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PM Modi crosses 30 million followers mark on Instagram

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, who is known for his ability to connect with the masses through social media, has now 30 million followers on Instagram, in just over a month after the tech-savvy leader had crossed the 50 million follower mark on Twitter. With this, Modi is now the most followed world leader on the photo-sharing app. US President Donald Trump currently has 14.9 million followers while his predecessor Barack Obama has 24.8 million followers on Instagram. “PM @NarendraModi crosses 30 million ..

Was carrying acupressure roller while plogging at Mamallapuram beach: PM

ENDING the curiosity of people over the stick-like object he was holding while plogging on the Mamallapuram beach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it was an acupressure roller that he often uses. Modi was in the coastal town for a two-day informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On Saturday, the last day of the summit, the Prime Minister was seen cleaning up a beach by picking up plastic litter and other waste during his morning walk...

75-year-old woman delivers baby girl in Kota

A 75-YEAR-OLD woman has delivered a baby girl in Kota via IVF late on Saturday night, doctors confirmed on Sunday. The underweight child, weighing 600 gm, has been shifted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of another hospital while the woman was in Kinkar Hospital in Kota. A team of pediatricians is monitoring the child. The woman, who had earlier adopted a kid, wanted to have her own child and hence had consulted the doctors about the possibilities of her becoming a mother...

Ayodhya hearing in SC to enter final leg today

THE protracted hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya will enter into the crucial final leg on Monday when the Supreme Court resumes proceedings on the 38th day after the week-long Dussehra break. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, which started the day-to-day proceedings on August 6 after mediation proceedings failed to find an amicable solution to the vexatious dispute, has revised the deadline for wrapping ..

Kovind meets PM’s mother in Gujarat

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraba at her residence near Gandhinagar on Sunday morning. On the second day of his two-day Gujarat visit, the President and his wife Savita Kovind met the Prime Minister’s nonagenarian mother at her residence in Raisan village, where she lives with her younger son Pankaj Modi...

Modi dares Opposition to declare bringing back Art 370 in manifesto

STEPPING up attack on the Congress and NCP over abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dared them to declare in their manifesto that they will bring back the provisions which gave Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing his first rally ahead of the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly polls, Modi said Jammu and Kashmir was “not just a parcel of land, but crown of India”, and assured it will not take more than four months to normalise the kind of situation that prevailed ..

Security beefed up in J&K after grenade attack

SECURITY was beefed up in several areas of Srinagar - the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir - on Sunday following a grenade attack by suspected militants in a city market that left seven people injured, police said. More security personnel, along with the flying squad, were deployed in Lal Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Regal Chowk, TRC Chowk, Polo View and the areas around the city centre, a police official said. He said random checking of vehicles and frisking of people was being ..

Ice deposits on Moon’s South pole may be much more recent: Study

SOME ice deposits found on the Moon’s South pole may be much more recent than previous estimates that they are all billions of years old, according to a study that may boost the already growing interest in exploring this part of the lunar surface...

Spoken to RBI Governor, concerns of PMC’s customers will be addressed: Nirmala

ASSURING account holders of troubled Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank of support, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that she has spoken to the RBI Governor, who assured that customers’ concerns will be taken on top priority. The bank was put under ‘directions’ by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last month due to weak financial health, wherein the central bank has capped the deposit withdrawals at Rs 25,000. “Spoken to Governor @RBI on the #PMCBank matter. He assured me that ..

Top politicians’ names emerge in D-company deals, ED probes links

AMID Assembly polls in Maharashtra, the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) crackdown on the aides of late drug kingpin Iqbal Mirchi, who was a leading member of D-company, can set off trouble for big political guns, including a former Civil Aviation Minister. The ED officials are questioning two aides of Mirchi on their links with politicians and builders, who were allegedly involved in transaction of prime properties reportedly belonging to D-company. According to a senior ED official, Mirchi’s aides ..

Modi gifts hand-woven silk portrait to Xi Jinping

CHINESE President Xi Jinping was gifted a hand-woven portrait of his by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the final day of the Mamallapuram Informal Summit. The portrait was painstakingly created by the master weavers of Sri Ramalinga Sowdambigai Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society in Sirumugaipudur in Coimbatore District...

I-T Deptt raids coaching institute in Tamil Nadu, seizes Rs 30 cr cash

ALLEGED black money amounting to Rs 30 crore was seized after the Income Tax Department raided a coaching institute in Tamil Nadu, training students for various competitive exams such as NEET, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said on Saturday. It said 17 premises of the unidentified group based in Namakkal were raided on Friday and according to ‘preliminary’ estimates, the income of the group was over Rs 150 crore...

Modi goes ‘plogging’ on Mamallapuram beach

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, here for an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, was on Saturday seen cleaning up a beach by picking up plastic litter and other waste during his morning walk. On Twitter, Modi released a three-minute video, which showed him collecting the waste as he walked barefoot on the sand, and urged the people to ensure that public places are clean and tidy. “Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning”. It lasted for over 30 minutes. Also handed over my ‘collection’ ..

‘Chennai connect’ to start new era: Modi

A NEW era of cooperation will start between India and China on Saturday with the ‘Chennai connect’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after around five-and-half hours of one-on-one talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping spread over two days in this ancient coastal town as part of the second informal summit. Xi said their ‘candid’, ‘heart-to-heart’ discussions on bilateral relations were ‘in-depth’ and ‘good’, noting that ..

Sino-India mechanism to boost trade, investment

INDIA and China on Saturday resolved to start a new chapter of cooperation while prudently managing their differences, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed several key issues, including ways to enhance trade and investment and confidence building measures, during their nearly seven-hour one-on-one talks spread over two days in this ancient coastal town. The significant outcome of the second Modi-Xi informal summit included setting up of a new high-level mechanism ..

Restrictions lifted in 99 pc of J&K

RESTRICTIONS on movement of people have been lifted in ‘over 99 per cent’ areas of Jammu and Kashmir, State Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters here, he asserted that the curbs were necessary to prevent ‘externally-aided terrorists’ from disturbing peace in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of the State’s Special Status under Article 370 in August. He also said that the cases..

Shah asks Rahul, Pawar to clarify stand on abrogation of Article 370

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday hailed the Modi Government’s “great job” of “integrating” India by scrapping Article 370, and asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to clarify whether they were for or against it. Addressing poll rallies in Maharashtra’s Sangli and Solapur districts to campaign for the BJP, Shah accused the Congress and NCP of opposing the move for their politics of vote bank and appeasement...

Country’s first Garbage Cafe inaugurated in C’garh

“Ambikapur had jumped 15 positions to become the second clean city after Indore in the country in Swachh rankings and is looking to take it a notch higher”, said Health Minister T S Singhdeo while inaugurating country’s first Garbage Cafe. The Garbage Cafe is an initiative of Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC) and will provide free meal to the people in lieu of plastic waste. With the efforts of AMC, Country’s first Garbage Cafe is now opened at Pratiksha Bus Stand Ambikapur and it will provide ..

Now, railway passengers can register complaints via Website, mobile app

UNION Minister Nityanand Rai launched a website and a mobile application on Thursday to facilitate the railway police in addressing complaints of passengers from across India and crime detection by integrating the criminal database online. The Minister of State of Home Affairs launched the website www.Railways.Delhipolice.Gov.In and the mobile app Sahyatri in presence of Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other officials at the NDMC Convention Centre on Sansad Marg here. The database of ..

Zomato paid Rs 70 lakh to 435 hackers for fixing bugs

FOOD delivery platform Zomato has paid more than $100,000 (over Rs 70 lakh) to 435 hackers till date for finding and fixing bugs on its platform. In fact, $12,350 (over Rs 8.7 lakh) in bounties were paid in the last 90 days alone, said HackerOne, hacker-powered bug bounty platform. With the help of HackerOne’s bug bounty programme since July 2017, Zomato has successfully resolved 775 vulnerabilities report, HackerOne told IANS on Thursday. “Zomato security team is tasked with protecting sensitive ..

Prime Minister showcases ‘Incredible India’ to foreign leaders

THE picturesque historical seaside town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu will be the cynosure of all eyes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping at the UNESCO world heritage site for the second bilateral informal summit on October 11-12. This is not the first time that Modi is hosting a foreign leader outside the national capital, which earlier used to be the norm. Modi has always maintained that the other states should..

‘Plastic-eating’ bacteria discovered by Indian scientists

RESEARCHERS have discovered two strains of ‘plastic-eating’ bacteria from the wetlands of Greater Noida, an advance that may lead to eco-friendly alternative clean-up methods for plastic waste worldwide. The bacterial strains discovered by researchers at Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, have the potential to decompose polystyrene -- a key component in Single-Use Plastic (SUP) items such as disposable cups, cutlery, toys, packaging materials etc...

Rlys forms task force to develop 50 stations, privatise 150 trains

RAILWAYS has formed a task force to draw a blueprint for developing 50 railway stations with world class standards and allowing private passenger train operators to run 150 trains on its network. The order comes days after NITI Aayog Chairman wrote to Chairman Railway Board V K Yadav proposing the formation of an empowered group to drive the process in a “time-bound manner”. “Ministry of railways have decided to constitute an empowered group of Secretaries for development of 50 railway stations to ..

Nirmala faces irate depositors of PMC Bank; promises legislation

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday faced irate depositors of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank, and promised to bring in legislative changes for upholding of their interests. The depositors had gathered outside the BJP’s office here ahead of Sitharaman’s scheduled press interaction in the run up to the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections...

Cabinet nod to Rs 5.5 lakh resettlement package for 5,300 displaced Kashmiris

THE Centre on Wednesday approved a resettlement package under which Rs 5.5 lakh will be given to each of the 5,300 displaced families which had come from PoK, initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir and later relocated to the State. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here...

Modi urges people to work towards furthering empowerment of women

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged people to work towards furthering the empowerment of women and ensuring their dignity by taking forward the spirit of Navratra, as he participated in Dussehra festivities in the national capital. He also said that as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary they should take up the mission of not wasting food, conserving energy and water and avoiding single-use plastic. Modi exhorted the people to kill the demon within “if we really want ..

Planning to invest $150 mn in India: CEO of Rafale engine manufacturer

PARIS, INDIA should provide an attractive business environment as the country is set to become the third largest commercial market for aviation, the CEO of the French engine manufacturer behind the Rafale fighter jet told Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday while announcing that the company plans to invest nearly USD 150 million in the country...

Xi to meet Modi for second informal summit tomorrow

CHINESE President Xi Jinping will visit India from October 11 to 12 for the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday. It said that the forthcoming informal summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. “At the invitation of the Prime Minister, the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping will be visiting Chennai, ..

Rajnath receives IAF’s 1st Rafale from France

THE Rafale multi-role fighter jets will boost India’s air dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday as he formally took delivery of the first of the 36 long-awaited French-made aircraft acquired by the Indian Air Force at a ceremony here. Singh attended the handover ceremony along with his French counterpart Florence Parly at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation facility in Merignac, south-western France...

PM to hold 4 rallies in Haryana, 9 in Mah

Out of the nine rallies in Maharasahtra, two key rallies will be on October 17 at Satara and Pune PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will be in an election mode from early next week, for the twin Assembly elections of Haryana and Maharashtra. While the Prime Minister, the biggest star campaigner for the ruling BJP will hold four rallies in Haryana, he will more than double it with nine in Maharshtra. While, the BJP is facing hardly any challenge in either of the States, it seems to have given more stress ..

Taliban frees 3 Indians in exchange for 11 leaders

THREE Indian engineers held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since May 2018 have been freed by the militant group in exchange for 11 of its top members from Afghan jails, according to media reports on Monday, amidst fresh efforts to revive the Afghan peace talks. The release of Indian hostages follows key meetings between US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad during the weekend...

Rajnath leaves for Paris to receive 1st Rafale jet

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday left for Paris on a three-day visit during which he will receive first of the 36 Rafale jets and will hold wide-ranging talks with his French counterpart Florence Parly. On Tuesday, Singh will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and is expected to discuss issues relating to defence and security ties between the two countries, officials said. Singh will later leave for French port city of Bordeaux where he will receive the first Rafale jet at a ceremony ..

ED attaches assets worth nearly Rs 1500 crore in ACCSL deposits scam

THE Enforcement Directorate has attached immovable and movable properties worth whopping Rs 1489 crores in connection with embezzlement of public deposits by Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society Limited (ACCSL), the agency said on Monday. The properties include land and building valued at Rs 1464.76 crore and fixed deposits/balance in various bank accounts of Rs 24.44 crore approximately belonging to Adarsh Group of Mukesh Modi, Virendra Modi and his family; Riddhi Siddhi Group of Mahendra Tak, Saurabh ..

ED carries out fresh raids in PMC Bank scam

THE Enforcement Directorate said on Monday it is carrying out raids at two places in Mumbai of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) Chairman Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan following fresh revelations in the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank fraud case, as the ED found another jet and a yatch registered in the names of the HDIL promoters...

India gets first tranche of Swiss bank account details

INDIA has got first tranche of swiss bank account details of its nationals under a new automatic information exchange pact, a major milestone in the Government’s fight against black money stashed abroad. India is among 75 countries with which Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has exchanged information on financial accounts within the framework of global standards on AEOI, an FTA spokesperson told PTI. The next exchange would take place in September 2020, the spokesperson added...

Don’t cut any more trees in Aarey colony: SC to Mah Govt

THE Supreme Court on Monday restrained authorities from cutting any more trees in Mumbai’s Aarey colony for a Metro car shed but its order came amid an admission by the Maharashtra Government that whatever was required to be cut has already been done. The order for status quo was given by a bench specially constituted after the apex court took suo motu (on its own) cognisance of a letter petition addressed to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by law student Rishav Ranjan seeking a stay on felling ..

‘Saudi Crown Prince snubbed Pak PM, recalled his private jet from US’

SAUDI Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was so upset by some actions of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York that he reportedly “snubbed” him by ordering his private jet to “disembowel” the Pakistani delegation. Prince Salman gave Prime Minister Khan his private jet to travel to the US on a week-long visit and to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last month. Khan went to Riyadh and held talks with the Crown Prince first before leaving for the US. It was ..

Cornered by police, TikTok villain in UP shoots himself

IN A sordid turn of events, the saga of Ashwini Kumar,also known as Johny Dada and Tik Tok Villain, ended on Saturday when he shot himself dead in a roadways bus in Barhapur area in Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh...

From Gulliver’s travels to recreation of city’s old-world charm in Durga puja themes

CHARACTERS of Liliputs and Gulliver from a popular novel and the old-world charm of Kolkata of yesteryears are the main attractions of two big- budget Durga Pujas in the city, that are drawing huge crowds. At the FD Block Puja in Salt Lake, scenes from ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, a novel by Jonathan Swift, have been recreated with a giant model of Gulliver lying on the ground and surrounded by dwarf-sized installations..

Make poetry reading compulsory part in curriculum: Venkaiah urges schools

VICE-PRESIDENT M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged schools to make poetry reading and appreciation a compulsory part of their curriculum. “I urge schools to make poetry reading and appreciation a compulsory part of the curriculum. I also ask the universities to encourage literature, arts and humanities education”. “I believe that it is crucial to promote arts and culture to build an enlightened and healthy society. Arts nurture creativity in the society. Without a creative voice, the society will become ..

Hiring security experts will cut cyber attack impact cost: Study

ENTERPRISES which deployed an internal Security Operation Center (SOC) have been able to reduce financial damage from a cyberattack at $675,000 -- less than half the average impact cost for all enterprise-level organisations at $1.41 million, a new survey from Kaspersky and market research firm B2B International has revealed...

IAF to honour Abhinandan, Mirage 2000 squadrons

THE Mirage 2000 squadron that carried out the Balakot air strikes and the squadron of Wing Commander Abhinandan will be honoured by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Air Force Day in Ghaziabad on October 8. Defence officials said here on Saturday that IAF chief Bhadauria will present citations to both squadrons on the occasion of Air Force Day. Besides, the 601 Signal Unit that “Citations will be presented to the 51 Squadron of the IAF as also the 9 Squadron on the occasion of Air Force ..

‘Rafale with Meteor, Scalp missiles will give India unrivalled combat capability’

AHEAD of handing over of the first Rafale jet to India, European missile maker MBDA has said that the aircraft with most advanced weapons package comprising Meteor and Scalp missiles will provide the country unrivalled deep strike capability and air dominance in the region..

Andhra CM Jaganmohan meets Modi, seeks pending Central funds

ANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed about the challenges being faced by the State while seeking pending funds from the Centre. Reddy is making efforts to build bridges with the Centre as the State is reeling under an acute financial crisis and mounting expenditure bill following the introduction of numerous new doles for different sections...

Sheikh Hasina meets Manmohan, Sonia

SONIA Gandhi on Sunday accepted Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s invite to visit her country on its 50th anniversary of liberation, as the visiting leader met the Congress chief and former PM Manmohan Singh here and discussed issues concerning the two nations. Hasina also extended the invitation to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to join the commemoration of 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh Liberation. The Congress president has accepted the invitation, the party said in a statement...

15-member NC delegation meets Farooq, Omar

IN THE first major political activity in Jammu and Kashmir since withdrawal of its Special Status two months ago, a 15-member National Conference delegation on Sunday met detained party leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah here, while the PDP said its leaders from Jammu have also been allowed to meet party chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday...

Green crackers to be available in markets this Diwali: Vardhan

GREEN crackers with 30 per cent less emissions have entered the market, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan announced on Saturday, noting that the step has been taken so that people’s sentiments are taken care of without harming the environment. The green crackers were displayed by the minister and scientists of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) who were involved in their making at an event here. The Health Minister said the new and improved crackers have been introduced to deal with ..

PMC Bank ex-Chairman Waryam Singh nabbed

THE absconding ex-Chairman of the crisis-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank Ltd, S Waryam Singh, has been nabbed by the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police, an official said here on Saturday. Singh, 68, missing since the irregularities in the PMC Bank tumbled out two weeks ago, was traced to a location in Mahim where he was in hiding and picked up, a Mumbai Police spokesperson said...

29 protesters held as tree cutting starts in Aarey Colony

CLASHES broke out between the police and green activists who tried to stop tree cutting by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) in Aarey Colony in north Mumbai on Friday night and Saturday, leading to arrest of at least 29 persons. The police on Saturday imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Aarey, restricting movements and gathering of groups, and cordoned off the area. Several people were detained, including NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad, Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, sena ..

‘Rlys to use ISS system to detect terrorists’

IN VIEW of persisting terror threats, Integrated Security System (ISS) is being installed at several railway stations to detect the suspected terrorists and identify the unattended luggage from the railway premises as well as the train coaches. In an interview with IANS, Arun Kumar, Director General of RPF said, “Other than the deployment of the RPF and the RPSF (Railway Protection Security Force) we have launched a commando batallion known as CORAS commando.” Kumar said that the RPF is now harnessing ..

Remote areas of Rajouri get electricity for the first time since Independence

PEOPLE residing in far-flung and remote villages of Rajouri district here are overjoyed after receiving electricity under the Soubaghya Electricity scheme. At least 20,000 homes have got the electricity connection for the first time. The area, especially near the border, was deprived of power supply since independence. DDC Rajouri Mohammed Aijaz Asad spoke to ANI on this development and said, “The Centre under Saubhagya scheme has provided electricity to around 20,300 homes. People are very happy ..

Long wall, circular shrine part of temple, not Idgah: Ex-ASI official

THE long wall and circular shrine discovered during the excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya, was part of a Hindu temple and not of an Idgah Masjid or Kannati Masjid,” said K K Muhammed, former Regional Director - North, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Muhammed spoke to IANS on two crucial aspects in the Ayodhya dispute - archaeological evidence and corroborated literary evidence. Muhammed, who was on the team that carried out the digging, rubbished Muslim parties” claims before the Supreme ..

India, B’desh sign 7 pacts

INDIA and Bangladesh on Saturday signed seven pacts including one for setting up of a joint coastal surveillance systems as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina held “productive and comprehensive” talks to further broadbase bilateral ties. In the discussions, Hasina also raised her concerns over roll out of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, an exercise carried out to identify genuine Indian citizens living in Assam and weed out illegal Bangladeshis. ..

ISRO releases high resolution images of Moon clicked from Chandrayaan-2

THE Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday released images of the moon surface clicked by Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (OHRC) onboard Chandrayaan-2. ISRO shared the pictures of the Moon on the micro blogging site. OHRC provides very high spatial resolution images of the Moon. It provides the sharpest images ever from a lunar orbiter platform. OHRC is an important new tool for lunar topographic studies of the select region...

Rajnath Singh approves four-fold increase in monetary aid to families of battle casualties

HEEDING to a long-standing demand of the Army, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given in-principle approval to enhance monetary assistance to next of kin of battle casualties from existing Rs 2 lakh to Rs 8 lakh, officials said Saturday. They said the financial assistance will be granted under Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF). At present, financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh was given to battle casualties in case of death and also to those sustaining 60 per cent and above disability besides ..

NIA establishes role of Pak High Commission in supporting J&K separatists

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) has clearly established the role of Pakistan High Commission in supporting the separatists and creating unrest in the Kashmir Valley through the transfer of funds. The claims were made by the investigation agency in a 3000-page supplementary charge sheet filed by it before a Delhi court on Friday against Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and four other Kashmiri separatists in connection with Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case. “Role ..

Banking sector sound, stable: RBI Governor

NEW DELHIDAYS after the PMC Bank came under scanner for alleged frauds, the RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said that all was well with the banking system and one incident could not reflect the health of the overall system.He advised the public and depositors to not believe in rumours. Shaktikanta Das  “The Indian banking sector remains sound and stable and there is no reason for any unnecessary panic. In fact, sometimes unnecessary rumours can create panic situation,” ..

BJP drops Khadse, fields his daughter...

Khadse had been sidelined in the party following allegations of corruption and that he misused his office in a land deal. He had to resign as Revenue Minister in 2016 and has not been taken back into the Cabinet by Chief Minister Fadnavis. Party sources said it was made clear to him that he would not be given ticket this time.  Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (R) with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray (L) and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray during the announcement of parties' ..

IAF to showcase Apache, Chinook choppers on Air Force Day on 8th

NEW DELHITHE Indian Air Force (IAF) will showcase its newest acquisitions - the Apache and the Chinook helicopters - on the occasion of Air Force Day next week, defence officials said here on Friday. Apache AH64-E attack helicopter during its induction at the Pathankot Air Base, in Pathankot. (ANI/File photo)   The Air Force Day celebrations will be held with a spectacular air show at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on October 8. The IAF had inducted eight Apache attack ..

Mutual cooperation in Indian Ocean not against any country, says Doval

Doval was addressing Goa Maritime Conclave which was attended by top brass of Navies from 10 countries which are part of the Indian Ocean regionPANAJIWHILE mutual co-operation in the Indian Ocean region is the need of the hour, the co-operation is not directed against any country, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Friday.  NSA Ajit Doval speaking during the inauguration of Goa Maritime Conclave at Sinquerim in North Goa on Friday. (ANI)  “We consider that ..

IAF chief strongly backs indigenous 5th generation jet

NEW DELHIINDIAN Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Friday strongly backed indigenous development of a fifth generation fighter jet and said the IAF was working on an ambitious modernisation plan to bolster its combat capability. Addressing a press conference, Bhadauria said the plan includes induction of more Tejas and Sukhoi aircraft, integrating of indigenous ASTRA beyond visual range missile across platforms and upgrading the Jaguar jet fleet among others. He said ..

India has a new energy on foreign affairs: JaishankarNEW DELHI, Oct 4 (ANI)

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday outlined India’s contributions across the world and said New Delhi is willing to engage more with countries pertaining to different matters. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien in Washington DC on Thursday. (ANI)  “We are in a very unique position. Being a market economy, and a democratic and socially pluralistic country, we have comfort with the West. Being a part ..

Loans to be cheaper as RBI cuts interest rate to a decade low

The repo rate cut is aimed at pushing consumption up during the ongoing festival season by reducing borrowing costs for home and auto loansMUMBAIHOME, auto and other loans are set to become cheaper after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday cut interest rates for a record fifth straight time to almost a decade low as it moved aggressively to revive economic growth languishing at six-year lows.  With all six members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voting in favour of a rate cut ..

‘Proof beyond doubt of existence of structure beneath Babri mosque’

THE counsel for deity Ram Lalla on Thursday told the Supreme Court that there is “proof beyond doubt” about the existence of a “massive structure” beneath the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and inference from excavated materials can be drawn that it was a temple. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told by senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for deity Ram Lalla that contention of Muslim parties that a structure beneath the disputed structure was a idgah ..

UP man has all organs on wrong side

JAMALUDDIN, a resident of Padrauna in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, looks normal at first glance but he is not. All the organs in his body are placed on the wrong side -- his heart is on the right side while his liver and gall bladder are on the left. The matter came to light recently when Jamaluddin complained of stomach ache and was taken to a doctor in Gorakhpur...

Will not dilute provisions of SC/ST Act: SC

THE Supreme Court on Thursday said it would not “dilute” the provisions of the SC/ST Act, 1989 and made it clear that its Constitution bench had already held that anticipatory bail could be granted in such matter if the courts feel that no prima facie case is made out. The apex court reserved its verdict on the petitions challenging the validity of 2018 amendments to The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 that had nullified the directions in its verdict last year on March ..

Rajeev Kumar surrenders before court, granted bail

APPEARING in public after nearly three weeks, former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Thursday surrendered before the Alipore Court here, which then granted him bail on two sureties of Rs 50,000 each in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam case. The Calcutta High Court had on Tuesday given anticipatory bail to Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General of the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department...

PC’s judicial custody extended till Oct 17, moves SC for bail

A DELHI court on Thursday extended till October 17 the judicial custody of P Chidambaram giving no respite to the former Finance Minister who has been in CBI’s custody and in jail for six weeks in the INX Media corruption case even as he moved the Supreme Court for bail. But in some relief to the 74-year-old Congress leader, Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar allowed him to have home cooked food in Tihar jail after noting from medical records he is suffering from multiple ailments including inflammation ..

2 HDIL Directors held in PMC Bank scam; properties attached

MUMBAI police on Thursday arrested two Directors of the Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) in the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank scam, a senior official said. Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan, accused of loan default, have been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), the official said. Properties worth Rs 3,500 crore of HDIL have also been frozen by the EOW, he said...

India would be a southern power: Jaishankar

WITH India emerging as a powerful nation on the global stage and experts and analysts probing which way it would tilt, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said that the largest democracy would be a blend of the west and the developed world. “There’s often the question asked whether India, these are not my words, would be an Eastern power or a Western power, meaning would it be democratic or would it not be democratic? I think by now in 70 years, at least that question is answered,” ..