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Saturday, July 20, 2019Students protest at Nagarjuna's house over 'Big Boss' row

Hyderabad, July 20 (IANS) A group of Osmania University students on Saturday staged protest at the residence of leading Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, demanding a ban on the Telugu version of the popular reality TV show "Bigg Boss" to be hosted by him.

Raising slogans against the actor, the protestors, who had questioned Nagarjuna's silence over the allegations made by two female contestants

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Sheila Dikshit was suffering from heart ailments

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, 81, passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday. The former Delhi Chief Minister was suffering from heart ailments and had undergone surgeries several times.

She was brought to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute around 10.30 a.m. after she suffered a cardiac arrest. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, led by Ashok Seth,

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Sheila's death end of a political era: Amarinder

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday mourned the demise of senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, terming it the passing away of a political era.

He said he was "shocked and aggrieved" at the sudden demise of Dikshit, "a rare gem of a human being besides being a dignified and graceful politician" whom he had personally kno

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Three-time Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit dead, tributes pour in

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday at a private hospital here following cardiac arrest. She was 81.

According to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Dikshit, who was Chief Minister for three consecutive terms (1998-2013), suffered cardiac arrest and was brought to the hospital on Saturday morning in a critica

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019President, PM condole Dikshit's death

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Kovind said she transformed the national capital in her tenure.

"Sad to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformat

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Kochi Metro only possible due to Sheila Dikshit: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said that had it not been for his then Delhi counterpart Sheila Dikshit, Kerala's landmark Kochi Metro would not have become a reality.

Mourning the death of the three-time Chief Minister, Chandy told IANS that after Delhi Metro came up and expanded during Dikshit's tenure (1998-2013), 'Metro Man' E. Sree

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Monsoon gains strength, 3 fishermen missing at sea in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) With the monsoon getting stronger in Kerala, the Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for a few districts until Monday. While a red alert has been issued in Kasargode district today, Kozhikode and Wayanad are expected to get more rains tomorrow.

Already, three fishermen have been reported missing at sea since Thursday morning. According

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Priyanka ends dharna, to return to Delhi via Varanasi

Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), July 20 (IANS) "I am now leaving because my purpose of meeting the families of the victims has been fulfilled. But I will return very soon. I had come here on the instructions of my brother Rahul Gandhi."

This is what Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi told people and party workers before ending her 24-hour dharna here on Saturday. She would return to Delhi af

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Sidhu's resignation accepted; Punjab CM holds Power portfolio

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday accepted state Power Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation.

The Chief Minister forwarded the one-line resignation to Governor V.P. Singh Badnore for formal acceptance, who too accepted it, an official spokesperson told IANS.

Within hours of the resignation letter being forwarded to him by the Chief Minister, th

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019No formalin traces in fish sold in Goa: Minister

Panaji, July 20 (IANS) Amid reports of the use of formaldehyde to preserve fish imported into Goa from other states, Health Minister Vishwaji Rane in a written reply tabled in the state Assembly has reiterated that the fish being sold in the state's markets is safe for human consumption.

Rane also said that 523 vehicles ferrying fish into Goa, from states including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,

 

Saturday, July 20, 201918 Indians aboard tanker seized by Iran; India trying to secure their release

New Delhi/Tehran, July 20 (IANS) Eighteen Indians, including the ship's captain, are among 23 crew members of a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions in the Gulf. India said on Saturday it is in touch with Tehran for the release of the Indian sailors.

Iran on Friday seized the British-flagged Stena Impero, which has Indians, Russians, Latvia

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Punjab CM protests against Priyanka's detention

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday protested against the undemocratic and unconstitutional detention of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by the Uttar Pradesh administration.

Reacting to the government's attempt to stifle Priyanka's democratic right to meet the families of the victims of the Sonbhadra violence, the Punjab

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Special events to mark Kargil war's 20th anniversary

Lucknow, July 20: The 20th anniversary of Kargil Diwas will be celebrated with fanfare by the Central Command in Lucknow.

Special functions will be organised at all centre across the seven states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha -- under the Central Command to pay homage to the martyrs.

From July 22 school children here will participat

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Dikshit's death huge loss for Delhi: Kejriwal

New Delhi, July 20: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday mourned the death of his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, saying her contribution to the city will always be remembered.

"Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her famil

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit dead

New Delhi, July 20: Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday at the Escorts Hospital here, a party leader said. She was 81.

"Dikshit died at Escorts Hospital here," Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Jitender Kumar Kochar told IANS.

The three-time Delhi Chief Minister was unwell for some time.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019NIA conducts searches across Tamil Nadu

Chennai, July 20: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday searched several premises in Madurai, Theni, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Chennai following arrest of 16 terror suspects, including 14 deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The search operations were carried out after a Special NIA court granted those 16 suspects' custody to the NIA for eight days.

The agency r

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Sitharaman on why she taxed super rich more

Chennai, July 20: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the tax on the super rich is a small expectation from them to contribute a little more for the poor.

She was here to inaugurate the International Business Conference of Nagarathars organised by the Nagarathar Chamber of Commerce.

Sitharaman said not more than 5,000 people are there in the super rich category in the count

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019Dhoni ends mystery, takes 2-month sabbatical to join army regiment

New Delhi, July 20: The mystery surrounding Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his future has been solved for now. The former India skipper has decided to take a two month break and serve his army regiment after a gruelling India Premier League season and the 2019 World Cup. It is no secret that Dhoni had already made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies, but he has now informed the Board of Co

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019SC: State Coordinator and government should work together in publishing NRC

New Delhi, July 20: The Centre, Assam government and the State Coordinator appointed for National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, are apparently working in silos instead of sharing information.

As a consequence, the Centre and the Assam government have brought forth the issue of re-verification of draft NRC data.

This observation was made by the Supreme Court during a hearing on a ple

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019ED gets Mansoor Khan's transit remand

New Delhi, July 20: The Enforcement Directorate has got transit remand of IMA Jewellers and Ponzi scam prime accused Mansoor Khan.

Khan was produced before Duty Magistrate Harjit Singh Jaspal at his residence during late hours on Friday.

He will now be produced before a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court later in the day.

Khan was arrested by Delhi Police from New Delhi Airp

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Reliance Jio pips Airtel to become India's 2nd largest mobile operator in May: TRAI


New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) Reliance Jio, the newest entrant in the telecom sector, has piped Bharti Airtel to become the second largest mobile operator with 32.29 crore subscribers and 27.80 per cent market share in May, according to regulator TRAI's data.
The move assumes significance as Reliance Jio stormed into the highly-competitive telecom sector in September 2016 with its

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Karnataka CM moves SC, says Governor interfering

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking clarification on its July 17 order which permitted 15 rebel MLAs to opt out of the House and said the Governor was interfering in the conduct of the trust vote.

Kumaraswamy contended that as a consequence of the apex court's interfering with the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, the G

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Pradhan seeks independent trains connecting Kalahandi with Odisha capital

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (IANS) Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to run two independent trains -- Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur and Bhubaneswar-Junagarh -- for the convenience of the people in Odisha's Kalahandi.

In a letter released to the media on Friday, Pradhan sought the personal intervention of Goyal into the demands of the people o

 

Friday, July 19, 201910 years jail for Scarlett Keeling killer

Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Keeling was found dead with bruises on her body on a famous Goa beach on February 18, 2008. D'Souza and Placido Carvalho were accused of leaving her to die after drugging and sexually abusing her following a Valentine's Day party.

The Bombay High Court in Goa on Friday, more than a decade later, convicted Samson D'Souza to 10 years of rigorous i

 

Friday, July 19, 2019New sports policy to come up in Odisha: Minister

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (IANS) A new sports policy will be introduced in Odisha soon, said state Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Friday.

"A new sports policy would be introduced soon in the state. It's in the draft stage and formulated in line with the national sports policy," Behera told the state Assembly.

The minister was replying to a question of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Bhupinder S

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Women hold themselves back at work: Survey

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) While most young Indian women feel that women can pursue careers that were not previously available to them, only half are actually able to pursue a career of their choice, a new survey has revealed.

The research study by skincare brand Ponds, conducted on 1,000 women aged between 18 and 35 and living across India's metro areas, showed the glaring gap between percepti

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Ahead of Maharashtra polls, Aditya Thackeray hits the road to 'thank' voters

Mumbai, July 19 (IANS) Yuva Sena leader Aditya Thackeray has done what no other Thackeray did before him - hit the road in a grueling 4,000 km long 'Jan Ashirwad Yatra' ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The official aim is to "thank" the voters for the support given to the party candidates in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections besides projecting him as the party's nex-gen leader.

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Rohit Shekhar death: Court to consider charge sheet on Saturday

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) A Delhi Court will on Saturday take cognisance of the charge sheet filed in the case related to the death of late Congress leader Narayan Datt Tiwari's son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari.

Rohit Shekhar's wife Apoorva Shukla has been charged with killing her husband by allegedly smothering and strangulating him following an argument at their South Delhi residence in April this y

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Bihar cops seek RSS details: Giriraj slams Nitish, Sushil

Patna, July 19 (IANS) Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Friday attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi for the issuing of a letter from the Bihar Police Special Branch directing the gathering of information on the state functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its 18 affiliates.

"Sushil Modi and Nitish Kumar should explain as to how without their permiss

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Lok Sabha passes Protection of Human Rights Bill

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS A Bill to protect the rights of "right people", including vulnerable, farmers and financially backward persons, was on Friday passed in the Lok Sabha with voice vote.

The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides amendment to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 so that "terrorists" and "rapists" could not be protected.

Moving the Bill in the Lo

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Priyanka-Yogi battle looms over Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, July 19 (IANS) What the Congress could not do during the Lok Sabha elections, Priyanka Gandhi has done now -- she has pitted herself against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the Sonebhadra carnage issue.

With the Congress now ready to throw its weight behind Priyanka, Uttar Pradesh is set for a 'Priyanka versus Yogi' battle which is likely to continue much after the Son

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Crucial files from Sidhu's previous department go missing

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) In a major goof-up, crucial government files, including one pertaining to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in a case of Rs 1,144-crore Ludhiana City Centre scam, have gone missing from the previous department of Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The other missing files of the Local Government Department included unauthorised construction on an agricultural la

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Don't do marketing of West Bengal: LS Speaker

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday asked a Trinamool Congress MP not to do "marketing" of the West Bengal government when the latter countered the Centre's allegation that the state was not joining the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Birla's remark came during Question Hour when Trinamool's Sudip Bandyopadhyay said the West Bengal government had introduced a scheme called "

 

Friday, July 19, 2019SC seeks AG's help on plea over minority definition

New Delhi, July 19: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the assistance of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal in dealing with a plea challenging the validity of a 26-year-old notification declaring five communities as minority.

The order by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose came when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the law on th

 

Friday, July 19, 2019RTI amendment Bill introduced in LS

New Delhi, Jul 19: The RTI amendment Bill which proposes to give the Centre the power to set the tenure and salaries of state and central Information Commissioners, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Opposition parties including Trinamool Congress, Congress, NCP, BSP and DMK opposed the introduction of Bill and staged walk-out.

AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi demanded a division and t

 

Friday, July 19, 2019PM seeks inputs for I-Day speech; gets 850 in 2 hours

New Delhi, July 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday invited inputs for his Independence Day speech on August 15 -- and received over 850 suggestions within two hours.

The Prime Minister used his official Twitter handle to invite the inputs on a forum specially created on the NaMo app.

"I am delighted to invite you all to share your valuable inputs for my speech on 15th August. Let yo

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Centre's response sought on plea on green flag ban

New Delhi, July 19: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to file a response on a public suit seeking a ban on green flags with crescent and star which resembles those of the Pakistan Muslim League.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the government to file a reply within four weeks.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Shia Waqf Board chief Sye

 

Friday, July 19, 2019SC seeks attorney general's assistance in PIL seeking minority be defined on state-wise data

New Delhi, Jul 19: The Supreme Court Friday sought assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in dealing with a plea seeking that minority communities be defined on the basis of state-wise population data instead of national data.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took note of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi that the

 

Friday, July 19, 2019PM invites suggestions for his Independence Day speech

New Delhi, Jul 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday invited suggestions from people for his Independence Day speech, saying it will allow thoughts of the common man to be heard by the entire nation.

For the past four years, Modi has directly invited ideas and suggestions from people for his Independence Day speech which is made from the ramparts of Red Fort.

"I am delighted to invite you

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Not misusing power to save govt, says Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru, Jul 19: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday asserted he would not misuse power to save his government, as he spoke on the confidence motion moved by him in the Assembly to decide the fate of his ministry.

In his speech seeking the trust vote with Governor Vajubhai Vala asking him to prove his majority by 1.30 p.m Friday, Kumaraswamy charged that an atmosphere was create

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Sanitary napkins given to adolescent girls at subsidised rates

New Delhi, Jul 19: A pack of six sanitary napkins is being provided to adolescent girls at a cost of Rs 6 every month under a centrally-sponsored scheme, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Lok Sabha on Friday.

Vardhan said the government is supporting the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme, a component of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram, by providing funds to States and UTs which propose fo

 

Friday, July 19, 20193 CRPF constables injured when car hit their vehicle after jumping red light

New Delhi, Jul 19: Three CRPF constables were injured when their car was hit allegedly by another vehicle, being driven by a college student, that jumped a red light in south Delhi's Greater Kailash 1, police said Friday.

Vinod Kumar (36) and Babulal Yadav (38) have been discharged after treatment while their colleague, Narender (24), remains critical, they said.

The three work as constable

 

Friday, July 19, 2019Kashmir issue has no solution: Natwar Singh

New Delhi, July 19: Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh has said the Kashmir issue has no solution as the relation between India and Pakistan is "accident-prone".

Speaking at the launch of the book "Indo-Pak Relations: Beyond Pulwama and Balakot" by U.V. Singh here on Thursday, the former Union Minister said the future of both countries lies in the past as they carry lot of baggage,

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Agra men take Modi's 'pakoda' advice to heart

Agra July 18 (IANS) Three friends from the Taj city all in their 50s have taken Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suggestion about fritters to heart. They have opened a shop here to sell "Modi Pakodas".

They draw quite a crowd selling "moong daal pakodas", stuffed with chillies, potato, spinach. The big draw is of course the fritters shaped in Hindi as "Modi".

The shop has opened at the famous

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Kathua rape-murder case to be heard on priority: Punjab High Court

Chandigarh, July 18 (IANS) Recognising the gravity of the crime, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday heard on priority petitions of the victim's family and the six convicts in the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

The pleas -- one moved by the victim father's seeking death penalty for the heinous act and another by the six convicts chall

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019IT attaches property of Mayawati's brother, wife

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) In a major crackdown, the Income Tax Department has attached a benami commercial plot in Noida worth Rs 400 crore belonging to BSP chief Mayawati's brother Anand Kumar and his wife where a five-star hotel was supposed to come up.

The action comes ahead of the by-elections in 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh.

A senior IT official told IANS that the wealth of Anand

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019TMC's Dutta quits as Bidhannagar mayor, to decide next move

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator and Bidhannagar Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta on Thursday resigned from the civic body post, complaining lack of cooperation from the West Bengal government.

Dutta's announcement came a day after the Calcutta High Court quashed a notification by the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation's joint commissioner for convening a councillors' meeting t

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Pakistan reading from different Jadhav verdict: India

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) India on Thursday slammed Pakistan's claim of victory in the ICJ ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, saying it appeared that Islamabad was "reading from a completely different verdict".

To Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the Pakistani media claiming that the top UN court's ruling was a big win for Islamabad, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019HC adjourns Vadra's plea challenging PMLA

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday adjourned hearings in a plea filed by businessman Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora challenging certain sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The two also sought quashing of the ECIR (Enforcement Case Information Report) against them over which they are facing a probe.

A Division Bench of the court presided by Justic

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019BJP's Ishrat Jahan threatened after attending 'Hanuman Chalisa' event

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) West Bengal's Triple Talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan who joined BJP last year, on Thursday alleged harassment and life threats after she attended a Hindu religious event, police said.

Jahan had attended BJP's 'Hanuman Chalisa Paath' (a religious recital) event after which people of her community confronted her for attending the same event wearing a Hijab.

According to

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Karnataka Assembly adjourned over ruckus on floor test

Bengaluru, July 18 (IANS) The Karnataka Assembly was adjourned on Thursday for 30 minutes following a ruckus between the ruling Congress-JD-S and opposition BJP members on the delay in holding the floor test on the confidence motion Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy moved earlier in the day to prove his coalition government has majority in the House.

"I adjourn the House for 30 minutes due to di

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019SC adjourns ED plea against Saxena's foreign visit

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned till August an Enforcement Directorate plea opposing accused-turned-approver Rajeev Saxena's foreign visit and asked AIIMS to submit a report to verify if he needs treatment outside the country.

The order by Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha came after Saxena's counsel and senior advocate Geeta Luthra informed the court tha

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019BJP killing democracy in Tripura, says ex-CM Sarkar

Agartala, July 18 (IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had turned Tripura into the "killing field of democracy", alleged former Chief Minister and CPI-M leader Manik Sarkar, here on Thursday.

He was addressing a protest against the "violence and intimidation" in the ongoing panchayat polls.

"By intimidating and attacking opposition candidates and workers, the BJP has already won

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Bill for stringent punishment for child abuse tabled in RS

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Union Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday introduced a bill in the Rajya Sabha to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act that aims to make punishments more stringent and even include death penalty for offenders involved in sexual crimes against minors.

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for stringen

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Vote for Patkura Assembly seat in Odisha on July 20

Bhubaneswar, July 18 (IANS) Leaders of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are making serious efforts to reach out to voters in the Patkura Assembly constituency, elections to which was postponed due to death of a candidate.

It will go to polls on Saturday and the campaigning will end on Thursday. Voting in the seat in the Kendrapara district of Odisha

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Smriti aced aged look long before Bollywood found FaceApp

Mumbai, July 18: BJP leader Smriti Irani nailed the grey hair and wrinkled look way before Bollywood celebrities went gaga over the latest FaceApp fad of posting snapshots where they look old.

Smriti shared a throwback picture of herself, which appears to be from the sets of her iconic TV soap "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" and credited producer Ekta Kapoor for ageing her much before FaceApp

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019HC seeks report on damage to environment by Gupta family weddings

Dehradun, Jul 18: Uttarakhand High Court has sought a detailed report from the state government and the state pollution control board on the damage caused to the environment by the Gupta family weddings at the famous ski resort of Auli in Chamoli district.

The Gupta family weddings took place in Auli last month leaving behind hundreds of tonnes of garbage at the pristine resort, besides causin

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Railways await PMO nod for Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express

New Delhi, July 18: The Indian Railways is hopeful of getting the approval of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to run another Vande Bharat Express, this one between New Delhi and Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, senior railway officials said on Thursday.


An official told IANS on the condition of anonymity: "The proposal to run a second Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Katra is with the

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham flight to restore from Aug 15

Chandigarh, July 18: Union Minister Som Parkash on Thursday hailed the restoration of tri-weekly Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham Air India flight after Pakistan opened its airspace for civilian planes.

In a tweet, Parkash thanked Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for the flight restoration.

A day earlier, Puri announced that the tri-weekly Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham flight would be restor

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Punjab CM pays tributes to Nelson Mandela

Chandigarh, July 18: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday paid tributes to South Africa's first black President and freedom advocate Nelson Mandela on his birth anniversary.

"On this day, the world needs to come together to rededicate ourselves to the causes of equality, justice and freedom. I salute him for his sacrifice, vision and long-lasting impact on mankind," the Chief Mini

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019IB alerts on Bihar jailbreak, security tightened

Patna, July 18": Security has been tightened in and around the Beur Jail here that houses Patna terror blast accused and several Maoists among other inmates, after the Intelligence Bureau warned the Bihar Police that there might be plans of a jailbreak or even a bomb blast, police said on Thursday.

Security was strengthened inside and outside the jail following the IB alert. "We are not taking

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Chandrayaan-2 launch rescheduled for July 22

New Delhi, July 18: The Indian space agency on Thursday announced that the Chandrayaan-2 launch has been rescheduled for July 22, seven days after the ambitious launch by ISRO had to be aborted an hour before the lift off.

"Chandrayaan-2 launch, which was called off due to a technical snag on July 15, 2019, is now rescheduled at 2.43 p.m. IST on Monday, July 22, 2019," the Indian Space Researc

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019India asks Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav forthwith

New Delhi, July 18: A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence, India has asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer without any delay.

In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said Jadhav was innocent of the charges levelled against him.

"No forced confession that too without legal representation a

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Court-monitored mediation in Ayodhya issue till July 31: SC

New Delhi, July 18: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Ayodhya mediation panel to continue negotiations to develop a consensus between Hindu and Muslim parties on the temple dispute issue.

The apex court also urged the mediators to continue the court-monitiored process confidentially till July 31, as it would apparently enable the top court to pass further orders.

The report will be

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Rajasthan resident drowns in river Lidder at Pahalgam

Srinagar, Jul 18: A resident of Rajasthan drowned in river Lidder at Pahalgam in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, official sources said on Thursday.

The sources said that a 25-year-old Ashesh Kumar, son of Santosh Kumar, resident of Khairthal, Rajasthan was drowned while taking bath in river Lidder. However, those present in the area immediately jumped into the river but could not save him.

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Jaishankar meets Japanese envoys of South Asia

New Delhi, July 17: In a significant move highlighting the growing closeness between India and Japan, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar held a meeting with the Japanese envoys of five South Asian countries, including Pakistan.

The External Affairs Minister tweeted a picture of the meeting. "Pleasure to receive delegation of Japanese Ambassadors to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pa

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019Some delaying Ayodhya settlement process: VHP

New Delhi, July 18: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which has been in the forefront of the Ayodhya movement, feels that some parties to the dispute are indulging in delaying tactics and wants the Supreme Court to address this while speeding up the trial in the decades-old issue.

The outfit, which is an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), insists that it will accept no solution

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Rain turns Delhi weather pleasant, causes traffic jams

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Delhi woke up to a cool and pleasant morning on Wednesday as overnight rain brought the mercury levels down, providing much-needed relief to the people even as it threw the traffic out of gear due to water-logging.

Delhi received 21.6 mm rainfall since Tuesday evening, which led to water-logging in several parts of the city. It also led to traffic congestion on major

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Vinyl stickers on 218 train coaches to remember Kargil heroes

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) As a mark of tribute to the brave soldiers who participated in the 1999 Kargil war, the Indian Railways has decided to display special stickers commemorating the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas in over 218 train coaches.

A senior Railway Ministry official told IANS: "To commemorate the 20th year of the Kargil war, vinyl stickers depicting the bravery and sacrif

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Delayed police action blamed for Tabrez's death in Jharkhand

Ranchi, July 17 (IANS ) A three-member committee, headed by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), it its report has blamed the police advisory, delayed police action and lack of suitable medical treatment for death of Tabrez Ansari.

The report was submitted by the government to the Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday. The high court, while hearing a PIL, had sought the report on death of Ansari, ki

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019One held guilty in 2008 Scarlett murder case

Panaji, July 17 (IANS) Samson D'Souza, a beach shack worker, accused in the case of sexual assault and subsequent death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in 2008, was held guilty of all charges including her homicide by the Bombay High Court in Goa on Wednesday.

The other accused Placido Carvalho has been acquitted of all charges.

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Scindia leaves palace, interacts with party workers at Congress office

Gwalior, July 17 (IANS) Signalling a change in attitude, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia for the first time interacted with party workers at the Congress office here on Wednesday, and not in his palace.

According to sources, when in Gwalior, Scindia usually prefers meeting people and party leaders at his palace. However, during his two-day visit to the city that began on Wednesday,

 

Wednesday, July 17, 201910 killed, 24 injured in land dispute clash in UP

Sonbhadra (Uttar Pradesh), July 17 (IANS) Ten persons were killed and over 24 injured in clashes over a land dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district, officials said.

According to reports, the incident took place on Wednesday afternoon in Murtiya village in Ghorawal when a dispute arose over a land between the Gujjar and Gond communities.

The dispute soon took a violent turn and both t

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019TN poll panel seeks time to hold local elections

New Delhi, July 17: The Tamil Nadu Election Commission on Wednesday sought from the Supreme Court time till October 31 to hold local body elections and informed the court that it would issue notifications for that by last week of October.

After hearing the Tamil Nadu poll panel's submission, a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi disposed of the plea seeking direction to conduct local el

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019BJP expels Champion for 6 years over pistol dance

Dehradun, July 17: Uttarakhand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, suspended from the party for an indefinite period, was on Wednesday expelled from the party for six years, days after a video went viral showing him dancing with two pistols and a carbine, which raised safety and security concerns.

The BJP disciplinary committee in New Delhi took the expulsion

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Bihar floods: Situation improves as water level recedes

Patna, July 17: With the water level in major rivers receding, the situation in flood-hit Bihar showed signs of improvement on Wednesday.

"There is some improvement in the flood situation. The flood water that spread to large areas is receding, relief and rescue operations are underway for the affected people," an official of the state disaster management department said here.

So far, 33 pe

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Jadhav case: Pakistan ignored Vienna convention, bilateral treaty on consular access

New Delhi, July 17: In denying India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, Pakistan has not only violated the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, Islamabad has also ignored a 2008 bilateral agreement on consular access. Islamabad has also stubbornly refused to agree to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with India, or e

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Priyanka Gandhi joins #SareeTwitter, wants 'dinner date' with hubby

New Delhi, July 17: The #SareeTwitter trend that has been viral for the past couple of days got a huge boost on Wednesday after Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a throwback picture from her wedding day.

Tens of thousands of people liked the photograph within hours that showed Priyanka Gandhi draped in a pink Banarasi saree.

"Morning puja on the day of my wedding (22

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019UP BJP MLA says cows in shelters died natural deaths

Lucknow, July 17:: Even as the controversy over the deaths of cows in shelters in Uttar Pradesh rages on, BJP MLA from Barabanki Ajay Singh said that the cows had died natural deaths.

"Every animal has a life span. Cattle live up to 20 years and most of them have a life span of 12 to 13 years. Most of the cows in cow shelters have died a natural death," he told reporters on Wednesday.

About

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019SC says rebel MLAs can't be compelled to participate in trust vote

New Delhi, July 17: On the eve of trust vote in Karnataka Assembly, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that 15 Congress MLAs, who have tendered their resignations, cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the House.

The top court also said the Speaker is free to decide on the resignation of the MLAs as per the Constitution.

According to the order, MLAs are free to skip t

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested

Islamabad, Jul 17: In Pakistan, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police has arrested Hafiz Saeed from Lahore when he was on his way to Gujranwala.

The arrest comes a day after Pakistan opened its airspace and before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to the White House to help repair its relationship with the United States, said reports here.

The Imran Khan gov

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Why Shah Rukh saw 'The Lion King' 40 times

Mumbai, July 16: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he has seen "The Lion King" 40 times because of his children.

"We started watching 'The Lion King' when it came out. Obviously, we had three kids at different intervals. We would make pizzas or dosas or whatever the kids liked, and create a movie theatre atmosphere at home and watch Lion King," Shah Rukh said.

"I have seen it for 40 times at l

 

Wednesday, July 17, 20194 pilgrims injured as glacier collapses in Himachal

Shimla, July 17: Four pilgrims were critically injured when a portion of a glacier collapsed and hit them while they were on the Shrikhand Mahadev yatra, a rock Shiva lingam, in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, police said on Wednesday.

The landslide owing to heavy rains has blocked routes, forcing authorities to temporarily halt the pilgrimage that began on July 15.

"A rescue operation w

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Mumbai Police arrests Chota Shakeel aide Afroz Wadariya

Mumbai, July 17: In a major boost to investigation against underworld don Chota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim, the Mumbai Police has arrested Afroz Wadariya aka Ahmed Raza here, officials said.

Senior Mumbai Police officials told IANS that Wadariya, who was a close aide of Shakeel and used to handle the hawala transactions for them was arrested on Tuesday on the basis of a Look Out Circular notic

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Five injured in cylinder blast in Delhi

New Delhi, July 17: Five persons including a 5-year-old girl were injured on Wednesday after a cylinder exploded in west Delhi's Moti Nagar area, police said.

Fire officials said they received a call about the blast around 8.20 a.m.

"Six fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital. Three persons have been referred to Safdarjung Hospital," a fire offi

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019India's partition a 'miscarriage' of history: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, Jul 16: The Partition of India was a "miscarriage" of history and it would not have taken place if former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru hadn't intruded into his home minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel's domain, Union minister Jitendra Singh said Tuesday.

Singh, a minister in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), also said that the time has come to change the narrative and to raise quest

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Mumbai building crash toll climbs to 14, rescue operations on

Mumbai, July 17: The overnight death toll in Mumbai's house crash climbed to 14 with three more bodies extricated from the rubble of the four-storied residential building, officials of the BMC Disaster Control said here on Wednesday.

Another 23 persons have so far been rescued, many of them injured seriously, and rescue work is continuing as some people are still trapped under the debris.

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019Kulbhushan Jadhav case: 4th time ICJ to adjudicate on India vs Pakistan

New Delhi, July 17: The Kulbhushan Jadhav case is the fourth time the International Court of Justice would be adjudicating a case involving India and Pakistan. In the three previous cases, the ICJ has been careful in not passing judgments that could be seen as one-sided.

The last time the two countries approached the ICJ was in September 1999, when Pakistan approached the top UN court over the

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019BJP high command upset over Devprayag distillery

Dehradun, July 16 (IANS) The BJP high command is miffed over Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat's decision to permit a private distillery in the holy area of Devprayag where the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet to form the Ganga, top party sources said on Tuesday.

The high command is closely monitoring the developments in the state and the Chief Minister is under attack from

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Tiger kills, eats man in Corbett Reserve

Dehradun, July 16 (IANS) A man was killed by a tiger in Kalagarh area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand's Kumaon region, forest officials said on Tuesday.

Sohan Singh, a daily wager, was attacked and killed by the tiger on Monday evening and his half-eaten body was later recovered from the thick forests, where the tiger had dragged it.

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Jailed Saravana Bhavan owner can be sent to private hospital: Madras HC

Chennai, July 16 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Tuesday allowed Saravana Bhavan owner P. Rajagopal, who is undergoing a life term for murder, to be admitted in a private hospital.

Hearing a petition filed by Rajagopal's son R. Saravanan, the court allowed Rajagopal to be shifted from the government Stanley Hospital, where he was being treated in the prison ward, to a private hospital.

Raja

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Zakir, Sonal made Sangeet Natak Akademi fellows, 44 conferred 2018 awards

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and eminent classical dancers Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami (Sattriya) and K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai (Bharatanatyam) were conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi's prestigious fellowships on Tuesday. The Akademi also announced 44 recipients of its awards for the year 2018.

The names were chosen at the Akademi meeting held on June 26 at Guwahati

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019No proposal from Centre on atomic energy units: Punjab CM

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he was yet to receive any proposal from the Central government for establishment of atomic energy units at the Bathinda and Ropar power plants.

At the same time, the Chief Minister said he had never had any problems working with the Centre.

Cordial relations between the Central and state governments were importa

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019IAF can fight entire spectrum of warfare: Dhanoa

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) is prepared to fight the entire spectrum of warfare, be it an all-out war, a skirmish like the Kargil conflict or retaliation to a terrorist attack, Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a seminar to mark the 20th anniversary of Operation Safed Sagar, the air operation during the Kargil war, the IAF Chief said: "It was fo

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Bihar flood: 25 killed, over 2.5mn affected

Patna, July 16 (IANS) Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday confirmed 25 deaths due to flood in Bihar. The situation continues to remain grim with over 2.5 million people affected, officials said.

Nitish Kumar had carried out an aerial survey of the flood-affected Seemanchal and Koshi regions on Sunday and Monday. He told the Assembly on Tuesday that relief and rescue operations were underway

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Swatantra Dev Singh is new UP BJP chief

Lucknow, July 16 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Minister for Transport Swatantra Dev Singh has been appointed the Bharatiya Janata Party's state president, replacing Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.

Pandey, who was also earlier the deputy chief minister, was inducted in the Union Cabinet, necessitating a change of guard in the state.

Singh, 54, has been the OBC face of the party in the state and

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Rs 1,400 cr tourism projects approved for NE in 5 years

Agartala/New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Union Tourism Ministry had sanctioned Rs 1,400 crore projects in the eight northeastern states under the Swadesh Darshan scheme in the past five years, said Pratima Bhowmik, a Tripura MP, on Tuesday quoting Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel.

Replying to a question by Bhowmik in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the Tourism Minister said his Ministry had t

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Congress gave 70 flyovers in 15 years, AAP built 23 since 2015: Kejriwal

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday inaugurated a 2.7-km signal-free flyover on Rao Tula Ram Marg (RTR), which will ease traffic flow in South Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister claimed that his government had built 23 flyovers since 2015, while the Congress gave Delhi 70 flyovers in 15 years.

"In 15 years, Congress' Sheila Dikshit gov

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Developers can now build Hindi skills for Alexa in India

New Delhi, July 16: Amazon on Tuesday announced that developers can now start building Alexa skills for customers in India with the new Hindi voice model available in Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Developers would get a headstart and submit skills for certification as the company prepare to offer engaging experiences for Alexa users in one of the most spoken languages in the country, the company sai

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Toll system to continue, says Gadkari in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, July 16: Maintaining that people need to pay if they want good services, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said in the Lok Sabha that toll system would continue to mop up funds for building roads in the country.

"If you want good services, you have to pay for it. Government does not have money...," Gadkari said while replying to the members on the demands

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Indian airlines resume flights operations over Pakistan

New Delhi, July 16: Indian airlines on Tuesday resumed flight operations on normal routes to Europe and other west-bound destinations over the Pakistan airspace, after Islamabad removed access restrictions.

"After cancellation of NOTAMS by Pakistan and India in the early hours of Tuesday, there are no restrictions on airspaces of both countries, flights have started using the closed air route

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019AAP leaders meet Shah over Delhi's law and order situation

New Delhi, July 16: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Tuesday met Home Minister Amit Shah to raise the issue of the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the the national capital.

"We met the Home Minister today. We requested that a meeting of the Delhi Police Commissioner, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Home Minister along with his officials be held to review the overall situation

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Google's 'Internet Saathis' now cover 2.6 lakh Indian villages

New Delhi, July 16: Google Indias ‘Internet Saathi programme aimed to empower rural women how to use the Internet has now added two more states -- Punjab and Odisha -- thus reaching 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states, the company announced on Tuesday.

Launched as a pilot project in 2015 along with Tata Trusts, ‘Internet Saathi' programme focuses on educating women how to use the Internet, who the

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Rahul asks Congress workers to help flood victims

New Delhi, July 16: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday raised concern over the flood situations in several states and asked his party workers to help people in those areas.

"Flood situations in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram have gobe out of control. Lives have been badly affected. I appeal the Congress workers in these states to immediately join in the relief and rescue

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Amitabh mocks ICC's boundary rule after England WC win

New Delhi, July 16: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is the latest to join the list of people criticising the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the "boundary rule" which helped England win their first men's World Cup.

On Sunday, two dramatic run-outs in the final over of England's innings took the game into a Super Over with the scores tied on 241 after the end of 50 overs against New

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019PM upset with 'truant' ministers

New Delhi, July 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on his ministers who were absent from Parliament duty on Tuesday and asked the party leaders to prepare a list of absentees by the evening.

Sources said that at BJP's weekly parliamentary party meeting, Modi asked for a list of ministers who skipped their parliament duty despite being on the roster.

They also said that the

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019PM Modi bows in reverence to Gurus on the occasion of Guru Purnima

New Delhi, Jul 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered his warm regards to the teachers, Gurus and guides on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

"On the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, we bow in reverence to all our Gurus who have played an important role in inspiring, moulding and shaping our society," Prime Minister said in a tweet. 'Guru Purnima' is a spiritual tradition in Hindu reli

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Over 2.5 million affected due to floods in Bihar

Patna, July 16: The flood situation in Bihar continued to remain grim on Tuesday with over 2.5 million people affected by it across the 12 districts of the state, officials said.

In the last 24 hours, all the major rivers were flowing above the danger level, leading to embankment breaches.

There were reports of fresh floods in three new districts of Saharsa, Katihar and Purnea.

Dozens

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Pak opens its air space, India says its "Islamabad's decision"

New Delhi, Jul 16: Pakistan has decided to open its airspace for 'all type of civili traffic' with immediate effect making a sort of climbdown from its July 12 stance that it would not do so until India withdraws all its fighter planes from the Indo-Pak border.

Pakistan's aviation authority on Tuesday lifted its ban on all civilian flights following months of restrictions which were imposed af

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Delhi Police arrests JeM terrorist from Srinagar

New Delhi, July 16: The Delhi Police have arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist from Srinagar, it said on Tuesday.

The terrorist has been identified as Basir Ahmad Ponnu, carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh, said Sanjeev Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special cell.

Ahmad along with three other JeM terrorists -- Shahid Gafoor, Fayaz Ahmed Lone, Abdul Majid Baba -- were apprehended by

 

Monday, July 15, 2019Repealing POTA was a mistake, says Amit Shah

New Delhi, July 15: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that will also allow the probe agency to probe terror cases targeting Indians and Indian assets abroad.

A total of 278 members favoured for passage of the bill while six opposed it.

The bill would now go to the Rajya Sabha before being sent to the President for his approval.

The Lo

 

Monday, July 15, 2019Sensex opens above 39K, Infosys up 5.85%

Mumbai, July 15: Sensex opened above the 39,000 mark on Monday, advancing on the back of gain made by IT major Infosys over its strong quarterly earnings.

Infosys was the top gainer during the early trade, with over 5 per cent gain as the benchmark index, Sensex, at 10.12 a.m. was trading 106.62 points higher at 38,842.85.

The Sensex opened over 250 points higher on Monday after one of the

 

Monday, July 15, 2019Modi calls Assam CM, takes stock of flood situation

Guwahati, July 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the ongoing flood situation in the state, which have killed nine people and have affected over 26 lakh others.

Sonowal spoke to the Prime Minister on the phone and appraised him of the steps taken by the state government to help the affected people across 28 districts of A

 

Monday, July 15, 2019CBI arrests 7 in NPCC bribery case

New Delhi, July 15: The CBI on Monday arrested seven persons, including public servants, for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 25 lakh for processing and passing of bills pertaining to the contracts awarded by National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC) Limited.

Searches have also been conducted at the premises of the accused in Delhi, Silchar, Jalpaiguri, Guwahati and Gwalior which led

 

Monday, July 15, 2019BL Santosh appointed BJP Gen Secretary Organisation

NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah Sunday elevated party's joint general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh as its general secretary (organisation), a day after incumbent Ramlal was moved back to the RSS after holding the post for over 13 years.

Ramlal was moved back to the party's parent organisation on Saturday. The General Secretary's post is considered to be the second most powerful posi

 

Monday, July 15, 2019Solan building collapse: Death toll rises to 12

Solan, Jul 15: Twelve, including 11 Army jawan were killed while one is still missing after a building collapsed amid heavy rain, here in Himachal Pradesh, officials said on Monday.

"With the retrieving of four more bodies of Army jawan, the death toll in Sunday’s building collapsed rose to 12," official said.

State Government released the figure of the death toll after overnight rescue a

 

Monday, July 15, 2019Kalraj Mishra new Governor of Himachal

New Delhi, Jul 15: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday appointed Kalraj Mishra new Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

Besides, incumbent Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat was transferred and appointed the Governor of Gujarat.

The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, a communiqué from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said here.

 

Monday, July 15, 2019There must be discipline, Sidhu can not refuse portfolio: Amarinder

New Delhi, July 15: Navjot Singh Sidhu cannot pick and choose ministries as generals cannot refuse work given to them, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday speaking about the resignation row hitting his government.

Saying he has not seen the content of Sidhu's resignation letter, the Chief Minister said that "there should be some discipline".

Amarinder Singh, who called on

 

Monday, July 15, 2019Babri Masjid demolition: Special Judge moves SC seeking more time to complete trial

New Delhi, July 15; A special judge hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and others, on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking six months more time to complete the trial in the case.

The special judge hearing the case is going to retire on September 30, 2019.

Asking the Uttar Pradesh government to suggest a way how his tenure could be ext

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Sidhu resigns as Punjab minister, sends it to Congress chief

Chandigarh, July 14 (IANS) The rift between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu deepened on Sunday, when the latter resigned as Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources, the portfolios he had not taken charge of.

"I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet," Sidhu said in a hand-written letter posted on Twitter. "My letter

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Odisha registers 31% decline in lightning deaths

Bhubaneswar, July 14 (IANS) The number of human casualties due to lightning strikes in Odisha has declined by over 31 per cent due to use of early warning communication system.

Lightning deaths in the state declined to 320 in 2018-19 from 465 recorded in 2017-18, said the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office in a statement on Sunday. As many as 401 lightning deaths were reported in 2015-

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Academy President John Bailey to attend this year's IFFI

New Delhi/Panaji, July 14 (IANS) American cinematographer and film director John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, has confirmed his participation for this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa from November 20-28, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday.

Addressing the media after the firs

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Man arrested for cheating ATM users in Delhi

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The Delhi Police have arrested a fraudster who allegedly targeted less educated people in the suburbs and cloned their ATM (automated teller machine) cards to withdraw money.

Arrested on July 7, accused Esha Khan was remanded to judicial custody on Saturday. Accused in three similar cases, Khan was earlier arrested in Sangam Vihar in 2018, the police said.

Khan, a

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Goa Forward withdraws support to BJP-led government

Panaji, July 14 (IANS) A day after three of their Ministers were sacked from the Pramod Sawant-led Goa cabinet, regional party Goa Forward on Sunday formally withdrew support to the BJP-led coalition government.

In a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha on Sunday, Goa Forward president and now former Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai said: "Political affairs committee and the legislature party

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Chandrababu will go to jail for corruption: BJP

Vijayawada, July 14 (IANS) Sunil Deodhar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Secretary and co-incharge of Andhra Pradesh, here on Sunday said former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu would go to jail for corruption in two years.

Alleging large-scale corruption during the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rule, he said Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy should send files to the Centre for probe

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019President Kovind offers prayers at Tirumala temple

Tirupati, July 14 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind offered prayers at temple of Lord Venkateswara atop Tirumala on Sunday. Accompanied by wife Savita Kovind and daughter Swati, the President had the 'darshan' at the famous hill shrine.

Kovind, on a two-day visit to Tirumala, followed the temple tradition by first offering prayers at Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy temple and later the Tirumala temple.

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Befitting tribute planned for soldiers who took part in Kargil War

Srinagar, July 14 (IANS) As a befitting tribute to the determination, bravery, courage and daring mettle of the Indian Army, grand celebrations have been planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kargil War.

The celebrations will span three days from July 25 to 27 as the end of 'Operation Vijay' was declared on July 27, 1999.

The three-month-long Kargil war was declared over by the Ind

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019Countdown for Chandrayaan-2 lift-off progressing smoothly

Chennai, July 14 (IANS) The 20-hour countdown for the July 15 early morning lift-off of India's heavy rocket nicknamed 'Bahubali' carrying the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is progressing smoothly, Indian space agency officials said.

"The countdown began at 6.51 a.m. on Sunday," K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told IANS.

Standing at about 44 metre tall, the 640-ton