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Kerala’s Adavi-Gavi tourism circuit a haven for visitors
Kerala “the God’s Own Country” has been a major tourist attraction since time immemorial for its palm-fringed beaches, Western Ghats hills, forests and wildlife. The state has also included Konni in Pathanamthitta district in the tourism circuit of the Central Tourism Department through ecotourism in Adavi in Thannithode Panchayat and Gavi....   More...
Indians demand government action after temperatures hit 51C
Residents of a city in the north-west of India have called for government action as temperatures reached 51C (123.8F), the highest the country has experienced since records began.   More...
‘God’s gift’ is not so unique
Many veteran BJP leaders holding high positions in these days are trying their level best to deify Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cult of Modi keeps on growing. After being portrayed as one of the strongest-ever prime ministers of India, Modi is now projected as "god's gift" to the country.   More...
Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa
Vatican: Pope Francis on Tuesday approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who was a symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and the destitute. The pontiff set September 4 as the date for her canonisation...   More...
A punch of political patriotism
The Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s economic agenda takes a backseat; and the campus politics is back, once again, reminding only of the days of early 70’s. Is the country drifting towards an emergency like situation?   More...
Climate change may have helped spread Zika virus: WHO scientists
The outbreak of Zika virus in Central and South America is of immediate concern to pregnant women in the region, but for some experts the situation is a glimpse of the sort of public health threats that will unfold due to climate change.   More...
Defeat devilish designs
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The repeated terrorist attacks on India, the largest democracy in the world, which has the third largest defence force having 13.25 lakh personnel and spends an annual budget of over 40 billion US dollar....   More...
Why is relationship pivotal?
If one molecule is broken, the entire bonding is affected, and as such, physical and chemical structures are entirely changed. Behaviour is also changed on a par. Human relationship is more or less like chemical bonding.   More...
Muscle exercise can help reduce lower back pain
Sydney: Exercises that improve coordination of muscles that support and control the spine offer a strategy to reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain, finds a new study.   More...
14 people killed in Southern California shooting
Los Angeles: At least 14 people were killed and 14 others injured in a shooting on Wednesday in San Bernardino City of Southern California and up to three shooters are still active, police said.   More...
Six reasons that scientists are sure global warming is happening
The Paris climate conference will set nations against each other, and kick off huge arguments over economic policies, green regulations and even personal lifestyle choices. But one thing isn't up for debate: the evidence for climate change is unequivocal.   More...
Climate change threatens livelihoods of 600 million Indians
India is home to 30 per cent of the world’s poorest, those living on less than $1.90 a day. Of the 1.3 billion Indians, 304 million do not have access to electricity; 92 million have no access to safe drinking water. And India is going to be hammered by climate change.   More...
Tension in J&K town after RSS show of strength on Dussehra
Bhaderwah: In Jammu and Kashmir, where expectations are high that the Prime Minister will bring with him the much-awaited economic package when he lands in Srinagar on Saturday, one town is still talking about Dussehra day.   More...
Control BJP members or risk losing credibility, Moody’s warning to Modi
New Delhi: Referring to the “ethnic tensions” in the wake of controversies over beef and other issues, Moody’s today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must keep BJP members in check or risk losing “losing domestic and global credibility”.   More...
India closes ‘rent-a-womb’ door to foreigners
New Delhi: The Government of India has said it would ban foreigners from using surrogate mothers in the country, a move likely to hit the booming commercial surrogacy industry.   More...
Processed meat can cause cancer, says WHO experts
Paris: Eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday in findings that could sharpen debate over the merits of a meat-based diet.   More...
RSS pushing ‘Hindu Rashtra’ agenda, says Admiral Ramdas
New Delhi: In an open letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas alleged that the “RSS and their network” were leading a “systematic and well orchestrated attempt to impose...   More...
Karakorum Highway: China spends billions of dollars to make business with Pak
Khunjerab Pass (Pakistan): Up here on what is often referred to as the world’s highest paved border crossing, there still are not many signs that billions of dollars in investment - and goodwill - could soon flow across these peaks in the Karakorum Mountains.   More...
Bishop at Vatican meet charges liberal peers with doing devil’s work
Vatican City: At one point during a major summit of the Roman Catholic hierarchy that ends this weekend, a senior conservative bishop took the floor inside the Vatican’s assembly hall and promptly charged his liberal peers with doing the devil’s work.   More...
UN chief Ban Ki-moon asks Israel, Palestinians to stop attacks
Jerusalem: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned that mounting violence in Israel and the West Bank risks “spinning out of control,” urging Palestinians to halt attacks and telling Israelis to refrain from harsh crackdowns.   More...
Pope asks for forgiveness for sex scandals in Vatican, Rome
Vatican City: Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Wednesday for scandals at the Vatican and in Rome, an apparent reference to two cases of priests and gay sex revealed this month during a major meeting of bishops.   More...
Article 370 is beyond abrogation, rules J&K High Court
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ruled that Article 370, granting special status to the state, has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution and the feature is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation.   More...
‘Primitive’ management will ruin HIV prevention programme in India: UN envoy
New Delhi: New HIV infections in India could rise for the first time in more than a decade because states are mismanaging a prevention programme by delaying payments to health workers, the United Nations envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific said.   More...
High alert in Israel after Palestinian deaths
Jerusalem: Tensions are soaring across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories as stabbing attacks and violent confrontations between protesters and soldiers continue to build momentum, despite calls from leaders on both sides for de-escalation.   More...
What an ISIS chemical strike did to one Syrian family
GAZIANTEP, Turkey: The warning from the front lines came by walkie-talkie. An Islamic State artillery position had boomed to the east, signalling that an incoming round was whistling toward Marea, a town on northern Syria’s agricultural flatland.   More...
Pope strongly condemns child sexual abuse; says rejecting gay marriage is ‘human right’
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRPLANE: Hours after meeting with sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia, Pope Francis on Sunday night again strongly condemned priests who molested children as “sacrilegious” and publicly acknowledged...   More...
Modi’s Silicon Valley swing: Who is wooing who?
New York: It is being called Narendra Modi’s Silicon Valley swing, a two-day visit to California where most of the global tech giants have their base, away from his more political agenda in New York. But what is still not clear is whether it is Modi wooing the tech companies or the other way round?   More...
Hajj pilgrimage: 717 dead in Mecca stampede
Mecca: At least 717 people have been crushed to death in a stampede outside Mecca and more than 850 injured in the deadliest disaster on the annual hajj pilgrimage in a quarter of a century.   More...
Doctors blame air pollution for sharp rise in respiratory diseases in India
A sharp rise in cases of chest and throat disease in India is being blamed by doctors on worsening air pollution in the country, which is now home to 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world.   More...
1150 militants in 17 training camps in Pak, PoK: Army Commander
Srinagar: Up to 1150 militants are in about 17 training camps in Pakistan and parts of Kashmir under its occupation and about 325 ultras are at launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) waiting to sneak in, a top Army commander said .....   More...
Modi’s popularity on the wane, says Rahul Gandhi
Mathura: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday trained guns on the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), accusing the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government of towing its line on all issues.   More...
Kashmir will never be a part of Pakistan, says Farooq Abdullah
London: National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has rejected the notion that the threat of a nuclear war would solve the Kashmir issue, asserting that the region would never be a part of Pakistan....   More...
Catholic nun found murdered in a convent in Kerala
Pala (Kerala): A Catholic nun was found dead in her convent in Pala on Thursday morning and the post-mortem report confirmed that she was murdered. Sister Amala was hit on her head with a metal object which led to her death, the report stated.   More...
Air pollution kills more than three million prematurely every year: Scientists
More than three million people around the world die prematurely because of air pollution, scientists have estimated. Most of the deaths occur in Asia, where large number of people in countries such as India and China use highly polluting methods...   More...
Pope Francis was target of arrested 15-year-old’s IS-inspired attack
Vatican City: US authorities arrested a 15-year-old last month for allegedly plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack that targeted Pope Francis, according to ABC News.   More...
Pope sees IS terrorists among Syrian refugees entering Europe
Vatican City: Pope Francis has warned against the risk that militants could slip into Europe under cover of a huge wave of refugees fleeing war in Syria but also said the migrant crisis could help reawaken the continent’s conscience.   More...
School principal, two nuns arrested on alleged molestation charge
Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh): The Chhattisgarh police on Saturday arrested three people, including principal Dhanna Swamy and hostel warden Krist Maria of Jyoti Mission School for their alleged involvement in the molestation case of a minor girl.   More...
Modi gives a short shrift to disabled kids of Bhopal gas victims
BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit to Bhopal, known for the world’s worst industrial catastrophe, gave a short shrift to disabled kids born to the gas victims and looked the other way when they wanted to draw his attention towards their unending woes.   More...
2011 census: Hindu population in India declines by 0.7 per cent
New Delhi: The Muslim community has registered a moderate 0.8 per cent growth to touch 17.22 crore in the 10 year period between 2001 and 2011, up from 13.8 crore, while Hindus population showed a decline by 0.7 per cent at 96.63 crore ...   More...
Muslim women reject ‘Triple Talaq’, polygamy: Survey findings
NEW DELHI: More than 90 per cent of Muslim women surveyed in India want the “triple talaq” divorce ritual and polygamy banned from family civil law in the country, a study by a women's rights organization said on Friday.   More...
APC killed, trooper injured as Naxals ambush at patrol party
Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh): An Assistant Platoon Commandant (APC) of Special Task Force (STF) was killed while another trooper suffered minor injuries in a fierce exchange of fire between the security forces and the Maoists in the dense forest near Banjarin temple ...   More...
NHRC observes several flaws in Chhattisgarh nun rape probe
Raipur (Chhattisgarh): In a major blow to the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh state, the National Human Rights Commission has found several flaws in the investigation of the case related to the rape of a nun in the state capital.   More...
Muslims fear rising tide of Hindu nationalism in Narendra Modi’s India
Since India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year, the country's Muslims have expressed growing concerns about a spate of inflammatory statements made by Hindu nationalist leaders and activists.   More...
Quoting Quran, Islamic State enshrines a ‘Theology of Rape’
Iraq: In the moments before he raped a 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain her that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him ...   More...
Five top Maoists surrender; Naxals set four tripper lorries ablaze
KANKER: Following Chhattisgarh police assurance of “safe surrender and fair treatment”, five top Maoists, including two women cadres, on Monday surrendered before police in the Naxal-infested Kanker district.   More...
Jawahar Thayankari wins Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala
Alappuzha: In a heated contest under calm weather, Jawahar Thayankari won the 63rd Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada backwaters here on Saturday. With thousands of fans cheering from both the banks of the lake, Jawahar Thayankari clinched....   More...
Hundreds of tourists stranded as road link to Pachmarhi cut-off
BHOPAL: Hundreds of tourists remain stranded as road link to the hill station, Pachmarhi, has been cut-off from the entire state because of the overflowing Denwa River.   More...
People’s President Abdul Kalam passes delivering lecture on ‘Liveable Planet’
Shillong (Meghalaya): Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, one of the most popular presidents of India, died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture to business management graduates in the northeastern city of Shillong.   More...
Union Agriculture minister sees love affairs behind farmers’ suicides in India
New Delhi: Dowry, love affairs and impotency were among the reasons for the suicidal death of over 1,400 farmers in India this year, claims Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.   More...
Narendra Modi lavishes praise on Tharoor for his Oxford debate
New Delhi: A day after he got a reprimand from his party chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Thursday received handsome praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his debating skills, creating flutters in political circles about the timing of his remarks.   More...
Unwed mother gets life term for strangulating her new-born babe
Mahasamund (Chhattisgarh): A Chhattisgarh court has sentenced an unwed mother to life imprisonment, while awarded three-year rigorous imprisonment to her mother, for allegedly strangulating the new-born babe and hiding the body in the chamber of a toilet.   More...
ISIS terrorists target enemies with ‘chicken suicide bombers’
LONDON: Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists are using birds strapped with explosives to target the enemy, a media report said on Tuesday. Pictures of the radical group using bomb vests strapped to poultry have emerged on social media...   More...
Chhattisgarh government gives approval for prosecution of two IAS officers
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh government on Monday gave its approval for the prosecution of two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, for their alleged role in the Public Distribution System (PDS) scam, on the charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy...   More...
India will be Hindu nation by 2020, claims VHP patron Ashok Singhal
New Delhi: Terming the victory of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the 2014 general elections as a “revolution” in the country, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) patron Ashok Singhal claims that India will be a Hindu nation by 2020.   More...
Vyapam scam: Chouhan bows before public outcry, requests HC to order CBI probe
Bhopal: Bowing to public outcry, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday requested the High Court to order a CBI probe into the Vyapam case, including the large number of deaths of people allegedly linked to the scam.   More...
Vyapam death toll rises: Trainee woman SI found dead in Sagar lake
Jhabua (MP): Troubles mounted for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam, as a woman trainee sub-inspector recruited by the state Professional Examination Board was found dead in a lake.   More...
Two inmates escape in a broad daylight jail-break in Chhattisgarh
Kawardha (Chhattisgarh): The district sub-jail is embroiled in an embarrassing fiasco after two of its inmates scaled its boundary wall to their freedom in a broad daylight jail-break on Monday.   More...
Supreme Court legalises gay marriage across US in landmark ruling
WASHINGTON: In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.   More...
Islamic State attack in northeast Syria has displaced 60,000 people: UN
BEIRUT: An Islamic State attack on the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka is reported to have displaced 60,000 people, the United Nations office in Syria said on Friday, warning that up to 200,000 people may eventually try to flee.   More...
Nun raped in Chhattisgarh: Associations agitate; accuse police attempts to downplay
RAIPUR: Braving heavy downpour, several organisations on Monday staged demonstrations here, protesting against the manner in which Chhattisgarh Police is handling the case of sexual assault on a nun at a medicare centre in the state capital.   More...
Man who wanted a son throws two daughters into well
Balod (Chhattisgarh): A 32-year-old farmer has allegedly killed his two minor daughters by throwing them into a well after his wife refused to have another child to satisfy his demand for a son at Bheem-Kanhaar village in Balod district of Chhattisgarh...   More...
One church’s sunset means a new day for another
Attendance at the Southern Baptist church on Scenic Drive had dwindled to about 15 most Sundays. The potted plant by the pulpit was from yet another member’s funeral. There was $5,000 in the church bank account ...   More...
Scientists find new strategy to starve HIV to death
LONDON: Scientists have found a new strategy to starve the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to death – by blocking its sugar and nutrient pipeline.   More...
Ireland’s gay marriage legalisation is a ‘defeat for humanity’, says Vatican
Vatican: A senior Vatican official has attacked the legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland. The referendum that overwhelmingly backed marriage equality last weekend was a “defeat for humanity”, he claimed.   More...
Two children burnt alive by aunt and her paramour
BHILAI (Chhattisgarh): In a heinous and heart rendering incident, two children were burnt alive in Utai village of Durg district in Chhattisgarh state on Monday noon. According to police sources, the children were presumably killed by setting them afire...   More...
Jan Militia Commander Ajit Dugga arrested
Kanker: Ajit Dugga, a 31-year-old Maoist, serving as Jan Militia Commander, was arrested on Saturday by security forces during a joint operation conducted in forest hamlet of Temrupani in Kanker district.   More...
Pak copter crash kills Norwegian, Philippine ambassadors, Taliban claims responsibility
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed on Friday killing seven people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors.   More...
ISIS opens 5-star hotel for jihadist commanders in Iraq
LONDON: Dreaded Islamic State terror group has purportedly opened its own 5-star hotel complete with 262 rooms, restaurants, ballrooms and gym in Iraq’s Mosul city for its Jihadist commanders, according to a media report.   More...
India evacuates 206 Keralites from war-hit Yemen
New Delhi: Two IAF C-17 aircraft carrying 190 and 168 Indians took off from Djibouti in war-hit Yemen to their respective destinations of Mumbai and Kochi on Wednesday night.   More...
124 Keralites stranded in strife-torn Yemen: NORKA
Kottayam: 124 Keralites, most of whom are nurses, are stranded in the strife-torn Yemen, the state government agency NORKA has reported. About 124 people have called in requesting for help but the number could rise...   More...
MP Governor’s son, accused in Vyapam scam, found dead at Lucknow residence
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Governor Ramnaresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav, an accused in the Vyapam Scam, has died under mysterious circumstances at his Lucknow residence on Tuesday night.   More...
Four held in Navi Mumbai church attack case
Mumbai: Three days after the attack on a church here, police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the case with the arrest of four persons. “Four persons have been arrested in connection with the attack on the Saint George Catholic church....   More...
Urban bodies asked to come forward for implementation of govt schemes
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged newly elected Mayors to take pledge for comprehensive development of cities. The state government will extend every possible cooperation for rebuilding of cities.   More...
Vyapam scam: Cong leaders submit ‘solid evidence’ to PM against Madhya Pradesh CM
NEW DELHI: A Congress delegation on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the Centre’s intervention in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and claimed to have submitted ‘solid evidence’ showing ...   More...
Church vandalised in Haryana, cross replaced with Hanuman idol
HISAR: An under-construction church in Kaimri village near here was vandalised by a group and the cross replaced with an idol of Hanuman, triggering tension in the area in Haryana.   More...
72-year old nun critical after gang-rape by bandits
KOLKATA: A 72-year-old nun has been gang-raped by bandits at a Christian missionary school in eastern India. According to reports, up to a dozen attackers broke in at around 1am on Saturday before tying up several of the nuns on the premises.   More...
India’s swine flu virus may have mutated into more dangerous form: Report
NEW DELHI: Samples from India’s latest swine flu outbreak, which has claimed more than 1,500 lives so far, suggest that the virus may have mutated into a more dangerous strain, according to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   More...
Suspected Hindu radicals attack Christian churches in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Suspected Hindu radicals attacked two churches in Madhya Pradesh recently. The attacks came a few days after police in Rajasthan state, allegedly tortured 20 Christians, reports christiannews.net.   More...
Delhi police launches Facebook page for Christians
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has launched a Facebook page to address grievances of Christian institutions and individuals in the wake of a series of attacks on Christian institutions in the city.   More...
Glaciers in eastern Himalayas melting: Report
KATHMANDU: Scientists have found fresh evidence of retreating glaciers in the eastern Himalayas in India and Nepal, though the water flow in numerous Himalayan rivers will not decline significantly, an international institute said here on Monday.   More...
Israeli PM warns US that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to bomb
Washington: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forcefully argued against a nuclear deal with Iran. Addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday he said that such an agreement would have the opposite effect of what the international community intends...   More...
Schoolgirls among 60 female Britons have joined Isis in Syria
ISTANBUL: Sixty British women and girls, including 18 teenagers, are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) militants, the UK’s top counter-terrorism police officer has said.   More...
ISIS militants take hundreds of Assyrian Christians captive, destroy ancient art
ISTANBUL: ISIS militants this week have taken hundreds of Assyrian Christians captive and destroyed irreplaceable works of ancient art. The latest to face the militants’ onslaught are the Assyrian Christians of northeastern Syria,...   More...
Girl suicide bomber kills five in Nigeria, 19 in suffer injuries
POTISKUM (Nigeria): A girl suicide bomber blew self up and killed five others on Sunday in an attack on a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, witnesses and a hospital source said.   More...
Three UK schoolgirls may have flown out to join IS
LONDON: Three schoolgirls have fled the UK in a feared bid to travel to Syria and join the brutal Islamic State (IS).   More...
US maintains hit list of two dozen ISIS operatives: report
Washington: The US is maintaining a hit list of about two dozen top Islamic State operatives in Iraq and Syria with the terror group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being the number one target, according to a media report.   More...
Modi vows to protect all religious minorities
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots.   More...
Egypt bombs ISIS targets in Libya after beheadings
TRIPOLI: The Egypt’s military has bombed targets in Libya, a day after a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians was released by Islamic State-inspired combatants.   More...
Kejriwal part of RSS plan for Congress-free India: Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday sought to give a new twist to AAP’s victory in the Delhi polls with party general secretary Digvijay Singh saying Arvind Kejriwal is part of the overall plan of RSS for a “Congress Mukt Bharat”.   More...
59 Christians reconverted to Hindu religion in Kerala
KOTTAYAM: As many as 59 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families, in Kerala’s Kottayam district were reconverted to Hindu religion under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Christmas day.   More...
Global carbon emission cut deal gets nod after marathon talks
LIMA: Negotiators on Sunday adopted a compromise draft for national pledges to cut global carbon emissions at marathon UN climate talks here that addressed all of India’s concerns and paved way for a new ambitious and binding deal ....   More...
UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for millions of children
NEW YORK: The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Monday declared 2014 a devastating year for children with as many as 15 million caught in conflicts in Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and the Palestinian territories.   More...
Over 150 people including 38 cops killed in Boko Haram raid in Nigeria
KANO (Nigeria): More than 150 people, including 38 police persons, died in a Boko Haram raid on the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu this week, officials told AFP on Wednesday.   More...
Using human shields Maoists kill 13 CRPF men in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR (Chhattisgarh): Thirteen CRPF personnel, including two officers, were on Monday killed while an equal number were injured in an encounter with Maoists in the Naxal stronghold of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh....   More...
Pope Francis and Orthodox patriarch pledge support for Mideast Christians
ISTANBUL: Pope Francis on Sunday joined forces with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to make a rare joint pledge of support for the embattled Christians of the Middle East.   More...
Missing Chhattisgarh girl sold for Rs 35K rescued in Delhi, trafficker held
RAIPUR: In a major breakthrough, Chhattisgarh police team in collaboration with Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini, traced an 18-year-old girl who went missing in 2006. She was rescued from a residence at North Delhi’s model town area on Wednesday evening   More...
Bulgarian security forces raid 40 homes and mosque, detain prayer leader
SOFIA: Bulgarian security forces raided over 40 homes and a mosque in southern Bulgaria on Tuesday to seize books and computers in a special operation aimed at uncovering radical Islamist activities.   More...
Kerala is a great land of faith, divinity, says Pope Francis
VATICAN: Lauding the Catholic Church in Kerala Pope Francis on Monday said that the Catholic Church in Kerala are places of divine invocations.   More...
Death toll rises to 13 in New York snowstorm
NEW YORK: The death toll rose to 13 on Friday from a killer snowstorm in western New York state where rising temperatures and heavy rain will compound misery by causing severe flooding into next week.   More...
Two Kerala-born Indian Catholics to be declared as saints in Vatican
THIRIVANANTHAPURAM: Two Kerala-born Indian Catholics will be declared as Saints in Vatican on November 23. Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, both now in the category of Blessed which is a stage closer to sainthood...   More...
Armed Palestinians kill four in Jerusalem synagogue attack
JERUSALEM: Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.   More...
Historic measure: Church of England gives final nod to women bishops
LONDON: The Church of England’s governing body on Monday rubber-stamped an historic measure allowing women to become bishops, paving the way for the first ordinations next year....   More...
IS jihadist claims beheading of US aid worker, 18 Syrians
BEIRUT: The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday claimed to have executed Peter Kassig, a US aid worker kidnapped in Syria, as a warning to the United States.   More...
Pope Francis denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God’
VATICAN: Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement Saturday, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation. Francis made the comments to the Association...   More...
Senior Cong leader Manak Agarwal resigns, blames central leaders of selling poll tickets
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh state Congress on Thursday received a rude shock when party vice-president and senior leader Manak Agarwal sent in his resignation from the post to the PCC office.   More...
Ebola death toll crosses 5,000 mark, Sierra Leone reports steep rise in cases
GENEVA: The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’s three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has raised to 5,147 out of 14,068 cases at the end of November 9, the World Health Organisation (WHO)...   More...
Mormon Church admits its founder Joseph Smith was polygamist with 40 wives
NEW YORK: The Mormon founder Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women, including a 14-year-old girl, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have acknowledged for the first time in a surprising revelation about their most important prophet.   More...
Defamation case: Gadkari, Digvijay trade charges in Delhi court
NEW DELHI: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and veteran Congress leader Digvijay Singh traded charges in a Delhi court which was hearing a defamation complaint filed by the BJP leader against the Congressman who stood by his statement.   More...
Global Conference on History of Islamic Medicine in Calicut from January 2-4
BHOPAL: A three-day International Conference on History of Islamic Medicine (Contemporary Medicine & Alternative Medicine) is to be organised from January 2-4, 2015 in Calicut in Kerala state.   More...
Modi paving ‘third revolution’ in India: Ex-Israel President
NEW DELHI: Nobel Prize winner and former President of Israel Shimon Peres on Friday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he is paving the 'third revolution' in India by combining tradition with the right technology to take the country to new heights.   More...
Al-Qaeda wants to turn India into war-torn Syria and Iraq: Intelligence officials
NEW DELHI: Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Al-Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major...   More...
Nikki Haley and Kamala Harris re-elected in US midterm polls
WASHINGTON: Indian-Americans had a mixed outing in the US mid-term elections with Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Kamala Harris re-elected as South Carolina’s governor and California’s attorney general respectively.   More...
Staying close to Obama in an elevator one day costs private security guard his job
ATLANTA: Kenneth Tate, a construction worker and corrections officer, working as a $42,000-a-year private security guard at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention was assigned to accompany President Obama...   More...
Digvijay Singh appears before Delhi court in Gadkari’s defamation case
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday appeared before a Delhi court after it issued a bailable warrant against him in connection with a defamation case filed by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.   More...
1984 Sikh killing was a dagger that pierced in the heart of India: Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday raked up the anti-Sikh violence that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and termed it was a ‘dagger’ in the centuries-old fabric of India’s unity.   More...
Islamic State militants kill over 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them
BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants executed over 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe’s opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.   More...
Pope declares evolution, Big Bang theory right and God isn’t ‘a magician with a magic wand’
VATTICAN: The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand,” Pope Francis has declared.   More...
Boko Haram militants abduct dozens of Nigerian girls
MAIDUGURI: Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced cease-fire and the hoped-for release of 219 schoolgirls held captive since April.   More...
US government approves gay marriages in six more states
WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday that the US government will recognise same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits.   More...
Dead hearts transplanted into living patients in Australia
SYDNEY: In a breakthrough, a team of doctors, including an Indian-origin surgeon, on Friday said they have successfully performed the world’s first heart transplant in Australia using a “dead heart”, a major development that could save many lives.   More...
Ebola still of grave concern in West Africa epicentre: WHO
GENEVA: Top Ebola experts on Thursday raised grave concerns about the worsening epidemic in West Africa as the number of infections soared to almost 10,000 and the death toll edged closer to 4,900.   More...
Islamic State militants intercept US arms drops to Kurdish forces
KOBANI: The Islamic State has released footage purporting to show weapons from a US airdrop to Kurdish forces that have been intercepted by the militants. The footage was allegedly shot in Kobani, the northern Syrian city...   More...
Turkey clears way for Iraqi Kurdish fighters to battle Islamic militants
SANLIURFA (Turkey): Turkey agreed on Monday to allow passage for Iraqi Kurdish fighters seeking to join Syrian Kurds battling the Islamic State, signalling another potential boost for embattled Kobane after US airdrops of weapons and ammunition.   More...
Pope receives bouquets and brickbats over Roman Catholic Church’s gay decision
VATICAN: Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church’s failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront ‘taboos.’   More...
Pope Francis may open Catholic Church doors for remarried divorcees and gays
VATICAN: Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies on Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church’s doors to remarried divorcees and gays.   More...
Make ‘Digital Madhya Pradesh’ for ‘Digital India’: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged for making “Digital Madhya Pradesh” for “Digital India”. He exhorted youths to dream big and cooperate in making India prosperous.   More...
ISIS, al-Qaeda may join hands to launch ‘multi-city, multiple’ attacks on India
MANESAR (Haryana): NSG, the country’s elite counter-terror force, on Thursday warned that global terror outfits like the dreaded ISIS and al-Qaeda could join hands and launch a “multi-city multiple attack” on India.   More...
Nurse accused of killing 38 patients by injecting fatal dose of potassium
ITALY: Police in Italy are investigating whether a nurse could have killed up to 38 people who have died in hospital in suspicious circumstances.   More...
Catholic bishops show unprecedented openness to gays, say they have gifts to offer church
VATICAN CITY: Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are ‘positive’ aspects to a couple...   More...
Foreign ISIS fighters to return their home countries to carry out attacks
LONDON: In a fourth propaganda video released on Sunday, militants from Islamic State (Isis) have shown the abducted British journalist John Cantlie delivering a message under duress.   More...
Ultramodern electronics chips will be produced in Bhopal
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh capital will get yet another gift in the form of a Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication unit for producing unique and ultramodern electronics chips. This will pave way for the state’s development in ultra high modern ...   More...
Investment proposals worth Rs 6.89-lakh crore made in Indore GIS
BHOPAL: Investment proposals worth Rs 6.89 lakh crore have been made during the Global Investors Summit that concluded at Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Friday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that every possible effort would be made ...   More...
Modi lavishes praise on Madhya Pradesh for prompt implementation of central schemes
BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his inaugural address of the Global Investors’ Summit at Indore on Thursday, lavished praise on Madhya Pradesh saying “it is the first state that has implemented Central schemes promptly.”   More...
Life after death! Scientific evidence suggests life can continue after death
Besides Biblical, there is scientific evidence to suggest that life can continue after death, according to the largest ever medical study carried out on the subject.   More...
Syrian town Kobani about to fall as Islamic State advances, says Turkey president
MURSITPINAR: Turkey president on Tuesday said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was “about to fall” as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.   More...
IS terror group plans to seize Iran’s nuclear secrets
LONDON: The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group plans to seize Iran’s nuclear secrets, unleash a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing and Nazi-style eugenics to consolidate and expand its self-declared caliphate, according to a seized policy manifesto of the dreaded outfit.   More...
North England Muslims term beheadings an insult to Islam, a cowardly act
LONDON: Muslims have condemned the murder of aid worker Alan Henning, branding it a “cowardly and criminal act.” In a strongly worded statement, the Muslims of the North of England said Henning had been a “local and national hero” ...   More...
Union Carbide chemical waste will be destroyed through incinerator
BHOPAL: In pursuance of the April 17, 2014 directives of Supreme Court, Central Pollution Control Board will destroy 10 MT chemical waste of Union Carbide through trial run. The state government and Madhya Pradesh Pollution ...   More...
Islamic militants behead seven men, three women in Syria
BEIRU: Islamic State beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, a human rights monitoring group said on Wednesday, part of what it described as a campaign to frighten residents resisting the militant group’s advance.   More...
Kid in kennel row: Kerala government shuts down school, principal gets bail
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Taking a serious view of a four-year-old Upper KG (UKG) child being locked up in a kennel as punishment by a teacher for talking during classes, the Kerala government on Tuesday ordered closure of the private school ...   More...
US-led coalition raids target jihadist oil, command structures in Syria
RAQA: US-led coalition warplanes on Sunday kept up their strikes against oil sites in Syria that fund the Islamic State group, as well as targeting the jihadists’ command structure. The air raids came a day after Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate...   More...
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa sent to jail, slapped Rs 100 crore fine
BANGALORE: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail in an 18-year-old corruption case and fined a staggering Rs 100 crore by a special court on Saturday whose verdict unseats her from the post...   More...
Three MNCs to produce advanced farm implements in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: With a view to provide advanced agricultural machines and implements to farmers, Madhya Pradesh government on Friday signed MoUs with three reputed companies of the world in the presence of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ...   More...
Pope Francis sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest
VATICAN: Pope Francis has dismissed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who was accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people in the United States, the Vatican said on Thursday.   More...
Slapping incident: Muslim cleric refuses to seek bail, says ‘Khuda will do him justice’
AHMEDABAD: Sufi Imam Mehdi Hasan, who was arrested for his controversial remarks on the Navratri festival, was assaulted by a youth outside the Thasra court in Kheda district, where he was produced by the local police on Wednesday.   More...
Obama pledges to form international coalition to fight Islamic militants
NEW YORK: US President Barack Obama has pledged to keep building an international coalition to defeat Islamic State militants, hours after America and five Arab nations launched airstrikes against the group in Syria.   More...
Compassionate appointment: Now married daughter, adopted progeny also eligible
BHOPAL: In a significant decision in the interest of employees, Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Monday approved draft including married daughters and legally adopted progeny in the list of person eligible for compassionate appointment.   More...
Pope Francis condemns Islamist militants
TIRANA Albania: Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be “the armour of God.”   More...
Vatican tightens security, fears ISIS attack on Pope
ROME: Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported on Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.   More...
Renowned learning centre Nalanda University reopened after 800 years
PATNA: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday inaugurated the revived Nalanda University, renowned as a centre for learning till it was burnt down 800 years ago by an invading Turkish army.   More...
World Bank lauds successful poverty alleviation efforts of Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: World Bank has lauded Madhya Pradesh for its widespread success achieved in poverty alleviation through livelihoods activities. The annual collective income of 3.25 lakh poor families has been assessed to Rs 1377 crore in the state.   More...
US probably to deploy ground forces again in Iraq
WASHINGTON: America’s top military leader has said US ground forces could be deployed again in Iraq, three years after they left the country.   More...
Kerala government evolves to fill liquor gap with traditional drink toddy
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala government decision to close 730 bars in the state has sparked off a sudden interest in toddy, the state’s traditional drink. Toddy tapped in Kerala is available in two varieties—one from coconut trees...   More...
Pharma Park will be established in Bhopal, says Union Minister Ananth Kumar
BHOPAL: A Pharma Park will be established in Bhopal, said Union Minister for Fertilisers, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ananth Kumar. Madhya Pradesh would become the first state in the country to produce medical devices....   More...
Sixteen people killed as bus falls into 300-ft deep gorge in Uttarakhand
DEHRADUN: Sixteeen people were killed and seventeen other suffer injuries when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a gorge in Tehri district of Uttarakhand on Saturday.   More...
Bar policy bares differences between Congress and Kerala government
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The new liquor policy of Kerala government seems have created differences between the Congress party and the government, if observations of members during the executive committee of the KPCC were any indication.   More...
Report: Indian Ocean region vulnerable to massive tsunamis
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka and much of the Indian Ocean region are vulnerable to as large or even larger tsunamis than the 2004 magnitude 9.2 Sumatra earthquake, a new study has warned.   More...
13 Madhya Pradesh teachers among 57 Indian educators leave for US training
BHOPAL: Thirteen Madhya Pradesh teachers among the 57 Indian educators left for the United States on Wednesday for a three-month residency at Arizona State University (ASU), under the India Support for Teacher Education Programme...   More...
Canadian astronaut living on Atlantic Ocean floor for a week
An astronaut is spending a week living at the bottom of the ocean to simulate and prepare for future space missions. Jeremy Hansen is currently on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base in Florida, about 20m (65ft) below the surface.   More...
Woman confined in bathroom for three years for dowry in Bihar
DARBHANGA: In a shocking case of human cruelty, a 25-year-old married woman was allegedly kept confined in a bathroom for the last three years by her husband and in-laws for not meeting their dowry demands, police said on Monday.   More...
Onam celebrated with fervour, nostalgia across the world
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Malayalis across the world on Sunday celebrated Onam, the national festival of Kerala, with traditional fervour and gaiety. Despite light rain in some parts of the state, the festival was celebrated with a lavish...   More...
CRPF suspends 17 personnel for inaction during Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh
NEW DELHI: In a strict disciplinary action, the CRPF has suspended 17 of its troopers, including four junior officers, for “inaction” after an inquiry found that they deserted their martyred colleagues during a deadly Naxal ambush ...   More...
Serious blow to Al-Qaeda: Shebab chief killed in US bombing raid in Somalia
American forces killed the leader of extremist Shebab militants in Somalia in a bombing raid this week, US officials announced on Friday, calling it a serious blow to Al-Qaeda’s terror network.   More...
India has highest number of suicides in the world: WHO report
GENEVA: India accounted for the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in 2012, according to a WHO report published in Thursday which found that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds globally.   More...
Obama vows to ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State, says US won’t be intimidated
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has vowed that justice will be done against the Islamic State after it beheaded a second American journalist. The US President said America would “not be intimidated” by IS violence and promised...   More...
Police close probe into forced conversion, say allegations false
NEW DELHI: Police on Monday called the allegations of “forced conversions” in a Greater Noida village false and closed investigation into the matter, with SP (Rural) Brijesh Kumar Singh stating that the complaint had been made by local BJP leaders in Kulesra village.   More...
UK plans to seize passports of Britons with suspected terror links
LONDON: Police will be given temporary powers to seize passports at UK borders of Britons they suspect are travelling abroad to fight with terror groups. It is one of the new measures announced by the Prime Minister to deal with the threat...   More...
Pak army chief summons commanders as political impasse, violence continue
ISLAMABAD: After night-long clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces that left three people dead and nearly 500 others injured, the situation continued to be tense even as the powerful Army Chief General ...   More...
Kerala Muslim cleric issues fatwa against ISIS; jihadists sell dozens of Yazidi women
KOZHIKODE: A Muslim cleric in Kerala on Saturday issued a fatwa asking the community to boycott the Islamic Sate also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organisations.   More...
President gives away National Sports Awards devoid of Khel Ratna
NEW DELHI: Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Friday in a ceremony...   More...
Islamic State fighters execute 250 Syrian soldiers
BAGHDAD: Islamic State fighters say they have “executed” 250 Syrian soldiers, as President Barack Obama prepares to hold crisis talks with his security aides. The soldiers were captured at the weekend when the Sunni militant group ...   More...
Criminalisation of politics is anathema to sacredness of democracy: Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: Criminalisation of politics creates a dent in the marrows of the nation which must be curbed, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said while asking the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers not to induct tainted people in their ministry.   More...
India bans Italian defence firm Finmeccanica from future contracts
NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday barred scam-tainted Italian defence firm Finmeccanica from participating in future tenders while deciding to carry out ongoing contracts with the group and its subsidiary Agusta Westland, more than a month...   More...
10 pilgrims killed in temple stampede in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Ten pilgrims, including six women, were killed and over 60 suffered injuries in a stampede in Kamtanath temple at Chitrakoot in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh on Monday morning.   More...
Kochi airport to introduce high-end robotic security system
KOCHI: As part of measures to enhance passenger safety, Cochin International Airport is all set to introduce a high-end robotic security system capable of remote handling of explosive devices and fire fighting and hijack situations among others.   More...
Prohibition takes communal turn: Hindu groups question Kerala govt decision
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The debate over ‘liquor-free-Kerala’ has taken a communal turn with two powerful Hindu organisations questioning the decision, while leaders of Christian and Muslim communities have given cheers to the Congress government.   More...
‘Good Days’ yet to dawn: Is Modi failed to give new direction to India’s listless economy?
NEW DELHI: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power in India’s most resounding election victory in decades, he promised to revive the sluggish economy, rein in rising food prices, tackle corruption and overhaul ...   More...
Kerala heading for total prohibition, only 5-star bars from April next
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The UDF government in Kerala is heading for a total prohibition in phases, as it has decided to shut down over 700 liquor bars attached to hotels below the five-star status, besides making Sundays ‘dry days.’   More...
Islamic militants behead US journalist James Foley in video
BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants have released a video that shows the beheading of a US journalist who went missing two years ago. The footage shows a masked man - speaking in English with an English accent - killing James Foley...   More...
Israel launches series of airstrikes after rockets fired from Gaza
JERUSALEM: Israel says it has carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after three rockets fired by Palestinian militants hit the south of the country. The latest round of violence meant a day-long truce that had been extended on Monday...   More...
Digvijay Singh calls RSS chief ‘Hitler’ for controversial remark
NEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday came under attack from political parties including the Congress and the Samajwadi Party for his controversial remarks that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.   More...
Islamic militants kill 400 Yazidis and abduct their families in Iraq
BAGHDAD: More than 400 Yazidi men have been killed and their families abducted by militants in northern Iraq, local officials have said.   More...
Madhya Pradesh to contribute its best to build glorious and strong India
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will contribute its best to build a glorious and strong India. With this in view all citizens of the state should take pledge to discharge their duties with total...   More...
Collectors ordered to implement master plans in all 50,982 villages of Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Concretising the concept of decentralised planning, Madhya Pradesh has prepared master plans of all its 50,982 villages and issued directives to all collectors for implementation of these master plans.   More...
Indian-origin professor Manjul Bhargava wins ‘Nobel Prize of Math’
NEW YORK: Manjul Bhargava, a Canadian-American teaching at Princeton University, has become the first mathematician of Indian origin to win the Fields Medal, the highest honour bestowed on scientists under the age of 40 ...   More...
Arjuna Award for Tom Joseph, four other Kerala players
KOTTAYAM: The long wait of Kerala volleyball star Tom Joseph for Arjuna Award ended on Tuesday as the Sports Ministry recommended his name for the prestigious honour.   More...
Kerala sets up medical desks at airports to screen passengers from Ebola hit countries
KOCHI: Taking a serious view of Ebola outbreak in West African countries, Kerala Government has set up special medical help desks in three international airports in the state to screen passengers arriving from affected places for the virus.   More...
Islamist militants execute over 500 Yazidi people in Iraq; some buried alive
BAGHDAD: Iraq militants have executed at least 500 Yazidi people, dumping their victims in mass graves across the north of the country, an official has said.   More...
I will fulfil expectations of people, says Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he will fulfil all expectations of the people of India. “After completing 60 days in office I am confident that we will be able to fulfil people’s expectations,” Modi said ....   More...
US bombs Islamist fighters advancing Kurdish region to prevent genocide
BAGHDAD: US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq’s Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent genocide.   More...
First ebola case treated in Europe; outbreak kills 932 people so far
A Spanish missionary infected with deadly ebola has become the first person to be treated in Europe. The outbreak has killed 932 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria since it first emerged in remote tropical forests earlier this year.   More...
Pope Francis’ 10 Commandments for leading a peaceful, happy life
“Stop efforts to convert people; save nature; stop forcing your opinion on others; switch off the television...” These are some of the main instructions in Pope Francis’s 10 tips for a life full of peace and happiness.   More...
Chhattisgarh girl immolates self after panchayat decision, betrayal in love
RAIPUR: A village panchayat decision, family’s accusations and the trauma of rejection by boyfriend provoked a 19-year-old girl to set herself ablaze at Janjgir-Champa district who died late on Monday at a hospital during treatment.   More...
Woman judicial officer accuses High Court judge of sexual harassment
NEW DELHI: Higher echelons of judiciary were on Monday hit by allegations of sexual harassment of a senior woman judicial officer by a high court judge with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha describing it as a “very serious issue”...   More...
Massive quake kills 150 people, topples 12,000 homes in China
YUNNAN: At least 150 people have been killed and more than 1,400 injured by an earthquake in southwest China. Some 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county in Yunnan province...   More...
Israel ready to wind down Gaza war, not to attend negotiations for truce
JERUSALEM: Israel on Saturday signalled it was winding down the 25-day-old Gaza war unilaterally, and said it would not attend Egyptian-hosted negotiations for a new truce and giving Palestinians who had fled fighting in one northern...   More...
One-year-boy battles for life, as mother breastfeeds him after cobra bite
BHOPAL: Doctors in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday have been trying to infuse life in a one-year-old boy, who was breastfed by his mother after she was bitten by a poisonous Cobra on Wednesday night.   More...
Over 25 percent Gaza population flee from homes, as Israel boosts troops
JERUSALEM: The United Nations has said more than 25 percent of Gaza’s population have fled their homes, as the US warns Israel the number of civilian casualties is ‘too high.’ UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told a UN Security ...   More...
17 killed as Israel strikes Gaza market during partial truce
JERUSALEM: At least 17 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a market, shortly after Israel said it was observing a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire.   More...
100 Palestinians killed in one day as Israel steps up military action
GAZA: Israel has stepped up its military campaign in Gaza, where more than 100 Palestinians have been killed on Tuesday alone and power supplies have been crippled by the destruction of the territory’s only power plant.   More...
Millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013, says US report
WASHINGTON: Millions of members of religious communities across the world were forced to flee their homes last year, the United States, in its annual report on religious freedom, said on Monday.   More...
Narendra Modi under fire for silence over communal violence in India
NEW DELHI: India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim in the past week, underscoring fears that his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations...   More...
Over 8 lakh malnourished children in Gujarat; Vadodara records highest numbers
AHMEDABAD: There are over 8 lakh malnourished children in Gujarat, the state legislative assembly was informed. According to figures tabled in the state legislature on Friday, there are over 8.44 lakh children who are underweight ...   More...
China plans extension of railroad to Indian boarder through Tibet
BEIJING: China plans to extend a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal by 2020, according to a report in People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.   More...
Israeli tank shells Gaza school; UN staff among 15 dead
JERUSALEM: At least 15 people have been killed, including a baby, after an Israeli shell struck a UN-run school in northern Gaza.   More...
ISIS insurgents set ancient church on fire as Christians are told ‘convert or die’
IRAQ: Radical insurgents in Iraq have reportedly set fire to a church, amid a wake of thefts and ultimatums directed at Christians in the country’s second-largest city of Mosul. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) wrestled control...   More...
Israeli shells hit Gaza hospital, four killed, 70 suffer injuries
JERUSALEM: Four people have been killed and 70 suffered injuries after Israeli tank shells hit a hospital in central Gaza, according to Palestinian medics. Thirty of those wounded in the attack were reportedly medical staff.   More...
Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation
LONDON: Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) including making it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases, says Prime Minister David Cameron.   More...
13 Israeli troops killed in airstrikes, death toll rose to 425 in Gaza fight
JERUSALEM: Thirteen Israeli soldiers have been killed in the ground offensive in Gaza as artillery strikes continue to target the sites of alleged rocket attacks.   More...
Israeli troops uncover Gaza cross-border tunnels, offensive claims 325 lives
JERUSALEM: Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation on Saturday as the Palestinian death toll climbed to 325 and diplomats scrambled...   More...
Madhya Pradesh gets award for use of silo storage capacity
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh gets award carrying Rs 1 lakh and letter of commendation for use of silo storage capacity in the state from the Union government. The novel initiative of safe storage of wheat in silo bags was undertaken at the behest...   More...
Can Prime Minister Modi clean the Ganges, believed to cleanse sins of devotees?
KANPUR: Standing on the banks of the river Ganges a day after his election triumph, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed, by cleaning up the filthy waterway beloved of India’s Hindus.   More...
India tops list of countries with largest share of global extreme poor: UN report
NEW DELHI: India tops the list of countries with the largest share of global extreme poor though the poverty rate in Southeast Asia as a whole saw a substantial fall from 1990 to 2010, a new United Nations report said.   More...
Modi raises border dispute, Chinese Premier Xi invites him for APEC meet
FORTALEZA: In his first meeting with China President Xi Jinping here on Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to resolve the border dispute and work together to tackle terrorism in the region.   More...
Church of England approves women Bishops, reverses previous rejection
LONDON: The Church of England has voted to allow women bishops for first time in its history. The decision, taken by the General Synod in York, reverses a previous rejection in 2012.   More...
Two percent of Catholic clergy are paedophiles, says Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised ‘solutions’ to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.   More...
Christian bodies threaten to move court against gram sabha resolutions
RAIPUR: Christian organisations have threatened to move court against the resolutions of Chhattisgarh Gram Sabhas (village councils) banning entry of non-Hindu missionaries in tribal Bastar region.   More...
NGT issues warrants against authorities for Kaliasot green belt encroachment
BHOPAL: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrants against errant authorities for their failure to stop unabated encroachments and constructions around green belt area of Kaliasot River.   More...
Government to implement Indian Financial Code to streamline regulations
NEW DELHI: Emphasising the need for a stronger legislative regulatory framework, the government on Thursday committed to bringing a new code for streamlining various regulations in the financial sector.   More...
Sonia says Modi government in ‘political witch hunt’ as Congress probed on taxes
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Narendra Modi-led government of a “political witch hunt” after tax authorities began probing her party as she and her son face allegations over misusing funds.   More...
Fatwa has no place in India, rules Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: Fatwa has no place in independent India and cannot be used to punish innocent, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled. The court said a fatwa has no legal sanction, and restrained Shariat courts from unilaterally issuing ...   More...
Gujarat Governor Beniwal shifted to Mizoram, Vakkam Purushothaman to Nagaland
NEW DELHI: Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal, who had frosty relations with Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of that state, was sent off to Mizoram in a reshuffle of governors effected by the government on Sunday.   More...
Nurses from Iraq return home to a happy reunion with family members
KOCHI: Bringing an end to their about a month-long ordeal, forty-six nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, on Saturday returned home by a special Air India flight to a happy reunion with their families here.   More...
Kerala nurses in Iraq freed from ISIS captivity, to reach Kochi Saturday morning
KOCHI: A group of 46 Indian nurses held captive by Sunni militants ISIS in strife-torn Iraq have been set free and were being brought back home in a special Air India plane, which left this evening for Erbil, a non-conflict zone.   More...
Over one lakh suicides in India every year: Report
NEW DELHI: Over 1,00,000 people commit suicides in India every year on an average. The number of suicides in the past decade has recorded an increase of 21.6 per cent, said a government report.   More...
Chouhan offers to retire from politics and life, if allegations proved
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he would retire not only from politics but also from life if even a single allegation against him were proved. The Congress is trying to derail and divert the inquiry into...   More...
Girls wearing short skirts in nightclubs a threat to Goan culture: Minister
PANAJI: Goa’s Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar wants to ban young girls from wearing short skirts to nightclubs of Goa. “Young girls wearing short skirts in nightclubs are a threat to the Goan culture,”...   More...
Trinamool MP Tapas Pal threatens to gun down CPM rivals, rape women
KOLKATA: West Bengal was stunned on Monday after Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal was caught on a video threatening to gun down his Marxist rivals and “unleash his boys for raping” women. He denied making the comments...   More...
Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India’s Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Western governments are rushing to visit India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment.   More...
Modi government accused of interfering with judicial independence
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces accusations that his government ran a campaign to block the appointment of a Supreme Court judge it believed was biased against it, fuelling a debate about judicial independence...   More...
Over a lakh Indian Shia Muslims ready to fight ISIS in Iraq
NEW DELHI: Some 30,000 Indian Shia Muslims have submitted their passports and are ready to travel to Iraq to defend Shiite holy shrines from the advancing Sunni Islamist insurgents by any means available.   More...
H1N1 kills woman in Kasaragod district, as Kerala reports 31 cases this year
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 25-year-old woman in Kasaragod district died of H1N1 taking this year’s toll in Kerala to five until today. This year, Kerala has reported 31 confirmed cases of H1N1, according to disease...   More...
Five killed in Bihar Rajdhani Express derailment, sabotage ruled out
PATNA: At least five people were killed when all 12 coaches and the engine of the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed in Bihar early Wednesday, police said. Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi ruled out sabotage although some 500 metres...   More...
Indian power sector will face $27 billion annual losses by 2017, says World Bank
NEW DELHI: India’s power sector will face annual losses of $27 billion by 2017 unless sweeping reforms are taken to tackle inefficient subsidies, theft and political meddling in utility companies, the World Bank said here on Tuesday.   More...
A Pakistani Christian convert on the run in Afghanistan to save life
KABUL: In a dank basement on the outskirts of Kabul, Josef read his worn blue Bible by the light of a propane lantern, as he had done for weeks since he fled from his family in Pakistan.   More...
Youth killed as security forces fire at stone-peling mob in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: A youth was killed and three people were injured on Monday when security forces fired at a stone-pelting mob in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.   More...
Rahul Gandhi lacks focus and takes a back seat during Kharge’s Lok Sabha speech
NEW DELHI: The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who was reluctant to lead the party in the Lok Sabha, was spotted sitting in a back row when veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the party in the lower house, took on the Narendra Modi government...   More...
India cracking down on foreign-funded charities allegedly costing its GDP
NEW DELHI: India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries.   More...
SDPI deeply concerned over violence targeting Muslims in Lanka
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has expressed deep concern over the deadly violence that has erupted in a Sri Lankan coastal resort where Buddhist hardliners are targeting Muslims by indulging in arson and violence against them.   More...
Madhya Pradesh cabinet takes important decisions for improving health services
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday took important decisions for improving health services in urban and rural areas of the state.   More...
Madhya Pradesh’s first one-stop aid centre ‘Gauravi’ opened for women in crisis
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh’s first one stop crisis centre (OSCC) for women was inaugurated in Bhopal on Monday. The facility will provide help and assistance to rape survivors and victims of dowry harassment, domestic violence...   More...
Launch of women’s honour, protection campaign ‘Gauravi’ today
BHOPAL: Women’s Honour & Protection Campaign “Gauravi” will be launched by the Health Department here on June 16. Actor Aamir Khan will be special invitee. Programme “Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere” will be held in the auditorium ...   More...
US court convicts computer scientist who fled to India after slaying his family
PONTIAC: A computer scientist who fled to his native place in India after the 2008 slayings of his wife and two children in their suburban Detroit home was convicted of Thursday of first-degree murder in their deaths.   More...
Hidden oceans found locked up deep in Earth’s rocky mantle
ILLINOIS: Deep within the Earth’s rocky mantle lies oceans’ worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research reveals. The results of the study will help scientists understand Earth’s water cycle, and how plate ...   More...
Narendra Modi among ‘negative faces’: Six arrested in Kerala
THRISSUR: Six persons, including four students of a government polytechnic in Kerala have been arrested on the charge of defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi by featuring his photograph in their college magazine under a list of “negative faces” ...   More...
US court dismisses 1984 case against Sonia Gandhi
NEW YORK: A US federal court in Brooklyn has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Sikh rights organisation accusing India’s Congress party president Sonia Gandhi of shielding party leaders allegedly involved in violence against Sikhs in November 1984.   More...
Prayers, precautions in West Africa to save people from Ebola virus threat
CONAKRY (GUINEA): One preacher advocated fasting and prayer to spare people from a virus that usually leads to a horrible death. Some people pray that the Ebola outbreaks, which are hitting three countries in West Africa, stay away...   More...
UP gang rape: Dalit girls raped and hanged ‘may have been victims of honour killing’
NEW DELHI: Two teenage girls who were gang-raped and then hanged from a mango tree in a village of Katra, Uttar Pradesh state may have been victims of honour killing, local officials have said.   More...
24 engineering students from Hyderabad feared drowned in Himachal river
SHIMLA: Around 24 engineering students from Hyderabad are feared to have been washed away this evening in the Beas near Thalot on Manali-Kiratpur highway, 40km from Mandi.   More...
Modi’s 11 commandments to union secretaries for ‘improved work culture’
NEW DELHI: Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with the Union secretaries on Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has sent them a note listing 11 directions to ensure “an improved work culture and work environment...   More...
North India reels under heat wave, power cuts; monsoon hits Kerala
LUCKNOW/KOCHI: Heat wave conditions intensified across north India on Friday with the mercury hovering between 46 and 48.4 degrees Celsius at several places. No respite was in sight in the coming days though the monsoon hit Kerala...   More...
Fasting revives immune system damaged by ageing or cancer: Research
CALIFORNIA: Fasting for at least two days regenerates immune systems damaged by ageing or cancer treatment, research has shown. The finding, demonstrated both in mice and cancer patients, has dramatic implications for human health, say scientists.   More...
India to seal $20bn deal for Dassault Rafale jets in three months
NEW DELHI: India expects to seal a multi-billion-dollar deal to purchase 126 combat jets from France’s Dassault Aviation within three months, according to a media report.   More...
Indian embassy in Ukraine evacuating 1,000 Indians from Lugansk
KIEV: The Indian mission in Ukraine has been facilitating the evacuation of 1,000 Indian nationals, particularly students, from the restive eastern region of Lugansk to Kiev, the Indian embassy said. The mission arranged 500 train tickets...   More...
Early chemotherapy extends lives of men with prostate cancer: Study
CHICAGO: Many men with prostate cancer put off using chemotherapy as long as possible, fearing its side effects. But a new study has found that men given chemotherapy early in their treatment for advanced disease lived a median...   More...
Union ministry expansion: Kerala may get a berth
NEW DELHI: Kerala may get a representation in the Union Ministry when Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands the council of ministers soon. The ministerial expansion is likely after June 20 and before the Budget session of Parliament.   More...
Rape victim’s mother attacked in Uttar Pradesh
LUCKNOW: Police in northern India have arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her complaint, an official said Friday, as investigators sought clues in a gang rape elsewhere in the state...   More...
Ignatius Aphrem II anointed Patriarch of Orthodox Church of Antioch
DAMASCUS: Mar Cyril Aphrem Karim was anointed as the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch here on Thursday. The 123rd Patriarch of Antioch will be known as Ignatius Aphrem II Karim.   More...
India’s rising middle class competing with America: Barack Obama
WASHINGTON: As a rising middle class – from Brazil to India – competes with Americans, and as new nations embrace democracy and market economies, the US has to be ready to respond to this new world order, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.   More...
Non-graduate HRD minister in Union ministry!
NEW DEKHI: The Congress on Tuesday taunted the BJP-led government saying the new Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani is not even a graduate, while the BJP retorted that the responsibility was given on the basis of leadership ability.   More...
Spiritual head of Malankara Orthodox Church Mar Baselios Didymus I passes away
KOTTAYAM: Catholicos Baselios Marthoama Didymus I, spiritual head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, passed away on Monday following prolonged illness at Parumala near here. He was 93.   More...
Patna blast accused Haider Ali wanted to form splinter group of SIMI
BHOPAL: Haider Ali, 25, alias Black Beauty - the alleged Patna blast accused arrested by NIA on Tuesday - wanted to build a splinter group of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) by inducting fringe elements...   More...
Madhya Pradesh chalks out master plans of 50,000 villages
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has taken a quantum jump towards planned development as master plans of its 50,982 villages have been chalked out to make basic facilities available in every one of them. This was informed at a review meeting of Planning...   More...
With Modi at helm, Shivraj Singh has to mend fences with Centre
BHOPAL: Ever since he took over the reins of the government in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has had a love-hate relationship with the Centre. While on one hand, the State received the ‘Krishi Karman Award’ from the Union government...   More...
Include issues benefiting women directly and indirectly: Aruna Sharma
BHOPAL: Budget-related officers should mainly keep in view the points in gender budgeting which benefit women both directly and indirectly. Besides, qualitative results and effects of statistical data should also be kept in view.   More...
Mild tremors felt in eastern Madhya Pradesh, no damages reported
BHOPAL: Mild tremors were felt in eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh including Jabalpur and Mandla on Wednesday night as earthquake struck in Bay of Bengal about 400 km south of Kolkata.   More...
Narendra Modi, India’s next Prime Minister, adopts a new tone
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, the son of a provincial tea seller, was overcome by emotion on Tuesday after members of his political group, the Bharatiya Janata Party, endorsed him as India’s next prime minister, telling the assembled crowd....   More...
US man files lawsuit seeking $2 undecillion, that’s 2 followed by 36 zeros, over dog bite
NEW YORK: A man in the US has filed a lawsuit over a dog bite, demanding what is believed to be the largest amount of compensation ever — $2,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.   More...
‘Missing Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down in military training exercise’
LONDON: The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was shot down during a joint Thai-US military training exercise and then the subject of an elaborate international cover-up — according to a book released about the lost plane that has caused ...   More...
Will miss working with you, Obama tells Manmohan Singh
NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama on Saturday called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon after he demitted office and said he was one of the few public leaders whom he ‘admired’ and that he would ‘miss’ working with him on ‘day-to-day basis.’   More...
Narendra Modi thunders to historic election win
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi thundered to victory on Friday in India’s election, trouncing the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives the Hindu nationalist and his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.   More...
Madhya Pradesh police slap fine of Rs 500 on Rahul Gandhi
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh police have slapped a fine of Rs 500 on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for violating Motor Vehicles Act during his road show at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh on April 10.   More...
Most expensive Lok Sabha polls ever: Government spends Rs 3426 crore
NEW DELHI: This was the most expensive Lok Sabha elections entailing a cost of Rs 3426 crore to the national exchequer, a substantial jump of 131 per cent over the expenses incurred in 2009.   More...
British woman in Hong Kong stabs 5m python with pocket knife to save dog’s life
HONG KONG: A woman has fought off a five-metre-long Burmese python by using a pocket knife to free her pet dog from its grip, the South China Morning Post has reported. Courtney Link, a British expatriate who lives in Sai Kung, Hong Kong...   More...
Hindu right wing throws weight behind Modi, sees reawakening in India
VARANASI: With India’s general election campaign in its final stages, the RSS has thrown its weight behind Narendra Modi, who has been active in the group since childhood and is now the front-runner for prime minister post, India’s highest office.   More...
Woman naxalite carrying Rs 1 lakh reward arrested in Kanker
KANKER: A woman naxalite carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head was arrested from a forested patch of Udanpur village under Koyalibeda police station of the insurgency-hit Kanker district, a senior police official informed here on Friday.   More...
Torrential rains pound Kerala, claim 2 lives, damage crops and property
KOCHI: Heavy rains triggered by a low pressure over the Arabian Sea pounded most parts of Kerala on Thursday, claiming two lives, including a woman, besides causing extensive damage to crops and property.   More...
Kerala shocked as Supreme Court finds Mullaperiyar dam safe
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that 120-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is safe and allowed the Tamil Nadu government to raise the water level to 142 feet and ultimately to 152 feet after completion of strengthening measures on the dam.   More...
Interpol arrests Ukraine national wanted in Indore fraud case in Germany
BHOPAL: Ukraine national Andrii Glukhovskiy Anatolievich, wanted by Indore police in a Rs 81-lakh fraud case, was arrested on Tuesday by Interpol in Germany.   More...
BSP leader announces Rs 1 crore bounty on Baba Ramdev’s head
CHANDIGARH: BSP Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha candidate Bhagwan Singh Chohan has placed a bounty of Rs 1 crore on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s head for his alleged “anti-Dalit” remarks.   More...
British prime minister David Cameron pledges to combat Islamism in schools
LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into a controversy over the alleged Islamist extremism spreading across the schools in UK. “I am hugely concerned about the allegations. I don’t want to see Islamist entryism, into our schools.   More...
No houses on rent for Indians in Singapore
SINGAPORE: Many online home rental websites in Singapore include the words “No Indians, no People’s Republic of China (PRC),” which is sometimes followed by the word “sorry”, leading to increasing rental discrimination in the city.   More...
Priyanka snubs Narendra Modi, says ‘I am Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter’
AMETHI: “I am Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter,” was Priyanka Gandhi’s terse reply on Thursday to purported comments by Narendra Modi that he considers her as his daughter.   More...
Digvijay Singh confirms relationship with TV anchor after photos go viral
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s acceptance of his “relationship” with a 43-year-old Rajya Sabha TV anchor and their plans to marry created a political storm on Wednesday with the opposition BJP and Aam Admi Party (AAP) targeting ...   More...
India faces increased drought, flood risks during monsoon, Stanford scientists warn
WASHINGTON: Stanford scientists have warned of significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events during monsoon that are increasing the risk of drought and flood in central India.   More...
India will plunge into darkness if Modi becomes PM, says Mamata Banerjee
KOLKATA: Rebutting the accusation by Narendra Modi that she had done more damage to West Bengal in 35-month of rule than the Left Front in 35 years, Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that she did not need ‘gyan’ from him on development.   More...
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII made saints in historic ceremony
VATICAN: Almost one million people gathered at Vatican City for a historic day in the Roman Catholic Church as two former Popes were declared saints. The canonisation of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII took place in the presence of two living pontiffs...   More...
To get better sleep, which foods should you seek and which should you avoid?
A good night’s sleep is often a struggle for many adults. And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.   More...
Money behind every evil in society, papal preacher tells on Good Friday
VATICAN CITY: The Vatican’s official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the “cursed hunger for gold.”   More...
Congress releases CD of Uma Bharti calling Narendra Modi ‘Vinash Purush’
NEW DELHI: The Congress party on Thursday released a three-year-old video clip in which senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has described Narendra Modi as an agent of destruction and his development claims of Gujarat are as a “sham”.   More...
No Modi wave; only Cong can give a better government in India, says Nagma
BHOPAL: Actress-turned-politician Nagma, who is the Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Meerut, has said there is no ‘Modi wave’ in the country.   More...
Islamists abduct over 100 girls from Nigeria school: Security official
MAIDUGURI (Nigeria): Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, a senior security source told AFP.   More...
India concerned about China-Pak Corridor plan through POK
BEIJING: India on Monday voiced its concern to China over its plan to build a multi-billion dollar Economic Corridor to Pakistan through POK, even as it assured Beijing of its commitment to consolidate strategic bilateral ties.   More...
Priyanka was very keen to fight Modi in Varanasi, but Cong leadership said no
NEW DELHI: It would have been the mother of all election battles, and would have put everything and everyone else in the shade. It would have electrified the nation and riveted the attention of the world, if Priyanka Gandhi was...   More...
Priyanka Gandhi trashes report on fighting polls against Modi
NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi on Monday trashed reports that she wanted to challenge Narendra Modi for the Lok Sabha seat from Varanasi and was stopped by the party high command, stating it is a “personal” decision not to contest and that her family...   More...
Seven polling team members among 14 killed in Maoists attack in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Seven members of a polling team and five CRPF personnel were among 14 killed as Nasals struck twice on Saturday in a break of less than an hour, blowing up a bus and an ambulance in Bijapur and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh.   More...
Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who abused children
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests — the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.   More...
Over 73 per cent electorates exercise their franchise in Kerala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: About 73.4 per cent of the 2.43 crore electorate exercised their franchise in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala, where polling passed off on a peaceful note on Thursday.   More...
US navy will deploy electromagnetic railgun that fires at seven times the speed of sound
WASHINGTON: The US navy has announced plans to deploy its first ever electromagnetic railgun, a ‘game changing’ device that fires projectiles without explosives over a distance of 100 miles and at seven times the speed of sound.   More...
US warships to help Japan protect itself against North Korea
WASHINGTON: The US has pledged two extra ballistic missile destroyers to help Japan protect itself against North Korea, as tension simmers on the Korean peninsula.   More...
SDPI candidate Siddiqui assaulted, threatened with life
BHOPAL: Some anti-social elements have allegedly made a murderous attack on Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal lawyer Sajid Siddiqui here on Tuesday.   More...
Commotion breaks out at Modi rally in Bihar; police lathicharge crowd
GAYA: Commotion broke out on Thursday at the venue of a rally here in Bihar shortly before the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was to address it prompting Police to resort to a mild lathicharge.   More...
Breaching the saffron citadel a tall order for Congress
BHOPAL: For the last seven general elections, the Congress has been using every trick in its bag to wrest the prestigious Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency from the BJP, but nothing worked.   More...
Congress manifesto promises 8 per cent growth and generate 10 cr jobs
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday promised to push economic growth rate to 8 per cent in the next three years, create 10 crore jobs and take firm steps to contain inflation.   More...
18-year-old Indian girl gets massive support against imminent deportation to Mauritius
LONDON: An 18-year-old Indian girl, a top student of her class, has now found massive support across UK — from her teachers, classmates to supermodels — against her imminent deportation to Mauritius.   More...
Flight lost in southern Indian Ocean, no chance of survivors, says Malaysian PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared over two weeks ago crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said here on Monday.   More...
National Consultation on ‘Inequality in India: Major dimensions & policy challenges’ on Mar 25
NEW DELHI: The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), in collaboration with Oxfam India is organising a day-long National Consultation on “Inequality in India: Major Dimensions and Policy Challenges” at India Habitat Centre, in Delhi on March 25.   More...
SDPI condemns underworld threat to noted lawyer Mehmood Pracha
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has vehemently condemned the alleged life threat to well-known lawyer Mehmood Pracha from the under-world don Ravi Pujari.   More...
ED issues fresh summons to Karunanidhi’s wife in 2G spectrum case
NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to DMK chief K Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal in connection with its money laundering probe in the 2G spectrum allocation case.   More...
How can a plane vanish in a small world? New satellite sensors in spotlight
LONDON: How can a plane vanish in a small world? The information vacuum around Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is as unusual as it is disturbing. In the modern, globalized economy, things normally work well. When they don’t, the causes...   More...
Madras HC restrains TV channels after Dhoni files Rs 100-crore defamation suit
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court restrained Zee News and News Nation channels from telecasting any news linking India cricket captain MS Dhoni with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting/fixing scam.   More...
North Korea’s crimes as chilling as Nazis, Khmer Rouge: UN probe
GENEVA: The crimes of North Korea’s regime are as chilling as those of the Nazis, South Africa’s apartheid regime or Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge and must be stopped, the head of a UN enquiry said on Monday.   More...
Over 100 civilians killed as Muslim gunmen storm Nigerian village
KANO (NIGERIA): Officials say Fulani Muslim herders attacked three Christian villages and killed more than 100 civilians. Hundreds of thatched-roof huts were set ablaze.   More...
Deadly violence flares up in Ukraine; stage set for biggest east-west showdown
KHARKIV (Ukraine): Ukraine braced on Saturday for a breakaway vote in Crimea as deadly violence flared again in the ex-Soviet country’s tinderbox east amid the biggest east-west showdown since the Cold War.   More...
Central teams inspect crop loss by excess rains, hailstorm in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Central study teams have inspected crops damaged by excessive rains and hailstorm in villages of several districts of Madhya Pradesh on Friday.   More...
Make knowledge meaningful by incorporating character, morality: Governor
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has said that knowledge is meaningful only when it incorporates character and morality. He was addressing the first convocation of Raja Man Singh Tomar Sangeet Evam Kala Vishwavidyalaya at Gwalior the other day.   More...
Drug purchase scam: Charge-sheet submitted against ex-health director, 5 others
BHOPAL: Lokayukta police on Wednesday submitted chargesheet against six people, including former health director Dr Yogiraj Sharma and an accomplice Ashok Nanda, chairman of a school in connection with Rs 7 crore fraud in drug kits purchase in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Indian scientists warn of more intense freak weather in coming days
HYDERABAD: India’s states will see more intense unpredictable freak weather in the coming days, warned climate change scientists, days after huge chunks of hail killed at least 10 people and wounded scores in Andhra Pradesh ...   More...
China presses 10 satellites to locate missing Malaysian jet
BEIJING: As the unprecedented mystery over a missing Malaysia Airlines plane deepens, China on Monday pressed 10 high-resolution satellites to scurry South China Sea to find leads that could help locate the flight with 239 people on board.   More...
Antony not to contest Lok Sabha election
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Congress on Sunday scotched speculation that senior leader and Defence Minister AK Antony might contest from a Lok Sabha seat in Kerala.   More...
How Mody can look after nation when he cannot take care of his wife: Digvijay
NEW DELHI: On the International Women’s Day, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday sought to attack Narendra Modi on personal front, saying how can the Gujarat chief minister look after the nation if he cannot “respect and take care of his wife”.   More...
Russia warns west of retaliation if sanctions are imposed
MOSCOW: Russia on Friday accused the European Union of taking an “extremely unconstructive position” by freezing talks on easing visa barriers that complicate travel between Russia and the EU over Ukraine.   More...
Hailstorm may hit prospect of Madhya Pradesh BJP in Lok Sabha election
Samuel Mathai BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh is currently facing one of the worst crises in its history. According to official estimates, standing Rabi crops of Wheat, Gram and Masoor in more than 10,000 villages have been either totally or partially damaged by hailstorm and untimely   More...
Indians among most enterprising migrant communities in UK: Report
LONDON: Indians are among the most enterprising of Britain\'s migrant communities, a new data analysis report here has found. As many as 456,073 migrants have launched a small or medium-sized business in Britain, according to the think-tank...   More...
Exposure to second-hand smoking increases risk of heart attacks or strokes in kids
LONDON: Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children\'s arteries - increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday.   More...
ND Tiwari publicly accepts Rohit Shekar as his son
NEW DELHI: Before the cameras came on and the questions began, Rohit Shekhar spent a few moments alone with his father. “I want you to give respect to my mother… All I want is honesty from you,” he said. N D Tiwari nodded.   More...
President urged to intervene in providing assistance for hailstorm damage
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday in New Delhi called on the President, Pranab Mukherjee, and apprised him of the unseasonal rains and hailstorm which damaged the crops ready for harvesting in the state.   More...
Madhya Pradesh handicraft, handloom products in high demand in foreign countries
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporation has started exports again after year 2005-06. Zari-zardozi, Bagh printed clothes, jute, cotton, chair, hemack and other handicraft has been displayed ...   More...
Gross national happiness parameter of permanent satisfaction: Princess Wangchuk
BHOPAL: Bhutan’s Princess Ashi Sonal Denchan Wangchuk inaugurated second international Dharm-Dhamma symposium here on Saturday. The inaugural session was presided over by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.   More...
Pope urges sympathy for failed love in divorce debate
VATICAN: Pope Francis on Friday said couples whose marriages fail should be ‘accompanied’ and not ‘condemned’, wading into a debate on divorce that is testing his promise to put the Church in touch with modern life.   More...
US hails Indian Americans’ contributions to country’s culture
WASHINGTON: From workers who built some of America’s first railways in the West to the creator of Hotmail, a new exhibition here showcases the contributions made by Indian Americans to the country’s culture beyond Bollywood.   More...
Self-reliance in energy key to country’s development, says Narendra Modi
BHOPAL: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that country can be developed only through self-dependence in energy. India has witnessed Green and White Revolutions. Now Saffron Revolution is needed. Energy is of saffron colour.   More...
Fatwa cannot be forced upon people, Supreme Court rules
NEW DELHI: Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect persons who are harassed for not following such diktats, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while expressing reservation in interfering with shariat courts.   More...
Exodus of Christians from Middle East is a painful blow to the Arab world
BEIRUT: Tarif Khalidi is a big, bearded bear of a man, the kind you would always choose to play Father Christmas, or perhaps a Cossack leader sweeping across the Russian steppe, reins in one hand, sword in the other.   More...
‘Sting’ journalist who reported on Amit Shah gets VIP security
NEW DELHI: The union home ministry has sanctioned VIP security for Aniruddha Bahal, editor of Cobrapost, the news portal that, along with Gulail, recently released taped conversations purportedly containing evidence of illegal surveillance mounted...   More...
After former Mumbai commissioner, another top cop quits post to join BJP
MUMBAI: Three weeks after Dr Satyapal Singh resigned from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner to join the Bharatiya Janata Party, another top Maharashtra Police officer, Additional Director General (Special Operations) Prem Kishan Jain, tendered...   More...
Supreme Court stops Tamil Nadu from freeing three Rajiv Gandhi killers
NEW DELHI: A day after the Tamil Nadu government announced that it would free seven people convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Supreme Court Thursday restrained the state from releasing three of the seven whose death sentences...   More...
Agra auto driver kills American wife, blows himself up
AGRA: This one is straight out of a Bollywood potboiler. An American, who fell for an auto driver here and married him, was viciously stabbed to death by her husband. The man then blew himself up.   More...
Asian elephants console each other when in distress
LONDON: Asian elephants reassure other distressed elephants by touching them and “talking” to them, which suggests they are capable of empathy and reassurance, according to new research.   More...
British MPs appreciate Madhya Pradesh’s development achievements
BHOPAL: A team of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) members on Wednesday hailed Madhya Pradesh’s development achievements. The delegation of British MPs on visit to the state met Panchayats, Rural Development and Social ...   More...
States should get 50 per cent share in Central tax revenue, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan
BHOPAL: After discussions with 14th Finance Commission at Mantralaya here on Monday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan demanded that Madhya Pradesh’s share in Central tax revenue should be revised from existing 32 per cent to 50 per cent.   More...
Sonia Gandhi and Narasimha Rao had strained relations: KV Thomas
NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi and ex-Prime Minister late PV Narasimha Rao had strained relations when he was the Prime Minister as she was unhappy over the slow pace of progress in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination probe, says a book written ...   More...
Madhya Pradesh constantly moving on path of development, says Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that dream of golden Madhya Pradesh seen by him is now being realized, as the State is moving on path of development constantly.   More...
Vidisha will be developed as model city, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan
BHOPAL: During a review meeting at Vidisha, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Vidisha would be developed as a model city. Whatever is necessary for this would be done. Message should be disseminated to city’s residents that their partnership ...   More...
Ishrat Jahan fake encounter: SDPI dismayed at CBI letting Amit Shah off the hook
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI) feels dismayed at the Central Bureau of Investigation, (CBI) which while filing a supplementary charge-sheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case has let Amit Shah...   More...
Chouhan promises 15 lakh houses for poor in Madhya Pradesh in five years
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 15 lakh houses would be constructed for the poor during next 5 years. Referring to state government’s efforts for state’s all-round development and welfare works, Chouhan urged all sections ...   More...
India, US lock horns again over intellectual property rights
WASHINGTON: It’s not looking good between New Delhi and Washington. Tensions over the Khobragade episode are yet to fully dissipate, but the two sides are locking horns again over intellectual property rights.   More...
78000 infants die of congenital heart disease in India every year, say doctors
AGRA: About 78,000 infants born with congenital heart disease in India die every year because of inadequate health care facilities in the country, experts said. “Every year 1.5 lakh infants are born in India with congenital heart disease,” Dr Murtaza Chisti...   More...
Union Carbide Corporation responsible for Bhopal plant design, new proof shows
NEW YORK: Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) have released new evidence to show its “direct role in designing and building the pesticide plant in Bhopal” where the 1984 gas disaster killed thousands.   More...
Rahul takes on Modi on his home turf, tears into his ‘Run for Unity’ campaign
NEW DELHI: Taking on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his home turf, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, stating that leaders in Gujarat do not read history and are distorting facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.   More...
UN demands Vatican hand over all child sex abuser clergies to civil authorities
GENEVA: In an unprecedented and scathing report, the United Nations on Wednesday demanded from the Vatican to “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities.   More...
US issued travel alert, asking its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan
WASHINGTON: The US has issued a fresh travel alert, asking its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan in the wake of threats from several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups across the country.   More...
‘Tidal wave of cancer’ will sweep globe in next 20 years, warn WHO scientists
Immediate action is required to combat a ‘tidal wave of cancer’ that will sweep the globe in the next 20 years, scientists at the World Health Organisation have warned.   More...
India a religious country, but too much corruption, says Dalai Lama
SHILLONG: India is considered a religious country, but a lot of corruption is taking place in this country, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama rued on Monday.   More...
Healthy society can be built with good education and ettiquettes only, says Rajendra Shukla
BHOPAL: Energy and Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla has said that distortions can be removed to build a healthy society only when children are imbued with good education and ettiquettes.   More...
Reliance Group will invest Rs 50,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government is committed to further accelerating pace of development by inviting maximum industrial investment to the state. For this, the state government is ensuring every possible effort for transparency and good governance.   More...
Narendra Modi's 'wife' accepts being ignored
NEW DELHI: The woman who calls herself the wife of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said in a rare interview on Saturday that she doesn\'t ‘feel bad’ that he has cut her out of his life. Modi has never commented on numerous reports that he wed Jashodaben, 62, in a traditional arranged marriage when she was 17.   More...
Indian-origin woman banker arrested in anti-terrorism operation
LONDON: An Indian-origin woman banker has been arrested in Britain as a part of an ongoing anti-terrorism operation in London. Kuntal Patel, who works at Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf, has reportedly been under arrest since Sunday ...   More...
Scared of forced abortion, Maoist couple surrender in Chhattisgarh
RAJNANDGAON: Scared of being forced to undergo abortion, a two-month pregnant Maoist woman and her husband surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district on Wednesday morning.   More...
The Black Death: Plague that killed millions can rise from the dead
HAMILTON: Two of the most devastating outbreaks of plague in history, each of which killed more than half the population of Europe, were caused by different strains of the same infectious agent, a study has revealed.   More...
Late Pope John Paul’s blood stolen from Italy church
ROME: Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.   More...
Madhya Pradesh registers unprecedented achievements in development: Governor Yadav
BHOPAL: On Republic Day, Governor Ram Naresh Yadav unfurled the National Flag and took salute of parade at Lal Parade Ground at the main function held here on Sunday. Extending Republic Day greeting to state’s people, the governor said that Madhya Pradesh...   More...
Mindset towards girls has changed in society, says Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that mindset towards girls in society is changing. Society is realising that nature cannot thrive without girls. Chouhan was addressing the launching ceremony of Swagatam Laxmi Yojana here on Friday.   More...
Padma Bhushan for K Radhakrishnan, Padma Shri to nine other Keralites
NEW DELHI: Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan has been chosen for this year’s Padma Bhushan, while nine other Keralites were selected for Padma Shri on Saturday.   More...
India joins elite club with heliborne geo-survey capability
BANGALORE: India on Wednesday became only the seventh nation to own a heliborne geophysical survey system (HGSS), which has been integrated on the advanced light helicopter’s (ALH) latest version — Garuda Vasudha.   More...
Other states replicate Madhya Pradesh’s financial inclusion model
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has written a new chapter in its rural areas’ progress by moving ahead on the path of financial inclusion. This new beginning of economic transformation has been made through Madhya Pradesh’s financial inclusion model.   More...
Rain drenches North India, heavy snowfall in Kashmir throws normal life out of gear
NEW DELHI: Rain drenched plains of Northern region where mercury rose by few notches on Wednesday while heavy snowfall threw normal life out of gear in Kashmir, snapping the road and air links between the Valley and rest of the country.   More...
Surrendered Maoist says CPI (Maoist) leadership tarnishing his image
HYDERABAD: Top Maoist leader GVK Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi, who surrendered to police this month, has accused the Communist Party of India (Maoist) of resorting to his character assassination.   More...
Trade fairs, exhibitions to be held to promote trade and export in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: In order to promoting trade and export in Madhya Pradesh, national and international level trade fairs will be held at Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Khajuraho. For this, Commerce and Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia   More...
University premises should not be arena of politics: Governor Yadav
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has said that premises of universities should be overwhelmed by creativity so that students can complete their education with quality.   More...
Vatican defrockes hundreds of priests for child sex abuse crimes
ROME: The Vatican revealed on Saturday that some 400 priests were defrocked during two years of the pontificate of now pope emeritus Benedict XVI for child sex abuse crimes, following an explosion in reported cases.   More...
Anguished at being marked absent from duty, ASI ends life
BHOPAL: Dejected at being marked ‘absent’ for reporting late on duty, an assistant sub-inspector allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver, police said here on Wednesday.   More...
Labour welfare and skill development centres will be opened in 15 districts
BHOPAL: Labour, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister Antar Singh Arya assumed office of Chairman of Labour Welfare Board here on Thursday. Soon after assuming office, Arya singed the file pertaining to opening of labour...   More...
Madhya Pradesh worst even among BIMARU states
BHOPAL: The BJP’s prime minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi may have hailed Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for shedding the \'BIMARU\' tag recently, however, the state wallows in the lowest rungs among BIMARU states in the country in the learning curve.   More...
MP Government amends constant overall evaluation from class I to VIII
BHOPAL: The state government has amended directives regarding constant overall evaluation system from class I to VIII. These directives were issued earlier during year 2012-13. All DEOs, DIET principals, Assistant Commissioners Tribal...   More...
Pope to nuns: Why aren’t you answering the phone?
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.   More...
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un made starving dogs eat naked uncle alive in cage
NORTH KOREA: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle was killed after being stripped naked and fed to a pack of hungry dogs, according to reports in a Chinese state-backed newspaper.   More...
Sixtytwo Indians shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars
LONDON: Over 1,000 aspirants, including 62 from India, have been shortlisted for an ambitious private mission to send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024 to establish a permanent colony on the red planet.   More...
Police take Maharishi varsity chancellor Verma to his ashram, carry out searches
BHOPAL: Chancellor of Maharishi Vedic University and head of its group of schools, Girish Chandra Verma, who has been accused of rape by a school-teacher, was taken to his sprawling Bhojpur Road ashram by the police on Tuesday.   More...
Religious leaders oppose UPA government stand on homosexuality
NEW DELHI: Religious leaders on Sunday came together to oppose the UPA government’s decision to review the Supreme Court decision criminalising homosexuality and threatened to hold agitations if any move was made to dilute Section 377 of the IPC.   More...
Acid attacks: Indian victims demand action, care from government
NEW DELHI: Sapna, 20, considers herself lucky to have escaped with just a few burns on her face and upper body. She is one of the latest victims of an acid attack in India. A spurned relative threw industrial acid when she rejected his advances.   More...
Train mishap: Good Samiritan saves 21, but loses wife, father-in-law
ADONI: Sarana Basava guided 21 passengers to safety but could not save his wife and father-in-law as flames and thick smoke engulfed the air-conditioned compartment of Bangalore City - Nanded express train in Anantapur district in the early hours of Saturday.   More...
Corrupt should be shot dead: Kerala Chief Information Commissioner
THIRUVANANTHAPRAM: The corrupt should be shot dead, as it happens in China, Kerala’s Chief Information Commissioner Siby Mathews said Thursday.   More...
Trainee pilot from Udan Academy killed in Pachmarhi crash
BHOPAL: A single-engine training plane flown by a trainee pilot crashed in the Pachmarhi hills of Madhya Pradesh killing him on Tuesday.   More...
Gene causing autism sufferers’ memory loss unlocked
LONDON: One in three people have inherited a genetic variation that impairs their ability to remember faces, according to a study that could explain why some individuals recall everyone they have ever met while others have difficulty...   More...
Departments allocated to Madhya Pradesh ministers
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday allocated departments to the members of his newly constituted council of ministers.   More...
Rahul visits riot-hit areas, tells UP government to focus on relief camps
MALAKPUR: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi made an unannounced visit to riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. After visiting affected people from both communities in four villages...   More...
Life is meaningful only when lived for country, society and others, says Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh has said that life is meaningful only when one lives for country, society and others’ welfare. The true bliss lies in service of people and state’s development.   More...
Governor administers oath to newly appointed Madhya Pradesh ministers
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Saturday administered oath of office and secrecy to newly appointed 19 cabinet ministers and 4 ministers of state at Raj Bhavan.   More...
MP HC resolves to address concerns of canal-affected farmers; NVDD PS summoned
BHOPAL: The new chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice AN Khanvilkar, expressed an initiative to resolve all the outstanding issues of two public interest petitions on the Omkareshwar (OSP) and Indira Sagar Canals (ISP) within the framework of law.   More...
Furious over Devyani arrest, India downgrades privileges of US diplomats
NEW DELHI: Outraged by the alleged harsh treatment meted out to its deputy consul-general in New York, India on Tuesday, retaliated strongly with a series of measures that jolted the perception of friendly ties between New Delhi and Washington.   More...
Madhya Pradesh woman gives birth to 10 ‘dead’ babies
BHOPAL: A 28-year-old woman from Satna district of Madhya Pradesh has reportedly broken all the Indian medical records after giving birth to 10 babies at a time, on Sunday late night. But, none survived.   More...
I will serve people day in and day out, says Madhya Pradesh CM Chouhan
BHOPAL: After taking oath on Saturday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan started his public contact programme from Bhopal’s hutment area Anna Nagar on Sunday. He said that he would serve people day in and day out.   More...
Revisit golden age of Islamic science, Rahman Khan tells Muslims
NEW DELHI: “Time has come for the Muslim world to introspect and get awakened to revisit the five centuries from 750 to 1258 AD, which has been described as the ‘golden age” of Islamic science.   More...
BJP legislative party elects Shivraj Singh Chouhan as leader
BHOPAL: The BJP legislative party on Friday evening unanimously elected Shivraj Singh Chouhan as their leader in the presence of central observers Sushma Swaraj and Rajeev Pratap Rudy. BJP national president Rajnath Singh sent Swaraj and Rudy...   More...
Rahul says homosexuality a matter of personal freedom, Sonia wants House to act
NEW DELHI: Congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday voiced his opinion against the Supreme Court’s verdict that termed gay sex as illegal, saying, homosexuality is a matter of personal freedom.   More...
Pope Francis named Time Person of the Year
VATICAN: Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, hailing the head of the Catholic Church as a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March.   More...
Congress wonders how onion prices came down a day after polling
NEW DELHI: Congress on Tuesday cried conspiracy on the prices of onions wondering how they came down the very next day polling was held for four states in which Congress got a drubbing.   More...
Congress lost in four states due to corruption, wrong policies: SDPI
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has termed the rout of Congress in the four state assembly elections of Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as not astonishing or surprising.   More...
Hung house in Delhi, Congress routed in MP, Rajasthan; BJP retains Chhattisgarh
NEW DELHI: In elections seen as a “semi-final” before the 2014 Lok Sabha battle, the BJP retained Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and ousted the Congress in Rajasthan. The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) stunning show in Delhi pushed the Congress ...   More...
More skeletons tumble out from BJP government’s closet
BHOPAL: More and still more skeletons continue to tumble out from the closet of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh. The education scam, that was first uncovered in July this year, is getting wider and bigger by the day.   More...
Elaborate security arrangements at all counting venues in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Three tier structures and police will cordon off all the counting centres in Madhya Pradesh so that no unauthorised person could enter in the centres. A senior magistrate with adequate security personnel will be deployed there to control...   More...
4,500-year-old city discovered in China
BEIJING: Chinese archaeologists on Wednesday excavated a 4,500-year-old city Neolithic Chinese city in eastern Anhui Province. Part of a trapezoidal city wall and moat from the Nanchengzi Ruins in Guzhen County have been uncovered, along with a great number of houses...   More...
Modi cannot repeal Article 370 even if he becomes PM for 10 terms: Farooq
NEW DELHI: Slamming Narendra Modi over his call for a debate on special status to Narendra Modi, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has said that if the BJP leader becomes Prime Minister even for ‘10 terms’, he will not be able to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution.   More...
Mars Orbiter Mission crosses Moon’s orbit, travelling 10,00,000 km per day
CHENNAI: Isro’s Mars Orbiter Mission, which was placed in inter-Mars trajectory in the early hours on Sunday, has crossed Moon’s orbit and is travelling beyond Earth’s natural satellite.   More...
Election commission peeved of plummeting levels of political discourses
BHOPAL: Election Commission of India has expressed deep anguish over progressively plummeting levels of political discourses witnessed during the ongoing election campaign for the five State Assembly elections namely, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi.   More...
China ‘scrambles jets’ after US, Japan planes enter air zone
BEIJING: China launched two fighter planes on Friday to investigate flights by a dozen US and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes in its new maritime air defence zone over the East China Sea, state media said.   More...
China rules out establishing air defence zone along India border
BEIJING: China on Thursday ruled out establishing an air defence zone along the India-China border like it recently did over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, saying such zones are created only in coastal areas beyond territorial airspace.   More...
Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh: Four CRPF jawans killed
RAIPUR: As security cover was eased in Bastar after the elections, the Maoists killed four CRPF personnel and injured three others on Wednesday morning in Bijapur district. In their first major attack since elections, the Maoists...   More...
Pope Francis attacks ‘tyranny’ of markets, calls for more Christian rights in Muslim states
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny” and beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality, in a document on Tuesday setting out a platform for his papacy and calling for a renewal of the Catholic Church.   More...
Assam: Woman gangraped, gorged eyes and thrown out of tempo, dies
LAKHIMPUR: Four men allegedly raped a woman inside a tempo, gorged out her eyes and beat her before throwing the victim out of the vehicle leading to her death in Upper Assam’s Lakhimpur district, sparking outrage from locals.   More...
Madhya Pradesh assembly election: 1092 independents, 66 political parties in fray
BHOPAL: As many as 2583 candidates, with a maximum number of 1092 independents, are trying their luck in Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh on November 25. A total of 66 political parties have fielded their candidates.   More...
Narendra Modi had close relationship with woman: Congress
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of having a ‘close’ relationship with the woman his government had allegedly put under illegal surveillance and claimed the ‘snooping’ was done...   More...
Heavy rains as Cyclone Helen hits Andhra coast, 7 dead
HYDERABAD: Cyclonic storm Helen on Friday hit Andhra Pradesh coast near Machilipatnam, triggering heavy rains and strong gales, killing seven people and causing massive damage to the crops in the coastal region.   More...
4.66 crore voters to cast votes in Madhya Pradesh on November 25
BHOPAL: As many as 4.66 crore voters, including 2.21crore women and 970 others will cast their votes in Madhya Pradesh on November 25, as per data available at the Chief Electoral Officer’s office.   More...
Will go with Aranmula airport project, says Kerala CM Oommen Chandy
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Despite protest and campaign by various environmental groups, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday made it clear that the government would not back away from the Aranmula Airport project.   More...
De-addiction drive: Naxals ban drug sale in Abujhmarh markets
JAGADALPUR: Naxalites are carrying out special de-addiction campaign in the markets of Abujhmarh. They have imposed a ban on the sale of gutkha, gudaku, liquor, bidi and cigarette in the markets of Marh.   More...
Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan announced on Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007.   More...
‘Dawn-to-dusk’ hartal in Kerala over Western Ghats report hits normal life
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The LDF-sponsored dawn-to-dusk hartal began on Monday in protest against implementing the recommendations of the Kasthurirangan report on Western Ghats. Normal life has been affected across Kerala ...   More...
Sun will ‘flip upside down’ within weeks, Nasa says
NASA: The Sun is set to ‘flip upside down’ within weeks as its magnetic field reverses polarity in an event that will send ripple effects throughout the solar system.   More...
Is there a life after death? Science can prove there is, quantum physicist claims
LONDON: It is a question pondered by philosophers, scientists and the devout since the dawn of time: is there a life after death?   More...
Prince Charles celebrates 65th birthday in the idyllic backwaters of Kerala
KOCHI: Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, who turned 65 on Thursday, celebrated his birthday in the idyllic backwaters of Vembanad in Kumarakom. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his family also joined Prince Charles...   More...
Policewomen in plain clothes will provide security cover to Modi
GANDHINAGAR: While BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s security cover has become a subject of debate between his party and the Congress, the Gujarat Police have provided him an additional security ring — policewomen in plainclothes.   More...
Octogenarian Gaur heading towards his tenth electoral victory
BHOPAL: Defeat does not figure in the lexicon of 84-year-old Babulal Gaur, who is readying himself for his tenth electoral battle from the Govindpura Assembly constituency in Bhopal.   More...
India plans 10-m high, 179-km long wall along Pakistan border on Jammu sector
NEW DELHI: India will build a raised embankment along a 179-km stretch on the Jammu sector to pre-empt infiltration or shelling from across the Pakistan border, says the BSF chief. The embankment will be around 135 feet wide and 10 metre high...   More...
Gauhati High Court declares CBI ‘unconstitutional’
GUWAHATI: In a curious judgement, the Gauhati high court has struck down the resolution through which the Central Bureau of Investigation was set up and held all its actions as ‘unconstitutional’. The judgement by the division bench...   More...
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh’s wife earns more than him
BHOPAL: Going by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s affidavit to EC filed while submitting nomination from Budhni, no quantum leap in his assets or bank balance could have seen. But it is his wife Sadhna Singh...   More...
1.34 lakh Indians return, Govt watching situation in Saudi Arabia
New Delhi: With 1.34 lakh Indian workers already returning to the homeland, Government is closely watching the situation in Saudi Arabia, which is targeting illegal foreigners under its new labour policy, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said.   More...
Election Commission grants Rahul four more days to reply on poll code violation
NEW DELHI: The Election Commissionon on Monday granted four days more time to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to reply to its notice for Model Code violation over his remark that Pakistani’s ISI was in touch with Muzaffarnagar riot victims.   More...
No decision taken on visa bond scheme: UK Minister
LONDON: Britain has not taken any decision on the controversial 3,000-pound visa bond scheme for Indians visiting the country, which was scheduled to come into force this month, a senior UK minister has said.   More...
Can Jyotiraditya make a dent into BJP vote bank in Madhya Pradesh?
Amrish Herdenia BHOPAL: When, recently, a senior BJP leader of the state admitted, rather reluctantly, that Jyotiraditya Scindia’s anointment as the campaign chief of the state Congress would impact the Chambal-Gwalior region, he was only stating the obvious.   More...
Madhya Pradesh Congress releases first list of 115 candidates
BHOPAL: The Congress on Friday released its first list of 115 candidates for 2013 assembly election in Madhya Pradesh. The party has fielded a new candidate, Govind Goyal, from Bhopal’s Govindpura constituency, whereas, Arif Aqueel...   More...
Pakistan still supports terror operations in India, says US expert
WASHINGTON: Pakistan continues to support terror operations in India even after Nawaz Sharif has taken over as the new Prime Minister, a former top Pentagon official and an eminent defence analyst has told the US Congress...   More...
SP, BSP neglected UP for 25 years, crores sent by Centre disappeared: Rahul Gandhi
HAMIRPUR: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for failing to deliver on the development front, alleging that crores of rupees sent by the Centre to it ‘disappear’ before people can benefit.   More...
Godman’s golden dream turning out to be nightmare for ASI in Unnao fort
NEW DELHI: Seer Shobhan Sarkar\'s dream of 1,000 tonnes of gold in Unnao’s Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh fort is turning out to be a nightmare for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Digging since October 18, all that the 12-member ASI team...   More...
Attack on Kerala CM: 22 CPM workers arrested, blame game on
THIRUVANTHAPURAM: A day after Karalla Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was injured in stone pelting allegedly by LDF workers in Kannur, police on Monday booked 17 CPM activists for attempt to murder as the ruling and the opposition ...   More...
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy hurt in stone pelting in Kannur
KANNUR: Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy was hurt on his forehead in stone throwing by LDF workers protesting against the solar panel scam here on Sunday.   More...
Ensure strict compliance of anti-ragging directives: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav
BHOPAL: Addressing a meeting of state-level ragging monitoring cell, Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has said that anti-ragging directives issued by the Raj Bhavan should be strictly implemented in colleges and universities.   More...
Speedy development needed in soft computing sector: Governor
BHOPAL: Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has laid stress on speedy development of soft computing sector, which is slower in our country than other developing countries. New changes and continuous research and development are needed ...   More...
My grandmother, father were killed, I too may be killed but I don’t care: Rahul
CHURU/ALWAR (Rajasthan): “My grandmother was murdered. My father was murdered. Now I may also be killed one day. I don’t care about it,” said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, making an emotional pitch for Rajasthan’s...   More...
BJP confident, Congress hopeful of winning Madhya Pradesh assembly elections
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh will elect its fourteenth Vidhan Sabha and its new government next month. A confident BJP and a hopeful Congress are bracing up for the polls, the voting for which is scheduled for November 25.   More...
Police raid Asaram’s Vadodara ashram to trace Narayan Sai’s aides
VADODARA: Police raided an ashram of controversial godman Asaram on Sunday, in Bil village near Vadodara suspecting that some aides of his fugitive son Narayan Sai, wanted in connection with a sexual assault case, were hiding there.   More...
After retirement, ex-coal secretary Parakh worked for firm that got coal block
HYDERABAD: Former coal secretary PC Parakh, who was named by the CBI in an FIR on a coal block allocated to Hindalco, had joined three private firms after retirement, raising questions over his role in one of the companies that is now...   More...
India justifies detention of American ship carrying arms, arrest of its crew
NEW DELHI: India justified the detention of a ship owned by an American company, on Friday, and the arrest of its crew, saying the action was taken as the vessel in Indian waters carried arms, ammunition and armed guards without necessary authorisation.   More...
‘My heart feels it’s time’, says Sachin Tendulkar
NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month, bringing an end to the intense speculation about his future.   More...
World Bank team praises DPIP project work in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: The World Bank Supervision Mission, at a high-level meeting held here on Wednesday, reviewed progress of works undertaken during last 4 years under the second phase of District Poverty Initiative Project in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
India has reason to celebrate with Higgs and Englert winning Nobel Prize
HYDERABAD: Physicists Francois Englert of the University of Brusells and Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburg have every right to bask under the glory of the Nobel Prize for physics awarded to them for 2013 as announced...   More...
Livestock, fisheries will reduce dependence on agriculture: Governor
BHOPAL: Livestock and fish rearing are necessary to reduce dependence on agriculture, said Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at the third convocation of Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University, Jabalpur on Monday.   More...
Debt default a terrible scenario, will harm America’s global stature: White House
WASHINGTON: As the US government shutdown enters its second week, the White House on Monday warned that the looming prospect of an unprecedented debt default by the world’s largest economy was a ‘terrible’ scenario that would...   More...
Asaram, son booked over fresh sexual assault complaints
SURAT: Fresh sexual assault complaints have been registered against controversial self-styled godman Asaram and his son Narayan Sai here after two sisters accused the duo of abusing them.   More...
Madhya Pradesh likely to be in top wheat producer states’ list
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh is first in the country in the production of soyabean, gram, pulses and oilseeds, and expected to be in the list of top three states in wheat production also. This year, excess rains have been registered ...   More...
Every third child in Gujarat is underweight, says CAG report
AHMEDABAD: The CAG has lambasted the working of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Gujarat, which is aimed at fighting malnutrition among children, saying that every third child in the state is underweight.   More...
Congress will win with comfortable margin in Madhya Pradesh: Ajay Singh
BHOPAL: The Leader of the Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh on Thursday expressed confidence of his party winning the upcoming assembly elections with comfortable margin. Singh told reporters that BJP’s...   More...
MP Power Generating Company synchronises two generating units in two days
BHOPAL: For the first time in the history of the state, Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company achieved two successes in power generation sector on Wednesday. Two generating units of two separate projects were...   More...
Madhya Pradesh amends land allotment procedure in IT Park
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government has amended procedure to allot government land in Information Technology Park to companies/units willing to invest in IT sector.   More...
President to confer award on Madhya Pradesh for senior citizens’ welfare works
BHOPAL: President Pranab Mukherjee will confer a national award on Madhya Pradesh on International Senior Citizens’ Day on October 1 for protecting interests of senior citizens and ensure their welfare.   More...
General category poor students will also get scholarships
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that now the state government will give scholarships to students belonging to general category poor families also. Chouhan was inaugurating and laying foundation stones...   More...
State Legal Service will hold National Lok Adalats on Nov 23
BHOPAL: State Legal Service will hold national Lok Adalats under the aegis of National Legal Service Authority on November 23 in all districts of the state. At these Lok Adalats, electricity-related cases will also be redressed.   More...
Madhya Pradesh cabinet sanctions 10 per cent DA to employees
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Thursday sanctioned 10 per cent DA installment to o the state officers and employees. Adhyapak cadre, pensioners and Panchayat...   More...
Skill development training to 50,000 tribal youths in 67 trades
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government has decided to impart self-employment training to 50,000 tribal youths in two years under its skill development scheme. Sixtyseven trades have been selected for training in 89 tribal-dominant ...   More...
MPCA condemns killing of Christians in Pakistan church bombings
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Christian Association (MPCA) on Monday condemned the killing of 78 Christians in two suicide bomb attacks near a church in Pakistan’s Peshawar city on Sunday morning.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will launch Police Health Security Scheme soon
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government, in order to provide timely treatment to police officers, employees and their families and save them from difficulties of medical reimbursement, will be launching Madhya Pradesh Police Health Security Scheme.   More...
Foundation stone laid for government medical college in Vidisha
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and local MP Sushma Swaraj laid foundation for the Rs 400-crore government medical college in Vidisha on Sunday.   More...
Novel initiative to eradicate malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: For the first time in Madhya Pradesh, a novel initiative has been started to eradicate malnutrition in children with cooperation of Care India and BBC Media, in which awareness will be created among ...   More...
Omkareshwar project: Final deadline for availing special package benefits is Sept 30
BHOPAL: State Government has set September 30 as the final date for availing benefits of Omkareshwar Project Special Package announced by it. People of submergence area will be unable to avail benefits of package after this date.   More...
Gurujis, supervisors will be appointed as contractual teachers
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh cabinet, the meeting of which was chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Wednesday, decided to appoint all Gurujis and supervisors of upgraded Education Guarantee Schools...   More...
Power Distribution Company sets up 186 call centres
BHOPAL: To provide quality service to its consumers, Madhya Pradesh Eastern Region Power Distribution Company has set up 186 call centres in the region. Of these, 41 are consumer service centres and 145 electricity service centres.   More...
Keralites celebrate Onam with traditional gusto
BHOPAL: Keralites in the state capital on Monday celebrated Onam with traditional ‘Onam Sadhya’, a rich and delicious platter of 26 food items, and various cultural programmes.   More...
Land demarcation goes hi-tech in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Land demarcation through traditional method will become a thing of past soon in Madhya Pradesh. For ensuring quality in demarcation, all districts are being provided four electronic total station machines (ETSMs) each.   More...
Modi’s anointment as BJP’s PM candidate is a disgrace to India: SDPI
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has termed the anointing of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate of BJP as a shame and disgrace to the Indian nation that Mahatma Gandhi...   More...
Anand Sharma lauds Madhya Pradesh for speedy development
BHOPAL: Union Commerce & Industries Minister Anand Sharma has lauded Madhya Pradesh for speedy development and emerging as a major power in agriculture sector. Sharma was inaugurating Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor...   More...
Madhya Pradesh gives away Rs 9,000 crore loans to farmers at zero per cent interest
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has taken a number of decisions to make agriculture profitable business during last 9 years.   More...
Eat full roti and vote for Congress, Rahul Gandhi tells common man
UDAIPUR: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the opposition of creating hurdles for the Food Security Bill till it was eventually passed by Parliament. Addressing a tribal and farmers rally here in Rajasthan...   More...
MP will constitute Disaster Management Emergency Force, Industrial Security Force
BHOPAL: The cabinet here on Tuesday decided to constitute a State Disaster Emergency Response Force to deal with any calamity more effectively and provide immediate relief to affected persons.   More...
Mysterious surge of Indian asylum seekers in US: Report
WASHINGTON: The United States has seen a mysterious surge of asylum seekers from India entering America illegally through the southwestern desert state of Arizona bordering Mexico, according to a media report.   More...
Multi-level decentralisation of revenue administration makes services easily accessible
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has taken a number of effective initiatives during last few years to provide administrative facilities and sources of progress to its farmers. Apart from constitution of new divisions, districts and tehsils, for the first time in the state...   More...
Madhya Pradesh has 35 lakh young voters
BHOPAL: Youth participation will be an important factor in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections scheduled in the year-end, as 35 lakh of the total 4.64 crore electorate of the state are in the age group of 18-19 years.   More...
China’s fears over India’s border capacity building results in face-offs: Antony
NEW DELHI: Facing attack over its China policy, government on Friday asserted in Parliament that capacities are rapidly being built along the Line of Actual Control and China ‘fears’ India is trying to catch up with it which sometimes results in face-offs...   More...
Naxals recruit 4,000 children, including girls as cadres
NEW DELHI: Naxals have recruited nearly 4,000 children, including girls, as part of a recruitment drive to strengthen depleted cadre base. Official sources said the children were recruited for gathering intelligence about movement of security forces...   More...
Pope Fancis under fire over Vatican envoy child sex issue
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis came under fire from victims groups on Thursday following news that he had quietly sacked the Vatican’s envoy to the Dominican Republic over allegations of paedophilia.   More...
45 years after death, armyman cremated with full honours
CHANDIGARH: Over 45 years after he lost his life in an IAF transport aircraft crash, the mortal remains of non-commissioned officer Jagmail Singh were on Wednesday cremated with full military honours at his native Meerpur village   More...
‘Five-year-old Chinese boy becomes youngest pilot’
BEIJING: A five-year-old Chinese boy has become the youngest person ever to fly a light airplane single-handed, covering a distance of 30 km, it has been claimed.   More...
Man hammers mother, wife, 3 children to death and hangs self in Chhattisgrh
DURG: A youth, resident of Janjgiri village under Anda police station, 21 km away from the district headquarters, on Sunday night killed his mother, wife and three children and then committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling.   More...
Asaram issue: BJP, Congress fight it out on Twitter
NEW DELHI: A war of words broke out again between BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, this time on Twitter. It all started when Singh on Twitter expressed surprise as to why Swaraj...   More...
Asaram medically fit, will be interrogated shortly: Police
JODHPUR/INDORE: Hot on the trail of Asaram Bapu, Jodhpur Police on Saturday said the self-styled godman, who is currently at Indore ashram, is medically fit for interrogation and is set to question him soon in connection with the sexual assault case.   More...
MP forest department budget increases by 400% in 9 years
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Forest Department’s budget has been increased by 400 per cent during last nine years. During 9th Five Year Plan, the department’s plan budget was Rs 665 crore, which has been risen to Rs 4222 crore during 12th Five-Year Plan.   More...
Madhya Pradesh introduces Yuva Engineer-Contractor scheme
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has introduced Mukhyamantri Yuva Engineer-Contractor Yojana in the state to enable young engineers contribute to state’s infrastructure development as contractors.   More...
Chouhan offers Boxing Academy Advisor post to Marikom
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged sportspersons to put in excellent performance. While assuring them maximum cooperation, he said that Madhya Pradesh government would leave no stone unturned in honouring them.   More...
Political leaders seek stringent action against Asaram Bapu
NEW DELHI: Political leaders on Tuesday demanded strong action against self-styled spiritual guru Asaram Bapu who has been accused of molesting a minor girl in Rajasthan.   More...
Adhyapak cadre will get pay equal to State government teachers
BHOPAL: The state cabinet on Monday decided to change pay structure of Adhyapak cadre equal to that of state government teachers, entailing yearly burden of Rs 400 crore to the state exchequer.   More...
Ready for open debate with Chouhan on development: Digvijay
BHOPAL: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday rejected Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s charge that he had taken the state to the brink of disaster when he was in office.   More...
Madhya Pradesh provides land rights documents to 9,200 landless people
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government, under the Madhya Pradesh Waas Sthan Dakhalkar (Bhumi-swami Adhikaron Ka Pradan Kiya Jana) Sanshodhan Adhiniyam-2012, provided land right documents to 9,200 landless people who had been occupying land for a long time.   More...
Madhya Pradesh has 383 state protected monuments
BHOPAL: The number of state-protected monuments has gone up to 383, as the process for preserving archaeological and historic monuments in the state is going on. Up to year 2003, it were only 289.   More...
Congress gets ready for 2014 LS elections, seeks inputs from state units for manifesto
NEW DELHI: In the first indication of the party turning pro-active on preparations for the Lok Sabha polls, Congress has asked its state units to provide their inputs for the manifesto in the next 15 days. Party sources said that inputs should be regarding the states...   More...
Digvijay Singh wants to contest from Vidisha LS seat
BHOPAL: After spending ten years in electoral exile, AICC general secretary and former chief minister Digvijay Singh on Thursday expressed his wish to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Vidisha constituency, presently represented by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj...   More...
Controversial godman Asaram Bapu booked for alleged sexual assault
NEW DELHI: Controversial godman Asaram Bapu has been booked on charges of raping a 15-year-old girl at his ashram in Jodhpur following a complaint filed by the victim’s father on August 19, the Delhi Police said on Wednesday.   More...
Indian Air Force Super Hercules transport plane lands on airstrip near LAC
NEW DELHI: In a subtle show of strength to China, the Indian Air Force on Tuesday landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world’s highest and recently-activated Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control, the scene of a stand-off with Chinese troops in April.   More...
India needs alternate political culture, not party; says Govindacharya
BHOPAL: There is lack of credible leadership, both among the ruling and the opposition parties. What is required at this juncture is not another political party, but an alternative political culture which ensures transparency and accountability voluntarily...   More...
Mysterious UFO sighted on India-China border by Indian Army
NEW DELHI: Indian Army troops have sighted mysterious unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in the Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control with China. On August 4, the UFO was sighted by Army troops in Lagan Khel area in Demchok in Ladakh area in the evening...   More...
Pakistan will free 367 Indian prisoners next week
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will release 367 Indian prisoners next week to send a positive message to its neighbour amid high tension due to firing on the LoC, Pakistani sources said on Saturday.   More...
Eleven Indian prisoners languishing away in Pakistani jail seek death
HOSHIARPUR: Eleven Indian prisoners languishing away in Kot Lakhpat Jail of Lahore have sought death to get rid of their “sorrowful lives”.   More...
Bhopal gas victims charge MP govt with criminal neglect in potable water supply
BHOPAL: Leaders of the five NGOs (non-government organizations) working for the welfare of survivors of the December 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst ever industrial disaster, have charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Madhya Pradesh Government with criminal neglect in providing clean drinking water...   More...
Buffaloes rescue aged shepherd from claws of tigress in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: In a rare gesture, buffaloes rescued an elderly shepherd from the claws of an aggressive tigress that strayed out of its territory from Bandhavgarh National Park ( BNP) in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Solar Scam: LDF calls off Secretariat siege
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The siege laid by the opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) on the Kerala secretariat has been called off following an offer from the United Democratic Front (UDF) government to institute a judicial probe into the solar scam.   More...
Muslims cannot be blamed for reacting: Sharad Pawar
PUNE: Terming Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat Police, as an “innocent college girl”, Union Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said Muslims cannot be blamed for reacting to ‘atrocities’ against them.   More...
India launches first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant
KOCHI: Defence minister AK Antony on Monday launched Indian’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant here. With the launch of INS Vikrant, India has joined the select club of countries capable of designing and building an aircraft carrier of this size and capability.   More...
Jaganmohan Reddy resigns as MP over AP split; his mother quits Assembly
HYDERABAD: YSR Congress President and Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy tendered his resignation from the Lok Sabha membership, protesting the manner in which the Congress party sought to divide Andhra Pradesh.   More...
LoC killings: Army Chief pulls up formation commanders
NEW DELHI: Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh has pulled up the commanders of formations deployed in Poonch sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of two major raids by the Pakistan Army special troops in the last eight months that led to gruesome killings of Indian soldiers.   More...
High alert in Madhya Pradesh in view of bird flu in Chhattisgarh
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday cautioned districts for exercising extra alertness for prevention and control of bird flu, in view of reports of the disease in bordering districts of Chhattisgarh.   More...
Madhya Pradesh government withdraws notification on Bhagawad Gita
BHOPAL: Amid raging controversy over the introduction of chapters from the Bhagawad Gita in school textbooks, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Tuesday that his government has withdrawn the notification issued in this regard.   More...
Monsoon fury in Kerala: Death toll reaches 14
KOCHI: Fourteen persons died and several others were reported missing as a string of landslips triggered by heavy downpour battered the high ranges of Idukki and adjoining districts on Monday.   More...
All development works will be implemented on priority: Chouhan
BHOPAL: All development works in the state would be carried out on priority, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while inaugurating the newly constructed office of the additional collector and ASP at Mauganj on Sunday.   More...
Healthy Village Sentinel Teams to curb maternal, infant mortality rate
BHOPAL: To bring down maternal and infant mortality rate, the government has chalked out a plant to constitute Healthy Village Sentinel Teams in the state.   More...
6.25 crore saplings planted under Hariyali Mahotsav
BHOPAL: About 6.26 crore saplings have been planted under Hariyali Mahotsav in the state since June 1, 2013. Forest Department has set a target of planting 7 crore saplings during monsoon. Process is underway to plant remaining saplings.   More...
New livelihood opportunities for economic uplift of rural poor
BHOPAL: Integrated efforts will be made towards constantly benefiting the rural poor through livelihoods activities for their economic uplift. Besides, large-scale benefits under various government welfare schemes and social security programmes will also be extended to them.   More...
BPL families will get 5kg food grains per head
BHOPAL: To increase the ambit of food security in Madhya Pradesh, the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Monday decided to give 5 kg food grains per person to each BPL families.   More...
Ultra small banks open new vistas of development in remote villages
BHOPAL: The Reserve Bank of India and the Union ministry of finance have reportedly praised the Madhya Pradesh government for setting up ultra small banks in remote villages to cater to the needs of lakhs of villagers...   More...
Madhya Pradesh fiscal inclusion model transforms rural economy
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has written a new chapter in rural areas’ development by moving ahead on the path of financial inclusion. This new beginning of economic transformation has been made through Madhya Pradesh’s financial inclusion model.   More...
25,000 Madhya Pradesh tribal youths will get skill development training
BHOPAL: As many as 25,000 tribal youths will be imparted self-employment training under skill development programme in the state. Tribal Welfare Department has provisioned Rs 25 crore in its budget this year.   More...
Nobel laureate questions Modi’s credentials, says he don’t want him as PM of India
NEW DELHI: Coming out strongly against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Monday said he does not want him to become India’s prime minister as he does not have secular credentials.   More...
Jagannath temple priests manhandle Italian Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi
BHUBANESWAR: Famous Italian Odissi dancer Padmashree Ileana Citaristi on Sunday alleged that she was manhandled by two priests of Jagannath temple on the chariot of Lord Jagannath at Puri when she refused to pay them money.   More...
UN Public Service Award conferred on Madhya Pradesh Grameen Haat
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh was conferred United Nation’s Public Service Award for starting rural haat scheme at a function in New Delhi on Friday. On behalf of Madhya Pradesh, the award was received by Women & Child Development Minister Ranjana Baghel...   More...
Indian father struggles to solve mysterious death of daughter in UK
LONDON: An inquest is set to open into the death of an 18-year-old engineering student from Chennai, who was found dead in her student accommodation at Liverpool University in the UK.   More...
Women will get share of husband’s inherited property on divorce
NEW DELHI: A wife will have a share in her husband’s inherited or inheritable marital property on divorce, though the exact quantum of the compensation has been left to the discretion of the judge, according to a legislation cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.   More...
Cabinet waives BPL families’ electricity bills as on June 30
BHOPAL: The state cabinet on Tuesday has decided to waive BPL domestic consumers’ electricity bills as on June 30, 2013. The decision will put a burden of Rs 225 crore on the state exchequer.   More...
Ideal system will come up with change in academic set-up in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that change in academic set-up will bring ideal system and added yoga teaching will be introduced in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Congress stages mock no-confidence motion, accuses chief minister of corruption
BHOPAL: Barely a day after its deputy leader of Opposition Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi played spoilsport in the state assembly and defected to the BJP; the Madhya Pradesh Congress put up a brave face on Friday and staged a no-confidence motion in a mock assembly session...   More...
Two MP pharmacy colleges likely to lose AICTE affiliation
BHOPAL: Rajiv Gandhi Proudhyogiki Vishwadyalaya (RGPV) has recommended the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for cancellation of affiliation of two pharmacy colleges in Madhya Pradesh’s Nimar region   More...
Bhopal’s Muzaffar Ali wins Mumbai Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally
BHOPAL: Muzaffar Ali of Bhopal decimated big guns to emerge as the new champion of the Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally held at Mumbai on Sunday.   More...
BJP expels former finance minister Raghavji over sodomy charges
BHOPAL: Disgraced former Madhya Pradesh finance minister Raghavji was on Sunday expelled from the BJP following sodomy allegations levelled against him by a youth even as police booked him in the matter.   More...
Medical education institutions increase thrice in MP
BHOPAL: Remarkable increase has been registered in medical education infrastructure and facilities during last 9 years in Madhya Pradesh. During the period, number of medical and dental colleges has increased 3 times.   More...
Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister resigns over sodomy allegation
BHOPAL: In a setback to the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, Finance Minister Raghavji was forced to resign on Friday after an obscene CD, purportedly featuring him...   More...
Madhya Pradesh will constitute State Education Service
BHOPAL: To streamline teaching arrangements in Madhya Pradesh, the state cabinet on Saturday decided to constitute State Education Service.   More...
Japan will loan Rs 216 cr for preservation of Bhopal’s 10 lakes
BHOPAL: A project has been chalked out for beautification and preservation of 10 lakes of Bhopal city with Rs 216 crore loan form Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).   More...
Vatican panel clears Pope John Paul II for sainthood
VATICAN CITY: Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as December 8, a Vatican official and news reports said on Tuesday.   More...
Indians should observe Independence Day as ‘Shok Diwas’: Prof Jha
BHOPAL: “We must not celebrate August 15, 1947 as Independence Day, when India gained freedom from the British rule, but should observe it as ‘Shok Diwas’ (Day of Mourning).   More...
Rahul for 50 per cent representation to women in AICC
NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday vowed to ensure 50 per cent representation to women in AICC and other party wings as he held his first formal interaction with newly-appointed party office-bearers...   More...
MP to give Rs 5 lakh each to children lost both parents in Uttarakhand disaster
BHOPAL: The State Government will provide financial assistance worth Rs 5 lakh each to children whose both parents have died in Uttarakhand natural disaster. This was informed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a meeting held here on Friday...   More...
Uttarakhand: SDPI demands review of planning, dam construction on Himalaya
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), has expressed deep anguish, anxiety and pain at the devastating loss of life, livelihoods in Uttarakhand caused by flash floods due to extremely intense rainfall which swept away mountainsides...   More...
MP cabinet sanctions 5500 police and 12,600 contractual teacher posts
BHOPAL: The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday sanctioned creation of 5500 posts of police for strengthening the state’s law and order situation.   More...
Eating more chicken may keep off colon cancer in teens
NEW YORK: Teens who eat more chicken and fish may lower their risk of developing colon cancer, a new study has claimed. In a study of nearly 20,000 women, those who ate more chicken during their teen years had lower risks of developing colorectal adenomas...   More...
Rescue operations will take another fortnight, no Kedarnath Yatra for 2 years
NEW DELHI: Rescue teams will take another fortnight to evacuate flood victims as the roads leading to affected areas have been badly damaged, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has said. He also said, “Those who are stuck in certain areas in Uttarakhand, there is no threat to their lives.”   More...
Rain set to return Uttarakhand, rescuers get 48-hr evacuation window
DEHRADUN: Rescue workers have a crucial 48-hour window to evacuate those stranded in the mountains of Uttarakhand as rain is expected to return there by Sunday evening.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will be ideal state in country
BHOPAL: Union Joint Secretary Rural Development Rajesh Bhushan has lauded electronic transfer of funds for payment of wages against works and material, administrative expenses etc under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Monsoon fury leaves 131 dead, traps over 70,000, submerges Kedarnath
DEHRADUN: The famous Kedarnath shrine was virtually submerged in mud and slush where 50 people died in the unprecedented flash floods that claimed over 130 lives in Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh and left over 70,000 pilgrims heading for Himalayan shrines stranded.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will have Neonatal Intensive Care Units in all districts
BHOPAL: In order to strengthen institutional health services, the state government has set a target to start Neonatal Intensive Care Units in all districts of Madhya Pradesh by August 15, 2013. Madhya Pradesh will be the first state to achieve this distinction.   More...
Madhya Pradesh will be malnutrition-free in five years, says Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday called upon non-government organisations, industries and the society to work in tandem with the government to free Madhya Pradesh from the blot of malnutrition.   More...
Monsoon never brought such happiness to Khoomi villagers
BHOPAL: Small village Khoomi situated in Harda district’s forest area is “drenched” with happiness. Every big and small resident of the village is looking forward to the visit of Forest Minister Sartaj Singh.   More...
Simplified health scheme for Madhya Pradesh police soon
BHOPAL: A simplified health scheme will soon be implemented for police personnel in Madhya Pradesh. The scheme will be endorsed in the next cabinet meeting, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.   More...
BJP unfolded its real face once again by promoting Modi: SDPI
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has said that by declaring Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as chairman of its Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unfolded its real face once again.   More...
Indian economy has resilience to overcome problems, says President
BHOPAL: Indian economy has resilience to overcome its problems, said President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday and asked people not to panic by negative sentiments expressed in certain quarters.   More...
Madhya Pradesh preserved tribal heritage laudably: Prez
BHOPAL: President Pranab Mukherjee has lauded Madhya Pradesh for preserving tribal heritage efficiently and assiduously. The President was inaugurating the newly constructed Tribal Museum in the state capital on Thursday.   More...
President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate novel tribal museum in Bhopal
BHOPAL: President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate an international-level Tribal Museum of its kind showcasing tribal lifestyle at Shyamla Hills here on June 6.   More...
Take states into confidence for policymaking on internal security issues; Chouhan to Centre
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that often, the Union Government does not take states into confidence for policymaking regarding internal security issues. The Centre wants to deprive states of their rights.   More...
Bhopal will have diamond industry soon
BHOPAL: The World Wide Diamond Manufacturers Private Limited Vishakhapatnam will set up an export-oriented diamond processing and polishing unit worth Rs 150 crore in Bhopal soon.   More...
SHGs’ ambitious project to produce turmeric in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: As an innovation, 600 self-help groups have taken up an ambitious project of producing turmeric in about 3,000 acre in Sagar district of Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Shivraj advocates for state service officers, says proposed system is not proper
BHOPAL: The proposed system of holding written examination for State Service officers for induction into Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service was not proper, said Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.   More...
MP’s poor families will get wheat, salt at Re 1 and rice at Rs 2 per kg
BHOPAL: Annapurna Yojana for providing wheat and iodised salt at Re. 1 per kg and rice at Rs. 2 per kg to Antyodaya, BPL and destitute families in Madhya Pradesh will be launched on June 1.   More...
House to all will be Chouhan’s priority in next five years
BHOPAL: Providing house to all will be the focus of the BJP-led state government during next 5 years. Schemes are underway to construct houses for the poor in urban and rural areas.   More...
Muslim political leaders silence in Khalid Mujahid’s case intriguing
Maulana Khalid Mujahid has died under mysterious circumstances on May 19. How and under what circumstances he died and who are responsible for his death have been highlighted by Urdu media and websites.   More...
14.50 lakh Madhya Pradesh girls become ‘Lakhpati’ since birth
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has established identity as a state where the government is not only concerned over daughters’ future, but running a number of schemes for their welfare also.   More...
Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma killed, VC Shukla critical in Naxalite attack
RAIPUR: Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma has been killed, while senior Congress leader and former Union minister VC Shukla, Congress legislator from Sukma Kawasai Lakma were critically injured, when a group of Naxalites ambushed a convoy...   More...
Madhya Pradesh pioneer state in development: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh has become pioneer state in the country. Officers of the Union Planning Commission have admitted this fact recently and lauded development works done in the state...   More...
Madhya Pradesh’s Annual Plan pegged at Rs 35,500 crore
BHOPAL: Annual plan of Rs 35,500 crore has been sanctioned for Madhya Pradesh for the year 2013-14. This is 23 per cent more than that of last year.   More...
Playback singer Hariharan gets National Lata Mangeshkar Award
INDORE: Noted playback singer Padmashree Hariharan was bestowed with National Lata Mangeshkar Award jointly by Madhya Pradesh Industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and Culture minister Laxmikant Sharma at a function held at Indore on Monday.   More...
Madhya Pradesh honoured with United Nations Public Service Award
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Government’s Cottage and Village Industry Department has been honoured with United Nations Public Award for the year 2013. United Nations honours outstanding public welfare works at international level under various categories every year.   More...
Mother, daughter together pass 12th class examination
BHOPAL: A 38-year-old woman, Prem Bai Vishwakarma, resident of village Imaliya-Babaliya in Raisen district has proved that age is no bar when it comes to education if one has the spirit to do so.   More...
Record marriage of 1754 girls in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Creating a new record, marriages of 1754 girls were solemnised under the Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana at a function held on the premises of Government Lal Bahadur Shastri College, Sironj on Sunday.   More...
Child marriage is illegal, to entail jail term
BHOPAL: Effective measures have been taken to prevent child marriages in Madhya Pradesh. Special activities have been held in districts under Lado Abhiyan Action Plan implemented since February.   More...
Afghanistan delegation discusses development works in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: A 16-member government delegation from Afghanistan, which is on a 3-day Madhya Pradesh visit, on Thursday, held discussions with senior government officers on various welfare programmes and development schemes, after visiting urban and rural areas of the state.   More...
Govt to prevent child marriages on Akshaya Tritiya
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government will ensure efforts to prevent child marriages on Akshaya Tritiya on May 13. The government is conducting Lado Abhiyan to prevent child marriages throughout the year.   More...
11-yr-old boy donates heart valves of his mother killed in mishap
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a noble gesture an 11-year-old boy has donated the heart valves of his mother Radhika, who died in a road mishap two days ago when she and her only son were on their way to the beach here for a Sunday outing.   More...
Madhya Pradesh to spend Rs 739 cr on welfare of women and children
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government, by increasing budget allocation for Women and Children Development Department for the consecutive 10th year, has proved its concern for the development and protection of women and children.   More...
Over 69 pc voter turn out in peaceful Karnataka polls
BANGALORE: An estimated 69 per cent of the 4.35 crore-strong electorates on Sunday voted in the Assembly elections in Karnataka amid projections that beleaguered ruling BJP was on a sticky wicket against a resurgent Congress.   More...
Horticulture corridor will be development between Indore and Bhopal
BHOPAL: A horticulture corridor will be developed between Indore and Bhopal and a modern nursery and training centre will be set up at a cost of Rs 2 crore at Manpur in Indore district, said Agriculture Production Commissioner MM Upadhyay.   More...
28 new services brought under Public Service Guarantee Act purview
BHOPAL: Now, 101 services of 21 departments have been brought under the purview of Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act. Earlier, 52 services of 16 departments were notified under the Act. Now, 28 new services of 5 departments including Finance, Commerce, industries ...   More...
GMC hospitals perform 9768 major operations last year
BHOPAL: As many as 9768 major operations were performed last year in the hospitals affiliated to Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal. College Dean Dr Nirbhay Shrivastava informed that 5753 major operations have been performed in Hamidia Hospital and 4015 in Sultania Lady Hospital affiliated to the college.   More...
Muslims became backward as they distanced themselves from Islam: Samdani
BHOPAL: Due to the growth of multi-national companies in our country the Israeli influence is increasing day by day and they are influencing the national policies, said Maulana Khaild Rashid Farangi Mahli, Imam Idgah, Lucknow.   More...
MP will constitute state-level task force to curb crimes against women, girls
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government will constitute a state-level task force headed by the chief minister to ensure effective curb on crimes against girls and women. Besides, a long-term action plan will also be chalked out and implemented in the state.   More...
China rejects reports of its army’s intrusion in Ladakh
BEIJING: China on Monday rejected reports of intrusion by its troops in Ladakh, saying the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers patrolled the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) without “trespassing” into it.   More...
Thrissur Pooram provides visual treat to thousands
THRISSUR: Thousands of people, including foreign tourists, had a visual treat of the parade of 30 richly caparisoned pachyderms and performance by over 500 top-ranked percussionists at the Thrissur Pooram, the famous temple festival of Kerala, here on Sunday.   More...
JSS sends signals to snap ties with UDF
ALAPPUZHA: The Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithy (JSS), one of the constituents of UDF in Kerala, on Saturday sent out a signal that it was not interested in remaining in the Congress-led ruling coalition as its sentiments had not been respected.   More...
Wikileaks’ revelations on Dow: NGOs charge Centre with kowtowing to US pressure
BHOPAL: Representatives of five NGOs working for the welfare of the survivors of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst ever industrial catastrophe, have accused the Government of India of kowtowing to US pressure to serve the interests of Union Carbide and Dow Chemical in Bhopal.   More...
Educate women for Muslims’ uplift: Dr Asma Zehra
Bhopal: To create awareness among Muslim women about social reform, family disputes, maintenance, divorce and khula issues, inheritance, parents rights and duties, eradication of social evils and customs a day-long social reform convention was organised here at Indira Priyadarshini College.   More...
GMC hospitals perform 805 major operations in March
BHOPAL: As many as 805 major operations were performed during March in hospitals affiliated to Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal. According to college dean Dr Nirbhay Shrivastava, 457 major operations have been performed in Hamidia Hospital and 348 in Sultania Lady Hospital affiliated to the college.   More...
Marriage of 81 Muslim girls solemnised under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna
BHOPAL: Marriage (Nikah) of 81 Muslim girls were solemnised under the Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna at Nasrullahganj in Sehore district on Monday. Qazi Amanullah Khan from Bhopal performed the marriage ceremony.   More...
RTI Act provisions should not be misused: Samdani
BHOPAL: “The Right to Information Act is meant for the weaker sections of the society, especially dalits, minorities and the backward classes of the country. It is very beneficial for them and due to this Act the poor and backward sections of the society are in a position to get more and more information   More...
Chouhan calls upon youths to become entrepreneurs
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that youths of the state should develop quality of entrepreneurship. Youths should establish self-employment and also give jobs to others.   More...
JP will be developed as model hospital: Chouhan
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that the Jai Prakash (JP) hospital in the state capital will be developed as a model hospital. However, he added that it would take some more time to get CT scan and MRI facilities started at the hospital.   More...
Rajnath dashes Chouhan’s national hopes
BHOPAL: The constitution of the Rajnath Singh team has evoked mixed reaction in Madhya Pradesh. There were high hopes in the camp of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that he will find a place in the Parliamentary Board of the Bharatiya Janata Party.   More...
Kerala’s A Sayeed elected as SDPI’s new national president
COIMBATORE: A Sayeed was unanimously elected new national president of Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), for two years for 2013-15 at the two-day National Representative Council, (NRC), meeting which concluded here on Sunday.   More...
Sleeping nine-year-old lifted from house, gang-raped, dies in hospital
DURG: In a most deplorable act some miscreants on Monday night lifted a sleeping nine-year-old girl from her house and gang-raped her at Mohan Nagar area of Durg district. The child died on Tuesday morning while undergoing treatment at the district hospital.   More...
Brig Ali hails SSAF on completing a decade of fruitful service
BHOPAL: In India there are two Taj Mahals, one is there at Agra & the other being at Aligarh. The one at Agra was built by Moghul emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife and the one at Aligarh was built by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to improve the educational backwardness of the Muslim...   More...
Six Maoists including two women and a minor arrested
NARAYANPUR: In a major success, security forces on Sunday busted a temporary camp of Maoists in the dense forests of Nelnar in Abujhmarh area, about 30 km south from Narayanpur district headquarters and arrested six ultras including two women and a minor.   More...
Remain vigilant to challenges of interference in Shariah laws, Maulana Rabey tells Muslims
BHOPAL: President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadvi on Friday called upon Muslims to remain united and vigilant to face the challenges posed by lower courts in interfering into Islamic Shariah laws...   More...
Pakistan is divided into two distinct camps, says LS Herdenia
BHOPAL: Pakistan is divided into two distinct camps. One comprises those who want friendly and cordial relations with India and the other encourages hostility and enmity towards India.   More...
Shun emotional issues, engage in dialogue: Maulana Mujaddidi
BHOPAL: Muslims should save their energy from sentimental and emotional issues, which often leads to violence, and concentrate more on socio-economic development and engage themselves in dialogue and negotiations with the policy makers which has great relevance and importance in today’s atmosphere.   More...
Unseasonal rain devastates crops worth Rs 894 crore
BHOPAL: The four-day unseasonal rain and hailstorm that hit Madhya Pradesh from March 14, besides claiming 28 lives and 294 cattle heads, have devastated crops in 2.49 lakh hectare area in 3,190 villages in 31 districts.   More...
Seize weapons from naxals and get out of turn promotion: DGP
RAIPUR: Cops who seizes weapons from naxalites would be given out of turn promotion, declared director general of police Ramniwas here on Tuesday.   More...
Two Maoists carrying Rs 1 lakh cash reward surrender
BIJAPUR: In a psychological win for security forces over left wing insurgents, two hard-core Maoists, one of them is carrying cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, surrendered before the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bastar range, Himanshu Gupta, at Bijapur on Tuesday.   More...
South Asia Peace Star Award conferred on LS Herdenia in Karachi
BHOPAL: Veteran journalist of the City of Lakes, trade unionist and social activist Lajja Shankar Herdenia, has been honoured with Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA) Peace Star Award 2013 at Karachi (Pakistan) on February 19 last.   More...
Economic slowdown shows no sign of reversal: ASCON report
BHOPAL: The economic slowdown is showing no sign of reversal, considering the low growth rates reported by a large percentage of sectors in the January-March 2013 quarter, the latest CII ASCON survey report says.   More...
Two hard-core Naxals carrying rewards gunned down in Bijapur
JAGDALPUR: A joint party of Chhattisgarh police and CRPF on Sunday gunned down two hardcore Maoists in a dense forest near Kurcholi village of the Naxal-infested Bijapur district.   More...
‘Dialogue only way to restore world peace’
BHOPAL: Dialogue is the only instrument that can restore and maintain world peace and it can also solve all religious and cultural conflicts in the world.   More...
IOS Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on Maulana Saeed Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi
BHOPAL: Chancellor of Integral University, Lucknow Maulana Saeed-ur-Rahman Al-Azmi Al-Nadvi was conferred upon with fifth IOS (Institute of Objective Studies) Lifetime Achievement Award at an impressive function at Delhi on Friday.   More...
Afzal Guru's execution is Congress one-upmanship political game: SDPI
BHOPAL: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has flayed the Congress-led UPA Govt for the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru which was carried out in a budget-level secretive manner without informing his family members and his lawyers and without even fulfilling the last wishes of a dying person.   More...
MP attracts only Rs 6 lakh crore live investments; Poor implementation a worry: ASSOCHAM
BHOPAL: Despite being the second largest state of India, Madhya Pradesh could attract only about 816 live investment projects worth just about Rs 6 lakh crore out of the total of over 17,000 such projects worth over Rs141 lakh crore announced across India   More...
MP tops in rape cases: ‘Custodians’ come out with cockeyed convictions
BHOPAL: Devoid, as they are, of genuine humanism and lacking the capacity to comprehend and analyse things in their proper perspective, the ‘custodians’ of Indian culture, ‘responsible’ politicians and ‘spiritual’ leaders have laid bare their cockeyed ideas and concepts by making irresponsible, unethical...   More...
Pension largesse to MLAs of a single day: Is it not a daylight robbery?
BHOPAL: If it is not a daylight robbery, then what? The Madhya Pradesh Assembly recently unanimously passed an amendment bill entitling the MLAs to claim pension of Rs 15,000 per month even if they remain member of the House for a single day.   More...
Modi stands on a slippery slope in Gujarat
BHOPAL: During my five-day visit to Gujarat from December 3-7, I interacted with people belonging to various sections of the society. I met teachers, doctors, traders, auto drivers, workers employed in hotels and other establishments, government employees and journalists.   More...
PBI releases charter of demands from Union Budget 2013-14
NEW DELHI: The national convention on Union Budget 2013-14 organised by People’s Budget Initiative (PBI) at the India Islamic Cultural Centre on Thursday released its charter of demands from the Union Budget 2013-14.   More...
Obsession of Govts with growth regime has failed to focus on people’s development
New Delhi: Obsession of governments with growth regime in the recent years has failed to focus on people’s development and to check the ever increasing distress.   More...
Chauhan’s constructive politics towers him head and shoulder above other CMs
BHOPAL: Constructive politics, a spotless image and intellectual and moral greatness have towered Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan head and shoulder above his counterparts in other states.   More...
Battle against barbarism: MP village Dalits get entry into village temple
BHOPAL: The Ahirwar community of Maregaon, a village in Gadarwara tehsil of Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh, has been facing a social boycott for the last nine months. Reason: They are no longer willing to lift the carcasses of dead animals - a job they traditionally did for generations.   More...
Tigers in outskirts of city a threat for both people and animals: CCF
BHOPAL: The presence of tigers in the outskirts of the state capital like Kaliasot and Kerwa areas is risk for both the people as the animals, said chief conservator of forest SS Rajput.   More...
Man throws 3 kids and self into river to death
BHOPAL: In a gruesome act, a man on Monday, after throwing his wife and three children, jumped into a river in Morena district to death. While the three children drowned, his wife was rescued by a shepherd.   More...
Shocking! Stray dogs maul a child, authorities plead helplessness
BHOPAL: Mauling a one-and-half-year-old child by a pack of stray dogs on the premises of the Sultania Zanana Hospital has come as a shocker for the residents of the city.   More...
Pre-dawn swoop: Govt drags 245 Satyagrahis out of water
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government dealt with the ‘Jal-Satyagrahis’ of Indira Sagar Project (ISP) in Harda district with an iron hand by dragging out about 245 of them from water on Wednesday morning.   More...
Govt will implement122 decisions in three days
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government took as many as 122 decisions at the three-day commissioner-collector conference. These decisions will be implemented within three days.   More...
Sports minister’s remarks eclipse construction of international stadium in Bhopal
BHOPAL: It is an unwritten precedent that ministers follow the instructions of chief minister and give priority to the declarations made in the public. But it seems that ministers in the state hardly pay any heed to the public declarations made by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.   More...
Feud among higher-ups fails state health services
BHOPAL: Too many cooks spoil the broth. The functioning of Madhya Pradesh Health Department, which is already infested with major scams for years, has come to a grinding halt because of the internal feud among its senior bureaucrats.   More...
Road repairing a ‘waste of money’ for Kolar Municipality
BHOPAL: It sounds to be an irony that a local civic body has no control over the roads in its jurisdiction. The municipal council of Kolar—a key satellite township of Bhopal—does not possess the roads in the township.   More...
State Govt starts preparations for 2013 poll battle
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Government has begun preparations for the electoral battle of 2013.   More...
SC ban batters bread of thousands, puts state in a tizzy
Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has gone into a tizzy fearing that the Supreme Court order banning tourists from visiting core areas of tiger reserves may deprive the state of its USP called ‘tourism.   More...
Helmet fine hike will only benefit policemen
BHOPAL: The sharp hike in the fine for not wearing helmet has not gone down well with the citizens, who are of the view that it will only benefit the policemen on traffic duty.   More...
MP minister claims Rs 19.52 lakh compensation from Air India
BHOPAL: Minister of State for Agriculture Brijendra Pratap Singh on Wednesday filed a case with District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum against Air India demanding compensation of Rs19,52,536 for the inconvenience caused to him and insult to his dignity and status.   More...
Shivraj emerges as national leader of farmers
BHOPAL: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, though often beleaguered with controversies, has been known to be most popular chief minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but by holding the Atal Kisan Mahapanchayat Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has proved it that he is no less than Modi.   More...
Head on collision: two farmers die, two dozen suffer injuries
BHOPAL: Two farmers were killed and 24 others suffered injuries when two buses collided in Harda district on Sunday morning. The farmers were coming to Bhopal to participate in the Atal Kisan Mahapanchayat.   More...
Interest-free farm loan will benefit 30-lakh farmers
BHOPAL: The BJP-led state government, with a view to making agriculture a profitable business, has decided to extend crop loans worth Rs 8,500 crore to the farmers at zero per cent interest.   More...
Govt makes mockery of its own rules, only two women collectors in 50 districts
BHOPAL: On the lines of male-dominated society, it seems, the Madhya Pradesh government is turning the administration too male-dominated as only 4 per cent of the posts of district collector in the state have female incumbents.   More...
Is Cong ready to handover MP to BJP on a silver platter for a third successive term?
BHOPAL: 'Shocking' would be a mild word to describe the mauling of the Congress in the just-concluded (July 10, 2012) civic polls in Madhya Pradesh. The party could annex only eight of the 49 municipal bodies that went to the polls.   More...
Corruption in health set-up translates into poor quality health care in MP
Bhopal: From the humble to the mighty, from the starkly poor to the stinking rich--no one, absolutely no one--seems to be having faith in the government health care system.   More...
Internal tussle among bureaucrats comes into open
BHOPAL: The internal tussle and factionalism amongst bureaucrats in Madhya Pradesh has burst into the open.   More...
Disposal of UCC waste may take months or even years
BHOPAL: It may take months or even years for the disposal of Union carbide chemical waste of Bhopal plant in Germany, though the Union government has approved the proposal.   More...
BE admissions: Poor response, counselling deadline may be extended
Bhopal: The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) is considering extension of closure of first round of online-off-campus counselling because of poor response from students.   More...
Narmada purification plan on the anvil, project will start from Amarkantak
BHOPAL: The Narmada Valley Development Department will soon chalk out an action plan to free the River Narmada from pollution.   More...
BE admissions: Pvt colleges worried over poor response, only 45,000 register for 96,000 seats
Bhopal: With deadline for the first round of counselling for B E admission coming closer, private engineering colleges are worried over response from students.   More...
Maheshwar will be best religious, tourist destination in state: CM
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Maheshwar will be developed as the best religious and tourist destination of the state.   More...
22.5 pc annual growth registered in milk collection
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh’s cooperative sector has created a white revolution by purchasing milk from two lakh milk producing farmers   More...