Sunday, January 20, 2019Mauritius PM arrives to attend Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, R-Day parade in Mumbai

New Delhi, Jan 20: Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth arrived here on Sunday on a week-long visit India to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas celebration at Varanasi and also attend the Republic Day parade on January 26 in Mumbai.
According to official sources here, the visiting dignitary will leave for Varanasi to take part in the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on Monday.
During his vis


Sunday, January 20, 2019Omar requests Nitish to protect burial ground of Medieval Kashmir ruler in Bihar

Srinagar, Jan 20 :Reacting to reports that burial ground of exiled Yusuf Shah Chak, who ruled Kashmir from 1579 to 1586, is under ‘threat’ from landgrabbers in Bihar, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Sunday requested Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to protect the part of Kashmir’s history that lies far from the valley.

“I request @NitishKumar ji to protect this part of Kash


Sunday, January 20, 2019Pak Rangers again violates ceasefire on IB, BSF retaliates

Jammu, Jan 20: In a yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers on Sunday fired unprovoked along International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district in Jammu region.

Meanwhile, BSF troops effectively retaliated to the firing.

“Pakistani Rangers this morning at around 1100 hrs fired small arms in Hiranagar area,” official spokesman here said.

He said that t


Sunday, January 20, 2019Get ready for total lunar eclipse, Supermoon on Sunday evening

NEW DELHI /Jan /20: Super Blood Wolf Moon will be seen on January 20 and 21. This includes a total lunar eclipse, super blood moon and a "Wolf Moon". A "super moon" occurs when the moon is especially close to earth, while a "wolf moon" is the traditional name for the full moon of January when the howling of wolves was a sound that helped define winter. In a total lunar eclipse, the moon never goe


Sunday, January 20, 20192 Naga Sadhus Detained By Kumbh Police After They Thrash Pilgrim

Prayagraj, Jan 20: Two Naga sadhus were detained by Jhunsi police after they beat up a pilgrim inside their camp in the Kumbh Mela area.
Police said here on Sunday that they had detained two Naga sadhus on Saturday night when they beat up a pilgrim with ' Chimta', who has been admitted to the hospital with head injury.

The incident occurred in an ashram in sector 16 of the Kumbh Mela when the


Sunday, January 20, 2019Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi certified UA

New Delhi, Jan 20 : 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi ', the much awaited film directed by Kangana Ranaut, has been awarded a 'UA' certificate by the Censor board, trade sources said on Sunday.
The sources said that 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi 'has been certified UA by the Central board of film certification (CBFC ) on January 16.
The sources said that the approved run time of the film is


Sunday, January 20, 2019J&K imports genetically modified Trout fish seed from Denmark after 119 years

Srinagar, Jan 20 : First in India, Jammu and Kashmir have imported genetically modified Rainbow Trout Seed from Denmark after 119 years to boost annual production from 500 to 5000 tonnes over the next five years.
Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon on Saturday said that the seed will be reared up to brood in the facility and then it will be distribu


Sunday, January 20, 2019Cold Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 20 : It was a cold morning in the national capital on Sunday with the minimum temperature recorded at 7 degrees Celsius, the season's average, the weather office said.

The maximum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 25.9 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season's average while for Sunday it is expected to hover around the same.

"There was shallow fog in the morning.


Sunday, January 20, 2019Amit Shah discharged from AIIMS

New Delhi, Jan 20: BJP President Amit Shah was on Sunday discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here where he was admitted after contracting swine flu.

"It's a matter of joy, happiness that our President Amit Shahji has been discharged from AIIMS. He is completely healthy and has reached his residence. Thanks to all the well-wishers and party cadres for their wishe


Sunday, January 20, 2019Despite snow prediction, one-way traffic continues on Kashmir highway

Srinagar, Jan 20 :Despite weather warning which could affect surface and air traffic, Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for one-way traffic on Sunday.
However, Leh-Srinagar national highway, connecting Ladakh region with the valley, and historic Mughal road remained closed for traffic from last about two


Sunday, January 20, 2019Himachal sees increase in temperature, snow in store

Shimla, Jan 20 : The hills of Himachal Pradesh saw an increase of temperatures one to six degrees above the normal on Sunday due to clouds, but the Met Office has forecast widespread rain and snowfall later in the day.

"There are chances of widespread rainfall and snowfall in the state till January 24," a meteorological official told.

He said the western disturbances -- storm systems origin


Sunday, January 20, 2019Apna time aayega': Underground rappers ahead of 'Gully Boy' release

New Delhi, Jan 20 :"Apna time aayega" is a catchphrase from a "Gully Boy" song that is resonating with underground or street rappers, who hope to grab more spotlight for their talent of "asli hip-hop" once the Bollywood film hits the silver screen.

"Gully Boy", starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, is said to be inspired by the life story of street rappers Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy, k


Sunday, January 20, 2019Mexico oil pipeline blast: Death toll rises to 73

Mexico City, Jan 20: The number of people killed in an explosion at a ruptured oil pipeline in Mexico's central Hidalgo state has increased to 73, Governor Omar Fayad said on Sunday.

"So far there have been 73 killed," the official said.
The incident occurred amid a fuel crisis in the country sparked by the government's campaign to curb fuel stealing.


Sunday, January 20, 2019Preparations in full swing for Bengal Global Business Summit held on Feb 7 & 8

Kolkata, Jan 20: Preparations for the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) 2019, scheduled for February 7 and 8 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, New Town, are on in full swing.
Bengal Global Business Summit is the annual flagship event organized by the state government to showcase the business readiness and investment potential of West Bengal in front of the global business community.


Sunday, January 20, 2019Kerala to revise list of women who prayed at Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 20: Stung by widespread criticism over the numerous errors in the list of women who prayed at the Sabarimala temple, the Kerala government has decided to re-prepare the list.

A council of state government had presented the list in the Supreme Court on Friday, which reportedly had discrepancies in the age and names of women. The list was taken from the records of the onl


Sunday, January 20, 2019Rain predicted as temperatures rise in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Jan 20 : The maximum and minimum temperatures rose at most places in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday even as the Met department predicted rainfall over some parts of the region in the next 72 hours.

Maximum temperatures at most places hovered between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius. Earlier, these were between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

The Sikh holy city of Amritsar recorded a high of


Sunday, January 20, 2019Postgraduate student found dead in Gurugram institute

Gurugram, Jan 20 : A postgraduate student of Management Development Institute (MDI) was found dead on Saturday in the campus of the institute here under mysterious circumstances, police said.

The deceased has been identified as Juniad Taaz, 23, a resident of Delhi's Vasant Kunj.

Police said Taaz was a third-year student of Post Graduate Diploma Management at MDI in Sector 17 in Gurugram.


Sunday, January 20, 2019Weather slightly improves in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Jan 20: The weather slightly improved in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday with an increase in the minimum temperatures due to a nightlong cloud cover, the weather office said.

"The minimum temperatures improved due to nightlong cloud cover. Snowfall is likely to occur in the plains and higher reaches on Sunday. The intensity will gradually increase from tomorrow (Monday)," a MET Departme


Saturday, January 19, 2019People fed up of BJP govt, will teach lesson in LS polls: Akhilesh Pratap Singh

Deoria, Jan 19 (UNI) Accusing the Modi-led Union government of not keeping their promises, Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh on Saturday said that the people were fed up of BJP government and are ready to teach them a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the media, Mr Singh said that in line with his 'jumlas' and set of lies, Prime Minister Modi had cheated the peop


Saturday, January 19, 2019Siddaramaiah welcomes Yeddyurappa's statement that BJP will not pulldown the Congress-JDS Coalition Government in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Jan 19 (UNI) Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress-JDS Coalition Government Coordination Committee Chairman Siddaramaiah on Saturday welcomed the statement of Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly B S Yeddyurappa to the effect that BJP will not destabalise the Congress-JDS Coalition Government in the State.

In his tweeter, Mr Siddaramaiah said that "I well come the st


Saturday, January 19, 2019Interim protection of Vadra'a close aide extended in money laundering case

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) A Delhi court on Saturday extended till February 6 the interim protection from arrest to Manoj Arora, a close aide of Robert Vadra in a case related to Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday submitted before the court of Special Judge Arvind Kumar that Arora was cooperating in the probe.

Counsel for ED said, "He joined the probe


Saturday, January 19, 2019Opposition uniting to save themselves, BJP uniting the nation: Modi on Mamata’s rally

Silvassa, Jan 19 (UNI) In a scathing attack on a grand rally organised by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee in Kolkata, also attended by leaders of opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday here said that they (opposition) came together to save themselves while he was moving ahead with the motto of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ to save the nation.

“They have assembled in K


Saturday, January 19, 2019Kolkata rally an anti-Modi exercise, says BJP: Rudy calls Shatrughan an 'opportunistic'

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) The BJP on Saturday said the Kolkata rally attended among others by the opposition leaders including Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, N Chandrababu Naidu and H D Deve Gowda only reflect "contradiction and conflict".

"Today's opposition rally in Kolkata is an anti-Modi exercise," BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.

Another BJP leader and Union Minister


Saturday, January 19, 2019MP CM heads for WEF

Bhopal, Jan 19 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath left early Saturday for the Swiss town of Davos to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, official sources said.

While representing the people of the state at the crucial event, Mr Nath shall air his views on subjects pertaining to the economic, social and other spheres.


Saturday, January 19, 2019All district Cong committees will hold conventions from next week: Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Sheila Dikshit on Saturday held a meeting of District and Block Congress Committee presidents at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here, as part of the party’s preparations for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, and sought to know the working system of these bodies and the grass-root level working of the party.



Saturday, January 19, 2019Mahagatbandhan a bogey which cannot defeat BJP: Shahnawaz Hussain

Panaji, Jan 19 (UNI) Former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Saturday claimed that issue of Mahagathbandhan is a bogey which cannot defeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a press conference at a hotel in the city, he said,' The Mahagathbandhan is a fraud and cannot defeat Bharatiya Janata Party because on the same platform


Saturday, January 19, 2019Czech Republic is key partner, President tells visiting Prime Minister

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) India counts on the Czech Republic as a key partner in its growth story, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Saturday.

Welcoming the visiting Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here, Mr Kovind said there are immense opportunities for Czech technology and manufacturing in India.

``Along with an economic partnership, defence is a key pillar


Saturday, January 19, 2019PM dedicates L&T's Armoured Systems Complex at Gujarat’s Hazira to nation

Hazira (Gujarat), Jan 19 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated to the nation Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Armoured Systems Complex, India’s leading technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, defence and services conglomerate, at Hazira in Gujarat.

The state of art defence complex shall produce 100 Howitzer artillery guns, christened “K9 Vajra-T” under the make in India p


Saturday, January 19, 2019Extradition matters of 1995 Purulia arms case Kim Davy resolved, says Denmark PM

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) Denmark Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen said on Saturday that the issues concerning the extradition of Niels Holck alias Kim Davy, the prime accused in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case, to India, has been 'resolved' politically.

"There is a dialogue between authorities and what two sides India and Denmark agreed last year in April was we should rely on these independent au


Saturday, January 19, 2019CPI National Secretary D Raja meets Lalu Yadav in RIMS

Ranchi, Jan 19 (UNI) CPI National Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP D Raja alongwith former Union Minister Kanti Singh and Santosh Manjhi who is the son of former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today met Lalu Prasad Yadav in the paying ward of RIMS here.

After coming out from meeting with Mr Yadav, the CPI leader described the jailed former Bihar chief minister as a great fighter. He said, L


Saturday, January 19, 20192019 LS polls is not for electing PM, but ending Modi-Shah regime: Kejriwal

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) Accusing the Narendra Modi and Amit Shah pair of planting hatred in the country, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will not be for electing a new Prime Minister but to remove the dictatorial BJP regime.

Addressing the 'United India Rally' organised here by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, the Delhi Chief Minister


Saturday, January 19, 2019Mamata rally a 'failed front': BJP

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Asserting that it will form the next government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP on Saturday called the United India Rally of the opposition in Kolkata as a "failed front" with full of "selfishness" and "contradictions" and raised questions as to who is their prime ministerial candidate.

The party's made the attack even as the anti-BJP rall


Saturday, January 19, 2019Keeping Kim Davy case aside, India, Denmark rev up ties

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Keeping aside the 1995 Purulia arms drop case in which Danish national Kim Davy played a key role, India and Denmark have boosted their bilateral relationship and are now planning to forge a strategic partnership, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said here on Saturday.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the inauguration of a Danish Cultural Institute,


Saturday, January 19, 2019Sonia terms Brigade rally important for galvanising opposition against Modi

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) Congress stalwart Sonia Gandhi on Saturday described the opposition rally here as an "important attempt" to galvanise leaders across the political spectrum to fight the "arrogant and divisive" Narendra Modi government.

In her message to the rally, which she and her son Congress President Rahul Gandhi decided to give a miss, she wished the event "all success".

"This ra


Saturday, January 19, 2019Karnataka BJP MLAs housed in Haryana hotels head home

Gurugram, Jan 19 (IANS) Over a hundred Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators, who were housed in two hotels here in Haryana for the last five days, on Saturday left for their homes.

The MLAs who were put up in the ITC Grand Bharat resort and Lemon Tree hotel since January 14, on Saturday afternoon left for their 'respective destinations', a BJP source told IANS.

"We were here t


Saturday, January 19, 2019Meghalaya issues modified coal transportation order

Shillong, Jan 19 (IANS) The Meghalaya government has issued a modified order allowing transportation of coal in transit through the state, before a Supreme Court hearing on the issue, an official said on Saturday.

The order issued by Tining Dkhar, Commissioner and Secretary of Mining and Geology, allows transportation of coal that "originates outside the state of Meghalaya and being transporte


Saturday, January 19, 2019Odisha hikes social security pension for 48 lakh people

Bhubaneswar, Jan 19 (IANS) The Odisha government on Saturday announced a hike in the social security pension under Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) for 48 lakh beneficiaries.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the hike during Ama Gaon Ama Vikas programme here.

As per the new announcement, the pension holders will get a revised pension of Rs 500 per month against Rs 300 while people age


Saturday, January 19, 2019BSF refutes claims of pushing Rohingyas into Bangladesh

Agartala, Jan 19 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has strongly refuted claims by Bangladeshi border guards' "unfounded allegation that the BSF have been pushing Rohingyas into Bangladeshi territory", an official release said here on Saturday.

"On Friday night, Border Guards Bangladesh's (BGB) Lt. Col. Gomal Kabir over phone informed BSF Commandant Ratnesh Kumar that they have detained 31


Saturday, January 19, 2019BJP treating legislators like commodities: Kumaraswamy

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) Assailing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to poach his party's MLAs by offering "huge amounts of cash", Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumarasawmy on Saturday said legislators were being treated as commodities.

Addressing the rally of anti-BJP opposition leaders at the Brigade Parade ground here, Kumaraswamy accused the saffron party of "making a mockery" of d


Saturday, January 19, 2019Modi sniggers at opposition's Kolkata rally, terms it 'anti-people'

Silvassa (Dadra & Nagar Haveli), Jan 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked the mega-rally of Opposition parties in in Kolkata terming it "anti-people".

Speaking at a rally in the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Modi said the opposition alliance was not against him, but "against the people of India".

"They have not even properly united together, but have already star


Saturday, January 19, 2019Modi govt playing mischief with statistics: Yashwant Sinha

Kolkata, Jan 19: Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government saying that this was the first government after Independence which has been playing "mischief" with the developmental statistics.

Addressing the opposition rally here, Sinha who quit the BJP recently said, under the present regime while praising the government was "desh bhakti"(


Saturday, January 19, 2019Fight together to oust BJP, do not think of prime ministership: Abdullah

Kolkata, Jan 19: National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Saturday urged the opposition parties to fight the coming Lok Sabha elections together to oust the BJP, not worrying about issue of prime ministership, which will be settled after the polls.

Addressing the mega opposition rally here convened by the Trinamool Congress, he termed the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) a "chor" machine


Saturday, January 19, 2019Tumultuous welcome for Mamata at Brigade Ground

Kolkata, Jan 19: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a tumultuous welcome as she reached the Brigade Parade Ground for the opposition's mega anti-BJP rally on Saturday.

The Trinamool supremo, who earlier left her Kalighat residence to the blowing of conch shells and continuous slogans eulogising her from scores of TMC activists and supporters, was received by senior party lead


Saturday, January 19, 2019Authorities On Alert As Container With Radioactive Material Goes Missing From ONGC Site

January 19: A container carrying radioactive substance Caesium-137 (CS-137) is missing from a lorry that transported the material to the ONGC site at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district. However, ONGC on Friday described the isotopes as of "mild radioactive" source.

According to an official EU website, CS-137 is radioactive with a long 'half-life' of 30.15 years - the time require


Saturday, January 19, 2019JNU sedition case: Court questions Delhi Police for filing charge sheet without procuring requisite sanctions

New Delhi: A court here questioned the Delhi Police on Saturday for filing charge sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case without procuring the requisite sanctions.

The police told Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat they will procure the required sanctions within 10 days.

“Why did you fil


Saturday, January 19, 2019Smriti joins issue with Chidambaram, says Cong leader has proved her 'argument'

New Delhi, Jan 19: Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani has joined issue with senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for his remarks that the government was trying to silence the voice of dissent by filing 'false cases and denying bail' against those opposing the Narendra Modi-led dispensation.

“The point I was trying to make at the press conference has been proved by Mr Chidambaram’s twe


Saturday, January 19, 2019Gadkari and Thaawarchand Gehlot to attend BJP SC Morcha Convention at Nagpur

New Delhi/Nagpur, Jan 19: Nearly BJP 5,000 workers from across the country are expected to take part in the two-day mega national convention of saffron party's Scheduled Caste Morcha to be held in Nagpur on Saturday and Sunday.

The convention will be attended among others by senior party leaders Ram Madhav and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Thaawarchand Gehlot.

The event has been named


Saturday, January 19, 2019Guterres expresses doubt in enabling India-Pakistan dialogue

United Nations, Jan 19: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed doubts about his efficacy in enabling talks between India and Pakistan but said he hoped that given their importance they would enter into a meaningful dialogue.

"I have been offering my good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that until now had no condition of success," he said on Friday at a


Friday, January 18, 2019Will protest if Parrikar 'dodges' Assembly committee meet: Congress

Panaji, Jan 18 (IANS) Accusing ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of avoiding meeting legislators from the Opposition, state Congress President Girish Chodankar on Friday said if Parrikar continues this, the Opposition party would raise a ruckus in the forthcoming state Assembly session.

"Parrikar has been skipping office regularly. When it comes to meeting him, it is only the ruling MLAs


Friday, January 18, 2019Sabarimala: Row over age of women mentioned on Kerala government list

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 18 (IANS) A row has erupted over flaws in the actual age of some of the 51 women referred to by the Kerala government counsel on Friday in the Supreme Court saying they were in the 'banned', menstruating age group of 10-50 years who prayed at the Sabarimala temple this season.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini, both in the 'banned' age group 10 to 50 years prayed at the Sab


Friday, January 18, 2019RSS swipes at BJP over soldier deaths, temple delay

Nagpur, Jan 18 (IANS) Taking a swipe at the BJP-led government at the Centre, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday wondered why soldiers were dying on the country's borders though there is no war and on the delays in constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Speaking at the silver jubilee of the Prahaar Samaaj Jagruti Sanstha here on Thursday evening, he rued that soldiers continued to be killed on


Friday, January 18, 2019Government will again miss fiscal deficit target: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Claiming that the Narendra Modi government's efforts during its remaining tenure cannot revive the "perilous condition" of the Indian economy, former Union Minister and Congress veteran P. Chidambaram on Friday said the Centre might not able to achieve its set fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent.

"Nothing the Modi government does in the next 60 days will alter the st


Friday, January 18, 2019ISRO launches Young Scientists programme

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday announced a Young Scientists programme under which three school students will be selected from each state and union territory and will be given lectures on space and hands-on experience in building small satellites.

"Under this one-month programme, selected students, mostly Class 8 pass students, will be given lec


Friday, January 18, 2019Some Karnataka BJP MLAs shift to another Haryana hotel

Gurugram, Jan 18 (IANS) Around 25 MLAs of the nearly 100 Karnataka BJP legislators put up here at the five star ITC Grand Bharat resort for the last few days have reportedly shifted to a nearby hotel on Friday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs have been housed in the resort near Manesar here on Aravalli foothills to guard against their poaching since January 14.

Informed sources said around


Friday, January 18, 2019EC may announce Lok Sabha poll schedule in March first week: Sources

New Delhi, Jan 18: The dates for the Lok Sabha elections are likely to be announced in the first week of March, sources indicated on Friday.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

The Election Commission is in the process of deciding the number of phases and the months in which polling would be held, they said.

The charting of the phases would also depend on the availability


Friday, January 18, 2019Modi deal gifted Dassault Rs 186 crore more per Rafale: Congress

New Delhi, Jan 18: The Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of compromising national security in the Rafale deal by "denying" to the IAF 90 aircraft it desperately needed and "gifted" Dassault Rs 186 crore more per aircraft at the cost of the public exchequer in the deal it signed with France.

Citing a media report that India ended up paying 41 per cent more per aircraft fo


Friday, January 18, 2019Twenty one children to be conferred bravery award on R-Day

New Delhi, Jan 18: Twenty one children will receive the bravery award this year for displaying unprecedented courage and bravery ,saving lives by risking their own.
Eight girls and 13 boys will be conferred upon the National Bravery Award -2018 on the Republic Day this year, one award being given posthumously to a girl.
The names of the awardees this year are Gurmeet Hima Priya (09) and Soumyad


Friday, January 18, 2019HC grants bail to hawala dealer Aslam Wani

New Delhi, Jan 18: The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani, who is accused of money-laundering.

The court allowed bail plea of Wani asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 3 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in September 2017 filed a chargesheet against Wani and Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah u


Friday, January 18, 2019India win 3rd ODI to claim series

Melbourne, Jan 18: India rode a third consecutive half-century by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to defeat Australia by seven wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) here on Friday.

The visitors thus clinched the three-match series 2-1.

Dhoni anchored the innings with a steady unbeaten 87 off 114 balls as the Indians chased down the 231-run target with four balls to spare.


Friday, January 18, 2019CBI questions youth acquitted in Andhra student's murder

Vijayawada, Jan 18: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which recently began a fresh investigation into a decade-old case of an Andhra girl student's rape and murder, on Friday questioned Satyam Babu who was acquitted in 2017.

A team of CBI officials were questioning the youth at his house near here. They were also recording the statement of his family members.

The central agency, wh


Friday, January 18, 2019Bride injured in celebratory firing

New Delhi, Jan 18: A 19-year-old bride was injured early on Friday after a bullet fired in a celebratory firing hit her ankle during her marriage ceremony here, a police officer said.

The incident occurred at 12.45 a.m. when Pooja was standing on the stage for the "jai mala" ceremony in Shakarpur Community Centre.

The perpetrator was identified as Rinku, a resident of Geeta Colony, who fire


Friday, January 18, 2019Justice Maheshwari, Justice Khanna sworn in as SC Judges

New Delhi, Jan 18: Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjiv Khanna were on Friday sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court.

They were administered the oath by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

With their swearing in, the apex court now has 28 judges against its sanctioned strength of 31.

Before their elevation to the top court, Justice Maheshwari was the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High


Friday, January 18, 2019Srinivas Reddy is new Telangana Speaker

Hyderabad, Jan 18: Pocharam Srinivas Reddy was unanimously elected the Speaker of the Telangana Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader was elected unopposed as no other nomination was received for the post.

The main opposition Congress and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) extended their support for the Speaker's election.

Pro-tem S


Friday, January 18, 2019Cricketers to grace Kumbh next month

Prayagraj, Jan 18: Kumbh mela will also witness great Indian cricketers coming in the days to come.

Many well-known cricketers including Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, would be attending the Kumbh mela a day prior to the Basant Panchami snan to be held on February 10.

After having a holy dip in the Sangam on Basant Panchami, these players will stay in tents for two to three days here.



Friday, January 18, 2019In a first, IAF lands AN-32 plane at Pakyong airfield in Sikkim

New Delhi/Gangtok, Jan 17: For the first time ever, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has landed an AN-32 transport aircraft at Pakyong airfield in Sikkim, about 60 km away from Indo-China border.

“An AN-32 aircraft of 43 Squadron carried out a successful landing at Pakyong airfield in Sikkim on January 16.
This is the first landing by an AN-32 class of aircraft at this airfield,” IAF Spokesperson G


Friday, January 18, 20193rd ODI: India opt to bowl vs Australia (Toss)

Melbourne, Jan 18: India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in the third and final one day international (ODI) of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Friday.

India made three changes in their playing eleven as all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who makes his ODI debut, replaces Mohammed Siraj while Kedhar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal come in for Am


Friday, January 18, 2019J&K airports' audit report to get BCAS endorsement favouring CISF

New Delhi, Jan 18 :The audit report of the highly sensitive Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports is under final scrutiny of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) that will send its endorsement "very soon" to the Union Home Ministry, to hand over the security responsibility of these airports to the CISF from the CRPF.

It is, however, yet to be decided whether the Central Industrial Securit


Friday, January 18, 2019Snow avalanche in Leh, rescue teams rushed

Srinagar, Jan 18 :A snow avalanche hit an area in Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on early Friday morning, official sources said.
They said a huge snow avalanche hit Garondnikla in Leh early this morning. Some people are reportedly trapped, they said, adding rescue teams have been rushed from nearby areas.
Helicopters have also been rushed to the spot to rescue the trapped people, the


Thursday, January 17, 2019Yashwant, Shourie to attend Mamata's rally, Mayawati deputes Satish Mishra

Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Former Union Ministers Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha -- all of whom had served in late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet but have been bitterly opposed to the present Narendra Modi regime -- will be part of the January 19 Brigade Rally convened by Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here, which would be att


Thursday, January 17, 2019Dy CM Nitin Patel's picture missing from 'Vibrant Gujarat' posters

Gandhinagar/Ahmedabad, Jan 17 (IANS) Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Thursday for the high-profile three-day "Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019", pictures of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel went missing from all posters and banners across the state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.

Posters, publicity material and invites related to the main event Vibrant Gujarat Global


Thursday, January 17, 2019Accelerate resources to fortify fiscal position, NE states told

Agartala, Jan 17 (IANS) The 15th Finance Commission Chairman N.K. Singh on Thursday suggested the northeastern states to accelerate resources and revenue to strengthen fiscal position.

"The northeastern states must accelerate own resources and revenue to build up sustainable fiscal situations. Each northeastern state has unique features and challenges," Singh told the media.

Accompanied by


Thursday, January 17, 2019Congress points fingers at Doval son, demands details of FDI from Cayman Islands

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Alleging links between National Security Advisor Ajit Dovals son Vivek opening a hedge fund in the Cayman Islands soon after 2016 demonetisation and the huge spike in inflow of FDI into India from the territory, the Congress on Thursday demanded the RBI to make public the source of funds received from the tax haven.

Citing data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Congr


Thursday, January 17, 2019Modi jealous of Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati, Jan 17 (IANS) Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was jealous of Andhra Pradesh and hence was behind the proposed Federal Front of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

Reacting to the meeting of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders with YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to discuss the proposed front


Thursday, January 17, 2019JNU sedition row created to dilute Vemula's suicide: Ex-ABVP member

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The chargesheet against 10 JNU students is politically motivated and the entire issue is the brain-child of the BJP, which stoked the controversy to dilute the suicide of University of Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula, a former student leader from RSS-affiliated ABVP has said.

Pradeep Narwal, who left the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) after the Jawaharlal Ne


Thursday, January 17, 2019PM to unveil national film museum in Mumbai

Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday inaugurate the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) that has come up in a 19th century heritage bungalow and a modern building in the country's film capital, an official said here on Thursday.

A galaxy of dignitaries like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, A.R. Rahman, David Dhawan, Rohit Shetty, Waheeda Rehman, J


Thursday, January 17, 2019Five stages, LED screens, 300 volunteers at Mamata's mega rally

Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Five massive stages with the iconic Victoria Memorial in the backdrop, hundreds of workers busy building barricades and setting up LED screens and scores of Trinamool Congress flags fluttering all around -- the sprawling venue Brigade Parade Ground bustled with activity on Thursday, two days before West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's mega rally.

To accommodate p


Thursday, January 17, 2019SC asks Lokpal search panel to prepare list of shortlisted candidates by February-end

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Lokpal search committee headed by former top court Judge Ranjana Prakash Desai to complete its deliberations for shortlisting the candidates for the appointment of Lokpal by February-end.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave search committee time till February 28 to


Thursday, January 17, 2019Some concerns over citizenship Bill genuine, says BJP's Ram Madhav

Guwahati, Jan 17 (IANS) BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said some concerns over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 are genuine, and that will meet dissenting MLAs and other party leaders to convince them about the government's intentions.

The BJP leader said there has been a sustained disinformation campaign in northeastern states over the Bill, stressing the BJP was committed


Thursday, January 17, 2019BJP leaders visit Amit Shah at AIIMS

New Delhi, Jan 17: Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including party media coordinator Anil Balooni and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwani Choubey, on Thursday visited AIIMS here where party President Amit Shah has been admitted after contracting swine flu.

Shah, 54, was admitted on Wednesday and is currently under observation of the institute's Director Randee


Thursday, January 17, 2019President worships at Sangam in Kumbh

Prayagraj, Jan 17: President Ram Nath Kovind and his family along with Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath worshiped here on the occasion of ongoing Kumbh on Thursday.

Amid chanting of vedic hymns by the priests, President, his wife and other members of the family worshiped at the Sangam bank in a special decked platform.

The dignitaries, poured milk, flowers


Thursday, January 17, 2019India condemns Nairobi hotel attack

New Delhi, Jan 17: India on Thursday condemned the terror attack at a luxury hotel complex in Kenya's capital Nairobi that claimed the lives of at least 21 people.

"India strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Dusit D2 Hotel and offices complex in Nairobi on January 15, 2019, which caused loss of innocent lives," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

"We stand in s


Thursday, January 17, 2019SC to hear plea for police protection for 2 women who entered Sabarimala temple

New Delhi, Jan 17: The Supreme Court will hear on Friday a plea for round-the-clock police protection for two women who had entered the Sabarimala temple, as they have been getting threats.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the matter would be taken up on January 18 after senior counsel Indira Jaising mentioned the plea for early hearing on Thursday.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu


Thursday, January 17, 2019Security heightened in Haryana, Punjab ahead of Ram Rahim's sentencing

Chandigarh, Jan 17: Security was heightened in parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of the sentencing of convicted Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his three close aides by a special CBI court on Thursday.

The Central Bureau of Investigation court in Panchkula, Haryana, will announce the quantum of punishment to Ram Rahim, former sect manager Krishan Lal along with carpent


Thursday, January 17, 2019New IS module: NIA raids 7 places in Punjab, UP

New Delhi, Jan 17: The NIA on Thursday raided seven places in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in connection with its ongoing probe into a new Islamic State (IS)-inspired module Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam, officials said.

The National Investigation Agency teams launched simultaneous searches at seven locations, including Uttar Pradesh's Rampur, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Hapur and Amroha and Punjab's Ludhiana,


Thursday, January 17, 2019Prez reaches Prayagraj to worship at Sangam in Kumbh Mela

Prayagraj, Jan 17: President Ram Nath Kovind, reached the Sangam city on Thursday morning to worship at the Kumbh Mela here.

UP governor Ram Naik, chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the President at the airport and they left for the Kumbh Mela immediately.

During his brief visit to Prayagraj, the President will inaugurate the Gandhian Resurgence Summit in the Kumbh Mela area and unveil


Thursday, January 17, 2019India summons Pakistan mission official, protests civilian's killing in J&K

New Delhi, Jan 16: The government on Wednesday summoned an official of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest over the killing of a civilian in Sundarbani sector in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month in unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces from across the border.

"The Pakistan High Commission official was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged at the death of an i


Thursday, January 17, 2019Indian FM Arun Jaitley diagnosed with rare cancer

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who left for the US for medical treatment, has been diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer and may not be able to present this years Interim Budget on February 1, sources said.

Jaitley had left for the US on Sunday for what was believed to be a medical check-up relating to his kidney ailment. However, sources said he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarco


Thursday, January 17, 2019Armed Men Loot Passengers In 2 AC Coaches Of Duranto Express In Delhi

NEW DELHI: Armed men entered a train in the outskirts of Delhi early this morning and looted passengers.

Passengers of two AC coaches in the Jammu-Delhi Duranto Express were looted by unidentified people when the train had stopped at Badli.

The robbers allegedly looted the passengers of their cash and mobile phones.

The Railway Protection Force has initial leads in the case and


Thursday, January 17, 2019In Search For 15 Trapped Meghalaya Miners, Navy Divers Spot Body

NEW DELHI: Navy divers have detected the body of one person more than a month after operations began to search and rescue 15 miners trapped in a deep coal mine in Meghalaya. The body - which is yet to be identified - was brought to the mouth of the "rat-hole" mine, the navy said adding the rescue operations were going on.

The body was detected at a depth of nearly 160 feet inside the 370-foo


Thursday, January 17, 2019Tax Exemption Limit Likely To Be Increased From Rs 2.5 Lakh To Rs 5 Lakh

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to increase the tax exemption limit from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh in the interim budget on February 1.

Sources in Finance Ministry told Cross Town News that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley likely to double the income tax exemption from the present Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

This Move will help BJP immesely in upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019TN CM condemns Sri Lankan Navy chasing away Indian fishermen

Chennai, Jan 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday condemned the Sri Lankan Navy chasing away two Indian fishing boats, resulting in the death of one person.

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said nine Indian fishermen from Rameswaram had gone fishing in their traditional fishing area in two boats on January 12.

While fishing in their traditional area in the


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Congress legislator suspended from party

Chandigarh, Jan 16 (IANS) Punjab Congress legislator Kulbir Singh Zira was on Wednesday suspended from the party's membership on charges of indiscipline, Punjab Congress President and Member of Parliament Sunil Kumar Jakhar said.

Zira, who is the sitting Congress legislator from the Zira Assembly seat in Ferozepur district, had recently left the stage at an official event where panchayat membe


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Our government stable, why BJP hiding its MLAs, asks Kharge

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday said the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led Karnataka dispensation is stable and claimed that the persistent efforts of the BJP to destabilise it have failed, leading to the saffron party indulging in spreading rumours of cracks in the government.

Addressing the media here, Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge said all the 118 MLAs of the coalition are intac


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Cabinet okays revised cost to construct 13 central varsities

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval for Revised Cost of Estimate (RCE) for the construction of 13 new central universities, to facilitate completion of the project within 36 months.

The universities will be constructed in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir (two), Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Manipur opposes citizenship Bill unless it protects indigenous people: CM

Imphal, Jan 16 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren said on Wednesday that his BJP-led coalition government will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2018 until there was a clause to protect the indigenous communities of Manipur and other northeastern states.

Biren ahd recently took a team of state leaders to Delhi which submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Th


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Meghalaya Congress women workers demand scrapping of Citizenship Bill

Shillong, Jan 16 (IANS) Congress women workers in Meghalaya on Wednesday took out a protest march demanding the scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Initially, the Congress workers were planning to stage a protest in-front of the state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters but the district administration has clamped Section 144 of the Code


Wednesday, January 16, 2019BJP's bid to topple Karnataka government fails, says Congress Minister

Bengaluru, Jan 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's bid to topple Karnataka's coalition government by poaching Congress legislators has failed, Congress leader G. Parameshwara said on Wednesday.

"All the Congress legislators are with us and everything is all right in the party. Some legislators may be away, but they will be back in Bengaluru soon," the Deputy Chief Minister told the media he


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Haryana students to get 'Shaurya Award' in the name of police martyrs

Gurugram Jan 16 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesady announced 'Shaurya Award' to students in the name of 71 personnel of the state police force who laid down their lives while protecting society and maintaining law and order in the state.

Under this award, a prize money of Rs 11,000 in memory of a police martyr will be given to a student for courageous deeds every ye


Wednesday, January 16, 2019"Stories which define the secular Character of our Country"

'Mullah Ji' A Companion Of Naga Sadhu During Kumbh

January 16: For more than three decades Mohammed Mehmood a resident of Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh has been coming to the Kumbh Mela. The 76-year-old has a unique connection with the largest confluence of humanity in the world.

A electrician by profession, Mehmood has been lighting up the tents of the famed Juna Akhara at the Kumbh since 1986.

According to Mehmood, it was a chance meeting w


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Delhi HC defers AJL plea to Jan 28

New Delhi, Jan 16: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday deferred hearing of a plea by the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of the National Herald newspaper, challenging a single-judge bench order to vacate the Herald House.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao deferred the hearing to January 28.

The AJL has moved a division bench challenging the December


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Indian mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta creates world record

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Jan 16: Indian mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta on Wednesday created a new world record by becoming the youngest in the world to complete both seven summits and seven volcanic summits.

He achieved the feat when he scaled Mt Sidley in Antarctica. Not only the youngest, Satyarup, a Bengali, also the first Indian to complete seven summits along with seven volcanic summits.


Wednesday, January 16, 20194 killed in bus-truck collision in Maharashtra

Nagpur, Jan 16: At least four people were killed and some others injured when a state transport bus collided with a truck in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday morning, police said/

The accident took place around 8.30 am when the truck and the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus collided near Gurupalli village in Gadchiroli, located around 170 km from here, D


Wednesday, January 16, 2019New jolt to AAP: Punjab MLA quits party

Chandigarh, Jan 16: In a fresh jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab, yet another MLA, this time Baldev Singh, resigned from the party's primary membership on Wednesday, citing "autocratic functioning", "double standards" and disregard for its basic ideology and principles.

A sitting legislator from the Jaito Assembly seat, he sent his resignation to his party's national convener Arvind


Wednesday, January 16, 2019In a first, transgenders take holy dip at Kumbh Mela

Prayagraj (Allahabad): For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought the conservative laws and beliefs to put her transgender community on a par with the rest of society, and now she has notched up a new milestone.

On Tuesday, she and dozens of other resplendent "Kinnars" splashed in the sacred waters of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers alongside revered Hindu ascetics at the immense Kumbh Mela fe


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Don't take political mileage from Kanhaiya case: Sena to BJP

Mumbai, Jan 16: The Shiv Sena Wednesday said the BJP has no moral right to criticise student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been charged with sedition, after teaming up with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Sena also asked the ruling BJP to refrain from taking political mileage from the sedition case against Kumar, a former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students' Union.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Sardar statue unveiling: Government splurged Rs 2.64 cr in ads

Mumbai, Jan 16: The Centre splurged more than Rs 2.64 crore on advertising in the media for the inaugural of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's statue, known as the Statue of Unity, a RTI reply revealed here on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated what is now the world's tallest statue on October 31, 2018, to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Patel, a freedom fighter and the firs


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Philip Kotler congratulates PM Modi for Presidential award

New Delhi, Jan 16: Philip Kotler, an American marketing author, consultant, and professor on Tuesday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Congress President Rahul Gandhi mocked him for being awarded the Philip Kotler Presidential award.

The Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University tweeted after a controversy erupted amid Ra


Wednesday, January 16, 2019At least 11 dead in attack at Nairobi hotel complex

Nairobi, Jan 16: At least 11 people, including a US citizen have been killed here by the suspected militants in a luxury hotel complex.

Authorities reported that scores of Kenyans and foreign nationals had been evacuated from the compound, and that the site had been secured, but sporadic gunfire continued to be heard hours after the all-clear had been given.

Police has asked that residents


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Army Chief warns Pak of strong action

NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Tuesday warned Pakistan that India will not hesitate in carrying out strong action against inimical moves, asserting that its forces were giving enemies along the Line of Control a "befitting reply" and inflicting heavy losses.

Gen Rawat also said India's neighbour on the western border continues to support terrorism.

The Army is ensuring dominance a


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Friendly Indo-Pak relations in the interest of border residents: Ex J&K MLC

Jammu, Jan 16: Against the backdrop of increased ceasefire violation incidents along the Line of Control, former National Conference MLC Shahnaz Ganai on Tuesday batted for friendly Indo-Pak relations in the interest of the border residents.

“Friendly ties between both the neighbouring countries is the only way out to restore calm on the borders, which will be in the interest and betterment o


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Nepal Army chief visits Central Command in UP

Lucknow, Jan 15 (UNI) Nepal Army Chief General Purna Chandra Thapa arrived here on Tuesday on a day-long visit to Uttar Pradesh, said a press statement issued by the Central command here on Tuesday.

On his arrival, the Nepali Army chief visited Headquarters Central Command where he interacted with Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command and was a


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Enjoying absolute majority and no threat to coalition Government: Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru, Jan 15(UNI) Playing down the withdrawal of support by the two independent MLAs, Chief minister, H D Kumaraswamy, who is heading the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, has said that “There is no threat to my government”.

Sharply reacting to the independent MLAs decision to take back the support, Chief minister said that “I enjoy the confidence of the majority of MLAs in the Assembl


Tuesday, January 15, 2019NDMC Budget: Medical facility to be provided at 2 hospitals under Ayushman Bharat

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in it's budget 2019-20 has proposed to provide medical and surgical treatment facility at Charak Palika Hospital and Palika Maternity Hospital under Ayushman Bharat.

Addressing mediapersons after presenting the budget of the Council here, on Tuesday, NDMC Chairperson Naresh Kumar said,'the NDMC had proposed to ink a Memorandum of U


Tuesday, January 15, 2019BJP MLAs stay put in Haryana: Saffron party blames Cong, Siddamaraiah for K'taka crisis

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) In the midst of claims and counter claims of poaching charges from the either side, the BJP central leadership on Tuesday for the first time led attack against the JD(S)-Congress combine in Karnataka and said the blame for crisis in the state should go "entirely' to the Congress.

"Congress leadership has failed in Karnataka in providing good governance and also a coher


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Kharge writes to PM, calls for immediate meeting of 3 member panel to appoint new CBI director

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) Terming the removal of Mr Alok Verma as CBI chief and appointment of Mr Nageshwar Rao as interim director as ‘illegal’, Leader of the Congress in the lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding to make public key documents related to the sacked CBI chief, including the Central Vigilance Commission report and the details of th


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Team 'Sonchiriya' shot fire with real rifles, guns

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) The recently released trailer of 'Sonchiriya' has been generating immense buzz for the raw and rustic looks set in the rooted villages of central India.

Playing a dacoit meant that the actors had to undergo grueling preparations through real old vintage rifles and guns.

As the story of 'Sonchiriya' is set in the 1970s showcasing a small town ruled and dominated by d


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Centre discusses opening up of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor with stakeholders

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the stakeholders for the opening up of the proposed Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab to Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan here in the Home Ministry.

The Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Indian Ambassador to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria and Border Security Force DG Rajnikant


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Delhi Govt committed to work for development of Urdu: Sisodia

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) The Governing Council of Urdu Academy and Delhi government met on Tuesday under the chair of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Art, Culture and Languages, Manish Sisodia to discuss various issues pertaining to the promotion of Urdu language and functioning of the Academy including programmes, scholarships, publications and budget.

The Council discussed a number of


Tuesday, January 15, 2019NIA files charge sheet against 2 in Junagarh FICN case

New Delhi, Jan 15 (UNI) The National Investigation Agency (NIA), Mumbai branch on Tuesday filed Charge sheet against two accused in Junagarh fake Indian currency case at Special NIA court Ahmadabad, an official statement said.
The accused Sanjaykumar Mohanbhai Devadiya and Sureshbhai Mavajibhai Lathidadiya alias Guruji were booked under section 120B read with 489B and 489C of IPC.
On the basis


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Grand Alliance in Bihar united, strong: Tejashwi

Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said that the opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar was united and strong and will soon announce its decision on seat sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

"We will smoothly decide the seat sharing and will soon make it public," he told the media at the Sadaqat Ashram state Congress headquarters here, after atten


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Telugu icon Kanneganti undergoes heart surgery; stable now

Mumbai, Jan 15 (IANS) Iconic Telugu actor Brahmanandam Kanneganti underwent a heart bypass surgery at the Asian Heart Institute (AHI), sources close to the family said here on Tuesday.

He was rushed to the AHI Mumbai in a critical condition on Sunday and underwent several tests.

He was finally operated upon by renowned heart surgeon Ramakanta Panda on Monday.

Post-surgery, the condition


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Modi arrives in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Tuesday evening on a brief four-hour visit of Kerala.

Stepping down from the aircraft that flew him from Raipur, Modi was received by Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

From the airport, Modi took a helicopter to Kollam, about 70 km from here.

He h


Tuesday, January 15, 2019SC sets conditions for BJP's Bengal rath yatra

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) In a setback to the BJP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the party cannot hold its proposed "rath yatra" in West Bengal unless it can address the Mamata Banerjee-led state government's apprehensions on law and order issues.

The order by a Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-headed bench came in a petition by the West Bengal BJP challenging a Calcutta High Court order dec


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Delhi HC tells Centre, CBI to file response on plea to probe phone tapping

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Central government and the CBI to file reply to a plea seeking a direction to constitute a SIT to look into the abuse of power by some officials of the probe agency by illegally tapping phone calls.

A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao asked the Centre and the Central Bureau of Investigat


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Over 3 lakh drug addicts treated in Punjab in 2018: Police

Chandigarh, Jan 15 (IANS) Over three lakh drug addicts were treated in Punjab in 2018 and more than 63,000 people are currently being treated, out of which 25,000 are heroin addicts, a top police official said on Tuesday.

The retention rate is 91.71 per cent, Director General (Special Task Force) Mohammad Mustafa told reporters here.

The Special Task Force, constituted by the state in April


Tuesday, January 15, 20192 MLAs withdraw support to Karnataka's JD-S-Congress government

Bengaluru, Jan 15 (IANS) In a jolt to the seven-month-old Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, two legislators -- a member of a regional outfit and an Independent -- on Tuesday said they are withdrawing their support.

R. Shankar, a legislator from Ranebennur Assembly segment in Haveri district, belonging to the regional Karnataka Pragnavantha Janata Party, and


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Court to consider chargesheet in JNU sedition case on Jan 19

New Delhi, Jan 15: A court here on Tuesday set January 19 for considering a chargesheet filed against former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others in a sedition case after some students shouted "anti-national slogans" in February 2016.

The hearing was adjourned because Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat, who was scheduled to hear the matter


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Mehbooba requests re-issuance of visa for PoK woman married to Kashmiri

Srinagar, Jan 15: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to re-issue visa to a woman Maroofa Jan (a Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) resident, who got married to a Kashmiri 20 years ago and has two sons.

President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was reacting to a tweet that requested her intervention, following which she ask


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Army chief warns Pakistan for supporting terrorists

New Delhi, Jan 15: In an obvious attack on Pakistan, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said "our western neighbour" was ceaselessly supporting terrorists and warned that his troops won't hesitate to take "heavy action".

Speaking on the occasion of the 71st Army Day parade, Gen Rawat also said that a new policy had been adopted on the northern border with China and the armies of


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Past governments ruled India like Sultans: Modi

Bhubaneswar, Jan 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked previous governments at the Centre for ruling the country like their "Sultanates", neglecting its rich heritage.

"Past governments ruled like Sultans and neglected our rich heritage. They ignored our glorious civilisation and failed to pay attention to their preservation," said Modi while addressing a public meeting in Balan


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Assam celebrates Magh Bihu

Guwahati, Jan 15: Assam on Tuesday celebrated Magh Bihu, the annual harvest festival, with traditional fervour.

While Wednesday marks the first day of the Assamese calendar month of 'Magh', Bihu celebrations started from Monday night that marked 'Uruka', the last day of the Assamese month of 'Puh'.

Following the 'Uruka' night feasting, people on Tuesday morning lit the traditional bonfire c


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Kite-flying claims 2 lives in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 15: Kite-flying claimed two lives and left a boy critically injured in separate incidents over the past two days in Hyderabad, police said on Tuesday.

A 11-year-old boy died after accidentally falling from the terrace of a three-storey building on Monday. A police officer said Syed Junaid Quadri sustained critical injuries and was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed. The in


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Man held for sending threat email to kidnap Kejriwal's daughter

New Delhi, Jan 15: The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested a man on the charge of sending an email to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Office threatening to kidnap his daughter.

"The accused, identified as Vikas, was arrested by a team of the Special Cell from Bihar's Motihari. The Cyber Cell team had tracked his IP address," said a senior police officer.

The police is interrogating Vika


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Centre striving hard to develop eastern states: Modi

Bhubaneswar, Jan 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the Centre is striving hard for the development of eastern India, including Odisha, as he launched projects worth Rs 1,550 crore.

"We have either inaugurated or laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 1,550 crore. They are aimed at improving education, connectivity, culture and tourism," he said at Bolangir.

"When a r


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Kashmiris being used to score political points by national parties: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Jan 15: Questioning the timing of filing charge-sheet in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) case, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said Kashmiris are being used to score extra political points by the national parties.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who headed a coalition government with BJP till June last year, said she was not surprised by filing


Tuesday, January 15, 2019SALUTE! Army Major, killed in Pak attack, had married fiancé despite her suffering paralysis attack

Pune, Jan 15: Major Shashi Dharan V Nair, who got martyred in an IED explosion in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir last week, was bid an emotional adieu on Sunday at Khadakwasla area on the outskirts of Pune in Maharashtra. His last rites were held with full military honours.

As per details available, Major Nair was a native of Khadakwasla and did his studies at the famous Fergusson Colle


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Kashmir still a challenge due to Pak: HM

LAKHIMPUR (UP): Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Monday.

"Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by neighbouring Pakistan. However, the Army, the CRPF, the J&K police and intelligence bureau men are acting in better coordination," he said.

He was talking to mediapersons after inaugu


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Article 370 BJP leader’s PIL tagged with pending plea, hearing on Apr 2

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered tagging of a PIL challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution--which grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament's power to make laws concerning the state, with another pending plea on the issue and which is slated to come up for hearing in the month of April.

The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by


Tuesday, January 15, 2019JNU sedition: Mufti questions timing of filing chargesheet

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday questioned the timing of filing of charge sheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case, in which seven Kashmiris have been named, saying the students were being used to score political points ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

These seven are among the 10 students, including former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Ku


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Devotees take holy dip on Makar Sankranti as Kumbh Mela opens

Prayagraj, Jan 15: Thousands of devotees took a holy dip here at the Sangam -- the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati rivers -- on Tuesday morning, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and marking the onset of the Kumbh Mela.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged devotees to participate in the Kumbh Mela, which is organised at a much wider scale this year than


Monday, January 14, 2019Umpire Taufel backs Hardik, Rahul

Kolkata, Jan 14: Australian umpiring great Simon Taufel on Monday backed under-fire cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul, calling for the issue to be handled with care as everyone makes mistakes and it is important to learn from them.

Chastised from every corner for their alleged "misogynistic" comments about women on a television show, the tainted pair have been suspended by the BCCI and


Monday, January 14, 2019Kanhaiya Kumar questions timing of chargesheet, says it's politically motivated

New Delhi, Jan 14: Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday questioned the timing of Delhi Police filing a chargesheet against him and others in a sedition case, attributing "political motive" of the "failed" Modi government to the police action.

Besides Kumar, the police have named as accused former student activists Umar Khalid and Anirban


Monday, January 14, 2019SC gives Centre six weeks to reply to notice on PIL against 'snooping'

New Delhi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system and sought a response within six weeks.

The PIL challenging the government's December 20 notification came up before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

According to the notification,


Monday, January 14, 2019BEST strike hits Mumbai commuters for 7th day

Mumbai, Jan 14: Over four million commuters including students were badly hit as the strike by over 20,000 employees of the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the lifeline of the city, entered the seventh day here on Monday.

Amidst moves to "privatise" BEST - which supplies electricity to south Mumbai and also runs the public bus services catering to commuters in Mumbai, Mumbai subur


Monday, January 14, 2019SC keeps pending petitions challenging notification on entry of minorities

New Delhi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday kept in abeyance a challenge to two notifications on the Passport Act and the Foreigners Act that permitted all religious minorities, except Muslims, to stay in India even if they had entered without valid documents.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Kishan Kaul kept the petition pending observing that a


Monday, January 14, 2019SC issues notice on Sajjan Kumar's plea

New Delhi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the CBI on former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's appeal challenging the Delhi High Court verdict sentencing him to life imprisonment following his conviction in one of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Krishan Kaul sought a response from the Central Burea


Monday, January 14, 2019PM Modi’s Jammu visit scheduled on Feb 3

Jammu, Jan 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Jammu on February 3 to lay the foundation stone for multiple projects.

Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari will be inaugurating the Keeriyan-Gandial Bridge in Kathua District on January 22.

The projects, some of which are national projects, were announced for all three regions of the state.



Monday, January 14, 2019Is Sitharaman giving Pakistan clean chit on Uri, Pathankot attacks, asks Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 14: Attacking Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for claiming that no major terror attack took place since the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday questioned her if she was giving a clean chit to Pakistan in the 2016 Pathankot and Uri attacks.

In a series of tweets, the former Finance Minister also asked Sitharaman to locate


Monday, January 14, 2019New Gurudwara to come up in Fishers

Fishers, United States, Jan 14 :On the auspicious occasion of 253rd birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Sikh Community in Fishers, Indiana launched a $ 3 million Gurudwara project (Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar) on the existing property in Fishers to replace the current building with a new Gurudwara.

Speaking on the occasion, Sikhs Political Action Committee founde


Monday, January 14, 2019One way traffic resumes on Kashmir highway, Leh & Mughal roads remain closed

Srinagar, Jan 14 : One-way traffic on Monday resumed on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway after all stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards their respective destinations on Sunday, a traffic police official said on Monday.

However, Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, and historic 86-km-long Mughal road, remained closed for th


Monday, January 14, 2019Train services resume in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 14 :Train services on Monday resumed after remaining suspended on Sunday for security reasons in south Kashmir, where a top Al-Badr commander was among two militants killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday evening.
However, train services between Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir was not affected and trains were running as per schedule.
Train service r


Monday, January 14, 2019Karvan-e-Aman bus leaves for PoK

Srinagar, Jan 14: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) left here on Monday morning to cross over to another side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said.

They said the cross-LoC bus left Bemina in Srinagar despite chilly weather conditions due to sub-zero