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Saturday, February 23, 2019Akhilesh meets CRPF martyr's family in Prayagraj

Prayagraj, Feb 23 (IANS) Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday met the family members of Mahesh Kumar Yadav, a CRPF trooper martyred in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.

Expressing his sympathies, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told Yadav's two children they should be proud of their father's sacrifice in line of duty and assured the family of full support from the S


Saturday, February 23, 2019Aerobatics by Surya Kiran jets enthrall at air show

Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) Daring aerobatics by the Surya Kiran jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) delighted thousands of people at the Aero India 2019 air show at the Yelahanka air base here on Saturday.

Led by Group Captain Grover, the seven Surya Kirans also flew in an 'incomplete diamond' formation as a tribute to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi who died in the mishap on Tuesday when the two jet


Saturday, February 23, 2019DMK calls for applications from Lok Sabha, assembly bypoll aspirants

Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) The DMK on Saturday announced application forms for those wanting to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the bypolls to be held for 21 vacant assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu would be available from Monday.

In a statement issued here, the party said that forms for both are priced at Rs 1,000 each and the applicants will also have to pay Rs 25,000 with the forms,


Saturday, February 23, 2019Government doesn't want to accept employment crisis: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that the Central government is not accepting the "employment crisis" in the country, and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should discuss the issue with youth.

"Our current government does not even want to accept that there is employment crisis," Gandhi said during an interaction with university students at Jawah


Saturday, February 23, 2019300 cars gutted in fire near Bengaluru air show

Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) A fire in the parking lot in front of the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, where the Aero India show is underway, gutted about 300 cars on Saturday, police said. No casualties were reported.

"The blaze is likely to have been caused due to dry grass catching fire aided by high velocity winds," Director General of Police for Fire and Emergency Services M.N. Reddi told IA


Saturday, February 23, 2019Mamata government creates DRI&E to tackle tax evasion, leakage of revenue

Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) during an event here on Saturday.

"Capturing the cooperative societies could be part of the SP/BSP mindset, not of the BJP," Shah said during a cooperative summit.

"The SP/BSP regimes had destroyed the administrative structure. We are


Saturday, February 23, 2019Chidambaram targets Jaitley over Hooda's appointment

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A day after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress over Lt. General (retired) D.S. Hooda's appointment as a member of the committee on national security, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram hit back saying the BJP needs no one as it has Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a series of tweets, the former Finance Minister said, "Jaitley has debunked the C


Saturday, February 23, 2019Centre extending militaristic approach to northeast: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action against Meghalaya Governor Tathagat Roy over his remarks to boycott Kashmiri goods. He said that the Central government was extending its "muscular, militaristic approach" to the northeast which it failed to show in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a ser


Saturday, February 23, 2019Toll in Assam hooch tragedy reaches 80

Guwahati, Feb 23 (IANS) The death toll in the Assam hooch tragedy has increased to 80, with the death of two more people, authorities said on Saturday.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday visited the Golaghat Civil Hospital where 35 people have died since Friday.

The remaining 45 died at the Jorhat Medical College.

According to the Minister, 221 people remain hospitalised in


Saturday, February 23, 2019Punjab Police sets up helpline number for Kashmiris facing threats

Chandigarh, Feb 23: The Punjab Police has set up a helpline number to deal with the complaints lodged by Kashmiris, especially students in the state.

The toll-free helpline number 181 will ensure prompt and effective response for Kashmiris facing any kind of harassment or trouble in the state, according to an official release issued here.

The helpline will have a special desk dedicated to r


Saturday, February 23, 2019"Our fight is against terrorism not against Kashmiris: PM Modi

FEB 23: PM Narendra Modi condemned the recent attack on Kashmiris in different parts of the country and said India's fight is for Kashmir not against Kashmir.

There have been some reports of Kashmiri students and businessmen being harassed or beaten up in recent days in the wake last week’s attack in South Kashmir's Pulwama.

"Our fight is against terrorism and enemies of humanity. Our figh


Saturday, February 23, 2019Amit Shah will visit Jammu on 24 February

Jammu, Feb 23: Amit Shah, the national president of the BJP will visit Jammu on 24 February his one day tour to J&k.

He will pay homage to martyrs in Shri G. J. “Tribute House” at 10:30 am in Bhagwati Nagar, near Fourth Bridge, exactly ten days after the Pulwama attack.

The BJP national president will give boost to party’s organizational activities in Jammu and will also address a big ral


Saturday, February 23, 2019Apurvi wins gold at shooting World Cup

New Delhi, Feb 23: Apurvi Chandela won the first gold for India at the ISSF World Cup by finishing on top of the women's 10 metre Air Rifle category here on Saturday.

Apurvi also set a new world record with 252.9 points on the way to the title.

The Chinese took home both the silver and bronze medals.

Zhao Ruozhu finished second with 251.8 points while her compatriot Xu Hong had to sett


Saturday, February 23, 2019300 cars gutted in fire near Bengaluru air show

Bengaluru, Feb 23: A fire in the parking lot in front of the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, where the Aero India show is underway, gutted about 300 cars on Saturday, police said. No casualties were reported.

"The blaze is likely to have been caused due to dry grass catching fire aided by high velocity winds," Director General of Police for Fire and Emergency Services M.N. Reddi told IANS.


Saturday, February 23, 2019Omar thanks PM Modi for speaking against attacks on Kashmiris

Srinagar, Feb 23: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaking his silence on attacks against Kashmiris in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack and expressed hope that such incidents would not recur.

"Thank you @narendramodi Sahib. Aaj aap ne hamaray dil ki baat keh di (you have conveyed the feelings of our heart)," Abdullah tweeted.



Saturday, February 23, 2019Modi Govt achieves another 'first' in diplomacy: OIC invites Sushma

New Delhi, Feb 23: India on Saturday accepted the invitation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the 46th session of council of foreign ministers of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on March 1 and 2 in Abu Dhabi.

"We see this invitation as the desire of the enlightened leadership of the UAE to go beyond our rapidly growing close bilateral ties and forge a true multifaceted p


Saturday, February 23, 2019Soni Razdan backs Kashmiri students

Mumbai, Feb 23: Veteran actress Soni Razdan, in a tweet, has backed Kashmir students who have been victims of abuse, threat and violence across the country following the February 14 Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers.

Soni, whose father was a Kashmiri Pandit, on Friday night tweeted: "I just want to say to all those Kashmiri students and those who have suffered because of mobs... It's


Saturday, February 23, 2019Only NDA has achieved sustained high growth with low inflation: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23: Noting that his government had achieved the unprecedented dual objective of sustained high growth combined with low inflation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said innovation and technology would provide the backbone of "resurgence" for a "new India".

Addressing the ET Global Business Summit, Modi said that unlike earlier governments in the post-liberalisation era,


Saturday, February 23, 2019100 cars gutted in fire near Bengaluru air show

Bengaluru, Feb 23: A fire in the parking lot in front of the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, where the Aero India show is underway, gutted around 100 cars on Saturday, police said. No casualties were reported.

The fire is likely to have been caused due to dry grass catching fire aided by high velocity winds, Director General of Police in Karnataka M.N. Reddi told IANS.

The fire, which beg


Saturday, February 23, 2019Centre to deploy additional forces in J&K

New Delhi,Feb 23: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered to deploy 100 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of Pulwama terror attack and prevailing threat perceptions in the state.

In a urgent communication to the J&K Chief Secretary and Director General of Police on Friday, the Ministry has informed the State Administration about the deploy


Saturday, February 23, 2019Change is clearly visible in the country, says Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23: Enumerating the many achievements of the NDA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the BJP led regime came to serve the people of the country and today, the change is clearly visible.

'Our government came to serve the people and today the change is clearly visible.

'After 2014, hesitations have been replaced by hope, obstacles have been replaced b


Saturday, February 23, 2019SC directs states, UTs to act against assault on Kashmiris

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday directed chief secretaries and DGPs of states and UTs to take "prompt" and "necessary" action to prevent incidents of threat, social boycott and violence against Kashmiris following the Pulwama terror attack.

It also sought responses from the Centre and 11 states where incidents of threat and violence against Kashmiris have taken place after the February 14


Saturday, February 23, 2019Enough is enough, says Vidya Balan on Pakistani artiste ban

Mumbai, Feb 24: With the Hindi film industry condemning the Pulwana terror attack and not releasing films in Pakistan besides banning all Pakistani artistes from working in India, National award-winning actress Vidya Balan on Friday said a strong stand needs to be taken this time.

"Though I have always believed that art should be kept away from all boundaries and politics, I think we have to


Saturday, February 23, 2019Himachal avalanche: Trace of 5 missing soldiers speeds up

Shimla, Feb 23: With the weather clearing up on Saturday following days of snowfall, rescuers sped up their search efforts near the Tibet border in Himachal Pradesh, where an avalanche killed a soldier and five more went missing earlier this week.

The authorities suspect that the possibility of survival of those trapped in the snow pile was minimal as the searches entered the fourth day.



Saturday, February 23, 2019Trump Speaks About Pulwama, Says India "Looking At Something Very Strong"

WASHINGTON: The attack has also been condemned by UNSC in a statement US President Donald Trump on Friday said that the situation between India and Pakistan is "very dangerous" after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which over 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. The attack, claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, is the deadliest attack on security forces in the stat


Friday, February 22, 2019Mehbooba congratulates PM for Seoul peace prize

Srinagar: While congratulating the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being conferred with the Seoul peace prize, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday asked him to denounce the attacks on Kashmiris in India.

“Congratulations to the PM on winning the Seoul Peace prize. But sir, back home in India we are still waiting for you to denounce the vicious attacks on Kashmiris


Friday, February 22, 2019Mehbooba, Omar welcome SC direction to states to take action against assault on Kashmiris

Srinagar, Feb 22: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court's directive to 11 states to take "prompt" action to prevent incidents of threat, assault and social boycott of Kashmiris in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Seeking a response from the states, the apex court directed their chief secretaries and director general


Friday, February 22, 2019Aero India to celebrate 'Women's Day' in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 22: A 'Women's Day' will be celebrated on Saturday at the biennial Aero India 2019 expo being held at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF), said an air force official on Friday.

"The 'Women's Day' will showcase women's achievements in the aerospace sector, an all-women crew will fly Dornier and Avro aircraft and participate in panel discussions at the venue," said t


Friday, February 22, 2019Take steps to end attacks on Kashmiris: SC

New Delhi, Feb 22: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police (DGPs) in states and union territories to take prompt action to prevent threat, assault, intimidation and boycott targeted at Kashmiris, especially students, in the wake of the February 14 Pulwama attack.

It also issued notice to the Centre and 11 states on a public interest litigatio


Friday, February 22, 2019Modi is Prime Time Minister, not PM: Rahul

New Delhi, Feb 22: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him 'Prime Time Minister' and said that when people were crying over the deaths in Pulwama, Modi was indulging "gleefully" in a photoshoot.

"Three hours after the news of the killing of 40 soldiers in Pulwama, 'Prime Time Minister' continued shooting the film, Gandhi said.



Friday, February 22, 2019JK govt moves SC seeking transfer of 7 Pakistani terrorists from Jammu jail to Tihar

New Delhi, Feb 22: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking the transfer of seven Pakistani terrorists from Jammu jail to Tihar prison here on grounds that they were allegedly indoctrinating local prisoners.

A bench of Justices L N Rao and M R Shah sought a response from Centre and the Delhi government on the plea.

Jammu and Kashmir government's standing


Friday, February 22, 2019Modi donates Seoul Peace Prize money to Namami Gange fund

Seoul, Feb 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred the Seoul Peace Prize here on Friday. He dedicated the Prize to the people of India and donated its amount to the Namami Gange Fund.

Expressing his gratitude after receiving the Prize, Modi said, "I believe that this award belongs not to me but to the people of India. It belongs to the success India has achieved in the less than five ye


Friday, February 22, 2019Telangana announces Rs 25 lakh to kin of Pulwama attack victims

Hyderabad, Feb 22: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced Rs 25 lakh financial assistance each to kin of the 40 CRPF troopers killed in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.

He made the announcement while moving a resolution in the state Assembly to condemn the terror attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit.

The resolution was


Friday, February 22, 2019Vadra appears before ED in money laundering case

New Delhi, Feb 22: Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Friday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the fifth time in connection with a money laundering case.

The case relates to overseas ownership of undisclosed assets worth 1.9 million pounds.

Vadra arrived at the ED's Jamnagar office in central Delhi at 10.30 a.m. Soon after, scores of


Friday, February 22, 2019Sikh group helps Kashmiri students travel back home

Chandigarh, Feb 22: Sikh non-profit organization Khalsa Aid has sent nearly 300 Kashmiri students from various places back to their home state following fear among them in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.

Khalsa Aid volunteers said on Thursday that the last batch of students from the region were sent on specially arranged vehicles


Friday, February 22, 2019Himachal avalanche: 5 soldiers still missing, bad weather hampers efforts

Shimla, Feb 22: Rescuers on Friday failed to resume a search operation owing to inclement weather near the Tibet border with Himachal Pradesh, where a snow avalanche killed a soldier while five others went missing this week.

As the searches entered the third day, the authorities suspected that the chances of survival of the five trapped in the snow pile was minimal.

"This morning the searc


Friday, February 22, 2019Act against terrorism: Modi tells global community

Seoul, Feb 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said here that the time has come for the global community to "come together" and "go beyond words" to act against terrorism, as he expressed his gratitude for South Korea's support in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

Addressing the media on the second day of his two-day visit after his talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Modi said


Friday, February 22, 2019UNSC statement on Pulwama mounts further pressure on Pakistan, says India

New Delhi/United Nations, Feb 22: India welcomed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) statement on Pulwama terror attack and said that Pakistan has come "under international pressure to act against terrorists and terror groups" operating in that country.

"UNSC strongly condemns cowardly suicide bombing in Pulwama by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.



Friday, February 22, 2019J&K: Militant killed in Sopore encounter

Srinagar, Feb 22: A militant was killed on Friday by security forces in an encounter in apple township of Sopore, where authorities suspended mobile internet and imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC to avoid any protest, official sources said.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police an


Thursday, February 21, 2019Modi unveils Gandhiji's bust at Yonsei Varsity in Seoul

Seoul, Feb 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Yonsei University in Seoul.

"It is an honour to unveil the bust of Bapu at Yonsei University in Seoul. This becomes even more special because we are doing so at a time when we mark the 150th birth anniversary of Bapu," Mr Modi said.
He said, "Through his lifestyle, Bapu showed what living in harmony


Thursday, February 21, 2019Pulwama Attack Aftermath: MHA Approves Air Travel For Security Forces on Srinagar-Jammu And Other Routes

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday approved the entitlement of air travel for security forces on the Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors with immediate effect, in wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

The MHA says this decision will benefit nearly 7,80,000 personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the ranks of constable, h


Thursday, February 21, 2019Pulwama: Congress questions government over intelligence breach

New Delhi, Feb 21: The Congress on Thursday attacked the Modi government and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over the suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers and questioned the intelligence breach that led to the attack.

"Is our Intelligence so weak under Ajit Doval that terrorists were able to carry 350kg of explosives through the most protected highway in the country?"


Thursday, February 21, 20195 held for assault on Kashmiri trader

Kolkata, Feb 21: Five persons have been arrested for assaulting a Kashmiri shawl trader in West Bengal's Nadia district, police said on Thursday.

Jawed Ahmed Khan, 27, was assaulted by a group of people in Taherpur area on February 18 but he was rescued, a police officer said.

He said Khan's safety was being ensured.

The attack took place four days after a suicide bomber killed 49 CRPF


Thursday, February 21, 2019Sena questions India's response to Pulwama terror attack

Mumbai, Feb 21: Their rekindled bonhomie notwithstanding, the Shiv Sena Thursday questioned the BJP-led government's response to the Pulwama terror attack, asking it not to wait "till the eve of polling (for Lok Sabha)" to act against Pakistan.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana also asked the Modi government not to depend on the US and European countries to condemn the attack.

"We ha


Thursday, February 21, 2019SC to consider listing of pleas seeking review of Rafale verdict

New Delhi, Feb 21: The Supreme Court Thursday said it would consider listing of pleas seeking review of its December 14 verdict dismissing the need for an investigation into the deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said four applications or petitions have been filed in the Rafale matter and one of them is still lying with the registr


Thursday, February 21, 2019Pulwama fallout: SC to hear pleas on Kashmiri students attacked

New Delhi, Feb 21: The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Friday a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to the Centre and the state governments to protect Kashmiri students, who are being targeted across the country in the wake of Pulwama terror attack.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on Thursday said they might hear the P


Thursday, February 21, 201970 dead in massive Dhaka fire

Dhaka, Feb 21: Seventy people have lost their lives and 56 are injured in a massive fire in Bangladesh that has engulfed several multi-storey buildings in the Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka.

According to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) registrar nine of the injured with significant burn injuries were currently admitted to the hospital. The death toll was expected to rise.

The fire had


Thursday, February 21, 2019Modi in Seoul: To accept peace award, unveil Gandhi bust

Seoul, Feb 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the South Korean capital on Thursday for a two-day state visit where he will unveil a Mahatma Gandhi bust, besides accepting the Seoul Peace Prize and having business and political engagements.

On his second state visit to the Asian nation, Modi will address the India-Korea business symposium and unveil a bust of Gandhi at the Yonsei Univers


Thursday, February 21, 2019J&K to avail benefits of 10% reservation quota

Governor Malik hails Modi Govt

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir will also draw benefits of 10 per cent quota for the general category poor and the provision for SC/ST reservation in promotion in government jobs as approved by the Union cabinet on Tuesday, Governor Satya Pal Malik said today.

The Parliament had recently passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill approving the 10 per cent quota in government jobs and educational


Thursday, February 21, 2019Amit Shah in Jammu on Sunday

JAMMU: BJP president Amit Shah will be in Jammu this Sunday to address a convention of the party’s booth-level workers ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, a party spokesperson said.

All arrangements for the ‘Panna Pramukh Sammelan’ have been finalised at a meeting chaired by general secretary (organisation) Ashok Kaul at the party headquarters here, the spokesperson said.

He said Kau


Thursday, February 21, 2019Cabinet approves 10% quota provision for J&K

New Delhi, Feb 21: Union cabinet has given its nod to 10 per cent quota for poor among the general categories in Jammu and Kashmir and also approved the provision for SC/ST reservation in promotion in government jobs in the state.

Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said since Jammu and Kashmir is under the President's Rule, the Cabinet on Tuesday in its meeting took these decisions.



Thursday, February 21, 2019Himachal avalanche: 5 soldiers still missing, rescue operations on

Shimla, Feb 21: Rescuers on Thursday resumed a search operation despite inclement weather near the Tibet border with Himachal Pradesh where a snow avalanche killed a soldier while five more have gone missing.

As the efforts entered the second day, the authorities suspected that the soldiers might be trapped in the snow pile spread over a 200 square metre area.

"This morning the search oper


Thursday, February 21, 20195.7 Cr Indians Dependent On Alcohol says study

New Delhi, Feb 20: In what constitutes an alarming news, a government survey has found that a whopping 5.7 crore people in the country require treatment for alcohol dependency while 72 lakh people need the same for cannabis use, 60 lakh for opioids ad 11 lakh for sedatives.

The numbers may be even higher but the survey's revelation is definitely something to worry over. It was a household sur


Thursday, February 21, 20196-Year-Old Boy Trapped In 200-Feet Borewell, Rescued In Maharashtra

NEW DELHI: A six-year-old boy who was trapped in a 200-feet-deep borewell at a village in Maharashtra was rescued this morning after a 16-hour operation, news agency reported.

The boy, whose father is a construction labourer, got stuck at a depth of 10 feet in the borewell after falling into it while playing at 5 pm on Wednesday. The police and a team of the National Disaster Response Force wo


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Hasty GST Council aimed to facilitate real estate: Sisodia

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday opposed what he called "rushing through" of important decisions in the GST Council meeting via video-conferencing, alleging the hasty meeting was aimed to facilitate the real estate and lottery lobbies.

The meeting, held earlier in the day, however, remained inconclusive since finance ministers of some states sought a


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Congress to approach Lok Sabha polls as polls in 29 states

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Congress will be approaching the coming Lok Sabha elections not as one election but as polls in 29 different states while also attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre on its promises, performance and failures.

There will be a three-phased multi-media campaign unleashed against the NDA government, party sources said.

In the first phase, the "lies", "over p


Wednesday, February 20, 2019BJP will regret fooling people of Delhi: AAP

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Wednesday questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) stand on full statehood for Delhi and said the BJP will regret fooling the people of Delhi and will not find any escape for its deception.

"Why is the BJP running scared of making its stand clear on statehood for Delhi? It is running scared of telling people its stand on the full


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Governor lauds Haryana's "transparent, graft-free governance"

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya on Wednesday lavished fulsome praise on the Manohar Lal Khattar government in his budget address to the state Assembly, and said it had ushered in bold reforms and provided transparent governance during its four-and-a-half year tenure.

Addressing the Assembly on the opening day of the fifth budget session here, Arya said that ML K


Wednesday, February 20, 2019IL&FS probe: ED registers case, carries out raids at 6 places

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday carried out searches at six places in different cities in connection with a case of money laundering it registered against the former Chairman and directors of the IL&FS, officials said.

A senior ED official said the agency was carrying out searches in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram at the residential premises of Ravi Parthasar


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Grand alliance in Bihar to finalise seat sharing by Feb 25

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) With barely three months to go for the Lok Sabha elections, the "Mahagatbandhan" (grand alliance) in Bihar is all set to finalise the seat sharing formula in the state by February 25, party leaders said on Wednesday.

The development comes a day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav met Congress President Rahul Gan


Wednesday, February 20, 2019India to emerge a key player in global defence arena: Sitharaman

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) India is set to emerge as a key player in the global defence arena, said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday.

"With the policy initiatives and procedural reforms, I am confident that India will emerge as a key player in the global defence arena. We will create an ecosystem for enhanced technological collaborations of the public and private sectors with for


Wednesday, February 20, 2019States, Centre should work together as Team India: Venkaiah Naidu

Tirupati, Feb 20 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that state governments and the Centre should work together to develop the country, keeping aside politics.

The Vice President called up on the State and Central governments to adopt a 'Team India' approach for development.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for extension and strengthening of the runway


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Influencers manipulating social media in India, IT Act silent

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) If the Cobrapost investigation which exposed that several Bollywood celebrities were willing to pass views of political parties as personal opinion for money shook your conscience, there is not much you can do to restrict them from doing so because the relevant Indian law is silent on this matter.

The investigation revealed that more than 30 Indian film and TV industry


Wednesday, February 20, 2019NDA asks HAM's Manjhi to return

Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar on Wednesday asked Jitan Ram Manjhi, a former ally and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president, to rejoin it ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Nityanand Rai made the offer. Another major BJP ally Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) had asked the former Chief Minister to do 'ghar-wapsi'.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019LCA Tejas gets FOC for induction into IAF

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas got the final operational clearance (FOC) from military aviation regulator Cemilac for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet in its operational fleet, an official said on Wednesday.

The Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) Chief Executive P. Jayapal handed over the 'relea


Wednesday, February 20, 2019No scandal in Rafale deal: Dassault CEO

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Trappier on Wednesday said that there was "no scandal" in the 36 Rafale fighter aircraft deal between India and France and added that if India needed more jets, his firm would be happy to deliver them.

"There is no scandal vis-a-vis Rafale. We had a request for 36 aircraft and we are going to deliver 36 aircraft. If


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Pakistan government spokesperson's personal Twitter account suspended

Islamabad, Feb 20: Twitter has suspended the personal account of Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal.

According to the Pakistan media, the account was blocked late on Tuesday after Indian authorities complained to the microblogging website.

Geo News reported that Faisal's account was suspended as he was giving his followers updates about "Indian atrocities" in Jammu and


Wednesday, February 20, 2019We are with you: Rahul, Priyanka tell CRPF trooper's family

Shamli (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday met the family of Amit Kumar who was among the 49 CRPF troopers killed by a suicide bomber in Kashmir and pledged to stand by the family.

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Gandhis paid their homage to the 22-yea


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Pulwama attack: Indian envoys to Pakistan, US meet Rajnath

New Delhi, Feb 20: India's High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria and Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here.

The meetings come in the aftermath of the February 14 suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers.

Bisaria was called back to Delhi for consultations after


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Aero India: IAF honours slain Surya Kiran pilot with 'missing man' formation

Bengaluru, Feb 20: Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets flew in a "missing man" formation at the inauguration of the Aero India 2019 here on Wednesday as a mark of respect to Surya Kiran aerobatics team pilot Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who was killed in a mid-air collision a day ago while practicing for the air show.

The three aircraft formation of Tejas, Jaguar and Su-30 flew past with an e


Wednesday, February 20, 2019CRPF's 'Madadgaar' helps 250 Kashmiri students reach home

NEW DELHI: The CRPF's Srinagar-based helpline 'Madadgaar' has helped 250 students studying and working in various cities of the country to safely reach their homes in the Kashmir Valley, in the wake of purported threats made to them after the Pulwama terror attack, a senior official of the force said Tuesday.

The students largely hail from towns in south Kashmir and were brought home by CRPF p


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Walk the talk: Mehbooba dares Imran

SRINAGAR: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said Pakistan was not being blamed for the Pulawama terror attack without any evidence and asked its Prime Minister Imran Khan to walk the talk.

However, Mufti said Khan deserves a chance since he has recently taken over the reigns of the country.

"Disagree. Pathankot dossier was given to them (Pakistan) but no actin was taken to punish the per


Wednesday, February 20, 2019NIA may take over Pulwama attack case

NEW DELHI: National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to take over the Pulwama terror attack case soon, a top government sources said here on Tuesday.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police is investigating the case of attack on the CRPF convoy on February 14 in which 40 Jawans were martyred and a few injured.

Soon after the blast occurred, the NIA sent its forensic team along with the necessary e


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Centre hikes DA by 3 pc

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet Tuesday increased the dearness allowance by 3 per cent effective from January 1, 2019, a move which will benefit 1.1 crore central government employees and pensioners.

The decision in this regard was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Cabinet has approved additional DA of 3 per cent over the existing rate of 9 per cen


Wednesday, February 20, 2019JNU Professor Alleges Mehbooba Mufti Ordered Removal of Checkpoints in Jammu-Srinagar Highway

New Delhi: The official twitter handle of People’s Democratic Party (Jammu & Kashmir) complained to Delhi police against Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Amita Singh for allegedly claiming that former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered removal of checkpoints in the Jammu-Srinagar highway where 40 CRPF jawans were killed by a suicide bomber last Thursday.

Singh heads JNU’s Center of La


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Trump describes Pulwama attack as 'horrible', State Dept asks Pak to punish those responsible

Washington, Feb 20: US President Donald Trump has described as "horrible" the deadly terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama, as his administration offered full support to India to combat terrorism and asked Islamabad to punish anyone responsible for the "heinous act".

The suicide attack on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir has left 40 Central Reserve Police Force personne


Wednesday, February 20, 2019India, Spain express support for rules-based free trade, multilateralism

Madrid, Feb 20: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell on Tuesday agreed, following a bilateral meeting in the Spanish capital, that both countries supported the promotion of multilateralism and a rules-based concept of free trade.

The two leaders met at Madrid's Viana Palace, the Spanish foreign ministry's official headquarters, to discuss the most


Wednesday, February 20, 2019Meghalaya Congress women chief demands recall of Governor Roy

Shillong, Feb 20: Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday supported a call for boycott of "everything Kashmiri" following the terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF troopers on Thursday.

Quoting an appeal from a retired Army Colonel, Roy tweeted: "Don't visit Kashmir, don't go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don't buy articles from Kashmir emporia


Wednesday, February 20, 2019UN human rights chief wants Pulwama attackers brought to justice

United Nations, Feb 20: UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michele Bachelet has called for bringing those responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers, to justice.

Her spokesperson Rupert Colville said in Geneva on Tuesday that Bachelet "strongly condemns the suicide bomb against the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on the 14th of


Tuesday, February 19, 2019NDA seat allocation in Bihar to be finalised in a week

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Seat allocation among Bihar's ruling NDA constituents is likely to be finalised by next week and would be announced ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on March 3.

"The seat allocation among us will be decided in a week's time and the announcements will be made before Prime Minister Modi's visit," a senior Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader told IAN


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Will expose anti-Delhi character of BJP in Lok Sabha elections: AAP

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said that it will expose the "real anti-Delhi face of the BJP" in the coming Lok Sabha elections by presenting the facts and lies of the Central government before the public.

The party in a statement said that it will distribute all the previous manifestoes of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on full statehood to Delhi and will tell


Tuesday, February 19, 2019AIADMK, BJP sign electoral pact; BJP gets 5 seats

Chennai, Feb 19 (IANS) The ruling AIADMK signed a pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday to contest the Lok Sabha elections together, with the BJP allocated five of the 39 seats in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam told the media here: "Under the AIADMK-led alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP gets five Lok Sabha seats."

He said as per the pact, the BJP


Tuesday, February 19, 20192 Delhi officials suspended after forest land found encroached

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday ordered suspension of two Forest Department officials after finding large scale encroachment on forest land during an inspection in south Delhi.

"Inspected and found large scale encroachment on ridge land near Chattarpur Enclave Part-II. Directed the Forest Department to immediately call for JCB for encroachment remov


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Show your anger at those who joked about Vande Bharat snag: Modi

Varanasi, Feb 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed all the people, from politicians to common people, who had joked about the recent technical glitch in the Vande Bharat Express on its maiden return journey, saying they were belittling those behind the country's first indigenous semi-high speed train.

Addressing a large gathering after laying foundation stones and launchin


Tuesday, February 19, 2019MHA urged to train women cops to be sensitive

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday urged female police officers posted with the One Stop Centres (OSC) must be given training in psychology to enable them to help women living in these units, as most of them are victims of violence, in private and public spaces, within the family, community and at the workplace.

The Women and Child Development Minister also urged


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Scribe bodies complain to Rajnath about trolling of journalists

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A number of journalists' bodies on Tuesday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh complaining about trolling of some journalists on the social media in the wake of the Pulwama incident and sought action against the trolls.

"We would like to bring to your kind notice the vicious attacks on the social media directed against several mediapersons who have commented on


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Arpit Palace Hotel licencee Shardendu Goel arrested

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A couple of days after the arrest of Rakesh Goel, owner of Arpit Palace Hotel, Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested his elder brother Shardendu Goel, licencee of the hotel here.

"Shardendu Goel had applied for his anticipatory bail which was rejected by a local court. He appeared and surrendered in the Crime Branch office in Daryaganj at 11 a.m. today," a Crime Branch offi


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Congress launches bus yatra in Andhra, promises special category status

Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 19 (IANS) The Congress party in Andhra Pradesh launched its statewide bus yatra on Tuesday with the promise that if voted to power at the Centre it would accord Special Category Status (SCS) to the state.

Former Kerala Chief Minister and in-charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh Oommen Chandy flagged off the 'Pratyeka Hoda Bharosa Praja Yatra' at Nelakanta


Tuesday, February 19, 2019WhatsApp's solutions to tackle fake news inadequate: Poll consultant

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Narrating the impact of fake news and propaganda disseminated through WhatsApp, election consultant Shivam Shankar Singh in his new book, says the solutions proposed by the platform to prevent rumour mongering seem inadequate.

In "How To Win An Indian Election", Singh who managed BJP's assembly poll campaigns in Manipur and Tripura says messages containing the words "i


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Go, pick Jaish chief in Bahawalpur: Amarinder tells Imran

Chandigarh, Feb 19 (IANS) Chiding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over his comments demanding proof of Pakistan's role in the Pulwama attack, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked if the bodies of the terrorists killed by security forces should be sent to him for proof.

"What proof is he (Imran) talking about? Should we send the bodies of the terrorists killed by our securi


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Not just launch, effective implementation of schemes should be priority: Rajnath

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that merely launching of schemes and initiatives is not sufficient, rather how to make them effective should be the priority.

"Just launching of any scheme or initiative is not sufficient. What matters is how much will power is given to ensure that the schemes are operated properly, what makes the initiatives


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Israeli airline to launch two non-stop India routes

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Israel's second largest airline will launch two non-stop routes to India - Goa and Kochi, Kerala - starting from September 28, an official said on Tuesday.

In s statement, Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism for India and Philippines, said that Arkia airlines' new services will operate all year round except during the monsoon season.

The airlines will us


Tuesday, February 19, 2019TCS partners Nanoheal to provide self-healing device management solutions

Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Indian IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Tuesday announced its partnership with Bengaluru-based predictive workspace automation provider Nanoheal to facilitate enterprises' cognitive and self-healing end-user device management solutions.

Combining TCS' workspace management and deep delivery capabilities with Nanoheal's automated, proactive, self-healing


Tuesday, February 19, 20191 pilot dead as 2 IAF aircraft crash in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) An IAF pilot died on Tuesday after two Surya Kiran aircraft collided in the air and crashed while rehearsing near the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru where the 'Aero India 2019' air show begins on Wednesday.

The crash occurred on the outskirts of the airbase in the northern part of the city in an open field close to a residential area.

According to witnesses, the two


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Khayyam donates Rs 5 lakh for Pulwama martyrs' families

Mumbai, Feb 19: Veteran music composer Khayyam, who has turned 92, didn't feel like celebrating his birthday here and said he has donated Rs 500,000 towards relief efforts for the family members of those who died in the Pulwama terror attack.

Khayyam turned 92 on Monday.

Talking to the media when Big Urdu Awards honoured him at his residence, Khayyam said: "I am feeling really sad with wha


Tuesday, February 19, 2019"Make Imran Bhai Understand": Digvijaya Singh Trolls Navjot Singh Sidhu

NEW DELHI: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been slammed from all quarters over this comments after the Pulwama terror attack that an "entire nation can't be held responsible", got some 'advice' from senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today.
The cricketer-politician, who calls himself a friend of Pakistan, had sparked outrage with his comment that a nation cannot be held responsib


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Meghalaya Guv should be sacked for backing 'boycott Kashmiris' call: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Feb 19 : Hitting out at Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy for supporting an appeal to boycott Kashmiris and Kashmiri goods, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the centre should sack him immediately.

Ms Mehbooba, who was the chief minister in previous PDP-BJP government, said if the centre fails to do so, it means he has their tacit approval and are


Tuesday, February 19, 2019'Luka Chuppi', 'Arjun Patiala' won't release in Pakistan

Mumbai, Feb 19: In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, Kartik Aaryan's "Luka Chuppi" and Diljit Dosanjh's "Arjun Patiala" will not release in Pakistan.

Producer Dinesh Vijan announced on Tuesday via a statement that he has cancelled a contract with the Pakistan distributor of the films, and that his banner Maddock Films will not be releasing "Luka Chuppi", "Arjun Patiala" and "Made in China


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Army fully prepared to deal with any fallout of US pullout from Afghanistan

Srinagar, Feb 19: The Army said on Tuesday that it is fully prepared to deal with any fallout of the American military pullout and negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan on the security situation in Kashmir.

Lt Gen K.J.S. Dhillon, Corps Commander of the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told the media here: "We are fully prepared for any fallout of American pullout from Afghanistan. Anybo


Tuesday, February 19, 2019'Papa Is On Duty In Jammu': Son Of Martyr Jaimal Singh Who Drove CRPF Bus Attacked In Pulwama

Feb 19: Confused seeing his mother and grandmother crying and in a state of shock, five-year-old Gurprakash Singh was clueless about what was going on in his home. The innocent kid only knew that his father was ‘on duty’ in Jammu and will be back soon to get him admitted to a new school.

“Papa is on duty in Jammu… he will be back soon. He is in CRPF. He is there to get some money for us..,” G


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Govt is punishing the corrupt and rewarding the honest: PM

Varanasi, Feb 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the government will not hesitate to punish the corrupt and reward the honest citizens of the country.

Mr Modi was laying the foundation stone for the Sant Ravidas birthplace development project here.

"We brought quota for the poor, so that those marginalised can lead a dignified life. This government is punishing the corrupt an


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Varanasi: Modi flags off 1st diesel-to-electric converted loco, pays obeisance at Ravidas temple

Varanasi, Feb 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first-ever diesel-to-electric converted locomotive at the Diesel Locomotive Works here on Tuesday.

After reaching Varanasi in the morning, the Prime Minister moved to the DLW to flag off the locomotive.

DLW, Varanasi, has converted a diesel locomotive to run on electric traction at almost twice the power.

Later, Mr Modi vis


Tuesday, February 19, 2019"Pak Will Retaliate If India Attacks": Imran Khan Amid Tension Over Pulwama

"Pakistan has nothing to gain from this attack," Imran said.

NEW DELHI: Denying any role in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today said Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks. "All this attack Pakistan talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly - Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate," he


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Thousands pay homage to Maj Dhoundiyal in Dehradun

Dehradun, Feb 19: Thousands of people on Tuesday paid their last respects to Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, who died fighting terrorists in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, at his residence in Dehradun.

His mother Saroj, a cardiac patient, his wife Nikita Kaul, whom he had married less than a year ago, and a host of relatives and friends were crying inconsolably as Major Dhoundiyal's coffin w


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Two Surya Kiran aircraft crash in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 19: Two Surya Kiran aircraft crashed at the Yelahanka airbase here on Tuesday while rehearsing for the Aero India 2019 air show, an official said.

"Two pilots were airlifted soon after the crash," an airbase official told TNN.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Time for talks over: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: The Pulwama terror attack has shown that time for talks is over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Monday and said hesitation to take action against terrorism and those who support it is akin to encouraging the menace.

Without naming Pakistan, Modi, after holding delegation-level talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri here, said the world should unite to take concrete


Tuesday, February 19, 2019SC to consider plea for urgent hearing

PIL against Art 370

NEW DELHI: In a move that may not go well with an already livid Kashmir politicians and separatists, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it would look into the plea seeking urgent hearing of a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws for the state.

The plea may c


Tuesday, February 19, 2019SC declines to interfere with Nageswara Rao's appointment as CBI interim director

New Delhi, Feb 19: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to interfere with the earlier appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) interim Director, since a new director of the probe agency has already been appointed.

The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also declined to issue any direction, as sought by the petitioner NGO Common Cause, making the entire


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Fire breaks out in Delhi shoe factory

New Delhi, Feb 19: A fire broke out at a shoe factory here on Tuesday, said an official, adding that there were no reports of any casualty.

The blaze, that broke out at 3.15 a.m., spread across three factor of the factory located in the Narela industrial area,

"Fourteen fire tenders were rushed to the spot and cooling operation is underway," the fire department official said.

The cause


Tuesday, February 19, 2019Kashmiri doctor alleges threats to leave Kolkata

Kolkata, Feb 19: Kashmiri doctor residing in Kolkata alleged that some people turned up at his place post-Pulwama terror attack and threatened him to leave the city, police said on Monday.

The miscreants also threatened to harm his daughter if the medico -- a famed cardiologist -- chose to stay on in the city.

A senior officer of Kolkata Police said the doctor (name and address withheld) ha


Monday, February 18, 2019Electric buses to ply in Shimla

Shimla, Feb 18 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday flagged off an electric bus for Shimla city.

He said 50 electrical buses would ply in the city.

"This would help in protecting the pristine environment of Shimla," he told reporters.

In his Budget speech, Thakur announced to bring a new electric vehicle policy from the next fiscal for enabling provision of saf


Monday, February 18, 2019Indian forces will give befitting reply to Pulwama attack: Amit Shah

Jaipur, Feb 18 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah said on Monday that Indian security forces will give a befitting reply to the "cowardly" terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which 49 CRPF troopers lost their lives.

"Indian forces will hit back at the right time to avenge this cowardly attack. The BJP has always followed the policy of zero tolerance against terror. The party stands with the fami


Monday, February 18, 2019India is cultural treasure of thousands of years: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) India is a cultural treasure trove of thousands of years that has faced long periods of slavery and invasions unfazed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, adding that its different cultural 'beads' make the country multi-dimensional.

Modi spoke after President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Tagore Awards for Cultural Harmony.

The awards for 2014, 2015 and 2


Monday, February 18, 2019World must take firm steps against terrorism, supporters: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) In an apparent message to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that the time for talks was over in the wake of Pulwama suicide bombing and said the global community should unite and act firmly against terrorists and those supporting it.

His tough words came after discussions with visiting Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the Hyderabad House wh


Monday, February 18, 2019Opposition demands Nitish Kumar's resignation over Bihar shelter home rape case

Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) The Opposition on Monday created a ruckus in the Bihar Assembly demanding Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation, two days after a special POCSO court in Muzaffarpur directed the CBI to investigate the involvement of Kumar and two IAS officers in the infamous shelter home rape case.

Legislators of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) an


Monday, February 18, 2019Rs 46 cr collected under Bharat Ke Veer: Government

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Government on Monday said that a sum of Rs 46 crore has been collected and dispersed as part of the "Bharat Ke Veer" initiative for CRPF troopers who lost their lives in the February 14 Pulwama attack.

Over 80,000 people came forward in the last few days since Thursday to contribute over Rs 20 crore, a statement said.


Monday, February 18, 2019MLA breaks down in UP Assembly

Lucknow, Feb 18 (IANS) A Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA broke down in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Monday and threatened self-immolation if the money stolen from him a month ago was not recovered within a fortnight.

Kalpanath Paswan, who is a legislator from Mehangar, Azamgarh, said that he had withdrawn Rs 10 lakh on January 7 from a bank to construct his house but the money was stolen and the pol


Monday, February 18, 2019Rahul to launch election campaign in Maharashtra on March 1

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi will launch the national campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra with a mega rally in Dhule, a traditional party bastion, on March 1, an official said here on Monday.

Gandhi will begin the campaign at 3 p.m. in the presence of other top leaders.

The same day, as per a tentative schedule, he may even visit Mumbai and ad


Monday, February 18, 2019Punjab budget: Petrol, diesel rates slashed

Chandigarh, Feb 18 (IANS) The Punjab government on Monday slashed the rates of petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Re 1, respectively in the annual budget presented for the state.

The reduced rates will be applicable from midnight, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said.

"Starting midnight (today), petrol and diesel will be cheaper in Punjab. With the reduction, the diesel price will be the l


Monday, February 18, 2019Kejriwal meets protesting Puducherry CM

Puducherry, Feb 18 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met his Puducherry counterpart V. Narayanasamy and vowed to "fight together for full statehood".

Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia met Narayanasamy who is on a sit-in protest outside Lt Governor Kiran Bedi's residence.

"Visited Puducherry CM to express solidarity with the people of Puducherry. Narayanasami is figh


Monday, February 18, 2019No real job data available: BJP MP on growth-loss barb

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Reacting to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "job-loss growth" barb at the government, BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Monday said there was no real job data available and the NSSO survey did not consider the measures taken to revitalise the MSME and informal sector.

Taking a dig at Singh, he also said that the survey will be used by some people since it is an ele


Monday, February 18, 2019Remove Sania Mirza as Telangana brand ambassador: BJP MLA

Hyderabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Controversial BJP legislator Raja Singh on Monday called for removing Indian tennis star Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of Telangana, calling her "Pakistan's daughter-in-law".

The Telangana Assembly member said Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao must immediately remove Mirza as the brand ambassador in the wake of the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama that cla


Monday, February 18, 2019BJP MP Kirti Azad joins Congress, flays Modi for 'jumlas'

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Cricketer-turned-politician and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad joined the Congress here on Monday and flayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making what he said were false promises and said there was no internal democracy in the BJP.

Azad, who represents Darbhanga in Bihar in the Lok Sabha, was formally inducted into the party in the presence of Congress President Rahul


Monday, February 18, 2019Register case against Cognizant for bribing TN officials: Stalin

Chennai, Feb 18 (IANS) DMK President M.K. Stalin on Monday demanded the registration of a case against the US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions for bribing Tamil Nadu government officials in an effort to secure construction permits.

In a statement issued here, Stalin said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government should assist the state's Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corrupt


Monday, February 18, 2019Goa government scheme promotes goat-breeding for meat

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) A new scheme promoted by the BJP-led coalition government in Goa wants to promote goat breeding in the coastal state because goat-meat or mutton, does not have religious taboo.

The scheme promoted by the state's Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services comes at a time when the price of beef has doubled in recent years, the supply of red meat has been affecte


Monday, February 18, 2019I-League teams planning court route to stall Srinagar matches

New Delhi, Feb 18: With uncertainty continuing over the I-League encounter between Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab FC, the fate of the February 28 Real Kashmir match against East Bengal, also scheduled to be played in Srinagar, has come under the cloud.

The East Bengal match, earlier scheduled to be played on February 10, was postponed to February 28 owing to bad weather and ground conditions


Monday, February 18, 2019All Indian Cine Workers Association announces ban on Pakistani artistes

Mumbai, Feb 18; The All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) on Monday announced a ban on Pakistani artistes in the country, saying they will resort to strong action against anyone who collaborates with talent from Pakistan.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of the February 14 terror attack on CRPF troopers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.

In a notice undersigned by Ronak Suresh Jain


Monday, February 18, 2019World must take firm steps against terrorism, supporters: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 18: In an apparent message to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that the time for talks was over in the wake of Pulwama suicide bombing and said the global community should unite and act firmly against terrorists and those supporting it.

His tough words came after discussions with visiting Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the Hyderabad House when In


Monday, February 18, 2019About 280 students from Dehradun reach Mohali, many head for homes in J&K

Chandigarh, Feb 18: Over 300 Kashmiri students have reached Mohali from Uttarakhand and Haryana on their way to their homes, a student body arranging their stay in the Punjab town said Monday, amid reports of harassment of students from the Valley in Dehradun after the Pulwama terrorist attack.

Some Kashmiri youths studying in the Uttarakhand capital have alleged they were harassed and aske


Monday, February 18, 2019Kamal Haasan calls for plebiscite in Kashmir, terms PoK as 'Azad Kashmir'

CHENNAI: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has batted for a plebiscite in Kashmir and questioned the government as to what they are "afraid of".

At an event here on Sunday, the Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Haasan said, "Why India is not holding a plebiscite in Kashmir? What are they (government) afraid of?"

Referring to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as 'Azad Kashmir', he said: "In Azad


Monday, February 18, 2019Akali Dal stalwart Parkash Singh Badal urges Rahul to initiate action against Sidhu

New Delhi/Chandigarh, Feb 18 : Shiramani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday pressed for expulsion of Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu from the Congress party and also from the state cabinet.
SAD stalwart and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal told reporters that while the stance taken by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to back the NDA regime at this juncture was 'appreciable', "my request is he


Monday, February 18, 2019Pulwama encounter: AAP pays homage to 4 Army personnel martyred

New Delhi, Feb 18: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) condoled to Army Major and three soldiers who were martyred in a fierce encounter, which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Monday.
'Two top Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in the encounter,' official sources said.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the AAP said,'Today we lost


Monday, February 18, 2019'Total Dhamaal' team donates Rs 50 lakh for Pulwama martyrs' kin

Mumbai, Feb 18: The team of "Total Dhamaal" has donated Rs 50 lakh to the families of the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack.

"In the light of the recent attacks, the makers and the actors got together to help out the families of the Pulwama martyrs. It is a sad thing to see the Indian soldiers suffer through this event and the team was keen on doing their bit to suppo


Monday, February 18, 2019 Pakistan calls back high commissioner in India ‘for consultations’

New Delhi Feb 18: Pakistan on Monday called back its high commissioner in India Sohail Mahmood “for consultations”, Dawn News reported.
"He left New Delhi this morning," said Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet.
Following the militant attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last week, tensions between India and Pakistan are once again running


Monday, February 18, 2019Punjab Budget session heats up as Akalis protest against Sidhu

Chandigarh, Feb 18: Angry scenes were witnessed in the Punjab Assembly in a war of words between state cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs, especially Bikram Singh Majithia, which forced adjournment before the budget could be presented in the House here on Monday.

Sidhu and Majithia could be seen gesturing angrily at each other and calling each oth


Monday, February 18, 2019Pak frustrated, patronising terror; Army will reply: HM

BHADRAK: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday castigated Pakistan, accusing it of engineering the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

He claimed that the neighbouring country backed the attack after finding out that the terrorists have become frustrated in the wake of the successful operations by the Indian forces in the past five years.



Monday, February 18, 2019ICJ to hold public hearings in Jadhav trial from today

THE HAGUE: Amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions, top legal eagles of the two countries will present their arguments in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) here from Monday during four days of public hearings.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the "farcical trial" by the military court of Pakistan against 48-year-old Jadhav.

India first approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017 for the "egr


Monday, February 18, 2019IED, bombs menace up by 57% in 5 years

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir has seen a steady increase in IED blasts and other bombing incidents over the last five years, with 2018 witnessing a 57 per cent jump in such incidents, a latest report has found.

While the state that shares border with both Pakistan and China saw a total of 37 incidents of bombing (improvised explosive device and explosive ordnance triggered) in 2014, these incidents grew to 46 in 2015, 69 in 2016, 70 in 2017 and as high as 117 during the last year.

A report in this context was presented by the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) of the NSG during a two-day i


Monday, February 18, 2019Fire raging in my heart too: Modi

BEGUSARAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there was "fire" in his heart over the suicide bombing of a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 49 troopers.

"Jo aag aapke dil mein hai, wahi aag mere dial mein bhi hai" (I feel the same fire im my heart that is burning inside you), Modi told a public meeting after laying foundation stones and dedicating to the nation various sche


Monday, February 18, 2019Haven't replaced Sidhu on 'The Kapil Sharma Show', says Archana Puran Singh

New Delhi, Feb 18: Actress Archana Puran Singh has shot for two episodes of "The Kapil Sharma Show", but has denied that she did so as a "permanent" replacement for cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been ousted from the show after a controversial comment in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

Sony Entertainment Television put up a social media post, welcoming Archana t


Monday, February 18, 2019Kamal Haasan takes digs at Stalin, Rajinikanth

Chennai, Feb 18 Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday took digs at DMK President M.K. Stalin and Rajinikanth.

At the Rotaract Annual District Conference held here, Kamal Haasan said Gram Sabha is there for decades and only after he started holding such meetings in villages in Tamil Nadu that others started copying that.

The founder of MNM party was obliquely referring to DMK Presid