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22-Mar-2017 Srinagar

25 Years on : Srinagar family still searching for his ‘missing’ son

A family from old Srinagar city is still searching for their disappeared son who went missing 25 years ago after being arrested by Indian troopers in 1992.The 166 battalion of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up Muhammad Sidiq Sofi of Khankah-e-Molah,...

21-Mar-2017

Digital transactions recede, threaten 'Digital India'

The value of digital transactions nationwide declined marginally (1.5 per cent) to Rs 92.6 lakh crore ($1.4 trillion) in February 2017 from Rs 94 lakh crore in November 2016 ($1.42 trillion), according to representative data (provisional) on electronic payments...

19-Mar-2017

Love jehad to sabka vikas : Can Narendra Modi tame Yogi Adityanath?

Did the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) desist from naming its Chief Ministerial candidate for UP before the assembly polls because it wanted to spring a nasty, or pleasant, surprise - depending on one's point of view - on an unsuspecting public?For some, the...

18-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Connected cars on the horizon : Is India ready?

With the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AR) and machine learning set to define the way Indian enterprises work, "connected" vehicles -- which are to embrace all of these new-age technologies -- is the new buzz in town.Tata Motors showcased...

18-Mar-2017

Narendra Modi is now more presidential than before

Narendra Modi's emergence as the most dominant politician in today's India, as the Congress's P. Chidambaram has said, means that he is now the master of all he surveys.Since his victory in 2019 is virtually assured, he is currently in a position to take steps...

17-Mar-2017 Srinagar

KPS officers face gross discrimination

Kashmir Police Service (KPS) officers have been facing gross discrimination in terms of promotions, fixation of seniority and salaries as compared to their Kashmir Administrative Officer (KAS) colleagues, though both groups are being selected by same authority-State...

16-Mar-2017 Basar (Arunachal Pradesh)

Basar : A beguiling getaway from urban monotony

The quaint hill destination of Basar at the centre of Arunachal Pradesh is a place that one often dreams about travelling to, but seldom does it find its way into your itinerary.Home to the beautiful and friendly Galo tribe, Basar's villages are surrounded...

15-Mar-2017 Thiruvananthapuram

K.M. Mani completes 50 years as legislator

Veteran politician K.M. Mani on Wednesday completed 50 years as a legislator in the Kerala assembly -- elected every time from Pala constituency in Kottayam.Beginning his career in the Congress, Mani later formed his Kerala Congress (Mani) which has been a part...

13-Mar-2017 Panaji

How Manohar Parrikar and the BJP got a fix on power in Goa

In a case of delicious political irony, Goa Forward MLA Vijai Sardesai, the man often referred to as a 'fixer' in public discourse by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was the one who literally 'fixed' Parrikar's chief ministership.On Lenten Sunday, when...

11-Mar-2017

The woman who brought drinking water, toilets to a lost panchayat

Melamarungoor, Sivagangai district (Tamil Nadu): Mazharkodi Dhanasekar has a radiant smile and is keen to talk about her achievements, which, as it emerges, are considerable: Building 650 toilets and making her panchayat in southern Tamil Nadu free of open-defecation.Dhanasekar's...

11-Mar-2017

Narendra Modi regains his mojo -- partially

The sweeping victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has shown that Narendra Modi has recovered much of his popularity of 2014.However, since this recovery is largely confined to UP and Uttarakhand, and is not reflected in Punjab and...

10-Mar-2017 Nagpur (Maharashtra)

'Chalo Nagpur' event brings women's movement to civil society

Two days after International Women's Day, women from different rights groups around the country came together here today to mark their protest against Hindutva, caste-based and patriarchal violence against women and other marginalised communities.Adivasi,...

10-Mar-2017 London

World's oldest, 152 mn years old crocodile eggs found in Portugal

Researchers have found the world's oldest crocodilian eggs that were laid 152 million years ago.The eggs, discovered in cliffs in Portugal, were laid by close relatives of "true" crocodiles, a group called crocodylomorphs, which according to palaeontologists, had...

09-Mar-2017 Mumbai

500 kg Egyptian woman undergoes weight-loss surgery

Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed Abdelaly, admitted in Saifee Hospital here since a month, underwent a successful weight reduction surgery on March 7, a medical bulletin said on Thursday.Eman, 37, weighing nearly 500 kgs and billed as the heaviest woman in the world,...

09-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Rajnath Singh does not name Islamic State for MP train blast

Is the Islamic State behind the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast in Madhya Pradesh? While the Madhya Pradesh police was quick to link the arrested suspects with the terror group, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a statement in Lok Sabha on Thursday...

08-Mar-2017

Krishnaveni's story and the era of women panchayat presidents

Thalaiyuthu panchayat, Tirunelveli district (Tamil Nadu) : P. Krishnaveni remembers the night of 13 June, 2011, clear as day. Barely 200 m from her home of 15 years, in front of a local temple, she lay in a pool of her blood.It was 10 pm, when her husband and two...

06-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Pakistani terrorists to blame for Mumbai 2008 : Ex-Pakistan NSA

Former Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday admitted that a terrorist group from his country carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and hoped Islamabad will act against detained Lashkar founder Haafiz Saeed, the mastermind.Durrani's...

06-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Pakistani terrorists to blame for Mumbai 2008 : Ex-Pakistan NSA

Former Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday admitted that a terrorist group from his country carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and hoped Islamabad will act against detained Lashkar founder Haafiz Saeed, the mastermind.Durrani's...

06-Mar-2017 Jaipur

'Padmavati' vandals back, break Chittorgarh Fort mirrors

Vandals entered the Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh Fort and broke the mirrors famously known to have reflected the image of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati for Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji's viewing, a police officer said."All the three mirrors were broken on Sunday...

05-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Aadhaar data fully safe, secure : UIDAI

Admitting to an instance of attempt to misuse biometrics data, the Unique identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday said that the information on individuals enrolled by it is safe and secure.This clarification by the UIDAI, which administers the Aadhaar...

05-Mar-2017 Shimla

Here no child can say 'this was my playground'!

No child can turn around and say "this used to be my playground" of the area around the historic Ridge, once the only promenade for the British colonial rulers when this city was their summer capital.Long ago, a Chief Justice had taken up the issue of the...

05-Mar-2017 Srinagar

Will spring, season of flowers, bring new hope in Kashmir?

Spring, Kashmir's season of a million flowers, butterflies, singing birds, honeybees and murmuring mountain streams charged by winter's plentiful snowfall, is already here.Its arrival this year has been announced not only by a respite from winter's bitter cold...

04-Mar-2017 Srinagar

Government trashes Times of India report

Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) Saturday refuted the “baseless news” published by Indian Daily ‘Times of India’ about the recruitment of one candidate as 'Research Officer' in SKICC.In a statement to news agency CNS, SKICC Spokesperson said that,...

04-Mar-2017 New Delhi

'Alluring Kashmir' a pleasant reminder that paradise is not all lost

Amid the myriad discordant voices on Kashmir, just when it seemed there is no end to the ongoing madness, comes a superbly illustrated book that is a pleasant reminder that paradise is not entirely lost. In fact, it's alive and thriving -- thanks to the resilience...

03-Mar-2017 Kolkata

Lizard found in McDonald's French fries, woman lodges complaint

A pregnant woman lodged a police complaint against fast food chain McDonald's after allegedly finding a deep-fried lizard in her French fries at an outlet here, police said on Friday.Priyanka Moitra visited the outlet on Eastern Metropolitan bypass with...

02-Mar-2017 Bengaluru

Age no bar for this sprightly 81-year-old pilot

"There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old-bold pilots." Try telling this to 81-year-old Air Vice Marshal Ajit Lamba (retd) and he'll laugh in your face. Such is his undying spirit."At the moment I am not flying very regularly because of non-availability...

28-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Gurmehar steps back after threats, students denounce ABVP

Hundreds of students on Tuesday protested in Delhi University against the ABVP even as a female student who took on the RSS-affiliated body pulled back after getting death and rape threats.Lt Governor Anil Baijal promised "strict action" against those who attacked...

28-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Human Rights group blames J&K govt for skewed sex ratio

Human Rights Organisation- Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has blamed the lack of seriousness on the part of the state government towards the issue of declining Child Sex ratio.In its report titled “Missing Girls” released on Tuesday, it sates that Jammu...

28-Feb-2017 Srinagar

March 1, 1990:Twin massacres leave 47 dead in Kashmir capital Srinagar

Memories of the carnages carried out by Army at Zakoora Crossing and Tengpora in the city outskirts 27 years ago are still fresh in the minds of the eyewitnesses and survivors of the tragedy. Forty-Seven unarmed civilians were killed and dozens more injured when...

27-Feb-2017 Agra

Yamuna Expressway becomes death highway with 548 fatalties in 5 years

With an alarming rise in fatal accidents on the Rs 13,000 crore ($2 billion), 165-km long Yamuna Expressway -- 548 in 5 years -- questions are again being raised on its flawed design and the suitability of concrete roads to Indian environmental conditions."In...

26-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Campus politics hurting academic freedom?

The violent clashes between the right-wing ABVP and the Left-leaning student groups at Delhi University's Ramjas College are just a reminder of campuses turning into political battlegrounds, or are they also reflective of the premier educational institutions...

26-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Presidential Election : Joshi, Sushma among probables

Who will be India's next President? Initial discussions in the BJP have catapulted veteran party leader Murli Manohar Joshi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as top favourites.Informed sources, however, say the names of two other women politicians...

25-Feb-2017 Washington

White House escalates war on 'anti-Trump' media

The White House ramped up its war against the press by barring multiple "anti-Trump" media outlets -- The New York Times, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, BuzzFeed News, Politico, The Huffington Post and The Guardian -- from a briefing by Press Secretary...

25-Feb-2017

Cornered INLD trying to manufacture a revival in Haryana Chandigarh

Forced into exile from power for the past over a dozen years, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is virtually trying to manufacture its political revival in Haryana.The INLD's latest stunt, on February 23, in trying to build hysteria over the controversial...

23-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Feb 23, 1991:Kunan Poshpora gory incident continues to haunt victims

She looks frail but pensive. Her eyes become moist when you talk about that fateful night when Indian soldiers from 4th Rajputana Rifles allegedly beat her to pulp and tarnished her chastity. She stops while talking; however her brother continues to speak...

21-Feb-2017 Jammu

PDP minister back, crisis far from over

Although one of the two PDP ministers who quit has rejoined office and the other has promised to do so soon, the crisis persists in Jammu and Kashmir's main ruling party.Basharat Bukhari, who submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti immediately...

21-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Akhilesh Yadav's donkey jibe sharpens focus on Indian wild ass

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's "Gujarat ke Gadhe (Donkeys of Gujarat)" jibe might have been meant to score points in a bitter electoral battle, but it has inadvertently sharpened focus on the Indian wild ass, promoted in a TV spot by no less...

20-Feb-2017 Srinagar

After Akhtar, PDP legislator trains guns on Pirzada Mansoor

After holding Nayeem Akhtar responsible for present ‘disorder’ in People’s Democratic Party, the legislator from Zadibal Constituency in Srinagar Abid Hussain Ansari Monday said that if PDP will be decimated in coming Parliament and next Assembly elections,...

19-Feb-2017 Srinagar

First foreign airline AirAsia lands at Srinagar airport

AirAsia became the first foreign airline ever on Sunday to start its operations from Srinagar international airport in Jammu and Kashmir.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti waved the flag to clear the landing for the AirAsia flight at Srinagar airport on Sunday morning.Srinagar...

18-Feb-2017 Ropar (Punjab)

Off-roaders test skills, vehicle endurance at extreme sport event

As many as 12 teams of off-roaders from across the country have rallied near here to test not only their driving skills on the rough terrain but also the endurance of their vehicles modified for the purpose at the inaugural 'JK Tyre Xtreme 4-Play'.The three-day...

18-Feb-2017 New Delhi

I am no 'Sanghi', there will be no seat cut : M. Jagadesh Kumar

There will be no seat cuts in M.Phil and Ph.D courses and there is no reason for anyone to be agitating for the revocation of the UGC Gazette order of May 2016, says JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar.A full year since becoming the Vice-Chancellor (VC)...

17-Feb-2017 Sairopa (Kullu)

Wild animals don't want trouble from humans: Biologist George Schaller

Animals in the wild mostly avoid any encounters with humans - and when they do attack people, it is usually in self-defence, says legendary field biologist George Schaller.And it would be wrong to declare tigers and leopards that attack humans as "man-eaters",...

16-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

Jat agitation in Haryana a major challenge for Khattar

Continuing protests by the Jat community in Haryana and their growing ranks are proving a major challenge for the BJP government in the state that had earlier shown political and administrative ineptness in dealing with the anarchic violence a year ago.Bitter memories...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Kashmir: Is another summer unrest on the cards?

The recent spurt in militancy-related violence has claimed 17 lives in two days, while over 30 people were injured in civilian clashes with security forces in the same period -- raising the spectre of another summer of violent discontent.The signs are all...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

India's wholesale price inflation rises over 5% in January

India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices rose to 5.25 per cent during last month from 3.39 per cent reported for December 2016, official data showed on Tuesday.According to the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data released by the Commerce and Industry...

14-Feb-2017 Shahjahanpur

In UP, villages still cry for roads

Seven decades after independence, residents of a large number of villages in Tilhar constituency here in Uttar Pradesh continue making one key demand: better and macadamised roads.They complain that nothing has changed even as they have time and again reposed...

13-Feb-2017 United Nations

Interpol warns of drone attacks by terrorists on critical infrastructures

The Interpol has warned that terrorists could possibly use drones loaded with explosives to attack key infrastructure facilities, setting off cascading disasters that travel beyond national borders.The world has become more vulnerable due to the cyber-connectivity...

11-Feb-2017 Mumbai

500 kg Egyptian woman reaches Mumbai to 'lose' weight

A 36-year old Egyptian woman, weighing around 500 kgs, arrived in Mumbai on Saturday to undergo a weight reduction programme at a city hospital.Arriving here by an Egypt Air flight, Eman Ahmed stepped out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International...

09-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Uphaar tragedy: Two decades of journey to justice

After a two-decade journey for justice, the Supreme Court on Thursday sent real estate baron Gopal Ansal to one year in jail for the Uphaar fire tragedy that killed 59 people in 1997.Here is the timeline of the case:June 13, 1997: Fire breaks...

08-Feb-2017 Kolkata

Calendar shows para-athletes aiming high

Sky is the limit for Rubia Chatterjee, as the national gold medallist with a lower limb disability gets ready to toss the javelin.Her photo and 11 other inspiring images of the "best yet struggling para-athletes" of West Bengal feature in a unique tabletop...

04-Feb-2017 Satara (Maharashtra)

Maharashtra couple runs half-marathon to marry

No 'ghodi' (mare), cars, 'saat pheras' or a cacophonic wedding procession for a fitness crazy couple from a Maharashtra village who got married here. Instead, they ran a whopping 25 km to the marriage registrar's office.The couple from Kaloshi village -...

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