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Chinmayanand arrested on charges of rape: Police

Police said they have also arrested three other persons on charges of extorting money from ChinmayanandFORMER Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand was arrested on Friday for allegedly raping a law student and sent to 14 days judicial custody by a court in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, police said. The BJP leader was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) of UP police from his ashram here around 8.50 am amid heavy security deployment. He was then produced at the court of Chief Judicial ..

‘Report by CJ of J&K HC doesn’t support claim that people unable to access court’

‘Report by CJ of J&K HC doesn’t support claim that people unable to access court’..

India to be much more exciting for potential investors after tax cut: Shah

NEW DELHIUNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said the Modi Government was committed in making India a big manufacturing hub and the slashing of corporate tax rates would make the country’s markets “much more exciting” for potential investors. Shah also said “rationalisation” of corporate tax had been a long-pending demand which has now become a reality.  “Modi Government is committed to making India a big manufacturing hub and this decision along with ..

SC to hear Ayodhya case for an hour more from next week

CJI is scheduled to retire on Nov 17. Therefore, court has set a deadline to conclude all the hearings in the matter on or before Oct 18, which means all the parties involved in the matter have to finish their arguments within the deadline.NEW DELHITHE Supreme Court on Friday decided to extend the daily hearing of the Ayodhya title dispute case by an hour from Monday next week. The court had earlier set October 18 as the deadline to conclude the hearing on the matter.A five-judge Constitution bench ..

Hindi second-most used ‘Google Assistant’ language globally

HINDI has emerged as the second-most used language globally on Google Assistant, the tech giant’s artificial intelligence powered assistant, behind just English, according to the tech giant. The company, which has been working on supporting Indic languages across its products like Search, Lens and others on its platform, said it will soon make Google Assistant available in Hindi on all Android TVs.   “Since introducing the Assistant in India nearly two years ago, we’ve ..

IAF chief hails national leadership for Abhinandan’s quick release

AIR Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on Friday credited the national leadership for getting back Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in record time after his capture by Pakistan during military confrontation in February.He also said the Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready for any military confrontation with Pakistan, but a decision about this has to be taken by the political leadership.  B S Dhanoa, Abhinandan  The 36-year-old IAF pilot Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistani Army on February ..

Govt slashes corporate tax rate by 10%

The new tax structure is effective from April 1, 2019, and will bring Indian corporate tax rate at par with Asian peers in a bid to attract investments BATTLING a six-year low economic growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate, the Government on Friday slashed corporate tax rates for companies by almost 10 per cent to 25.17 per cent to bring them at par with Asian rivals such as China and South Korea, as it looked to boost demand and investments.  Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ..

Sensex zooms 1,921 points after tax booster

Sensex surges 1,921.15 points to end at 38,014.62 Nifty zooms past 11,200 after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of measures to revive the ailing economyMUMBAIDOMESTIC equity benchmark BSE Sensex vaulted 1,921 points on Friday, fuelled by a slew of economy-boosting measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Logging its biggest intra-day spike in over a decade, the 30-share index soared 2,284.55 points to a peak of 38,378.02, before settling 1,921.15 points or ..

CEOs, executives of 61 US firms to join Modi at roundtable meetings at Houston

THE Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and top executives of ExxonMobil, Perot Group and Hillwood, Baker Hughes and of 13 other top US energy companies would join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the roundtable meeting in Houston on September 21, sources said on Thursday...

Delhi motorists may have to pay Rs 20,000 for violation of odd-even scheme

VIOLATION of the odd-even road rationing rule, scheduled to kick in from November 4 in the city, will invite a fine of Rs 20,000 as per amended Motor Vehicles Act The odd-even scheme involves plying of vehicles on alternate days as per the last odd or even digit of their registration numbers. Earlier, when the odd-even scheme was imposed by the Delhi Government in January and April 2016, the violation was punishable with a fine of Rs 2,000...

Contempt case against man for cursing advocate for Muslim parties closed

THE Supreme Court on Thursday closed a contempt case against an 88-year-old retired public servant for writing letters cursing senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan for appearing for Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the man had expressed regret for using such objectionable words in his communication to Dhavan. “Why are you saying all these things...

PM not to discuss Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly: MEA

INDIA will not dwell upon the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly and instead discuss its contribution on the development, peace, and security fronts as a responsible member of the global body, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. “What Pakistan is going to say is not for me to comment upon. If they wish to dwell upon this issue, they are welcome to do so. Our Prime Minister will focus on what the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level segment is meant to focus...

Doubts raised over autopsy report of Pak Hindu girl

  KARACHI :   DOUBTS have been raised over the autopsy report of a Hindu dental college student found dead in her hostel room in Pakistan’s Sindh province, as some medico-legal experts cited several flaws in it, according to a media report. Namrita Chandni, a final-year student of Bibi Asifa Dental College in Larkana district and a social activist, was found lying on a cot by her friends on Monday with a rope tied to her neck. Her room was locked from inside.   Police ..

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar felicitated in US

WASHINGTON :   SUPER 30 founder and noted mathematician Anand Kumar has been felicitated in the US with a prestigious teaching award in recognition of his contributions towards imparting education to the needy students. The Education Excellence Award 2019 was presented to Kumar by the Foundation For Excellence (FFE) at a function on the occasion of the organisation’s 25th anniversary gala in San Jose, California over the weekend.   Speaking at the event, Anand exhorted the ..

Modi blasts Sena ‘loudmouths’ without naming them on Temple

GIVING rise to a lot of speculation about the future of ruling alliance in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, praised the tenure of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his efficient leadership of the State Government, and opted to omit even the mention of Bharatiya Janata Party’s junior partner Shiv Sena in the encomium. In stern words, Modi blamed ‘loudmouths’ for their chatter on an out-of-court resolution to the Ram temple issue. He said, the Supreme Court was hearing Ram ..

NASA captures images of Vikram Lander’s landing site on Moon

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has snapped a series of images during its flyby on September 17 of Vikram’s attempted landing sight near the Moon’s uncharted South Pole. AS THE deadline to re-establish communication with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander nears, NASA’s Moon orbiter has captured images of the lunar region where the Indian mission made an unsuccessful attempt to soft-land, a senior official with the US space agency confirmed on Thursday. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ..

Rajnath becomes first Defence Minister to fly in Tejas aircraft

BENGALURU DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first Defence Minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft. After the 30-minute sortie, the Defence Minister said he chose the aircraft because it was built indigenously and described the flying experience as thrilling. “Flight very smooth, comfortable, I was thrilled. It was one of the most memorable events of my life,” said the 68-year-old Singh ..

Modi showed Pak its place by abrogating Art 370, 35A: Shah

  JAMTARA :   UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Pakistan its place by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and established that J&K is an integral part of India. Amit Shah also said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tell people of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana, when he goes there, whether he was with the decision to abrogate Article 370. Assembly elections are due in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Haryana this year.   Ad..

EU supports India, slams Pak for promoting terrorism

  European Conservatives and Reformists Group’s Geoffrey Van Orden said that Pakistan allowed its special services to support ‘suppression and terrorism’ across the Line of Control (LoC) since its inception. He also said that Islamabad has illegally occupied the parts of Jammu and Kashmir.   BRUSSELS :   IN A major blow to Pakistan, several Ministers of European Parliament (MEPs) have called out the Islamic nation for providing ‘sanctuary’ ..

IIT-Kharagpur team generates electric power from wet clothes

  KHARAGPUR/KOLKATA :   RESEARCHERS from IIT Kharagpur have developed a unique approach of generating electricity from clothes drying in natural ambience, which is otherwise a part and parcel of daily life, according to the premier institute. The researchers have utilised tiny channels, so-called nanochannels, in the cellulose-based fabric network traditionally woven, to generate electrical power through guided movement of saline water amidst continuous evaporation.   The ..

Armed Forces most trustworthy, politicians least in India: Survey

 NEW DELHI : Scientists and teachers bagged the second and third places respectively in terms of trustworthiness in professions in India, as per a study by market research firm Ipsos  OVER 70 per cent of Indians in urban areas find the Armed Forces the most trustworthy profession, while a majority of them are sceptical about politicians, according to a new survey. Scientists and teachers bagged the second and third places respectively in terms of trustworthiness in professions ..

Director of horror films Shyam Ramsay no more

 MUMBAI :  SHYAM Ramsay, one of the seven Ramsay Brothers known for cult horror films such as “Puraani Haveli” and “Tahkhaana”, died in a hospital here on Wednesday, his family said. He was 67. Shyam Ramsay died of pneumonia on Wednesday morning at a city-based hospital. “He was hospitalised two-three days ago as he was not feeling well. He passed away in the hospital due to pneumonia at around 5 am today,” a relative told PTI. The origins of the horror ..

At 17.5 mn, Indian diaspora largest in world: UN report

UNITED NATIONS INDIA was the leading country of origin of international migrants in 2019 with a 17.5 million strong diaspora, according to new estimates released by the United Nations, which said the number of migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million. The International Migrant Stock 2019, a dataset released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on Wednesday, provides the latest estimates of the number of international migrants by age, sex and ..

SC sets Oct 18 deadline for completion of arguments in Ayodhya land dispute

THE Supreme Court on Wednesday set October 18 deadline for completion of all arguments in the protracted Ram-Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute, a move that has raised the possibility of a verdict in the politically sensitive case in the middle of November. As it offered to hear the case on Saturdays as well, the court at the same time said that the parties to the dispute are free to find an amicable solution through mediation, if they want, and place the settlement before it...

Petrol, diesel prices see steepest post-Budget hike

PETROL and diesel prices were on Wednesday hiked by 24-25 paise per litre, the steepest increase since July 5 Union Budget, as a fallout of turmoil in global oil markets following drone attacks on Saudi Arabian crude oil facilities. Petrol price was increased by 25 paise per litre to Rs 72.42 and diesel by 24 paise to Rs 65.82 in Delhi market, which is sort of a national benchmark, according to price information available from state-owned fuel retailers...

‘Forces foiling Pak’s attempt to push militants into Kashmir’

PAKISTAN continues to push terrorists into India and has increased terror activities in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) even as the FATF’s sword hangs on its head. In a video accessed by ANI, it can be clearly seen that Pakistani troops or terrorists backed by Islamabad attempted BAT action force crossing the border and were immediately eliminated...

Modi’s birthday celebrated with massive ‘laddu’ in Delhi

  NEW DELHI :   DELHI Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday at India Gate with a massive cake having 370 and 35 A written on it. The party workers led by the State president Manoj Tiwari assembled at the India Gate lawns on the Tuesday night. Waving party flags and placards, the workers raised slogans hailing the Prime Minister.   A birthday cake shaped in the form of a massive ‘laddu’ having 370 and 35 A written ..

Happy birthday, Thalaiva! Tweeple wishes ‘youth icon’ Modi

TWITTERATI on Tuesday celebrated the 69th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their own style, some praying for his good health and praising his exemplary leadership skills, others dedicating songs, creating memes and GIFs and sharing his memorable photos and videos. Modi began the day with a visit to the Statue of Unity and the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat...

Hindu girl found dead in hostel room in Pak

 KARACHI :  A PAKISTANI Hindu dental college student was found dead in her hostel room in Pakistan’s Sindh province with a rope tied to her neck, a media report said on Tuesday. Namrita Chandni, a final-year student of Bibi Asifa Dental College in Larkana district, was found lying on a cot by her friends on Monday with a rope tied to her neck. Her room locked from inside, ‘The Express Tribune’ reported. Chandni belonged to Ghotki, the district which was in the news since ..

Modi releases basket full of fluttering butterflies

  AHMEDABAD :  FROM taking a stroll along the Sardar Sarovar Dam site, visiting a cactus garden in Narmada district, to releasing a basket full of fluttering butterflies into a Butterfly Garden in Kevadiya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in numerous activities in Gujarat on Tuesday to mark his 69th birthday.  At the Butterfly Garden in Kevadiya, the Prime Minister smiled as he released a large basket full of butterflies into the park. He also visited the Khalvani Eco-Tourism ..

ISRO, DRDO sign MoUs for Gaganyaan mission

 NEW DELHI :  THE Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday inked MoUs with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for development of human centric systems for the Gaganyaan project, the Defence Ministry said. Some of the critical technologies to be provided by the DRDO to ISRO include space food, space crew health monitoring and emergency survival kit, radiation measurement and protection, parachutes for safe recovery of crew module, the ministry said in a statement. ..

Missile Astra test-fired from Sukhoi

 BALASORE :  INDIA on Tuesday successfully flight-tested its indigenously developed air-to-air missile Astra, off the coast of Odisha. The state-of-the-art missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI as a part of user trials by the Indian Air Force, an official statement said. “The live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of first indigenous air-to-air missile,” it said.  Noting that the mission profile was executed in a textbook manner, it said ..

Modi turns 69

  KEVADIYA/New Delhi :   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday and spent his birthday in his home State of Gujarat offering prayers to goddess Narmada at the Sardar Sarovar dam filled to capacity for the first time, visiting the Statue of Unity and sharing a meal with his nonagenarian mother. Modi, who was greeted by leaders across the political spectrum, also addressed a public rally in Kevadia where he lauded the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, saying his Government ..

Plastic-free, clean India to inspire world: Shekhawat

IF 130 crore Indians come together to make India plastic-free and clean, it will inspire many other countries like the nation’s Independence struggle did, said Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday. He was speaking at an event organised by Sulabh International, a non-profit organisation, to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday as ‘Swachhta Diwas’ (Cleanliness Day). Shekhawat wished Modi on his 69th birthday and credited him with “restoring the legacy of the country and ..

‘India expects to have physical jurisdiction over PoK one day’

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that India expects to have physical jurisdiction over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir “one day”. “Our position on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) very clear. PoK is a part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it,” the EAM said during a briefing on the 100-day achievements of the MEA under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term in power...

Over 6 cr EPFO subscribers to get 8.65% interest for 2018-19

LABOUR Minister Santosh Gangwar on Tuesday said over 6 crore EPFO accounts will be credited with interest amount at 8.65 per cent rate for 2018-19 ahead of the festival season. The Central Board of Trustees -- the apex decision-making body of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) -- had approved 8.65 per cent interest rate for the last fiscal on February 21, this year. The proposal was sent for the concurrence of the Finance Ministry. Once approved by the Finance Ministry, the EPFO would ..

MHA team inspects work for Kartarpur corridor

A TEAM of Home Ministry officials on Monday inspected the ongoing construction work for Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak here. “I come here in my capacity as the Chairman of the Land Port Authority of India to inspect the work of the Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side of the border. The work would be completed within time,” said Govind Mohan,..

‘Nearly Rs 4K cr spent on Swachh Bharat activities’

TO MAKE the Swachh Bharat Mission a success, India mobilised huge resources for information, education and communication (IEC) activities, with a new report estimating that the cash expenditure by the Government, private sector, and the development community to be between Rs 3,500-4,000 crore in five years since the programme’s launch. Of this cash spend, around 20 per cent was spent by the erstwhile ..

Inspired by ‘3 idiots’, teenage girl perfects mirror writing

  RAIPUR :   IT IS often said that India is a land where talent is hidden in every corner. Inspired by Bollywood blockbuster ‘3 Idiots’, a Raipur-based teenage girl has perfected a unique skill of mirror writing with one hand, while simultaneously writing in plain script with the other. Speaking to ANI about the skill, the girl named Kavya Chawda said, “It takes a lot of concentration, but I have been practising this since the last three to four years. I can do ..

Ex-Andhra Speaker Rao commits suicide

  HYDERABAD :   FORMER Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao died allegedly after attempting to commit suicide at his house in Hyderabad on Monday. He was 72. Police rushed to his house in posh Banjara Hills and launched the investigation as the news spread that Rao died at a private hospital. Rao was taken to Basvatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital by his driver and gunman. The doctors have not yet announced the cause of the death. A senior TDP leader from Guntur ..

India tracks 7 Chinese vessels operating in Indian Ocean Region

By Ajit K Dubey   NEW DELHI :   The seven warships include Chinese Landing Platform Dock and three vessels each of its counter-piracy escort task force 32 and counter-piracy escort task force 33   PRESENTLY, seven Chinese Navy warships are operating in and around the Indian Ocean Region, including an over 27,000 tonnes amphibious vessel, which have been tracked closely by the Indian Navy using its American-origin P-8I anti-submarine warfare spy planes and other surveillance ..

J&K Governor calls on Prime Minister

  NEW DELHI :   JAMMU and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the State. Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday. “Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the Prime Minister’s office tweeted. Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation ..

Amit Shah reviews J&K situation in meeting

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir amidst reports of around 230 terrorists waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to enter the country, officials said. During the two-hour long meeting, also attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others, the Home Minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly along the Internation..

SC asks Centre, local administration to restore normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir

THE Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to make all endeavours to restore normalcy in Kashmir Valley as soon as possible but made it clear that the restoration would be on a “selective basis” keeping in mind national interest. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal about steps taken by authorities to restore normalcy in the State. The apex court asked Venugopal ..

Gaitonde’s painting fetches whopping Rs 26.9 crore

Vasudeo S Gaitonde’s untitled 1982 work, painted during the peak of his career, has fetched a whopping Rs 26.9 crores at Saffronart’s recent live evening sale on Modern Indian Art, making it one of the top five highest value works ever sold by an Indian artist. The green oil painting representing the artist’s precise, deliberate technique,..

Doordarshan turns 60

DOORDARSHAN turned 60 on Sunday bringing back memories of a golden period when entertainment in the country revolved around serials such as Mahabharata, Fauji and Malgudi Days. People turned nostalgic on Twitter to mark the public service broadcaster of India’s 60 years with several of them asking on social media “which is your favourite DD shows”. Some posted its iconic logo that used to appear before the start of programmes with its characteristic tune...

Human progress will be incomplete without innovative zeal, says Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary and greeted the nation on the occasion of Engineers’ Day saying that human progress would be incomplete without their innovative zeal. “Engineers are synonymous with diligence and determination. Human progress would be incomplete without their innovative zeal. Greetings on Engineers’ Day and best wishes to all hardworking engineers...

H’bad cops giving helmets instead of challans

AT A time when imposition of heavy fines for violation of traffic rules is evoking public anger in parts of the country, Rachakonda police commissionerate in Greater Hyderabad is trying an innovative method to make the motorists follow the rules. Instead of imposing fines for violations, the traffic police is facilitating the violators to buy the helmet or obtain necessary documents so that they don’t repeat the violations the next time...

45,000 people shifted after rains in MP

AROUND 45,000 people were evacuated on Sunday from flood-hit areas in various districts of Madhya Pradesh to safer places after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in many places, an official said. They have been shifted to 150 relief camps in various districts, including Mandsaur and Neemuch, where heavy rains have triggered floods, he added...

Govt to set up 1,023 special courts for trial of 1.66 lakh rape, POCSO cases

THE Union Government has proposed to set up a total of 1,023 fast-track special courts for expeditious trial of over 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the country. Each of these special courts are expected to dispose of at least 165 such case per year, said a proposal by the Department of Justice under Union Law Ministry. A total of 1,023 fast-track special courts will be set up, out of which 389 courts, as per a Supreme Court direction, will exclusively handle cases ..

Sardar Sarovar Dam to reach its full storage capacity; PM to witness milestone tomorrow

THE Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat is expected to reach its full storage capacity soon, a milestone that will be witnessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, which also happens to be his birthday. The water in the dam, considered as ‘Gujarat’s lifeline, is likely to touch the full reservoir level of 138.68 m soon, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said...

‘Nearly two dozen terrorists present in Srinagar, threatening shopkeepers’

NEARLY two dozen terrorists are present in the city and its periphery and even openly threatening shopkeepers in some areas, raising serious concern in the security establishment, according to officials. However, security forces are taking all precautions to ensure that the terrorists do not use the situation to cause any flare-up as in the past incidents of stone pelting by youths have occurred during anti-militancy operations, they said...

8 people killed as boat capsizes in AP

A PRIVATE boat carrying around 60 tourists capsized in swollen Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh, leaving at least eight people dead and 25 others missing on Sunday, the state government said. As many as 27 people survived the tragedy and were brought to safety, the state Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said in a release late tonight. The boat ‘Royal Vasishta’ was on its way to the picturesque Papikondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident, apparently on colliding ..

IAF receives Spice-2000 ‘building blaster’ bombs

IN A major boost for India’s aerial firepower, the Indian Air Force has started receiving the ‘building blaster’ version of the Balakot airstrike-fame Spice-2000 bombs at the Gwalior airbase. The Israeli firm has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently, top IAF sources told ANI...

Eating glass for 40 yrs to have fun, claims MP lawyer

  DINDORI :   IN a shocking and strange habit, a man in Madhya Pradesh’s Dindori claims he has been eating glass just for fun for over 40 years. Dayaram Sahu, a lawyer by profession, has been eating glasses of bulbs, liquor bottles and other objects since his childhood. “I wanted to do something different so I started this. I felt a good taste when I first ate it.   When people came to know that I can eat glass, they found it startling so I continued eating for ..

India, Pak agree to let 5000 pilgrims visit Kartarpur gurudwara everyday

  LAHORE :   “The two sides agreed that the Indian citizens will be given a corridor card at the beginning of the yatra, while their passports would be submitted to the management and would be given back to them upon their return.”   CLOSING gap on a number of key issues, India and Pakistan on Saturday agreed that over 5000 pilgrims can visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib every day using the corridor and would be provided free pick and drop, medical services, ..

BJP HQ holds exhibition to mark Modi’s birthday

NEW DELHI :   The exhibition is on Narendra Modi’s achievements as Prime Minister    AN exhibition on Narendra Modi’s achievements as Prime Minister opened at the BJP headquarters here on Saturday, showcasing key decisions taken by his dispensation -- from abrogation of Article 370 provisions to making a law against ‘triple talaq’. Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah inaugurated the exhibition being held under party’s “seva saptah”..

Shah, BJP leaders mop floor at AIIMS as part of ‘seva saptah’

  NEW DELHI :   BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) president and Home Minister Amit Shah and his party colleagues mopped the floor at the AIIMS and met sanitation workers and children admitted at the hospital as he launched a “seva saptah” (week of service) on Saturday to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17. Shah said that Modi had dedicated his life to serving the country, especially the poor, so it is only natural that the party should ..

Hindi can unite country: Amit Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday pitched for a common language for the country and said as Hindi is spoken the most, it can unite the whole country. The Home Minister also asked everyone to use their native languages as much as possible, but said efforts will be made to expand Hindi’s reach to different parts of the country...

NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale joins BJP

NATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) MP Udayanraje Bhosale joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP )here on Saturday in the presence of top BJP leaders, including its president Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, with Shah asserting that the BJP-led alliance will come back to power in the state with three-fourths majority...

Nirmala announces Rs 70,000 cr package for exports, real estate sectors to boost growth

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday unveiled over Rs 70,000 crore of measures for exporters and the real estate sector, including about Rs 30,000 crore new spending in plans such as setting up of a stressed asset fund, as part of efforts to boost economic growth from a six-year low. While measures to boost exports include remission of duties, higher insurance coverage and technology enablement to cut downtime at ports, for real estate sector a Rs 20,000 crore fund -- with half of the money ..

Pak raises white flag to retrieve bodies of its two soldiers along LoC

PAKISTAN military raised the white flag to retrieve bodies of its two soldiers along the LoC in Hajipir sector of PoK after they were killed by the Indian security personnel during cross border firing, Army sources said on Saturday. The Indian Army on Saturday released a 1.47-minute video of the incident which showed Pakistan military personnel raising the white flag to retrieve the bodies of their soldiers. On September 10-11, Indian troops killed a Pakistani Sepoy Ghulam Rasool of their Punjab Regiment ..

Pak to charge Kartarpur pilgrims $20 as service fee

ISLAMABAD :   PAKISTAN on Thursday said that pilgrims will be charged USD 20 as service charge for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. “Pakistan will charge USD 20 per person as service fees, not entrance fees, for Kartarpur Corridor,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a weekly briefing. Earlier this month, India and Pakistan had failed to finalise an agreement on the Kartarpur corridor following differences over key issues including Islamabad’s ..

HC seeks CBI’s response on Chidambaram’s bail plea

    NEW DELHI :   THE Delhi High Court on Thursday sought CBI’s response on the bail plea of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar Jail in the INX Media corruption case. Justice Suresh Kait issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Chidambaram’s bail plea in which he has claimed that the criminal proceedings against him were “mala fide” and borne out of “political vendetta”. The court asked the CBI ..

ISRO expert explains Vikram’s planned operation

    CHENNAI :   Using ‘15 mins of terror’ term is disservice to science, says Senior Advisor to ISRO Tapan Misra This term was coined by a team in Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), US    EVEN as serious attempts are being made by Indian space agency to establish communication link with its Moon lander Vikram that lost contact with ISRO before landing on the lunar surface, a Senior Advisor in ISRO has explained in simple terms the landers planned operations. ..

Jitendra Singh slams Pakistan as truck loaded with arms seized in Kashmir

 Police personnel show three suspected JeM terrorists, who were arrested after recovery of a huge load of arms and ammunition from a Kashmir-bound truck, in Kathua, Jammu on Thursday. (PTI) NEW DELHI :  UNION Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday slammed Pakistan after a truck loaded with arms and ammunition was seized from Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. A truck carrying arms and ammunition was seized from the Kathua region of J&K on Thursday by security forces. Sridhar Patil, ..

Kashmir integral part of India: Top Muslim body

TOP Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JuH) on Thursday came out in support of the Centre’s decision abrogating provisions of Article 370, saying Kashmir is an “integral part” of the country and the welfare of people in the Valley lies in their integration with India. In the resolution passed in its annual general meeting held here, JuH rallied for a united India. “It is our belief that the welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India...

PM launches pension schemes for farmers, others

Also inaugurates a new building of Jharkhand Assembly and a multi-modal cargo terminal PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, who was in the Jharkhand capital on Thursday, launched ambitious pension schemes for farmers, shopkeepers and self-employed persons. The Prime Minister also inaugurated a new building of the Assembly and a multi-modal cargo terminal, which is expected to ease transportation in the region. The ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana’ will help small and marginal farmers by providing a ..

Army ready for action in PoK: General Rawat

ARMY chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that forces are always ready for action in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). “The Army is always ready (Sena to hamesha taiyar rehti hai),” General Rawat told reporters when asked if his force is ready for action in PoK. However, the Army chief made it clear that a decision in this regard has to be taken by the Central Government. “This has to be done by the Central Government...

NASA joins ISRO to contact Vikram

AS THE Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing its attempt to reach out to India’s moon lander sending communication signals with its Deep Space Network (DSN), American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is also sending radio signals to Vikram to establish contact. “Attempts are being made to reestablish communication links with the moon lander Vikram...