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At long last

    FINALLY, the Government has moved and raided offices and premises of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and arrested over a hundred persons across the country. It is obvious that National Investigating Agency (NIA) will continue with..

Punjab Governor’s office seeks Sept 27 Assembly session details

    CHANDIGARH,  THE Punjab Governor’s Office has sought details of the legislative business to be taken up in the Assembly session on September 27, drawing a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann who said &#..

PFI got ‘concealed’ funds from abroad: ED

    NEW DELHI, CERTAIN PFI members based abroad have been found to be sending funds to their NRI accounts in India and subsequently transferring them to the leaders of the radical Islamic organisation so as to evade the foreign fu..

PM blames urban Naxals for stalling work of Sardar Sarovar Dam

   AHMEDABAD, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi alleged that “urban Naxals and anti-development elements” having political backing had stalled the construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river for many years by running a c..

Will stop global oil supplies if G-7 price cap unfair: Russian envoy

   NEW DELHI, RUSSIA on Friday said that it would stop supplying oil to the global market if the price cap proposed by G-7 countries was not fair. “If we consider the prices are not fair and unacceptable to us, we would simply st..

‘India prepared todeal with any threatin healthcare sector’

   Delhi Bureau and agenciesNEW DELHI, UNION Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday underlined the need for de-politicising the discussions on health policy and infrastructure and adopting a more holistic approach across the whole..

Meet political leaders more often from all sides: Venkaiah to PM

    Delhi Bureau and agenciesNEW DELHI,  FORMER Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should more often meet political leadershipfrom all sides which may help clear some “misunderst..

Gehlot to file nomination as no Gandhi wants to be Cong chief

   ERNAKULAM, RAJASTHAN Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that Rahul Gandhi has refused to contest the party President’s election and wants a non Gandhi to be the party President. Gehlot said, “I will be filing nom..

ISI-backed terror module busted in Punjab, 2 nabbed

   CHANDIGARH, PUNJAB Police on Friday claimed to have busted an ISI-backed terror module jointly handled by Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh alias Landa and Pakistan-based gangster Harvinder Singh Rinda with the arrest of two of it..

IS ultras wanted to establish caliphatein India: Police

   BENGALURU, THE inquiry of two suspected IS terrorists in Karnataka has revealed that they wanted to help establish a caliphate in India with Sharia law in place of the existing Central Government, said Karnataka Police on Friday.A p..

Stone pelting, violence in Kerala during PFI hartal

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MASKED men and miscreants went on a rampage in different parts of Kerala on Friday during the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Popular Front of India (PFI), under the lens for alleged terror activities, da..

endorsement

    INDIA should take in its stride the fact that France and the United States (of America) hailed Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s frank talk with Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin. At the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organi..

ED attaches assets worth Rs 2,747 cr of ABG Shipyard in bank fraud case

    NEW DELHI, THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday attached assets worth Rs 2,747.69 crore of the ABG Shipyard Limited in bank fraud case.The ED said that the attached assets include Shipyards in Gujarat’s Surat and..

Injured in gunfight with Maoists, CRPF jawan dies in Ranchi hospital

    CHATRA, THE CRPF jawan, who was injured in a gunfight between security forces and Maoists in Jharkhand’s Chatra district on September 18, has succumbed to bullet injuries, an officer said on Thursday. The injured personn..

Congress issues notification for AICC president polls

    NEW DELHI, THE Congress on Thursday issued a notification for the party president poll, setting the ball rolling for electing the successor to the longest-serving chief Sonia Gandhi, with senior leaders Ashok Gehlot and Shashi..

RSS chief a ‘Rashtra Pita’, ‘Rashtra Rishi’; Imam about Dr Mohan Bhagwat

    NEW DELHI, TAKING forward his outreach to the Muslim community, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday visited a mosque and a madarasa here and held discussions with the chief of the All India Imam Organisation who termed him ..

NIA raids PFI offices in 15 States over terror funding charges

    NEW DELHI, MULTI-AGENCY teams spearheaded by the NIA arrested 106 functionaries of the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) on Thursday in near simultaneous raids at 93 locations in 15 States for allegedly suppo..

Congress units in Punjab, Telangana too pass resolutions seeking Rahul as Cong president

    NEW DELHI/ CHANDIGARH/ HYDERABAD, THE Congress’ state units in Punjab and Telangana on Wednesday passed a resolution backing Rahul Gandhi for the post of the party president.Around a dozen Pradesh Congress Committees hav..

Cabinet approves National Logistics Policy

    Delhi Bureau & AgenciesNEW DELHI, THE Cabinet on Wednesday approved the National Logistics Policy, which aims at reducing transportation cost and promoting seamless movement of goods in the country, Union Minister Anurag T..

Chargesheet filed against Teesta Setalvad, 2 others

    AHMEDABAD, A SPECIAL investigation team (SIT) on Wednesday submitted a chargesheet against activist Teesta Setalvad, retired Director General of Police R B Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a case of alleged fab..

‘Arrested terrorists carried out about 17 explosion trials in K’taka’

    SHIVAMOGGA,TWO arrested suspected terrorists have revealed that they carried out explosion trials on the banks of Tungabhadra River in Shivamogga district of Karnataka, police sources said on Wednesday.The team was planning to carr..

Raju Srivastava, ‘The King of Comedy’, passes away

   NEW DELHI,  POPULAR comedian Raju Srivastava, known for his earthy humour and inimitable delivery style, a household name in his delightful ‘Gajodhar Bhaiyya’ persona, breathed his last on Wednesday, September 21, a..

Putin announces partial military mobilisation

    MOSCOW,  RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced a “partial mobilisation” of some 3,00,000 reservists with immediate effect in the wake of setbacks suffered by Russia in its raging conflict wit..

At UNGA France, US hail Modi’s advice to Putin

    NEW YORK, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi was hailed at the United Nations General Assembly for his message to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine war, by the US and France at the UNGA meeting in New York.Modi, who ..

BEYOND POLLS

   THE advice of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to the Mayors of urban local self-government bodies under the control of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) about good governance is good enough for all the heads of such institutions across polit..

for sikh cause

    THOUGH some may take former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Sikh leader Captain Amarinder Singh’s joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and merging his Punjab Lok Congress with the party as only a formality, the political..

Amravati pharmacist murder: NIA gets 90-day extension to file chargesheet

   MUMBAI, A SPECIAL court here on Tuesday granted 90 days extension to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a charge sheet in the case of murder of pharmacist Umesh Kolhe in Maharashtra’s Amravati city.Kolhe was kille..

Suspected IS terrorists arrested in Karnataka

    SHIVAMOGGA, TWO persons have been arrested from here on terror charges, with police claiming they wanted to advance the activities of the banned Islamic State (IS). While police sources initially said all three wanted in conne..

CMs of Assam, Mizoram to meet in Delhi today for border talks

    AIZAWL, MIZORAM Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma would meet in New Delhi on Wednesday to find a solution for resolving the long-standing border dispute between the two Northeastern States, an officia..

Gujarati film ‘Chhello Show’ is India’s official entry for Oscars 2023

    NEW DELHI, GUJARATI coming-of-age drama “Chhello Show” is India’s official entry for the 95th Academy Awards, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Tuesday.Titled “Last Film Show” in Eng..

Mah Minister Patil to head panel on Maratha quota

    MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday reconstituted the sub-committee for Maratha reservation in education and Government jobs and appointed Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil as it..

Tungsten worth lakhs recovered from OF Khamaria employee

    Staff ReporterJABALPUR,The theft of large quantity of tungsten used in 125-mm anti-aircraft ammunition at Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) has put a question mark on the security arrangements at the sensitive defence establishment. ..

Our world is in peril and paralysed: UN chief

    By Yoshita SinghUNITED NATIONS,  LAMENTING that geopolitical divides are undermining the work of the Security Council and all forms of international cooperation, UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday warned that the world ..

NASA lander ‘hears’ first impact sounds of space rocks on Mars

    WASHINGTON, NASA’s InSight lander has detected impact sounds from four space rocks that crashed on Mars in 2020 and 2021. It marks the first time seismic and acoustic waves from an impact have been detected on Mars.A new..

Cities can’t be developed with poll-centric approach: PM

    Delhi Bureau and agenciesGANDHINAGAR, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked Mayors of BJP-ruled urban bodies to plan a holistic development of cities and said the elected representatives should not think just in terms ..

the cheetah

    THE return of the Cheetah to Indian forests is one of the most welcome developments to the country’s ecology and environment -- thanks to the successful planning and effort of the authorities, masterminded by none other than ..

Enough wheat stock in India; Govt to take action against hoarders if needed: Food Secy

    NEW DELHI, THE Government on Monday said there is sufficient wheat stock in the country and that it will take action against hoarders, if needed, to boost domestic supply. The Centre may consider steps like asking for disclosu..

Govt kickstarts sale of 2 subsidiaries of erstwhile national carrier Air India

    NEW DELHI,THE Government has initiated the process of privatising 2 subsidiaries — AIASL and AIESL — of erstwhile national carrier Air India, an official said.“The Department of Investment and Public Asset Managem..

Acharya Swami Dharmendra passes away

    JAIPUR, SHRI Panchkhand Peethadheeshwar Acharya Swami Dharmendra Maharaj passed away here on Monday after a prolonged illness, hospital sources said. He was 79. According to the SMS Hospital sources, Acharya was under treatmen..

Ex-Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh joins BJP

    NEW DELHI,  FORMER Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh joined the BJP here on Monday in the presence of senior party leaders Narinder Singh Tomar and Kiren Rijiju, and merged his Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) with the BJP.H..

Death penalty: SC refers to 5-judge bench case on framing guidelines on mitigating circumstances

    NEW DELHI,  THE Supreme Court on Monday referred to a five-judge Constitution bench a suo motu plea on framing of guidelines on how and when potential mitigating circumstances be considered by courts during trial in cases..

CHALLENGER?

    DESPITE the heavy bearing of inevitability attached to the exit of Roger Federer from professional tennis, a tinge of dejection and a dollop of anxiety have kept pricking tennis fans. There is a palpable despondency in the Swiss Ma..

Six people killed as truck collides with minibus in TN

   CHENNAI,SIX people were killed in a road accident on the Salem-Chennai highway at Pethanickenpalayam on Sunday morning.The accident occurred when a truck rammed into the Omnibus that was parked on the road at 12.30 a.m.The deceased were ..

Arrested clerics kept instigating youth despite multiple warnings: ADGP Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, CLERICS arrested under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) kept instigating the youth despite several warnings, Kashmir Additional Director General of Police Vijay Kumar said on Sunday.“We had ample evidence ..

Mah ATS apprehends J’khand Maoist leader carrying Rs 15 lakh bounty

    MUMBAI,A JHARKHAND Maoist leader carrying a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head was apprehended by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad from Palghar district on Sunday, an ATS official said.The Jharkhand Police’s website mention..

J&K LG Sinha inaugurates cinema halls in Pulwama, Shopian

    SRINAGAR, JAMMU and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday inaugurated a multipurpose cinema hall each in the twin south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Shopian, almost three decades after theatre owners downed the..

C’garh Cong passes resolution to appoint Rahul as party President

    RAIPUR, THE Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) on Sunday passed a resolution to make Rahul Gandhi the party’s national President, Congress leaders said.The resolution was passed in a meeting of 310 Pradesh Co..

Eight new BJP MLAs from Goa to meet PM today

   PANAJI, EIGHT MLAs who recently switched over from the Congress to the ruling BJP in Goa will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday, a senior party leader said on Sunday.Six of them will leave for Delhi by flight on S..

Protests at Chandigarh varsity after rumour that objectionable videos of women leaked

    CHANDIGARH, PROTESTS erupted on the campus of a private university in Punjab’s Mohali over “rumours” that objectionable videos of several women students were recorded by a hosteller, following which Chief Min..

‘Four held for obstructing ACB team at AAP MLA’s residence’

    NEW DELHI, FOUR men were arrested for allegedly obstructing an Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) team, which raided AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan’s residence, from discharging its duties, police said on Sunday. Shakeel Ahmad (45),..

Four detained as NIA raids at 40 places in 2 States in PFI case

    NEW DELHI, THE NIA on Sunday searched 40 places in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in connection with a case against the Popular Front of India for allegedly running training camps to commit terror acts and promote enmity between..

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral today

    LONDON, PRESIDENT of India Draupadi Murmu will be among 500 foreign dignitaries who will attend the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II - who ruled for a record 70 years - on Monday.Britain’s broadcaster ‘BBC’..

Women of new India breaking the glass ceiling: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he enjoys the blessings of “lakhs of mothers” and described women as his biggest strength and inspiration. Referring to women’s power, the Prime Minister said, irrespective of the field, if women’s representation is increased, success is guaranteed. “Women of new India breaking the glass ceiling,” he cited the example of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Addressing a convention of self-help groups at Karahal in Sheopur district after releasing 3 of the eight cheetahs, ..

Two groups clash in Faridkot gurudwara

TWO groups clashed inside a gurdwara in Punjab’s Faridkot district over the control of the committee that manages the shrine affairs. Police have registered a case and arrested three people. Two people sustained minor injuries in the incident. Taking notice of the incident, the Akal Takht Jathedar has directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to inquire into the matter. A video of the incident also surfaced on social media...

MoRTH makes 58 RTO services online based on Aadhaar authentication

AS MANY as 58 citizen-centric services related to driving licence, vehicle registration, and transfer of ownership can now be availed online with the help of Aadhaar authentication on voluntary basis. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on Saturday said that providing such services in a contactless and faceless manner would go a long way in saving critical time of citizens while easing their compliance burden. Consequently, the footfall at the regional transport offices (RTOs) is likely ..

‘Jungle raj’ prevails in TMC-ruled W Bengal: BJP delegation member

‘JUNGLE raj’ prevails under the TMC rule in West Bengal, a BJP delegation member said on Saturday after visiting BJP workers injured during its recent march to state secretariat Nabanna. The five-member BJP team, comprising Rajya Sabha MP Brij Lal and former Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, met the injured party workers in a state-run hospital where they are undergoing treatment. “We are shocked after getting the first-hand information about the brutal police torture on our peaceful protesters ..

PM’s 3-‘D’ advice

IT REQUIRES courage to tell Russian supremo Mr. Vladimir Putin that today’s era is not of war, but of diplomacy, and Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has it in abundance. But such courage does not come only from the lips; it comes from strength of character and confidence of performance. And exactly this has been the foundation of Mr. Modi’s diplomacy and international multi-lateralism -- which was on full display at the Samarkand meet of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The conversation ..

PM turns 72; President, colleagues Opposition leaders extend wishes

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi turned 72 on Saturday, with politicians and dignitaries extending their best wishes to him. Modi’s birthday is often marked with development initiatives while the BJP launches ‘seva’ (service) activities. It was no different this year as he will speak at four programmes linked to diverse fields, including the release of cheetahs brought from Namibia at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Wishing him, President Draupadi Murmu said the work for nation-building under ..

China blocks proposal by US, India at UN to blacklist Sajid Mir

CHINA has blocked a proposal by the US and India at the United Nations to blacklist top Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Sajid Mir, one of India’s most wanted terrorists and the main handler of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks, in the third such move by Beijing within four months. It is learnt that Beijing put a hold on Thursday on the proposal moved by the US and co-designated by India to blacklist Mir under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council as a global ..

PM Modi releases 8 cheetahs into Kuno National Park in MP

THE historical intercontinental translocation of African spotted cat was successfully done in India on Saturday. Eight cheetahs have been released into Kuno National Park of Madhya Pradesh by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These cheetahs travelled empty stomach for 11 hours to get translocated from Namibia to India. India and Namibia had signed an MoU for this cheetah project on July 20 this year. There were 25 senior officials travelled along with the cheetahs. Tourists will be allowed to watch the ..

‘India undoing ecological wrong by bringing back cheetahs’

   NEW DELHI, INDIA is undoing an ecological wrong by bringing back the cheetah which became extinct in the country due to overhunting, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said. Addressing an event to mark the 28th Ozone Day, th..

12 students score 100 percentile in CUET-UG

   NEW DELHI, AT LEAST 12 candidates have scored 100 percentile normalised score in all five subjects in CUET-UG while 104 got the perfect score in four subjects, according to National Testing Agency (NTA) officials. The results for th..

‘Mah Govt was in talks with Vedanta since Jan; Shinde invited firm twice to sign MoU’

    MUMBAI, AMID a row over a Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor project moving out to Gujarat from Maharashtra, officials said Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had invited the joint venture company to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (M..

Patanjali to launch 4 new IPOs

   By Rajeev S SharmaNEW DELHI, INFORMING that the Patanjali group is preparing to get listed five companies by floating four IPOs in the next five years, Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev has expressed confidence the Patanjali Group would reach ..

Adani is now world’s 2nd richest person

   NEW DELHI, BUSINESS conglomerate Adani Group’s chairman Gautam Adani is now the world’s second-richest person after overtaking Louis Vuitton’s Bernard Arnault, according to Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List..

All set to welcome 8 cheetahs from Namibia today

    By Ankita GargBHOPAL, Customised aeroplane with special livery took off from Namibia on Friday afternoon to bring five male and three female cheetahs to India.These eight cheetahs will be travelling for 11 hours to reach India..

Today’s era is not of war: Modi to Putin

    SAMARKAND, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the conflict in Ukraine soon, saying “today’s era is not of war” even as he called for finding ways to address..

PM Modi calls for transit access among SCO nations

   SAMARKAND, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called on the SCO to develop reliable and resilient supply chains to offset the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine crisis and said better connectivity and gr..

CBI books PSL Group for cheating Canara Bank to tune of Rs 428.50 cr

   NEW DELHI, THE CBI has filed a case against PSL Group and its directors for allegedly cheating Canara Bank to the tune of Rs 428.50 crore by defaulting on credit repayments, officials said.The agency on Thursday conducted searches a..

Amit Shah urges Assam, Arunachal to resolve boundary dispute at earliest

   NEW DELHI, UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday appealed to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Governments to resolve their boundary dispute at the earliest in order to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a peaceful ..

CBI searches at 6 locations in Delhi, Kolkata in WB SSC scam

   NEW DELHI, THE CBI on Thursday conducted searches at six locations in Delhi and Kolkata at the premises of two software companies in connection with the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) scam, officials said.It is alleged ..

Speed up establishing fast-track courts: Rijiju to Chief Justices of High Courts

    NEW DELHI, LAW Minister Kiren Rijiju has written to the Chief Justices of the High Courts to accelerate the process of setting up fast-track courts and fast-track special courts in their respective States to hear cases of hein..

Cabinet reshuffle likely in Goa after Cong MLAs join BJP

   PANAJI, GOA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday morning amid talk of a Cabinet reshuffle in the wake of eight Congress MLAs joining the ruling BJP.The Chief Minister, however, told reporters h..

HC suspends two-year jail term of Daler Mehndi in human trafficking case

   CHANDIGARH, THE Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday suspended the jail term of Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, who was convicted by a Patiala court in a 2003 human trafficking case. The single bench of Justice G S Gill suspen..

Ex-Guj Minister Vipul Chaudhary held by ACB

    AHMEDABAD, FORMER Gujarat Home Minister Vipul Chaudhary has been arrested by the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in a case of alleged irregularities of nearly Rs 800 crore at Dudhsagar Dairy in Mehsana, a senior official sa..

Media reports on judges’ criticism over new listing system ‘not correct’: CJI Lalit

   NEW DELHI, CHIEF Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit on Thursday said media reports claiming that a Supreme Court bench has criticised the new system of listing of cases are “not correct” and all judges of the apex court a..

Vedanta boss Anil Agarwal assures projects for Mah

   MUMBAI,AS THE political fire over the Vedanta Group-Foxconn project going to Gujarat raged for the third day, Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal attempted to douse the flames by promising projects even for Maharashtra.In a statement, Ag..

India sends articulated plane to Namibia to fly 8 cheetahs to new habitat

    By Ankita GargBHOPAL, Beautifully designed planes have been sent to Namibia to fly eight African cheetahs to be introduced at Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park, on Thursday. The eight cheetahs being translocated from A..

Looking forward to exchanging views on topical regional, global issues: PM on SCO meet

   NEW DELHI, AHEAD of his departure for the Uzbek city of Samarkand to attend the SCO summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was looking forward to exchanging views on topical regional and international issues as wel..

Putin to meet Modi on sidelines of SCO

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Uzbekistan this week and discuss issues of strategic stability, the situation in the Asia Pacific region and bilateral cooperation within the UN and G20, Kremlin has announced. Putin and Modi will attend the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on September 15-16...

Suspecting them to be kidnappers, mob beats up 4 Sadhus in Mah; 7 held

A DAY after four sadhus were thrashed by a mob on suspicion of being child-lifters in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, police on Wednesday registered a case and arrested seven persons. The victims of the incident had not registered any police complaint over the incident which took place near Lawanga village in Jat tehsil on Tuesday. A video showing a mob assaulting the four sadhus or religious ascetics, belonging to an ‘akhada’ (religious order) in Uttar Pradesh, had gone viral on social media. “The ..

Smoke in AI Express plane at Muscat airport

AS MANY as 141 passengers were evacuated from an Air India Express plane at Muscat airport on Wednesday following a smoke warning, according to an airline source. The incident happened while the Kochi-bound Boeing 737-800 aircraft was taxiing and after the warning, the passengers were evacuated as a precautionary measure, the source said. There were 141 passengers and six crew members onboard the aircraft that was operating flight IX 442, the source said. Aviation regulator DGCA will probe the incident, ..

‘Lodging juveniles in adult prisons is deprivation of their personal liberty’

THE Supreme Court has said that personal liberty of a person is one of the oldest concepts to be purported by national courts, and by lodging juveniles in adult prisons amounts to deprivation of their personal liberty on multiple aspects. A bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala said the concept of personal liberty has received a far more expansive interpretation and the notion accepted today is that liberty encompasses these rights and privileges which have long been recognised as ..

8 killed in fire at H’bad electric bike showroom

EIGHT people, including a woman staying in a hotel, were killed in a midnight fire that originated from an electric bike showroom located below, in Secunderabad area here. Seven others were injured and they were rushed to various hospitals, police said on Monday night. Most of the victims were asphyxiated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao condoled the loss of lives and announced ex-gratia on behalf of the Centre and the State Government, respectively. The fire and smoke ..

‘Toll plazas to be replaced with other automatic recognition system’

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that the Government is conducting pilot projects to replace toll plazas with automatic number plate recognition system, which will enable deduction of fee from vehicle owners’ bank accounts. Speaking at the Mindmine Summit, the Road Transport and Highways Minister said after introduction of FASTags, toll income of State-owned National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) increased by Rs 15,000 crore per year. “And now, we are going to launch automobile number ..

EWS quota fraud on the Constitution: Petitioners

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing arguments on petitions challenging the validity of the 103rd Constitutional Amendment, enacted in 2019 to provide a 10 per cent quota to economically weaker sections (EWS) in Government jobs and admissions. Legal scholar G Mohan Gopal, representing some petitioners, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice U U Lalit and comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, S Ravindra Bhat, Bela M Trivedi, and J B Pardiwala, that the 103rd Amendment is a fraud on ..

India, China resolve last friction point along LAC

INDIA and China on Tuesday resolved the last remaining friction point on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) created post-May 2020 as troops from both countries pulled back from their respective positions in the Gogra Heights-Hot Springs area. “Armies of India and China today completed the disengagement process in Gogra Heights-Hot Springs area near Patrolling Point-15 in eastern Ladakh sector. The two sides have also completed verification of each other’s positions after pulling back troops from friction ..

Mukul Rohatgi to return as AG

SENIOR advocate Mukul Rohatgi is set to become the Attorney General for India again. He is scheduled to begin his second stint as the top law officer of country from October 1. The term of incumbent Attorney General K K Venugopal is ending on September 30, and he has refused to continue beyond his term, citing his advanced age...

BJP activists clash with cops during protest march in WB, several injured

PARTS of West Bengal turned into a battlefield on Tuesday as BJP activists clashed with the police during a protest march to the State Secretariat. Several police officers and BJP members, including leaders Mina Devi Purohit and Swapan Dasgupta, were reportedly injured in the melee. Leader of Opposition in Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari, the party’s Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee and senior leader Rahul Sinha were among those detained during the march, taken out by the BJP to protest against the ..

CBI searches 36 locations in J&K CBI alleges irregularities in the recruitment process of sub-inspectors

THE CBI on Tuesday conducted searches at 36 locations in connection with alleged irregularities in Jammu and Kashmir sub-inspector posts’ recruitment test in which some aspirants had allegedly coughed up Rs 20-30 lakh for accessing the question paper before the examination, officials said. The searches were spread across Jammu, Srinagar, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Rewari, Gandhidham, Delhi, Ghaziabad and Bengaluru, they said. During the operations, searches took place at the premises of former chairman ..

Searches at premises of 2 ex-AIADMK Ministers in TN

OFFICIALS of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) held multi-city searches at the premises of two AIADMK former Ministers in connection with two different cases. Searches were held at 26 premises belonging to AIADMK leader S P Velumani, a party strongman from Coimbatore, over a case of replacing existing street light with LED lights in rural areas during 2015-28...

‘Many countries interested in bilateral rupee trade’

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said many countries have evinced interest for bilateral trade in the rupee after the RBI announced a mechanism recently. Speaking at Mindmine Summit 2022, she said this along with other steps taken by the Government is towards full capital account convertibility. “It isn’t the rouble-rupee which was in the old format. Now this (bilateral rupee trade) formulation, which I am glad the RBI has come up at a time which was so critical,” she said when asked ..

BJP activists clash with cops during protest march in WB, several injured

PARTS of West Bengal turned into a battlefield on Tuesday as BJP activists clashed with the police during a protest march to the State Secretariat. Several police officers and BJP members, including leaders Mina Devi Purohit and Swapan Dasgupta, were reportedly injured in the melee. Leader of Opposition in Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari, the party’s Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee and senior leader Rahul Sinha were among those detained during the march, taken out by the BJP to protest against the TMC ..

Workers of rival Sena factions clash in Mumbai; FIRs against both sides, 5 held

   MUMBAI, WORKERS of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp clashed with each other here in the early hours of Sunday, officials said. After complaints from the two groups, Mumbai ..

Gyanvapi case: Security tightened in Varanasi ahead of court order

    VARANASI (UP), PROHIBITORY orders were clamped and security tightened in Varanasi ahead of the district court order on Monday on the maintainability of the plea in the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri case.District Judge AK Vish..

Will never surrender before rulers in Delhi, says Pawar

   NEW DELHI, EVEN as several Opposition leaders are under the scanner of central probe agencies, NCP president Sharad Pawar on Sunday said his party will never surrender before the “rulers in Delhi” and urged non-BJP parti..

R K Shishir bags top rank in IIT entrance exam JEE-Advanced

   NEW DELHI,  THE results of IIT entrance exam JEE Advanced were announced on Sunday with Bombay Zone’s R K Shishir bagging the top rank, officials said.According to IIT Bombay, which conducted the exam, Shishir secured 314..

‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’s’ 19-day Kerala leg begins

   THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,  CONGRESS’ ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ commenced its 19-day long Kerala leg on Sunday morning from Parassala area of the southernmost district of the State. The three-hour long first phase of the y..

India, Gulf Cooperation Council sign MoU to facilitate consultations

   RIYADH, EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has held a “productive” meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf during which the two leaders signed an MoU on the mec..

National flags fly at half-mast as India mourns demise of Queen Elizabeth II

   NEW DELHI, AS INDIA observed one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8, the national flags at all Government buildings including Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhawan..