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BITTER EXIT

      IN CONTINUATION of the long tradition in Indian hockey, another coach has ended association with the national team, this time women’s, with a bitter experience. Janneke Schopman, the Dutch who helmed the womenR..

PM inaugurates country’s longest cable-stayed bridge

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated ‘Sudarshan Setu’, the country’s longest cable-stayed bridge of 2.32 km, on the Arabian sea connecting Beyt Dwarka island to mainland Okha in Gujarat’s Devbhumi Dwarka district. Modi began his day by offering prayers at Lord Sri Krishna temple at Beyt Dwarka. He later inaugurated the four-lane cable-stayed bridge called the ‘Sudarshan Setu’, which boasts a unique design, featuring a footpath adorned with verses from Srimad Bhagavad Gita and images ..

High drama OVER Sandeshkhali Independent fact-finding team detained on way, released later

SIX members of an independent fact-finding committee led by former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narasimha Reddy were stopped by police as they were proceeding to trouble-torn Sandeshkhali area in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district to probe alleged incidents of atrocities on women. Citing Section 144 CrPC was in force in parts of Sandeshkhali and it would not be prudent to allow them access to the area even in groups of four-five, senior police officers stopped their convoy at the Bhojerhat ..

‘Don’t test our patience’ Mah CM Shinde tells Jarange, saysconspiracy will be exposed soon

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday said Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange must not test the patience of his Government after the latter made wild allegations against Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Shinde also took a swipe at the Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar chief Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena (UBT) while responding to Jarange. Speaking in Antarwali Sarati earlier in the day, Jarange said Fadnavis was trying to kill him. Jarange had ..

Now, crackdown on wildlife traffickers using Interpol

INDIA, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia have planned coordinated crackdowns on wildlife trafficking kingpins operating through their jurisdiction by sharing criminal intelligence and breaking down their financial flows, officials said. During the two-day Regional Investigative and Analytical Case Meeting (RIACM) on Exotic Species Trafficking organised by the CBI and Interpol here recently, experts deliberated on four crucial routes used by the traffickers to transport exotic species...

MIND GAMES

      EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has sounded right caution against the ‘mind games’ of Beijing to restrict India-China issues under the bilateral framework. It has been Communist China’s str..

‘Coop sector instrumental in shaping a resilient economy’

     NEW DELHI,   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi outlined the role of the cooperative sector in shaping the economy of the country while launching multiple key initiatives in the sector at Bharat Mandapam in Delhi on ..

Villagers lodge over 1,250 complaints at Govt camps

     KOLKATA,  OVER 1,250 complaints, including 400 related to land disputes, have been received at Government camps in the restive Sandeshkhali region of West Bengal, where the administration is conducting a mass outrea..

India’s longest cable-stayed bridge to open in Guj

     NEW DELHI,      PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on February 25 will dedicate to the nation Sudarshan Setu -- the country’s longest cable-stayed bridge -- which will connect Okha mainland and Beyt D..

Pawar unveils symbol of his NCP at Raigad fort

     MUMBAI,   NATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) founder Sharad Pawar on Saturday unveiled his outfit’s symbol – ‘man blowing turha (traditional trumpet)’, calling it an inspiration to launch ..

NHRC team visits Sandeshkhali for second day; Suvendu likens situation to Nandigram

      KOLKATA,   AN NHRC team visited trouble-torn Sandeshkhali for the second consecutive day on Saturday to investigate into allegations of land-grabbing by some TMC leaders. A CPI(M) delegation led by Minaks..

Quad is a statement that others cannot have ‘veto’ on our choices: Jaishankar

      NEW DELHI,    THE Quad is a statement that others cannot have a “veto” on choices of like-minded nations and the coalition is here to stay, grow and contribute to global prosperity, Exter..

New criminal justice laws to be rolled out across India from July 1

     NEW DELHI,    THE newly-enacted laws -- Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya Act -- to completely overhaul the criminal justice system in the country will come ..

PM launches world’s largest grain storage programme

     NEW DELHI,   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the world’s largest grain storage plan in the co-operative sector, entailing an investment of over Rs 1.25 lakh crore, with the inauguration ..

Voters have right to know about fulfillment of assurances by parties; matter sub judice: CEC

    CHENNAI,   THE voters have a right to know about the feasibility of fulfilling poll assurances made by political parties, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said on Saturday and made it clear that the matter is..

$454 million judgement against Trump finalised in civil fraud case

     NEW YORK,   THE staggering civil fraud judgement against Donald Trump was finalised in New York on Friday, making official a verdict that leaves the former President on the hook for more than USD 454 million in..

Rajnath holds talks with Dutch Minister

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held talks with his Dutch counterpart Kajsa Ollongren with a focus on boosting industrial defence cooperation. In the meeting, Singh said Dutch original equipment manufacturers could be encouraged to integrate Indian vendors into their supply chains. “Both ministers discussed the possibilities for expanding their bilateral defence cooperation, particularly in maritime and industrial domains,” the Defence Ministry said. “They noted the increased interaction ..

Situation in many States shows ‘Sanatan Dharma’ eradication not statement but campaign: BJP

THE BJP on Friday launched a broadside on Opposition parties over the alleged targeting of Hindus in West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, claiming this shows that the assertion about the eradication of ‘Sanatan Dharma’ is not merely a statement but part of a campaign. BJP national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi hit out at West Bengal’s TMC Government for not allowing his party’s leaders, including a group of women comprising legislators and others, to visit trouble-torn Sandeshkhali and not arresting ..

India has become major global force under PM Modi: Nadda

GOOD leadership is important for development and progress, and India has progressed to become a major world force under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, BJP president J P Nadda said here on Friday. Calling upon people to ensure the BJP’s victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Nadda urged them to make Modi the Prime Minister for a third consecutive term for the prosperity of the country’s 140 crore people. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief was addressing a function at the All India ..

J’khand HC refuses to quash defamation case against Rahul

THE Jharkhand High Court on Friday dismissed the petition filed by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to quash the proceedings against him in the trial court in a criminal defamation suit filed for his alleged derogatory remarks against BJP leader Amit Shah in 2018. On February 16, Gandhi’s written version was presented in the court, after which the bench of Justice Ambujnath had reserved the decision. The matter pertains to an election speech made by the former Congress President during the 2018 Congress ..

BRS MLA Lasya Nanditha killed in mishap

OPPOSITION BRS MLA in Telangana G Lasya Nanditha died in a road accident at Patancheru near here on Friday. The incident occurred at around 5.30 AM on Friday when the car she was travelling in hit a metal crash barrier on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) resulting in her death, police said. The car’s driver suffered injuries in the incident, they said. The 36-year-old first-time legislator from Secunderabad Cantonment (SC) was shifted to a hospital where the doctors declared her dead on arrival...

ED attaches shops worth Rs 13 cr in HDIL PMLA scam

THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached shops valued over Rs 13 crore in the form of shops in the SGS Mall at Pune under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in bank loan fraud of Rs 6117.93 crore. According to an ED, they had initiated an investigation on the basis of the FIR filed by Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC) against Joy Thomas, Waryam Singh (Directors of PMC Bank), Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan, Sarang Wadhawan and unknown other persons ..

Property of TMC leaders burnt, locals demand police action against culprits

FRESH protests rattled the troubled enclave of Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Friday, as enraged locals vented their ire by torching the property of TMC leaders accused of tormenting villagers besides staging demonstrations against perceived police inaction towards the perpetrators. During the unrest, residents barricaded roads with logs and set them on fire to block the entry of police vehicles into Jhupkhali area of Sandeshkhali. Tensions persisted for the second ..

Manohar Joshi ‘Sir’ passes away

FORMER Lok Sabha Speaker and ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar G Joshi, a senior Shiv Sena (UBT) leader, passed away following a heart attack early on Friday morning. “Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that Manohar Joshi passed away today morning at 3 am following prolonged age related health issues,” his family said in a terse announcement at dawn. Joshi, 86, was rushed to the Hinduja Hospital in Mahim after suffering a heart attack late on Thursday. ‘ Sir’, as he was popular in political ..

NPCI asked to help ‘@Paytm’ UPI handle users migrate to other banks

THE Reserve Bank has asked the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to examine the possibility of migrating Paytm Payments Bank customers using the UPI handle ‘@paytm’ to 4-5 other banks, in a bid to prevent any disruptions in the payment ecosystem. On Friday, the Central bank came out with additional steps for the benefit of customers, wallet holders and merchants who are availing banking services from Paytm Payments Bank, which has been barred from accepting deposits and credits after March ..

Sharad Pawar gets ‘man blowing turha’ as party symbol

    MUMBAI,   THE Election Commission of India on Thursday allotted “man blowing turha (a traditional trumpet)” as the symbol of the Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar, the outfit’s spokespe..

Even after construction of temple in Ayodhya Oppn’s negativity continues: PM

     MEHSANA,   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday targeted the Opposition Congress, saying, they (the party leaders) continue to live in negativity and are not ready to leave the path of hatred even when the ..

EAM holds bilateral with counterparts of Tanzania, Ghana, Slovak Republic

     NEW DELHI,   ON THE sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Slovak Republic, Ghana and Tanzania and disc..

Aim for global leadership: PM to brand Amul

     AHMEDABAD,    PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated the success of Amul, urging the dairy brand to aim for global leadership. Speaking to a gathering of milk producers from across Gujarat at ..

Former Mah CM Manohar Joshi suffers cardiac arrest

     MUMBAI,   FORMER Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi suffered a cardiac arrest and has been admitted in the ICU of P D Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai, the private medical facility said on Thursday. In a statem..

CBSE to conduct trials of open-book exams for classes 9-12

      NEW DELHI,   THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning a pilot run of Open-Book Exams (OBE) in selected schools for classes 9 to 12 later this year, according to officials. The idea was ..

VOICE OF REASON

      VOICE of reason, of conscience, they say, never dies. Therefore, the spiritual voice of Mr. Fali S. Nariman will never die -- and will keep stirring our collective conscience all the time to come. For, when he strode th..

Fresh protests eruptLocals set afire propertybelonging to TMC leaders

AMIDST renewed protests in Sandeshkhali on Thursday, where locals set fire to property belonging to TMC leaders accused of tormenting villagers,West Bengal Police chief Rajeev Kumar pledged action against the perpetrators, while a visiting NCST team compiled complaints of forced land seizures and torture from the region. Earlier in the day, upon their arrival in the restive Sandeshkhali area, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) team led by acting vice-chairperson Ananta Nayak engaged ..

‘Radical reforms mustin multilateral system’

IN ITS first year of Independence, India put its trust on multilateralism and took the Kashmir “aggression issue” to the United Nations but others made it a matter of “accession” for geopolitical reasons, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday. He made the remarks while elaborating on the need for having coexistence between national interests and multilateralism at a session of the Raisina Dialogue...

ASHOK SARAF conferred with Maharashtra Bhushan Award

 MUMBAI : VETERAN actor Ashok Saraf, who has acted in more than 250 Marathi films and is known for his impeccable comic timing, was on Thursday night presented the Maharashtra Bhushan Award for 2023, the highest civilian honour of the State. Sar..

Manipur HC revokesinclusion order for Meiteicommunity in ST List

THE Manipur High Court has ordered deletion of a paragraph from a March 2023 order that urged the State to consider including the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe list saying the paragraph was in conflict with the Supreme Court’s constitution bench stance. The March 27, 2023 directive, believed to be a catalyst for ethnic unrest that claimed over 200 lives, was rescinded by a single judge bench of Justice Golmei Gaiphulshillu during a review petition hearing on Wednesday. The contentious ..

Adieu legends: A sharp brain, an iconic voice

FALI S Nariman, a doyen of Indian judiciary, who was part of several landmark legal proceedings that helped shape modern India, including the Kesavanand Bharati case in which the Supreme Court laid down the basic structure doctrine, died on Wednesday. He was 95. Nariman is survived by his son and former Supreme Court judge Rohinton Nariman, daughter Anaheeta and daughter-inlaw Sanaya. His wife Bapsi Nariman had died in 2020. He was suffering from various ailments including heart disease. “We regret ..

Rajnath confident of BJP’s victory in LS

      LUCKNOW,    DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed confidence in the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh and said, ..

India’s longest transportation tunnel opens in Jammu

     SRINAGAR,    THE longest transportation tunnel of the country on the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as he flagged off the first electrifi..

Farmers’ issue Amarinder Singh meets PM Modi

      NEW DELHI,    FORMER Punjab Chief Minister and BJP leader Amarinder Singh met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed a host of issues related to farmers, he said on Tuesday. Singh said in a post ..

Coaching classes are not temples of knowledge, cautions Vice-President

     Delhi BureauNEW DELHI,    VICE-PRESIDENT Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday cautioned students that coaching classes are an example of “status quo” rather than true intellectual exposition and reminde..

Situation horrific in Sandeshkhali: Suvendu

     SANDESHKHALI (WB),    SENIOR BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, who arrived in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Tuesday afternoon after getting permission from the Calcutta High Court..

Swami Prasad Maurya quits SPto announce own party on 22nd

      LUCKNOW,    A WEEK after tendering his resignation from the post of Samajwadi Party national General Secretary, Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday resigned from the party’s primary membership and t..

TEMPLE OF INDIA!

     THERE may not be a better way to describe the core duty of every Indian -- to build the ‘Temple of India’, as put so aptly by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi at the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of proposed Ka..

PM launches projects worth Rs 32K cr

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the revocation of Article 370 was pivotal in fostering the comprehensive development of Jammu and Kashmir, asserting his Government was committed to transforming the Valley into a tourist destination that could rival Switzerland. Addressing a large gathering at the Maulana Azad Stadium here, where he launched projects worth over Rs 32,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 13,500 crore for other parts of the nation, Modi highlighted the surge in investments ..

Mah passes Maratha Quota Bill 10 pc reservation in education, jobs

THE Maharashtra legislature on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill providing 10 per cent reservation for the Marathas in education and Government jobs under a separate category, but the fasting activist Manoj Jarange appeared firm on his demand for quota for the community under the OBC head. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde tabled the Maharashtra State Socially and Educationally Backward Bill, 2024, in the Assembly during the one-day special session of the legislature called to resolve the months-long deadlock ..

Elections toRajya Sabha Sonia, Nadda, others elected unopposed

CONGRESS leader Sonia Gandhi was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Tuesday, officials said. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Chunnilal Garasiya and Madan Rathore were also elected unopposed to the Upper House from the State, Assembly Secretary Mahaveer Prasad Sharma said. Tuesday was the last day for withdrawing nominations. As no other candidates were contesting, the three leaders were elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed, the officer said. It will be the 77-year-old Congress leader’s first ..

SC overturns Chandigarh mayoral poll result, declares AAP candidate winner

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the result of the Chandigarh mayoral poll in which the BJP candidate had emerged an unlikely winner, and declared defeated AAP-Congress alliance candidate Kuldeep Kumar as the new city Mayor. It also ordered prosecution of the returning officer for the poll, Anil Masih, a BJP leader, for his “misdemeanour”, after finding serious faults in the conduct of the January 30 election. The apex court made it clear that it was not quashing the entire electoral exercise ..

‘8 Forts named after Shivaji in Mah have been sent to UN for UNESCO recognition’

      HYDERABAD/PUNE,   ON THE occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti, Union Minister Kishan Reddy paid floral tributes to the statue of Shivaji near Mahatma Gandhi Bus station, Gowliguda here in Hyderabad. Al..

Arrest of Chanda Kochhar, her husband amounted to abuse of power by CBI: HC

      MUMBAI,   THE arrest of ICICI Bank’s former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a loan f..