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22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

'Need to work together for peace in region', Modi tells Imran

Following weeks of heightened tension between India and Pakistan triggered by the Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan that it was time for people of the subcontinent to work together "for a peaceful...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Opposition habitat of terror apologists : Narendra Modi

In a sharp attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the opposition of insulting defence forces and being the "natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners" of the country's armed forces.His statement came in response to Congress President...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress separating terror from Pakistan: Sambit Patra

The BJP on Friday accused the Congress of attempting to "separate terror from Pakistan" and said that while on one hand it blamed the Narendra Modi government for the air strikes in Pakistan, on the other, it was handing out a clean chit to Islamabad."Shame...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

India won't play on backfoot against terror : Arun Jaitly

Finance Minister Arun Jaitly on Friday attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his chief advisor Sam Pitroda's remarks on the Pulwama attack and said if the 'guru' (teacher) has such thinking, then one can imagine how his student would be.He said the fight...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Do a surgical strike on Congress culture : Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Friday hit out at the Congress over Sam Pitroda's remarks on the Pulwama terror attack and urged the voters to do a surgical strike in the Lok Sabha polls against "Congress culture"."Difference between the opposition and BJP is...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Ex-Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Friday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.On the occasion, Gambhir, 37, thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for giving him an...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Syed Ali Geelani penalised Rs 14.40 lakh under FEMA

Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir's merger with Pakistan, has been penalised Rs 14.40 lakh under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) for illegally possessing foreign exchange of US$ 10,000 and Indian currency...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

BJP drops two union ministers in first LS list

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has denied tickets to two Union Ministers Krishna Raj and Vishnu Deo Sai in the first list it has released of 184 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Krishna...

22-Mar-2019 Tirupati

Two former TTD chairman battling for prestigious Tirupati seat

Elections in Tirupati always evoke keen interest among political parties in Andhra Pradesh as the leaders feel privileged to represent the constituency for its religious significance.Both the Tirupati Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies are considered prestigious.There...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Smriti Irani vs Rahul Gandhi in high profile Amethi

Union Minister Smriti Irani, who challenged Rahul Gandhi in his Amethi bastion in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, will again take on the Congress President from the high profile parliamentary constituency in the upcoming general elections.In the last Lok Sabha...

22-Mar-2019 New Delhi

'Yeddy Diaries': Congress demands Lokpal probe

Days ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a political controversy erupted on Friday after a media report titled 'The Yeddy Diaries' published by news magazine 'The Caravan' alleged that former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa paid Rs 1,800 crore to some...

21-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Narendra Modi stays with Varanasi, Shah's LS bid from Gandhinagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fight again from his Varanasi constituency while BJP President Amit Shah will make his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar, BJP leader J.P. Nadda announced on Thursday.The Gandhinagar seat is currently held by veteran...

21-Mar-2019 New Delhi

One's presence is felt by the work she does : Nimrat Kaur

Having successfully maintained a balance between her work internationally and in the Hindi film industry, actress Nimrat Kaur believes that one's presence is felt by the work he/she does and the statement it makes.Nimrat rose to fame with her performance in...

21-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Bollywood films are patriarchal: Soundarya Sharma

Actress Soundarya Sharma says Bollywood films are patriarchal but times are changing as women-centric films are now taking over.Talking about films being male dominated, Soundarya told IANS here: "Of course, yes. I have only done one film. In my movie, I was...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Narendra Modi harps on 'Mai Bhi Chowkidar, flays Rahul

In a veiled attack on opposition parties for raising questions over the Indian Air Force's (IAF) targeted strike against terrorists in Balakot, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday the attack took place in Pakistan but the trouble was felt in...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Mayawati not to fight LS poll but open to role at Centre

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced that she will not contest Lok Sabha elections so as to be able to campaign effectively across the country but also indicated that her decision did not mean she was ruling herself out of the post-poll...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

'Chowkidar Chor Hai' slogan defamed watchmen : Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his "Chowkidar Chor Hai" (watchman is the thief) jibe, saying some people in the last few months have run a disinformation campaign against "chowkidars" (watchmen) for...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Dynastic politics destroyed institutions : Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress for its "dynastic politics" and said its biggest casualty are the institutions.Addressing voters in his blog post, Modi urged them to remember the Congress' past when they vote -- "how one family's...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

2019 polls most crucial since Independence : Sitaram Yechury

India is facing the "most crucial" elections after Independence where the criterion for deciding whom to vote for will not be the government's mere performance, but the fact that our secular democracy is in peril and has to be saved, said CPI-M General Secretary...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Why is Modi bailing out Jet Airways, asks Congress

The Congress on Wednesday questioned the Modi government's proposal to bail out Jet Airways which has registered over Rs 7,000 crore losses, and demanded to know if every private firm will be bailed out at the cost of the public exchequer."Reports in public...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Political campaign spends on social media a mystery

Despite all the efforts put in place by social media companies to show who is paying for the political advertisements on their platforms, the users may not know the actual amount spent to run political campaigns on these websites.Facebook has a searchable database...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress believes it has no chance in 2019 : Saurabh Bharadwaj

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi was not keen on seat sharing in different states in 2019 as he believes that he has no chances of winning the Lok Sabha battle and was eyeing the 2024 elections."RG (Rahul Gandhi)...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Priyanka Gandhi practices Buddhist meditation

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, whose visit to the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple near Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh was marred by pro-Modi slogans raised by BJP supporters, believes in spiritual self-discovery and has practised meditation.Gandhi, on a boat...

20-Mar-2019 London/New Delhi

Nirav Modi held in London, in police custody

Fourteen months after he fled India, fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has been arrested in London in connection with a Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case and was sent to police custody till March 29 after being denied bail.The 48-year-old businessman was arrested...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

CBI arrests AAI Executive Director for taking bribe

The CBI on Wednesday arrested an Executive Director of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for accepting Rs 4 lakh as bribe from Bright Shine Services, a Chennai-based airport ground handling firm.Ravichandran, who was caught red-handed here, has been booked...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

ECI convenes meeting with Social Media Platforms

Election Commission of India today had in-depth interactive session with representatives of various Social Media Platforms and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on the usage of Social Media ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.In his opening remarks,...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Sangh backs pivot Modi to return to power

In the face of an increasingly hostile Rahul Gandhi, the RSS continues to bank on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pivot to stay in power for the next five years. With Modi remaining BJP's single biggest vote catcher, it is an unequivocal thumbs-up for...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Do the facts add up to Yogi Adityanath's claims?

In the last two years, there has been "no communal incident," in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told reporters on Tuesday on completing two years office.Reality:The Home Minister told Parliament on March 13, 2018 that the rise in communal...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress suffering from inflated arrogance : Gopal Rai

Accusing the Congress of suffering from "ego" issues and "inflated arrogance", Delhi's ruling AAP on Tuesday it will not waste any more time to sew an alliance with the grand old party.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gopal Rai told the media that the Congress was...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress faces alliance troubles

The Congress appears to be caught between its goal of defeating the ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha elections and expanding its own base in various states, leading to its failure to seal crucial alliances including in Bihar.The Congress has also fielded candidates...

18-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress restores poll coordination panel in Haryana

The Congress on Monday reinstated its election coordination committee for Haryana, days after it was withdrawn shortly after being made public."The cause wasn't that big. It was a small one," senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is in charge of the...

18-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Officer Trainees of IAAS and Roads call on the President

Separate groups of officer trainees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) and the Central Engineering Services (Roads) together called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, today (March 18, 2019) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Addressing the officer...

18-Mar-2019 New Delhi

142 percent jump in assets of 153 MPs - 2009 to 2014

The average assets of 153 MPs who were re-elected in 2014 grew by 142 percent, averaging Rs 13.32 crore per MP, with Shatrughan Sinha, Pinaki Mishra and Supriya Sule sharing the top honours.According to Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms...

18-Mar-2019 New Delhi

WhatsApp, NASSCOM to impart digital literacy

In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training.As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false...

17-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Chowkidar Narendra Modi, PM flaunts prefix

A day after launching the "Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)" campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to "Chowkidar Narendra Modi".Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah...

17-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Abusiveness in Congress DNA, shows frustration : Prakash Javadekar

BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Sunday accused the Congress of vitiating civil discourse by continuously using foul language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said such abusiveness was in the party's DNA."They (Congress) using words like 'khoon ki...

17-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Priyanka Gandhi assures transformation of UP politics

Ahead of her Ganga boat ride from Prayagraj to Varanasi, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday assured the people of transforming politics in Uttar Pradesh. In an open letter, Gandhi talked about her old ties with Uttar Pradesh and asserted...

17-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Don't have vision to be director: Swara Bhasker

Actress Swara Bhasker, who is set to try her hand at producing films, says she does not want to direct movies as she does not have the skill or vision of a director."I don't think I have the skill or vision to be a director. I am very much an actor and I am...

17-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Sidharth is fun to work with : Rakul Preet Singh

Actress Rakul Preet Singh, who will share screen space with actor Sidharth Malhotra once again, says it's fun to work him.The two will feature in the upcoming film "Marjaavaan". They had earlier worked together in the 2018 action-thriller film "Aiyaary"."It...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Cong seals poll pact with Apna Dal faction

The Congress on Saturday sealed an alliance with the Krishna Patel-led faction of the Apna Dal in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections, a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finalised a seat sharing deal with the Apna Dal (Sone Lal), the other...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Ram Nath Kovind presents Padma awards to 54 personalities

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the Padma awards to 54 noted personalities, including scientist S. Nambi Narayanan and actor Manoj Bajpayee.112 personalities were announced for this year's Padma awards on the eve of Republic Day and 47 dignitaries...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Is the opposition losing its way?

The political edge which the national opposition appeared to have gained as a result of its successes in three recent Assembly elections and in several by-elections before that has undoubtedly dissipated.It isn't only Surgical Strike 2.0 which has robbed...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

The return of the Brahmin?

In 1996 my book "The Last Brahmin Prime Minister" was on the stands. The title was so controversial that friends like Dilip Padgaonkar stopped talking to me - but only for a short while. He was too dear a friend.And now that my mind is working in the reverse...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Narendra Modi launches 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign

Gearing up for the coming Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign, calling everyone who were fighting corruption, social evils and working hard for the progress of India, as watchmen."Your Chowkidar...

15-Mar-2019 New Delhi

No room for authoritarianism in India : Manmohan Singh

Delivering a lecture here on Friday, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that in a democratic country like India, there is no room for authoritarianism and advised the leaders to "temper the harshness of change".Singh was addressing a gathering of business...

15-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Police working like goons in Delhi : Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday accused the Delhi Police of being influenced by the BJP and working like "goons" after he met the Election Commission to lodge a complaint against the police for harassing the call centre employees hired...

15-Mar-2019 New Delhi

EC said it will remove PM's hoardings : Congress

The Congress on Friday said the Election Commission (EC) has issued directions for the removal of hoardings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from railway stations, airports and petrol pumps, which were put up after the implementation of the Model Code of...

15-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Nehru's mistakes became cancer for India : Amit Shah

With Rahul Gandhi blaming the BJP for the release of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar during the earlier National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday hit back saying before making such "insensitive remarks", the Congress...

15-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Centre slept while Nirav Modi globe-trotted: Pawan Khera

The Congress on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of having "slept and snoozed" while fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi set up a diamond business in London after fleeing the country with the support of a firm linked to the Panama Papers.It asked...

15-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Four foreigners held with Rs 10 crore heroin

Three Afghan nationals and a Nigerian, members of an international drug syndicate, were arrested with over 2 kg heroin worth Rs 10 crore, a police officer said on Friday.The accused smuggled the drug into India after swallowing heroin-filled capsules to dodge...

14-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress scores self goal over MPLAD charges : Smriti Irani

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani termed allegations levelled against her by the Congress of violating the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund rules as a self-goal and accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of committing a financial...

14-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Can social media tame fake news?

Major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are aware of the damage fake news can cause to the election process in India. But none has one simple solution to eliminate the impact that misinformation can have on millions of voters.After facing flak...

14-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Nehru committed original mistake on China : Arun Jaitley

Under attack from the Congress for its failure to yet again designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the government fielded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for its defence who alleged that the original mistake, not only on Kashmir but also on...

14-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress blames Modi for China's veto on Masood

The Congress on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modis foreign policy vis-a-vis China yet again blocking the bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.With China for the fourth time...

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