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First batch of explosives reaches site of Noida twin towers amid tight security

THE process for rigging Supertech’s illegal twin towers in Noida with explosives started Saturday, with the nearly 100-metre-all structures set to be demolished on August 28, officials said. More than 3,500 kg of explosive will be filled in around 9,400 holes drilled in the columns and shears of the skeletal structures of the twin towers which will be razed to the ground. The first batch of explosives reached the site in Noida’s Sector 93A around 9 am amid tight police security, the officials said. ..

Hizb chief’s son, wife of ‘Bitta Karate’ among 4 employees sacked by J&K admin

THE Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday sacked four employees including son of Syed Salahuddin, the self-styled chief of banned terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, and the wife of a jailed separatist who was also involved in fatal attack on minority community members. All the four have been dismissed for allegedly having links with forces working against India and spreading malicious propaganda, officials said. They have been dismissed under Article 311 of the Constitution which enables the Government ..

10th arrest in killing of Amravati chemist

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that they have arrested the tenth accused in connection with the killing of pharmacist Umesh Kolhe (54) in Amravati district of Maharashtra for allegedly supporting former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. The accused has been identified as 28-year-old Shaikh Shakeel. An NIA official said that the accused was arrested for his alleged role in the conspiracy involving the murder of Kolhe. Shakeel played an active role in the conspiracy. Nine accused persons ..

Srivastava remains on ventilator in ICU

POPULAR comedian-actor Raju Srivastava continues to be on ventilator in the intensive care unit of AIIMS here and his condition has not improved, hospital sources said on Friday. The 58-year-old stand-up comic was admitted to the hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday and underwent an angioplasty the same day. “Srivastava continues to be critical and on ventilator. His condition has not improved. He has not regained consciousness since he was admitted to the hospital,” the source ..

Golden period of Indian sports is knocking on the door: Modi

THE golden period of Indian sports is knocking on the door, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday as he hailed the gutsy show of the Indian contingent which returned with 61 medals from the Commonwealth Games. PM Modi on Saturday hosted the Indian contingent at his residence to felicitate the players here. The Indian athletes produced a sensational show in Birmingham, claiming 61 medals, including 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze. “The real assessment of this performance can’t be made with ..

CCI clears acquisition of ACC, Ambuja Cements by Adani Group

THE Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given its approval for the acquisition of Holcim’s stake in Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd by the Adani Group. In a tweet on Friday, the watchdog said it has approved the “acquisition of the stake in Holderind Investments, Ambuja Cements and ACC by Endeavour Trade and Investment”. The proposed combination involves acquisition of 100 per cent stake in Holderind Investments Ltd by Endeavour Trade and Investment Ltd. Endeavour Trade and Investment Ltd is a Mauritius-based ..

‘Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye, liver damaged’

Author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man on stage at a literary event in New York State, is currently on a ventilator with a damaged liver, unable to speak, may lose one of his eyes according to his agent. Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing “The Satanic Verses”, was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident identified as Hadi Matar on stage on Friday while he was being introduced at the event of the Chautauqua Institution in Western ..

Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19 again

OVER two months after contracting the coronavirus infection, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 again and will remain in isolation. Earlier this week, her daughter and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had also tested positive. “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for COVID-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol,” Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet Saturday. Sonia Gandhi had ..

World’s highest Rly bridge gets golden joint

THE golden joint of the world’s highest Chenab railway bridge was inaugurated on Saturday. For the first time ever since Independence, Srinagar will be linked to the rest of India through railway after the overarch deck on the world’s highest single-arch railway bridge over Chenab river will be launched. From the two ends of the Chenab river valley, the bridge superstructure on the arch was being gradually pushed, and it will eventually connect at the centre of the arch. Speaking to ANI, Sanjay Gupta, ..

PM Modi meets V-P Dhankhar

   NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar here. Modi drove down to Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas to meet Dhankhar, who was sworn in as the 14th Vice President of India on Thursday.“Hon’..

Tales of valour of soldiers to be included in school curriculum: Education Minister

   NEW DELHI, THE Education Ministry will work with the Defence Ministry to include tales of valour of India’s soldiers in the last 75 years into school curriculum and textbooks, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday.&..

Apex court fixes Aug 28 for razing Noida twin towers

    NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Friday fixed August 28 for the demolition of Supertech’s twin 40-storey towers in its Emerald project in Noida and also relaxed the time frame till September 4 in case of delays arising f..

Assets of some IAS, IPS officers under ED scanner

    KOLKATA, THE assets of some of the eight Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and five Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers from West Bengal, who have been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to New Delhi for ..

‘Newly-designed Vande Bharat train has innovative features’

   CHENNAI, THE newly-designed Vande Bharat trains being produced at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai are world-class and contain several innovative features, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday.Speaking after ..

Gujarat Cong MLA’s son-in-law booked for culpable homicide after SUV kills 6 persons

   ANAND, POLICE have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the son-in-law of a Congress MLA in Gujarat after his Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) rammed into an autorickshaw and a motorcycle, killing six p..

Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in J&K attack

   JAMMU, THE Army paid rich tributes on Friday to the gallant soldiers who died in the line of duty while foiling the suicide attack by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri.A defence statement said, “Today, in a solem..

151 police personnel to get Home Minister’s ‘Excellence Medal’

   NEW DELHI, AS MANY as 151 police personnel, including 28 women officers, from across the country were selected for the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ which was announced on Friday. Th..

2,251 live cartridges recovered in Delhi, 6 held

    NEW DELHI, AHEAD of Independence Day, the Delhi Police recovered over 2,200 live cartridges near Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal and arrested six people in this connection, officials said on Friday.The accused have been i..

Celebrated author Salman Rushdie stabbed in New York

    NEW YORK, SALMAN Rushdie, the Mumbai-born controversial author who faced Islamist death threats after writing ‘The Satanic Verses’, was attacked and suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck when a man stormed th..

Bawankule is new Mah BJP chief; Shelar gets Mumbai

    NEW DELHI, THE BJP on Friday appointed Chandrashekhar Bawankule as its Maharashtra unit president and Ashish Shelar as Mumbai unit chief ahead of municipal polls in the city. Bawankule, who belongs to an Other Backward Classes..

Mother, son clear Kerala State Govt exam

   MALLAPURAM (Kerala), BINDU has cleared the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) examination at the age of 42. What makes it more special is that her 24-year-old son, Vivek, has passed the examination, which makes them both eligibl..

Parliamentary panel recommends reward, punishment system for grievance officials

    NEW DELHI, A PARLIAMENTARY standing committee, in its recent report, has recommended a system of reward and punishment for officials entrusted with resolution of public grievances.“The Committee would like to suggest tha..

Raju Srivastava ‘critical’ following heart attack

   NEW DELHI,  POPULAR comedian-actor Raju Srivastava is “critical and on ventilator” in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the AIIMS, said hospital sources on Thursday.Following a heart attack on Wednesday, the 58-year-..

PM Modi celebrates Rakhi with daughters of PMO staff members

   NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Raksha Bandhan on Thursday with the daughters of his office staffers tying rakhis on his wrist. He gave them a national flag each for the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme.&#..

No takers for Mumbai’s Jinnah House, where Gandhi, Nehru discussed Partition

   MUMBAI,  MUMBAI’S famed landmark -- the Jinnah House on Malabar Hill -- which was once the hub of brainstorming sessions over the contentious Partition of India, remains a charming orphan since the past 75 years.Top leade..

Your energy is infectious: PM Modi writes to Venkaiah

   NEW DELHI,PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has lauded former Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu for his commitment to ideology, which drove him to join a political party that had little presence in his State of Andhra Pradesh, saying his ̶..

No-trust motion against HP Govt defeated by voice vote

    SHIMLA, A NO-CONFIDENCE motion moved by the Congress and the CPI(M) against the Jai Ram Thakur Government in Himachal Pradesh was defeated by voice vote in the State Assembly on Thursday.The Opposition MLAs walked out of the H..

TMC leader Mandal arrested in cattle smuggling case

  BOLPUR (WB),  SENIOR Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mandal was on Thursday arrested by the CBI from his residence here in connection with a cattle smuggling case, after twice skipping his scheduled appearance before the central ..

Four soldiers martyred, twoterrorists killed in ‘Fidayeen’ attack on Rajouri Army camp

    JAMMU, TERRORISTS attacked an Army camp in Rajouri district on Thursday killing four soldiers and the two attackers were gunned down in the shootout after the pre-dawn suicide strike that marked the return of ‘fidayeen&#..

Rs 56 crore cash, Rs 14 crore jewellery seized in Mah I-T raids at 30 premises

    NEW DELHI,THE Income Tax Department has seized a whopping Rs 56 crore in cash apart from jewellery valued at Rs 14 crore after it raided two major Maharashtra business groups engaged in manufacturing of steel TMT bars, the CBDT sai..

Jagdeep Dhankhar takes oath as 14th Vice-President of India

    Delhi Bureau and AgenciesNEW DELHI, JAGDEEP Dhankhar was on Thursday sworn in as the 14th Vice-President of India. President Draupadi Murmu administered the oath to Dhankhar (71) during a brief ceremony at the Rashtrapati B..

Parlt panel recommends senior citizen rebate restoration in sleeper, AC 3-tier

    NEW DELHI, A PARLIAMENTARY committee has recommended that senior citizen concessions be reviewed and restored “urgently” at least for sleeper class and AC 3-tier train travel.In its report submitted on August 4, th..

Assam, Mizoram hold border talks

    AIZAWL, HIGH-LEVEL delegations of Mizoram and Assam Governments on Tuesday held border talks here and expressed hope to resolve the decades-old boundary dispute between the two North-eastern neighbours amicably.The delegations..

‘India faces conventional, non-conventional threats’

    HYDERABAD,  INDIAN society is extremely sensitive to challenges of security, perhaps more than many of its contemporaries and it faces conventional and non-conventional threats of a broad range, External Affairs Minist..

Stung by Nitish’s ‘betrayal’, BJP stages protest in Bihar

    PATNA, STRIPPED of power in Bihar, the BJP on Wednesday staged a massive demonstration condemning the “betrayal” of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose similar volte face five years ago had helped it join the Governm..

SC clubs, transfers all FIRs against Nupur to Delhi Police

   NEW DELHI, Supreme Court on Wednesday directed clubbing and transfer of all FIRs lodged across the country against suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma to Delhi Police in connection with her remark on the Prophet made during a TV ..

Mah doubles compensation for rain-affected farmers

   MUMBAI, THE Maharashtra Government on Wednesday decided to double the amount of compensation which the farmers affected by the excessive rains in July are entitled to get. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde made the announcement here afte..

‘Winter session in new Parlt building’

   NEW DELHI, ALL-OUT efforts are being made to finish the remaining work on the new Parliament building so that the Winter session is held there, officials have said.Handwoven cushioned carpets of Mirzapur and stones from Madhya Prade..

Need to upgrade education patterns in military: IAF chief

    GANDHINAGAR,  AIR Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari on Wednesday said that there is need to upgrade and fine-tune the education and training pattern of military officers in the face of challenging security dynamics.The Indian A..

Home-grown howitzer gun to be used for ceremonial 21-gun salute on I-Day

    NEW DELHI,FOR the first time, a home-grown howitzer gun will be used for the ceremonial 21-gun salute during the Independence Day ceremony at Red Fort, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar said on Wednesday. The Advanced Towed Artillery Gu..

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM again

    PATNA, JANATA Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for a record eighth time in a no-frills ceremony at Raj Bhawan, a day after snapping ties with the BJP-led NDA and joining hands wit..

Bill in Lok Sabha to amend Electricity Act

   NEW DELHI, A BILL to amend the Electricity Act to allow non-discriminatory open access to distribution networks of power suppliers was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday amid protests by the Opposition, which claimed that it seeks to..

Never aspired to be President, won’t become a dissident: V-P

    NEW DELHI, OUTGOING Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said he never aspired to be the President and will not turn into a “dissident”, but will continue to remain connected with people and interact wit..

1 killed in cloudburst in HP’s Chamba; some houses vacated

   SHIMLA,  CLOUDBURSTS struck at least two villages in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district, killing a 15-year-old boy and prompting evacuation of some houses, officials said Monday. The Chamba District Emergency Operation Ce..

BJP leaders meet at Dy CMFadnavis’ Mumbai residence on eve of Cabinet expansion

    MUMBAI,  SENIOR Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Monday assembled at the Mumbai residence of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss the names of the probables to be inducted into the State C..

Mandal skips CBI summons;hospital refuses admission

   KOLKATA,  STATE-RUN SSKM Medical College & Hospital on Monday refused admission to Trinamool Congress strongman and party’s Birbhum district president, Anubrata Mandal. Ignoring Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) s..

20-ft high Gandhi statue made from 1,000 kg waste unveiled in Noida

    NEW DELHI, A STATUE of Mahatma Gandhi, made from recycled waste, was on Monday unveiled in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida as a symbol of ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) on the 80th anniversary of ‘Quit India Movem..

PM Modi hails Venkaiah Naidu’s witty one-liners as RS bids farewell to V-P

    Delhi Bureau and AgenciesNEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi Monday said M Venkaiah Naidu’s witty one-liners were “revered, and never countered”, and hailed his highly productive five-year term as Vice Pr..

Parlt adjourned sine die 4 days ahead of schedule

    NEW DELHI, THE Monsoon session of Parliament ended on Monday four days ahead of schedule.Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House sine die, saying it met for 16 days and passed seven legislations.Rajya Sabha Chairman M V..

Ex-Coal Secy gets 3-yr jail term in coal scam

    NEW DELHI, A SPECIAL court here on Monday sentenced former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta to three years imprisonment and former Joint Secretary K.S. Kropha to two years jail term in a case related to the allocation of the Lohara E..

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion today: CM Eknath Shinde

    MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will expand his 40-day-old Ministry on August 9, he said on Monday. Shinde was sworn-in as the Chief Minister on June 30 along with Devendra Fadnavis, who took oath as Deputy CM..

Shuttlers, paddlers provide golden finish for India

    BIRMINGHAM,LED by the iconic PV Sindhu, Indian shuttlers owned the badminton arena by winning all three titles on offer on the day while paddler Sharath Kamal yet again reminded everyone of his class and awe-inspiring longevity wit..

India records 18,738 new COVID cases

    NEW DELHI, WITH 18,738 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases has risen to 4,41,45,732 while the active cases have increased to 1,34,933, according to the Union Health Ministr..

Dhankhar meets outgoing V-P Venkaiah Naidu

    NEW DELHI, JAGDEEP Dhankhar who is set to take oath as the next Vice President this week met incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu here on Sunday.Dhankhar and his wife Sudesh were welcomed at the Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas by Naidu and his sp..

Uddhav sacks Shiv Sena’s Nanded district chief ahead of Mah CM’s visit

    MUMBAI, SHIV Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday sacked the party’s Nanded district chief Umesh Munde for indulging in “anti-party activities”, a senior party leader said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Ekna..

Mah CM seeks Centre’s aid in agriculture, education sectors

    MUMBAI,MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday urged the Central Government to increase the procurement limit for the minimum support price (MSP) be increased to 50 per cent of the production, and also sought its support..

EC issues certificate of election to Dhankhar

   NEW DELHI,  THE Election Commission on Sunday issued a certificate announcing the election of NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar as the 14th Vice President of India.Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner ..

HAL developing long-endurance drone for vigil over LAC

    NEW DELHI, STATE-RUN aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is working on an AI-driven multi-role, advanced and long-endurance drone for strategic missions in high-altitude areas including along the frontiers with ..

Scindia flags off Akasa Air’s inaugural flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad

    NEW DELHI,  AVIATION Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday virtually flagged off Akasa Air’s first commercial flight that departed from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Akasa Air, which is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjh..

Not to join Union Council of Ministers again: JD(U)

    PATNA, BIHAR Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) on Sunday made it clear that it will not join the Union Council of Ministers, where it has been left with no representation after the resignation of RCP Singh. Addressing ..

ISRO faces setback as maiden SSLV mission suffers ‘data loss’

    SRIHARIKOTA (AP),THE Indian Space Research Organisation on Sunday faced a blip in its plan to tap the small satellite launch vehicle market, as an anomaly in the placing of the satellites by the rocket led to deviation on its path ..

PM makes strong pitch for modernising farm sector

    NEW DELHI,PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a strong case for modernising agriculture, animal husbandry and food processing to help the country become self-sufficient and a global leader in the agriculture sector.The Prim..

Boxers Panghal, Nitu, Nikhat; para TT player Bhavina add golden hue

    BIRMINGHAM, INDIAN boxers Amit Panghal, Nitu Ghangas and Nikhat Zareen captured boxing golds in style for the country while para table tennis player Bhavina Patel also grabbed the yellow medal. Indian athletes added to the cou..

‘Nothing to indicate that Vora handled financial decisions’

SOURCES of Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said that neither Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, party MP Rahul Gandhi nor other Congress leaders who were questioned in the National Herald case submitted any documents to substantiate the claims that financial decisions were taken by the party’s former treasurer Motilal Vora. ED sources said that both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had named the Congress party’s longest-serving treasurer as having taken the decision of share transfer of Associate ..

‘Raids on Tamil Film producer detected undisclosed income exceeding Rs 200 cr’

THE Income Tax Department on Saturday claimed to have detected undisclosed income exceeding Rs 200 crore besides Rs 26 crore in cash during a recent raid on Tamil film producer G.N. Anbu Chezhiyan’s premises. The officials, however, did not confirm whether the cash was recovered from Chezhiyan’s premises or whether the undisclosed income also belonged to him or not...

No ministerial powers given to bureaucrats: CM Shinde

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday clarified that no ministerial-level powers have been given to the secretaries except in quasi-judicial matters. Following an order issued on August 4, the Government had faced criticism that all decision-making powers have been given to the bureaucrats as the Cabinet currently has only two members, Shinde and his Deputy Devendra Fadnavis...

Need to streamline child adoption process: SC

THE Supreme Court on Friday said child adoption process in India is “very tedious” and that there is an urgent need for the procedures to be “streamlined”. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and J B Pardiwala asked Additional Solicitor General K M Nataraj, appearing for the Centre, to file its response to a PIL detailing steps to streamline process of adoption of children in the country. “The reason we have issued notice on the PIL is that the process of child adoption is very tedious in India. The ..

Take action on releasing prisoners in jail for long: SC to Centre, States

THE Supreme Court on Friday reiterated that prisoners, especially from the weaker economic social milieu, who have been languishing in jail for 10 years, should be released on bail, and since the country is celebrating 75 years of Independence, some action in this direction should be taken by both the Central and State Governments. A bench of Justices S K Kaul and M M Sundresh said, prisoners who are languishing in jail for 10 years should be released on bail and prisoners who have been in jail for ..

Hope everything will go smoothly on next CJI’s appointment, says Rijiju

LAW Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said formalities are being carried out ahead of the appointment of the next chief justice of India and hoped that everything will go smoothly because the Government is “always particular” about rules and conventions. Responding to questions on the appointment of the next CJI, Rijiju told reporters outside Parliament House that he has received the letter from Chief Justice of India N V Ramana “nominating the next possible successor to become the CJI”. “There is a ..

Jagdeep Dhankhar wins Vice-Presidential poll

NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar was declared elected as the Vice President of India on Saturday after he bagged 528 votes against his rival candidate Margaret Alva’s 182. Dhankhar, 71, will succeed M Venkaiah Naidu who demits office August 10. The Returning Officer of the Vice-Presidential election said of the total 780 electors, 725 cast their ballots but 15 votes were found to be invalid. The turnout was 92.94 per cent, he said, adding that a candidate needed 356 votes to get elected. Of all the ..

History beckons ISRO with maiden SSLV-D1/EOS-2 mission

THE Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on the cusp of making history as the space agency is all set to embark on its maiden Small Satellite Launch Vehicle mission, ferrying an earth observation satellite and a student satellite from the spaceport in Sriharikota, about 135 kms from here on Sunday. After carving a niche on successful mission launches through its trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV), Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), ISRO would be making its maiden launch ..

ED questions Raut’s wife Varsha for 9 hrs

JAILED Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut left the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) office on Saturday night after recording her statement in connection with the alleged Patra Chawl redevelopment scam for more than nine hours...

Mah Revenue Deptt standardises land records system

    MUMBAI,THE Revenue Department of the Maharashtra Government claimed to have succeeded in standardising the land records system and making these documents error-free by bringing in uniformity in the terminology used differently in d..

Ex-Cong leader Kuldeep Bishnoi joins BJP

   NEW DELHI, FORMER Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi joined the BJP on Thursday along with his wife Renuka Bishnoi here in the presence of senior party leaders, including State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Bishnoi, son of..

PM Modi gave an all-reaching, all-inclusive Govt in 8 yrs: Shah

   BENGALURU, UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave an all-inclusive and all-reaching Government in the last eight years.Shah also took an apparent swipe at the earlier UPA Government at the C..

Navy’s all-women crew completes maritime reconnaissance in North Arabian Sea

    MUMBAI, AN ALL-WOMEN crew of the Indian Navy has completed maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the North Arabian Sea onboard a Dornier 228 aircraft, the Navy said on Thursday. The mission was completed on Augus..

SC asks EC not to take precipitate action for now on Shinde camp plea

    NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Election Commission not to take any precipitate action for now on the Eknath Shinde faction’s plea that it be considered the real Shiv Sena and granted the party’s..

Court extends Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s ED custody till Aug 8 in PMLA case

   MUMBAI, A SPECIAL court here on Thursday extended till August 8 the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a money laundering case.While extending the custody, the court noted that the ED has made “..

Reliance Jio may launch 5G services in India on I-Day

   NEW DELHI, AS THE race to launch 5G services for millions of smartphone and internet users take steam, Reliance Jio may launch its 5G services on August 15.Earlier this week, Akash Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said that ..

Jaishankar, Blinken discuss situation in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Taiwan

   NEW DELHI, EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday held talks on pressing global challenges, amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi&#..

CJI NV Ramana recommends Justice UU Lalit as his successor

    NEW DELHI, CHIEF Justice of India N V Ramana on Thursday set in motion the process of appointment of his successor by recommending the name of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit to the Centre in accordance with convention. The CJI perso..

ED searches Herald house in Kharge’s presence

   NEW DELHI, THE Enforcement Directorate on Thursday resumed its raids at the office of Young Indian (YI), the holding company of Congress owned newspaper National Herald, after senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge presented himself..

Tulika Mann wins silver in women’s 78kg judo event

    By Bharat SharmaBIRMINGHAM, INDIAN judoka Tulika Maan gave her all but came up short against Scotland’s Sarah Adlington in the final to settle for a silver medal in the women’s 78kg category in the Commonwealth Gam..

Anganwadi scheme open to all, Aadhaar must

   NEW DELHI, THE Anganwadi Services Scheme is open to all eligible beneficiaries and the only pre-condition is that the beneficiary has to be registered at the nearest Anganwadi centre with Aadhaar identification, according to new gui..

Two sr Cong leadersin Gujarat to join BJP

    AHMEDABAD,  SIDELINED, dissatisfied and unhappy with the State leadership, two senior Congress leaders have announced that they are quitting the party and will be joining the BJP next month as they are impressed with Prim..

Eye on K’taka polls, Rahul gets ‘Linga deeksha’ at Lingayat Mutt

    CHITRADURGA FOCUSING on breaking the dominant Linagayat community’s allegiance to BJP in Karnataka, Opposition Congress has started wooing the community ahead of Assembly polls in 2023.Giving clear hints about the plans,..

Security infra for BSF along India-Pak creek area in Guj to be strengthened

    NEW DELHI, SECURITY infrastructure for BSF troops deployed in the marshy creek areas of Kutch along the India-Pakistan international maritime border in Gujarat will be upgraded amid an increase in the number of apprehensions o..

Cong leaders change display pics to Nehru holding tricolour

    NEW DELHI, THE Congress and a host of its leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Wednesday changed their social media display pictures to an image of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru h..

ED attaches Rs 415 crore assets of Bhosale, Chhabria

   NEW DELHI, ASSETS worth Rs 415 crore of arrested Maharashtra builders Avinash Bhosale and Sanjay Chhabria have been attached in the Yes Bank-DHFL bank loan fraud linked money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate said on Wedn..

Redraft submissions on Uddhav camp pleas: SC to Shinde faction

    NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to redraft its submissions on petitions filed by the rival Uddhav Thackeray group on constitutional issues arising due t..

Nine new ministers take oath in Mamata Cabinet in W Bengal

    KOLKATA, NINE new ministers were inducted in the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government on Wednesday - five as Cabinet Ministers, two as Ministers of States (Independent charge) and two as Ministers of State.However, till ..

Suresh N Patel appointed as new CVC

    NEW DELHI, VIGILANCE Commissioner Suresh N Patel was on Wednesday appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), a year after the post fell vacant.Patel, who has been working as the acting Central Vigilance Commissione..

ED seals Young Indian office in National Herald premises

    NEW DELHI, IN A major development in connection with the ‘National Herald’ case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday sealed the office of Young Indian Private Limited situated in building of Herald House ..

Badminton mixed team wins silver

   BIRMINGHAM, KIDAMBI Srikanth came up with an underwhelming performance as India succumbed 1-3 to Malaysia and settled for a silver in the mixed team badminton event at the Commonwealth Games here. Srikanth lost to lower-ranked Tze Y..

Mah Cabinet expansion soon: Shinde

   PUNE, THE Maharashtra Government is working efficiently even though there is no full-fledged Cabinet in place, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Tuesday and promised to soon undertake the exercise to add new members in his team.A..

Go First car goes under IndiGo plane, narrowly avoids collision with nose wheel

    NEW DELHI,  A CAR belonging to Go First airline went under an IndiGo A320neo aircraft at the Delhi airport on Tuesday, narrowly avoiding collision with the plane’s nose wheel, sources said.The Directorate General of..

Incessant rains lash Kerala, Red alert in 10 districts

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, A RED alert was declared by the IMD in 10 districts of Kerala where incessant rains on Tuesday caused six deaths, landslides, rise in water levels and relocation of thousands to relief camps in various part..

WhatsApp banned over 22 lakh Indian accounts in June

    NEW DELHI, WHATSAPP has banned over 22 lakh Indian accounts in June on the basis of complaints received via its grievance redresal channel and through its own mechanism to detect violations, according to the messaging platform..

ED attaches 67 windmills of Chennai company

   NEW DELHI, THE Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday said it has attached 67 windmills worth more than Rs 51 crore as part of a money laundering investigation against the Chennai-based Surana Group linked to an alleged Rs 3,986 crore b..

PM, Union Ministers, CMs change DPs to ‘Tiranga’

    NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday changed his display picture on social media accounts to the national flag and urged people to do the same as part of a collective movement to celebrate the Tricolour.Other sen..