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21-Nov-2017 Thiruvananthapuram

Company Secretaries in India cross 52,000-mark

 The number of Company Secretaries in India has crossed the 52,000-mark and more than four lakh students are aspiring to be one.The figures were revealed on the eve of the 45th National Convention of Company Secretaries to be held over three days here starting...

19-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Delhi's air quality improves, but stubble burning in Punjab up

Even as the air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, recorded an improvement, increased stubble burning in the western Punjab districts despite the National Green Tribunal directions continues to pose a threat.With good wind speed and...

19-Nov-2017 New Delhi

'It is not impossible to clean the Ganga, but it's very difficult'

About five years ago, when Financial Times journalist and author Victor Mallet began living in Delhi, he was shocked to discover that the Yamuna -- "this beautiful river of Indian legend and art" -- was chocked with untreated sewage and industrial waste after...

18-Nov-2017 Mumbai

Moody's upgrade cheers equities, but weekly gains muted

Riding on a sovereign ratings upgrade of the Indian government's bonds by US credit rating agency Moody's and bargain hunting by investors, the key Indian equity indices closed Friday's trade on a higher note.However, on a week-on-week comparison, the overall...

18-Nov-2017 Gandhinagar

Patidar leaders give Congress 24-hour ultimatum on reservation issue

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders have given the Congress party a 24-hour deadline to declare their stand on the reservation status for the community.As the Congress leaders are under pressure and busy over selection of candidates for the Gujarat...

17-Nov-2017 Visakhapatnam

Run agriculture like business to transform economy: Bill Gates

Microsoft Co-founder and Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, on Friday called for running the agriculture sector like business, saying this will be a key element in the recipe for India's economic transformation.He underlined the need for...

17-Nov-2017 Patna

13 patients die after Patna hospital's junior doctors strike work

At least 13 patients died after more than 500 junior doctors at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here went on a strike to protest an assault by a deceased patient's attendants, hospital officials said on Friday."Thirteen critical patients died...

15-Nov-2017 kabul

19,700 Afghans die from diabetes annually

More than 19,700 people die due to diabetes in Afghanistan annually, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday."The 2012 International Diabetes Federation finding shows that 19,773 out of some 849,000 people affected by diabetes die of the disease annually in...

15-Nov-2017 Srinagar

Police detain Mirwaiz Umer Farooq , Yasin Malik

 Police on Wednesday foiled a joint march by separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik by taking them into preventing custody here.They were detained just as they started a march towards the city centre Lal Chowk from the nearby Abi Guzar...

15-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Court frames charges against Shabir Shah, Wani

A court here on Wednesday framed charges against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani in a money laundering case.After the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth...

15-Nov-2017

Sports is the best drug

Let there be no doubt. In life, there's no bigger, and persistent, high than good health. No drug can match the thrill of competing in sports. Reality well lived is more enticing than the coloured vision of a drug addict.There's always hope, and life has...

14-Nov-2017 United Nations

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh targeted by human traffickers

Members of the Rohingya Muslim minority who have fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh, were being targeted by human traffickers, according to UN agencies."The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has found that human trafficking and exploitation is rife among Rohingya...

14-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Ravi Shankar's efforts won't succeed: VHP

 The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday voiced doubts over Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's efforts to resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Uttar Pradesh and said he won't succeed in his mission.VHP Joint General Secretary Surendra...

14-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Udan scheme round-II: Government receives 141 proposals for air routes

The government on Tuesday said it has received 141 proposals from airlines and chopper companies to operate flight services under the second round of air regional connectivity -- Udan scheme -- that aims to connect unserved and under-served airports.According...

14-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Rise in food prices accelerates India's wholesale price inflation

An exponential rise in food prices accelerated India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 3.59 per cent in October.According to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry released on Tuesday, the wholesale price index (WPI), with...

14-Nov-2017 Bonn

International Solar Alliance set to get become legal entity

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), jointly launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande on the first day of COP21 UN Climate Change Conference in 2015, is set to become a legal entity next month, an Indian...

14-Nov-2017 New Delhi

60,000 security personnel to be moved to Gujarat for polls

Over 60,000 security personnel from para-military and state police forces are to be deployed in Gujarat for the upcoming assembly election in the state.Besides, the Centre has kept ready about 650 train coaches for the movement of these security personnel...

14-Nov-2017 Manila (Philippines)

Canada wants to join East Asia Summit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said his country was looking to join the East Asia Summit in order to "grow our engagement with Asean and expand access to markets of member states".The East Asia Summit is a forum that meets annually within the...

14-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Rise in food prices accelerates India's wholesale price inflation

An exponential rise in food prices accelerated India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 3.59 per cent in October.According to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry released on Tuesday, the wholesale price index (WPI), with...

13-Nov-2017

Checking pollution: Government needs to act

The Delhi government has declared a medical emergency with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) sending out alarming messages on its website, calling for states to tackle pollution on a "priority basis".The CPCB is holding frantic meetings to keep...

13-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Delhi government approaches LG for land to park 3,000 new buses

Ahead of a major augmentation of public transport, the Delhi government on Monday approached Lt Governor Anil Baijal seeking land from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to park over 3,000 additional buses it plans to roll out in 2018.At present, the Delhi...

13-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Food and fuel prices push India's retail inflation in October

 Food, fuel and housing prices pushed India's annual retail inflation rate higher in October, official data showed on Monday.According to the data furnished by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, October's consumer price index (CPI) inflation...

13-Nov-2017 Mumbai

Mumbai's clock towers: Witnesses to history

They are not-so-mute witnesses to history, clanging away at intervals of 15 minutes, as if asking us all to grab the moment because time was slipping by.Perhaps in the daily, mad rush in Maximum City, not many Mumbaikars pay attention to the 16-odd time-keepers...

12-Nov-2017 Bihar

Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high

For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire...

12-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Showbiz going through moment of reckoning: Supermodel Padma Lakshmi

Charges of sexual harassment is what links Hollywood biggies Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, Dustin Hoffman, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Kevin Spacey these days. Indian-born supermodel Padma Lakshmi hopes things will change after several women...

11-Nov-2017 Dhaka

53 detained over attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh police have detained 53 people in connection with arson attacks on the homes of Hindus over a rumoured Facebook post by a local "insulting religion".More than 30 homes belonging to Hindu families in Rangpur's Thakurbari village were ransacked...

11-Nov-2017

The fall and fall of Nitish Kumar

At one time, he was the poster boy of Indian politics. Not only did he slay the villain of Bihar's "jungle raj" in 2005 by rounding up lawless elements after winning an election and launching social and economic development projects, he also scored another...

10-Nov-2017 New Delhi

NGT questions odd-even rationale to combat Delhi pollution

The country's top green court on Friday questioned the efficacy of the Delhi government's proposed odd-even vehicle rationing scheme that was to be rolled out from Monday as the capital and its suburbs remained shrouded in a dense haze, with air pollution...

10-Nov-2017 Varanasi

Modi's Varanasi beats Delhi in air pollution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Friday was the worst polluted city in the country even as the entire focus of battling toxic air quality remained fixed on Delhi and NCR.Varanasi beat Delhi and its suburbs with average Air...

10-Nov-2017 Mumbai

French furniture brand opens flagship store in India

French luxury furniture brand Maison has launched its first store here.Spread across 4000 sq ft, the brand will showcase a blend of classic, timeless, clean curves combined with straight lines with a contemporary twist, read a statement.Elaborating on the launch,...

10-Nov-2017 Guwahati

Fourth rhino killed in Kaziranga; Assam students protest

Poachers have killed yet another one-horned rhino in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, the fourth to die in one week, sparking protests over the state's failure to check the menace.A forest official said they recovered the carcass of the slain rhino cow from near...

10-Nov-2017 New Delhi

No improvement in Delhi's air quality

 There was no decline in pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region on Friday as major pollutants across all monitoring stations remained at "severe" level.The data collected from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed that the levels of PM2.5 and...

10-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Another India-Asean summit, but connectivity is still far away

 It was planned as a seamless connect between India and its Southeast Asian neighbours, a motorable highway through the northeast to Myanmar and beyond to Thailand that would see an exchange of goods, people and the intermingling of cultures.But the Trilateral...

10-Nov-2017 United Nations

Judge Dalveer Bhandari's re-election to world court hangs in balance

World court Judge Dalveer Bhandari's re-election bid hung in the balance after he could not clear five rounds of balloting in the General Assembly and the Security Council and another vote was set for Monday.In an unusual development Bhandari was locked in...

09-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Delhi air may worsen further on Friday, respite likely next week

Even as an "emergency" under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) was officially imposed in Delhi-NCR on Thursday and the Delhi government announced the third phase of the odd-even traffic rule from November 13, a change in the wind direction is set to...

09-Nov-2017 Anantang

Kashmir’s half widows : A tale from Anantnag

hirty-five year old Naseema feels lonely. She is one among the countless Kashmiri “half widows” – the wives whose husbands are lost in the limbo between missing and confirmed death.“Life has crushed me with double catastrophe,” says Naseema who lives in Grandwan...

09-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Odd-even scheme to be back in Delhi Nov 13-17

The Delhi government is set to implement the third phase of odd-even traffic rule from November 13 to 17, as the national capital faces an environmental emergency, state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Thursday."Air pollution in Delhi has crossed...

09-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Third phase of odd-even likely from November 13

The Delhi government appears set to implement the third phase of odd-even traffic rule from November 13 to 17, as the national capital faces an environmental emergency.The Supreme Court appointed environment body and the Delhi Lt. Governor on Wednesday instructed...

09-Nov-2017 New Delhi

No improvement in air quality, Delhi still faces emergency situation

With no improvement in the air quality, Delhi-NCR continued to breathe toxins for the third consecutive day, as major pollutants across all monitoring stations in the region crossed "severe" level on Thursday.The data collected from the central government's...

09-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Foggy Thursday morning in Delhi

 It was a foggy morning in national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 13.8 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. Visibility stood at 200 metres."There was moderate fog in many places, with dense fog covering isolated parts of...

08-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Delhi is gas chamber, authorities scramble to combat pollution

Delhi and its suburbs turned into a virtual gas chamber on Wednesday with dense haze and toxic air enveloping the region, forcing authorities in the capital to shut schools and colleges till Monday, ban entry of trucks, halt all civil construction work and...

08-Nov-2017 Shimla

Himachal's 68 Assembly seats to go to polls on Thursday

Sixty-eight Assembly seats will on Thursday go to the polls in a single phase in Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh, where the BJP is determined to take power. Officials said everything was in place for a smooth conduct of the polling in 7,525 booths.A total of 50.25...

08-Nov-2017 Madurai

M.K. Stalin scotches speculation on DMK tying up with BJP

Scotching speculation that DMK was getting close to BJP, M.K. Stalin on Wednesday said the "dream" of some people of such a possibility cannot be realised and warned the Modi government that DMK will not be cowed down by any threats in its opposition to the Centre...

08-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Delhi schools, colleges to shut till Sunday due to pollution

 All schools and colleges in Delhi will remain shut till Sunday due to alarming levels of pollution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday."Delhi's air quality is getting worse. In this situation, there can be no compromise on children's...

08-Nov-2017

The Qatar experience and lessons for India

The world is changing. Sport is a strong vehicle of change. And one of the best examples of this phenomenon is Qatar, which is on the fast track of modernisation and transformation ever since it clinched the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This is...

08-Nov-2017

Deja vu at Bonn climate conference

The déjà vu moments at international climate meetings are coming more frequently than before. But these moments are important for the world community simply because they serve as a reminder of a grave future.The frequency of such moments is also giving rise...

08-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Dense fog covers Delhi on Wednesday

 A dense fog covered the national capital on Wednesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 14 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. Visibility stood at 300 metres."There was moderate to dense fog in the morning. The sky will remain mainly clear ahead,"...

07-Nov-2017 New Delhi

With air pollution in mind, Delhi residents suggest host of remedies

With air quality in the Delhi-National Capital Region remaining a cause of worry for both authorities and its residents, the latter on Tuesday stressed the need for immediate steps to redress the situation and offered varied suggestions."This morning, visibility...

07-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Smog in NCR: CISF issues 15,000 masks to personnel

With air quality deteriorating, the CISF on Tuesday ordered over 15,000 masks for its personnel deployed at IGI Airport, Delhi Metro and other government installations in Delhi and NCR region and said they would be provided prompt medical assistance in case...

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