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24-May-2017 New Delhi/Islamabad

Tensions escalate as Pakistan flexes its muscles in Siachen

Tensions escalated on Wednesday with Pakistan Air Force Chief Suhail Aman activating all forward bases in response to purported India "threats" and fighter jets flying over the Siachen glacier violating the Indian air space, a claim New Delhi has dismissed.The...

23-May-2017

In Arunachal, tribal taboos are conservation devices

"My Naba (father) always says you can't challenge nature. If you challenge nature, you are asking for trouble. When you see a river and think, it's so low, I can easily cross it, the next time you need to cross the river, it will rise and swallow you; nature...

22-May-2017

Why coalitions among NE militant groups won't work

Chronic attacks of the insurgency virus for decades has made the people of northeast apparently immune to the scourge. The relentless operations by security agencies have forced some of the militant groups to surrender or to run away to alien lands which they...

20-May-2017 Bhubaneswar

Don't need advice from BJP : Sam Pitroda

Renowned telecom expert and inventor Sam Pitroda on Saturday hit back at the BJP's for criticising him on his "non-performance" as a technical advisor to the Odisha government.In a series of tweets, Pitroda said he is very clear about his role and responsibilities...

20-May-2017

Three years of Modi: Possibility of 2nd innings looms large

True, the final line-up of winners became 4-1 because the prime minister's factotums were able to dislodge the Congress from its No 1 position in Goa and Manipur with some nimble politicking.But the fact remains that the supposedly moribund Congress won a...

18-May-2017 Kolkata

Barkati should accept termination : Cleric

A day after the controversial Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati was removed as Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque, another leading Muslim cleric on Thursday said he should accept the termination and leave the post."Any Imam who makes anti-national comments should...

18-May-2017 The Hague

ICJ asks Pakistan not to execute Kulbushan Jadhav

In a major diplomatic, moral and legal victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday asked Pakistan not to execute alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav pending its final decision and inform it of the steps being taken to implement the...

16-May-2017 New Delhi

Common people to soon get anti-trauma medicines that save soldiers

To ensure immediate and effective medication to soldiers and the public in the event of terror attacks and accidents, the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed medicines such as a wound-healing gel and freeze-resistant saline...

16-May-2017 Chennai

Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake goes dry

Large patches of dry bed, more than 50 per cent of the water body showing its dirty and smelly underbelly of weeds, boating limited to a small area and marine and bird-life affected -- Chandigarh's landmark Sukhna Lake is no more the picturesque water body...

16-May-2017 New Delhi

Evicted Kashmiri says better to pick gun than face police humiliation

It is better to pick a gun than face humiliation of being looked at as a "threat to the state", says an angry Kashmiri student who with his two friends was forced out of a rented house in Punjab after a police raid for "hidden weapons".Punjab Police denied...

15-May-2017 The Hague

India at ICJ demands Pakistan annul Jadhav death sentence

India on Monday demanded before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Pakistan annul the death sentence of alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav and see that he was not executed as his trial was held under "farcical" circumstances in violation of the Vienna...

15-May-2017 The Hague

'Situation grave', Pakistan may hang Jadhav soon : India at ICJ

India on Monday put up a spirited defence and urged the international court to immediately suspend the death sentence awarded to alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav in Pakistan, saying "the situation is grave" and there was fear that he may be executed even before...

14-May-2017 Katra

'Tallest' rail bridge to be a boon for tourism, employment in J&K

A rail bridge over the Chenab river which, at 359-metre, is claimed will become the world's tallest, will significantly improve Kashmir Valley's connectivity with other parts of the country and also create tourism facilities that are expected to boost...

14-May-2017 Beijing

India stays away from China's Belt and Road forum

Close neighbour India skipped China's mega Belt and Road Forum which began here on Sunday, signalling its strong opposition to the multi-million dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).New Delhi, which for long had been non-committal about attending...

13-May-2017 Kolkata

Senior Muslim cleric in Kolkata removes red beacon

Two days after openly defying the Centre's order and stating that he would keep using the red beacon on his vehicle, Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, on Saturday claimed that he has removed the beacon from his car."I...

13-May-2017

Kashmir could turn out to be Modi's biggest failure

There is little doubt that notwithstanding any achievement of Narendra Modi in the economic field or in partially curbing the saffron hotheads, Kashmir will be the scene of his biggest failure unless he is able to accomplish a dramatic breakthrough in the...

12-May-2017

The challenges of being a father in the scientific age

One of my children asked me whether ham came from hamsters. "Of course," I said. "Just like jelly comes from jellyfish." I added that our family's favourite dessert, Nutella mousse, was a gland secretion from "a brown elk from Canada called the chocolate...

11-May-2017 Mumbai/Thiruvananthapuram

All ATM withdrawals not chargeable, SBI clarifies after furore

Amid a public outcry in Kerala over a State Bank of India (SBI) announcement levying charges on ATM cash withdrawals from June 1, the largest public lender on Thursday clarified that the charge of Rs 25 is applicable only for withdrawals from SBI Buddy through...

11-May-2017 New Delhi

Opposition parties to raise EVM concerns at all-party meet

Opposition parties will, in all likelihood, again tell the Election Commission about their "loss of faith" in EVMs and to ensure trustworthy mechanism for polling, when an all-party meeting on the issue is held here on Friday.The meeting will also discuss electoral...

11-May-2017 Kolkata

Make in India boosts first advanced cryogenic fridge

Suspended in the air, at the Department of Atomic Energy's Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) here, this gizmo, resembling a scaled-up thermos, works silently amidst a labyrinth of tubes under the watchful eye of a computer.Its makers claim it is India's...

10-May-2017 New Delhi

Prove EVMs can't be hacked, activists tell EC

Questioning the "reliability" of EVMs, activists Tehseen Poonawalla and V.V. Rao on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to prove in front of experts that the machines cannot be tampered with.Poonawalla told reporters here that the total votes polled and counted...

10-May-2017 Mumbai

Hello India : Justin Bieber sends fans into tizzy in Mumbai

Grammy Award winning Canadian singer Justin Bieber performed to a stadium full of his fans, who were excited, emotional and euphoric as the "Baby" singer took the stage in India for the first time on Wednesday night.The 23-year-old Prince of Pop is here as...

10-May-2017 New Delhi

Find solution to triple talaq issue outside court : Jamiat

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind President Maulana Syed Arshad Madani on Wednesday opposed what he said was judicial interference in Muslims' religous affairs and said a solution to the triple talaq issue should be found outside the court."Instead of court interference...

10-May-2017 Chennai

Where is Justice Karnan?

The whereabouts of Kolkata High Court judge C.S. Karnan, sentenced to jail for six months by the Supreme Court, remained a mystery on Wednesday, even as a West Bengal police team reached here.Some sources in Chennai said he had left the State Guest House...

10-May-2017 New Delhi/Islamabad

Moved ICJ to save Jadhav's life, ensure justice : India

India on Wednesday said it moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on espionage charges, to save his life after Pakistan denied consular access to...

10-May-2017 Srinagar

Is Farooq Abdullah playing a peacemaker in Kashmir?

Former Chief Minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the chatter among political circles in the state on whether the senior political leader is playing a “peacemaker” in the restive Valley.Farooq...

09-May-2017 New Delhi

Justice Karnan sentenced to six months in jail for contempt

In a first in India's judicial history, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced a sitting high court -- Justice C.S. Karnan of Calcutta High Court -- to six months in jail for contempt following a series of actions by the Dalit judge topped by his graft...

06-May-2017 New Delhi

Discovering the ethereal world of modern masters

Just a few steps inside the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in the capital and an entire potpourri of art works by sculptors throw up an enchanting world of visual imageries, dotted with all things artistic and displayed with utmost sensitivity.It is...

06-May-2017 Chicago

Victoria Lautman, chronicler of India's forgotten stepwells

Thirty years after Chicago-based photographer and writer Victoria Lautman first stepped into the famous stepwells of India, the magic of that experience has not waned. If anything, it has taken the shape of a fascinating pictorial book titled "The Vanishing...

05-May-2017 New Delhi

Four years after Nirbhaya case, women still feel unsafe in Delhi

Over four years have passed since the 2012 brutal gang rape of a para-medical student in Delhi that shook the collective conscience of the country. But, for many women, the national capital is yet to instil a sense of security in them.With sexual predators...

05-May-2017 New Delhi

'We are at the beginning of the road'

Indias art world had never experienced it before -- a multimedia art exposition showcasing the works of eleven legendary avant-garde artists of the 19th and the 20th century with cutting-edge technology -- but its curator still finds it difficult to predict...

05-May-2017 New Delhi

Nirbhaya fund not utilised yet

The central government announced a Nirbhaya Fund with a corpus of Rs 3,000 crore in 2013 to support initiatives towards ensuring safety of women, following nationwide outrage after the December 2012 gang rape. But since then, there hasn't been any information...

04-May-2017 New Delhi

Venture out, advises woman biker who travelled solo for 2,000 km

Sending out a strong message of empowerment, Commander Pooja Rajput, who undertook a 2,000-km solo coastal ride on her Harley Davidson, says women should travel without any pre-conceived notions.The Indian Navy officer, who counts long-distance riding and photography...

04-May-2017 Srinagar

Daylight robberies rattle bank managements in Kashmir

Although bank robberies by gunmen started in Kashmir in the early 1990s with the outbreak of the armed separatist struggle, their unprecedented spurt in recent months has rattled everybody -- to the extent that the army and the police launched a huge crackdown...

03-May-2017 Beijing

New species of bird-like dinosaur discovered in China

A team of paleontologists in China have discovered a new species of feathered dinosaur that roamed the earth around 125 million years ago.The three-feet fossilised skeleton, named Jianianhualong tengi, is a troodontidae -- a family of bird-like theropod...

02-May-2017 New Delhi

Government weighing options on mutilation of soldiers by Pakistan

The centre on Tuesday was said to be weighing its options in the face of mounting demands for a strong response to Pakistan over the mutilation of two soldiers' bodies on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir even as a top Indian Army officer asserted...

02-May-2017 New Delhi

Government weighing options on mutilation of soldiers by Pakistan

The centre on Tuesday was said to be weighing its options in the face of mounting demands for a strong response to Pakistan over the mutilation of two soldiers' bodies on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir even as a top Indian Army officer asserted...

02-May-2017

UDAN will make air travel affordable for many, but not the poor

The average Indian is unlikely to be able to afford a Rs 2,500 flight -- 13.8 times the monthly spending on travel (Rs 180) in 2011-2012 -- under the governments new "Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik" (UDAN) programme.Launched on April 27, UDAN will feature flights...

01-May-2017 New Delhi/Jammu

Pakistan mutilates bodies of two Indian soldiers

The Pakistan Army on Monday killed an Indian soldier and a BSF trooper and mutilated their bodies near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army said, and warned of an appropriate response to the "unsoldierly act". Pakistan denied the...

01-May-2017 Chandigarh

Khalistani elements publicly threaten Amarinder,India protests

A threat publicly issued to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh by pro-Khalistan elements during an event in Surrey city of Canada's British Columbia province recently has drawn an official protest from India.Sources here told IANS that the Indian High...

30-Apr-2017 Lucknow

In UP, it's saffron, saffron and more saffron

In Uttar Pradesh, every change in government inevitably comes with a change in -- well, colour. And in "Yogi Raj" the colour is assertively saffron: From jackets, saris and turbans to upholstery, towels and even microphone wires wrapped in saffron cloth.Ministers...

30-Apr-2017 Chandigarh

'Drugs replacing AK-47s as new weapon among Punjab's youth'

Having undergone the blood-soaked and emotionally-scarring era of partition and the turbulent 15 years of terrorism -- during which over 25,000 lives were lost -- as well as other upheavals, Punjab is now grappling with a major problem: Drugs. An author who...

29-Apr-2017 Srinagar

Would not talking to separatists help improve Kashmir situation?

Would the central government's assertion that talks to improve the situation in Kashmir can only be held with mainstream political parties -- and not separatists -- have a positive impact in the Valley?Unlikely, given past experience. And the current political...

29-Apr-2017 New Delhi

This exhibition is a pictorial tale of Chanderi silk

The overwhelming story of Chanderi silk is symbolically represented in an ongoing exhibition here under the Neel Dongre Grants for Excellence in Photography.Photographer Bharat Tiwari, the Founder of Shabdankan.com, which was awarded the "Bhashadoot Samman"...

29-Apr-2017

Who will stop the BJP? No one in sight

After the resounding victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the UP assembly and Delhi municipal elections, the party increasingly appears to be politically invincible.The three parties which offered some resistance to it in 2014 -- the AIADMK in...

27-Apr-2017 Bhopal

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur blames Congress for her nine years in jail

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, after being released from jail on Thursday said she had to spend nine years behind bars due to the conspiracy of the Congress party.Sadhvi was granted bail by the Bombay High...

26-Apr-2017 Srinagar

Government invokes Indian Telegraph Act

The state Home department headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has ordered ban on internet services in Kashmir Valley for  one month, sources said.“Internet services in Kashmir Valley shall not be permitted to be transmitted for a period of one month,”...

26-Apr-2017

Is it Cold War-II already?

The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive...

25-Apr-2017 Agra

Record 1,000 metre-long offered on 362nd urs of Shah Jahan

A record 1,000-metre-long ceremonial chadar was offered on Tuesday at the graves of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his Empress Mumtaz Mahal on the 362nd Urs of the builder of the immortal memorial to love here.While one end of the chadar was at the southern...

25-Apr-2017 Thane (Maharashtra)

Interactive wall climbing course launched in Thane

An interactive wall climbing course with ropes has been launched in this suburb of India's financial capital Mumabi to engage children in interesting physical activities instead of their going into gaming arcades and amusement parks.The facility launched...

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