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Monday, October 22, 2018In a first, CBI books its Spl Dir on corruption charges

NEW DELHI: In an unprecedented move, the CBI has booked its Special Director Rakesh Asthana for allegedly receiving bribes from middlemen to give relief to a businessman being probed by him in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, officials said Sunday.

The CBI action comes two months after Asthana, the second in command in the CBI, wrote to Cabinet Secretary on August 24 alleging that


Monday, October 22, 2018Riding on ULB success, BJP’s new target for assembly polls ‘50 plus’

Eight successful JMC rebels back to party folds: Raina

JAMMU: Riding on the thumping success in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) election in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP said Sunday it is hopeful to win over 50 assembly seats in the next elections and form a government on its own in the state.

The party also claimed that its 8 successful rebels, who had fought the municipal elections against BJP candidates have come back to party folds, taking its numbe


Monday, October 22, 2018PM: Will retaliate sovereignty challenges with ‘double force’

NEW DELHI: India never eyes anyone else's territory but will hit back with "double the force" if its sovereignty is ever challenged, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of proclamation of the Azad Hind government by Subhas Chandra Bose.

He also said his government is working towards providing the armed fores with better technology and latest weapon


Monday, October 22, 2018Rajnath arriving tomorrow, will review security

JAMMU: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be arriving in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday during which he will review the security situation in the state, specifically in the Valley and along the India-Pakistan border, besides interacting with political leaders.

The visit of the home minister comes days after successful conduct of urban local body elections and just ahead of the panchayat elec


Monday, October 22, 2018Not questioning Valley students’ integrity: Pb DGP

JALANDHAR: Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora Sunday said the state police never questions the integrity of students, especially those from Kashmir.

His remarks came after media reports claimed Kashmiri students of a number of colleges in Punjab have started returning home fearing harassment following the arrest of three college youths from the valley for allegedly possessin


Monday, October 22, 20188 killed in Maharashtra accident

Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Oct 22: At least eight passengers were killed when a private bus in which they were travelling rammed into a stationery truck on the Pune-Aurangabad highway, on Monday, an official said.

According to Ahmednagar Police Control official Riyad Inamdar, the incident occurred at around 5.20 a.m. when the bus was speeding from Aurangabad to Pune.

When the bus approached


Monday, October 22, 2018Karvan-e-Aman bus leaves for PoK

Srinagar, Oct 22: Despite tense situation following a strike called by separatists on Monday against Kulgam killings, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK), left here for Aman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector, official sources said.

The bus left Bemina, Srinagar


Sunday, October 21, 2018Delhi Police Commissioner, other officials pay tributes to martyrs on Commemoration Day

New Delhi, Oct 21: Police Commemoration Day was held here at the Parade Ground of New Police Lines at the Kingsway Camp on Sunday morning. Rich tributes were paid to the policemen who laid their lives in the line of duty.

The day was marked by the presence of Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr Amulya Patnaik. While addressing the officials of Delhi police and other visitors present at the scene, Mr


Sunday, October 21, 2018PM unfurls tricolour at Red Fort on 75th anniv of Azad Hind Fauj, attacks Cong for neglecting Bose's contribution

New Delhi, Oct 21: In an attack on the Congress for neglecting the contribution of Subhash chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that several good sons of the nation like Bose, B R Ambedkar and Sardar Patel were “forgotten in the favour of one family”.

Speaking after unfurling the tricolour at the Red Fort on the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's declaration


Sunday, October 21, 2018Rajnath to visit J&K on Tuesday

New Delhi, Oct 21: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is slated to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to review the security situation in the state, specifically in the valley and along the India-Pakistan border, besides interacting with political leaders, officials said on Sunday.

The Minister will attend a high-level meeting with Governor Satya Pal Mailk and senior officials from civil admin


Sunday, October 21, 2018Police injured as Amritsar tragedy protesters take to stone-pelting

Amritsar, Oct 21: Protests staged by residents here against the Punjab government and the railways after 59 people were killed when a train crushed them as they were watching Dusshera celebrations, turned violent on Sunday leaving a few policemen injured following stone-pelting.

The injured policemen, including Punjab Police commandos, were rushed to a government hospital for treatment.



Sunday, October 21, 2018Modi gets emotional remembering police sacrifice

New Delhi, Oct 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday got emotional while remembering the sacrifice of police personnel who laid their lives in the line of duty since Independence.

"You have foiled several conspiracies that were attempted to create fear and insecurity in the country. The conspiracies which do not come out ever. The valour for which you never praised publicly. Every peacef


Sunday, October 21, 2018Air India to launch Delhi-Nanded service from Nov 19

Nanded, Oct 21: After about 4 years, Air India's service has now decided to start Nanded-Delhi and Delhi-Nanded service from November 19.

As per the details, the city has an historical Sachkhand Gurudwara for which devotees come from all over the country but due to lack of air connectivity they face hardship to reach the city.

In 2011, Air Go service was in function from Nanded to Mumbai, M


Sunday, October 21, 2018Modi inaugurates Police memorial, museum, gets emotional recalling sacrifice by jawans

New Delhi, Oct 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday got emotional while remembering the valour of the jawans of NDRF and SDRF and said the nation will never forget the sacrifice made by the country's police personnel.

Speaking after dedicating to the nation the National Police Memorial in Delhi, which has been built to recognise the supreme sacrifice made by police personnel since Indepe


Sunday, October 21, 2018Top industry experts assure employability, meet Advisor

Skill Development

SRINAGAR: A group of overseas delegates comprising CEOs of leading firms on Saturday promised their support in enhancing the employability of skilled youth of the State by establishing their linkages with leading Corporate houses across the globe.

The delegation which was on a tour of Kashmir Valley, assured this while meeting Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, who also reiterated the c


Sunday, October 21, 2018Rlys rules out probe, Punjab CM orders magisterial inquiry


NEW DELHI/AMRITSAR: The Punjab government on Saturday ordered a magisterial probe into the accident near Amritsar where 59 Dussehra revellers were mowed down by a train, while railways has ruled out any inquiry on its part, describing the accident as a "clear case of trespassing".

The railways, however, said that it will launch a massive drive against trespassing on tracks across its network f


Sunday, October 21, 2018PM thanks J&K, Shah says BJP earned people's trust

NEW DELHI: As BJP performed well in the Jammu and Kashmir local body elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said his party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the people.

"I thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support to the @BJP4JnK in the urban local body elections," he tweeted.

He assured the people of the state that BJP will work hard to fulfil the aspira


Saturday, October 20, 2018Modi holds talks with Sri Lankan PM, takes stock of bilateral ties: South Block

New Delhi, Oct 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe held consultations here on Saturday with both the leaders taking stock of the entire range of bilateral ties between the two nations, South Block said.

'Special place in our hearts for Sri Lanka, PM Narendra Modi welcomes the Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. At the delegation-level talks, the


Saturday, October 20, 2018Amritsar train tragedy: Amarinder meets victims

Amritsar, Oct 20 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday met victims of Amritsar train crash which claimed over 60 lives and injured 57.

The Chief Minister said, 'We have ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.'

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Singh said he has asked the Divisional Commissioner to probe the matter from all aspects and submit report in four weeks


Saturday, October 20, 2018Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety

Mumbai, Oct 20: The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

The film fraternity expressed shock over the incident which took place on the festival of Dussehra on Fr


Saturday, October 20, 2018Sushma Swaraj calls on Sri Lankan PM

New Delhi, Oct 20: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Saturday and reviewed progress on development projects being implemented on the island nation with India's aid

"Continuing commitment to deepen our partnership with a close friend," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted following the meetin


Saturday, October 20, 2018Dussehra tragedy: Train services affected on Jalandhar-Amritsar route

Amritsar, Oct 20: Train services on the Jalandhar-Amritsar route continued to remain affected for the second day on Saturday due to the train crash on the Joda crossing line in Amritsar which claimed 60 lives.

According to an official of the Railways department, eight trains were cancelled and five diverted. The diverted trains were running via Tarn Taran. A few trains were terminated midway a


Saturday, October 20, 2018Art exhibition in Mumbai to raise awareness about breast cancer

Kolkata, Oct 20: To raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for treatment of patients, Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai, in collaboration with NGO PASSAGES, will present an exhibition tomorrow in Mumbai with a limited-edition collection of hand woven and tufted carpets in wool and silk titled 'The cARTpet Project'.

Curated by Brinda Miller and Tarana Khubchandani, the exhibition marks the br


Saturday, October 20, 2018NGOs launch nationwide mass movement for clean Ganga

New Delhi, Oct 20: Efforts for building nationwide mass movement for restoration of pollution-free and richly-flowing Ganga--on the campaign initiated by Prof G D Agrawal during his 112 days hunger strike-, evoked good response with people organising Ganga satyagraha, yatra and other such programmes in different parts of the country.

The campaign that began with Ganga March from Kankhal-Haridw


Saturday, October 20, 2018RSS chief sets BJP's electoral agenda

New Delhi, Oct 20: There was never any doubt about the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) anti-minority electoral gambits but the agenda has now been unambigiously and forcefully articulated by the party's friend, philosopher and guide, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Delivering the organisation's customary message on the occasion of Dussehra/Vijay Dashami, its chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has lef


Saturday, October 20, 20182019 LS polls: Amit Shah to hold crucial moot in Lucknow

Lucknow, Oct 20: Eyeing 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP president Amit Shah will visit the Uttar Pradesh capital on October 24 during which he is expected to hold meeting, review the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government and the sitting BJP MPs.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's recent move on pressing for a legislation on the Ram Temple could be discussed during the meeting. Besides performance o


Friday, October 19, 2018Modi attends closing function of Saibaba samadhi centenary

Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attended the closing function of the Saibaba samadhi centenary and performed the ground-breaking ceremony to launch various developmental works.

Arriving at the new Shirdi Airport in the morning, Modi flew down to the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) and performed a special pooja in the temple, unfurled a special flag i


Friday, October 19, 2018Class 9 student gang raped, attempts suicide

Patna, Oct 19: A gang-raped Class 9 student was seriously injured on Friday after she leapt from a building and landed on high voltage wire in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, triggering mob violence, police said.

The victim was battling for life after jumping from the roof of a three-storey building in Chitranjan where she was raped after being intoxicated, Lakhisarai Superintendent of Police Kar


Friday, October 19, 2018Gujarat aims to attract tourists with 'Statue of Unity', world tallest

Kevadia (Gujarat), Oct 19: Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat hopes that the world's tallest statue, that of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, known as the "Iron Man of India", which the Prime Minister will inaugurate on October 31. will promote tourism through its unique features.

These include a viewing gallery at a height of 153 metres that offers an expansive view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the


Friday, October 19, 2018Rajnath performs 'Shastra Pooja' at BSF SHQ in Bikaner

Bikaner, Oct 19 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday performed 'Shastra Puja' on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi at the Border Security Force's sector headquarters here.

On the occasion, he appealed to all to maintain and spread peace and harmony on the occasion.

Speaking about Kashmir, he said, "peace be maintained in Kashmir. The government has allocated maximum funds for developme


Friday, October 19, 2018Previous governments were not serious about poverty alleviation: PM

Shirdi (Maharashtra), Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday targeted the previous Congress-led governments, saying they were "not serious" about poverty alleviation and their sole objective was to promote the "name of a particular family".

Addressing a gathering here after launching several public welfare works, Modi sought to highlight the difference between his government and the previ


Friday, October 19, 2018Harry, Meghan go barefoot on Sydney beach

Sydney, Oct 19: Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle on Friday ditched their shoes on the iconic Bondi beach as they joined an Australian group raising mental health awareness.

On the day four of their Oceania tour, the royal couple who are expecting their first baby in spring 2019, would later meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Early in the day they met members of


Friday, October 19, 2018Modi to launch corporate social responsibility portal

New Delhi, Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform and address a townhall of IT and electronic manufacturing professionals on October 24.

Modi tweeted this on Friday addressing all Indian technocrats who would be joining him for the townhall for a discussion on the ways through which a vibrant IT and electronic manufacturing sector coul


Friday, October 19, 2018#MeToo movement not about male bashing at all: Chitrangada Singh

New Delhi, Oct 19: Chitrangada Singh feels the #MeToo movement is not about bashing men, and not at all a battlefield for genders. The actress says it is about making society safe for all.

"The beginning of every change is when we start talking about it. And the talk has started. Realistically speaking, there is a huge difference in Western society and us. Just because we watch English shows a


Friday, October 19, 2018Prez, PM greet people on Dussehra

New Delhi, Oct 19: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday greeted people on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

'On the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijayadashami, Dusshera greetings and Shubho Bijoya to fellow citizens. This is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. May the day bring happiness to our families and our shared soci


Friday, October 19, 2018Bring legislation to build Ram Mandir at Ayodhya: RSS Chief

“Mandir necessary for ‘self-esteem’, will unite country”

NAGPUR: Ahead of the hearing of Ayodhya dispute in Supreme Court later this month, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday demanded a law to enable construction of “a grand” Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest, saying it was necessary for "self-esteem" and to usher in an "atmosphere of goodwill and oneness", while accusing "fundamentalist forces" of obstructing the process.

Raking up the pet sa


Friday, October 19, 2018Only leader to serve as two states’ CM, ND Tiwari no more

NEW DELHI: Former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Chief Minister N.D. Tiwari died on Thursday -- on his 93rd birthday -- at a private hospital in the national capital following prolonged illness, doctors said.

He was treated at Max Hospital, Saket, for several months for complications related to a brain stroke and age-related ailments. He breathed his last at 02:50 p.m.

He is survived by his


Friday, October 19, 2018Onus on Pak to make air conducive for talks: MEA

NEW DELHI: India Thursday said the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by taking steps such as action against terrorists and dismantling terror infrastructure operating from its soil.

During a media briefing, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reiterated India's stand that talks and terror cannot go together and said this was one of the reasons why t


Friday, October 19, 2018Transgressions along LAC in Ladakh decreased: NAC

KANGRA: Incidents of transgressions along the Sino-Indian border in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region has come down this year and an effective mechanism has been put in place to tackle any situation, a top Army commander has said.

The officer also said the security situation along the LoC and in hinterlands in Jammu and Kashmir is fragile but under control.

"There has been a relative declin


Thursday, October 18, 2018Durga Puja marquee decorated with 4,000 kg turmeric

Kolkata, Oct 18: In a first-of-its-kind, a Durga Puja marquee here was decorated with 4,000 kg of turmeric or 'haldi'.

Santoshpur Lake Pally Committee, in collaboration with a leading spice manufacturer, has directed its creative efforts in presenting a novel concept and unique design sensibilities to the Pandal's decor.

Turmeric (haldi in Hindi and holud in Bengali) is considered to be ver


Thursday, October 18, 2018Azad's remarks at AMU event an "abuse" for Hindus: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 18: The BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of "demeaning and demoralising" Hindus and termed as an "abuse" a reported remark by the opposition party's leader Ghulam Nabi Azad that the number of Hindu candidates inviting him for campaigning has reduced drastically.

Azad reportedly made the comments at an event of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Lucknow on Wednesday, appa


Thursday, October 18, 2018CBI begins probe in JK arms licence case

Srinagar, Oct 18: The CBI has begun investigation into a case of arms licences issued in Jammu and Kashmir between 2012 and 2016 on forged documents allegedly involving some IAS officers of the cadre, officials said Thursday.

The agency has registered two FIRs in this regard with the consent of Jammu and Kashmir government with the then DC of Kupwara listed as accused in one of them while unid


Thursday, October 18, 2018Modi's cronyism putting IAF pilots at risk: Rahul

New Delhi, Oct 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government's focus on renegotiating UPA-era defence deals instead of finalising them, was causing life risks for the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, who are compelled to fly "ancient" aircraft.

"Since 2014, instead of closing the deals that had been negotiated by the Congress-led UPA government, the present go


Thursday, October 18, 2018Second N-power unit at Kudankulam shut for maintenance

Chennai, Oct 18: The second 1,000 MW unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) was shut down on Thursday for maintenance work, according to the Power System Operation Corporation Limited.

The unit's restart date was however, not mentioned.

The first unit that was shut down on August 1 for annual maintenance is expected to restart on November 5.

Similarly the first 220 MW unit a


Thursday, October 18, 2018Envoys of four nations present credentials to President

New Delhi, Oct 18: Ambassadors of Kuwait, Belgium, Portugal and Cambodia presented their credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

The envoys who presented their credentials were Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Jasem Ibrahem JM Al-Najem, Belgium Ambassador Francois Delhaye, Ambassador of Portugal Carlos Jose de Pinho e Melo Pereira Marques


Thursday, October 18, 2018PM to unveil national police memorial, museum on Oct 21

New Delhi,Oct 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the refurbished national police memorial, including a newly built museum of these forces in khaki, in Delhi this Sunday, officials said Thursday.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, his two Ministers of State Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj G Ahir and the top brass of central armed police forces (CAPFs), central security agencies and state polic


Thursday, October 18, 2018Border security paramount for development: Bhagwat

Nagpur, Oct 18: Secured borders are of paramount importance to ensure prosperity and development of India given the current complex international scenario, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said here on Thursday.

"Border security and internal security are issues of foremost consideration as they ensure space and opportunity to the nation for prosperity and development.

"Fruitful efforts have been ma


Thursday, October 18, 2018MeToo being blown out of proportion: Shatrughan Sinha

Mumbai, Oct 18: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha says while the MeToo movement is noble, it is becoming "free-for-all" and being blown out of proportion.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. Your dear friend Subhash Ghai stands accused of multiple sexual offences. Your comments?

A. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am all for the MeToo movement, never in my 40-year career have


Thursday, October 18, 2018Three killed in road accidents in Mathura

Mathura, Oct 17: Three people died while one was severely injured in two separate road accidents here on Wednesday.

According to police two people died on the spot while one other severely injured when a taxi dashed into a stationary truck near railway bridge at National Highway 2.

Deceased were identified as Girendra (34) and Sarvesh (36) while Sarovar was injured and shifted to the hospit


Thursday, October 18, 2018Bhagwat criticises SC's Sabarimala decision

Nagpur, Oct 18: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday criticised the Supreme Court's decision allowing entry of women of all ages to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, saying it was flawed as it did not consider all aspects and hence would not be easily adopted.

"The decisions taken without considering all aspects, will neither be adopted in actual practice nor will they help in creating a new soc


Thursday, October 18, 2018#MeToo: M J Akbar resigns

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar stepped down Wednesday in the face of mounting pressure following a spate of allegations of sexual harassment against him by several women journalists, who welcomed his resignation as a "vindication".

The 67-year-old journalist-turned-politician's sudden announcement to quit came a day ahead of hearing of a criminal defamation complai


Thursday, October 18, 2018Punjab police seeks info on J&K students

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Police is learnt to have sought information, including Aadhaar number, contact details and latest photograph, about students from Jammu and Kashmir, besides other states studying in around 1,650 unaided educational institutions in Punjab.

The move came days after three students from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested by the Punjab Police and the J&K Police special operations gr


Thursday, October 18, 2018Valley students will not leave AMU en masse

ALIGARH : Kashmiri students at the Aligarh Muslim University have deferred their decision to surrender their degrees and leave the campus en masse Wednesday following revocation of the suspension order of the two students by the varsity.

The suspension order was revoked Tuesday night after a three-member enquiry panel set up by the varsity exonerated Waseem Ayyub Malik and Abdul Haseeb Mir, sa


Thursday, October 18, 2018Railways for declaring Leh strategic line a nat’l project

NEW DELHI: Railways has proposed that its strategically significant Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line along the Indo-China border, which will be the world's highest railway track, be declared a national project, officials said Wednesday.

It has also suggested that the construction on a 51 kilometre stretch between Upshi in Himachal Pradesh and Phe in Leh begin immediately.

"The first phase of the s


Thursday, October 18, 2018Bilaspur-Leh proposed railway line may be declared 'national project'

New Delhi, Oct 18: The railways has suggested that strategically important 465-km railway line proposed between Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur and Jammu and Kashmir's Leh along the Indo-China border be declared a "national project", a Northern Railway (NR) official said on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference here, NR General Manager Vishesh Chaubey said: "The first phase of the survey for th


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Death toll in cyclone-hit Odisha rises to 52; damage put at Rs 2,200 crore

Bhubaneswar, Oct 17: The number of deaths in cyclone Titli-hit Odisha increased to 52, and the state government more than doubled the compensation amount to the kin of the deceased, an official said on Wednesday.

Authorities conducted a review meeting to assess the extent of damage due to the cyclone that battered the state on October 11.

The coastal state is estimated to have suffered dam


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Protests near Sabarimala turn violent, 2 female journalists injured

Nilackal (Kerala), Oct 17: Police used lathis after protesters opposed to the entry of women in the 10-50 age group to the Sabarimala temple turned violent and attacked journalists covering the stand-off here on Wednesday.

Two female reporters, working for Republic TV and Aaj Tak, were injured when the protesters turned their ire on the media contingent.

At Nilackal, activists belonging to


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Police seek info on students from other states studying in Punjab educational institutions

Chandigarh, Oct 17: Police is learnt to have sought information, including Aadhaar number, contact details and latest photograph, about students from other states studying in educational institutions in Punjab.

The move came days after three students from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested by the Punjab Police and the J&K Police special operations group in a joint operation.

Notably, on Octobe


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Punjab govt extends universal health cover to Rs 5 lakh per family

Chandigarh, Oct 17: Punjab government on Wednesday announced to extend the universal health cover from Rs 50,000 per year per family to Rs five lakh per year per family to all the eligible 43 lakh families in the state.

With this, Punjab became the first state in the country to provide universal health cover to people.

Capt Amarinder Singh described it as a historic moment that would bring


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Break your silence on Rafale deal: Congress tells Modi

New Delhi, Oct 17: With fresh revelations corroborating its allegations over the inclusion of a private firm as an Indian offset partner in the Rafale deal, the Congress on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for benefiting his crony asking him to break his silence on the multi-crore "scam".

Citing a report by French blog Portail Aviation, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewa


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Good food is good food, no matter where you eat it: Celebrity chef Sarah Todd

Gurugram, Oct 17: "Good food is good food, no matter where you eat it -- as long as the flavours are right." These golden words were spoken by Australian celebrity chef Sarah Todd, and they perfectly describe the delicious spread available at The Wine Company.

Todd was here on a "Meet and Greet" session at The Wine Company, which has pulled in the young and talented chef to curate its brand ne


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Thousands of devotees gather at Belur Math to watch 'Kumari Puja'

Belur, Oct 17: Following the age-old tradition, this year also thousands of devotees from across the country and abroad watched 'Kumari Puja' or the worship of a prepubescent girl at Belur Math -- the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, as Durga Puja fervour peaked on Maha Ashtami today.

Maha Ashtami, also known as Durga Ashtami, was marked by significant ritua


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra joins Congress

New Delhi, Oct 17: Rajasthan BJP MLA Manvendra Singh, the son of BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, on Wednesday joined the Congress.

A MLA from Sheo in Barmer, Manvendra Singh had announced in September that he was quitting the BJP. He was formally inducted into the Congress in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.



Wednesday, October 17, 2018DTC bus overturns, nine injured

New Delhi, Oct 17: Nine persons, including the driver and conductor, of a DTC bus were injured as the vehicle overturned after being hit by a truck under the Wazirabad flyover in north Delhi Wednesday, the police said.

The incident took place at 6 am when the bus was coming from Bhalswa Dairy en route Kashmiri Gate, a police officer said.

Twenty-one persons were on board the DTC bus that me


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Two killed, as many injured in road mishap

Supaul, Oct 17: Two youths were killed and as many injured this morning in a head on collision between their motorcycle and a tank lorry on Supaul-Pipra road under Pipra police station area in this district.

Police said here that Nitish Kumar (22) and Shubham Kumar (24) were killed on the spot and as many others injured when their bike was hit by the speeding tank lorry near a bridge on Tilab


Wednesday, October 17, 2018AMU Sedition Row 2 Kashmiri students’ suspension revoked

Guv Malik talks to HRD Min, VC

ALIGARH: The stand-off between the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) administration and Kashmiri students has finally ended after the university revoked the suspension of two Kashmiri students of the three who were suspended for planning a prayer meeting for slain terrorist Mannan Wani.

The revocation came hours after Governor Satya Pal Malik this morning spoke to Union Minister for Human Resour


Wednesday, October 17, 2018#MeToo J&K native NSUI president resigns

NEW DELHI: NSUI national president Fairoz Khan has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment, sources in the Congress said Tuesday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted his resignation, the sources informed.

Khan, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, submitted his resignation Monday evening, saying he quit keeping in mind the party's interests.

According to s


Wednesday, October 17, 2018None will be stopped from going to Sabarimala: Police chief

Nilackal (Kerala) Oct 17: Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra on Wednesday said no one will be stopped from going to Sabarimala as the chief priest of the Lord Ayyappa temple announced that women from the royal and tantri families will take part in the prayers.

"There is a very strong police presence in and around Sabarimala," Behra told the media here as a police force of over 1,000 personnel t


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Terrorists devising new strategies to strike: Rajnath

Gurugram, Oct 16: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that terrorists have been devising new strategies to strike and warned that increased use of the social media by anti-national forces was a new threat.

However, he expressed the confidence that the country's security forces were capable of dealing with any threat.

After the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, no major terror incid


Tuesday, October 16, 20182 Congress MLAs resign from Goa Assembly

Panaji, Oct 16: Two Congress MLAs from Goa who left for Delhi late on Monday, met BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday and soon after resigned from the state assembly, an official said.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader A. Chellakumar had accused the BJP of poaching the two legislators -- Subhash Shirodkar, a former minister and Dayanand Sopte -- who had set out for the national capital to meet


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Yogi govt changes name of Allahabad city to Prayagraj

Lucknow, Oct 16: The Yogi Adityanath government on the demand of the saints and others on Tuesday during the Navrata announced to rechristened the name of Allahabad city to its old name of Prayagraj.

The decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting chaired by the CM here.

State government spokesperson and Health Minister Sidarthnath Singh told reporters here that now all the departments


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Maoists blow up railway tracks in Jharkhand

Dhanbad, Oct 16: The Maoists blew up railway tracks in Jharkhand's Giridih district affecting train services on the busy Grand Chord Dhanbad division for seven hours, an official said on Tuesday.

On Monday at around 10.45 p.m., the insurgents detonated a bomb on the tracks of the Chauribandh station situated between Parasnath and Hazaribagh Road, Chief Public Relation Officer of North Eastern


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Another Diesel hike wipes out Rs 2.5 cut

PM warns of high oil prices hurting global economic growth

NEW DELHI: Diesel price rose for the 10th consecutive day Monday to wipe out all of the Rs 2.50 per litre cut in rates announced earlier this month through excise duty cut and oil company subsidy, even as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday warned oil producers like Saudi Arabia that high crude prices are hurting the global economy as he sought reasonable rates and a review of payment terms t


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Not every Kashmiri student is an extremist: Punjab CM

JAMMU: While fearing that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI could be operating through some Kashmiri students, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday asserted that not every student from the Vallley, studying in the neighbouring state, was a separatist.

Singh’s comments came in the backdrop of recent arrest of four Kashmiri students in a raid at a college hostel in Jalandhar. A joint te


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Cyclone Titli: Death toll 27

BHUBANESWAR: With the recovery of three more bodies on Monday, the death toll in cyclone Titli and the subsequent flood in Odisha rose to 27, even as relief and restoration activities have been stepped up, officials said.

The three bodies were found in the worst hit Raigada block of Gajapati district, the officials said.

"In the landslide incident in Raigada block, 18 people have died. Post


Tuesday, October 16, 2018Indian trains to get black boxes, soon

NEW DELHI: Indian trains will soon have voice recorders or black boxes in a bid to facilitate investigators trying to identify the cause of accidents and assess crew performance, an official said on Monday.

Keeping in mind the safety of passengers, the Indian Railways has decided to install the Loco Cab Voice Recording (LCVR) devices in the locomotives, a Railway Ministry official said.