Melania attends ‘Happiness Class,’ says curriculum inspiring

US First Lady Melania Trump virtually turned into a student herself on Tuesday in the “Happiness Class” at a Delhi Government school here, joining the children in meditating, storytelling and other relaxing activities, and noted that the unique curriculum has set a “healthy and positive” example for educators. Excited students dressed in traditional attire welcomed Melania as she arrived at the Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School at Moti Bagh in south Delhi...

Ivanka goes desi, sports silk sherwani by Anita Dongre

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump went desi on the second day of their India visit and sported a pure silk sherwani from Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre. Taking a cue from Melania Trump’s banarasi belt from Monday, Ivanka wore a traditional style Suruhi sherwani handwoven by weavers from West Bengal...

Coronavirus could trigger global pandemic: WHO

THE World Health Organisation on Monday said that the new coronavirus epidemic had “peaked” in China but warned that a surge in cases elsewhere was “deeply concerning” and all countries should prepare for a “potential pandemic”. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the peak in China occurred between January 23 and February 2 and the number of new cases there “has been declining steadily since then...

Delhi most polluted city in world: Report

DELHI topped the list of most polluted capital cities in the world in 2019, according to a new report which also revealed that 21 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India. According to the World Air Quality Report 2019 compiled by IQAir Air Visual, Ghaziabad is the most polluted city in the world, followed by Hotan in China, Gujranwala and Faisalabad in Pakistan and then Delhi in the fifth place...

Kovind hosts banquet for US President at Rashtrapati Bhawan

A STATE banquet was hosted for US President Donald Trump at the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday night with its forecourt decked up to its glory for the last engagement of his two-day visit to India. The architectural marvel, spread over 130-hectares, was lit up for Trump and his wife Melania were given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt, which has a mixture of pink and cream sandstones. As the Presidential Bodyguards lined up on the stairs leading to the Durbar Hall, Trump, who was received ..

500 ill due to food poisoning

AT LEAST 500 people were taken ill due to suspected food poisoning in the Hamidpur area of West Bengal’s Malda district, health officials said on Tuesday. Seventy persons among those taken ill were hospitalised at Bangitola rural hospital on Sunday after they started vomiting and experienced stomach ache, said Koushik Mistri, health official of Kaliachak 2 block...

India, US clinch defence deals worth $3 bn

INDIA and the US on Tuesday finalised defence deals worth USD 3 billion, and signed three MoUs, including one in energy sector, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the two countries have decided to take Indo-US ties to comprehensive global partnership level. The unprecedented and historic welcome given to Trump in India will be remembered, said Modi at a joint press meet with Trump and added that the relations between the two countries are not merely confined to Governments but are people-driven...

Chartered flight provided to bring back Indians on board Japan cruise ship: Embassy

A CHARTERED flight is being arranged to repatriate Indians on board the cruise ship off the Japan coast who have not tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Indian embassy here said on Tuesday as the number of infected Indians on the vessel rose to 14 with two new cases. A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people, on board the Diamond Princess ship when it docked at the Yokohama port, near Tokyo, on February 3...

Violence rocks Delhi again, death toll 13

SMOKE billowed in the air and mobs roamed unchecked through the streets, burning shops, pelting stones and threatening locals, as fresh violence tore through north-east Delhi, killing six more people on Tuesday and taking the toll in the communal clashes over the amended citizenship law to 13. As tension smouldered ..

Centre may extend deadline to submit bids for Air India

THE Government is likely to extend the March 17 deadline for submitting bids to buy 100 per cent stake in Air India and the Home Minister led inter-ministerial panel will later this week decide on the new date. Interested bidders can now have access to the “virtual data room” of Air India, officials said adding that more queries are expected to come in, which would be clarified by the Transaction Advisor and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Government has already extended the deadline for bidders ..

No rift among MVA partners: Uddhav

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday dismissed the Opposition BJP’s claims of “rift” among the coalition partners in the State Government, and asserted that there was “smooth” coordination among the allies. Thackeray told a meeting of legislators of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, that there has been “good coordination and cooperation” among the allies in the last three months. He sought for further strengthening the cooperation among ..

Present generation ‘lucky’ to witness construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, says Adityanath

UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday described the country’s present generation as a “lucky” one for being part of the struggle for having a Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya and being witness to its construction...

Schools reopen in Kashmir, students happy to return to classrooms

DONNING uniforms after nearly seven months, thousands of students on Monday turned up at their schools that re-opened across the Kashmir Valley after remaining shut since August last due to the situation following abrogation of Article 370 and winter vacation. All security arrangements were put in place for the students to attend schools, officials said...

India to be premier digital society, 3rd largest economy: Ambani at CEO meet

WITH mobile networks better or at par with anywhere else in the world, India has an opportunity to become a ‘premier digital society’, billionaire Mukesh Ambani said on Monday as he saw the country becoming the third world’s largest economy within the next decade. Speaking at a fireside chat with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, he said the big change driving this transformation was the deepening of mobile networks which were working at a much faster pace than before...

Over a lakh turn out at cricket stadium to hear Trump, Modi

OVER a lakh people gathered at the newly built cricket stadium in Motera area on Monday to witness US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the Namaste Trump event. Though Trump’s address was scheduled to start after 1.30 pm, people from across the state started arriving at the stadium, touted as the world’s biggest, since 8 am...


US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania on Monday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Mahatma Gandhi between 1917 and 1930 during India’s freedom struggle. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached the Ashram a few minutes earlier, showed Trump and the US First Lady ‘Hriday Kunj’, a room inside the Ashram where Gandhiji and his wife Kasturba lived. Modi explained the importance of this place in India’s freedom struggle...

US will remain a loyal friend of India: Trump

INDIA and the US are committed to defend their people from radical Islamic terrorism, resolved to significantly expand defence ties and are working on a “fantastic” trade deal, said US President Donald Trump on Monday while asserting that his country “loves” and is “loyal” to India. Addressing a huge crowd at ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Motera stadium here, the US President, accompanied by his wife Melania and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, talked about India’s great tradition of embracing individual ..

Taj a testament to diverse beauty of Indian culture: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Monday described the Taj Mahal as a “testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture”. “Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you, India,” wrote Trump in the visitors book during his visit to the 17th century monument along with First Lady Melania Trump. The visiting dignitaries were slated to spend over an hour at the historic monument, constructed by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife ..

Head Constable among 4 killed, DCP injured in riots over CAA in Delhi

A HEAD constable was among four people killed and at least 50 others, including several paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in north-east Delhi, turning it into a battlefield on Monday with frenzied protesters torching houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, and hurling stones...

Mah Budget session begins; BJP raises farm loan waiver issue

THE budget session of the Maharashtra Assembly got off to a noisy start on Monday as the Opposition BJP accused the Shiv Sena-led State Government of not fulfilling the assurances made to farmers and failing to check the rising crimes against women. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis demanded a discussion on the issue of farmers “not getting” benefits of the loan waiver scheme. He said before the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress came together to form Government in the State, the three ..

Royal graves at Taj Mahal get mud pack, chandelier refurbished for Trump’s visit

AUTHORITIES at the Archaeological Survey of India had “advanced the dates” for mud-pack treatment for the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and wife Mumtaz Mahal at Taj Mahal in view of US President Donald Trump’s planned visit to the famed mausoleum on Tuesday, an official said. The 17th-century monument to love, built over a period of nearly 20 years by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife after her death in 1631, is being refurbished to welcome the American leader and US First Lady Melania Trump. ..

Student within us must never die: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday narrated stories of courage and strength to convey that ‘age and disability’ cannot be a hurdle in achieving goals. In his monthly Mann ki Baat radio address, he gave the example of a 105-year old woman who cleared ‘level 4’ examination in Kerala recently, a 12-year-old girl who scaled Mount Aconcagua in South America and a young man from Uttar Pradesh with physical disability who opened his own slipper manufacturing unit, to drive home his point. While narrating ..

Trump is 7th US President to visit India

WITH the hype around Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India as US President reaching a crescendo, here’s a trip down the memory lane on tours by previous American presidents. It all began about 60 years ago when Dwight D Eisenhower became the first US President to visit India to give a fillip to bilateral relationship which has seen many ups and downs to finally settle down in the last few decades as a strategic partnership. — Dwight D. Eisenhower — December 9-14, 1959 It was a landmark maiden visit ..

Over 400 tribal families fear homelessness in Sonbhadra

MORE than 400 tribal families in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, have already started fearing homelessness, after the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has discovered gold deposits of around 3,000 tonnes worth Rs 12 lakh crore here, which is almost five times India’s current reserve of the yellow metal. The official process of e-tendering has started after the GSI on Saturday confirmed the gold deposits found in Son Pahadi and Hardi areas of the district. Sonbhadra’s name may come on the country’s ..

BHU team unearths 4,000-yr-old crafts village in Varanasi

A NEARLY 4,000-year-old urban settlement has been unearthed by a team of surveyors from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which experts say could be one of the craft villages mentioned in ancient texts. The university’s Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, which did the preliminary survey of the site in Babhaniyav village, 13 km from Varanasi, said it found remnants of one of the settlements mentioned in ancient literature about the holy city...

Gangster Ravi Pujari arrested in S Africa, extradited from Senegal

FUGITIVE gangster Ravi Pujari has been arrested in South Africa and being brought to India by a team of officials, including senior IPS officers from Karnataka, a top police official said on Sunday. Pujari, wanted in many cases including extortion and murder in different parts of the country, including Karnataka, and been on the run for over 15 years, was deported to Senegal in West Africa following his arrest and later extradited...

Looking forward to be with people of India: Trump

LOOKING forward to be with the people of India, US President Donald Trump on Sunday left for a historic visit to the country, which officials said will “demonstrate strong and enduring ties” between the two largest democracies of the world and significantly ramp up the defence and strategic ties. Trump is accompanied by First Lady Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and the top brass of his administration. Just before his departure, Trump said he had committed to visit India long time ..

2 injured as pro, anti-CAA protesters clash in Delhi

SPORADIC incidents of stone pelting on Sunday between anti and pro-CAA groups at Maujpur in east Delhi broke a relative lull in tension over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. The police fired teargas shells amid reports of two people being injured. The tension erupted after a pro-CAA rally in the area was stoned by a group of anti-CAA protesters. Following stone pelting by both groups, the police stepped in to disperse the two groups...

Judiciary has pursued ‘cherished goal’ of gender justice: President

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday hailed the efforts of the Indian judiciary in pursuing the “cherished goal of gender justice” and said that the Supreme Court has always been “pro-active and progressive”. Speaking at the International Judicial Conference 2020 ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’, Kovind said the apex court has led “progressive social transformation” and referred to the two decades old Vishaka guidelines for preventing sexual harassment of women at workplace and the recent direction ..

No discovery of around 3,000 tonnes of gold deposits in UP’s Sonbhadra: GSI

THE Geological Survey of India (GSI) on Saturday said there has been no discovery of gold deposits estimated to be around 3,000 tonnes in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, as claimed by a district mining official. “Such data was not given by anybody from GSI.... GSI has not estimated such kind of vast resource of gold deposits in Sonbhadra district,” GSI Director General (DG) M Sridhar told PTI in Kolkata on Saturday evening. “We share our findings regarding any resources of ore after conducting ..

Rajnath strongly rebukes politics of communalism

INDIA’S Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday strongly disapproved politics of communalism and rejected the notion that the Modi Government is against religious Minorities. In an exclusive interview to IANS, Singh reprimanded “vested interests” and politicians, including some of his own party members for indulging in communal politics. Since the BJP Government enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which fast tracks citizenship of persecuted religious Minorities of three neighbouring Islamic ..

Uttar Pradesh competes with Gujarat in welcoming Trump

WHAT Gujarat can do, Uttar Pradesh can do better, is the mantra that is guiding the hectic preparations for US President Donald Trump’s February 24 visit to the Taj city. The Yogi Adityanath Government is keen to present a dynamic profile of Uttar Pradesh which is on a development spree. Trump visit will add feathers to Yogi’s cap. Already, Uttar Pradesh is on a high with gold and platinum findings in Sonbhadra and Lalitpur, respectively...

‘Shaheen Bagh protest an example of dilemma between rights and duties of people’

UNION Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday termed the Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA as an example of the “dilemma” between rights and duties of the people. “They (protesters) understand their rights but not their duties. I do not think one can achieve their rights by hijacking (blocking) a road,” Naqvi said at Indian Student Parliament event held at Vigyan Bhawan here. “We will always be caught up in confusion if we do not understand our rights and duties,” he said...

Road at Shaheen Bagh opened by group of protesters: Locals

A SMALL stretch of the road closed for over two months in Shaheen Bagh due to an anti-citizenship law protest was “opened” by a group of demonstrators on Saturday, though police barricades continued on one side. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) R P Meena said, “Road number 9 in Shaheen Bagh was reopened by a group of protesters, but later it was closed by another group.” However, locals later said the road was again reopened by protesters on Saturday evening...

1.3 bn Indians welcomed critical judicial verdicts despite apprehensions: Modi

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi Saturday said “1.3 billion Indians” have disregarded apprehensions and “wholeheartedly” accepted recent critical judicial verdicts which were subjects of global discussion. Speaking at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference 2020 – ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court, Modi spoke about recent crucial judgements, in an apparent reference to path-breaking verdicts including in the politically-sensitive Ayodhya case. The Prime Minister ..

‘Rule of law the most fundamental feature of modern constitutions’

THE rule of law is probably the “most fundamental feature” of modern constitutions and its success depends on how judiciaries across the world respond to emerging challenges, Chief Justice S A Bobde said on Saturday. The CJI, while speaking at the International Judges’ Conference on the subject of ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court here, also stressed on the need for citizens to perform their legal duties. “Probably the most fundamental feature of most modern constitutions is ..

Nirbhaya convicts asked to avail their final family meeting

THE Tihar Jail authorities have written to the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case regarding their final meeting with their families. This comes 10 days ahead of March 3 -- the date set for the execution of the four death row convicts in the 2012 gangrape and murder case. “Given in writing to the four accused about their final meeting with family. Informed Mukesh and Pawan that they have already availed the final meeting...

Pak must crack down on terrorists for talks with India: White House

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is encouraging a reduction in tensions between India and Pakistan, the White House said on Friday, emphasising that any successful dialogue between the two neighbours would be possible only if Pakistan cracks down on terrorists and extremists on its territory. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi ended the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year. India’s decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded its diplomatic ..

3 killed, 9 hurt as crane crashes on film set of Kamal Haasan’s movie

THREE people were killed and nine injured when a crane came crashing down on the sets of actor Kamal Haasan’s upcoming film ‘Indian 2’, police said, as the veteran actor mourned the deaths. Haasan, who himself “missed death by a whisker”, announced a total sum of Rs one crore as relief to the bereaved families as well as the survivors...

SC questions issuance of death warrants by trial courts

AMID public outcry over the delay in execution of death penalty given to four convicts in Nirbhaya case, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the death warrant issued by a Gujarat court in the execution of a 22-year-old man convicted in the rape-and-murder of a three-year-old child in Surat in 2018. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant stayed the death warrant as it was issued before the limitation period. ..

India ranks 77th on sustainability: UN report

INDIA ranked 77th on a sustainability index that takes into account per capita carbon emissions and ability of children in a nation to live healthy lives and was placed 131st on a ranking that measures the best chance at survival and well-being for children, according to a UN-backed report. The report was released on Wednesday by a commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. It was commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ..

Indian scientist develops new method to survey lion populations

AN alternative method for monitoring endangered lions in India could improve estimates of their abundance, according to a study which may help inform conservation policy and management decisions. The researchers, including Keshab Gogoi from the Wildlife Institute of India, said conservation practices have enabled Asiatic lions to recover from a population of only 50 individuals in the Gir Forests of Gujarat, India, to an estimated 500 individuals today...

Not 70 lakh, 1-2 lakh to attend Trump roadshow: Official

LESS than two lakh people are expected to line up along the 22-km route of the roadshow of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on February 24, an official said on Thursday. The number is much less than what the US President has been claiming. “He (Modi) says between the stadium and the airport, well have about 7 million people. So its going to be very exciting. I hope you all enjoy it,” Trump had said recently...

20 killed in TN bus mishap

A TILE-laden container lorry crossed into a wrong lane and rammed into an oncoming Kerala-bound transport bus from Bengaluru in a high-speed head-on collision in a highway in Tamil Nadu in the wee hours of Thursday leaving 20 passengers dead and 28 injured. Police said that the accident involving the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus occurred around 4 am on the Salem-Kochi highway at Avinashi in Tirupur, 40 km from Coimbatore. As many as 48 passengers were on board the bus that was ..

Six killed, seven injured as SUV rams into truck near Chandrapur

CHANDRAPUR, SIX people including a two-year-old boy were killed and seven others injured when an SUV vehicle rammed into a stationary truck at Kesalghat village located on Chandrapur-Mul road on Wednesday night. The deceased included three women. According to information given by PI S R Rajput, Bhoyar family of Babupeth area of Chandrapur had gone to Pratapgad in Gondia district on Wednesday morning. The family along other devotees were returning home in the night when driver Jitendra Parpelliwar ..

SC order on women officers’ enabling: Army chief

ARMY chief General M M Naravane on Thursday said the force has been championing gender equality and the Supreme Court order granting permanent commission to women officers will give it a lot of clarity moving forward. The Supreme Court on Monday had directed that women officers in the Army be granted permanent commission and command postings. “Indian Army does not discriminate any soldier based on religion, caste, creed, or even gender...

India rejects China’s objection to Shah’s Arunachal visit

INDIA on Thursday strongly rejected China’s objection to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying that any criticism of visits by Indian leaders to a State of the country does not stand to reason. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable” part of India and Indian leaders routinely travel to the State as they do to any other State. China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet, objected to Shah’s ..

Time not ripe for women officers to get into combat roles: Western Command GOC

WESTERN Command GOC Lt Gen R P Singh has hailed the Supreme Court order on giving permanent commission to women officers in the Army, but said time is not ripe for them to get into combat roles. Talking to reporters after an investiture ceremony here on Tuesday, Lt Gen Singh said, “We welcome the apex court ruling giving permanent commission to women officers. It will encourage them. But at the same time, it is also true that time is not ripe to have them in combat roles”. Women officers getting into ..

Ex-DIG, 4 others get 8-yrs-jail in ‘suicide by family’ case

A FORMER DIG and four others were sentenced to eight-year imprisonment by a local court in a 2004 case in which a family of five had committed suicide, blaming the accused for the extreme step. A serving DSP of the Punjab Police was also sentenced to four years in jail. The court of Additional District Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa also slapped fine ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 on them. Former DIG Kultar Singh, DSP Hardev Singh, Parminder Kaur, Palwinder Singh, Mohinder Singh and Sabreen ..

11 Indian universities in top 100 for emerging economies

INDIAN universities had a good performance year within the emerging economies of the world as a record 11 made it to the top 100 Times Higher Education’s (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020. Only China has more universities than India in the top 100 at 30 from a total of 47 countries and territories included in the analysis released in London on Tuesday evening. A total of 56 Indian universities appear in the full ranking of a total of 533 universities across emerging economies of the ..

Mahant Nritya Das elected president, Champat Rai general secretary of Ram Mandir Trust

MAHANT Nritya Gopal Das was elected president and Champat Rai general secretary of the Ram Temple trust at its first meeting here on Wednesday. The meeting, held at the residence of senior lawyer K Parasaran, also elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s former principal secretary Nripendra Misra as the head of the temple construction committee of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust. The meeting was aimed at working out modalities to speed up the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. It ..

Trump, Modi to discuss trade, defence, other issues on 25th: Shringla

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will hold talks on February 25 to deepen cooperation in a range of key sectors including defence and trade, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Wednesday. Trump, who is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25, will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, Shringla said. India and the US have an unprecedented level of convergence, he said. Shringla said that the Namaste Trump event in Ahmedabad will be similar to the Howdy ..

PM relishes ‘litti-chokha’ during surprise visit to ‘Hunar Haat’

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a surprise visit to ‘Hunar Haat’ at Rajpath where he interacted with artisans and relished ‘litti-chokha’ and ‘kulhad’ tea. Soon after chairing a meeting of the Union Cabinet, Modi reached Rajpath where ‘Hunar Haat’ is being organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. Officials of the Ministry were surprised when they came to know about the Prime Minister’s visit, sources in the Government said. ..

India to switch to world’s cleanest petrol, diesel from Apr 1

INDIA will switch to the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel from April 1 as it leapfrogs straight to Euro-VI emission compliant fuels from Euro-IV grades now - a feat achieved in just three years and not seen in any of the large economies around the globe. India will join the select league of nations using petrol and diesel containing just 10 parts per million of sulphur as it looks to cut vehicular emissions that are said to be one of the reasons for the choking pollution in major cities. Sanjiv ..

Your right to protest shouldn’t encroach on others’ rights, SC mediator tells Shaheen Bagh protesters

SUPREME Court-appointed mediator Sadhana Ramachandran on Wednesday interacted with the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh and said that their right to protest should not affect the right of others to use public road and services. “The Supreme Court has said that you have the right to protest. The law (CAA) has been challenged in the Supreme Court. But like us, others too have their rights, like the right to use roads, open their shops, students reaching their schools...

Sanjay Kothari to be next CVC, Julka is CIC

SANJAY Kothari, the Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said on Wednesday. The committee has also chosen by a majority decision, former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, currently serving as an Information Commissioner, as the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) in Central Information Commission. “Kothari and Julka have been selected as the next ..

79% Indian birds on decline; peafowls on rise: Report

THERE has been a decline in population of 79 per cent of Indian species of birds as per the assessment of current trends, but there is also some good news as the number of Indian peafowls (national bird peacock) has shown a dramatic rise, says a report. Besides, the number of house sparrows has remained “roughly stable” across the country. Its population has gone up in rural areas, although declining in metropolitan cities, according to the State of India’s Birds Report 2020...

Terror launch pads in PoK full but Pak will not succeed in pushing terrorists in Valley: Army

TERROR launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir “are full”, but the Pakistan Army’s attempts to infiltrate terrorists under the cover of ceasefire violations are being responded to in a “hard and punishing” manner, a senior Army Commander said here. Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, who has been heading the strategic command of the Kashmir-based XV corps, is confident that Pakistan would not succeed in its attempts to push terrorists in the Valley and disturb the prevailing peace...

Rlys roots out illegal softwares blocking Tatkal ticket booking

MORE Tatkal tickets will be available for passengers now as the railways has weeded out illegal softwares and arrested 60 agents who would use them to block such tickets, a top official said on Tuesday. Railway Protection Force (RPF) Director General Arun Kumar said the cleansing operation means Tatkal tickets would be available for passengers for hours now, compared to a minute or two earlier after the booking opens. Officials explained that illegal softwares such as ‘ANMS’, ‘MAC’ and ‘Jaguar’ would ..

Govt to announce steps to deal with COVID-19 impact on industry soon: Nirmala

THE Government will soon announce measures to deal with the impact of Coronavirus outbreak on the domestic industry, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday. The minister was addressing media after meeting representatives of the industry to review the situation following the outbreak of the deadly virus in China...

Ram temple trust to meet today for setting construction deadline

SHREE Ramjanmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the trust mandated by the Central Government to complete the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, at its first meeting is set to finalise “muhurat” for beginning construction and transparent mode for collection of funds apart from discussing future course of action. The temple will have its first meeting on February 19 in the national capital with several key decisions on its agenda. The trust is expected to broadly finalise the timeline for the construction schedule ..

Delhi Police team visits university campus in Jamia violence videos case

A DELHI Police Crime Branch team visited the Jamia Millia Islamia campus on Tuesday as a series of videos of the December 15 violence inside the university emerged over the past few days. Four videos have surfaced online of the incident, the latest being on Monday. The team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Deo visited the varsity’s library that was badly damaged during the alleged police action inside the campus last year, according to officials...

LeT planned to project 26/11 attack as ‘Hindu terror’: Maria

FORMER Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has claimed that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had planned to project the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack as a case of “Hindu terror” and Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab to die as Bengaluru’s Samir Chaudhari. In his memoir ‘Let Me Say It Now’ released on Monday, Maria mentioned about the investigation helmed by him in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, which was planned by LeT and Pakistan hand was also unearthed...

Ratan Tata’s video ‘Mera baba desh chalata hai’ wins hearts

The video starts with a poem recital scene in a school where a schoolboy starts talking about his father. At the end, the advertisement shows a sanitation worker climbing down a sewer as the schoolboy explains, “Kabhi kabhi lagta hai mera baba bimariyo se haar jaega, kabhi kabhi lagta hai baba laut ke ghar nahi aaega.” ..

Delhi CM, Cabinet Ministers take charge of offices

A DAY after taking oath as Chief Minister, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took charge of his office. This is the third consecutive term for AAP supremo as Delhi Chief Minister. Members of his Cabinet, including Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Imran Hussain and Gopal Rai also took charge at the Delhi Secretariat. ..

Blessing of soil of Shivneri Fort has made me Mah CM: Uddhav

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said he reached the top post in the state due to blessings of the soil of Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was speaking at a function in Poladpur tehsil in neighbouring Raigad district to dedicate the samadhi of the Maratha Emperor’s General Tanaji Malusare, whose exploits during the Battle of Sinhagad made him a revered figure in military folklore. ..

Cong ponders over sending Priyanka to Rajya Sabha

AFTER its rout in the Delhi Assembly election, a major reshuffle is expected in the Congress where more faces from GenNext are set to be inducted in the party organisation and the Rajya Sabha as well. The Congress is weighing options to send General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi to the Upper House of Parliament in the biennial elections to be held in April. If sources are to be believed, she is likely to be sent to the Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh. ..

Ensuring devpt happens without harming environment: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that his Government firmly believes in the path of sustainable development and said it is ensuring that development happens without harming the environment. He also said that India is one of the few countries whose actions are compliant with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping rise in temperature to below two degrees Celsius. ..

Airtel pays Rs 10,000 crore to Govt towards statutory dues

WITH the Government coming down heavily on telcos after the Supreme Court’s rap, Bharti Airtel on Monday said it has paid Rs 10,000 crore to the telecom department towards statutory dues. The company said it will make payment of balance amount after self-assessment exercise. “The...Amount of Rs 10,000 crore has been paid on behalf of Bharti Airtel, Bharti Hexacom, and Telenor,” the Sunil Mittal-led company said in a statement. ..

CDS unveils big ticket military reform agenda

INDIA will have two to five theatre commands to deal with future security challenges along the western and northern borders and the first such structure is set to be made functional by 2022, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said on Monday, rolling out plans for big ticket military reforms. ..