Manali-Leh highway shut owing to possible snowfall

AUTHORITIES on Sunday closed the highway for two days that connects this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort with Leh in Ladakh owing to possible snowfall this week. They also advised motorists to avoid travelling on high mountain passes till October 18. “Chances of snowfall on the Manali-Leh National Highway-21 are high till October 18. We have closed the traffic movement beyond Darcha,” Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told IANS...

2 SITs to investigate Singhu border lynching case

THREE people allegedly involved in the lynching of a labourer at the farmers’ protest site at Singhu border were remanded to six days in police custody as the Haryana Police set up two Special Investigation Teams to probe the incident. Narain Singh, a member of the Sikh order of Nihang, was arrested on Saturday from near Amritsar. Two more Nihangs, Govindpreet Singh and Bhagwant Singh, from Fatehgarh Sahib had “surrendered” before the Sonipat Police in connection with the lynching. All three were ..

Govt will decide on COVID vaccination of children, adolescents on ‘scientific rationale’: V K Paul

THE Government will take a final decision on vaccinating children and adolescents against coronavirus on the basis of overall scientific rationale as well as the supply situation of vaccines available for those below 18 years old, COVID Task Force chief V K Paul said on Sunday. Paul, who has been playing a key role in the Government’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, also cautioned that even though infections are coming down and the second wave is subsiding, it will not be fair ..

6-yr-old Indian origin girl memorises 1,560 Pi digits, sets Singapore record

SIX-YEAR-OLD Indian-origin Ishani Shanmugam broke Singapore’s national record for most digits of Pi memorised by reciting 1,560 decimal places. Sitting in her living room on October 13, Ishani calmly recited the digits in about 10 minutes, with personnel from the Singapore Book of Records verifying the numbers. Her mother, Vennila Munusamy, 36, told ‘The Straits Times’ on Saturday that her heart was pounding during the event. The housewife said, “But Ishani was so calm and collected. (The people ..

IIT experts working on ‘smart speed warning system’

RESEARCHERS at different Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are working on development of a first-of-its kind “smart speed warning system” for vehicles which will alert the driver on the basis of road infrastructure and geographical location to avoid over-speeding related crashes. According to statistics available with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, about 70 per cent of road fatalities in India occur due to over-speeding. To minimise such fatalities, the Government had mandated ..

Russian filmmakers land after shoot aboard ISS

A SOYUZ space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after a 3 1/2-hour trip from the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule, descending under a red-and-white striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan on schedule at 0435 GMT on Sunday with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko aboard. Actress Peresild and film director Shipenko rocketed to the space station on October 5 for a 12-day stint to film ..

Backed by BJP, Nitin Agarwal all set to be elected UP Assembly Dy Speaker

NITIN Agarwal, who was elected as a legislator on the Samajwadi Party ticket but then cozied up to the ruling BJP, is all set to be the Deputy Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly with the support of the BJP. A miffed Samajwadi Party, which has fielded Narendra Verma as its official candidate for the contest that is taking place just months ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls, hit out at the BJP, accusing it of trying to sabotage democracy, and asserted that the post should traditionally go to the Opposition ..

Tripura woman scripts success story as self-help group member

SWAPNA Sinha, a 27-year-old woman of Manipuri origin living in remote Devicherra village in Tripura’s Dhalai district, weaves traditional women’s wear while running a photocopy shop at the same time. Her husband drives an auto-rickshaw and the family earns around Rs 35,000 a month. Till a few years ago, the situation was different as they eked out a living by doing odd jobs. Their life changed after she became a member of a self-help group (SHG) which provides loans to women micro-entrepreneurs. She ..

Petrol, diesel cost 30% more than ATF!

PETROL and diesel price on Sunday was hiked again by 35 paise a litre and the auto fuels now cost a third more than the rate at which ATF is sold to airlines. The fourth straight day of 35 paise per litre hike sent petrol and diesel rates to record highs across the country. The price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest-ever level of Rs 105.84 a litre and Rs 111.77 per litre in Mumbai, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. Petrol used in two-wheelers and cars now costs ..

Two more non-locals killed by terrorists in Kashmir

TERRORISTS shot dead two more non-local labourers and injured another on Sunday in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, prompting the police to direct that all non-resident labourers in the Valley be brought to nearest security camps “immediately” for safety, officials said on Sunday. This is the third attack on non-local workers in less than 24 hours and is the latest in a series of shootings targeting civilians in recent weeks. A street vendor from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were shot ..

Sidhu seeks to meet Sonia to discuss 13-point agenda

PUNJAB Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has sought a meeting with party President Sonia Gandhi, flagging in his letter issues which the Government “must deliver upon” and saying it is the poll-bound State’s “last chance for resurrection and redemption”. In the letter to the Congress President on October 15, a day after he had meetings with senior party leaders in Delhi, Sidhu pitched for a “Punjab Model with a 13-Point Agenda to be part of the Congress manifesto for the 2022 Assembly Elections”. ..

Army, Navy, Air Force roped in for rescue ops in flood-hit Kerala

THE Army, Navy and Air Force have been mobilised to carry out flood relief operations in Kerala on Sunday as unprecedented rains resulted in heavy flow of water in various rivers, flooding multiple districts in the State. The toll from disastrous flooding caused by heavy rains and landslides in hilly areas of two central Kerala districts rose to 18 as rescue workers recovered more bodies from the rubbles on Sunday. State Revenue Minister K Rajan said the rescue workers have recovered 15 bodies from ..

Top 10 hackers behind $5.2 bn worth ransomware attacks in Bitcoin

TOP 10 hacking groups have executed ransomware attacks worth a whopping $5.2 billion in Bitcoin over the past three years, according to a US treasury report. The report, released by the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Friday, found that ransomware-related transactions totalled around $590 million from January 2021 to June 2021, exceeding the $416 million reported for entire 2020. “The FinCEN analysis of ransomware-related suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed during ..

Congress leader found murdered at home in J’khand

A 60-YEAR-OLD Congress leader was found murdered and his wife critically injured at their residence in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on Saturday, police said. During preliminary investigation, it was found that unidentified people entered the residence of former Congress district General Secretary Kamlesh Narayan Sharma in Central Saunda Colony in Bhurkunda police outpost area through a window on Friday night and bludgeoned him to death with an iron rod and critically injured his wife Chanchala Sharma, ..

Unearthed Rs 184 cr black income in Ajit Pawar kin-related raids: I-T Deptt

THE Income Tax Department, which raided at least 70 premises allegedly linked with Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and others last week, said it has unearthed proof of unaccounted incomes of around Rs 184 crore, officials said on Friday. The I-T Department sleuths had swooped on unnamed two realty companies in Mumbai, and other unidentified individuals/entities associated with them, during the raids simultaneously carried out in Pune and Baramati, as well as in Goa and Jaipur. The sleuths ..

NASA’s asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds CAPE

A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky with diamonds Saturday on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter’s orbit, thought to be the pristine leftovers of planetary formation. An Atlas V rocket blasted off before dawn, sending Lucy on a roundabout orbital journey spanning nearly 4 billion miles (6.3 billion kilometres). Lucy is named after the 3.2 million-year-old skeletal remains of a human ancestor found ..

JCO among two soldiers killed as massive search op continues

TWO more soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed as the massive search operation to track down terrorists continued for the sixth day in the forest areas of Jammu and Kashmir’s twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri on Saturday, officials said. With the latest killings, a total of nine Army personnel, including two JCOs, have laid down their lives in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation that began in Surankote forests of Poonch on Monday and later spread to nearby ..

I am full-time, hands-on Congress President: Sonia at CWC meet

“I AM a full-time and hands-on Congress President,” Sonia Gandhi asserted at the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday, in a clear message to the G23 leaders, some of whom have raised issues regarding lack of leadership and absence of an elected party chief. During her address at the party’s highest decision-making body, Gandhi said the revival of the party can only happen with “unity, self-control, discipline and by keeping the party’s interests paramount”. In a mild reprimand ..

Second person arrested in Singhu border lynching case

A SECOND member of the Sikhs’ Nihang order was arrested on Saturday in connection with the lynching of a Dalit man at the farmers’ protest site at Singhu border, even as the victim’s family questioned the attackers’ claim that he had committed sacrilege and demanded a high-level probe into the episode. The mortal remains of Lakhbir Singh were cremated at his native village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran amid tight security in the presence of his close family members. No Sikh priest was present to perform ..

Top LeT commander among 2 ultras killed in J&K encounter

TOP LeT commander responsible for the killing of two policemen has been eliminated in an encounter between terrorists and security forces at Drangbal area of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, officials said. “LeT terrorist Umar Mustaq Khandey who martyred our 2 colleagues SgCT Mohammad Yousf and Ct Suhail Ah in Baghat, Srinagar while they were having tea, neutralised in Drangbal, Pampore. Amongst various other crimes of the terrorists, this stands out as most unforgivable,” ..

‘Climate financing area of worry’

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that climate financing continues to be an area of worry as she flagged India’s concerns over funding mechanism and technology transfer. Her remarks came ahead of the upcoming COP26 Summit to be held at Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Leaders of nearly 200 countries, including India, will gather at the high-level summit on climate change, scheduled to be held from October 31 to November 12, to discuss the way forward to tackle climate action and submit their ..

Petrol, diesel prices hiked again

PETROL and diesel price on Saturday was hiked again by 35 paise a litre to take retail rates across the country to new record highs. With this hike, petrol is now at Rs 100-a-litre mark or more in all state capitals, while diesel has touched the 100-level in a dozen states. Diesel is nearing Rs 100-a-litre mark in Goal and Bengaluru. The price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest-ever level of Rs 105.49 a litre and Rs 111.43 per litre in Mumbai, according to a price notification of State-owned fuel ..

ED issues fresh summons to actor Jacqueline Fernandez

THE Enforcement Directorate on Saturday issued fresh summons to Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez to appear before its Delhi office on Monday for questioning in connection with the Rs 200 crore money laundering case...

Term-1 exams for CBSE class 10, 12 to be held offline

THE first-term board examinations for Classes 10 and 12 will be conducted offline in November-December and the date-sheet for the same will be announced on October 18, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said on Thursday. The board said the exams will be objective-type and the duration of the tests will be 90 minutes. The exams will start from 11.30 am instead of 10.30 am, keeping in view the winter season. Bifurcating the academic session, holding two term-end exams and rationalising ..

Actor Armaan Kohli denied bail in drugs case

A SPECIAL NDPS court here on Thursday rejected the bail application of Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli in a drugs case. Judge A A Joglekar rejected the bail plea. Kohli was arrested on August 29 following a raid by the NCB at his residence during which banned drugs were allegedly seized. His lawyers had argued that only a small quantity of drugs was allegedly recovered from his possession, which is a relatively lesser offense, so he was entitled to bail...

HC rejects Wadhawan’s medical bail plea

THE Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant bail on health grounds to jailed businessman Rakesh Wadhawan, accused of money laundering in the multi-crore Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank fraud case. Wadhawan, founder of Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL), was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in 2019 in the case. A single bench presided over by Justice Nitin Sambre said that Wadhawan’s submission that he was immediately required to be released on temporary ..

Japan PM dissolves Lower House for Oct 31 national election

JAPAN’S new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the Lower House of Parliament on Thursday, paving the way for October 31 national elections. Kishida said he is seeking the public’s mandate for his policies after being elected Prime Minister by Parliament only 10 days ago to replace Yoshihide Suga. Tadamori Oshima, the speaker of the more powerful lower chamber, announced the dissolution at a plenary session. At the announcement, all 465 lower house lawmakers stood up, shouted “banzai” three times ..

Over 2 cr ITRs filed on new portal, CBDT urges taxpayers to file FY21 returns

THE Income Tax department on Thursday said more than two crore ITRs for the financial year 2020-21 have been filed so far and the performance of the new I-T portal has “substantially stabilised”. Asking taxpayers to file their income tax returns (ITRs) for fiscal 2020-21 (April 2020-March 2021) at the earliest, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said all ITRs have been made available for e-filing. “More than two crore ITRs for AY 2021-22 have been filed on the portal, of which ITRs 1 and 4 constitute ..

Terrorism weapon of choice of non-state actors, irresponsible states: Rajnath

TERRORISM has been employed as a weapon of choice by non-state actors and irresponsible states to advance their political objectives in the region, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday in a thinly-veiled attack on Pakistan. In an address at a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) seminar on the role of women in the Armed Forces, Singh said the concept of security is undergoing a “paradigm shift” and the member states of the grouping will have to deal with challenges like terrorism collectively..

SIT takes Minister’s son, 3 others to recreate sequence of events in Lakhimpur violence case

THE SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Thursday took Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son and three others arrested in the case to recreate the sequence of events leading to the incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikonia village. Amid tight security, the three accused were taken to the site of the incident on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road, around 60 km from district headquarters Lakhimpur city, police said. Eight people died in the October 3 violence and of them, four were farmers, allegedly knocked down ..

Ensuring equitable vaccines for all must for global economic recovery: Nirmala tells G-20

ENSURING equitable vaccines for all is a key to the global economic recovery but it faces a significant challenge, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told her G-20 counterparts on Wednesday In her remarks at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, held on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Sitharaman said for the global economic recovery, it is essential to keep up the support, build resilience and enhance productivity ..

Closure of some mines, inundation due to monsoon led to coal crisis: Joshi

COAL Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said closure of some mines, and inundation of a few others due to monsoon led to the crisis but there is no need to panic as the situation is improving. Visiting the Ashoka mine of the Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) at Piparwar in Chatra district of Jharkhand, Joshi said the power plants in the country will continue to receive the required amount of coal. “We are witnessing an improvement now,” he said, asked about the current situation. The minister held discussions ..

Court to pass order on Aryan’s bail plea on 20th

IN A huge setback to Aryan Khan, a Mumbai special NDPS court on Thursday reserved its order on his and other co-accused’s bail applications till October 20, even as the NCB virtually labelled him a ‘junkie’ regularly consuming drugs. Thus, Aryan Khan - the son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan - and other co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha will remain in judicial custody at the Arthur Road Central Jail and the Byculla Women’s Jail for the next five days on account of public holidays ..

Ashish Mishra denied bail, two more arrested in Lakhimpur violence case

TWO more persons were on Wednesday arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur violence, while a court here denied bail to the main accused, Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. Ankit Das and Latif alias Kale, who appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), were taken in custody after questioning and produced in court which sent them in judicial remand for 14 days, official sources said. With this, the total number of people arrested in connection with the mowing down of four ..

Court extends actor Leena Paul’s custody in Rs 200 crore money laundering case

A DELHI court has extended the custodial interrogation of actor Leena Maria Paul till October 16 in a money laundering case related to extortion of Rs 200 crore from a businessman’s wife here. Special Judge Parveen Singh also extended the ED custody of Paul’s husband Sukesh Chandrasekhar, an accused in 21 cases, by 11 days after the couple were produced before the court on October 12 on expiry of their 3-day custodial interrogation granted earlier. The couple allegedly duped former Fortis Healthcare ..

Govt notifies new rules for allowing abortion till 24 weeks for certain categories of women

THE Government has notified new rules under which the upper limit for termination of a pregnancy has been increased from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women. According to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021, these categories include survivors of sexual assault or rape or incest, minors and women whose marital status changes during an ongoing pregnancy (widowhood and divorce) and women with physical disabilities. The new rules also cover mentally ill women, cases ..

NIA arrests 9 terror associates after multiple raids in J&K

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine terror associates during searches at 18 locations in Jammu and Kashmir after registration of a case over a conspiracy launch attacks in the union territory and other major cities including New Delhi, an official said on Wednesday. The NIA had registered the case on October 10 and initiated an investigation. An NIA spokesperson said a total of nine people were arrested -- five on Wednesday and four a day earlier -- after multiple searches in ..

UN, WB, IMF need urgent reforms: Nirmala

INSTITUTIONS such as United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund need to be urgently reformed as they no longer speak for countries whose issues have remained unattended to for decades, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. All these organisations will have to look at reforming themselves, she said here at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday. During the conversation with Professor at Harvard University Lawrence Summers at the talk organised by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business ..

Chabahar Port be included in N-S Transport Corridor: Jaishankar

STRESSING on the need for enhanced connectivity, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday proposed that the strategic Chabahar Port in Iran be included in the North-South Transport Corridor that has the potential to bridge connectivity barriers, as he reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan. Jaishankar was speaking at a joint press meet with Armenian Foreign Minister Mirzoyan following their meeting here. Jaishankar on Tuesday arrived ..

Arrested Pak terrorist involved in 2011 Delhi HC blast: Sources

THE suspected Pakistan terrorist, who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in the national capital, has revealed that he was involved in the Delhi High Court blast in 2011 that claimed the lives of as many as 11 people then, official sources privy to the probe told IANS on Wednesday. “He accepted that he had done a recce of the Delhi High Court before the blast in 2011,” the source said. However, his further involvement in the execution of the blast is yet to be ascertained...

Govt scraps basic Customs Duty, cuts agri cess on crude oils

THE Government on Wednesday scrapped basic Customs Duty as well as slashed agri cess on crude varieties of palm, soyabean and sunflower oil till March 2022, a move which will help cool prices and increase domestic availability in the festive season. The duty cuts will be effective from October 14 and will remain in force till March 31, 2022, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said in a notification. Crude palm oil will now attract agri infrastructure development cess (AIDC) of ..

Cong delegation meets President over Lakhimpur violence Delhi Bureau and Agencies

A DELEGATION of Congress leaders, including former party President Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the immediate dismissal of Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, and an impartial judicial probe by two sitting judges of the Supreme Court. Delegation of senior Congress leaders also presented a memorandum of facts about the Lakhimpur Kheri incident to the President. Four farmers were among eight people killed in the violence ..

Modi announces Rs 100 lakh crore ‘Gati Shakti’ plan

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a Rs 100 lakh crore national master plan for multi-modal connectivity that aims to develop infrastructure to reduce logistic costs and boost the economy. PM Gati Shakti targets to cut logistic costs, increase cargo handling capacity and reduce the turnaround time, Modi said at a function to launch the plan. Unveiling the plan, Modi said that the programme will boost India’s self-confidence and make the country self-reliant (Atmanirbhar) as today, ..

Anurag Thakur carries out cleanliness drive in Delhi

UNDER the month-long ‘Clean India’ initiative as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating 75 years of the country’s independence, Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday carried out a cleanliness drive in the area around Humayun’s Tomb in the national capital. Speaking to media here during the drive, Thakur said that Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry has started an initiative to collect 75 lakh kilograms of plastic and waste from October 1 to 31. “India is celebrating 75 years of Independence. ..

GCF Jabalpur’s indigenously-upgraded CiWS 40mm smart anti-aircraft gun clears technical trials

THE Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) Jabalpur’s indigenously upgraded CiWS 40mm Smart anti-aircraft gun has successfully accomplished the technical trials. The GCF has developed the Close-in-Weapon System ‘Smart Gun’ by modifying the Swedish L-70 gun in technical collaboration with Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL). The advanced anti-aircraft gun has enhanced firing capacity, targeting accuracy and night vision competence. GCF, Additional GM and Spokesperson, Sanjay Shrivastava, while taking to ‘The Hitavada’, ..

Aus Govt failed to protect over 1,500 unique ecosystems: Report

A NEW report revealed on Tuesday that the Australian Government is failing to protect more than 1,500 unique ecosystems. According to report published by the country’s unit of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), 1,542 out of Australia’s 6,001 terrestrial ecosystems and 115 out of 920 marine ecosystems have no protection, reports Xinhua news agency. Of those that are protected, only 2,218 terrestrial and 499 marine ecosystems have what the WWF considers minimum standards of protection. Out of Australia’s ..

IT Department detects Rs 750 cr undisclosed income after raids on Bengaluru contractors

THE Income Tax Department has detected undisclosed income of about Rs 750 crore after it raided three major Bengaluru-based contractors engaged in the execution of irrigation and highway projects, the CBDT said on Tuesday. The searches were launched on October 7 at 47 premises spread across four States. “These three groups were involved in suppression of their income by resorting to bogus purchases, inflation of labour expenses, booking of bogus sub-contract expenses etc. “Investigation found that ..

Some trying to dent country’s image in name of human rights violations: Modi

SLAMMING those who engage in “selective interpretation” of human rights with an eye on political gains and loss, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that such conduct harms human rights as well as democracy. Speaking at the 28th foundation day of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Modi said the country should be wary of such people who try to dent its image in the name of raising the issue of human rights violations. In his speech, Modi highlighted a number of measures taken by ..

Airlines can operate domestic flights without any capacity restriction from Oct 18: Govt

AIRLINES can operate domestic flights without any capacity restriction from October 18 onwards, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced on Tuesday keeping in mind the “passenger demand for air travel”...

United global response needed to bring desired changes in Afghanistan: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on the international community to forge a unified response to bring about desired changes to the situation in Afghanistan and said its territory must not become a source of radicalisation and terrorism, regionally or globally. In a virtual address at the G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan, Modi also pressed for “urgent and unhindered” humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens and underlined the need for having an inclusive administration that includes ..

Pak terrorist held in Delhi

THE Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested a suspected Pakistani terrorist, who was planning to carry out a terror attack during the festival season in the national capital, an official said here on Tuesday. The suspected terrorist was arrested from the Laxmi Nagar area of the national capital. According to the official, the suspected Pakistani national, who had obtained fake Indian identity cards through forged documents, has been identified as Mohd Ashraf alias Ali, a resident of Punjab province ..

5 terrorists killed in J&K encounters

FIVE terrorists, including the one involved in the recent killing of a non-local street hawker here, were gunned down in two separate encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said on Tuesday. A police spokesperson said two of the four recent cases of target killings in Srinagar and Bandipora have been solved with the elimination of the terrorists involved in these incidents. “In the last 24 hours, based on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in ..

Covaxin recommended for emergency use for kids aged 2-18 yrs by experts

AN EXPERT panel of India’s Central drug authority has recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children and adolescents in the 2 to 18 years age group with certain conditions, sources said on Tuesday. If approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), it will be the second COVID-19 vaccine after Zydus Cadila’s needle-free ZyCoV-D to receive emergency use authorisation (EUA) for use in those below 18 years. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, which completed ..

PMO reviews coal supply, power availability situation

PRIME Minister’s Office (PMO) on Tuesday reviewed the coal supply and power generation scenario as the Government looks at ways to defuse the energy crisis being faced by several States. At the meeting over coal shortage at power plants which have led to blackouts in some States, Power Secretary Alok Kumar and Coal Secretary AK Jain made a presentation on coal and power availability, sources said, adding that ways to increase transportation of coal were also discussed during the meeting. The coal ..

India, China fail to resolve remaining issues in Ladakh at 13th round of military talks

INDIA and China failed to make any headway in resolving the 17-month standoff in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh with the Indian Army on Monday saying the “constructive suggestions” made by it at the latest round of military talks were neither agreeable to the Chinese side nor Beijing could provide any “forward-looking” proposals. In a strong statement after the 13th round of talks on Sunday that ended in a stalemate, the Army also said the situation along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) ..

COVID recovery rate rises to 98%

INDIA logged 18,132 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 215 days, taking the country’s total tally of cases to 3,39,71,607, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 98 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,32,93,478, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent. The cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccinatio..

Aviation Ministry gives nod to Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air to operate in India

THE Ministry of Civil Aviation has given a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the operation of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed new airline ‘Akasa Air’ in India, a company statement said on Monday. The new airline aims to start operations by the summer of 2022, the holding company, SNV Aviation Private Limited, said. Akasa Air is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and ex-Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube “We are extremely happy and grateful to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for their support and for the ..

2 prime flats owned by Harshad Mehta’s aide up for auction

TWO months after the Maharashtra ATS arrested Niranjan J Shah - a close associate of the late scamster Harshad Mehta - in a narcotics case, the Custodian appointed by a Special Court here has announced a public auction of his two prime flats in Juhu next month. The two flats - each measuring 1,150 square feet super built-up - No 202 and 301 in Vandana CHS, Janki Kutir plot, at posh Juhu, are now proposed to be auctioned through public tenders by November 25. The auction shall be executed by the Custodian, ..

Priyanka leads silent protest against Lakhimpur violence

CONGRESS leaders led by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra staged a silent protest here on Monday demanding the dismissal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The Minister’s son Ashish was arrested on Saturday by the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the October 3 violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed. He was produced before a court late on Saturday night, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody...

Tribal teen raped repeatedly, forcibly given abortion pills

A TEENAGER belonging to a tribal community was allegedly raped repeatedly for over a year by her neighbour who later gave her abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy in Jhalawar district, police said on Monday. While the girl’s family has claimed that she is above 18 years, police are trying to determine her exact age and sections of POCSO Act may be incorporated in the case accordingly, an officer said. The incident reported from Mandawar Police Station area of Jhalawar district came to light on ..

India never had more decisive Govt: PM Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cited his dispensation’s push for wide-ranging reforms, including the privatisation of Air India, to assert that the country never had a more “decisive Government”. Launching the Indian Space Association (ISpA), an industry body aspiring to be the voice of the country’s space sector, Modi noted that fields like mining, coal, defence and space have been opened to private players, and said his Government’s clear policy about public sector enterprises is to open ..

Amit Shah holds meet with Power, Coal Ministers on coal shortage

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting with Power Minister R K Singh and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi amid reports of the ongoing coal shortage in the country, officials said. During the hour-long meeting, the three Ministers were believed to have discussed the availability of coal to power plants and the current power demands. Top officials of the Power and Coal Ministries attended the meeting. The meeting came in the wake of several States warning of a possible power crisis due ..

3 US-based economists receive Nobel Prize for economics

THREE US-based economists won the 2021 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for pioneering research on the labour market impacts of minimum wage, immigration and education, and for creating the scientific framework to allow conclusions to be drawn from such studies that can’t use traditional methodology. Canadian-born David Card of the University of California at Berkeley was awarded one half of the prize, while the other half was shared by Joshua Angrist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ..

India on path of swift recovery, says Finance Ministry report

AS THE post-pandemic economic activity in the country picks up pace, the Finance Ministry has said that India is well-placed on the path to swift recovery with growth impulses visibly transmitted to all sectors of the economy. The Monthly Economic Review for September 2021 released by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) on Monday said that sustained and robust growth in agriculture, sharp rebound in manufacturing and industry, resumption of services activity and buoyant revenues are suggesting ..

5 Army personnel martyred in gunfight with terrorists in J&K

FIVE Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were martyred in a fierce gunfight with terrorists during an anti-insurgency operation in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said. The operation was launched in a village close to Dera Ki Gali (DKG) in Surankote in the early hours following the Intelligence inputs about presence of terrorists, a Defence spokesman said. He said the ultras opened heavy fire on the search parties resulting in critical injuries ..

Man held for abandoning toddler son was fleeing after killing live-in partner

A MAN who was held from Kota in Rajasthan for abandoning his toddler son in Gandhinagar in Gujarat had allegedly murdered the infant’s mother before fleeing the State, a police official said on Sunday. The 10-month-old child was found abandoned late Friday night outside a cowshed in Gandhinagar’s Pethapur village, and 14 police teams soon zeroed in on his father, Sachin Dikshit, after checking CCTV footage of the vicinity and he was held on Saturday, police said...

Mandaviya for incorporating the role of Indian traditions in mental health in medical syllabus

UNION Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday mooted the idea of incorporating the role of Indian traditions in keeping good mental health, in the medical syllabus and urged the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) to study the issue deeply to enable the Government take a decision and formulate a policy. “We need to understand the traditional way of curing mental problems. I am thinking whether we can incorporate in our syllabus the role of our tradit..

NCB arrests Nigerian national; 20 held so far in cruise drugs case

THE Narcotics Control Bureau arrested a Nigerian national on Sunday in connection with the cruise drugs party raid case, an NCB official said. With this, 20 people have so far been arrested by the NCB in connection with the case, including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, he said. Giving details of the latest arrest, the official said a team of the NCB laid a trap in suburban Goregaon and apprehended the accused, identified as Okaro Ouzama, “along with an intermediate quantity ..

Only half of schools resume classroom learning, 34% using hybrid mode: Data

NINETEEN months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures worldwide, only half of the schools across the globe have resumed classroom teaching and learning while around 34 per cent schools are relying on mixed or hybrid instruction mode, according to the COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker. The tracker has been jointly created by Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF to assist countries’ decision-making by tracking reopening and COVID-19 recovery planning efforts in ..

Afghan girls return to schools in 3 provinces

FOR the first time since the Taliban took over the control of Afghanistan, girl students returned to schools in the provinces of Kunduz, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul, said a media report. The head of Balkh’s provincial department of education, Jalil Sayed Khili, said that all girl schools have opened, TOLO News reported. “We have segregated the girl students from the boys,” he was quoted as saying. Girls in Balkh were happy to be allowed to return to school. Sultan Razia, a female student in Balkh’s capital ..

Second FIR in Lakhimpur case claims protesters attacked BJP workers

THE second FIR lodged over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence claims “bad elements” among farm law protesters attacked BJP workers who were in an SUV but makes no reference to the mowing down of farmers or presence of Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish in the car. The FIR was lodged on October 4 at the Tikonia police station over the alleged lynching of BJP workers while the other one mentions name of Ashish Mishra, who was allegedly in one of the cars that knocked down four farmers. The second FIR ..

India, China hold military talks

INDIA on Sunday pressed for an early disengagement of troops in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh at the 13th round of military talks with China that lasted for around eight-and-half hours, sources in the security establishment said. It is learnt that a major focus of the Corps Commander-level talks was to complete the stalled disengagement at Patrolling Point 15 (PP-15). There was no official comment on the negotiations that took place on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo border ..

NIA carries out raids across Kashmir Valley

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday carried out raids at 16 locations across Kashmir Valley in connection with two cases -- ISIS voice of Hind case and TRF case. According to the Voice of Hind magazine case, ISIS terror outfit has been releasing the online monthly India-centric magazine since February 2020, aiming to radicalise Muslim youths in the Valley. NIA’s raids in relation with The Resistance Front (TRF) case is an ongoing probe into the terror outfits including Lashkar-e-Toiba, ..

Fuel prices increase for 6th straight day

PETROL and diesel prices rose again on Sunday for the sixth consecutive day, hitting a fresh record high. In the national capital, petrol price rose by 30 paise per litre and diesel was hiked by 35 paise per litre. The prices of petrol and diesel have crossed the Rs 100 per litre mark in many States, pinching the common man’s pocket. In Delhi, petrol is retailing at Rs 104.14 per litre and diesel is available at Rs 92.82 per litre after the latest price revision. In Mumbai, petrol became costlier ..

Govt scrambles all resources to avert power crisis

WITH States from Delhi to Andhra Pradesh sending warnings of a developing power crisis due to shortage of coal, the Central Government on Sunday pressed all resources at its command to ensure power plants have enough feedstock to generate electricity. While Union Power Minister R K Singh reviewed the coal stock position at all thermal power plants, including those units that supply electricity to distribution companies in the national capital, the Ministry of Coal said “ample coal is available in ..

Want to make India proud at Miss Universe 2021: Harnaaz Sandhu

MODEL Harnaaz Sandhu says winning the title of LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 comes with a huge responsibility of carrying forward a legacy but she is determined to give her best while representing India at the global pageant of Miss Universe 2021. The Chandigarh-based model was crowned LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021, last week. Sandhu says the news of the win is yet to sink in but she has already started preparing for Miss Universe 2021, to be held in December in Israel. “It feels surreal and I cannot ..

Mumbai Police ask Param Bir to appear on October 12

MUMBAI Police on Saturday pasted a notice outside the residence of IPS officer Param Bir Singh, asking him to appear before it in connection with an extortion case on October 12, an official said here. Recently, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil had said that there were reports that Singh, a former Mumbai Police Commissioner who is now facing at least five criminal cases in the state, had left the country, but there was no confirmed information. The crime branch of Mumbai Police is probing ..

Accused in Kerala gold smuggling case walks out on bail

THE fourth accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, Sandip Nair, on Saturday walked out of the Central jail on getting bail after the Kerala High Court on Friday dropped the charges registered against him under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (COFEPOSA) Act. Following the High Court order, the charges registered against the prime accused in the case, Swapna Suresh, under the COFEPOSA Act were also dropped, but she continues to be in jail as she still faces ..

Most PSUs on Govt’s privatisation list created by pvt sector: Sanyal

DEFENDING privatisation policy, Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal on Saturday said most of the public sector undertakings (PSUs) that the Government intends to sell were actually created by the private sector. Stressing that this Government is unapologetic about privatisation, he said “you (Opposition) made the point that this (PSUs) has been built through the blood and sweat of the public sector. So, let me put the record straight on this: Actually much of what we are attempting to privatise ..

Actor Leena Maria Paul, Chandrasekhar sent to ED custody in PMLA case

A DELHI court on Saturday sent actor Leena Maria Paul and her boyfriend Sukesh Chandrasekhar to Enforcement Directorate’s custody for three days in a money-laundering case involving extortion of Rs 200 crore from a businessman’s wife here. The couple allegedly duped former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh’s wife Aditi Singh. Earlier in the day, the ED placed Chandrashekar and Paul, already in jail after being arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of cheating people and committing ..

‘Indian job market grows 57% annually in September ahead of festive season’

THE Indian job market maintained its record-breaking run for the third consecutive month in a row, clocking 57 per cent year-on-year growth in September, according to the latest Naukri JobSpeak report. At 2,753 job postings, the index hit an all-time high in September surpassing pre-COVID levels in September 2019 by 21 per cent. The Naukri JobSpeak is a monthly Index that calculates and records hiring activity based on the job listings on website month on month. The objective of Naukri ..

Ministry of Coal to launch auction of 40 coal mines from October 12

THE Ministry of Coal is set to launch the next round of auction process for 40 new coal mines for sale of coal on October 12. “Since the Ministry has entered into a rolling auction mechanism, the coal mines rolled over from the previous tranche will also be on offer. Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi will be the chief guest of the launch event to be held on October 12 in the Ministry,” stated the official release by the Ministry of Coal...

I-T Deptt detects Rs 550 cr hidden income after raids on Hetero pharma group

THE Income Tax Department detected “unaccounted” income of Rs 550 crore and seized over Rs 142 crore cash after it recently raided Hyderabad-based Hetero pharmaceutical group, official sources claimed on Saturday. Company officials were not immediately available for comments. The raids were carried out by the tax department on October 6 at about 50 locations in half-a-dozen States. “During the search, several bank lockers have been found, out of which 16 lockers have been operated. The searches ..

‘Killings of minorities in J&K a terror plan to prevent their return home’

AN organisation of Kashmiri Pandits said on Saturday that the targeted killings of minorities in Jammu and Kashmir is part of a terror plan to prevent them from returning to the Valley. Satish Mahaldar, chairman of reconciliation, return and rehabilitation of migrants, said in a statement on Saturday, “Recent killings of minority civilians in Kashmir is part of a well planned terror action plot, at the core of which is to drive out remaining minorities in the Valley and create fear psychosis so that ..

India, China to hold military talks today

INDIA and China will hold 13th round of Corps Commander talks on Sunday, at Moldo on the Chinese side, to resolve border dispute in Eastern Ladakh. Both the countries will discuss phase-III of disengagement and also overall de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. The talks are scheduled two months after both the countries withdrew troops from friction Patrolling Point (PP) 17A in Gogra at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. The disengagement process was carried ..

SIT questions Ashish Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

UNION Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was quizzed here on Saturday for over nine hours by an SIT of Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3, a day after the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over the State Government’s action in the case. Ashish Mishra appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) at around 10.30 AM after a second summons was served to him the previous day when he did not turn up for interrogation and ..

India, Denmark ink 4 agreements, bat for green growth

INDIA and Denmark on Saturday inked four agreements and decided to expand cooperation in “Green strategic partnership for the Green Transition”. In his statement, after the bilateral talks with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that last year both the countries took a historic step to establish a ‘Green Strategic Partnership’ which has been a fine example of our far reaching approach towards the environment. “This partnership is an example of how ..

SII, Bharat Biotech get nod to export COVID vaccines

THE Government has permitted Serum Institute of India (SII) to export 10 lakh Covishield doses each to Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, while Bharat Biotech will provide Iran with 10 lakh doses of Covaxin under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme in October, official sources said on Thursday. The Pune-based pharma company SII has also been allowed to supply bulk Covishield vaccine, which is equivalent to around 3 crore doses, to AstraZeneca in the UK, they told PTI. According to the sources, Prakash Kumar ..

Mukesh Ambani with net worth of $92.7 bn richest Indian: Forbes

A SOARING stock market propelled the combined wealth of members of the 2021 Forbes list of India’s 100 Richest to a record US$775 billion, after adding $257 billion -- a 50 per cent rise -- in the past 12 months. In this bumper year, more than 80 per cent of the listees saw their fortunes increase, with 61 adding $1 billion or more. At the top of the list is Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest person since 2008, with a net worth of $92.7 billion. Ambani recently outlined plans to pivot into renewable energy ..

‘Mission Kavach Kundal’ to boost vaccination in Mah

MAHARASHTRA will undertake a special vaccination drive against coronavirus from October 8 to 14, with a target of inoculating 15 lakh people everyday, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. The ‘Mission Kawach Kundal’ is being undertaken as the Centre has set a target to inoculate 100 crore people by October 15, Tope told reporters, adding that Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a discussion with him over this on Wednesday. Tope said, Mandaviya told him that Maharashtra should ..

I-T Deptt detects Rs 1,000 cr dubious transactions

THE Income Tax Department has detected dubious transactions of over Rs 1,000 crore after raids on some Maharashtra public office-holders and middlemen allegedly running a bribe racket for Government clerances and favourable postings for bureaucrats, the CBDT said on Thursday. It said Rs 4.6 crore cash and jewellery worth Rs 3.42 crore have been seized after the raids that were conducted on September 23 “on a big syndicate involving certain businessmen/middlemen of Maharashtra and some persons holding ..

Rlys to impose Rs 500 fine to passengers without masks

THE Ministry of Railways on Thursday extended the COVID-19 guidelines for six months, or till further order, adding that not wearing a mask on railway premises or in trains can attract a fine of up to Rs 500. “To ensure wearing of face masks/ face cover by all persons at railway premises including trains, fines upto Rs 500 under Indian Railways (Penalties for Activities Affecting Cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules, 2012 shall be imposed by Railway officials authorised for this purpose from persons ..

SC terms Lakhimpur killings ‘unfortunate’; seeks status report from UP Govt today

TERMING “unfortunate” the killing of eight people including four farmers in the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the Supreme Court Thursday sought a status report by Friday from the Uttar Pradesh Government on the accused named by the police in FIR and whether they have been arrested. The apex court has also sought details of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the judicial enquiry commission, reportedly set up by the State Government. The incident, which triggered a major political storm ..

School principal, teacher shot dead by terrorists in J&K

A WOMAN principal and a teacher were shot dead at point blank range inside a Government school in the heart of the city on Thursday, taking to seven the number of civilians killed by militants in Kashmir Valley in five days. Of the seven, four were from minority communities and six of the deaths took place in Srinagar, the main urban centre of the Valley. Supinder Kaur, the principal of the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Eidgah in downtown Srinagar, and Deepak Chand, were gunned down around ..

Modi completes 20 yrs in public office, BJP leaders laud him

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday completed 20 years as the head of a Government, including over 13 years as Gujarat Chief Minister, with top BJP leaders lauding his leadership and crediting him for ushering in good governance and development. Home Minister Amit Shah, who has been a close aide of Modi for over three decades, said the journey of good governance and development that started on this day in 2001 when he took oath for the first time as Chief Minist..

BJP releases 80-member National Executive list; Maneka, Varun Gandhi dropped

THE BJP announced its 80-member national executive on Thursday with the likes of Varun Gandhi and Birender Singh, who have taken a sympathetic stand with the farmers protesting against three agri laws, and Gandhi’s mother Maneka Gandhi being among those replaced with a new crop of leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, many Union Ministers, including heavyweights like Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, and veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, both of whom being also former ..

Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah awarded Nobel in literature

UK-BASED Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose work explores the profound impact of migration on uprooted people and the places they make their new homes, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. The Swedish Academy said the award was in recognition of Gurnah’s “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” Gurnah, who recently retired as a professor of post-colonial literature at the ..

I-T Deptt conducts raids against Ajit Pawar’s family, realtors

THE Income Tax Department on Thursday raided some businesses linked to family members of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and some real estate developers on charges of alleged tax evasion, official sources said. They said the searches are being conducted in Mumbai, Pune, Satara and a few other cities in Maharashtra and Goa. The premises linked to business groups such as DB Realty, Shivalik, Jarandeshwar Sahkari Sugar Karkhana (Jarandeshwar SSK) and businesses linked to Pawar’s sisters ..

London a key destination for tax avoidance

TRANSPARENCY advocates are calling on Britain to tighten the country’s defences against money laundering and tax avoidance after a massive leak of financial data showed how London is a key destination of choice for some of the world’s richest and most powerful people to conceal their cash. The cache of almost 12 million files shows how wealthy people around the world reportedly set up offshore companies to buy property and avoid taxes. Foreign individuals identified as beneficiaries of these types ..

C’garh CM Bhupesh Baghel stopped at Lucknow airport, sits on dharna

CHHATTISGARH Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was prevented from coming out of Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport on Tuesday when he arrived to visit the State Congress office and meet party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Baghel sat on a dharna at the airport after being disallowed to go to the Uttar Pradesh Congress office amid widespread protest over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. “I am being stopped from going out of Lucknow airport without any orders,” he wrote in tweet with a photo of him ..