Thursday, September 19, 201923 AMU engineering students selected via campus placement

Aligarh, Sep 19 (IANS) Noida-based CINIF Technologies said on Thursday that it has selected a total of 23 final year students of B Tech, BE and Diploma in Engineering branches from the Aligarh Muslim University's (AMU) Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET) and University Polytechnic through a campus placement drive.

A senior AMU faculty attributed the successful placement


Thursday, September 19, 2019R.K.S. Bhadauria to be the next IAF chief

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, who was extensively involved in the flights of the LCA Tejas' initial prototypes and has over 4,250 hours of 26 different fighter and transport aircraft, was on Thursday named as the next chief of the Indian Air Force.

Bhadauria, presently the IAF Vice Chief, will take over on October 1, succeeding Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa


Thursday, September 19, 2019Pak's service charge for Kartarpur like 'Jazia': Punjab CM

Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab), Sep 19 (IANS) Comparing it with 'Jazia', a tax imposed in earlier times on non-Muslims in Muslim countries, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday reiterated his demand for immediate withdrawal by Pakistan of the proposed facilitation charges on visitors to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

Pointing out that Emperor Akbar had abolished the controversia


Thursday, September 19, 2019Gujarat HC clears land acquisition for bullet train

Ahmedabad, Sep 19 (IANS) The Gujarat High Court on Thursday gave full clearance to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious bullet train project as it rejected over 100 petitions filed by farmers against the land acquisition process and "inadequate" compensation.

A bench of Justice Anant Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav declined to entertain the petitions challenging the land acquisition fo


Thursday, September 19, 2019Amarinder inspects construction work of Kartarpur corridor

Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab), Sep 19 (IANS) With less than two months to go for the historic 550th Prakash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday took stock of the ongoing construction work for the Kartarpur corridor.

He also sanctioned Rs 75.23 crore for widening and strengthening major roads leading to this iconic town in Gurdaspur district.

The Chief Minist


Thursday, September 19, 201910 shortlisted writers to attend JLF's Jaipur Bookmark in Jan

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Ten shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the Jaipur BookMark (JBM) January 22 to 25, 2020, that runs parallel to the JLF to "not just to undergo mentorship but also individually pitch their work to national and international experts from the industry, with a chance to even sign a book deal," the organisers said.

The selection panel will include publishers, lit


Thursday, September 19, 2019Help make Kashmir a 'paradise again': PM

Nashik (Maharashtra), Sep 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday that the BJP government had kept its promise and integrated Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into India, and appealed to the people to help make it "a paradise again".

"Until now, the slogan was 'Kashmir Hamara Hai' but now 'Kashmir Ko Phir Se Swarg Banana Hai' should be our motto. Let us apply the soothing balm


Thursday, September 19, 2019Jharkhand ex-Congress chief joins AAP ahead of polls

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Ahead of the Assembly polls in Jharkhand, former Congress state unit chief Ajoy Kumar joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Thursday.

He quit the Congress in August, levelling serious allegations against his party colleagues. Although no official announcement has been made, the AAP may give some important role to Kumar in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state


Thursday, September 19, 2019NDRF set to induct women personnel

Kolkata, Sep 19: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) would induct women personnel in its new battalions within the next one year, a top official said.

The Union government had in 2018 made a proposal to attach women contingents to NDRF battalions in the country.

"Earlier, we didn't have the barracks and other amenities for women personnel... But, we are now in a position to accommo


Thursday, September 19, 2019UN Chief asserts Indo-Pak dialogue for resolving Kashmir issue

United Nations, Sep 19: UN Chief Antonio Guterres has asserted that dialogue between India and Pakistan was an absolute essential element for resolving the Kashmir issue.

He said that human rights must be fully respected in the territory.

Dialogue between India and Pakistan is an "absolute essential element" for resolving the Kashmir issue and his good offices are available if both sides as


Thursday, September 19, 2019Imran leaves for two-day Saudi Arabia visit

Islamabad, Sep 19: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday left for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, ahead of his trip to the US for the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, an official statement said.

Khan has been in "regular contact" with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the Kashmir issue, Dawn news quoted the PMO statement as saying.

The Prime Minister ha


Thursday, September 19, 2019Telangana hospitals overcrowded with dengue patients

Hyderabad, Sep 19: Hospitals across Telangana continue to be overcrowded with patients, including those with symptoms of dengue, even as the state government remained in a denial mode and has even gagged the private hospitals from giving out the numbers of dengue patients on the pretext of avoiding a health scare.

Hundreds of people suffering from viral fever, malaria and seasonal diseases and


Thursday, September 19, 2019New Jersey Governor 'sells' his state to India Inc.

Mumbai, Sep 19: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US later this week, New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy on Thursday made a passionate appeal here to Indian businesses for making investments in his state.

Describing himself as the 'Head of Sales', Murphy said not only was New Jersey ready to welcome the Indian business community but also has on offer what the latter were l


Thursday, September 19, 2019Illegal sale of imported cigarettes on rise in Punjab

Chandigarh, Sep 19: Illegal sale of imported cigarettes in Punjab has become common and pose a serious threat to health of smokers who are getting hooked to catchy packs of international brands that san health warnings, anti-tobacco activists said on Thursday.

They say selling illegal cigarettes, an organised crime, is not only evading state's high taxes but also playing with the lives of smo


Thursday, September 19, 2019SC asks UP Home Secretary to appear in Muslim girl's case

New Delhi, Sep 19:The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary to appear before it on Monday observing that the government has failed to file a response on a minor Muslim girl's plea challenging Allahabad High Court order declaring her marriage as void.

A Bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana directed the state Home Secretary to appear before the court personally, observ


Thursday, September 19, 2019This day, that year: When Yuvi created record

New Delhi, Sep 19: September 19, 2007, a date which Indian cricket fans can never forget. It was on this very day back when former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh set Kingsmead on fire hitting six sixes in an over bringing the world to its feet.

In the first edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa, India were in a tight spot as they had to beat England in their group game to keep their ch


Thursday, September 19, 2019Sitharaman, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in Twitter spat over e-cig ban

New Delhi, Sep 19: Finance MinisterANirmala Sitharaman on Thursday defended her decision to ban e-cigarettes after Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw questioned her authority to issue the ban.

In a tweet, Shaw wondered why the decision on e-cigarette ban came from her and not Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

"E-cigarettes banned, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman - Shd this not come fro


Thursday, September 19, 2019Mamata Banerjee to meet Home Minister Amit Shah

New Delhi, Sep 19: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee will call on Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday, leading to speculation that the meeting is an effort to rescue former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar who is under the CBI's scanner and is believed to be close to her, sources said.

The West Bengal chief minister, who is on a three-day visit to the national capital, met Prime Minister Nare


Thursday, September 19, 2019Transport strike against amended MVA affects Delhi-NCR

New Delhi, Sep 19: A transport strike call on Thursday against the amended Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) in Delhi and the adjoining National Capital Region (NCR) areas has affected people badly as cabs, auto-rickshaws and private buses remained off the roads.

The call for the strike had been given by the United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA)-- an umbrella body of over 50 unions in Delhi-NCR


Thursday, September 19, 2019Hima Das ruled out of World Championships

New Delhi, Sep 19: Ace sprinter Hima Das will not be participating in the upcoming World Championships 2019 due to a back injury.

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday took to Twitter to provide the information and said: "Unfortunately 400m athlete Hima Das will not compete at the World Championships 2019 in Doha due to back injury."

On September 9, the AFI named seven women,


Thursday, September 19, 2019Vande Bharat connecting New Delhi-Katra to debut this Navaratri

New Delhi, Sep19: Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal informed that the trial run for Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Katra has been completed and that the train would make its debut on the route during the festival of Navaratri which is starting on September 29.

"I am very glad to inform that modern 'Make In India' product, the second Vande Bharat Express has completed its


Thursday, September 19, 2019Ignoring protests, Gates Foundation to give Modi global award

New York, Sep 19:The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be awarding the Global Gatekeepers Award to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in India's achievement sanitation, the organisation has announced.

"Modi is receiving an award at the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the progress India is making in improving sanitation, as part o


Thursday, September 19, 2019Rajnath's maiden sortie on Tejas LCA in Bengaluru

New Delhi, Sep 19: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh undertook a maiden sortie on a Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), fully dressed in a G-Suit, from Bengaluru on Thursday.

Singh, who became the first Defence Minister of the country to fly in a Tejas, took to the cockpit of the fighter jet with a pilot in the front seat.

"Singh is the first Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) to fly the LCA. Nat


Thursday, September 19, 2019Search for Vikram on: NASA scientists analyse lunar images from orbiter

New York, Sep 19: Scientists are analysing the images taken under harsh light conditions by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera of the area where the Vikram moon lander is likely to have touched down on the moon and it may be a while before they can locate it, project experts told IANS.

LRO project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Noah Petro, said on Wednesday th


Thursday, September 19, 2019Heavy rains likely in Mumbai, schools shut

Mumbai, Sep 19: Heavy rains have been forecast for Mumbai, Thane and other parts of the Konkan, officials said here on Thursday.

As a precautionery measure Education Minister Ashish Shelar declared a holiday for all schools and junior colleges in Mumbai and surroundings.

In an early morning tweet, he said district collectors elsewhere can take a call depending on the local situation.



Thursday, September 19, 2019SC gets 4 new judges

New Delhi, Sep 19: Four different High Court Chief Justices were appointed as judges of the Supreme Court, taking the judge strength of the apex court to 34, the highest ever.

The oath ceremony is likely to take place next Monday.

The four new judges of the top court are Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Krishna Murari, Rajasthan Chief Justi


Thursday, September 19, 2019Funny Akshay Kumar clip on traffic rules is a hit on social media

Mumbai, Sep 18: An old Akshay Kumar video, where the superstar takes the mickey out of a traffic violator is once again doing the rounds of social media, in this season about elaborate discussions of traffic laws.

In the Hindi language video, Akshay is seen dressed as a traffic inspector. When a man driving his car into a no-entry street, he stops the vehicle and then goes up with a grin.



Thursday, September 19, 201929 booked for mid day meal scam in UP

Lucknow, Sep 19: Nearly 29 persons have been booked for a massive scam in the mid day meal (MDM) scheme in three districts of Uttar Pradesh -- Rae Bareli, Kannauj and Pratapgarh -- where food grain meant for school children was being sold in the open market.

Seventeen Anganwadi workers and four supervisors of Pratapgarh were suspended after raids led to the recovery of large quantities of food


Thursday, September 19, 2019Madhya Pradesh seeks Rs 11,861 cr flood relief package

Bhopal, Sep 19: The Madhya Pradesh government has sought a financial package of Rs 11,861 crore from the Central government for relief and rehabilitation work in the flood-affected areas of 36 districts in the state.

Public Relations Minister P.C. Sharma told reporters on Wednesday that the flood has caused damage to crops sown in 24 lakh hectares of land, which has affected 22 lakh farmers.


Thursday, September 19, 2019SC sets Oct 18 deadline for hearing, verdict by mid-Nov

Ayodhya Title Dispute

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set an October 18 deadline for completion of all arguments in the protracted Ram-Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute, a move that has raised the possibility of a verdict in the politically sensitive case in the middle of November.
As it offered to hear the case on Saturdays as well, the court at the same time said the parties to the dispute are f


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Shah flags off Jan Ashirvad Yatra in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Sep 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah flagged off the Jan Ashirvad Yatra to seek peoples' mandate in the Assembly polls, scheduled in November-December, in the Jamtara district of Jharkhand, here on Wednesday.

After worshipping Goddess Kali, Shah flagged off the yatra in this Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) stronghold and appealed people to


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Himachal aims 100 pc transition to e-vehicles by 2030

Shimla, Sep 18 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh is aiming to achieve 100 per cent transition to electric vehicles by 2030 in alignment with the United Nation's sustainable development goals, an official said on Wednesday.

A meeting to frame the draft for the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 was held here, chaired by Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi.

Baldi said that the vision of the polic


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Amit Shah to address NRC convention in Kolkata on Oct 1

Kolkata, Sep 18 (IANS) BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a citizens convention here on October 1 in his first trip to West Bengal after joining the union cabinet, a senior party leader said.

Shah would also attend a few party meetings during his visit, his first after the Lok Sabha polls where the BJP came up with an impressive performance in the state.

Shah is al


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Govt bans e-cigarettes, ordinance likely by evening

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Hookah bars and e-cigarettes would now be out of reach for all with the Union cabinet clearing an ordinance to ban electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

With the promulgation of the ordinance, production, sale, distribution, import or even advertisement of ENDS would attract penalty up to Rs 5 lakh and 3-year-jail or both for repeat offence.

After the cabinet


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Congress alleges govt misusing LIC funds

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The Congress party continued its tirade against the government on economic issues. In a fresh attack on the government, the party has alleged that current the government is misusing LIC funds.

Congress leader Ajay Maken said that government has used around Rs 30,000 crore to bail out IDBI. Maken referred to a report from SBI and RBI.

Maken has alleged that in 2018,


Wednesday, September 18, 2019BJP attacks Digvijaya Singh for saffron clad rapist remark

Bhopal, Sep 18 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was embroiled in a fresh controversy after he said here that some people wearing saffron robes are involved in rape cases. The BJP has taken strong exception to Singh's statement.

Singh was speaking at a convention of sadhus in Bhopal on Tuesday where he said, "In saffron robes, people are selling churan (a kind of powder), rapes are


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Savarkar as PM could have averted partition: Sena

Mumbai, Sep 18 (IANS) In a pre-election swipe, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said Pakistan would not have been created if the Hindutva protagonist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar had become the Prime Minister during partition.

Reiterating his demand for conferring Bharat Ratna on Savarkar, Thackeray said while the contributions of both Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the nation'


Wednesday, September 18, 2019UP BJP MLA makes derogatory remark on Nehru

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 18 : Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vikram Singh Saini, who represents the Khatauli assembly seat, has made an outrageous statement on India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, calling him "aiyaash" (immoral or philanderer).

He further said that Nehru divided the country after being fooled by the British.

The BJP lawmaker, known for his controversia


Wednesday, September 18, 2019PM Modi 'touched' by Anupam Kher's mother's wish on b'day

New Delhi, Sep 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received wishes from around the globe on his 69th birthday on Tuesday. Among the numerous wishes one that particularly touched Modi ji was one coming from veteran actor Anupam Kher and his mother.

The actor on Tuesday took to social media and posted a video in which he along with his mother can be seen wishing the Prime Minister on his birthday.


Wednesday, September 18, 201913 die in Bihar lightning strikes

Patna, Sep 18: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and nearly half a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said here on Wednesday.

Deaths were reported from Kaimur, East Champaran, Jehanabad, Gaya, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur, a Bihar State Disaster Department official said.

According to officials, five death


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Chat with Amazon Alexa in Hindi or Hinglish in India

New Delhi, Sep 18: In a bid to make deeper inroads in the Hindi-speaking population in India, Amazon on Wednesday brought Hindi and Hinglish capabilities to its voice assistant Alexa on the Echo family of voice-controlled smart speakers.

To get started with Hindi, just ask, "Alexa, help me set up Hindi."

Existing Echo customers in India can change their device language to Hindi via language


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Protests in MP, cheers in Gujarat marked Modi's B'day

Barwani (Madhya Pradesh), Sep 18: Can one man's ego be greater than the lives of millions? The answer to the question seems to be in the affirmative for some 32,000 families in the Malwa and Nimar regions of Madhya Pradesh, whose fate ironically has got linked to the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday celebrations.

As Modi celebrated his 69th birthday on Tuesday with much fanfa


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Ram Temple case: SC asks parties to conclude arguments by Oct 18

New Delhi, Sep 18: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the parties involved in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case to conclude their arguments by October 18.

"Let us all make a joint effort to conclude the arguments by October 18. If necessary, court may hear the case for an extra hour on Saturdays," said Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Conclusion of hearings in the case by October


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Missing jumbo Laxmi found near Delhi Police HQ

New Delhi, Sep 18: The Delhi Police with a reputation of finding a needle in a haystack, has been given a hard time by an elephant. The police team took two months to find Laxmi after she went missing from the Yamuna Bank area since July and was finally traced on Tuesday night barely three kilometres away from the police headquarter.

It all began when the Delhi High Court ordered transferring


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Rajnath gives a green signal to writing of India's border history

New Delhi, Sep 18: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given approval for initiating work of writing the history of the country's borders.

'Mr Singh held a meeting with eminent personalities of Indian Council of Historical Research and officials of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Directorate General of Archives, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Def


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Azad, Ahmed Patel meet Chidambaram in Tihar jail

New Delhi, Sep 18: Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel met former finance minister P Chidambaram at Tihar Jail on Wednesday morning, sources said.

They were accompanied by Chidambaram's son and Congress MP, Karti.

The leaders are learnt to have discussed the current political situation, including Kashmir, upcoming elections and the economic situation in the country, du


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Facebook removed 26mn terror-related content in 2 years

San Francisco, Sep 18: Facebook removed more than 26 million pieces of content related to global terrorist groups like Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda in the last two years, 99 per cent of which were proactively identified and removed before anyone reported it to the company.

"We have identified a wide range of groups as terrorist organizations based on their behaviour, not their ideologies,


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Sponsored events abroad don't bring investors: Priyanka

New Delhi, Sep 18: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday indirectly hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's diaspora outreach event 'Howdy, Modi!' in Houston, Texas on Sunday, saying that the ongoing slowdown was a speed breaker in his government's claims of working towards making India a $5 trillion economy.

"Creating a media blitz by repeating $5 trillion everyday


Wednesday, September 18, 2019SC okay with Ayodhya settlement through mediation too

New Delhi, Sep 18: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the parties involved in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case were free to settle the matter, through mediation as well, if they so desired. They can place the dispute settlement report before it.

The apex court was referring to a letter written by the Justice F.M. Kalifulla-led three-member mediation panel on Tuesday that sought


Wednesday, September 18, 2019China says Kashmir issue may not be a major topic during Modi-Xi summit

Beijing: China said the Kashmir issue may not be a major topic of discussion during the planned 2nd informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, notwithstanding the high voltage campaign by its close ally Pakistan over India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir'


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Development should not be at cost of citizens: Aaditya

Thane, Sep 18: Asserting that development should not be at the cost of citizens and environment, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray has said his party opposed the Nanar refinery project in Maharashtra as "sons of the soil" were against it.

The proposed Rs 3 lakh crore refinery at Nanar in the state's Ratnagiri district was scrapped earlier this year after the Sena put up a stiff resistance.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Modi's B'day overshadowed flood victims' woes: Medha Patkar

Bhopal, Sep 18: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters, social activist Medha Patkar who is leading the Narmada Bachao Andolan has said that Modi's birthday celebrations overshadowed the grief of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project.

Patkar has alleged that around 192 villages in three districts of Madhya Pradesh -- Dhar, Barwani and Alirajpur -- were maroo


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Ex-UP Assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey gets eviction notice

Deoria, Sep 18: After Azam Khan, former Uttar Pradesh Assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey is the next Samajwadi Party (SP) leader in trouble.

The Zila Panchayat in Siddhartha Nagar district has sent Pandey a notice asking him to vacate his bungalow within seven days.

The house, according to sources, was allotted to Pandey in 1978 during the Janata Party regime. The rent for the house was f


Wednesday, September 18, 2019UP cop under fire for posting Tik-Tok videos in uniform

Lucknow, Sep 18: A police constable is under fire for having posted Tik-Tok videos of himself in uniform.

Two videos of Sub-Inspector Mohammad Arif, who is posted at the PGI police station in Lucknow, are going viral on the social media.

In the first, the cop is seen dubsmashing the dialogue: "Yeh police station hai, tumhare baap ka ghar nahi. Jab tak baithne ko na kaha jaaye khade raho (T


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Court orders FIR against Babri litigant

Ayodhya, Sep 18: A local court here in Uttar Pradesh has ordered the police to register an FIR against Ram Janambhoomi case litigant Iqbal Ansari for using foul language against Hindus.

Hearing on a petition filed by international shooter Vartika Singh, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, on Tuesday, directed the Ram Janambhoomi police station to file a case against Ansari and inform the court with


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Rahul Gandhi's missing act

New Delhi, Sep 18: Ever since his mother Sonia Gandhi was elected as interim Congress president over a month ago, former party chief Rahul Gandhi has been missing from action.

Rahul quit the post of Congress president after the party's severe poll debacle and refused to reconsider his decision, despite being persuaded.

In his resignation letter, he had said no Gandhi should take over as th


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Congress hit by desertions

New Delhi, Sep 18: Following its dismal performance in the last Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has witnessed a severe crisis as many of the party leaders, including MLAs and MPs, have deserted the party and cost it its government in Karnataka.

The issue of exodus from the party figured at a meeting Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi had with party general secretaries, states' in-charg


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Use of AI to boost tourism in India

Kochi, Sep 17 (IANS) A major international summit here next week will take up use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies in the tourism industry.

For the two-day event, which will start on September 26, the Kerala Tourism is partnering the Association of Tourism Trade Organisations India (ATTOI).

Among the 500 participants from across the world will be Hannes Losch, known fo


Tuesday, September 17, 2019New inductions to enhance combat capacity: Navy

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar has said INS Khanderi, the P-17 Shivalik class frigate and the aircraft carrier drydock, scheduled to be commissioned on September 28, will greatly enhance India's maritime combat potential.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to commission them in Mumbai on September 28.

"With these three events, the Indian Navy's combat potential


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Tripura CM backs Shah's 'one nation, one language' call

Agartala, Sep 17 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has supported Union Home Minister Amit Shah's call for 'one nation, one language' and said he didn't believe English language was the only key to development.

Addressing a function here on Monday, the Chief Minister said, "There are examples of successful countries, like Japan, Russia, Germany and France, which grew without the he


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Jindal Global University bags IoE status

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has been recognised as the 'Institution of Eminence' (IoE) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

"Our commitment to excellence is deeply embedded in the vision and mission of our university. The recognition of the JGU as an IoE in its first decade of existence is a tribute to the outstanding contribution of its faculty,


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Pak to remain challenge till it addresses terror 'successfully': Jaishankar

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) India on Tuesday made it clear that Pakistan will remain a "unique challenge" until it "successfully" addresses the problem of cross-border terrorism and "becomes a normal neighbour".

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, while addressing a press conference on 100 days of Modi government's second term, said immediate neighbourhood remains a priority for India, with


Tuesday, September 17, 2019ED attaches eBIZ.Com's Rs 277 crore assets

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday attached Rs 277.97 crore assets of Noida-based eBIZ.COM Pvt Ltd and others in a "pyramid style" multi-level marketing fraud, the ED said.

The properties attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), include residential plots, apartments, farm houses and commercial buildings in Delhi and Noida of UP.

The agency a


Tuesday, September 17, 201910 crore e-cards in first year of Ayushman Bharat

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) As the Ayushman Bharat healthcare programme of the Modi government completes one year, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said here on Tuesday that 45 lakh patients took hospitalisation benefits under the scheme with a government funding of Rs 7,500 crore.

While giving details during a media conference as part of the Centre's programme to highlight the government's ac


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Ex Andhra Speaker to be cremated with state honours

Amaravati, Sep 17 (IANS) The last rites of former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, who committed suicide in Hyderabad on Monday, will be performed with state honours in his home town Narsaraopet in Guntur district on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that Rao will be cremated with state honours. He directed the chief secretary to make the necess


Tuesday, September 17, 2019India successfully test-fires air-to-air missile Astra

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) India's indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra was successfully test-fired from the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha, the DRDO said on Tuesday.

The beyond-visual-range missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI as a part of user trials.

A defence official said as part of the trial, the live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Mayawati says Congress is 'unreliable' after MLAs' defection

Lucknow, Sep 17 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress and termed it an "unreliable" party after all six of her party MLAs switched over to the Congress in Rajasthan.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said: "By poaching on BSP MLAs, the Congress has proved it is an unreliable party. This is a breach of trust even when the BSP was lending


Tuesday, September 17, 2019JNU poll body allowed to release student union results

New Delhi, Sep 17: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the Jawaharlal Nehru University election committee to declare the results of the students union polls held on September 6.

The court also allowed JNU to notify the poll result in accordance with the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.

"JNU is permitted to notify the result in accordance with the recommendation of Lyngdoh Committee,"


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Mamata to raise bank merger, PSU issues with Modi

Kolkata, Sep 17: Describing her trip to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "routine" and a "constitutional obligation", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she would raise the issue of bank merger, BSNL salary issues and disinvestment of PSUs like Air India.

Banerjee is slated to meet Modi at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

"At times we have to go to Delhi on gove


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Modi lauds Patel's vision, says J&K decision inspired by him

Kevadiya, Sep 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded the vision of Sardar Patel, adding the BJP-led government's decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir was "an inspiration" from India's former home minister.

The Union government's decision on Kashmir is inspired by Sardar Patel and is an attempt to find solution to a decades-old problem, Modi, who turned 69 on Tuesday, said at a


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Union Min Reddy says Patel prevented another Kashmir-like situation by liberating Hyderabad

New Delhi, Sep 17: Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Hyderabad "Liberation Day", saying the freedom fighter "prevented another Kashmir-like situation" by liberating it from the Nizams.

September 17 marks the merger of the erstwhile Hyderabad state with the Indian Union in 1948.

The minister, in a series of twee


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Sachin, Hima lead sports fraternity's wishes on PM's B'day

New Delhi, Sep 17: Various sports personalities on Tuesday took to Twitter to wish Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday.

While legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar recalled PM Modi's clean India mission that has been an 'inspiration' to millions, India captain Virat Kohli wished the Prime Minister success in his pursuit of achieving his missions for the country.

"Happy birthday P


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Trump says will meet Modi, Imran Khan

Washington, Sep 17: US President Donald Trump has said that he would meet Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Imran Khan "soon", while maintaining that tensions between the two South Asian neighbours had reduced.

The US President made the comments while speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday.

He said "a lot of progress was made", in reference to deescalation o


Tuesday, September 17, 2019PM released butterflies, prayed to Narmada on his 69th B'day

Ahmedabad, Sep 17: From taking a stroll along the Sardar Sarovar Dam site, visiting a cactus garden in Narmada district, to releasing a basket full of fluttering butterflies into a Butterfly Garden in Kevadiya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in numerous activities in Gujarat on Tuesday to mark his 69th birthday.

Modi, who arrived in Gujarat post midnight, sought his mother's blessings


Tuesday, September 17, 2019No compromise on India's security:HM Shah

New Delhi, Sept 17: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the Modi government will not tolerate any breach of India's territory and is ready to deal with any such acts strongly.

Shah also asserted that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been peaceful ever since the special status given to the state under 370 was abrogated on August 5 and added that not a single bullet has been fire


Tuesday, September 17, 2019SC adjourns hearing on rebel Karnataka MLAs plea

New Delhi, Sep 17: After Supreme Court Justice M.M. Shantanagoudar recused the hearing of rebel Karnataka MLAs plea challenging their disqualification from the state Assembly, the top court on Tuesday adjourned the matter.

When the matter came up for hearing before a three bench of Justices Shantanagoudar, N.V. Ramana and Ajay Rastogi, the former recused to hear the matter.

Justice Shantan


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Twitter trends with birthday greetings for PM Modi

New Delhi, Sep 17: From film stars, sports persons, politicians, BJP leaders, commoners and admirers, Twitter was flooded with greetings for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he turned 69 on Tuesday.

Several Twitter hashtags made it to the top India trends on the micro-blogging site.

While #happybirthdaynarendramodi topped the chart in India, the other hashtags were #HappyBirthdayPM and #Shr


Tuesday, September 17, 2019How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Justice Hasnain Masoodi

Srinagar, Sep 17: How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

"Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a ri


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Rajnath to address 'Jan Jagran' rally in Jammu on Sep 22

Jammu, Sep 17: Union Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh will address 'Jan Jagran' rally here on September 22.

During the rally, Mr Singh will apprise the people about the benefits of abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A, party sources said.

At Jammu, the rally will be held at Maharaja Hari Singh Park on banks of river Tawi bank where Mr Singh will throw light on both abrog


Tuesday, September 17, 2019President, Vice-Prez, Amit Shah greet PM on his 69th birthday

New Delhi, Sep 17: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP president Amit Shah led the nation in greeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday on Tuesday.

'Best wishes and greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. May you be blessed with good health, happiness and many more years of dedicated service to the nation ,' said Mr Kovind in hi


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Buddhist leader greets Modi as Ladakh celebrates post 370

Leh, Sep 17: Buddhist spiritual leader the Gyalwang Drukpa, who is heading the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage here, the largest in the Himalayas, on Tuesday greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday.

"It is with great enthusiasm #NaropaFestival Organising Committee wishes Prime Minister Narendra Modi a very Happy Birthday!" Gyalwang Drukpa tweeted.

"We expres


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Why PSA against Abdullah now, because Vaiko filed petition in SC, asks Sibal

New Delhi, Sep 17: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday hit out at the BJP over the detention of Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act and questioned whether the step was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko's plea in the Supreme Court seeking a directive that the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister be produced before it.

Abdullah has now been detained under the stringent Public Sa


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Lower Sholayar dam water level rises, red alert issues

Kochi, Sep 17: In the wake of rising water level of Lower Sholayar dam in Kerala, a red alert was issued for the people living on the banks of Chalakkudy river in Thrissur district.

The water level touches above 2,660 feet against its capacity of 2,663 feet following heavy inflow of 500 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from Upper Sholayar dam in Tamil Nadu, sources said here on Tuesday.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Modi asks people to share ideas for 'Howdy' speech

New Delhi, Sep 17: Ahead of his 'Howdy Modi' appearance in Houston, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked people to share their ideas for his address there on September 22.

"There is great enthusiasm towards the #HowdyModi programme in Houston on 22nd. For my speech that day, I want to hear from you.

"Share your ideas for my address. I would refer to some of them during my remarks.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 17: Police have recovered huge quantity of firearms, ammunition, fake Indian currency notes and arms manufacturing equipment from two West Bengal districts, officers said on Tuesday.

An arms supply racket was busted at Farakka of Murshidabad district as police - acting on a tip off - arrested two bike-borne men in Shankarpur locality after seeing them move suspiciously.

Nine pi


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Gold crown offered at Varanasi temple on PM Modi's b'day

Varanasi, Sep 17: A staunch supporter of Narendra Modi has offered a gold crown weighing 1.25 kg to the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple here to mark the Prime Minister's 69th birthday.

Arvind Singh made the offering on Monday night on the eve of Modi's birthday.

Singh told reporters that he had pledged to make the offering if Modi was reelected from his Varanasi parliamentary constituency for


Tuesday, September 17, 2019After Pulwama, Delhi-NCR was Jaish's target, says NIA

NEW DELHI: Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) Sajjad Ahmad Khan, a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmad Khan, was planning terror attacks in different parts of India, including Delhi-NCR, the NIA claimed in its charge sheet in a case of conspiracy filed before a Delhi court on Monday.
The attacks were planned similar to the February 14 Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that left 40 Cen


Tuesday, September 17, 2019PM turns 69 today

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will turn 69 on Tuesday, will celebrate his birthday in Gujarat where he will be visiting the Sardar Sarovar Dam and will witness the dam reaching its full capacity of 138.68 metres.
As has remained the tradition, Modi will start the day with an early visit to his mother Heeraben, who lives near Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The Prime Minister is expected to me


Monday, September 16, 2019J-K governor calls on Prime Minister

New Delhi, Sep 16: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

"Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi," the prime minister's office twe


Monday, September 16, 2019HM Shah reviews JK situation

New Delhi, Sept 16: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir amidst reports of around 230 terrorists waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to enter the country, officials said.

During the two-hour long meeting, also attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others, the home


Monday, September 16, 2019Karti Chidambaran pens emotional letter on father's b'day

New Delhi, Sep 16: Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, on Monday penned an emotional letter on the occasion of his father's 74th birthday, saying "no 56 can stop you".

In his two-page letter posted on Twitter, Karti, said: "Although you have never been one for grand celebrations, and nowadays in the country, we seem to be making gran


Monday, September 16, 2019Andhra CM takes aerial survey of boat accident site

Rajahmundry, Sep 16: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday conducted an aerial survey of Sunday's boat accident site in Godavari river.

The Chief Minister flew in a helicopter over Kuchuluru in East Godavari district where the boat with over 60 tourists capsized.

Accompanied by Home Minister Sucharita, Reddy took off from Vijayawada and took the aerial survey while


Monday, September 16, 2019Chinese amphibious warship sighted in Indian Ocean

New Delhi, Sep 16: The Indian Navy had located a Chinese amphibious warship in the southern part of the Indian Ocean during surveillance earlier this month, defence sources said here on Monday.

The warship, a Landing Platform Dock (LPD), was located by a Navy P-8I surveillance aircraft.

According to Navy sources, Chinese vessels regularly use the route which starts from the Malacca Strait i


Monday, September 16, 2019If required I will visit J&K: CJI, seeks report from HC

New Delhi, Sep 16: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice on the access to the court by the people as Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that he will personally visit J&K if required.

"If required, I will go and personally check, I will speak to the Chief Justice today," said Gogoi, while replying to senior advocate Huzefa Ahm


Monday, September 16, 2019SC seeks registry reply on plea seeking live streaming of Ayodhya case hearing

New Delhi, Sep 16: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider former BJP leader and RSS ideologue Govindacharya's plea seeking live streaming and audio recording of the proceedings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case and asked the registry to file a report on whether it can be done.

However, the Muslim parties in the dispute have opposed the petition.

As per the plea, if n


Monday, September 16, 2019Search resumes for missing tourists in Godavari river

Rajahmundry, Sep 16: Two helicopters and deep divers of the Indian Navy were pressed into service as rescue and search operations resumed on Monday in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh, where a boat with over 60 tourists capsized a day earlier.

The rescue operations, also involving the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), fire fighting personnel


Monday, September 16, 2019Army deploys 8 teams for flood relief in Rajasthan

New Delhi, Sep 16: The Army has deployed eight teams in Rajasthan for flood-relief operations in districts that have been inundated due to heavy rainfall in the past few days.

"The relief operations are being undertaken in Kota, Jhalawar, Dholpur and Sawai Madhopur districts of Rajasthan," said an official.

This was even as the India Meteorological Department on Monday forecast more rain in


Monday, September 16, 2019Trump's attendance at 'Howdy Modi' will emphasize strong ties with India

New Delhi/Washington, Sep 16: The White House has confirmed President Donald Trump's attendance at the September 22 'Howdy Modi' event organised by the Indian diaspora in Houston, adding that his participation would be "a great opportunity to emphasize strong ties" between the two nations.

The White House said in a statement that President Trump "will travel to Houston, Texas, and Wapakoneta,


Monday, September 16, 2019Your tenacity is admirable: PM to Pankaj Advani

New Delhi, Sep 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ace cueist Pankaj Advani after he registered his 22nd world title by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship held in Myanmar.

"Congratulations Pankaj Advani! The entire nation is proud of your accomplishments. Your tenacity is admirable. Best wishes for your future endeavours


Monday, September 16, 2019RSS worker killed for stalking girl in UP

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 16: An RSS worker was killed for allegedly stalking a girl in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police have said.

A father and son duo has been arrested in the case and both have admitted to the crime.

According to the police, the incident took place in the Karwara village on Saturday evening. The father and his son killed the RSS worker because he


Monday, September 16, 2019YouTube Charts now in India, to empower local artists

New Delhi, Sep 16: Google-owned YouTube on Monday rolled out "YouTube Charts" in India that will showcase country-specific trending music lists, top songs, artists and music videos at one place.

Now available in 56 countries alongside the global chart, "YouTube Charts" has more than two billion global users and 265 million monthly users in India.

"We've heard loud and clear from Indian arti


Monday, September 16, 2019Oppn slams Kejriwal for return of odd-even scheme

New Delhi, Sep 16: The announcement of the relaunch of the odd-even scheme in Delhi evoked criticism for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, with the opposition calling it "election stunt" and drama.

While the Congress said Kejriwal made the announcement to divert the attention of the people from other pressing problems affecting the people of the national capital, the BJP termed the plan a drama


Monday, September 16, 201946K families affected by heavy rain in western MP

Bhopal, Sep 16: Over 46,000 people from Mandsaur and Neemuch districts were shifted to safer places by late Sunday even as heavy rain continued to lash the western region of Madhya Pradesh, a government spokesperson announced. The Met has forecast heavy rainfall in 10 districts, including Indore.

The two neighbouring districts have received incessant rain since last few days and lives have bee


Sunday, September 15, 2019Punjab govt urges farmers to shun stubble burning

Chandigarh, Sep 15 (IANS) Urging the farmers to refrain from burning paddy stubble, the Punjab government on Sunday appealed to the farmers to follow the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev in reverence of 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of the first Sikh guru.

The state Cabinet last week passed a resolution by appealing to the farmers to do away with the unhealthy practice of stubble burning in line


Sunday, September 15, 2019Azad moves SC over Kashmir curbs, plea to be heard on Monday

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has filed a petition in the Supreme Court over the Kashmir issue.

The plea will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Monday along with various petitions including one of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury who has challenged


Sunday, September 15, 2019Haryana Cong feud intensifies as polls approach

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) The feud between former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former state party unit chief Ashok Tanwar is intensifying with Tanwar not responding to calls from the new Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Kumari Selja.

Replying to a query by IANS, Tanwar said he would cooperate with them in the same manner as they had cooperated with him when he was


Sunday, September 15, 2019Seven youths of a family drown in UP's Shamli

Shamli, Sep 15 (IANS) In a tragic incident, seven youths belonging to one family drowned in the swollen Yamuna River in Kairana in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district on Sunday, police said.

Three bodies have been taken out while divers are searching for the remaining four.

According to reports, the youths had entered the river to immerse the ashes after a religious event in their house, waded


Sunday, September 15, 2019Hemant Soren sends legal notice to Jharkhand CM

Ranchi, Sep 15 (IANS) Former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren has served legal notice to Chief Minister Raghubar Das and has asked him to withdraw allegations of corruption against him.

"It seems that Chief Minister has taken contract to defame me. He says that I have purchased property worth Rs 500 crore. I have sent legal notice to Chief Minister Raghubar Das


Sunday, September 15, 2019UP to build $1tn economy with help from IIM-Lucknow: Yogi

Lucknow, Sep 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that with the help of IIM-Lucknow, he planned to achieve the goal of a $1 trillion economy for the state.

He was speaking at the second edition of 'Manthan'-- a leadership development programme conducted by the senior faculty of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) here for the Chief Minister, his ministeria


Sunday, September 15, 2019Seven killed as tourist boat capsizes in Godavari

Visakhapatnam, Sep 15 (IANS) At least seven persons were killed and many others were missing as a boat with about 60 tourists capsized in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district on Sunday, officials said.

Locals rescued 24 people while a search was on for others.

The accident occurred in Papikonda area. Rescue workers pulled out seven bodies.

A majority of those on the


Sunday, September 15, 2019North Indian youths incapable of getting jobs: Santosh Gangwar

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 15 (IANS) Union Minister Santosh Gangwar stirred major controversy on Sunday when he blamed the North Indian youth for failing to secure jobs as he dismissed criticism about the current employment situation in the country.

The Minister present at an event here said that there was no shortage of jobs but the companies wishing to recruit say that the youths here wer


Sunday, September 15, 2019WhatsApp traceability: Facebook offers alternative ways to help India

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, Nick Clegg, Facebook Vice President, Global Affairs and Communications, has offered alternative ways to help the country, without any reference towards tracing the origin of the WhatsApp messages.

WhatsApp had categorically said in the past that the government's demand to trace


Sunday, September 15, 2019More than 2,050 ceasefire violations by Pak this year: MEA

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) India said on Sunday that Pakistan has resorted to more than 2,050 unprovoked ceasefire violations so far this year in which 21 Indians have been killed, amid reports that Pakistan was moving additional forces to the border with India.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to adhere to the 2003


Saturday, September 14, 2019Shah, Nadda sweep floor at AIIMS as part of 'seva saptah'

New Delhi, Sep 14: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP leaders, including party working president J P Nadda, on Saturday mopped the floors at AIIMS to launch 'seva saptah' (service week) to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, who will turn 69 on September 17.

Mr Shah visited the AIIMS, met patients and enquired about their health. He distributed fruits to them and wished them


Saturday, September 14, 2019Nagaland truck fined Rs 6.53 lakh for MVA violation

Bhubaneswar, Sep 14: A Nagaland-registered truck was fined a whopping Rs 6.53 lakh for seven traffic violations in Odisha's Sambalpur. But, this was not under the new Motor Vehicles Act.

The fine was imposed on August 10 for flouting traffic rules much before the amended Motor Vehicles Act came into being on September 1. The matter came to light only on Saturday, said sources.

Sambalpur Re


Saturday, September 14, 2019India aim to continue T20I domination in first tie against SA

Dharamsala, Sep 14: After dominating in all the three formats against the West Indies, Team India are now back at their den and will aim to further their preparations for next year's World T20 when they take on South Africa in the first T20I of the three-match series at the picturesque HPCA Stadium here on Sunday.

The Men in Blue would be brimming with confidence following their emphatic perf


Saturday, September 14, 2019Chhattisgarh CM Baghel meets Priyanka

New Delhi, Sep 14: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday met Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and discussed several party issues with her, party leaders said.

According to a Congress leader, Baghel met Gandhi for over an hour at Gandhi's residence.

The leader said that Baghel discussed the party's membership drive in the state and other state government sche


Saturday, September 14, 2019India, Malaysia undertake joint naval exercise

New Delhi, Sep 14: India and Malaysia are conducting a joint naval military exercise to test inter-operability of their navies in South East Asia and Western Pacific regions.

Two warships, INS Sahyadri and INS Kiltan, have been despatched by the Indian Navy to Malaysia for the bilateral exercise. The sea phase of the exercise, which is named 'Samudra Laksamana', is at present underway off the


Saturday, September 14, 2019PM greets nation on Hindi Diwas

New Delhi, Sep 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Hindi Diwas.

Mr Modi posted on Twitter, 'Simplicity, spontaneity and decency of the language gives right meaning to the expression.'

Hindi language has beautifully put together these aspects, he added.

Home Minister Amit Shah also extended Hindi Diwas greetings to the people of


Saturday, September 14, 2019Jaishankar alerts Italy mission to get bodies of 4 Sikh men

New Delhi, Sep 14: After Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh requested External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to help get the bodies of four Sikh men back to Punjab, who drowned in a sewage tank in Italy, the Ministry said the Indian embassy in Italy has been alerted.

"Saddened to hear about the death of 4 Punjabi men drown in a farm manure tank near Pavia, Italy. Request @DrSJaishankar to


Saturday, September 14, 2019'Kashmir restrictions hindering Muharram processions a negative'

United Nations, Sep 14: The head of a UN body to promote cultural and religious harmony has said that the restrictions in Kashmir that prevented Shias from holding their Muharram procession is a "negative".

"Anything that puts obstacles or don't allow people to respect each other is negative," Miguel Moratinos, the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), said on Frida


Saturday, September 14, 2019US lawmakers urge American envoys to facilitate de-escalation of Indo-Pak tension

Washington, Sep 14: A group of American lawmakers have expressed concern over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the US envoys in India and Pakistan to facilitate de-escalation of tension between the two countries as it presents "tremendous danger" to global peace and a clear national security risk for the US.

In a letter to the US Ambassadors to India and Pakistan -- Kenneth Juster


Saturday, September 14, 201910,000 paramilitary troops deployed in Assam before NRC release withdrawn

New Delhi, Sep 14: The Centre has withdrawn 10,000 paramilitary personnel deployed in Assam before the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), officials said on Saturday.

The decision was taken as there has been no violence in Assam ever since the NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of the northeastern state, was published on August 31, they said. The updated f


Saturday, September 14, 2019On PM's b'day, Guj govt to celebrate Sardar Sarovar filling up

Ahmedabad: On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 69th birthday on September 17, the Gujarat government and the ruling BJP have decided to organize events to commemorate filling up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river and other reservoirs in the state.

Schools in Ahmedabad district have been asked to arrange lectures, essay and elocution competitions on abrogation of Article 370 on that d


Saturday, September 14, 2019Majority of government's promises fulfilled: Punjab CM

New Delhi, Sep 14: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi that a wide majority of the promises made by his government had been fulfilled.

In a chat with media persons after reviewing the progress in implementation by his government on the manifesto promises with Gandhi - as part of a meeting convened by her with all Congress Chief Ministers, he said


Saturday, September 14, 2019Karnataka set to slash hefty fines on traffic offenders

Bengaluru, Sep 14: Bowing to public pressure and the partys state unit cadres demand, the BJP-ruled Karnataka government looks set to reduce the hefty fines imposed on traffic offenders under the recently-amended Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), 2019.

"Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has directed Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, who holds the transport portfolio, to study the Central government'


Saturday, September 14, 2019Use Hindi to realise dreams of Bapu, Patel: Shah

New Delhi, Sep 14: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of 'Hindi Diwas' and asked citizens to increase the use of the language in their everyday works to realise the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

"India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance but it is very important to have a language of th


Saturday, September 14, 2019BJP terms odd-even plan a poll drama, AAP seeks support

New Delhi: While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here termed the Arvind Kejriwal government's the odd-even scheme launch plan in November a drama and poll stunt, the AAP asked the BJP to support it as air pollution affected people without discrimination.

Speaking to the media, BJP Rajya Sabha member Vijay Goel said the people would oppose the scheme. "With just four months to polls, the Kejri


Saturday, September 14, 2019NCP leader Udayanraje Bhonsale resigns, joins BJP

New Delhi, Sep 14: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Saturday resigned as a Lok Sabha MP and joined the BJP saying he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership.

Earlier on Saturday, Bhosale first met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and submitted his resignation from the Lower House.

He then arrived at the residence of Bharatiya Janata Party and


Saturday, September 14, 2019Shah kicks off BJP's 'seva saptah' to mark Modi's b'day

New Delhi, Sep 14: Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday kicked off the party's "seva saptah" (service week) as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday celebrations.

Shah, along with the Bharatiya Janata Party Working President J.P. Nadda, senior party leader Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta swept the floors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) her