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Raj’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary notified as tiger reserve

    NEW DELHI,  THE Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary in Rajasthan was notified as India’s 52nd tiger reserve on Monday, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said.This is Rajasthan’s fourth tiger reserve after Ran..

India aims at rolling out 6G telecom network by end of decade, says PM

    NEW DELHI, INDIA is targeting the rollout of 6G telecom network, which will provide ultra high speed internet connectivity, by the end of the decade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.India currently has 3G and 4G t..

Rajnath launches 2 indigenously built warships

    MUMBAI,  DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday launched two indigenously built warships ‘Surat’ and ‘Udaygiri’ at the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai. This is the first time that the two indigenously b..

Conduct pro-active anti-terror ops: Shah to J&K officials

    NEW DELHI, UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday advocated pro-active coordinated counter-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir as he held three back-to-back meetings to review the situation there as well as arrangements f..

India and Africa must respond to uncertain world: Jaishankar

    NEW DELHI,  INDIA and Africa must respond to the “volatile and uncertain” world and important lessons can be learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and knock-on effects of the Ukraine conflict, External Affairs Min..

4 men wanted in 1993 Mumbai blasts case arrested in Guj after 29 years

    AHMEDABAD, THE Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested four persons wanted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, officials said on Tuesday.Abu Bakar, Saiyad Qureshi, Mohammad Shoeb Qureshi alias Shoeb Bawa and Mohamma..

Develop Indian military into future force: V-P tells Defence forces

    Delhi BureauUDHAGAMANDALAM (TN), INDIA is facing multiple security challenges in a highly complex and unpredictable geo-political environment, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday and called upon the Armed Forces to..

Hold two remaining draft panel meetings on Lokayukta Act soon, Hazare tells Mah CM

    PUNE, SOCIAL activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding the enactment of the Lokayukta Act as soon as possible.In the letter, Hazare said the chief secretary must be..

President, Jamaican PM discuss bilateral issues

    KINGSTON, PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind has met Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, service, health, railway and transport services and sports with the Cari..

SC calls for protecting ‘Shivling’ in Gyanvapi, no bar on namaz

    NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Tuesday said the area within Gyanvapi mosque where the ‘Shivling’ has been found needs to be protected, but there should be no restriction on Muslims entering the mosque to offer nam..

Lankan Parlt defeats no-trust motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

    COLOMBO, A NO-CONFIDENCE motion tabled by the Opposition against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday, in a comfortable win for the embattled President amidst nationwide protests demand..

Inform number of human corpses found in Ganga: NGT asks UP and Bihar Govts

    NEW DELHI, THE National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Governments to inform it about the number of human corpses found floating in the river Ganga besides bodies buried on the river bed in the two Sta..

‘Abdullahs and Muftis destroyed Kashmir’s culture to please Pak’

    SRINAGAR, BJP national General Secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Tarun Chugh on Sunday blasted at National Conference President Farooq Abdullah for his “chameleon conduct” saying that after destroying the H..

Rajnath to attend launch of indigenous warship building of 2 frontline warships

    Delhi BureauNEW DELHI, DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh will witness two simultaneous launches of landmark indigenous warship building as the nation witnesses a landmark event in the history of indigenous warship building at Maz..

Recovery of 266 live bullets: Kerala Police probe to move into K’taka

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, The Kerala Police probing the recovery of 266 live bullets from an uninhabited land near the Nellikode by-pass road in Kozhikode have decided to move into the neighbouring State of Karnataka after some lead..

CBI sends letters rogatory to Hong Kong in Rs 156 crore diamonds over-invoicing case

    NEW DELHI, THE CBI has sent a judicial request to Hong Kong seeking assistance in its probe into a racket that allegedly imported diamonds with inflated invoices worth Rs 156 crore to camouflage its money laundering activities..

Targeted killings of KPs, non-locals aimed to keep terrorism alive in Kashmir: Gen Dwivedi

    By Anil BhattJAMMU, NORTHERN Army commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi on Monday said the targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits and non-local labourers by militants was to keep terrorism alive in Kashmir.He also said P..

Eleven MLAs take oath as Ministers in Tripura

    AGARTALA, ELEVEN MLAs -- nine from the ruling BJP and two of the IPFT– were on Monday sworn in as Cabinet Ministers of the new Manik Saha-led Government in Tripura.Governor S N Arya administered the oath of office and se..

Southwest monsoon debuts over Andaman and Nicobar islands

    NEW DELHI, SOUTHWEST monsoon has advanced into the Andaman and Nicobar islands on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here, signalling the start of the four-month seasonal rains that are crucial to the large..

India, Nepal sign 6 MoUs

    LUMBINI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in Lumbini - the birthplace of Gautam Buddha - during which they discussed ways to strengthen ongoing cooper..

Court orders sealing of spot after ‘Shivling found’ at Gyanvapi mosque

    VARANASI, A LOCAL court here directed the district administration to seal a spot in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after counsels representing the Hindu petitioners said a Shivling was found on Monday during a court-mandated vide..

The 11th Panchen Lama and China’s plan of ‘Sinicisation’ of Tibet

    By Kartik Lokhande UNDATEDON May 14, 1995, the 14th Dalai Lama -- who is living in exile in India since he escaped the Tibet occupied by Communist China in 1959 -- recognised the six-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th Panche..

Former Aus all-rounder Symonds killed in car crash

    SYDNEY,  FORMER Australia cricketer Andrew Symonds, one of the finest all-rounders and a two-time World Cup winner, has died in a tragic car accident, leaving the cricketing world in shock.He was 46 and is survived by his..

Sri Lanka’s new PM supports protesters demanding President’s resignation

    COLOMBO, IN AN unusual move, Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public support to the protesters, who have been camping at a popular beachfront here for over a month calling for President Go..

Manik Saha sworn in as Tripura CM

    AGARTALA, BJP State president Manik Saha was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura on Sunday morning. Governor S N Arya administered the oath to Saha, a Rajya Sabha MP, at the Raj Bhawan here.Former Chief Minister Biplab D..

Cong announces major reforms - one person, one post; one family, one ticket

    UDAIPUR (Rajasthan), THE Congress on Sunday announced wide-ranging organisational reforms to make the party battle-ready for the next round of Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, stressing on wider representation to those under 50 y..

Super Shuttlers Script History

    BANGKOK, DISHING out a performance for the ages, Indian men’s badminton team lifted the Thomas Cup with a commanding 3-0 win over powerhouse Indonesia on Sunday, a historic triumph that will enhance country’s statu..

Army chief visits forward areas in Ladakh

    NEW DELHI,  ARMY chief General Manoj Pande visited some of the most difficult and inhospitable forward locations in eastern Ladakh and reviewed India’s overall military preparedness during his three-day tour of the ..

Rana couple pray at Hanuman temple in Delhi for Mah CM Thackeray’s ouster

   NEW DELHI,  INDEPENDENT lawmakers Navneet and Ravi Rana on Saturday recited the Hanuman Chalisa at the Hanuman temple here and claimed to have prayed for removal of the “biggest danger looming over Maharashtra in the form..

Some parties misleading with fake Hindutva, says Uddhav

    MUMBAI,  MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said some parties are misleading with “fake Hindutva” and accused estranged ally BJP of playing “ugly” politics. Targetting BJP at a..

People jumped off building to save themselves in Delhi’s Mundka blaze

    NEW DELHI, SEVERAL people, who were stuck inside the multi-storey building in Delhi’s Mundka, which caught fire earlier in the day and left at least 27 people dead, were rescued through the AC window, while some others j..

Videography survey of Gyanvapi complex held peacefully

    VARANASI, THE videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi which resumed on Saturday following a local court order was carried out without any interruption as all parties cooperated, officials said.They said t..

Sunil Jakhar quits Cong

   CHANDIGARH, “GOOD luck and goodbye Congress”, former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar said on Saturday while announcing his decision to quit the Congress that last month removed him from all party positions for alleged anti-party..

Why a ‘lame-duck’ CEO will keep changing Twitter, Agrawal explains

   NEW DELHI, BREAKING his silence, a defiant Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has explained why a “lame-duck” CEO has made key changes at the micro-blogging platform amid the $44 billion takeover by the Tesla CEO.Stressing that &..

Rules on linking Aadhaar with electoral rolls can be issued soon: Sushil Chandra

    By Nilesh BhagatNEW DELHI,  RULES on linking Aadhaar with the electoral rolls can be issued by the Government soon, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra has said, adding that sharing Aadhaar details will be v..

29 people still missing in Mundka fire

    NEW DELHI,A DAY after a massive fire in a building in outer Delhi’s Mundka claimed 27 lives, frantic relatives were still searching for their loved ones with police saying that 29 people remained unaccounted for.According to ..

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb resigns

    AGARTALA/KOLKATA, TRIPURA Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday said he has submitted his resignation to Governor S N Arya.Deb made the announcement after meeting the Governor at the Raj Bhawan here.“Party is above..

Poachers kill 3 policemen in MP

   BHOPAL, THREE policemen were killed after poachers opened fire on them in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh in the wee hours of Saturday, while two of the assailants were also killed, officials said. One of the accused was believ..

Musk puts Twitter deal ‘temporarily on hold’

     DETROIT, ELON Musk said on Friday that his plan to buy Twitter is “temporarily on hold” as he tries to pinpoint the exact number of spam and fake accounts on the social media platform, another twist amid sign..

SC ‘no’ to pass status quo order on Gyanvapi survey

    NEW DELHI, THE Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an interim order of status quo on the survey of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The top court, however, agreed to consider listing the p..

New SL PM promises to resolve crisis

     COLOMBO, Ranil Wickremesinghe assumed office as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the sixth time on Friday and gave assurance to the people of Sri Lanka that he will ensure the supply of petrol, diesel and electricity ..

Chintan Shivir: Cong moots ‘one family, one ticket’ formula

     UDAIPUR,  TOP Congress leaders began their three-day brainstorming conclave here to revive the organisation ahead of the upcoming election cycle.The ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’ which opened with party c..

26 killed in Delhi building fire

    NEW DELHI, AS MANY as 26 died while 50 to 60 people were rescued after a massive fire broke out in a building near Mundka metro station on Friday evening, the police said.“A total of 26 bodies were recovered from the 3-s..

Skeletons of 282 Indian soldiers found during excavation in Amritsar

THE skeletons of 282 Indian soldiers who participated in India’s First War of Independence in 1857 were found during the excavation near Amritsar, said Dr J S Sehrawat, Assistant Professor, Dept Anthropology, Punjab University. The soldiers were said to have revolted against the use of pork and beef-greased cartridges. “These skeletons belong to 282 Indian soldiers killed during India’s first freedom struggle against the British in 1857...

Wasps foils suicide bid by woman in Kerala

FUNNY, but true. Wasps prevented a suicide attempt by a woman in Kerala’s coastal district of Alappuzha a day ago. The woman on Monday evening had climbed a BSNL mobile tower in Kayamkulam here threatening to jump off it if her baby was not returned by her husband. Attempts by the police and the fire force personnel to talk her out of it did not fructify and that is when nature intervened. Visuals of the incident on TV channels showed that as the woman was busy climbing to the top of the mobile tower, ..

SC moved against LIC IPO, seeks scrapping of process

THE Supreme Court on Wednesday admitted a writ petition against the initial public offering (IPO) of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) that got over early this week. The writ petition was filed by policyholders, said Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, Joint Convenor of NGO People First and the case is listed for Thursday. The petitioners have filed the case in the apex court to issue a writ of mandamus, to declare Section 5 of the Life Insurance Corporation Act, 1956 (as amended by the Life Insurance ..

Al-Jazeera reporter killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

A JOURNALIST for Al-Jazeera was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early on Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. It said Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian female reporter for the broadcaster’s Arabic language channel, was shot and died soon afterward. Another Palestinian journalist working for the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper was wounded but in stable condition...

TN coast on high alert to thwart influx of Lankans

THE Tamil Nadu coastal police are on high alert after inputs from Central agencies on the possibility of a heavy intrusion from Sri Lanka following political and economic uncertainty in the island nation. A senior officer of the Tamil Nadu Home Department told IANS that the State is constantly in touch with the Union Home Ministry regarding the possibility of a Sri Lankan inflow into the Indian soil. Police is also alert on the possibility of 50 prisoners who had escaped from the Hambantota prison ..

SC puts sedition law on hold till Govt reviews it

PUTTING on hold the sedition law, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the registration of FIRs, ongoing probes and coercive measures on the matter across the country until an “appropriate forum” of the Government re-examines the colonial era penal law that dates back to 1898, and pre-dates the Constitution itself. In its significant order on the law that has been under intense public scrutiny, a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said that there was need to balance the interest of civil liberties ..

Delhi HC passes split verdict on marital rape criminalisation case

THE Delhi High Court on Wednesday delivered a split verdict on the issue of criminalisation of marital rape with one of the judges favouring striking down the provision, the other holding it was not unconstitutional. The division bench granted leave to the parties to file an appeal before the Supreme Court. While Justice Rajiv Shakdher, who headed the division bench, favoured striking down marital rape exception, Justice C Hari Shankar said the exception under the IPC is not unconstitutional and was ..

Lanka Govt deploys troops, military vehicles on streets

SRI LANKAN authorities on Wednesday deployed troops and military vehicles in the streets to ensure public security in the Capital amidst nation-wide protests over the Government’s failure to tackle the worst economic crisis. The deployment came a day after the country’s Ministry of Defence ordered the Army, the Air Force and the Navy personnel to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to others amidst violent protests in the island nation over the unprecedented economic and political ..

‘Modi is phenomenon, even detractors agree’

ASSERTING that even detractors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi agree that he is a “phenomenon”, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that while Mahatma Gandhi took the freedom struggle out of the hands of the elite to turn it into a mass movement, Modi had converted developmental initiatives into mass movements. Naidu also said that Modi put to effective use his valuable learnings to write a development script for his State of Gujarat as its Chief Minister and scaled up the same at national ..

Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma cremated with full State honours

SANTOOR maestro Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma was on Wednesday cremated with full State honours in the presence of family and close friends. The 83-year-old musician died on Tuesday morning following a heart attack at his Pali Hill residence here. Sharma, one of India’s most well known classical musicians, was credited for taking santoor, the folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir, to the global stage. After a guard of honour in Juhu, where his mortal remains were kept for people to pay their respects, Sharma’s ..

Aaditya Thackeray to visit Ayodhya on June 10

    MUMBAI,  SHIV Sena MLA and Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday said he will visit Ayodhya on June 10 toseekLordRam’sblessingsfor bringing in “Ram Rajya” in Maharashtra. Interestingly, the M..

Modi’s India is a ‘giver’, not ‘taker’, says Nadda

    AMBALA,  BJP President JPNadda on Monday lauded the country’s health sector and the in-house development of Covid vaccines, calling India a “changing nation” under Narendra Modi that now offered something to ..

Young doctor brings late father to life

    MYSURU, A YOUNG ayurvedic doctor, who lost his father to COVID, has brought him to life during his marriage ceremony held in Nanjangud town in Mysuru district. He got a silicon statue of his father done to fulfil his late fath..

Active COVID-19 cases dip to 19,637

    NEW DELHI, WITH 2,288 new coronavirus infections reported in a day, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,31,07,689, while the active cases decreased to 19,637, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on ..

President confers 13 Shaurya Chakras to Army personnel

   NEW DELHI, PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind conferred 13 Shaurya Chakras, including six posthumous, to the personnel of the Armed Forces during a Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday.The gallantry awards were ..

Dhankhar meets post-poll violence victims, asks TMC Govt to stop ‘partisan politics’

     KOLKATA, WEST Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday met the victims of post-poll violence in the State, who came to him as part of a BJP delegation demanding compensation. After the meeting, Dhankhar said if the fa..

Right-wing group recites Hanuman Chalisa outside Qutub Minar; 44 detained

    NEW DELHI,  MEMBERS of a right-wing group on Tuesday recited the Hanuman Chalisa outside the Qutub Minar complex and staged a protest demanding that the iconic monument here be renamed ‘Vishnu Stambha’. Polic..

Cyclone Asani nears east coast, starts losing steam: IMD

    BHUBANESWAR,  SEVERE cyclone Asani neared the east coast, packing gale-force winds up to 105 kmph, amid indication of gradual weakening on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The cyclone, which was mov..

SC asks MP SEC to notify poll programme for local bodies in 2 weeks

    NEW DELHI,  THE Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) to notify the programme for local body elections in the State within two weeks. The apex court observed that election is..

Lanka rages against Rajapaksas, Govt

   COLOMBO, In the wake of the widespread violence in Sri Lanka that left eight people dead, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family took refuge at a naval base in Trincomalee on Tuesday after leaving Colombo under heavy..

Santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma passes away

    MUMBAI,  SANTOOR virtuoso Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, who took the stringed instrument to the global stage and successfully straddled the worlds of classical and film music, died here on Tuesday following a heart attack. He was..

‘Centre has created new opportunities for pvt sector’

    COIMBATORE,  WITH licence quota raj prevailing during the 70 years of Congress regime, the policy change brought in by the Central Government under PrimeMinisterNarendraModi hascreatednewopportunities forthe private secto..

Vikas Dubey’s property worth Rs 67 cr attached

    KANPUR, THE Uttar Pradesh Government has seized properties worth Rs 67 crore belonging to slain gangster Vikas Dubey and his relatives.Attachment orders for these properties have been issued by the court of the District Magist..

Scindia orders probe into Ranchi boarding row

   NEW DELHI, THE Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has ordered a probe in a boarding row at the Ranchi Airport wherein the IndiGo Airlines debarred a child with special needs and his family citing inconvenience to the other..

Making all efforts to ensure devpt of border areas: Shah

    GUWAHATI, UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the Central Government is making efforts to ensure development of border areas.Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Assam, reviewed the situation along the Bangladesh border..

LIC IPO subscribed nearly 3 times; Government raises Rs 21,000 crore

    NEW DELHI, LIFE Insurance Corporation’s IPO, the country’s biggest public offer, was subscribed 2.95 times on the last day of offer period on Monday, helping the Government mobilise about Rs 21,000 crore. Against 1..

Cyclone ‘Asani’ likely to weaken on nearing coast

    BHUBANESWAR/KOLKATA/RAN CHI,   SEVERE cyclonic storm Asani packing gale-force winds up to 120 kmph which is moving towards the east coast bringing along heavy rain, is likely to recurve in a north-northeastward direction on re..

China intends to keep boundary issue ‘alive’: Army chief

    NEW DELHI,  THE basic issue with China remains the resolution of the boundary question but Beijing’s intent has been to keep it “alive”, Army chief General Manoj Pande said on Monday, asserting that Indi..

Rana couple get notice as Mumbai police seek their bail cancellation

     MUMBAI,  A SPECIAL court on Monday issued a notice to Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana, accused in a sedition case following a row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa, seeking their respo..

Protests erupt as bulldozers roll into Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, return without action

   NEW DELHI, PROTESTS erupted at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh on Monday with hundreds of people, including women, opposing an anti-encroachment drive of the SDMC as bulldozers rolled into the area in the presence of a huge number of pol..

More than 60 feared killed in Ukrainian school bombing

    ZAPORIZHZHIA,  MORE than 60 people were feared dead on Sunday after a Russian bomb flattened a school being used as a shelter, Ukrainian officials said, while Moscow’s forces pressed their attack on defenders inside..

Lankan PM resigns as nation-wide curfew imposed

    COLOMBO, SRI LANKAN Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday amid unprecedented economic turmoil, hours after his supporters attacked anti-Government protesters outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office, l..

‘Sanjeevani booti’ to be displayed at biodiversity event

    PATNA, THE Bihar Government has decided to display a medicinal plant, which locals believe to be the same “sanjeevani booti” that saved Lakshmana’s life in the Ramayana, in a biodiversity exhibition to be hel..

Rate hike wasn’t surprising, timing was, says Nirmala

    MUMBAI, FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the recent interest rate hike by the Reserve Bank was not surprising for her but the timing was, asserting that the rising cost of funds will not impact the Government’..

Jet Airways a step closer to relaunch, gets security clearance from Home Ministry

    NEW DELHI,THE Union Home Ministry has granted security clearance to Jet Airways that is planning to relaunch commercial flight operations in the next few months, according to an official document.The Jalan-Kalrock Consortium is cur..

Army vice chief for indigenous defence production

   UDHAMPUR (J&K), IN A bid to ensure the country’s self-reliance in defence, the Indian Army has signed contracts worth Rs 40,000 crore with indigenous defence manufacturers, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General B S R..

Probable candidates in Presidential poll: Favourites and dark horses

    Saiyed Moziz Imam ZaidiNEW DELHI,  TWO months ahead of the election, the contest to choose the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan has yet to pick up pace with both the Government and Opposition yet to clear the air o..

Active COVID cases rise to 20,635

    NEW DELHI,  INDIA logged 3,451 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,31,02,194, while the active cases rose to 20,635, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The ..

Asani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

   KOLKATA/BHUBANESWAR,  CYCLONE Asani, formed over the South-East Bay of Bengal, further intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Sunday evening as it moved northwestwards in the direction of north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts..

Value of vote of MPs likely to go down to 700 from 708 in July presidential elections

    NEW DELHI, THE value of the vote of a Member of Parliament is likely to go down to 700 from 708 in the presidential polls scheduled in July due to the absence of a Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on S..

Khalistan flags hung at gate of HP Assembly

    DHARAMSHALA,  KHALISTAN flags were found tied on the main gate and slogans scrawled on the walls of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly complex, police said on Sunday. The flags were put up on the outer side of the ..

Rana dares Mah CM to contest against her

   MUMBAI, AFTER her stint in jail and hospital, Independent MP Navneet Kaur-Rana on Sunday targeted Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, daring him to get “directly elected by the people”.Navneet, 36, challenged Th..

7,000-yr-old planned Harappan city dug up in Haryana

    NEW DELHI, HARYANA’S Rakhigarhi is famous across the world for the Harrapan civilisation. And now, the Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI) is conducting new excavations in and around the 7,000-year-old planned Harappan ..

1st RRTS train set on way to UP from Guj

SAVLI, THE first train set of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), equipped with modern mobility features, was handed over to NCRTC by Alstom India as it rolled out of its manufacturing plant in Gujarat’s Savli on Saturday. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is establishing India’s first RRTS which is a rail-based, high-speed, high-frequency regional commuter transit system...

Seven charred to death in Indore building fire

Fire broke out in a two-storey building in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, early on Saturday morning in which seven people, including two women, were burnt to death. Police informed that apart from seven deaths, nine people have been rescued so far of which five injured have been hospitalised. The fire spread after a short circuit in the main electricity supply system in the basement of building...

ED arrests CA linked to J’khand IAS officer in PMLA case

THE ED on Saturday arrested a chartered accountant under the anti-money laundering law in a case linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Jharkhand’s Khunti district as part of which State Mining Secretary and IAS officer Pooja Singhal and others were raided, officials said. Suman Kumar was taken into custody under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) around 5 pm in Ranchi. Officials alleged that the CA was “evasive in his replies” with regard to the alleged recovery of cash to ..

Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa may resign

SRI Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is learnt to have responded positively to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s request to him to quit in the face of the deepening economic crisis along with the imposition of the state of emergency in the island nation. As per reports, at a special Cabinet meeting at the Presiden’s House, headed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed to resign from his post as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, reported ‘the Colombo Page’. The Sri Lankan Cabinet had been informed ..

L&T to own 68.73% in combined entity after Mindtree, LTI merger

LARSEN & Toubro Limited as the promoter will own 68.73 per cent stake in the combined entity created by the merger of Mindtree and L&T Infotech (LTI). Mindtree, a leading digital transformation partner with market cap of Rs 578.4 billion will merge into LTI, a global technology consulting and digital solutions company with market cap of Rs 836.2 billion. Subsidiaries and associates of Mindtree will become subsidiaries and associates of LTI. The amalgamated entity will be named as ‘LTIMindtree Limited’, ..

‘Punjab Police arrested me as if I was a terrorist’

DELHI Bharatiya Janata Party leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga on Saturday claimed that the Punjab police had barged into his home in large numbers and arrested him “as they do it with a terrorist”. Speaking to ANI this morning, Bagga narrated the entire episode of his arrest. “I was not shown any warrant. When nearly eight people picked me up, I told them to let me tie my turban. They did not give me the chance to wear the turban and slippers. I was thrown into the vehicle. I was kidnapped by the ..

NEET PG exam not postponed, will happen on May 21, despite ‘fake’ NBEMS notice

THE Press Information Bureau Saturday said this year’s NEET PG exam has not been postponed, and will happen on the scheduled date of May 9, terming “fake” a notice issued in the name of the National Board of Examinations (NBEMS) that the paper has been rescheduled to July 9. The National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) on Saturday also cautioned stakeholders against “false and bogus information” being circulated in its name. This comes after a section of the media reported that NEET ..

Xiaomi’s allegations of coercion baseless: ED

THE Enforcement Directorate on Saturday rejected as “baseless” the allegations that the statements of Xiaomi India officials, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese mobile manufacturing company Xiaomi, were recorded “under coercion”, saying the charges were an afterthought. The federal agency was responding to certain news reports that said Xiaomi alleged in a recent filing before the Karnataka High Court that its top executives were threatened with “physical violence and coercion” during their ..

Muslim zealots block court team from Gyanvapi survey

A COURT Commissioner’s team on Saturday visited the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri temple complex here and stayed there for over two hours but failed to conduct a videographic-survey of the mosque due to protest by Muslim men. The Muslims protested against the survey even as the mosque management committee moved a Varanasi district court seeking the appointment of a different court commissioner, other than the present one, Ajay Kumar Mishra. After hearing the plea on Saturday morning to change the court ..

Man beaten to death for using speaker to play devotional songs

   AHMEDABAD, A 42-YEAR-OLD man was beaten to death by six persons over a dispute about using a speaker to play devotional songs at a temple built inside a home in Gujarat’s Mehsana district, police said on Friday.The police on T..

Post-1947, country suffered due to wrong economic policies, visionless leadership: Gadkari

    PUNE, UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that due to the “wrong economic policies, corrupt governance and visionless leadership” post-Independence, the country suffered heavy losses, but with Prime Ministe..

Kedarnath Temple opens for devotees, U’khand CM Dhami offers prayers

    RUDRAPRAYAG, AS THE doors of the Kedarnath Temple opened on Friday morning, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami along with his wife Geeta Dhami offered prayers.On the occasion of the opening of the doors of Kedarnat..

India records 3,545 new COVID cases

    NEW DELHI, INDIA reported 3,545 new COVID infections in a day taking the tally of cases reported so far to 4,30,94,938 while the number of active cases declined to 19,688, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Fri..

‘More needs to be done in terms of different dynamics on LAC’

    UDHAMPUR, NORTHERN Army Commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi on Friday batted for the need to do more in terms of different dynamics exhibited on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and said the Armed Forces have lear..