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Inter-State portability of ration card begins in 4 States: Paswan

IN A bid to implement ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ across the country by June 1, 2020, the Centre on Friday kick-started inter-State portability of ration card between Telangana-Andhra Pradesh as well as Maharashtra-Gujarat. This means beneficiaries living in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh can buy their quota of ration from the Public Distribution System (PDS), also called ration shops, in either of the State. Similar would be the case in Maharasthra and Gujarat. Launching the ..

Apex court says ‘no’ to discontinue day-to-day Ayodhya case hearing

THE Supreme Court Friday made clear that it would continue with the day-to-day hearing of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute case. The apex court reverted to the objections raised by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Muslim parties including M Siddiq and All India Sunni Waqf Board, that it will not be possible for him to take part in the proceedings 5-days a week. “We will continue day-to-day hearing as ordered earlier,” a five judge constitution ..

UK economy shrinks for first time since 2012 as Brexit bites

THE British economy shrank in the second quarter of the year for the first time in six and a half years largely because Brexit uncertainties weighed heavily on business investment, official figures showed on Friday. The decline, the first since the fourth quarter of 2012, was unexpected. Most economists thought that the economy would be flat. The Office for National Statistics said the contraction came “at a time of increased volatility around the UK’s original planned exit date ..

CM pays tributes to freedom fighters on Quit India anniversary

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday paid rich tributes to freedom fighters on the 76th anniversary of the Quit India movement. Mumbai Congress leaders Milind Deora and Eknath Gaikwad visited August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai and laid a wreath at the Martyrs Memorial. “My humble tributes to those freedom fighters who sounded the bugle for India’s independence,” Fadnavis tweeted.School children also visited the Martyrs Memorial to pay their respects. On this ..

Arun Jaitley in AIIMS ICU

 FORMER Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS here on Friday after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness, and is under observation, sources at the hospital said. “Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS today morning. He is currently undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. At present, he is haemodynamically stable,” the AIIMS said in a statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home ..

Restrictions eased in Valley people offer Friday prayers

AFTER being confined to their homes for days, people in Kashmir offered Friday prayers in their local mosques as restrictions were eased for the purpose, officials said, adding that the Valley was largely peaceful barring minor incidents of stone pelting in the apple-town of Sopore in north Kashmir. People, who have been virtually been kept indoors because of heavy security deployment in the wake of removal of Special Status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the State, were allowed to ..

Heavy rain prediction at few places in Mumbai today

THE MeT department has forecast “extremely heavy rainfall” on Monday at isolated places in Raigad district neighbouring Mumbai and “heavy to very heavy rainfall” at few places in Mumbai city and suburban districts.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted entire Maharashtra would receive widespread rainfall on Monday. An official of the Mumbai regional centre, IMD, said the variation in rainfall would be in intensity.Districts like Thane and Palghar ..

Israel, US conduct ballistic missile Arrow-3 test in Alaska successfully

Israel and the United States have successfully carried out tests of a ballistic missile interceptor that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that on Sunday provides protection against potential threats from Iran.The tests of the Arrow-3 system were carried out in the US state of Alaska and it successfully intercepted targets above the atmosphere, Israel’s Defence Ministry said in a statement. “The flight tests were conducted in Alaska in order to test capabilities that may not ..

Amarnath Yatra suspended due to bad weather

 THE Amarnath yatra from the three main base camps was suspended on Sunday due to widespread intermittent rains in Jammu and Kashmir for the fourth successive day, with the weather department predicting snowfall in the cave area, officials said. However, nearly 1,000 pilgrims who had reached the cave shrine situated at an altitude of 3,880 metre in south Kashmir Himalayas were allowed to offer prayers in the morning, they said. “To avoid any untoward incident, no pilgrim was allowed ..

Modi features in Netanyahu’s election campaign in Israel

 By Harinder MishraAHEAD of an unprecedented snap polls on September 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has put banners featuring his pictures with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to lure support by presenting him in a ‘different league’. The Likud party headquarters on Metzudat Ze’ev 38, King George Street, in Tel Aviv was seen with election advertisement banners depicting Netanyahu&#..

Himalayan States demand green bonus, separate Ministry

THE Himalayan States on Sunday came together at a conclave here to demand a separate Union Ministry to deal with problems endemic to them and a green bonus in recognition of their contribution to environment conservation. The twin demands formed part of a common agenda of the Himalayan States and a proposal in this regard was handed over to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the end of the conclave, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told reporters after the event. Sithara..

Veteran Cong leader Jaipal Reddy no more

SENIOR Congress leader and former Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, who was known for his oratorical skills and carved a place for himself in Parliament and State Assembly, died at a hospital here on Sunday.The 77-year-old was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1.28 am, a Congress leader told PTI. Reddy’s limited physical mobility due to polio never deterred him from achieving political heights and he served as a Lok Sabha MP for five terms, ..

Path to India becoming USD 5 trillion economy passes through UP: Shah

THE path to achieving the country’s target of a USD 5-trillion economy passes through Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday as the State launched works for 250 industrial projects worth Rs 65,000 crore.Shah expressed confidence that the State will contribute to the target by becoming a USD 1-trillion economy and said the Yogi Adityanath Government has removed the biggest hurdle to UP’s development by improving the law and order situation. Prime Minister Narendra ..

Kashmir wants devpt; bullets, bomb won’t succeed: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that people’s participation in a community mobilisation programme in Kashmir has proved that power of development is stronger than might of “bullets and bombs” and asserted that those who spread hatred will never succeed in their “nefarious plans”. The Prime Minister made the remarks during the second edition of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat” after he assumed office for the second consecutive term. ..

Maiden air ambulance sanctioned for troops deployed in anti-Naxal ops

A FIRST-of-its-kind air ambulance service has been sanctioned for troops deployed in anti-Naxal operations and those posted at high-altitude border posts, officials said on Sunday. The ambulance will be on a Mi-17 helicopter platform of the Border Security Force (BSF) and it will be stationed at Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, a recent Union Home Ministry order accessed by PTI said. A team of doctors, nursing assistants and paramedics have been deputed to round-the-clock man this first “dedica..

K’taka Speaker disqualifies 14 more rebel MLAs ahead of trust vote today

day. KARNATAKA Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law, an action that reduces the majority mark in the Assembly and paves the way for the newly formed BJP Government to win the trust vote smoothly on Mon Eleven Congress MLAs and three JDS lawmakers faced the axe from the Speaker in addition to the three disqualified earlier, bringing down the majority mark to 104, one less than the current strength of 105 of the BJP, which ..

Rajnath Singh hails Kargil heroes

 COMMEMORATING the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on Friday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the heroes who fought tough battles during the conflict, saying their unwavering courage and supreme sacrifice ensured the safety and sanctity of the country’s borders. The Union Minister, along with his deputy Shripad Yesso Naik, and the vice chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force -- Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar and Air Force Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh ..

Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for $50 million for stifling her US presidential campaign

TULSI Gabbard, the Democratic presidential candidate and the first Hindu member of the US Congress, has sued Google for at least USD 50 million for the tech giant’s “discriminatory actions” against her 2020 election campaign and stifling her free speech rights. Gabbard, 38, an Iraq war veteran who has been serving as the US Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013, said in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles, that Google ..

Modi plants saplings in Parlt as part of plantation drive

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi planted saplings in Parliament as part of a tree plantation campaign by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla here on Friday. Speaking to ANI, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, “The Prime Minister has spread out a message of ‘Green India’ and I believe that we will make every village and city in the country green. If we want to keep the environment healthy, we have to make this country green. “Earlier, we had ‘Swachchta Abhiyan’ and now we ..

IMD predicts heavy rain in Mah for next 3 days

 INDIAN Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday predicted that isolated areas in Maharashtra are likely to witness heavy downpour in coming days. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at a few places in the districts of Raigad. Heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in districts of Thane, Palghar and Mumbai in the next three days,” said the IMD. The IMD, in its daily forecast, said that the South-West monsoon would remain active over central and adjoining ..

Pak didn’t learn lesson despite Kargil defeat: Eastern Army Commander

DESPITE a “resounding defeat” in Kargil, Pakistan does not seem to have learnt its lesson as it continues to indulge in ceasefire violations, Eastern Army Commander Lt General M M Naravane said on Friday. Asserting that the Army is always ready to face any situation, the General Officer Commanding-In-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, said, “On the 20th anniversary of our (Kargil) victory, we are rededicating ourselves for safeguarding the security and sovereignty of our nation.̶..

Tigress which injured 9 people beaten to death by villagers in Pilibhit

A TIGRESS, which injured nine people here, was beaten to death allegedly by some villagers in Pilibhit’s Mataina village, officials said. “We got to know about an attack by a tigress in which some people sustained injuries. Later, the people had beaten her to death. We have sent the body for post-mortem. We have also got some videos showing some people attacking the tigress. We are registering an FIR in this case,” District Magistrate Vaibhav Shrivastava said. In the videos, ..

Indian scientists discover 28 new stars in Milky Way

         By Khushboo TiwariSCIENTISTS at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) here have discovered 28 new variable stars in the Milky Way galaxy. ARIES Director Wahab Uddin described the finding of the new variable stars, whose luminosity or brightness keeps changing, as a “rare achievement”. It is for the first time that variable stars have been identified in Globular cluster NGC 4147 in the constellation ..

Yediyurappa sworn-in as K’taka CM

  KARNATAKA BJP stalwart B S Yediyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister of the State for a fourth time on Friday in a sudden twist to the protracted high voltage political drama in the State with a big challenge to manage numbers staring him in the face. Shortly after taking the oath, Yediyurappa said he would move a motion of confidence in the Assembly on July 29 to prove his majority, apparently confident of winning it with the expectation that 16 rebel Congress and JDS MLAs may abstain ..

India commemorates 20 yrs of Kargil victory

 INDIA on Friday commemorated 20 years of its victory over arch-rival Pakistan in the Kargil War, saluting the supreme sacrifices and valour of the fallen heroes in recapturing several mountain heights seized by Pakistani intruders in Kashmir.It was on July 26, 1999, Indian Army had declared successful culmination of ‘Operation Vijay’, declaring a victory after nearly three-month-long battles on the icy heights of Kargil. India had lost around 500 soldiers in the war. President ..

No doubt mid-term polls will happen in K’taka: Deve Gowda

IN a sign of growing tensions in the ruling alliance in Karnataka, former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Friday said that there was no doubt there would be mid-term polls to the State Assembly.Gowda also said that he did not know how long the Congress-JD(S) Government, headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy, would continue and it was in the hands of the senior coalition partner. “There is no doubt that there will be mid-term polls. They (Congress) had said they will give ..

Chinese Armymen, civilians do yoga with Indian defence personnel along border

CHINESE Army troops and civilians for the first time participated in a joint yoga session with Indian Army personnel along the Indo-China border in the Eastern border on Friday. Altogether 70 Chinese Army personnel and 30 civilians participated in the joint yoga sessions at Nathu-La in Sikkim and at Bumla and Wacha-Damai in Arunachal Pradesh, a defence spokesperson Lt Col Harshwardhan Pande said.Participation of Chinese Army personnel in such an event during border personnel meetings will go ..

Rs 9,000 cr earmarked to address issue of malnutrition

OVER Rs 9,000 crore has been earmarked to address the issue of malnutrition in children, pregnant women and adolescent girls, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said the Government had launched POSHAN Abhiyaan on December 18, 2017 for a three-year time frame commencing 2017 -18 with an overall budget of Rs 9,046 crore. “To ensure a holistic approach, all 36 States and Union Territories and districts have been covered. The ..

Banwarilal Purohit leads Yoga Day event in Chennai

THE 5th International Yoga Day was observed in Tamil Nadu on Friday, with Governor Banwarilal Purohit leading from the front.Among those who performed various yoga asanas coinciding with the day were Tamil Nadu Ministers for School Education and Health, KA Senkottaiyan and Dr C Vijayabaskar, respectively and State BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan. Naval personnel at INS Adyar also joined the International Yoga Day. At the Raj Bhawan here, Purohit was joined by a number of volunteers including ..

Yoga is force for fighting climate change, fostering global harmony: UN

      By Arul LouisDEPUTY UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has saidthat yoga can help the world in these troubled times by inspiring the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle to fight climate change and by promoting tolerance and peace. Addressing the fifth International Yoga Day celebration here on Thursday, she said: “The essence of yoga is balance not only within us, but also in our relationship with humanity, with the world. As such, yoga can promote solidarity..

Om Birla leads Yoga Day at Parliament

 LOK Sabha Speaker Om Birla, dressed in a white track suit, led Yoga Day celebrations at Parliament premises on Friday. Along with staffers, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP MPs Locket Chatterjee, Poonamben Maadam and Bhupendra Yadav, and former Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu were among those who participated in the celebrations at the Parliament premises. More than 400 people participated in the event which was conducted by two trainers from 7 am to 8 am.Prime Minister ..

Telangana CM launches world’s largest lift irrigation project

THE world’s largest multi-stage, multi-purpose lift irrigation project Kaleshwaram was dedicated to the nation by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday. The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP), which promises to change the face of India’s youngest State, was inaugurated in the presence of Governor E S L Narasimhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The inaugural ceremony was held at Medigadda ..

Yoga is above everything, make it integral part of life: Modi

   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said yoga is above caste, religion, colour, gender and region as he meticulously performed various asanas with around 40,000 enthusiasts at the Prabhat Tara ground here to mark the fifth International Day of Yoga. Modi also urged people to make yoga an integral part of life.“We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages and tribal areas. Yoga is above religion, caste, colour, gender and region, it is above everything,” ..

Rajnath Singh pays homage to AN-32 air-warriors, consoles their families

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday paid tributes to five of the 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel who died in an An-32 crash in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3.The Minister laid wreaths on the coffins wrapped in tricolour at the technical area of the Palam airport and met the distraught family members. All 13 people on board died when the Russian-built transporter crashed while flying from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh. “Paid tributes to brave air-warriors who lost their lives in the unfortunat..

‘Didn’t know about Malegaon blast’

BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Friday appeared before a special court here in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case, after failing twice this week to do so. When Special NIA Judge V S Padalkar asked the saffron-clad Thakur if she has to say anything about the blast, she said, “I don’t know.” Supported by two aides while entering the court, Thakur appeared before the special NIA Judge as per the direction of the court which is conducting trial in the 11-year-old case.Besides ..

3 Indian-origin women among America’s richest self-made women: Forbes

THREE Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes among America’s 80 richest self-made women, the “ceiling crashers” and “overachievers” blazing their own trails as they create new businesses and amass fortunes. President and CEO of computer networking firm Arista Networks Jayshree Ullal, cofounder of IT consulting and outsourcing firm Syntel Neerja Sethi and CTO and cofounder of streaming data technology company Confluent Neha Narkhede are in the Forbes list of ..

Jagan picks 5 Dy CMs in 25-member Cabinet

 IN what could be an unprecedented move, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday decided to have five Deputy Chief Ministers under him in a full 25-member Cabinet.The new Council of Ministers will be constituted at a public function here on Saturday. The Chief Minister held a meeting of the YSR Congress Legislature Party at his residence here in the morning where he announced the decision to appoint five Deputy Chief Ministers.Accordingly, one each from Scheduled Caste, ..

Yogi unveils Ram statue at Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan

  CHIEF Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday unveiled a statue of Lord Ram at Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan here.The seven-foot-tall statue of Lord Ram made from a single block of rosewood and purchased from Karnataka depicts Kodand Ram- one of the five forms of Lord Ram. Adityanath visited galleries and released books and a postal cover at the Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan museum after unveiling the statue. He also released a special cover on the Kodand statue of Lord Ram by the Postal department, ..

Govt reaches out to Sonia ahead of Parlt session

PARLIAMENTARY Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Friday met Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi, seeking her party’s co-operation for smooth functioning of the Parliament session beginning June 17. “Our meeting with Sonia Gandhi was very cordial. We sought her co-operation for the smooth functioning of Parliament. She said they (Opposition) also need co-operation from Treasury benches. I told her that the Government has always been ready to cooperate,” Parliamentary Affairs ..

Patel takes oath as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court

JUSTICE Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court on Friday.Lt Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Justice Patel at a function held at Raj Niwas here. Earlier, Justice Patel was posted at the Jharkhand High Court. The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended his name for the appointment as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his Deputy Manish Sisodia and Cabinet colleagues, senior members of the judiciary, ..

4 terrorists Killed in Pulwama

4 terrorists Killed in Pulwama..

Jaishankar discusses key elements of ties with Bhutan’s top leadership

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday met Bhutan’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties with emphasis on development partnership in the hydropower sector. Jaishankar is in the Buddhist kingdom on a two-day visit, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Ministry of External Affairs. He also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings during his talks with Prime Minister Tshering. Fo..

CRPF men carry ailing boy on cot 8 km for treatment

CENTRAL Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel carried an ailing 13-year-old boy on a cot for 8 kilometres from his village to a camp in Kondasawali. Jeetendra Yadav, Commandant of 231 BN, told ANI, “While patrolling on Thursday, troops of 231 Battalion of security forces found a boy in Gumodi village who was suffering from jaundice. The troops carried the kid on their shoulders for 8 km and got him treated in the camp here in Kondasawali.” He further said that ‘The villagers ..

Shah holds high-level meet on internal security

HOME Minister Amit Shah on Thursday held a high-level meeting to discuss internal security and Maoist issues. It was attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Joint Secretary (Naxals) and other senior Home Ministry officials. At the 40-minute meeting, Shah was apprised of the country’s internal security situation, specifically in Maoist-affected states where periodical attacks have claimed lives of dozens ..

India for enhancing regional cooperation under BIMSTEC

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said that India will aim to enhance regional cooperation under the BIMSTEC grouping as there have been certain problems with SAARC. Speaking at a seminar, he also said that implementation of developmental projects in neighbouring countries and elsewhere will be one of his key focus areas. In his first public comments after taking charge of the External Affairs Ministry, he also said regional connectivity is going to be a key priority for India ..

SBI to engage with 1 lakh customers

THE country’s largest lender SBI will conduct a customer outreach programme next week to address their queries and seek suggestions to improve services. The ‘Mega Customer Meet’, to be held on Tuesday, is expected to engage with 1 lakh bank customers across 500 locations through 17 local head offices across the country.SBI customers of Delhi, NCR and Uttarakhand can attend this programme in 41 locations,the bank said. Under this initiative, customers can interact with the ..

BJP records landslide victory in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly polls

THE BJP has comfortably crossed the 31-seat mark in Arunachal Pradesh to claim simple majority in the 60-member Assembly, while its rival Congress has bagged just four seats so far, the results made available by the Election Commission showed. Counting of votes is still underway for five Assembly constituencies in the State.For the first time, the BJP will form Government in the Himalayan State with the support of its own MLAs.The BJP has clinched 37 Assembly seats, including three unopposed, ..

21 students killed in Surat building fire

 IN A major tragedy, 21 students have perished in a fire that engulfed a commercial complex in Surat on Friday where a coaching class was in progress and numerous others have been hospitalised. There were more than 50 students attending the tuition class when fire broke out in the building trapping students and others on the third and fourth floors. By last count, about 21 of them have perished some of them when they jumped off the building to escape the fire and swirling flames, fire brigade ..

Gandhi family alone can keep party intact: Congress leader

 THE stepping aside of the Gandhi family from the leadership role in the Congress following its debacle in the Lok Sabha elections is not a solution, a senior party leader said on Friday, hinting that other leaders may not be able to hold the party together. Four-time MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy said the Gandhi family has been the “binding force” for the party, keeping it intact, amid critics calling for its members to make way for others to lead after the crushing defeat. “So, ..

BJP wins 61 of 65 seats in 3 Cong-ruled States

 THE BJP has won 61 of 65 Lok Sabha seats in the three Hindi heartland States of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan that the Congress won in the Assembly polls barely five months ago. The BJP has bagged 28 of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 24 of 25 in Rajasthan and nine of 11 in Chhattisgarh. The Congress, its main competitor, has been wiped out in the three States it governs.In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress managed to bag just Chhindwara, from where Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s ..

Record 78 women MPs in new Lok Sabha

THE highest-ever number of women have been elected in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Out of 542 MPs who will take oath as members of the Lower House in the next few days, 78 are women with Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal leading at 11 each. A total of 724 women candidates contested from across the country with Congress fielding the maximum women at 54 followed closely by BJP at 53. With over 14 per cent female MPs, the 17th Lok Sabha will have the highest number of women candidates since 1952. In 16th Lok ..

Indian-Americans rejoice Modi’s victory

  By Yoshita SinghTHE massive election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party is a reflection of the emergence of ‘New India’ and will help boost the India-US alliance, Indian-Americans and bi-partisan organisations said. Modi’s first term as Prime Minister has set a high bar of leadership and governance, President of The American India Public Affairs Committee Jagdish Sewhani said. “By re-electing the BJP and the NDA, the people ..

Resignations pour in ahead of CWC meet, Rahul may quit

AFTER a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, top Congress leaders will deliberate on party losses at a meeting of the working committee slated on Saturday in which party chief Rahul Gandhi is likely to offer his resignation.Murmurs have already started within the party over taking responsibility for the poor performance of the Congress across the country, with some of its leaders already sending in their resignations. Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and Odisha Congress president ..

Modi, Shah meet Advani, Joshi

 PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday called on party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to seek their blessings, a day after the party-led NDA returned to power at the Centre with a massive mandate. Accompanied by Shah, Modi visited Advani’s house where he touched the feet of the veteran BJP leader and interacted with him briefly. Later in a tweet, Modi said, “Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP’s successes today are possible because ..

President accepts resignation of PM, Council of Ministers

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to continue till a new Government assumes office, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhawan said.The Prime Minister met the President and tendered his resignation along with the Council of Ministers, it said.“The President has accepted the resignation and requested Modi and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new Government assumes office,” the communique said.Earlier in the ..

Shah woos Nishads, promises to build grand memorial of Nishadraj in UP

 IN A bid to woo the Nishad (boatman) community ahead of the final two phases of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday promised to build an 80-feet tall statue of Nishadraj in Shringverpur in Allahabad district. Addressing a series of rallies in Balrampur, Siddharthanagar, Sant Kabirnagar and Sultanpur on Thursday, Shah said, “The place where the Kewat (boatman) had washed the feet of Lord Ram, the Government of Yogi Adityanath will construct a 80-feet-ta..

Bhubaneswar loses over one mn trees in cyclone Fani

  OVER one million trees that once stood tall and provided green cover to the Odisha capital have been felled by the raging winds of cyclone Fani, the uprooted trunks and bare branches testimony to the intensity of storm that barrelled through the State last week. The extremely severe cyclonic storm on May 3 did not result in major casualties but the environmental damage in the city is immense and it will take more than a decade to recover, officials said. Uprooted trees and fallen ..

Global food prices rise to highest levels in a yr: UN

 GLOBAL food prices climbed in April to their highest level in almost 12 months and were driven up by the cost of meat and dairy items, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Food Price Index issued on Thursday. The increase spanned all the covered food commodities except cereals, whose prices fell for the fourth month in a row amid large export availability and expectations for record global output in the coming year, said FAO. The Food Price Index, ..

Sixth phase campaigning ends

 CAMPAIGNING came to a close on Friday evening for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in 59 constituencies spread across seven States on May 12. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Digvijay Singh and BJP’s Pragya Singh Thakur are among 968 candidates in the fray. Voting will be held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, ten in Haryana, eight seats each in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Bharatiya Janata Party ..

SC to interact with wife of IPS officer who committed suicide blaming WB CM

 THE Supreme Court on Thursday said it would like to interact with the wife of Gaurav Chandra Dutt, IPS Officer who had allegedly committed suicide in February blaming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee forhis death, to know the reason for withdrawal of her plea seeking probe. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked petitioner Sreyashi Dutt, who has sought to withdraw her plea seeking investigation in the matter, to appear before the apex court on any day in July as per ..

SC reserves verdict on pleasseeking review on Rafale order

FORMER Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Friday sought from the Supreme Court setting aside its earlier verdict that dismissed their petition for criminal investigation into the Rafale fighter jet deal case.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking review of its December 14 judgement last year which had dismissed the pleas challenging India’s agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale fighter ..

Panel on Ayodhya gets time till Aug 15 to explore solution

  THE Supreme Court on Friday extended till August 15 the time for a panel of mediators, headed by former apex court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla, to explore an amicable solution to the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya.   A five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said they have received the report from Justice Kalifulla in which the panel has sought extension of timetill August 15 to complete mediation proceedings. &#..

Indian diaspora should contribute to devpt agenda back home: Venkaiah

Indian diaspora should contribute to devpt agenda back home: Venkaiah..

Badal compares Modi-Rahul battle to one between elephant, ant

 IN the wake of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Parkash Singh Badal upped the ante by comparing the battle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi to one between an elephant and ant.Speaking to ANI in Varanasi on Friday, the 91-old-leader said, “People of India need to think who they want as their Prime Minister? Who can fight Modi in a battle? This Gandhi? That would be like a battle between an elephant and an ant. That will be ..

Bihar Dy CM appears in defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi

 APPEARING before a court here on Friday in pursuance of his defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said his image has been tarnished by the Congress chief’s “why all thieves have Modi in their name” remark. The senior BJP leader requested the court to take cognisance of the comment under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC which relate to defamation, and issue summons to the Congress President and put him on trial. He contended ..

Congress won’t get even 50 seats, says Modi in Mumbai

  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday claimed that the Congress won’t get even 50 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.Speaking at an election rally here along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Modi cited a survey to support his claim. “Dont waste your vote. Better to vote for a party that is coming to power and you can strengthen it with your vote,” Modi said. “The only question now is if the BJP will better its own 2014 tally,” he added. Modi ..

Cong decision not to field Priyanka against Modi disappointing: Jaitley

TAKING a dig at Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said he was “disappointed” by the party’s decision of not fielding Priyanka Gandhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after building up a “suspense for an eventual thriller” in the Lok Sabha elections. Modi is contesting from Varanasi for the Lok Sabha and there were speculations that Congress would field Priyanka against him. However, the party on Thursday again named Ajay Rai, a political lightweight ..

Girl reaches out to Modi, seeks help to free her father from jail in Varanasi

WITH a ray of hope in her eyes, a young girl on Friday reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help to free her father from jail. Jyoti anxiously was standing in between the huge crowd of BJP workers in Varanasi when Prime Minister Modi was addressing the party workers ahead of the filing of his nomination from temple city for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Meanwhile, Modi noticed her and asked one of his SPGs to enquire about her concern. Jyoti immediately handed over a letter ..

SC stays judicial inquiry into Jaya’s death

THE Supreme Court on Friday stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 2016.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the appeal of Apollo Hospitals against the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital. “Notice. Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission,..

Navy officer from MP dies fighting fire on board INS Vikramaditya

   A 30-YEAR-OLD Indian Navy officer died on Friday while “bravely” fighting a fire onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya when it was entering the harbour in Karwar in Karnataka.The Indian Navy said that Lt Cdr DS Chauhan’s “daring efforts” prevented the fire from causing major damage to the combat capability of the 44,500 tonne carrier. Chauhan, who hails from Ratlam in Madhya Prtadesh, got married only last month. He is survived by his mother ..

Lanka Police Chief quits over failures to prevent Easter Sunday killings

 SRI Lanka’s Police Chief on Friday became the latest senior official to quit over failures to prevent the Easter massacre, as President Maithripala Sirisena said the top leader of the Islamist extremist group blamed for the deadly attacks died in the blast at the Shangri-La hotel. Sirisena, who is also the Defence Minister, said Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara resigned over failures which led to the worst terror attack in the country’s history. “The ..

SC directs RBI to disclose info on bank inspection report under RTI

   THE Supreme Court on Friday granted RBI “last opportunity” to withdraw its policy exempting the central bank from disclosing information, like annual inspection report on lenders, under the transparency law and cautioned that future violations would be “viewed seriously”.The top court made clear that RBI was “duty bound to furnish all information relating to inspection reports and other material” under the Right to Information (RTI) Act except ..

Modi files nomination for Varanasi LS seat

   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday, accompanied by a galaxy of top BJP and NDA leaders in a massive show of strength for the country’s ruling alliance.As the temple town virtually stopped in its tracks with roads cordoned off for traffic and crowds lining the streets to see the VIP cavalcade, Modi exhorted voters to not fall into the trap of those who say he has already won the election so it is fine to not exercise ..

Odisha rich in resources, its people are still poor

 Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah addresses a rally HITTING out at the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Government in Odisha, BJP President Amit Shah said on Friday the State is rich in natural resources and minerals, but its people continue to remain poor under the Naveen Patnaik-led dispensation. Addressing a rally here, Shah said the BJD Government’s rule in the State was marked by “misrule and corruption”. Taking a jibe at the Chief Minister, Shah said, “Even ..

Cong, NCP supporting those who want to separate J&K from India,

 Cong, NCP supporting those who want to separate J&K from India,  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that the Congress and NCP were in support of those who were advocating for the separation of Jammu and Kashmir from India. “Congress and NCP are supporting those who want to separate Jammu and Kashmir from the country. I do not expect anything better from the Congress, as they are the ones who are responsible for giving birth to such separatist ideologies,” ..

21 killed, 50 hurt in Pak suicide

 Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast at a fruit market in Quetta on Friday.   AT least 21 people were killed and 50 others injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded market in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Friday, in an attack believed to be targeting the Shiite Hazara ethnic minority community. Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack and ordered an inquiry. The explosion at around 7:35 AM took place in the busy wholesale market ..

good man

    THE untimely demise of Mr. Manohar Parrikar has delivered a severe blow to the country. That he was the reigning Chief Minister of Goa, or that he also served as Defence Minister with distinction, are only incidental details about the life and work of Mr. Manohar Parrikar. What was more important was that he was without doubt and beyond words one of the very good people in public life. He played his role in public life like very few would do. And as he did that and passed through ..

Of giving the sublime best

     By Vijay Phanshikar,     Life has loveliness to sell, All beautiful and splendid things, Blue waves whitened on a cliff, Soaring fire that sways and sings, And children’s faces looking up Holdin..

Reliance Foundation Founder & Chairperson Nita M Ambani poses for photo with Armed Forces’ jawans

   Reliance Foundation Founder & Chairperson Nita M Ambani poses for photo with Armed Forces’ jawans at the special Musical Fountain show at Dhirubhai Ambani Square as a post-wedding celebration in Mumbai on Tuesday...

No dialogue with Pakistan before action on terror outfits: Sushma

    NEW DELHI,  EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said India cannot have dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country acted against terror outfits on its soil, asserting that “talks and terror cannot go together”. Talking on ‘India’s World: Modi Government’s Foreign Policy’, she stated that Pakistan needs to control the ISI and its army who are bent on destroying the bilateral relations time and again. “We ..

Happiness

Words are not only meant for speaking, they all have specific meanings in themselves. And expressions! They are not only a medium to exhibit your current mood or mental state but are also a great way to add up something new to the situation, may it be good or bad. Happiness is such a mental state that causes people to have a vision that they can do everything they want. And why not? People must follow the things which make them happy and are also ethically correct. Everyo..

Put the ‘spring’ in your step

      It’s that time of the year when you get rid of shawls and overcoats and stuff them into the back of your closet. Here are six shoe trends to get that ‘spring’ in your step. Alisha Malik, Vice President Marketing and Creative Face of Metro Shoes Ltd, and Shweta Nimkar, Founder and CEO, PAIO Shoes, suggest how: Flower power: Spring is all about the bright and the beautiful. It's glorious outside and isn't it wonderful when this flower power translates ..

Fashion isn’t just a one evening story! It’s a daily mantra!

   Celeb-inspired daily wear outfit ideas!Fashion isn’t just a one evening story! It’s a daily mantra! Your daily wear has to be comfortable and stylish! But does it mean wearing baggy clothes that are too airy? Are you wearing fabrics that aren’t suitable for the weather today? Are you not sure of what pair of heels would go with your work dress today? There can be a lot of confusion around your daily wear outfit ideas especially when you want a stylish look for yourself. ..

Simple Workout Routines For Mothers

       By Sharmilee Agarwal Kapur,With a day that begins with an alarm clock, racing against time to get children ready for school, packing lunch boxes, rushing to work or staying at home to manage household chores and then coming back to dinner preparation, children's homework, tucking them to sleep and then finally setting the next day's alarm, a mother seldom gets time to relax, let alone carve out designated time for some much-needed exercise. That's why we have ..