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19-Jan-2017 New Delhi

COAS Felicitates National Bravery Awardees

General Bipin Rawat, COAS, felicitated the awardees of National Bravery Award for year 2016 at South Block today.The awardees included 25 children (11 girls and 14 boys including 4 posthumous awardees) from states across the country. The awardees were involved...

19-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Demonetisation : Nepal central bank in touch with RBI

Following the Indian government's demonetisation move, Nepal's central bank has been in touch with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for collection and deposit of old series Indian banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, a senior official said on Thursday."The Nepal Rastra...

19-Jan-2017 New Delhi

'Pop' goes the gourmet popcorn

Hot and fresh popcorns from hawkers has been a simple joy that people of all demographics have enjoyed for years altogether. In cinema halls, the butter-salt variety became a staple. But the popularity of gourmet popcorns -- picture Sweet ‘n Spicy Golden...

19-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Urjit Patel asks staff to 'zealously guard' RBI reputation

Following deep concern expressed by RBI employee unions over alleged government interference in the affairs of the central bank and opposition protests on the issue earlier this week, RBI Governor Urjit Patel has asked staff members to "zealously guard" the integrity...

19-Jan-2017

Lifting the veil over BJP's digital army

"Why does the PM of India alone among world leaders follow some of his country's worst online abusers?" Journalist Swati Chaturvedi asks this damning question and goes to answer it in an explosive expose of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) secret...

18-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Congress demands RBI Governor's resignation, gheraos RBI offices

The Congress on Wednesday held nation-wide protests against "poor implementation" of demonetisation and gheraoed RBI offices in different state capitals demanding restoration of the apex bank's autonomy and resignation of RBI Governor Urjit Patel.In Mumbai,...

18-Jan-2017 Mumbai/Nagpur (Maharashtra)

Congress protest note ban outside RBI office, demand governor quit

Staging a vociferous countrywide protests against demonetisation on Wednesday, the Congress demanded the resignation of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel even as police baton-charged them in Nagpur.Leading a protest march to the RBI headquarters...

18-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Congress workers gherao RBI office to protest demonetisation

Hundreds of Congress party protesters gheraoed the RBI office here on Wednesday with slogans denouncing demonetisation and the Centre's role in "destruction of the RBI's autonomy".The agitators vented their anger against the BJP-led government for "expropriation...

18-Jan-2017 Bhubaneswar

Demonetisation hits Odisha's revenues, likely to impact budge

Even as the Odisha government has started the consultation process for preparing the budget for fiscal 2017-18 beginning April 1, the impact of demonetisation on revenues and slowed economic activities are likely to make the task difficult.Take the collection...

18-Jan-2017

Demonetisation effect : Too many vegetables, too little money

Sunil Kumar, a 31-year-old farmer in Tondala village, Kolar district, 85 km east of Bengaluru, lost Rs 300,000 in November when tomato prices crashed due to the demonetisation earlier that month and the excess supply of vegetables.Kumar, who cultivates tomatoes...

17-Jan-2017

The brothers who failed the West in Afghanistan?

What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's pre-eminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted both the World Wars combined?...

16-Jan-2017 New Delhi

SC notice on plea for privacy regulations on WhatsApp, Facebook

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the central government's response on a plea seeking to put in place regulation to protect the privacy of the messages of WhatsApp and Facebook users.The court also issued notices to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India...

16-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Navy chief reviews 'Guard of Honour' by NCC cadets

Navy chief Sunil Lanba on Monday visited the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Camp here and reviewed a 'Guard of Honour' presented by the cadets in the run-up to Republic Day.Admiral Lanba reviewed the ceremony presented by the cadets drawn from all the three wings...

16-Jan-2017

A destructive demoness from the Ramayana or tormented woman?

Like the space-time it is set in, Hindu mythology too seems to trace a circular course -- in fiction. Its once unmitigated villains are being re-evaluated, their motives and actions re-assessed, and epics retold from their perspective. But while the great...

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Indian Army chief warns Pakistan

Warning Pakistan but without naming it, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Sunday that India desired peace but will give a befitting reply if peace was disrupted.Speaking at the Army Day function here, he also warned soldiers against using social media for...

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Don't air grievances on social media : Army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday told soldiers not to air their grievances through social media.Addressing the Army Day function, he said: "A few colleagues are using social media to share their problems. It affects the morale of the jawans and thereby...

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Army chief warns of 'power display' if peace disrupted

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday said India will display its power if peace on the border was disrupted.Speaking on the occasion of Army Day, he also called for the three services to work together to face future challenges."We want peace on the border....

15-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Demonetisation fallout : ATM makers get a big boost in new orders

The government's November 8move last year to demonetise higher-denomination currencies was said to be aimed at tackling the issues of black money and counterfeit notes. But it has also uncovered the skewed ratio of ATM machines, as compared to the population,...

15-Jan-2017

The US statesman who out-argued the Devil and his curious career

Among the outstanding American statesmen (and one stateswoman) to never become President, Daniel Webster never let ambition, pride or popularity deflect him from his inalienable political principle: his country's preservation, even by tactical compromises...

14-Jan-2017 Srinagar

Road Safety Week: RTO holds blood donation camp

In addition to general awareness regarding road safety, a blood donation camp was organized by Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir here today as a part of ongoing 28th Road Safety Week. The camp was held at Parimpora Srinagar with the support of CMO Srinagar,...

14-Jan-2017

Karan Johar's memoir lays bare all, reflects Bollywood's ambiguity

This much-anticipated memoir of filmmaker Karan Johar has been creating waves on social media after chapters describing his fallout with actress Kajol were leaked on Twitter -- and for candid talk about his sexual orientation.But contrary to the initial reports...

14-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Less demand for regional language books at World Book Fair

The 44th edition of the World Book Fair might be seeing a good number of footfalls but stalls catering to regional languages are not getting sufficient visitors readers this year.Regional publishers said that because of the lack of readership, many of them...

14-Jan-2017 New Delhi

RBI's own figures indicate return of 15 lakh crore of banned notes

Despite the Reserve Bank of India dismissing reports that suggested 97 per cent of the demonetised currency had returned to the bank's coffers by December 30, its own weekly figures on "currency in circulation" indicate that this number is correct.These figures,...

13-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand is new Army Vice Chief

LT. General Sarath Chand on Friday took office as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, an official said.Before this posting as the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCoAS), the General was commanding South Western Command.He will be filling the Vice Chief's post vacated...

13-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Will look into grievances of Lt. Gen. Bakshi : Army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said he will look into the grievances of Lt. General Praveen Bakshi, the Eastern Army Commander who was superseded when Rawat became the Army chief.Bakshi, in his address to soldiers on New Year's Eve, had said there...

13-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Need to make situation in J&K normal : Army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir should return to normalcy as it was before the advent of militancy.Addressing a press conference ahead of Army Day, Rawat said 'indoctrination' of the youth was taking place...

12-Jan-2017 New Delhi

India's factory output up at 5.7%, retail inflation falls to 3.41%

India's factory output rose 5.7 per cent in November, the first month of the government's demonetisation drive, while retail inflation declined to 3.41 per cent in December from 3.63 per cent in the month before, official data showed on Thursday. Welcoming the...

12-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Book on Swami Vivekananda launched

Remembering Swami Vivekananda on his 154th birth anniversary, a book titled "Himalaya Mein Vivekananda" written by former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was launched here on Thursday.The book launch at the ongoing World Book Fair was attended by Haryana...

12-Jan-2017 Guwahati

Rs 9 lakh cr already back in system post demonetisation: SBI chairman

State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya on Thursday said that about Rs 9 lakh crore of close to Rs. 13 lakh crore, which was out of the economic system, has already come back post demonetisation."Much of the money that was in system has come...

12-Jan-2017 New Delhi

India successfully test-fires Guided Pinaka rocket

India on Thursday successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman S. Christopher congratulated...

12-Jan-2017 New Delhi

IAF chief flies Mig-21 fighter jet

Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa on Thursday flew solo in a Mig-21 fighter jet, the oldest fighter aircraft in the IAF's inventory, a defence statement said.Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa flew the Mig-21 Type 96 aircraft from the IAF base at...

12-Jan-2017

Relatively simple: The equation that explains our complex world

For what is the most famous and significant scientific equation ever, E=mc2 (c squared) appears rather simple. But in its five characters -- three letters representing significant physical forces or states, a number and a symbol, is the basic blueprint of...

11-Jan-2017 New Delhi

PM's 'Mann Ki Baat' now a book

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' can now also be read as author Rajeev Gupta has compiled all his speeches in a single book titled "Pradhan Mantri Ke Mann Ki Baat".The book, published by Sahitya Sanchay was launched by Union Tribal Development...

11-Jan-2017 Gandhinagar

RBI Governor runs away from reporters

RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Wednesday fled from an army of journalists waiting to question him on demonetisation.Patel was at the Mahatma Mandir, venue of the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Summit, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.A large contingent...

11-Jan-2017 Washington

Demonetisation: WB cuts Indian GDP growth for fiscal to 7%

In its first projection on India post the demonetisation of high value currency, the World Bank has lowered the country's GDP growth estimate for this fiscal to 7 per cent, from the 7.6 per cent estimate made in June last year. US firm Fitch Ratings has...

11-Jan-2017 Gandhinagar

RBI chief asks centre to drastically cut borrowings

Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel on Wednesday warned that the government's debt to GDP ratio was constraining the country's sovereign ratings and called upon the central government to work towards reducing high central and state borrowings.In his address...

11-Jan-2017 Washington

Demonetisation : WB cuts Indian GDP growth for fiscal to 7%

In its first projection on India post-demonetisation, the World Bank has lowered the country's GDP growth estimate for this fiscal to 7 per cent, from its earlier estimate of 7.6 per cent made in June last year."Growth in India is estimated to reach 7 per...

11-Jan-2017 Thiruvananthapuram

CPI-M to 'hang' Modi over failure of demonetisation

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will hold a special programme in 14 district headquarters in the state where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would face a mock trial and would be hanged.Soon after Modi announced the spiking of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes...

11-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Books for Rs 100? Head for World Book Fair, not Daryaganj

Publishing stalwarts might be drawing huge crowds at the World Book Fair, but giving them some competition are stalls and stands offering books for just Rs 100.Though stalls by Penguin, Harper Collins, Om Book Stores, Oxford are packed with readers, bookworms are...

11-Jan-2017

An 'Upanishad' on Greek mythology

The Ancient Greeks' enduring contributions to the world are the idea and practice of democracy, a system of philosophy but, above all, a colourful mythology whose influence, and reinterpretation, still permeates art, language and popular culture -- as the...

10-Jan-2017 New Delhi

On Day 2 of anti-Modi stir, Trinamool blames PM for 120 deaths

On the second day of the nationwide protest demanding ouster of the Prime Minister over demonetisation and 'vendetta politics', the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Tuesday held Narendra Modi responsible for over 120 deaths in the country due to...

10-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Note Ban: 10% currency won't come back: Niti Aayog's Debroy

While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is still reconciling the quantum of demonetised currency that has been returned to banks by the December 30, 2016 deadline, NITI Aayog Member Bibek Debroy feels about 10 per cent of such notes won't return to the system."Even...

09-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Chief of The Air Staff Visits DG NCC RD Camp-2017

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) visited the NCC Republic Day Camp 2017 at Delhi Cantt today. On arrival, the Air Chief was received by the DGNCC, Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht, VSM**.The Chief of Air Staff reviewed...

09-Jan-2017 Kolkata/New Delhi

Trinamool launches nationwide protest to seek Modi's ouster

Upping the ante against BJP-led central government over demonetisation and "vendetta politics", the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Monday launched a three-day countrywide protest demanding removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Trinamool staged...

09-Jan-2017

An Indus Valley city's end and its shadow on the present

Certain patterns of behaviour crop up regularly in the course of human history. Attempts to channel supposed power over the unseen, or even religion, to secure unquestioned authority, enrich oneself and yet crave more influence -- behaviour regularly seen down...

09-Jan-2017 Kolkata

Trinamool launches nationwide protest seeking Modi's ouster

Flaying the Centre over demonetisation, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Monday launched a three-day countrywide protest demanding removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "save the country".Terming as "flop show" Modi's November 8 decision of...

08-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Bookworms throng World Book Fair, children's book sees demand

From Jeff Kinneys Wimpy Kid series to Amar Chitra Katha, the second day of the ongoing World Book Fair saw huge demand for childrens' books from tiny book-worms who thronged the venue in large numbers.With weather remaining pleasant and not playing a spoilsport...

08-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Rs 4,807 cr black income detected, Rs 112 cr of new notes seized

Following the demonetisation of high-value currency announced on November 8, India's Income Tax Department has detected undisclosed income of over Rs 4,807 crore and seized new notes worth Rs 112 crore, an official source here said on Sunday.Since the demonetisation...

08-Jan-2017 New Delhi

It's comfort food all the way at Taj Palace's Capital Kitchen

In a city known as a gastronomical heaven with so many multi-cuisine outlets, it is difficult to find delightful fine diners hinging on the concept of comfort foods. There are a couple of them that now offer such heartening fare, and adding to the lot is...

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