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22-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Saw AAP MLAs 'assaulting' Chief Secretary, CM's advisor tells police

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's adviser V.K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal "physically assaulting" Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain's statement recorded by the Delhi Police.The...

22-Feb-2018 New Delhi

AIUDF, civil society slam Army chief for questioning party's rise

A day after Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat attributed the rise of Assam-based political party AIUDF to illegal immigration from Bangladesh, the party on Thursday hit back saying his remarks were "political" and "uncalled for".The All India United...

22-Feb-2018 Toronto

'Canadian PM, politicians must not attend events glorifying militants'

Reacting to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's assurance to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to curb Sikh separatists in Canada, former Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh has said politicians in this country have failed to appreciate India's deep sensitivities...

20-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Another controversy: Delhi CS, AAP trade accusations on assault

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on Tuesday alleged that he was hit by two AAP MLAs in a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, triggering a major row that also saw the manhandling of Environment Minister Imran Hussain and another AAP leader...

20-Feb-2018 New Delhi

AAP MLAs hit me in front of Kejriwal : Anshu Prakash

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on Tuesday alleged that he was hit by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and another party MLA, who he can identify, in front of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at CM's residence on Monday night.However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) denied...

20-Feb-2018 Toronto

Khalistan issue has derailed focus of Trudeau's visit : Herb Dhaliwal

Canadas first Cabinet minister of Indian origin, Herb Dhaliwal, says the focus of the on-going visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India has been derailed by the Khalistan issue."It is very unfortunate that the media in India has overblown this Khalistan...

20-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Digital economy cannot be forced on people: Former minister Pallam Raju

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has "twisted" some of the things in the digital revolution, such as "forcing digital transactions" on people and insisting on linking Aadhaar with everything, says M.M. Pallam Raju, a minister in the earlier Congress-led...

19-Feb-2018

India's Sri Lanka challenge

My wife and I recently visited Sri Lanka on a holiday with friends. For both of us, it was the first visit after almost 15 years. At that time, the idyllic island country was caught up in a deadly civil war that claimed countless lives and devastated the...

17-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Did PNB fraud continue after retirement of so-called 'main culprit'?

Did the fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB) continue even after the "main culprit", named by the bank, retired?It would seem so from the details provided by PNB to the investigative agency on the basis of which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed...

17-Feb-2018

Hashimpura, Srebrenica and Rohingyas : Similar and so different

Incidents, similar in their chilling monstrosity, came to mind when I saw photographs of a row of Rohingya Muslim young men, on their knees, hands tied behind their back. Gun-wielding military police, lurking within the frame, eventually mowed them down.This is...

16-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Modi hosted 'Mehul Bhai' of banking fraud at his official residence

In the midst of a raging controversy over the Rs.11,500 banking scam, a video has surfaced of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosting fugitive Gujarati jeweller Mehul Choksi at his official residence in 2015.The video clip put out by online newsportal GoNews...

16-Feb-2018

'It all began with that dinner where the milk played truant'

I had admired K.R. Meera's extraordinary talent as a writer -- the mesmerising wordplay and magical imagination -- long before I became her translator. In my wordpress blog, I often translate Malayalam poetry and post articles about literature. By a serendipitous...

15-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Dip in food, fuel prices eases January's WPI inflation

A dip in food and fuel prices decelerated the rise in India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 2.84 per cent in January, official data showed on Thursday.The data on wholesale price index (WPI) furnished by the Ministry of Commerce...

13-Feb-2018 Chandigarh/Amritsar

Gurdwaras feel the GST pinch in serving free langars

The popular community kitchen -- better known as the "langar" -- of gurdwaras in northern India is feeling the pinch of the GST regime that came into force seven months ago.The cash-rich Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages gurdwaras,...

13-Feb-2018 Jammu

J&K's PDP-BJP alliance becoming increasingly untenable

As security forces battled militants in both Srinagar and Jammu, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that a dialogue between India and Pakistan still remained the only way out for lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). While her ruling alliance...

13-Feb-2018

India should tap EU, East Asia to overcome 'late convergence stall'

The usual brouhaha around the Budget strips the Economic Survey of the attention it deserves. The Survey document, especially since Arvind Subramanian has taken over as the Chief Economic Advisor, has consistently pushed the envelope on economic thinking,...

12-Feb-2018 New Delhi

January inflation eases to 5.07%, December IIP lower at 7.1%

A slight easing of food prices helped lower India's retail inflation in January to 5.07 per cent even as factory production growth slowed somewhat in December to 7.1 per cent, according to official data on Monday.India Inc lauded the continuing high single-digit...

10-Feb-2018 New Delhi

SHe box receives 77 complaints of sexual harassment at work places

The government-run Sexual Harassment Electronic box (SHe-Box) has received 34 complaints from various ministries, 19 from various states, and 25 from private organisations since the online portal was launched seven months ago. The maximum number of grievances...

09-Feb-2018 Hyderabad

Muslim Board rules out compromise on Babri Masjid

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the apex body of Indian Muslims, on Friday ruled out any compromise on Babri Masjid, rejecting a proposal by one of its members Maulana Salman Nadvi reportedly supporting construction of Ram temple at the...

08-Feb-2018 Jaipur

History shouldn't be tampered with : Pratibha Patil

Former President Pratibha Patil on Thursday said there should not have been any tampering with the history of queen Padmavati, as she represented the honour of the entire women's community.Speaking to the media here during her visit to the city, Patil said...

08-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Barricade wire snuffs out biker's life, seven policemen suspended

In a freak accident, a biker was killed early on Thursday when his neck was fatally slashed by a wire tied at a police roadblock in west Delhi, following which an Inspector was transferred to the police lines and seven others suspended, police said.Abhishek,...

08-Feb-2018 Male/New Delhi

Amid India snub, Maldives sends envoys to China, Saudi and Pakistan

Maldives' embattled President Abdulla Yameen, under global scrutiny, sent envoys to "friendly" China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them about the political crisis in his Indian Ocean atoll nation as India politely declined to host his Foreign Minister.A...

08-Feb-2018 Patna (Bihar)

RJD questions Nitish's silence over Giriraj

The RJD on Thursday questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy about their silence on a land-grab case in which Union Minister Giriraj Singh has been named as one of the accused.A day after the case was lodged against Singh in Danapur police...

07-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Narendra Modi takes dig at Renuka for her laughter, she hits back

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at Congress member Renuka Chowdhury over her loud laughter at his claim that the idea of Aadhaar was conceptualised during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government."Chairman sir, don't stop Renukaji. Ever since...

07-Feb-2018 Panaji

Opposition demands Parrikar's resignation over mining irregularities

The Opposition in Goa has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, holding him squarely responsible for the events leading up to Wednesday's cancellation of 88 renewed mining leases, which virtually brings all iron ore extraction in the...

07-Feb-2018 Washington

SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket

SpaceX successfully launched the worlds most powerful rocket, a towering behemoth known as the Falcon Heavy that tore through the sky with the thundering force of 18 Boeing 747 jetliners.Lifting off at 3.45 p.m., on Tuesday from the same launch-pad that sent...

06-Feb-2018 Mumbai

Rajasthan teen Gaurvi sets new swimming record off Mumbai

Gaurvi Singhvi, a 14-year old schoolgirl from Rajasthan's Udaipur, on Tuesday created a new national record by swimming 48 km in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai.Gaurvi jumped into the waters near Khar-Danda around 3.30 a.m. and completed the tiring swim to Gateway...

06-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Two tumours weighing over 1 kg each removed from Tanzanian patient

Doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SRGH) here have removed two tumours -- both weighing over 1 kg each -- from a patient from Tanzania, doctors treating him said.Omar Salim, 32, was admitted to the SRGH in October 2017 with complaints of a large mass in...

06-Feb-2018 Agartala

Campaigning for Feb 18 Tripura assembly polls gains momentum

With assembly polls in Left-ruled Tripura less than two weeks away, the high-pitch campaigning is set to gain further momentum as top leaders are scheduled to come to canvass for their parties.Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Tripura unit spokesman Mrinal Kanti...

06-Feb-2018 New Delhi

1 lakh Income Tax notices sent to Bitcoin investors

The Indian Income Tax Department has issued about one lakh notices to people who have invested in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin without declaring these in their income tax returns, a top official said on Tuesday.The revelation by Central Board of Direct...

05-Feb-2018 Pune

My academic career ruined, laments Pune girl labeled 'IS human bomb'

The Pune teenager who was labeled as an "IS suicide bomber"by the Jammu & Kashmir Police last month but exonerated after extensive questioning by police and intelligence agencies, on Monday lamented that her academic career had been ruined by the misleading...

05-Feb-2018 Ranchi

Sharad Yadav meets Lalu in jail, advocates opposition unity

Sharad Yadav, ousted from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), on Monday met RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the Birsa Munda Central Jail here and discussed the current political scenario and pushed for unity among the opposition parties.Sharad Yadav, who arrived in Ranchi...

05-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Congress, BJP ask Left leader to quit after son's Dubai legal trouble

In the wake of Kerala CPI-M State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's elder son Binoy Balakrishnan's legal troubles in Dubai, the state units of the opposition Congress and the BJP asked the veteran politician to quit public life.On Monday, the CPI-M veteran's...

05-Feb-2018 Hyderabad

Muslim Board to decide strategy on triple talaq at Hyderabad meet

With the Narendra Modi government determined to go ahead with the passage of triple talaq bill in Parliament, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will decide its future course of action on the issue at its crucial meeting here this week.The three-day-long...

04-Feb-2018 Chandigarh

Trudeau's Amritsar visit -- will Amarinder play host?

With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's scheduled visit to the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in Punjab just over a fortnight away, it is still not clear whether Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will play host to the visiting dignitary or not.Trudeau...

03-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Delhi shops to reopen on Sunday after 48-hour shutdown

Shops in the city will reopen on Sunday after a two-day shutdown headed by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) as a protest against the ongoing sealing drive.While on Friday, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had approved proposed amendments to the...

02-Feb-2018 Surajkund (Haryana)

Haryana, UP sign agreement for reciprocal state transport services

In a step to strengthen transport facilities in both states and their connectivity, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on Friday signed a Reciprocal Transport Agreement, an official said.The agreement, signed at the inauguration day of the 32nd Surajkund International...

01-Feb-2018 Bangalore

Health insurance cover big takeaway in Budget : Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Terming the Union Budget for 2018-19 as exhaustive and comprehensive, Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw saod on Thursday one of the big takeaways was the health insurance scheme for about 50-crore people in the country."The Budget talks about covering half...

31-Jan-2018 New Delhi/Bengaluru

Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' leaves millions awestruck in India

The much awaited "Supermoon" became visible in India a little later than expected on Wednesday but when it did, millions of stargazers across the country relished the rare celestial triple delight with a sense of awe.The January 31 sighting of a "Blue Moon"...

29-Jan-2018 Agra

Python, crocodile rescued in Agra

A 12-foot-long python and a seven-foot-long crocodile were rescued by experts of the Wildlife SOS from different areas in Agra district, an official said on Monday.The python, rescued on Sunday, was under treatment for a deep wound on its belly. Dr Ilayaraja,...

29-Jan-2018 Washington

Method in his madness : Donald Trump is having his way on most issues

His supporters may be a "basket of deplorables", as presidential rival Hillary Clinton suggested on the campaign trail, but Donald Trump is no basket case as his detractors have insinuated.Twitter-thumb Trump may well be the most obnoxious egomaniac to ever...

26-Jan-2018 Chandigarh

Now Congress gets a taste of the maverick Navjot Singh Sidhu

The Indian cricket team has lived through it, the BJP has experienced it for over a decade, the Shiromani Akali Dal was for long a target and even the AAP got a taste of it. Now, it is Punjab's Congress party which is bearing the brunt of his idiosyncrasies.Cabinet...

26-Jan-2018 Shillong

Hold steadfastly to ideals of democracy: Meghalaya Governor at R-Day

Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad on Friday unfurled the Tricolour at the Republic Day function here and appealed to people of the state to hold steadfastly to the ideals of democracy."A resilient, hard working and peace loving population has always been the strength...

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