Sunday, March 18, 2018Mother commits suicide with children over family dispute

Bhabhua, Mar 18 : A woman along with her minor children ended life by jumping into a pond at Masarhi village under Mohania police station area in Kaimur district today.

Police said here that one Haneef Bibi (30) with her two children jumped into the pond leading to their deaths. Sources said that while the age of one deceased child was 4, the other child was around two.

Police said that the


Sunday, March 18, 2018BCCI’s ACU team meets Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan

Kolkata, Mar 18 : Officials of the BCCI's anti-corruption wing- ACU spoke to Team India pacer Mohammad Shami's wife Hasin Jahan over allegations the player's involvement in match-fixing.

Significantly, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) Chief Vinod Rai had directed the ACU to investigate the alleged involvement of Shami in match-fixing and submit its report within s


Sunday, March 18, 2018BJP, RSS like Kauravas, designed to fight for power: Rahul

New Delhi, March 18 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday equated the BJP and RSS with the "Kauravas" of the Hindu epic Mahabarata, saying they were designed to "fight for power".

"Centuries ago, there was huge battle on the field of Kurukshetra. The Kauravas were powerful and arrogant, while the Pandavas were humble and they fought for the truth

"Like the Kauravas, the BJP and the RS


Sunday, March 18, 2018Marathwada celebrates Gudipadwa

Aurangabad, Maharahstra, Mar 18 : ‘Gudi Padwa’ the very first day of Chaitra month of Marathi new year was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety across the Marathwada region on Sunday.

This day is also celebrated as 'Hindu New Year'.

On this auspicious day, Gudi was installed, with the help of Kalash on the top of Bamboo stick wrapping with new clothes, Nim trees leaves and garlanded wi


Sunday, March 18, 2018Ram Nath Kovind and his wife offers prayer to lords at Sri Jagannath temple

Puri, Mar 18 : On the second day and concluding day of his first visit to Odisha President Ram Nath Kovind today visited Jagannath temple to offers prayer to lords, released Rs 10 and Rs 1000 commemorative coins on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebara festival and addressed the centenary celebration of Attending centenary celebration of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.

Mr Kovind who arrived the pilgrim


Sunday, March 18, 2018Economy in hands of ignorant, incompetent policy makers: Congress

New Delhi, March 18 : The Congress on Sunday attacked the Modi government saying that the economy was in the hands of "ignorant and incompetent policy makers" who have derailed growth through "reckless and bizarre policies".

The party noted that the most colossal failure of the Centre has been its mismanagement of the economy.

The resolution on the economic situation in India was moved by f


Sunday, March 18, 2018Manmohan says Modi resorting to 'jumla' over farm income

New Delhi, March 18 : Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to 'jumla' by promising to double farmers' income and said the Modi government had messed up the economy.

Addressing the Congress plenary here, he said the BJP-led government had created problems for small and medium industry and also the informal sector.

"The BJP governmen


Sunday, March 18, 2018Demonetization was a greatest lie: Chidambaram

New Delhi, March 18 : Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday described demonetization as the "greatest lie" and said it ended up destroying jobs.

The Congress leader also accused the Centre of pushing people into poverty by implementing a flawed Goods and Services Tax (GST).

"There cannot be a greater lie than demonetization," Chidambaram said after presenting


Sunday, March 18, 2018Forest fire death toll rises to 17 in TN

Madurai, Mar 18 : The death toll in massive forest fire in Theni district of Tamil Nadu increased to 17, with the death of a 29-year-old man in a private hospital, here on Sunday.

Official sources said G Sathishkumar, hailing from Erode district, succumbed to his burn injuries at Grace Kennet Hospital, this noon. He sustained 60 percent burns and was battling for life for the past one week. Th


Sunday, March 18, 2018Modi government making Pakistan policy divisive: Congress

New Delhi, March 18 : Stressing that Modi government has no roadmap and its Pakistan policy was a disaster, the Congress on Sunday said the government has made the policy towards Islamabad as a "divisive domestic issue".

The Congress, in its resolution on foreign policy, recognised that the key foreign policy challenges include managing India's relations with China and Pakistan.

"The nexus


Sunday, March 18, 2018NDA messed up economy, mismanaged in Jammu and Kashmir : Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Mar 18 : Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the NDA government, accusing it of having "messed up" the economy and mismanaging the dispute in Jammu and Kashmir.

At the 84th plenary session of the Congress in New Delhi, Singh described the government's demonetisation move as "ill-considered" and GST as "hastily implemented".

"The BJP-led go


Sunday, March 18, 2018Pleasant Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 18 : It was a pleasant Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 14.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

"The sky will be partly cloudy with mist in the morning," an India Meteorological Department official (IMD) told IANS.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 31 degrees Celsius.


Sunday, March 18, 2018Modi wishes people on Navaratri

New Delhi, March 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of Navaratri and the beginning of the "new year".

"Several people across the nation are celebrating the start of the New Year. I convey my greetings to all those celebrating. May the year ahead be a wonderful one," the Prime Minister tweeted.

"On Gudi Padwa, greetings to my sis


Sunday, March 18, 2018Five killed in two road accidents in UP

Lucknow, Mar 18 : Five people, including three doctors of AIIMS, New Delhi, were killed in two separate road accidents on the expressway in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

An SUV, carrying six doctors from Agra to New Delhi, hit a truck from rear in which three were killed on the spot while three others, along with the driver, were injured.

Police here said the accident occurred near milestone 88


Sunday, March 18, 2018Safe and readily available water important for public health

Kolkata, Mar 18 : Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes.

Improved water supply and sanitation, and better management of water resources, can boost countries’ economic growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction.

In 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognized


Sunday, March 18, 2018Project of 100 smart cities a 'jumps':Cong

New Delhi, Mar 18 : The Congress on Sunday termed the NDA governments project for 100 smart cities as a 'jumla ', alleging that only 1.82 per cent of the allocation for the project has been utilised.

In a post on social media, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said, '
100 ‘Smart Cities’ become a ‘Jumla’.
Projects Value -2,04,000 Cr
Initial Promise -48,000 Cr
Allocated -10,094 Cr


Saturday, March 17, 2018Naidu to inaugurate first round table on strengthening local self-governments

Hyderabad, March 17 : Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will on Sunday inaugurate day-long deliberations on how to strengthen local self-governments and review service delivery, implementation of programmes and their outcomes.

Being held under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), he will be inaugurating the first round table on 'Strengthening of Local Self-Governme


Saturday, March 17, 2018Chilly start for weekend as showers greet Chennai

Chennai, Mar 17 : After nearly three months of dry weather and the constant increase in mercury levels during the last few days, Chennaiites had a chilly start to the weekend on Saturday morning.

After being at the mercy of sultry weather over the last few days, people woke up to cloudy skies as several parts of city and the suburbs witnessed drizzles since last night.

The light rain, acc


Saturday, March 17, 2018Raj Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar

Mumbai, Mar 17 : Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) President Raj Thackeray on Saturday called on former Union Agriculture Minister and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar at Pedar road here, party sources said.

When asked about the visit, MNS sources said that no political discussion took place, as it was a courtesy call.

Sources said that Thackeray met Pawar after a long time. The meeting lasted for


Saturday, March 17, 2018President dedicates Odisha's Anand Bhawan museum to people

Cuttack, March 17 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday dedicated the Anand Bhawan Museum and Learning Centre, the ancestral house of late former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, to the people of Odisha.

Kovind, who is here on a two-day visit, inaugurated the museum in the presence of Governor S.C. Jamir, Biju Patnaik's son and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other officials.

Remembering th


Saturday, March 17, 201824-hour power supply at 100 prominent temples during 'Navratri'

Lucknow, March 17 : The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all the 'shakti peeths' and 100 other prominent temples in the state during 'Navratri' beginning Sunday, an official said on Saturday. 'Navratri' is a nine-day festival of the Hindus and 'shakti peeths' are seats of Goddess Durga.

Power Minis


Saturday, March 17, 2018Spring cleaning for your home - literally!

New Delhi, March 17 : Get rid of clutter at home and make it spring-ready with a burst of bright colours, floral accents, and energetic patterns. Bid goodbye to the thick curtains and welcome bright airy curtains and airy spring sheets, say experts.

Sunil Gupta, Founder and Director, and Apurva Muralidhar, HomeLane Design Partner, have suggested tips:

* Make use of empty


Saturday, March 17, 2018Coco-cola, its partners complete rehab projects in 39 flood-hit villages of TN

Chennai, Mar 17 : Reiterating its commitment towards building sustainable communities, Coca-Cola, along with its partners Hand in Hand India and World Vision India on Saturday successfully implemented the Rehabilitation Projects to restore communities in 39 flood-affected villages in Chennai and Kancheepuram districts of Tamil Nadu.

The company had announced commencement of the program in Ma


Saturday, March 17, 2018Centre working with states to help farmers on MSP: PM Modi

New Delhi, Mar 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government is taking all necessary steps to help farmers achieve higher milestones and ensure that welfare measures for farmers like insurance coverage are also augmented.

Addressing farmers at the annual Krishi Unnati Mela here, Mr Modi referred to measures being taken to distribute Soil Health Cards and also schemes like


Saturday, March 17, 2018Two touts held for soliciting foreign tourists in Delhi

New Delhi, March 17 : Delhi Police have arrested two touts for allegedly soliciting foreign tourists outside a five-star hotel in Connaught Place, police said on Saturday.

The police identified the accused brothers as Tariq Ahmad, 37, and Gulzar Ahmad, 38, from Jammu and Kashmir.

"They were caught red-handed soliciting foreign tourists outside Shangrila Hotel in Connaught Place," Additional


Saturday, March 17, 2018Mentally unstable murdered by four brothers

Guwahati, Mar 17 : A mentally unstable man was killed by his four brothers and a sister-in-law in Assam’s Kokrajhar district in Lower Assam.

After killing the victim, the family had buried his body in the septic tank in their backyard.

The incident came to light after the neighbours got suspicious and informed the police.

The police has recovered the body and arrested four of the accuse


Saturday, March 17, 2018BJP dividing country: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, March 17 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has adopted divide and rule policy by following the ideology of hatred.

Addressing the party leaders and workers at Congress' 84th Plenary Session here, he said the BJP was spreading hatred and dividing the society.

"The country is being divided and people are made to fight each other," he


Saturday, March 17, 2018Pak to skip WTO meet in New Delhi

Islamabad, Mar 17 : Pakistan has decided to stay away from the World Trade Organisation meet in New Delhi next week in protest against alleged harassment of its diplomats in India.

India last month invited Pakistan Commerce Minister Pervez Malik to participate in the informal WTO ministerial meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi on March 19-20 and Islamabad had initially accepted the invit


Saturday, March 17, 2018School student killed in road accident

Siliguri, March 17 : A school student was killed today in a road accident in Patharghata under Matigara P S here.

Police said the girl, studying in Standard IX,was returning home after her tuition classes when she was hit by a truck from behind.

She died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the truck driver and the helper managed to escape.


Saturday, March 17, 2018Kerala church up against Vijayan's liquor policy

Kozhikode, March 17 : In a telling blow to the Pinarayi Vijayan government, the Kerala church on Saturday slammed the state's liquor policy, threatening it would work against the ruling Left's candidate in the upcoming Chengannur by-poll.

A senior bishop of the powerful Syro Malabar Catholic Church said this after the state government on Friday notified a Supreme Court order allowing licenses


Saturday, March 17, 2018Won't mind crossing border to protect Kashmir: Rajnath

New Delhi, March 17 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forces can cross border to protect the country's territorial integrity.

"Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us," Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

He praised the Indian Army for its valou


Saturday, March 17, 2018Kidnapped minor girl rescued; man held

Vadodara, Mar 17 : A four-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped from here three days back, was rescued from Ahmedabad and reunited with her family, police said today.

The minor, who was kidnapped on Wednesday, was rescued yesterday and the accused identified as Harish alias Harito Vanzara (30), a resident of Anand, was arrested today, police said.

"The accused had allegedly kidnapped t


Saturday, March 17, 2018LGBT activists slam Kolkata school for accusing students of lesbianism

Kolkata, March 17 : LGBT members and activists have slammed the actions of a school here, terming it "human rights violation and desensitisation of societal institutions", after the all-girl institute allegedly forced 10 of its students to write confessional statements about their "lesbian acts" in its premises.

The activists also denounced the comments of West Bengal Education Minister Partha


Saturday, March 17, 2018UP rejig: 37 IAS transfers, Rautella promoted

Lucknow, March 17 : The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 37 IAS officials, including 16 District Magistrates, an official said on Saturday.

Rajiv Rautela, the District Magistrate of Gorakhpur, who courted controversy on Wednesday for barring the media from accessing details at the Lok Sabha bypoll counting centre, has been shifted and prompted as Divisional Commissioner of Devipatan.


Saturday, March 17, 2018Two killed, 7 hurt as car hits tipper

Hyderabad, Mar 17 : Two people were killed and seven others injured, three of them seriously, when the car in which they were travelling dashed against a stationary tipper at Mysigundi of Kadthal Mandal in Ranga Reddy district on Saturday morning.

The car was proceeding to Srisailam from Hyderabad when the accident occurred, police said.

The injured were admitted to a nearby Area Hospital


Saturday, March 17, 2018SpiceJet aircraft hits runway lights in Bengaluru airport

Bengaluru, March 17 : A SpiceJet aircraft on late Friday hit the runway lights after landing at the Kempegowda International Airport here, leading to the runway being shut for nearly 40 minutes, an official said on Saturday.

"SpiceJet aircraft SG 1238 from Hyderabad after landing and taxiing damage three runway lights, due to which runway was closed from 10.47 p.m. to 11.28 p.m (on late Friday


Saturday, March 17, 2018Anju Modi, Nida Mahmood support fluid fashion

New Delhi, March 17 : Six designers like Anju Modi and Nida Mahmood picked fluid fabric for their autumn-winter collections which they showcased here.

Following a live performance, which was an ode to the six designers, models hit the ramp at the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2018 on Friday in Anju Modi's creations that were flexible and fluid.

Her brand has been promoting sustain


Saturday, March 17, 2018Clear Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 17 : It was a clear Saturday morning in the national capital with minimum temperature recorded at 17.5 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average, the weatherman said.

"The sky will remain clear in the day ahead," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 31 degrees Celsius.

The humidity at 8.30 a


Saturday, March 17, 2018Farm income to double by 2022: Modi

New Delhi, March 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government's initiatives aimed at creating awareness about latest technological developments in agriculture will double farm income by 2022.

Modi, who will later address an agriculture fair 'Krishi Unnati Mela' at Pusa campus here, tweeted that its theme is aimed at doubling the farmers' income in the next four years.


Saturday, March 17, 2018Rahul wants to build strong, vibrant Congress

New Delhi, March 17 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he wanted to build a strong and vibrant party with the help of all delegates as he opened the two day plenary session here.

This is the 84th plenary session of the grand old party that the 47-year-old Gandhi took over as chief in December 2017.

"Welcome delegates and distinguished guests to the Congress Plenary. Over th


Saturday, March 17, 2018Three new varieties of rice to boost Bengal’s paddy production

Kolkata, Mar 17 : Scientists of the State Agriculture Department have developed three new varieties of rice, which will ensure further increase in Bengal’s paddy output.

The scientists of the Department, who are posted at different research institutes, have been researching on this for some years now.

The three new varieties of rice that will be available soon in the markets are Bhupesh,


Saturday, March 17, 2018Consumer confidence improved, says RBI survey

New Delhi, Mar 17 : Consumer confidence improved in December 2017 as the Current Situation Index (CSI) recorded a significant rise after more than a year, results of the latest round of Consumer Confidence released by the RBI said.

The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) Survey is an index that measures how optimistic or pessimistic consumers are with respect to the economy in the near future. Th


Friday, March 16, 2018Fodder Scam: Verdict in case number RC38A/96 tomorrow

Ranchi, Mar 16 : A special CBI court will tomorrow announce its verdict in Fodder Scam case number RC38/96 which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of funds from Dumka Treasury of the state at the time of unified Bihar.

The court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh which was scheduled to announce its judgement in the court today decided to defer its decision as the court took on record Mr L


Friday, March 16, 2018Kovind to visit Odisha for two days from Saturday

Bhubaneswar, March 16 : President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Odisha from Saturday, during which he is scheduled to attend several events in the state.

It will be Kovind's first official visit to the state after his election as President.

The President will land at the Bhubaneswar airport on Saturday morning, where he will be received by Governor S.C. Jamir and Chief Ministe


Friday, March 16, 20182 dead, 3 injured as crackers explode

Kolkata, Mar : Two persons died and three were injured when the firecrackers they were making exploded at Dhonpotan in South 24 Parganas district today.

Police said around eight people were making the firecrackers at Dhonpotan under Mograhaat police station area for a Kali Puja in a temple when the incident occurred.

The victims have been identified as Mriganka Naskar and Srimanta Midde.


Friday, March 16, 2018Fake liquor manufacturing facility busted in Chatra

Chatra, Mar 16 : In a joint operation by the excise departments sleuths of Chatra and
Hazaribagh districts, a mini fake liquor manufacturing facility was today busted in Itkhori in this district.

Officials of the excise department said acting on secret tip off a raid was conducted at
the house of one Badri Bhuyaan in Raja Kendua village under Itkhori Police Station area
in this distric


Friday, March 16, 2018Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

New Delhi, March 16 : A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a "liar".

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.


Friday, March 16, 2018PM calls upon scientists to spend 100 hours with 100 students every year

Imphal, Mar 16 : Giving a clarion call to the scientists to spend 100 hours every year with 100 students of Classes X, XI and XII to inculcate scientific knowledge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, ' Scientific and social responsibility are the need of the hour. ”

Inaugurating the 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur Universityhere, Mr Modi asked, ' Are we doing enough to ensure t


Friday, March 16, 2018TDP pulls out of NDA; Mamata welcomes move

Kolkata, Mar 16 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today welcomed the Telugu Desam Party (TDP)'s decision to pull out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The party has also brought a No-Confidence Motion against the Centre in the Lok Sabha.

The Chief Minister tweeted in support of the TDP’s decision, saying, ' I welcome the TDP’s decision to leave the NDA. The current situation warr


Friday, March 16, 2018Centre opposes filing sealed status before SC in PNB scam case

New Delhi, Mar 16 : The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that a thorough investigation was going on into the alleged PNB (Punjab National Bank) scam and in this regard, many people have also been arrested.

The apex court three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, was hearing two petitions f


Friday, March 16, 2018Pre-monsoon showers cool Bengaluru, more rains likely

Bengaluru, March 16 : Moderate rains, measuring up to 5.8 mm, hit Bengaluru on Friday, with more showers likely over the next two days, the weather office said.

"The pre-monsoon rains are due to the low pressure in the Arabian Sea. Moderate spells of rain accompanied by heavy winds are likely to be witnessed over the next two days," India Meteorological Department's (IMD) Bengaluru chief Sunda


Friday, March 16, 2018Ram Setu case:Centre files affidavit in SC

New Delhi,Mar 16 : Centre on Friday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in connection to Ram Setu (Adam's bridge) case.

The Centre, in its affidavit, filed before the Apex Court on Friday, said that it won't remove Ram Setu.

The Centre on Friday filed the Ram Setu affidavit in connection with the plea filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Dr Subramaniam Swamy.

The Centre


Friday, March 16, 2018Won't damage Ram Sethu: Centre

New Delhi, March 16 : The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that "in the interest of the nation" it has decided not to damage the 'Ram Sethu' bridge for the Sethusamudram project initiated to facilitate navigation between India's east and west coasts.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud were informed by the Union Ministry of Shipping that it ha


Friday, March 16, 2018Modi wants scientists to spend time with students

Imphal, March 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged scientists "to spend 100 hours a year" with school students to teach them various aspects of science.

Modi made the remarks after inaugurating the five-day Indian Science Congress at the Manipur University here.

"I appeal to the scientists to spend at least 100 hours a year with 100 school students of classes 9 to 11 to teach t


Friday, March 16, 2018LG lauds AAP's initiatives in education, healthcare

New Delhi, March 16 : Lt. Governor Anil Baijal addressed the Delhi Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session on Friday, stressing on the city government's accomplishments.

Almost half of Baijal's 20-minute-long address was dominated by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's works in the field of education.

Baijal said that the Gross State Domestic Production of Delhi (GSDP) at curren


Friday, March 16, 2018PM inaugurates Science Congress, urges scientists to spend 100 hours with 100 students

Imphal, Mar 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the scientists to spend 100 hours every year with 100 students of Classes X, XI and XII so that we can inculcate scientific knowledge into them.

Inaugurating the 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University here, he said, “scientific and social responsibility are the need of the hour” and asked if we were doing enough to ensure


Friday, March 16, 2018Cold revives in Himachal with snow, rain

Shimla, March 16 : Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh plummeted sharply on Friday with the high-altitude areas getting mild spells of snow while there was rainfall in many parts of the state.

"High hills in Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Shimla, and Chamba districts have experienced snowfall," a weather department official told IANS.

Shimla and its nearby areas, like Kufri and Narkanda


Friday, March 16, 2018In 2019, BJP tally may drop by 110 seats: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, March 16 : The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's tally may drop by 100-110 seats in the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019, if the current trends and the results of the recent bypolls are an indicator, its ally Shiv Sena said in a gloomy prediction here on Friday.

"The twin wins by the Samajwadi Party in BJP bastions like Gorakhpur and Phulpur has created panic in the BJP camp even as they wer


Friday, March 16, 2018India takes nuclear non-proliferation very seriously: Sitharaman

New Delhi, Mar 16 : India takes nuclear non-proliferation very seriously and unlike some of its neighbours, it does not believe in "dirty bombs", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, in an oblique reference to Pakistan.

Sitharaman, while speaking at a book release function here yesterday, said India is complying with nuclear non-proliferation regulations despite not being a signatory


Friday, March 16, 2018Dalai Lama to visit Varanasi from Mar 18

Varanasi, Mar 16 : Tibetan spiritual guru the Dalai Lama will be on a two-day visit to the temple town from March 18 to attend a function at Sarnath.

The Dalai Lama would be inaugurating the 92nd annual meeting of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), to be hosted by the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath from March 19 to 21.

CIHTS, PRO Umesh Chandra Singh


Friday, March 16, 2018Tripura CM’s schedule of public meeting

Agartala, Mar 16 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has decided to meet common people on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, people will get to meet him at his residence for an hour from 0800 hrs.

An official communiqué said on Fridays, the chief minister will meet the people from 1000-1200 hours at the conference hall of civil secretariat accompanie


Friday, March 16, 2018TDP to quit NDA, move No Confidence motion

Amaravati Mar 16 : In a significant political development, the Telugu Desam party has decided to exit from the NDA and move No Confidence motion against Narendra Modi led Centre.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a teleconference with TDP Polit Bureau member here on Friday. The Polit Bureau members unanimously decided to quit the NDA.

TDP sources told media that N Chan


Friday, March 16, 2018‘Slow Drive, Save Life’ awareness for further reducing road accidents

Kolkata, Mar 16 : After continued successful implementation of the Safe Drive Save Life programme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come up with another brilliant idea – Slow Drive Save Life.

The first has ensured a 10 per cent reduction in accidents across the state, something appreciated by none other than the Supreme Court of India.

Now Slow Drive Save Life is aiming to reduce accide


Friday, March 16, 2018Rajya Sabha: 7 Union Minister win unopposed

Contest in 6 states on Mar 23

NEW DELHI : Seven Union Ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha today, while the stage is set for the March 23 contest in six states, including Uttar Pradesh from where Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the fray.

Law Minister Prasad and HRD Minister Javadekar were elected from their homes states Bihar and Maharashtra, while Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot made it to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. Health Minister J P Nadda got elected unoppos


Thursday, March 15, 2018Food Ministry for zero export duty on sugar

New Delhi, March 15 : The Finance Ministry has been asked to lower the existing export duty on sugar to zero in the wake of bumper domestic production this year, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday.

We have sent our recommendations to the Finance Ministry three weeks ago for reducing duty," Paswan told reporters here.

At present, there is 20 per cent duty on export of suga


Thursday, March 15, 2018By-poll results are clear message to BJP: Akhilesh

Lucknow, March 15 : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the voters of Uttar Pradesh in Gorakhpur and Phulpur had sent a loud and clear message that they were disgusted with the BJP.

The former Chief Minister said he hoped the drubbing given to the Bharatiya Janata Party by the people would bring down the arrogance of its leadership.

Addressing the media where newly el


Thursday, March 15, 2018Rahul meets Sharad Pawar after bypoll results

New Delhi, March 15 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday evening after the BJP's defeat in three Lok Sabha byelections and is believed to have discussed unity among opposition parties to take on the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Sources said that the meeting lasted about 90 minutes and the two leaders are believed to have d


Thursday, March 15, 2018Gold chain snatched from son of Ex-MP Vishwanath

Mysuru, Mar 15 : Unidentified people snatched gold chain from Purvaj, son of JD(S) leader and former MP A H Vishwanath, on Wednesday late night.

Police said in Thursday that Purvaj was parking his car in front of his house when two bike-borne men came from behind and snatched his 140 gram gold chain before speeding away.

Sarswathipuram police have registered a case and investigating.


Thursday, March 15, 2018Except for PNB, no unauthorised LoUs issued by PSBs: SBI

New Delhi, Mar 15 : All public sector banks have verified LoUs issued by them, and there are no other unauthorised authority letters except for those issued by Punjab National Bank, a senior SBI official said here on Thursday.

Billionaire jeweller designer Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi in connivance with certain bank officials allegedly cheated the PNB of Rs 12,968 crore through fraudu


Thursday, March 15, 2018Two Gujarat residents arrested after ruckus with sex workers, one claims DSP of Ahmedabad

Kolkata, Mar 15 : The city police has arrested two residents of Gujarat, one claimed to be the DSP of Ahmedabad, after the duo was allegedly involved in a ruckus when the hotel, in which they had checked in, denied entry to two women, said to be the prostitutes, by the management, investigators said today.The arrest of Alok S Roy and Dipak K Daryani all mid 40s, was made from the hotel at Beckbag


Thursday, March 15, 2018Equities trade flat-to-negative on negative global cues

Mumbai, March 15 : Key Indian equity indices on Thursday traded on a flat-to-negative note during the mid-afternoon trade session following broadly negative Asian markets, coupled with selling pressure in oil and gas, banking and metal stocks.

Around 12.45 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) fell by 16.40 points or 0.16 per cent to trade at 10,394.50 points.

The bar


Thursday, March 15, 2018Tarun Tejpal case: In-camera trial begins in Goa court

Panaji, March 15 : The in-camera trial into the allegations of rape involving former editor-in-chief of Tehelka Tarun Tejpal got underway in a Goa court on Thursday, with the court recording the statement of the victim.

While the media has been barred from entering the courtroom, a lawyer associated with the case said, that Additional District and Sessions Court judge Vijaya Pol had begun reco


Thursday, March 15, 2018CBSE Class 12 paper 'leak': Delhi government orders probe

New Delhi, March 15 : Following complaints about the Class 12 CBSE Accountancy paper being leaked, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered an inquiry into it on Thursday.

"Received complaints about the Class 12 CBSE Accountancy paper being leaked. Have asked officers of Directorate of Education to investigate and lodge a complaint with the CBSE," Sisodia said in a tweet.

The Mini


Thursday, March 15, 2018Why are India's farmers committing suicide?

March 15 : Farmer suicides have been taking place across India for years now, and studies of rural distress reveal the deeply-rooted, tenacious causes, such as lack of irrigation, fragmentation of land, unsuitability of seeds and inadequate sources of credit.

Despite the democratically-elected governments that claim to represent a country where over half the population is dependent on farming,


Thursday, March 15, 2018Commuters stage protest over delay in EMU trains

Chennai, Mar 15 : Commuters were put to hardship as Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) trains on the suburban Chengelpet–Tambaram-Beach section were delayed by more than an hour on Thursday.

Following this several commuters launched a protest by squatted on the tracks at the Guduvanchery railway station stating that there was “regular delay of trains” on the section.

Office-goers were put to


Thursday, March 15, 2018Manik Sarkar elected as opposition leader

Agartala, Mar 15 : Opposition CPI-M elected politburo member and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar as their leader of the assembly in a meeting of CPI-M legislators last evening, party said in a statement today.

A meeting of the newly elected 16 MLAs of the party also elected Badal Chowdhury as the deputy leader and Tapan Chakraborty as Chief Whip while Prabhat Choudhury was made deputy whip


Thursday, March 15, 2018BJP prepares for first anniversary celebrations of Yogi govt

Bhadoi, Mar 15 : Undeterred with the loss in the two Lok Sabha bypolls, Uttar Pradesh BJP has all geared up for working from ground level in the state to highlight the achievement of the Yogi Adityanaath government during its first anniversary commencing this week.

The BJP has chalked up programmes for next 20 days up to April 6 to go up to the village and even at the household level to aware


Thursday, March 15, 2018Pakistan raises Kashmir at UN, attacks India

United Nations, March 15: Using a two-pronged tactic in the Human Rights Council, Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue while speaking on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and then for itself.

In its reply during the debate on Wednesday at the UN in Geneva, India rejected the OIC statement saying the group had no standing in India's internal affairs and accused Pakistan o


Thursday, March 15, 2018Telangana police's help sought to identify militant killed in Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 15 : Jammu and Kashmir police has sought help from Telangana police to identify a militant who was killed in an encounter with security forces along with two other ultras in Anantnag.

Militant outfit ''Ansar Ghazwatul Hind'' (AGH) has claimed that one of the three militants killed in the encounter was a resident of Hyderabad. The outfit identified the slain militant as Mohammad


Thursday, March 15, 2018PM greets people on World Consumer Rights Day

New Delhi, Mar 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted people on the world Consumer Rights Day.

Greetings on World Consumer Rights Day. The consumer plays an important role in the economy.

Government of India is not only focussing on consumer protection but also consumer prosperity,'the PM said in a tweet.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Make sanitation top priority: PM to J-K govt

Jammu, Mar 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said sanitation should be made the first priority for Jammu and Kashmir, which is famous for its tourist destinations.

The prime minister, during a review meeting on the progress of his flagship Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) yesterday, interacted with the chief secretaries of various states and enquired about the steps taken so far by their government


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Gujarat MLAs clash over Asaram ashram deaths

Gandhinagar, March 14 : Lawmakers in the Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday came to blows when Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani raised the matter of the deaths of two children in the Asaram ashram in 2008 in Sabarmati.

The ruckus led to the House being adjourned shortly after Question Hour by Speaker Rajendra Trivedi till 2.30 p.m.

The incident occurred a day after the drama over the nomination for N


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Actor Narendra Jha dead at 55

Mumbai, March 14 : Hindi film actor Narendra Jha, seen in films like "Haider" and "Raees", died early on Wednesday due to a heart attack. He was 55.

Narendra was at his farmhouse in Nanegaon, Maharashtra, when he complained of chest pain, the actor's driver told IANS.

"He had no health issues and last night (Tuesday) he was fine. He ate properly and spoke to us... Things were fine. Around 4


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Wholesale inflation in February eases to 2 48 per cent

New Delhi, Mar 14 : The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly Wholesale Price Index (WPI), eased marginally at 2.48 per cent from 2.84 percent in the previous month, data released by Commerce and Industry Ministry said on Wednesday.

The WPI inflation in February 2017 was more than double at 5.1 per cent, the data showed.

The WPI index was eased in the month of February on lower food,


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Himachal CM launches handbook on women safety

Shimla, March 14 : To empower womenfolk, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday released a handbook on women safety here.

Releasing the handbook titled 'Mahila Suraksha', he reiterated the commitment of his government to providing security and protection to women.

Brought out by the Shimla administration, the booklet talks about measures required for personal safety and


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Rs 831 cr revenue collected: Manipur CM

Imphal, March 14 : N. Biren Singh, who leads the coalition government in Manipur, on Wednesday said the state government has collected Rs 831 crore as revenue in the current financial year.

The revenue target for the next financial year is Rs 948 crore, he added.

Singh was speaking one day ahead of the first anniversary of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Manipur.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Jaundice surfaces in Sambalpur, hospitals crowded with large number of patients

Sambalpur, Mar 14 : Jaundice and Typhoid fever have shown their ugly faces in Sambalpur city again with large number of people reported to be suffering from the two diseases.

Since the numbers have risen in the last week, patients are queueing in the hospitals for treatment.

Sambalpur Chief District Medical Officer Dr. K K Gupta said the testing of blood samples in slum areas of the city co


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Femina Miss India 2018 Audition to be held on March 18 in Kolkata

Kolkata, Mar 14 : India’s most exciting, glamorous and sought after beauty pageant is underway and continues its talent hunt at Kolkata at fbb/ Big Bazaar, Shakespeare Point, in Kolkata.

With a new and improvised format, Miss India this year in its 55th edition will be touring to all 30 states of the nation and to crown 30 state representatives who will then compete at the National finale in


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Lok Sabha passes Budget without debate

New Delhi, March 14 : The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Union Budget without any debate amid din, leading to a walkout by members of the Congress and Trinamool, while the TDP, YSR Congress, AIADMK and SP protested near the Speaker's podium.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley moved the Finance Bill 2018, as well as the Appropriation Bill amid the din, which were passed by voice vote.

The Lowe


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Pak national, who stayed in India for 27 yrs, deported

Mumbai, Mar 14 : A 37-year-old Pakistani national, who was illegally staying in India since he was about 10 years of age, has been deported to the neighbouring country, a police official said today.

Siraj Khan, the Pakistani national, was staying in the Antop Hill area here. He had also got married to an Indian woman some years ago and the couple have three children, the police official said.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Gutkha worth Rs 30 lakh seized

Parli, Mar 14 : Rural Parli police has seized gutkha worth Rs 30 lakh from a tempo near Tokwadi village in Beed district of Maharashtra.

Acting on a tip-off, police on Tuesday laid a trap and seized 40 gunny bags of the banned gutkha from the tempo.

After seizure, the contraband was handed over to Food Drug and Administration department, police added.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Muslims should gift the land in Ayodhya for Ram Temple: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

New Delhi, March 14 : Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is of late involved in mediation on the Ayodhya issue, says the best solution to the festering Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is an out-of-court settlement under which the Muslims gift the land to the Hindus for building a grand Ram Temple.

The 61-year-old spiritual leader, who met leaders of both Sunni and Shia sects


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty discharged from Hospital

Bengaluru, Mar 14 : Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty, who was admitted to a private hospital after being stabbed in his chambers by a miscreant on March 7, was discharged on Thursday.

Doctors at multi-speciality Malya Hospital, who attended him, have advised one month rest.

During the treatment, he underwent surgery and was moved to general ward yesterday after he was kept unde


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Bihar bypolls: NDA leads in Araria, Bhabua, Grand Alliance in Jahanabad

Patna, March 14 : The ruling BJP-led NDA was leading in the Araria Lok Sabha and Bhabua assembly by-elections while the opposition RJD was ahead in the Jahanabad assembly bypoll on Wednesday.

After three hours of counting of votes, the candidates of the Grand Alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) were trailing in two seats.

In Araria, the Bharatiya


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Strike by private bus owners hits commuters in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, March 14 : Passengers and daily commuters suffered immense inconvenience in Odisha on Wednesday as more than 17,000 private buses remained off the roads due to a strike by their association over several demands.

Among other things, the All Odisha Private Bus Owners' Association (AOPBOA) has been demanding that the government stop the movement of the city buses on the outskirts.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018One died six injured in Tripura clash

Agartala, March 14 : A person was killed and six others were injured in a clash between two groups over cannabis cultivation in Matinagar village of bordering Sonamura in West Tripura yesterday.

According to police, Jakir Hossain, a Bangladeshi youth, had been residing in a ganja plant at Matinagar.

But, the room of Jakir Hossain was put under lock and key by a local group last night. The b


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Nobel Prize remained elusive for Hawking

New Delhi, March 14 : Hailed as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein, Professor Stephen Hawking never won a Nobel Prize.

This is because his theories about the Black Hole and the Big Bang -- though accepted in theoretical physics -- were never verified.

According to Timothy Ferris, author of 'The Science of Liberty' in National Geographic magazine, "The pro


Wednesday, March 14, 2018LS adjourned till noon over Andhra demand, other issues, guillotine to be applied

New Delhi, Mar 14 : Diverse issues, including Andhra demand for special category status and other regional issues, disrupted the proceedings in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

As the House assembled for the day, slogan-shouting members stormed into the Well and created a ruckus, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings of the House till noon.

'We are ready for all types of dis


Wednesday, March 14, 2018BSF seizes 9 kg heroin worth Rs 45 crore from Punjab border

Jalandhar, Mar 14 : Border Security Force recovered 9 packets of contraband suspected to be heroin from the area of responsibility near BoP Khalra.

According to BSF sources, the recovery was made early this morning during search operation launched by the 87 battalion of the BSF near the BoP khalra after the BSF challenged the Pakistani smugglers who threw the contraband from over the Border Se


Wednesday, March 14, 2018PM condoles death of Stephen Hawking

New Delhi, Mar 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of scientist Stephen Hawking.

In a condolence message, the PM said, 'Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peac


Wednesday, March 14, 2018SP takes slender lead over BJP in Phulpur

Lucknow, March 14 : SP candidate in Phulpur Nagendra Patel established a slender lead over his nearest BJP rival in the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls as counting picked up pace on Wednesday, a poll official said.

Initially, during the counting of the postal ballots, Kaushlendra Singh Patel of the BJP was leading, but after 10 a.m. as counting pace picked up, the Samajwadi Party candidate mad


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Rajasthan takes U-turn on uniforms in government colleges

Jaipur, March 14 : The Rajasthan government on Tuesday took a U-turn on its controversial decision of introducing uniforms for government college students.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in a tweet, announced that the uniforms will be not be compulsory but voluntary for students and cited students' unhappiness over the decision as the reason for its rollback.

In another tweet, she said th


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Google's pie marks 30th Pi Day

New Delhi, March 14 : Google on Wednesday celebrated the 30th anniversary of the mathematical constant Pi -- a fundamental element of several mathematical fields -- with a doodle of actual pies.

Google asked Cronut inventor Dominique Ansell to create the doodle for Pi Day which was first recognised by physicist Larry Shaw.

The award-winning pastry chef created the doodle using actual carame


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Hyderabad resident among 3 militants killed in Anantnag

Srinagar, Mar 14 : One of the three militants killed in an encounter by security forces in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on March 12 morning was identified as a resident of Hyderabad, belonging to 'Ansar Ghazwatul Hind' (AGH), outfit.

According to local media, the AGH in its website Al-Nasr, has claimed that third militant, who was not identified and declared as a foreigner, was a reside


Wednesday, March 14, 2018Counting of votes for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats underway

Patna, Mar14 : Amid elaborate security arrangements, the counting of votes started today for deciding the fate of 38 candidates in by-elections for one Lok Sabha and two assembly seats

According to initial trends, RJD candidates are leading in Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jehanabad assembly seat and BJP candidate is leading in Bhabhua assembly constitutency.

The final results are expected in


Wednesday, March 14, 2018BJP registers protest with EC against Cong's R S nominee Rathwa in Gujarat

New Delhi, Mar 14 : The BJP has urged the Election Commission to intervene immediately and maintained that that the nomination of Congress leader Naranbhai Rathwa for the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat be declared null and void or quashed because of submission of 'fake' documents and concealing other vital facts.

A delegation of senior party leaders, including Union ministers Piyush Goyal,


Tuesday, March 13, 2018SC extends Aadhaar linking deadline

New Delhi, March 13 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for linking of various services with Aadhaar till it delivers its judgment on its constitutional validity of the biometrical identification scheme.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018NSE fines Gitanjali Gems; 23 others for not filing fin results

Mumbai, Mar 13 : Top stock exchange NSE has levied penalties on as many as 24 companies including scam hit Gitanjali Gems for failure to file financial results for quarter-ended December 31.

NSE will initiate further regulatory action on the companies which could include suspension if they do not comply with the requirement to file quarterly financial results.

The decision has been communic


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Sealing drive: Commercial activities came to standstill with 'Delhi Trade Bandh'

New Delhi, Mar 13 : The commercial activities in the national capital remained standstill on Tuesday with a day long 'Delhi Trade Bandh' call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against arbitrary sealing of business establishments here.

More than seven lakh commercial establishments and more than 2500 markets across Delhi participated in Delhi Trade Bandh. At the Vyapari Pa


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Not become a full-time politician: Rajinikanth

Rishikesh, March 13 : Megastar Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he has still not become a full-time politician and his ongoing spiritual trip to the Himalayas was to "realise oneself".

"Still I have not become a full-time politician. I have not announced my party. I don't want to talk anything about politics (now)," he told reporters here at the Dayanand Saraswati Ashram, where he will do meditatio


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Better to laugh at political situation than cry about it: Ashwni Dhir

New Delhi, March 13 : Ashwni Dhir believes in dealing with issues with a good laugh -- and that's what he intends to do with his show "Har Shaakh Pe Ullu Baithaa Hai". The filmmaker says people should talk about politics and issues around it more often.

"Har Shaakh Pe Ullu Baithaa Hai" is about a corrupt and funny politician in his madcap world. It is aired on Star Plus.

"People don't usua


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Govt project for JK children, youths for psychological rehabilitation

New Delhi, Mar 13 : More than 3,000 children and youths from Jammu and Kashmir have been taken to various parts of the country as part of a project for psychological rehabilitation of children affected by militancy, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the Home Ministry has been conducting Watan Ko Jano and other similar programmes with various a


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Goa MPs meet Shah, discuss mining ban

New Delhi, March 13 : Three BJP Goa MPs met the party's national president Amit Shah in the national capital on Tuesday and discussed the Supreme Court-imposed mining ban in the coastal state which is slated to come into effect from Thursday.

Speaking to IANS from Delhi, South Goa BJP MP Narendra Savoikar said that Shah had promised the MPs to study the matter after speaking to officials of al


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Eight CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack in Sukma

Raipur, March 13 : At least eight CRPF personnel were killed and three others injured in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chattisgarh on Tuesday.

According to a CRPF official, Maoists targeted a team of 212 CRPF personnel between Kistaram and Palodi in the district at 12 noon and blew up a mine protected vehicle by triggering an improvised explosive device (IED).

The injured personnel


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Youth gets lifer for killing minor

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Mar 13 : A 29-year-old man has been awarded life imprisonment for kidnapping and murdering a three-year-old boy in Mukundwadi area, in July 2014.

Pronouncing the judgement on Monday, district and sessions court Judge V V Patil also slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 for the offences, including unnatural sex, kidnapping and murder.

The convict Ritest Nade will serve the pun


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Counting of votes for Gorakhpur, Phulpur LS bypolls tomorrow

Lucknow, Mar 13 : All eyes are on tomorrow's counting of votes for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls, where polling was held on March 11.

The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Delhi CS assault witness Jain resigns as Kejriwal's advisor

New Delhi, March 13 : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's advisor V. K. Jain, who was also a witness in the Delhi Chief Secretary (CS) assault case, has resigned from the post citing personal reasons.

Jain told IANS that he submitted his resignation on Monday due to "personal reasons and family commitments".

Last month, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had alleged that he was beaten up by two AAP


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Tripura DGP announces zero tolerance to criminal

Agartala, Mar 13 : Director General of Police (DGP) of Tripura Akhil Kumar Shukla on Tuesday reiterated that zero tolerance to criminals has been adopted by the new government of the state and directed all Superintendents of Police (SP) of eights districts to expedite arrests of all the anti-social elements and law violators irrespective of political colour.

DGP told media that till now, a t


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Bachchan falls ill while shooting for 'Thugs of Hindostan'

Jodhpur/New Delhi, Mar 13 : Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan took ill while shooting for his upcoming movie 'Thugs of Hindostan', trade sources said on Tuesday.

A team of doctors was rushed to the set of the film in Jodhpur in Rajasthan after the megastar complained of ‘general uneasiness’.

Bachchan is in Jodhpur to wrap up his part in Yashraj films' project co-starring Aamir Khan, Katrina Ka


Tuesday, March 13, 2018India has set 2025 deadline to eradicate TB: Modi

New Delhi, Mar 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India has set the target of 2025 to eradicate TB, five years before the global deadline.

Launching the TB Free India campaign here, Mr Modi said that while the global target to eradicate the disease is 2030, in India the government has given unto itself the 2025 deadline to meet the objective.

Mr Modi maintained that it w


Tuesday, March 13, 2018ED moves SC against HC order giving relief to Karti Chidambaram from arrest

New Delhi, March 13 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order giving relief to Karti Chidambaram till March 20 from arrest in the INX Media money laundering case.

The ED mentioned the case challenging the order before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who agreed to hear it on March 15.

In an interim relief to Kar


Tuesday, March 13, 201811 killed as bus plunges into gorge in Uttarakhand

Nainital, Mar 13 : At least 11 people were killed and 13 others injured, when a bus they were travelling in plunged into a gorge in Almora district of Uttarakhand on Tuesday.

The injured were rushed to Ramnagar hospital, where condition of few was stated to be critical. The bus , en route to Ramnagar from Bhatraunjkhan, plunged into the gorge in Totam, police said.

Uttarakhand Parivartan P


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

New Delhi, March 13 : The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m., minutes after it met for the day, on Tuesday.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House after the opposition insisted on a discussion on the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam under Rule 168, which Naidu rejected.

Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy raised a point of order, saying that he had given a n


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Two Telangana Congress MLAs disqualified for unruly behaviour

Hyderabad, March 13 : The Telangana Assembly Speaker on Tuesday disqualified two senior Congress legislators due to their unruly behaviour during Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan's address at the joint session the previous day.

Speaker Madhusudhana Chary announced the disqualification of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and S.A. Sampath Kumar. They stand expelled from the House for the rest of the period of


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Mamata to inaugurate industrial meet in Darjeeling today

Darjeeling, Mar 13 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate a two-day industrial meet here on Tuesday.

The inauguration ceremony will take place at 1400 hours. There will be sessions from 1100 to 1500 ours on the second day.

Ms Banerjee will be present on both the days. Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra will also be present at the meet.

This is for the first time that


Tuesday, March 13, 2018No end to Parl logjam: LS adjourned till noon over Andhra, PNB scam

New Delhi, Mar 13 : Continuous acrimonious scenes, slogan shouting and members rushing to the well of the House yet again forced the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hours on Tuesday.

There was no let up in protests in the Lok Sabha as members from principal opposition Congress carrying placards against government rushed to the well of the House as soon


Tuesday, March 13, 2018Clear Tuesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 13 : It was a clear Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 17.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said.

"The sky will remain clear with no rain prediction. There was mist in the morning," an India Meteorological Department official (IMD) said.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover aro


Monday, March 12, 2018Rahul wants PM, Fadnavis to accept farmers' demands

New Delhi, March 12 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday came out in support of Maharashtra farmers calling their march "a stunning example of peoples power". He appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to accept their demands.

"The mammoth #FarmersMarchToMumbai is a stunning example of people's power. The Congress party stands with the farmers and t


Monday, March 12, 2018Jaitley files nomination papers for RS polls

Lucknow, March 12 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed his nomination papers for the biennial polls for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from the state, officials said.

Accompanied by senior Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and ministers in the state cabinet, Jaitley filed the nomination papers in the central hall of the state assembly building.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (


Monday, March 12, 2018Mammoth Indian Flag hoisted in Belagavi

Belagavi, Mar 12 : One of the largest National flag was hoisted by District incharge and Cooperative Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi in this border city of Karnataka on Monday.

The flag measuring 120 feet by 80 feet was unveiled at Belagavi Urban Development Authority (BUDA) office premises on the bank of fort lake that was witnessed by large number of people.

The National flag was tied to a 110


Monday, March 12, 2018Arun Jaitley files nominations for RS from UP

Lucknow, Mar 12 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed his nomination papers for the biennial Rajya Sabha election from Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Jaitley filed three sets of nomination papers.

Accompanied by state Deputy Chief Ministers-- Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma -- and state ministers-- Satish Mahana, Rampati Ram Shastri and others-- the Union Finance Minister filed


Monday, March 12, 2018LS adjourned till noon over Andhra demand, PNB scam

New Delhi, Mar 12 : Diverse issues, including Andhra demand for special category status and banking scams, disrupted the proceedings in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

As the House assembled for the day, slogan-shouting members stormed into the Well and creating a ruckus, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings of the House till noon.

Protests in the Lok Sabha over the range of


Monday, March 12, 2018Farmers 'crack whip' on Maharashtra government

Mumbai, March 12 : For the second time in 10 months, Maharashtra farmers cracked the whip on the government to turn spotlight on the grave agrarian crises gripping the state by completing a long march to the Legislature, here on Monday.

More than an estimated 35,000 peasants -- men, women, youth and even seniors -- with lines of worry collectively writ on their weary faces, determinedly comple


Monday, March 12, 2018NIA summons ex-Nagaland CM in 'terror funding' case

New Delhi, March 12 : The NIA has summoned former Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang for questioning in connection with an alleged "tax collection and terror funding" case, an official said on Monday.

The case pertains to alleged extortion by groups such as NSCN(K), NSCN(IM) and Naga National Council from at least 14 government departments.

Zeliang has been asked to appear at the Nationa


Monday, March 12, 2018Diarrhoea outbreak in North Tripura, 9 dead

Agartala, Mar 12 : The BJP-IPFT government is faced with a challenge immediately after the alliance formed government in the state, with the outbreak of diarrhoea in North Tripura, which has killed as many as nine people, and is feared to take the shape of an epidemic.

Health minster Sudip Roybarman today sent a special medical team to the affected areas and reviewed the situation of summer d


Monday, March 12, 2018Indian cab aggregator Ola rides into Sydney

Bengaluru, March 12 : A month after starting its international operations in Perth in Australia, Indian online cab aggregator Ola on Monday said it has begun offering rides in Sydney through its local driver-partners.

"People of Sydney can avail the introductory offer for free rides. Customers can download the Ola app, register for an account and book their rides," the city-based ride-sharing


Monday, March 12, 2018Lok Sabha adjourned till noon

New Delhi, March 12 : The Lok Sabha was disrupted on Monday amid continuing protests by the opposition over the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and other issues, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till noon.

Within minutes after it met, members from various parties trooped near the Speaker's podium, raising slogans on different issues, including the banking irregularities.


Monday, March 12, 2018Two poets killed in road crash in UP

Unnao, Mar 12 : Two renowned poets were killed when their car collided with a truck in the district, police said here on Monday.

The incident took place under Anchalganj police station area on late Sunday night when the two poets were returning to Lucknow.

While their driver survived with injuries, the poets-- K D Sharma' Hahakari' and Promod Tiwari-- were killed on the spot.


Monday, March 12, 2018PM Modi arrives in Varanasi to welcome Marcron

Varanasi, Mar 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Varanasi--his parliamentary constituency-- on Monday morning where he will welcome visiting dignitary French President Emmanuel Macron.

Both the dignitaries would inaugurate a solar power plant in Mirzapur. Later in the day, Mr Modi will take French counterpart to a boat ride in Varanasi for side-seeing and visit several historic and rel


Monday, March 12, 2018Sunny Monday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 12 : It was a sunny Monday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

"The sky will be clear with mist in the morning," an India Meteorological Department official (IMD) said.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 33 degrees Celsius.

The humidity


Monday, March 12, 2018Previous govt completely neglected Balochistan: PTI leader

Quetta, Mar 12 : President of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI), Balochistan chapter, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, has said that all the previous governments did nothing to bring the people of Balochistan into the mainstream.

According to a report published in Dawn on Tuesday, the PTI leader has urged the ruling government to take the constructive steps in Balochistan province before it gets too l


Monday, March 12, 2018Nine trekkers dead, 17 injured in forest fire in TN

Theni, Mar 12 : Nine trekkers have been killed and 17 others sustained burn injuries, some of them seriously in Country’s deadliest-ever forest fire at Kolukkumalai Hills in Kurangani forest area on the Western Ghats in Theni district of Tamil Nadu.

District Collector Pallavi Baldev told newsmen here on Monday morning that of the nine dead, six of them hailed from Chennai, while the remaini