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13-Feb-2017 Faridabad

31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela

The 31st International Surajkund Mela, Faridabad, Haryana has been full of colours and vibrancy of Jharkhand, the theme state of the Mela. Starting from 1st February, each day a carnival is held along the landscape of the sites promoting and propagating...

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...

13-Feb-2017 Kolkata

I stick to whatever I have said, no regrets : Dilip Ghosh

Notwithstanding the barrage of criticism he faced for his vitriolic outburst against Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, BJP West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh on Monday stuck to his stand as he yet again questioned the globally renowned economist's contribution to Indian...

13-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Shivraj Singh Chouhan predicts BJP government in UP

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that there was a wave in favor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, in wake of which "casteist forces" like the Bahujan Samaj party and the Samajwadi Party will be blown away.Talking...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Severance package to ex-CFO was 'error of judgement': R. Seshasaye

Seeking to clear the air on corporate governance issues and the massive severance package to former CFO Rajiv Bansal, Infosys Chairman R. Seshasayee assured there is "no such issue" and that the company is on "a transformation journey" from a founder-led entity...

13-Feb-2017 Taipei

At least 32 killed in Taiwan bus crash

At least 32 people were killed after a tour bus overturned on a highway in Taipei on Monday evening, according to local authorities.The bus was carrying 44 people, including the driver and a tour guide. Most of the passengers were seniors, Xinhua news agency...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

No impact of global slowdown on India : Arun Jaitely

India remained unaffected by global slowdown and the rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies, said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on Monday."Unpredictable global slowdown and the rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies have not affected...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet orders transfers, postings in civil administration

The Cabinet which me here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has ordered following transfers and postings in civil department.Mr. Bipul Pathak, IAS (JK:1992), Principal Secretary to the Government, Transport Department has been...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet orders transfers, postings in Police

The State Cabinet which me here this evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti ordered following transfers and postings in police department:Mohammad Sulaiman Salaria, IPS, IGP Railways has been transferred and posted as Director SKPA...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet approves establishment of DMOs in all Districts

The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today accorded sanction to the establishment of District Mineral Offices in all the Districts, so as to better manage and control mining activities and to check illegal and unscientific mining/exploitation/processing...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet approves promotion of IFS Officers

The Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today accorded sanction to the promotion of Chief Conservators of Forests viz Dr Mohit Gera, Dr Neelu Gera and Mr Roshan Jaggi to the post of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet approves promotion of IPS Officers

The Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today accorded sanction to the antedating of placement of Mr. Abdul Gani Mir, IPS (JK:94) in the Selection Grade of IPS  Pay Band 4: Rs. 37,400-67,000 with Grade Pay of Rs. 8700/-,...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet approves R&R Plan for PAFs of 1000MW Pakal Dul HEP

The Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today approved the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plan (R&R) for the 760 Project Affected Families (PAFs) of 1000MW Pakal Dul HEP, in District Kishtwar....

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet extends Amnesty Scheme upto 31st March, 2017

The Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today approved extension of Amnesty Scheme for Domestic Electricity Consumers, 2015 upto 31st March-2017.The extension of the scheme upto 31st March-2017, will provide an opportunity to...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Cabinet approves Jammu Master Plan – 2032

The Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today approved the Jammu Master Plan – 2032.The Jammu Master Plan-2021 currently in vogue was prepared in the year 2004, for an estimated population of 19.29 lacs covering an area of 305...

13-Feb-2017

Aspri Spirits adds Banrock Station to its Wine Portfolio

Aspri Spirits, leading importers and distributors of the finest brands in the world of Wines and Spirits launched the premium wine Banrock Station from Australia’s leading wine company Accolade wines, under its portfolio. At Banrock Station a perfect environment...

13-Feb-2017

Skillsoft Partners with IBM developerWorks

Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, has been selected as an official learning content provider for the IBM developerWorks Premium membership. IBM developerWorks Premium helps software developers advance their careers by building new skills through powerful...

13-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

Magma announces PAT of Rs 36.5 crore in Q3 FY17

Leading asset finance company, Magma Fincorp Limited announced its Q3FY 17 results today, showing a PAT of Rs 36.5 Crore for the quarter, down from Rs 52.3 crore. Company’s business during the quarter had got adversely impacted due to severe cash crunch in the...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Amitabh Bachchan respects young generation : Shoojit Sircar

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who has worked with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in films like "Piku" and "Pink", says the best thing about the megastar -- who is often childlike -- respects young talent in the movie industry a lot."Every time working with him is like...

13-Feb-2017 Saharanpur

SP battles to retain its supremacy in Phase-2 of UP polls

As the battle for ballot in Uttar Pradesh shifts to 67 second-phase seats, including those in Rohilkhand and the Terai region, much seems at stake for the Samajwadi Party (SP), which had done well in many of these constituencies in 2012 elections.This time...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Minister triggers row, says Hindu population falling in India

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday triggered a row saying the Hindu population in India was shrinking while minorities were flourishing, inviting flak from the opposition."Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

Panneerselvam attends office, Sasikala vows to win

Acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneeerselvam and AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala remained on the warpath on Monday amid speculation they will be told to prove their strength in the assembly."We have the strength to manage any number of enemies,"...

13-Feb-2017 Jerusalem

I and Trump 'see eye-to-eye' on Mideast issues : Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday before departing to Washington that he and US President Donald Trump have shared views on Middle East issues."The alliance between Israel and the US has always been very strong, and it's about to be even...

13-Feb-2017 Lahore

16 dead as blast hits Lahore protesters

At least 16 persons were killed and over 50 others, including media persons, were injured in a strong explosion near the Punjab provincial assembly here on Monday.The explosion took place at Charing Cross, Mall Road, in Lahore when a large group of chemists...

13-Feb-2017 Kolkata

Bengal to have three new districts : Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is set to formally launch Kalimpong as a new district on Tuesday, said three more districts will be created in the state in the coming days.Banerjee, who is on her second trip to the hills this year, said Burdwan...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal accuses Punjab officials of moving EVMs

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday accused officials in Punjab of trying to move EVMs from a strong room in Punjab where polling was held on February 4. Officials denied the charge."This is absolutely shocking. Punjab officials trying to remove...

13-Feb-2017 Madrid

Serena Williams leads WTA rankings

American tennis player Serena Williams led the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) world rankings on Monday for the third consecutive week.The WTA rankings top 10 did not see any changes this week as Kerber came in second with 7,115 points, followed by Czech Karolina...

13-Feb-2017 Hyderabad

Pawan Kalyan hints at alliance with AAP

In a significant development, popular Telugu actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan said he will not mind having an alliance with the Aam Admi Party (AAP).Pawan, currently on a visit to the US, said in an interview at Harvard University that like-minded...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Knowledge-based society to be order of the day : Pranab Mukherjee

Observing that the basic objective of education was not merely acquiring a job, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said knowledge-based society is going to be the order of the day.Addressing the centenary celebrations of Ramjas College at Rashtrapati Bhavan...

13-Feb-2017 Hyderabad

Our bowlers are our match winners in Test cricket : Virat Kohli

India Test cricket captain Virat Kohli on Monday heaped praise on his bowlers for pulling off a massive 208-run win against Bangladesh on a flat wicket which had little for them on offer."Credit to our bowlers, they were able to get result on this kind of...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Equities close flat ahead of macro-data release

Indian equities markets closed on a flat-to-positive note on Monday as positive global cues and inflow of foreign funds buoyed investors' sentiments.However, caution prevailed ahead of the release of key macro-economic inflation data points -- the Consumer...

13-Feb-2017 Ludhiana

30 bombs, grenades found near Ludhiana

Police on Monday recovered 30 bombs and hand grenades from an open area on the outskirts of Punjab's industrial city Ludhiana.Investigation has been launched into the recovery of the explosives from Alamgir area, about eight kilometers from Ludhiana, a police...

13-Feb-2017 Berlin

Politics of hate, division so prevalent today : Gurinder Chadha

British filmmaker of Sikh origin Gurinder Chadha finds a lot of similarities between current events like Brexit and the US President Donald Trump's election and the 1947 Partition of the Indian subcontinent. She says politics of "hate and division" is very much...

13-Feb-2017 Lakhimpur Kheri (UP)

Misdeeds of SP speak in UP, not its work : Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on the Samajwadi Party (SP) government on Monday and accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of hounding and harassing honest officials."A senior bureaucrat openly said that to become District Magistrate...

13-Feb-2017 Kolkata

Sowing increased by 7% in demonetisation period : Radha Mohan Singh

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday said sowing operations during the demonetisation period increased by seven per cent as compared to the year-ago period."During November 8 to December 30, 2016, sowing operations increased by about 7 per...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Show some decency, Uddhav Thackeray tells Narendra Modi

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show some "sabhyata" (decency), days after the latter attacked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh."The PM should show some 'sabhyata' like Manmohan Singh showed his 'sabhyata'...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

India, Japan ties rooted in history : Kiren Rijiju

Ties between India and Japan are "rooted in long history", and both share common values in terms of democracy, supremacy of law, human rights and global peace, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said here on Monday."Sixty four years have passed since both India...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

EC to file FIR against Dainik Jagran for running exit polls

The Election Commission of India on Monday directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh to file an FIR against a publication in Lucknow for running an exit poll, and has sought a report on the matter.The exit poll was conducted by Resource Development...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Demonetisation woes are back : Dilip Pandey

Most ATMs in Delhi and its adjoining areas are again cashless, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Monday, blaming the Modi government for the situation.Deomentisation woes have come back to haunt people after the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Surprise your beloved with DIY sweet delights

Forget readymade cakes and pre-packaged chocolate goodies to woo your Valentine. Get behind the kitchen counter and whip up some do-it-yourself sweet delights.Chef Gaurav Chadha, in-house Chef at Dr. Oetker FunFoods Creative Kitchen, has recommended recipes...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Varun Dhawan , Alia Bhatt have great chemistry : Sidharth Malhotra

Actor Sidharth Malhotra says his "Student Of The Year" co-stars Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan share a great chemistry in their forthcoming film "Badrinath Ki Dulhania".Asked if he liked Varun-Alia's on-screen chemistry from whatever is seen in the film's trailer,...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Killer of Indian in California arrested : Sushma Swaraj

The man who killed an Indian youth in California has been arrested, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday."I have got report from our Consulate in San Francisco. The report says Vamshi was killed by a drug addict on Friday evening at Milpitas,"...

13-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Mayawati's campaign turns a new leaf in UP

People change with times. In Uttar Pradesh, where voters are being wooed left and right, the most striking election campaign, although low profile, is of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).Raring to wrest power from arch rival Samajwadi Party (SP), the BSP has changed...

13-Feb-2017 Hyderabad

Partnership between pacers and spinners key for us : Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli has credited the partnership between his spinners and pacers for being able to conjure up wickets on a track that did not have anything to offer on the fifth day of the one-off Test match here against Bangladesh.India won by 208 runs...

13-Feb-2017 Hyderabad

India thump Bangladesh by 208 runs in one-off Test

Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up four wickets apiece as India bowled Bangladesh out for 250 in their second innings to clinch the one-off cricket Test by 208 runs here on Monday.Resuming the day at 103-3, Bangladesh lost two wickets...

13-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Kashmir shuts to mourn civilian killings

Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Monday due to a shutdown called by the joint resistance leadership against the killing of two civilians and four militants in an encounter in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.Shops and commercial establishments remained...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Molvi Imran Raza Ansari launches e-Prison Project

Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Service & Sports, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari today inaugurated maiden e-Prison Project at State Data Centre, Civil Secretariat Jammu. The project is being implemented by J&K e-Governance...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

KMD Association deputation calls on Chief Minister

A deputation of members of Kashmir Motor Drivers (KMD) Association today met the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today.The deputation brought several issues being faced by the transport industry in the State, particularly Kashmir Valley, into the notice...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

VC KU calls on Governor

Dr. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir, called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.Besides informing the Governor about the to-date status of the teaching programmes and conduct of the deferred examinations the...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

DGP Prisons calls on Governor

S.K. Mishra, DGP Prisons, called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.Mr. Mishra briefed the Governor about issues relating to the adequacy of the existing number of jails in the State, matters relating to the day to day functioning of jails...

13-Feb-2017 Udhampur

Progress of development works under MPLADS reviewed

District Development Commissioner, Udhampur Niraj Kumar today convened a meeting to review the progress registered by various departments under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) of 16th Lok Sabha.OSD to Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS in Prime...

13-Feb-2017 Baramulla

DDC Baramulla reviews progress of works in key sectors

District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, today convened a meeting to review progress of various ongoing developmental projects in the district.The meeting reviewed progress made under R&B, PHE, Health, Education, Rural Development...

13-Feb-2017 Doda

DDC reviews achievements under CAPEX budget

District Development Commissioner Doda Bhupinder Kumar today convened a meeting to review the physical and financial achievements of various departments for the year 2016-17.During the meeting detailed discussions were held on various issues related to effective...

13-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Functioning of City Traffic Police reviewed

Superintendent of Police Traffic City Srinagar today chaired a meeting to review functioning of the Department in regulating increasing rush of traffic and enforcement of traffic laws in the city.Additional SP Traffic City Srinagar, DySP Traffic City South Srinagar,...

13-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Sanitation measures, public utilities at city hospitals reviewed

Deputy Secretary in Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, Inam-ul-Haq-Siddiqui, today chaired a meeting to discuss creation of various public utilities especially for women and upkeep of sanitation measures in Government hospitals.Medical...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

DFCO seizes cigarettes without specific health warning

In continuation with the special drive to stop the sale of tobacco products without having pictorial health warning on the package as mandated under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003, a team of Food Safety Officers of Drugs and Food Control...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Scholarship sanctioned for 285 police wards

Stressing upon the wards of police personnel for getting modern education, Director General of Police (DGP), Dr S P Vaid said the proper education is the basic foundation for achieving success along their chosen career paths.Dr Vaid said this while addressing...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

Kuldeep Gupta lays foundation of Pahari boys’ hostel

Vice Chairman, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People, Kuldeep Raj Gupta today laid the foundation of Boys Hostel for Pahari speaking people at Village Keran in Bantalab being executed by PWD at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore.Speaking...

13-Feb-2017 Jammu

PAC reviews functioning of Education Deptt

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislative Assembly today asked Education Department to speed up pace of work on all ongoing and new infrastructure and allied projects for timely completion to avoid cost escalation.The PAC passed these instructions...

13-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in Kulgam firefight

Army Monday paid homage to two soldiers-Lance Naik Bhandoriya Gopal Sinh Munimsinh and Sepoy Raghubeer Singh -- who died in a gunbattle with militants in Fraesal area of Kulgam district in north Kashmir yesterday.Major General KK Pant, Chief of Staff Chinar...

13-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Kulgam Killings :Ali Muhammad Sagar demand judicial probe

Opposition National Conference Monday condemned the killing of civilians in government forces' firing in Kulgam district and blamed the PDP-led government and the Centre of "mishandling" the situation in Kashmir.Talking to reporters here in Srinagar, National Conference...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

'Newton' gives real taste of India : Rajkummar Rao

An election day in the world's largest democracy. With this story shot in the jungles of Chhattisgarh in central India, "Newton" couldn't be more Indian in its taste for movie aficionados at a gala as prestigious as the 67th Berlin International Film Festival,...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

We have strength to tackle enemies : V.K. Sasikala

Claiming majority support among AIADMK MLAs, party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala on Monday asserted that she had the strength "to manage any number of enemies".Addressing hundreds of supporters outside the Poes Garden residence of the late J. Jayalalithaa,...

13-Feb-2017 New York

Weight loss through surgery may cut diabetes risk

Losing weight through surgical approaches appears to reset chemical messages that fat cells send, substantially reducing people's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a study has found.Fat cells -- also known as adipocytes -- send messages to other cells in...

13-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Cisco launches Cloud-based secure internet gateway

Global networking giant Cisco on Monday launched "Umbrella", a Cloud-based secure internet gateway that provides visibility and protection against threats wherever users work.A secure internet gateway (SIG) provides safe access to the internet anywhere users...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Shilpa Shetty to attend women empowerment gala in US

Bollywood actress and entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra will attend a women's empowerment gala in the US.Shilpa on Monday took to Twitter, where she shared a poster of the event and also the tour dates. The actress will be starting her tour from Febuary 26, and...

13-Feb-2017 New York

Anti-infection drug may cut infertility in cancer patients

A medication that is used to prevent infections in cancer patients may also help regenerate sperm stem cells and prevent them from infertility, researchers say.Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy often kill sperm stem cells, making male reproduction...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

I made many decisions I shouldn't have : Shamita Shetty

Actress Shamita Shetty, who has had a short stint in the Hindi film industry, says she made many choices she could have avoided.Shamita's Bollywood career never took off as well as that of her sister Shilpa.Asked if she has any regrets in making some decisions...

13-Feb-2017 Imphal

Prakash Javadekar confident BJP will form ministry in Manipur

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that he was confident of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forming the next ministry in Manipur after the state assembly elections.He promised the BJP government will send the "corrupt...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

Speaking at Harvard 'unforgettable' : R. Madhavan

Actor R. Madhavan on Monday said speaking at the 14th edition of the India Conference at Harvard, one of the largest student-run conferences with a focus on India in the US, was unforgettable.Other popular Indian personalities who spoke at the conference included...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Waking up early is magical : Shraddha Kapoor

Actress Shraddha Kapoor, currently awaiting the release of "Half Girlfriend" and "Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai", believes the energy one can attain by waking up early is just "magical"."Waking up early is just magical. Love the morning energy," Shraddha tweeted...

13-Feb-2017 Hyderabad

India beat Bangladesh by 208 runs in one-off Test

India bowled Bangladesh out for 250 in their second innings to clinch the one-off cricket Test by 208 runs here on Monday.Resuming the day at 103-3, Bangladesh lost two wickets in the first session to be at 202-5. Then till the tea session, they lost the rest...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Huma Qureshi has a bright future : Shatrughan Sinha

Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has lauded the entire cast of the latest courtroom drama film "Jolly LLB 2", and says actress Huma Qureshi has a bright future.The 71-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member, however, felt that the film's music and direction...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Old is always gold: Bappi Lahiri on 'Tamma tamma'

Bappi Lahiri, the original composer of the 1990s' hit song "Tamma tamma" -- a reprised version of which has been used in upcoming comedy "Badrinath Ki Dulhania" -- says the track will always be considered special.In a video message, shared by actress Alia...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

I've luxury of healthy body, great job, amazing family : Ileana D'Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz, last seen on the big screen in Akshay Kumar-starrer "Rustom", says she is most thankful to her family for her successful life.Ileana wrote on her Instagram page on Monday: "Although work keeps me away from them, I'm thankful for a beautiful...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Theatre teaches you to take risks : Shoojit Sircar

His films are often about exploring the unexplored subjects in Hindi cinema -- and he does it with a rare ease. Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar says it is his background in theatre which has taught him how to take risks."I think there are two very crucial factors...

13-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Taapsee Pannu's sister in love with 'Running Shaadi'

Shagun Pannu saw her sister Taapsee Pannu's upcoming romantic-comedy "Running Shaadi" and fell in love with the lead characters. She is certain that audiences will also fall in love with them."Saw 'Running Shaadi' last night. Such a fun movie. Nimmi and Bharose...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

Prabhas's next a Rs 150 crore trilingual film

Actor Prabhas's next yet-untitled trilingual project, which was officially launched on Monday, will be made on a budget of Rs 150 crore, the makers said.In a statement, the makers said the film will be simultaneously made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.To be directed...

13-Feb-2017 Ranchi

Maoists kill 2 villagers in Jharkhand

At least two persons were killed and two injured when suspected Maoist guerrillas started indiscriminate firing in Jharkhand's Giridih district, the state police said on Monday.According to police sources, around 10-15 Maoist guerrillas attacked the house...

13-Feb-2017 London

Anti-ageing hormone level linked with kidney disease

Deficiency in the levels of an anti-ageing hormone may predict the risk of development of kidney disease in patients with Type 1 diabetes, as well as become a target for new treatments, a study has showed.The finding showed that patients with diabetes suffering...

13-Feb-2017 Agartala

Tripura CM asks officials to meet people, resolve problems instantly

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar asked civil service officials to meet people more often to resolve and sort out their problems, if possible on the spot."Occasionally abstaining from routine official works, you must meet more frequently with the people to...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

Suriya lends voice for 'Ghazi' for free

Actor Suriya didn't take money for lending his voice for the Tamil version of forthcoming multi-lingual war drama "Ghazi", a lesser known story about the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi submarine during the India-Pakistan 1971 war."Suriya's voice-over comes...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Hindu population falling : Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the Hindu population in India was shrinking while minorities were flourishing."Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike...

13-Feb-2017 Chennai

Amy Jackson to resume shoot for '2.o'

Actress Amy Jackson on Monday said she is set to rejoin the shoot of superstar Rajinikanth's upcoming Tamil science-fiction action-thriller "2.o", a sequel to 2010 Tamil blockbuster "Enthiran"."Thanks Kerala! Next stop Chennai for '2.o' shoot," Amy tweeted on...

13-Feb-2017 Kathua

Four killed in Jammu accident

Four bank employees were killed on Monday when their car hit a road divider and then collided with a bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district."The car went out of the driver's control and hit the divider and a speeding bus on the Jammu-Pathankot highway"...

13-Feb-2017

A soldier's account of the Sri Lanka war

This is a dense yet gripping account by a decorated Sri Lankan military officer who was in the thick of it all in the long and bloody war that led to the decimation of the LTTE.Major General Kamal Gunaratne is no ordinary soldier. An infantryman, he led the...

13-Feb-2017 New York

Tim Cook calls for crackdown on fake news

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for a crackdown on the epidemic of fake news and asked the governments to launch a public information campaign, media reports said.According to a report in Telegraph, Cook said that fake news was 'killing people's minds' and necessitates...

13-Feb-2017 New Delhi

India-born Badiani to showcase at New York Fashion Week

India-born US-based designer Premal Badiani will showcase Indian fashion at New York Fashion Week. She says it could open an avenue for Indian textile makers.Badiani's latest collection 'Root Cause' is based on soft and fluid silhouettes in warm shades of maroon....

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14-Feb-2017 Chennai

Sasikala camp elects Palanisamy new leader

AIADMK legislators backing General Secretary V.K. Sasikala and housed in a beach resort near here on Tuesday elected Edapadi K. Palanisamy as their leader of the legislature party.And in her capacity as the party chief, Sasikala sacked acting Tamil Nadu Chief...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

SkillTrain app to train 2,500 people this year

With an aim to train 2,500 people this year with its blended learning model, vocational training company SkillTrain on Tuesday launched a new mobile app.SkillTrain, a brainchild of IT services and solutions provider Mphasis and social enterprise incubator...

14-Feb-2017 Ahmedabad

Farmers clash with cops over water to Nano, auto plants in Gujarat

The industrial cluster around Tata Motors' Nano plant witnessed a major clash on Tuesday when a rally of farmers protesting against allocation of water to industries from a Narmada dam canal was dispersed by police using force.Police cane-charged the farmers...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

A 'fatty judgement' that derailed Sasikala

The Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday that crushed AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala's hopes of ruling Tamil Nadu came in a 570-page order carried in a thick sealed packet.In Room No 6 of the apex court, Justices Pinaki Chandra Bose and Amitava Roy opened...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Even an ad film is remembered for its good story : Anshuman Jha

The story of a film -- a feature project or even an ad -- must be good and engaging in order to have a shelf life, says actor-producer Anshuman Jha, whose next movie is "Mona_Darling"."One of the main elements that I focussed on was the script as I believe...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' close to my heart : Varun Dhawan

Actor Varun Dhawan who is gearing up for the release of "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", says the forthcoming film is close to his heart."'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' is going to be my first release of this year, so this one is really close to my heart," said Varun, who...

14-Feb-2017 Chennai

Post conviction, Sasikala sacks CM, 19 others

After the Supreme Court upheld her conviction for corruption, AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala on Tuesday sacked acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and 19 leaders from the party.All of them were dismissed on charges of acting against the...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

What's Adah Sharma's idea of perfect match?

Actress Adah Sharma says her Mr. Right would be a food gourmet and an animal lover, but most of all, a person who remains happy and spreads happiness."With time, my requirement of a perfect match has changed. Now I realise that I like those people who are happy...

14-Feb-2017 Islamabad

Six killed in Pakistan road accident

At least six persons were killed and over 20 injured when a bus overturned in Karachi city of Pakistan on Tuesday, the city police said.The accident took place near Sassi Toll Plaza, The News International reported.The injured have been shifted to nearby...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

RGV a big influence on me : Amit Roy

Amit Roy, whose "Running Shaadi" -- his debut movie as a director -- is releasing on Friday, says filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has had a huge influence in his life as he has worked very closely with him as a cinematographer on multiple projects.Roy has worked...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

11th Biennial Edition Aero India 2017 Takes Off at Bengaluru

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition and declared the Aero India 2017 open today at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru. This edition of Aero India, for the first time,...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Chief of Army Staff witnesses Aero India 2017, appreciates Synergy

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), witnessed the eleventh biennial edition of Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru on 14 February 2017. Aero India 2017 is being held from 14 to 18 February...

14-Feb-2017 Shahjahanpur

Demonetisation may hurt BJP in UP's Shahjahanpur

Suresh Khanna, the BJP candidate from Uttar Pradeshs Shahjahanpur, is seeking his eighth consecutive election victory in this urban constituency but the going may not be easy for him.There is an unabated resentment over demonetisation amid possible polarisation...

14-Feb-2017 Islamabad

Will weed out terrorism with greater determination : Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the war against terror will be taken to its logical conclusion with greater determination.The Prime Minister was speaking at a high-level meeting here, held for reviewing law and order situation in the country after...

14-Feb-2017 Chennai

Supreme Court derails Sasikala, faction fight goes on

The Supreme Court on Tuesday derailed AIADMK General Secrtary V.K. Sasikala's political career even before take-off by upholding her conviction for corruption along with two relatives and the late J. Jayalalitha. But the ugly war for power in Tamil Nadu...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

IAF chief flies Tejas

A month after he flew a solo sortie in single engine MiG-21 fighter, Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa flew indigenous LCA Tejas on the first day of Aero India 2017.Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa flew a trainer version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) with...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

State, society insecure in India: Hamid Ansari

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said the State is responding in insurgency-affected areas by greater militarisation and both the State and society were insecure as a result."In the disturbed and insurgency-infested areas, people feel insecure both...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Wasn't comfortable doing negative role: Divya Dutta

Actress Divya Dutta, who essays a politician in the upcoming thriller "Irada", says she wasn't at ease with a negative role."I was not at all comfortable doing a negative role. But I had a lot of fun playing the character," Divya said at a media conference here...

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 New Delhi

Less takers for Mohiniyattam as it requires patience: Dancer Rekha Raju

Mohiniyattam, the Indian classical dance form with its roots in Kerala, has not gained much popularity as other genres forms and sees less practioners because it requires a lot of patience and discipline which people are not ready to devote, dancer Rekha Raju believes."The...

14-Feb-2017 Bhubaneswar

Odisha officials acting for BJD in panchayat polls : Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday alleged that the District Collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) in Odisha are acting as General Secretaries of the ruling BJD in the ongoing panchayat elections.He urged the State Election Commission...

14-Feb-2017 Kalimpong (West Bengal)

Won't tolerate attempts to trigger riots : Mamata Banerjee

Asserting that her government will not tolerate attempts to trigger riots in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said violence by any community will be tackled with an iron hand."We will not tolerate those who ignite the fire of riots...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

AAP manifesto Bible for Delhi government : Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government on Tuesday released a report of its performance in the past two years with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying AAP's manifesto was being followed as "Bible".The report -- "2 Years of People's Governance" -- talks about Aam Aadmi Party...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Manohar Parrikar woos global aerospace firms to make in India

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday wooed global aerospace firms to make their products in India, which had opened up the defence sector for foreign direct investment, partnerships, collaborations and joint ventures."We have an ecosystem for defence...

14-Feb-2017 Kannur (Kerala)

Kannur can be brought back to normalcy: Pinarayi Vijayan

Kannur district, considered Kerala's most volatile due to the violent rivalry between the CPI-M and the BJP/RSS, can be brought back to normalcy, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday."Even though previous peace talks have not earned the desired results,...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Equities close flat on disappointing macro-economic data

Indian equities markets on Tuesday closed on a flat note -- fractionally in the red -- as disappointing macro-economic data, coupled with broadly negative global cues and profit booking, subdued investors' sentiments.However, positive European markets, along...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

BJP leaders misused public office, Congess says, demands action

The Congress on Tuesday accused Union Minister Ananth Kumar and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of misuse of power and public office and demanded action against the duo.Congress leader Randeep Surjewala released a video clip of a purported...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Indigenous AEW system handed over to Air force

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday received the first of the three indigenously developed Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) 'Netra' at the Aero India show here in the presence Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.The Defence Research and Development...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Want good ties with Pakistan: Manohar Parrikar

Welcoming the calm on the India-Pakistan border, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said New Delhi desired good ties with Islamabad and Beijing.Asked about the border situation, the Minister said: "Can any country have a problem if there is peace in...

14-Feb-2017 Beijing

Nine die in China coal mine blast

Nine persons were killed and three injured in an explosion in a coal mine in China's Hunan province on Tuesday.A total of 29 people were working underground when the blast occurred at Zubao Coal Mine in Lianyuan city, Xinhua news agency reported. Sixteen...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

India, Britain natural partners: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India and Britain are "natural partners" in the fight against terrorism, and relations between the two have strong bipartisan support in both the countries.Interacting with an eight-member delegation of British...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Aero India kicks off with Make in India in focus

With Make in India as its focus, and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar wooing global aerospace firms to make their products in India, Aero India 2017 kicked off here on Tuesday, with a flypast of the indigenous-built LCA Tejas, Light Combat Helicopter, and...

14-Feb-2017 Bandipora

Four soldiers among 8 killed in Kashmir gunfights

Four soldiers and as many militants were killed on Tuesday in two separate gunfights in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.An army officer Maj. S. Dhaiya succumbed to injuries he sustained during an encounter in north Kashmir's Kupwara district succumbed,...

14-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Being judged on fashion used to affect Daisy Shah

Actress Daisy Shah says when she used to be judged based on her fashion sense in her initial days in showbiz, it used to affect her."It (being judged over fashion) affected me initially, but now it doesn't because I have come to this understanding that liking...

14-Feb-2017 Chennai

Two union ministers fomenting trouble in TN : Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that although the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nothing to do with the crisis in Tamil Nadu, it is two union ministers who have been fomenting trouble in the state."I asked my party if they have a stand on...

14-Feb-2017 Lucknow

SP has institutionalised gangsterism in UP : Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) of "institutionalising gangsterism" in Uttar Pradesh."It is a shame and an anarchic situation wherein traders are being shot in cold blood; a prominent doctor was murdered; a rape...

14-Feb-2017 Chennai

Sasikala gets court shocker, faction fight goes on

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a huge blow to AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala by upholding her conviction for corruption but there was no end to the ugly war for power in Tamil Nadu.Hours after the apex court ruling, Sasikala, as the party chief,...

14-Feb-2017 Arun Jaitley

Demonetisation to purge system of prevalent ills : Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday defended the November 8 demonetisation, saying the Centre took the decision with a larger objective of cleansing the system of excessive cash.The scrapping of the high-value currency notes was taken with the larger...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

SH Raza's paintings on Gandhi to be unveiled in Capital

Acclaimed late painter SH Razas deep admiration for Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings is reflected in a series of seven paintings which he executed in 2013 to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation. These paintings will be unveiled as a set for the first time.The...

14-Feb-2017 Bengaluru

Aero India off to high-flying start in Bengaluru

Asia's biennial Aero India premier air show took off in this aerospace hub on Tuesday with a spectacular flying display of fighters and helicopeters in various formations, including breath-taking aerobatics.Being held at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Can't slap a person in real life: Taapsee Pannu

She can be seen doing daredevil fighting scenes and breaking bones in films, but actress Taapsee Pannu says in real life, she cant even slap a person.Taapsee showcased her fighting skills in "Baby" alongside Akshay Kumar. She will next be seen fighting her...

14-Feb-2017

UP: Women winning fewer elections, losing deposits in larger numbers

Poor, populous Uttar Pradesh was the first state to have a female Chief Minister -- Sucheta Kriplani from 1963 to 1967 -- but this pioneering effort has not improved prospects for women in elections.As voter turnout has risen, more competitors have stood against...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Would like to do reality TV shows: Designer Rohit Verma

Fashion designer and TV personality Rohit Verma says he is keen to do a reality show like "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" or host a talk show on the small screen.Verma has earlier been part of TV shows like "Bigg Boss 3" and "Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout". He was also...

14-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Battle for UP causes collateral damage

Uttar Pradesh's revenue has taken a big hit -- first due to demonetisation and now because most government employees are out on election duty.Officials in the concerned departments fear that the revenue targets for the current fiscal might take a knock of...

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...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Sanatan Dharam Sabha Celebrates “Matra Pitra Poojan Diwas”

A grand “Parents Worship Day” (Matra Pitra Pujan Diwas) has been celebrated at Geeta Bhawan, Parade Ground Jammu on 14th February 2016. The event was organized by Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Parade Ground Jammu. People from various walks of life attended the...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

LA panel asks JKSPDC to fast-pace ongoing power projects

The Public Undertaking Committee (PUC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today reviewed the overall power scenario in the State at a meeting held here today under  the Chairmanship of Mr. Satpaul Sharma with the functionaries of the Jammu and...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Chief Secretary chairs 96th FAC; Several proposals cleared

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) headed by Chief Secretary, B R Sharma Tuesday in its 96th meeting held here, discussed and cleared several proposals of allowing use of forest land for executing developmental projects in various forest divisions of the...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Developmental activities fast paced across JK : Dr. Nirmal Singh

Maintaining that implementation of various developmental activities undertaken by the government has been fast-paced and is being regularly monitored, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh today said it is the endeavor of the Government to ensure time-bound...

14-Feb-2017 Samba

JK’s maiden Rural Sports Competition commences at Samba

The state’s largest sports carnival under Khelo India scheme for under-17 boys began at block level under rural sports competitions in nine blocks of district Samba today. Secretary Sports Council Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra said aim of the competition is to...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Abdul Rahim Rather chairs Ethics Committee meet

A meeting of the Committee on Ethics of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held under the Chairmanship of MLA, Abdul Rahim Rather here today.Legislators Ali Mohammad Sagar, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Dina Nath Bhagat, Abid Hussain...

14-Feb-2017 M

Need to debunk stereotypes around female directors: Freida Pinto

India-born internationally-acclaimed actress Freida Pinto, who witnessed stardom with "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008, wants to encourage women-driven projects through her banner. She feels stereotypes around women directors need to be debunked and more stories from...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Mehbooba Mufti meets Governor

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Governor N. N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.During the course of extensive discussions Chief Minister apprised the Governor about the matters which could not be dealt with in the recently concluded Assembly Session and...

14-Feb-2017 Kathua

Education only can facilitate societal transformation: Lal Singh

Giving fillip to various development works initiatives in Basholi constituency, Minister of Forest, Environment and Ecology Chaudhary Lal Singh today laid foundation of several link roads and lanes at Panchayat Basantpur and Thein under MGNREGA and convergence...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Chief Executive Officer meets Langar Organisation

Consequent to an extensive review meeting last week taken by Governor N. N. Vohra, who is Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Shri P.K. Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer, held a meeting today with apex Langar Organization namely, Shri Amarnath Barfani Langars...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Govt keen to involve stakeholders in tourism promotion: Rafi Mir

Vice-Chairman JKTDC Rafi Ahmad Mir today interacted with tourism stakeholders ahead of SATTE, a leading travel show.On the directions of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, VC JKTDC Rafi Ahmad Mir reviewed preparation of the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department for the...

14-Feb-2017 Jammu

Syed Baqir inaugurates Computer Lab in LBM School

Vice Chairman J&K Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Syed Mohammad Baqir Razvi today inaugurated Computer Lab at Louis Braille Memorial (LBM) Residential School for visually impaired Girls at Roop Nagar here.Congratulating the students...

14-Feb-2017 Bandipora

Three soldiers and militant killed in Hajin encounter

In a fierce gunfight three Indian soldiers died while six others were wounded two of them critically in Parra Mohalla Hajin area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The militant was also killed in the gun fight who according to police is a non-local...

14-Feb-2017 Dubai, UAE

A delegation from Kuwait University visits Zayed University

Zayed University has recently received a delegation from Kuwait University at the university’s campus in Dubai in efforts to enhance friendly relations and strengthen strategic cooperation between two parties in education and research.The delegation, which...

14-Feb-2017 Bandipora

Hajin Encounter: Three army men, Militant killed

Three army men and a militant were killed while as seven force personnel received injuries in a gunfight at Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district today morning.A police official told news agency GNS that a joint team of army and SOG cordoned off...

14-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Delhi HC stays government's nursery admission guidelines

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed the Directorate Of Education's nursery admissions notification forcing 298 private schools to adopt only neighbourhood criteria, while terming it as "unreasonable".The January 7 notification was "arbitrary and discriminatory",...

14-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Eight die in Uttar Pradesh road accident

At least eight persons were killed when an ambulance rammed into a stationary truck in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh early on Tuesday, police said.The accident took place near Churaib overbridge when the ambulance was on its way to Sanjay Gandhi...

14-Feb-2017 United Nations

International law not ready to deal with cyberattacks : India

International law is not prepared to deal with cyberattacks even as the interconnected world faces threats on a scale never seen before, India has told the Security Council.The world body is not ready to act on an anti-terrorism treaty dealing with cyber terrorism...

14-Feb-2017 Tokyo

Trump is good listener, frank : Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that US President Donald Trump is a "good listener", as well as "friendly and open", the media reported."President Trump is surprisingly a good listener though it may seem that he isn't. He's also very frank and open....

15-Feb-2017

15-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump calls on Netanyahu to 'hold back' on new settlement

Israel should "hold back" on building new settlement "for a little bit", US President Donald Trump told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday."As far as settlements, I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We'll...

15-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Dimple Yadav campaign for Aparna in Lucknow Cantt

Putting political differences aside, Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav, the wife of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on Wednesday sought votes for her sister-in-law Aparna Yadav, the wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav's second son Pratik and the SP candidate from Lucknow...

15-Feb-2017 Agra

Sanjay Dutt begins shooting for 'Bhoomi' in Agra

Actor Sanjay Dutt began shooting for Omung Kumar's film "Bhoomi", with the muhurat shot taken early Wednesday.The film will be shot in an old haveli in Bamrauli Katara, a village on the outskirts of the city, along with Taj Ganj streets and Mehtab Bagh across...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

India, US resolve to further expand bilateral ties

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday held a telephonic conversation with new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during which both leaders resolved to "further expand and deepen" India-US ties."The External Affairs Minister and Secretary Tillerson...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Supreme Court extends status quo on SYL Canal land in Punjab

The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended its status quo order on the land acquired in Punjab for the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, giving Punjab time till February 20 to file its response to the Haryana government's plea challenging the...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Government launches free SIM service for tourists on e-visa

Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday launched pre-loaded SIM cards for tourists arriving in India on e-visa.These SIMs, which will be provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, will have Rs 50 talk time and 50 Mb internet data at free of cost."It...

15-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Reliance Jio crosses 100 mn customers : Mukesh Ambani

Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday said the company's newly-launched telecom venture Reliance Jio has crossed 100 million customer base."When we started Jio we set a target of 100 million customers in shortest time....

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

ISRO launches 104 satellites, India hails world record

Greetings and praises for ISRO from various ministers, Bollywood stars and other eminent personalities flooded Twitter on Wednesday as the space agency created a world record by successfully putting 104 satellites into orbit.he Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch...

15-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

'Dushman' an attempt to improve India, Pakistan bond : Mahesh Bhatt

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who unveiled the first look of his first Punjabi film "Dushman" here on Wednesday, said the movie, based on the relationship between neighbours India and Pakistan, is their way of working towards improved ties between the two countries.The...

15-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Disappointing Q3 results, global cues drag equities lower

Increased chances of an upcoming US rate hike and disappointing quarterly results dragged the Indian equities markets lower on Wednesday.The key domestic indices closed the day's trade in the red -- more than half per cent down -- as heavy selling pressure was...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

My home is wherever I go : Randeep Hooda

His almost nomadic life as an actor -- which requires him to keep hopping from one place to another -- has made Randeep Hooda accustomed to making a home out of wherever he goes, and a family out of whoever he works with.With four big releases last year...

15-Feb-2017 Shimla

Clear backlog of jobs for visually impaired : Virbhadra Singh

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday directed the state administration to clear the backlog of jobs for the visually impaired.At present, there is a backlog of 163 jobs kept for the physically challenged, an official statement said.It...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Delhi budget to be symbol of people-centric governance : Manish Sisodia

Delhi government's budget for the year 2017-18 will be a symbol of people-centric governance, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.Sisodia said preparations for this year's budget had already begun and it will "carefully review" every provision."(I...

15-Feb-2017 Kolkata

Rs 2 lakh-worth fake new notes seized by BSF

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on Wednesday seized fake Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination, having a face value of Rs 2 lakh, from Malda district in West Bengal.Acting on information received from an arrested fake currency trafficker that...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

No shortage of cash, assures Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that there is no shortage of cash and some ATMs could be dry due to operational reasons.Jaitley, who was briefing the media after a meeting of the Union Cabinet, was asked on reports of shortage of cash...

15-Feb-2017 Kannauj (Uttar Pradesh)

Recent wins show people support demonetisation: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that people of the country were with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on demonetisation and had wholeheartedly supported his drive against black money.Addressing a mammoth public rally in Kannauj, the...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Launch of 104 satellites shows India's potential : Harsh Vardhan

Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday congratulated the ISRO for launching 104 satellites, saying it was a glimpse of the potential Indian science holds."Today, India created world record of sending maximum satellites, 104 in a single...

15-Feb-2017 Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh)

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit in single mission

India on Wednesday created a world record by successfully putting into orbit 104 satellites, including the country's own Cartosat-2earth observation satellite, in a single mission.With the launch, ISRO surpassed the 37 satellite launch record set by a Russian...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Maneka Gandhi urges schools to eliminate corporal punishment

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday urged schools to eliminate corporal punishment by following the guidelines issued by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).The NCPCR under the authority of the Union WCD...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

No land for AIIMS-like institutions in 4 states : Jagat Parkash Nadda

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said on Wednesday the government has been unable to get land in four states to set up medical facilities on the lines of the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.He said the states were Bihar, Tamil...

15-Feb-2017 Unnao (Uttar Pradesh)

Akhilesh Yadav slams Mayawati, Narendra Modi

As Uttar Pradesh voted in the second phase of assembly elections, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation.The Samajwadi Party leader also took on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati for...

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...

15-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Rana Daggubati urges government to acknowledge unsung heroes

Actor Rana Daggubati, who has written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee drawing attention to the need to acknowledge the country's unsung heroes, says civilians need to know about tales of bravery.Rana's forthcoming film "The Ghazi Attack" features him...

15-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Blessed that both 'Kaabil', 'Raees' did well: Narendra Jha

Actor Narendra Jha, who played pivotal roles in Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khans "Raees" and Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Kaabil", says he feels blessed that both the films received positive response despite clashing at the box office."Raees" and "Kaabil" released...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Bhansali extracts great performances from actors : Ranveer Singh

Actor Ranveer Singh is all praise for his "Padmavati" director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and says that the filmmaker manages to extract "great performances" from his actors."Padmavati" marks the third time that Ranveer is collaborating with Bhansali after "Goliyon...

15-Feb-2017 Chennai

Nagarjuna as mentalist in 'Raju Gari Gadhi 2'

After playing an ardent devotee of Lord Balaji in his Telugu release "Om Namo Venkatesaya", actor Akkineni Nagarjuna will be playing a mentalist in horror-thriller "Raju Gari Gadhi 2"."His character has been designed in such a way that it will be a treat for...

15-Feb-2017 Chennai

Parthiepan not playing the antagonist in 'Dhruva Natchathiram'

Actor-filmmaker R. Parthiepan has landed an important role in filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon's upcoming Tamil spy thriller "Dhruva Natchathiram". However, he won't be playing an antagonist."He has been signed on for an important role. The rumours that he plays the...

15-Feb-2017 New York

Your belly fat may up diabetes, heart disease risk

If you are having an apple shaped body -- in which weight is deposited around the abdomen -- it may be high time to reduce the belly fat.A study warns that people who are genetically inclined to storing belly fat may be at an increased risk of developing...

15-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Women superior to men in many ways, says Shahid Kapoor

Actor Shahid Kapoor, who has a daughter with wife Mira Rajput, finds women superior to men in many ways."No man can match up to what a mother does. Women are superior to men in so many ways. Let's learn to appreciate them. And learn to show them love. Every...

15-Feb-2017 Los Angeles

Black Widow right for stand-alone : Scarlett Johansson

Actress Scarlett Johansson thinks her "Avengers" character Black Widow is right for a stand-alone movie.The 32-year-old stars as Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, in the Marvel Comics ensemble movie franchise and has "talked" with Marvel official...

15-Feb-2017 Chennai

'Singam 4' is on the cards : Suriya

Actor Suriya has confirmed he will reunite with director Hari for the fourth instalment in the "Singam" franchise, but the process will take time.Suriya's "Si3", the third instalment in the "Singam" franchise, released last week.At the success meet of "Si3",...

15-Feb-2017 Mumbai

SRK not part of 'Baahubali : The Conclusion'

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will not be a part of "Baahubali: The Conclusion", the film's makers have said.According to reports, Shah Rukh had been roped in to play a cameo in the S.S. Rajamouli directorial."We would have loved to have SRK in our movie!...

15-Feb-2017 New York

Facebook videos to now autoplay with audio

Facebook is soon rolling out an update to all its users that would autoplay the sound of a video on News Feed, without users having to tap on it.In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook said that as people had begun watching more video on phones, they expected sound...

15-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA telescope hears stellar 'heartbeat'

NASA said its Spitzer space telescope has detected unusual heartbeat-like vibrations in the outer shell of a star called HAT-P-2.A closely orbiting planet, called HAT-P-2b, might be causing these vibrations each time it gets close to the star in its orbit,...

15-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Supreme Court refuses Sasikala more time to surrender

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea by AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala seeking more time to surrender after it upheld her conviction in a disproportionate assets case by a trial court.A bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose declined...

15-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

AAP harbouring criminals and militants in the state : BJP

The Punjab unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party today slammed the Aam Aadmi Party for harbouring criminals and militants in the state. Taking a strong exception to the arrest of Nabha jailbreak mastermind Gurpreet Singh Sekhon from an AAP activist’s house,...

15-Feb-2017 Jammu

Several legislators call on Chief Minister, put up demands

Members of Legislative Assembly, Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, Shah Muhammad Tantray, G. M. Saroori and Noor Muhammad today called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and briefed her about the developmental issues of their respective areas.The Chief Minister appreciated...

15-Feb-2017 Jammu

Sunil Sharma flags off new bus services to Mendhar

The Minister of State for Transport, Revenue, Public Works Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sunil Kumar Sharma today flagged off two State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses to provide services to commuters from Jammu to Selwah and Kasballari in...

15-Feb-2017 Samba

Chander Parkash Ganga pays tributes to martyr soldier

The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash today paid floral tributes to Rifleman Ravi Kumar of Village Meen Sarkar Tabela who attained martyrdom during the yesterday’s counter insurgency operation at Hajin, Bandipora. The Minister received...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Reconstructing JK’s Academic Edifice: Winter schooling is new buzzword

With over 1 lakh students in J&K enrolled for free winter tuitions and another 1000 undergoing coaching in CM’s Super-50 Programme, the Education Department’s inimitable initiatives have already started making a tangible mark in the State’s  fast-transforming...

15-Feb-2017 Jammu

Dy CM for putting in place comprehensive housing policy

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh today directed the officers of Housing and Urban Development Department to ensure holistic development of Jammu city replete with all the basic facilities and modern amenities.“Come up with a comprehensive policy to meet...

15-Feb-2017 Jammu

Governor presented portrait by Muneer Ali Khan

Accomplished painter Muneer Ali Khan, resident of Mattan, district Anantnag, met Governor N.N. Vohra today and presented to him a portrait he had done of the Governor.Mr. Khan informed the Governor that the paintings displayed at the Exhibition recently held (24-30...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Div Com reviews progress of Semi Ring Road project

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today convened a meeting to review the progress regarding construction of Semi Ring Road project around Srinagar city.Additional Commissioner Kashmir A.G. War, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone,...

15-Feb-2017 Bhaderwah(Doda)

KVK convenes 10th Scientific Advisory Committee meet

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Doda, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Jammu conducted the 10th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting here today.The meeting was chaired by Dr R.K. Arora, Associate Director Extension and Incharge...

15-Feb-2017 Baramulla

15-day snow carnival concludes at Gulmarg

A 15-day long snow carnival-2017  concluded today at the famous tourist resort of Gulmarg.District Development Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash was chief guest, while as CEO GDA, officers of Tourism Department, tourists and other concerned...

15-Feb-2017 Bandipora

DC Bandipora reviews drug de-addiction measures

Deputy Commissioner Bandipora today organized an officers meeting to review preventive measures, strategies being carried out to curb menace of drug addiction.Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Senior officers from Police, Revenue, Health, Agriculture, Horticulture...

15-Feb-2017 Kupwara

DDC reviews progress of PMKSY in Kupwara

District Development Commissioner Kupwara, G. M. Dar, today convened a meeting to review the implementation of PMKSY aimed at providing betterirrigation facilities to farmers.  The meeting also discussed District Irrigation Plan in detail.On the occasion,...

15-Feb-2017 Kulgam

DDC Kulgam reviews implementation of DDB decisions

District Development Commissioner Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, today chaired a meeting to review implementation of District Development Board (DDB) decisions and progress of various Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the district.It was given out that an expenditure...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Foiling freedom marches illogical : Syed Ali Geelani

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani has condemned the imposition of restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the valley on February 15 against Kulgam Chalo. Meanwhile Huriyat chairman & party General Secretary Shabir Ahmad Shah...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

CAPD department dysfunctional, mismanaged : Junaid Azim Mattoo

National Conference on Wednesday lashed out at the State Government and the CAPD Ministry for its continued mismanagement of the CAPD Department in Kashmir and said this unprecedented negligence had resulted in a catastrophic situation where thousands of families...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Influential doctors in Kashmir given choicest postings : DAK

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that influential doctors in Kashmir are given choicest postings in brazen violation of transfer policy. Taking a strong exception to this, President DAK Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan in a statement said that transfer policy...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

‘Kashmir history is blood-drenched’

National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday expressed anguish over the loss of lives in different encounters in Kashmir Valley. He said that constitutional and democratic rights of people are being trampled through force and suppressive policies.News...

15-Feb-2017 Srinagar

Authorities foil Kulgam March, Detains scores of separatist leaders

Authorities Wednesday heightened its security across Kashmir particularly in South Kashmir districts to foil the resistance camp’s Kulgam Chalo call while in a bid to stop them from marching towards Kulgam, senior resistance leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar...

15-Feb-2017 Kolkata

BSF recovers 350 grams of heroin like powder, 3 arrested

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have recovered 350 grams of heroin like powder and arrested three persons during a joint raid with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from Murshidabad district of West Bengal.Acting on a tip off, the BSF troopers of Astrosiya...

16-Feb-2017

16-Feb-2017 Washington

Will issue new executive order on immigration : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he will issue a new executive order on immigration by next week.Also, the Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court to hold off on taking action in the legal battle over his initial travel ban until that...

16-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump says he inherited a mess, slams media

US President Donald Trump aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors generally in a sprawling, stream-of-consciousness news conference."To be honest, I inherited a mess," Trump said on Thursday, in a news...

16-Feb-2017 Caracas

16 killed in Venezuela bus-truck collision

At least 16 persons were killed in Venezuela after the bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck, officials said.The accident took place in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo on the old Guigue-Valencia highway, the head of the National Directorate...

16-Feb-2017 New Delhi/Mumbai

'Cowardly attacks' can't deter me : Manoj Tiwari

BJP leader Manoj Tiwari on Thursday attacked the opposition parties in Maharashtra after some unidentified people broke the looking glass of his vehicle, and vowed that nothing can deter him by the "cowardly attack"."I will not be deterred by the cowardly...

16-Feb-2017 Patna

Bodhisattva International Film Festival begins in Bihar

Bodhisattva International Film Festival began here on Thursday, with 3,543 film entries from 122 countries received for the festival under Feature Film, Documentary and Shorts categories.Bollywood actor-turned-politician Satrughann Sinha, popular Bhojpuri folk singer...

16-Feb-2017

'Running Shaadi' keeps you smiling

What do you call these? Haan, the Pheelgoood type of film. Running Shaadi keeps the proceedings running at a hectic pace. With a shaadi happening every ten minutes you'd expect a certain strain monotony to waft into the proceedings. But no. Debutant director...

16-Feb-2017 Vijayawada

Jagan will also go to jail like Sasikala : N. Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said YSR Congress Party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy will also have to go to jail like AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Saikala for corruption.Addressing a meeting of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in...

16-Feb-2017 Mumbai

Can empathise with Kareena Kapoor : Shilpa Shetty

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty has said she understands the emotion and pressure felt by new mother Kareena Kapoor, known for her fit body."As an actress, I can understand the emotion and pressure on her, especially when she is the synonym of a fit body. I had...

16-Feb-2017 Ferozepur

11 members of family killed in Punjab accident

In a freak accident, 11 members of a family were killed when a coal-laden truck overturned and fell on their vehicle in Punjab's Ferozepur district, 210 km from here, on Thursday evening.The loaded truck fell over their Chevrolet Tavera multi-utility vehicle,...

16-Feb-2017 Chennai

New AIADMK government will be thrown out : O. Panneerselvam

Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday said the AIADMK government under Edappadi K. Palaniswami will be thrown out soon.Speaking to reporters after paying homage to late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa at her memorial in Marina beach,...

16-Feb-2017 Ghaziabad

Amazon's Rs 15 lakh looted from courier in Ghaziabad

Online shopping giant Amazon's Rs 15 lakh in cash were allegedly looted here from a courier handler while he was on his way, the city police said on Thursday.The police said they found contradictions in the courier handler's account of the heist, and suspect...

16-Feb-2017 Amethi

'Amethi residents will ask questions if Priyanka comes to campaign'

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday targetted Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, saying she will have to face questions from Amethi residents if she came visiting for campaigning."If she (Priyanka Gandhi) comes to...

16-Feb-2017 Karachi

IS bombing hits Pakistan Sufi shrine, kills 75

A powerful blast ripped through Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town of Pakistan's Sindh province on Thursday, killing at least 30 people, including women, and injuring over 100 others.Taluka Hospital Medical Superintendent Moinuddin Siddiqui confirmed...

16-Feb-2017 Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Australia PM discuss ties

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Thursday a telephone call from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.During the phone call,...

16-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Three Kashmiris accused in 2005 Delhi blasts walk free

Over 11 years after three bombs went off in crowded Delhi markets ahead of Diwali killing 67 people, a court here on Thursday let off three Kashmiris accused in the case for lack of evidence. The court pulled up Delhi Police for failure to prove any links...