UPA government’s line in the Supreme Court, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday blamed the agreement entered into by the Congress government with Germany in 1995 as a constraining factor ...   More...
No one can warn India, Rajnath reacts to China’s comment on Arunachal road plan
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reacted to the comments made by China over India’s plan to construct a highway along Arunachal border with China, saying no one can warn India. Stressing India’s position...   More...
Unprovoked shelling by Pakistan forces 28,000 villagers to migrate
JAMMU: In the wake of unprovoked mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers during the last fortnight, about 28,000 people have migrated from near the international border in Jammu district alone.   More...
Cyclone Hudhud hits Andhra, Odisha coastal districts, kills six, loses intensity
VIASHAKAPATNAM: Cyclone Hudhud hits the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with heavy rain and winds of almost 200 kmph on Sunday killing six people and left a trail of destruction in Vishakapatnam...   More...
Cyclone Hudhud to hit Andhra, Odisha coasts at 170-180 kmph, lakhs evacuated
BHUBANESHWAR: With Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ expected to hit the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts by Sunday, state authorities on Saturday shifted tens of thousands of people in vulnerable areas to safer places.   More...
Following India’s stern warning, Pak guns fall silent along JK border
JAMMU: An eerie calm prevailed along the 200-km long international border from Kathua to Pargwal sector as Pakistani mortar guns remained silent on Thursday night, after Border Security Force retaliated to continuous ceasefire violations...   More...
India warns Pakistan of ‘unaffordable’ cost for its persistent ‘adventurism’
NEW DELHI: India on Thursday sent out a strong warning to Pakistan, saying it will have to bear an 'unaffordable' cost if it persists with its 'adventurism' as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that aggression from across...   More...
Ceasefire violations: Forces fully ready to respond to Pak provocation; India tells UN
UNITED NATIONS: India and Pakistan have sparred at the UN over ceasefire violations along the LoC with India making it clear that its armed forces are “fully ready” to respond to “provocation”. India also said that the onus of creating a positive ...   More...
Jayalalithaa to remain in jail as Karnataka HC rejects her bail plea
BANGALORE: In a big blow to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday rejected her bail plea in the disproportionate assets case, saying there was no ground to grant her the relief.   More...
Indian jihadists group calls for attacks on western nationals
NEW DELHI: An Indian jihadists group - Ansar al-Tawhid fi’Bilad al-Hind - based in Pakistan’s northwest border area, has called on supporters to stage attacks on western nationals, in an Eid message released online late on Friday.   More...
Blast kills army jawan, injures another in J&K
JAMMU: An Army Jawan killed and another was injured in an IED blast in Balnoi area of Mendhar in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday evening.   More...
Kerala launches prohibition policy on Gandhi Jayanti
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A policy to achieve total prohibition and several environment friendly programmes were launched in Kerala on Thursday to mark the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.   More...
Pak troops violate ceasefire, targets Indian posts in 3 areas in Jammu
JAMMU: Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated ceasefire after over a month-long lull and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in three sub-sectors along Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian forces.   More...
India-China standoff ends with withdrawal of both troops from Ladakh
BEIJING: China on Tuesday said the standoff with India at the Ladakh region has been resolved as both sides completed simultaneous withdrawal of troops, and underlined that the two nations have the “determination and capability” to maintain peace...   More...
Jayalalithaa-loyalist Panneerselvam elected as new Tamil Nadu chief minister
CHENNAI: Jayalalithaa-loyalist and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was on Sunday chosen to be the next Chief Minister after the AIADMK supremo was convicted and sent to jail for four years in a corruption case.   More...
Violence, arson in Tamil Nadu following Jayalalithaa’s conviction
CHENNAI: Stone-pelting and torching of public property, attacks on media persons and forceful closure of shops erupted across Tamil Nadu on Saturday as mobs reacted to the sentencing of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to four years imprisonment...   More...
Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan quits
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Prithviraj Chavan resigned on Friday, a day after NCP broke its 15-year-old alliance with Congress in the state, reducing his government to a minority.   More...
Communal clashes, arson in Vadodara; police lob teargas shells
VADODARA: Police lobbed several teargas shells in Kumbharwad area of the city here on Thursday to control clashes between two different religious groups.   More...
Supreme Court cancels allocation of 214 coal blocks since 1993
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks which were allotted to various companies since 1993 and in which it was claimed that around Rs 2 lakh crore were invested.   More...
Country’s border security in safe hands, says India
NEW DELHI: Amid continuing standoff on the borders, India on Tuesday said engagements with China were underway at “different levels and different places” and made it clear that the country’s border security was in safe hands.   More...
India’s Mars orbiter’s main liquid engine test fired successfully
BANGALORE: In a crucial manoeuvre ahead of India’s Mars orbiter’s entry into the final destination on September 24, the main liquid engine on the spacecraft was on Monday successfully test fired and its trajectory corrected.   More...
Chinese troops pitch seven tents in Chumar; stand-off continues
LEH: The stand-off in Chumar area of Ladakh took a new turn on Sunday with Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) pitching seven tents well within the Indian territory and showing no signs of withdrawal.   More...
Stand-off in Chumar worsens as Chinese troops intrude again
NEW DELHI: The stand-off in Chumar region in Ladakh worsened on Saturday after a second intrusion by Chinese army personnel in two days was reported at another point after they had withdrawn from the same area.   More...
CBI will probe Chidambaram connection in Aircel-Maxis deal
NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will investigate the circumstances of the FIPB approval given by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.   More...
Following CBI search, former Assam DGP shoots self to death
GUWAHATI: Former Assam Director General of Police Shankar Barua, whose premises were searched by the CBI in connection with Saradha scam last month, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence on Wednesday.   More...
By-poll results: Modi government’s ‘honeymoon period’ is over, says Congress
New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday termed the results of Assembly bypolls, in which BJP suffered major reverses, as ‘good omen’ for the secular forces and said it should ring alarm bells in the saffron party as people have rejected the ‘politics of polarisation.’   More...
Troop face-off at Chumar, Ladakh ahead of Chinese president visit
NEW DELHI: Eastern Ladakh continues to be a flashpoint between India and China, with a flag meeting being held between rival military commanders on Monday after a troop face-off at Chumar to the south, while a “civilian ...   More...
Madrassas teaching terrorism, says BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj
LUCKNOW: After Yogi Adityanath, another BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has triggered a controversy with a statement against a minority community. The BJP MP from Unnao on Sunday alleged that madrassas were giving “education of terrorism”...   More...
J&K floods: Several areas still under water, residents complain govt not doing enough
SRINAGAR: Seven days after Jammu and Kashmir was hit by its worst floods in 60 years, several areas continued to remain submerged on Saturday, including large parts of the state capital, Srinagar.   More...
Over 1,30,000 people stranded in flood-ravaged Kashmir rescued
SRINAGAR: Rescuers distributed packets of cooked food and pouches of drinking water to thousands of people stranded in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the summer capital Srinagar, as over 1,30,000 people were rescued ...   More...
Flood fury in J&K: Armed forces rescue over 1.10-lakh people
SRINAGAR: The armed forces have rescued over 1.10-lakh people in relief operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir where more than 30,000 troops have been deployed along with 84 helicopters and transport aircraft of the Air Force.   More...
J&K floods: Army vehicles pelted with stones; people’s anger justified, says Omar
SRINAGAR: Terming the flood situation in the flood-ravaged Kashmir valley as very serious, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said he understood the anger of the people affected by the unprecedented catastrophe.   More...
Over 6-lakh still stranded in flood-ravaged Kashmir, death toll crosses 200 mark
SRINAGAR: About 6-lakh people were still stranded and desperate for help on Tuesday in flood-ravaged Kashmir Valley where heavy rains have eased to help scale up the massive multi-agency rescue and relief efforts in which...   More...
CPM asks comrades to fight RSS on the ground
Kolkata: The CPM on Sunday said that Left parties had to work on the ground politically, ideologically and organisationally to counter the RSS and mere editorials would not serve the purpose.   More...
Islamic State follows al Qaeda, makes inroads into India
NEW DELHI: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda.   More...
Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ejaz Sheikh arrested from Uttar Pradesh
NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ejaz Sheikh, wanted in several cases including a terror strike in Jama Masjid here, was arrested last night from Saharanpur area of western Uttar Pradesh by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.   More...
Vizhinjam port case: Supreme Court rejects Kerala government’s plea
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Supreme Court, on Friday, rejected Kerala government’s plea to stay the Green Tribunal's verdict in the Vizhinjam port case. The case was considered by a three member green bench of the Supreme Court.   More...
Indian states on high alert after al Qaeda announces local wing formation
NEW DELHI: India puts several provinces on heightened alert on Thursday after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing of the militant group in India and its neighbourhood, a senior government official said.   More...
Ex- Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam appointed Kerala Governor
NEW DELHI: Brushing aside opposition, the Government on Wednesday went ahead and appointed former Chief Justice of India Palaniswamy Sathasivam as the new Governor of Kerala.   More...
Kerala: BJP-RSS hartal turns violent, bombs hurled in Kannur
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The day-long hartal called by RSS in Kerala on Tuesday to protest murder of an activist of the outfit in Kannur district turned violent in many parts of the state disrupting normal life.   More...
Japan to invest 3.5 trillion yen to India over next five years
TOKIYO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the “expansionist” ideas of the 18th century are still visible in the world — some countries “encroach” on others, some “enter the seas”, and some “capture other’s territory”.   More...
No white flag if Pakistan continues ceasefire violations: Rajnath
CHANDIGARH: Asserting that India wants peaceful relations with all countries but it should not be treated as its weakness, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said security forces have been directed to give a “befitting” ...   More...
India, Japan sign Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement to preserve heritage
KYOTO: The partnership, which focuses on how to preserve heritage while building smart cities, was signed between Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and India’s Ambassador to Japan Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, ministry of external ...   More...
Defence Ministry scraps Rs 6000-cr light utility helicopter purchase deal
NEW DELHI: Defence Ministry on Friday scrapped a scam-tainted tender worth over Rs 6,000 crore to procure 197 light utility helicopters for Army and Air Force to replace the vintage fleet of Cheetah and Chetak choppers used to move...   More...
Railway minister’s son Karthik booked for raping actress
BANGALORE: The son of Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has been booked for rape and cheating following a complaint by Kannada film actor Maithreyi, police said Thursday. The Gowdas denied the charges.   More...
BSF DG briefs home minister on ground situation along J&K border
NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh was on Wednesday briefed by the BSF on the ground situation along the border in Jammu and Kashmir where Pakistan is continuously firing on frontier posts and civilian areas.   More...
Sheila Dikshit resigns, Kalyan Singh named as Rajasthan governor
NEW DELHI: Sheila Dikshit has resigned as Kerala Governor becoming the eighth governor appointed by the UPA regime to quit since the NDA government came to power in May this year. However, the Narendra Modi government...   More...
Supreme Court holds coal blocks allocation from 1993 illegal
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court held the coal blocks allocated from 1993 onwards by a steering committee and through government dispensation route were illegal, arbitrary, and non-transparent without any objective criteria but did not cancel them yet.   More...
Four guerrillas, two soldiers killed in Kashmir gunfights
SRINAGAR: Four guerrillas and two soldiers were killed on Sunday in two gunfights in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. “Four militants have been killed in the ongoing gun battle between security forces and militants...   More...
India vows to respond effectively to Pakistani firing
VISHAKHAPATNAM: Noting that ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said Indian security forces are responding effectively to protect the country’s interests.   More...
SC questions Centre over status of Leader of Opposition, terms it a significant position
NEW DELHI: The Central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was reviewing the entire Lokpal Act even as the court questioned it over rendering the law ineffective due to the delay.   More...
Over 23 passengers die as bus falls into river in Himachal Pradesh
SHIMLA: At least 23 people were killed and 20 injured in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday when an overcrowded mini bus skidded off the road and fell into the Baspa river, some 300 feet below the road, officials said.   More...
India, Pakistan only two stakeholders in Kashmir issue, says MEA
NEW DELHI: In a clear rebuff to Pakistan, India’s external affairs ministry on Wednesday said that following the Simla Agreement of 1972, India and Pakistan were the only two stakeholders on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and “none else”.   More...
Leader of Opposition issue: Lok Sabha Speaker rejects Congress’ demand
NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday formally rejected the Congress’ demand for being accorded the status of Leader of Opposition in the House. “I have gone by rules and tradition,” she said.   More...
Chinese troops entre 25-km deep into Indian territory: Sources
LEH: Chinese troops are reported to have entered 25 to 30 km deep into Indian territory in Burtse area in Ladakh where they had pitched their tents last year that had led to a tense three-week standoff.   More...
Modi commissions India’s largest indigenous warship INS Kolkata
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday commissioned country’s largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata. INS Kolkata, a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy, has been built at the Mumbai-based...   More...
Over 170 schoolchildren fall sick after eating sweets at I-Day functions
KANPUR: At least 176 schoolchildren on Friday fell sick after eating sweets at Independence Day functions at four primary schools in Chaubepur village of the district, police said.   More...
Bhopal-bound Jet Airways flight causes scare after fire alarm
BHOPAL: A fire alarm in a Bhopal-bound Jet Airways flight from Delhi caused a scare as it was about to take off early Thursday. No one among the over 70 people on board were injured in the incident that took place around 0545 hours...   More...
Hardcore Maoist commander arrested after encounter in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A hardcore naxal commander was on Wednesday arrested after he was injured in an encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said.   More...
Pakistan lost strength to fight a conventional war, says Prime Minister Modi
KARGIL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came out strongly against Pakistan for continuing its proxy war of terrorism against India, saying it has lost the strength to fight a conventional war.   More...
Indian tea contains pesticides, says Greenpeace; Tea Board refutes allegation
NEW DELHI: Leading national and global brands of tea sold in India contain pesticides, Greenpeace India said on Monday. The Tea Board of India refuted the allegation, saying Indian tea was ‘totally safe’ and meets high standards.   More...
Pak troops fire at LoC posts again, second ceasefire violation in 48 hours
JAMMU: Pakistani troops continued unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions along the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir for the second day on Sunday.   More...
Pak troops violate ceasefire again after sending BSF jawan to India,
JAMMU: Within hours after returning a jawan to BSF at the international border in Suchetgarh as a goodwill gesture, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri ....   More...
India fears import of deadly Ebola virus if people return from affected countries
NEW DELHI: Indian authorities are on alert for the Ebola virus, the health minister said, suggesting there is a risk the deadly virus could be imported into country if the large population of Indians working in the four affected West African nations returns.   More...
34 persons killed in Odisha floods, 10 lakh people in 1,553 villages affected
BHUBANESHWAR: Flood waters engulfed vast areas of the delta region of the Mahanadi river system in Odisha even as the death toll due to heavy rains and floods in the state climbed to 34.   More...
Cabinet approves proposal for 100 per cent FDI in Railways
NEW DELHI: Union government on Wednesday approved a proposal to allow 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) for building Railways infrastructure. Foreign capital in Railways was not allowed till now.   More...
Another shocking incident: 8-year-old girl sexually assaulted by teacher
BANGALORE: In yet another shocking incident at a school, an eight year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her 63 year-old teacher inside its premises near here. Both the teacher and the principal have been arrested,...   More...
Government suspends arrested Syndicate Bank Chairman SK Jain
NEW DELHI: The Union government on Monday suspended Syndicate Bank chairman and managing director SK Jain following his arrest by the CBI for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 50-lakh to enhance the credit limit of some companies.   More...
Six-year-old boy falls into 300-feet deep borewell; rescue efforts on
BAGALKOT: A six-year-old boy fell into an open borewell on Sunday at Sulikeri village, some 15 km from here, following which authorities have launched rescue operation. “Efforts are on to rescue him,” Bagalkot Deputy...   More...
Bihar government on alert, seeks army help over Kosi flood threat
NEW DELHI: With the danger of flood looming large in the Kosi belt along Bihar-Nepal border, the state government has put its personnel on alert, ordered evacuation of people inhabiting the embankment area and also sought help from the Army.   More...
Security forces gun down four militants in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Security forces gun down four heavily-armed militants in Keran sector near the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.   More...
Snooping unacceptable, India bluntly tells United States
NEW DELHI: India on Thursday bluntly told the US that surveillance of political leaders and others in India by the American intelligence was unacceptable to which the US responded by saying that any differences that may exist ...   More...
17 dead, over 150 trapped in Pune landslide, rescue operations on
PUNE: At least 17 people were killed when torrential rains triggered a landslide at a village in Maharashtra’s Pune district on Wednesday, burying over 160 as 400 NDRF personnel looked for survivors and bodies...   More...
21 passengers killed as bus falls into 400 metre deep gorge in Himachal
SHIMLA: At least 21 passengers were killed and five others injured when a state roadways bus on Tuesday rolled down into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district, police said.   More...
HC orders filing of FIR against Trinamool MP Tapas Pal for rape remark
KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Monday ordered filing of an FIR against Trinamool Congress MP-cum-actor Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and directed that the CID investigate the matter.   More...
Mumbai on alert after police chief receives letter threatening ‘revenge’ for Gaza attacks
MUMBAI: Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has received a letter purportedly threatening a terror attack in the metropolis to “take revenge for Gaza” attacks, following which an alert has been sounded here.   More...
Cong, NCP giving communal colour to ‘force-feeding’ episode to malign BJP: Gadkari
NASHIK: Union Minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has accused the Congress and the NCP of using the Maharashtra Sadan episode involving a Shiv Sena MP to “malign” the image of the saffron combine.   More...
Congress not entitled to leader of opposition post in Lok Sabha: Attorney General
NEW DELHI: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday held that the Congress cannot get the leader of opposition status in the Lok Sabha as its numbers are less than one-tenth of the total strength of parliament’s lower house.   More...
Eight-year-old girl gang raped, hanged from tree in West Bengal
TAMLUK (WB): The body of an eight-year-old girl who had gone missing was Thursday found in a field with locals lynching a man whom they accused of being involved in the crime, police said on Thursday.   More...
15 children died as train slams into school bus in Telangana
HYDERABAD: Thirteen children died on the spot and two died later in hospital, succumbing to head and chest injuries and multiple fractures, as the Nanded passenger train slammed into their school bus at an unmanned crossing near Musaipet ...   More...
Maoists explode rail track, pilot engine of Rajdhani derails
AURANGABAD: Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to the derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.   More...
Government warns of terror attack threat on Amarnath pilgrims
NEW DELHI: There are intelligence inputs which suggest threat of terrorist attacks on Amarnath pilgrims, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.   More...
Mobile networks in Naxal-affected areas in 15 months: Ravi Shankar Prasad
NEW DELHI: Mobile networks are likely to be set up in the Naxal-affected areas in 15 months under the Universal Service Obligation Fund Scheme, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.   More...
Pakistani Rangers fire mortars on BSF post, cause panic among villagers
JAMMU: In a sign of escalation in tension along the international border in RS Pura sector, Pakistani Rangers fired mortars on the Indian side killing some cattle in Arnia area during wee hours of Sunday.   More...
Defence ministry clears procurement proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore
NEW DELHI: Pressing ahead with its policy to promote domestic military industry, the government on Saturday cleared procurement proposals worth over Rs 21,000 crore and also okayed a project for the production of transport aircraft...   More...
Fireman killed, five others suffer injuries in Mumbai high-rise blaze
MUMBAI: A fireman was killed and five others were injured on Friday when the top two floors of a 22-storeyed building that houses the office of film star Hrithik Roshan went up in flames here.   More...
Ownership of four dams rests with Kerala, says Union minister
NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharati has said that the four dams in Kerala on which the Tamil Nadu had raised claim of ownership belonged to Kerala only. However, the responsibility to conduct their functioning ...   More...
BSF jawan killed, three others injured as Pak troops fire at Indian positions
JAMMU: A BSF trooper was killed and six others, three of them security force personnel, were injured when Pakistan rangers fired heavily at Indian forward positions along the International Border in Jammu district on Wednesday...   More...
TRAI amendment bill gets Parliamentary approval
NEW DELHI: With its successful passage in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, parliamentary approval was accorded to a bill seeking to amend the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act to facilitate appointment of its former...   More...
Coast Guard rescues 11 crewmen from drifting cargo ship off Raigad
MUMBAI: In a daring operation, the Indian Coast Guard braved stormy weather on Monday to rescue 11 out of 16 crewmen from a drifting cargo vessel in the Arabian Sea off Maharashtra’s Raigad, an official said here.   More...
Names of five senior BJP leaders finalized for Governors’ post
NEW DELHI: Names of five senior BJP leaders, including former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, have been finalized by the government for appointment as Governors in states including Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat...   More...
Pak violates ceasefire again, Indian troops retaliate, no casualty reported
JAMMU: Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire once again by targeting troops in forward area along International Border in Jammu district with small weapons, prompting BSF troops to retaliate.   More...
Kerala will oppose Centre’s new food-grain procurement policy
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The UDF government will oppose the reported food-grain policy of the NDA government that bars states from paying bonus amount for procurement than the minimum support price fixed by the Centre...   More...
Jaitley showers income tax sops, seeks to revive growth
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday doled out income tax sops by raising threshold exemption and investment limits by Rs 50,000, raised duties on cigarettes, tobacco, pan-masala and aerated drinks...   More...
Supreme Court bars states from granting life convicts remission
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all the state governments to refrain, for now, from exercising their power of remitting the sentence of life convicts and releasing them prematurely. The interim restrain order will ...   More...
Modi government blames UPA for price rise, says no need to panic
NEW DELHI: Prices of food items are under control and there is no need for panic, the government declared on Monday in the Rajya Sabha which took up an impromptu discussion on inflation on the opening day of the Budget session...   More...
Ex-Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy caught on tape demanding Rs 20 cr for giving party seat
BANGALORE: Former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has allegedly been caught on tape demanding Rs 20 crore from an MLC aspirant to give away his party’s seat for the Upper House of Karnataka Legislature.   More...
Snake found in midday meal, 54 children taken ill in Bihar school
SITAMARHI (BIHAR): A total of 54 students of a government middle school in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district fell ill on Saturday after eating midday meal in which a ‘snake’ was found.   More...
Cooking gas price likely to go up by Rs 250 per cylinder
NEW DELHI: The Oil Ministry is likely to move the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) soon with an expert panel recommendations of raising kerosene price by Rs 4 a litre and cooking gas (LPG) rates by Rs 250 per cylinder.   More...
Indian nurses injured as Sunni insurgents moves them to Mosul
NEW DELHI: Sunni insurgents on Thursday shifted all 46 Indian nurses from a hospital in Tikrit in Iraq, injuring a few of them in the process, officials said.   More...
Centre puts stock holding limits on onion, potato to check prices
NEW DELHI: Cracking down further on hoarding, the Centre on Wednesday put onion and potato under purview of the Essential Commodities Act and imposed stock holding limits in a bid to improve availability and rein in prices.   More...
It was unilateral decision of ‘executive’ to exclude Subramanium’s name: CJI
NEW DELHI: The controversy over appointment of Gopal Subramanium as judge of the Supreme Court took a new turn on Tuesday with the Chief Justice of India RM Lodha making it clear that segregation of his name was done...   More...
Marital status: Modi committed offence, but can’t register FIR against him, say Court
AHMEDABAD: An Ahmedabad court on Monday held that though Narendra Modi had committed an offence under RP Act by not disclosing his marital status while contesting Assembly polls in 2012, a petition seeking registration....   More...
Gulf missions’ welfare funds to be used for helping Indians in Iraq
NEW DELHI: With deepening Iraq violence, India on Sunday decided to transfer part of welfare funds in the Indian missions in Gulf countries to its embassy in Baghdad to be used for helping Indians in the conflict-hit country ...   More...
India intensifies efforts to evacuate citizens from violence-hit Iraq
NEW DELHI: With the situation worsening in violence-hit Iraq, India on Saturday said it has flown in officials to three Iraqi cities to help evacuate Indians wanting to return home and asserted that “all national assets are in readiness...   More...
35 railwaymen rescued from engulfing Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
MUMBAI: At least 35 railway staffers were rescued from a fire, which engulfed the fifth floor of the Central Railway administrative building next to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) here on Friday evening.   More...
Narendra Modi satisfied with 30 days work of his government
NEWDELHI: Satisfied with the work done by his government that completed 30 days in office today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi nevertheless acknowledged that there are areas where “we need to improve”, underlining that unlike...   More...
Gopal Subramanium opts out of race for SC judge, slams Modi government
NEW DELHI: Eminent lawyer Gopal Subramanium on Wednesday opted out of being considered for appointment as Supreme Court judge after lashing out at the Modi government accusing it of ordering CBI to ‘scrounge’ for ‘dirt’ against...   More...
Railways announces relief in fares for suburban train passengers
NEW DELHI: Amid concerns in the ruling NDA over the impact of rail fare hike on election-bound states, the railways on Tuesday announced relief in monthly season tickets and second class suburban fares.   More...
Congress protests hike in rail fare, power and water crisis
NEW DELHI: Protests by Congress against hike in rail fares and ongoing power and water crisis in the city continued on Sunday with the party workers holding demonstrations at Pandav Nagar chowk, Chattarpur Mandir chowk...   More...
Indians in captivity in Iraq safe, claims Government
NEW DELHI: Indians in captivity in Iraq were unharmed, the government said on Monday even as efforts continued to secure their release after they were rounded up by suspected Sunni militants in Mosul town of the violence-hit Gulf country.   More...
Ten youths trapped in Damodar river rescued from gushing water
BOKARO: Standing on the banks of the Damodar in Bokaro district on Friday evening, Gangu Kewar had no doubt that the 10 youths on the concrete platform would live to tell the tale. “I would have worried if there were only two or three of them.   More...
Location of Indians abducted in Iraq identified, but authorities decline to divulge
NEW DELHI: The location of the 40 Indian construction workers kidnapped in Mosul town of strife-torn Iraq has been identified by Iraqi authorities, the government said on Thursday.   More...
Efforts underway to rescue Indians kidnapped in Iraq: Sushma Swaraj
NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that ‘all efforts are underway to rescue the 40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq.’   More...
46 Kerala nurses trapped in Iraq hospitals; Cong seeks Modi’s assistance
NEW DELHI: Congress on Tuesday approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the Centre’s assistance to bring back Indians stranded in Iraq ravaged by violence.   More...
Violent protests over killing of constables; SP blames media for targetting Akhilesh govt
FIROZABAD: Violent protests broke out in Firozabad on Monday over the killing of two police constables by unidentified assailants, leaving a DIG of police and several others injured, drawing a strong reaction from the Centre ...   More...
Dialogue with Pak will not progress if ceasefire violations continue: Jaitley
SRINAGAR: The Centre on Sunday said that dialogue with Pakistan would not progress if ceasefire violations and infiltration continue and added that such hostilities “must stop” for the situation to “normalise”.   More...
Modi dedicates largest warship INS Vikramaditya, pitches for self-reliance
Onboard Aircraft Carrier: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated India’s largest warship INS Vikramaditya to the nation and pitched for making the country self-reliant in manufacturing defence equipment, shedding dependence on imports.   More...
Kerala CM seeks Sushma Swaraj’s help to evacuate Malayali nurses from Iraq
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said he was in touch with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to bring home 44 nurses from Kerala who were trapped in the strife-torn Iraq.   More...
Gujarat gets approval to raise Narmada dam height by 17 metre, Medha Patkar upset
AHMEDABAD: After a wait of eight long years, the Gujarat government on Thursday got final approval to raise by about 17 metres the height of Sardar Sarovar dam, the country’s most controversial dam project, in a big boost to the state....   More...
Raman Singh refutes speculation, says no plans for aerial attacks on Maoists
RAIPUR: Stressing that “an integrated approach with focus on holistic development of Bastar is the only way to tackle the Maoist problem”, the Chhattisgarh government has refuted speculation that the state is preparing for aerial attacks on the rebels...   More...
Govt to fortify defences along China border with 54 new ITBP border posts in Arunachal
NEW DELHI: In a major step to fortify defences along the China border, over 50 new border posts are being planned for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.   More...
Mullaperiyar dam: Kerala government seeks Centre’s mediation
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of the Supreme Court rejecting Kerala’s contention in the dispute with Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar dam, the state on Monday sought Centre’s mediation and a presidential reference to the apex court...   More...
Chandrababu Naidu takes charge as Seemandhra chief minister
HYDERABAD: Nara Chandrababu Naidu, 64, took oath as the first chief minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday at 7.27 pm, thus completing the bifurcation of the state.   More...
BSF jawan lynched, man killed in clash near Indo-Bangla border
AGARTALA: A BSF jawan was lynched after a man was killed in firing by border guards as they came under attack from villagers while chasing smugglers close to the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura, but the villagers gave a different account of the events.   More...
Violent Sikh clashes in Golden Temple leave 10 injured
AMRITSAR: Violent clashes between Sikh radicals and members of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Task Force (SGPC) at the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, inside the Golden Temple complex, marred the 30th anniversary of army operation Blue Star...   More...
Secure Indian priest’s release from Afghan abduction, Jayalalithaa urges Modi
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene to secure the release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar, who has been abducted in Afghanistan.   More...
Centre declines to interfere in Italian marines’ case
NEW DELHI: In an outright diplomatic move, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday has conveyed to her Italian counterpart the government’s inability to interfere in the case of Italian marines who are awaiting trial for ...   More...
SC for CBI probe into role of Sonia, top bureaucrats in coal blocks allocation
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court was moved on Tuesday for a CBI probe to ascertain the alleged role of four top bureaucrats and Congress president Sonia Gandhi into the coal blocks allocation scam.   More...
Invitation to SAARC leaders signal to rest of world, Modi tells party
NEW DELHI: Underlining the challenge before the BJP to live up to the expectations of the popular mandate at the domestic level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the voice of about 550 million voters will help him...   More...
Modi abolishes all GoMs, EGoMs to bring more accountability among ministers
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to abolish all the 30 ministerial groups to bring more accountability and faster decision making among his colleagues who head the various ministries and departments.   More...
Storm claims nine lives, cripples road, metro and air services
NEW DELHI: At least nine people were killed in the NCR region, including six in Delhi, as a massive thunder storm lashed the region crippling road traffic, metro services and flight operations and hitting power supply.   More...
Modi outlines priorities, tells ministers to focus on governance
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministers to lay emphasis on overall governance, efficient delivery and implementation. Chairing the second meeting of his Cabinet on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi...   More...
Jitendra Singh’s remark on Article 370 can divide J&K, trigger partition: PDP
SRINAGAR: Opposition PDP chief and Anantnag MP Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday condemned the statement of Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh, saying it has the potential to divide Jammu and Kashmir...   More...
Modi government constitutes SIT to unearth black money
NEW DELHI: Complying with the Supreme Court directive, the new government on its first day in office on Tuesday constituted a special investigative team (SIT) headed by a former Supreme Court Judge to unearth black money, including in the case of Hasan Ali.   More...
UP train crash kills at least 40, many trapped
SANT KABIR NAGAR (UP): A passenger train collided with a stationary goods train in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 150, police and railway officials said.   More...
Carrying message of peace, Pak Prime Minister Sharif arrives Delhi
NEW DELHI: Carrying a ‘message of peace’, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived here on Monday to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.   More...
‘Small and compact’ Cabinet to take oath with Modi on May 26
NEW DELHI: Amidst hectic discussions on formation of the new government, indications emerged on Saturday that Narendra Modi would have a “small and compact” Cabinet that will take oath along with him on May 26 in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan.   More...
Attackers on Indian Consulate in Herat province of Afghanistan killed: ITBP
NEW DELHI: All the four gunmen, who had stormed the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province early on Friday, have been gunned down, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chief Subhas Goswami said.   More...
Modi’s invitation to President Rajapakse dismayed Jayalalithaa
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa expressed ‘dismay’ and ‘anguish’ over Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi inviting Sri Lanka President Rajapakse for his swearing-in ceremony on 26th May.   More...
Criminal defamation case: Kejriwal arrested, sent to Tihar jail
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was on Wednesday arrested and sent to Tihar Jail till May 23 by a Delhi court after he refused to furnish bail bond in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.   More...
After worst ever poll debacle, Congress mulls drastic revamp
NEW DELHI: A drastic revamp of the AICC set up is on the cards soon to get the party going after the worst debacle it faced in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls. Setting up of a committee to examine what went wrong in the polls and the possibility of holding...   More...
Dalit leader Jitan Ram will be Bihar’s new chief minister
PATNA: Nitish Kumar on Monday chose senior minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to succeed him as Bihar Chief Minister, who would stake claim to form the government. The 68-year-old Manjhi, a dalit leader, was SC & ST minister in the Nitish Kumar government.   More...
Congress not to support AAP again in Delhi, ready for election
NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress on Sunday said it would prefer fresh election in the city rather than supporting the Aam Aadmi Party again to form a government as favoured by a section of AAP MLAs following the drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls.   More...
Modi will be elected leader of BJP parliamentary party on May 20
NEW DELHI: After steering his party to power, Narendra Modi will be formally elected as the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party at its meeting here on May 20 ahead of taking oath as Prime Minister.   More...
TRS storms to power in Telangana; TDP set to form govt in Seemandhra
HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is all set to form the first government in the new state of Telangana, while Telugu Desam Party (TDP) swept the coastal districts to form the next government in the new state of Seemandhra.   More...
Three killed in police firing following communal clash in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: Three persons were killed on Wednesday in police firing following communal clashes sparked by alleged burning of a religious flag by some persons in Kishanbagh area of the Old City under the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate.   More...
BJP welcomes Obama’s statement on working closely with new govt
NEW DELHI: BJP on Tuesday welcomed the statement of US President Barack Obama that he was looking forward to work closely with the new government in India, saying all countries will cooperate with the new government in New Delhi.   More...
India cheapest major economy; Australia most expensive: Survey
NEW DELHI: Notwithstanding high inflation rate, India is the cheapest major economy in the world, according to a survey of global prices of products that are comparable across countries.   More...
Seven policemen killed in Naxal landmine blast in Gadchiroli
GADCHIROLI (Maharashtra): Two days after the Gadchiroli police arrested Delhi University professor GN Saibaba for alleged Maoist links, Naxalites triggered a powerful landmine blast on Sunday in an unlikely area of the district...   More...
Rahul Gandhi prima facie violated Model Code of Conduct, says EC
NEW DELHI: Noting that he prima facie violated the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission on Friday issued a show cause notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his alleged remarks that if BJP comes to power, 22,000 people will be killed in violence.   More...
Election Commission hits back at BJP, says not afraid of anyone
NEW DELHI: Unfazed by BJP’s all-out attack, the Election Commission of India on Thursday rejected its accusations of bias in denying permission to Narendra Modi’s rally in Varanasi and made it clear that it was ‘not afraid of anyone...   More...
Delhi most polluted city in the world: WHO report
NEW DELHI: Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, says a study released by World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. The 2014 report of the Ambient Air Pollution (AAP) database contains results of outdoor air pollution ...   More...
Snoopgate: Gujarat woman moves Supreme Court against probe
NEW DELHI: In a fresh twist to the ‘snoopgate’ episode, the woman who was tailed by Gujarat police allegedly on the orders of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court along with her father for restraining ...   More...
Raja drags PM’s name into 2G spectrum case again
NEW DELHI: Former Telecom Minister A Raja, a key accused facing trial in the 2G spectrum case, on Monday sought to drag Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s name in a Delhi court by saying that all actions were taken with his ‘concurrence’ and not ‘unilaterally’.   More...
Konkan train mishap: 19 killed, 124 suffer injuries
RAIGAD: At least 19 people were killed and 124 injured after the engine and six bogies of a passenger train derailed in the Konkan Railway route in Raigad district of Maharashtra on Sunday morning.   More...
11 villagers, including six women killed as militants open fire
NEW DELHI: At least 11 people, including six women and three children, were killed after heavily armed militants opened indiscriminate fire in two villages in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam Thursday night.   More...
Woman killed, 14 injured in Chennai train bomb blasts
CHENNAI: A woman was killed and 14 others injured, two of them critically, when two low-intensity bombs exploded in a span of five minutes on two coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati train at the busy Central Railway station here on Thursday.   More...
High turnout in round 7 of polling in seven states; Bengal tops with 81% polling
NEW DELHI: Moderate to high turnout on Wednesday marked the polling in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on a day when Narendra Modi sparked a major controversy by violating the election law by making a speech and displaying...   More...
Modi lands in a row for borrowing Kargil martyr Vikram Batra’s slogan
PALAMPUR: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi borrowed Kargil martyr Capt Vikram Batra’s catch phrase, “Yeh dil maange more”, to seek votes in the latter’s hometown here on Tuesday.   More...
Centre hands over names of account holders in Liechtenstein Bank to Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: After resisting for more than three years, the Centre on Tuesday revealed names of 18 people in the Supreme Court who allegedly stashed black money with LST bank in Liechtenstein and against whom prosecution have been launched by the Income Tax department.   More...
Abdullahs ‘communalised’ Kashmir, says Narendra Modi; don’t lecture, retorts Omar
AHMEDABAD: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi engaged in some bitter sparring with Union Minister and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and his son, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, on Monday.   More...
TMC calls Narendra Modi ‘Butcher of Gujarat’
SERAMPORE (WB): Trinamool Congress on Sunday night heaped scorn on Narendra Modi, calling him the “Butcher of Gujarat”, in an angry retaliation to his no-holds barred attack on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.   More...
Congress will search new allies for UPA-III, will not support third front
NEW DELHI: With stability weighing heavily on its mind, the Congress will go in for the search of new allies to form a UPA-III government and has no intention to support a third front government.   More...
Trade, technology will be driving factors in Indo-US diplomatic ties, says Modi
NEW DELHI: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said that trade, commerce and technology would be the driving factors in Indo-US diplomatic relations if the BJP came to power at the Centre.   More...
Moderate to high turnout in biggest round of LS elections in 121 seats
NEW DELHI: Moderate to high turnout on Thursday marked the polling in the fifth and biggest round of Lok Sabha elections covering 121 seats across 12 states amidst Maoist violence in Jharkhand where four CRPF jawans suffer injuries.   More...
Stop fooling people of India, Rahul Gandhi tells Narendra Modi
KISHANGANJ: Members of the Gandhi family attacked Narendra Modi’s “ideology” and his “ambition” at separate rallies across the country on Wednesday, telling him not to “fool” the people and stressing the Congress aim of “empowerment” and “unity” by contrast.   More...
If Varanasi defeats Modi, no one will make him PM: Arvind Kejriwal
VARANASI: Aam Admi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said if the people of Varanasi defeat Narendra Modi in the elections then no one would make him the next prime minister....   More...
BJP downplays MM Joshi’s remarks, says Modi, party not separate
LUCKNOW: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday sought to downplay Murli Manohar Joshi’s remarks that there was no Modi wave in the country but only a BJP wave, saying the party and Narendra Modi cannot be viewed separately and rejected suggestions of any infighting.   More...
Two police men killed in militant attack on NC leader’s house
SRINAGAR: Ten days before south Kashmir goes to polls, two militants attacked the house of a National Conference leader in Khrew village in Pulwama district, killing two policemen. The ultras were killed soon after in an encounter with security forces.   More...
Jayalalithaa attacks BJP for first time as Modi touches Chennai base
CHENNAI: Hours before the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi touched base in Chennai to campaign for alliance candidates in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa dropped her reluctance and attacked...   More...
Robert Vadra will be in jail if BJP comes to power, says Uma Bharati
JHANSI: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharati on Saturday said that Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has been involved in ‘several falsehoods’ and if the party comes to power at the Centre he ‘would go jail.’   More...
People will reject those with blood on their hands: Mamata
KOLKATA: Targeting BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the people would reject the person with ‘blood of riots’ on his hands.   More...
High turnout in 91 seats; Chandigarh tops with 74 per cent
NEW DELHI: High voter turnout was recorded in the 91 constituencies in 14 states and Union Territories, which went to polls in the third and substantial phase of Lok Sabha elections, with Chandigarh witnessing the highest percentage of 74.   More...
Dalit women denied temple entry in Uttarakhand village
DEHRADUN: Weeks ahead of Lok Sabha polls, tension gripped the remote Kanora village of Kashipur after a group of Dalit women were allegedly denied entry into a temple to offer prayers.   More...
Amit Shah will destroy secular fabric of Uttar Pradesh: Mulayam Singh
LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed that BJP’s UP in-charge Amit Shah will destroy the secular fabric of Uttar Pradesh. He also stated to fight against Amit Shah’s divisive policies.   More...
Lok Sabha Phase I polling ends: Assam records 72 pc voting, Tripura 80 pc
GUWAHATI: An estimated 72 per cent of the 64.4 lakh voters exercised their franchise peacefully in five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam sealing the electoral fate of 51 contestants, including two union ministers in the first phase.   More...
Five officers killed as IAF’s new Super Hercules crashes near Gwalior
GWALIOR: One of the most modern special operations C130J aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on Friday during a low-level tactical training mission, killing all five crew, 116 km west of Gwalior on the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border.   More...
SC orders to keep CSK, Rajasthan Royals out from IPL, make Gavaskar BCCI chief
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday raised the heat on the BCCI, saying this year IPL tournament can be allowed to start on April 16 only if the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals teams are kept out in view of the corruption...   More...
SC lashes out at UPA govt for inaction in bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday lashed out at the UPA government for its “inaction” in bringing back black money it said is stashed in foreign bank accounts and “destroying the economy” of the country.   More...
BJP LS candidate from Rajkot walks on backs of students
RAJKOT: Causing much embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the poll season, a video has gone viral of the party’s candidate for the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat Mohan Kundariya walking on the backs of some students at a yoga camp here on Sunday.   More...
Shakti Mills gangrape: Mumbai court awards life imprisonment to four
MUMBAI: A sessions court on Friday sentenced four convicts in the gangrape of a 19-year-old telephone operator inside Shakti mills compound on July 31, 2013, to life imprisonment. As per the new Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013...   More...
Chidambaram opts out of tough Lok Sabha battle, Cong fields his son Karthi
NEW DELHI: Finance minister P Chidambaram has opted out of the Lok Sabha contest, with Congress announcing his son Karthi as the candidate from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu. Kirit Patel will take on BJP patriarch LK Advani in Gandhinagar in Gujarat.   More...
Modi to contest from Vadodara too, Olympian Rajyavardhan fielded at Raipur
NEW DELHI: The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha polls from a second seat of Vadodara in Gujarat, along with Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh the party announced on Wednesday evening.   More...
Cong 3rd list out: Azhar fielded in Sawai Madhopur, Kalmadi won’t get Pune
NEW DELHI: Scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi was denied ticket by Congress which fielded young leader Vishwajeet Kadam in his place as it released the third list of 58 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls naming several Union ministers and senior leaders.   More...
Never endorsed Narendra Modi as ‘incorruptible’: WikiLeaks
NEW DELHI: Whistle-blower Julian Assange-founded website WikiLeaks on Monday said it never endorsed BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi as ‘incorruptible.’   More...
Kejriwal declares to contest against Narendra Modi, if people of Varanasi want
BANGALURU: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday declared he was ready to take on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi, but put a rider that he would do so if the people there want it.   More...
Supreme Court stays death penalty of two Delhi gang-rape convicts till March 31
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday stayed till March 31 the execution of death penalty of two of the four convicts in the December 16 gang-rape and murder case, a couple of days after the Delhi High Court upheld their punishment awarded by the trial court.   More...
Ishrat case: Javed’s father moves CBI court against Amit Shah, ex-DGP
Gopinath Pillai, father of Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, on Friday moved an application before a special CBI court seeking arraignment of BJP leader Amit Shah and former Director General of Police, Gujarat, KR Kaushik in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.   More...
Maoists kill 16 in Chhattisgarh; Quash Naxal threat with a firm hand, says President
RAIPUR: The brazen Maoist attack on security men in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday sparked outrage among political parties and leaders as President Pranab Mukherjee led a chorus of demand that such actions should be put down with a firm hand.   More...
SC orders completion of trial of all sitting MPs, MLAs within year of framing charges
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered for completion of criminal trial for all sitting MPs and MLAs within a year of framing charges.   More...
BJP seeks derecognising Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s RSS remarks
NEW DELHI: Accusing Rahul Gandhi and the Congress of flouting the Model Code of Conduct, the BJP on Sunday complained to the Election Commission over his remarks linking RSS to Mahatma Gandhi’s killing and sought action against the Congress Vice President and derecognition of the party.   More...
Yeddyurappa accommodated in BJP’s 2nd list of 52 candidates for LS polls
NEW DELHI: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who had to quit the BJP in the wake of corruption charges and rejoined recently, is among the 52 candidates finalised by the party on Saturday for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.   More...
Naval commander killed, worker suffer injuries in gas leak aboard warship
MUMBAI: In the second major incident affecting the Indian Navy in a fortnight, an officer was killed and a worker injured after inhaling carbon dioxide gas leaking from a cylinder on an advanced warship, INS Kolkata, being outfitted at the Mazagaon...   More...
UP police slaps sedition charge on Kashmiri students for cheering Pak cricket team
NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday slapped sedition charges on a group of Kashmiri students of a private university in Meerut for reportedly cheering Pakistan’s victory against India during a cricket match on Sunday. The action sparked outrage in Kashmir...   More...
Violent clashes between AAP, BJP workers in Delhi, UP, Gujarat
NEW DELHI: Violent clashes erupted between BJP and AAP workers in New Delhi, Lucknow and Khari village in Gujarat on Wednesday after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was briefly detained by police during his Gujarat tour.   More...
Sheila Dikshit appointed Kerala Governor
NEW DELHI: Sheila Dikshit, a former three-term Chief Minister of Delhi, was on late Tuesday night appointed Governor of Kerala within three months of her defeat in the recent Assembly polls.   More...
Congress readies to walk alone in both Andhra and Bihar
NEW DELHI: With prospective allies in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh insistent on driving a hard bargain, the Congress is readying to go into elections on its own in both states.   More...
Modi takes on Mulayam, says SP misleading people under veil of secularism
LUCKNOW: Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack against SP, BSP and Congress, saying they were misleading people under the veil of secularism to hide their failures.   More...
Pranab’s nod to Telangana bill, President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the bill to carve Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh, which also came under central rule on Saturday with the signing of a separate proclamation.   More...
Narendra Modi is a ‘hard worker’ and a ‘good friend’, says Karunanidhi
CHENNAI: Karunanidhi’s response came in an interview to one of the leading Tamil dailies ‘Dinamalar,’ in which the 90 year-old DMK patriarch also refrained from commenting on a possible tie-up with the saffron party post-elections.   More...
Ram Vilas Paswan returns to NDA as BJP-LJP agree on seat-sharing
NEW DELHI: Ending the long suspense, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Thursday announced the alliance of the two parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.   More...
Navy Chief DK Joshi takes responsibility for spate of accidents, resigns
NEW DELHI: Admiral DK Joshi resigned as Navy Chief on Wednesday following a spate of accidents that had raised serious questions about the safety record of the force, becoming the first armed forces chief to quit since independence.   More...
11 parties come together to defeat Cong, counter Modi
NEW DELHI: Keeping the issue of prime ministerial candidate on the back-burner, eleven parties from the Left and secular blocks on Tuesday declared that they will work together to present an alternative to the Congress and the BJP ahead ....   More...
RJD splits as 13 MLAs desert Lalu Prasad for Nitish Kumar, six ‘return’
PATNA: In a major jolt to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the Congress-RJD alliance ahead of Lok Sabha elections, 13 of the RJD’s 22 MLAs in Bihar broke away from the party on Monday.   More...
No question of compromise in Italian Marines case: AK Antony
KOCHI: Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday said there was no question of any compromise with regard to the case relating to the two Italian marines who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012.   More...
Manmohan says country can take hard decisions, Sushma praises Sonia
NEW DELHI: The passage of Telangana bill indicated that this country could take “difficult” decisions, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.   More...
Troop movement was planned for joint exercise, says Browne
NEW DELHI: Air Chief Marshal (retd) NAK Browne, who was heading the IAF during the controversial Army troop movements of January 2012, disclosed Friday that one of the two movements — that of para commandos from Agra — was actually...   More...
Andhra: Three girls of a family abducted, set ablaze by uncle
HYDERABAD: Three girls were allegedly abducted and later murdered by their uncle in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, police said.   More...
Telangana fall out: Andhra CM Reddy resigns from post, Congress
HYDERABAD: A day after the Lok Sabha passed the Telangana Bill, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from his post and from the Congress on Wednesday morning. Flanked by eight Cabinet colleagues and some loyal MLAs...   More...
Telangana Bill passage sparks celebrations; Andhra Pradesh CM prepares to resign
HYDERABAD: The passage of Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday sparked celebrations across the ten districts of the region even as Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, strongly espousing the cause for keeping the state united, appeared set to quit his post in protest.   More...
Interim budget: Chidambaram makes no change in tax laws, excise duty on small cars slashed
NEW DELHI: In sops to middle-class ahead of the elections and to boost manufacturing, the Interim Budget slashed excise duty on cars and two- wheelers, capital goods and consumer non durables and acceptance of long standing demand...   More...
AAP fields 20 candidates for Parliament election
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday released its first list of 20 candidates for Lok Sabha elections, pitting Kumar Vishwas from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi’s seat, and former banker Meera Sanyal and social activist Medha Patkar from Mumbai.   More...
Delhi will be under President’s rule, AAP to launch nationwide rallies
NEW DELHI: The central government on Saturday decided to impose President’s rule in Delhi following the resignation of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers on Friday. The assembly will now be kept in suspended animation.   More...
Arvind Kejriwal resigns as Delhi chief minister
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has resigned from his post after days of speculation and controversies over introducing Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly.   More...
NRIs set up NaMo tea stall in US Silicon Valley, support Modi for LS polls
CHENNAI: Over 60 professionals working in various IT majors like Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, eBay and Oracle joined hands at the first NaMo tea stall set up in Silicon Valley US, as part of extending their support to BJP’s Prime Ministerial...   More...
Railway budget: 39 express trains announced, passenger fares left untouched
NEW DELHI: Passenger fares and freight rates were left untouched on Wednesday in the interim rail budget, which talks about plans about involvement of private sector and FDI as part of efforts to modernise the largest transport network in the country.   More...
President gives nod to Telangana Bill, to be tabled in Parliament today
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his nod to the Telangana Bill which is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.   More...
Bringing Modi would encourage communalism, capitalism: CPM leader Prakash Karat
KOLKATA: Bringing Narendra Modi to power at the Centre and implementing his Gujarat model of development would only encourage capitalism and communalism, CPM veteran Prakash Karat said.   More...
Union Cabinet clears Telangana Bill, Hyderabad will be joint capital for 10 years
NEW DELHI: After much deliberation and debate over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Union Cabinet on Friday finally cleared the AP Reorganisation Bill as recommended by the Group of Ministers (GOM) with Hyderabad as the joint capital for ten years.   More...
14-year-old Manipuri girl raped by landlord’s son in Delhi, sparks off protests
NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old girl from the Northeastern state of Manipur was allegedly raped by her landlord’s son in South Delhi’s Munirka area.   More...
Andhra CM Kiran Reddy takes protest against bifurcation to Delhi
NEW DELHI: Taking his protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to the heart of the capital, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday sat on a silent dharna at Jantar Mantar here against the centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana.   More...
3500 Indians languishing in Gulf countries’ jails, says Vayalar Ravi
NEW DELHI: Around 3,500 Indians are lodged in different jails in Gulf countries for various offences as per reports given by Indian missions, the Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday.   More...
Bharat Ratna conferred on Sachin Tendulkar, Prof CNR Rao
NEW DELHI: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao were on Tuesday conferred with the country’s highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’ by President Pranab Mukherjee.   More...
Rahul vows strict action against killing of Arunachal boy
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Monday vowed “very swift action” into the killing of a student from Arunachal Pradesh here and asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to order a judicial probe, as he stepped in to address concerns of people...   More...
SC quashes Airtel, Vodafone and others’ plea, govt gets all-clear for spectrum auction
NEW DELHI: Stating that telecom companies cannot have a “monopoly of unlimited licence holding”, the Supreme Court on Sunday rejected an appeal by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Loop and Idea for a stay on the spectrum auction, which is scheduled to begin on Monday.   More...
Vijay Bahuguna resigns as Uttarakhand chief minister, Harish Rawat set to take over
DEHRADUN: Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna visited the Rajbhavan in Dehradun and submitted his resignation letter to the Governor Aziz Qureshi on Friday. Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat is all set to become Bahuguna’s successor in the state.   More...
Target closest advisers of Sonia Gandhi for VVIP chopper deal, AgustaWestland told
NEW DELHI: In a note that Italian prosecutors have produced in court to allege the vital role played by middleman Christian Michel in fixing the VVIP chopper deal, the British ‘consultant’ has told top AgustaWestland officials to ‘target’ the closest advisers   More...
Government raises quota of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to 12
NEW DELHI: Government on Thursday raised the quota of subsidised cooking gas from 9 to 12 cylinders per household in a year as demanded by Rahul Gandhi even as it suspended operation of UPA’s game-changer’ scheme to pay LPG subsidy...   More...
IAF rescues 203 people stranded in snow-hit Kashmir
JAMMU: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday rescued 203 people stranded for two days in snow-hit areas of Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said.   More...
TP murder: Three CPM men among 11 get life term
KOZHIKODE: In a setback to CPM in Kerala, three of its local functionaries and eight others were on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in the sensational TP Chandrasekharan murder case.   More...
Digvijay Singh, Madhusudan Mistri get RS nomination, suspense over Sheila Dikshit
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretaries Digvijay Singh and Madhusudan Mistri are among five Congress nominees for Rajya Sabha elections announced on Monday but suspense still remains on whether former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will join them.   More...
AAP expels rebel MLA Vinod Kumar Binny from party
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday expelled rebel MLA Vinod Kumar Binny from the party and also terminated his primary membership. A party statement said the decision was taken by a disciplinary committee set up after Binny...   More...
AAP names Bharti victims, uploads eight videos targeting Africans in Delhi
NEW DELHI: After being slammed for the midnight raid on people from Africa by Delhi’s controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sought to hit back at its critics on Friday as it circulated eight videos that seemed to show Africans in poor light.   More...
Populist anarchy cannot substitute governance: President
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday made a veiled attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s street protests saying government is not a “charity shop” and “populist anarchy” cannot be a substitute for governance.   More...
President gives 7-day deadline to Andhra Assembly to clear Telangana bill
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday gave seven more days to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, until January 30, to discuss and debate the draft Telangana bill before returning it to the Centre, which promised to table the legislation in the upcoming session of Parliament.   More...
Delhi chief minister ends protest as two police officers sent on leave
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest ended on Tuesday evening after an uneasy compromise with Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung saw him agreeing to the L-G’s decision to send on leave two of the four police officers against ...   More...
Shinde calls Kejriwal crazy, NCP invokes madness & arrogance
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday stoked a potential controversy when he called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a “veda mukhyamantri” (mad Chief Minister), while recalling his own days in the police force.   More...
Kejriwal turns ‘anarchist’, blocks heart of country’s capital
NEW DELHI: In a scene unprecedented in the annals of democracy, Delhi’s ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) Monday laid siege to an important arterial avenue of the capital as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in power for three weeks....   More...
AAP vigilantism: More trouble for law minister Bharti as Delhi court orders FIR against him
NEW DELHI: More trouble is in offing for AAP minister Somnath Bharti as a Delhi court on Sunday ordered the police to register FIR against Delhi’s law minister and others after a Ugandan woman alleged that Bharti and his supporters forcibly ...   More...
Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar found dead in Delhi hotel room
NEW DELHI: A day after a scandal erupted on Twitter suggesting their marriage was in trouble, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the room of a luxury hotel in central Delhi.   More...
18 killed, over 40 injured in stampede in Mumbai; Syedna laid to rest
MUMBAI: 18 people were killed and over 40 injured in a stampede as thousands of mourners converged to pay their last respects to the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Burhanuddin in upscale Malabar Hill on Saturday...   More...
Army draws up multipronged plan to boost its capabilities: Gen Bikram Singh
NEW DELHI: The Army has drawn up a multipronged plan to boost its capabilities and a number of projects, including acquiring of night vision devices, upgrading of mechanised forces and augmentation of artillery firepower, are near completion, Army chief General Bikram Singh said on Wednesday.   More...
Kejriwal slams Delhi police, says it is ‘highly compromised’
NEW DELHI: A day after the gangrape of a Danish woman here, Delhi government on Thursday accused the Delhi police of being “highly compromised” and failing to ensure the safety of people of the national capital.   More...
Lt Gen Brar says Operation Bluestar never got any British assistance
NEW DELHI: What the world is reading in London under the 30-year rule, have been put up by the Stop Deportations blog, there has not yet been an official confirmation of their authenticity.   More...
Goa: 13 people killed as under-construction building collapses
PANAJI: At least 13 people were killed as an under-construction five-story residential building collapsed in Cancona town of Goa on Saturday afternoon. Ruby Residency, being constructed by Bharat Realtors and Developers, crashed at around 3 pm.   More...
Modi as PM will be a disaster, says Manmohan Singh; blames him for presiding over riots
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday made it clear that he would not seek a third term as PM if the UPA returns to power and threw his weight behind Rahul Gandhi, virtually setting the stage for the declaration of the Congress...   More...
Kejriwal wins trust vote, Congress says could back him for full term
NEW DELHI: The six-day-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Thursday won the vote of confidence in the Delhi Assembly with outside support from seven Congress MLAs, a JD(U) and an independent lawmaker.   More...
Bribe charge spells doom for AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal
NEW DELHI: Ending a deadlock that lasted almost a year, the government on Wednesday terminated the Rs 3,546-crore VVIP chopper deal on the grounds that Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland had breached the integrity pact by allegedly paying kickbacks.   More...
India sets up special group to follow up all Devyani related developments
NEW DELHI: With India determined not to relent on its demand for the US to formally apologise on the handcuffing and strip-search of its envoy Devyani Khobragade, a special group of experts, including in international law, would be meeting on Monday to discuss the case.   More...
2002 Gujarat riots: Modi says ‘I was shaken to the core, words cannot capture it’
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, often attacked over the 2002 post-Godhra riots under his watch as Chief Minister on Friday said that he feels “liberated and at peace” in the wake of the clean chit given by a local court to him, claiming he was “shattered” by ...   More...
Ready to face challenges, says Delhi chief minister Kejriwal after swearing-in
NEW DELHI: Capping a stunning debut by a political party barely a year old, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday.   More...
Union Cabinet okays probe into Gujarat snooping, BJP furious
NEW DELHI: The union cabinet on Thursday ordered the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the alleged snooping on a young woman by Gujarat Police at the behest of then state home minister Amity Shah, sources said.   More...
Clean chit to Narendra Modi: Verdict on Zakia Jafri’s plea likely on Thursday
NEW DELHI: A metropolitan magistrate’s court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday on Zakia Jafri’s protest petition against the closure report filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) giving a clean chit to chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi...   More...
Open dissent in AAP: Kejriwal picks his six, upsets Binny
NEW DELHI: A day after the Aam Aadmi Party leaders told the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung that they would form the government in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday finalised his team of ministers that includes his trusted associate Manish Sisodia...   More...
Kejriwal sets agenda before swearing in as CM: Will not take ‘Z’ security cover
NEW DELHI: AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal, who is set to become Chief Minister of Delhi, on Monday refused the high security cover provided by Delhi Police, saying “God is his biggest security.”   More...
AAP on course to form govt in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal promises to announce
NEW DELHI: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) looks set to stake claim to form government in Delhi, with a meeting scheduled with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday afternoon.   More...
Amid row over diplomat’s arrest, US bags key aircraft deal from India
NEW DELHI: : India will be procuring six more C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations aircraft from the US, a decision significantly taken in the midst of a diplomatic row between the two countries over the arrest of Devyani Khobragade.   More...
Import duty on rubber hiked to check sliding domestic prices
NEW DELHI: The Central Government on Saturday increased the import duty on natural rubber to up to Rs 30 per kg in order to control the sharp fall in domestic prices and protect interest of about 12 lakh farmers.   More...
Devyani’s maid underpaid, ‘frustrating'’that focus shifted to diplomat: Lawyer
NEW DELHI: The lawyer for Sangeeta Richard, employed as a domestic help by Devyani Khobragade, said it is frustrating and disappointing that the focus in the case has shifted from the crimes that were committed against her client to the Indian diplomat.   More...
Rajya Sabha clears Lokpal Bill, LS to take up changes tomorrow
NEW DELHI: Almost 45 years after the fourth Lok Sabha in 1969 passed the Lokpal Bill, which lapsed after it was not passed by the Rajya Sabha; the country is all set to get an anti-corruption ombudsman, with the Rajya Sabha passing ...   More...
Lokpal Bill: Unanimous support in all party meet, absent SP remains opposed
NEW DELHI: With the Lokpal Bill slated to come up in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, a near unanimity emerged at an all-party meeting at Delhi on Monday, but UPA’s outside supporter, the Samajwadi Party remained a stumbling block ...   More...
DMK rules out tie-up with Congress or BJP for 2014 polls
CHENNAI: DMK president MKarunanidhi on Sunday declared that his party would not align with the Congress or the BJP for the 2014 general elections. He made the announcement at the DMK’s general council meeting held here, a party leader said.   More...
Anna Hazare hails draft Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal ‘surprised’
RALEGAN SIDDHI: Anna Hazare, fasting for the last five days for passage of Lokpal Bill, on Saturday said that he was happy with the amended legislation presented in the Rajya Sabha and would call off his hunger strike the moment the law is enacted.   More...
Anna asks AAP leader to leave fast venue after spat with VK Singh
RALEGAN SIDDHI: A leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and former Army chief VK Singh engaged in a public spat at Anna Hazare’s fast venue in Ralegan Siddhi on Friday, following which the social activist asked the AAP leader to leave the spot.   More...
Cabinet approves new code of conduct for ministers
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a new code of conduct for ministers that debars them from asking civil servants to carry out actions that are not in line with their duties.   More...
Supreme Court says gay sex a crime, LGBT community dejected
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held consensual sex between adults of the same gender a criminal offence, leaving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community dejected.   More...
Cong extends unconditional outside support to AAP as Kejriwal rules out support to BJP
NEW DELHI: With both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) not having the required numbers, the Congress on Tuesday said it was open to extending “unconditional, outside support” to the latter to form government in Delhi.   More...
Congress romps home in Mizoram with thumping majority
AIZAWL: The Congress on Monday won a thumping victory in Mizoram, a state that it gets to rule now for the second consecutive term. The Congress retained power by zooming past the halfway mark in the 40-member assembly by winning 27 seats...   More...
BJP’s campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha elections gets a significant leg up
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections got a significant leg up on Sunday with the party winning assembly elections in three of the four heartland states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh ...   More...
Judicial institutions cannot take over governance, says Chidambaram
MUMBAI: Making a strong case for a correct balance between the executive, legislature and judiciary, finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said India could not achieve sustainable growth unless powers of the executive to govern are restored.   More...
Maoists kill rural journalist in tribal Bastar
RAIPUR: Sai Reddy—a rural journalist, who earned the wrath both the rebels and the police in the conflict zone of tribal Bastar—was killed by the Maoists on Friday afternoon near a market in Basaguda in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.   More...
Govt clears Telangana with 10 districts, special status for Andhra too
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday evening cleared a parliamentary bill for creation of Telangana state with 10 districts. While demanding the bill to be tabled in the Winter Session of the parliament, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde...   More...
No scope of Pakistan winning a war, says Manmohan Singh
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said there was no possibility of Pakistan winning any war against India in his ‘lifetime’. “There is no scope of Pakistan winning any such war in my lifetime,” he told reporters.   More...
Justice Ganguly ‘undecided’ on quitting WBHRC post over sexual assault charge
KOLKATA: As pressure mounted on him to quit as the chief of West Bengal Human Rights Commission over a sexual assault allegation, former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly on Tuesday said he was ‘undecided’ on his future course of action.   More...
Police officer killed, 3 injured after militant attack in J&K
SRINAGAR: A police officer was killed and three others injured when suspected militants targeted a police party in a market in Chadoora, in Budgam district, on Monday afternoon.   More...
Tarun Tejpal sent to 6-day police custody, will be taken to crime scene
PANAJI: A day after his arrest, Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague in the lift of a Goa hotel on November 7-8, was sent to police custody for six days on Sunday.   More...
Justice AK Ganguly named by law intern in sexual harassment case
NEW DELHI: Justice AK Ganguly, former judge of the Supreme Court, believed to have been accused by a law intern of sexual harassment, has recorded a statement before the three-judge committee, which has submitted its report.   More...
Shoma Chaudhury quits Tehelka, BJP leader booked for vandalising her house
NEW DELHI: A case was registered on Thursday against Delhi BJP leader Vijay Jolly and a group of party workers who allegedly heckled former Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury, and defaced the nameplate outside her Saket residence in the morning.   More...
India to sling Mars craft into Sun orbit on Sunday
BANGALORE: India’s maiden Mars craft will sling into Sun orbit early Sunday for a 280-day long voyage to reach the red planet Sep 24, 2014.   More...
Aarushi murder: Parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar get life term
NEW DELHI: Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, were on Tuesday given life imprisonment by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad for killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj.   More...
Aarushi murder case: Dentist couple Rajesh, Nupur Talwar held guilty
NEW DELHI: Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were held guilty on Monday of murdering their daughter Aarushi Talwar and their domestic help Hemraj, a double murder that horrified the country when it was committed five-and-a-half years back...   More...
After Phailin, Helen, Andhra braces up for cyclone ‘Lehar’
HYDERABAD: After being hit by cyclones Phailin and Helen, Andhra Pradesh is likely to be at the receiving end of another cyclone, ‘Lehar’, by November 28.   More...
My family is being intimidated, says Tehelka sexual assault victim
NEW DELHI: The female journalist who accused colleague and Tehelka founder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her, issued a statement on Saturday that said pressure was being exerted on her and her family at an...   More...
Sexual assault case: Goa Police books Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal for rape
PANAJI: The Goa Police on Friday filed an FIR against Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, who has been accused by a woman journalist colleague of sexual assault during an event here about 10 days ago.   More...
India’s Mars orbiter sends first picture of Earth, cyclone ‘Helen’ captured
CHENNAI: The severe cyclonic storm ‘Helen’ hurtling towards Andhra Pradesh coast has been captured by India’s Mars Orbiter in the first image of the country beamed back in its maiden mission to Red Planet.   More...
Govt collecting information on ‘Gujarat snooping’: Shinde
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that security agencies are gathering information on the alleged snooping of a woman by Gujarat police at the behest of Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah, and a probe could be ordered if required.   More...
Farooq Abdullah, Nitish Kumar want Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee
NEW DELHI: The clamour for Bharat Ratna for former Premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee grew louder on Monday with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kummar, a former BJP ally, as well as Union Minister Faroq Abdullah backing the saffron party’s demand.   More...
‘Khooni Panja’ remark used as colloquial metaphor, no personal attack, says Modi
NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday denied having violated the Model Code of Conduct in his reply to the Election Commission notice over his ‘khooni panja’ remark ...   More...
Congress unable to digest my popularity, says Narendra Modi
BANGALORE: With the Congress targeting him over charges of illegal snooping, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that “conspiracies” were being hatched against him by the ruling party as it was unable...   More...
Sachin Tendulkar youngest sportsperson to get Bharat Ratna
NEW DELHI: In a fitting finale to what has been a glorious career, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was on Saturday chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, making him the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the honour.   More...
Three dead, 37 injured as Mangala Express derails near Nashik
NASHIK: Three passengers were killed and 37 others injured when ten coaches of a train derailed at Ghoti near Igatpuri in Nashik district this morning.   More...
Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya set to join Indian Navy on November 16
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister AK Antony will induct the long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, designed to boost India’s maritime capabilities, at a shipyard in Russia on Saturday.   More...
Centre rejects CBI demand for more power to its director
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday rejected CBI’s demand to grant of ex-officio power of secretary to its director and allow him to report directly to the minister-in-charge by telling the Supreme Court that it will create new precedent...   More...
SC to probe sexual harassment complaint against former judge
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court suo motu decided on Tuesday to probe into the sexual harassment allegations against one of its retired judges and formed a three-judge panel to ascertain the veracity of the accusation made by a young lawyer.   More...
Antony defers decision on critical but controversial missile deals with Israel
NEW DELHI: Defence minister AK Antony on Monday refused to bite the bullet on two critical but controversial major missile deals with Israel, but cleared other proposals for rockets, night sights, munitions, simulators and vehicles ...   More...
Congress committed ‘sin’ of partition, says Narendra Modi
KHEDA (GUJARAT): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hit back at the Prime Minister on Sunday for his attack on BJP, saying the Congress committed the ‘sin’ of partition and eulogised only the Nehru-Gandhi family while neglecting heroes of the freedom struggle.   More...
Supreme Court stays Gauhati High Court order declaring CBI unconstitutional
NEW DELHI: In a relief to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the November 6 judgment of the Gauhati High Court declaring the CBI as unconstitutional, observing that the accused in two “sensational cases” have sought stay...   More...
Militants attack patrol party in Srinagar; 2 CRPF jawans killed
SRINAGAR: Two CRPF personnel were killed when militants attacked a patrol party on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Thursday. The attack took place outside Pandav Park near Awantipora, 32 kms from here, this evening, police sources said.   More...
Politics over Modi’s security: BJP attacks Centre, Shinde rules out SPG cover
NEW DELHI: Seeking to inject politics, the BJP on Wednesday accused the Centre and the Bihar government of failure to prevent the Patna blasts that was ‘aimed at liquidating’ Narendra Modi and demanded upgrading...   More...
Mangalyan begins its 400-million-km long journey to Mars
SRIHARIKOTA (AP): India’s first Mars orbiter successfully began an arduous 400 million km long journey to Mars on Tuesday, making it the first Asian country and the fourth in the world to undertake a mission to the red planet...   More...
Police unearths nine live bombs in Ranchi
RANCHI: In the backdrop of alleged involvement of a ‘Ranchi module’ of Indian Mujahideen in the October 27 serial blasts near a BJP rally in Patna, police on Monday recovered nine live bombs matching those found in Patna from a lodge at Hindpiri here.   More...
Countdown begins for launch of India’s Mars mission set for takeoff on Nov 5
CHENNAI: The 56-and-a-half hour countdown for the launch of India’s first Mars orbiter mission, slated for November 5, commenced Sunday at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.   More...
Team India gives perfect Diwali gift to nation by clinching series 3-2
BANGALORE: Rohit Sharma smashed his way into the record books with a stunning 209 as the Indian cricket team provided the perfect Diwali gift to the nation with a 57-run victory in the series-deciding final ODI against Australia to   More...
Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud among six killed in US drone strike
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among six militants killed in a US drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani media reported Friday night.   More...
NIA ‘informer’ with links to alleged IM accused goes missing in Muzaffarpur
PATNA: A man who was reportedly helping the National Investigation Agency (NIA) track alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives Hyder Ali and Tehseen Akhtar disappeared without informing investigators in Muzaffarpur on Thursday...   More...
Five techies among 45 killed in Andhra Pradesh bus accident
HYDERABAD: Five software professionals including a woman were among the 45 people killed in the private luxury bus accident in Mahboobnagar district in Andhra Pradesh on the wee hours of Wednesday.   More...
Cold comfort for Rahul Gandhi: ACs are no more an exclusive preserve of privileged
NEW DELHI: In the rising heat of the political battle for five states, the air conditioner is fast becoming a refrain in Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s speeches slamming the BJP.   More...
JCO killed as Pakistan continues firing at Indian posts along LoC
NEW DELHI: In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the India Army was reportedly killed on Monday in LoC firing in Uri Sector of Baramullah district.   More...
Serial blasts target Modi’s rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, five killed
PATNA: In the first such attack in Patna, five people were killed and over 70 injured when serial blasts targeted Narendra Modi’s rally in the state capital’s Gandhi Maidan.   More...
48 persons killed as rain and flood ravages Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, South Bengal
HYDERABAD: Incessant rains and floods have claimed as many as 48 lives in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, with hundreds of villages submerged in nearly 30 districts and road and rail links disrupted in the region.   More...
PMO gives Hindalco coal block allocation file to CBI, says ready to share any info
NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Friday handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) the file related to the controversial allocation of coal block to Hindalco in Odisha as sought by the investigative agency.   More...
LoC firings: India will give befitting reply to Pak, says Sushilkumar Shinde
NEW FELHI: With ceasefire violations continuing along the LoC and International Border (IB), Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday said that India will give befitting reply to Pakistan.   More...
DGMO talks to Pak counterpart as ceasefire violations continue at LoC
NEW DELHI: With ceasefire violations continuing along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border, the Indian Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) on Tuesday spoke to his Pakistani counterpart to convey strong...   More...
Manmohan, Putin ask officials to resolve Nuclear-plant issues
MOSCOW: Committing to push cooperation in the nuclear field, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday directed officials to resolve at the earliest outstanding issues on liability that have stalled...   More...
India, Russia to sign five agreements; Kudankulam pact unlikely
MOSCOW: India’s plans to wrap up a quick nuclear deal with Russia on the setting up of two new units at Kudankulam have received a jolt with a commercial agreement on it, unlikely to be signed here on Monday, during Prime Minister...   More...
‘No wrongdoing by Prime Minister in Hindalco coal block allocation’
NEW DELHI: Breaking its silence, the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday rejected any criminality in the controversial allocation of coal block to Hindalco, saying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved it on the basis of ‘merits’ ....   More...
India is not under Aurangzeb’s rule, but under rule of law: Moily on Birla case
NEW DELHI: As industry voiced concern over the CBI naming industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla in a case, oil minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday said investigating agencies and the judiciary must ensure that India does not become like Russia...   More...
Phailin effect: Heavy rains lash Andhra; Odisha seeks Army help to deal with cyclone
HYDERABAD/BHUBANESWAR: Heavy rains lashed parts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday under the impact of severe cyclonic storm ‘Phailin’, which has set to hit the north Andhra and Odisha coast by Saturday night.   More...
Severe cyclone alert for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh as depression crosses Andamans
BHUBANESHWAR: After crossing North Andaman Islands, the deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal tonight intensified into cyclonic storm Phailin, while remaining practically stationary at about 950 km from Paradip, the IMD said in its latest bulletin.   More...
Army calls off Keran operation, says Pak Army’s role in infiltration obvious
NEW DELHI: The Indian Army on Tuesday called off the Keran operation, which had entered its third week. Announcing the calling off of the operation by the Army, GOC Northern Command said that the infiltration in the area ...   More...
Seemandhra goes powerless, as shutdown continues over Telangana
HYDERABAD: As large areas of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions reeled under power outages and shortage of essential goods on the fourth day of the shutdown on Monday, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy called...   More...
Telangana: Shoot-at-sight orders in Andhra town as protests turn violent
HYDERABAD: Tension prevailed in Vizianagaram town and other parts of the district on the third day of the shutdown on Sunday, as anti-bifurcation protests turned violent. Shoot-at-sight orders were issued in Vizianagaram.   More...
Sonia asks Pallam Raju not to act in haste over Telangana
NEW DELHI: Union Minister MM Pallam Raju, who announced his resignation over division of Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi who advised him ‘not to act in haste’.   More...
Telangana fallout: Centre set to move special package to pacify Seemandhra
NEW DELHI: The Centre is all set to move on a special package for Seemandhra, which includes extending tax concessions such as those provided to hilly states, a special grant for backward areas of the state and a political...   More...
Cabinet okays Telangana formation, Hyderabad will be joint capital for 10 years
NEW DELHI: Clearing the hurdle for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Union Cabinet on Thursday sealed the formation of a separate state of Telangana. The Cabinet also decided that Hyderabad would remain the joint capital...   More...
Army launches major operation against militants, Pak special troops
NEW DELHI: The Army has launched a major anti-infiltration operation against militants and suspected Pakistani special troops holed up in an area in Keran sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in which five Indian soldiers...   More...
PM rules out resignation on ordinance issue, says he don’t feel undermined
NEW DELHI: Reacting to the recent remark of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on the issue of ordinance on convicted lawmakers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that he would talk to the Gandhi scion on the issue.   More...
Fodder scam: Special CBI court convicts Lalu, may face at least 3 years in jail
RANCHI: A special CBI court on Monday convicted former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav, Jagannath Mishra and 43 others in a 17-year-old fodder scam case. Yadav and Mishra, who were sent to the Birsa Munda Central Jail...   More...
End ceasefire violations, stop terror from Pak soil: Manmohan to Sharif
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday did some plain speaking with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif laying down the precondition of end to violations of ceasefire along the LoC for progress towards...   More...
Pakistan must shut down ‘terror machinery’ operating on its soil: Manmohan Singh
NEW YORK: In a hard-hitting speech, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Pakistan to shut down “terrorist machinery” on its soil on Saturday, while making it clear that there can ‘never, ever’ be a compromise on the territorial...   More...
Jammu terror attacks: All 3 militants killed in gunbattle
NEW DELHI: Three heavily armed terrorists attacked a police station and an Army camp in the border districts of Kathua and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday morning, killing ten people, including four policemen ...   More...
Government announces Seventh Pay Commission for central employees
NEW DELHI: Ahead of elections, the government on Wednesday announced constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.   More...
Cabinet overrules Supreme Court, clears ordinance to protect convicted MPs
NEW DELHI: An ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification was approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday, in effect negating an earlier order of the Supreme Court.   More...
Deal with divisive forces threatening national integrity firmly: Manmohan Singh
NEW DELHI: Meeting against the backdrop of Muzaffarnagar riots, the National Integration Council on Monday called for a collective effort to contain communalism as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared that threat from divisive forces...   More...
75 Christians killed in Pakistan church bombings
ISLAMABAD: Two suicide bombers on Sunday morning blew themselves up near a church in Pakistan’s Peshawar city when worshippers gathered for Sunday prayers, killing at least 75 people and injuring more than 120, officials said.   More...
Manmohan urges people to challenge communal forces
NEW DELHI: Describing the Muzaffarnagar communal violence as “very sad developments”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday urged people to challenge communal forces.   More...
UP ADG wants deputation at Centre amid reports of political interference in riots probe
Kumar, who was in-charge of law and order in Muzaffarnagar after violence erupted in the district, has moved an application seeking permission from the government to go on central deputation, a senior official in the Home department said.   More...
UP violence: Akhilesh Yadav says it a ‘blot’ on his career
LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told the Uttar Pradesh assembly on Wednesday that the Muzaffarnagar riots would forever remain a blot on his political career, but promised he would not spare the people who instigated them.   More...
People hate and dislike UPA, want elections to come soon: Modi
GANDHINAGAR: The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday said there is a groundswell of ‘hatred and dislike’ against the UPA government and common people are eagerly awaiting to exercise their mandate to vote...   More...
UP riots: PM assures justice to victims, promises ‘strictest punishment’ to perpetrators
NEW DELHI: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accompanied by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, visited the riot-hit Uttar Pradesh areas on Monday, many of the victims   More...
Modi tones down Pak stand, strikes a balanced note in tune with his new stature
REWARI: Addressing his first public rally after his nomination as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate two days ago, Narendra Modi on Sunday struck a balanced note, apparently in tune with his new stature, as he raised issues of national ...   More...
BJP on path of destruction after Modi’s elevation: Nitish
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a day after the BJP anointed Narendra Modi its prime ministerial candidate, on Saturday said the BJP was on the path of destruction, and asserted that India would never accept a ‘divisive’ figure.   More...
Delhi gangrape: Special court sentences all four convicts to death
NEW DELHI: Stressing on the need to send a strong deterrent message to curb the rise in gruesome crimes against women, a special court on Friday sentenced all four convicts in the December 16 gangrape-cum-murder case to death.   More...
Food Security Bill has become law with presidential assent
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday approved Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s pet food security bill, making it a law. “The National Food Security Bill, 2013 has received the assent of the President of India,” ...   More...
Modi for PM: Advani remains adamant, Rajnath fails to persuade him
NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Wednesday appeared to be a stumbling block for the saffron party in finalising the name of Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate and hectic efforts were underway to convince...   More...
Delhi gangrape: All accused intentionally caused death of woman, says court
NEW DELHI: All four men tried for the December 16 gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi were found guilty of the crime on Tuesday, with a special fast track court ruling that they had intentionally caused the death of the woman.   More...
CM struggles to contain riots as communal flare-up spreads to more UP areas
MUZAFFARNAGAR: Uttar Pradesh was on Monday on the edge struggling to contain communal flare-up as the death toll in Muzaffarnagar rose to 31 and violence spread to neighbouring Shamli and other districts even as curfew remained in force...   More...
Muzaffarnagar violence spreads to more villages, death toll climbs to 21
MUZAFFARPUR: At least 10 more people were killed in spiralling violence in Muzaffarnagar, taking the toll to 21 in the western UP district where the army staged flag marches and thousands of anti-riot police personnel...   More...
Six killed, 34 suffer injuries in fresh violence in Muzaffarnagar
MUZAFFARNAGAR: At least six persons, including a TV journalist, were killed and 34 injured today in fresh clashes between members of two communities in Muzaffarnagar, where indefinite curfew was clamped to quell the violence.   More...
Has Modi seen writing on the wall, asks Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: The Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday took a dig at two stalwarts of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and veteran leader LK Advani.   More...
Rajya Sabha passes bill for new system of appointing judges
NEW DELHI: A Constitutional Amendment Bill paving way for the creation of a Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) to replace the present collegium system to appoint judges to higher courts was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday...   More...
Bail plea rejected: Asaram to remain in jail till Sept 15
NEW DELHI: The bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, was on Wednesday rejected by a Jodhpur court after the prosecution raised strong objection to setting him free.   More...
Gujarat IPS officer Vanzara quits, accuses Modi of betrayal
AHMEDABAD: Stating that the Gujarat government was not interested in protecting him and instead it has been clandestinely making all efforts to keep him and other officers in jail to save its skin from CBI and gain political benefits...   More...
Sexual assault case: Asaram sent to jail for 14 days
JODHPUR: Asaram, facing charges of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in Jodhpur, Rajsthan, is reported to have told investigators that if a grandfather spends one-and-a-half hours alone with his granddaughter in a room   More...
Asaram remanded to one-day police custody after four-hour questioning
JODHPUR: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram, was on Sunday quizzed by Jodhpur police for about four hours after being flown from Indore where he was arrested after midnight amid high drama.   More...
BJP should announce PM candidate without controversy: Jaitley
NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that there should be no controversy over the issue of the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate as that would be akin to committing a political ‘hit-wicket’ and turn out....   More...
PM blames BJP: You disrupt the House, stall growth, hurt investors
NEW DELHI: In arguably his last lap as Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh on Friday launched a blistering attack on the BJP linking the slump in the economy and the dip in investor sentiment to what he called the Opposition party’s frequent disruptions...   More...
Parliament passes Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Bill
NEW DELHI: The Parliament on Thursday passed the landmark Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Bill that aims to provide fair compensation to those whose land is taken, brings transparency to the process and details measures for rehabilitation of those displaced.   More...
11 killed, 40 feared trapped in Vadodara twin building collapse
VADODARA: At least 11 persons were killed and five injured when two three-storey buildings collapsed in Atladra area of Vadodara early on Wednesday. About 40 more people are feared to be trapped under the debris.   More...
Rupee logs worst fall to all-time low of 66.30
MUMBAI: Worries about the food subsidy bill dragged the rupee to a fresh lifetime low of 66.30 to the dollar on Tuesday before closing at 66.24, as the market ignored government assurances on keeping the fiscal deficit in check.   More...
Singhal, 958 VHP activists released, protests over ban on Ayodhya yatra
LUCKNOW: VHP leader Ashok Singhal was on Monday released along with 958 fellow cadres, a day after nearly 2,500 activists were arrested in a massive crackdown by Uttar Pradesh authorities to foil its yatra, which also led to protests by its workers.   More...
Amid high drama, VHP yatra grounded, hundreds arrested
AYODHYA: The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday foiled the VHP’s plans to start its “84 kosi parikrama” from Ayodhya, as it launched a massive crackdown and arrested hundreds of VHP leaders and sants, including Ashok Singhal...   More...
Karnataka bypolls: Congress storms JDS bastion, wins two LS seats
BANGALORE: Storming the JDS bastion, the ruling Congress in Karnataka on Saturday won the Mandya and Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha seats with impressive margins. Multi-lingual actress Ramya, making her electoral debut, trounced JDS’ CS Puttaraju in Mandya by a margin of 67,611 votes...   More...
Photojournalist gangrape: Jobless youth arrested, nation outraged
MUMBAI: Police on Friday arrested a jobless youth and mounted a manhunt for four other accused, solving within 24 hours Thursday night’s gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai amid massive public outrage and protests...   More...
Rupee undervalued but no need to panic, stability will return: Chidambaram
NEW DELHI: With rupee falling by 5.5 per cent in five days, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the currency is undervalued and has overshot appropriate levels but sought to assuage investors asserting there is no need for ‘excessive and unwarranted pessimism’...   More...
Chinese troops intrude into Arunachal, stay for 4 days; India downplays incident
NEW DELHI: In yet another face-off with Indian Army similar to the one in Ladakh, Chinese troops reportedly intruded more than 20 kms into Indian territory last week in Chaglagam area of Arunachal Pradesh and stayed there for about four days.   More...
Sonia rolls out food security measure in three states
NEW DELHI: Going ahead with its ‘game changer’ measure for next Lok Sabha polls, the Congress on Tuesday rolled out the ambitious food security scheme in three states - Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand...   More...
Thirty-seven pilgrims killed in Bihar Railway tragedy
KHAGARIA: Thirty-seven pilgrims, including women and children standing on rail tracks were killed when a speeding express train ploughed through them on Monday in Bihar’s Khagaria district, triggering angry protests by locals who attacked train drivers...   More...
India’s most wanted Dawood in Karachi, guarded by ISI: Tunda
NEW DELHI: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim stays in a safe house in Karachi and is guarded by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, his close associate and arrested terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda has told the Delhi Police.   More...
Most wanted LeT terrorist Tunda arrested
NEW DELHI: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Syed Abdul Kalim alias Abdul Karim Tunda, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and one of India’s most wanted terrorists who was a bomb-maker for LeT, was arrested on Friday after being on the run in several countries for 19 years.   More...
After 14 years, Pak troops violate ceasefire across LoC in Kargil sector
NVE DELHI: For the first time in 14 years since the 1999 Kargil war, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in the higher reaches of Ladakh with its troops opening fire with small and automatic weapons on Indian posts in Drass and Kaksar areas of Kargil sector.   More...
Indian Army retaliates after unprovoked firing by Pakistan across LoC
JAMMU: After Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing on several Indian forward posts in Balakote belt of Poonch district earlier in the day, the Indian Army has launched a massive retaliation to it. According to latest reports, intense firing has been going on across the LoC.   More...
INS Sindhurakshak sunk by explosions, 18 feared dead
MUMBAI: Eighteen sailors, including three officers, were feared dead when multiple explosions ripped through the torpedo compartment of one of India’s mainstay kilo-class submarines berthed at Naval Dockyard at Colaba around midnight on Tuesday.   More...
Antony mourns death of naval personnel in submarine mishap
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday mourned the death of naval personnel on the submarine that exploded and sank in the naval dockyard in Mumbai. He briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the mishap before leaving for Mumbai where the incident took place.   More...
Modi woos non-Congress parties to dislodge UPA
HYDERABAD: Launching his Southern election campaign from here, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to all non-Congress parties to come together to dislodge the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and to end ‘dynastic’ rule.   More...
Pakistan violates ceasefire again; firing from across LoC in Poonch continues
JAMMU: Pakistani troops on Monday violated the ceasefire for the fifth time in the last three days by targeting forward Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch district with mortar shells, rockets and small arms firing.   More...
Pakistan troops violate ceasefire again in Poonch
JAMMU: Four days after five Indian soldiers were killed by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, Pakistan again on Friday night violated ceasefire.   More...
Delhi faces LeT threat, security beefed up after inputs from IB: Reports
NEW DELHI: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has reportedly called for an attack on a famous monument in the national capital. According to reports, security has been stepped up in the city following the threat.   More...
LoC killings: BJP targets Antony for ‘clean chit’ to Pakistan army
NEW DELHI: The political storm over Defence Minister AK Antony’s statement on the LoC attack paralysed parliament on Wednesday with an aggressive opposition accusing him of giving a ‘clean chit’ to the Pakistan Army and demanding an apology from him.   More...
Killing of soldiers: Give a ‘befitting reply’ to Pakistan, parties demand
NEW DELHI: The killing of five soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday led to an outrage in Parliament with parties demanding a ‘befitting reply’ to Pakistan and slamming the government for saying the act was carried out by “terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform”.   More...
Indian subsidies to Bhutan raise hackles in China
BEIJING: The recent withdrawal of subsidies on cooking gas and kerosene to Bhutan, since revived, has raised the hackles in China, with a state-run daily saying India will not allow Bhutan to freely engage with it.   More...
Chinese troops stop Army from patrolling in Indian territory
NEW DELHI: Amid a spate of incursions by China in Ladakh, the Chinese troops resorted to tactics like preventing Indian Army from patrolling posts in this sector along the border, which was well within India’s territory.   More...
Tarun Gogoi rules out division of Assam, warns against violence
NEW DELHI: As violence continues to rock parts of Assam in support of demands for separate states, chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday ruled out further division of his state saying people there want to live like a joint family.   More...
Legendary music director Dakshinamoorthy passes away
CHENNAI: Legendary music director V Dakshinamoorthy, popularly known as Dakshinamoorthy Swami, who composed music for hundreds of film in Malayalam and other southern languages over the last six decades, died here on Friday, industry sources said.   More...
Need to take bold steps to revive economic growth: PM
NEW DELHI: Committing to accelerate the pace of reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the government would act boldly and decisively to revive economic growth and prove naysayers wrong.   More...
Nitish Kumar is PM material, says Shatrughan Sinha
PATNA: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday dubbed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as “Prime Ministerial material” and said that he wanted to build bridges between the former partners, the BJP and the JD(U).   More...
Nasa, Isro likely to develop satellite jointly for first time
BANGALORE: US space agency Nasa and India’s premier space agency Isro are in talks for jointly building a satellite for the first time.   More...
15 suffer injuries in grenade attack by suspected ULFA militants
GUWAHATI: At least 15 persons suffer injuries, two of them seriously, in a grenade blast on Sunday night at the busy Paltan Bazar area near the railway station here, the fifth such incident in the state in a week.   More...
Batla House encounter verdict: Cong, BJP involve in war of words
NEW DELHI: The Delhi court verdict in the Batla House case on Thursday led to a political war of words, with BJP slamming Congress leaders who had questioned the genuineness of the encounter while the ruling party hit back.   More...
Biden proposes US, India and China trilateral talks
MUMBAI: American Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday proposed closer coordination between the US, India and China, saying trilateral talks among the three ‘big’ nations would benefit the entire region.   More...
Fearing mass exodus of its MLAs to Nitish’s JD(U), BJP rushes to RSS
PATNA: Fearing mass exodus of its MLAs to Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), top leaders of Bihar BJP on Monday rushed to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here and discussed the political situation in the state in the wake of the ‘rebellion’ against the party’s state leader Sushil Kumar Modi.   More...
50 Chinese soldiers on horses and ponies intrude Indian territory
NEW DELHI: Riding on horses and ponies, around 50 Chinese soldiers intruded into the Indian territory of Chumar in Ladakh on July 16 staking their claim over the area.   More...
Forensic report confirms poisonous pesticide in Bihar midday meal that claimed 23 lives
PATNA: A forensic report on Saturday confirmed the presence of poisonous pesticide in the midday meal served to the students of the school in Chhapra where 23 children died after taking the contaminated food.   More...
Scorpion in mid-day meal sickens 39 children in Odisha
DHENKANAL: Close on the heels of 23 children’s death in Bihar after having mid-day-meal, at least 39 students today fell ill after consuming food, contaminated by a dead scorpion, served under the scheme at their school in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, officials said.   More...
SC quashes common entrance test undertaken by Medical Council of India
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) notification for holding common entrance tests for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses.   More...
India to create new Army corps, deploy 50,000 additional troops on China border
NEW DELHI: Boosting Army’s war fighting capabilities along the Line of Actual Control, in the wake of numerous instances of incursion by neighbouring country, India on Wednesday gave a go ahead to the creation of a corps including deployment of 50,000 additional troops...   More...
Eleven children die, 50 fall ill after consuming midday meal in Bihar school
PATNA: As many as 11 students died and 50 others fell ill on Tuesday after consuming midday meal served to them at a government primary school in Bihar’s Saran district, police said.   More...
SC clears way for running dance bars in Maharashtra
NEW DELHI: Seven years after they were banned, dance bars can again run in Maharashtra with the Supreme Court on Tuesday upholding a Bombay high court verdict quashing the state government’s order.   More...
Mayawati seeks ban on RSS and others, says BJP and Cong play politics over Ayodhya
LUCKNOW: Accusing the BJP and the Congress of playing politics over Ayodhya, BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday urged the Supreme Court to take strong action against them to protect secularism and demanded a ban on RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal.   More...
Aerodrome entry permits will be issued to embassies on reciprocal basis only
NEW DELHI: After several incidents of denial of protocol to Indian dignitaries at foreign airports, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided that Aerodrome Entry Permits (AEPs) would henceforth be issued to high commissions or embassies of other countries only on a reciprocal basis.   More...
Chandy rules out leadership change in Kerala
NEW DELHI: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said he would continue to remain at the helm of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government in the state. He was talking to reporters here after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.   More...
Veteran actor Pran passes away at 93
NEW DELHI: Legendary actor Pran Krishan Sikand, loved and feared in equal measure by moviegoers for his roles in Bollywood hits like ‘Milan’, ‘Madhumati’ and ‘Zanjeer’, passed away at a suburban hospital here this evening at the age of 93.   More...
Massive fire breaks out in Srinagar civil secretariat building
SRINAGAR: A major fire broke out in the annexe of the Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, here on Thursday.   More...
China troops intrudes into Ladakh again, vandalise Indian bunkers
LEH: In yet another incursion by China, PLA troopers entered the Chumar sector in Ladakh - the same area which had sparked off tensions in April - and smashed some bunkers besides cutting wires of cameras installed at the border post.   More...
Terror strikes Bodhgaya, two monks injured
BODHGAYA: Terror struck one of the holiest Buddhist shrines, the Mahabodhi Temple, and other places in Bihar’s pilgrimage town of Bodhgaya early on Sunday, with suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives simultaneously triggering nine low intensity bombs leaving two monks injured.   More...
12 killed in Secunderabad hotel building collapses
SECUNDERABAD: At least 12 people were dead and scores injured when the two-storey City Light Hotel on Rashtrapati Road in Secunderabad collapsed on Monday morning.   More...
India, China agree on need for 'strategic communication'
BEIJING: Seeking to maintain peace and stability on the Line of Actual Control in the backdrop of the PLA incursion in Ladakh, India and China on Friday agreed that ‘strategic communication’ is required for building mutual trust even as they agreed to resume joint-army exercises.   More...
India, China pledge to maintain peace on border
BEIJING: Committing to maintain peace and tranquillity on the boundary, India and China on Saturday agreed that it was an “important guarantor” for growth in ties and in this context pledged to early conclusion of negotiations on a proposed pact aimed at avoiding flare-ups on the border.   More...
Antony arrives Beijing; China warns India against ‘new trouble’
BEIJING: Defence minister AK Antony arrived here on Thursday on a four-day visit for high-level talks with Chinese leadership on new confidence building measures to maintain peace at the disputed borders in the backdrop of incursion of PLA troops in the Ladakh region.   More...
Ishrat was killed in fake encounter, says CBI
NEW DELHI: Ending weeks of suspense over its probe into the nine-year-old killing of Ishrat Jahan, the CBI on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against seven Gujarat police officers saying Ishrat and the three men with her were eliminated in a ‘fake’ encounter.   More...
Pakur SP among 6 cops killed in Maoist attack in Jharkhand
RANCHI: A Superintendent of Police (SP) and five other policemen were killed in an ambush by Maoists in the Kathikund forest area in Dumka district on Tuesday afternoon.   More...
Tata, Ambani among 26 applicants for bank licences
MUMBAI: Tata Sons, India’s biggest business group and firms controlled by billionaires Anil Ambani and Kumar Mangalam Birla are among the 26 companies that have applied for licence to open banks.   More...
Uttarakhand: Death toll may cross 10,000, says assembly speaker
DEHRADUN: Two weeks after flashfloods and landslides ravaged Uttarakhand, there were conflicting figures of death toll with state Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal claiming on Saturday that it may cross 10,000 while the official figure is under 1,000.   More...
Govt plans to airlift of excavators to Kedarnath
NEW DELHI: Government is planning to airlift excavators to flood-ravaged Uttarakhand regions for clearing boulders and debris accumulated in Kedarnath and to try and uncover dead bodies.   More...
Rain, another cloudburst hit rescue operations in Uttarakhand
GAUCHAR: Rescue operations by air and road in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand were hampered by fresh rains on Monday with around 1,000 of the remaining 10,000 survivors being evacuated. With heavy rains being forecast, it is likely that the rescue effort will get stalled for three days.   More...
19 on board feared killed in IAF chopper crash in Uttarakhand
GAUCHAR: In a tragic accident that underlines the risks pilots are taking to evacuate those stranded after the Uttarakhand flash floods, a Mi 17 V5 helicopter ferrying rescue personnel from the temple town of Kedarnath to a base camp crashed on Tuesday afternoon.   More...
Punjab cop to head CRPF anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh
NEW DELHI: Gallantry award winning IPS officer of Punjab cadre, Harpreet Singh Sidhu, will lead the CRPF anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh. Sidhu, a 1992 batch officer, will replace incumbent Zulfiqar Hasan as the new Inspector General (Operations).   More...
556 bodies found in Uttarakhand, govt warns of fresh rain
DEHRADUN: About 600 people have been killed in the Uttarakhand flood devastation, chief minister Vijay Bahuguna has said, while ActionAid warned of thousands of possible deaths.   More...
Monsoon fury: Uttarakhand Govt fears ‘shockingly huge’ death toll
DEHRADUN: Rescue and relief operations were intensified on Thursday in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand as multiple agencies evacuated the worst-affected holy town of Kedarnath and other areas even as the death toll mounted continuously ...   More...
Rain havoc: PM announces Rs 1,100 crore aid, rescue teams face ‘tsunami-like’ crisis
NEW DELHI: Destroyed roads and wrecked communication infrastructure continued to hamper rescue efforts in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand for the fifth day running. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi flew over the devastation Wednesday...   More...
For peace in BJP, Narendra Modi meets LK Advani
NEW DELHI: On his first visit to Delhi after being made head of BJP’s election campaign committee, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday met senior BJP leader LK Advani and is understood to have discussed the recent political developments including the split in the NDA.   More...
Monsoon fury in north India: Landslides, floods claim over 50 lives
NEW DELHI: Several parts of north India bear the brunt of Monsoon fury on Monday as heavy rain wreaked havoc in the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, leaving over 50 people dead and hundreds stranded.   More...
Petroleum ministers under threat from oil import lobby: Moily
NEW DELHI: Under fire for proposing a steep hike in natural gas prices, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily Friday stunned the nation by saying that petroleum ministers are threatened by oil import lobbies to deter them from taking decisions that could cut the USD 160 billion import bill.   More...
Petrol price hiked by Rs 2 per litre
NEW DELHI: Petrol price was hiked by a steep Rs 2 a litre on Saturday, the second increase in rates this month, as devaluation of rupee against US dollar made imports costlier.   More...
Maoists attack train in Bihar, kill three passengers
PATNA: Three passengers were killed and over half a dozen injured when about a hundred Maoists attacked Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express (13331) between Bhalui and Kundhar halts in Jamui district of Bihar falling under Danapur division of East Central Railway (ECR) on Thursday afternoon.   More...
Delhi police forces Goenka to implicate Raj Kundra in IPL betting case
NEW DELHI: Umesh Goenka, the business partner of Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra, on Wednesday claimed in a Delhi court that he was forced to name him in cricket betting on instructions from Delhi Police personnel...   More...
Former Union minister VC Shukla, injured in Maoist attack, dies
NEW DELHI: Former Union minister and Congress veteran from Chhattisgarh VC Shukla, died on Tuesday in a Gurgaon hospital after battling injuries sustained in a deadly Naxal attack on a convoy of party leaders a fortnight ago.   More...
Sreesanth, others granted bail, MCOCA not made out
NEW DELHI: Criticising the Delhi Police for slapping the stringent provisions of MCOCA on cricketers, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and 17 others, a court here has granted bail to the accused in the IPL spot-fixing case.   More...
Spot-fixing: Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty placed bets on matches, says Delhi police
NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty had placed bets on a cricket match on at least one occasion, a friend of the Bollywood actor’s husband Raj Kundra has told Delhi Police investigators.   More...
Troubled affair, failing career drove Jiah Khan to suicide: Police
MUMBAI: Young actress Jiah Khan allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with police claiming she was heartbroken after a failed relationship with the son of an actor couple which possibly drove her to take the step at her home last night.   More...
Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra grilled by cops over IPL spot-fixing
NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra and his business partner-friend Umesh Goenka were questioned for several hours on Wednesday in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal following the claims made by a cricketer...   More...
Political parties answerable under RTI, says CIC
NEW DELHI: Setting a new bench mark in transparency in politics, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has said that political parties are answerable under the Right to Information Act (RTI).   More...
Dalmiya backs Srinivasan, says calling meeting an ‘eyewash’ is uncharitable
CHENNAI: Soon after being made the head of an ‘interim’ set-up to run the Cricket Board, former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday backed incumbent N Srinivasan and said calling the arrangement an eyewash was ‘uncharitable and unreasonable’.   More...
Rajeev Shukla resigns as IPL chief, endgame for Srinivasan
NEW DELHI: IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla resigned from the post ahead of the BCCI’s Working Committee meeting Sunday which may see the exit of President N Srinivasan in the wake of scandals surrounding the IPL matches.   More...
Govt has specific info about Naxal plans to target cities: Shinde
NEW DELHI: Government has specific information that Naxals are trying to expand their bases in urban centre and may try to target cities, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Thursday.   More...
Petrol price hiked by 75 paise, diesel 50; LPG cheaper by Rs 45
NEW DELHI: Petrol price was on Friday hiked by 75 paisa per litre and diesel by 50 paisa a litre as rupee hit 11-month low making oil imports costlier.   More...
On hit list, it was Mahendra Karma's six guards against 200 Naxals
NEW DELHI: Slain former Chhattisgarh Home Minister Mahendra Karma, who was on the hit list of naxalites, had Z-plus security with 16 armed guards, but he was accompanied by only six guards when he was attacked by a strong gang of about 200 naxalites.   More...
Major offensive against Naxals, 1,000 troops deployed in Bastar jungles
RAIPUR: In the wake of the bloodiest Maoist attack on the Congress Parivartan rally in Chhattisgarh, more than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed in the jungles of the Naxalite-infested Bastar region for a major offensive against the ultras.   More...
Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings, lift IPL title
NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians lifted their maiden IPL title, thrashing Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the summit clash at Eden Gardens on Sunday.   More...
NCP, Roy seek BCCI chief Srinivasan’s resignation
MADURAI: Pressure mounted for the resignation of BCCI president N Srinivasan in the wake of alleged involvement of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in betting on IPL matches even as questions were raised over the future of Chennai franchise.   More...
Friend marries gang-rape victim in Bihar
PATNA: The friend of a 22-year-old woman, who was gang-raped by three men, has married the victim, police said Saturday. Four days after the woman was gang-raped and her friend beaten up by three men in Bihar’s Banka district, the victim’s friend married her at a temple late Friday.   More...
ICC withdraws umpire Rauf from Champions Trophy
NEW DELHI: The spot-fixing saga in the ongoing IPL Thursday took a dramatic turn with ICC withdrawing controversial Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the panel of match officials for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England ...   More...
Spot-fixing: Chennai Super Kings CEO may be quizzed
MUMBAI: With more murky dealings emerging during the custodial interrogation of Vindoo Randhawa, Mumbai Police probing the IPL betting scandal may question Gurunath Meiyappan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings   More...
Sahara pulls out of IPL, not to sponsor Indian cricket team
NEW DELHI: Pune Warriors India, owned by Sahara India Pariwar, on Tuesday pulled out of the already scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) and announced that the company will not renew its sponsorship of the Indian cricket team after the present contract expires in December 2013.   More...
Spot, match fixing will be criminal offence under new law: Sibal
New Delhi: Spot fixing and match fixing would fall in the category of criminal offences under the new law being contemplated by the government, Law Minister Kapil Sibal said here on Monday.   More...
Mumbai police may book Sreesanth in fresh case
MUMBAI: Mumbai Police’s crime branch may book Indian pacer Sreesanth in a fresh case of spot fixing registered by it and seek his custodial interrogation, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said on Saturday.   More...
Shinde favours fast-track courts for jailed Muslim youths
NEW DELHI: The central government has sought from all states the number of Muslim youths involved in terror cases lodged in jails, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday while favouring fast track courts to deal with such cases.   More...
Spot-fixing: Sreesanth, 13 others arrested, sent to five days police custody
NEW DELHI: Indian pacer S Sreesanth and 13 others, including two other cricketers of Rajasthan Royals franchise arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal case were sent to police custody for five days on Thursday...   More...
Another sex scandal hits Navy, Antony orders probe
NEW DELHI: The Navy has been hit by yet another alleged sex scandal as the wife of a senior officer has charged her husband with forcing her to get ‘sexually involved’ with his colleagues, prompting Defence Minister AK Antony to order a probe.   More...
Navy concerned over China’s increasing presence in Indian Ocean
NEW DELHI: Increasing presence of the Chinese maritime forces in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and disciplinary issues in the force are expected to be discussed by the top Navy brass in their commanders’ conference starting on Tuesday.   More...
Dropping of ministers joint decision of PM, Sonia: Cong
NEW DELHI: Dropping of PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar from the Union Cabinet was a “joint decision” of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, Congress said today dismissing reports that the action was at the insistence of the party president.   More...
Khurshid reveals counter proposals on border issues with China
NEW DELHI: India has given a counter proposal to China for Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid disclosed here on Saturday on his return from a two-day visit to Beijing...   More...
Black Friday for UPA: Ashwani Kumar, Pawan Kumar Bansal resign
NEW DELHI: Ending speculation on their fate, law minister Ashwani Kumar and railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal resigned from their posts on Friday evening.   More...
CAG findings cannot be gospel truth on any issue: SC
NEW DELHI: CAG report commands respect and cannot be brushed aside but it cannot be the final word on an issue, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while noting that the auditor’s findings cannot be gospel truth as it is subject to scrutiny by Parliament.   More...
Parliament session sets for wash out; BJP wants PM, Bansal, Ashwani to quit
NEW DELHI: Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till Wednesday as the BJP pressed for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks and also demanded that ministers PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar step down.   More...
Parliament adjourned sine die
NEW DELHI: The Parliament was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, after the opposition refused to allow any proceedings in both the Houses   More...
‘Heart’ of Coalgate report changed: Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has questioned the credibility of CBI probe into the coal scam and has asked for a thorough and qualitative investigation. Expressing strong displeasure at govt’s interference in the Coalgate probe report, the apex court said, “The heart of the report was changed on the suggestions of the govt officials.”   More...
Nuclear experts welcome SC order on Kudankulam
NEW DELHI: Nuclear experts on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court’s green signal to the Kudankulam nuclear project, saying it has vindicated the stand that atomic power was safe and secure.   More...
China-India end standoff, withdraw armies from Depsang Bulge area
NEW DELHI: The Chinese troops retreated from the Depsang Bulge area to their bases on Sunday evening ending the 20-day military face-off with India at an altitude of 16,300-feet in Ladakh, after furious activity over diplomatic channels...   More...
Pak sends Sarabjit’s body without heart, kidneys, stomach
AMRITSAR: Even as autopsy of Sarabjit Singh’s body was conducted at Patti hospital in Amritsar to ascertain the cause of death and to cross-check the claims of Pakistan over the same and the time of death, it shockingly turned out that Pakistan had sent the body of Sarabjit without the vital organs like heart, kidneys and stomach.   More...
Chinese troops reinforce position in Ladakh: Army chief briefs CCS about standoff
LEH: China has reinforced its position in Daulat Bag Oldi (DBO) sector, 19 kilometre deep inside Indian territory, where they are getting regular supplies through trucks.   More...
Petrol price slashed by Rs 3 per litre from tonight
NEW DELHI: Petrol price was today slashed by Rs 3 per litre, the steepest reduction in rates in over five years. The fourth reduction in rates since March means that petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 63.09 a litre with effect from midnight tonight as against Rs 66.09 per litre currently.   More...
Sarabjit’s survival chances ‘slim’, say Pak doctors
LAHORE: Pakistani doctors treating a comatose Sarabjit Singh here on Sunday said there has been no improvement in his condition and chances of survival are ‘slim’ even as his distraught family visited him and demanded that he be sent to India for better treatment.   More...
Chinese troops put up fifth tent in Ladakh
LEH: Showing no sign of withdrawing from the Indian territory after their incursion in Ladakh two weeks ago, Chinese troops have erected the fifth tent in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector.   More...
No question of death penalty to Italian marines, says India
NEW DELHI: Amid concerns by Italy on the possibility of death sentence being imposed on its two marines accused of killing Indian fishermen, India on Saturday said no question of death penalty arises.   More...
India will increase troops if China does so in Ladakh
NEW DELHI: India will increase the number of its troops if the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) enhances the strength of its soldiers in the Indian territory of Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh, government sources said on Thursday.   More...
Sarabjit Singh attacked in Lahore jail, rushed to hospital with serious injuries
LAHORE: Indian national Sarabjit Singh, currently on death row in a Lahore jail, was on Friday seriously injured on the head and rushed to a hospital for an emergency surgery after being attacked by two prisoners.   More...
Chinese choppers enter several hundred kilometres inside India
LEH: As the intruding Chinese soldiers refuse to budge from their occupied position in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in Ladakh, two Chinese military helicopters have violated Indian airspace at Chumar, several hundred kilometres southeast of Leh, adding to the prevailing tension.   More...
India likely to send army contingent to Ladakh
NEW DELHI: With Chinese forces reportedly intruded nearly 10-km inside Indian territory in Ladakh, India is likely to send an army contingent to the area to be on guard even though it wants to avoid a confrontation.   More...
Former chief justice of India Justice JS Verma passes away
NEW DELHI: Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma, who headed the anti-rape law panel, passed away on Monday. Justice Verma died due to multiple organs failure. He was 80.   More...
Child rape: Anger spills onto Delhi streets, protesters storm PM, Sonia’s residences
NEW DELHI: Outrage over the rape of a five-year-old in Delhi spread onto the capital’s streets on Sunday as hundreds of angry protesters stormed the barricades outside the residences of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.   More...
Mirza Himayat Baig gets death in German Bakery blast case
PUNE: Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convicted accused in the 2010 German Bakery bombing that killed 17 and wounded 64, was today sentenced to death for murder and criminal conspiracy by a sessions court here which termed his crime as ‘rarest of rare’.   More...
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf arrested
ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was on Friday arrested in a case relating to the imposition of emergency rule in 2007 and was presented before a magistrate, becoming the first former army chief to face such action.   More...
Disturbed over rape, brutality on five-year-old, PM asks society to root out the evil
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that he was ‘deeply disturbed’ over the rape and brutality committed on a five-year-old girl and asked the society to work to root out the evil.   More...
Indian Mujahideen likely behind Bangalore blast
NEW DELHI: Banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), responsible for bombings in different parts of the country, could be behind the Bangalore blast that left 17 persons injured on Wednesday, government sources said.   More...
Earthquake in Iran kills 34 in Pak, tremors felt in India, Gulf states also
DUBAI: A 7.8 magnitude earthquake, described as the strongest to hit Iran in 40 years, on Tuesday killed at least 34 people in Pakistan with dozens feared dead in Iran. Tremors were felt in India and the Gulf states also.   More...
Himayat Baig, only man arrested for German Bakery blast, found guilty
PUNE: Alleged terror operative Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig, a 33-year-old man from Maharashtra’s Beed district, the only person arrested in connection with the February 13, 2010 German Bakery bombing in which 17 people were killed and 58 others injured, was held guilty on Monday.   More...
India and Germany see progress in trade deals
BERLIN: The leaders of Germany and India said on Thursday that progress is being made on a new free trade agreement between India and the European Union but cautioned that there is still work to be done.   More...
Crude bombs hurled at Indian envoy’s car in Bangladesh
DHAKA: Unidentified miscreants on Friday hurled three crude bombs apparently targeting a parked car being used by Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh during a visit to South-Western Khulna district, injuring three people including his driver.   More...
1984 riots: Court puts Tytler again in the dock
NEW DELHI: In a big jolt to Jagdish Tytler, a Delhi court on Wednesday ordered reopening of a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against him, setting aside a CBI closure report giving clean chit to the Congress leader.   More...
One killed, 33 suffer injuries in rail derailment near Arakkonam
CHENNAI: One person was killed and 33 others suffered injuries when 11 bogies of the Bangalore-bound Muzaffarpur- Yesvantpur Express derailed at Sitheri, about 90 km from here, early Wednesday morning.   More...
North Korean conflict could be worse than Chernobyl: Vladimir Putin
HANOVER: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that any military conflict on the Korean peninsula had the potential to be worse than the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. “If something happens, God forbid...   More...
Don’t be apologetic for Ayodhya, take pride instead, Advani tells party men
NEW DELHI: Raking up the Ram temple issue, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday asked his party men not to be apologetic for the Ayodhya movement and instead take pride in it.   More...
Ajit Pawar apologises for ‘should we urinate into dam’ comment
MUMBAI: “If there is no water in the dam... Should we urinate into it?” asked Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in an insensitive comment that kicked up a controversy for mocking farmers reeling under severe drought.   More...
Thane building collapse death toll rises to 45
THANE: The death toll in the collapse of a seven-storey building in Mumbra on Thursday evening had risen to 45 on Friday evening. Fifty-nine injured had been pulled out of the debris alive. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)...   More...
Counter cases registered against former Kerala minister, his wife
Thiruvananthapuram: Counter FIRs were filed against former Kerala minister KB Ganesh Kumar and his wife Yamini Thankachi before Chief Judicial Magistrate court on Tuesday.   More...
Custody death of SFI leader: Mamata government under fire
KOLKATA: The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal came under fire on Wednesday from opposition parties which pressed for a judicial probe into the death of a young SFI leader in police custody under controversial circumstances which sparked an outrage.   More...
Kerala minister Ganesh Kumar welcomes probe into allegations
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Minister for Forest, Sports and Film, KB Ganesh Kumar on Monday said that he would not resign over the allegations of domestic abuse of wife, Yamini Thankachi.   More...
BJP opposes Centre’s move to appoint NIA chief Sinha as NHRC member
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has objected to the UPA government’s move to appoint NIA chief SC Sinha as a member of the NHRC on the grounds that ‘pliant’ bureaucrats should not be given such post-retirement jobs   More...
India raises concern over Saudi’s new labour policy
DUSHANBE: India Friday raised its concern with Saudi Arabia over its policy of reserving 10 per cent jobs for locals, a decision which will hit over 3 lakh low and semi-skilled workers from India with a sizable number coming from Kerala.   More...
Sanjay Dutt not to seek pardon; will surrender on time
MUMBAI: Breaking down repeatedly, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been ordered by the Supreme Court to return to jail in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, on Thursday said he was not seeking any pardon and would surrender within the stipulated deadline.   More...
Lankan IPL players have ‘endorsed’ war crimes charges: Ranatunga
COLOMBO: Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday slammed the decision of the cricket board and government to allow Sri Lankan players to participate in the IPL as an endorsement of human rights abuse allegations against Sri Lanka.   More...
Versatile South Indian actress Sukumari passes away
CHENNAI: Versatile actress Sukumari who was under treatment for burns at a private hospital in Chennai, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 73. She was born on October 6, 1940 at Pujapura in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala   More...
ASEAN countries explore investment possibilities in Kerala
KOCHI: A high profile ASEAN delegation on Monday held discussions with industry heads here for promoting business ties between the bloc and Kerala.   More...
Maharashtra ATS DCP shoots himself in front of wife, children
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) deputy commissioner of police, Sanjay Banerjee, 47, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in front of his wife and children on Saturday afternoon.   More...
India votes against Sri Lankan human rights violations
WASHINGTON: India on Thursday again broke away from neighbourhood solidarity to vote for a United States sponsored resolution condemning Sri Lanka for its human rights violations against Tamil minority...   More...
Delhi Police spoil terror attack in Delhi, arrest suspected Hizbul operative from UP
NEW DELHI: The special cell of Delhi Police on Thursday foiled a terror attack in the national capital after arresting a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen operative from Gorakhpur, near Nepal border, in Uttar Pradesh.   More...
Marines’ return stirs anger in Italy; India happy
ROME/NEW DELHI: A decision to return two Italian marines accused in the murder of fishermen to stand trial in India stirred anger in Italy on Friday and calls for foreign minister Giulio Terzi to resign.   More...
DMK withdraws support to UPA government
NEW DELHI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday night withdrew its support to the UPA government at the Centre over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and ruled out any reconsideration, a move that makes the government vulnerable...   More...
Government ‘absolutely’ stable, it’s not lame or duck, say Union ministers
NEW DELHI: Briefing the media a day after the DMK pullout of the UPA, Union ministers Kamal Nath, P Chidambaram and Manish Tewari said on Wednesday that the govt is ‘absolutely’ stable and that “policy reforms will continue.”   More...
India moves to downgrade ties with Italy, not to send ambassador
NEW DELHI: Angered by Italy reneging on its commitment to send back its two naval guards, India is downgrading its diplomatic ties with it which means there will be no ambassador-level representation between the two countries.   More...
Pak parliament passes resolution against Afzal Guru’s hanging
NEW DELHI: India reacted sharply to the resolution passed by Pakistan parliament on Thursday to condemn the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru, saying it was “highly improper” with foreign affairs minister Salman Khurshid .....   More...
Militants attack CRPF camp, 5 jawans, two ultras killed
NEW DELHI: The two militants who Wednesday carried out Fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp in Bemina area of Srinagar were probably from Pakistan, Home Secretary RK Singh said.   More...
Italian marines charged with killing of two fishermen will not return India
NEW DELHI: The two Italian naval guards charged in India with killing two fishermen while on anti-piracy duty will not return from a special home visit granted to allow them to vote in last months general election, the Italian foreign ministry said on Monday.   More...
Vijender Singh will be questioned in heroin case
CHANDIGARH: Olympian bronze medallist Vijender Singh will be questioned in connection with the recent seizure of 26 kg of heroin worth Rs 130 crore, Punjab police said on Sunday   More...
Drug haul case: Key accused attempts suicide, no decision to summon Vijender Singh
CHANDIGARH: One of the key accused in the drug haul case from Zirakpur allegedly attempted suicide, even as Punjab Police maintained that no decision has been taken yet on summoning boxer Vijender Singh after the Olympic medallist’s name cropped up.   More...
Ajmer Sharif head refuses to welcome Pak PM
AJMER: Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s trip here on Saturday has hit a sour note with the Ajmer Sharif spritiual head saying he will boycott the visit in protest against the recent brutal killing and beheading of Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army.   More...
Rani Laxmi Bai award bestowed on Delhi gangrape victim ‘Spirit of Nirbhaya’
NEW DELHI: As a tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, the government on Friday bestowed the Rani Laxmi Bai - Stree Shakti award to ‘Spirit of Nirbhaya’, a pseudonym given to her.   More...
Rahul Gandhi will lead Congress in next LS elections: AICC
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi will lead the Congress in the next Lok Sabha elections and is the “most appropriate” Prime Ministerial candidate, AICC said on Wednesday, a day after Rahul distanced himself from such talk.   More...
CBI books Raja Bhaiya in DSP murder case
LUCKNOW: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday booked controversial Uttar Pradesh politician and former minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya under murder charges in the killing of DSP Zia-Ul-Haq.   More...
Bomb blast rocks President Pranab Mukherjee’s hotel in Dhaka
DHAKA: A bomb blast rocked the Dhaka hotel where Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is staying on his Bangladesh visit today, leaving security men in a tizzy. The country is witnessing a general strike called by fundamentalist Jamaat-Islami to protest the conviction of three of its top leaders for 1971 war crimes.   More...
Team India posts huge win as Australia collapses to 131 all out
HYDERABAD: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads Team India to yet another overwhelming win as Australia collapses to 131 all out before lunch in Hyderabad Test.   More...
UP minister Raja Bhaiya resigns
LUCKNOW: Being accused in the murder of a deputy superintendent of police, Uttar Pradesh’s food and civil supplies minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, on Monday met chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and tendered his resignation.   More...
Chidambaram warns tax dodgers, rules out any amnesty scheme for defaulters
NEW DELHI: While warning tax dodgers, Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said a huge amount of data is being mined to go after them and ruled out any amnesty scheme for defaulters.   More...
Minor raped in Delhi school triggers violent protests
NEW DELHI: A seven-year-old girl was raped at a government school run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in Mangolpuri area of northwest Delhi on Thursday afternoon, triggering violent protests by local people.   More...
BJP targets Congress on terror and corruption
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh on Saturday gave a call to his party cadre to put up a united fight in the next general elections to oust the “corrupt, ineffective” UPA as he took on the Congress-led government over its alleged failure on internal security, economy and foreign policy fronts.   More...
Budget: FM offers minor sops to IT payers, surcharges ‘super-rich’
NEW DELHI: Walking the tight rope ahead of next year’s elections, finance minister P Chidambaram on Thursday offered minor sops to income tax payers but slapped a 10 per cent surcharge on ‘super-rich’ individuals and corporate houses   More...
Twenty killed, six injured in Kolkata market fire
KOLKATA: At least twenty people were reportedly killed and six others suffered injuries in a devastating fire on the first two floors of a building housing a market, a godown and offices in Sealdah area in the metropolis in the early hours of Wednesday.   More...
Budget: Rly slaps 5.8% hike in freight rates, raises ticket charges
NEW DELHI: Sparing rail passengers from fare hike, the Railway Budget on Tuesday slapped an across-the board 5.8 per cent increase in freight rates and raised reservation and related charges to net in an additional Rs 4,683 crore a year.   More...
Hyderabad blast culprits will be booked soon: Shinde
KOLKATA: Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the culprits involved in the Hyderabad twin blasts that left 16 persons dead and over 100 others injured would be booked soon.   More...
Hyderabad blasts: AP forms 15 special teams to probe the case
HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday claimed to have got vital clues to crack the twin blasts case that left 16 dead and over 117 injured, with the needle of suspicion zeroing in on the banned militant outfit, Indian Mujahideen.   More...
Bisen urges Centre 75 per cent funds for piped water schemes
BHOPAL: PHE Minister Gaurishankar Bisen has said the Union government should provide 75 per cent funds instead of 50 per cent for effective implementation of piped water schemes in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
IOS to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Maulana Saeed-ur-Rahman Azmi Nadvi on Feb 15
Bhopal: Maulana Dr Saeed-ur-Rahman Azmi Nadvi will be conferred upon with fifth IOS, (Institute of Objective Studies), Lifetime Achievement Award at a function to be held on February 15 after Maghrib Namaz at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.   More...
Physical activity among MP residents highest in India
BHOPAL: Residents of Madhya Pradesh can take comfort from the latest health status indicators released by Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) which states that mean time spent on work related physical activity range between 191-332 minutes per day in the state, amongst the highest in the country.   More...
State people will get free pathological tests in govt hospitals
BHOPAL: With a view to keep the state’s people healthy, the Madhya Pradesh government has taken yet another step by introducing facility for free medical tests in all government hospitals from February 1.   More...
FDI in retail will not be allowed in state: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said the state government was committed to safeguarding businessmen\'s interests. He said business was also a social service since tax paid by businessmen was utilised in development and welfare works.   More...
President Pranab Mukherjee confers Krishi Karman Award on Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: President Pranab Mukherjee, at a function held in New Delhi on Tuesday conferred Krishi Karman Award for the year 2011-12 for best performing state under total foodgrains category-1 (state with production over 10 million tonnes) on Madhya Pradesh.   More...
National conference on ‘12th Plan & Minorities’ at Lucknow on Jan 13
BHOPAL: Stage is all set for the national conference on “12th Five-Year-Plan & Minorities” being organised at Lucknow on January 13 at Ganna Sansthan in Dali Bagh from 11 am.   More...
Centre includes frost in natural disaster list
BHOPAL: The Union government, on the initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has included cold wave/frost in the list of natural disasters in the year 2012-13. The State government effected significant increase in relief amounts against loss of life and crops in natural disasters by amending Revenue Book of Circulars (RBC) 6-4 in the same year.   More...
Value education in engineering curricula will be mandatory from next session
BHOPAL: The engineering curricula in the state would have a mandatory value education input from the next academic session (2013-14).   More...
MP to get another national award for outstanding performance in foodgrain production
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh is set to receive yet another major award - The Krishi Karman Award for the year 2011-12 - under “Total Foodgrains Production Category First” from the Union government.   More...
National seminar on Urdu litterateur Abu Muhammad Sahar on Dec 22-23
Bhopal: A two-day National Seminar on the life and literary pursuits of Urdu litterateur late Dr Abu Muhammad Sahar of Bhopal (1928-2002), who was a critic, linguist and poet, will be held at the Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy on December 22 and 23.   More...
Mentally unstable woman gives birth on road in front of Sultania Hospital
BHOPAL: A mentally unstable woman gave birth on the road in front of the Sultania Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. People standing around rushed her inside the hospital with her newborn baby.   More...
For better roads Ajay ready to go with Chauhan to Manmohan
BHOPAL: Leader of the opposition in the Assembly, Ajay Singh, is ready to accompany the chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan to meet prime minister Manmohan Singh for release of funds for construction of national highways (NHs) and state highways in the state.   More...
World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo draws huge crowd
BHOPAL: Multitudes of people, fed up with allopathic treatment in various diseases like joints pain, muscular pain, diabetes, heart ailments, skin diseases etc thronged the fifth World Ayuveda Congress and Arogya Expo here on Sunday.   More...
Minister blames evaporation for missing of 35,000 qtl wheat
BHOPAL: Food and civil supplies minister Paras Jain on Thursday announced probe into the alleged corruption in wheat procurement in Raisen district following a question about 35,000 quintal missing wheat raised during question hour.   More...
Illegal mining: HC serves notices on departments, corporations
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday issued notices to the departments of forest, mining and revenue, the MP Pollution Control Board and the Mining Corporation against widespread illegal mining in the state.   More...
Centre will bring law to prosecute dry toilet users: Jairam
BHOPAL: Union minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Friday said the Centre government would soon bring a law to prosecute users of dry toilets. They could be even sent to jail, he added.   More...
Industries will be involved in social welfare projects, says Chauhan
BHOPAL: The state government has taken a decision to frame corporate social responsibility policy and integrated plan to curb deaths due to malnutrition. According to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan industries would be encouraged to take social developmental works as part of the CR policy.   More...
Finally, over 4500 co-op societies will elect directors in Jan next
BHOPAL: The co-operatives department finally has announced the elections of the primary agriculture credit co-operative societies on Wednesday. The election, which was postponed two times, will be held in three phases across the state.   More...
Become an MLA even for a day and you will get pension for life
BHOPAL: In order to benefit the MLAs who did not complete their term, the state government has decided to move a bill amending their pension, pay and allowance rules.   More...
Trade unions will gherao Parliament on Dec 20, Jail Bharo stir on Dec 18
BHOPAL: For their 10-point charter of demands the joint front of all the trade unions will go for a nation-wide ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation on December 18 and will gherao Parliament on December 20.   More...
Top MP Cong brains busy with Delhi will weaken the party in state
BHOPAL: The busy schedule of Congress leaders from Madhya Pradesh in Delhi, especially after rise in their political stature, will weaken the Congress further in Madhya Pradesh, as they would not be able to pay attention to the state.   More...
Cooperatives boost India’s rural economy
BHOPAL: Cooperative movement has played an important role in boosting rural economy by connecting 97 per cent families in the country. This has been the main reason behind India’s success in cushioning effects of global recession.   More...
Power companies ensure record power supply on Diwali
BHOPAL: Through effective management and ensuring better networks the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company and the energy sector companies ensured bumper power supply across the state on Diwali.   More...
IAS officer seeks withdrawal of cases against him, promotion
BHOPAL: The controversial IAS officer and additional commissioner of Ujjain division, Ramesh Thete, on Wednesday, sought withdrawal of cases against him in Jabalpur’s special court and promotion.   More...
Cabinet increases retirement age of power employees, daily wagers to 60
BHOPAL: The state cabinet on Tuesday increased the retirement age of daily wagers by two years. Now, the class three daily wagers can remain in service till the age of 60 years and the class four 62.   More...
UAE explores new investment possibilities in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: The United Arab Emirates government has taken a political decision to invest in India and now new possibilities are being explored by that country.   More...
Negligence in execution of schemes meant for poor will not be tolerated: Bhargava
BHOPAL: Panchayat and rural development and social justice minister Gopal Bhargava has directed CEOs of Zila Panchayats to complete works under MNREGA and other schemes within prescribed time-limit.   More...
Govt will develop software for online monitoring of investment proposals
BHOPAL: The state government will develop software for the online monitoring of investment proposals. Under the system every investor will be given a unique identity. The government will also appoint a nodal officer in every department, besides sector-wise investment central relations managers.   More...
Foundation day bonanza, state staff gets 7% DA
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Thursday announced to give seven per cent dearness allowance to the state employees.   More...
Govt will launch free medicine scheme in state on Nov 7
BHOPAL: The state government has postponed the launch of the chief minister’s free medicine distribution scheme by a week. Earlier, it was decided to launch the scheme on the state’s foundation day, on November 1.   More...
Spurious Mawa takes two dozen people ill
BHOPAL: After consuming sweets prepared from Mawa about two dozen people fell ill in Jehangirabad area on Monday night. They were admitted to nearby hospitals immediately.   More...
Family falls sick after having food from Shatabdi express
BHOPAL: Some passengers of the Shatabdi Express on Monday complained of vomiting, fever and diarrhoea after allegedly consuming the food supplied by the pantry service of the train.   More...
State govt will open department-wise subsidy account
BHOPAL: The state government will create department-wise separate accounts for subsidies being given to different sections, before presenting the annual budget in legislative assembly.   More...
Shivraj Singh lays stone of locomotive engine factory in Sehore district
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 300 crore locomotive engine factory at Sherpur of Sehore district, the first private sector initiative in the state.   More...
Chambal ravines can be made industrial corridor, says Chauhan
BHOPAL: Chambal ravines could be made an industrial corridor in the state, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who has done an aerial survey of the area of Friday, just two days ahead of the Global Investors Summit in Indore.   More...
Grand show planned for MP Foundation Day celebration in Bhopal
BHOPAL: Consecutively for the third year, the Madhya Pradesh government will celebrate state’s Foundation Day on November 1, by holding a grand-gala, glitzy function. Oscar awardee AR Rahman’s concert would be held in Bhopal as part of the celebrations, said culture minister Laxmikant Sharma.   More...
Child rights panel censure state for malnourished children’s death
BHOPAL: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) found fault with the Madhya Pradesh government in the deaths of malnourished children in Shivpuri and Sheopur districts.   More...
JK Cement will come up with Rs 4800-cr plant in Panna
BHOPAL: The JK Cement has come up with Rs 4800 crore plant in Panna by inking an MoU at a meeting with the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan here on Monday.   More...
Governor to cops: Maintain and infuse sense of security in society
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav said police should maintain and infuse sense of security in the society. The cops should discharge their duties drawing inspiration from their martyred co-workers, he added.   More...
Victims of political rivalry: Fear of losing their dwellings haunts Arif Nagar residents
BHOPAL: Legality on the existence of Arif Nagar may be a political issue for politicians, but it is the innocent residents who will have to bear the brunt of the Madhya Pradesh High Court decision.   More...
Society should come forward for propagation of culture: Bhagwat
BHOPAL: Culture in the state should not be confined to government functions, but it should percolate down and its impact should be seen in every nook and corner, said RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat.   More...
Chauhan inspects Khandwa thermal power plant
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday inspected all the units of Singaji thermal power project at village Dogaliya in Khandwa district and reviewed the progress of the project extensively.   More...
Ajatshatru is fifth IAS to head mining department in 7 months
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government, on Tuesday, posted Ajatshatru Shrivastawa as mining secretary and MD of MP Mineral Development Corporation. He will hold the charge in addition to his current assignment as secretary to CM and commissioner, Mandis.   More...
Student union elections may not get government approval
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government has almost decided not to hold student union elections in colleges and universities this year. The decision follows adverse report from the home department.   More...
Malnutrition claims six more lives in Sheopur, after CS’ visit
BHOPAL: Six more children have fallen prey to severe malnutrition in Sheopur district, where the state chief secretary visited to check measures taken by the state government to contain the menace recently.   More...
Chauhan seeks more coal, funds from Centre
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Saturday called on prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh at the latter’s residence in New Delhi. He apprised the prime minister of the houses allotted under the Indira Awas Yojna, coal linkage and condition of National Highways in the state.   More...
Shehla murder: Masood’s statement in CBI court causes ripples in BJP
BHOPAL: The statement of Sultan Masood, father of the slain RTI activist Shehla Masood, in the CBI court on Thursday, has caused ripples in the Bharatiya Janata Party.   More...
Rural areas will get 15-hr power in first phase
BHOPAL: Following a presentation on the ongoing projects at state cabinet meeting here on Tuesday, the energy department officials assured that there would be 15-hour power supply in rural areas in the first phase and it would be round the clock in the year 2013.   More...
Chaos mar junior civil supplies officers’ selection test by MPPEB
BHOPAL: Chaos marred the junior civil supplies officers’ selection test organised by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), on Sunday, because of the irresponsible handling of the situation by the Board officials.   More...
No outsider has any right to criticise our PM: Chauhan
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Thursday said the foreign media had no right to criticise the prime minister of India.   More...
Chauhan resolves to make gender sensitisation a people’s movement
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said Madhya Pradesh would take gender sensitisation beyond governance mechanisms and make it a people’s movement.   More...
Chauhan impresses WB top officials, seeks $ 181m WB aid for water projects
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan held discussions with the World Bank top officials at Washington DC on the first day of his visit on October 1 and sought cooperation for ambitious projects in various sectors.   More...
High Court orders petitioner to implead CIC Iqbal Ahmed as respondent
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed a petitioner to implead the newly appointed Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Iqbal Ahmed, as a necessary respondent in a writ petition.   More...
Din in BMC general council meet over stray dogs, pigs
BHOPAL: The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) general council meet, on Friday, witnessed a ruckus over the stray dogs’ menace and swine flue.   More...
Contaminated water: NGOs say IITR report has justified their claim
BHOPAL: The NGOs working for the welfare of gas victims have claimed that the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) report, submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, has vindicated their stand on the contaminated water supply to the gas-hit colonies.   More...
State cabinet bails out blacklisted Lanco
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Monday decided to bail out Lanco Private Limited and other companies of the group from the blacklist of the state government.   More...
Demanding pay fixation, professors launch phase-wise agitation
BHOPAL: The college professors on Sunday decided to launch a phase-wise agitation to mount pressure on the state government towards their demands, including pay fixation.   More...
Hindu sants protest temples’ demolition, threatens agitation
BHOPAL: A Hindu sants’ organisation on Saturday alleged that Hindu religious places were being targeted because of vote bank politics and pseudo-secularism.   More...
Swine flu claims one more life, people advised to avoid crowds
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh health department seems to be helpless against the deadly swine flu virus as it claimed one more life in the state.   More...
Madhya Pradesh health services get industry status
BHOPAL: The state cabinet, on Tuesday, endorsed the Health Service Investment Policy-2012. The objective of the policy, according to a government communiqué, is to expand and promote health services in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
State govt will launch national health insurance scheme
BHOPAL: The state government is gearing up to launch the national health insurance scheme in the state. The scheme will provide free treatment to BPL families.   More...
Gujarat to ape MP's integrated check-posts system
BHOPAL: Emulating Madhya Pradesh, the Gujarat government will also make arrangements for tax recovery from commercial vehicles on inter-state roads and construct integrated check-posts.   More...
Now, hens will combat malnourisment in state
BHOPAL: In an attempt to remove the blot of being home for the highest number of malnourished children in the country, the Madhya Pradesh government is working on a composite plan.   More...
Cameras to keep close vigil on Harda agitators
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government has reportedly installed cameras at Khardana and Betalia villages of Harda district to keep a close vigil on the ‘Jal-Satyagrahis’.   More...
Govt bows before ‘Jal-Satyagrahis’; agrees to keep Omkareshwar water level at 189 metre
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday bowed before the ‘Jal Satyagrahis’ and agreed to keep the water level of Omkareshwar reservoir at 189 meters.   More...
Bhutan Hydro-plants run on BHEL equipment
BHOPAL: The two-day Indo-Bhutan Hydro Power Co-operation Customer Meet 2012 was inaugurated by the MD, Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA), RN Khazanchi, here on Monday.   More...
Bureaucrats keep distance from mining department
BHOPAL: With mining scams coming to the fore in the state and the Congress making illegal mining as its main issue for the next assembly elections, the bureaucrats in the mining department got into a tizzy.   More...
Teachers can give new direction to country: Governor
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Wednesday said only teachers could give a new direction to the country. Education that could not build the students’ character was meaningless, he added.   More...
State imposes Narmada tax on building construction in Bhopal
BHOPAL: The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to impose Narmada Tax on all constructions of buildings in the State capital.   More...
Agnani, Pastore shifted from health department
BHOPAL: The state government on Monday transferred health commissioner Manohar Agnani and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) director Ravindra Pastore.   More...
Dalit youth’s murder a blot on Shivraj govt: Ajay
BHOPAL: The murder of the Dalit youth in Vidisha was a blot on the Shivraj Singh government, said leader of the opposition, Ajay Singh, on Monday.   More...
Cabinet amends state industrial promotion policy
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet, chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, on Tuesday, approved amendments in its Industrial Promotion Policy-2010.   More...
‘No role of Bangladeshi infiltrators in Assam violence’
BHOPAL: Bangladeshi infiltrators role could not be seen in the conflict between the Bodos and non-Bodos in Assam, as is being projected by the Sangh Parivar and the BJP, says Vipin Tripathy.   More...
Mother Teresa’s birthday celebrated
BHOPAL: To mark the birth anniversary of Mother Teresa, Catholic Church distributed eatables and other things to the inmates of Missionaries of Charity situated at Nehru Nagar on Sunday.   More...
Indore to have Gems Jewellery Park
BHOPAL: Highlighting investment potential in the diamond cutting and polishing sector, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan invited investors to Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Deliver international quality products, says BHEL CM
BHOPAL: Top officials of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) - Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL B Prasada Rao, Director ER & D OP Bhutani and Director IS&P MK Dube - on Friday visited different manufacturing blocks of its Bhopal unit.   More...
Railways to provide 22 trains for Mukhyamantri Tirth Darshan
BHOPAL: Indian Railway has consented to run 22 trains for the ‘Tirth Yatra Yojana’ of the state government over four months.   More...
Bank strike hits business worth Rs 3 lakh crore in MP-CG
BHOPAL: Banking business worth Rs 3 lakh crore in Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh was affected on the first day of the two-day strike by employees and officers of PSU banks on Wednesday.   More...
CM releases book ‘Yoga ka Jadoo’, ‘The MP Bulletin’
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Tuesday released two publications of the State Public Relations Department ‘Yoga ka Jadoo’ and news magazine ‘The MP Bulletin’.   More...
Incessant rain destroys huge quantity of stored wheat
BHOPAL: The incessant rain has, besides paralysing the normal life in the state, destroyed the stored wheat and incurred heavy losses to the government.   More...
Lokayukta raid unearths assets worth crores from assistant engineer
BHOPAL: The Lokayukta police, on Friday, raided the residence of an assistant engineer Janpad Panchayat at Guna and seized documents related to his immovable and movable properties worth several times higher than his known sources of income.   More...
State employees get I-Day bonanza; HRA, vehicle allowance up
BHOPAL: As an Independence Day bonanza for its employees, the state government on Tuesday announced implementation of the recommendations of Agarwal Commission on the eve of Independence Day.   More...
Thete launches acerbic attack on govt, says he is being penalised for being a Dalit
BHOPAL: Additional commissioner, Ujjain, Ramesh Thete reached Mantralaya on Monday to give his reply to a notice served on him for writing a letter to chief secretary R Parasuram and for expressing his views in the media.   More...
Bumpy roads add agony to commuters
BHOPAL: Bumpy roads have added agony to commuters in the state capital. Torrential rain washed away the upper bitumen layers and metal making huge potholes on the roads. Roads of the entire city are more or less met the same fate due to torrential rain.   More...
Maruti’s no to govt offer to set up its plant in state
BHOPAL: Maruti Udyog Ltd--one of the leading automobile manufacturing company in India, has turned down the offer of the state government to set up a plant in Madhya Pradesh. The company merely said that it would consider the offer.   More...
Forsaken for a decade, stretch of Raisen road in for a facelift
BHOPAL: The 300-metre stretch of National Highway (NH) 86 on Raisen Road near Prabhat Petrol pump seems to have been forsaken by all the agencies concerned.   More...
Rs 432 crore Narmada-Kshipra link project sanctioned
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday said that 10 cusecs of water from Narmada River will be lifted from Omkareshwar canal near Barwah and fed into Kshipra River near village Ujjaini in Indore district under Narmada-Kshipra-Simhastha Link Project.   More...
Cabinet decision: Govt does away with Paddy levy policy
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to abolish levy policy laid by Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department with immediate effects.   More...
City youths dedicate the ‘Day’ for friends
BHOPAL: Charming Jhilmil, student of Class 2 said, “Mom, see how attractive are the wrist bands. I will purchase this red one and pink too. There are also some colourful rings.”   More...
Top govt, ruling party brass leave for Vrindavan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the head of the government in the state, accompanied by top leaders of party organisation and two ministers, left for the tour of Mathura and Vrindavan on Friday. They have left for Govardhan Parikrama.   More...
Christian delegation meets governor, discusses fee issue
BHOPAL: A delegation of Madhya Pradesh Isai Mahasangh led by Fr Anand Muttungal met Governor Ramnaresh Yadav on Wednesday and handed him over a memorandum on the fees issue in the schools run by Christian community.   More...
Rain plays havoc in many districts; CM conducts aerial survey
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan undertook aerial survey of districts affected by excessive rains in the state on Monday. Chauhan took stock of the damage caused by excessive rainfall.   More...
PSG Act: Eight states follow MP’s lead
BHOPAL: The objective with which the State Government had implemented Public Service Guarantee Act seems to be moving towards its fulfilment. The success of the Act can be gauged by the fact that eight states have replicated it.   More...
Isai Mahasangh condemns protest against minority institutions
BHOPAL: The core committee of Isai Mahasangh, in a resolution passed at a meeting held in the city on Monday, condemned the ongoing protests against the minority-run educational institutions in some districts of the state including Bhopal.   More...
Rights panel serves legal notices on four collectors, 3 SPs
BHOPAL: Taking legal action against the officers who have failed to respond to its notices, the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) on Tuesday, served notices on them, including four district collectors and three superintendents of police.   More...
MNREGA turns into political battlefield for Centre, State
BHOPAL: After the confrontation over various issues like power, coal, rural roads and national highway, both the Central and Madhya Pradesh governments again enter in the political battlefield as the Centre has stopped funding to the state for MNREGA.   More...
Stop forest crimes with iron hand: Minister
BHOPAL: Forest minister Sartaj Singh has directed officers to curb forest crimes with an iron hand and penalise the criminals immediately. He also laid stress on reviewing forest crimes constantly.   More...
MP Pavilion will be star attraction at India International Trade Fair
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Pavilion will be star attraction at the two-week Indian International Trade Fair to be held from November 14 at New Delhi.   More...
Jandarshan will focus on solving problems, not to penalise officials
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will start his ‘Jandarshan programme’ aiming to review implementation of government schemes at ground level and to know the problems of the common man for the second time.   More...
Cong MLAs’ issue: Rohani fishing in troubled waters
BHOPAL: Speaker Ishwardas Rohani, who decided to call the assembly session under pressure from the state government, appears to be fishing in troubled waters.   More...
Government apathy renders 2,500 guest teachers jobless
BHOPAL: Apathy and erroneous policies of the state government have rendered about 2,500 guest faculty members, working in different government degree colleges of the state, jobless.   More...
Residential programme for young managers begins at BHEL
BHOPAL: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Bhopal on Monday inaugurated the 1st Young Managers Programme (YMP) – Arunima -- a 12-day residential corporate level programme for the E3 and E4 level executives of its various units.   More...
Cabinet okays Rs 1428-cr scheme for urban development, honorarium to journalists
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday endorsed the ‘Chief Minister Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme’ for better development of cities. This Rs 1428-crore scheme is the largest of its kind. Under the scheme, basic facilities will be developed in urban areas of the state.   More...
State’s first steel plant to come up at Jabalpur
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Monday met representatives of eight industrial groups at Mantralaya. He will meet industrialists every Monday as part of efforts to give fillip to capital investment in the state. Commerce and Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Chief Secretary R Parasuram and senior officers of departments concerned were also present on the occasion.   More...
More than 10,000 pending cases with Information Commission
BHOPAL: The mockery of Right to Information (RTI) in the state can be gauged from the information furnished in the state assembly, which shows huge pendency of cases.   More...
Union cabinet adds frost to list of natural disasters
BHOPAL: The Union cabinet on Saturday decided to include crops loss due to cold wave and frost in the list of natural calamities. As per the decision, relief amounts can be given under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) on account of losses to crops due to cold wave and frost.   More...
Congress MLAs submits resignations to AICC general secretary
BHOPAL: Congress MLAs submitted their resignations to AICC general secretary and state in-charge BK Hariprasad at a high-level meeting of the party leaders held here on Friday.   More...
‘Local dialects can be better vehicles of info in tribal areas’
BHOPAL: Additional Chief Secretary Aruna Sharma has said the government could disseminate information about education, health and other things in a better and proper way if it uses local dialects.   More...
PR dept works right from sunrise to midnight: Minister
BHOPAL: “Public Relations Department is like a family to me. The department works right from Sunrise up to midnight”, said Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma here on Wednesday.   More...
BHEL will supply power plant equipment to Bhutan
BHOPAL: The Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA), Bhutan has yet again reposed its faith on BHEL by placing the order for hydro generating sets of 1020 MW (6x170 MW) Punatsangchhu Stage-II project in Bhutan.   More...
Termination of MLAs: Anti-democratic, says Cong leaders
BHOPAL: Condemning the termination of its two legislators, the Congress leaders on Wednesday called the move anti-democratic and an act of cowardice by the BJP government, which is avoiding debate on issues of corruption in the House.   More...
Single member panel will probe Padkauli firing incident
BHOPAL: The State Government has appointed a single member commission of inquiry headed by Akhil Kumar Shrivastava, district and sessions judge, Narsinghpur for judicial probe into the firing incident at village Padkauli in Bhind district on January 6, 2012.   More...
Govt disposes of 1.25 cr applications under MPPSDG Act
BHOPAL: The state government so far have disposed of 1.25 crore applications under Madhya Pradesh Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act. Services have been provided against 99 per cent of these applications.   More...
State did not receive MNREGS funds since March
BHOPAL: The state has not received any fund under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) since March this year, while other states are getting fund in crores.   More...
Chauhan for national security scheme for farmers
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said a national security scheme should be launched for the farmers.   More...
Social orgnisations should play role of sentinels: Governor
BHOPAL: Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has said that social organisations should play the role of sentinels to keep people away from social evils and ensure progress of society and country.   More...
Industrial policy will be ready by month-end: Chauhan
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that the industrial policy, after incorporating the suggestions of industrial community and considering the dynamic economic scenario, will be ready by July 31.   More...
BHEL ED all praise for plant performance
BHOPAL: The Product Committee Meeting of Switchgear Control gear and Rectifier Division was held at IFX Conference Hall BHEL, Bhopal the other day.   More...
Governor is not a puppet, says Aziz Qureshi
BHOPAL: Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi, while interacting with media on Thursday, said “The Governor is not a puppet. He should follow ‘Rajdharma’ and should not be reluctant to strike a confrontationist note by using his powers as he did in Uttarakhand.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will bail out country from economic slump: Chauhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Thursday said Madhya Pradesh will play a leading role in bailing the country out of the current economic slump. The state, once regarded a BIMARU, has now achieved 12 per cent growth rate and 18 per cent agriculture growth rate.   More...
Global investors’ meet: CM to visit industrial cities, countries
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will visit India’s major industrial cities and other countries with maximum investment possibilities before the proposed Global Investor’s Summit.   More...
Monitors to examine quality of MNREGA projects
BHOPAL: State Quality Monitors have been selected for examining quality of construction works under MNREGA in Madhya Pradesh. State Quality Monitors will visit districts for three days every month and will inspect quality of construction works under MNAREGA and other works under Panchayats and rural development department.   More...
Now lawyers up in arms against HRD ministry
BHOPAL: It seems that the Union HRD ministry has become a pain in the neck for the professionals in the country. Various legislative proposals made by the ministry have invited a series of nation-wide strikes.   More...
BHEL plant committee meet at Orchha
BHOPAL: The plant committee meeting of top BHEL, Bhopal management and union representatives was held at Orchha, where issues regarding productivity, quality and ways to strengthen employee-management relation were discussed.   More...
Tech institutions can’t deposit original documents of students
BHOPAL: Insistence on depositing original documents by technical institutions during counselling will invite strict action, clarified the directorate technical education (DTE) here on Friday.   More...
Expedite construction of new power plants: Minister
BHOPAL: Minister of State for Energy and Mineral Resources (independent charge) Rajendra Shukla has said the State Government has set a target to supply power for 24 hours to urban and rural consumers and eight-hour supply for agricultural works from year 2013.   More...
MP will become skill, knowledge and education hub: Chauhan
BHOPAL : Madhya Pradesh, in the coming times, will become a hub of skill, knowledge and education and the youths, trained in technology will bring laurels for their country.   More...
Civic poll voting to be held for 27 bodies in 15 districts today
Bhopal: The first round of civic polls in tribal districts will be held on Thursday in 27 bodies amid tightened security arrangements and in presence of State Election Commission’s observers.   More...
UPSC coaching facility for tribal students
Bhopal: The Tribal Welfare Department has made arrangements for coaching to tribal students at New Delhi to prepare them for Union Public Service Commission examinations.   More...
Teerth-Darshan Yojana will commence with pilgrimage to Rameshwaram
BHOPAL: The state government’s Teerth-Darshan Yojana will kick-start with a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram from Bhopal in the first week of August.   More...
Poaching: Now forest dept will focus on probe, prosecution
BHOPAL: After fetching all-round criticism for failing to check poaching and convict the accused, the forest department has now decided to focus on investigation and prosecution.   More...
New technologies must for better industrial management
BHOPAL: New techniques will have to be adopted for better industrial management, opin subject experts while concluding the awareness camp on micro, small and medium industries on Saturday.   More...
State villages will be linked with all weather roads
BHOPAL: The villages in Madhya Pradesh will be linked with all weather roads by 2013, according to an official press communique.   More...
Works entrusted to Women Crime Branch
BHOPAL: With the posting of Inspector General of Police in the Women Cell, responsibilities of various works have been entrusted to the newly constituted Women Crime Branch in the state.   More...
Ladli Laxmi Yojna get maximum Rs 650 cr budget this year
BHOPAL: This year the state government’s ambitious project “the Ladli Laxmi Yojna” has got the maximum budget allocation of Rs. 650 crore since year 2007.   More...