Jaitley was an asset to the people of India: TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit

  CHENNAI : TAMIL Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday said former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was an asset to the Indian people. In a statement issued here Purohit, condoling the death of Jaitley, said: “Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, a legal luminary and an experienced political leader known for his governance skills will be missed by the country.  He was an asset to the people of India.” “He was appreciated as an outstanding Parliamentarian ..

Jaitley a role model, mentor for BJP workers

 By Rashmi Saksena : IT was 1974. Campaigning for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) was starting to warm up. On a wooden chair pulled out of a college canteen stood a young man who kept pushing back his mop of hair, with every sentence he spoke. It seemed more like a reflex action than one driven by actual need. A group of about 50 students listened to his rhetoric almost spell bound. As a young cub reporter for the ‘Hindustan Times’ on the ‘university beat’ I ..

BJP leaders mourn loss of dear colleague and mentor

  NEW DELHI: BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Saturday mourned the demise of Arun Jaitley, remembering him as a dear colleague, mentor and guide and hailing his contribution to the growth of the party and the nation. BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Jaitley’s death was a personal loss. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley. Jaitley’s departure is a personal loss for me. I have lost not only a senior leader of the organisation but ..

4 held in Tamil Nadu, Kerala in connection with LeT intrusion

 Commando force personnel conduct checking at a railway station in Coimbatore on Saturday. Security has been tightened across Tamil Nadu following intelligence inputs that members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba had infiltrated into the State.     KOCHI/COIMBATORE : A MAN suspected to have links with terror outfits was on Saturday taken into custody from a Kerala court premises, while three people have been detained in Coimbatore in connection with the reported intrusion of six ..

J&K integration complete with axing of Article 370, says Shah

  HYDERABAD: UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said Jammu and Kashmir’s integration with India was completed with the scrapping of Article 370. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Parliament abrogated Article 370 to make Jammu and Kashmir an integral part of India. Shah was speaking at the passing out parade of 70th batch of Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.   Paying ..

Arun Jaitley, a towering statesman, no more

  The Hitavada Delhi Bureau and Agencies  NEW DELHI: GLOOM descended upon the country at noon as towering statesman and former Union Minister Arun Jaitley succumbed to his long-drawn illness at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), leaving behind a grieving family and mourning nation that is still smarting under near-sudden loss of the iconic Sushma Swaraj a few days ago. Even though his health was deteriorating continuously after he was admitted to the AIIMS a few ..

‘Lost a valued friend’, grieves Narendra Modi

 NEW DELHI: Modi said in a series of tweets: “BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society.”    PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed his condolences over the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying that he has lost ..

Jaitley’s contribution will be remembered forever: Sonia

 NEW DELHI: TOP Congress leaders on Saturday condoled the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, with party Chief Sonia Gandhi saying his contributions to public life will be remembered forever. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a condolence message, described him as an eminent lawyer, an excellent orator, a very good administrator and an outstanding parliamentarian. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, “I am sorry to hear about Mr Arun Jaitley’s passing. ..

CBI expands probe against P Chidambaram

 NEW DELHI: FDI clearances to other cos also under scanner THE CBI has expanded the probe against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, bringing under its ambit foreign investment clearances given to companies other than INX media during his tenure, officials said on Thursday. The CBI suspects that Chidamabaram and his son Karti also received kickbacks from other companies to facilitate foreign investment clearances through the FIPB route which necessitates the former minister’s custodial ..

Akshay Kumar at fourth place in Forbes highest paid actor list

 LOS ANGELES:  WITH an earning figure of USD 65 million, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has beaten Hollywood biggies like Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans and Will Smith to secure fourth place in Forbes’ annual list of world’s highest paid actors. Only Dwayne Johnson (USD 89.4 million), Chris Hemsworth (USD 76.4 million) and Robert Downey Jr (USD 66 million) have more earnings than Akshay. Akshay is currently riding high on the success of his latest release “Mission Mangal” ..

Statue of Unity among Time’s 100 greatest places in world

 By Yoshita Singh: NEW YORK: THE 597-ft tall ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat and Mumbai’s Soho House have been featured by the ‘Time’ magazine in its second annual list of the 2019 World’s greatest places, a compilation of 100 new and newly “noteworthy destinations to experience right now”. The ‘Statue of Unity’, the world’s tallest statue, is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Independent India’s first Home Minister ..

‘Man vs Wild’ with Bear Grylls and PM creates history

 MUMBAI: THE special edition of Discovery Channel’s popular show -- Man Vs Wild -- featuring Prime Minister Modi with adventurer Bear Grylls lived up to its billing to emerge as the TV show of the year. The show on Discovery Network created history by garnering the highest slot viewership (on active channels) with 3.69 million impressions, according to Discovery Channel.  The premiere slot performance grew an astonishing 50 times giving an unprecedented 93 per cent channel share to ..

HC asks Mumbai Police to file case against Ajit, 70 others in MSCB scam

 MUMBAI:  THE Bombay High Court directed Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday to register an FIR against NCP leader Ajit Pawar and over 70 others in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case. The court held that prima facie, there was “credible evidence” against them in the case. A bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and S K Shinde directed the EOW to file the FIR within the next five days. Besides former Deputy Chief Minister Pawar, those ..

‘Pak planning to push over 100 Afghan terrorists into Kashmir’

  NEW DELHI:  PAKISTAN is planning to push 100 hardcore terrorists from Afghanistan into Kashmir to carry out attacks as part of its “larger design” to create unrest in the Valley, security sources said on Thursday. In addition, around 15 Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists are already waiting at the terror launch-pads in Lipa valley along the Line of Control on the Pakistani side to infiltrate in Kashmir, they said, citing reports by Intelligence agencies. According to Intelligence ..

Chandrayaan-2’s 1st Moon pic shows Orientale Basin

 BENGALURU:  THE first picture of Moon captured by India’s Chandrayaan-2 satellite, currently in the lunar orbit, was released by space agency ISRO on Thursday. The picture of Moon was taken by Chandrayaan-2’s LI4 Camera from an altitude of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface on August 21, the city-headquarters Indian Space Research Organisation said. “Take a look at the first Moon image captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander taken at a height of about 2,650 km ..

Modi discusses bilateral issues with Macron on first leg of 3-nation tour

 CHANTILLY (France): Modi will travel to the UAE and Bahrain before returning to France to attend the G7 Summit   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held wide-ranging talks with French President Emmanuel Macron during which the two leaders discussed issues of bilateral and mutual interests to further boost the comprehensive strategic partnership. “This visit will add to the ground covered during previous interactions with the French leadership,” Modi tweeted ..

Chidambaram sent to CBI custody till 26th

 Senior Congress leader and ex-Finance Minister P Chidambaram after he was produced in a CBI court in the INX media case in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)  By Udayan Kishor and Pawan Kumar Singh NEW DELHI : Court allows his family members and lawyers to meet him for half an hour every day  CONGRESS leader P Chidambaram was on Thursday sent to four-day CBI custody by a Delhi court which said that his custodial interrogation was justified in the INX Media corruption ..

Raj grilled by ED for 9 hrs in money laundering case

 MUMBAI:  MAHARASHTRA Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was on Thursday grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, after he reached the agency’s office in south Mumbai with his family members in tow. The MNS leader reached the ED office at 11.25 AM and walked out at 8.15 PM. He did not respond to queries from waiting media personnel, folded his hands in greeting, got in his car and drove to his residence in Dadar area. There was not much perceptible ..

ISRO chief Sivan honoured with Dr Kalam award

 CHENNAI:  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan was on Thursday honoured with the Tamil Nadu Government’s Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Award by Chief Minister K Palaniswami. The award was earlier announced in recognition of Sivan’s stellar work in the promotion of science and technology. Sivan, Chairman of the ISRO, was originally scheduled to receive the award here during the Independence Day celebrations on August 15, but could not do so.  The Government ..

India opens up 137 Himalayan peaks for foreigners, including Kanchenjunga

  NEW DELHI:  The Government has opened for foreigners 137 Himalayan peaks, including the mighty Kanchenjunga located at a height of 8,589 metre, for mountaineering expeditions and trekking in a major boost to tourism, officials said Wednesday. Presently foreigners have to seek permission from the Ministries of defence and home to climb these peaks. With the Government opening them up, foreigners can now directly apply to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for permits.  The decision ..

Rajnath approves reform of Army headquarters

 NEW DELHI:  DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army including relocation of 206 officers from the Army headquarters, setting up of a separate vigilance cell and forming an umbrella organisation to focus on human rights issues. Last year, the Army, based on 12 independent studies, finalised a reform roadmap to make the 1.3 million-strong force leaner and meaner as well as to enhance its combat capabilities. “The Defence Minister has approved ..

CBI books NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy for FDI rules violation

  NEW DELHI:   THE CBI has booked NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy and others for allegedly violating foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in a 2007-09 investment, an allegation denied by the company. Besides the Roys, the agency registered an FIR against then CEO Vikramaditya Chandra as well as unidentified Government officials on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption, officials said. On Wednesday, a CBI team conducted searches at Chandra’s residence, ..

Incentives to filmmakers part of I&B Ministry’s J&K package

 NEW DELHI:  THE Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry is planning several incentives for film and television production companies to take their projects to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. As part of the massive development push for the region by the government, the I&B Ministry has held closed door consultations with representatives of the entertainment industry to chalk out a plan to encourage them to look at the region as a viable centre.  Among the proposals on table ..

India, Zambia sign 6 pacts in key sectors

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu shake hands prior to a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Wednesday.   NEW DELHI: INDIA and Zambia signed on Wednesday six agreements in key sectors such as mineral resources and Defence after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu held wide-ranging talks to strengthen ties. The two leaders also deliberated upon enhancing trade and investment, as well as deepening development ..

Chandrayaan-2 enters second lunar orbit

 CHENNAI: THE second lunar orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully completed on Wednesday, said India Space Research Organisation (ISRO). According to ISRO, the orbit manoeuvre began at 12.50 pm and took 1,228 seconds to complete. The orbit achieved is 118 km X 4,412 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal. The next lunar bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on August 28, 2019 between 5.30 am - 6.30 am.  On Tuesday, the Chandrayaan-2 was put into its first lunar orbit. ..

CBI arrests Chidambaram from his home late evening

 NEW DELHI: Chidambaram will be produced before a special CBI court today, where the agency will seek his remand    FORMER Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday night from his residence in connection with INX media corruption case after dramatic developments with the agency sleuths scaling walls to gain access to the bungalow in the high-end Jor Bagh locality. “Mr P Chidambaram has been arrested in connection with INX media case,” a senior ..

No ‘urgent’ SC relief for Chidambaram

 NEW DELHI: Apex Court to hear on Friday PC’s petition seeking stay on Delhi High Court order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea  Three-judge SC bench had sent PC’s plea before the CJI for his consideration to accord urgent hearing  SENIOR Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is facing threat of arrest, failed on Wednesday to get protection from the Supreme Court which decided to hear on Friday his petition seeking stay on the Delhi High Court order that had dismissed ..

LeT militant, SPO killed in Baramulla encounter

It was first anti-militancy operation in Kashmir since abrogation of Article ; A LASHKAR-E-TOIBA (LeT) militant and a policeman were on Wednesday killed while a sub-inspector was injured in an encounter with ultras in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The encounter, which began on Tuesday, has ended with the killing of a militant and a special police officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, a police official said. &nb..

Mumbai girl makes aviation history with solo Pacific flight

 Mumbai girl Aarohi Pandit waving tricolour poses for a photograph with Light Sports Aircraft.  By Quaid Najmi: MUMBAI,  MUMBAI girl Aarohi Pandit, currently on a global flight in a small plane, on Wednesday created history by becoming the first woman pilot to cross both Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft. Flying from Alaska’s Unalakleet city across the Pacific Ocean’s Bering Sea, she landed safely at the Anadyr Airport in Russia’s ..

200 Pakistan Twitter accounts suspended over Kashmir posts

  Karachi: AFTER a sea of anti-India tweets emanating from Pakistan were objected to by the authorities in India, the micro-blogging site Twitter is said to have suspended 200 accounts in Pakistan. The Pakistan Government has specified to the Twitter that 200 accounts that were suspended in the past week were apparently posting about Kashmir, reported ‘Dawn News’. Over the last one week, a large number of Pakistanis have taken to Twitter to report that accounts were being ..

Vanitha: Woman behind India’s moon landing mission

 By Venkatachari Jagannathan  CHENNAI: Vanitha is the first female Project Director of India’s inter-planetary mission  PERHAPS M Vanitha, Project Director of Chandrayaan-2 mission, is one of the few students from their class of 1985 who is continuing in the field of their graduation, said her classmates at the College of Engineering, Guindy here. Vanitha is the first female Project Director of India’s inter-planetary mission. The Chandrayaan-2 is the second moon ..

IIT-Hyderabad to develop sensor to detect heart diseases

 HYDERABAD:  RESEARCHERS at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad are collaborating with research institutions across the world to develop a sensor device to detect heart disease with high speed, sensitivity and reliability. According to an institution press release, their ground-breaking work has recently been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Materials Chemistry B.  The work not only offers promise in the diagnosis or prediction of heart disorders within minutes but can ..

Raj Thackeray to appear before ED in IL&FS scam

 MUMBAI:  MAHARASHTRA Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray will appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which has issued him a summons in the IL&FS scam probe, the party said on Tuesday. In a statement, Thackeray said he would “honour” the summons, and appealed his workers to maintain “peace and harmony” and not to resort to violent protests. The party also withdrew the bandh (general strike) it had announced in neighbouring Thane district on Thursday.  ̶..

ED arrests MP CM’s kin Ratul Puri in PMLA case

  NEW DELHI:  MADHYA Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s businessman nephew, Ratul Puri, has been arrested by the ED in a fresh case of money laundering linked to an alleged Rs 354 crore bank loan fraud case, officials said. Ratul Puri was placed under arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) late on Monday night after he appeared before the Central probe agency here after it slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR ..

Chandrayaan-2 placed in lunar orbit

    BENGALURU: The rover is set to make the soft landing on the Moon on Sept 7 and if successful, the mission would make India the fourth country after Russia, US and China to achieve the feat INDIA’S Chandrayaan-2 mission aimed at soft landing a rover in the unexplored south pole of the Moon, achieved a major milestone as the ISRO successfully injected the spacecraft into the lunar orbit on Tuesday. “Today, the Chandrayaan-2 mission has achieved a major milestone.   The ..

Huge setback to PC, Delhi HC dismisses anticipatory bail

 NEW DELHI:  Chidambaram is ‘prima facie the kingpin’ in the INX Media corruption and money laundering cases, says Delhi HC Justice Sunil Gaur n By Shikha Verma and Hary M Pillai  CONGRESS leader P Chidambaram suffered a major setback on Tuesday as the Delhi High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail in the INX Media scam, paving way for the investigating agencies, CBI and ED, to arrest him. The High Court held that he was “prima facie the kingpin” in the ..

Restrictions further eased in J&K

 SRINAGAR: LIFE was slowly returning to normal in Jammu and Kashmir with the authorities further easing restrictions on Tuesday, officials said. Restrictions were relaxed in 136 police station areas, out of total 197, in Jammu and Kashmir. In Kashmir Valley, restrictions were eased in 50 out of 111 police station areas, State Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said. Barricades around the Clock Tower in Srinagar’s city centre Lal Chowk were removed after 15 days, allowing the movement ..

Offensive strike in neighbourhood showed reach, lethality of Armed Forces: Rajnath

 NEW DELHI: IN A clear reference to the Balakot airstrike in Pakistan, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the offensive action against terrorists in the neighbourhood spoke volumes about the “reach and lethality” of the Indian Armed Forces. “We are all aware that the Indian (Air) Force is a technologically advanced and extremely potent force. The recent offensive strikes against terrorist outfits in our neighbourhood speak volumes about the reach and lethality ..

SC grants CBI 2 weeks for probe into Unnao rape survivor case

  NEW DELHI:  THE Supreme Court on Monday granted to CBI time till September 6 to complete the investigation into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done “extensive investigation” in the case so far. “We have perused the report of the CBI. This ..

SC lawyer seeks FIR against Shehla Rashid over fake news, maligning Army’s image

 NEW DELHI:  SUPREME Court advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, here on Monday, wrote a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to immediately register an FIR against Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Ph.D scholar and J&K-based politician Shehla Rashid for “deliberately” spreading fake news with the intention to incite violence and malign the Army’s image. Confirming receipt of the lawyer’s complaint, the police said it was being studied before any action ..

Rains wreak havoc in U’khand, HP; flood-like situation in parts of Haryana, Punjab, Jammu

 (LEFT) Rescue operations underway after a cloudburst at Arakot in Mori tehsil of Uttarakhand on Monday. (PTI)(RIGHT) An IAF chopper approaches to airlift two persons (circled) stuck on an under-construction bridge in Jammu on Monday. (PTI)  NEW DELHI: HEAVY rains battered the Himalayan States of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, claiming 38 lives so far and leaving many stranded, while a flood-like situation prevailed in many parts of Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and ..

ED summons Raj Thackeray, Manohar Joshi’s son in money laundering probe

  NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned MNS chief Raj Thackeray in connection with its money laundering probe in the IL&FS alleged payment default crisis, officials said on Monday. It had also called Unmesh Joshi, son of former State Chief Minister and Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, in the same case, following which he deposed before the central agency in Mumbai on Monday, they said. Unmesh Joshi’s statement has been recorded under the Prevention of Money ..

PM to visit France from 22nd; defence, nuclear energy to top talks agenda

 NEW DELHI: Modi will also attend the G7 Summit on August 25  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day State visit to France from August 22 during which he will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen strategic ties in key sectors such as defence, nuclear energy, maritime cooperation and counterterrorism. Ahead of the visit, officials here said progress on setting up the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is likely to be discussed during bilateral talks ..

Veteran music composer Khayyam passes away

  MUMBAI: VETERAN composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ and ‘Umrao Jaan’, passed away after prolonged illnesses at a hospital here on Monday. He was 92. The noted composer was admitted at the ICU at Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu due to lung infection over 10 days ago.  “He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses. He died at Sujay Hospital at around ..

Woman beaten to death by in-laws for ‘triple talaq’

 SHRAVASTI:  A 22-YEAR-OLD woman was allegedly beaten to death and the body set on fire by her husband and in-laws here, police said on Monday, claiming it was a case of dowry death but her family insisted she was killed because she had refused to accept triple talaq given to her on phone. According to Superintendent of Police Ashish Srivastava, the incident was reported on Friday from Gadra village near the India-Nepal border. He said a case of dowry death has been registered against eight ..

Modi calls up Trump, raises Pak’s anti-India rhetoric

 NEW DELHI: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke with US President Donald Trump on phone and conveyed that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in an obvious reference to the Pakistani leadership spewing anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue. Days after the UN Security Council backed India in its efforts to bring in development in Kashmir after revoking its Special Status, Modi held a 30-minute ..

Chandrayaan-2 to be injected into lunar orbit today

 BENGALURU: IN A significant milestone for India’s Moon mission, ISRO will fire Chandrayaan-2’s liquid engine on Tuesday to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit. “It’s Tuesday morning (tentatively between 8.30 am and 9.30 am). It’s challenging,” Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan told PTI on Monday on the operation to put the spacecraft in an orbit around the Moon. Following this, there will be further four orbit manoeuvres to make ..

Most educational institutions reopen in Jammu & Kashmir

 JAMMU: MOST educational institutions in five sensitive border districts of Jammu reopened after a fortnight on Monday with “full attendance” as authorities lifted curbs in large parts of the region, officials said. Jammu and Kashmir was placed under an unprecedented security cover and curfew-like restrictions on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked the State’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. ..

Govt announces farm loan waiver, new houses for Mah flood victims

   MUMBAI: LOAN waiver for farmers, new houses for those who lost their dwellings built under the PM Awas Yojana in recent deluge and free foodgrains are among the slew of measures announced by the Maharashtra Government on Monday for the people affected by the floods in the State. Heavy rains and floods battered several areas of western Maharashtra and the Konkan region earlier this month, with Kolhapur and Sangli districts bearing the maximum brunt.  Addressing a press conference ..

28 killed in rain-related incidents in HP, Punjab, U’khand; 22 missing

 NEW DELHI:  HEAVY rains lashed northern parts, leaving at least 28 people dead and 22 missing in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab on Sunday, while a flood alert was sounded in parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as Yamuna and other rivers were in spate. Haryana has asked the Army to remain on standby after 8.14 lakh cusec water was released from the Hathini Kund barrage in the Yamuna river. At least 22 people, including two Nepalese, were killed and nine others injured ..

Malik sisters make another adventure history

 DEHRADUN:  AFTER setting over half-a-dozen world records in mountaineering and adventure, India’s Everest twins Tashi and Nungshi Malik have added another feather to their cap by becoming the first South Asians to make it to one of the world’s toughest expedition challenges to be held in Fiji. The twin sisters have been selected to participate among teams from 30 countries at the event to be held in the Fiji islands later this year, according to an official release.  This ..

Google Maps helps reunite father with daughter after four months

 NEW DELHI:  GOOGLE Maps helped police reunite a father with his 12-year-old daughter who had gone missing over four months ago in Delhi, officials said. The girl had taken an e-rickshaw near the Kirti Nagar furniture market in Holi on March 21, according to the police. When the minor did not get down at the metro station, the e-rickshaw driver asked her where she wanted to go, but she did not give any reply. He took her to the Kirti Nagar police station at 8.33 pm, a senior officer said.  ..

‘Robot Restaurant’ comes to Bengaluru

 A service robot carries food on a tray for customers on the opening day of the ‘Robot’ restaurant in Bengaluru on Saturday. The restaurant has introduced one usher and five robots to interact and serve its customers food. (AFP) BENGALURU:  ‘ROBOT Restaurants’ has announced the launch of the city’s “first” restaurant where food service is done by robots. The restaurant claimed that its Bengaluru launch was after its “resounding success” ..

BJP likely to fight polls under incumbent CMs in Mah, Haryana and Jharkhand'

 NEW DELHI: THE BJP is likely to fight the Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, all three ruled by the BJP, under the leadership of incumbent Chief Ministers, party leaders have said. While BJP President Amit Shah made it virtually clear at a rally in Haryana on Friday that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will again be the party’s choice for the post, sources said Maharashtra’s Devendra Fadnavis and Jharkhand’s Raghubar Das will be the party’s ..

Bhutan is synonymous with Gross National Happiness, says Modi

 THIMPHU:  No two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much as India and Bhutan, said Modi  BHUTAN has understood the essence of happiness and it is not a surprise that the Himalayan nation has become synonymous in the world for its concept of Gross National Happiness, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday. Addressing the students of the Royal University of Bhutan, Prime Minister Modi said the world had a lot to learn from Bhutan where development, ..

If talks take place with Pak, those will be on PoK: Rajnath

  KALKA (Haryana): DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday said there would be no talks with Pakistan unless it acts against terrorists and stops supporting terror activities. He further said if talks were held with Pakistan in future, they would be only on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “If talks take place (with Pakistan), it will be on PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and not on any other issue,” he said. Singh said this while addressing a public rally ahead of ..

Curbs further eased in 50 police station areas in Valley

 SRINAGAR: Mobile Internet services snapped in Jammu  Restrictions reimposed in parts of Srinagar after incidents of violence  RESTRICTIONS were further eased in 50 police station areas of the Valley on Sunday though curbs were tightened in some parts of Srinagar after stray incidents of violence and Internet services snapped again in five districts of the Jammu region, a day after they were restored, as strict security arrangements continued in Jammu and Kashmir. The first ..

President meets Lata Mangeshkar

  MUMBAI: PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday met veteran singer and Bharat Ratna awardee Lata Mangeshkar at her home in south Mumbai and conveyed his best wishes for her good health. President Kovind was in the city to inaugurate the underground ‘Bunker Museum’ at the Raj Bhawan. “Delighted to meet @MangeshkarLata ji at her residence in Mumbai.  Conveyed my best wishes for her good health. Lata ji, the pride of India, has sweetened our lives with her soulful melody. ..

Ex-ED chief under CBI lens over CVC complaint

 NEW DELHI: THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing into a complaint of an alleged disproportionate case against former Enforcement Directorate Director Karnal Singh who retired last year, top official sources said. A highly placed CBI source told IANS: “A complaint against Singh has been received from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) of alleged disproportionate property case.” He said the agency the complaint was received about one and a half month ago.  When ..

They recycle plastic waste to construct houses'

 HYDERABAD:  First house built by Hyderabad-based entrepreneur couple is about 800 square feet. It was constructed using 7 tonnes of plastic A HYDERABAD-BASED couple has taken up the initiative of constructing houses and other structures using sheets made of processed plastic waste. The entrepreneur couple Prashant Lingam and his wife Aruna, who have a decade-long experience in designing houses and bamboo furniture, decided to use recycled waste for their work after they saw a video ..

11 lose vision to different degrees after cataract surgery in Indore

 By Chandrakant Naidu  BHOPAL ELEVEN persons lost their vision to different degrees following suspected infection after they were operated upon for cataract in Indore Eye Hospital, a health official said on Saturday. Indore is also the home town of Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Tulsiram Silawat. The authorities have sealed the operation theatre and ordered investigations into the incident.  “Out of 13 patients who were operated upon for cataract on August 8 under National ..

MoD officials hold talks with OFB employee, say no privatisation

NEW DELHI:  The workers have threatened to launch a 30-day strike from August 20 after hearing rumours about privatisation of OFB THE Central Government on Saturday denied reports about privatisation of ordnance factories across the country in a response to workers who have threatened to launch a 30-day strike from August 20. A panel of senior officials of the Defence Ministry has started talks with the agitated employees trying to convince them that reports about privatising ordnance factories ..

Veteran DD News anchor Neelum Sharma no more

 NEW DELHI:  ONE of the founding anchors of DD News and Nari Shakti awardee Neelum Sharma died on Saturday at the age of 50, the public broadcaster said. She was battling cancer. A DD News tweet said Sharma was a founding anchor with over 20 years of association with the broadcaster.  The anchor of programmes such as ‘Badi Charcha’ and ‘Tejasvini’ was recently awarded with the Nari Shakti Puraskar. Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar offered condolences to the ..

Modi gets rousing welcome in Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, before a meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan on Saturday. (Twitter/PTI)   THIMPHU: India, Bhutan sign 10 MoUs  Modi also launches RuPay Card in Bhutan  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi received a red-carpet welcome as he arrived in Bhutan on Saturday on a two-day state visit. This is Modi’s second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election. Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering received ..

Curbs on movement of people eased in Kashmir

 J&K Government spokesman Rohit Kansal along with Inspector General of Police Swayam Prakash Pani addresses a press conference, in Srinagar on Saturday. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Director Information and Public Relations is also seen. (R) A man talks on phone after restoration of landline phones in some areas, at Sanatnagar in Srinagar on Saturday. (PTI)    By Sumir Kaul, M Inayat Jehangir and Sheikh Suhail Bashir : SRINAGAR: Landline services partially restored ..

Fire at AIIMS, no casualties

 NEW DELHI:  A FIRE broke out at the teaching block of the AIIMS here on Saturday, destroying samples and medical reports and forcing evacuation of some patients, though no one was injured, officials said. Patients from some floors of the AB ward, close to the Microbiology department where the blaze started at around 5 pm, were evacuated along with those in operation theatres above it as the smoke spread, they said, adding the fire was doused within two hours. A Delhi Fire Services Department ..

Trump asks Imran to have dialogue with India

 By Lalit K Jha: WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Friday conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue during a phone call with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the White House said. The phone conversation between Trump and Khan took place before the close-door-consultation of the 15 members of the UN Security Council on Kashmir. The White House readout of the call was issued after the meeting concluded at the UN headquarters in New York. ..

SC angry over defective petitions on Article 370

THE Supreme Court on Friday refrained from examining the legal challenges posed to the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the petitions filed on the “serious issue” of abrogation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution suffer from defects...

School children jostle to shake hands with Modi at Red Fort

ENTHUSED schoolchildren on Thursday crowded around Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with many of them jostling to shake hands as he sidestepped his security cover to greet his young admirers after his Independence Day address from the Red Fort...

Will strive to ensure record-time rehabilitation of flood-hit: Fadnavis

THE Maharashtra Government will strive to ensure that the rehabilitation of the flood-affected people in the State is done in record time, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Thursday...