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Myanmar parliament elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president
Naypyidaw: Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s first non-military president since the army took power in a 1962 coup.   More...
Seas are now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say
A group of scientists says it has now reconstructed the history of the planet’s sea levels arcing back over some 3,000 years — leading it to conclude that the rate of increase experienced in the 20th century was “extremely likely...   More...
Ishrat Jahan was LeT operative, Headley tells Mumbai court
Mumbai: Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley on Thursday said Thane collegian Ishrat Jahan, shot dead in an alleged shootout with police in 2004, was a Lashkar-e-Taiba member and hinted that she could be a potential suicide bomber.   More...
Freed Americans reunited with family members
LANDSTUHL, Germany: Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter freed Saturday after almost 18 months of incarceration in an Iranian prison, met with Post editors Monday for the first time since his release and said he...   More...
Insulin-producing pancreatic cells created from human skin cells
New York: Scientists at a US university have successfully converted human skin cells into fully-functional pancreatic cells.   More...
Five school children killed in Bihar road accident
Patna: At least five school children were killed on Thursday when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck in Bihar's Kishanganj district, police said.   More...
800 Indonesians joined IS, says official
Jakarta: A total 800 Indonesian citizens have reportedly joined the Islamic State (IS) terror group, and 52 of them have been reported dead, a senior official said on Monday.   More...
Aung San Suu Kyi gets into action after electoral victory
Rangoon (Burma): The votes are still being counted, but opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the likely victor in Burma’s elections held Sunday, wasted no time Wednesday getting down to business, setting a meeting with the former and current ...   More...
Madras High Court recommends castration for child sex abusers
Chennai: The Madras High Court recommended castration as punishment to child sex abusers observing that “barbaric crimes should definitely attract barbaric models of punishment”.   More...
ISIS claims responsibility for serial bomb blasts in Bangladesh
Dhaka (Bangladesh): Three bombs exploded early Saturday morning have killed at least one person and wounded dozens during a giant procession in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka honoring the Shiite Muslim holiday of Ashura.   More...
US set to sell 8 new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan
Washington: The Obama administration is preparing to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, senior American officials said, an overture intended to bolster a tenuous partnership despite persistent concerns about Islamabad’s ties to elements....   More...
Fierce fighting: Taliban threatens southern Afghan city, civilians flee
flee Lashkar Gah (Afghanistan): Taliban forces advanced on the capital of the volatile southern Afghan province of Helmand on Tuesday amid fierce fighting with government forces that threatened to cut off a major highway and prompted many families to flee.   More...
RSS implementing Hitler’s concept of annihilating minorities: Pinarayi
Kasaragod: CPM politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan is trying to take the 'Sri Narayneeya' (Ezhava) community to the fold of RSS, which is against all the rights of backward communities.   More...
Senior Islamic State commanders killed in Iraq airstrike
Karabla: Senior commanders of Islamic State were killed in an Iraqi airstrike near the country’s border with Syria but the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was not among them, hospital sources and residents have told the Reuters news agency.   More...
Twin blasts kill 86 people at peace rally in Turkish capital
Ankara: At least 86 people were killed when two suspected suicide bombers hit a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara's main train station on Saturday, weeks ahead of an election, in the deadliest attack of its kind on Turkish soil.   More...
Saudi Arabian employer accused of chopping off Indian maid’s hand
Riyadh: An Indian maid has claimed her employer in Saudi Arabia cut off her hand in punishment for poor work, after months of mistreatment in the kingdom. Kashturi Munirathinam, 55, is being treated in a hospital in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, her family told Indian media.   More...
IS executes 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar: UN
The Islamic State group executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.   More...
NASA confirms evidence of ‘flowing liquid water’ on Mars
Cape Canaveral: After days of speculation, NASA, for the first time, has confirmed the existence of liquid water on the surface of Mars, according to new research announced on Monday. The finding stems from data and analysis by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.   More...
Sikhs, Patel supporters protest against Modi at UN headquarters
United Nations: A group of Sikhs and the Patidar community supporters have demonstrated outside the UN headquarters, coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Sustainable Development at a special UN summit.   More...
IS Militants in B’desh publishes global hit-list of bloggers, activists and writers
An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh has issued a hit-list of secular bloggers, writers and activists around the world, saying they will be killed if its demands are not met. The list will raise fears that Islamic militant violence within the unstable south Asian country...   More...
Paraplegic death row prisoner gets last-minute stay of execution in Pakistan
Islamabad: A paraplegic death row prisoner in Pakistan has received a last-minute stay of execution because officials are uncertain of how to hang a man incapable of standing up unsupported.   More...
130 Kerala nurses rescued from Jizan of Saudi Arabia
New Delhi: One hundred and thirty Malayali nurses have been rescued from Jizan, a troubled region of Saudi Arabia. According to sources close to Ministry of External Affairs, all those rescued were shifted to King Fahad hospital and are safe.   More...
Melting Arctic sea ice may affect land ecosystems
London: Melting sea ice may have a direct bearing on methane emissions from Arctic tundra, according to a study. “Changes in the Arctic Ocean can affect ecosystems located far away on land," said study’s lead author Frans-Jan Parmentier from Lund University in Sweden.   More...
Over 100 killed in South Sudan oil truck explosion
Juba, South Sudan: More than 100 people were killed in South Sudan when an oil truck exploded as a crowd tried to gather fuel from the vehicle after it had veered off the road, a regional official said on Thursday, a day after the incident.   More...
Six die of Japanese encephalitis in Gaya, 21 more children test positive
Gaya (Bihar): Notwithstanding claims of mass immunisation for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome including the more deadly Japanese Encephalitis, at least six deaths have been reported. Another 21 patients suffering from the deadly disease are undergoing treatment...   More...
Dengue outbreak: Two more dies in Delhi, toll rises to 11; Govt warns hospitals
New Delhi: Delhi Government directed all the schools to ensure that children came to school dressed in full sleeves shirts, trousers and Salwar Kameez for the next one month as a preventive measure to avoid mosquito bites.   More...
Israel PM convenes emergency meeting on Palestinian attacks
Jerusalem: Israeli prime minister will convene an emergency meeting over recent Palestinian attacks, an official at his office said on Monday, hours after an Israeli died after rocks were thrown at his car and violence broke out at Jerusalem’s most...   More...
Two Britons killed as tourist train derails in Himachal Pradesh
Kalka (Himachal Pradesh): Two British tourists have died and eight others were injured after a train derailed in northern India. The train, which had been chartered by Great Rail Journeys, had 37 Britons on board and crashed after leaving the northern...   More...
Pope’s unforgiving message of forgiveness on abortion
Pope Francis announced this month that for a year, beginning in December, women who had terminated pregnancies could be granted forgiveness from Roman Catholic priests, instead of facing potential excommunication for their sins.   More...
NGT orders 85 builders to deposit 10% property value for dumping sewage in open
Bhopal: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed 85 errant builders and developers to cough up 10 per cent of their developed property value as solvent security for flouting environmental norms. According to report, more than 90 per cent housing projects ...   More...
Pak’s covert use of terrorism forces US to curtail aid, withhold Sharif’s invite
WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s bottom-feeding on American aid is about to end unless it terminates its policy of covertly using terrorism to further its frontiers, the Obama administration has conveyed to Islamabad, amid indications that the US is also...   More...
Islamic State militants destroying heritages in Syria and Iraq
Beirut: The Islamic State group's demolition of the St Elian Monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs is the latest in a long campaign that has destroyed or extensively damaged some of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological and cultural sites.   More...
27 killed as blast near Hindu shrine rocks Bangkok
Bangkok: A bomb planted at one of the Thai capital’s most renowned Hindu shrines on Monday killed at least 27 people, including three foreign tourists, and wounded scores in an attack the government called a bid to destroy the economy.   More...
Attempt to blow up rail track foiled in Assam, KLO militant killed
Kokrajhar: On the eve of Independence Day, a joint Army and police team foiled an attempt by Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants to blow up a stretch of rail track between Kokrajhar and Guwahati railway stations in Assam.   More...
Islamic State plans to take over India by 2020
London: The Islamic State plans to take over large parts of the world, including almost the entire Indian subcontinent, by next five years, according to a chilling map that features in a new book on the dreaded terror group.   More...
50 dead, hundreds injured in Afghan bombings
Kabul: A wave of attacks on the Afghan army, police and US special forces in Kabul killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds, dimming hopes that the Taliban might be weakened by a leadership struggle after their longtime leader’s death.   More...
Lalu Prasad Yadav arrested as RJD bandh cripples life in Bihar
Patna: RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav and several of his supporters were arrested on Monday in Patna while trying to enforce the day-long Bihar bandh called by his party.   More...
SC to CBI: When will you take over entire Vyapam scam cases?
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the CBI to inform it within a week the specific time frame by which it will “take over” entire investigation into the Vyapam scam cases so that the issue of monitoring can be decided.   More...
US-trained Iraqi forces mount attack against Islamic State in Ramadi
BAGHDAD: US-trained Iraqi forces are preparing to launch an assault on the Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, defense officials said on Thursday, in a key test of the Obama administration’s strategy for defeating the militant group.   More...
All 39 Indians held hostage by ISIS in Iraq are safe: claims Govt
NEW DELHI: All the 39 Indians held hostage in Mosul town of Iraq by ISIS militants over a year ago were ‘safe’, government said on Wednesday quoting multiple third party sources and asserted that efforts were on to secure their release.   More...
Chouhan to counter Congress attack on Vyapam scandal
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is all set to counter the opposition with his team and party’s strategists. On the opening day of Monsoon session, he looked more relieved, to defend himself by replying logically to the attack of Congress leaders.   More...
IS sets up stronghold in Bosnia for terror attacks on West
London: The Islamic State terror group is secretly buying land near an isolated village in Bosnia in the heart of Europe which could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West, a media report said on Sunday.   More...
Young cricketer dies after being struck in chest by ball in British League
LONDON: A 24-year-old Tamil cricketer has died after being hit by a cricket ball in the chest. The Manipay Parish Sports Club announced on Wednesday that the British Tamil cricketer Bavalan Pathmanathan was batting...   More...
Young Saudis join jihadist groups to help fellow Sunnis in Iraq, Syria
RIYADH: As anger has grown in Saudi Arabia over what many Saudis see as oppression of their fellow Sunnis in Iraq and Syria by Shi'ite Muslims, an increasing number of young Saudis have sworn to help by taking up arms themselves.   More...
IS militants besiege Sinai town, dozens of Egyptian soldiers killed
CAIRO: Militants affiliated with the Islamic State besieged a town in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated assault that turned the area into a war zone, caught the Egyptian authorities by surprise and underscored...   More...
Madhya Pradesh seeks maximum Japanese investment
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while elaborating on industry-friendly policies of Madhya Pradesh invited Japanese investors to invest in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister was addressing an interactive session with Japanese investors...   More...
NRI deposits in Kerala banks cross Rs 1 lakh crore
Thiruvananthapuram: Deposits of non-residents (NRs) in Kerala banks have crossed Rs 1 lakh crore in the last fiscal, said a State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) report released here on Monday.   More...
IS militants close dam gates to use water as weapon in western Iraq
Baghdad: Islamic State militants have closed gates of a dam on the Euphrates River in western Iraq, reducing the water and giving them greater freedom of movement to attack government forces downstream on the southern bank...   More...
People will continue waving Pak flags in Kashmir, says Geelani
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference on Sunday said people will continue to wave Pakistan flags at its rallies in Kashmir, as it termed the neighbouring a "well wisher".   More...
India fastest growing economy, clocks 7.5 pc growth; overtakes China
NEW DELHI: India has overtaken China to become the world's fastest growing economy by clocking 7.5 per cent GDP for the March quarter, prompting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to say that the economy is clearly on "a recovery path".   More...
Priyanka and Smriti Irani engages in war of words
Rae Bareli: Priyanka Gandhi and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani were engaged in a war of words on Wednesday after the Congress leader said an IIIT was not being set up in her mother Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli constituency by the Union Minister...   More...
Osama bin Laden was living as prisoner in Pakistan under ISI protection
ISLAMABAD: A former Pakistani intelligence officer disclosed the hideout of Osama bin Laden to CIA in exchange for $25 million bounty on the head of the al-Qaida chief, who was living as prisoner under ISI protection in the garrison town ...   More...
Maoist leader Murali Kannamballi arrested in Pune
Kochi: Murali Kannamballi, a firebrand Maoist leader who has been absconding for 40 years has been arrested in Pune. Murali is an accused in a case related to the attack on Kayanna police station in Kozhikode in 1970.   More...
Attempt to suicide: Athletes stable, senior girls deny charges
Alappuzha: The three young woman athletes, who survived an attempted suicide bid after alleged harassment by seniors at the SAI Centre in Kerala, are stable now even as a medical board was constituted by the Sports Ministry to investigate the incident.   More...
Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas art exhibit attack
Cairo: The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a centre near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad - though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers.   More...
Naidu announces Amaravati as Andhra’s new capital
HYDERABAD: Amaravati will be the name of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced on Wednesday. He told reporters after a cabinet meeting that it was ...   More...
Nigeria recaptures Gwoza town from Boko Haram
ABUJA: Nigerian military on Friday declared that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. “Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the headquarters of the Terrorists self-styled Caliphate...   More...
US providing surveillance to Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State in Tikrit
US providing surveillance to Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State in Tikrit BAGHDAD: Drones from the US-led coalition are providing surveillance and intelligence to Iraqi troops as they struggle to recapture the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants, US officials said on Wednesday, marking America’s first involvement...   More...
Boko Haram fighters driven away from northern Nigeria
DAMASAK: Boko Haram fighters have been driven from thousands of square miles of territory across northern Nigeria, dealing a significant blow to the Islamist movement’s ambition to carve out an African “Caliphate”.   More...
Six teenagers killed by lightning while playing cricket in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: Six youths, the youngest of whom was aged 14, were killed instantly after lightning struck a building in which they took shelter during a sudden thunderstorm that interrupted their game of cricket in Khurda district of Odisha on Wednesday afternoon.   More...
Pakistan deploys troops to prevent rioting by minority Christians
KARACHI: A Pakistani police officer says paramilitary troops have been deployed to prevent more rioting by minority Christians after the deadly Taliban church attacks in the eastern city of Lahore.   More...
Suicide bombers kill 15 people outside churches, 80 injured
LAHORE: At least 15 people, including two policemen, were killed and over 80 others injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked two packed churches during the Sunday mass in Pakistan’s biggest Christian colony here in one of the worst attacks on the minority community.   More...
Pope Francis predicts his papacy will be brief
ROME: On the second anniversary of the start of his papacy, Pope Francis announced that the Roman Catholic Church would mark an extraordinary Holy Year in December, though he might not be celebrating many more anniversaries in the future.   More...
Centre to raise import duty on rubber to 25 per cent
New Delhi: The Union Government plans to hike import duty on rubber to 25 per cent while a slew of other steps are under way to protect the interest of rubber growers, hit hard by declining prices, Commerce and Industry....   More...
ISIS militants attack Ramadi as Iraqi army takes ground in Tikrit
BAGHDAD: Militant fighters of the Islamic State mounted one of their fiercest assaults in months on Wednesday, setting off 21 car bombs in the city of Ramadi, even as the group lost ground in an Iraqi government offensive in Tikrit,...   More...
Justice Katju calls Mahatma Gandhi a British agent
NEW DELHI: Known for his penchant for stirring controversies, former chairman of Press Club of India, Justice Markandey Katju has called Mahatma Gandhi ‘a British agent who did great harm to India’.   More...
Troops kill 200 Boko Haram men, retake Nigerian town
DAMASAK: A military offensive by troops from Chad and Niger has retaken the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak and left some 200 Islamists dead, a Chadian security source said on Monday.   More...
Madhya Pradesh cabinet approves sand mining policy-2015
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved sand mining policy-2015 to make available sand to people on rational rates in the state.   More...
MNREGA fell prey to corruption in Gujarat when Modi was CM: Congress
VARANASI: Congress on Sunday took a swipe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his reported jibe at UPA’s MNREGA scheme, saying the welfare scheme has fallen prey to corruption in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister, and the party will raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha.   More...
Wild elephant kills youth in northern Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A youth was killed at Ambikapur in Surguja division and another elderly person suffered severe injuries at Marwahi in Bilaspur district in last two days as northern parts of Chhattisgarh face wild elephant attack.   More...
Forty-one killed as Bangladesh ferry capsizes after collision
DHAKA: An overcrowded ferry sank in a Bangladesh river on Sunday leaving at least 41 people including 11 children dead as rescuers searched for missing passengers, officials said.   More...
Indore will be developed as global, smart and digital city: Shivraj
BHOPAL: Indore will be developed as global, smart and digital city, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Addressing the oath-taking ceremony of mayor and corporators of Indore Municipal ...   More...
Taliban suicide bomber kills six on Pakistan police headquarters
LAHORE: In a brazen attack, a Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday blast himself killing six people on the police headquarters in Pakistan’s Lahore City, in what militants called a revenge bid for the recent hangings of colleagues.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will introduce investment incentive scheme
BHOPAL: Under the Industrial Promotion Policy 2014, Madhya Pradesh will introduce an investment incentive scheme to provide the facilities for big-ticket industrial investment projects.   More...
Pope Francis calls for an end to ‘brutal’ religious persecution
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis called for an end to ‘brutal’ religious persecution, killings and hostage-taking in the Middle East and Nigeria as well as violence against children in his annual Christmas ‘urbi et orbi’ message.   More...
BJP MP sees nothing wrong in re-converting to Hinduism
HAJIPUR: Amidst raging controversy over alleged conversion in Agra, firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that there was nothing wrong if people re-convert to Hinduism if they are doing it willingly.   More...
Child sex abuse UK’s national health epidemic, government adviser warns
LONDON: There could be as many as 11 million victims of sexual abuse in the UK – constituting a “national health epidemic” – an expert appointed to a government inquiry has said.   More...
Islamic State militants kill 16 Iraqi soldiers on Syria border
BAGDAD: Islamic State fighters killed 16 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a western border crossing with Syria on Monday, the head of the local provincial council Faleh al-Issawi said.   More...
Demanding acceptance of their existence hundreds march in Delhi gay parade
NEW DELHI: The setting Sunday sun in the heart of the capital was accompanied by a rainbow of a different kind. As the assertive and confident members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community took part...   More...
Kerala chief minister Chandy to meet Modi on Mullaperiyar issue
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An all-party meeting on the Mullaperiyar issue here on Wednesday decided that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan and Water Resources Minister PJ Joseph would meet Prime Minister...   More...
Kerala govt orders massive culling of ducks after tests confirm bird-flu
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As avian influenza was confirmed as the cause of death of nearly 17,000 ducks in the state’s major paddy-growing Kuttanad region in Central Kerala, the government ordered for massive culling of the birds and other poultry in affected areas.   More...
Pope demands more just distribution of world’s bounty for poor, hungry
ROME: Pope Francis on Thursday demanded a more just distribution of the world’s bounty for the poor and hungry, telling a UN conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn’t be subject to market speculation and quests for profit.   More...
Mullaperiyar: SC-appointed monitoring panel warns Tamil Nadu
KOTTAYAM: The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee on Tuesday warned Tamil Nadu and asked the state not to increase the water level excessively in the Mullaperiyar dam.   More...
Urban body polls: 767 candidates in fray for Mayor of 10 municipal corporations
BHOPAL: In all, 67 candidates are in the fray for election of Mayor of 10 municipal corporations including 7 for Katni municipal corporation, 3 Khandwa, 13 Gwalior, 6 Dewas, 4 Burhanpur, 2 Ratlam, 10 Rewa, 12 Satna, 6 Sagar and 4 candidates...   More...
Stamps will be available with service providers in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Newly amended Madhya Pradesh Stamp Rules in the context of e-registration and electronic stamping system have been implemented throughout the state with effect from November 1, 2014.   More...
Iraqi forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery
BHAGDAD: Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group’s months-long siege of the country’s largest oil refinery on Saturday as America’s top officer flew in to discuss the expanding war against the jihadists.   More...
Europe creates space history, Philae lands on comet
BERLIN: The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth’s solar system.   More...
Israeli troops shot dead Palestinian protester as unrest grips country
JERUSALEM: Israeli troops on Tuesday shot dead a Palestinian during clashes in the West Bank as a wave of unrest gripped the country, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising.   More...
Boko Harem suicide bomber kills 47 school students at Nigeria school
NIGERIA: A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber disguised in school uniform killed 47 students in northeast Nigeria on Monday, in one of the worst attacks against schools teaching a so-called Western curriculum.   More...
Jerusalem should be capital of two states, says top EU diplomat Federica
JERUSALEM: The European Union’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that Jerusalem “should be the capital of two states”, as tensions gripped the holy city hit by Israeli-Palestinian violence.   More...
1,300 Israeli riot police deployed at contested Jerusalem shrine
JERUSALEM: Israel’s prime minister blamed “militant Islamic incitement” for growing tensions in Jerusalem, especially at a contested holy site that was ringed Friday by hundreds of Israeli riot police as about 15,000 Muslims performed weekly prayers there.   More...
US launches fresh air strikes on Khorasan group in Syria
WASHINGTON: The United States said it conducted air strikes on Wednesday night against the so-called Khorasan group of al Qaeda-linked militants based in Syria, saying the group was plotting to attack Europe or the United States.   More...
British troops going back to Iraq to help local forces fight ISIL militants
LONDON: Britain is sending troops back to Iraq to help local forces in the battle against Islamic State militants, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.   More...
Christian couple burned alive in a brick kiln in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: A married Christian couple was on Tuesday thrashed and burned alive by an angry mob in Pakistan’s Punjab province for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Holy Quran. The incident took place in Kot Radha Kishan town...   More...
Over 42 Boko Haram militants killed by Nigerian military
LAGOS: At least 42 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in a clash with military forces in a failed attack in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, a security source said on Saturday.   More...
Iraqi Kurds join fight against Islamic State militants in Kobani
BEIRUT: Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fight against Islamic State militants in Kobani, hoping their support for fellow Kurds backed by US-led air strikes will keep the ultra-hardline group from seizing the Syrian border town.   More...
Chinese Army enter into Indian waters at Pangong Lake
LEH: Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently made a two-pronged simultaneous incursion by sending its troops into Indian waters in the Pangong Lake as well as five kms deep into Indian territory through the land route in the same area, according to reports.   More...
UNICEF, WHO laud Madhya Pradesh’ initiative to make children disease-free
BHOPAL: Senior officers of UNICEF and World Health Organisation have lauded Madhya Pradesh’ initiative of using Pentavalent vaccine, which is helpful in saving lives of about 20 lakh children in the world and 72,000 in the country annually from untimely deaths.   More...
Kerala High Court backs govt’s bar ban; top-end hotels can continue to serve liquor
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala High Court on Thursday gave a partial ratification for the state government’s new liquor policy. Now bars in two and three star categories have to be closed down, while 32 bars in four-stars can function.   More...
Madhya Pradesh cabinet endorses compassionate appointment in power companies
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh cabinet here on Tuesday endorsed amendments in compassionate appointment policy-2013 for power companies in the state. Accordingly, such cases have also been included in the policy ...   More...
Jordan Security Forces arrest al Qaeda spiritual guide for incitement
AMMAN: Jordanian Security Forces on Monday arrested an influential al Qaeda spiritual guide Abu Mohammad al Maqdisi on suspicion of fomenting terrorism on the Internet, security sources said.   More...
MP to give five-acre land to private investor for establishing ITI
BHOPAL: Up to Rs 3-crore subsidy will be given to private investors for opening ITI in unservised development blocks on capital expenditure involving building construction, equipment etc.   More...
Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap 25 girls in Nigeria
NIGERIA: Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April.   More...
India has surveillance-tracking system for checking Ebola
NEW DELHI: India has put in place a strong surveillance-tracking system for checking the dreaded Ebola disease, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said here on Tuesday. The surveillance system is of the level which was used in Nigeria...   More...
Kerala government steps up Ebola screening at airports
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the Ebola epidemic, which has claimed more than 4000 lives across the world, causes concern, Kerala government has stepped up screening at airports and examined over 450 passengers who arrived from various infested countries.   More...
Nepal’s worst trekking tragedy death toll climbs to 43
KATHMANDU: The number of people killed in a devastating snowstorm in Nepal’s Himalayas climbed to 43 on Saturday, in the worst trekking disaster ever to hit the mountainous country.   More...
Supreme Court grants interim bail to Jayalalithaa, other accused
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, jailed for last 20 days after her conviction in a corruption case.   More...
Centre will not take decision that will raise drug price: Modi
NEW DELHI: The Central Government will not take any decision that would effect a rise in the price of drugs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday.   More...
US-led forces warn fluid ground situation as IS militants try to gain territory
WASHINGTON: The United States-led forces conducted 21 airstrikes focused on halting Islamic State advances at Kobani, Syria, in the last two days, the US military said on Tuesday, warning the situation on the ground is fluid as militants try to gain territory.   More...
Pakistan targets 15 BSF posts in J&K, blames India of unprovoked ceasefire violations
JAMMU: Pakistani troops heavily shelled 15 Border Outposts and hamlets along the International Border overnight, leaving three persons injured, one of them seriously in Jammu district. Meanwhile, Islamabad accused India of ‘unprovoked violations...   More...
Iraq urges US for ground troops as Islamic militants poised to assault Baghdad
BAGDHAD: Iraqi officials have reportedly made a desperate plea to America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country, as heavily armed Islamic State militants came within striking distance of Baghdad.   More...
Madhya Pradesh ideal state for defence, electronics industry
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh is an ideal state for defence industry and electronic products of other sectors. This was stated by experts on electronic system design and management (ESDM) subject at sectoral seminar during Global Investors...   More...
Warehousing and logistics hub can be expended in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: There are immense possibilities of expansion of warehousing and logistics hub in Madhya Pradesh since it is situated in the heartland of the country, says Madhya Pradesh Food & Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah.   More...
Pakistani troops violate ceasefire thrice, targets 40 posts
JAMMU: Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire thrice by targeting 40 Border Outposts and 25 border hamlets with heavy mortar shells in Jammu sector and LoC areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving nine persons injured.   More...
EMCs to make state self-reliant in electronics manufacturing
BHOPAL: The Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) coming up at Badwai near Bhopal and Purva near Jabalpur will help Madhya Pradesh become self-reliant in electronics products by attracting IT/EHM investments.   More...
Planned Nobel summit ‘suspended’ as South Africa denies visa to Dalai Lama
JOHANNESBURG: Cape Town mayor on Thursday suspended a planned summit of Nobel peace laureates, blaming the South African government’s ‘intransigence’ in refusing to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama.   More...
Syrian school bombing kills 30 children
BEIRUT: At least 30 Syrian children were killed on Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitoring group said.   More...
Myanmar, Sri Lankan hard-line Bhuddhists to work together against Islamist militants
COLOMBO: A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hard-line Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.   More...
Kayakalp scheme for sanitation, hygiene in all health institutions from October 2
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Health Department will launch a special sanitation and hygiene drive under Kayakalp Yojana from Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. Under the drive, sanitation and hygiene works will be undertaken in all district hospitals,...   More...
Air strikes hit strongholds of Islamic State militants in east Syria
RAQQA: Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria early on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as a US-led coalition seeks to turn the tide against the militants who have captured swathes of Syria and northern Iraq.   More...
Islamic State fighters tighten siege of Syria border; UK joins coalition
BAGHDAD: Islamic State fighters tightened their siege on a town on Syria’s border with Turkey on Friday despite US led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq.   More...
India-China holds hectic talks to end standoff at Ladakh border area
BEIJING: India and China held hectic parlays to resolve the standoff at the Ladakh border area even as the Chinese military Thursday played it down, saying such incidents are “sometimes inevitable” but the situation is under “effective control” ...   More...
Obama calls on world to destroy Islamic ‘Network of Death’
NEW YORK: US President Barack Obama has called on the world to join together to destroy the Islamic State terrorist group, which he branded a “network of death.”   More...
White tiger kills man after he fell into the moat in Delhi Zoo
NEW DELHI: In a hair-raising incident which was captured live on cameras, a white tiger killed a youth after he fell into the animal’s moat in the Delhi Zoo, an official said Tuesday.   More...
Four industrial projects costing Rs 331.86 crore sanctioned in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Four industrial projects costing Rs 331.86 crore were sanctioned in Madhya Pradesh at a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Investment Promotion chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Monday.   More...
Madhya Pradesh’s e-Ladli scheme gets Platinum Award
BHOPAL: Union Steel and Mining Minister Narendra Singh Tomar conferred Platinum Award to e-Ladli project of Madhya Pradesh at New Delhi on Saturday. The award was received by Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh...   More...
Over 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as ISIS militants advance
SURUC Turkey: About 60,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town...   More...
Dead lizard in midday meal, 350 Bangalore school kids hospitalised
BANGALORE: Around 350 children of a government-run Urdu Primary School here were hospitalised on Friday for suspected food poisoning after consuming government-provided midday meal, evoking memories of 23 children...   More...
78-lakh students eligible for Samagra scholarship in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Mapping of 1.55 crore out of 1.60 crore children has been done for integrated scholarship through ‘Samagra’ platform in Madhya Pradesh. The work is near completion in all districts of the state.   More...
Security deterioration: UN peacekeepers pulling out from Golan Heights
JERUSALEM: UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.   More...
Murder of British air worker: Cameron vows to ‘hunt down’ Islamic ‘monsters’
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that Britain will ‘hunt down” those responsible for the murder of British aid worker David Haines and bring them to justice.   More...
Weight-loss pills claim life of 30-year woman in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Overdose of pills allegedly taken for weight-loss claimed the life of a 30-year-old village woman in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.   More...
France President extends support to Iraq in fight against terrorism
BAGHDAD: French President Francois Hollande on Friday met Iraq’s new leaders in Baghdad and pledged his support to Iraq in the fight against terrorism, media reported.   More...
Obama authorises airstrikes in Syria to fight Islamic State militants
WASHINGTON: Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes in Syria for the first time in a major escalation of the military campaign against the Islamic State.   More...
Obama to set out strategy for combating Islamic State threat
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama, in a nationally televised speech, is due to set out his strategy for combating Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria. The highly anticipated address will be broadcast from the State...   More...
Ebola death toll rises to 2,296 with 200 in a single day, says WHO
GENEVA: The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organisation said here on Tuesday.   More...
Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State - Western diplomat
JERUSALEM: Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the US-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.   More...
Obama vows to defeat Islamic State amid fresh US airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has vowed to defeat the Islamic State hours after the United States launched fresh airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq. The latest aerial raids were around Haditha Dam...   More...
Torrential rains kill more than 230 in Pakistan, India
More than 230 people in Pakistan and northern India have been killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses, officials in the two countries said on Saturday.   More...
India ready to tackle threat from outfits like Al-Qaeda: IAF Chief
NEW DELHI: IAF chief Arup Raha on Friday said there was a threat from terror groups such as Al Qaeda but the country is ready to tackle such outfits. “There is a threat perception from such agencies but the nation is prepared for it...   More...
Boko Haram violence threatens Nigeria’s future, warns US
KANO: The United States on Thursday said it was concerned by increasing Boko Haram violence and territorial gains in Nigeria, warning that the deteriorating situation threatened the African giant’s future.   More...
Islamic militants beheads American journalist Steven Sotloff
BEIRUT: An internet video posted online on Tuesday purported to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued US airstrikes in Iraq.   More...
Pakistan government plans decisive crackdown against protesters
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is preparing to launch a selective crackdown against anti-government protesters trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the defence minister said, warning demonstrators against storming government buildings.   More...
Violence in Uttar Pradesh town, tension prevails as students beaten up
MUZAFFARNAGAR: Tension prevailed after four students from a community were beaten up by a group of people in Jat colony, sparking protests. The trouble started when the four youths had gone for tuition classes in the colony last evening.   More...
Govt decides to give Rs 1 crore cash reward for information on top Maoists
NEW DELHI: The Union government has decided to announce a cash reward of Rs 1 crore on the head of top Naxal leaders and for informers who provide information about their whereabouts.   More...
Badaun killings: CBI grills BSP MLA Sinod Kumar Shakya
NEW DELHI: With five suspects apparently cleared of suspicion in Badaun murders, CBI has questioned local BSP MLA Sinod Kumar Shakya in connection with the murders of two teenage girls in the area.   More...
Nine-year-old girl accidentally kills shooting instructor with gun
DOLAN SPRINGS, ARIZONA: A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said.   More...
Israel, Palestine agree on long-term Gaza ceasefire to end 50-day war
JERUSALEM: Israel and the Palestine on Tuesday agreed on a long-term Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to end the devastating 50-day war in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that has killed over 2,200 people.   More...
UN accuses Islamic State of killing over 1,000 people in Iraq
GENEVA: The United Nations on Monday accused the Islamic State (IS) militants of killing about 1,000 people in Iraq over the past three weeks.   More...
Iran military shoots down Israeli drone approaching its nuclear site
IRAN: Iran’s military says it has shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The country’s elite Revolutionary Guard fired at the drone as it neared a uranium-enrichment facility in Natanz, according to a statement ...   More...
Bombings across Iraq kill over 35 a day after assault on Sunni mosque
BAGHDAD: Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict. A bomb also exploded in the northern city of Arbil on Saturday...   More...
Imran’s lawmakers quit National Assembly of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party on Friday submitted their resignations from the National Assembly of Pakistan, the lower house of parliament.   More...
Islamic State video shows dozens of Yazidis converting to Islam
An Islamic State video has emerged purporting to show dozens of captured Yazidi people converting to Islam. The footage emerged shortly after the group released a video showing one of its black-clad fighters beheading American journalist James Foley.   More...
Narrow escape for 154 passengers of IndiGo aircraft, some suffer injuries
NEW DELHI: 154 people on board an IndiGo aircraft had a narrow escape on Wednesday following a problem in its landing gear that caused thick smoke to emanate after touching down at the airport here, leaving some passengers...   More...
BJP is party of rumour mongers, says Nitish Kumar
PATNA: Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a party of rumour mongers. “The BJP is a party of rumour mongers,” he said at a rally ahead of a by-election in Chapra assembly...   More...
Imran Khan escapes unhurt, as shorts fired at anti-govt protesters
ISLAMABAD: Thousands of anti-government protesters, determined to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, marched towards the capital in flag-waving convoys as clashes erupted in Gujranwala city after gun shots were fired at the vehicle ...   More...
North Korea fires missiles as Pope Francis visits South Korea
PYONGYANG: Pope Francis has called for peace in the war-ridden Korean peninsula during a visit to the South, as the North Korea fired five missiles to coincide with his arrival. Three rockets were fired as the Pope’s plane...   More...
Ebola Outbreak: 56 more people died in two days in West Africa
NIGERIA: There have been 56 more deaths in a 48-hour period in West Africa's ebola outbreak, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,069. The vast majority of deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.   More...
Sonia blames BJP government for spurt in communal riots in UP, other states
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at Centre for the recent spurt in the incidents of communal cases in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.   More...
Courting controversy: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says all Hindustanis are Hindus
NEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday received flak from non-BJP parties for his suggestion that all Hindustanis are Hindus with many leaders wondering if he has read the Constitution and really believes in it.   More...
Israel accepts Egypt’s new Gaza cease-fire proposal
CAIRO: Israel and the Hamas militant group on Sunday accepted a renewed Egyptian cease-fire proposal, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce meant to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives.   More...
Israel pounds Gaza with a fresh wave of strikes
JERUSALEM: Hamas has vowed it will not back down as Israel pounded Gaza with a fresh wave of strikes, killing five Palestinians. The Israeli military has launched 30 airstrikes on Gaza since midnight on Saturday as talks to extend the temporary ceasefire stalled.   More...
MP first state implements online higher education loan application monitoring system
BHOPAL: Special Manthan Award was conferred on Madhya Pradesh for its online higher education loan application monitoring system (Online HELAMS) at Manthan South-West India function at Pune on Thursday.   More...
Christians flee to Kurdistan as IS rebels seize key Iraqi towns
BAGHDAD: Thousands of Christian families on Thursday fled their homes in northern Iraq after militants of Islamic State (IS) Sunni insurgent group seized several predominantly Christian areas in Nineveh governorate...   More...
BSF jawan swept away by Chenab current, captured by Pakistan
NEW DELHI: A BSF jawan deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border was captured by Pakistani forces early on Wednesday after he was swept away by a strong current of the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir.   More...
Man in Afghan military uniform kills American General
KABUL: An American general has been killed and 15 others suffer injuries in a shooting at a military academy in Kabul. A German brigadier general was among those injured in the “insider attack” by a man dressed in an Afghan military uniform...   More...
Israel re-launches strikes on Gaza as 7-hour partial truce ends
JERUSALEM: The Israeli army has re-launched strikes on Gaza following the expiration of a seven-hour partial humanitarian truce. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said operations, including airstrikes...   More...
Israeli attack on Gaza School a ‘criminal act’, says Ban Ki-moon
JERUSALEM: The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a third deadly attack on a UN school in Gaza, saying Israel was “repeatedly informed of the location of these sites.”   More...
Arundhati should withdraw remarks on Gandhi, apologise: Ramesh Chennithala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday said that Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy should apologise for calling Mahatma Gandhi a casteist.   More...
First batch of 58 Kerala nurses in Libya crosses Tunisian border
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first batch of 58 of the total 252 Kerala nurses working in Libya who have registered to return home are on their way to the Tunisian border, a state government official said here on Friday.   More...
Ebola death toll rises to 729 in West Africa: WHO
GENEVA: The deaths of 57 more people from Ebola in West Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the epidemic to 729, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. The 57 deaths were recorded between Thursday ...   More...
Kerry asks India to drop opposition to global trade reforms
NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in India on Wednesday for an official visit, has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to...   More...
Libyan militants seize Benghazi Special Forces’ base; 30 killed
BENGHAZI (Libya): Militant fighters overran a Libyan Special Forces base near the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people.   More...
Sena terms assault on Marathis in Karnataka ‘Kannada terrorism’
MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena on Monday termed the ‘assault’ on Marathi-speaking populace in Karnataka by the police there as ‘Kannada terrorism’ and asked the Narendra Modi government to intervene.   More...
Boko Haram bombs Catholic Church in Nigeria; five killed
NIGERIA: At least five people were killed and eight others injured on Sunday in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s north, police said.   More...
‘Humanitarian’ truce extended as Gaza death toll crosses 1,000 mark
JERUSALEM: Israel and Hamas have agreed to prolong a ‘humanitarian’ truce in Gaza until midnight (10pm UK time) as the Palestinian death toll has crosses the 1,000 mark. The four-hour extension comes as world leaders continue their attempt...   More...
Seven people killed in IAF helicopter crash in Uttar Pradesh
LUCKNOW: An Advanced Light Helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, killing all seven people on board, officials said   More...
Algerian plane carrying 116 people vanishes over northern Mali
MALI: A passenger jet which vanished from radar over northern Mali in West Africa has “probably crashed”, France’s foreign minister has said. Two French fighter jets are searching for the Air Algerie plane....   More...
Taiwanese plane crashes outside airport, 47 killed
TAIPEI: A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late on Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.   More...
Israel pounds Gaza despite global efforts for ceasefire
JERUSALEM: Israel on Tuesday bombed several mosques, a hospital and a stadium in the Hamas-ruled Gaza even as international efforts intensified to broker a ceasefire to end the 15-day conflict that has killed 604 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.   More...
Blind school director, principal held for beating students
HYDERABAD: The director and the principal of a school for blind in Andhra Pradesh were arrested for beating up their students.   More...
Russia wants to hide MH17’s black boxes, claims Ukraine security service
UKRAINE: Ukraine’s security service has released a recording it says features pro-Russian separatists talking about trying to hide the black boxes from flight MH17 at the request of Moscow. The claim was made as footage...   More...
Ensure effective management of tehsil headquarters for better revenue facilities
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government is committed to providing better revenue administration and facilities to common people. He exhorted revenue officers to ensure effective management ...   More...
Supreme Court acquits all accused in 1993 Surat twin blasts
NEW DELHI: In a setback for the Gujarat government, the Supreme Court on Friday acquitted all the accused in the 1993 Surat Bomb blast cases that had left one girl dead and more than 40 injured.   More...
Malaysian plane with 295 on board reportedly shot down by Ukraine
UKRAINE: A plane which crashed in eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board was reportedly shot down as it flew through or near airspace deemed unsuitable for passenger jets.   More...
Typhoon Rammasun kills ten, evacuates 1.5 lakh people in Philippines
MANILA: A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost 150,000 people and shutting financial markets, government offices and schools, rescue officials said on Wednesday.   More...
Israel, Palestinians fight as Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire collapses
JERUSALEM: Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks.   More...
Congress creates uproar in RS over ex-scribe Vaidik’s meeting with Hafiz Saeed
NEW DELHI: Opposition Congress on Monday created uproar in Rajya Sabha over reported meeting of a former journalist considered close to yoga guru Ramdev with 26/11 mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed...   More...
Israeli troops launch first ground raid on Gaza, ignore UN call for ceasefire
GAZA: Israeli troops have launched a ground operation in the northern Gaza Strip, the first since the offensive against Hamas began, as Palestinian deaths continue to mount. The navy commandos’ brief incursion - which ignored ...   More...
Death toll in Gaza ups to121, as Israel gets ready for ground offensive
TEL AVIV: Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded positions in the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, killing 15 people, medics said.   More...
Hamas threatens rocket attack on Israel’s Ben-Gurion international airport
TEL AVIV: The armed wing of Hamas has threatened an imminent attack on Israel’s main airport in response to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that have now reportedly killed 100 Palestinians.   More...
35 Palestinians killed, over 200 injured in Israeli military operation
JERUSALEM: At least 35 Palestinians have died and over 200 have been suffered injuries since Israel launched a military operation dubbed Protective Edge to stop rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources...   More...
Chouhan urges Centre for a new reserve battalion in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday urged the Centre to raise a new reserve battalion in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan, along with Union Labour Minister and MP from Madhya Pradesh Narendra Singh Tomar called...   More...
2,200 Indians to be evacuated from strife-ridden Iraq soon
NEW DELHI: About 2,200 Indians in the non-conflict zone of southern Iraq have expressed their desire to leave that country and they will be in India in the next 36 to 48 hours even as 200 others reached here early on Sunday morning.   More...
Taliban insurgents set ablaze about 200 oil tankers near Kabul
KABUL: Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, police said.   More...
Supreme Court sets aside petition against allotment of 140 mines in 3 days
BHOPAL: The Supreme Court has set aside writ petition against allotment of 140 mines made before last Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The court has found as baseless all the charges leveled against Mineral Resources ....   More...
Monsoon revives after weakest first month of season in five years
NEW DELHI: Monsoon rain revived in the key planting month after recording the weakest first month of the June-September monsoon season in five years, weather officials said on Thursday.   More...
Iraq crisis: 600 Indians leave out of Iraq, more to follow: MEA
NEW DELHI: Nearly 600 Indians have left conflict-hit Iraq after being facilitated by the External Affairs Ministry and about 900 more are to follow even as the Indian embassy in Baghdad was in touch with the 46 nurses stuck in Tikrit ...   More...
Drought like situation in parts of west India: Agriculture minister
NEW DELHI: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday that western India is likely to be worst affected by a sub-normal Monsoon, with possible drought-like conditions in some areas.   More...
94 Indians leave Iraq, nearly 600 to return this week
NEW DELHI: As many as 94 Indians on Monday left Iraq after a “pro-active approach” initated by the Indian officials there that would see nearly 600 nationals leaving the war-hit country to safety this week.   More...
Keralite nurses stranded in Iraq would be brought back: Oommen Chandy
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the stranded Keralite nurses in Iraq would be brought back home. At present the situation is such that the nurse cannot be brought to the airports in Iraq.   More...
Chinese troops make several attempts to enter Indian waters in Ladakh: reports
NEW DELHI: After making incursion bids in Ladakh through land route, Chinese troops have made several attempts to enter Indian waters at Pangong lake nestled in the higher reaches of Ladakh, with the latest incident reported on Friday.   More...
China’s claim on Arunachal Pradesh in new map stirs up fresh row
NEW DELHI: China has released a new map showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of it, stirring up a fresh row over the border state. The two nations have always had different views on the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control.   More...
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh talks tough against Maoists
NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday ruled out holding any talks with Naxalites but said a balanced approach will be adopted in close coordination with states to tackle the violence perpetrated by Maoists.   More...
BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan becomes first ICC chairman
MELBOURNE: BCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp of the body's administrative structure.   More...
India evacuates two nurses from Iraq’s conflict zone
NEW DELHI: India has evacuated two nurses, other than the 46 stranded in a hospital in Tikrit, from Iraq’s conflict zone taking the total number of those rescued so far to 36 as all Indian envoys in Gulf countries have been called...   More...
17 more Indians evacuated from Iraq’s conflict zone, claims Centre
NEW DELHI: The Centre said on Tuesday that it has evacuated 17 Indian nationals from Iraq. “With the help of Iraqi authorities, we have been able to evacuate 17 more Indian nationals from the conflict zone. They are now in Baghdad...   More...
Gujarat Snoopgate: Home ministry to move Union Cabinet to abandon probe
NEW DELHI: The previous UPA government’s controversial move to order a probe into the ‘Snoopgate’ affair may get a quiet burial with the Home ministry expected to move the Union Cabinet soon to abandon the plan.   More...
Strategic Iraq town Tal Afar, airport falls to Sunni militants
BAGHDAD: The strategic Shiite-majority north Iraq town of Tal Afar and its airport were in the hands of Sunni Arab militants on Monday after days of heavy fighting, a local official and witnesses said.   More...
Six Punjabis return home, others in Iraq ‘safe’, says Sushma Swaraj
CHANDIGARH: Six Punjabis hailing from Gurdaspur district, who were stranded in strife-torn Iraq, have returned home safely even as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday assured that all the Punjabis in Iraq were safe.   More...
Indian money stashed in Swiss banks rise to Rs 14,000 crore
ZURICH: Indians’ money stashed in Swiss banks has risen to over two billion Swiss francs (nearly Rs 14,000 crore), despite a global clampdown against the famed secrecy wall of Switzerland banking system.   More...
Iraq appeals for US air strikes on advancing militants
BAGHDAD: Iraq has appealed for US air strikes on militants who attacked its main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north, putting US President Barack Obama under pressure on Thursday amid warnings the country could unravel.   More...
Secarian reprisal: 44 Sunni prisoners killed as Iraqi violence spreads
BAGHDAD: The first signs of sectarian reprisal killings of Sunnis appeared in Iraq on Tuesday, as 44 Sunni prisoners were killed in a government-controlled police station in Baquba, north of Baghdad, and the bodies of four young men...   More...
Cong accuses BJP of double standards, says Modi should not just speak but act
NEW DELHI: Accusing BJP of adopting double standards on issues of crime against women, the Congress on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should “not just speak but act” by ensuring the resignation of his Union minister...   More...
Militants claim execution of 1,700 Iraqi government soldiers
BAGHDAD: Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria boasted on Twitter that they had executed 1,700 Iraqi government soldiers and posted gruesome photos in support of their claim.   More...
Preity Zinta molestation case: Police to question IPL CEO, stadium staff
MUMBAI: Mumbai police will record statements of IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Wankhede Stadium staff in connection with the May 30 incident of alleged molestation and abuse of Bollywood actress Preity Zinta by her former boyfriend...   More...
Cong seeks resignation of Union Minister after court asks him to appear in rape case
NEW DELHI: Congress on Friday stepped up attack on the government seeking resignation of Union Minister Nihalchand after a Rajasthan court asked him and 16 others to appear before it on August 20 in connection with a case of alleged rape.   More...
Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk
IRBIL (IRAQ): Iraq was on the brink of disintegration on Thursday as al-Qaeda-inspired fighters swept through northern Iraq toward Baghdad and Kurdish soldiers seized the city of Kirkuk without a fight.   More...
Militants take Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit: Iraqi officials
BAGHDAD: Al-Qaida-inspired militants on Wednesday seized effective control of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.   More...
First Congress-BJP face-off in Parliament after Modi takes charge
NEW DELHI: In the first face-off in Parliament after the Lok Sabha polls, Congress on Tuesday tore into the Narendra Modi dispensation’s agenda and asked it to work without ‘arrogance’ while the government slammed the previous UPA rule ...   More...
Pak Taliban attack on Karachi airport leaves 29, including 10 terrorists dead
KARACHI: After a 13-hour intense gun battle, the brazen attack on Karachi international airport by Taliban militants disguised as security forces ended on Monday, leaving 29 people dead, including all the 10 terrorists who were planning ....   More...
Thousands in Uttar Pradesh riot as heat wave prompts power outage
LUCKNOW: Thousands of people enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave rioted across northern India, setting electricity substations on fire and taking power company officials hostage on Saturday.   More...
37 killed in massacre in eastern Congo: Witness
SOUTH KIVU: Thirty-seven people including women and children were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern region of South Kivu following an attack early on Saturday morning, according to a Reuter’s witness.   More...
Under attack from Congress, Shashi Tharoor explains his praise of Modi
NEW DELHI: Under attack from within, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday wrote to the party explaining his controversial praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and making it clear that he stood committed to the organization ...   More...
Maneka gives in-principle consent to open 11,000 anganwadis in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has given in-principle consent to the proposal for opening 11,000 anganwadi centres in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Techie beaten to death in Pune over ‘derogatory Facebook post’, 13 people arrested
PUNE: A 28-year-old software professional was bludgeoned to death allegedly by people with suspected links to a Hindu outfit near Pune, police said on Wednesday.   More...
Madhya Pradesh Govt merges departments of similar nature
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to merge departments of similar nature. According to the decision, Bio-diversity Department will be merged with Forest Department...   More...
UN voices concern over rape and hanging of two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh
The United Nations (UN) has called the rape and murder of two teenage girls in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh a “horrendous crime”, and sought effective measures to protect women in the state.   More...
Child trafficking: Jharkhand Social Justice panel to reach Kerala
PALAKKAD: A team of Social Justice Committee members from Jharkhand is expected to arrive here in the next two days to discuss rehabilitation of the children, who were illegally transported to the state from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal recently.   More...
Congress suspends ex-minister Mustafa for calling Rahul a ‘joker’
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Kerala minister TH Mustafa was on Thursday suspended from the Congress for calling Rahul Gandhi a “joker” and saying he should be removed if he does not resign in the backdrop of the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls.   More...
Several killed in attack on church in capital of Central African Republic
BANGUI: Several people were killed in an attack on a church in the capital of Central African Republic on Wednesday, residents and a Reuters’ witness said, after attackers hurled grenades into a courtyard where displaced people were sheltering.   More...
30% Criminals and 91% crorepatis in Modi’s Cabinet
NEW DELHI: Thirty per cent of ministers in the Narendra Modi government have declared criminal cases against themselves and 18 per cent have declared “serious criminal cases,” according to an analysis of their election affidavits.   More...
Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra get lion’s share in Modi Cabinet
NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh, where BJP’s stunning performance in Lok Sabha elections helped it come to power on its own, has got the lion’s share of nine members in the 46-member council of ministers which was sworn-in on Monday.   More...
Modi indicates ‘unprecedented’ changes in ministry formation
NEW DELHI: In a statement and tweets issued late on Sunday night, on the eve of his swearing-in, prime minister-designate Narendra Modi indicated “unprecedented” changes in ministry formation, with “the top layers downsized”.   More...
From Ram temple to law on cow slaughter, VHP presents its wishlist
NEW DELHI: As the Narendra Modi government prepares to take over, BJP’s affiliate outfit VHP on Saturday came out with a wishlist ranging from Ram Temple to law on cow slaughter which it wants to be addressed within the Constitutional framework.   More...
Thai Army seize control of country, cite need to ‘reform’ nation
BANGKOK: In a coup, the Thai military on Thursday seized control of the country, the culmination of months of maneuvering by the Bangkok establishment to sideline the populist movement founded by a billionaire tycoon that has won every national election since 2001.   More...
Cabinet endorses amendment to University Act for improvement in education quality
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday endorsed draft amendment Bill of Madhya Pradesh University Act 1973 for improvement in the quality of higher education in the state. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.   More...
Antony endorsed for Opposition Leader’s post in Rajya Sabha
NEW DELHI: Even as former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has expressed his reluctance to assume the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha in the event of a new government, senior Congress leader...   More...
Nitish Kumar refuses JD(U)’s request to stay as Bihar chief minister
PATNA: The JD(U) legislature party on Sunday decided to take the final call on choosing a new leader tomorrow in the wake of the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar. JD(U) MLAs unanimously chose Nitish Kumar as their leader and insisted...   More...
Nitish Kumar resigns from Bihar chief minister post
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation to Governor DY Patil on Saturday, a day after his party JD-U suffered a drubbing in the general elections.   More...
Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi loses Mahasamund seat by 1,000 votes
RAIPUR: Former Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress strongman, Ajit Jogi, lost the Mahasamund seat by a mere 1,000 odd votes, even after leading the count most of the day. BJP’s sitting MP, Chandu Lal Sahu, who secured over 5.03 lakh votes, retained the seat.   More...
Giriraj courts controversy again, says all terrorists belong to a ‘particular community’
PATNA: BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Wednesday again courted controversy by saying that all terrorists belong to a “particular community”.   More...
Malnutrition deaths on the rise in national capital
NEW DELHI: Death due to malnutrition has become a grim reality in the national capital as the data from the Delhi government reports 135 children dead between 2009-2012.   More...
EVMs will be sealed again after counting
BHOPAL: Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be sealed again after counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh on May 16. Counting agents may also remain present on the occasion.   More...
Beijing to the US: China outlines plans to connect world by high speed rail network
BEIJING: China has outlined its plan to connect the world by high-speed rail, including an underwater link to the US running 13,000km.   More...
Indians eat up top-quality Alphonso mangoes after European Union bans imports
MUMBAI: Indians are feasting on some of the world’s most succulent mangoes after the European Union banned imports of the fruit from India this month, producing a glut and rock-bottom prices for local consumers.   More...
Recruitment drive in Tihar jail: Inmate offered Rs 35,000 per month
NEW DELHI: As many as 66 Tihar inmates, who are on the verge of completing their sentences, were today hired by private companies during a recruitment drive at the jail premises.   More...
Priyanka says Narendra Modi has insulted her father Rajiv Gandhi
AMETHI: BJP’s Prime Ministerial pick Narendra Modi stormed into Gandhi bastion of Amethi in support of his “chhoti behan” (referring Smriti Irani as younger sister) by launching a blistering attack on Gandhi family.   More...
Unfazed by opposition, Cong says ‘no compromise’ on going ahead with Snoopgate probe
NEW DELHI: Unfazed by opposition from allies NCP and National Conference, Congress on Sunday said there is “no compromise” on going ahead with a probe in the ‘snoopgate’ issue allegedly involving Narendra Modi.   More...
India is now world’s third largest economy, ahead of Japan
NEW DELHI: India is now the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, ahead of Japan and behind the US and China which hold the top two spots. This was revealed by the 2011 round of the World Bank’s International ....   More...
A butcher is also shy of Narendra Modi, says Lalu Prasad Yadav
PATNA: Attacking Narendra Modi, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday said that “even a butcher is shy” of the BJP leader who was aiming to become the Prime Minister of the country.   More...
‘Clinching evidence’ to arrest Modi, Shah in Ishrat case, says Kapil Sibal
AHMEDABAD: Union minister Kapil Sibal raked up alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan on Monday to hit out at Narendra Modi saying the BJP’s PM nominee and Amit Shah were being ‘shielded’ despite existence of ‘clinching’ evidence to arrest them.   More...
Paedophiles will be treated as terrorists in United Kingdom
LONDON: Paedophiles in the UK downloading manuals about how to groom children for sexual abuse will be handed the same treatment as terrorists under a new crackdown on child abuse.   More...
BJP refutes Geelani’s claim, calls ‘Modi emissary talk’ as ‘false and mischievous’
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Saturday vehemently rejected Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s claims that Narendra Modi had sent emissaries to him to open dialogue on Kashmir issue.   More...
India’s GDP has grown three times during UPA rule, claims PMO
NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday came out with data to highlight the progress made under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the last 10 years in an effort to counter the damaging claims made by his former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru.   More...
Admiral RK Dhowan appointed as new Chief of Naval Staff
NEW DELHI: Admiral RK Dhowan (PVSM AVSM YSM ADC) was on Thursday appointed as new Chief of Naval Staff. Admiral DK Joshi had quit in the wake of a mishap on board a submarine killing scores of men.   More...
Bollywood asks people to vote strategically to protect country’s secular character
MUMBAI: Hindi film industry, which prides itself on its secular image, appears to be taking sides for the first time during this Lok Sabha elections with some Bollywood ‘A-listers’ asking people to vote ‘strategically’ to protect the country’s secular character.   More...
Heavy movement of Maoists in regions that go to poll on April 17
RAIPUR: Two days after Maoist attack on CRPF jawans and polling party in Chhattisgarh, the state intelligence bureau has received inputs about large number reds’ movement in parts of Mahasamund, Kanker and Rajnandgaon that goes to poll ...   More...
EC bans Amit Shah, Azam Khan from holding public rallies in UP
NEW DELHI: Cracking the whip on Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah and SP leader Azam Khan, the Election Commission on Friday banned them from holding public meetings, processions or roadshows in Uttar Pradesh and asked authorities...   More...
Mulayam questions death penalty for rape, says ‘boys make mistakes’
MORADABAD: In remarks that sparked outrage on Thursday, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav opposed capital punishment for rape, saying “ladke, ladke hain… galti ho jati hai (boys will be boys… they commit mistakes).   More...
Herd of 30-40 wild elephants disrupts movement of poll officials
SHILLONG: A herd of 30-40 wild elephants on Wednesday disrupted the movement of sector officers in at least two polling booths in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district.   More...
Arvind Kejriwal fears threat to life after being slapped
NEW DELHI: AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said he faced a threat to life after being slapped by a man while campaigning for his party here.   More...
BJP manifesto comes with definite imprint of Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: The BJP manifesto came with a definite imprint of the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, including three personal assurances by him — to work hard to the end, to never act in “bad faith” and to never ever act out of self interest.   More...
Sahara employees to collect Rs 5,000 crore to secure Roy’s release
NEW DELHI: In a fresh dramatic twist to the Sebi-Sahara saga on Friday, an innovative idea was floated for collection of at least Rs 1 lakh each from Sahara employees and ‘well-wishers’ to garner at least Rs 5,000 crore and secure group chief Subrata Roy’s release from Tihar Jail.   More...
Woman in Pakistan kills two minor daughters to save them from prostitution
LAHORE: A woman from Pakistan’s Punjab province has allegedly killed her two minor daughters fearing that her husband would force them into prostitution when they grow up.   More...
IM operatives stayed in Munnar, planning hits on tourist destinations
NEW DELHI: Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen was planning to strike at three tourist destinations in the country during the Lok Sabha polls and had deputed its now arrested Indian operations head Tehsin Akhtar to recce these locations...   More...
After eggs, ink thrown at Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi
VARANASI: Barely minutes after eggs were thrown at his vehicle, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday faced ink attack during his roadshow in Varanasi.   More...
SC restrains government from sharing of Aadhar card info without card holder’s consent
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday restrained the government and the UIDAI from sharing Aadhar card information with any agency or a third party without the consent of the card holder.   More...
Search for Malaysian jet: Pentagon spends $2.5 million; India deploys Super Hercules aircraft
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon says it has spent $2.5 million to help in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. The defense department has been flying high-tech surveillance planes to assist in the effort.   More...
One dead, three injured as local train derails at Titwala in Mumbai
MUMBAI: One passenger died while three, including the guard RN Dube were injured, after five coaches of Kasara CST local derailed between Titawala and Ambivli station on Central Railway at 2.50 pm on Thursday.   More...
EC asks police to ensure strict action against senders of objectionable bulk SMS
BHOPAL: Election Commission of India has directed police officers to ensure strict action against senders of objectionable bulk SMS violating election rules.   More...
LS election: 67,000 banners, posters and hoardings removed so far
BHOPAL: Electioneering material used by political parties and candidates is being removed continuously to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in the state. Even 14 days after announcement for Lok Sabha elections, process has been started...   More...
24-hour monitoring of country-made liquor, IMFL and beer distilleries
BHOPAL: In view of Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, 24-hour vigil is being maintained on all country-made liquor, IMFL and beer distilleries. For this, CCTV cameras have been installed on the entry-exit gates of every distilling unit.   More...
Congress will get 200-plus Lok Sabha seats, says Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Rubbishing as ‘joke’ poll surveys projecting 100 seats for Congress in Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his party would get 200-plus seats and there is no question of Narendra Modi and BJP coming to power.   More...
Three get jail term in Odisha nun’s gang rape case
BHUBANESHWAR: A court in Odisha on Friday sentenced the main accused in the 2008 gang rape of a Catholic nun to 11 years in prison and two others to 26 months, a lawyer said.   More...
Congress re-nominates ‘tainted’ Pawan Bansal in second list of candidates for LS polls
NEW DELHI: Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was re-nominated by the Congress from Chandigarh on Wednesday brushing aside the “taint” argument as it released the second list of 71 candidates who include film star...   More...
142 auxiliary polling centres set up for Lok Sabha elections
BHOPAL: The Election Commission of India has sanctioned a proposal for setting up 142 auxiliary polling centres for Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind has directed district election officers to ensure all necessary arrangements at these auxiliary polling centres.   More...
Rahul Gandhi compares Narendra Modi with Adolf Hitler
BALASINOR: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, on his second visit to Gujarat in a month, compared Chief Minister Narendra Modi to German dictator Adolf Hitler.   More...
DMK closes doors for Cong, denies ticket to Alagiri; Raja and Maran get renomination
CHENNI: Closing the doors for Congress barring a last-minute u-turn, the DMK on Monday announced candidates for the 35 seats it would contest in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, denying ticket to party supremo’s son ...   More...
Kejriwal’s no-holds-barred attack on Modi: Not even 50 houses for poor constructed in Gujarat
MATHURA: AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a no-holds-barred attack on BJP leader Narendra Modi saying the Gujarat Chief Minister had promised to construct 50,000 houses for the poor in the state, but not even 50 have been constructed in 11 years.   More...
Sahara’s bid to get Subrata’s release from jail falls flat
NEW DELHI: Sahara’s bid to get its chief Subrata Roy released from jail fell flat on Friday after the Supreme Court rejected its plea, lashing out at the group for “insulting” the court while not being willing to pay back investors’ money.   More...
Modi is ‘Vikaspurush’ for only Adanis and Ambanis: Kejriwal
KUTCH: Escalating his attack against BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his development claims, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said he is “Vikaspurush” (development man) only for industrialists.   More...
After detention Kejriwal charges Modi with anti-farner and anti-common man
AHMEDABAD: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday charged Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of with ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-common man’ after police detained him briefly.   More...
Two hailstorm devastated farmers attempt suicide, another suffers heart attack
BHOPAL: After hailstorms wrecked havoc in the state, the spate of suicide attempts by farmers continued despite chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s conciliatory measures.   More...
Will ‘go to the hilt’ against Russia for Ukraine military incursion: US
WASHINGTON: Western powers are prepared “to go to the hilt” to isolate Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine, “an incredible act of aggression” that may lead to visa bans, asset freezes, trade and investment penalties, and a boycott...   More...
Assam woman dies of burns, police say she’s not the one who kissed Rahul Gandhi
GUWAHATI: A 35-year-old woman who was reportedly part of a public interaction during Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s recent trip to Assam was allegedly burnt to death by her husband following a quarrel after the event.   More...
SDPI condemns Union ministry’s permission for field trials of GM food crops
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has condemned the Union environment ministry’s green signal to go ahead with the field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops. The ministry has reportedly cleared trials of over 200 GM crops   More...
SC stays release of all seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case
NEW DELHI: Observing that its intention was not to release them, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the release of all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.   More...
India to block US trade probes, ready for fight at WTO
NEW DELHI: India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that could escalate already-strained tension between the two countries.   More...
Sreekumar’s lecture on ‘Gujarat pogrom’ on February 27
BHOPAL: The Rashtriya Secular Manch, (RSM) is organizing a lecture on “Gujarat pogrom – Lessons for Police, Administration and Politicians” by RB Sreekumar, the former Gujarat State Additional Director-General of Police, at Gandhi Bhavan ....   More...
Immense investment possibilities in Madhya Pradesh: Narayan Murthy
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will be number one state in information technology in the country. The state is entering golden age in IT and e-governance sectors and is also among 3 top states in e-governance...   More...
Madhya Pradesh renewable energy capacity will be 3847 MW by 2015
BHOPAL: By 2015 Madhya Pradesh’s projected renewable energy capacity is expected to reach 3847 MW, which will be approx 21 per cent of the total generation of renewable energy in the country.   More...
Lalu chai dukaan' opens, BJP calls it ‘monkey trick’
PATNA/MUZAFFARPUR: After BJP opened tea stalls to hard sell Narendra Modi\'s image of a leader rising from a humble background, RJD too has done the same in the name of party chief Lalu Prasad claiming that he was the \"real\" tea seller.   More...
Hazare snubs Kejriwal, declares support to Mamata in Lok Sabha elections
NEW DELHI: Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday declared his support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who apparently has ambitions outside the state in the coming Lok Sabha election, and snubbed his one-time protege by saying   More...
Italy summons Indian envoy, recalls its Ambassador to India
ROME: Italy on Tuesday summoned Indian Ambassador Basant Kumar Gupta to voice its ‘dismay’ at the “unacceptable delay” in trying two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen two years ago.   More...
Rahul, Jaitley promise party support to Lok Sansad for passage of consensus bills
NEW DELHI: For once, Congress and BJP appear to be on the same page. On Monday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP leader Arun Jaitley both assured their party’s support to Lok Sansad, a broad coalition of activists, for a series of crucial legislations.   More...
Centre’s erroneous policies harmed farmers: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Central Government’s erroneous policies have harmed the farmers. He said that all states would have to mount pressure on the Centre to hold discussions with farmers before chalking ...   More...
Muslims not scared of Modi becoming Prime Minister: Jamiat Ulema
NEW DELHI: The Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind on Friday said it was not worried about the safety and security of Muslims if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. “We are not worried about any Modi. Even if 50 Modis come, we are not afraid.   More...
Power tariff will be reduced in a planned manner, says Energy minister
BHOPAL: Public Relations and Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla has said that power tariff would be reduced in a planned manner by bringing down power losses in the state.   More...
Naxal outfits milking corporate houses, mining industry for funding: Govt
NEW DELHI: Naxal outfits are milking corporate houses, mining industry and tendu-patta contractors to fund their extremist activities, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. Answering a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister of state for home ...   More...
Chouhan seeks blessings from Vajpayee on success of River Link project
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sought blessings of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on success of Narmada-Kshipra-Simhastha Link Project, in New Delhi on Monday.   More...
Banking facilities reach remote areas of MP, USBs make Rs 800 cr business
BHOPAL: By making banking facilities available in the remote rural areas, Madhya Pradesh Model ‘Samriddhi’ prepared for the purpose of increasing of economic growth got unprecedented success.   More...
No gallows: Home Ministry dilutes charges against Italian marines
NEW DELHI: In a U-turn in Kerala fishermen killing case, the Union Home Ministry on Friday asked NIA to dilute the charges against the two accused Italian marines from murder to violence, thus sparing them from the possibility of getting death penalty.   More...
PS asks field officers to extend benefits of schemes to electricity consumers
BHOPAL: Principal Secretary Energy Mohammad Sulaiman has directed field officers to extend benefits of schemes to electricity consumers. Reviewing progress of Deen Bandhu Yojana, Kisan Samriddhi Yojana, Kisan Anudan Yojana, Flat Rate Scheme etc, he directed to ensure that all eligible consumers get benefit of these schemes.   More...
Voluntary organisations’ role vital in Madhya Pradesh’s development
BHOPAL: Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Development Minister Rajendra Shukla has said that voluntary organisations’ role is vital in development of Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Gujarat Model to be applied in tribal educational institutions of Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: SC and ST Welfare Minister Gyan Singh on Thursday stressed the need for earnest efforts for improving tribal students’ higher education level and quality. Singh was addressing a meeting of board of directors of Madhya Pradesh Tribal Welfare Residential...   More...
GoM clears draft Telangana Bill; Cabinet to consider on Thursday
NEW DELHI: The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana on Tuesday cleared the draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, along with some minor procedural and technical changes. This draft is likely to be put up for Cabinet approval on Thursday....   More...
Rs 2,790 crore action plan for primary and middle education in MP approved
BHOPAL: Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa chaired a meeting of executives of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and Madhya Pradesh Middle Education Campaign Committee here on Monday. The meeting endorsed Rs 2,790 crore action plan for middle education ...   More...
Navy officer’s dismissal order raises hackles in ministry suspecting security breach
NEW DELHI: The order for dismissal of a senior officer who was in-charge of the sensitive naval war room on charges of moral turpitude last week have raised hackles in the Defence Ministry with officials suspecting a security breach.   More...
Govindpura Industrial area’s scenario will be improved in a year
BHOPAL: Commerce and Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia inaugurated a 3-day 14th Ind Expo, National Vendor Development Programme and Industrial Exhibition here on Saturday.   More...
Naxals’ supply chain of weapons, aid blocked in Chhattisgarh, claim police
RAIPUR: With its recent crackdown on the urban support network and couriers of Maoists, Chhattisgarh Police have claimed to have choked the main supply chain of weapons, medicines and other kinds of aids to Naxals operating from their stronghold in Bastar region of the state.   More...
Make efforts to recharge old water sources: Kusum Mahdele
BHOPAL: Public Health Engineering Minister Kusum Mahdele inaugurated a one-day state-level workshop on National Rural Drinking Water Awareness Week here on Thursday. The Awareness Week will be held from February 25 to March 1.   More...
CREDAI’s cooperation sought in construction of affordable houses for 10 lakh families
BHOPAL: Urban Administration & Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that effective action has been taken to provide high-quality affordable houses to 10 lakh families in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Every village will be linked with roads, says Chief Minister Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every village in the state would be linked with roads in the state in next 5 years. Chouhan was inaugurating administrative building of Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation here Wednesday.   More...
52 dead in northeast Nigeria attack by extremists
MAIDUGURI (Nigeria): Security officials say suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria’s northeast, killing 52 people and razing more than 300 homes.   More...
Chouhan for government-citizen joint action to accelerate pace of development
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called for joint action of citizens and the Government to make Madhya Pradesh a top ranking state. He exhorted people to realize the vision of a developed Madhya Pradesh.   More...
STF team to quiz Central Administrative Tribunal judge Ranjana Chaudhary in Hyderabad
BHOPAL: Special Task Force (STF) would send a team to Hyderabad to question retired IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre Ranjana Chaudhary for her alleged role in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Control Board (MPPEB) examination scam.   More...
SDM report confirms poisoning, Tharoor may be questioned in Sunanda death case
NEW DELHI: The subdivisional magistrate on Tuesday directed the police to investigate the case after the autopsy report indicated the cause of death to be “poisoning”.   More...
No new liquor factory or shop will be opened in Madhya Pradesh: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no new liquor factory or shop will be opened in Madhya Pradesh. He said that the state government has decided to award scholarships to students of general category also.   More...
Government stands by farmers in hour of crisis says Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited hailstorm-affected areas of Vidisha district and interacted with the affected farmers.   More...
Vision development training to technical institutions’ principals
BHOPAL: Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta sought information regarding ongoing CRISP’s training programmes on Friday. He said that 3-day training of vision development should be imparted to principals of engineering...   More...
Sunanda’s death was sudden, unnatural, she had injuries: AIIMS
NEW DELHI: Doctors who conducted the hour-long postmortem on Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor at AIIMS on Saturday afternoon said it appeared to be a case of “sudden, unnatural death”, and that she had “certain injuries on the body”.   More...
AAP leader Binny calls Arvind Kejriwal a ‘liar’, CM says MLA wants Lok Sabha ticket
NEW DELHI: Differences in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came out in the open on Wednesday with party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny accusing the Delhi government of deviating from its principles and poll promises and calling Arvind Kejriwal a ‘liar’.   More...
All field officers should inspect subordinate offices within 15 days
BHOPAL: The General Administration Department has directed all field officers to inspect their subordinate offices within next 15 days. All heads of departments, commissioners and collectors have been apprised of it.   More...
TAPI will usher in peace among nations, give gas to India by 2017
GREATER NOIDA: The framework for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project is being readied on a fast-track basis by the four stakeholder nations, Indian Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Tuesday.   More...
Indigenous diabetes-screening strips to cost Rs 4, says Ghulam Nabi Azad
AHMEDABAD: Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that his ministry would be launching indigenously developed diabetes-testing strips that would cost just Rs 4.   More...
Madhya Pradesh wins prestigious Krishi Karman Award consecutively for 2nd time
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has been selected for prestigious Krishi Karman Award of Government of India consecutively for the second time for excellence in gross food grains production category.   More...
India steps up security for US embassy; deploys 150 policemen
NEW DELHI: India has stepped up security at the US embassy and other American institutions here, deploying as many as 150 police personnel for round the clock security.   More...
Lokpal set to become law as President Pranab Mukherjee signs Bill
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed the much-awaited Lokpal Bill, paving the way for creation of an anti-graft watchdog, which will bring under its purview even the Prime Minister with certain safeguards.   More...
Ajit Jogi to take year-long break from electoral politics
RAIPUR: After the recent setback for his party in the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections where it failed to dislodge the BJP government, Congress leader and former chief minister Ajit Jogi on Friday said he would be taking a one-year-long break from ‘electoral politics.’   More...
Kerala’s first pro-term speaker Rosamma Punnoose passes away
SALALA: Rosamma Punnoose, the first pro-term speaker of Kerala assembly, passed away here on Saturday. Rosamma, who was a prominent communist leader of her time, had celebrated her 100th birthday this year.   More...
West Bengal: Four killed, six injured in bomb blast near Jalpaiguri
NEW DELHI: At least four people were killed and six others were injured after a blast took place on Thursday in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri district.   More...
Six Army men face court martial in 2010 Machchil fake encounter case
SRINAGAR: The Army on Wednesday decided to initiate court martial proceedings against six of its men, including two officers, for their alleged role in the 2010 Machchil fake encounter killing of three young men that triggered two months of unrest in Kashmir valley.   More...
Gold-hungry traders tap Indians living abroad
MUMBAI: Non-resident Indians are bringing gold into the country by taking advantage of rules that allow each individual to carry 1kg of the metal, helping traders cope with restrictions on imports during the peak wedding season.   More...
Chinese companies inclined towards self-help groups’ products
BHOPAL: As many as 48 self-help groups from 32 districts participated in the 3-day “Haat of India” held to improve quality of self-help groups’ (SHGs) projects and to explore possibilities of providing a large market to them.   More...
Orthodox church head denies backing Modi’s candidature
KOTTAYAM: The Head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Baselios Marthoma Paulose II on Monday denied reports that he had backed Narendra Modi’s candidature for the Prime Minister’s post during an interaction with local BJP leaders.   More...
Chinese troops set up camp in Ladakh’s Chepzi area
NEW DELHI: Around 20 Chinese soldiers last week entered Indian territory near the line of actual control and pitched their tents in Chepzi area in Ladakh, sources said on Sunday.   More...
BJP ambivalent on homosexuality law, says debate not yet over
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Friday suggested that its stand on the Supreme Court judgement on Section 377 of IPC, which upheld criminality of homosexual relations is still open, saying the debate over the issue is not yet over.   More...
India better prepared to deal with US tapering: Chidambaram
NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the country is better prepared now to deal with any situation arising out of the US Federal Reserve’s decision to slash US bond purchases and the markets ...   More...
Raghavji sodomy case: surrendered co-accused were hiding in their native villages
BHOPAL: The co-accused in Raghavji sodomy case, Sher Singh Chouhan and his relative Suresh, who had surrendered before the court on Monday, have told police that they stayed at their native place all these months evading police arrest.   More...
All eyes now on Lt-Governor, President’s rule looks imminent in Delhi
NEW DELHI: Even as a game of political outmanoeuvring is on in Delhi after the Assembly polls returned a hung verdict, all eyes are now on the Lt-Governor as the imposition of President’s rule looks imminent in the national capital.   More...
Gay sex verdict: Rajnath Singh backs SC, says BJP cannot justify unnatural acts
NEW DELHI: Ending the BJP’s silence over the Supreme Court’s much-criticised verdict once again criminalising gay sex, party president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the BJP was with the apex court on this, as it could not justify “unnatural acts.”   More...
AAP may take on Modi on his home turf, contest all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat
AHMEDABAD: Buoyed by its performance in Delhi assembly polls, Aam Admi Party (AAP) is planning to contest all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat and take on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his home turf.   More...
SC grants bail to Lalu Prasad in fodder scam case
NEW DELHI: In much-needed relief, the Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam case, in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail.   More...
Bangladesh executes Islamist leader for 1971 war crimes
DHAKA: Bangladesh has executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes hours after the supreme court rejected a last-minute appeal.   More...
BJP braces for fresh polls in Delhi, unlikely to stake claim for govt formation
NEW DELHI: In a clear indication that the BJP is not going to stake claim for government formation, the party’s newly elected MLAs were on Tuesday told to prepare for fresh elections.   More...
Only ‘high dignitaries’ can use red beacon lights on cars: Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that red beacon lights on vehicles can only be used by people listed as ‘high dignitaries’, that too only when they are on duty.   More...
Day after rout, Sheila blames her party for ‘lack of support’
NEW DELHI: Breaking her silence after being trounced in the Delhi Assembly elections, Sheila Dikshit, who resigned as Chief Minister, on Monday blamed lack of support from her own party as one of the reasons for the drubbing that ended her 15-year rule.   More...
Chhattisgarh polls verdict will be an eye-opener for Raman Singh government
RAIPUR: Behind the Congress’ remarkable turnaround in Maoist-hit areas, this year lies an electoral promise that now stands aborted. For the first time in Chhattisgarh’s electoral history, a political party mentioned the word ‘Naxal’ in its manifesto this year.   More...
National award scheme for craftspersons; entries invited till December 15
BHOPAL: Entries of outstanding artworks from craftspersons have been invited for National Award Scheme for year 2012. Entries can be submitted till December 15, 2013 at Madhya Pradesh Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporation, Bhopal...   More...
Nelson Mandela’s death stirs sense of loss across the world
JOHANNESBURG: When Cliff Rosen awoke on Friday to the news that Nelson Mandela had died, he went out to the field of sunflowers growing in his garden and cut down the tallest one.   More...
SC panel indicts Justice Ganguly, says his conduct was of sexual nature
NEW DELHI: The three-judge committee of the Supreme Court has indicted Justice AK Ganguly of committing an ‘act of unwelcome behaviour’ and ‘conduct of sexual nature’ towards a woman law intern but dropped any further action since...   More...
BJP to storm back to power in Rajasthan, retain MP, says exit poll
NEW DELHI: According to CVoter-Times Now exit poll, BJP is all set to win Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan assembly elections. The exit poll suggests that BJP is going to win 130 seats while the Congress will get 48 seats in Rajasthan.   More...
Three holed up militants killed in Kupwara gun fight
SRINAGAR: Three hardcore militants of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba, holed up in a house in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, were killed and two soldiers wounded in a 12-hour fierce gun battle, which ended on Tuesday morning.   More...
AP bifurcation: Group of Ministers all set to recommend special status to both states
NEW DELHI: The GoM, set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is all set to recommend special status to both the states under Article 371-D of the Constitution and examining a proposal to include two districts of Rayalseema in Telangana.   More...
Gujarat snooping: Centre to probe alleged misuse of state machinery, says Shinde
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday said that it would inquire into alleged misuse of state machinery in Gujarat in the wake of alleged ‘snooping’ on a woman from the state allegedly at the behest of Amit Shah, a close aide of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.   More...
Tejpal lands in Goa amid drama, gets bail till Saturday morning
PANAJI: Accused of rape and of dodging the Goa Police, Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal finally arrived here on Friday and got interim bail till 10 am on Saturday after high voltage courtroom drama.   More...
China’s recent behaviour has been unsettling to neighbours: US officials
WASHINGTON: Recent actions by China concerning air space over the East China Sea have worried its neighbors and US Vice-President Joe Biden will raise the issue during a visit to Beijing next week, senior US administration officials said on Wednesday.   More...
Five killed in bomb blast in village near Kudankulam Nuclear Plant
TIRUNELVELI: Five people, including three children, were killed on the spot in a powerful bomb explosion tonight in a colony in Idinthakarai coastal village, close to Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Those killed included a woman and three children aged below five years, police said.   More...
More than 200 students taken ill after midday meal in Mumbai school
MUMBAI: Over 200 students studying at Anjuman Nurul Islam High School at Sakinaka, Andheri (East) took ill after eating the midday meal served at the institution. A majority of the children were immediately rushed to private Paramount Hospital in Sakinaka...   More...
India surpasses China as most attractive investment destination: Survey
MUMBAI: India has overtaken China as the most attractive investment destination according to a survey conducted by Ernst & Young (EY) a global professional services firm. The top three investing countries into India, as per this survey will be United States of America (USA), France and Japan.   More...
Modi walks into cesspool of controversy on rajdharma, takes on patriarch Vajpayee
JABALPUR: Desperate to exorcise the ghosts of the 2002 riots and in his zest to rebut Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rajdharma jibe at Jaipur, Narendra Modi has actually walked into a cesspool of controversy.   More...
After Tehelka, now, JNU student complains of sexual harassment at IFFI
PANAJI: Close on the heels of the Tehelka episode, an allegation of sexual harassment has hit the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) after a Delhi-based student working as a programmer complained against a senior film festival official.   More...
Tehelka sexual harassment: Tarun Tejpal may attract minimum 10-year imprisonment
NEW DELHI: Following the recent amendments to the IPC on violence against women and the enactment of the law against sexual harassment in the workplace, Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal could be booked for alleged offences...   More...
Shivraj fails to implement even one promise made in 4 farmer meets: Kakkaji
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made 172 announcements in four kisan maha panchayats in the past five years without implementing even one, alleged Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party (KMPP) here on Tuesday.   More...
Man claiming to be BJP worker throws black paint on Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: High drama was witnessed on Monday at Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal’s press conference when a man, claiming to be Anna Hazare supporter and BJP activist from Maharashtra, threw black paint on him...   More...
In America, leftists torpedo Narendra Modi’s US speech
WASHINGTON: Modistas and leftists continue to duke it out in America. A coalition of secular groups that has been campaigning against efforts by Modi camp followers to politically rehabilitate the Gujarat chief minister in the US...   More...
India commissions its newest warship INS Vikramaditya
RUSSIA: On a cold morning marked with a chilling spell of snow, India commissioned its latest warship and the biggest one yet – the 44,500 ton Vikramaditya aircraft carrier at Severdovinsk on Saturday. Despite the bone jarring cold...   More...
Amit Shah used cops to snoop on woman for ‘Saheb’: News portals
NEW DELHI: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s close aide and former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah was on Friday accused of misusing his powers and police machinery...   More...
India ought to be included in UN Security Council: British PM Cameron
KOLKATA: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said that United Nations should include India in the Security Council. “The UN ought to include India in the Security Council as a permanent member,” Cameron told ...   More...
No harm in legalizing sports betting: CBI director
NEW DELHI: With betting in IPL tournament estimated to be around Rs 66,000 crore business, CBI director Ranjit Sinha on Tuesday said there is no harm in legalising betting as there was no point in a ban which cannot be enforced.   More...
Narayan Sai declared proclaimed absconder in sexual assault case
SURAT: A local court on Monday declared Narayan Sai, son of controversial self-styled godman Asaram, evading arrest for over a month in connection with a sexual assault case lodged against him by one of the two city-based sisters, as a proclaimed absconder.   More...
Over 10,000 feared dead in Philippines typhoon
MANILA: The Philippines government’s disaster relief agency on Sunday said at least 4.4 million people have become homeless in areas hit by super typhoon Haiyan. Around 86,513 families or 4,03,503 people were housed in 1,425 evacuation centres...   More...
About 1,200 feared killed in typhoon-devastated Philippines
MANILA: About 1,200 people are believed to have died when one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded hit the Philippines, the head of the local Red Cross said here on Saturday.   More...
Major attack averted in Chhattisgarh, 50 kg IEDs found ahead of Sonia, Modi rallies
RAIPUR: Security forces averted a possible landmine explosion by defusing two IEDs weighing 50 kg in Dantewada area of poll-bound Chhattisgarh, where Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi ...   More...
Trader shot dead, tension mounts in Muzaffarnagar
MUZAFFARNAGAR: Tension mounted in Shahpur town of the district after a middle-aged trader was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Following the murder of Irffan (40), angry locals went on a rampage...   More...
Armed militants ambush police vehicle, kill five cops in Meghalaya
SHILLONG: Five policemen were on Tuesday gunned down by suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants in heavily forested area of Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district, a top police official said...   More...
Congress showcases achievements of 15 years through songs, videos
NEW DELHI: The ruling Congress in Delhi has now turned to songs and celluloid in a bid to showcase the government’s achievements under Sheila Dikshit over the last 15 years.   More...
Shweta Menon alleges molestation, Kerala MP denies
KOLLAM (KERALA): Actress Shweta Menon was allegedly molested by an ‘elected representative’ from the area at a function here, sparking strong protests from the Malayalam film fraternity and women outfits, which demanded stern action against the politician.   More...
World’s largest orange diamond to be auctioned in Geneva
GENEVA: World’s largest orange diamond to come to auction will go on sale next week in Switzerland, with the rare gem expected to fetch a record $17-20 million (14-16 million euros), auctioneers said on Friday.   More...
Maoists made Bihar a bridge for movements in Nepal, India: JIC
NEW DELHI: The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) headed by the cabinet secretary has criticised the Bihar police and central security forces for not carrying out counter-intelligence operations against Maoist.   More...
Pakistan Army is helping infiltration, says Antony
NEW DELHI: Taking on the Pakistani military establishment for the spate of violent incidents on the border in Jammu and Kashmir in recent weeks, Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday said that infiltration has been increasing with...   More...
4,402 test dengue positive in Delhi
NEW DELHI, The number of those testing positive for the dengue virus in the national capital reached 4,402 on Monday, the municipal health officer said. There were 4,207 cases on Thursday last.   More...
UP government to give Rs 5 lakh each to 1,800 families displaced in Muzaffarnagar riot
LUCKNOW: The Akhilesh Yadav government has decided to give Rs 5 lakh financial assistance to over 1,800 displaced Muslim families in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts. The money will be given for rehabilitation...   More...
District election officers asked to ensure proper arrangements for assembly elections
BHOPAL: Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind has asked all collectors and district election officers to convene regular meetings of standing committee apart from management of photo electoral rolls, polling booths, electronic voting ...   More...
Brain attacks as serious as heart attacks, says expert
KOLKATA: With strokes or brain attacks on the rise in India, an expert on Sunday stressed on monitoring of high blood pressure - a prime cause of such attacks and called for them to be taken as seriously as heart attacks.   More...
Digvijay slams Modi model of development, says Gujarat CM lacks ‘guts’ to face a debate
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday fired another salvo directed at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, questioning his model of development in Gujarat.   More...
Ceasefire Violation: Pakistan troops open fire at 10 Indian posts, 2 BSF jawans injured
JAMMU: Two BSF jawans were injured on Friday as Pakistani troops opened fire at ten border out posts and civilian areas along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts.   More...
Govt rules out re-think on decision to create Telangana, says Shinde
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday ruled out going back on the decision to create Telangana but gave no indication of timeframe for achieving it. It also did not rule out imposition of President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh.   More...
No respite from power blackout in Seemandhra, cyclone threat adds worries
HYDERABAD: Seemandhra got no respite from power blackouts for the fourth day on Wednesday while talks with striking government employees failed and a cyclone threat added to the worries of the Andhra Pradesh government, which faced...   More...
Kailash says, Sushma proposed Modi’s name as BJP’s PM nominee
INDORE: Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijaywargia on Tuesday said the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj had proposed the name of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial...   More...
BJP workers oppose MLAs, demand change of candidates in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: It seems that the convincing speech from chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the powerful discourse by Narendra Modi during the massive workers’ convention held here on September 25 have failed to pacify the irate BJP workers.   More...
US is determined to hunt al-Qaida leaders around world, John Kerry says
TRIPOLI/MOGADISHU: US raids in Libya and Somalia that captured an Islamist wanted for bombing its Nairobi embassy 15 years ago show Washington’s determination to hunt down al-Qaida leaders across the globe...   More...
BJP seeks prosecution of Nitish Kumar, Shivanand Tiwari in fodder scam
PATNA: Buoyed by the conviction of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case, the BJP on Saturday, mounted an attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari demanding their ...   More...
I am not comfortable with idea of Modi, says Naveen Patnaik
BHUBANESWAR: Rejecting any possibility of reviving electoral ties with the BJP, Odisha chief minister and ruling BJD president Naveen Patnaik on Friday said he was not ‘comfortable’ with the idea of Narendra Modi becoming ...   More...
US submits list of 10 defence technologies for transfer to India
WASHINGTON: The US has submitted a list of 10 defence technologies for transfer to India, bringing it into a small group of closest allies with which America shares such sensitive details without export control. Informed Indian ...   More...
NIA special court finds 13 guilty of recruiting Kerala youth for terror camps
KOCHI: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday found 13 accused guilty in the sensational Kashmir terrorist recruitment case but acquitted five others. Those convicted include Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative   More...
Modi misguiding country, ignoring Gujarat which made him CM: Congress
NEW DELHI: Congress on Sunday dismissed Narendra Modi’s charge that Rahul Gandhi had undermined the Prime Minister’s authority by attacking the ordinance on lawmakers and alleged that the Gujarat CM was ‘misguiding’...   More...
Militants open fire at Army vehicles, policemen in Srinagar; area cordoned off
SRINAGAR: In a shocking incident, some suspected terrorists on Saturday opened fire in the heart of Srinagar. According to reports, motor cycle-borne terrorists opened fire between the Sanat Nagar and Hyderpora bypass road of Srinagar.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will be pioneer state in world during next five years
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 143 development works costing over Rs 151 crore at Shahganj in Sehore district on Thursday.   More...
Powerful earthquake kills 45 in Pakistan, creates new island in sea
ISLAMABAD: A major earthquake hit a remote part of western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and prompting a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast.   More...
BJP Mahakumbh may throw life in Bhopal out of gear
BHOPAL: More than two lakh residents in the surroundings of the BJP Mahakumbh venue, Awadhpuri, will be under duress when the rally kicks off on Wednesday. BJP on Sunday claimed that the turnout likely to cross 7 lakh, sending alarm ...   More...
Israeli forces enter Nairobi mall, Kenyan president’s nephew, fiancee among dead
NAIROBI: Israeli forces have joined Kenyan efforts to end a deadly siege by Somali militants at a Nairobi shopping mall, a security source told AFP Sunday. “The Israelis have just entered and they are rescuing the hostages and the injured,” ...   More...
To counter BJP’s Modi, Congress reaches out to like-minded parties
NEW DELHI: With Narendra Modi’s nomination as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, the Congress on Friday sought to reach out to like-minded parties including the Left, underlining that communalism has emerged as ...   More...
Will not live in India if Modi becomes PM, says Kannada writer Ananthamurthy
BANGALORE: Jnanpith awardee and acclaimed Kannada writer Dr UR Ananthamurthy has said he will not live in a country with Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, triggering angry reactions from BJP which said he was free to leave India.   More...
BJP levys Rs 5 entry fee on party workers to attend Modi’s meet in Bhopal
BHOPAL: The BJP has charged its party workers Rs 5 per head for attending a mass meeting organised by the party to be held here on September 25, which will be addressed by its Prime Ministerial candidate, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.   More...
Revenue Department disposes of maximum 14 lakh cases
BHOPAL: As compared to other departments, Revenue Department has disposed of maximum applications under Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act-2010. Till last month, Revenue Department has disposed of 14,09,263 applications...   More...
Four killed, several injured in firing at US Naval base
WASHINGTON: In a brazen attack, an armed gunman on Monday killed at least four people and wounded several others in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a Navy official has said. “Four people were...   More...
Nitish predicts doomsday for BJP, says Modi's elevation will help Congress
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said the BJP might end up only helping the Congress and other parties by projecting Narendra Modi as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate. Predicting doomsday for BJP...   More...
Honour, dignity of state’s people will be safeguarded: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid foundation stones for over Rs 10 crore construction works at village Karpa in Anuppur district on Friday.   More...
Complaint against Digvijay for gifting prime land to Asaram’s trust
INDORE: The issue of allotment of a piece of prime land to jailed self-styled godman Asaram’s trust for his ashram here in 1998 by the then Digvijay Singh-led Congress government has reached the court...   More...
Shobha Oza defends Digvijay Singh on ‘tunch-maal’ comment
BHOPAL: Newly appointed Mahila Congress national president Shobha Oza on Wednesday defended AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh on his controversial ‘tunch maal’ comment. Addressing a press conference at the Congress office ...   More...
Muzaffarnagar violence toll climbed to 50, curfew relaxed for two hours
MUZAFFARNAGAR; While the official death toll in the violence that has gripped Muzaffarnagar since Saturday climbed to 34 on Tuesday, sources said the toll was likely to be cross the 50 mark. Police sources said 34 victims have been identified...   More...
Candidate will have to give details of expenditure within 30 days of election results
BHOPAL: Election expenses monitoring system will be in place in every Assembly constituency for monitoring day-to-day election expenses of candidates during the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections this year.   More...
Wrestling stages comeback, beats squash, baseball for Olympics berth
Buenos Aires: Wrestling completed an unprecedented Olympic comeback on Sunday, reclaiming its spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after beating bids from rivals squash and baseball/softball in an International Olympic Committee vote.   More...
FDA launches online registration system for food material dealers
BHOPAL: Through an online process, food material dealers in the state can register themselves and obtain licences from anywhere, according to a press release. The process will benefit about 7 lakh traders. Public health and family welfare minister...   More...
Vested interest opposes filling up of Indira Sagar dam: NVDA
BHOPAL: Narmada Valley Development Authority on Friday said that opposition to filling up Indira Sagar Dam up to full tank level is the result of misguiding villagers by some vested interest and is totally unjustified.   More...

NEW DELHI: To mark the 1000th death anniversary of pioneer physician Abul Qasim Al-Zahrawi and to highlight his wide-ranging contribution to medicine, the New Delhi-based Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) has decided to...   More...
Indian author who wrote on her escape from Taliban killed in Afghanistan
KABUL: Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, 49, whose book about her escape from the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film was shot dead by militants outside her home in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, police sources said on Thursday.   More...
With BJP support, UPA Pension Bill gets LS nod after 8 years
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, creating a modern pension system with a statutory regulator to serve 460 million workers.   More...
Unannounced Israel-US missile test fuels jitters over Syria
JERUSALEM: Israel tested a US-backed missile system in the Mediterranean on Tuesday but did not announce the launch in advance, prompting a disclosure by Russia that kept the world on edge as the United States weighed an attack on Syria.   More...
Sonia Gandhi flies to US for medical check-up
NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday left for the US for her regular medical check up and is expected to be back in eight days.   More...
Syria hails ‘historic American retreat’ after Obama’s hesitation to attack it
BEIRUT/PARIS: Syria hailed an ‘historic American retreat’ on Sunday after President Barack Obama delayed an imminent military strike by deciding to consult Congress.   More...
India asks its citizens to leave Syria
NEW DELHI: India on Saturday asked all its citizens to leave Syria amid escalation of violence there and the US moving closer to military intervention in the war-torn country. Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said the earlier advisory...   More...
Congress leaders lobbying for Vidarbha state
NEW DELHI: After the decision on Telangana, lobbying has begun for formation of a seperate state of Gondvana-Vidarbha comprising Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and four adjoining districts of Madhya Pradesh.   More...
IM terrorist Yasin Bhatkal arrested near Indo-Nepal border
NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen co-founder and one of India’s most wanted terrorists, Mohammed Ahmed Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal, who was wanted in over two dozen terror cases across India and had dodged security agencies on several occasions...   More...
Dance bar raid: SP MLA brought girls to Goa, stayed with them, probe reveals
PANAJI: A day after Goa Police arrested six persons, including an Uttar Pradesh MLA, during a raid at a dance bar here, investigations have revealed that the accused brought the girls to the state on a trip and even stayed with them in a hotel.   More...
India has pressed Pakistan for extradition of Dawood, Hafiz Saeed: Shinde
NEW DELHI: The 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed are in Pakistan and the government has pressed for their extradition to India, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.   More...
Sonia unwell, admitted to AIIMS, condition stable
NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi was admitted to AIIMS hospital Monday night for a checkup after she felt unwell forcing her to leave the Lok Sabha while the voting was underway on her pet welfare legislation Food Security Bill.   More...
Syria military action: Russia warns US against repeating past mistakes
MOSCOW: Russia on Sunday warned the United States against repeating past mistakes, saying that any unilateral military action in Syria would undermine efforts for peace and have a devastating impact on the security situation in the Middle East.   More...
US Navy moves closer to Syria, Obama weighs options of direct engagement
WASHINGTON: US naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in...   More...
Two Indian women injured in indiscriminate firing by Pak
JAMMU: Two women were on Thursday injured in indiscriminate firing by Pakistani troops in Kerni area along the Line of Control in Poonch sector in fresh ceasefire violations, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.   More...
1,300 killed in chemical attack near Syrian capital Damascus
BEIRUT/AMMAN: Syria’s opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of gassing many hundreds of people — by one report as many as 1,300 — on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world’s worst chemical weapons attack in decades.   More...
Muslims have lowest living standard in India: Govt survey
NEW DELHI: Among various religious groups, Muslims have the lowest living standard with the average per capita expenditure of just Rs 32.66 in a day, says a government survey.   More...
SP government bans VHP’s Ram temple yatra
LUCKNOW: Even as the BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath was detained in Kanpur, while he was on his way to Jhansi to take part in the ‘Jalabhishek’ of a disputed temple, the UP government has decided to ban Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) proposed 84-kosi Yatra...   More...
Pak troops making serious mistake over ceasefire violations: Army
RAJOURI: Sending a strong message to Pakistan over repeated ceasefire violations and BAT attacks, a top Army commander on Sunday warned it was making a “serious mistake” and said a befitting reply would be given with ‘full force’ at the time and place of its choice.   More...
Rupee volatility: PM rules out possibility of India witnessing report of 1991
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday ruled out the possibility of India witnessing a repeat of the 1991 balance of payments crisis and also reversing the path to globalisation of the economy.   More...
Rise above vested interests to build national and state: Governor
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav said that rising above personal interests, people should take pledge for the unity, integrity, brotherhood and cooperation for building the state and the country.   More...
Maoists to observe ‘Black Day’ on Aug 15, security beefed up in trouble-prone areas
NEW DELHI: With the Communist Party of India-Maoists observing Independence Day as a ‘Black Day’ and mobilising its cadres in insurgency-affected states, security forces will be at highest alert in order to deal with any law and order situation that might arise on Thursday.   More...
Pakistan violates ceasefire again, targets 16 Indian posts
BHOPAL: Violating the ceasefire for the ninth time in the past four days, Pakistani troops targeted 16 Indian forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir resulting in heavy exchanges.   More...
Subramanian Swamy’s Janata Party merges with BJP
NEW DELHI: Subramanian Swamy Sunday announced the merger of his Janata Party with BJP ahead of the 2014 general elections. The announcement was made by Swamy in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh...   More...
Shuttler Sindhu ensures a medal as Saina, Kashyap crashed out of world championship
TIANHE (CHINA): India’s rising shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday created history by becoming the first Indian woman singles player to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships after scoring an upset win over Shixian Wang of China to enter the semifinals.   More...
Man who beheaded his five daughters to be hanged today
BHOPAL: Maganlal Barela, the man who beheaded his five daughters in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh in 2011, would be executed at central jail, Jabalpur on Thursday morning.   More...
Eight lakh cases under PSDG Act disposed of in July
BHOPAL: As many as 7,90,872 cases under the Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act were disposed of in Madhya Pradesh in July this year. Of these, 26,050 cases were disposed of in Indore district, Barwani 16,157, Alirajpur 1,719, Jhabua 6,212...   More...
India wins historic bronze at junior women hockey World Cup
MONCHENGLADBACH: Indian girls created history by winning country’s first ever bronze medal in the junior women hockey World Cup as they beat England 3-2 penalties, riding on striker Rani’s dazzling show, here on Sunday.   More...
‘Some agreement’ on stalled financial legislation
NEW DELHI: As Finance Minister P Chidambaram reached out to leaders of opposition in both Houses on Saturday, the BJP indicated agreement with the government on ‘some points’ of important financial legislation stuck in Parliament.   More...
People violating acid rules will invite strict action
BHOPAL: People violating existing rules and directives about sale and purchase of acid in Madhya Pradesh will invite strict action, whereas, immediate treatment and financial assistance will be given to the acid attack victims.   More...
NCP to back Vidarbha; protests for Gorkhaland to intensify
NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of a decision on a separate Telangana state, Sharad Pawar-led NCP on Wednesday said it fully supports formation of Vidarbha if the people of the region want it to be carved out of Maharashtra.   More...
India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected 12th President of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: India-born Mamnoon Hussain, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawqaz Sharif, was elected as the 12 President of Pakistan on Tuesday. He will replace the incumbent Asif Ali Zardari in September.   More...
Telangana: Centre rushes 1,000 additional paramilitary personnel to Andhra
NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry on Monday rushed an additional 1,000 paramilitary personnel to Andhra Pradesh to deal with any situation arising out of a decision on Telangana.   More...
MPs’ letters to Obama on Narendra Modi visa ‘original and authentic’
WASHINGTON: The controversy over Indian MPs’ letters to President Barack Obama for denying visa to Narendra Modi has taken a new turn with a California-based Forensic Document Examiner certifying that the signatures of the lawmakers are “original and authentic”...   More...
Raja Man Singh Tomar Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya will have film faculty
BHOPAL: Film faculty will be opened in Raja Man Singh Tomar Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya. Special cell will be formed at the University for compiling and preserving folk music.   More...
Man hacks estranged wife after chasing her down the road
BANGALORE: In a brazen attempt to kill his estranged wife, a 22-year-old autorickshaw driver chased her down the street and assaulted her with a machete. The couple had separated. The 21-year-old woman, Deepa, sustained a deep injury and fractured her arm, police said.   More...
‘Mahants’ groups open fire at Ayodhya’s Hanumangarhi temple, one killed, 2 critical
AYODHYA: One person was killed while at least two others were critically injured when a firing broke out between two rival groups of ‘mahants’ on the premises of famous Hanumangarhi temple here, close to disputed Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri mosque site.   More...
BJP is communal, never praised Modi as secular: Anna Hazare
NEW DELHI: Calling BJP communal, social activist Anna Hazare on Friday said he never described Narendra Modi as secular. “He (Modi) belongs to a party that sympathizes with only one community, and is against other communities.   More...
India’s mountain corps can’t match China’s military capabilities across LAC
NEW DELHI: India may not place any major component of the proposed mountain strike corps in Arunachal Pradesh as part of an effort not to further aggravate the tenuous ties with China.   More...
ArcelorMittal scraps Rs 50,000 cr steel plant in Odisha
NEW DELHI: In the biggest foreign investment pullout, world’s largest steel maker ArcelorMittal on Wednesday scrapped its USD 12 billion (Rs 50,000 crore) steel plant in Odisha over inordinate delays, problems in acquiring land and securing iron ore linkages.   More...
Income tax and customs officers to keep watch of election expenses
BHOPAL: Training will be imparted to income tax and customs officers here on July 18 for keeping a watch over elections expenses during ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Congress will not declare Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate: Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: The Congress will not declare Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha elections, senior party leader Digvijay Singh hinted on Friday while dismissing suggestions that BJP’s projection of Narendra Modi is a challenge to it.   More...
Madhya Pradesh disposes of 1.5 lakh cases under Forest Rights Act
BHOPAL: Pioneering in the implementation of Forest Rights Act, Madhya Pradesh has so far disposed of 1.5 lakh cases under the Act. This was informed at a meeting of advisory committee of Forest Department chaired by Forest Minister Sartaj Singh here today.   More...
Vindhya Valley mineral water popularity increases
BHOPAL: Vindhya Valley products like pickles, spices, besan (gram flour), flour, chilli powder etc have touched new milestones year after year through increased sales. Now, mineral water has also been added in its series of products.   More...
BJP ready for snap polls, will focus on good governance, development
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Monday said it has come into election mode and is ready for snap polls for which it has laid down a roadmap making good governance and development as its poll planks.   More...
Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana: 4391 cases sanctioned
BHOPAL: As many as 4391 cases have been sanctioned by banks till June 30, under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana launched since April 1 this year to help youths of Madhya Pradesh set up their own employment.   More...
Solar scam: Kerala ministers, leaders were in touch with main accused
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the solar panel scam continuing to turn the heat on Kerala’s Congress-led UDF Government, telephone call details gathered by investigators showed that several ministers and political leaders had made calls to the prime accused in the case Saritha Nair...   More...
Cabinet clears world’s largest food security ordinance
NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday decided to promulgate an ordinance to give nation’s two-third population the right to 5 kg foodgrain every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg.   More...
Four truck loads of cash, gold, diamonds seized in Mumbai
MUMBAI: In a raid that lasted six hours, a joint team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Income Tax (Vigilance) wing seized 102 bags, each containing packets of gold, diamonds and cash, after it intercepted four trucks at Mumbai Central railway station on Monday night.   More...
UN says over 11,000 still missing in Uttarakhand
NEW DELHI: A total of 1,350 people have been evacuated from Badrinath while over 3,500 remain untraced in flood-hit Uttarakhand even as UN agency estimated that the number of missing could be over 11,000.   More...
Congress may move resolution on statehood in Andhra Pradesh assembly
HYDERABAD: With many of its plans to break the impasse over the Telangana issue coming unstuck, the Congress is now reportedly toying with the idea of moving a resolution on the statehood demand in the next session of Andhra Pradesh assembly.   More...
Supreme Court asks Uttarakhand to airlift people, not make them walk
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Uttarakhand government not to force people caught in flash floods to walk long distances and said that they should instead be airlifted to safer places.   More...
Madhya Pradesh to appoint 1700 Ayush doctors
BHOPAL: Minister of state for Ayush Mahendra Hardia has said that process has been started to fill up 1700 posts in Ayush department. Advertisement to this effect has already been published in newspapers.   More...
Day after militant attack, Manmohan Singh says won’t let terror succeed
SRINAGAR: A day after militants killed eight Army personnel in Srinagar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday that “the nefarious designs of terrorists cannot succeed as the entire country stands united against them”.   More...
Govindpura will be developed as model industrial area: Gaur
BHOPAL: Urban Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur has said that Govindpura industrial area developed at Bhopal in year 1966 will be developed as model in the state.   More...
India beat England, rain to lift ICC Champions Trophy
BIRMINGHAM: Ravichandran Ashwin (2-15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-24) helped India beat England by 5 runs in the rain-truncated final to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Sunday.   More...
MP’s 46 districts receive above normal rainfall
BHOPAL: As on June 21, above normal rainfall has been registered in 46 districts of the state whereas normal and below normal rainfall has been registered in 2 districts.   More...
India advance to Champions Trophy with thumping win over Lanka
Cardiff: India outplayed Sri Lanka in all departments of the game on Thursday to advance to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy against hosts England. After restricting Sri Lanka to 181 for eight from their 50 overs ...   More...
Flood fury in Uttarakhand: MP to extend maximum cooperation
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to send a team of 7 senior officers led by Public Relations and Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma to bring back safely Madhya Pradesh’s people stranded in Uttarakhand and ensure relief and rescue operations there.   More...
Pak allocates millions of rupees for banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa
LAHORE: Pakistan’s Punjab province government has allocated over Rs 61 million in its budget for fiscal 2013-14 for the largest centre of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the parent body of banned terror group LeT that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.   More...
Kharge is Railways minister, eight inducted in Union ministry
NEW DELHI: In perhaps the last reshuffle and expansion of the Union council of ministers, Mallikarjun Kharge was made the Railways minister as eight more were inducted with veterans Sisram Ola and Oscar Fernandes making a comeback, on Monday.   More...
Ajay Maken resigns from Union ministry
NEW DELHI: Ajay Maken on Saturday resigned as a Union minister ahead of the reshuffle of the Council of ministers and that of the AICC expected next week. Maken submitted his resignation as Union minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation...   More...
Artisans will get job opportunity with dignity: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that traditional artisans’ occupations will not be allowed to be snatched. Every possible effort will be made to ensure that artisans’ living standard improves and they get employment opportunities with dignity.   More...
Link modern astronomy to ancient science: APJ Abdul Kalam
UJJAIN: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam said on Wednesday that modern astronomy needs to be linked with ancient science to ‘enrich’ it. “Astronomy is a subject of inquisitiveness, whose attraction will continue unabated and it should be linked with ancient science for enriching it...   More...
State’s first ultramodern planetarium at Ujjain will be function from June 12
BHOPAL: State’s first ultramodern planetarium has been completed. Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will inaugurate this unique astronomy structure at Basant Vihar, Ujjain on June 12 at 10.30 am.   More...
Sreesanth, others were acting at Dawood, Chhota Shakeel’s commands, MCOCA invoked: Police
NEW DELHI: In a sensational twist to the IPL spot-fixing scandal, Delhi Police on Tuesday said that Sreesanth and two other players were acting at the ‘commands’ of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, among India’s most wanted...   More...
Madhya Pradesh will be developed as number one state: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every possible effort will be made to make Madhya Pradesh number one state in development. He said that work is afoot for corridor for setting up industries in Sidhi, Satna, Rewa and Singrauli districts.   More...
Congress to defy Naxals, resume Parivartan Yatra from ambush site
RAIPUR: Unfazed by the dastardly attack by naxalites, Opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh will soon resume its ‘Parivartan Yatra’ from Keslur village near Jiram Ghati, the spot where its convoy was ambushed on May 25.   More...
BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale, treasurer Ajay Shirke resign
NEW DELHI: Two top BCCI officials, secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke, on Friday quit from their respective posts in a bid to put pressure on beleaguered cricket board president N Srinivasan in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing   More...
Suryanelli gangrape: Convict retracts from his allegation against PJ Kurien
THODUPUZHA: In yet another twist to the nearly two-decade-old Suryanelli gangrape, the lone convict in the case, Dharmarajan on Wednesday retracted his allegation that Congress leader and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien was involved in the sex scandal.   More...
China troops construct metal-top road 5km deep into Indian territory
NEW DELHI: India and China may have restored “status quo ante” after a 21-day military stand-off at the Depsang Bulge area in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector of Ladakh but regular face-offs between the rival troops all along the un-delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) continue as before.   More...
Rahul Dravid announces retirement
KOLKATA: Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, who provided inspirational leadership to the beleaguered Rajasthan Royals during IPL 2013, has decided to retire with the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 being his last assignment for the franchise.   More...
Britain names soldier killed in London, he had served in Afghanistan
LONDON: The British soldier butchered on the streets of London by two suspected Islamists was a 25-year-old father who had fought the Taliban in Afghanistan, the ministry of defence said on Thursday.   More...
Sonia, Manmohan slam BJP for disrupting Parliament, stalling bills
NEW DELHI: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday came down heavily on the BJP for disrupting Parliament proceedings and preventing crucial legislation from being passed.   More...
Cabinet sanctions Tantya Bhil Swarozgar Yojana for tribal youths
BHOPAL: The state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today sanctioned Tantya Bhil Swarozgar Yojana for tribal youths. The scheme will be implemented through banks. Under the scheme, loans worth Rs. 50 thousand to Rs. 25 lakh or more will be provided.   More...
Madhya Pradesh has highest growth rate in country
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh’s growth rate stood at 10.02 during year 2012-13. It was highest in the country. Similarly, the state’s agriculture growth rate was also adjudged as highest in the country last year.   More...
Traditional businesses will also be promoted in state: CM
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that traditional trades and business will be promoted in the state to reduce burden of population on agriculture.   More...
Nawaz to invite Manmohan Singh to oath-taking ceremony
LAHORE: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who is set to form Pakistan’s new government after an emphatic win, on Monday said he would be “very happy” to invite Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his swearing-in for a record third term as premier.   More...
India has right to build infrastructure along border, says Antony
PANAJI: Days after the stand-off with China over intrusion in Ladakh, India on Saturday defended its right to build border infrastructure and said Army and Air Force will continue to shore up their capabilities “on our own land”.   More...
SDPI hails stepping down of Union ministers Bansal, Ashwani Kumar
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has hailed the stepping down, though belatedly, of Union ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar.   More...
Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay loses battle for life
CHANDIGARH: Six days after he was attacked by a fellow inmate in a Jammu jail, Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, 52, died at the PGIMER hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday morning.   More...
CM makes many announcements at tribal villages in Budhni
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday interacted with people at tribal-dominant villages Khajuri, Dabri, Sankota and Itawa Khurd in Dongar belt of Budhni area in Sehore district and made a number of announcements for them.   More...
Indians in Saudi Arabia asked to regularise papers or leave
DUBAI: Indian Ambassador in Saudi Arabia has appealed to the Indian community in the country to utilise the 3-month grace period to either regularise their stay or return to India with dignity, after the Kingdom adopted a new labour policy.   More...
MP has to become pioneer not only in country but world also
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that development is meaningless unless its benefits reach the poor. He said that it is the responsibility of the government to remove common people’s problems and uplift their living standards.   More...
After Chinese pullout, India to beef up Army presence along LAC
NEW DELHI: After the pullout by Chinese troops from Daulat Beg Oldi area of Ladakh, infrastructure development programme along the line of actual control is expected to be stepped up besides beefing up of the presence of Army there.   More...
Israeli warplanes strike Syrian capital, target Iranian missiles
BREIRUT: Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital on Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon\'s Hezbollah militant group...   More...
Heart care possible at home, says US specialist
BHOPAL: Improvement in tele-health monitoring technology has made ‘heart care at home’ possible yielding similar results as hospitalisation, said Dr Eiran Gorodeski, a US-based expert on heart failure and cardiac transplantation medicine...   More...
Pak prisoner attacked in Jammu jail; condition ‘stable’, says India
NEW DELHI: The condition of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay was ‘stable’, India said Friday while terming as ‘regrettable’ the incident in Jammu jail where he was injured during a scuffle with another inmate and assured the guilty will be punished even as Pakistan sought his urgent repatriation.   More...
Play positive role in making Madhya Pradesh child marriage-free
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has written letters to ministers, ministers of state, MPs and MLAs urging them to play positive role in making Madhya Pradesh child marriage-free.   More...
Strict steps will be taken to prevent atrocities on women and children
BHOPAL: Now, stricter steps will be initiated to prevent atrocities on women and children in Madhya Pradesh. Crimes will be regularly reviewed by constituting committees comprising officers in districts.   More...
MP will launch intensive campaign to prevent child marriages
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government will launch an intensive campaign to prevent child marriages this year. Directives have been issued to district collectors to chalk out an advance action plan and strategy to prevent child marriages firmly by launching a campaign.   More...
India asks Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh
NEW DELHI: India on Monday asked Pakistan to release death row convict Sarabjit Singh, whose condition remains critical after being brutally assaulted by jail inmates in Lahore, and demanded that a through investigation be done into the attack to ensure punishment to the guilty.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will not lag behind in race for development
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that it has been resolved to make Madhya Pradesh number one state in the country. Madhya Pradesh will not be allowed to lag behind in the race for development in any case, he added.   More...
Chinese troops have pitched tents 19-km inside Indian territory: Govt
NEW DELHI: The government on Friday told a parliamentary committee that Chinese troops have pitched tents 19-km deep inside the Indian territory in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and that efforts are underway to ensure that the status quo is maintained.   More...
Cabinet sanctions Rs 6464 crore for 8 irrigation projects
BHOPAL: The cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Wednesday accorded administrative sanction for 8 irrigation projects with a designed irrigation capacity of 4,16,783 hectares, costing Rs 6464 crore.   More...
1300 piped water schemes restarted in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: The Public Health Engineering Department has restarted 1300 piped water schemes last year with a view to ensuring drinking water supply in rural areas of the state.   More...
Sensitiveness towards women should not erode: Chief Secretary
BHOPAL: Chief Secretary R Parasuram undertook detailed review of the efforts to curb crimes against women and sensitiveness towards them here on Monday. Expressing concern in the context of some recent incidents, details of the efforts being made by the State Government were also put forth before the meeting...   More...
Earthquake in China’s Sichuan province kills 157
BEIJING: At least 157 people were killed and more than 5,500 injured when a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked southwest China’s Sichuan province on Saturday.   More...
MP will give Rs 10 lakh for martyrs, incapacitated in terroris, naxal attacks
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government will give Rs 10 lakh financial assistance and other facilities to the officers and personnel of Army and Central paramilitary forces martyred and incapacitated in terrorist, naxal attacks and internal security action.   More...
Harda ahead of Punjab and Haryana in agriculture growth
BHOPAL: Harda district of Madhya Pradesh has gone ahead of Punjab and Haryana in agriculture growth, says chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said uninterrupted 24-hour power supply would be started in the district by May-end.   More...
Madhya Pradesh registers five-fold rise in tax revenue
BHOPAL: Constant increase in Madhya Pradesh’ own tax revenue has played an important role in unprecedented development and growth of the state in last nine years. The tax revenue has gone up about five times during the period.   More...
Petrol price cut by Re 1 per litre
NEW DELHI: Petrol price was cut by Re 1 per litre, effective from Monday midnight - the third reduction in rates in one month. The price cut, which was made possible because of fall in international oil prices, excludes local sales tax or VAT.   More...
After Sreesanth’s explosive claim, Modi says he will consider releasing ‘slapgate’ video
NEW DELHI: Claiming that he has got the only copy of ‘slapgate’ video, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi on Friday claimed that the BCCI had not made the footage of the incident public on the suggestion of its vice-president Arun Jaitley and said he would now consider releasing it.   More...
Ancient coins unearthed while digging in Mandsaur district
BHOPAL: Labourers unearthed an urn containing ancient coins while digging foundation for a house of a farmer in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. The farmer has handed over the urn and the coins numbering 36 to the local police station.   More...
BHEL fails to achieve target, profits down to Rs 686 crore
BHOPAL: For the first time in the last three years, the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Bhopal unit has failed to achieve its annual target and reported a decline in its net profit also from Rs 811 crore last year to Rs 686 crore in 2012-13.   More...
Parents of girls commissioned in Army will get Rs 10,000 honorarium per month
BHOPAL: Honorarium worth Rs 10,000 per annum will be given to parents whose daughters are commissioned in the Army. The State Government is committed for the welfare and rehabilitation of ex-servicemen, their widows and dependents.   More...
World Bank lauds National Livelihoods Mission achievements in state
BHOPAL: Better achievements under National Livelihoods Mission in Madhya Pradesh have been lauded by the World Bank. Representatives of the World Bank held detailed discussions with Additional Chief Secretary Panchayats & Rural Development Aruna Sharma   More...
Madhya Pradesh amends Minor Minerals Rules 1996
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government has amended the state’s Minor Minerals Rules 1996 for ensuring environmental protection and putting an effective check on illegal transportation of minerals in the state.   More...
Next year power tariff will be reduced by 5 percent, says Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shiva Singh Chouhan has said that by May 2013, all the districts of the state will get round the clock electricity and next year the state will become power surplus, and the state will be in a position to reduce power tariff by 5 per cent.   More...
AIMPLB demands Rs 25 lakh compensation to terrorist-tagged innocent Muslim youths
UJJAIN: The 23rd conference of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, (AIMPLB), has called upon the Government of India and the state governments to take initiatives for redressing the grievances of Indian Muslims of interference in their Islamic family laws known as Muslim personal laws or Shariah.   More...
Roll back cut-down on interest rate on small savings, CM writes to Chidambaram
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the Union Government to roll back its decision to cut down interest rates by 0.1 per cent on various small scale savings instruments for the financial year 2013-14.   More...
Maulana Rabey re-elected Muslim Personal Law Board president for 5th time
BHOPAL: Noted Muslim cleric of national and international repute Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadwi has been unanimously re-elected president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, (AIMPLB), an apex body of Muslims, for the fifth time on Saturday.   More...
HC allows media to cover Dec 16 Delhi gang rape case trial
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday allowed media to cover the day-to-day proceedings of the trial in the December 16 gang rape case which was being heard behind closed doors till date.   More...
MP to spend Rs 22,000 crore on wheat procurement this year
BHOPAL: Arrangements of Rs 22,000 crore are being made for procurement of wheat on support price during the year 2013-14 in Madhya Pradesh. Adequate funds have been mobilised to ensure that farmers do not face any difficulty...   More...
Chalk out blueprints of roads in districts after preparing master plan
BHOPAL: Public Works Minister Nagendra Singh has said that a blueprint should be chalked out as to how many roads are to be constructed in districts by preparing a master plan. Singh was chairing a meeting to departmental advisory committee here on Friday.   More...
Protesting attack on Christians in Pak IMS writes to Zardari, UN secy general, Manmohan Singh
BHOPAL: Bhopal-based Isai Maha Sangh(IMS), expressing anguish over the violent attack against Christians in Lahore, Pakistan, has written a letter to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.   More...
Focus on conservation of water, other ingredients of nature: Gaur
BHOPAL: Urban Administration & Development Minister Babulal Gaur has said, “We are moving much away from our culture and nature due to race for modernism. This distance is now visible in the shape of natural calamities frequently.”   More...
Mimani is chairman and Fernandes vice-chairman of CII state council
BHOPAL: Confederation of Indian Industry held the Madhya Pradesh State Annual Day 2013 here on Saturday. The Annual Day included a public session conference on Resurgent Madhya Pradesh...   More...
Prime Minister lauds fast-growing Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has lauded fast-growing Madhya Pradesh. He said that Madhya Pradesh which was once known as a BIMARU state has progressed at a rapid pace.   More...
Provide proper opportunities, market to rural craftsmen: Raghavji
BHOPAL: Finance minister Raghavji has stressed the need for providing proper opportunities to rural craftsmen and artisans to display and market their products.   More...
Collectors asked to furnish info on RTE implementation
BHOPAL: Commissioner, School Education Department on Monday issued notice to collectors to provide with the information pertaining to parameters under Right to Education (RTE) Act and their completion in their districts.   More...
Prakash Jha denies allegation of casteist remarks, insult to national flag
BHOPAL: Filmmaker Prakash Jha, on Sunday, denied allegations about insult to national flag or making casteist remarks against a local artiste during the shooting of his latest Hindi film Satyagraha.   More...
Hailstorm affects crops in 3.48 lakh hectare in 37 districts
BHOPAL: Crops in 3,48,574 hectare area spread over 37 districts of Madhya Pradesh have been affected by hailstorm that struck the state in February. Similarly, 6,158 villages have been affected by cold wave and frost in 20 districts in January last.   More...
Budget will provide particular benefits to Western states: Chairman, CII WR
BHOPAL: Commenting on the Union Budget, Pradeep Bhargava, Chairman, CII Western Region said, “This budget has a number of investments that would benefit the states in Western India.   More...
19 Crescent Academy students clear IAS Main
BHOPAL: Nineteen students of Delhi-based Crescent Academy have successfully cleared IAS main examination 2012, the results of which were announced recently. In the prelims (first stage) 30 students were successful.   More...
Police targeting only Muslim youths for Hyderabad blasts: SDPI
Bhopal: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), has vehemently condemned the investigating agencies probing the recent Hyderabad bomb blasts, in which 16 people were reportedly killed, for targeting only Muslim youths.   More...
39th Khajuraho dance festival begins today
BHOPAL: The seven-day 39th Khajuraho dance festival will begin at Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district from February 20. All dance performances will be presented at the festival after 7 pm.   More...
French films will be screened on Bharat Bhawan anniversary
BHOPAL: French filmmaker Francois Truffaut will screen his films as a part of the 31st anniversary celebrations of the multi-arts complex, Bharat Bhawan from February 13.   More...
India team bags first prize in International Balrang
BHOPAL: India bagged the first prize and Nepal stood second at the International Balrang-2012 which concluded at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) here on Friday.   More...
Tansen fest begins with Harikatha and Qawwali
BHOPAL: The prestigious Tansen Samaroh got underway at Hajira on Friday with traditional Shehnai recital, Harikatha, Milad, Chadarposhi and Qawwali.   More...
Varieties of dancing marigolds catch attention at Rose Garden
BHOPAL: Around 110 varieties of different coloured marigolds dancing merrily under the blue sky at the government rose garden on Link Road on Sunday caught the attention of visitors.   More...
‘Naya Kanoon’ shows conflicts of common man before independence
BHOPAL: Two plays, ‘Naya Kanoon’ and ‘1919 Ki Ek Baat’ based on the popular stories of Saadat Hasan Manto, were staged at Ravindra Bhavan on Friday.   More...
Ijtema begins with a call to youths to adopt constructive approach
BHOPAL: The 65th ‘Aalmi Tablighi Ijtema’, the global congregation by Tablighi Jamaat began here on Saturday with the Muslims clerics called upon the youths to channelise their energies towards constructive work.   More...

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Tibetan sweater fair-cum-sale draws huge crowd
BHOPAL: Woollens of various designs and hues attract huge crowd at the Tibetan sweater fair-cum-sale centres organised by Tibetan Refugee Sweater Sellers’ Association, Bhopal. The fair, started from November 7, will continue till the end of January.   More...
Sarwar Hussain’s sarangi recital enthrals audience
BHOPAL: Thumri and Tappa presented by Sarwar Hussain through Sarangi delighted the music lovers at Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Friday.   More...
Aishwaria’s enchanting Mohiniattam enthrals audience
BHOPAL: Classical dancer Aishwaria Warier enthralled audience with her enchanting Mohiniattam performance at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya on Tuesday. The programme was organised under the cultural event ‘Naman’.   More...
Week-long vigilance awareness programme concludes at BHEL
BHOPAL: The week-long vigilance awareness programme concluded at BHEL, Bhopal on Saturday with the prize distribution ceremony.   More...
Young managers’ programme begins at BHEL
BHOPAL: The third young managers’ programme (YMP) – ‘Gyan Sagar’ - for E3 and E4 level executives from various units was inaugurated at the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited Bhopal unit on Tuesday.   More...
Four-day Marathi Carnival from November 2
BHOPAL: The Marathi Utsav Samiti Bhopal will organise a four-day ‘Jatra Marathi Carnival’ at Old Campion ground, Arera Colony from November 2.   More...
Satiric plays ‘Dus Din Ka Anshan’ and ‘Asahmat’ staged
BHOPAL: ‘Dus Din Ka Anshan’ and ‘Asahmat’, the two plays written by Harishankar Parsai were staged at Mayaram Surjan Bhawan here on Sunday.   More...
Tahenguria brush pours down his fathomless love for nature on canvas
BHOPAL: Famous painter Anand Tahenguria has poured down his fathomless love for the nature on the canvas, which is on show at the art Gallery of Alliance Francaise on October 27.   More...
Indian culture, spiritualism and human relationship displayed deftly on canvas
BHOPAL: As many as 20 works, mostly based on abstraction and semi-abstraction, of four artists from different states are on display at Swaraj Bhawan on Friday.   More...
Anuradha Singh presents Sufi compositions, Thumri through ‘Kathak’
BHOPAL: Noted Kathak dancer of the city V Anuradha Singh presented Sufi compositions of Amir Khusro, Thumri and Bhajan through Kathak at Ravindra Bhawan on Monday.   More...
Pain of separation depicted in Videsiya
BHOPAL: Sanjay Upadhyay’s musical play ‘Videsiya’ beautifully depicts the pain of a woman because of her separation from her husband who goes to a city in search of livelihood.   More...
Mining impacts on bio-diversity, ecosystem discussed at IIFM enviro-conclave
BHOPAL: The mitigating plans and mining impacts on bio-diversity and ecosystem services were discussed at the one-day enviro-conclave organised at the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) here on Friday.   More...
Children enjoy Garba dance workshop
BHOPAL: Enthusiasm was witnessed among the children between the age group of 5 and 16 years during the Garba and Dandiya dance on Gujarati songs at Jawahar Bal Bhawan, Tulsi Nagar, on Friday.   More...
Techno cultural festival begins at Oriental Institute
BHOPAL: A three-day national-level techno cultural festival ‘Tech Acme 2012’ organised by the Oriental Institute of Science and Technology in association with IETE, MPCST and Oriental University Indore, began on Wednesday in the Group’s auditorium.   More...
Patwardhan’s Sarod recital regales audience
BHOPAL: Sarod recital by Sachin Patwardhan, who hails from Indore, delighted the music lovers at Shaheed Bhawan on Monday. It was part of the horizon series programme ‘Sur Bahar’.   More...
Bharatnatyam turns out to be a real source of entertainment
BHOPAL: The concluding day of the three-day Bharatnatyam fest ‘Bhavanubhav-2’ turned out to be a real source of entertainment for classical dance connoisseurs at Bharat Bhawan on Sunday.   More...
Inter-district youth festival begins at BU
BHOPAL: An inter-district youth festival of Barkatullah University was inaugurated at Gyan-Vigyan Bhawan of the university on Saturday.   More...
‘Rang Spand’ draws huge crowd of art lovers
BHOPAL: As many as 25 works of 10 artists were displayed at the ‘Rang Spand’ organised at the gallery of Alliance Francaise on the second day of the eight-day painting exhibition.   More...
‘Duhai Lukeman’s comic punch cracks audience up
BHOPAL: The play ‘Duhai Lukeman’ packed a comic punch and cracked the audience up at Ravindra Bhawan on Friday. The theatre buffs that gathered at the auditorium only chuckled and chortled at each dialogue which was racy and clipped.   More...
Nightingales of Mar Baselios College hold the light, pledge to serve society
BHOPAL: Mar Baselios College of Nursing on Tuesday celebrated the lamp lighting ceremony of the 3rd and 4th batch students at Ayodhya Nagar.   More...
Hindi has unique quality to unite the country: Governor
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Tuesday said, “Hindi has the unique quality of coordinating between various Indian languages. It is a lingua franca of the country.”   More...
Juhi Chawla exhorts students to help underprivileged children
BHOPAL: Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla on Tuesday visited HEMA Higher Secondary School, BHEL. She was welcomed in the traditional Kerala style by school band.   More...
‘Dulari Bai’ staged in memory of Vibha Mishra
BHOPAL: A play ‘Dulari Bai’ was staged at Shaheed Bhawan on Monday, the first day of the four-day drama festival. Directed by Mohan Dwivedi and written by Mani Madhukar, the play was organised by Mandap Theatre Group, Bhopal in the memory of noted theatre artist Vibha Mishra.   More...
Convert your passion into profession, Rana exhorts engineering students
BHOPAL: Bollywood actor Ashutosh Rana on Sunday exhorted the engineering students to convert their passion into profession and pressure into pleasure.   More...
Play ‘Waqt Ke Karahte Rang’ deals with pains of in-laws
BHOPAL: A play ‘Waqt Ke Karahte Rang’, which deals with the pain of in-laws towards their widow daughter-in-law, was staged at Shaheed Bhawan on Saturday.   More...
Play ‘The First and Last’ staged at Bharat Bhawan
BHOPAL: ‘The First and Last’, a play, written by John Galsworthy was staged at Bharat Bhawan here on Wednesday. Directed by Gopal Dubey, the play, presented by Bhoomika Theatre Group, Bhopal, is based on three characters Kith, Larry and Vanda.   More...
Badal Raag soaks audience with notes of flute
BHOPAL: Different kinds of Malhar Ragas and Kajari delighted the audience on the concluding day of the three-day ‘Badal Raag-10’ at Bharat Bhawan on Sunday.   More...
Dhrupad, Santoor recitals captivate music lovers
BHOPAL: The students of ‘Dhrupad Sansthan’, Bhopal and Santoor maestro Pt Bhajan Sopari on Friday presented Dhrupad and Santoor recital at Antrang Hall of Bharat Bhawan.   More...
‘I am Subhash’ brings Bose’s inspiring tale alive
BHOPAL: The play ‘I am Subhash’ directed by Chandrahas Tiwari and written by Dinesh Nair was staged at the Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Wednesday.   More...
Sri Lankan artists paintings delight art lovers
BHOPAL: As many as 62 works of 62 artists, including paintings and sculptures, were on display at the ‘Rupam Together-5’ exhibition at ‘Rangdarshni Dirgha’ of Bharat Bhawan.   More...
Old melodies make audience nostalgic
BHOPAL: A hit song of Kishore Kumar, ‘Zindagi ke safar mein, guzar jate hain…,’ presented by a city singer Tapas Guha, delighted the music lovers at Ravindra Bhawan on Sunday.   More...
Tribal art work merge with modernism through brush
BHOPAL: A blend of modern and tribal art works of 18 artists in a group painting entitled ‘Colours of Malwa, A Fusion’ was exhibited at Saral Hotel.   More...
Niraj Yadav’s paintings on display at ICCR gallery
BHOPAL: Leading artist Niraj Yadav works were displayed at the gallery of ICCR in the state capital on Monday, the first day of the three-day solo painting exhibition. Nine abstraction-based works of Yadav were on display at the gallery.   More...
Nimadi folk songs enthral audience
BHOPAL: Nimadi folk songs, classical songs, Ghazal and sitar recital enthralled the audience on at Ravindra Bhawan on Wednesday.   More...
Mukesh’s voice has come alive through city singers
BHOPAL: The golden voice of playback singer Mukesh came alive through the various singers at Ravindra Bhawan and at BHEL cultural hall on Monday evening, remembering the great singer on his death anniversary.   More...
Goswami depicts inner feelings and relations between the object, space
BHOPAL: Senior artist Debesh Goswami has beautifully depicted the inner feelings and relations between the object, space and spectators through installation works at Rangdarshni Gallery of Bharat Bhawan.   More...
Aayushi’s maiden exhibition highlights various phases of woman’s life
BHOPAL: Based on the theme ‘Era of Woman’s life’, young artist Aayushi Jain highlighted the various phases of a woman’s life on canvas in the solo painting exhibition ‘Exuberance’, which began at Swaraj Vithika on Friday.   More...
‘Malti Madhav’ - lovers’ struggle ends on a happy note
BHOPAL: A play ‘Malti Madhav’ which portrays a love story was staged at Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Wednesday. It was based on Sanskrit play, ‘Malti Madhvam’, written by Bhavbhuti in seventh century.   More...
Expert relates Rock Art of MP to that of France
BHOPAL: Indira Gandhi National Museum of Mankind on Tuesday organised a Museum Popular Lecture in its Rock Art Heritage Building.   More...
‘Ped Shahadat Ka’ reminds sacrifices of freedom fighters
BHOPAL: A play ‘Ped Shahadat Ka’, based on the freedom struggle of 1857 was staged at Shaheed Bhawan on Sunday. Directed and written by Sateesh Dave, the play was presented by a group of Sargam High School, Ujjain.   More...
Jeetrai Hansda’s play ‘Fevicol’ stays audience fixed
BHOPAL: A play ‘Fevicol’ written and directed by Jeetrai Hansda, a final year student of National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi was staged at Bharat Bhawan on Tuesday.   More...
‘Miniature moments of Life’ entertains audience
BHOPAL: Three plays under a title ‘Miniature Moments of Life’ were staged at Antrang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Monday. The plays were directed by a final year student of NSD, Bimal Subedi and it was written by Craig Taylor.   More...
Movie on life of Adi Shankaracharya screened at Bharat Bhawan
BHOPAL: A Sanskrit movie ‘Adi Shankaracharya’ was screened at Bharat Bhawan on Sunday. The film was produced and directed by GV Iyer in 1983.   More...
Pt Pohankar presents classical songs,Bhajans at Bharat Bhawan
BHOPAL: Tansen award winner and eminent vocalist Pt Ajay Pohankar presented some classical songs and Bhajans at the Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Sunday.   More...
Fuhar Mela draws large crowd
BHOPAL: The 18-day ‘Fuhar Mela- 2012’ drew a large crowd at Bhopal Haat on Friday. The mela organised by MP Panchayat and Rural Development Department began from August 3   More...
Villagers protest Panna buffer zone notification, threaten demo on Aug 21
BHOPAL: People from more than a dozen villages on Friday staged demonstration and blocked the national highway in Panna district protesting the notification of buffer zone in Panna Tiger Reserve.   More...
Abhay Fagre, Nityanand Haldipur drench audience with velvety notes of flutes
BHOPAL: When the dark patchy welkin poured down, soaking the Bhopal streets on Sunday, inside the Antrang Hall of Bharat Bhawan, Abhay Fagre and Pt Nityanand Haldipur drenched the music lovers with the velvety notes of their flutes.   More...
Bharat Bharati deals with nation’s glorious past
BHOPAL: ‘Bharat Bharati’, a play that deals with the prosperous and glorious past of India, was staged at Shaheed Bhawan on Friday. Based on a collection of poems, the play was written by Rashtrkavi Maithilisharan Gupt and directed by Sanjay Mehta.   More...
Manav Sangrahalaya will celebrate indigenous peoples’ day
BHOPAL: The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya will organise various programmes and activities to mark the International Day of World’s Indigenous People celebrations at its Southern Regional Centre, Mysore from August 2 to 11.   More...
Photo exhibition on Nandi idols opened
BHOPAL: Culture minister Laxmikant Sharma on Tuesday inaugurated a photo exhibition on the idols of Nandi, organised at state museum.   More...
Alpana Shukla’s Ghir-Ghir Aaye Badarwa captivates audience
BHOPAL: The hall of Shaheed Bhawan was reverberated on Friday with the sounds of ‘ghungroos’ of noted Kathak danseuse Alpana Shukla Vajpeyi who belongs to Raigarh Gharana.   More...
Crowd treated with spiritual feelings
BHOPAL: The rain-soaked Sunday evening poured down spiritual feelings upon the crowds who gathered at the Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Sunday.   More...
Play Panchali_Yeh Wo Nahi depicts different forms of womanhood
BHOPAL: Different forms of womanhood in Draupadi have been beautifully depicted by director Deepu Das with the help of vibrant music and vivacious light through a play ‘Panchali – Yeh Wo Nahi’.   More...
Anam Rishte deals with human sensitivities
BHOPAL: A play ‘Anam Rishte’ which deals with human sensitivities was staged at Antarang hall of Bharat Bhawan on Wednesday. Based on a Bengali play ‘Daybaddho’, it was translated into Hindi by Parimal Bhattacharya and directed by Deepu Das.   More...
Uljhan shows conservative mindset of Indian society
BHOPAL: A play ‘Uljhan’ which depicts the conservative mindset of society towards the relationship of a man and a woman was staged at Shaheed Bhawan on Monday. The play is based on the original story ‘Ek Istri and Ek Purush’, written by Dr Maheep Singh.   More...
Ramzan begins; Walled city will be lively till midnight
BHOPAL: The first fast of holy month of Ramzan was observed on Saturday. After the declaration of the beginning of Ramzan by the Ruiyat-e-Hilal committee, the ‘Tarabih’ was recited in the mosques of the city from Friday night.   More...
Frog marriage to woo monsoon on display at Museum of Mankind
BHOPAL: An open-air exhibition, the ‘Mythological Trail’ at Indira Gandhi National Museum of Mankind Bhopal has drawn the attention of all the visitors at the first glance.   More...
Mrignayni’s ‘Fabric of MP’ draws large crowd
BHOPAL: In view of the fast approaching important festivals, Mrignayni Emporium has organised a nine-day ‘Fabric of MP’ fair at New Market.   More...
Sonam shows five basic elements of life in colours on canvas
BHOPAL: The five elements of life has been painted with various colours and shades on a canvas at a solo painting exhibition of Sonam Sikarwar at Rangdarshani Gallery of Bharat Bhawan on Wednesday.   More...
Shrawan Mela attracts huge crowd
BHOPAL: Scents of 22 varieties from Kannauj, toys made in Ujjain, jute product of Satna, lac jewellery of Bhopal and sarees with new designs are displayed at Bhopal Haat on Monday.   More...
Nileema’s ‘Kare Badra Aa Re Badra’ delights audience
BHOPAL: ‘Kare Badra Aa Re Badra’, based on ‘Raga Desh’ sung by Nileema Chhapekar delighted the classical music lovers present at a programme Shastriya Gayan Sabha organised at Kala Vithika of Ustad Allauddin Khan Kala Akademi on Sunday.   More...
Words of Music: French music merges into Hindi through Rudra Veena
BHOPAL: Alliance Française de Bhopal, an Indo-French Cultural Centre, with the support of French Embassy of India on Saturday organised a poetry recital entitled ‘Words of Music’ at the Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan.   More...
‘Talchhat’ is a struggle to keep alive dreams and desires
BHOPAL: ‘Talchhat’ based on Maxim Gorkey’s ‘Lower Depth’ was staged at Ravindra Bhawan on Friday. The play was part of the first day of the three-day ‘Dikshant Samaroh’ of Madhya Pradesh Natya Vidyalaya in association with the directorate of culture and Madhya Pradesh Sanskriti Parishad.   More...
Play ‘Dayan’ shows evil practices prevalent among people
BHOPAL: ‘Dayan’, a play based on the story written by Mahashweta Devi and directed by Nizam Patel was staged at Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Wednesday.   More...
‘Aaj Rang Hai’ tells about importance of communal harmony
BHOPAL: A musical play ‘Aaj Rang Hai’ based on a love story with a backdrop of communal riots was staged at Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Thursday.   More...
Eye-catching abstract-art exhibition creates a new world for viewers
BHOPAL: An eye-catching three-day solo-painting exhibition organised by leading artist Anand Prakash in the art gallery of Indian Council for Cultural Relations situated on the premises of Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet And Kala Akademi created a whole new world for the viewers.   More...
Hit numbers of Guru Dutt’s films captivate audience
BHOPAL: The hit numbers of legendary actor, director Guru Dutt’s films sung by city singers in a programme ‘In Search Of Guru Dutt’ captivated the music lovers of the state capital on Sunday.   More...
‘Adhuri Script’ ignites patriotic feelings
BHOPAL: The play ‘Adhuri Script’, based on 26\11 terror attack in Mumbai was staged at Antarang Hall of Bharat Bhawan on Thursday.   More...
Dhrupad, Pakhwaj recital enthral music lovers
BHOPAL: Dhrupad singing and Jugalbandi and Pakhawaj recital presented by vocalists and instrumentalists at a programme ‘Dhrupad Parv’ organised at Doordarshan Kendra here on Wednesday mesmerised the Indian classical music lovers a lot.   More...
Saga on untouchability touches the hearts of audience
BHOPAL: ‘Chandalika’, a ballet based on the poem of Rabindra Nath Tagore was staged at Shaheed Bhawan on Wednesday.   More...
MP will set a precedent for other states by restoring glory of Hindi: CM
BHOPAL: To set a precedent for other states, efforts would be made for restoring the glory of Hindi in Madhya Pradesh and in this direction, the State Government has decided to establish a Hindi Vishwavidyalaya.   More...
A date with nature at Chidikho
BHOPAL: Attractive tourist spot Chidikho is just 75 kilometers away from Bhopal. Chidikho is a lake, which looks like a bird with spread wings.   More...
Raza award exhibition from June 21
BHOPAL: Raza Award Exhibition will be inaugurated at Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet Evam Kala Akademi at 6.30 pm on June 21.   More...
Ranjit-Mohanlal relations sour?
Ranjit-Mohanlal relations sour? They have just worked on a film together, one that marked the reunion of director Ranjit and superstar Mohanlal.   More...
Model Anurita to make debut in Bollywood
Model Anurita to make debut in Bollywood Delhi-based model Anurita Jha has walked the ramp for fashion weeks in Delhi as well as Mumbai, and she's now set to debut in Bollywood with Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur”.   More...