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Thursday, October 17, 2019Without Savarkar, 1857 Mutiny would have remained a revolt: Shah

Varanasi, Oct 17: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that had it not been for Veer Savarkar, India wouldn't have known the importance of the 1857 Mutiny.

"The Mutiny of 1857 would have remained a revolt as the British had called it. It was Veer Savarkar who gave it the name of the first war of independence," said Shah.

He underlined the fact that history needed to be re-written


Thursday, October 17, 2019Art 370 scrapping won't have bearing on Maha polls: Pawar

Mumbai, Oct 17: People are in mood for a change in Maharashtra and the scrapping of Article 370, raised aggressively by the BJP, does not seem to be resonating with people at grass-root level in the state, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has claimed.
In an interview to PTI, Pawar accused the NDA government of misusing power to bedevil political opponents, after the Enforcement Di


Thursday, October 17, 2019Shops briefly open in Srinagar, private transport on roads

Srinagar, Oct 17: Shops opened for few hours early Thursday morning in some areas here including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk but main markets and other business establishments remained shut, officials said.

Few vendors had set up stalls on the TRC Chowk-Polo View road, they said.

Private transport was plying unhindered in the city here and elsewhere in Kashmir, the officials said, ad


Thursday, October 17, 2019History will take note of those who mocked Art 370 removal: PM

Beed, Oct 17: In a blistering attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said history will have a mention of those who ridiculed the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and that Maharashtra now has an opportunity to punish them.

He also expressed confidence that the BJP-led alliance will break all victory records in the October 21 state polls.

Addressing an


Thursday, October 17, 2019Rajnath accuses Cong of internationalising Kashmir issue

Bawani Khera (Haryana), Oct 17: Launching an offensive against the Congress, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused it of internationalising the Kashmir issue.

Addressing a poll rally ahead of assembly elections on October 21, Singh said Kashmir is an internal matter.

The minister said a Congress leader recently met Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London and held a di


Thursday, October 17, 2019At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia - Reports

Riyadh, Oct 17: At least 35 were killed and four others were wounded in a bus accident in the west of Saudi Arabia, media reported, citing police, early on Thursday.

The SPA news agency reported, citing a police spokesperson, that the bus had crashed into a heavy vehicle in the settlement of Al Akhal in the Medina region.

The police spokesperson said that there were citizens of several Arab


Thursday, October 17, 2019At least 35 people killed in bus accident in western Saudi Arabia - Reports

Riyadh, Oct 17: At least 35 were killed and four others were wounded in a bus accident in the west of Saudi Arabia, media reported, citing police, early on Thursday.

The SPA news agency reported, citing a police spokesperson, that the bus had crashed into a heavy vehicle in the settlement of Al Akhal in the Medina region.

The police spokesperson said that there were citizens of several Arab


Thursday, October 17, 2019Delhi doctor arrested for rape and blackmail

New Delhi, Oct 17: A doctor with Safdarjung Hospital was arrested by the Delhi Police on allegations of rape and blackmail of a woman representative of a leading medical company here.

According to the police, the woman met the doctor in the hospital in May. They again met in a coffee house in Delhi's Green Park area. On May 10, the accused invited the woman to his room, where he offered her a


Thursday, October 17, 2019No more chilli attacks on elephants in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Oct 17: After the Uttarakhand High Court banned the practice of using red chillies and chilli bombs to drive away the elephants, the local people are at their wit's end now.

Sackfuls of chilli powder and chilli bombs were used by people living on the outskirts of the 11 elephant corridors in the state to shoo away elephants and reduce man-animal conflict in the region. However, the H


Thursday, October 17, 2019Details of investment in Jammu and Kashmir would be available very soon: Sitharaman

Washington, Oct 17: The details of the government's policy to attract more investments in Jammu and Kashmir would be available very soon, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, listing out the potential the area carries for investors in sectors like tourism, handicrafts, silk, production of saffron and apple.

Sitharaman made the comments while responding to a question during an interactive


Thursday, October 17, 2019SC allows Delhi govt to notify higher minimum wages for workers

New Delhi, Oct 17: The Supreme Court has upheld the Delhi government's March 2017 notification that announced a 37 per cent hike in minimum wages for workers. The case has been pending in courts for nearly two years now.

The Delhi High Court had last year stayed the government notification after several employers in the state argued that the burden of minimum wages and its upward revision woul


Thursday, October 17, 2019Indo-Pak bilateral ties subject to approval from PMs of both countries: Ganguly

Kolkata, Oct 17 : BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly has said that resumption of bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan is subject to approval from India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Imran Khan.

Asked about the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral ties during a media briefing here, Ganguly said, "You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister."


Thursday, October 17, 2019Why women in this UP village never fast on Karva Chauth

Mathura, Oct 17: On a day when almost all married Hindu women are fasting on the occasion of 'Karva Chauth', women in Vijau village in Mathura resist observing the fast lest they endanger the lives of their husbands.

"Since the past 200 years, this village has been under a curse and anyone who observes a fast on Karva Chauth, loses her husband. The curse was given by a Brahmin woman, whose hus


Thursday, October 17, 2019This Babri Masjid plaintiff will not challenge SC verdict

Ayodhya, Oct 17: Plaintiff Iqbal Ansari has said that he would accept the Supreme Court decision in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit and would not file any petition challenging the verdict.

Iqbal Ansari, whose father Hashim Ansari was the oldest litigant in the Babri case, said he is happy that the case was reaching its logical conclusion.

"For almost 70 years, Ayodhya has witnes


Thursday, October 17, 2019Chhattisgarh CM condemns state worker's killing in Kashmir

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced Rs 4 lakh financial assistance to the family of a worker from the state who was shot dead by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Sethi Kumar Sagar, who worked as a labourer at brick kiln, was walking along a railway track in the Kakapora area when he was shot dead by militants.

Kashmir police said that the "area has


Thursday, October 17, 2019Fruit merchant killed in militant firing in Shopian, J&K

Shopian (J&K), Oct 16: One fruit merchant was killed and another injured after militants fired upon them at Trenz village in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on Wednesday. The injured has been admitted to the hospital.

The fruit merchant belonged to Punjab.

This is the second incident on Wednesday when 'non-Kashmiris' were targeted by the militants.

In the morning o


Thursday, October 17, 2019India's MiG 29 to fly with Eurofighter Typhoon in Oman

New Delhi, Oct 17: The MiG 29 fighter aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) will be flying alongside the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-16 in India's bilateral air exercise with Oman which kicked off on Thursday.

According to the IAF, this is the first occasion that the MiG 29 will participate in an international air exercise outside India.

The drill, Exercise Eastern Bridge V, is being held at th


Thursday, October 17, 2019Goa school teacher arrested for molesting 5 girls

Panaji, Oct 17: Police in Goa have arrested a school teacher for allegedly molesting five girl students at a government school in Ponda sub district, an official said on Thursday.

According to Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas the accused Manoj Phadte, was accused of molestation by five girl students in a complaint to the educational institution's internal complaints committee


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Kejriwal urges agencies not to 'mislead' public on pollution

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Rejecting the reports published by multiple agencies, which claimed that stubble burning in neighbouring states is responsible for only 10 per cent of the city's pollution, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday termed the reports 'misleading'.

The Chief Minister raised questions on the basis of the analysis saying, "What is the basis of this? Real time sour


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Left Front regime scams would be probed: Tripura Minister

Agartala, Oct 16 (IANS) A Tripura Minister and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the state on Wednesday alleged that unprecedented corruption and siphoning of public funds had taken place during the 25 year-rule of previous Left Front government.

Addressing the media here, Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath and Lok Sabha Member Pratima Bhowmik said that as per the pre-poll promise of the


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Mamata visits Nobel winner's Kolkata house, meets mother

Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday visited the south Kolkata residence of Nobel prize winner Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and spoke to her mother and other relatives.

The Chief Minister, who had congratulated US-based Banerjee on Twitter soon after the official announcement about the coveted award on Monday, went to his seventh floor apartment on Ballygu


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Navy trying to control Goa's land resources: BJP Minister

Panaji, Oct 16 (IANS) Goa's Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho on Wednesday once again lashed out at the Indian Navy, accusing it of using the guise of security to control land resources near its naval base INS Hansa in South Goa, which is also home to the state's only airport.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Godinho accused the Indian Navy of permitting high rise buildings in close proximit


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Sonia to address lone rally in Haryana on October 18

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) A day before campaigning ends in Haryana, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally in the state on October 18.

The venue is still not finalised but Congress leaders say that it could be in Mahendragarh where the Congress scored zero in the 2014 Assembly election.

In Mahendragarh, former Congress MLA Rao Dan Singh is pitted against the


Wednesday, October 16, 2019'Green' crackers seem unlikely to sparkle this Diwali

Chennai, Oct 16 (IANS) Not all the fire crackers that people would burst this Diwali will be 'green', as the sector regulator, the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), has approved only one such product for manufacture, a fire cracker maker in Tamil Nadu's Sivakasi said.

"Out of the 400 odd items that the industry makes, only one item - a single sound cracker - has been approve


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Onion, tomatoes, garlic stolen in Lucknow

Lucknow, Oct 16 (IANS) Bizarre though it may sound but a man in Lucknow has been robbed of onions, garlic and tomatoes. The soaring prices of these vegetables apparently have a lot to do with the theft.

The man targeted was Pappu Chaurasia, a vegetable vendor in Manas Enclave in Indira Nagar area here.

On Monday night, Chaurasia wrapped up his business and shut his waysid


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Congress ministers ripping off state like carrion birds: Shivraj

Indore, Oct 16 (IANS) Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has likened the Congress ministers in the state to crows and eagles. He said ministers of the Kamal Nath government are ripping off the state like eagles and crows.

Talking to reporters here, Chouhan accused the government of being corrupt. He said, "one minister gives one rate of transfer and postings, another gi


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Ashok Tanwar extends support to JJP

New Delhi Oct 16 (IANS) Former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Wednesday extended his support to Jananayak Janta Party (JJP) in the upcoming Assembly polls.

The JJP was floated by Dushyant Chautala, the estranged grandson of Former Chief Minister of Haryana O.P. Chautala.

Ashok Tanwar and Dushyant Chautala addressed a joint press conference, where the former alleged that he has been


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Drama in SC, 'can't continue', CJI snaps at final Ayodhya hearing

New Delhi, Oct 16: Tempers rose inside the Supreme Court chambers on Wednesday -- the final day of hearing in the Ayodhya title dispute case, as the Muslim side tore into shreds a document submitted by the Hindu side, right in front of the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Prompting a stern reaction from the Chief Justice, who observed that parties involved in the matter


Wednesday, October 16, 2019SC directs J&K to produce orders on restrictions

New Delhi, Oct 16: The Supreme Court directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to place those orders before the court under which communications were restricted in the valley after abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to J&K.

The top court also questioned why the J&K administration has not placed the orders and notifications imposing communication restrictions in the sta


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Congress, NCP against national interest: PM Modi

Jalna (Maharashtra), Oct 16: In the sharpest attack yet on the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party of always speaking against "national interest".

Addressing an election rally here this afternoon, he said that while the Congress is "family-centred", the NCP is mired in all types of corruption and both parties have lost a


Wednesday, October 16, 2019People have started to question BJP's silence on issues like unemployment: Selja

Chandigarh, Oct 16: Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja on Wednesday said that the people have started questioning the ruling BJP's silence on burning issues like unemployment and have made up their mind to show the door to the saffron party in the upcoming assembly polls.

Selja said contrary to the M L Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party government's claim of giving a clean and transparent


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Why no reply on NRI businessman wife's plea against his detention: SC asks J-K administration

New Delhi, Oct 16l: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration as to why it has not filed a reply on a plea by the wife of a Malaysia-based NRI businessman challenging his detention following abrogation of provisions of Article 370.

A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana observed that the matter relates to "personal liberty" and the J-K administration should have f


Wednesday, October 16, 2019India slips to 102nd rank in Global Hunger Report 2019; behind Nepal, Pak, Bangladesh

New Delhi, Oct 16: India has slipped to 102 position in the Global Hunger Index 2019 of 117 countries, slipping from its 2018 rank of 95 and behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Seventeen countries, including Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five, the website of the Global Hunger Index that tracks hunger and malnutrit


Wednesday, October 16, 2019ED arrests P. Chidambaram in INX media case at Tihar Jail

New Delhi, Oct 16: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested former Finance minister P. Chidambaram after questioning him for two hours in Tihar jail.

Chidambaram has been in judicial custody since August 21 for his alleged involvement in irregularities in granting of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to INX Media during his term as Finance minister.

According to the ED off


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Congress insulted, deprived Ambedkar of Bharat Ratna: Modi

Akola (Maharashtra), Oct 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the Congress for "insulting" the architect of the Constitution, Dr B.R. Ambedkar and "depriving" him of Bharat Ratna, the country's highest honour till 1990.

"Ambedkar had drafted the Constitution....but the Congress kept him 'vanchit' (deprived) of the Bharat Ratna...Congress also insulted Veer Savarkar," Modi said


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Persons with disabilities to be exempt from Odd Even: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Oct 16: Persons with disabilities will be exempt from Odd-Even scheme, which will be in force in the national capital from November 4 to 15, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday.

Kejriwal made the announcement in response to a question posed by Kargil War veteran Major D.P. Singh, who is India's first solo amputee skydiver and is also known as the Indian Blade Runn


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Day-to-day proceedings in Ayodhya case to end at 5 PM on Wednesday: SC

New Delhi, Oct 16: The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it clear that it will conclude today the day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case at Ayodhya, saying "enough is enough".

A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that it is hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case for the last 39 days and no more time beyond to


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Human rights has become 'global buzzword' after revocation of Article 370: Sitharaman

New York, Oct 16: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the Indian public sector banks had the "worst phase" under the combination of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

Delivering a lecture at the prestigious Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs here on Tuesday, Sitharaman said that giving all the public sector banks a


Wednesday, October 16, 2019ED team in Tihar Jail to question P. Chidambaram

New Delhi, Oct 16: A team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Wednesday arrived at the Tihar jail here to question senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram in the INX Media case. The former Finance minister's wife Nalini and son Karti Chidambaram were present inside the jail.

Chidambaram has been in judicial custody since August 21, when he was arrested for his involvement in the alleged


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Tit for tat: BJP drags Abhijit Banerjee into political row, also targets FinMin Nirmala's husband

New Delhi: A day after India-born economist Abhijit Banerjee earned global fame for himself and the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday dragged him into the election heat and dust and invited all to "a five-day fame.'

"Eco system on the roll again as polling dates of Haryana and Maharashtra draws nearer. Manmohan Singh will address press on October 19 (Saturday). Abhijit Banerjee s


Wednesday, October 16, 2019VHP stalls 'Trishul Diksha' in Ayodhya

Ayodhya, Oct 16: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has ended its 'Trishul Diksha' programme in Ayodhya and other places 15 days ahead of its scheduled date of culmination.

The programme was scheduled to continue till October 30, but VHP organising Secretary Bholendra said it has been stalled with immediate effect in view of the impending Supreme Court judgment on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispu


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Indian Army approaches veterans to know their well being

New Delhi: Concerned over condition of family members of war veterans, Indian Army has marked this year as the 'Year of Next to Kin' wherein they will reach out to veterans and their family members.

Indian Army has approached all the war veterans and their family members to connect at the regimental centres. They have been asked to connect to any of the 23 regimental centres across the countr


Wednesday, October 16, 2019Tourists to fill up safety bond at Dudhwa National Park now

Lakhimpur, Oct 16: Visitors to the Dudhwa National Park in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh will now be required to fill up a bond saying that in event of any mishap, they would alone be responsible for the consequences.

The gates of the park will be thrown open to tourists from November 15 and only those who fill up the bond would be allowed entry.

According to Forest Department sources,


Wednesday, October 16, 2019CCPA to meet for deciding on winter session's dates

New Delhi, Oct 15: The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) is to meet on Wednesday to decide on the dates of Parliament's Winter Session.

Headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the CCPA has Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramvilas Paswan and Social Justice and Empowerment Minist


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Delhi waives fitness fee, GPS charges for taxis

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) The Delhi government on Tuesday announced that it will extend the benefits of no fitness test fee and GPS and SIM charges policy to taxis in the national capital and will also reduce the other charges by more than three-fold.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot made the announcement saying the Cabinet has approved the new rates which will be effective from November 1.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019SC likely to conclude hearing in Ayodhya case on Wednesday

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) The hearing in Ayodhya title dispute case is likely to end on October 16 instead of October 17, with Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi hinting that the argument in the 70-year-old dispute will come to an end on Wednesday itself.

On the final day of the hearing, the Chief Justice has allocated initial 45 minutes to Hindu parties followed by one hour to Muslim side, and then fo


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Social robots may be conflict mediators, says study

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) We may listen to facts from Siri or Alexa, or directions from Google Maps, but would we let a virtual agent enabled by artificial intelligence help mediate conflict among team members? A new study says they might help.

The study was presented at the 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication in the national capital on Tuesday.



Tuesday, October 15, 2019Manmohan to meet press and eminent personalities in Mumbai

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) In the run up to Maharashtra elections, the Congress is pitching high on slowdown in Indian economy. The party has decided to field former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on October 17 to lend a credible voice against the government's policies on the economic issues.

The party has sent an invitation, titled "Words of Wisdom on Indian Economy by Dr. Manmohan Singh". T


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Pak yet to respond to India's proposal to host meet between BSF and Pak Rangers

New Delhi, Oct 15: Pakistan has not yet responded to India's proposal on hosting the biannual meeting between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers, another example of what appears to be the neighbour unilaterally snapping functional level contacts, government sources said on Tuesday.

The meeting at the level of director generals of both the border guarding forces is scheduled to be held this month


Tuesday, October 15, 2019FO condemns Rajnath's statement on 'disintegration' of Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 15: Pakistan condemned Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's remarks that no power can stop the nation's "disintegration" if Islamabad did not mend its ways.

"We condemn the recent statements made by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during election rallies in Haryana," Pakistan's Foreign Office said.

During a rally in Haryana on Sunday, Singh asked Pakistan to forget Kashmir


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Pilot condole's killing of Rajasthan truck driver in JK

Jaipur, Oct 15: Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Tuesday condoled the killing of a truck driver who was shot dead by two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

The truck driver, identified as Sharief Khan, was from a village in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district.

"It is very sad news. My heartfelt condolences are with the grieved family," Pilot said.

On Monday, the two terrorists, i


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Jawan dies in mine blast in Nowgam

Srinagar, Oct 15: An Army jawan died in a mine blast in Nowgam sector of Kashmir's Kupwara district, an Army official said on Tuesday.

The soldier was killed when he accidentally stepped on the mine while patrolling in Nowgam on Monday night.

Vigil has been stepped up along the border to counter any attempts of infiltration.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019India will not allow water to flow to Pakistan: Modi

Charki Dadri (Haryana), Oct 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India would not allow its water to flow to Pakistan.

"For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water (from flowing into Pakistan) and bring to your houses," the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, the second in two days, here.

He said


Tuesday, October 15, 2019SC sets aside HC order restraining IT dept from taking action against Gautam Khaitam

New Delhi, Oct 15: The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a Delhi High Court order restraining the Income Tax department from taking any action against VVIP chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan, against whom a separate black money case has been lodged.

A three-judge bench headed by justice Arun Mishra directed the high court, which had also said that the 2016 black money law cannot be allowed t


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Typhoon Hagibis toll reaches 66 in Japan

Tokyo, Oct 15: The death toll due to the devastating typhoon Hagibis that lashed Japan has increased to 66, as search-and-rescue operations continued on Tuesday to locate the missing persons.

Japan's Self-Defence Forces were deployed to Nagano prefecture to help with search and rescue operations, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The typhoon brought powerful winds and heavy rain causing abou


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Voice calls connect Kashmir with the world after over 2 months

Srinagar, Oct 15: The resumption of voice calls in Kashmir after two months has ended young Afroza's frequent visits to her neighbour's house. She can now speak to her Bengaluru-based fiance at will.

Afroza's marriage, which was scheduled for the last week of August, was cancelled due to the lockdown in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.

Her wedding will now take place


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Article 370 abrogation decisive for peace in J&K: Amit Shah

Gurugram, Oct 15: Attacking Pakistan for spread of terrorist activities in India, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said he believed the abrogation of Article 370 has a major role in the complete elimination of terrorism from the country as well as in establishing permanent safety and peace in Jammu and Kashmr.

Addressing the 35th Raising Day of National Security Guard (NSG) at Unni Kri


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Prominent Kashmiri women protest Article 370 abrogation

Srinagar, Oct 15: Some prominent women members of the civil society on Tuesday staged a protest against the abrogation of Article 370 in Srinagar.

A group of prominent including Suraiya Abdullah, sister of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, his daughter Safiya Abdullah, Hawa Bashir, wife of former J&K Chief Justice Bashir Ahmed Khan, and others staged a peaceful protes


Tuesday, October 15, 2019PM pays tributes to 'Missile Man of India' on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to former President A P J Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary.

Mr Modi said, 'Shri Kalam had a vision of Strong and Modern India in the 21st Century and strived his entire life to achieve it.'

'His exemplary life is an inspiration to every Indian,' the Prime Minister added.

'India salutes Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ji on h


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Over 50 Lakh benefitted under Ayushman Bharat: PM

New Delhi, Oct 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded the efforts made in the health sector as India achieved a major milestone of providing benefit to over 50 Lakh people under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

In a Twitter missive, Mr Modi said, 'An important milestone in the journey of creating a healthy India! It would make every Indian proud that in a year, over 50 lakh citizens hav


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Poll body bans exit polls during Assembly elections, bypolls

New Delhi, Oct 15: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday reiterated a complete ban on exit polls during the upcoming elections.

The ban will be effective "from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on October 21" when Haryana and Maharashtra goes to polls. Bypolls to 51 Assembly constituencies in 17 states will also be held on the same day, apart from the two parliamentary constituencies of Satara in Maharash


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Centre not keen on staff representatives on bank boards: AIBEA

Chennai, Oct 15: The All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) has written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stating that the Central government does not want its representatives on the boards of public sector banks.

In his letter to Sitharaman on Monday, AIBEA's General Secretary C.H.Venkatachalam said under the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970/1


Tuesday, October 15, 2019India does not have any trade dispute with US: Goyal

New Delhi, Oct 15: Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said India does not have any trade disputes with the US, and there is huge bilateral trade potential.

Speaking at the India Energy Forum, he said, "We don't have any dispute with the US. There are differences with the US which are there in any bilateral relation."

Talking about these differences he also said that a little uncertain


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Top UP officials in Ayodhya today

Lucknow, Oct 15:Top officials of Uttar Pradesh will be visiting Ayodhya on Tuesday to take stock of the security arrangements and also the preparations for the 'Deepotsav', scheduled to be held on October 26.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R. K. Tiwari, Director General Police O. P. Singh and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi will be in Ayodhya for a series of meetings with the


Tuesday, October 15, 2019BSNL staff to get salary before Diwali: Purwar

New Delhi, Oct 15: With its employee unions threatening a day-long hunger strike on Friday over delayed salaries during the festival season, state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has said that it is hopeful of paying salaries to its 1.76 lakh employees for September before Diwali.

"We will give salaries to the employees before Diwali from our own resources on accruals. We generate Rs 1,60


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Probe against cop who attempted suicide, blamed officers

Farukkhabad (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 15: The Farukkhabad police has ordered a departmental probe against a 50-year-old constable, who consumed poison falsely accusing his seniors for rejecting his 15-day leave application.

Sources said Constable Radha Krishna Yadav wanted to take his ailing wife Anita to hospital for cancer treatment.

On Sunday evening, he was found unconscious inside his rente


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Nobel winner feels no grand theory can explain underdevelopment: Economists

Kolkata, Oct 15: Successful micro-level field experiments like the one that established a connect between barefoot children, whooping cough and school drop outs in Africa characterise the works of Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo who believe there can be no grand theory of underdevelopment, said economists.

Banerjee, Dufflo and Michael Kremer were awarded the Nobel prize for


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Ayodhya title dispute: Muslim side doubts Hindus claim to disputed structure

New Delhi: Muslim side contended before a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court that the Hindus were not able to establish that the central dome was the birth place of Lord Ram.

The assertion was made by Muslim side counsel, Dr Rajeev Dhavan, in the apex court which resumed hearing after the Dussehra vacations on a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court judge


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Terrorism has become state policy of Pakistan: NSA Doval

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said that terrorism has become state policy of Pakistan and it has been providing a safe breeding ground for terrorists.

Addressing a two days ‘Annual Conference of Chiefs of State Anti- Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Special Task Force (STF) here on Monday, he said "If a criminal has the support of a state, it becomes a great challenge. Some of the s


Tuesday, October 15, 2019Banks have sufficient cash, says FM

New Delhi: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the performance of Public Sector Banks here in a meeting with bank chief executives and said banks have sufficient cash available and they have been asked to provide bill discounting facility to ensure availability of finance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

In the review, it was noted that d


Monday, October 14, 2019Punjab CM seeks support to shun stubble burning

Chandigarh, Oct 14 (IANS) Hailing the progressive farmers who have refrained from burning paddy stubble, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday called upon them to join the state in launching a massive campaign to persuade the farming community to give up this practice.

Addressing a group of farmers, Amarinder Singh said that these agents of change had done yeoman's service to humanit


Monday, October 14, 2019Delhi's dengue cases reduced to half in 2019: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that his government's anti-dengue drive has resulted in a reduction in the number of dengue cases to 467 till now, as compared to 830 cases last year.

Kejriwal underlined that the ongoing dengue prevention awareness campaign '10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute' has been showing excellent results.

"The latest data release


Monday, October 14, 2019'Few people' are offended by Article 370 decision: Modi

Ballabgarh (Haryana), Oct 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said "only a few people" are offended by the decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir.

These people, he said, are now raising questions on the government's decision and asking for help while going to foreign countries.

In the first of his four scheduled election meetings ahead of the October 21 Assembly elec


Monday, October 14, 20192 Buddhist monks engage in scuffle at Mahabodhi temple

Gaya, Oct 14 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a scuffle broke out between two Buddhist monks at the Mahabodhi temple, one of the holiest shrines of Buddhism in Bihar's Bodh Gaya, said police.

The incident happened on Sunday during the "Chivardan" programme organised to mark the end of "Varshavas", a three-month meditation by Buddha devotees during the rainy season. During the event, two Buddhist


Monday, October 14, 2019Haryana polls: In Mewat mob lynching a political issue

Nuh (Haryana), Oct 14 (IANS) Mob lynching is an issue resonating across the political spectrum in Haryana's Muslim-dominated Mewat region.

Invoking Pehlu Khan and Junaid lynching cases, local politicians are milking the issue to convince voters not to vote for the BJP.

In the Congress rally all the MLA candidates said that BJP-backed candidates could not provide security.

The Congress ca


Monday, October 14, 2019Will do 'Kaam Ki Baat', not 'Mann Ki Baat': Rahul

Nuh (Haryana), Oct 14 (IANS) Slamming the BJP government over the economic slowdown, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at it for doing nothing to tackle rising unemployment and farmers' distress.

In his first campaign rally for the October 21 Haryana Assembly elections, the former Congress President, speaking in Muslim-dominated Marora in Nuh district, charged Prime Minister Naren


Monday, October 14, 2019Striking lifeguards demand regular jobs, steady pay

Panaji, Oct 14 (IANS) Over 200 striking lifeguards protested near a temple in North Goa's Mapusa town on Monday, demanding regularisation and steady payment. The strike started by the privately employed lifeguards which began on October 11, spilled into a new week.

"Lifeguards should be employed either as part of a society or a government corporation, because right now they have neither job se


Monday, October 14, 2019UP CM appeals to farmers not to burn crop residue

Lucknow, Oct 14 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday appealed to the farmers not to burn stubble or crop residue in the fields as it has an adverse impact on the environment. He was speaking at a workshop on the National Clean Air Programme organised at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan here.

"There is a need to create awareness on this issue. By burning crop residue you t


Monday, October 14, 2019TRS softens stand, urges transport employees for talks

Hyderabad, Oct 14 (IANS) In the first sign of softening its stand on the ongoing transport strike, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Monday reached out to the striking employees by appealing to them to call off the protest.

As the strike by employees of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) took a serious turn with the suicide of a driver and a conductor, TRS parliamen


Monday, October 14, 2019Chiranjeevi calls on Andhra Pradesh CM

Amaravati, Oct 14 (IANS) Telugu superstar and former Union Minister K. Chiranjeevi on Monday called on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Accompanied by his wife Surkeha, Chiranjeevi called on Reddy at his official residence, where the Chief Minister and his wife Bharati hosted lunch for the couple.

Officially it was described as a courtesy call. Chiranjeevi, whose multil


Monday, October 14, 2019Constable bitten by poisonous snake in UP

Bandh, Oct 14 (IANS) An on-duty constable was bitten by a venomous snake at the Superintendent of Police office in Uttar Pradesh's Bandh district on Monday, police said.

The constable has been admitted to a government hospital and administered first aid, police added.

According to the victim, Vivek Singh (27), the incident took place when he tried to open the window of an air-conditioned ro


Monday, October 14, 2019Noida residents brave 'muddy water' from taps

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Some residents of Noida, particularly from the upscale sector 19, have complained of getting muddy water from taps.

Not just sector 19, which is very close to Sector 18, the commercial hub of Noida, but other sectors are also expected to be affected. The supply of Ganga water has been disrupted and this is said to be the reason for the muddy water. This disruption will


Monday, October 14, 2019Is Ayodhya land dispute case reaching closure?

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Is the decades-old Ayodhya title suit case reaching a closure?

The Supreme Court has fixed October 17 as the last date of hearing in the matter, which has huge political and religious overtones.

A judgement by the top court is expected by November 17, the day Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires.

The last leg of hearing this week will see senior advocate R


Monday, October 14, 2019Post paid mobile phone service returns to Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 14 (IANS) Services of all post paid mobile phones were resumed on Monday across the Kashmir Valley after it was suspended on the intervening night of August 4 and August 5 ahead of the scrapping of Article 370.

The resumption of mobile phone service was a major move to lift the communication blockade in Kashmir. This brought back smiles on people's faces.

"We are really very h


Sunday, October 13, 2019Modi crosses 30 million followers on Instagram

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) After being one of the most followed leaders on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity has also surged on Instagram, way ahead of other global leaders. Modi is the most followed world leader on this platform with 30 million people following his Instagram account.

On Instagram, he is ahead of US President Donald Trump as well as former US President Barack Ob


Sunday, October 13, 2019Deaths, news of death fascinated Jolly: Police

Kozhikode, Oct 13 (IANS) With serial killer Jolly Thomas confessing to all the six deaths between 2002 and 2016 in her family, she told the police she liked death and the news of death.

According to the police, Jolly Thomas revealed that death fascinated her and she always wanted to know more about death and read such news. However, during the questioning, Jolly Thomas said she didn't wish to


Sunday, October 13, 2019'Made in China policy' killing jobs in India: Rahul

Latur (Maharashtra), Oct 13 (IANS) Attacking the BJP government in the centre and state over "massive unemployment", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the "Made in China" policy is killing jobs of Indian youth.

Addressing his maiden poll rally for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections in the parched and backward Marathwada region, he said that the county is witnessing the max


Sunday, October 13, 2019NIA to question arrested SIMI operative over Bodh Gaya, Patna blasts

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The National Investigaton Agency (NIA) will soon start questioning suspected SIMI operative Azharudeen, who was arrested on Friday night from Hyderabad Airport after his arrival from Saudi Arabia, sources said on Sunday.

A highly placed NIA source told IANS, "The agency will question Azharudeen aka Chemical Ali in connection with the probe into the Bodh Gaya and Patna


Sunday, October 13, 2019Congress always treated Akal Takht with respect: Amarinder

Chandigarh, Oct 13 (IANS) In a stinging response to Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal's latest tirade at his government, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday reminded her that it was her own Shiromani Akali Dal regime that had shamelessly heaped humiliation on the Akal Takht Jathedar.

On the contrary, his government has always treated the Sikh temporal seat with exemplary respect,


Sunday, October 13, 2019Delhi's air quality poor, but better than last few years

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The worsening air quality in Delhi has now firmly entered the poor category with an overall air quality index (AQI) score of 266 on Sunday with the only consolation being that pollution is not as bad as that of previous years.

According to pollution watch by Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) India, developed by the Ministry of Earth Sci


Sunday, October 13, 2019Gambling dens busted in Odisha, 95 arrested

Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 (IANS) As many as 95 persons were arrested in a major crackdown on gambling dens in Odisha, police said on Sunday.

The police conducted raids on Saturday and Sunday at several areas of Ganjam district and seized over Rs 4 lakh cash and 25 mobile phones.

"We have been conducting raids in the district and busted illegal gambling dens. A total of 14 cases were registered an


Sunday, October 13, 2019PM dares Opposition to bring back Article 370

Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Oct 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday challenged the country's opposition parties to bring back the Article 370 and Article 35A for Jammu and Kashmir.

"From the holy land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, I am challenging the opposition - make your stand clear and announce whether you support the government's decision to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A or


Sunday, October 13, 2019Priyanka's Rae Bareli workshop postponed

Lucknow, Oct 13 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's much publicised three-day training camp in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli has been postponed. The camp was scheduled to begin from Monday.

According to sources, the party leaders have been informed of the change in the programme. The postponement has been done in view of the by-elections to 11 Assembly seats slated for Octob


Sunday, October 13, 2019No loan waiver promise, BJP says its manifesto more realistic

Chandigarh, Oct 13 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released its manifesto for the Haryana Assembly polls with no promise to waive farm debt and job reservations, saying it is more realistic and practical than its rival Congress' populist manifesto.

The 25-page manifesto titled 'Mhare Sapne Ka Haryana', which the party described 'Sankalp Patra', was released in the presence of


Sunday, October 13, 2019One arrested for robbing PM's niece in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) One person was arrested on Sunday for robbing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's niece Damyanti Ben Modi, the police said.

The Civil Lines police managed to nab Gaurav alias Nonu from Haryana's Sonepat on Sunday, who along with another accused robbed Damyanti Ben Modi when she arrived here from Amritsar on Saturday morning.

"We have arrested Nonu from Sonepat and recove


Sunday, October 13, 2019Telangana RTC driver who attempted self-immolation dies

Hyderabad, Oct 13 (IANS) A Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) driver, who attempted self-immolation, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here on Sunday, triggering protests by striking employees and opposition parties.

Srinivas Reddy, who set himself on fire in Khammam town on Saturday and sustained critical injuries, died at the Apollo DRDO Hospital in Hyderabad, where he


Sunday, October 13, 2019Lynching: Christian body fumes over RSS chief's remark

New Delhi, Oct 13: A full-blown war of words is raging between Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat and a top Catholic body over guess what -- who invented the word "lynching".

Taking umbrage to Bhagwat's remarks dissociating the Hindu community with rising incidents of mob lynching in the country and instead linking the term to Christianity, the All India Catholic Union (AI


Sunday, October 13, 2019One arrested for robbing PM's niece in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 13: One person was arrested on Sunday for robbing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's niece Damyanti Ben Modi, the police said.

The Civil Lines police managed to nab Gaurav alias Nonu from Haryana's Sonepat on Sunday, who along with another accused robbed Damyanti Ben Modi when she arrived here from Amritsar on Saturday morning.

"We have arrested Nonu from Sonepat and recovered ca


Sunday, October 13, 2019PM dares Opposition to bring back Article 370

Mumbai, Oct 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday challenged the country's Opposition parties to bring back the Article 370 and Article 35A for Jammu and Kashmir.

"For the holy land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, I am challenging the opposition - Make your stand clear and announce whether you support the government's decision to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A or not," thundered Modi,


Sunday, October 13, 2019 President Kovind Meets PM Modi's Mother Hiraba, Spends 30 Minutes With Her

AHMEDABAD: President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba at her residence near Gandhinagar on Sunday morning.

On the second day of his two-day Gujarat visit, the president and his wife Savita Kovind met the prime minister's nonagenarian mother at her residence in Raisan village, where she lives with her younger son Pankaj Modi.

They spent around half-an-hour wit


Sunday, October 13, 2019Anubhav Sinha's cryptic tweet aimed at PM Modi, feel netizens

Mumbai, Oct 13: Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has shared a cryptic tweet, and many netizens feel the tweet is aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modis beach clean-up initiative at Mahabalipuram.

"He's a bad actor and we like bad acting," tweeted the "Article 15" director on Saturday night.

Soon, netizens started playing the guessing game. Many assumed the filmmaker had hinted at Prime Minister Modi


Sunday, October 13, 2019Telangana RTC driver who attempted self-immolation dies

Hyderabad, Oct 13: A Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) driver, who attempted self-immolation, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here on Sunday, triggering protests by striking employees and opposition parties.

Srinivas Reddy, who set himself on fire in Khammam town on Saturday and sustained critical injuries, died at the Apollo DRDO Hospital in Hyderabad, where he was ad


Sunday, October 13, 2019Building blaze: 5, including fireman, suffer from suffocation

Mumbai, Oct 13: Five people, including a fireman, suffered from suffocation while one fire-fighter received injuries on his hand after a blaze broke out in a commercial building in Grant Road area here on Sunday, officials said.

The fire brigade got a call about the blaze in 'Aditya Arcade' building around 6 am following which its teams rushed to the spot.

As the blaze erupted, thick smoke


Sunday, October 13, 2019Maha polls: Raj targets BJP for not raising 'relevant' issues

Thane, Oct 13: Criticising BJP leaders for highlighting abrogation of Article 370 during their campaigns for the upcoming Maharashtra polls, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has questioned the saffron party's silence on issues like farmer suicides and bad condition of roads in the state.

Addressing election rallies on Saturday night in Thane district's Bhiwandi and Kalyan towns for the MNS candidates,


Sunday, October 13, 2019Travel restrictions lifted, Bengalis eager to visit Kashmir

Kolkata, Oct 13: The wanderlust in Bengalis appears to have been reignited, following the much-anticipated lifting of travel restrictions to Jammu and Kashmir, as people thronged its tourism office here with queries on making a trip to the 'paradise on earth'.

Having missed out on the opportunity to visit the state during the Durga Puja holidays, travellers from West Bengal are now eager to p


Sunday, October 13, 2019California walnut growers hope US-India trade deal will reduce tariffs

Tiburon (US), Oct 13: California walnut growers are hopeful that the US and India will soon strike a trade deal that will reduce the retaliatory tariffs imposed by New Delhi on American walnuts, a top industry official said.

India imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products, including walnuts, almonds and apples from June 5, after the Trump administration revoked its preferential trade priv


Sunday, October 13, 2019Layer of haze lingers in Delhi-NCR as air quality remains 'poor'

New Delhi, Oct 13: A layer of haze lingered over the national capital on Sunday as its air quality index (AQI) deteriorated further and touched the 245 mark, which falls in the poor category.

The adjoining areas of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Noida, Baghpat, Murthal recorded an AQI at 290, 233, 280, 279, 259 and 245 respectively.

The air quality in Haryana's Alipur Khalsa (351) and


Sunday, October 13, 2019Abrogation of Article 370 not an issue in Haryana: Kumari Selja

ew Delhi, Oct 13: The Assembly elections in Haryana are a do-or-die situation for the Congress coming months after the party faced a rout in the Lok Sabha polls and lost all its 10 seats.

Days after the announcement of the October 21 poll date, Congress veteran weighed in on the party to replace Ashok Tanwar with Kumari Selja as the new Haryana Congress President. A disgruntled Tanwar has sin


Sunday, October 13, 2019Seeing defeat ahead, Pawar has lost restraint: Nadda

Aurangabad, Oct 12: NCP chief Sharad Pawar's statements in recent rallies shows his "restraint" is over as he is staring at defeat in Maharashtra Assembly elections, BJP working chief J P Nadda said here.

He also took a swipe at the opposition leaders, saying those "running between jail and ED" cannot take the state ahead.

Nadda was addressing a rally ahead of the October 21 state election


Sunday, October 13, 2019Was carrying acupressure roller while plogging at Mamallapuram beach: PM

New Delhi, Oct 13: Ending the curiosity of people over the stick-like object he was holding while plogging on the Mamallapuram beach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it was an acupressure roller that he often uses.

Modi was in the coastal town for a two-day informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

On Saturday, the last day of the summit, the prime minister was seen cle


Sunday, October 13, 2019Muslim board reiterates Babri stand

Lucknow, Oct 13: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that under the Shariat law, the status of any land dedicated to a mosque cannot be altered, changed or transferred in any manner.

The AIMPLB Working Committee meeting held at the Darul Uloom Naadwatul Ulema under the chairmanship of its President Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasan Nadvi on Saturday reiterated what it des


Sunday, October 13, 2019Redefine human rights in Indian context: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Human rights violations should not be limited to just custodial deaths and police atrocities, but must also include denial of basic facilities, like toilets, electricity and food, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah, here.

Speaking on the occasion of the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) 26th Foundation Day, Shah said, "Global parameters should not be only parameters. It's th


Sunday, October 13, 2019Salman Khurshid attacks critics in Congress

New Delhi: Facing flak from party colleagues for his statement on Rahul Gandhi, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Saturday hit out at his critics, saying they are either "hypocritical" or "heartless machines".

Penning a letter to his fellow party men, which he posted on social media, the former Union Minister repeated that Rahul Gandhi should return as Congress President and advised h


Sunday, October 13, 2019Karnataka gives additional aid of Rs 10K to flood-hit people

Bengaluru, Oct 13: The Karnataka government declared an additional Rs 10,000 more compensation to the flood-hit people in the state's regions, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Saturday.

"The aid is in addition to the relief amount from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) by the central government," the Chief Minister told lawmakers in the assembly here.

The Central government


Sunday, October 13, 2019UP official marries woman who accused him of sexual abuse

Kushinagar, Oct 13: A Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar has married a woman, who had accused him sexually abusing her.

The 35-year-old woman had filed a complaint on Friday against Hapur SDM Dinesh Kumar, 38, accusing him of sexually abusing her for the last four years on the pretext of marriage.

In her complaint, the woman alleged that she underwent abortion twi


Sunday, October 13, 2019FATF should take note: Where are world's most wanted terrorists found?

New Delhi, Oct 13; When the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meets in Paris to review Pakistans case on fight against terror, it must take cognisance of a recent question posed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi - "Whether it is 9/11 or 26/11, in which country are the conspirators found?"

Though the Prime Minister, during his �Howdy Modi' event in Houston last month where US President Donald


Sunday, October 13, 2019Lt Gen Harsha Gupta new White Night Corps Commander

JAMMU: Lt Gen Harsha Gupta on Saturday took over the command of the White Knight Corps from Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Sangha here, a defence spokesperson said.
On assuming the command of the Jammu-based White Knight Corps, Gupta exhorted all ranks to continue working with "the same zeal and enthusiasm," the spokesperson said.
The new General Officer Commanding (GOC) asked the soldiers to always be


Sunday, October 13, 2019PM Modi, Prez Xi focus on trade, investment for broad-based ties

MAMALLAPURAM: Scripting a "new era" of cooperation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday agreed to set up a broad-based economic mechanism to bridge India's ballooning trade deficit with China and vowed to deepen defence cooperation while negotiating contentious issues prudently with sensitivity to each other's core concerns.
Other major outcomes of the nearl


Saturday, October 12, 2019Himachal CM raises national issues to seek vote in by-poll

Dharamsala, Oct 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, here on Saturday, decided to talk about national issues to seek vote in the Dharamsala Assembly by-election for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Seeking vote for BJP candidate Vishal Neharia, he said under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the world had acknowledged India as a superpower.

He prai


Saturday, October 12, 2019Spurt in dengue cases in UP; principal secy among infected

Lucknow, Oct 12 (IANS) With the threat of dengue looming large in Uttar Pradesh's capital, 433 people have been confirmed to be affected by the disease here since January including Navneet Sehgal, principal secretary, Khadi Gram Udyog.

Sehgal has been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease and is undergoing treatment at the King George's Medical University (KGMU).

Chief medical superintend


Saturday, October 12, 2019New govt app to log alcohol sales sparks row in Goa

Panaji, Oct 12 (IANS) A newly introduced app, launched by the state government's excise department to streamline data of sale of alcohol, by liquor outlets in the state has become the object of political controversy in Goa.

While the opposition has alleged, that the app would create a hassle for small businesses dealing in alcohol, the mobile phone app has found the backing of the Goa Liquor T


Saturday, October 12, 2019Striking TSRTC employees call for Telangana shutdown

Hyderabad, Oct 12 (IANS) Intensifying their indefinite strike, the employees of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) have called for a Telangana shutdown on October 19.

As the strike by nearly 50,000 employees entered its eighth day on Saturday, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of various employee unions announced their action plan to intensify the protest.



Saturday, October 12, 2019DA of Punjab govt employees increased by 3 per cent

Chandigarh, Oct 12 (IANS) Despite financial constraints, the Amarinder Singh led Punjab government on Saturday announced a Diwali bonanza for its employees and pensioners.

The employees and pensioners will get a three per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) with effect from November 1, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said here.

The Chief Minister, he said, had ordered the hike as a m


Saturday, October 12, 201950 arrested after clashes in Bihar

Jahanabad (Bihar), Oct 12 (IANS) The district police have beefed up security arrangements here following a major clash between two groups during Durga idol immersion on Thursday, that claimed the life of one person and landed 50 persons in jail, police said on Saturday.

Jahanabad Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar told IANS, "The situation deteriorated on Friday, but has improved on Saturda


Saturday, October 12, 2019Booze, affairs, real estate: It was 'jolly' good run for Jolly

Kozhikode (Kerala) Oct 12 (IANS) Probe into the baffling six deaths in one family has now revealed accused cyanide killer Jolly Amma Joseph was leading a 'jolly' good life, with booze, extra marital affairs and real estate deals. Her journey came to an abrupt end, just when she was planning to get married for the third time.

With Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra admitting that the curious cas


Saturday, October 12, 2019Jharkhand police launches campaign to choke 'terror funding'

Ranchi, Oct 12 (IANS) With preparations underway for the Assembly elections to be held in the state later this year, the city police have launched a 'massive campaign' against the Maoists here, to trace their money trail and also choke the terror funding to weaken their leadership.

A senior official at the Jharkhand Police Headquarters told IANS that helpers and assistants involved in mopping


Saturday, October 12, 20193 Bangladeshi security personnel held, released later

Agartala, Oct 12 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) handed over three jawans of Bangladesh's elite Rapid Action battalion (RAB) and two women of that country to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after they trespassed into the Indian territory, a BSF official said on Saturday.

The official said that as a goodwill gesture in view of the Co-ordinated Border Management Plan between India and Bangl


Saturday, October 12, 2019Women exempted from Delhi's Odd-Even scheme: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Allowing cars driven by women to be exempted from the Odd-Even scheme, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that private CNG vehicles also need to follow the road rationing scheme starting November 4.

Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said cars driven by women with all women passengers or a child below the age of 12 will be allowed to commute withou


Saturday, October 12, 201920 arrested outside Salman Khan's house over Bigg Boss protest

Mumbai, Oct 12: The season 13 of the popular reality show "Bigg Boss" has been mired in controversies right from its launch two weeks ago. Many organisations, including Confederation Of All India Traders (CAIT) have sought ban on the show, raising objection over the concept of "Bed Friends Forever". Many have alleged the show is obscene and it maligns Indian culture.

Now, the Rajasthan-based o


Saturday, October 12, 2019Congress condemns IT raids on staff members

New Delhi, Oct 12: The Congress party on Saturday condemned the ongoing raids on its staff members.

Party sources said that five salaried employees of the accounts department were being raided.

The raid were being conducted here as well as in Kanpur, Kochi and Rajasthan.

The party has not officially commented on the development but senior spokesperson Anand Sharma has slammed these raids


Saturday, October 12, 2019Women cars exempted, pvt CNG to follow Odd-Even: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Oct 12: Allowing cars driven by women to be exempted from the Odd-Even scheme, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that private CNG vehicles also need to follow the road rationing scheme starting November 4.

Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said cars driven by women with all women passengers or a child below the age of 12 will be allowed to commute without any


Saturday, October 12, 2019Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up meet, leaves for Nepal

Chennai, Oct 12: Chinese President Xi Jinping left for Nepal on Saturday by an Air China aircraft, concluding his second informal summit with Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi, which has signalled a recalibration of bilateral ties.

Xi, wrapped up his about 24-hour stay during which he visited Mamallapuram near here and held informal talks with the Prime Minster. Also, delegation level talks were he


Saturday, October 12, 2019New era of Sino-India cooperation to begin with 'Chennai connect': Modi

Mamallapuram, Oct 12: A new era of cooperation will start between India and China on Saturday with the "Chennai connect", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after around five-and-half hours of one-on-one talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping spread over two days in this ancient coastal town as part of the second informal summit.

Xi said their "candid", "heart-to-heart" discussions on bilatera


Saturday, October 12, 2019Indian man's plea of passport being taken away; kept as collateral goes viral on twitter: report

Dubai, Oct 12: A UAE-based Indian man's plea regarding his passport being taken away and kept as a collateral against a bank loan has gone viral on social media, according to a media report.

Jahir Sarkar, in a series of tweet to the Dubai Police, has claimed that he was brought to Dubai by an Egyptian and got his visa stamped for a period of two years, the Khaleej Times reported.

"It was af


Saturday, October 12, 2019Google honours Bengali poet, educator & activist Kamini Roy with a doodle on her 155th birthday

Kolkata, Oct 12: Famous search engine Google on Saturday honoured the great Bengali poet, educator and activist Kamini Roy with a beautiful doodle on her 155th birthday.

Today’s Doodle celebrates the first woman to graduate with honors in the history of India, who went on to advocate for the rights of all women.

Born on this day in 1864 in the Bakerganj district of British India—now part of


Saturday, October 12, 2019'Chennai connect to see new era in India-China cooperation'

Mahabalipuram, Oct 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that last year's Wuhan summit had increased the stability in ties with China and had given it a fresh momentum, but the 'Chennai connect' forged from their current Mahabalipuram informal summit will see the launch of a new era in bilateral cooperation.

In his opening statement on the second day of the informal summit with Chi


Saturday, October 12, 2019Centre's motive is to minimise RTI applications: Shah

New Delhi, Oct 12: Appealing to people not to misuse the Right to Information (RTI), Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that the Centre is working in the direction to minimise the use of the RTI which could be achieved by putting maximum information in the public domain so that there is no need to file RTI.

The Home Minister made the announcement at the 14th Annual Convention o


Saturday, October 12, 2019Modi-Xi agree to promote mutual learning among their civilisations

Beijing/Mahabalipuram, Oct 12: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to promote exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations to achieve joint development and prosperity during their second informal summit in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, a Xinhua report said.

Xi and Modi held their second informal meeting in te picturesque Southern Indian town follo


Saturday, October 12, 2019UN Secretary-General orders travel, meetings, heat cut over cash crisis

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has ordered travel, meetings and heat cut over cash crisis.

The UN Chief has ordered these measures to be effective from Monday at all UN facilities and operations around the world to deal with the United Nations' worst cash crisis in nearly a decade.

The UN chief said in a letter to the heads of all UN entities that the emergency measu


Saturday, October 12, 2019IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria visits Srinagar airbase, reviews security situation

SRINAGAR: Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, who on September 30 took charge as the 26th Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF), on Friday, visited Srinagar airbase in his maiden tour outside Delhi to review the operational preparedness and security situation. This his first visit to Srinagar after taking over as IAF Chief.

His visit to the Srinagar airbase assumes


Saturday, October 12, 2019Modi-Xi hold second informal talks

Mahabalipuram, Oct 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping began their second informal talks at the Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa beach resort near here.

Modi received Xi at the entrance of the resort. The two leaders shook hands and then boarded a battery operated vehicle to reach their informal meeting room facing the Bay of Bengal.

The two leaders are expect


Saturday, October 12, 2019Kerala cyanide killer case is very challenging: Top cop Behra

Kozhikode (Kerala) Oct 12: Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra admitted on Saturday that cyanide serial killer Jolly Amma Joseph's case is a very challenging one as there is a gap of 14 years between the first and the sixth alleged killing.

He also did not rule out himself questioning the prime accused, Jolly.

After lengthy meetings with the police probe team investigating the murder trail i


Saturday, October 12, 2019No impact on flight operations at Chennai airport due to VVIP movement: Civil Aviation Ministry

New Delhi: There has not been any impact on commercial flight operations at Chennai airport due to VVIP movements as the secondary runway is also being used so that there is no delay even at night, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Chennai to a grand welcome, a visit that comes soon after the recent episode of turbulence in


Saturday, October 12, 201912 security personnel, locals injured in mob attack in Assam's Hailakandi district

Hailakandi: At least 12 security personnel as well as several villagers were injured when they were attacked by an irate mob as they tried to save four people from lynching at Nitainagar village in Hailakandi district of South Assam on Friday night, police sources said.

Hailakandi Sadar police station Officer In-charge (OC) Hemanta Kumar Das and second officer Ashoke Chakraborty of the police


Saturday, October 12, 2019Pakistan must end support to terror groups: US Senator

Washington, Oct 12: Pakistan must end support to the Taliban and other terror groups, a top American senator said a day after meeting Pakistani leadership in Islamabad.

"Pakistan has an important role to play in stabilising Afghanistan, engaging in robust counterterrorism efforts and strengthening the global economy," Senator Maggie Hassan said on Friday after concluding her trip to Pakistan


Saturday, October 12, 2019Modi, Xi chat without aides for two-and-a-half hours

Mahabalipuram, Oct 12: The one-on-one tete-a-tete between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner on Friday lasted for two-and-a-half hours, well beyond the planned time, and was "very open and cordial", holding promise of several Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) emerging out of the second informal summit between the two sides.

The one-on-one between the tw


Saturday, October 12, 2019President's call to address healthcare challenges

Mysuru (Karnataka), Oct 12: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday called for a multi-pronged approach to address the healthcare challenges due to the triple burden of communicable, non-communicable and emerging diseases in the country.

"Though we have achieved a lot over the years, we are challenged by communicable, non-communicable and emerging diseases. We need to improve access to health ser


Saturday, October 12, 2019PM Modi cleans TN beach ahead of talks with Xi

Mahabalipuram, Oct 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday collected plastic bottles, plates and other garbage thrown on the beach outside the Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort and Spa near here where he is staying.

Clad in a black kurta-pajama, Modi was seen with a large plastic bag in hand during his early morning walk as he picked out plastic litter, water bottles strewn on the sands.



Saturday, October 12, 2019Kailash Satyarthi wants UNSC to act on child pornography

New Delhi, Oct 12: With the internet being increasingly used for child pornography and trafficking, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi is pitching for action led by the UN Security Council (UNSC) and involving the Interpol to check the menace.

Satyarthi, who has been running an NGO in India for the protection of child rights for about 40 years, said he is working to build pressure on this count


Saturday, October 12, 2019Imran leads 'human chain' event on Kashmir Day

Islamabad, Oct 12: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan led a 'human chain' event here to express solidarity with Kashmiris as 'Kashmir Day' was marked across the country.

The several kilometres-long human chain was formed from D-Chowk to the Convention Centre in Islamabad on Friday, Geo News reported. People from all sections of society took part in the event.

On the occasion, Prime Minister


Saturday, October 12, 2019Modi, Xi resolve to work together to face terror, radicalisation challenges

MAMALLAPURAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday vowed to work together in facing the challenges of radicalisation and terrorism in India and China during a two-and-half hour "open and cordial" one-on-one discussion over dinner at the magnificent Shore temple complex in this ancient coastal town.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in a late-evening press confere