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Wednesday, August 21, 2019Punjab inks pact with UNDP to implement SDGs

Chandigarh, Aug 21 (IANS) The Punjab government on Wednesday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal by UNDP Resident Representative Shoko Noda and state government Principal Secr


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Priyanka flays Centre for economic slowdown

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi government for the poor shape of economy and the Yogi Adityanath government in UP for increasing the value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.

In a series of tweets, she shared two advertisements by the Northern India Textile Mills Association and the Indian Tea Association titled 'I


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Soil doctors to help double farmers' income: Jharkhand CM

Ranchi, Aug 21 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday distributed soil testing mini lab kits and identity cards to members of Self Help Groups (SHG) trained as soil doctors, who would help the farmers in increasing their income.

With this kit, these women will be able to test the quality of the soil and guide the farmers.

"Today we are distributing soil testing mini lab k


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Allahabad High Court bans DJs for flouting noise rules

Lucknow, Aug 21 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday banned DJs all across Uttar Pradesh. If someone violates the order, he or she can be sentenced up to five years and may have to pay a hefty fine of Rs 1 lakh.

Announcing its verdict, the court has asked the state government to ensure that no noise pollution rules are violated in the state.

The decision was given by a bench of Just


Wednesday, August 21, 20191984 anti-Sikh riot victims await free power in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Even as the Delhi government announced 200 units of free electricity for people in the national capital, it is yet to keep its promise of giving free power supply to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots here.

According to data accessed by IANS, free electricity up to 400 units is being provided to only 368 households out of the total 2,274 victim families provided house


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Chidambaram behaves like Mallya, Nirav Modi: BJP

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday accused former Union Minister P. Chidambaram of behaving like fugitive businessmen Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi by not cooperating with the central agencies probing alleged corruption in the INX Media case.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman G.V.L. Narasimha Rao made the comment after the Supreme Court refused to grant any immediate relief to Ch


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Karti Chidambaram has tennis club in Spain, house in UK: ED

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram bought a tennis club in Spain and cottages in Britain, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claims.

The land and tennis club in Spain's Barcelona is slated to be worth Rs 15 crore, the ED says, adding that Karti Chidambaram has also bought property in India and overseas worth Rs 54 crore.

The ED has re


Wednesday, August 21, 2019India opens up for foreigners 137 Himalayan peaks, including Kanchenjunga

New Delhi, Aug 21: The government has opened for foreigners 137 Himalayan peaks, including the mighty Kanchenjunga located at a height of 8,589 metre, for mountaineering expeditions and trekking in a major boost to tourism, officials said Wednesday.

Presently foreigners have to seek permission from the ministries of defence and home to climb these peaks. With the government opening them up, f


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Thousands of Dalits hit Delhi streets against demolition of 'Ravidas Mandir'

New Delhi, Aug 21: The stretch between Jhandewalan and Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi turned into a sea of blue as thousands of Dalits from various parts of the country hit the streets of the city on Wednesday to protest the recent demolition of a Ravidas Mandir in the national capital.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme


Wednesday, August 21, 2019#ChiddiBhagModiAaya goes viral, Tweeple in splits

New Delhi, Aug 21: As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued a lookout circular for former Union Minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media case after he apparently went missing, Twittrati on Wednesday went berserk over the development, creating funny hashtags like #ChiddiBhagModiAaya and ##BhagodaChiddu.

Shocked at his disappearance after the Delhi High Court defined him as the "key conspirato


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Pak asks UNICEF to remove Priyanka as goodwill ambassador

Islamabad, Aug 21: Pakistan Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has written to the UNICEF demanding the removal of Priyanka Chopra as Goodwill Ambassador over the Kashmir issue, and also cited the Indian actress' "jingoism and support" for the Indian government's action in Kashmir.

In a letter to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, Mazari says Priyanka's "Support for war, including a n


Wednesday, August 21, 2019When Trinamool MP reminded request for temple to Modi

New Delhi, Aug 21: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may see red over ‘Jai Shri Ram chants, but one of her party MPs reminded Narendra Modi about the need for a temple in a housing complex here when the Prime Minister went to inaugurate the flats.

Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Kalyan Banerjee said that while the new duplex flats were being built for MPs in North Avenue in Lut


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Opposition speaking in Pakistan's language on Kashmir: Minister

Hyderabad, Aug 21: Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy on Wednesday said that the number of violent protests in Jammu and Kashmir has come down lately. He also slammed the opposition for speaking in the language of Pakistan.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, the Central minister said, "In Jammu and Kashmir it is not the first time that these small incidents of violence


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Unnao rape case: Accused police constable moves Delhi HC

New Delhi, Aug 21: An Uttar Pradesh Police constable, accused in the assault and murder of the Unnao rape survivor's father, on Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court challenging the charges filed against him.

Constable Amir Khan has been charged under Sections 302 (murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 341 (wrongful confinement), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 193 (false evidence), 323 (volun


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Dhaka backs India on Kashmir, says internal matter

Dhaka, Aug 21: Bangladesh on Wednesday backed India on the Kashmir issue, saying that the abrogation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir is an internal issue of India.

As Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar concluded his three-day visit to Dhaka, the Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a statement, also called for regional peace and stability.

"Bangladesh maintains that t


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Wife refuses chewing gum, gets triple talaq

Lucknow, Aug 21: A man allegedly gave triple talaq to his wife inside the civil court premises in Lucknow in the presence of her advocate after she refused to accept a chewing gum from him.

The incident took place on Monday when 30-year-old Simmi of Amrai village had gone with her husband, Syed Rashid, to the Lucknow civil court for the hearing of her case of dowry harassment she had lodged e


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Rajnath approves re-organisation of Army Headquarters

New Delhi, Aug 21: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved certain decisions regarding re-organisation of Army Headquarters.

The approval was given based on a detailed internal study conducted by the Army Headquarters, a defence ministry official said.

The decisions include creation of a separate Vigilance Cell under Army Chief with Tri-Services representation, an umbrella organisation


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Yogi brings in 23 new ministers, many first timers

Lucknow, Aug 21: In what can be termed as a near-total revamp of the Yogi Adityanath government, 23 new ministers were sworn in on Wednesday at the Raj Bhawan by Governor Anandiben Patel.

The newly inducted ministers include six Cabinet Ministers, six Ministers of State with Independent charge and 11 Ministers of State.

The most significant aspect of Wednesday's reshuffle is that majority o


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Leaders mourn death of former MP CM Babulal Gaur

New Delhi, Aug 21: Leaders across the political spectrum mourned the death of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Babulal Gaur.

The leaders took to Twitter and recalled the contribution of Gaur, who died on Wednesday at a hospital following a prolonged illness.

"Gaur served people for decades. From Jana Sangh days, he worked constantly to str


Wednesday, August 21, 2019CBI notice to Chidambaram doesn't mention provision of law

New Delhi, Aug 21: Responding to a CBI notice pasted outside the residence of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram, one of the lawyers of the Congress leader told the agency on Wednesday that it has not mentioned the provision of law under which it was issued.

Arshdeep Singh Khurana said in a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI): "Your notice fails to mention the provision of la


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Yamuna continues to flow over danger mark

New Delhi, Aug 21: The Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark with the water level at 206.60 metres.

The river breached the danger mark of 205.33m on Monday night, and the authorities are expecting the level to go up to 207m by Wednesday.

However, the river has been showing a steady trend since the wee hours of Wednesday, the Flood Control Department official told IANS.



Wednesday, August 21, 2019Haryana CM conducts aerial survey of flood-affected areas

Chandigarh, Aug 21: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the state.

However, with the decline in rainfall activity in the past two days, the water level in the swollen Yamuna river, which was responsible for flooding in Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat districts, was reduced.

A dozen villages in Yamunanagar


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Maoist killed in Telangana encounter

Hyderabad, Aug 21: A Maoist was killed in an encounter with police in Telangana's Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Wednesday, police said.

District Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said the exchange of fire took place in Bodugu forest area near Chhattisgarh border when a group of Maoists were moving in the area as part of their efforts to step up their activities.

The incident occurred


Wednesday, August 21, 2019BJP destroying social harmony, economic growth in this environment not possible: Yechury

New Delhi, Aug 21: Accusing the BJP of injecting "venom" into society and forwarding the RSS' "fascist agenda", CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said economic growth could not happen in this environment.

Continuing his attack on the BJP over lack of jobs and the state of the economy, Yechury in a series of tweets said the government was not addressing the issues plaguing


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Will meet Modi in France, do best on Kashmir: Trump

Washington, Aug 21: After speaking with the leaders of India and Pakistan and urging them to reduce tensions over Kashmir, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend at the G7 in France, and he would do his best to mediate in the issue.

Addressing reporters in the White House, President Trump said: "Kashmir is a very complicated


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Modi speaks to British PM, raises vandalism of Indian HC

New Delhi/London, Aug 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephone conversation on Tuesday with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, drew his attention to vandalism of the Indian High Commission by a violent Pakistan-led mob on August 15. The British PM regretted the incident and assured that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure safety and security of the mission, its personnel and


Wednesday, August 21, 2019ED issues lookout circular against Chidambaram

New Delhi, Aug 21: Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram cannot leave the country. All aiports, immigration desks have been put on high alert.

The development came as a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana on Wednesday refused to grant interim relief from arrest to the former Finance Minister and referred the matter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for urgent hearing on his anticipa


Wednesday, August 21, 2019No interim relief to Chidambaram in INX Media case

New Delhi, Aug 21: The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana, on Wednesday refused to grant interim relief from arrest to former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and referred his matter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for urgent hearing on his anticipatory bail plea in the INX media case.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the top court that this is a case of monumental money launde


Wednesday, August 21, 2019CBI, ED teams looking for Chidambaram

New Delhi, Aug 21: From the moment the Delhi High Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case, the CBI and ED teams have visited his residence four times in the past 12 hours. However, there's no trace of him.

The Delhi High Court passed the order on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a special l


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Jawan martyred in Pak firing on LoC; 3 killed in Indian retaliation

JAMMU: At least three Pakistanis were killed and several of its posts were destroyed in Indian retaliation on Tuesday, after enemy nation’s unprovoked shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district resulted into martyrdom of an Army jawan and injuries to four others.
The fresh shelling from Pakistan came only three days after it had breached the ceasefire in Rajouri district killing


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Snubbed by UNSC, Pak’s next stop ICJ

ISLAMABAD: After its diplomatic overdrive on Kashmir fetched it virtually no results, barring support from friend China, Pakistan on Tuesday said it will take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice, weeks after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
"An in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice," Forei


Wednesday, August 21, 2019Trump warns Khan on his anti-India rhetoric

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to "moderate" his rhetoric against India over Kashmir, as he underlined the need of exercising restraint by both sides and avoid escalation of the "tough situation" in the region.
Trump on Monday spoke separately to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan in his bid to ease fresh Indo-Pak t


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Pushkar case: 'Tharoor called Tarar 'My darlingest'

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor had addressed Meher Tarar as "My darlingest" in letters written to her by the Congress leader, the prosecution told a Delhi court on Tuesday while justifying its charges against Tharoor of abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

"There is a letter written by Tharoor to Tarar addressing her as 'My darlingest'. Such type of


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Yogi to reshuffle cabinet, six ministers put in papers

Lucknow, Aug 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday.

Invitations for the much-awaited reshuffle have finally been sent out.

Five senior ministers, meanwhile, have been asked to resign to make way for new entrants in the ministry.

Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal has already sent his resignation to the Chief Minister on Tuesday aftern


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Goa seeks e-tourist visa facilities at Dabolim airport

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Goa Tourism on Tuesday urged Union Minister of State for Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel for e-tourist visa processing facilities at the state's only international airport at Dabolim.

"Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Chairman Dayanand Sopte has requested the Union Tourism Ministry for easing of e-tourist visa processes at the Goa international airport, Dabolim, und


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Punjab launches health insurance scheme

Mohali, Aug 20 (IANS) In a tribute to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday launched his government's flagship universal health insurance scheme, benefiting nearly 46 lakh families -- 76 per cent of the total population.

E-cards were handed over to the first 11 beneficiaries from Mohali district to kick-off the 'Sarbat


Tuesday, August 20, 2019CUTS highlights competition law panel's failure on NCP

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Competition Law Review Committee, which recently submitted its report, has failed to institutionalise a national competition policy (NCP), said the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) International, a non-governmental organisation, here on Tuesday.

The over 200-page report, submitted to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on August 14, contains several reco


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Gaggal airport near Dharamsala to be expanded: Himachal CM

Shimla, Aug 20 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will expand the runway of the Gaggal airport near Dharamsala by nearly 600 metres, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the Assembly on Tuesday.

"There is a proposal to expand the runway from 1,372 metres to 2,000 metres," Thakur, who holds the Tourism and Civil Aviation portfolio, said in a written reply.

He said for its expansion the


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Microgravity used to create cells with stem cell properties

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) have found that subjecting cancer cells to microgravity results in the formation of giant cancer cells with stem cell properties.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, IIT-M said these cells can conceivably be used for cancer research and drug development.

Stem cells are difficult to isolate and grow. Cance


Tuesday, August 20, 2019IITs, IIMs in UP to include yoga in curriculum

Lucknow, Aug 20 (IANS) Leading management and technical institutions in Uttar Pradesh will now have yoga classes for students and faculty members.

These institutes are incorporating courses on yoga, spirituality and human values to help future managers maintain equanimity under pressure.

Talking to IANS, a senior faculty member of IIT Kanpur said that while several IIMs and IITs already hav


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Kashmir: Life remains crippled due to restrictions, strike since Aug 5

Srinagar, Aug 20: Life remain crippled in Kashmir valley on Tuesday, due to restrictions and strike since August 5, when Articles 370 and 35A were scrapped by the Centre.
According to the officials, there was no report of any major untoward incident during night in the valley, whereas broadband and mobile services remained suspended for the 16th successive day.
However, for the first time since


Tuesday, August 20, 2019INX Media case: HC rejects bail for Chidambaram

New Delhi, Aug 20: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media case.

On January 25, the Delhi High Court had reserved its order on Chidambaram's bail plea in the case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. On March 11, the High Court allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file add


Tuesday, August 20, 2019RSS delayed India's independence: Goa Congress

Panaji, Aug 20: In retaliation to BJP National Vice President Shivraj Singh Chouhan's accusations against late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the delay in Goa's liberation from Portuguese rule, the Congress in the coastal state on Tuesday said the RSS had delayed India's independence.

Addressing a press conference here, state Congress president Girish Chodankar said that if the Rashtriya


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Opposition in Bihar dares Giriraj Singh to capture PoK

Patna, Aug 20: Opposition Congress and RJD leaders in Bihar have dared Union Minister Giriraj Singh to cross the LoC and capture Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) instead of making only statements to mislead people.

Hours after Giriraj Singh on Tuesday posted a tweet about PoK "Jai Kashmir,Jai Bharat, Abki baar us paar" (now to go across), Congress spokesperson Premchand Mishra and RJD leader V


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Modi hails ISRO for Chandrayaan2's entry into lunar orbit

New Delhi, Aug 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after Chandrayaan2 was put into the lunar orbit.

"Congratulations to Team ISRO on Chandrayaan2 entering the Moon's orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the Moon. Best wishes for its successful culmination," Modi tweeted.

The space agency on Tuesday s


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Bhagwat's quota comment creates unease in BJP

New Delhi, Aug 20: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in a fix over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment on the issue of reservations -- to defend him or not.

Though the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) made it clear in a detailed statement that the RSS chief was "mindful of the sensitivity" of the issue and accused the media of creating an "unwarranted controversy", the discomfiture within th


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Saudi Crown Prince calls up Imran over Kashmir

Islamabad, Aug 20: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Kashmir situation.

The Monday night phone call comes a fortnight after Khan had called up the Saudi Crown Prince to inform him about India's move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Both the leaders discussed a host of issues including the on


Tuesday, August 20, 2019ED arrests MP CM's nephew Ratul Puri for bank fraud

New Delhi, Aug 20: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday arrested Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath's nephew Ratul Puri, the former Executive Director of Moser Baer, in connection with a Rs 354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India.

The agency took the action after lodging a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Puri and others on Monday ni


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Bollywood producer aims to unite India with nationwide rally

Mumbai, Aug 20: Producer Shailendra Singh, who had recently released the Anthem4Good titled "One India. My India", on Tuesday announced a nationwide rally from Kanyakumari to Kashmir with an aim to unite people of this country.

Starting right at the bottom tip of Kanyakumari, Shailendra will travel all the way up to Kashmir spreading the message of unity and love amongst Indians.

During t


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Akshaya Patra serves food to flood-hit in Kolhapur, Sangli

New Delhi, Aug 20: The Akshaya Patra Foundation is providing food relief to flood-hit people in Kolhapur and Sangli districts in Maharashtra at the administrations request.

The Foundation's Thane kitchen has set up temporary kitchens to provide lunch and dinner to the affected population. A team of four staff and 10 volunteers are involved in the work, it said.

With kitchens in Kolhapur an


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Samsung launches 'made in India' Galaxy Note10 smartphones

Bengaluru, Aug 20: Samsung on Tuesday brought much-awaited "made in India" Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ with enhanced S Pen and pro-grade camera to the country that would take the productivity and creativity to a new level.

Running Android 9 (Pie) operating system, the slimmest and small 6.3-inch FHD+ Galaxy Note10 (8GB RAM+256GB memory with no microSD slot) is priced at Rs 69,999


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Karnataka cabinet expanded

Bengaluru, Aug 20: Karnataka Cabinet was expanded on Tuesday by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa by inducting 17 Legislators into his 25 day-old Ministry.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the Oath at Raj Bhavan to 17 Legislators, including an Independent MLA, who were inducted as Cabinet Ministers.

Those who joined the Yediyurappa’s Cabinet included Govind M Karjol, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan,


Tuesday, August 20, 20193 NIA officers being probed for blackmailing

New Delhi, Aug 20: Three NIA officers, including a Superintendent of Police, are facing a departmental probe following allegations of blackmailing raised against them.

A Delhi-based businessman has filed a complaint that Rs 2 crore was demanded from him in return for not naming him in a terror funding case involving Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the agency said on Tuesday.

The off


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Let's go for indigenous defence manufacturing: Rajnath

New Delhi, Aug 20: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that India needs to cut down dependency on foreign manufacturers in defence production and instead develop indigenous comprehensive capabilities.

Singh was delivering the inaugural address at a seminar on 'Modernisation and Indigenisation of the Indian Air Force (IAF)' here.

He praised the IAF for striking the terrorist hubs


Tuesday, August 20, 2019IMA slams 'mala fide' Lancet article on Kashmir

New Delhi, Aug 20: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned an editorial in The Lancet raising concerns on the "health, safety and freedom of the Kashmiri people" following the the government's measure to scrap Article 370, terming it "interference" in India's internal affairs.

Terming the editorial "Fear and Uncertainty around Kashmir's future" a "breach of propriety" in commenting


Tuesday, August 20, 2019It was a tense 30 minutes: ISRO Chairman Sivan

Chennai, Aug 20: The insertion of India's spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, into the lunar orbit was a tense 30 minute operation, said ISRO Chairman K. Sivan.

"It was tense 30 minute operation. The tension and anxiety kept on building as the clock ticked. It was a great relief and joy when the Chandrayaan-2 was put into the lunar orbit successfully," Sivan told IANS soon after the crucial


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Rajiv Gandhi remembered on his 75th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Aug 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary.

The Prime Minister tweeted "Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary."

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered his father as someone who taught him never to hate anyone. "Today we celebrate the 75th birth anniversar


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Ghats inundated, Varanasi lanes turn into cremation grounds

Varanasi, Aug 20: As the waters of the Ganga river in Varanasi inundated the ghats, cremation of dead bodies is now being done in the lanes of the holy city.

The cremation ground at Harishchandra Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat are now underwater and the last rites of the dead are being performed in the narrow by-lanes and in the backyard of houses adjoining the ghats.

Wooden logs kept for crema


Tuesday, August 20, 2019Trump urges Modi, Imran to reduce tensions

Washington, Aug 20: US President Donald Trump has urged his "two good friends", Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Pakistan's Imran Khan, to work towards reducing tensions over Kashmir. He also advised Pakistan to "moderate rhetoric with India" over Kashmir.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump said though Kashmir was a "tough situation", he had "good conversations" with both the leaders.



Tuesday, August 20, 2019200 Pak Twitter accounts suspended over Kashmir posts

Karachi, Aug 20: After a sea of anti-India tweets emanating from Pakistan were objected to by the authorities in India, the micro-blogging site Twitter is said to have suspended 200 accounts in Pakistan.

The Pakistan government has specified to the Twitter that 200 accounts that were suspended in the past week were apparently posting about Kashmir, reported Dawn News.

Over the last one week


Monday, August 19, 2019Manmohan Singh elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan

Jaipur, Aug 19: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Monday.

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party did not put up any candidate due to lack of numbers in the assembly, Manmohan Singh was declared elected after the scheduled time to withdraw nominations ended on Monday.

Chief whip Mahesh Joshi accepted the certificate of election on beha


Monday, August 19, 2019SC lawyer for FIR against JNU's Shehla Rashid over fake news

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Supreme Court advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, here on Monday, wrote a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to immediately register an FIR against Jawaharlal Nehru University's Ph.D scholar and J&K-based politician Shehla Rashid for "deliberately" spreading fake news with the intention to incite violence and malign the army's image.

Confirming receipt of the l


Monday, August 19, 2019Chandrayaan-2 to be inserted into lunar orbit on Tuesday

Chennai, Aug 19: India's second spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, will be inserted into the lunar orbit on Tuesday morning, the Indian space agency said.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), by firing Chandrayaan-2 on-board motors, the space craft will be moved into the lunar orbit.

After Chandrayaan-2's insertion into the lunar orbit, ISRO will carry out four more o


Monday, August 19, 2019NSA briefs HM Shah on Kashmir; reviews security situation

New Delhi, Aug 19: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday briefed Home Minister Amit Shah on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since August 5, officials said.

This was for the first time that Doval met Shah after his return from the Kashmir Valley, where he stayed for about 10 days and personally monitored the situation.



Monday, August 19, 2019Jammu traders demand extension of deadline for filing IT, GST returns

Jammu, Aug 19: City-based traders' body Monday demanded extending the deadline for filing income tax and GST returns as internet and other communication channels are disrupted following the Centre's move to revoke provisions of Article 370.

In a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman the Chamber of Traders Federation(CTF) said its demand be considered as a special case in view of


Monday, August 19, 2019New Motor Vehicle Act will improve road safety: IRF

New Delhi, Aug 19: Increased new penalties and provisions of punishment in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 will help better adherence to traffic rules and decreased road accidents in India, the Geneva-based International Road Federation (IRF) said on Monday.

The Act was passed in Parliament's recently concluded monsoon session and has got the President's assent. It is likely to come


Monday, August 19, 2019Opposition slams ED summons to Thackeray, Unmesh Joshi

Mumbai, Aug 19: The Maharashtra Opposition on Monday slammed the Enforcement Directorate (ED)'s move summoning Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray and ex-Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi's son Unmesh in an IL&FS related case.

"This is nothing but bulldozing tactics by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government against the Opposition. Thackeray had raised several pertinent issues


Monday, August 19, 2019Goa government to showcase Parrikar's journey in photo-book

Panaji, Aug 19: Goa's former Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar's political journey will be published by the state government in a photo-book, as a tribute to him on the occasion of his birth anniversary on December 13 this year, CM Pramod Sawant said on Monday.

"We want to celebrate Parrikar's political journey through photographs. I have told the Director of Information and Publicity to co


Monday, August 19, 2019Afghanistan slams Pak envoy's attempt to link Kashmir with peace process

Washington, Aug 19: Afghanistan has strongly protested against the statement of Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, that the tensions in Kashmir could affect the Afghan peace process, terming it "reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible".

In a statement, the Afghan Ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, said that Kashmir was a "bilateral" issue between India and Pakistan, and Islama


Monday, August 19, 2019Water released from Hathnikund barrage floods Haryana villages

Chandigarh, Aug 19: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday took stock of the situation after a dozen villages in Yamunanagar district were flooded by the excess water released from the Hathnikund barrage.

Authorities have started to evacuate people living in the Yamuna catchment area following a sharp rise in the river water level, the officials said.

There were no reports of


Monday, August 19, 2019Priyanka hits out at government over economic slowdown

New Delhi, Aug 19: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Monday slammed the government's silence over job losses following the slowdown in the economy.

"Silence of government is dangerous. The businesses of companies are stagnant. People are being fired from their jobs and the BJP government is silent. Who is responsible for this great recession in the country?" Gandhi tweeted.



Monday, August 19, 2019Year after Kerala floods, KSEB yet to give Rs 130 cr to CM fund

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 19: In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that the Rs 130 crores that were collected by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) from its employees through the 'salary challenge' for the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), are yet to be handed over, and only Rs 10 crores have been deposited so far.

This was admitted by KSEB Chairman N.S.Pillai on M


Monday, August 19, 2019Yamuna crosses 'warning mark' in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 19: The Yamuna river on Monday crossed the "warning mark" of 204.50 meters and was set to breach the "danger mark" of 205.33m, forcing authorities to stop traffic on one of the bridges that connect Delhi with its eastern wing.

Amid the rising water level, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called an emergency meeting of officials, the government said.

The water level of


Monday, August 19, 2019Flood alert for Pak rivers after India releases water

Islamabad, Aug 19: Authorities in Pakistan's Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have issued flood alerts after India released water into river Sutlej and the Alchi dam "without preschedule", the media reported.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Punjab issued the flood alert on Monday due to rising water levels in Sutlej after India released water into the river, Dawn


Monday, August 19, 2019Ex-LS Speaker's son and Raj Thackeray summoned by ED

Mumbai, Aug 19: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshis son and realty developer Unmesh Joshi has been summoned, along with his business partner Raj Thackeray, by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), for a probe into an IL&FS related case, official sources said.

While the ruling ally Shiv Sena leader's son appeared before the ED on Monday, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Thackeray has be


Monday, August 19, 2019Ex-Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra passes away

New Delhi, Aug 19: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra died on Monday following cardiac arrest, his family said. He was 82.

Nitish Mishra, son of the three-time Chief Minister, told IANS: "He passed away around 9.45 a.m. following cardiac arrest."

He said his father had been ill for some time.

Mishra had been suffering from cancer and other ailments and was receiving treatment a


Monday, August 19, 2019Pakistanis frustrated with life: Adnan Sami

Mumbai, Aug 19: Trolled regularly, and more so after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, singer Adnan Sami has come down heavily on his erstwhile compatriot Pakistanis saying they are "frustrated with their own lives" and have been taking it out on him since they realise that he has moved on.

A user on Twitter asked Sami: "You get so much flak from the Pakistanis. How do


Monday, August 19, 2019Nadda hits out at Cong for not supporting abrogation of Art370

Hyderabad, Aug 19: BJP Working President J P Nadda has hit out at the Congress for not supporting abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging the party always indulged in vote bank politics though they knew the Article was not in the national interest.

"Modi ji has realised one nation, one legislation, one "nishan" (symbol)...But why does the Congress oppose it? The party says it


Monday, August 19, 2019Human rights have been totally violated in Kashmir: Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 19: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted that human rights have been "totally violated" in Kashmir and urged people to pray for peace in the Valley.

Banerjee, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, said she had once taken to the streets to protest against human rights violations.

"Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally viol


Monday, August 19, 2019Modi-led govt to be in power for next 25 years: Sawant

Panaji, Aug 19: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has claimed that the Modi-led government will continue to rule the country "for another 25 years".

In the coming days, the BJP-led central government will take "many decisions" which are in the pipeline and after that, "no one will be able to replace" the dispensation led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sawant said addressing a convention of B


Monday, August 19, 2019Ayodhya land dispute: No hearing in SC as Constitution bench judge unavailable

New Delhi, Aug 19: The hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case could not take place in the Supreme Court on Monday due to unavailability of one of the five judges of the Constitution bench.

The Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was scheduled to hear arguments of senior lawyer C S Vaidyanathan, representing deity 'Ram Lalla Vira


Monday, August 19, 2019SC grants CBI 2 more weeks to complete probe in accident case involving Unnao rape survivor

New Delhi, Aug 19: The Supreme Court on Monday granted two more weeks' time to the CBI to complete the ongoing investigation in a road accident case in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have sustained critical injuries.

A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose extended the time for completing the probe after the CBI moved an application seeking four more weeks on


Monday, August 19, 2019J&K move correct, economy needs to be corrected: Swamy

Pune, Aug 19: BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy has said the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir's special status was correct but the state of economy "needs to be corrected" as this issue is also important for national security and nation-building.

The Rajya Sabha MP told reporters Sunday the "wrong policies" adopted during former finance minister Arun Jaitley's tenure were responsible for the econo


Monday, August 19, 2019Afghanistan backs India on Kashmir, flays Pak

Kabul, Aug 19: Days after Pakistan was thwarted at UN stage, it's northern neighbour Afghanistan on Monday lashed out at Pak's US envoy for making 'reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible statements' on the Afghan peace process.

Reacting to the statement of Pakistan Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan where in he asserted that ongoing Kashmir tension could potentially affect Afghan peace process, Afg


Monday, August 19, 2019Triple talaq cases rise in UP after law comes into force

Lucknow, Aug 19: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 which criminalises triple talaq has, so far, failed to act as a deterrent to the cases of triple talaq in Uttar Pradesh.

In recent weeks, there has been a spurt in such cases in the state.

A woman from the Shamli district has alleged that her husband gave her triple talaq over the phone earlier this month. "My hu


Monday, August 19, 2019Sonia made interim chief as Nehru-Gandhi family trusted: Baghel

New Delhi, Aug 19: The people and the Congress workers have confidence in the Nehru-Gandhi family and that is why Sonia Gandhi was made the party's interim chief, says Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

He also said the differences of opinion among party leaders over Article 370's abrogation was "discernible" as the government decision "surprised" them.

In a candid interview, Baghe


Sunday, August 18, 2019Himachal sees highest ever rainfall in 24 hours

Shimla, Aug 18 (IANS) The local Indian Meteorological Department on Sunday said Himachal Pradesh received the highest ever rainfall for a 24-hour period, since records began almost 70 years ago.

"The state as a whole received 102.5 mm and this was 1,065 per cent more than normal for this day," IMD said in a statement.

This is the highest ever rainfall in 24 hours over the state, it said.


Sunday, August 18, 2019Nadda discusses poll strategy with Telangana BJP leaders

Hyderabad, Aug 18 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Working President J.P. Nadda on Sunday discussed with the party's Telangana leaders the strategy to be adopted in the ensuing elections to urban local bodies in the state.

On his maiden visit to Telangana after taking over the party post, he exhorted the party leaders to work together with those joining the BJP from other outfits.



Sunday, August 18, 2019Nehru's 'wrong' policies delayed Goa's liberation: Chouhan

Panaji, Aug 18 (IANS) Former Prime Minister late Jawaharlal Nehru's "wrong" policies not only led to prolonging of the vexed Jammu and Kashmir problem, but also delayed the liberation of Goa from Portuguese yoke, BJP national Vice President Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday.

Chouhan, who is in Goa to address the party workers as part of BJP's pan-India membership drive, also said that


Sunday, August 18, 2019IAF aircraft parts recovered 51 years after crash

Chandigarh, Aug 18 (IANS) An expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Indian Army said on Sunday.

The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers who were onboard the AN-


Sunday, August 18, 2019AIIMS opens Emergency ward, blamed for losses in fire

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) on Sunday blamed the AIIMS for the losses it suffered in a major fire even as the premier institute reopened its Emergency ward a day after the disaster.

DFS chief Vipin Kantal said the extent of damage at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) could have avoided had its administration been careful about exits and open spaces an


Sunday, August 18, 2019Archaeological evidence after faith based arguments on Ayodhya

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Last week, the Hindu parties argued in the Supreme Court on the credibility of the excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) that have shown a massive public structure mainly used for worship existed at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Initially the senior counsels representing the Ram Lalla Virajman, the deity, had contextualized the relevance of Hindu fait


Sunday, August 18, 2019Yogi likely to reshuffle Cabinet on Monday

Lucknow, Aug 18 (IANS) The much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is likely to take place on Monday evening.

According to sources, half a dozen new ministers will be sworn in and legislators from western Uttar Pradesh are likely to get a place in the Ministry. Some ministers are likely to be dropped, while some may have to undergo a change of portfoli


Sunday, August 18, 2019Including NH-3 & 5 about 400 road affected by landslides and rainfall in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 18: With unprecedented monsoon rainfall in the state during last 24 hrs, wreak havoc in the state as including Hindustan-Tibet National Highway No-5, Chandigarah- Manali NH-3, Mandi-Jginder Nagaur NH 145 about 400 roads are closed down and damaged in the state.
Rain furry recorded three more death in last 24 hrs, rising total death toll to 26 due to monsoon in the state and three mor


Sunday, August 18, 2019Jaitley stable, but critical; Kejriwal, Sisodia visit AIIMS

New Delhi, Aug 18: The condition of former finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley is stated to be stable, but critical, sources said.

The senior BJP leader is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, under a team of multidisciplinary doctors, comprising nephrologists, cardiologists and endocrinologists.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited


Sunday, August 18, 2019Kovind meets Lata Mangeshkar at her residence

Mumbai, Aug 18: President Ram Nath Kovind has met Lata Mangeshkar at her residence here. The legendary singer said that she felt deeply honoured and humbled by the President's visit.

Lata Mangeshkar on Sunday took to Twitter, where she shared a candid photograph of herself chatting with the President.

"Namaskar, was deeply honoured and humbled when the President of our country, Shri Ram Nat


Sunday, August 18, 20195 students electrocuted to death in Karnataka town

Koppal (Karnataka), Aug 18: Five students aged 14-16 years were electrocuted to death in a freak mishap on the terrace of a residential school building in Karnataka's Koppal town, police said on Sunday.

"The tragic incident occurred when the boys were removing a 15-feet iron pole mounted on a mud-filled drum used to hoist the national flag on the Independence Day (August 15) on the terrace. As


Sunday, August 18, 2019AIIMS starts internal enquiry into fire disaster

New Delhi, Aug 18: A day after a major fire broke out in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) complex, the Central government-run hospital began an internal enquiry on Sunday to know what caused the disaster and how to strengthen anti-fire measures.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation at AIIMS along with the hospital Director and senior faculty members.


Sunday, August 18, 2019Modi leaves for India, ends two-day Bhutan visit

Thimphu, Aug 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for India after his two-day visit to Bhutan where he held talks with Bhutanese leaders to further deepen bilateral ties.

Before leaving for Delhi, the Prime Minister addressed students at the Royal University of Bhutan and paid his respects at the National Memorial Chorten, a revered monument honouring the late Third Druk Gyalpo



Sunday, August 18, 2019Assembly battle soon but Delhi Congress headless

New Delhi, Aug 18: Even after close to a month since Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit passed away, the grand old party is struggling to find a replacement in the national capital where Assembly elections will be held in about six months.

The deliberations on the next head have propped up speculation that among those being considered for the top job are cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sin


Sunday, August 18, 2019Yogi likely to reshuffle Cabinet on Monday

Lucknow, Aug 18: The much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is likely to take place on Monday evening.

According to sources, half a dozen new ministers will be sworn in and legislators from western Uttar Pradesh are likely to get a place in the Ministry. Some ministers are likely to be dropped, while some may have to undergo a change of portfolio.


Sunday, August 18, 2019BJP worker killed in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 18: A fifty-year-old worker of Bharatiya Janata Party died after miscreants hurled crude bombs towards him in West Bengal's Birbhum district, police said on Sunday.

"Dalu Sheikh, 50, died due to a bomb injury on Saturday night," an officer of Labhpur police station said.

"The person is known to be a BJP worker. The reason of death can be ascertained after further investigation,


Sunday, August 18, 2019Great time to innovate in India: Modi

Thimphu, Aug 18: Asserting that India is home to among the biggest start-up eco-systems in the world and witnessing transformation in a wide range of sectors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it was a great time to innovate in the country.

The Prime Minister's remarks came when he was addressing students at the Royal University of Bhutan where he arrived on Saturday on a two-day vi


Sunday, August 18, 2019Kashmiri Pandit diaspora meet in Houston

Houston (Texas), Aug 18: Celebrating the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) organised a meeting of the community members in Houston with the head of BJP's Foreign Affairs Department, Vijay Chauthaiwale.

All the heads of Kashmiri Pandits' community organisations from India and community members from Australia, the


Sunday, August 18, 2019Differently-abled artists render colours of freedom

New Delhi, Aug 18: She cannot walk. Her hands do not move. That does not mean she cannot do anything. Wheelchair-bound Sunitha Thrippanikkara makes everyone around proud with her work.

The 36-year-old Sunitha is a mouth painter. In 2017, she bagged the National Award for mouth painting from President Ram Nath Kovind. Now she is one out of few differently-abled artists who have designed poster


Sunday, August 18, 2019Yamuna rising, near danger level in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 18: The water level in the river Yamuna here has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the "warning mark" of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the "danger mark" pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.

The water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the "warning mark".

"Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour," a Flood and Control


Sunday, August 18, 2019We have right to know what happened to Netaji: Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 18: Recalling the mysterious disappearance of great Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that peoploe have the right to know of his whereabouts or ultimate fate.

"On this day in 1945, Netaji went on a flight from Taihoku Airport in Taiwan, only to disappear forever. We still do not know what happened to him.


Sunday, August 18, 2019China entered Demchok as Cong didn't give due importance to Ladakh: BJP MP Namgyal

Leh, Aug 18: Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the BJP MP from Ladakh who shot to fame after his impassioned speech on Article 370 in Parliament, feels the region did not get due importance in defence policies under the Congress rule and that was why "China has captured its area up to the Demchok sector".

The first-time parliamentarian also claimed that the Congress governments ruined Kashmir by follow


Sunday, August 18, 2019Narmada becomes raging torrent in rain-battered MP

Bhopal: The Narmada, Chambal, Parvati and Betwa rivers are in spate within Madhya Pradesh owing to draining of excess water from numerous reservoirs that have reached full-tank levels even as intense precipitation was forecast.

The Chambal is overflowing in Bhind and Morena districts subsequent to opening of sluice gates at the Kota Barrage. An alert was sounded in approximately 100 villages


Sunday, August 18, 2019Talks with Pakistan only on PoK: Rajnath Singh

Kalka (Haryana), Aug 18: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that talks would be held with Pakistan only on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"If talks are held with Pakistan, it will now be on PoK," he said in a public address after flagging off of the Bharatiya Janata Party's 'Jan Ashirwad Yatra' here, some 20 kms from Chandigarh.

The Yatra, being held in the run upto Harya


Sunday, August 18, 2019PM Modi addresses Bhutanese students, pledges partnership in education

Thimphu, Aug 18: Seeking to establish a closer bond between the two countries especially among youths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said as Bhutan would pursue its fast forward journey in the contemporary setting, India would partner it in education sector in more ways than one.

"As Bhutan soars high in its endeavours, your 1.3 billion Indian friends will not just look on and cheer


Sunday, August 18, 2019RPF jawan guns down three in Ramgarh

Ramgarh, Aug 18: A jawan of the RPF gunned down three members of a family, including a pregnant woman, at Gandhinagar Railway Colony under Barkakana OP of this district.

The RPF jawan Pawan Kumar Singh killed Ashok Ram (56), his wife Lilawati Devi (52) and their pregnant daughter Meena Devi (30). Two others sustained serious injuries in the incident, which included the couple's daughter Suman


Sunday, August 18, 2019PM launches RuPay card in Bhutan

Thimpu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched RuPay card in Bhutan making the Himalayan kingdom the second country to roll out the special services after Singapore.

'I am happy that I haved launched RuPay card. This will help in digital payments, and help in increasing business and tourism between the two nations,' the Prime Minister said after the launch in presence of his Bhutanese counterpa


Sunday, August 18, 2019Delhi-NCR to get 300 more EV charging stations in 6 months

New Delhi, Aug 18: The national capital and its surrounding urban centres will soon get 300 more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the next five to six months.

The project to install charging stations is being undertaken by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power.

At present, the state-run firm in association with New Delh


Sunday, August 18, 2019Hundreds stranded in Himachal after heavy rains

Shimla, Aug 18: Hundreds remained stranded in Himachal Pradesh after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, closing of hydropower projects and release excess water from a dam, officials said on Sunday.

Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway was blocked between Mandi and Kullu towns following massive landslides along the swollen Beas river.

Traffic was hampered on 68


Sunday, August 18, 2019Heavy downpour in Agra, Chambal about to touch danger mark

Agra, Aug 18: A heavy downpour drenched Agra early on Sunday, flooding low-lying areas in the city. Weathermen have forecast continued showers for next two days.

The usually dry Yamuna river is flowing full, as copious quantities of water have been released by upstream barrages. The Hathini Kund barrage released more than a lakh cusecs on Friday. The Okhla and the Gokul barrages have similarl


Sunday, August 18, 2019Dhoni ends stint with Territorial Army

New Delhi, Aug 18: Former India captain M.S. Dhoni's spell with his Territorial Army unit has ended. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is now in New Delhi with wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva.

Dhoni had taken a break from cricket following the conclusion of India's campaign in the 2019 World Cup that was held in England and in that period, he joined the the 106 TA Battalion (Para) in Jammu for a


Sunday, August 18, 2019Pak rejects request to resume Samjhauta, Thar trains

Islamabad, Aug 18: Pakistan's Ministry of Railways has rejected a request by its Indian counterpart to restore operations of the Samjhauta and the Thar Express trains, which were suspended last week in the wake of New Delhis move to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a media report said on Sunday.

The Express Tribune quoted sources as saying that Indian railway o


Saturday, August 17, 2019With less than 45% rain, drought looms over Bihar

Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) With Bihar receiving 45 per cent less than normal rain this year, several districts of the state are in the grip of a severe drought, even though flood has made lives miserable in the neighbouring states.

Paddy sowing has been badly affected with at least 24 of the 38 districts of the state receiving less than normal rain till August 15.

According to Agriculture Departm


Saturday, August 17, 2019Jaitley in critical state, several leaders visit AIIMS

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been put on life support at the AIIMS hospital here, is in a critical condition, hospital sources said on Saturday.

Jaitley has been put on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is used for patients whose lungs and heart are incapable of operating on their own.

Several political leaders came to the All India


Saturday, August 17, 2019CPI-M loses hold over Kannur local body in Vijayan bastion

Kannur, Aug 17 (IANS) The CPI-M and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan received a setback here on Saturday when the party lost control over the Kannur Corporation.

The Congress-led opposition had moved a no-trust motion against Mayor E.P. Latha of the CPI-M. In final count, the Congress had polled 28 votes and the CPI-M 26, with one seat vacant.

Vijayan, his second in command and Industries Mi


Saturday, August 17, 2019Chakma tribals in India, Bangladesh observe 'Black Day'

Agartala/Aizawl, Aug 17 (IANS) The Chakma tribals of northeast India and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of southeast Bangladesh on Saturday observed a "Black Day" to protest the non-inclusion of non-Muslim dominated CHT in India during the partition in 1947, a leader of the agitating tribe said.

The Chakma National Council of India (CNCI) is spearheading the agitation in four northeastern states


Saturday, August 17, 20193 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) Three persons were injured, flight and train services disrupted as large parts of Kolkata and other south Bengal districts submerged in water on Saturday following heavy monsoon rains.

Two persons were injured after a mini truck collided with a container on a waterlogged road in Girish Park in North Kolkata, while a security staff got wounded when the ceiling of a godown


Saturday, August 17, 2019Rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra joins BJP

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with AAP's women wing chief Richa Pandey at the BJP headquarters here.

"Kapil Mishra and Richa Pandey from AAP along with their supporters joined BJP in the presence of State President Manoj Tiwari, National Vice President and BJP Delhi's Prabhari Shayam Jaju and


Saturday, August 17, 2019New Year begins in Kerala with 'Chingam 1'

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 17 (IANS) After being hit hard by heavy rains and floods, Kerala on Saturday marked the beginning of the Malayalam New Year -- 'Chingam 1' -- with prayers and celebrations. The month-long celebrations will end on September 16.

This is one of the most keenly awaited days for the Hindus in Kerala, but of late, people from other communities have also started celebrating th


Saturday, August 17, 2019Muslims decide not to offer namaz on road in Ranchi

Ranchi, Aug 17 (IANS) A Muslim cleric has convinced his community against offering namaz on roads in Ranchi henceforth.

"We stopped people from offering namaz on roads as it is incorrect to do so in Islam. There were some people who stood in queues on road to offer namaz but from now onwards it will be done inside mosques and space available besides it," Maulana Ubaidullah of Ekra Mosque told


Saturday, August 17, 2019Goa should have more beach shacks: Association

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) Goa's beach shack owners have demanded an increase in the number of shacks dotting Goa's beaches, while also urging the state government to create a separate policy for traditional shack owners, Cruz Cardozo, President of the Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society said on Saturday.

Licences should be given as soon as possible, Cardozo said after a meeting of the Association's m


Saturday, August 17, 2019Article 370 had become shield for terrorists: Prasad

Nagpur, Aug 17: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday that Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had become a platform to "shield" terrorists and their patrons.

"The government's decision on Article 370 was taken in the interest of the nation as well as the common people of Jammu and Kashmir," Prasad told reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration o


Saturday, August 17, 2019PIL in SC challenging amendments to UAPA Act

New Delhi, Aug 17: A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Act, 2019, notified by the Centre, to designate an individual as a terrorist.

The PIL was filed by a resident of Delhi, Sajal Awasthi, who moved the top Court urging it to declare the amendment unconstitutional. The Act is in violation of the fundamental rights guaran


Saturday, August 17, 2019Voice of Kashmiri people heard at UN: Maleeha Lodhi

United Nations, Aug 17: After the UN Security Council (UNSC) concluded its informal consultation on Kashmir, Pakistan's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said the voice of the Kashmiri people has been heard in the highest diplomatic forum in the world.

Following the UNSC closed-door consultation here on Friday, Lodhi claimed the people from Jammu and Kashmir may be in locked up state, but their vo


Saturday, August 17, 2019Pakistan plans Kashmir cell, desk at embassies

Islamabad, Aug 17: Pakistan has decided to set up a special cell on Kashmir at foreign office and a desk at all embassies in light of the Kashmir crisis.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said this, here on Saturday, after chairing a high-level meeting to discuss the Kasmir situation and devise a plan of action following the UN Security Council (UNSC) meet on Friday where Pakistan failed t


Saturday, August 17, 2019Imran welcomes UNSC meeting on Kashmiris

Islamabad, Aug 17: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the UN Security Council's informal consultation on the Kashmir issue and said that addressing the "suffering of Kashmiri people" was the responsibility of the world body.

The cricketer-turned-politician said in a tweet: "I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It is for


Saturday, August 17, 2019Priyanka asks BJP leaders to clarify stand on Kuldeep Sengar

New Delhi, Aug 17: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday asked BJP leaders to clarify their stand on rape accused legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, after his photographs appeared in an Independence Day advertisement in a Hindi newspaper, along with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and Home Minister Amit Shah.

"The CBI gave


Saturday, August 17, 2019Rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra joins BJP

New Delhi, Aug 17: Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with AAP's women wing chief Richa Pandey at the BJP headquarters here.

"Kapil Mishra and Richa Pandey from AAP along with their supporters joined BJP in the presence of State President Manoj Tiwari, National Vice President and BJP Delhi's Prabhari Shayam Jaju and other


Saturday, August 17, 2019Vande Bharat runs over bull near Etawah

Etawah, Aug 17: A major rail mishap was averted near Etawah railway station when a bull was run over by semi high speed Vande Bharat.

Due to the impact of the blow, the carcass landed on the adjacent track hitting the engine of the Haldia express.

Etawah station superintendent Puran Lal Meena confirmed to the media about the incidents that occurred on Saturday morning.

Though the Vande


Saturday, August 17, 2019No relief for Ratul Puri, court denies interim stay on NBW

New Delhi, Aug 17: A Delhi court on Saturday refused to stay the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against businessman Ratul Puri.

Puri, who is a relative of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, had knocked on the court's doors seeking cancellation or staying of the NBW issued against him in connection with a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland deal.

Special CBI Judge s


Saturday, August 17, 2019High-level committee to review defence procurement policies

New Delhi, Aug 17: A 12-member high-level committee has been formed by the Union government to revise and align the procedure of Defence procurement with the aim of strengthening the 'Make in India' initiative.

The panel headed by the Director-General (Acquisitions) has been tasked to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2006 and the Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009.



Saturday, August 17, 2019Trump asks Imran Khan to reduce tensions with India through dialogue

New Delhi, Aug 17: US President Donald Trump has stressed upon the need for bilateral dialogue to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the White House said on Saturday.

Trump's observation came during a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, hours before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting in New York


Saturday, August 17, 2019Muslims decide not to offer namaz on road in Ranchi

Ranchi, Aug 17: A Muslim cleric has convinced his community against offering namaz on roads in Ranchi henceforth.

"We stopped people from offering namaz on roads as it is incorrect to do so in Islam. There were some people who stood in queues on road to offer namaz but from now onwards it will be done inside mosques and space available besides it," Maulana Ubaidullah of Ekra Mosque told repor


Saturday, August 17, 2019Nehru-Gandhi family has "brand equity": Adhir Chowdhury

Kolkata, Aug 17: The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has said it will be tough for any leader from outside the Gandhi-Nehru family to run the party, as it has "brand equity".

He also said the revival of the Congress largely depended on the weakening of regional parties that lack ideology, and claimed that the country was headed for "bipolar politics".



Saturday, August 17, 2019Naidu served notice to vacate house in view of floods

Amaravati, Aug 17: Authorities in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday served a notice on former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to vacate the house on the banks of Krishna river here in view of the flood situation.

With rising Krishna water threatening to inundate houses along its banks, revenue officials asked the residents to move to safer places. Officials said notices were served on 32 houses


Saturday, August 17, 2019Don't know if Rane joining Cong was mistake or blunder: Pawar

Mumbai, Aug 17: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that he cannot tell whether former Shiv Sena leader Narayan Rane's move of joining the Congress in 2005 was a mistake or a blunder.

He was speaking at the launch of Rane's autobiography here on Friday.

Pawar said that Rane had two options- either to join the Congress or the NCP.

"He chose the Congress. I can't say whether it was a mistake


Saturday, August 17, 2019Mika chants 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' at Attari-Wagah border

Chandiagrh: After receiving backlash over his performance in Pakistan, singer Mika Singh uploaded a video on social media in which he is seen chanting "Bharat Mata ki Jai" at Attari-Wagah border, showcasing his love for the nation.

"Bharat Mata ki Jai! Thank you everyone for such a warm welcome. Happy Independence Day once again and salute to our jawans. They aren't able to celebrate any festi


Saturday, August 17, 2019Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit

Paro, Aug 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bhutan on Saturday on a two-day state visit during which he will hold talks with Bhutanese leaders to further deepen the bilateral ties.

This is prime minister's second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election.

Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering received Modi at the airport. Modi was accorded a guard of honour on his ar


Saturday, August 17, 2019UNSC accepts India's efforts in Kashmir, wants all to follow suit: Envoy

United Nations, Aug 16: The Security Council has acknowledged India's measures to bring normalcy and development to Kashmir and wants all countries to follow suit, India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after its informal meeting, he outlined the various steps being taken by India since the special status of Kashmir was rescinded and said, "We ar


Saturday, August 17, 2019India's UN envoy turns table on Pakistani scribe, extending hand of friendship

United Nations, Aug 17: India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin dramatically extended the hand of friendship to the hostile neighbour through a Pakistani journalist who complained on Friday about lack of dialogue between the two countries.

At his news conference here, he stepped away from the podium and walked up to the senior Pakistani journalist who asked, "When will you begin a di


Saturday, August 17, 2019Pak plunders natural resources, gifts Baltistan goldmines to allies

New Delhi, Aug 17: Even as Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan expresses solidarity with the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), the reality on ground zero is contrary to Khan's much-hyped claims on camera.

At the behest of the Federal government in Islamabad, Chinese companies are reportedly plundering natural resources in the Gilgit-Baltistan region which in


Saturday, August 17, 2019More than Rs 1 lakh crore in PMJDY accounts

Bhopal, Aug 17: More than Rs 1 lakh crore have been deposited in over 36 crore bank accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), reveals an RTI.

Chandrashekhar Gaur, a social worker from Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh, filed the RTI seeking the details of the PMJDY from the Ministry of Finance.

The reply to his RTI application revealed that till July 17, 2019, aro


Saturday, August 17, 2019Gold ETFs: Investors bet big on the safe haven asset

Mumbai, Aug 17: As the global economic scenario remains subdued and trade tensions remain volatile, investors have bet big on the safe haven of gold-backed exchange traded funds (ETF).

According to data from the World Gold Council (WGC), globally investors poured about $2.6 billion into gold-backed ETFs in July, the highest monthly investment since March 2013.

The Gold Exchange Traded Fund


Saturday, August 17, 2019Jaitley's condition stable but critical

New Delhi, Aug 17: The condition of former finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley is stated to be stable but critical.

Mr Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS hospital on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited AIIM


Friday, August 16, 2019Punjab CM rejects party MP's allegation on sacrilege

Chandigarh, Aug 16 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday rejected his Congress party's MP Pratap Singh Bajwa's allegation that the Advocate General's office had misled the state and the assembly on the sensitive issue of withdrawal of the Bargari sacrilege cases from the CBI.

In a statement issued here, Amarinder Singh dubbed Bajwa's statement to a section of the media as a ca


Friday, August 16, 2019BSF seizes 218 cattle being smuggled to Bangladesh

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 218 cattle that were being smuggled to Bangladesh, during raids in West Bengal's border districts, an official said on Friday.

The BSF officers of South Bengal Frontier raided the border areas of Malda, Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts.

They observed the movements of the smugglers while they tried to take t


Friday, August 16, 2019Is government changing nuclear policy, asks Congress

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Congress on Friday said it stands behind the government on the issue of defence but asked it to make it clear if it was changing the decades-old nuclear policy.

"Every citizen stands (together) as far as defence and sovereignty is concerned and in particular where the nuclear policy and nuclear use are concerned," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporter


Friday, August 16, 2019Akali Dal in talks with BJP for Haryana polls

Chandigarh, Aug 16 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would contest the upcoming Haryana assembly polls with the BJP and negotiations for seat sharing are currently on, party leader Balwinder Singh Bhunder said on Friday.

Talking to media here, Bhunder, party's core committee member and in-charge of Haryana political affairs, said party members were briefed about the developments on the nego


Friday, August 16, 2019Rebuild Ravidas temple at original site: CPI-M

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The CPI-M on Friday urged the central government to rebuild the Guru Ravidas temple at the very site in the national capital where it was demolished.

CPI-M leader Brinda Karat made the appeal in a letter to Urban Development Minister Hardeep Puri, demanding that the temple should be constructed at the same spot and the 'samadhis' restored in their original place.



Friday, August 16, 2019Kerala records first arrest in triple talaq case

Kozhikode (Kerala), Aug 16 (IANS) The police in Kerala on Friday arrested a man for giving triple talaq to his wife. The arrest was based on the Narendra Modi government's The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill.

This is the first-ever arrest in the southern state since the passage of Triple Talaq Bill. According to the bill, an instant triple talaq in any form -- spoken, in w


Friday, August 16, 2019After Kerala, Uttarakhand Police join TikTok

Dehradun, Aug 16 (IANS) In line with their ongoing mission to bring messages on safety and social relevance to their audience while connecting with the citizens of the state directly, the Uttarakhand Police joined TikTok on Friday.

The move from the Uttarakhand Police department comes shortly after the Kerala Police joined the platform amidst much fanfare.

"We believe being on TikTok gives


Friday, August 16, 2019BJP MP Roopa Ganguly's son arrested for rash driving

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) Actor-turned-politician and BJP MP Roopa Ganguly's son has been arrested for crashing his car into a wall of city-based golf club here, police said on Friday.

Akash Mukherje, 21, was detained after his speeding car rammed into the wall of Royal Calcutta Golf Cub (RCGC) on Thursday night.

Locals accused the youth of rash driving and claimed he was in an inebriated cond


Friday, August 16, 2019TMC Secy General, ex-Kolkata top cop questioned

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee and former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Ponzi scam cases, an official said here.

While Chatterjee has been summoned regarding the financial transactions between the Saradha group of companies and the Trinamool Congress m


Friday, August 16, 2019SC hauls up lawyer over 'defective' plea on Article 370

New Delhi, Aug 16: The Supreme Court on Friday came down heavily on lawyer ML Sharma, who had filed a petition challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, for his 'defective' petition and 'unpreparedness' on the very sensitive issue.

A bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, hauled up Sharma for his 'defective' petit


Friday, August 16, 2019Rahul's largesse for 18,000 families in Wayanad

Wayanad (Kerala), Aug 16: The Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi, as promised, has started distributing kits to over 18,000 families affected by the floods.

Speaking to IANS, his office secretary Byju said that in the next two days, every family in his constituency, who had to face the flood fury and had to move out of their homes, will get a full kit of basic food items, a cleaning kit and dress materi


Friday, August 16, 2019BJP will form govt in Haryana with absolute majority: Shah

Jind (Haryana), Aug 16: Setting the tone for Assembly elections in Haryana, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would repeat its term in the state, but this time with an absolute majority.

"We are going to form the government in Haryana again with two-third majority," Shah said while addressing a public gathering in Jind, the state's Jat-dominated dis


Friday, August 16, 2019Karnataka floods: Yediyurappa meets PM, seeks 10,000 cr fund

New Delhi/Bengaluru, Aug 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured Karnataka Chief Minister of central aid to speed up relief works in its flood-hit districts, an official said.

"Modi assured state Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of soon releasing central funds for relief works in the state at the earliest and rushing a central team to assess the damage caused by heavy rains and flood


Friday, August 16, 2019Indian govt's 'fascist tactics' in Kashmir will fail: Imran

Islamabad, Aug 16: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the Indian government's "fascist tactics" in Kashmir will "fail miserably" to smother the Kashmiri freedom struggle.

The cricketer-turned-politician, in a series of tweets, warned the Indian government that "no force can stop" a nation from achieving its goals when unity is achieved in a freedom struggle and death is not


Friday, August 16, 2019Vajpayee statue to be unveiled in Lucknow on Dec 25

Lucknow, Aug 16: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that a statue of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be unveiled here on December 25.

Adityanath made the announcement at a function here where he also paid tributes to the former leader on his first death anniversary.

He said that the 25-feet-tall statue would be installed at the Lok Bhawan on Vajpa


Friday, August 16, 20192 UP police personnel commit suicide

Lucknow, Aug 16: In two separate incidents on Friday, two Uttar Pradesh police personnel committed suicide by shooting themselves, police sources said.

Sub-Inspector Madhup Singh shot himself with his service revolver at his Kavi Nagar residence in Ghaziabad on Friday morning. He was posted in Baleni police station in Baghpat district and had reached his residence on Thursday evening.

In Bi


Friday, August 16, 2019PM assures central aid to flood-hit Karnataka

New Delhi/Bengaluru, Aug 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured Karnataka of central aid to speed up relief works in the state's flood-hit districts, an official said.

"Modi assured Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of releasing central funds for relief works in the state and rushing an official team to assess the damage caused by heavy rains and floods across the state," an official


Friday, August 16, 2019Only Sanskrit daily newspaper struggles to survive

Mysuru, Aug 16: As the country celebrates the World Sanskrit Week to popularise the "language of the gods," which previous External Affairs Minister, the late Sushma Swaraj, claimed was a modern language fit for computers, the only Sanskrit daily of India, Sudharma, published from here, is struggling for survival.

Economics apart, the number of patrons of this newspaper, celebrating its 50th


Friday, August 16, 2019Hindus celebrate Rakshabandhan in NW Pakistan

Peshawar, Aug 16: The Hindu community celebrated Raksha Bandhan by organising special functions across Peshawar and other parts of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Special security arrangements were made in and outside temples to prevent any untoward incident, officials said.

Raksha Bandhan is a popular annual Hindu festival celebrated to strengthen the bond between brothers and sist


Friday, August 16, 2019Indians in the US celebrate Independence Day with fervour

Washington/Houston, Aug 16: Members of the Indian community assembled in large numbers outside the Indian Embassy in Washington and Indian Consulates in New York, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago to celebrate India's 73rd Independence Day.

India's Ambassador to the US Harsh V Shringla on Thursday unfurled the tricolour and read out President Ram Nath Kovind's message while addressing a gath


Friday, August 16, 2019Pro-Khalistan Sikhs hold protest with Pakistanis outside UN on Kashmir

New York, Aug 16: Pro-Khalistan Sikhs joined by some Pakistanis held a protest outside the UN demanding the restoration of Kashmir's special status.

About 400 people marched from India's UN mission to a cordoned-off area opposite the UN on Thursday, which was India's Independence Day. They shouted slogans for Khalistan and Kashmir, holding flags of Kashmir-occupied "Azad" Kashmir and yellow K


Friday, August 16, 2019India to build closer ties with Baltic nations with Naidu visit

New Delhi, Aug 16: In keeping with the government's priority to boost ties with small nations, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit the three Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from August 17-21 in the first such high-level trip from India.

The visit aims to advance India's outreach to the important countries that border the Baltic Sea.

It is also expected to give a fi


Friday, August 16, 2019Five killed in Jharkhand road accident

Ranchi, Aug 16: Five people were killed in a road accident in Jharkhand's Simdega district on Friday, police said.

The accident involved a head-on collision between two motorbikes.

Besides the five victims who died on the spot, two others were injured, the police added.


Friday, August 16, 2019Situation in J&K to improve in few days: Centre

New Delhi, Aug 16: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir will improve over the next few days.

The submission came before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who was hearing various petitions related to the Kashmir issue.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said that petitioners must not jump the gun to come to a conclusion and that there wa


Friday, August 16, 2019Jaishankar meets US Deputy Secy of State, discusses strategic partnership

New Delhi, Aug 16: India and the United States on Friday held talks to further strengthen 'strategic partnership'.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar met the visiting US Deputy Secretary of State DepartmentJohn Sullivan.
"Glad to receive Deputy Secretary @StateDept John Sullivan. Discussing the deep convergences of our strategic relationship," Dr Jaishankar tweeted.

On August 14, K


Friday, August 16, 2019Modi to address 'Ganga Sammelan' in UP

Kanpur, Aug 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 'Ganga Sammelan' in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur that will focus on cleaning of the Ganga river from Gomukh in Uttarakhand to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.

Though the date of the programme has not yet been finalised, preparations have begun for the same.

According to official sources, the programme is being organised by the Urban Develo


Friday, August 16, 2019Complete integration of J&K best tribute to Vajpayee: Goa CM

Panaji, Aug 16: The 'complete integration' of Jammu and Kashmir into India is a fitting tribute for former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday.

"It has been one year. I feel that his incomplete dream has been fulfilled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was his wish too to have "Ek desh, Ek vidhan, Ek pradhan --one country, one constitution, o


Friday, August 16, 2019SC pulls advocate for filing defective petition on Article 370

New Delhi, Aug 16: The Supreme Court on Friday reprimanded advocate M.L. Sharma for filing a frivolous application opposing the Centre's decision to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Ranjan Gogoi said: "Your petition is not maintainable. I tried reading it for half an hour but could not make sense of it."



Friday, August 16, 2019President to visit Jaitley at AIIMS

New Delhi, Aug 16: President Ram Nath Kovind will on Friday visit former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he has been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Sp


Friday, August 16, 2019Indian Army wins International Army Scout Masters Competition

Jaisalmer: Indian Army team comprehensively won the 5th International Army Scout Masters Competition held at Jaisalmer Military Station under Konark Corps.

The competition was kicked off from August 6 and concluded on Wednesday.

Besides India, teams from Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan participated in the event.

The Indian Army participated in the compet


Friday, August 16, 2019Prez, PM pay homage to Vajpayee; BJP remembers his poetry

New Delhi, Aug 16: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to former prime minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary here on Friday.

The leaders visited 'Sadaiv Atal', the memorial of Vajpayee in the morning.

The late prime minister Vajpayee, a colossus in the political firmament of India, passed away on


Friday, August 16, 2019Ninety civilians killed in violent clashes of Libya's Murzuq: UN

United Nations, Aug 16: At least 90 civilians were killed and hundreds others wounded in communal clashes in the Libyan town of Murzug, the UN Office of the Spokesman said in a statement.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that at least 90 civilians were killed and more than 200 injured as a result of the violent clashes which escalated early this month in Mur


Friday, August 16, 2019UNSC to hold close consultations on Kashmir on Friday

United Nations, Aug 16: The UN Security Council will meet here on Friday to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body.

China, the closest ally of Pakistan, asked for "closed consultations" in the Council, which will meet at 10 am (7:30pm IST) to discuss the matter.

A UN diplomat had told PTI that China had as


Friday, August 16, 2019Mamata pays tribute to Vajpayee on his first death anniversary

Kolkata, Aug 16: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday paid her tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.

The Trinamool Congress chief, who had served as the railway minister in Vajpayee-led cabinet, urged people to bear in mind his principles of 'insaniyat (humanism), jamhooriyat (democracy) and kashmiriyat (inclusive Kashmiri culture