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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 -...

03-Feb-2017 Agra

Six-feet-long python rescued in Agra

A six-feet-long Indian Rock Python was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from Agra Water Works along the Yamuna here on Friday.Shivamurti Garad, the safety manager of the plant, contacted the wildlife conservation NGO after workers spotted...

03-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Art as rebellion: A pictorial journey into the Bengal famine

Of Bengals 60.3 million population at the time, estimates are that between 1.5 and 4 million people died of starvation, malnutrition and disease during the famine of 1943.A "political artist" of that period covered the famine for several communist publications,...

03-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Lives of Delhi's homeless hang by a thread

Theyre here, there and everywhere and could well be dubbed a tribe even the gods have forgotten.They are the legions of Delhi's homeless, living in abject filth on roads and pavements, cooking in the open and sleeping under flyovers and overbridges.They live...

03-Feb-2017 Pune

Mother leopard reunites with cubs

A mother leopard cautiously but happily reunited with her two cubs which had been caught by farmers but later left in a field for her to spot.The Wildlife SOS and the Maharashtra Forest Department filmed the beautiful reunion in a sugarcane field near...

02-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Ideological fissures keep PDP-BJP alliance on edge

Running a coalition government with an ideologically opposed ally is an art, running it successfully would entail magic. As things stand today, it is seems Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is no magician.The adjournment sine die of both houses...

01-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Lower cash limit won't make political funding transparent: Experts

Lowering the limit for anonymous cash donations from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000 will not help bring about transparency in political funding, experts said here on Wednesday.The reactions came as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced new rules for greater...

01-Feb-2017 Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh)

In a first, greater flamingoes spotted in Himachal's Pong wetlands

More than 125,000 birds of 93 species have been spotted in Himachal Pradesh's Pong Dam wetlands. Among them, greater flamingoes, a common migratory species in India's coastal areas, have been recorded for the first time here, an official said.
A total...

31-Jan-2017 Lucknow

Shivpal to float new party after March 11

Shivpal Yadav, former President of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday threw caution to wind and vowed to form a new party after assembly election results come in on March 11.At a rally of his supporters after he filed his nomination from Jaswantnagar...

31-Jan-2017

Capital expenditure alone can't support Indian growth story

Unlike in most countries of the world, the Budget unusually holds widespread public interest in India. However, the Budget due on February 1 has an exceptionally heightened sense of anticipation -- for a variety of reasons.It is the first Budget after the culmination...

31-Jan-2017

Can Trump make the whole earth green again?

In the barrage of criticism against US President Donald Trump for his utterances on refugees and Muslims, what has been missed is that he has an "open mind" on environmental issues. He should now again see with an open heart the image of the "whole Earth"...

27-Jan-2017 New Delhi

GAAR to become applicable from 2017-18: CBDT

In a bid to bring clarity in tax rules for foreign entities in India and their transactions, the government on Friday said the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) to plug taxation loopholes, but yet recognise genuine players, will be applicable from 2017-18."Stakeholders...

26-Jan-2017

Donald Trump, riven by rage and petulance, invokes despair

If innocent souls had nurtured a sliver of hope that the evolution from campaigning to governing would even marginally transform President Donald Trump, his inaugural speech would have been the unequivocal denouement.If Trump's election campaign effectively...

25-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Priyanka Gandhi scoffs at Katiyar's 'sexist' remarks

BJP MP Vinay Katiyar on Wednesday courted controversy for his alleged sexist remarks against Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, inviting flak from her and the Congress over the comments that she said exposed the "BJP's mindset".Katiyar's comments,...

21-Jan-2017 Islamabad/Amritsar

Pakistan frees Indian soldier, family overjoyed

Pakistan on Saturday released Indian Army soldier Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had "inadvertently" crossed the LoC in September last year. Chavan was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah-Attari joint check post, a Border Security Force (BSF) official...

20-Jan-2017 Srinagar

January 21, 1990:When Indian troopers put 52 civilians to death

It was this day (January 21, 1990), twenty-seven years ago, when at least 52 Kashmiri innocent civilians were butchered by India’s Central Reserve Police Force in the heart of the Srinagar city when thousands of people took out a massive anti-India procession.Eyewitness...

18-Jan-2017

Stem cell treatment could be a proven therapy for diabetes, autism

Stem cell therapy has turned out to be a ray of hope for most patients who are trying to find a cure for incurable diseases. Researchers and experts believe India has been at the top in the development of stem cell treatment followed by several other countries...

16-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Tiger population booms in India's Terai region

Projecting a bright picture of tiger conservation, the number of big cats in the Terai region has grown significantly with at least 71 new adults roaring, say reports from the latest Phase-IV of monitoring.The highest rise so far has been recorded in Uttarakhand's...

16-Jan-2017 New Delhi

(After 12) Tiger population booms in India's Terai region

Projecting a bright picture of tiger conservation, the number of big cats in the Terai region has grown significantly with at least 71 new adults roaring, say reports from the latest Phase-IV of monitoring.The highest rise so far has been recorded in Uttarakhand's...

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Why Uber is bullish on carpooling, ride-sharing for Indian roads

Getting "more people into fewer cars" has the potential to cut congestion and, therefore, pollution in urban cities. In India, carpooling and ride-sharing can actually improve urban mobility and global online cab-hailing app Uber has hit the ground running on...

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Joy is the natural choice for every human being : Sadhguru

Who does not want joy? It is, after all, the "basic fabric" of life, the "natural choice" of every human being. And yet, it is only an "occasional visitor" in most of our lives. This is because, says world-renowned spiritual master Sadhguru, our bodies and...

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

J&K 'designpreneur' wants to style Priyanka Gandhi, Omar Abdullah

We don't need to be told we are empowered, we are born free," says a journalist-turned-designpreneur from Jammu and Kashmir who feels being a woman is her strength, is impressed by the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi dresses and wants to style politico-fashion...

14-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Khadi calendar imbroglio: Tushar Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi

The great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Tushar A. Gandhi, on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) diary-calendar controversy."PM models for polyvastra (polyesterene). Bapu (Mahatma...

13-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP blast Modi over Khadi panel calendar

The ruling ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena and the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party on Friday sharply criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the manner in which his pictures replaced Mahatma Gandhi's photos in...

11-Jan-2017 Gurugram

NRIs from Haryana: We were invited, insulted

Some Non-Resident Indian (NRIs) who attended the two-day Pravasi Haryana Divas that ended on Wednesday complained about poor arrangements by the organisers.
"The arrangements were pretty bad... We felt insulted," said one of them. The event was organised...

11-Jan-2017 Chandigarh

Shoe hurled at Badal, protestor taken into custody

A shoe was hurled at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, hitting him on the spectacles on Wednesday.The incident took place in Rattakhera village, around 250 km from here, in the 89-year-old Chief Minister's constituency Lambi while he was addressing...

11-Jan-2017 Chandigarh

Uncertainty looms as Punjab heads for triangular contests

With just over 20 days to go for crucial assembly elections in Punjab, political uncertainty looms over the frontier state on the issue of who will assume power post-March 11, once the results are declared.The reason for this is that Punjab, for the first...

10-Jan-2017 Vijayawada

Andhra capital Amaravati enters execution phase

The development of Andhra Pradesh's new capital Amaravati on the banks of the Krishna river near here has entered the execution phase -- with the focus now shifting to creating critical infrastructure.The state administration moving here from Hyderabad recently...

09-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Half a dozen rare felines seized in UP from trafficker

In a significant catch, five caracals and a leopard cat, both rare and very less sighted members of the cat family, were rescued from trafficker in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur district, forest officials said on Monday.The animals, kept in medium-sized cages,...

09-Jan-2017 Lucknow

Will SP's 'cycle' be frozen?

With both factions of the Samajwadi Party demanding the 'cycle', it increasingly appears that the election symbol of 25 long years may get frozen.Election Commission sources told IANS that it was studying the constitutional and legal position on the claims...

08-Jan-2017 New Delhi

DU official fined Rs 25K for rejecting RTI query on Modi's degree

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on Delhi University's Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) for rejecting an RTI application seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's graduation degree.The Chief Information Commission,...

07-Jan-2017

Why India might not achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets

In April 2016, Piyush Goyal, the Power and Renewable Energy Minister, reiterated that India's solar power target -- 100 GW by 2022 -- was achievable, but an IndiaSpend analysis shows that this expansion is challenged by weak infrastructure and a lack of...

07-Jan-2017

Abuse of transgender Indians begins in early childhood

From her troubled teenage years to being a social activist working for the rights of the transgender community, Sharmila (name changed to protect identity), 44, has come a long way.But the journey has not been easy. Originally from Sri Lanka, Sharmila came...

06-Jan-2017

Only 1 in 100 sexual assaults in Karnataka ends in conviction

The New Year's eve sexual attacks against female revellers in Bengaluru may have generated nationwide outrage, but most such cases end up with no punishment: No more than one in 100 cases registered in Karnataka under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code...

05-Jan-2017

Choosing the right partner to build your home

A finance executive who retires in two years is a visibly worried man. The family home in South Delhi, built in the early 1970s, is unlikely to provide all the comforts he has become accustomed to in company-provided rented apartments. He is now seriously...

05-Jan-2017

New Year resolutions doctors must stick to

It is easy to preach, hard to practise. Though, as a doctor, I pretty much practise what I preach, there are instances that knuckles me to the fact that I am still human! Nevertheless, when I had a patient recently ask if doctors resolve to beat their long...

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