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Saturday, March 23, 2019Palaniswami pledged AIADMK with BJP: Stalin

Chennai, March 23 (IANS) DMK President M.K. Stalin on Saturday said Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has pledged his party AIADMK to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to escape corruption complaints.

Addressing a rally at Harur in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, Stalin said Palaniswami has pledged AIAMDK to BJP President Amit Shah and the pledge cannot be redeemed.

Stalin said Palaniswam

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Yogi to kick off BJP's UP campaign on Sunday

Lucknow, March 23 (IANS) With less than 20 days to go for the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to kick off its poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

The party has also planned about 40 public meetings across the state on March 26.

A senior BJP leader told IANS that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath will launch the party's poll campaign in the state

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul joins BJP in Bengal

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Well-known fashion designer Agnimitra Paul joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Saturday.

Paul, who has designed clothes for a number of Bollywood films such as "Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche" and "Via Darjeeling", entered the BJP during a party programme held at the National Library auditorium.

State BJP President Dilip Ghosh welcomed her to the party by presen

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Mamata regime one-person show, did nothing: Rahul

Chanchal (West Bengal), March 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of running the entire state according to her whims.

"Bengal is being run by just one person. She neither talks to anyone nor takes anybody's suggestion. She does whatever she feels like," Gandhi said while addressing a rally

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Deve Gowda to contest from Karnataka's Tumkur

Bengaluru, March 23 (IANS) Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda will contest from the Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency in south Karnataka, a party official said on Saturday.

"Deve Gowda will file his nomination on March 25 at the deputy commissioner's office at Tumkur as a joint candidate of the JD-S-Congress alliance," said JD-S spokesman Ramesh Babu in a s

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019P.J. Kurien slams reports of joining BJP in Kerala

Pathanamthitta (Kerala) March 23 (IANS) Former Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha and veteran Congress leader P.J.Kurien on Saturday expressed anguish at the widespread speculation in the media circles and in the social media that he is all set to join the BJP, which he has dismissed as rubbish and baseless.

"When I was the deputy chairperson, the present government had given me huge offers

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019BJP releases 4th list, Muslim woman fielded in Bengal

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released its fourth list of candidates for 11 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Muslim woman, Mahfuza Khatun, has also been given the ticket by the saffron party from West Bengal's Jangipur. Mahfuza, who left the Communist Party of India to join the BJP recently, is the first Muslim candi

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Mayawati calls Modi greeting Pakistan PM cheating

Lucknow, March 23 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's greeting to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the occasion of their National Day as "cheating" and accused him of double speak for votes.

"On one hand, for vote bank politics several statements were made against Pakistan and strict public stand was taken. But on the other hand

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Chaos at Rahul Gandhi rally in Bengal, no one hurt

Chanchal (West Bengal), March 23 (IANS) It was complete chaos at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's rally in West Bengal's Malda district on Saturday as a massive crowd had gathered at the venue to hear him, a Congress leader said.

A number of senior Congress leaders, including party's Bengal unit President Somen Mitra and Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, were present on the dais along with Gandhi.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Modi is rich men's chowkidar: Rahul Gandhi

Patna, March 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday saying he is the chowkidar of "rich-men" and he only protects and cares for the rich.

Addressing a rally to launch the election campaign in Bihar's Purnea district, Gandhi said: "Modi has been doing chowkidari of Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya and Mehul Choksi. He is not a chowkidar for poor peopl

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019BJP releases 4th list, Muslim woman fielded in Bengal

New Delhi, March 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released its fourth list of candidates for 11 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Muslim woman, Mahfuza Khatun, has also been given the ticket by the saffron party from West Bengal's Jangipur. Mahfuza, who left the Communist Party of India to join the BJP recently, is the first Muslim candidate

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019To make India Tuberculosis-free achievable, says President

New Delhi, Mar 23 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday urged all stakeholders to come together to achieve a tuberculosis-free India by 2025.
The theme of World Tuberculosis Day this year is “It’s Time”.

Consistent with the spirit of this theme, India has renewed its commitments and intentions to end Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global targets, Mr Kovind observed.

In a

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Will continue fighting for our martyrs' thoughts and principles: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Mar 23: Remembering Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their death anniversary, observed as Martyrs' Day or Shaheed Diwas, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that his party will continue fighting for their thoughts and principles.

In a tweet, the Congress president said, "Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru are not only the names, its an inspiration that is running in

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to be next Indian Navy chief

New Delhi, Mar 23 : Eastern Naval command Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will be the next chief of Indian Naval Staff.
He will be replacing current Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba as he retires on May 31.

In a tweet, the ministry of defence said, "Government appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command as the next ch

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Congress names 34 more candidates for LS polls

New Delhi, March 23: The Congress on Saturday declared 34 more candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, fielding Uttar Pradesh unit chief Raj Babbar from Fatehpur Sikri, whose candidature was earlier announced from Moradabad.

The party has also fielded former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhary from Khammam parliamentary constituency in Telangana while the son of veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, V

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019BJP drops four Maharashtra MPs in second list

Mumbai, March 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has dropped four sitting MPs from Maharashtra while announcing the second list of six nominees for the Lok Sabha elections here on Saturday morning.

The candidates are: Maharashtra Minister Girish Bapat (Pune), Bharati Pawar (Dindori), Smita U. Wagh (Jalgaon), Kanchan R. Kul (Baramati) and Jaysidhesvar Swami (Solapur) and Pratap Patil Chikkali

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019China has to think what signal it's sending with Azhar hold: India's former top diplomat Jaishankar

New York, Mar 23: India's former foreign secretary S Jaishankar has said China has to think what signal it is sending to the world by putting a technical hold in the UN on a proposal to list Pakistan-based terror group JeM's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

China last week blocked for the fourth consecutive time a resolution at the UN Security Council Committee on designating Azhar as

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Shah Rukh Khan Blames Karan Johar's 'Fat Fingers' In LOL Tweet After #ShameOnKaranJohar Trends

NEW DELHI: Shah Rukh Khan jumped to Karan Johar's defense after the filmmaker found himself at the receiving end of brutal trolling on Twitter after he appeared to 'like' a tweet comparing Kesari and Zero's collection figures recently. Shah Rukh's tweet was not without his signature sense of humour and said: "I hate clarifications on social media. Karan Johar is technologically challenged but ha

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Martyrs' Day: PM Modi Pays Tribute To Bhagat Singh, Rajguru And Sukhdev

March 23: NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their death anniversary, observed as Martyrs' Day or Shaheed Diwas. The story of their sacrifice for the nation will continue to inspire generations, he said in a tweet.

"I bow to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their martyrdom day. The tale of their courage and valour will

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Lohia's 'followers' betraying his principles: Modi

New Delhi, March 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the political parties claiming to be the followers of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia of betraying his principles and were desperate to form an opportunistic adulteration alliance with the Congress.

"Dr. Lohia always believed that dynastic politics was inimical to democracy. He would have been flabbergasted to see his 'f

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019PM greets Smriti Irani on her birthday

New Delhi, Mar 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani on her birthday and wished her all the best for Lok Sabha election in Amethi.

' Greetings to @smritiirani Ji on her birthday. She has made valuable contributions towards strengthening the BJP and in the working of key sectors of the Government. I pray for her long life and good healt

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019President administers oath of office to Justice PC Ghose as first Lokpal

New Delhi, March 23: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Chairperson of Lokpal at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Ghose will be India’s first Lokpal, an anti-corruption ombudsman.

The Lokpal Act was passed by Parliament in 2013 for setting up a Lokpal at the Centre and L

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Cong releases 7th list of 35 candidates for LS polls

New Delhi, Mar 23: Congress party late night on Friday released its seventh list of 35 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, including names of Dr Karan Singh's son Vikramaditya Singh from Udhampur, UPCC Chief Raj Babbar from Fatehpur Sikri and senior party leader Renuka Chowdhary from Khammam in Telangana.

The list cleared by the Central election committee of the congress and relea

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Sushma Swaraj determined not to contest Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi, Mar 23: The election to Vidisha parliamentary seat along with a few others in Madhya Pradesh could turn more exciting in the coming days.

Finally, it seems the BJP leadership is reconciled to the idea that ace parliamentarian and former Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj - also the incumbent External Affairs Minister - will not contest from the seat.

The issue r

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Pleasant Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 23: It was a pleasant Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the weather office said.

"The sky will remain mainly clear with strong surface winds during the day," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The maximum temperature would be around 31 degrees Cels

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019BJP declares 36 candidates, Patra to contest from Puri

New Delhi, March 23: The BJP on Saturday declared names of 36 candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls with the party deciding to field its spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri parliamentary constituency in Odisha.

The list was declared after a marathon meeting of the Central Election Committee presided over by BJP chief Amit Shah and attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019Two killed in Jammu and Kashmir landslide

Jammu, March 23: Two people were killed on Saturday in a landslide in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, police said.

The massive landslide hit a truck on Thathri road in Gandoh area, killing both the driver and the helper on the spot.

"Locals rushed to the spot immediately, but could not save the victims," the police added.

 

Friday, March 22, 2019TDP candidate comes in ambulance to file nomination

Amaravati, March 22 (IANS) A candidate of Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), who was injured in a scuffle last week, came in an ambulance to file his nomination papers on Friday.

Thikka Reddy, TDP candidate from Mantralayam Assembly constituency in Kurnool district, reached the office of the Returning Officer in an ambulance. He was taken inside the building on a stretcher to en

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Samajwadi Party replaces Ghaziabad LS candidate

Lucknow, March 22 (IANS) A day after the BJP announced the candidature of Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh from Ghaziabad, the Samajwadi Party on Friday replaced its previously announced candidate Surendra Kumar 'Munni' with Suresh Bansal.

The party took to Twitter to share the news of changing it's candidate for the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat.

In a statement, the party said:

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Sterling Biotech case: Hitesh Patel held in Albania

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Fugitive businessman Hitesh Narender Bhai Patel, an accused in the Rs 8,100 crore alleged bank loan fraud by the Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group, has been detained in Albania and is expected to be extradited to India soon, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Friday.

Patel, wanted by the ED, was detained by law enforcement officials of Albania in the capital

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Jagan files nomination from Pulivendula

Amaravati, March 22 (IANS) YSR Congress Party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday filed nomination from Pulivendula constituency for next month's elections to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

Accompanied by party leaders, the Leader of Opposition filed his papers before the Returning Officer in Pulivendula town in Kadapa district.

Before submitting his nomination papers, Jagan attended an all

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Grand Alliance announces seat sharing in Bihar

Patna, March 22 (IANS) The Grand Alliance on Friday announced a seat sharing pact in Bihar under which the RJD will contest 20 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress 9 while smaller parties will be in contention in the remaining constituencies.

The announcement was made at a press conference here.

According to the agreement, the RLSP will put up candidates in 5 seats, HAM and VIP in 3

 

Friday, March 22, 2019HC seeks EaseMyTrip response on MakeMyTrip plea

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has asked EaseMyTrip (EMT) to file a response to a MakeMyTrip (MMT) plea alleging that EaseMyTrip has bought ad-word from Google for a keyword 'makemytrip' on its search engine.

Justice Manmohan sought a response from EaseMyTrip. EMT has been accused of trademark violation.

MMT has accused EaseMyTrip of bidding for "makemytrip" ad-word with Go

 

Friday, March 22, 2019JeM terrorist Sajjad Khan remanded to NIA custody

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) A Delhi court on Friday send Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Sajjad Khan, arrested near Red Fort earlier, to NIA custody till March 29.

Khan is believed to be a close associate of the Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmed Khan.

During the in-chamber proceedings Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal allowed the anti-terror agency to quiz him in the case.

Th

 

Friday, March 22, 2019BJP drops two union ministers in first LS list

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has denied tickets to two Union Ministers Krishna Raj and Vishnu Deo Sai in the first list it has released of 184 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Krishna Raj, who had won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, has been replaced by Arun Sagar a

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Congress and BJP are one and the same: Vijayan

Kannur (Kerala), March 22 (IANS) The Congress and the BJP are one and the same and follow the same policies, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Friday.

Vijayan said this while speaking on the 42nd death anniversary of legendary Communist leader A.K. Gopalan, who was the first Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

"People voted for the BJP-led NDA government in 2014 after b

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Karnataka Minister Shivalli dies of cardiac arrest

Bengaluru, March 22 (IANS) Karnataka's Municipal Administration Minister and Congress leader C.S. Shivalli passed away on Friday at a hospital in Hubballi due to cardiac arrest, a doctor said. He was 57.

"He was brought to the hospital on Friday and passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest," a doctor at the private hospital said.

Shivalli represented the Kundgol constituency in Dharwad d

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Modi leads BJP attack on rivals over Pulwama attack, IAF strike

New Delhi, Mar 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday led a fresh BJP offensive on rival parties over the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent IAF strike inside Pakistan, terming the Opposition "the natural habitat of terror apologists" and accusing them of "insulting" armed forces.

Using the hashtag 'Janta Maaf Nahi Karegi' (people will not forgive) in a tweet, Modi attacked Sam Pitroda

 

Friday, March 22, 2019ED slaps Rs 14.40 lakh penalty, confiscates RS 6.8 lakh in FEMA case against Geelani

New Delhi, Mar 22: The Enforcement Directorate has levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh and ordered confiscation of nearly Rs 6.8 lakh in connection with a FEMA case against Jammu and Kashmir-based separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, officials said Friday.

The case pertains to Geelani in illegal possession of foreign exchange, a case which was being investigated by the ED under the Foreign Exchang

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Kesari is the best war film India has produced

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Film: "Kesari"; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra; Director: Anurag Singh; Rating: *****(5 stars)

21 soldiers holding off thousands of invaders… Sounds very filmy, no? But here is the thing. Life's lessons learnt from history prove that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. And why just stranger? Truth is far more stimulating and enriching too. Kesari proves it. Digging out a little kn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019BJP must stop pretending to be Indian Army: Akhilesh

Lucknow, March 22: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday told the Modi government not to pretend to be the Indian Army and said that governments which say they can't be questioned are dangerous.

"The sacrifices of our armed forces should never be questioned. To ask questions to politicians in a democracy is our fundamental right. This government needs to stop pretending to be the Indi

 

Friday, March 22, 2019JeM militant arrested in Delhi

New Delhi, Mar 22: A Jaish-e-Mohammed militant has been arrested from Lajpat Rai area of the National Capital, official sources said on Friday.

The arrest was made by special cell of Delhi police late Thursday night.

The militant, identified as Sajjad Khan (27), hails from Pulwama and was wanted in a NIA case and under the Unlawful activities Prevention Act.

Sajjad is an associate of M

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Intense battle of ballots on cards in Amethi this elections

Amethi, Mar 22: An intense battle of ballots, round two, is on the cards in Amethi, when Congress president Rahul Gandhi would take on Union textile minister Smriti Irani in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, in the changed scenario than 2014.

Ms Irani had unsuccessfully contested against Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and had lost by around one lakh votes, but was seen to have put up a spirite

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Gautam Gambhir joins BJP: Calls saffron party a 'fabulous platform' to serve India

New Delhi, Mar 22: Former cricket star and left-handed opening legend Gautam Gambhir on Friday joined BJP in presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Welcoming him into the party fold, Mr Jaitley said Mr Gambhir's decision reflects the kind of expansion the saffron party has undergone in recent years.

"The BJP will be a fabulous platform to work

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Opposition habitat of terror apologists: Modi

New Delhi, March 22: In a sharp attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the opposition of insulting defence forces and being the "natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners" of the country's armed forces.

His statement came in response to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's chief advisor Sam Pitroda's remarks referring to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that such i

 

Friday, March 22, 2019PM pushes hashtag 'Janta Maaf Nahi Karegi' : Flays Sam Pitroda remarks

New Delhi, Mar 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lashed out at Congress for what he said 'kick starting' the Pakistan National Day celebrations for questioning Balakot anti-terror aerial strike yet again and called it a 'shame'.

"The most trusted advisor and guide of the Congress President has kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of ironically by demeaning In

 

Friday, March 22, 2019BJP releases first list of 184 LS candidates; Modi to contest from Varanasi, Shah from Gandhinagar

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi, the seat he represents in Parliament, and BJP president Amit Shah will fight from Gandhinagar in place of veteran leader L K Advani as the party Thursday announced its first list of 184 candidates for the general election.

BJP heavyweights such as Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highw

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Hema Malini to contest again from Mathura LS seat

Agra/Mathura, March 22: Popular actor and Mathura MP Hema Malini, who has been busy since morning participating in Holi celebrations in Lord Krishna's land, was Thursday against fielded by her BJP from the seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

However, in the first list of Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha candidates, there were surprises in store as both sitting MPs from Agra have been repl

 

Friday, March 22, 2019Delhi Police officer stabbed on Holi, three held

New Delhi, March 22: Three youths were arrested on Thursday for stabbing a Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police after a fight when he told them not to spray color on his car, a police officer said.

Police said information was received from Balaji hospital in west Delhi's Rajouri Garden that Amit Kumar, posted at the Nihal Vihar Police Station, was admitted in the emergency ward with stab wounds.

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Friday, March 22, 2019Union Minister, first-time candidates in BJP's J&K list

Srinagar, March 22: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday re-nominated both its sitting MPs from the Jammu region while fielding three first-time candidates from the Kashmir Valley.

The party's first list of 184 candidates, released in Delhi by senior BJP leader J.P. Nadda, includes Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma who will be seeking re-election from Udhampur and Jammu

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Scientists develop robotic swarm for medical use

New York, March 21 : Chinese scientists have developed a robotic system inspired by a colony of ants that can collectively achieve complex tasks like gathering large prey.

The study, published in the journal Science Robotics, described the nanorobots fleet that has demonstrated the potential for in-body diagnosis and treatment at the cellular or even molecular level.

A single robot is two m

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Facebook brings quoted message replies to Messenger

San Francisco, March 21: To help people not lose the threads of conversations on Messenger, Facebook has introduced the quoted message reply feature on its messaging platform, the media reported.

The feature works just like it does on WhatsApp. So with the rollout of the feature, the 1.3 billion users of Messenger would be able to quote a message to which they want to send a reply, VentureBeat

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Saudia told to compensate passenger for flight delay

Jeddah, March 21 : A court has ordered Saudi Arabian Airlines or Saudia to compensate a passenger and his family with about $16,430 because their flight from Jeddah to New York was delayed by 21 hours.

The Court of Appeals in Riyadh upheld a ruling issued by the Administrative Court and said that the airline had also changed the seat numbers of the passengers on the return flight, the Saudi Ga

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Bengal leaders participate in riot of colours

Kolkata, March 21 :It was a riot of colours for different political leaders and a great opportunity to reach out to the people ahead of the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday as West Bengal celebrated Holi -- or "Dol Jatra" as it is called in this part of the country.
Political faces celebrated the day with traditional fervour through songs, dances, and prayers.
If Trinamool Congress' Birbhum candidat

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Festival of colours celebrated with religious ardour, Prez, Vice Prez, PM greet people on occasion

New Delhi, Mar 21 : Holi, the festival of colours is being celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm across the length and breadth of the country on Thursday.
On the occasion of the Holi festival, which signifies the onset of spring and marks the end of winter, people with smeared faces and caught in a festive mood, thronged various places since morning, applying colours at each other and

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Aishwarya Pissay set for Portuguese round of FIM Bajas World Cup

Bengaluru, Mar 21 : India’s Aishwarya Pissay will resume her campaign in the FIM Bajas World Cup, here tomorrow when the Baja do Pinhal gets underway with a ceremonial start followed by a Prologue run of 9.57 Kms.
Information reaching here, Pissay, looking ahead to the Portuguese Baja which also doubles up as the second round of the World Cup.
The 23-year old Aishwarya said: "The Portugal rally

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Rajnath, Kejriwal, Mamata not celebrated Holi

New Delhi, Mar 21 “ In the wake of the Pulwama attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF men, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee and MoS External Affairs VK Singh did not celebrate the festival of colours on Thursday as a mark of respect to the martyrs.
However, the Union Home Minister did extend Holi greetings to the people of

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Not contesting election nor campaigning for any political party: Salman

New Delhi, Mar 21 : Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan on Thursday said he is not contesting Lok Sabha election.
In a post on social media, Salman said, ''Contrary to the rumors I am not contesting elections nor campaigning for any political party.''
The tweet came after reports that Madhya Pradesh Congress has been trying to rope in Salman Khan to campaign for them in Indore.
Earlier on Thursda

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Curfew-like restrictions lifted from SeK, downtown Srinagar

Srinagar, Mar 21: Curfew-like restrictions imposed in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown Srinagar following a day-long strike called by separatists against the custodial death of a principal of a local private school were lifted on Thursday.

A police official told TNN that restrictions imposed in any part of Srinagar city on Wednesday have been lifted. "Security forces deployed in strength acros

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Barring parts of Pulwama, life returns to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 21: Life returned to normal on Thursday in Kashmir valley after remaining crippled due to a day-long strike called by separatists against the custodial death of a private school principal Rizwan Asad Pandit on March 19.
Curfew-like restrictions imposed in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown Srinagar for security reasons on Wednesday was also lifted on Thursday.

However, business an

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019NC protests in Srinagar against custodial death of school principal

Srinagar, Mar 21 : National Conference (NC) on Thursday took out a protest rally in the summer capital, Srinagar, against the custodial death of a private school Principal Rizwan Asad Pandit on March 19.
Senior NC leaders Ali Muhammad Sagar, Nasir Sogami and Mubarak Gulled the protest rally from the party headquarters at Nawa-e-Subh in Srinagar.
Holding placards and shouting anti-BJP slogans, t

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019IUST postpones all semester exams on Friday

Srinagar, Mar 21 : The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) has postponed all semester examinations which are scheduled to be held on Friday.
The IUST had postponed semester examinations on March 19, when the principal of a local school, Rizwan Asad Pandit died in the custody of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police at Aircargo camp in Srinagar. Rizwan was a Ch

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019PM, Rahul greet people on Navroz

New Delhi, Mar 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday greeted people on the occasion of Navroz.
In a message, the PM said, 'Navroz Mubarak! Praying for a year filled with peace and prosperity.
May everyone be happy and be blessed with good health.'
Greeting people on the occasion, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said,' My best wishes, on the auspicious

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Festival of Holi celebrated with fervour in UP

Lucknow, Mar 21: Festival of color, Holi, is being celebrated in Uttar Pradesh with traditional fervor and gaiety.
Children and elders sprayed color and gulal on each other and later offered sweets and special prepared gujiyas and paper. With wishing, 'Happy Holi' people embraced each other to convey their best wishes.
The festival is being celebrated in a peaceful manner and there is no incide

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Festival of colours celebrated with religious ardour, Prez, Vice Prez, PM greet people on occasion

New Delhi, Mar 21 : Holi, the festival of colors is being celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm across the length and breadth of the country on Thursday.
On the occasion of the Holi festival, which signifies the onset of spring and marks the end of winter, people with smeared faces and caught in a festive mood, thronged various places since morning, applying colors at each other and pa

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Army jawan martyed in Pak firing at LoC

Jammu, Mar 21: An Army Jawan attained martyrdom in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control in Sunderbani Sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Pakistan this morning fired unprovoked on the LoC with mortar shelling and small-arms firing in Pallanwala, Jogwan and Keri areas targetting forward Indian positions," defense spokesman here said.
He said that an Army Jawan deployed at a f

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Happy Holi 2019: Google Celebrates Holi With Colourful Doodle

NEW DELHI/21/19: Google on Thursday marked the festival of Holi with a colorful doodle showcasing festivities and splashing of colors.
Also known as the festival of colors, Holi marks the end of winter and beginning of spring season. While it is predominantly celebrated in India and Nepal, the festival, these days, is widely celebrated in other Asian and Western countries owing to the presence o

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Congress slams verdict of Samjhauta blasts case

New Delhi, Mar 21: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday slammed the verdict of the Samjhauta Express Bomb Blast case in which all the accused were acquitted.

In a post on social media, Sibal said, 'Samjhauta Express Bomb Blast- 68 killed, NIA charged 8 accused, Verdict: No one knows who killed the 68 victims. Must be a proud day for our criminal justice system !'

All four accused in the

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Police officer among three injured in grenade attack in Sopore

Police officer among three injured in grenade attack in Sopore
Srinagar, Mar 21: Three policemen, including an officer, were injured in a grenade attack by militants in apple township of Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla on Thursday.

Official sources said that militants lobbed a grenade at a police party at village Warpora in Sopore, where a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019One-way traffic resumes on Kashmir highway; Leh, Mughal roads remain shut

Srinagar, Mar 21: One-way traffic was resumed on the national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with rest of the country and traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, fresh snowfall was received on the Srinagar-Leh national highway and historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019Security forces launch CASO in Sopore

Baramulla, Mar 21: Security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Sopore in north Kashmir district in the wee hours of Thursday, official sources said.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint search operation at Warpora and Sopore in Baramulla in the

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Arrest of Nirav Modi done with eye on polls: Congress

New Delhi, Mar 20: Terming the arrest of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi as a move clearly aimed at the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Wednesday said that it was the BJP-led NDA Government which allowed him to escape.

Talking to reporters here, senior Congress leader and leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "they (BJP) had only helped him flee the cou

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Nirav Modi arrested in London

London, Mar 20: Fugitive Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi has been arrested in London, the media reports said on Wednesday.

Modi, 48, is wanted by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in India in connection with a loan fraud of approximately Rs 14,000 crores from a branch of Punjab National Bank in Mumbai.

The diamond merchant was arrested from the Holborn area of central London on Tuesday.

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019PM releases new video on 'Main Bhi Chowkidar'

New Delhi, Mar 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a fresh video as part of his hyped 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign and said while his detractors have insulted 'chowkidars' - security guards - not the entire country has come out to be 'chowkidars'.

In the new video, the characters are heard saying, "mitaoon mein bhrastachar, Yeh desh merey ... tera mein bhi Chowkidar (I wil

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Goa CM Pramod Sawant wins trust vote

Panaji, March 20: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday won the trust vote in the state Assembly.

Twenty of the 36 members in the House voted for the BJP-led coalition government.

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Amul's ad tribute to Parrikar echoes in Goa assembly

Panaji, March 20: Former Goa Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar features on the iconic Amul Butter billboard advertisement because he was a colossal leader and won both the hearts and minds of the people, Cabinet Minister Vijai Sardesai told the state legislative assembly on Wednesday.

"The (Amul Butter) cartoon is an expression of a big event in the country," Sardesai said during a condolen

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019BJP attacking every democratic institution: Priyanka

Mirzapur/Varanasi, March 20: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday accused the BJP of systematically attacking every democratic institution in the country and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not take people for fools.

Speaking to reporters before beginning the third day of her campaign along the river Ganga on Wednesday, she said, "BJP has systematically attacke

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Vote for Modi if you want your kids to become watchmen: Kejriwal to voters

New Delhi, March 20: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked people to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi again only if they wanted their children to become watchmen.

"Modi wants to turn India into a nation of watchmen. If you want your children to become one, vote for Modi. But if you want your children to get educated and become doctors, engineers and lawyers, vote

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Toll in Karnataka building crash rises to 3

Bengaluru, March 20: With the death of one more person in a building collapse in Karnataka's Dharwad, the toll has touched three, police said on Wednesday.

About 10 others were still suspected to be trapped under tonnes of cement and mortar.

The multi-storey commercial under-construction building collapsed on Tuesday injuring at least 46 others. State unit Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni's

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019IUST suspends all semester exam for 2nd day

Srinagar, Mar 20: The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama has postponed all scheduled semester examination for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

They said the examinations, which were scheduled to be held on Wednesday at the campus, were postponed. The examinations were postponed on Tuesday when guest lecturer of the Unive

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Drug peddler arrested in Srinagar outskirts

Srinagar, Mar 20 : The Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a drug peddler and recovered codeine phosphate at Nishat area of Dal Lake in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a Police Spokesperson said here on Wednesday.
According to the Spokesperson, the accused was identified as Parveez Ahmad Dar, a resident of Later Masjid Safakadel.
''Police Station Nishat, seized 68 bottles of 100 ml code

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Biggest casualty of Dynastic politics is institutions, says PM

New Delhi, Mar 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at the dynastic politics and said that the 'biggest casualty' of the same are institutions.
"From the press to Parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the Constitution to the courts.
Nothing is spared," he tweeted sharing the link of his blog.
In the blog piece published in website www.narendramodi.in, Mr Modi wrot

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Kashmir highway closed; Leh, Mughal road remain shut

Srinagar, Mar 20 :Traffic on the national highway, the only road linking Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was suspended on Wednesday, due to fresh landslides and shootings, triggered by heavy rains during the night.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Leh national highway and the historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remaine

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Fugitive don Dawood 'enters' Maharashtra poll debate

Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) Politics in Maharashtra in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections took another twist on Tuesday as Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh chief Prakash Ambedkar on Tuesday raked up the oft-repeated issue of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar's purported offer to surrender.

At a media briefing here, Ambedkar claimed that Dawood was willing to surrender in 1993, but the then Chie

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Vadra's custodial questioning may be needed: ED

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday told a Delhi court that Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, is not cooperating in the probe and the agency may require his custodial interrogation in a money laundering case.

Special Public Prosecutor D.P. Singh told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that despite being given various opportunities,

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Modi now 'Chowkidar', no more 'Chaiwala': Mayawati

Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) A day after BJP leaders prefixed 'Chowkidar' (watchman) to their Twitter handles, BSP leader Mayawati on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has changed his profile from 'Chaiwala' to 'Chowkidar' only to get votes in the Lok Sabha elections.

"Ignoring the philosophy of simple living and high thinking, a man (Modi) who lives a regal life had adver

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Mindtree 'united' to oppose L&T's hostile takeover bid

Bengaluru, March 19 (IANS) Leading IT services firm Mindtree on Tuesday said the company's stakeholders, including investors and employees, were all "united" in opposing diversified conglomerate Larsen and Toubro Ltd's (L&T) bid to take it over.

"Our investors and employees stand united against this hostile takeover attempt by L&T, which is unprecedented in the Indian IT industry," the company

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019President confers gallantry awards to armed forces

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday conferred gallantry awards -- two Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras -- to the armed forces personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to the duty. Two Kirti Chakras and two Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously.

The President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Pro-Modi slogans as Priyanka prays at UP temple

Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), March 19 (IANS) Pro-Modi slogans were raised by BJP supporters gathered outside a temple near here on Tuesday as Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi offered prayers.

As Gandhi got out of her car outside the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, eight kilometres from here, hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers started shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Nare

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Focus on Andhra: Prashant Kishor to CM Naidu

Patna, March 19 (IANS) Janata Dal-United (JD-U) national Vice President Prashant Kishor on Tuesday slammed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for his prejudice against people of Bihar, and asked him to focus on his job at hand.

"Rather than using derogatory language that shows your prejudice and malice against Bihar, just focus on why people of AP should vote for you again," th

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019EC gives nod to Rahul Gandhi's rally in Bengal

Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) The West Bengal Congress on Tuesday got a nod from the Election Commission (EC) to organise a public rally by the party's all-India President Rahul Gandhi on March 23 in Malda district of the state, a Congress leader said.

Gandhi is set to address a public rally in Malda's Chanchal as part of the party's Lok Sabha election campaign in the state.

"The Chief Electoral

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Babul Supriyo records BJP's campaign song for Bengal

Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo sent a musical message to mark his party's rise in Bengal by releasing a video of the recording of the party's campaign song on Tuesday.

The song with peppy notes ushers the blooming of BJP's election symbol 'Lotus' in West Bengal.

The singer of the Bollywood film 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai' shared a glimpse of his recording on Twitter.

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019HC stays order holding EVMs as information under RTI

New Delhi, March 19: The Delhi High Court has stayed a Central Information Commission (CIC) order which held that electronic voting machines (EVMs) come within the definition of 'information' under the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The court was hearing a plea on Monday filed by the Election Commission challenging a CIC order dated February 12 which held that EVMs are withi

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Indian Army holds health check up camp in Samba

Jammu, Mar 19: Indian Army's Sabre Brigade under Rising Star Corps, in close coordination with the Civil Administration of Samba and Jammu, on Tuesday organised a Medical, Dental and Veterinary Camp at Ratnuchak.

A large number of locals from the area including members of the Gujjar and Bakkarwal settlements availed the facilities.

The facility of doctors from Army and State Health Board in

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Country won’t forget Pulwama: NSA Ajit Doval

Gurugram, Mar 19: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday said that the country will never forget the Pulwama terror attack on the CRPF convoy and warned of more action against terrorists, conspirators and those who aid them.

Speaking at the 80th CRPF Anniversary Parade function as chief guest, he said, "The country has neither forgotten, nor will ever forget the Pulwama terror attack.

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019From April 1, GST rates to be implemented for new real estate projects

New Delhi, Mar 19: In its bid to provide relief to developers, Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Tuesday said that new GST rates will be implemented for new residential projects from April 1, 2019.

Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, while briefing reporters here, said,"The new rate is 5 per cent without tax credit or 1 per cent without input tax credit. All buildings that begin work

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Dr Pramod Sawant to take charge as Goa CM in afternoon

Panaji, Mar 19: Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant will take charge of office in the afternoon today.

According to sources, Dr Sawant will be visiting Dona Paula residence of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and then will take charge of office at State Secretariat at Porvorim, near the city.

He would be also visiting State Headquarters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the city at a

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019PM congratulates new Goa CM Sawant

New Delhi, Mar 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated new Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on assumption of charge and hoped the dispensation under him will fulfill the aspirations of the people.

"Best wishes to Dr. Pramod Sawant and his team as they begin their journey towards fulfilling the dreams of the people of Goa," Mr Modi tweeted.

He further said "I am sure they w

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019One of seven abducted Indians returns

New Delhi: One of the seven Indian nationals, who was kidnapped in Baghlan province of Afghanistan in May 2018, has safely returned to India, MEA announced here on Monday night.

"We are grateful to the Government of Afghanistan for their support in securing the release and repatriation of the Indian national," an MEA statement said.

It further said India will continue to work closely with t

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019Pramod Sawant sworn in as 11th Goa CM

Panaji, March 19: Former Speaker of Goa legislative assembly and BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday.

Vijai Sardesai from the Goa Forward Party and Sudin Dhavalikar from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, both alliance partners, have been inducted as Deputy Chief Ministers, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik told reporters on the sidelines

 

Monday, March 18, 2019India-Pak tensions to figure in Qureshi-Wang talks: China

Beijing, Mar 18: China said on Monday that tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terrorist attack would figure in the first strategic dialogue between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday.

Qureshi is visiting China, days after Beijing for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Wednesday

 

Monday, March 18, 2019In a first, MHA to give meals to Central Police forces during transit for election deployment

New Delhi, Mar 18 : For the first time, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will provide meals to the personnel of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) during transit for election duties in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, the CAPF personnel had to procure their meals on their own which largely depended on the availability of food at stations, pantry cars or by other means.
In a letter

 

Monday, March 18, 2019KPCC formally asks Rahul to fight polls from state

Bengaluru, March 18: Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday formally invited Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the state.

In his letter to the party chief, Gundu Rao noted that the state has always stood by the Congress in "troubled times" and it had in the past returned his mother Sonia Gandhi and grandmother Indira Gandhi to the Lok Sabha.

 

Monday, March 18, 2019PM in Goa, pays homage to Parrikar, meets family

Panaji, March 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Monday and paid floral tributes to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

Modi met the family of the 63-year-old former Defence Minister at the Kala Academy where his body lay in state.

He offered his condolences to the two sons and daughters-in-law of the late leader. Parrikar w

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Goa's new CM will be sworn in after 3 p.m.

Panaji, March 18: Goa's new Chief Minister will be sworn in after 3 p.m., state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar announced on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Tendulkar, who was exiting a city resort with Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, one of the candidates for the Chief Minister's post, said that all issues related to government formation would be cleared soon.

The BJP is holding negotiations

 

Monday, March 18, 2019New CM to be sworn in an hour: Goa BJP chief

Panaji, Mar 18: Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said there would be clarity on who would be the state's new chief minister by 2 pm Monday.

Tendulkar said this after meeting Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at a hotel near here over the issue.

Hectic political activities are on in the coastal state to select the new chief minister after the death of chief minister Manohar

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Masood Azhar travelled to UK, to collect funds for Kashmiri militants: Report

Srinagar: Terror mastermind Masood Azhar had undertaken a month-long sojourn to England to collect funds for militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir and received Rs 15 lakh (Pakistani currency), though he got a “very poor” response while travelling to Sharjah and Saudi Arabia before arriving in India in 1994.

Azhar, the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad, responsible for a series of terror strikes

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Cabinet condoles demise of Manohar Parrikar, approves resolution

New Delhi, Mar 18: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at Panaji and approved observing one day national mourning on Monday.

The Cabinet observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Late Parrikar.

It approved observing one day of mourning by the Centre and flying the National Flag at half-mast on Monday i

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Poll process begins in both Telugu states

Hyderabad/Amaravati, March 18: The process for elections to the 42 Lok Sabha seats in both the Telugu states and the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly began on Monday with the election authorities issuing the notifications.

Andhra Pradesh's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi issued the notification for polls to the 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats.

In Telangana, CEO R

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Abhinandan’s return was no favour: Nirmala

JAMMU: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Sunday criticised those from within the country who had termed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan a "statesman" for returning Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and said the IAF pilot's release was as per law and not a favour.

India had sent back 90,000 Pakistani soldiers unconditionally after the 1971 war, in which Pakistan was defeated, she said.

 

Monday, March 18, 2019RIP Parrikar. He oversaw first surgical strike across LoC

13 December 1955 -17 March 2019

JAMMU: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, under whose tenure as Defence Minister, India conducted first surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as a response to a terror attack at Uri base camp, passed away on Sunday.

He was 63 and had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, died at his private residence near Panaji. Officially, he was described to

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Retd SC Judge Justice Ghose to be India's first Lokpal

NEW DELHI: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on Sunday recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India.

His name was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Ma

 

Monday, March 18, 2019'Parrikar's funeral paramount over coalition talks'

Panaji, March 18: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's final rites were more important than a government formation, the coastal state's BJP unit said on Monday, even as ongoing negotiations between allies and BJP leaders, including Nitin Gadkari and the party's National Secretary B.L. Santosh, have appeared to hit a roadblock.

Emerging from a night-long meeting with Gadkari, Santosh other sta

 

Monday, March 18, 2019Notification for phase 1 of LS polls on Monday

Kolkata/New Delhi, March 18: The polling process to elect the next government of the world's largest democracy begins on Monday with the Election Commission set to issue the notification for the first of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls involving 91 seats spread over 20 states and union territories.

The notification would herald filing of nominations by the candidates for these parliamentary co

 

Monday, March 18, 2019No Karvan-e-Aman bus to POK for third week

Srinagar, Mar 18 :The Karvan-e-Aman bus which operates between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), will remain suspended for the third consecutive week, official sources said here on Monday.
The repair work still continued on a bridge at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC), sources told TNN adding, therefore, it w