Modi Govt introduced 2nd generation reforms: Jaitley

    NEW DELHI,  Reform or Perish - was the challenge before the Indian economy. The Government consistently introduced several reforms, which will go down in India’s economic history as the ‘Second Generation’ of reforms that were much needed. THE Narendra Modi Government “systematically and consistently” introduced the much needed second generation reforms, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday as he highlighted several “game-changin..

One jawan killed in Pak shelling

     JAMMU,   AN Army jawan was killed and four others were injured when the Pakistan army violated ceasefire for a second day Monday, resorting to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said. The Pakistani army initiated unprovoked firing about 05:30 hours targeting the LoC area in the Sunderbani Sector with mortar bombs and small arms, a defence spokesman said. The Indian Army retaliated effectively, ..

Notification for 1st phase of LS polls issued

   NEW DELHI,    NOTIFICATION for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections was issued on Monday, setting in motion the high-voltage electoral battle where the BJP seeks to return to power amid Opposition’s efforts to present a united fight to unseat it. Polling would be held in 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 States on April 11 under the first of the seven-phase general elections. The Election Commission on Monday issued a notification signed ..

Acid attack is a heartless crime, does not deserve clemency, says SC

   NEW DELHI,   THE Supreme Court has said that acid attack is an “uncivilised and heartless crime” which does not deserve any clemency. The apex court observed this while asking two convicts, who have already undergone five year jail for throwing acid on a 19-year-old girl in 2004, to pay Rs 1.5 lakh each as additional compensation to the victim.   The top court also asked the Himachal Pradesh government to pay compensation to acid attack survivor ..

Pramod Sawant sworn in as Goa Chief Minister

 PANAJI,  In a post midnight drama, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Shripad Naik approach Governor Mridula Sinha with letters of support from allies. MGP, GFP and three Independents to stake claim to form the Government.In a sober ceremony in tune with the state of mourning, Pramod Sawant was sworn in well past midnight to succeed the legendary Manohar Parrikar.Sardesai and Dhavalikar sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers. GOA Assembly Speaker Dr. Pramod Sawant was on late Monday ..

Parrikar cremated with state honours

  PANAJI,  Parrikar’s eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre  GOA Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours here on Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a fond farewell. BJP President Amit Shah, some Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar. Parrikar’s eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre. The funeral procession started from the Kala Academy where thousands, including Prime ..

50 killed in Indonesia flash floods

      JAYAPURA (Indonesia),  AT LEAST 50 people have been killed by flash floods in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province, an official said on Sunday, as rescuers raced to find more victims of the disaster. The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain and subsequent landslides on Saturday, and also left 59 people injured. Dozens of homes were damaged by floodwaters, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo ..

‘Modi has addressed rallies in 100 LS seats’

   NEW DELHI,   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is yet to hit the campaign trail after the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced on March 10 but he has already addressed public meetings or BJP workers in over 100 Lok Sabha constituencies in 22 States in the past few weeks, the party said on Sunday.  The party’s media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said the BJP through a series of programmes such as ‘Mera parivar, Bhajapa parivar’, mega contact ..

NDA’s Bihar seat-sharing announced

THE three NDA constituents in Bihar -- BJP, JD(U) and LJP -- on Sunday announced the names of candidates for the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies for the coming general elections. As per the announcement made at a joint press conference of the three parties here, the BJP and the JD(U) will contest 17 seats each and the LJP in six...

‘5 Indians lost lives in New Zealand attacks’

     CHRISTCHURCH,  FIVE Indians have been killed in the ghastly terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch in which 50 people lost their lives, the Indian High Commission said on Sunday, as New Zealand grapples with the emotional fallout of its worst attack on Muslims. The attacker, identified by authorities as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, reportedly targeted immigrants during Friday prayers. Witnesses said victims were shot at close range. The High Commission ..

Cong happy with Rae Bareli and Amethi; rest is okay

   LUCKNOW, Indicating a serious confusion as regards seat-sharing in the crucial State of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress party seemed to have insisted upon only two seats of Rae Bareli for Sonia Gandhi and Amethi for its President Rahul Gandhi. In order to appear to be in control of things, it offered overall 12 seats for its allies, a move that was being treated almost as an apology since State President Raj Babbar was meek in tone when he said, “The alliance has left the ..

‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’, PM flaunts prefix; others follow

    NEW DELHI,  A DAY after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah” and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value... he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart ..

Ex-SC judge Justice P C Ghose to be India’s first Lokpal

     NEW DELHI, FORMER Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on Sunday recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India. His name was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting. ..

Goa CM Parrikar passes away

  PANAJI,  Parrikar passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with pancreatic cancerThe Central Government has announced national mourning today  Parrikar’s last rites will be performed at Miramar (Panaji) today evening   GOA Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, a former Defence Minister who had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, died at his private residence near here on Sunday. He was 63. Officially, he was described to be suffering from ..

I-T Deptt sends notices to 2,000 property sellers who took cash above Rs 5 lakh

    NEW DELHI,  THE Income Tax Department (I-T) has sent notices to about 2,000 property sellers who took Rs 5 lakh or above in cash while selling their assets between June 2015 and December 2018, a senior official said on Saturday. “To start with, we have sent notices to those property buyers and sellers who paid or received Rs 5 lakh and above in cash. Once we settle these cases, we will focus on those violators who had paid or received cash below Rs 5 lakh,” ..

Tharoor in, Thomas out as Cong announces 4th list

     NEW DELHI, THE Congress on Saturday night released its fourth list of 27 candidates, including 12 from Kerala, but denied party ticket to sitting MP and former Union Minister K V Thomas from the Ernakulum Lok Sabha seat. The party renominated its sitting MPs and former Union Ministers, Shashi Tharoor and K Suresh, from Thiruvananthapuram and Mavelikkara Lok Sabha seats. The Congress replaced Thomas with Hibi Eden, the sitting MLA from Ernakulum. The party also renominated ..

Texas woman gives birth to sextuplets, babies stable

   By Seema Hakhu Kachru  The odds of having sextuplets are estimated at one in 4.7 billion   A HOUSTON woman beat the odds of one in 4.7 billion after giving birth to sextuplets at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in the United States. According to the hospital, the woman delivered two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls between 4:50 am and 4:59 am local time Friday. The mother, Thelma Chiaka, is doing well. The babies were born at weights ranging from ..

BMC directs audit of 157 bridges on urgent basis

   MUMBAI, BMC had filed its report in CSMT bridge collapse case, outlining that diligent structural audit could have avoided the tragedy of six lives   BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) has directed one of their ..

President confers Padma Awards on 54 prominent personalities

      NEW DELHI,   FOLK Singer Teejan Bai, Larsen and Toubro Chairman Anil Kumar Naik, scientist S Nambi Narayanan, actor Manoj Bajpayee and 106-year-old environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka were among the 54 noted citizens conferred the Padma Award by President Ram Nath Kovind here on Saturday. Teejan Bai and Naik received the second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan. RSS leader Darshan Lal Jain who is trying to find the mythical river Saraswati, ..

After BJP MLA’s death Congress stakes claim to form Govt in Goa

    PANAJI, The strength of Goa Assembly has reduced from 40 to 37 after the death of D’Souza and resignation of two MLAs -- Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte   THE Congress on Saturday staked claim to form Government in Goa claiming that the Manohar Parrikar dispensation has lost its majority in the Assembly following the demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza. In a letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar staked ..

BJP likely to release first list of LS polls candidates today

 NEW DELHI, (PTI) THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to release its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, when its central election committee is scheduled to meet. The list will have the names of most of the can..

Monitoring content regularly to check fake news: YouTube

 NEW DELHI, (PTI), YOUTUBE is continuously monitoring the content on its platform to check misinformative and violative posts as there has been a rise in “interest” due to the election season, an official of the Google’s ser..

EC observers interact with representatives of political parties in Jammu & Kashmir

  SRINAGAR, (PTI) THE three special observers, who were appointed by the Election Commission (EC) to suggest when Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir can be held, interacted with representatives of various political parties here on Thursd..

‘Ensure new voters are added to electoral rolls’

  NEW DELHI, (PTI) DEFENCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday cautioned Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers against being lax ahead of the LS polls and asked them to ensure new voters were added to the electoral rolls. Addr..

Centre defends electoral bonds in SC; says reforms aim to defeat black money

  NEW DELHI, (PTI) THE Centre on Thursday defended in the Supreme Court its decision to issue electoral bonds saying it aimed at ensuring ‘enhanced accountability’ and pushing electoral reforms “to defeat the growing men..

CBI asks SC to uphold Sajjan’s life term in 1984 riots case

 NEW DELHI, (PTI) FORMER Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has been using his “large political clout” to derail trial and influence witnesses in cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots, CBI told the Supreme Court on Friday while seeking t..

SC seeks EC reply on Oppn’s plea for 50% VVPAT slips’ verification

  NEW DELHI, (PTI) THE Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the plea of 21 Opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, seeking that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each Assembl..

IAF holds major readiness drill along border

 New Delhi, (ANI) THE Indian Air Force carried out a major readiness exercise on Thursday night over Punjab and Jammu in which a large number of fighter aircraft participated. During the exercise, Indian Air Force (IAF) jets, including frontli..

Sensex hits 6-month high; surges 269 pts to reclaim 38K-mark

 MUMBAI, (PTI) EXTENDING its winning run to the fifth session, BSE benchmark Sensex climbed 269 points to hit six-month high of 38,024 led by rally in banking stocks amid soaring foreign fund inflows, strengthening rupee and positive global cue..

Fadnavis meets people injured in bridge collapse at St George Hospital

 MUMBAI, (ANI) MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday visited St George hospital in Mumbai where several of the injured in Thursday’s foot overbridge collapse near crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station h..

YSR Congress leader Vivekananda Reddy found dead at home

Y S VIVEKANANDA Reddy, former Minister and younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister M Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, was on Friday found dead at his house in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Police initially registered a case under Section 174 Cr P C (unnatural death) when Reddy’s body was found by his staff early in the morning...

400 I-T officers to monitor black money flow in Guj

      AHMEDABAD,   The I-T Deptt also released a toll free number - 18002337444 - for general public to share any information about suspicious cash transactions and movements   THE Income Tax department has deployed over 400 of its officers across Gujarat to keep a close watch on election expenditure and flow of black money during the Lok Sabha elections in the State, said officials here on Wednesday. Polling on all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat ..

ED supports Saxena’s plea to become approver in AgustaWestland case

   NEW DELHI,  THE Enforcement Directorate on Thursday supported the plea of Rajiv Saxena to become an approver in AgustaWestland case. “He will be very useful. That is why supporting his plea,” said ED in the court while supporting Saxena’s plea. He is an accused in AgustaWestland case. The businessman has filed a plea in court to turn an approver in the case. Following the arguments, Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar has slated the matter for consideration ..

Despite DGCA guidelines, fares soar over 100 pc as airlines cancel flights

     NEW DELHI/MUMBAI,  AIR passengers face the grim prospect of high air fares and fewer flight choices as several airlines have cancelled operations for a number of reasons, including the grounding of the Boeing 737-MAX aircraft. Industry insiders on Thursday pointed out that some sectors have shown a rise of more than 100 per cent in last minute bookings despite DGCA warning on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the Government had advised domestic airlines not to go in ..

‘Modi hai to Mumkin Hai BJP slogan for polls

    NEW DELHI, ’ Modi as a quick learner has demonstrated his ability to take quick decisions on complicated matters with clarity and determination, said Arun Jaitley  SEEKING to encash Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image of a doer, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chosen the slogan of ‘Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai’ – ‘Modi makes it possible’ for the upcoming general elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. Modi, ..

Sonia confidant Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

     Delhi Bureau NEW DELHI, Mar 14   Says, ‘hurt’ over Congress party’s stand post-Pulwama strike    IN an embarrassment to the Congress, Tom Vadakkan, once seen as a key aide of Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP on Thursday, saying he was ‘deeply hurt’ over the Opposition party’s stand post-Pulwama terror strike, and that his decision was ‘not about ideology but patriotism’. Jolted by the surprise announcement, ..

NCP announces first list; Supriya Sule to contest from Baramati

     Mar 14 (PTI)  The list does not include the name of Sharad Pawar’s grand nephew Parth Pawar MUMBAI NATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule figures in the first list of 12 candidates for next month’s Lok Sabha poll, declared by the party on Thursday. The list does not include the name of Pawar’s grand nephew Parth Pawar, as it does not mention Maval constituency from where the young politician is likely ..

President confers gallantry awards

      Delhi Bureau, NEW DELHI, PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. Two Kirti Chakras and one Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously. Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat was conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal by President Ramnath ..

India, Pak hold ‘cordial’ meeting on Kartarpur corridor

IN THE shadow of escalating tension in their ties, India and Pakistan on Thursday held in a “cordial environment” their first meeting to finalise the modalities for a corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Punjab. During the meeting, India sought visa-free access from Pakistan for 5,000 pilgrims per day to the historic Sikh shrine in Kartarpur...

5 killed, 32 hurt as Mumbai foot overbridge collapses

The bridge connects the area near the 'Times of India' building with the iconic CSMT station An eyewitness said that the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out in morning   FIVE person..

Wait for none,it’s our own war

Wait for none,it’s our own war..

UPA will reserve 33% Government jobs for women, says Rahul Gandhi

     CHENNAI,    CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the UPA will reserve 33 per cent Government jobs for women and pass the Women’s Reservation Bill giving 33 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha if it wins the Lok Sabha battle. Interacting with students of Stella Maris College for Women here, Gandhi also said that the UPA Government would simplify the procedures in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and have a low single tax rate. Wearing ..

Be the voice, not the noise

      By Biraj Dixit,  A little list of dos and don’ts for all times can help a fiery journalist see the thin line better. For example, how-so-ever zealous, dynamic interviewer is, he/she should be told never to ask any minister or official as to when would the next surgical strike happen.Without any infringement upon his/her right to ask, he/she can be told beforehand the very democratic reasons for not posing such a question.      &nb..

Encourage maximum voter turnout in LS polls: PM to politicians, others

   NEW DELHI,  Modi appeals politicians including Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and others to encourage increased voter participation in the upcoming elections Modi also reached out to members of the film fraternity, sportspersons, businessmen, spiritual leaders and members of the media to help enhance voter turnout   PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other politicians, sportspersons, actors, business leaders ..

Ethiopia to send plane’s black box abroad for analysis

       HEJERE, THE black box from the Boeing jet that crashed and killed all 157 people on board will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said on Wednesday, as much of the world grounded or barred the plane model and grieving families arrived at the disaster site. In an interview with ‘The Associated Press’, Asrat Begashaw said the airline has “a range of options” for the data and voice ..

Khalistan Commando Force militant held

    NEW DELHI,     A MEMBER of the banned terrorist group and an associate of Jarnail Singh and associate of Bhindranwale, who was killed by the Indian Army in ‘Operation Blue Star’ in 1984 was nabbed by the Delhi police, officials said on Wednesday. The accused Gursewak Singh (53), is a member of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and was planning to re-constitute his organisation on directions of KCF chief Paramjeet Singh Panjwad, who was based ..

Bodies shifted from Pak’s Balakot after airstrikes, claims US-based activist

       WASHINGTON,   “Pak Army admitted ‘martyrdom’ of 200 ultras after IAF strike,” Senge Hasnan Sering, the US-based activist from Gilgit tweeted     THERE have been reports in the Urdu media of some bodies being transported from Balakot to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas of Pakistan following the anti-terror strike by India, claims an activist from Gilgit. “#Pakistan military officer admits to “marty..

India stops 737-MAX ops, warns airlines on predatory prices

      NEW DELHI/MUMBAI,    FOLLOWING a global trend of grounding Boeing 737-MAX aircraft, India finally suspended the plane’s operations and over-flight permissions on Wednesday evening, even as hundreds of passengers were affected at airports. Further, the Government tried to protect passengers from the double whammy of high fares and reduced flight operations. Advising airlines not to go in for predatory pricing, it said that it will be monitoring ..

Rahul Gandhi evasive on cancelling Rafale deal

     CHENNAI,   AMIDST his allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the capabilities of the fighter plane were not in question but remained evasive on whether the contract would be cancelled if his party comes to power. Addressing a press conference here, Gandhi insisted that there was corruption in the deal and there should be an investigation. “There are no questions about capabilities of the aircraft ..

Declare WB ‘super sensitive’ State: BJP to EC

       NEW DELHI,   BJP demands deployment of Central Forces at all polling booths in the State fearing intimidation, violence   THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to declare West Bengal “super sensitive State” to ensure fair Lok Sabha polls and demanded that Central Forces be deployed at all polling stations in the State. A BJP delegation, including Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, ..

China once again blocks naming Masood as global terrorist

     By Yoshita Singh,UNITED NATIONS, This is the fourth time that China has used the technical hold to block the proposal, which is being pushed by otherpermanent members of the UNSC, particularly the US, Britain and France.    “We are disappointed by this outcome”, says India.           CHINA on Wednesday put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’..

never India

    ONE of the worst global apprehensions -- about a possible nuclear conflagration -- was verbalised by American newspaper The New York Times when it talked of a possible nuclear war between India and Pakistan, given the current level of hostilities between the two sub-continental neighbours. Every such apprehension assumes certain legitimacy in view of the rogue status Pakistan has earned in the past couple of decades due to its indulgence in and sponsorship of cross-border terrorism. ..

pak’s reality

    EVEN though the Indian leadership is going about its regular as well as emergency tasks in the current atmosphere of hostility determined that they must teach Pakistan a lesson of life, Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan has tried to assure that his country does not want to go to war with India. He even has used words like ‘request’ in an attempt to soften the current Indian attitude. Of course, he has reminded that both countries have dangerous weapons and ..

ED attaches Khaitan’s assets worth Rs 8.4 cr in money laundering case

  NEW DELHI, The PMLA case was filed by the agency taking cognisance of an Income Tax Department case under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) Act.ASSETS worth Rs 8.46 crore of Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan, an accused in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers scam case, have been attached by the ED as part of a second criminal probe against him for allegedly possessing undisclosed foreign accounts, the agency said on Monday. Properties of Khaitan located in Delhi, Haryana ..

Pinaka guided rocket system successfully test fired: Centre

   NEW DELHI, THE indigenously developed Pinaka guided rocket system was successfully test fired on Monday at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan, in a boost to artillery capability of Army, Defence Ministry said. The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. “The indigenously developed guided Pinaka, developed by DRDO, will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits,” the ..

Country safe under Prime Minister Modi, says Jaitley

       NEW DELHI, ASSERTING that the country is safe under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday accused the Congress of weakening the fight against Jehadi terrorists, and wondered if the party could be trusted by voters in the upcoming general elections. In a blog, Jaitley said the Congress party is one with the Government on condemning Pulwama terror attack resulting in death of 40 CRPF jawans, but is disturbed about air strikes ..

‘BJD will contest Lok Sabha, Assembly polls on its own’

    BHUBANESWAR,BIJU Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said his party will contest the Lok Sabha and State Assembly polls on its own. Patnaik’s ruling out a pre-poll alliance is in line with the BJD’s known policy of keeping equal distance from national parties BJP and Congress, and groups led by them. “We will fight the elections on our own,” he told reporters when asked if there was any likelihood of the BJD entering ..