National and World

Wednesday, February 21, 2018Delhi Minister manhandled at Secretariat meets Lt Governor

New Delhi, Feb 21 : Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain met Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by a crowd at the Secretariat here.

An FIR was registered after the minister complained of manhandling on Tuesday afternoon outside the lift door at the Delhi Secretariat while his Assistant Personal Secretary was beaten up. The incident was captured o


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Rahul questions PM's silence on PNB fraud in 'Mann ki Baat'

New Delhi, Feb 21 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and Rafale fighter jet deal, saying the country wants to hear about these issues in his 'Mann Ki Baat'.

"Modiji, last month you ignored my suggestions for your 'Mann Ki Baat' monologue. Why ask for ideas when in your h


Wednesday, February 21, 20189 students arrested in Assam for vandalism

Guwahati, Feb 21 : Nine students of the Assam Engineering College (AEC) have been arrested for vandalising a wedding venue early on Wednesday.

The arrests were made following a complaint by the concerned family at the Jalukbari police station, police said.

"Large number of students of AEC Jalukbari entered the marriage venue at 1 a.m. and vandalised it. They had beaten up families and relat


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Goa Police asked to re-look at prostitution case involving actress

Panaji, Feb 21 : The Goa Police, which is in process of closing a 2015 prostitution case involving a Bollywood actress, has been asked to take a re-look at it, the state assembly was told on Wednesday.

"We will ask the department to inquire this case properly," said Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who was standing in for ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as the leader o


Wednesday, February 21, 2018ED searches 17 locations in PNB fraud case

Mumbai, Feb 21 : The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday carried out searches at 17 locations in Mumbai in connection with its ongoing probe into the Rs 11,300 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, officials said.

An ED official told IANS that the agency has also carried out searches at four firms which it suspected were shell companies.

On Tuesday, the ED officials said over 120 shell co


Wednesday, February 21, 2018SC adjourns PIL seeking deportation of Nirav Modi for further hearing

New Delhi, Feb 21 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the PIL seeking deportation of accused Nirav Modi within two months for further hearing to March 16.

In the meanwhile, the Centre has oppsed the PIL filed by lawyer, Vineet Dhanda.

The PIL filed by Dhanda, a lawyer, sought extradition of Nirav Modi within two months.

The apex court on Wednesday fixed the matter for further he


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Pak chopper seen flying close to LoC, Army says no air space violation

Jammu, Feb 21 : Army on Wednesday said that there was no air space violation by the Pakistan along the Line of Control as one of their choppers was seen flying in the region in Poonch district.

"The Pakistani chopper was seen flying close to the LoC on Wednesday morning but it did not cross over to this side and no air space violation was reported," an Army officer here said.

He said that o


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Second defence industrial corridor to come up in UP: PM

Lucknow, Feb 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that the government would establish a defence industrial production corridor in Uttar Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 20,000 crore that would also generate 250,000 jobs.

"I am making an important announcement. In this year's budget, we had announced that we will establish two defence industrial production corridors. One o


Wednesday, February 21, 2018BJP will come to power in Karnataka by winning 150 seats:Anant Kumar

Hubballi, Feb 21 : Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Anant Kumar on Tuesday said that his party will come to power in Karnataka by winning 150 seats in the election to the Legislative Assembly due in April/May.

Speaking at a function organized to give green signal for construction of six lane road on National Highway No 4, he said that BJP wave has already begun in Karnataka and the party w


Wednesday, February 21, 2018No existence of 'drug mafia' in state: Goa CM

Panaji, Feb 21 : Goa Home CMinister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday informed State Legislative Assembly that there was no existence of 'drug mafia' in the state.

In a written reply tabled by Leader of House Sudin Dhavalikar in response to a starred question tabled by MLAs Clafasio Dias, Digambar Kamat, Antonio Fernandes, Wilfred D'Sa and Isodore Fernandes, the Chief Minister said,''There is no e


Wednesday, February 21, 20188 killed in Telangana road accident

Hyderabad, Feb 21 : Eight persons, including two women, were killed and three others were injured in a collision between two cars in Telangana's Wanaparthy district on Wednesday, police said.

The accident took place near Kannimeta in Kothakota block, about 150 km from here.

According to the police, an overspeeding car, which was on its way from Hyderabad to Kurnool, hit a divider, overturne


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Class 10 Bihar boards begin amid stringent measures

Patna, Feb 21 : Millions of students in flip flops entered the examination centres in Bihar to appear for the Class 10 boards on Wednesday as shoes and socks were banned this year to check rampant cheating activities, an official said.

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), that conducts the Class 10 examinations, in a notification, had made it clear that students wearing shoes and socks w


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Kamal Haasan embarks formally on his political journey

Chennai, Feb 21 : Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday formally began his political journey by first visiting former President late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's residence in Rameswaram.

He will be unveiling his party's name and the flag at a public rally later in the day in Madurai.

Kamal met the former President's elder brother and other family members at the residence in Rameswaram,


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Rotomac owner, son being questioned in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 21 : The CBI on Wednesday said Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul were at its headquarters here and were still being questioned in connection with a Rs 3,695 crore loan default case.

A senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS: "Kothari and his son (Rahul) arrived in Delhi on their own. Thus they are being questioned here."

This was the third


Wednesday, February 21, 2018UN: Palestine calls for peace; US firm on Jerusalem move

United Nations, Feb 21 : Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has presented a three-point peace plan centred on convening an international peace conference by mid-year to resolve the intractable conflict with Israel and reiterated his readiness for negotiations.

He told a Security Council meeting on Palestine on Tuesday that the international conference should lead to the formation of an internat


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Trump pushes for ban on modified guns

Washington, Feb 21 : US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices or modified guns that enables one to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute and was used by a gunman to kill 58 Las Vegas concert-goers in 2017.

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department to propose a law to make the accessories illegal, the BBC reported.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Misty Wednesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 21 : It was a misty morning here on Wednesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

According to the Met, the maximum temperature was expected to hover around 30 degrees Celsius.

"The sky is will remain partly cloudy during the day with mist in the morning," said an official from the India Meteorological Department


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Chief Secretary row: Delhi Police questions CM's advisor

New Delhi, Feb 21 : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's advisor V.K. Jain was on Wednesday questioned by Delhi Police in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs.

This comes just hours after AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal was arrested by the police on Tuesday night in connection with the alleged assault.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Harendr


Wednesday, February 21, 2018CBI arrests PNB General Manager in $1.8 bn fraud case

Mumbai, Feb 21 : The CBI on Wednesday said that it has arrested a General Manager rank officer of the Punjab National Bank in connection with the Rs 11,300 crore fraud case.

"Rajesh Jindal, who was holding the charge of Brady House Branch Head between August 2009 and May 2011 was arrested on Tuesday night from Mumbai," a CBI official said.

It was during Jindal's tenure at the Brady House t


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Canadian PM arrives in Amritsar

Amritsar, Feb 21 : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday arrived in the Sikh holy city here in Punjab.

Accompanied by his wife and three minor children, Trudeau landed at the Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International airport from Mumbai and headed straight for the Golden Temple complex to offer prayers at the shrine.

He was received at the airport by Union Minister of State for Housin


Wednesday, February 21, 2018CPI-M State conference in Thrissur from Feb 22

Thrissur, Feb 21 : CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will inaugurate the four-day state conference of the party in Thrissur on Thursday.

The Conference will be attended by party politburo members, 500 odd party delegates, observers and important party functionaries, including Cabinet Ministers .

Apart from Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and State secretary Kodiyeri Balakris


Wednesday, February 21, 2018IRS officer arrested on charge of eve teasing a Sikkimese student

Patna, Feb 21 : Police arrested a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer from Digha police station area in the state capital late last night on charge of eve teasing a girl student from Sikkim.

Deputy Police Superintendent (Law and Order) Shibli Nomani said that IRS officer Ram Babu Gupta was arrested after a student from Sikkim living in the hostel of Eklavaya Super 30 coaching institut


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Seven killed, 4 hurt as cars collide

Wanaparthy, Feb 21 : Seven people, including two women, were killed on the spot and four others injured seriously when two cars in which they were travelling collided each other at Kanimetta of Kothakota Mandal in this district on Wednesday morning.

The accident occurred when one car was bound to Kurnool from Hyderabad and another is coming in opposite direction, police said.

The injured w


Wednesday, February 21, 2018Bengal Govt medical college hospitals to get cancer treatment machines

Kolkata, Feb 21 : The West Bengal Government has bought state-of-the-art radiotherapy units called LINAC machines for cancer treatment at four teaching hospitals in Kolkata – NRS, RG Kar, SSKM and Medical College Hospital (MCH).

These high-end machines would be functional for patients within four or five months. Each machine costs Rs 15 crore.

Five machines have been bought and the sixth w


Wednesday, February 21, 2018PM reaches Lucknow for UP Investors' summit

Lucknow, Feb 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Lucknow on Wednesday morning to attend the first-ever Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit here.

The Prime Minister was accorded a warm welcome at the Choudhury Charan Singh airport by Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others.

Later, Mr Modi and other dignitaries left for Indira Gandhi Prasthitan for participating in the


Wednesday, February 21, 2018UP BJP MLA among 4 killed in road accident

Sitapur, Feb 21 : Four people, including Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA from Noorpur in Bijnore district Lokendra Singh Chauhan , were killed in a road accident under Kamlapur police station area of the district on National Highway 24 on Wednesday morning.

The accident occurred when SUV of the Legislator collided head on with a truck under Kamlapur police station area on National Highway 24 at around


Tuesday, February 20, 2018AAP says its leaders manhandled, party volunteers beaten

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday said its leaders Aashish Khetan and Imran Hussain were heckled and manhandled and party volunteers thrashed by "motivated elements" masquerading as Delhi government employees.

The ruling party shared a video on its Twitter handle, which had visuals of commotion while Khetan was entering the Delhi Secretariat here.

The party said Khetan was


Tuesday, February 20, 20186 shops gutted at Lakkar Bazar

Shimla, Feb 20 : Devastating fire gutted down six shops near Police post Lakkar Bazar here.
The inferno broke out late on Monday, doused after five hours and two fire fighters sustained injuries in the mishap.

CFO JC Sharma told TNN that seven fire engines from Mall Road, Chhota Shimla and Boileauganj pressed into service.

Deputy Commissisoner, Shimla Amit Kashyap also rushed to the spot


Tuesday, February 20, 2018PNB fraud: ED raids Gitanjali Gems store in Jabalpur

Jabalpur, MP, Feb 20 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at a store of diamond merchant Mehul Choksi-owned Gitanjali Gems last night.

ED sources said that the searches are a part of crackdown on Gitanjali Gems stores across the country in connection with the Rs 11,500 crore-Punjab National Bank fraud.

A team of ED officials, including women officials, arrived at the showroom


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Seven ISL reserve teams among eighteen in Second Division League

New Delhi, Feb 20 : Eighteen teams comprising seven Indian Super League (ISL) clubs' reserve teams (Except ATK, Northeast United FC, Mumbai City FC) will compete in the preliminary round of the Second Division League starting from March 16, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a statement.

The 18 teams will be divided into three groups. The preliminary round which will kick-off on


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Meghalaya CM slams Rajnath's remark on security

Meghalaya, Feb 20 : Countering Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement that the murder of an election candidate was proof of "lawlessness" in Meghalaya, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said his government has never compromised on tackling insurgency and restoring peace in the state.

"His (Singh's) remark on lawlessness in the state was 'unbecoming'. It is the most irresponsible comment


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Congress to seek detailed statement on Parrikar's health

Panaji, Feb 20 : The Congress will seek a proper explanation from Goa's BJP-led coalition government about the exact nature and severity of the ailment of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters at the state Legislative Assembly complex, Kavlekar said: "We will raise the issue of CM's health. People of the state need to k


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Cabinet nod for Char Dham route tunnel in Uttarakhand

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved an over Rs 1,300 crore project for the construction of a 4.53 km-long two-lane Silkyara Bend-Barkot tunnel along National Highway-134 in Uttarakhand.

The bi-directional tunnel with an escape passage will reduce the travel distance between Dharasu and Yamunotri by about 20 k


Tuesday, February 20, 2018BJP alleges ruling MLAs assaulted Delhi bureaucrat, AAP denies

New Delhi, Feb 20 : A war of words erupted on Tuesday between the AAP and the BJP over an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by Aam Aadmi party legislators in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, alleged Kejriwal "in his dictatorial style" called the Chief


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Two killed in UP road accident

Lucknow, Feb 20 : Two teenagers were killed and a dozen injured when their pickup van rammed into a tree and rolled into a ditch in Basti district in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.

The incident occurred in Kurthia when the driver apparently fell asleep and lost control over the vehicle, police officer Anil Singh said.

Singh said 41 people were travelling in the pickup. They had boa


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Registration for liquor shops for next fiscal begins in UP

Lucknow, Feb 20 : Under the new excise policy enforced in the state, Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday started registration for allotting government run liquor shops which included country made, foreign liquor, beer and model shops for the next fiscal.

Under the new policy all the registration would be done online and the distribution would be made through e-lottery.There would be no offline


Tuesday, February 20, 2018PNB Scam: Siddaramaiah demands Modi's resignation

Bengaluru, Feb 20 : Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Punjab National Bank (PNB) Scam involving fugative jeweller Nirav Modi.

Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha before attending the ongoing Budget session here, Mr Siddaramaiah said Nirav Modi who had looted the nation escaped right 'under the nose' of Mr Modi


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Microcephaly, a rare nervous system disorder that causes a baby's head to be small and not fully developed

Kolkata, Feb 20 : Microcephaly is a condition where a baby has a head size much smaller compared with other babies of the same age and sex.

Head size is an important measurement to monitor a child’s brain growth. The severity of microcephaly ranges from mild to severe. Microcephaly can be present at birth (congenital) or may develop postnatally (acquired).

Microcephaly is a rare condition.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Pakistani smuggler killed; 10 kg heroin worth Rs 50 crore seized from Punjab border

Jalandhar, Feb 20 : Border Security Force interdicted one Pakistani smuggler during cross firing and seized 10 packets of contraband suspected to be heroin form the area of responsibility near BoP-AOR of Bareke in Ferozepur sector.

According to BSF sources, besides recovery of 10 packets heroin, arms and ammunition, mobile and SIM cards were also recovered during search of the area on the int


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Crucial days ahead for CPI-M in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 : The coming days are going to be crucial for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in general -- and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in particular -- with the state party conference scheduled to be held in Thrissur from February 22 to 25.

The CPI-M's current leadership may have successfully silenced dissidents but que


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Microsoft ends push notifications for Windows 7, 8 Phones

San Francisco, Feb 20 : Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 devices starting from Tuesday.

"Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time," the company wrote in a blog late Monday.

Once the supp


Tuesday, February 20, 2018DSK Group investors in Pune worried about getting back their money

Pune, Feb 20 : Far from being happy about the arrest of builder D S Kulkarni and his wife Hemanti, investors of the DSK group are now asking when and how will they be getting their money back.

They are also saying that as and when the money is recovered, the priority of repayment should be given to the direct- depositors and not the banks that lent money to the group.

The couple, accused of


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Dengue claims police constable life

Puducherry, Feb 20 : A police constable attached to the Villianur police station died of Dengue fever early on Tuesday.

According to sources, Saravanan (29) a law and order constable hailing from Lingareddippalayam near here was suffering from fever for the last four months. After diagnosing that he is suffering from Dengue, he had taken treatment at the Puducherry Government hospital, privat


Tuesday, February 20, 2018SC to hear on bank top brass' role in PNB scam

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Supreme Court will hear on Friday a plea for probe into the role of the top management of Punjab National Bank in the Rs 11,300 crore scam allegedly involving jeweller Nirav Modi and others.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on Tuesday agreed to hear the plea by lawyer Vineet Dhanda.

Dhanda also sought directio


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Misty Tuesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 20 : It was a misty morning here on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 10.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

According to the Met, the maximum temperature was expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius.

"The sky is likely to remain mainly clear with mist or shallow fog in the morning," said an official from India Meteorological Department (I


Tuesday, February 20, 2018India test fires Agni II missile off Odisha coast

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 : India on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district at about 8.38 a.m., said a Defence Ministry official.

The trial was conducted by the Stra


Tuesday, February 20, 2018CBI continues raids in Rotomac case

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The CBI on Tuesday continued raids at the same three locations in Kanpur for the second consecutive day as it probed a multi-crore loan default by Rotomac Pen's chief Vikram Kothari.

The Central Bureau of Investigation again questioned Kothari along with his wife.

The raided places included office and residential premises of the company's directors, where searches were c


Tuesday, February 20, 2018For garbage disposal, Bengal a model for the whole country

Kolkata, Feb 20 : The way the West Bengal Government has used the 100 Days’ Work Scheme (NREGA) in the service of garbage disposal by the panchayats has become a role model for the country.

The Union Rural Development Ministry has sent instructions to the state and union territory governments to study and implement the Bengal model.

The solid waste management system that the panchayats have


Tuesday, February 20, 20184 killed, 11 injured after ammonia gas leak in Punjab

Patiala, Feb 20 : Four people were killed and 11 others injured in a suspected ammonia gas leak from a food processing unit in this district of Punjab in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The injured were admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital.

The gas leak was suspected from a factory with freezing facility for vegetables. Initial reports suggested that the gas leak took place on Monday night a


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Pak ceasefire violation: Police shift Uri residents to safer places

Srinagar, Feb 20 : Pakistani guns fell silent after retaliatory action by Indian troops in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, where three people were injured on Monday evening after shelling in civilian areas.

Meanwhile, in view of ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops, police shifted inhabitants of village Thajal and Soni to safer locations to avoid any casualty.

A defence ministry spokes


Tuesday, February 20, 2018Pak bunker across LoC smashed, three residents hurt in Uri sector

JAMMU: Close to the heels of thwarting an infiltration attempt in Poonch sector, the Army is reported to have destroyed a Pakistani bunker across the Line of Control in Haji Peer sector towards north of Uri.
"Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Churanda in the Silikote area of Hajipeer sector of Uri," an official said. In the unprovoked firing, three civilians on own side were rep


Monday, February 19, 2018Modi seeks people to Choose between Commission and Mission govts

Mysuru, Feb 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought the people of Karnataka to choose between a government that runs on Commission basis and a Mission mode government that will strive the
development of the State.

Addressing a massive rally at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's home district, he said he met with a vociferous protest after he recently described the Congress government i


Monday, February 19, 2018Arrested PNB official illegally accessed Level-5 SWIFT password, shared it with firm

New Delhi, Feb 19 : The arrested deputy manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB) has told investigators that he had unauthorisedly obtained Level-5 password to the SWIFT system to authorise issuance of money through Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs).

Shetty made the startling revelations when sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation questioned him about the modu


Monday, February 19, 2018BJP names candidates for three Lok Sabha bypolls in UP, Bihar

Lucknow, Feb 19 : The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Varanasi's former mayor Kaushlendra Singh Patel in Phulpur while Upendra Shukla would contest from Gorakhpur.

Former MP Pradip Kumar Singh will be the


Monday, February 19, 2018Three guests from PoK arrive, 4 Kashmiris cross over to other side of LoC

Srinagar, Feb 19 : Three guest from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here while four Kashmiris crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.

As many as 10 returnees also crossed sides at the Kaman Post, in Uri sector, official sources told TNN on Monday afternoon.

They said three residents of


Monday, February 19, 2018Two SAP jawans killed, as many cops injured in road mishap

Jamui, Feb 19 : Two Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawans were killed and as many police personnel including an assistant sub inspector injured when a speeding truck hit them under Lakshmipur police station area in the district today.

Police said, the truck hit security personnel on Jamui-Munger road when they were embarking on a jeep after sipping tea at Lakshmipur Bazar, killing two SAP jawa


Monday, February 19, 2018Master plan for flood control in Hooghly

Kolkata, Feb 19 : A master plan has been prepared by the West Bengal Government’s Irrigation Department to carry out major work to ensure that flood-like situations become history for people residing in Hooghly district and its surrounding regions.

The department has taken up a major project of strengthening embankments and improvement of other necessary infrastructure in Hooghly to avoid floo


Monday, February 19, 2018Not only PNB, other banks also involved in scam: Mamata

West Bengal, Feb 19 : Continuing her attack on the Centre over the multi-crore PNB fraud, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that there are "other banks" involved in such money laundering cases with their chiefs being protected by the BJP government.

"We know everything. Not only the Punjab National Bank, there are other banks also and in those banks there are heads w


Monday, February 19, 2018PM's silence shows where his loyalties lie: Rahul

New Delhi, Feb 19 : Alleging that the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rs 11,300-crore PNB Bank scam was a sign as to where his loyalties lay, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said people were eager to know the secret of his silence on the issue.

In a post on the social media, the Congress president said, 'first Lalit (Modi) then (Vijay) Mallya and then Nirav (Modi) also


Monday, February 19, 2018Rotomac scam: CBI raids three places, FIR filed

New Delhi, Feb19 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted raids at three properties belonging to the Rotomac Pen company's owner in the early hours on Monday morning, in his connection with the Rs 800-crore scam with several banks.

According to the agency sources,the raids were underway at three locations in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh since 0400 hours on Monday.

Kothari, includi


Monday, February 19, 2018Parrikar can be sent to US, if need be: Goa Deputy Speaker

Panaji, Feb 19 : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for a pancreas-related ailment, can be shifted to the US for further treatment, "if need be", Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said on Monday.

"We want him. We will do everything we can. He could be taken to the US if need be," Lobo told reporters at the state assembly complex on Mon


Monday, February 19, 2018Online exam for entry to 150 pvt institutions and 25 varsities to be held on May 13

Lucknow ,Feb 19 : ComedK-Unigauge ,started as a simple concept of unifying Private Engineering into a single exam 3 years ago, has now turned into a 150 plus institutions and 25 Universities accepting scores and upward of 125000 students giving an online exam.
ComedK-Unigauge in 2018 has become the second largest multi-university private engineering exam in India.

With a reach of 140 cities a


Monday, February 19, 2018India best placed to leverage technology: PM

Hyderabad, Feb 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India with one of the most tech-friendly populations, was best placed to leverage power of technology and leapfrog into future.

He said the country is the hot-spot of digital innovation across all sectors. It not only has a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs but also a growing market for tech innovations

He was ina


Monday, February 19, 2018Irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion India is one: Naidu

Mumbai, Feb 19 : Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that we should be proud of being Indian and there is a requirement to stop thinking on the lines of caste, creed, sex and religion.

Naidu, who was here for the platinum jubilee celebrations of R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, also said that problems in the country arise only when people create divisions.

"We shou


Monday, February 19, 2018MK Gandhi assassination: SC permits petitioner to file additional docs

New Delhi, Feb 19 : The Supreme Court on Monday asked the petitioner, Dr Pankaj Kumudchandra Phadnis, to make an application for filing the additional documents in connection with his Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a probe into Mahatma Gandhi's assassination case.

A division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice SA Bobde and also comprising Justice L Nageswar Rao, was hearing th


Monday, February 19, 2018Every village will be represented in Allahabad Kumbh: Minister

Lucknow, Feb 19 : Uttar Pradesh government has commenced efforts to draw highest number of pilgrims to Kumbh at Allahabad next year with even focusing on international tourists. There would be representation of every 6.5 lakhs villages in the Kumbh.

The tourist department in order to provide security to the domestic and international tourists have also recommended for setting up tourist police


Monday, February 19, 2018Budget session of Goa Assembly begins, Governor addresses House

Panaji, Feb 19 : The budget session of Goa Legislative Assembly began with customary address to the House by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday.

However, the session which was to last for close to a month was curtailed to a month in view of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's health.

Before the beginning of the Assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs meet at the assembly complex and decided t


Monday, February 19, 2018ED raids Gitanjali jewels outlets in Kolkata, seizes gems and jewelry worth over Rs 7 crore

Kolkata, Feb 19 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is investigating Gitanjali Group promoter Mehul Chokshi's involvement in the Rs 11500 crore fraud in the PNB in Mumbai in connivance with Nirav Modi, has seized gems and jewellery worth over Rs 7 crores from different locations in this metropolis, official sources said today.

The ED sleuths in five/six groups fanned out at different par


Monday, February 19, 2018I should pay significantly higher taxes: Bill Gates

New York, Feb 19 : Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates has said that he should paymore in taxes and that the government should require other super-wealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts.

"I need to pay higher taxes," Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in a CNN interview on Sunday.

"I've paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but t


Monday, February 19, 2018NCP candidate among 4 killed in poll-bound Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 19 : Four people, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, were killed while three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in poll-bound Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district on Sunday, an official said.

The incident took place around 7.30 p.m. at Sawilgre village, about 14 km from Samanda Block, when the candidate was r


Monday, February 19, 2018CBI raids Rotomac's Kanpur properties

Kanpur, Feb 19 : The CBI on Monday raided several locations in Kanpur in connection with a Rs 800 crore loan default by the Rotomac Pen company's chief Vikram Kothari, an official said.

Kothari is the chairman and MD at the Kanpur-based Rotomac Global Private Limited.

Coming close on the heels of the Rs 11,515 crore Punjab National Bank's fraud, the Rotomac case that surfaced late Sunday fa


Monday, February 19, 2018'Fire not at Jokhang chapel that houses Buddha statue'

Dharamsala, Feb 19 : The fire was not at the Jokhang chapel that houses the highly revered Jowo-Buddha Shakyamui statue but it was at an adjacent building within the Jokhang temple premises in Lhasa, Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said.

Reliable sources have told the CTA leadership the source of the fire is not the Jowo chapel but from an adjacent chapel within the Jokhang tem


Monday, February 19, 2018Srinagar likely to declare open defecation-free by October 2018

Srinagar, Feb 19 : The summer capital, Srinagar city, is likely to be declared as “Open Defecation Free” by October this year when construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) and Community Toilets and Public Toilets (CTPT) would be completed, an official spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the SMC will soon launch Swachta app which would act as a communication tool between SMC officials and pu


Monday, February 19, 2018Modi arrives in the city to participate various programmes

Mysuru, Feb 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the city on Sunday night to participate various programmes in the city and at the Jain pilgrimage centre Sharvanavelagola.

He was received at Mandakali airport by Governor Vajubhai Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, besides Union Ministers D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar. Mr. Modi will also


Monday, February 19, 2018Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service 'Karvan-e-Aman' leaves to cross over to PoK

Srinagar, Feb 19 : The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), left here on Monday morning to cross over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, official sources said.

The weekly bus, with four Kashmiris, left Bemina of Srinagar this morning for Kaman post, the last Ind


Monday, February 19, 2018Canadian PM visits Mathura wildlife sanctuary

Lucknow, Feb 19 : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday visited Mathura Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Uttar Pradesh and interacted with the its founders and staff members.

The wildlife sanctuary team discussed with the Canadian Prime Minister the need to create awareness about the plight of Asian elephants.

Trudeau was accompanied by his wife and three ch


Monday, February 19, 2018Partly cloudy sky on Monday

New Delhi, Feb 19 : It was a partly cloudy sky here in Delhi with the minimum temperature recorded at 10 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average along with very-poor air-quality across NCR on Monday.

According to the Met, the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 26 degrees Celsius.

"The sky will remain partly cloudy with mist in the morning. The temperature is expecte


Monday, February 19, 2018PNB fraud fallout: CBI seals Brady House Branch in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 19 : The CBI on Monday sealed the Brady House Branch of the Punjab National Bank as multiple probe agencies continued with their probe into the Rs 11,515 crore fraud, according to officials.

The Central Bureau of Investigation pasted an official notice outside the branch in Fort -- the bank's flagship lending window in Mumbai and its second largest national outlet.

All have been


Sunday, February 18, 2018Gujarat likely to hike excise duty on liquor by 50% to 100%

AHMEDABAD: Brace up for paying more for liquor in dry Gujarat. After tightening liquor laws, the state government has now trained its guns on hiking excise duty on liquor to discourage people from consuming alcohol.

Sources close to the development said that the Gujarat government is likely to increase excise duty on liquor sold from the official permitted shops by 50% to 100%.



Sunday, February 18, 2018BJP is a party committed to 'Rashtra Bhakti': PM

New Delhi, Feb 18: Emphasising that Jan Sangh and BJP leaders have been at the forefront of all leading mass movements after Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that 'Ours is a party committed to Rashtra Bhakti'.

Inaugurating the swanky new office building of the party at the Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, Mr Modi said theirs was the party which began its journey with greats su


Sunday, February 18, 2018 Moderate polling in Tripura Assembly elections

Agartala, Feb 18: Voters queued up in large numbers outside polling booths in Tripura from early morning on Sunday as the single-phased Assembly elections progressed peacefully, officials said.

An election department official said that snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) attached with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) in over 150 polling stations, resulted in slow ballotin


Sunday, February 18, 201866 people killed in Iran plane crash

Tehran, Feb 18: A passenger plane crashed in central Iran on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, authorities said.

The ATR 72, a twin-engine turboprop operated by Aseman Airlines, crashed due to bad weather into the Dena Mountain near the town of Semirom, an official at the Iranian carrier confirmed to the media.

The plane was flying from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, repo


Sunday, February 18, 2018Four killed, 1 injured after truck overturns

Sikar, Feb 18: Four people were killed and another person was injured today when a boring machine truck overturned in the Neem Ka Thana area here, police said.

A boring machine truck overturned after the driver lost balance on wheels while trying to evade an accident with a two-wheeler, SHO Neem Ka Thana Ranjeet Singh said.

The deceased have been identified as three Chhattisgarh-based lab


Sunday, February 18, 2018PoK govt orders state funeral for LoC victims

Islamabad, Feb 18: Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider has instructed authorities to give state funerals to those killed due to alleged firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control.

Haider yesterday accused the Indian Army of targeting civilians, including women and children, The Express Tribune reported.

"All deputy commissioners have been instructed to e


Sunday, February 18, 2018Pak to send transgenders as Haj volunteers

Islamabad, Feb 19: For the first time in the history of Pakistan, transgenders will be part of a team of boy scouts being sent to Saudi Arabia to serve as volunteers during 2018 Haj pilgrimage, a media report said today.

"Efforts for sending transgender youth to Saudi Arabia to serve as Khuddamul Hujjaj (volunteers during the annual Haj) are underway," IPC Sindh Boys Scouts Commissioner Atif


Sunday, February 18, 2018Tripura registers 11 per cent voting in first two hours

Agartala, Feb 18: About 11 per cent of Tripura's electorate had cast their vote within the first two hours in the state Assembly elections which began at 7am today, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy said.

Elections are being held in 59 out of the state's 60 Assembly constituencies. The election in Charilam constituency was postponed following the death seven days ago of CPI(M) can


Sunday, February 18, 2018Surajkund Mela: Rendezvous of crafts and cultures

Showcasing enormous crafts in vibrant stalls, live extravaganza featuring national and international performers and enjoying crowd in a gala occasion - 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad that wind-up on Sunday replicates a global craft village.

This year, the top draws at the fair includes Pashmina stoles from Nepal, wooden crafts from Uganda, metal jewellery from South Af


Sunday, February 18, 2018PM Modi to inaugurate UP investors' meet on Feb 21

Lucknow, Feb 18: Focusing to change the image of the state and make it an investor-friendly destination, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh would hold biggest-ever mega two-day event `UP Investors summit’ here to interact with the industrialists and investors from February 21.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event on February 21 morning and President Ram Nath Kovind will atte


Sunday, February 18, 2018Jaitley to embark on two-day Saudi Arabia visit on Saturday night

New Delhi, Feb 18: Finance Minister Arun Jaitely would be leaving Saturday night on a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to co-chair the 12th India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on February 18-19, an official statement said here.

Jaitley, along with his counterpart minister from Saudi Arabia, will open the "Saudi-Indian Business Council" on Sunday. He will also visit the "I


Sunday, February 18, 2018Voting for Tripura Assembly elections begin

Agartala, Feb 18: Voting for the Assembly elections in India's northeastern state of Tripura began on Sunday morning amidst tight security, official said.

"Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.," said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer.

In all, 2,536,589 people


Sunday, February 18, 2018Red alert issued in Australian state for cyclone Kelvin

Canberra, Feb 18: Authorities on Sunday issued a red alert in the state of Western Australia (WA) after tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall earlier in the day, bringing with it winds of up to 250 kph.

In a warning, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services told residents of northern WA that they were "in danger and need to act immediately", reports Xinhua news agency

"There is a possi


Sunday, February 18, 2018Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Lhasa, Feb 18: A fire broke out at the most sacred shrine in Tibetan Buddhism - the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, a media report said on Sunday.

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda, the BBC report said.

Chinese state media said the blaze started late Saturday and was soon put out. No casualties were reported.

The ex


Sunday, February 18, 2018Modi inaugurates new BJP headquarters in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the BJP's new headquarters here at 6, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, in the presence of veteran leaders like L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

Equipped with modern facilities, the headquarters' foundation stone was laid by Modi on August 18, 2016. It was constructed in a record time of one-and-half years.

With the inaugur


Sunday, February 18, 2018Plot for widow 18 years after soldier's death

Chandigarh, Feb 18: The Haryana government on Saturday decided to gift a residential plot to the widow of a soldier who was killed in an anti-militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir nearly 18 years ago.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet here, presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

"The Cabinet approved a proposal of Gram Panchayat, Bijopur in Block Ball


Sunday, February 18, 2018Sunny Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 18: It was a sunny Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said.

"The sky will remain clear during the day. There was shallow fog at few places this morning," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

According to the IMD, visibility stood at


Sunday, February 18, 2018PNB fraud: Assocham calls for privatising PSBs

New Delhi, Feb 18: In light of the massive Rs 11,300 crore ($1.8 billion) scam allegedly involving jeweller Nirav Modi that has hit state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), industry chamber Assocham said on Sunday that the government should surrender its majority control of banks, which should be allowed to function like private sector lenders.

In a regulatory filing earlier this week, PNB said i


Saturday, February 17, 2018Ramakrishna Paramahamsa remembers on his birth anniversary

Kolkata, Feb 18 : Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, considered to be one of the greatest saints of India, was remembered today on his 182nd birth anniversary.

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee remembered Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa Dev on the occasion.

Born on February 18, 1836 as Gadadhar Chatterjee, in the village of Kamarpukur, in the Hooghly district of West Bengal, into a very poor


Saturday, February 17, 2018Odisha reiterates demand for special category status

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday reiterated the demand for special category status for Odisha and revision of coal royalty for the benefit of the state.

During a meeting with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar at the state secretariat here, the Chief Minister also demanded an increase in central assistance to the backward districts of the state.

The state go


Saturday, February 17, 2018Double taxation avoidance agreement to give fillip to India, Iran trade

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Enforcement of the double taxation avoidance agreement and extension of preferential tariff would give a fillip to trade and investment between Iran and India , Masoud Karbasian, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Iran said here on Saturday.

Karbasian was addressing an interactive meeting with Indian and Iranian business leaders, organised by the Federation of Indian


Saturday, February 17, 2018Sitharaman questions Rahul's presence at Gitanjali Jewels event

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Countering Congress charge that multi-crore bank fraud took place during the BJP government, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Rahul Gandhi was present at a promotional event of Gitanjali Jewels and the whole episode took place in the UPA regime.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) underlined raised that Congress president Rahul Gandhi participated in the promotional ev


Saturday, February 17, 2018Modi, Jaitley knew country was being looted: Congress

New Delhi, Feb 17 : The Congress on Saturday made a direct allegation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying "both were aware that the country was being looted" in the over Rs 11,000 crore PNB scam.

The party asked if Modi will order a probe in the PNB fraud.

"Why is PM Modi refusing to disclose who travels with him on his official trips? Is this the k


Saturday, February 17, 2018Anna likely to visit J&K ahead of Delhi rally next month: NGO

Jammu, Feb 17 : Social activist Anna Hazare is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir before launching an agitation over Jan Lokpal and farmers issues in New Delhi next month, an NGO said today.

"We have invited him (Hazare) to visit Jammu and he has accepted the invite. We are expecting him to address a public meeting here before the March 23 rally in Delhi," chairperson of International Anti-Co


Saturday, February 17, 20183 killed in road accident in Pune

Pune, Feb 17 : Three people, including a woman, were killed in separate incidents in Warwand village at Pune-Solapur highway here on Saturday.

According to police, Sulabai Laxman Sutar (48) and her son Somnath Laxman Sutar (29) were on their way to attend a function at Warwand village from Pune on a motor-bike, when a truck en route to Solapur hit them killing the duo on the spot.

The truck


Saturday, February 17, 2018Free women's wellness camp held at Goa Airport

Panaji, Feb 17 : In a beed to create a massive awareness on cancer and in specific 'Cervican Cancer', Airport Authority of India Women's Welfare Association (Kalyanmayee) in association with Manipal Hospitals Goa and Goa Cancer Society conducted a 'Free Women's Wellness Camp' at Goa International Aiport, Dabolim, in South Goa on Friday.

According to a statement, the 'Women's Wellness Camp' was


Saturday, February 17, 2018Make Nirav Modi RBI Governor': Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Feb 17 : Taunting ruling ally Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said absconding scamster Nirav Modi "should be made Reserve Bank of India Governor to finish off the country".

Referring to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud which came to light this week, the Sena said it is "clear that Nirav Modi and his family had fled" the country early last month.

"However, just


Saturday, February 17, 2018PNB scam: CBI arrests three

New Delhi, Feb 17 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested three people in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

The CBI sources on Saturday said the then Deputy Manager of PNB Gokulnath Shetty, Single Window Operator (SWO) PNB Manoj Kharat and Authorised Signatory of the Nirav Modi Group of Firms Hemant Bhat have been arrested.

They will be produced on Satur


Saturday, February 17, 2018BJP National Secretary welcomes SC verdict on Cauvery

Chennai, Feb 17 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary H Raja, welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery issue and said that the Union government would successfully implement them.

Talking to mediapersons at Coimbatore on Saturday, he said with the Apex court's order the double face of the Karnataka government has come in the public.

He said that the DMK was unable to addres


Saturday, February 17, 2018Modi, Iran President discuss bilateral cooperation, regional issues

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation across a range of areas and regional issues during a meeting with Iran President Hassan Rouhani here.

Modi welcomed Rouhani at the Hyderabad House here ahead of delegation-level talks between the two sides.

"Both leaders held substantive and productive discussion on cooperation in trade and investm


Saturday, February 17, 2018Blood donation camps, rallies mark Telangana CM's birthday

Hyderabad, Feb 17 : Telangana Chief Minister and ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao turned 64, on Saturday.

Chandrashekhar Rao, better known and abbreviated as KCR, who was born on February 17, 1954 in Chintamadaka village, Siddipet Mandal of Medak District, is the first and current Chief Minister of Telangana after the state got separated from Andha Pradesh.


Saturday, February 17, 2018Nationalised banks not responding to promote small scale industries: Minister

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Feb 17 : Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai has expressed concern over nationalised banks not responding to promote small scale industries.

Addressing a function at the National SC-ST Hub, organised here on Friday, Mr Desai said there were so many schemes to promote small scale industries, but the nationlised banks are not properly responding.

They will


Saturday, February 17, 2018PNB scam : ICAI constitutes High Power group to study systemic issues and suggest remedial measures

Chennai, Feb 17 : Taking into account the mammothness and the modalities, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on its own constituted a high power group to study the systemic issues into the USD 1.77 billion (Rs 11,400 crore) irregularities in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) involving Mumbai-based jeweller Nirav Modi.

A statement from ICAI on Saturday said its attention has


Saturday, February 17, 2018Model fair price shop inaugurated at a tea garden in Jalpaiguri

Kolkata, Feb 17 : The West Bengal Government’s Food and Supplies Department is going to set up fair price shops (FPS) in 303 tea gardens.

In fact, quite a few have already been set up. The work would be completed by March. Self-help groups (SHG), comprising entirely of women, will run the shops.

A model fair price shop has already been set up at Karala Valley Tea Garden in Jalpaiguri dis


Saturday, February 17, 2018Five including two children killed in car-tractor collision at Badaun

Badaun, Feb 17 : Five people including two children were killed , while 11 others sustained injuries in a car-tractor collision here on Friday late night.

Police said on Saturday that 16 people were returning to Badaun in a car after attending a religious ceremony in Bisauli when their car dashed into a tractor-trolley laden with sugarcane at Saswan area. Five people including driver of the ca


Saturday, February 17, 2018Siddaramaiah presents popular budget for poll-bound Karnataka

Bengaluru, Feb 17 : With an eye on Assembly election, due in late April or early May, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday presented a popular state budget for fiscal 2018-19 to please all sections of society.

Barring 8 per cent increase in additional excise duty on Indian-made liquor, the budget spared the people from fresh taxes despite Rs 151.30 crore deficit on capital account (


Saturday, February 17, 20181,000 Bihar students expelled for cheating in Class 12 exams

Patna, Feb 17 : Nearly 1,000 students were expelled for cheating during the Class 12 examinations in Bihar, officials said on Saturday.

Anand Kishore, the Chairman of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), told the media here that more the students were expelled "for adopting unfair means" during the examinations that concluded on Friday.

The examinations had started on February 6.


Saturday, February 17, 2018SC verdict on Cauvery: 'Disappointed' TN CM welcomes constitution of CRA, CWMB

Coimbatore, Feb 17 : Tamil Nadu K PalaniswamChief Minister Edappadi i on Saturday said that though he was disappointed with the Supreme Court judgement on Cauvery issue, however, he welcomed the court's order to constitute the Cauvery Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB).

Talking to newspersons at the Airport here, the Chief Minister said he was disappointed wi


Saturday, February 17, 2018PM wishes Telangana CM on his birthday

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wished Telangana Chief Minister K C R on his birthday.

On his birthday, I convey my greetings to Telangana CM, K C R Garu. I pray for his wonderful health and long life,'the PM said in a tweet.


Saturday, February 17, 2018Karnataka to provide healthcare to all soon

Bengaluru, Feb 17 : In line with the 'Modicare' of the Central government, Karnataka too would provide healthcare to all people in the state soon, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Friday.

"The universal health coverage scheme under the name 'Arogya Karnataka Yojane' will be started this month to provide primary, secondary and tertiary treatment to all people in the state," Siddaramaiah said


Saturday, February 17, 20187.2-magnitude quake jolts Mexico, no casualties reported

Mexico City, Feb 17 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck southeastern Mexico, with the epicentre recorded in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported "only material damage and no loss of human life" during the earthquake on Friday night.

The USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.5 but revised it


Saturday, February 17, 2018Army chief meets students from J&K

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday met students from Jammu and Kashmir, who are on a tour to Delhi, and encouraged them to join the Indian Army, an official said.

The group of 13 students, accompanied by two teachers, met General Rawat, who shared his experiences while serving in various areas with the students and motivated them to work hard and contribute actively i


Saturday, February 17, 2018Foggy Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 17 : It was a foggy morning here on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said.

"There was moderate fog at several places this morning. The sky will remain clear during the day," an India Meteorological Department official said.

According to the IMD, visibility stood at 800 metres, wh


Friday, February 16, 2018Pak accuses India of not reciprocating to its commitment to peace: minister

London, Feb 16 : Pakistan's interior minister has accused India of not reciprocating Islamabad's commitment to peace with "unilateral actions" and warned New Delhi against "bullying" his country.

Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan is trying to overcome the trust deficit that exists in the region but India has disappointed Islamabad with unilateral moves like boycotting the SAARC summit which was to be


Friday, February 16, 2018PNB scam: Rajnath says `effective' action being taken

New Delhi, Feb16 : On a day when the Government suspended passports of Nirav Modi and Mehul Chokshi, two key accused in alleged multi-crore rupee Punjab National Bank scam, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said ``effective action' will be taken in the matter/ Reacting to charges leveled by the opposition against the NDA government in the alleged scam which rocked the public-sector bank, Mr Singh


Friday, February 16, 2018MEA suspends passports of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi

New Delhi, Feb 16 : As the public sector Punjab National Bank (PNB) is reeling under the impact of Rs 11,300 crore scam, the Government on Friday suspended the validity of passports of Nirav Modi and Mehul Chinubhai Choksi for four weeks.

Both Mr Modi and Mr Choksi, diamond merchants and high-profile jewellers, have been accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of I


Friday, February 16, 2018Mehbooba appalled over protests supporting rape accused

Jammu, Feb 16 : State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday expressed disgust over expression of solidarity with a rape accused.

"Appalled by the marches and protests in defence of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua," the Chief Minister said.

"Also horrified by their use of our national flag in these demonstrations. This is nothing short of desecration. The accused has been arrest


Friday, February 16, 2018I am an outsider in politics, says Modi

New Delhi, Feb 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he considers himself an outsider in politics and that he is not a politician from within.

"I entered politics rather late. A lot of people are not able to accept it," he said during an interaction with students in his 'Pariksha pe Charcha" programme here.

"I am in the political system but I am not a politician by nature. My nat


Friday, February 16, 2018Ensure fair voting in Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland: EC

Shillong, Feb 16 : Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat on Friday asked the election machinery in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to be "fearless and unbiased" to ensure fair voting during the assembly elections.

While polling in Tripura will be held on February 18, Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to the polls on February 27.

"All the three states have their own peculiarities. The El


Friday, February 16, 2018Consider me your friend: PM to students

New Delhi, Feb 16 : Exhorting students appearing in various exams to keep their confidence up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked them to consider him their friend.

In addition to the right skills and the means, what a student needs is self-confidence, he said.

'If there is no self-confidence, even Gods can't help you,' Mr Modi said addressing students during 'Pariksha par Charch


Friday, February 16, 2018Snag slows down Delhi metro's Yellow line

New Delhi, Feb 16 : People travelling on the Yellow line of the Delhi Metro had a tough time on Friday as trains were running slow due to a "signalling issue".

A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said that due to some issues in the operation centre, the coordination between trains -- which is otherwise done through an automated system -- had to be done manually.

"Due to signallin


Friday, February 16, 2018Karnataka relieved over 'favourable' Cauvery verdict

Bengaluru, Feb 16 : Karnataka on Friday heaved a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court gave a verdict in its favour in a dispute over the sharing of the Cauvery river water with neighbouring Tamil Nadu, an official said.

"Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) expressed relief that the state got a favourable verdict in the dispute and its stand was partially accepted by the apex court by increasing it


Friday, February 16, 2018Siddaramaiah presents a please all election oriented State budget

Bengaluru, Feb 16 : Announcing several new schemes in the election bound year, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds finance portfolio, presented his 14th budget in the State Assembly here on Friday, enhancing the additional excise duty on Indian Made Liquor (IML) by 8 per cent leaving other sectors untouched.

With a Revenue Surplus of Rs 127 crore, the budget for 2018-19 will


Friday, February 16, 2018Two people injured in bomb explosion

Begusarai, Feb 16 : Two people were injured when a bomb exploded near Pahsare village under Navkothi police station in the district today.

Police said Chuchun Singh (50) and Ashutosh (15) were seriously injured when the bomb exploded while they were working in agriculture field. The injured had been admitted to primary health centre at Manjhaul.

Police said it was yet unknown who had kept t


Friday, February 16, 2018WBSCPR brings out book of rhymes to teach ‘good touch’ & ‘bad touch’ to children

Kolkata, Feb 16 : In a laudable move, the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR), the official child rights body of the State Government, has brought out a book of poems in Bengali to spread awareness among the children about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’.

The book of poems, titled Chenchiye Para Maat Karo (‘shout at the top of your voice’), has been distributed f


Friday, February 16, 2018JNU students vacate admin block, strike continues

New Delhi, Feb 16 : The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vacated the administrative block on Friday, after occupying it for two days against a High Court order.

The Delhi High Court, last year, gave an order that the students cannot hold demonstrations within a 100-metre periphery of the University's administrative block.

However, the students continued their strike against the


Friday, February 16, 2018Rouhani visits Hyderabad's Qutub Shahi tombs

Hyderabad, Feb 16 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday visited the historic Qutub Shahi tombs here.

Rouhani, who is on a three-day visit to the country, arrived here on Thursday. He visited the tombs along with other Iranian ministers and senior officials accompanying him, amid tight security.

The visiting dignitary went around the complex, housing mausoleums of rulers of the Qutub


Friday, February 16, 2018Individualized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience: WHO

Kolkata, Feb 16 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions.

Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use o


Friday, February 16, 2018Battle for Meghalaya: Modi, Rajnath likely to lead BJP campaign

Meghalaya, Feb 16 : No sooner the curtains are set to fall for election campaign in Tripura, where polling is to be held on Sunday, the BJP poll strategists are working overtime now to launch aggressive campaign in Congress-ruled Meghalaya.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to campaign in Phulbari in Garo Hills on February 21 or 22, a key source in Meghalaya BJP told TNN. Phulbari hamlet


Friday, February 16, 2018Cauvery verdict : TN on alert

Chennai, Feb 16 : A general alert has been sounded across Tamil Nadu to maintain law and order in view of the Supreme Court verdict on the vexatious Cauvery issue involving Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu DGP K Rajendran has issued advisory to all districts to deploy adequate police personnel to maintain law and order. The State government has taken all precautionary measures to ensure that no law and o


Friday, February 16, 2018Mercury up in Himachal, more snow next week

Shimla, Feb 16 : The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Friday saw a rise in the temperatures due to prevailing dry weather, but the Met Office has forecast more rain and snowfall next week.

"A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region on February 20 with chances of rainfall and snowfall in the state," an office statement said.

The Western Disturbances are storm s


Friday, February 16, 2018PNB fraud case: Union Bank has $300 mn outstanding exposure

Mumbai, Feb 16 : State-run Union Bank of India on Thursday said that it has an outstanding exposure of about $300 million in the $1.8 billion fraud detected by Punjab National Bank (PNB) and the former was also confident of receiving the payment.

PNB, the second largest public sector bank in India, had detected the $1.8 billion fraud in one of its branches in Mumbai and Union Bank of India was


Friday, February 16, 2018Poll candidates must disclose source of income: SC

New Delhi, Feb 16 : The Supreme Court on Friday directed that all candidates contesting elections must disclose their "sources" of income, including those of their spouse and dependent children.

In a landmark judgement, a bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar said the candidate has to disclose his, his wife's and dependent children's source of income when they file nomination for elections.


Friday, February 16, 2018No talks with those training guns at India: VP rejects Dialogue with Pak

JAMMU: Hitting out at those suggesting dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that talks with countries who train guns at India are not possible.

The statement from Vice President has come in the aftermath of three terror attacks in the state in the span of four days, following which Chief Minister Mehbooba