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Monday, June 24, 2019Maharashtra to clear CM, ministers' BMC water bills

Mumbai, June 24 (IANS) Embarrassed after RTI revelations that the official residences of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and several other cabinet ministers figured on the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) list of water bill 'defaulters', the state government clarified that the payments were made last November.

According to a statement by the Public Works Department - which oversees


Monday, June 24, 2019Centre brings bill on J&K reservation in LS

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) A bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday, paving the way for people living near the International Border to get benefits of reservation in jobs, promotion and educational institutions.

The legislation will replace the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.

Minister of State for Home G. Kis


Monday, June 24, 2019Police chiefs to devise strategy against drug abuse

Chandigarh, June 24 (IANS) Police chiefs of seven northern states -- Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Uttarakhand, UP, Delhi -- and Chandigarh will meet here on June 26 for evolving strategies against drug abuse and trafficking, according to Manoj Yadava, Haryana Director General of Police (DGP), on Monday.

The meeting will discuss challenges and strategies to combat drug abuse. Harya


Monday, June 24, 2019SC dismisses plea against Maratha quota in PG courses

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the validity of Maharashtra government's ordinance granting 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in admission to post-graduate medical and dental courses in the current academic year.

The state government contended that the ordinance in the form of a Bill was approved by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and the


Monday, June 24, 2019Centre, Delhi government should join hands on law, order: Kejriwal

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the Central and Delhi governments must work together to improve the law and order situation here.

Kejriwal's remarks came a day after he said the national capital is witnessing a "dangerous spurt in serious crimes".

Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said keeping politics at bay, all the agencies, governments and the


Monday, June 24, 2019Another Trinamool MLA to defect to BJP in Bengal

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) The West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) continues to witness defections since the 2019 Lok Sabha election results and the latest to join the list is Wilson Champramary, the Kalchini MLA.

Speaking to a television news channel on Monday, the TMC legislator said he would soon join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with Trinamool Congress councillors.

On J


Monday, June 24, 2019Gupta weddings over, Auli stares at quintals of waste

Dehradun, June 24 (IANS) Uttarakhand's Joshimath Municipality is faced with an uphill task of clearing quintals of garbage left behind after the high-profile Gupta family weddings last week at Auli.

Over 220 quintal waste had been collected from the wedding site between Sunday and Monday noon with the Municipality pressing in 7-8 trucks for the purpose, top government officials said. The Munic


Monday, June 24, 20193 BJP workers hurt while setting afire KCR's effigy

Hyderabad, June 24 (IANS) Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activities, including two women, sustained burns while setting afire an effigy of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao during a protest, here on Monday.

They were taking part in a protest against rape and murder of a nine-month-old girl in Warangal town. They were demanding stringent punishment for the alleged rapist and ki


Monday, June 24, 2019Congress MLA removed for praising Modi, meets him

New Delhi, June 24: Removed from the party for praising Narendra Modi, A.P. Abdullakutty, former Congress MLA from Kerala, met the Prime Minister here on Monday.

The meeting was arranged by Keralite businessman-turned-BJP Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Chandrasekhar.

After the meeting, Abdullakutty said, "He (Modi) was happy when I told him about my participation in the yoga day."

The two-tim


Monday, June 24, 2019Aadhaar Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Jun 24: The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to impose strict penalties for violation of norms, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Bill, once approved, will replace the ordinance issued in March this year.

The Bill amends the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and further to amend the


Monday, June 24, 2019Kargil war: IAF recreates ‘Tiger Hill’ attack in Gwalior

Gwalior, Jun 24: Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on Tiger hill during the Kargil war, the IAF on Monday organised a seminar on ‘Air operations in Kargil war, Lessons learnt and way forward’ at Air Force Station, here.

On June 24,1999, the Mirage-2000 fighter jets used the Laser Guided Bomb(LGB) on Tiger hill during Kargil war.

The focus of this seminar


Monday, June 24, 2019Minister Jaishankar joins BJP

New Delhi, June 24: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar formally joined the BJP on Monday, nearly a month after being inducted into the Cabinet in a surprise move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 64-year-old former Foreign Secretary was welcomed into the party by BJP Working President J.P. Nadda at the party office here.

Party' s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, Mini


Monday, June 24, 2019RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya resigns

Mumbai, June 24: Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has quit six months before the end of his term, sources said on Monday.

Acharya is the third top official to quit RBI before completing their term. The first being former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and second being former Governor Urjit Patel.

Sources said that Acharya, who joined as the RBI Deputy Governor in J


Monday, June 24, 2019Amit Shah's first bill today in LS on J&K reservation

New Delhi, June 24: A bill proposing to give reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to people living within 10 km of the International Border in Jammu is listed to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

It is the first bill to be introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who will also give a statement mentioning reasons for the immediate legislation by promulgation of the


Monday, June 24, 2019Ayodhya to be painted yellow for 'Deepotsav'

Ayodhya, June 24 (IANS) In 2011, the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had gotten Lucknows city centre, Hazratganj, painted pink.

In 2019, the incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is getting Ayodhya painted pale yellow which is just two shades away from saffron.

Ayodhya will make everyone turn 'yellow' with envy when it readies for ‘Deepotsav' on Diwali this year.

The Ayodhy


Sunday, June 23, 2019Tharoor hails fellow MP's move to accept only books

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday appreciated his party colleague T.N. Prathapan's decision to accept only books and not bouquets or mementos at various functions that he would attend as a member of Parliament.

"It's a great idea. I asked for something similar in my first year as a member of Parliament, but gave up when no one followed to my request. Org


Sunday, June 23, 2019Coast Guard recruitment centre soon in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, June 23 (IANS) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday announced that a Coast Guard recruitment centre will soon be set up in the hill state.

It will be the country's fifth Coast Guard recruitment centre after Noida, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the building for which will be built at a cost of Rs 37 crore.

Besides Uttarakhand, youths from other states such as H


Sunday, June 23, 2019Ex-government employees, maid murdered in Delhi

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) An elderly couple who had retired from government service were found murdered in their house along with their maid in south Delhi, police said on Sunday.

All three -- Vishnu Mathur, 78, Shashi Mathur, 75, and Khushbu, 20 -- had their throats slit when the police reached the first floor flat in Basant Gaon near Vasant Vihar.

"A police team found them in a pool of b


Sunday, June 23, 2019Andhra minor girl gang-raped by six for a week

Amaravati, June 23 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a minor girl was gang-raped by six youth, including three minors, for a week in Andhra Pradesh's Ongole town, police said on Sunday.

The incident came to light after the 16-year-old victim managed to escape from the clutches of the accused.

Prakasam's Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal told a news conference that four accused were ap


Sunday, June 23, 2019Naidu, Modi remember Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his death anniversary

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh on his 66th death anniversary.

"I join the nation in paying tributes to the great nationalist Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his death anniversary. He was a visionary leader, who sacrificed his life for the unity and integ


Sunday, June 23, 2019Mayawati's nepotism: Appoints brother, nephew to top posts

Lucknow, June 23 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati reintroduced nepotism into the party on Sunday by again appointing her brother Anand Kumar as party vice president and her nephew Akash Anand as national coordinator.

Mayawati had appointed Anand Kumar as party vice president in April 2017, but he had stepped down from his post in May 2018 ostensibly because he did not wish a


Sunday, June 23, 2019Amarinder celebrates century of family ties with Army

Chandigarh, June 23 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, 77, has tried to strengthen his family's century-old camaraderie with the Indian Army by joining jawans, junior commissioned officers and officers of the Sikh Regiment at a social occasion here, his aides said on Sunday.

The formal gathering in Chandimandir near here on Saturday evening saw shared moments and a cultural


Sunday, June 23, 2019Bengal teenager shot during BJP-Trinamool clash

Kolkata, June 23 (IANS) A teenage boy is in critical condition after he sustained bullet injuries along with two others following a clash between workers of the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Patrasayer in West Bengal's Bankura district.

A clash erupted in the area on Saturday after the BJP activists allegedly shouted "Jai Shri Ram" slogans at Trinamool workers when


Sunday, June 23, 2019Madras HC to Centre: End trauma of 65 Sri Lankan Tamils

Chennai, June 23 (IANS) The Madras High Court has passionately argued for grant of citizenship to 65 Tamils who fled Sri Lanka after the 1983 riots, saying the conditions in the Tamil Nadu camp in which they are housed are "hellish".

The Tamils crossed the narrow strip of sea dividing Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu way back with a view to make India their permanent home but the Centre has refused to


Sunday, June 23, 2019Always knew pros, cons of stardom: Arjun Kapoor

New Delhi, June 23 : Actor Arjun Kapoor, who will turn a year older on June 26, says he came well-prepared into the industry and always knew the pros and cons of fame.

Arjun, son of producer Boney Kapoor, has grown up seeing his family members face the glitzy as well as the gloomy sides of the showbiz world.

He rose to fame with his debut film "Ishaqzaade", which released in 2012, and has m


Sunday, June 23, 2019Punjab Police constable wins Rs 2 crore in lottery

Chandigarh, June 23 : Punjab Police constable Ashok Kumar won state government's New Year Lohri Bumper draw by winning the bumper prize of Rs 2 crore, it was announced on Sunday.

Kumar, 30, a resident of Motian village in Hoshiarpur district, never thought that he would become a millionaire one day.

He had misplaced the prize money lottery ticket but later traced it to his desk drawer at a


Sunday, June 23, 2019Andhra minor girl gang-raped by six for a week

Amaravati, June 23 : In a shocking incident, a minor girl was gang-raped by six youth, including three minors, for a week in Andhra Pradesh's Ongole town, police said on Sunday.

The incident came to light after the 16-year-old victim managed to escape from the clutches of the accused.

Prakasam's Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal told a news conference that four accused were apprehe


Sunday, June 23, 2019Four 'IS-inspired' militants killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, June 23: Four "Islamic State-inspired" militants were killed on Sunday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.

Following the gunfight, Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh told reporters that the four militants killed in the Daramdora village of Shopian were locals and belonged to the Islamic State-inspired Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hin


Sunday, June 23, 2019Gurmeet Ram Rahim seeks 42-day parole to tender fields

Chandigarh, June 23 : Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is facing a 20-year jail for raping his two disciples, has sought a parole of 42 days for tendering sprawling fields in his sects headquarters in Haryana's Sirsa town, officials said on Sunday.

"We are awaiting a reply from central security and intelligence agencies and also from the Sirsa District Magistrate that w


Sunday, June 23, 2019Manoj Tiwari receives death threat on SMS

New Delhi, June 23 :Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Sunday said he had received a death threat on SMS on his mobile phone with the sender saying he was under "extreme compulsion" to eliminate him.

Tiwari told IANS: "I have got the death threat on my phone and I have informed the police about it."

According to the SMS, the person said he was sorry he had decided to eliminate Tiwari "unde


Sunday, June 23, 201920 e-buses await charging points to ply in Srinagar

Srinagar, June 23 : Twenty electric buses are waiting for charging points to start plying in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar city.

Sources in the state-owned Road Transport Corporation said these electric buses were received from Tata Motors two months back, but are yet to start operation for want of charging points.

"The charging points too have been received from the manufacturer, but for th


Sunday, June 23, 2019J&K SSC yet to depute football coach for trainees in Jammu, appoint CSO

Jammu, Jun 23 :Almost an year after a senior football coach attained superannuation, Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council has yet to depute another coach for the trainees at a football academy being run here at GGM Science College Ground.
Meanwhile, another prominent chair of Chief Sports Officer is also still vacant for the past three months.
A senior coach Mr Vishwamitter got retired in Jul


Sunday, June 23, 2019John memorial all India Volleyball tourney from tomorrow

Chennai, June 23 : Ten teams in the men's section and six in the women's will vie for honours in the P John memorial
All India Volleyball tournament beginning here tomorrow.
The tournament, offering a total prize money of Rs five lakh is sponsored by Daily Thanthi and co-sponsored by SNJ Group.
A cash award of Rs 5,000 each would be given to five best players each in the men's and women's sec


Sunday, June 23, 2019Kedar Jadhav hails death-over bowlers, says had faith in them

Southampton, Jun 23: Indian batsman Kedar Jadhav has said the team never lost faith in their death-overs specialists after Team India managed to register 11-run victory over Afghanistan in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Addressing the post-match press conference on Saturday, Jadhav praised the bowlers and said,'Obviously, we had belief in our death specialist bowlers".
"Bumrah is the no 1 bowler. W


Sunday, June 23, 2019Woman scribe shot at in East Delhi

New Delhi, Jun 23 : A woman journalist was allegedly shot at by unknown people in Vasundhara Enclave area Delhi in the wee hours on Sunday.
The woman journalist Mitali Chandola is stable now.
According to police, the incident took place around 0030 hrs when she was on her way to home in Noida. Her car was overtaken by another vehicle near the Dharmshila Hospital in the Vasundhara Enclave area,


Sunday, June 23, 2019Cambodia building collapse death toll rises

Phnom Penh, Jun 23 :The death toll after a seven-storey building collapse in the coastal city of Sihanoukville on Saturday has increased to 18.
According to a BBC News report, at least 24 people have been injured - several critically - as the search for survivors continues.
The building under construction in the coastal city of Sihanoukville was owned by a Chinese company.
In recent years, Si


Sunday, June 23, 2019US 'launches cyber-attack on Iran weapons systems'

Washington, Jun 23 :The US launched a cyber-attack on Iranian weapons systems on Thursday as President Trump pulled out of air strikes on the country, US reports say.
The cyber-attack disabled computer systems controlling rocket and missile launchers, the Washington Post said.
It was in retaliation for the shooting down of a US drone as well as attacks on oil tankers that the US has blamed Iran


Sunday, June 23, 2019At least 19 injured as earthquake hits China province

Chengdu, Jun 23 :19 people were reportedly injured after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Gongxian country in Southwest china's Sichuan province, local authorities said on Sunday.
The quake shook Gongxian country at 2329 hrs (local time) on Saturday, whose epicenter was recorded at a depth of 10 km, being monitored at 28.43 degrees north latitude and 104.77 degrees east longitude, Xinhua quoted Ch


Sunday, June 23, 2019School teacher found hanging from tree in J&K's Reasi district

Jammu, Jun 23 :A school teacher on Sunday was found hanging from a tree under mysterious circumstances in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police, initially, however, is suspecting it as a suicide.
"A body of Ghulam Mohammad Mir, 30, who was a government school teacher, was found hanging from a tree in forest area just few meters away from his house in village Hariwalla on Sunday morning,"


Sunday, June 23, 2019Kohli fined for breach of code of conduct

Virat Kohli, India's captain, was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for advancing towards umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner while appealing for a leg-before decision against Afghanistan on Saturday (June 22). One demerit point was also added to his record, taking his tally to two.

He was found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in Southampton and Article 2.1 of the


Sunday, June 23, 2019Monsoon showers lash Maharashtra districts

Aurangabad, Jun 23 :Monsoon rain lashed Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna, Osmanabad and Parbhani districts on Sunday morning, bringing respite to the drought-hit areas in Maharashtra.
Met reports stated that heavy monsoon showers lashed eight districts of the state for about 45 minutes on Saturday, registering up to 50 mm of rainfall. Meanwhile, other districts such as Hingoli, Nanded and Latur received


Sunday, June 23, 2019‘Committed to tolerance’: India rejects US report on minorities’ status

New Delhi,June,23:India Sunday rejected a US religious freedom report, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government to pronounce on the state of its citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.

In its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, the State Department alleged Friday that mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Mu


Sunday, June 23, 20197 injured in road mishap in Sonamarg

Kashmir June 23:Seven people were injured on Sunday in a road mishap at Nilgrar in Sonamarg area on Srinagar-Leh highway.
An official said that a truck travelling from Kargil to Sonamarg collided with a passenger cab coming from opposite direction near Nilgrar, resulting in injuries to seven passengers travelling in the cab.
The injured have been identified as Muhammad Sharief Tak (30), Muhamm


Sunday, June 23, 2019Mamata congratulates Team India for fourth win in cricket world cup

Kolkata, Jun 23 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated Team India for the fourth win in cricket world cup“Congratulations #TeamIndia for the fourth win at this @cricketworldcup. Keep winning,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.

Mohammad Shami made a hat-trick in the final over as India secured a 11-run

victory to avoid a huge shock against Afgha


Sunday, June 23, 2019Bangladesh's Awami League turns 70, Hasina remembers party founders

Dhaka, Jun 23: Bangladesh Prime Minster and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on Sunday greeted the countrymen on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of Awami League Party and said that the party along with the people would build a hunger-poverty free, happy and prosperous 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by 'Bangabandhu' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Ms Hasina said, "On this day I recall


Sunday, June 23, 2019SFs harassing people on highway, it should stop at once: says Farooq

Pahalgam, Jun 2: Alleging that security forces are harassing people on the national highway, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said such acts should be stopped at once.
''When I was coming to Pahalgam from Srinagar, I saw that security forces were stopping people at several places on the highway…. This is not a good thing. Nowhere in the country are people stopped at so many pla


Sunday, June 23, 2019Would love to see half the House comprised of women: Sumalatha

New Delhi, June 23 : Actor-turned-politician Sumalatha Ambareesh, who made history by becoming the first independent woman candidate to enter the Lok Sabha from Karnataka, envisions a House that comprises 50 per cent female members.

"We have debated a lot about providing 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha. But why not 50 per cent? I would love to see half of the members in the House


Sunday, June 23, 2019Violence-hit Bhatpara wakes up to uncanny silence

Kolkata, June 23 : Violence-hit Bhatpara in West Bengall's North 24 Parganas district on Sunday wore a deserted look as very few people stepped out amidst prohibitory orders in the area.

Shops remained closed as an atmosphere of panic and apprehension prevailed in the area under the Barrackpore industrial belt, three days after clashes that claimed two lives and left at least four people injur


Sunday, June 23, 2019Indian PC gaming ecosystem set to explode: HP Inc

New Delhi, June 23 : Gaming has lately come of age in India - breaking the social tolerance barrier - and once you experience it on smartphones, you will crave a bigger screen experience with top-of-the-line specifications.

The game changer, however, will be to create an entirely new ecosystem along with nurturing developers to create more local games - and not those Chinese ones - and the PC


Sunday, June 23, 2019Three persons found dead inside Delhi house

New Delhi, June 23 :A couple and their maid were found dead with their throats slit inside a house in Vasant Vihar in south Delhi, police said on Sunday.

The deceased couple were identified as Vishnu Mathur and Shashi Mathur and their maid as Khushbu.

The police said they were tipped off about the murders at 8.40 a.m.

"Another domestic help of the couple revealed that when she came in t


Sunday, June 23, 2019PM, other BJP leaders pay homage to Syama Prasad Mookerjee

New Delhi, Jun 23 :Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders on Sunday paid homage to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh -- the predecessor of the saffron party.
"Remembering Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Balidan Divas. A devout patriot and proud nationalist, Dr Mookerjee devoted his life for India’s unity and integrity," Mr Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister als


Sunday, June 23, 2019US has no locus standi to speak about Indians and their constitutional rights: MEA

New Delhi, Jun 23 :Two days before the US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo arrives India on a three-day crucial visit, India on Sunday firmly hit out at the American administration and said there is "no locus standi for a foreign entity or government" to pronounce views on Indian citizens.
"We see no locus standi for a foreign entity or government to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ c


Sunday, June 23, 2019Four militants killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, June 23 : Four militants were killed on Sunday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.

Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: "Four terrorists have been killed in Daramdora village of Shopian district. Weapons and other incriminating material have been recovered from their possession."

The operation is now over a


Saturday, June 22, 2019Advani reaches Shimla for week-long sojourn

Shimla, June 22 (IANS) Former Deputy Prime Minister and veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani, accompanied by his daughter and other family members, on Saturday arrived here on a seven-day private visit to Himachal Pradesh.

On his arrival at the Annadale helipad, he was received by state Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, Transport Minister Govin


Saturday, June 22, 2019ED offers to provide air ambulance to bring Choksi back

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday rejected a plea by fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi that he should be questioned in Antigua because of his health condition and said it can arrange air ambulance with medical experts to bring him back to India for interrogation in connection with the PNB fraud case.

Choksi, who is an accused in the case, has taken refuge i


Saturday, June 22, 2019Tej Pratap meets Lalu Prasad, gives Bhagavad Gita

Ranchi, June 22 (IANS) After the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav met his jailed and ailing father Lalu Prasad at a hospital, here on Saturday.

Tej Pratap met the RJD at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) and presented him the Bhagavad Gita.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney issues and diabetes. He has been co


Saturday, June 22, 2019'Halwa' ceremony held, Budget papers get into printing mode

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The government on Saturday started the process of printing of the Budget 2019-20 documents following the customary 'halwa' ceremony in which Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman participated.

Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur and senior ministry officials including Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Financial Services Secretary Raje


Saturday, June 22, 2019UP Bar Council chief's killer dies in Gurugram hospital

Gurugram, June 22 (IANS) The lawyer who shot himself after killing Uttar Pradesh Bar Council President Darvesh Singh Yadav in Agra court died in a Gurugram hospital on Saturday.

Manish Sharma was shifted to Medanta hospital. He was in coma and was kept on a ventilator. He was declared dead on Saturday afternoon.

Sharma had shot his colleague Darvesh Singh Yadav on June 12 after the latter w


Saturday, June 22, 2019Himachal Chief Justice takes oath of office

Shimla, June 22 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian was administered the oath of office by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a simple but an impressive ceremony here.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his cabinet colleagues, high court judges and senior government functionaries attended the oath-taking ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan, where


Saturday, June 22, 20192009 Swiss aircraft buy: CBI books Sanjay Bhandari, IAF officials

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday said it had a registered a case against arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, officials of Swiss company Pilatus Aircrafts Ltd and some unknown officials of the Indian Air Force and the Defence Ministry in the 2009 trainer aircraft deal case.

After registering the FIR, the investigating agency conducted searches on the prem


Saturday, June 22, 2019Smriti Irani, Goa CM Sawant in Amethi on two-day visit

Amethi, June 22 (IANS) Union Minister Smriti Irani, accompanied by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, reached Amethi on a two-day visit on Saturday.

This is Irani's first visit to the constituency which she won after defeating Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the recent Lok Sabha election.

Irani went straight to the house of BJP worker Surendra Singh, who was shot dead immediately after the el


Saturday, June 22, 2019Goa CM visits Amethi, Congress says he's avoiding work

Panaji, June 22 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday visited Baraulia village in Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh to pay condolences to the family of a BJP party worker who was shot dead in May, soon after the Lok Sabha polls.

Criticising the visit, the Congress in Goa accused Sawant of running away from pressing issues in the state, while at the same time promising to under


Saturday, June 22, 2019BJP will now target Yadav, Jatav votes in UP

Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) After reducing the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party to virtual non-players in state as well as national politics, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh is now planning to strike at the base vote of these two parties.

At a meeting to discuss the party's membership drive that begins on July 6 and ends on August 10, party cadres have been asked to fo


Saturday, June 22, 2019Himachal Chief Justice takes oath of office

Shimla, June 22: Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian was administered the oath of office by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a simple but an impressive ceremony here.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his cabinet colleagues, high court judges and senior government functionaries attended the oath-taking ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan, where Chie


Saturday, June 22, 2019India asks Pak to address global concerns on terror after FATF slams it

New Delhi, June 22: India on Saturday asked Pakistan to address global concerns on terrorism by taking "credible" and "irreversible" steps, after an international body, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), slammed the country for failing to do enough to check terror financing and warned of action if it does not comply with the requirements in four months.

The FATF said Pakistan, since June last


Saturday, June 22, 2019Google Doodle pays tribute to Amrish Puri

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The life and legacy of legendary actor Amrish Puri was commemorated by Google with a doodle on his 87th birth anniversary on Saturday.

Pune-based guest artiste Debangshu Moulik celebrated the talent that Amrish Puri was with the doodle.

He was born in Punjab on this day in 1932, landed his first role at age 39 and went on to portray some of the most memorable villa


Saturday, June 22, 2019Trump dismisses rape allegation, terms it 'fiction'

Washington, June 22: US President Donald Trump has dismissed allegations that he raped a woman in a dressing room in the mid-1990s, terming it "fiction".

E. Jean Carroll, 75, a television show host and magazine columnist, made the accusation in an essay published on Friday in NY Magazine, the local media reported.

The President said he has never met Carroll and the writer's motivation behi


Saturday, June 22, 2019Rain forces Kumaraswamy to shorten Karnataka village stay

Bengaluru, June 22: The much-publicised two-day village stay of Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy was cut short on Saturday due to heavy rains and inclement weather in north Karnataka, an official said.

Heavy rains and inclement weather in the state's northern region forced Kumaraswamy to put off the second leg of his village stay at Herur in Afzalpur taluk of Kalaburagi district for S


Saturday, June 22, 20192009 Swiss aircraft buy: CBI books arms dealer Bhandari, IAF officials

New Delhi, June 22: The CBI on Saturday said it had a registered a case against arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and unknown officials of the Indian Air Force and the Defence Ministry in 2009 trainer aircraft deal case.

A senior CBI official told IANS: "A case was registered against Bhandari and Bimal Darren, both directors of Offset India Solutions Pvt Ltd, as well as officials of Swiss-based plan


Saturday, June 22, 2019Man kills wife, 3 kids in south Delhi, arrested

New Delhi, June 22: The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested a man, who allegedly killed his wife and three children inside a house in Mehrauli area of South Delhi.

Upendra Shukla allegedly used a grinder stone cutting machine to kill his wife and two children, and strangulated one of his son's to death.

The gruesome murder came to light when the mother of the accused, who lives in the same ho


Saturday, June 22, 2019As FATF warns Pak, India expects western neighbour to take adequate steps

New Delhi, Jun 22: Close on the heels of terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force directing Pakistan to complete its actions by October 2019, India on Saturday said it 'expects' its western neighbour to take all necessary steps to "effectively implement" the action plan fully within the remaining time frame.

In response to a query regarding the latest FATF report, MEA spokesperso


Friday, June 21, 2019Nitish refuses to speak about child deaths by AES

Patna, June 21 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday refused to say anything over the deaths of 121 children caused by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district.

The Chief Minister has yet to break his silence over deaths of so many children from AES.

Mediapersons repeatedly tried to put questions to him in connection with the matter, but Nitish Kumar ignored th


Friday, June 21, 201916 arrested in Bengal's Bhatpara

Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) Sixteen persons have been arrested in Bhatpara in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, but not in connection with Thursday's violence that claimed two lives, police said on Friday.

"Sixteen persons have been arrested in relation to various cases. However, no arrests have been made in relation to Thursday's bombing and firing," a senior officer of the newly-inaugura


Friday, June 21, 2019Rahul mocks Modi's 'New India' slogan, tweets pics of dogs doing Yoga

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan of a "new India" as he tweeted pictures of the army's dog squad performing Yoga along with military personnel.

"New India," Gandhi tweeted in a mocking vein, attaching two photographs of army personnel performing Yoga along with the dog squad on the occasion of International Day of


Friday, June 21, 2019BJP protests Bengal violence, seeks CBI probe in Bhatpara deaths

Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) Demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged police firing that left two dead and several injured at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district, the BJP on Friday held a rally in the city protesting against the rampant violence across West Bengal.

The saffron party also staged a protest demonstration in front of Barrackpore Police Commissionera


Friday, June 21, 2019Eco-friendly Yoga Day observed in Ranchi with PM Modi

Ranchi, June 21 (IANS) An eco-friendly Yoga Day was observed in Jharkhand capital Ranchi on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading 30,000 participants in the event.

"It was plastic-free Yoga Day in Ranchi. No plastic products were used. The Yoga mats was made of Khadi. Ranchi gave a message to the world on International Day of Yoga to preserve the environment," said a press statement


Friday, June 21, 2019Police officer suspended for Maharashtra Day Maoist attack

Mumbai, June 21 (IANS) The Maharashtra Government on Friday announced action against a sub-divisional police officer in the state's Gadchiroli who allegedly flouted procedures which led to the May 1 Maoist attack in which 15 security personnel were killed.

Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar announced in the Legislative Council that Kurkheda SDPO Shailesh Kale will be suspended for not


Friday, June 21, 2019Chennai to get 10m litres water daily by train from Vellore

Chennai, June 21 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government plans to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpettai in Vellore district to meet the water needs of parched Chennai.

Announcing this on Friday, Chief Minister K.Palaniswami welcomed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's offer to supply water to Tamil Nadu.

Vijayan's office had on Thursday offered to supply 20 lakh


Friday, June 21, 2019Karnataka Governor joins thousands at Yoga Day event

Bengaluru, June 21 (IANS) Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday joined thousands of participants in the fifth International Yoga Day celebrations in the state.

Vala joined the event held in the playground of the Bangalore University campus here.

Addressing the gathering, Vala urged the university's students and the faculty to make yoga a habit for a healthy life and sound mind, a Raj B


Friday, June 21, 2019Triple talaq bill back in LS amid opposition protests

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) The government on Friday introduced the bill to ban instant triple talaq and make the practice a punishable offence under the Indian Penal Code in the Lok Sabha, amidst the opposition's criticism that it will harm Muslim families and that it was discriminatory.

Soon after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bil


Friday, June 21, 2019Sitharaman may meet PSU bank chiefs today

New Delhi, June 21: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman may meet CEOs of PSU banks to discuss the roadmap ahead for consolidation, lendings to farm sectors, MSMEs, inclusive financial growth, NPA controls concerning financial situations and standby solutions for liquidity crisis, according to banking sources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was earlier scheduled to hold the meeting, but it was c


Friday, June 21, 2019Heatwave toll rises to 101 in Bihar

Patna, June 21: The death toll from severe heatwave rose to 101 in Bihar, an official data showed on Friday. However, unofficially the heatwave has claimed more than 250 deaths across a dozen districts.

According to the State Disaster Management Department website, 101 deaths have been recorded till 11 a.m. on Friday. Of these, Aurangabad recorded 48 deaths, Gaya 39 and Nawada 14.

Death wer


Friday, June 21, 2019Yoga yet to fully reach poor, tribal people: Modi

Ranchi, June 21: Urging people to make yoga an integral part of their lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that it hadn't reached the poor people and tribal belts of the country as much as it should have. He also gave the motto "yoga for peace, harmony and progress".

Modi performed yoga, along with around 30,000 people, at Prabhat Tara grounds here on the occasion of the fifth I


Friday, June 21, 2019Triple Talaq bill tabled in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, June 21: A bill banning Triple Talaq was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The bill, tabled by Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, will outlaw the practice of instant Triple Talaq.

"People elected us to make laws and it is our duty to do so. Law is to give justice to the victims of Triple Talaq," the Minister said.


Friday, June 21, 2019Rajasthan tourist dies of cardiac arrest in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 21: A 49-year-old tourist from Rajasthan died due to cardiac arrest in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal on Friday, official sources said.

They said Kishan Bujral, resident of Rajasthan, suffered a massive cardiac arrest when he was on way to Sonmarg after visiting Leh in Ladakh region.

Bujral, who complained of chest pain and fell unconscious, was immediately rushed t


Friday, June 21, 2019Prez greets people on International Yoga day

New Delhi, Jun 21: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday greeted people on International Yoga Day.

'On International Day of Yoga best wishes to all practitioners of yoga across the world. Yoga is India's gift to humanity; it holds the key to healthy living and to fine balance between mind and body. Do become a part of the celebration of yoga ,'President said in a tweet.


Friday, June 21, 2019Security forces launch CASO in Kupwara

Baramulla, Jun 21: Security forces on Friday launched Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in several villages in the frontier district of Kupwara, official sources said.

They said on a tip-off about the presence of militants, troops of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir, Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and CRPF launched a joint search operation in several villages in Langate, Handwara, in


Friday, June 21, 2019#International_Yoga_Day: PM advocates Yoga for peace, harmony & prosperity,coins 4Ps for maintaining healthy life

Ranchi, Jun 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said let the motto of this year's International Yoga Day be peace, harmony and prosperity and coined the mantra of four 'Ps' Pani, Poshan, Paryavaran and Parishram to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Addressing the main function organised on the occasion of International Yoga Day at the Prabhat Tara grounds here, he said Pani (water), Poshan (nutrition


Thursday, June 20, 2019Guptas' Auli weddings held in full compliance with HC orders: officials

Dehradun, June 20 (IANS) As the wedding functions of the controversial Gupta brothers' two sons began in the ski resort of Auli, authorities on Thursday said the events are being held in full compliance with the Uttarakhand High Court's orders.

"All the events are being held in full compliance with the High Court's orders and monitoring by officials of various departments," said a top Chamoli


Thursday, June 20, 2019Pompeo on three-day visit to India from June 25

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be on three-day visit here from next Tuesday, during which he will meet External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.

This will be the first high-level engagement with the US after the Lok Sabha elections, said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

"Secretary Pompeo's visit will provide an opportunity and importance


Thursday, June 20, 2019Congress calls Kovind's speech 'hollow, uninspiring'

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday described President Ram Nath Kovind's speech in Parliament as "hollow" and "uninspiring".

Addressing the media, party leader Anand Sharma and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Kovind's address to the joint session of Parliament was just a repetition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech.

"The President's ad


Thursday, June 20, 2019Four TDP MPs likely to join BJP

Amaravati, June 20 (IANS) Four Rajya Sabha members of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), TDP sources said on Thursday.

The meeting of the MPs with BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday triggered speculations that they may soon switch loyalties.

Y.S. Chowdary, C.M. Ramesh, T.G. Venkatesh and G. Mohan Rao called on Shah and expressed their


Thursday, June 20, 2019Kovind for simultaneous elections, says terror to end

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Appealing for simultaneous parliamentary and Assembly elections, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday outlined the new Modi government's roadmap, saying it was determined to crush terrorism and Maoism.

Addressing a joint sitting of Parliament, Kovind also said that India was on its way to becoming the world's fifth largest economy in terms of GDP and said the governm


Thursday, June 20, 2019AES spreads outside Muzaffarpur in Bihar

Patna, June 20 (IANS) After 118 children died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur districts of Bihar, more than two dozen cases of AES deaths have been reported from other districts of Bihar in the last twenty four hours.

According to health officials here, the deaths have been reported from Patna, Bhagalpur, Banka, Sitamarhi, Samastipur, East Champaran and West Champaran.


Thursday, June 20, 2019Ex-Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt gets life in 1990 custodial death case

Jamnagar, June 20 (IANS) A Gujarat court on Thursday sentenced sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to life imprisonment in a three-decade-old custodial death case, finding him guilty of murder.

Jamnagar District and Sessions Court Judge D.M. Vyas also awarded similar penalty to police constable Pravinsinh Jhala.

The verdict came after the Supreme Court last week rejected Bhatt's application see


Thursday, June 20, 2019NIA chief meets Home Secretary

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director General Yogesh Chander Modi met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday and briefed him about the investigation in a terror funding case in the Kashmir Valley.

According to agency sources, the NIA chief also briefed Gauba about the evidence related to the transaction of funds.

NIA registered the case in May 2017 af


Thursday, June 20, 2019Rapper Hard Kaur booked for posts against Yogi, Bhagwat

Varanasi, June 20 (IANS) A case has been registered against rapper Hard Kaur under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including sedition for her posts against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The complaint was filed in Varanasi by lawyer Shashank Shekhar under IPC Sections 124A (sedition), 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on ground


Thursday, June 20, 2019Govt making efforts to ensure safe environment in JK: Kovind

New Delhi, Jun 20: President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday said the central government is making all efforts to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

In his address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, Kovind said the government is also committed to take all necessary steps for the development of Jammu and Kashmir.

"My government is making effo


Thursday, June 20, 2019Omar hits out at ex-diplomat KC Singh for his 'Rahul birthday remark'

Srinagar, Jun 20 : Hitting out at K C Singh for referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as a child whose birthday should not be celebrated following his failure in examination (elections), former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah asked the former Indian diplomat if he really would not celebrate his kids or grand kids birthday if they failed an exam.

Mr Abdullah, who is the vi


Thursday, June 20, 20196 bodies, 7 mortal remains found at An-32 crash site

New Delhi, June 20: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it had recovered six bodies and seven mortal remains at the site where an An-32 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3.

The wreckage of the aircraft was located at a remote place on June 11 and since then efforts had been on reach the site and recover the bodies, an official said. The plane was carrying 13 IAF personnel from Assam


Thursday, June 20, 2019Modi to arrive in Ranchi for yoga day programme

Ranchi, June 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Ranchi on Thursday night to participate in a programme marking International Yoga Day on Friday.

As per schedule, he will reach Ranchi at 10 p.m. on Thursday. He will be received by the Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Governor Draupdui Murmu.

After spending the night at the Raj Bhawan, the Prime Minister will attend the


Thursday, June 20, 2019Arduous bus journey linking Delhi to Leh restarts

Shimla, June 20: The arduous 1,050 km bus journey linking Delhi to Leh via Manali restarted on Thursday after remaining closed for over eight months due to snowfall, an official said.

However, the deluxe bus service, run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) between Manali and Leh town, will restart on July 1.

The Delhi-Leh bus route, which includes a night's stay at K


Thursday, June 20, 2019Around 3 cr shopkeepers to be benefited from separate pension scheme: President

New Delhi, Jun 20 : Taking note of economic security for small shopkeepers, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the Government has introduced a separate pension scheme for them.

The scheme would benefit around 3 crore small shopkeepers and traders across the country, the President said in his address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament here.

He said: 'For the first


Thursday, June 20, 2019Triple talaq, Nikah-Halala should be done away with: Prez

New Delhi, Jun 20: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said to make women in India 'sashakt', ensuring equal rights to them is important to do away with practices like 'Triple Talaq' and Nikah-Halala.'

Addressing the Joint Sitting of both the Houses of Parliament, Mr Kovind said, 'Election of 78 women
MPs, for the first time in Lok Sabha's history depicts image of a 'New India'.'

The Pr


Thursday, June 20, 2019Alert issued in Jharkhand over Chamki fever

Ranchi, Jun 20: An alert has been sounded in Jharkhand over Chamki Fever (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome).

Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni has directed all the medical colleges and civil surgeons to keep an eye on the spread of the disease and also take all possible steps for its control.

Mr Kulkarni said death of children continued taking place in Muzafarpur district of Bihar and so far


Thursday, June 20, 2019Himalayan glaciers getting smaller every year: Study

New Delhi, June 20: Himalayan glaciers across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan have been losing the equivalent of more than a vertical foot and half of ice each year since 2000, a new comprehensive international study said on Wednesday.

The analysis, spanning 40 years of satellite observations, indicates that melting of the Himalayan glaciers caused by rising temperatures has accelerated dramati


Thursday, June 20, 2019Create environment of trust: Modi to Imran

New Delhi, June 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan that India seeks normal and cooperative relations with his country, but for that an "environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility" needs to be created.

Modi wrote this to Khan in response to his congratulatory message earlier this month on him becoming the Prime Minister again.



Thursday, June 20, 2019Ensure severe punishment for crimes against women: President

New Delhi, June 20: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday urged the government to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women and said the new Modi government's main objective was to build a secure nation.

Addressing the joint session of Parliament, Kovind said the penal provisions for crimes committed against women should be strictly enforced.

He added that to ensure equal rights


Thursday, June 20, 2019PM to set up panel to look into feasibility of simultaneous polls

Oppn parties skip APM, Farooq for examining idea

NEW DELHI: A committee for giving "time-bound" suggestions on the issue of 'one nation, one election' will be set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced Wednesday after a meeting of chiefs of political parties.

In a bid to build a consensus on holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, Modi convened the meeting of presidents of all p


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Punjab allows warehouses for non-agriculture uses

Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday okayed a warehousing facility for non-agriculture purposes in Patiala district, to boost industrial development in the region, with the model to be subsequently replicated across the state.

The Chief Minister also asked the Housing and Urban Development Department to expedite handing over possession of land under the


Wednesday, June 19, 2019SC notice to Maharashtra on Maratha quota in PG medical courses

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Maharashtra government on a plea challenging the Bombay High Court order, which declined to entertain a plea against 16 per cent quota for Marathas in connection with postgraduate medical and dental courses.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant asked the state government to file its respon


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Gupta wedding functions begin in Auli amid close watch

Dehradun, June 19 (IANS) The wedding functions of the two sons of South Africa-based Gupta brothers began in Uttarakhand's Auli on Wednesday amid close monitoring by district authorities following Tuesday's Nainital High Court order.

A group of 13 state officials are monitoring and also videographing some of the functions at the two high-profile weddings in the wake of the ecological concerns.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Himachal to provide Rs 7,500 monthly to child abuse victims

Shimla, June 19 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to provide Rs 7,500 per month financial assistance and counseling for six months to children victims of sexual violence and abuse.

In a move to restore the self-confidence and dignity of victims of child abuse, the Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, gave its nod to start a scheme for rehabilitatio


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Congress high command moves to set its Rajasthan house in order

Jaipur, June 19 (IANS) The Congress central leadership seems to be taking control to set its house in order in Rajasthan as infighting and factional feuds have become everyday affairs at the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) headquarters in the state.

On Sunday, the All India Congress Committee served a show cause notice to Jaipur Lok Sabha Congress candidate Jyoti Khandelwal and PCC Secretary


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Road named after dead infant retrieved from Punjab borewell

Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) Conceding to popular request, the Punjab government on Wednesday announced the renaming of a street after the two-year-old boy who was pulled out dead last week from a 150-foot-deep abandoned borewell in Sangrur district following six days of being trapped.

As a special case, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has given approval to name the 12-km-long road from Sunam She


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Whistleblower bureaucrat crackdowns on 'VVIP culture' at Corbett National Park

Nainital, June 19 (IANS) From fake websites to the alleged forged booking of guest houses, Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand's Ramnagar seems to be mired in a long tale of corruption and controversies.

Several incidents have come to light about the blatant misuse of 'official positions' to seek favours for a safari ride or a stay inside the park premises.

Taking stern action against


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Resignation of RBU teachers over 'racist slurs' still on hold

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) The fate of the resignations of department heads of the Rabindra Bharati University over racist slurs targeted against them by Trinamool Congress students wing members is still undecided, an official said on Wednesday.

Alarmed over the developments, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee visited the campus and assured immediate action. He suggested Vice-Chancellor (


Wednesday, June 19, 2019'One nation, one election' meet starts, 8 parties skip

New Delhi, June 19: A meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss his 'one nation, one election' proposal began here on Wednesday, with eight key opposition parties staying away.

Besides the BJP, those attending the meeting included Akali Dal's Sukhbir Singh Badal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar, BJD President Naveen Patnaik, YSR Congress Party chi


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Punjab CM sees dear friend Rajiv Gandhi in Rahul

Chandigarh, June 19: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh greeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his 49th birthday on Wednesday, saying he sees his dear friend Rajiv Gandhi in him.

"Wish you a very happy birthday, dear @RahulGandhi. Proud of who you have become over the years; I see my dear friend Rajiv in you. May God bless you with a long, healthy and prosperous life," the Chief Minist


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Cong slams govt over terror attacks in J&K, demands answer for 'intel failure'

New Delhi, Jun 19: The Congress hit out at the Centre on Wednesday over the deaths of soldiers in recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the Modi government will have to answer for the "intelligence failure".

Four soldiers have been killed in the last 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir -- Major Ketan Sharma, Rifleman Anil Kumar Jaswal, Havildar Amarjeet Kumar and Naik Ajit Kumar -- Cong


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Would've attended meeting if it was about EVMs: Mayawati

Lucknow, June 19: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday said that she would have attended the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi if it was on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

The BSP chief alleged that people's faith in the EVMs had dwindled to a "worrisome level".

She described the idea of simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls as a ploy to divert


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Will discharge my duty impartially: Om Birla

New Delhi, June 19: BJP MP Om Birla on Wednesday thanked political parties for unanimously electing him the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha and pledged to discharge his duties without bias.

"This Chair is impartial and it is meant to be impartial," Birla said in a brief speech after he was escorted to the Chair by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said his duty was to run the House impartially


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Child deaths by AES continue; doctors, officials clueless

Patna, June 19: Children have been dying in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) for over a fortnight, but doctors and heath officials are still in dark about the exact nature of the disease and precise cause of deaths.

The state and central governments are also clueless on the matter. As per official figures, 113 children have died due to AES


Wednesday, June 19, 2019BSF to celebrate International Yoga Day on Jun 21

Jalandhar, Jun 19: Border Security Force is all set to celebrate 5th International Yoga Day on June 21, said a communique released by the PRO of the Punjab Frontiers BSF head quarters here on Wednesday.

The main mega Yoga camp will be held at the Ashwini Stadium at the BSF campus in which the officers of all the ranks and jawans will take part.

The Yoga Camp will also be held at all the in


Wednesday, June 19, 2019PM introduces his Ministers to Parliament

New Delhi, June 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday introduced to the Lok Sabha his Council of Ministers, starting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

After a brief speech by newly elected Speaker Om Birla, Modi introduced the Ministers one by one to the thumping of desks by treasury members.

Each time the Prime Minister read out a name, the Minister stood up with folded hands. H


Wednesday, June 19, 2019BJP lawmaker Om Birla elected Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Jun 19: BJP lawmaker from Kota in Rajasthan Om Birla was on Wednesday elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha as an unanimous candidate.

His name was proposed among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seconded by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others.

A number of set of proposals in favour of Mr Birla was also proposed by Amit Shah and Congress floor leader Adhir


Wednesday, June 19, 2019A moment of pride to see Om Birla on Speaker’s Chair: PM

New Delhi, June 19: Congratulating Om Birla on being elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it was a moment of pride to see him on the Chair of the august House.

Speaking after the unanimous election of Birla as Speaker, the Prime Minister said, "It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla Ji on being unani


Wednesday, June 19, 20198 killed, 10 injured in UP road accident

Sambhal (Uttar Pradesh), June 19: Eight persons, including two children, were killed and ten others injured in a road accident here.

The accident took place near Lahrawan village of Bahjoi area when a speeding container truck collided with a pickup vehicle on Tuesday night.

Seven people died on spot while one succumbed to the injuries in a hospital.

Some of the injured were said to be i


Wednesday, June 19, 2019SC to hear PIL on AES outbreak on Monday

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a PIL seeking direction to the Centre to send a team of medical professionals to review and assist in preventing the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district.

AES has already claimed lives of nearly 128 children in the district. Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh was earlier the epicentre of th


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Ayodhya Attack: Four get life term

Fourteen years after a terror attack on Ayodhya by Jaish-e-Mohammad operatives, a special court here on Tuesday convicted four of the accused in the conspiracy behind the attack and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

One accused, Mohammad Aziz, has been acquitted due to lack of substantial evidence.

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 each on the convicted persons - Asif Iqbal,


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Rahul Gandhi turns 49, Modi extends wishes

New Delhi, June 19: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday turned 49. Wishes poured in from political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi tweeted: "Best wishes to Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life."

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also greeted the Congress chief. "I greet Congress President Rahu


Wednesday, June 19, 2019M6.7 quake hits Japan, at least 16 injured

Tokyo, Jun 19 : A 6.7-magnitude earthquake striking Japan's northeastern region late Tuesday night left at least 15 people injured with thousands forced to take shelter at evacuation centers, officials said on Wednesday.
According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, of those injured, nine were in the hardest-hit region of Yamagata, four were in Niigata, one in Miyagi and another in Ishik