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3-hr partial lunar eclipse after today midnight

SKY enthusiasts in the country can witness a three-hour long partial lunar eclipse early Wednesday, when the Earth will move between the Sun and the Moon...

Army expedition reaches Capt Vikram Batra’s hometown in HP

SET out on an expedition to Drass War Memorial from the last border hamlet Mana in Uttarakhand, a 9-member team of the Indian Army reached Kargil War hero Capt Vikram Batra’s hometown in Himachal Pradesh home and paid respects his parents..

After 20 yrs of Kargil, India awaits defence reforms

TWENTY years is a long time to learn lessons, but appointing a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), an idea to ramp up higher management of the armed services, still remains elusive despite the overall acceptance about its necessity...

GST collection of States rises to Rs 5.18 lakh cr in 2019

GST collection of States and Union Territories (UTs) increased to Rs 5.18 lakh crore in the full financial year 2018-19, up from Rs 2.91 lakh crore collected in nine months of 2017-18, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday...

Lok Sabha passes Bill to give NIA more teeth

LOK Sabha on Monday passed a Bill to give more powers to the National Investigation Agency with Home Minister Amit Shah asserting that the law will be used to finish off terrorism and not to target any community...

Special Judge seeks 6 more months from SC to conclude trial in Babri Masjid case

A SPECIAL judge holding daily trial in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and others, moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking six more months to conclude the matter...

Nearly 70 lakh affected by floods in Bihar, N-E

THE flood situation remained grim in parts of north-east and Bihar as the death toll mounted to 44 on Monday, with nearly 70 lakh people affected, even as north India witnessed widespread rainfall...

Mishra is HP Governor, Devvrat shifted to Guj

SENIOR BJP leader Kalraj Mishra was on Monday appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Acharya Devvrat, who has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat...

Trust vote in Karnataka on 18th

THE tottering Congress-JD(S) Government in Karnataka led by H D Kumaraswamy will face the floor test in the Assembly on July 18, that would end suspense over the numbers game triggered by a raft of resignations by the ruling coalition lawmakers..

Chandrayaan-2 launch called off due to technical glitch

THE launch of India’s second mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, was called off due to a technical snag less than an hour before blast-off on Monday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said...

B L Santosh appointed BJP General Secretary

BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday elevated party’s joint General Secretary (organisation) B L Santosh as its General Secretary (organisation), a day after Ramlal was moved back to the RSS after holding the post for over 13 years...

Kovind offers prayers at Lord Balaji shrine

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday offered prayers at the ancient hill shrine of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala near here. ..

Abki baar 65 paar, says Das, first CM in J’khand to complete a five-year-term

RAGHUBAR Das, who is on the verge of becoming the first Chief Minister to complete a five-year term in once politically-volatile Jharkhand, has set the BJP’s target for the Assembly polls due later this year - “Abki baar 65 paar”...

Alternative to Lakshman Jhula to be built soon: Rawat

THE Uttarakhand Government has decided to build a bridge across the Ganga in Rishikesh as an alternative to the iconic Lakshman Jhula which was closed due to safety reasons, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Saturday..

Chandrayaan-2 India’s first robotic space exploration: Ex-ISRO chief

INDIA’S second moon mission - Chandrayaan-2 - is the country’s first step in robotic space exploration and hence more “complex” and “intricate”, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) former Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said on Saturday...

India’s higher education student-teacher ratio lower than Brazil, China: Report

INDIA trails behind several countries including Brazil and China in terms of student-teacher ratio in higher education segment, a Government report has revealed...

Govt proposes to end NEET-PG exam

IN A relief to medical students wanting to pursue post-graduate courses, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to do away with NEET-PG and instead the final MBBS examination results would be prerequisite for admission to MD and MS programmes...

RBI to come out with mobile app for currency notes identification

THE Reserve Bank of India will come out with a mobile application to help visually-challenged people in identifying currency notes as cash still remains a dominant At present, banknotes in the denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 are in circulation, besides Re 1 notes issued by the Centre..

Kargil, Pulwama showed India won’t hesitate to strike back: Ex-diplomat

THE Kargil conflict 20 years ago established to Pakistan that even if it sent its regular military across the Line of Control they would be defeated, and the surgical strikes post Pulwama have made it very clear to Islamabad that India will not hesitate to strike back across the LoC if provoked, says former diplomat G. Parthasarathy, who was the High Commissioner to Pakistan at the time of Kargil..

India hands over dossier to Pakistan on possible attempts to disrupt Kartarpur Sahib pilgrimage

INDIA on Sunday handed over a dossier to Pakistan about individuals and organisations based in the neighbouring country which might try to disrupt pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, following which Islamabad assured that no anti-India activity would be allowed..

England win cricket World Cup through super-duper double tie

 Create history to win coveted trophy for first time in 44 years of the tournamentIT TOOK them 44 years, but England have finally done it. Neither a tied game, nor a spirited New Zealand could stop England from bringing the trophy home at the Lord’s on Sunday. It finally took a Super Over for England to be crowned winners of the 2019 World Cup. Eoin Morgan’s boys are the new world champions in the 50-over format of the gentleman’s game and the crown couldn’t have come ..

Sight set on the Moon

  Chandrayaan-2 makes India the fourth country to propose soft lunar landingThe lander ‘Vikram’, named after father of Indian space research programme Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, carrying the rover ‘Pragyan’, will be landed in a high plain between two craters. The rover can travel up to half a km leveraging solar energy and both ‘Pragyan’ and ‘Vikram’ have a mission life of one lunar day, which approximately equals 14 Earth days.AIMED at taking a ..

Focus on health, sanitation, eradicating malnutrition: Modi to BJP’s women MPs

 NEW DELHI:  More than 30 MPs share their views on various issues with PM   Every woman MP is an institution in herself, says Modi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met women MPs of the BJP over breakfast at his residence and said they should focus on health, sanitation and eradicating malnutrition. More than 30 MPs attended the meeting, speaking at length and sharing their views on various issues with their Prime Minister, sources said. Modi listened to them patiently ..

JD(U) Dalit leader found hanging in police station; 3 cops arrested

 BIHARSHARIF: A LOCAL leader of the ruling JD(U) in Bihar was found hanging in the toilet inside a police station, hours after being picked up for interrogation, evoking violent protests from residents of his village in Nalanda district. Three police personnel were arrested in connection with the Dalit politician’s death.  Ganesh Ravidas (45) was found hanging from the ceiling of the toilet at Nagarnausa police station in Nalanda district on late Thursday night. JD(U) national ..

No need to take seriously threats on Kashmir by Al-Qaeda chief: MEA

 NEW DELHI: INDIA has the capability of taking care of its territorial integrity and sovereignty and there is no need to take seriously the threats on Kashmir by Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday. In a video, Zawahiri, who took over the reins of Al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden, said, “I am of the view that the Mujahideen(armedterrorists)in Kashmir -- at this stage at least - - should focus with single mind oninflictin gunrelenting ..

Female reproductive organs including uterus removed from man’s body in Mumbai

 MUMBAI:  IN AN extremely rare case, a 29- year-old man, who had sought cure for infertility, was found to have non-functioning female reproductive organs including the uterus. Doctors at the government-run JJ Hospital operated on him last month and removed the un wanted organs. The condition is so rare that sofaronly 200 suchcases have been found, said Dr Venkat Gite, head of the urology department at the hospital.  The surgery was carried out on June 26 under Gite’s supervision. ..

CM performs ‘mahapuja’ at Pandharpur temple on occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’

 Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with his wife Amruta Fadnavis offers prayers to Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur in Solapur on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi on Friday. ‘Warkari’ (pilgrims) couple Vithal Chavan and his wife Prayag got the opportunity to perform the rituals alongside the Chief Minister  MUMBAI: MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday performed the ‘mahapuja’ of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini in the temple town of ..

SC seeks Mah Govt’s response over order on reservation for Marathas

 NEW DELHI; SC has sought Maharashtra Govt’s response on pleas challenging HC order upholding reservation to Marathas  THE Supreme Court sought the Maharashtra Government’s response on Friday on pleas challenging a Bombay High Court order that upheld the grant of reservations to the Maratha community in education and jobs. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not stay the Bombay High Court order upholding the constitutional validity of the Maratha quota ..

Goa CM asks 3 GFP, one Independent MLAs to resign from Cabinet

   PANAJI: GOA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday that he has asked three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Independent lawmaker Rohan Khaunte to resign from his Ministry as he would be inducting four new ministers on Saturday. The GFP said it would take a decision only after speaking to the Central leadership of the BJP. Sawant along with ten MLAs who switched from the Congress to the BJP has met BJP chief Amit Shah and working President J P Nadda in Delhi. “I ..

Don’t decide on resignations of 10 rebel MLAs till Tuesday: SC to K’taka Speaker

 NEW DELHI: THE Supreme Court on Friday restrained Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till next Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition. Citing “weighty issues that have arisen”, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the matter will be considered by it on July 16 and the status quo as of Friday should be maintained. The 10 rebel MLAs moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker ..

Marathas who applied in ’14 to get quota benefits

 MUMBAI As per the GR, jobs given to open category members who are now on the reserved posts would be withdrawn  THE Maharashtra Government has decided to extend the benefit of reservation in education and jobs to the members of the Maratha community, who had applied under it in 2014. The Government said it would complete the process of quota for Marathas, which had remained incomplete after the High Court stayed it in 2014. The BJP-led Government’s decision is significant ..

Priest denies solemnising BJP MLA’s daughter’s marriage to Dalit boy

 BAREILLY:  The Allahabad High Court has fixed July 15 for hearing of a petition filed by the couple who went into hiding, fearing threat to their lives from the BJP MLA Rajesh Misra and his henchmen  THE controversy over BJP MLAs daug..

Govt working on uniform proposal to address grievances of home buyers: Centre to SC

 NEW DELHI: The top court observed that it may use its plenary power under Article 142 of the Constitution to protect the interest of over 21,000 home buyers in the Jaypee Infratech case, if their grievances are not addressed.   THE Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it is working on a “uniform proposal” to address the grievances of home buyers who are left in the lurch by erring realtors after having paid their hard earned money. The top court observed ..

Man gets drown in lake during TikTok video shoot

 HYDERABAD: TRAGEDY struck two men who were taking bath in a lake and recording a video of it on mobile app TikTok on the city outskirts as one of them allegedly drowned, police said on Thursday. 24-year old Narasimhalu drowned after he moved deep into the lake even as his cousin was recording a video of their bathing on Tuesday evening, they said.  The victim did not know swimming, a police official said. He also added on seeing him struggling, his cousin rushed out of the lake and ..

3-year-old boy falls into open storm water drain in Mumbai, feared drowned

  MUMBAI: A THREE-year-old boy is feared to have drowned after falling into an open storm water drain at Ambedkar Chowk in Malad East Wednesday night, even as the search operation for the minor continued on Thursday. The incident took place around 10 pm on Wednesday. “The boy, identified as Divyansh, was strolling outside his house when he fell into the drain near Goregaon- Malad Link road,” an official of the Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ..

Young DM’s wife takes refuge in FB, claims her husband framed by CBI

 Madhvi Abhay Singh NEW DELHI: Madhvi Abhay Singh has posted a clarification on her Facebook wall saying that CBI has registered a false case against her husband and allegedly recovered cash worth Rs 47 lakh from DM’s official residence.   IN AN unusual move, wife of controversial District Magistrate (DM) of Bulandshahr, Abhay Singh has taken help of social media claiming that CBI is framing her husband in a mining scam, which involves a former minister of the Akhilesh ..

K’taka Speaker to examine if resignations are ‘genuine’

 BENGALURU : 10 rebel MLAs, who were camping in Mumbai, meet the Assembly Speaker in Bengaluru to convey their decision to resign  Supreme court had given them permission to meet the Speaker : KARNATAKA Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar said MLAs, who appeared before him on Thursday, have given their resignations in the “right format” and he will have to examine whether they are “voluntary and genuine.” “The MLAs had come, they said they want to resign, ..

Goa CM meets Shah, 10 Congress MLAs formally join BJP

 NEW DELHI: GOA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant held deliberations with BJP President Amit Shah and other senior leaders on Thursday over the likely reshuffle of his Cabinet as 10 Congress MLAs formally took BJP’s membership here. The 10 MLAs had crossed over to the BJP on Wednesday. Sawant arrived in the national capital with these MLAs and met Shah and BJP working President J P Nadda. There was no official word over what transpired in his meeting with the top party brass but sources ..

If mediation fails, day-to-day hearing in Ayodhya case from July 25: SC

 NEW DELHI: SC seeks status report on mediation till July 18  IF mediation fails, then the Supreme Court may begin day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya dispute, said the apex court on Thursday while hearing an application filed by one of the parties representing the Hindu community. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the order while hearing an application filed by a legal heir of one of the original litigants, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking ..

Rocket Bahubali gearing up for July 15 Moon mission

 CHENNAI: INDIA’S heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle - Mark III (GSLV Mk III), nicknamed as ‘Bahubali’, and its passenger Chandrayaan-2 were being readied up for their historic flight to the Moon on July 15, said space agency officials. “Preparations are going at a hectic pace at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota for the July 15 early morning launch at 2.51 am.  Everything is progressing normally,” said an official of ..

Use water efficiently to save degradation of land: Javadekar

 NEW DELHI: DROUGHT is a real problem in India as 60 per cent of its agriculture is entirely dependent on monsoon because of no irrigation facility, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday, urging people to make efficient use of water to save land from degradation. He made the statement at a press conference here with United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw, where he said India will host the COP-14 of UNCCD from September 2-13 ..

Govt to get details about all Indians having Swiss bank accounts in Sept

 NEW DELHI/BERNE: INDIA’S fight against suspected black money stashed abroad will get a major boost this September in the form of first set of detailed financial information about all Indians having Swiss bank accounts, including those closed since last year. The details that Switzerland would share with Indian tax authorities under the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) framework would include account numbers, credit balance and all kinds of financial income for each Indian ..

Govt committed to fiscal consolidation: Nirmala

 NEW DELHI: The Minister was replying to a general discussion on the Union Budget 2019-20  THE Government is committed to the path of fiscal consolidation without compromising on public expenditure, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. She said that several steps including enhancing investments in infrastructure, liberalisation in the foreign direct investment policy and lowering of corporate tax are being taken to make India a USD 5 trillion economy ..

Parts of North, East India receive heavy showers; rains, floods kill three in Assam

 NEW DELHI: PARTS of Northern and Eastern India received heavy showers on Wednesday while in the North-Eastern State of Assam three persons were killed in rain and flood related incidents and over two lakh people across 11 districts have been affected by the deluge.  The national capital had overcast conditions and the weather department has predicted only very light rains during the next two to three days. On Wednesday morning, Delhi recorded a low of 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch ..

Man’s heart resumes functioning 18 months after artificial implant surgery

 NEW DELHI: IN A miraculous turn of events, a 52-year-old man got a new lease of life when his heart resumed functioning almost 18 months after he underwent an artificial heart implant procedure following a cardiac failure. Detecting the recovery, doctors switched off the artificial heart and the man is alive on his original heart now. Iraqi businessman Hani Jawad Mohammed was implanted with an artificial heart after he suffered a heart failure, a condition in which heart muscle doesn’t ..

E-revolution: HRD Ministry to connect with all varsity students

 NEW DELHI: All V-Cs were asked to nominate one senior faculty as Social Media Champion (SMC). The SMC through 3 prominent social platforms will connect with each student and will upload at least one positive story/event every week of their institution  EVEN before a new session begins, all leading universities and other higher education institutions in the country are busy setting up social media cells to connect all students and staff with the Union Ministry of Human Resource ..

High drama outside hotel where rebel Karnataka MLAs holed up

Karnataka Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar argues with Policeman while on dharna outside hotel in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI)    MUMBAI: Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar, Milind Deora and Naseem Khan detained  Rebel legislators had written to the Mumbai Police Chief that they feared a threat to their lives due to Shivakumar’s arrival  KARNATAKA minister D K Shivakumar and his Congress colleagues Milind Deora and Naseem Khan were detained on ..

10 out of 15 Cong MLAs join ruling BJP in Goa

  PANAJI: The Congress, which had emerged as single-largest party after 2017 Assembly polls in the coastal State, is now reduced to five legislators  A GROUP of ten Congress MLAs in Goa led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar on Wednesday merged with the ruling BJP, increasing the BJP’s strength to 27 in the 40-seat House. The Congress, which had emerged as single-largest party after 2017 Assembly polls in the coastal State, is now reduced to ..

CBI books Prajapati, 4 IAS officers in mining scam

 NEW DELHI: CBI also carried out searches at 12 locations in Uttar Pradesh  THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two fresh cases in Uttar Pradesh mining scam naming four IAS officers and former minister Gayatri Prajapati as accused and carried out searches at 12 locations in the State, officials said on Wednesday. The agency’s FIR names Prajapati, a former minister in the Samajwadi Party Government, and then Principal Secretary Jiwesh Nandan, Special Secretary ..

Yashi Jain becomes 1st woman from C’garh to climb Mt Elbrus

 Our Correspondent: RAIGARH Yashi Jain, a resident of Raigarh, has become the first woman from Chhattisgarh to climb Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe and one of the major mountains in the world. She had recently completed climbing at Mount Elbrus and brought laurel to the state by becoming first woman from the state to climb the 5,642 ft high mountain and hoisted the Indian tricolor on top to mark her success.  Chhattisgarh State Congress Sports Cell President Praveen ..

Modi discusses economic, cultural ties with UAE Foreign Minister

 NEW DELHI: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi met United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan here on Tuesday and discussed ways to improve economic and cultural relations between the two countries. “Had a great meeting with UAE’s Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. We talked at length about further improving economic and cultural relations between India and UAE,” the Prime Minister tweeted.  On Monday, the visiting ..

NIA seizes arms, components used for making IEDs, rockets from Bengaluru

 Knife, pistol, circuits and other incriminating material which were recovered from the location after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted a bomb manufacturing unit in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Three persons from Bangladesh were also detained by the NIA. (PTI) NEW DELHI: THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) has seized five fabricated hand grenades, one timer device, three electric circuits, suspected explosive substance, components used for making IEDs and rockets and several ..

CBI raids 110 locations in major crackdown on graft

 NEW DELHI: IN A nationwide crackdown, the CBI on Tuesday raided 110 places across 19 States and Union Territories, in what is seen as the Modi Government’s biggest ever action against corruption. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered around 30 separate cases relating to corruption, criminal misconduct and arms smuggling among others. According to a senior agency official, the raids started early morning in various cities including Delhi, Bharatpur, Mumbai, Chandigarh, ..

Embark on ‘padayatra’ on Gandhi, Patel birth anniversaries, says PM

 NEW DELHI: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs to embark on a 150-km-long ‘padayatra’ in their constituencies between October 2 and 31 period, to mark the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Tuesday. Addressing a BJP Parliamentary party meeting, Modi also asked Rajya Sabha members to visit constituencies where the BJP organisation was weak.  “Modi told MPs ..

‘Resignation letters of 9 of 14 MLAs not in format’

 Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao, AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and other leaders during a meeting of the Congress legislators at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (PTI)   BENGALURU:  Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said that the resignation letters of 9 out of 14 MLAs of the ruling coalition were not in the prescribed format and he has asked them to submit them properly  The Congress rushed ..

Karnataka crisis rocks RS

 NEW DELHI: THE Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed uproar over the Karnataka crisis with Opposition Congress members storming the well of the House and raising slogans, leading to adjournment of proceedings for the day. The Upper House witnessed protests by members of Congress, TMC, CPI and CPI(M) as soon as it reconvened at 2 PM following two adjournments earlier in the day. The House was adjourned within three minutes as ruckus prevailed. Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was chairing the proceeding..

2 Guj courts issue summons to Rahul in defamation cases

 AHMEDABAD: CONGRESS leader Rahul Gandhi was issued summons by two Gujarat courts on Tuesday in criminal defamation complaints filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for allegedly calling Union Minister Amit Shah a “murder accused” and saying that “all thieves have Modi as surname”. Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia in Surat asked Gandhi to appear on July 16, while an Ahmedabad court ordered the Congress leader to appear on August 9. In both the cases, ..

Jaishankar, UAE Minister hold talks to boost counter-terror efforts

 NEW DELHI: EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday held talks with his United Arab Emirates counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and discussed ways to boost cooperation in key fields such as counterterrorism, security and energy.  The UAE Minister, who arrived here late on Sunday night, will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and participate in a business roundtable on Tuesday. “Welcoming a special friend! EAM @Dr S Jaishankar welcomes UAE Foreign Minister H H @ABZayed ..

DNA Technology Bill in LS

 NEW DELHI: A similar bill was passed in Lok Sabha in January, but lapsed as it could not be cleared in Rajya Sabha. The bill had then lapsed with the dissolution of the previous Lok Sabha. THE DNA Technology Regulation Bill, which seeks to control the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of a person, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday amid questions being raised by Opposition parties on its provisions. A similar bill was passed in Lok Sabha in January, but lapsed ..

Author Amish Tripathi, Gujarati folk singer Geeta Rabari meet Modi

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing traditional Gujarati headgear gifted by Gujarati folk singer Geeta Rabri during their meeting in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI) NEW DELHI: AUTHOR Amish Tripathi and Gujarati folk singer Geeta Rabari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Tripathi, who was recently named as the Director of London’s Nehru Centre, presented Modi copies of his works. The cultural centre works under the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. “Received copies ..

RBI to discuss issuance of sovereign bonds with Govt: Das

 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das during the post-budgetmeeting of the RBI’s central board in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI) NEW DELHI: RESERVE Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on Monday said the Central Bank will discuss issuance of overseas sovereign bonds with the Government. After the customary post-budget meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he said the system has sufficient liquidity and the Budget for 2019-20 has made provision ..

22 Cong MLAs, 9 JD(S) MLAs resign in K’taka

 BENGALURU: Independent MLA H Nagesh withdraws support to the Karnataka coalition Government led by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy  As the JD(S)-Congress coalition Government in Karnataka teetered on the brink of collapse, all the Ministers quit on Monday to give a free hand to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to reshuffle his Cabinet to include rebel MLAs while two Independent legislators also withdrew their support. There was no immediate word from the rebel camp on the move to ..

No relation with devpts in Karnataka: Rajnath

  NEW DELHI: THE BJP-ruled Government has no relation to the ongoing developments in Karnataka and did not put pressure on any MLA or MP to switch parties, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday in Lok Sabha. The Defence Minister said the Government is committed to protect the sanctity of Parliament. “Whatever is happening currently in Karnataka, we have no relation with that,” he said, replying to the issue raised by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.  Chowdhury ..

First session of 17th Lok Sabha set to make record

By Prashant Sood NEW DELHI: THE first session of the 17th Lok Sabha is set to create a record with all the first-time members likely to raise their issues in the House before conclusion of its sitting later this month. It is among the initiatives of Speaker Om Birla, who is encouraging members to speak in the House and providing the opportunity. In his own unique way, the new Speaker of the new Lok Sabha has been nudging the members to use the House time more effectively to boost productivity ..

29 killed as bus veers off Yamuna Expressway and plunges into drain

Onlookers and police personnel gather around the crumpled remains of a bus that crashed on the Delhi-Agra expressway, near Agra on Monday. (AFP)    AGRA (UP): UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath constituted a committee to go into the reasons behind the accident and submit its report early A TWO-TIERED ‘sleeper bus’ on its way from Lucknow to Delhi skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and plunged about 20 feet into a drain in the early hours of Monday, killing ..

Punjab girls write letter with blood to Kovind for justice

 MOGA: TWO girls from Punjab’s Moga city have written a letter with their blood to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his help in the “false cases” filed against them. In the letter, the duo Nisha and Aman Jot Kaur has claimed that complainants have been threatening them on the pretext of the Kabutarbaazi and cheating cases registered against them and said that they have been living in fear for so long.  They also demanded euthanasia for the whole family if they do ..

Delhi Govt mulling over roping in robots to clean sewers in city

 NEW DELHI: THE Delhi Government is mulling over roping in robots to clean sewers in the city’s inaccessible narrow lanes and Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam will travel to Kerala in July end to talk to a group of engineers in this regard. In February, the AAP Government procured 200 sewer cleaning machines, but their large size doesn’t allow them to enter narrow lanes. “In cramped areas, people still resort to manual cleaning of sewers, many times without any ..

Centre asks urban local bodies to set up cell for rainwater harvesting

 NEW DELHI: Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has issued ‘Guidelines for Urban Water Conservation’, saying ‘Rainwater Harvesting Cell’ of municipal corporations will monitor the extent of groundwater extraction and groundwater aquifer recharge THE Centre has asked all urban local bodies to set up a cell for effective monitoring of rainwater harvesting and revive at least one water body in their respective areas. The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry ..

The Hitavada unites Bilaspur to save Arpa river

Thousands of people participated in the week-long plantation drive ‘Sankalp Arpa’ initiated by Director of Prayas Advertising, Mamata Pandey on the Arpa river bank. The Hitavada shouldering its responsibility to save the lifeline of Bilaspur and save the environment also actively participated in the drive to save the river and people.    Our Correspondent: BILASPUR ‘Sankalp Arpa’ initiated by Director of Prayas Advertising, Mamata Pandey with The Hitavada ..

Modi urges people to keep reading books and to share experiences on NaMo App

 NEW DELHI: Modi tweeted messages of some people who had shared their reading experiences and current books they were reading  A WEEK after his Mann Ki Baat monthly radio programme in which he stressed on the importance of book reading, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday again urged people to keep reading books and to share their experiences on the NaMo App.  “During #MannKiBaat last week, I had talked about a book I read and urged you all to share what is on your ..

Centre proposes to bear 60% scholarship cost for SC students

  By Payal Banerjee: NEW DELHI: THE Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry’s proposal of a “new fund-sharing pattern”, wherein the Centre will bear majority of the financial burden of a scholarship scheme for Scheduled Caste (SC) students, has been sent to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. The Centre will bear 60 per cent and States 40 per cent of the financial burden of the Post-Matric Scholarship scheme for Scheduled Caste students, as per the proposal. ..

BSF launches exercise to fortify anti-infiltration grid along LoC

 By Neelabh Srivastava  NEW DELHI: A MEGA exercise to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu has been launched by the BSF, which has mobilised its entire senior field brass, thousands of troops and machinery deployed in these forward areas. The operation, code named ‘Sudarshan’, was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire over 1,000 kms length of the India-Pakistan International Border. While Jammu shares about ..

Scindia, Deora quit Congress posts

 NEW DELHI: Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned as AICC General Secretary for Western Uttar Pradesh Milind Deora resigned as Mumbai Cong chief  THE spate of resignations within the Congress continued on Sunday with Rahul Gandhi loyalists Jyotiraditya Scindia and Milind Deora resigning their posts in the party, weeks after the Lok Sabha poll debacle. While Scindia resigned as AICC General Secretary for Western Uttar Pradesh, Deora resigned as Mumbai Congress chief; both took moral responsibili..

Congress, JD(S) in a huddle to discuss next course of action to save K’taka Govt

 BENGALURU: A DAY after the resignation of over a dozen ruling Congress-JD(S) MLAs rocked the ruling coalition in Karnataka and plunged the State into a political crisis, both parties have gone into a huddle to discuss the next course of action to save the Government. This comes even as Opposition BJP said that it is keeping a watch on the ongoing developments and indicated that the party was looking at options to form the Government. Rocked by the resignations of 10 of its MLAs, Congress ..

I-T will ‘suo motu’ allot PAN to those only furnishing Aadhaar: CBDT chairman

 NEW DELHI: THE taxman will “suo motu” allot a fresh PAN to a person who files I-T Returns with only Aadhaar as part of a new arrangement to link the two databases, the CBDT chief said after the Budget proposed that only the biometric ID is enough for tax purposes. The PAN (Permanent Account Number) is “certainly not dead” and the recent Budget announcement of interchangeability of the two databases is an “additional facility” to ensure their linkage, ..

AIADMK names Mohammedjan, Chandrasekaran for RS elections

 CHENNAI: THE ruling AIADMK on Saturday named Former Minister A Mohammedjan and N Chandrasekaran as its candidates for the July 18 Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu. Mohammedjan served as minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare in the Cabinet of late J Jayalalithaa from 2011 to 2013. He is also the AIADMK’s minority welfare wing joint secretary from Vellore (East) party district and was elected to the Assembly from Ranipet constituency in 2011.  Chandrasekaran, a ..

Forget about taxman, focus on business: CBDT to start-ups

 By Neelabh Srivastava: NEW DELHI THE country’s start-up community should now not worry about taxmen and concentrate on their businesses as concerns related to‘angel tax’ have been ‘sorted out’, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chief said on Saturday. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman P C Mody told PTI in an interview that all ‘legacy issues’ related to start-ups will be resolved through a consultative process and under a ..

Braving all odds, ITBP men shield Amarnath yatris

 BALTAL , (J&K) INDO-TIBETAN Border Police (ITBP) personnel were seen helping Amarnath Yatra pilgrims cross a rocky bridge at the foot of a waterfall in Baltal with shields in their hands. A videoofthesamewas shared by the ITBP on Twitter, wherein the personnel can be seen guarding yatris against shootings tones on a footbridge from a high altitude waterfall point on Baltal route of Amarnath Yatra. The yatriswereheardcheeringforthe ITBP personnel and raising slogans of Jai Hind, Jai ..

People of Amethi elected me as their ‘Didi’, not as an MP: Irani

 AMETHI (UP): UNION Minister and Amethi MP Smriti Irani on Saturday said people of the constituency elected her as their ‘Didi’(eldersister)and not an MP, while underlining her resolve to do the best for the region. She also claimed that she brought projects worth Rs 50 crore for the development of Amethi. “Amethi has not elected me as an MP, but as their ‘Didi’ (elder sister).Amethi is my home and I will always safeguard its respect,”she said. The ..

Delhi school first to provide live CCTV footage to parents: Kejriwal

 NEW DELHI: DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that a Delhi school has become the first in the world where parents can access live CCTV feeds of their child studying in the class. The Chief Minister also said that all the city Government schools will have CCTVs inside the class rooms by November this year. Kejriwal, along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia, kicked off the Delhi Government’s CCTV project in the class rooms by inaugurating the scheme at Shaheed Hemu ..

DRT orders Nirav to pay Rs 7,200 cr to PNB, others

  PUNE/MUMBAI; SPELLING relief for Punjab National Bank (PNB), the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in Pune has ordered absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi and his group companies to pay Rs 7,200 crore to PNB and others with interest, official sources said here on Saturday. The DRT’s final order came on a plea filed by the PNB in July 2018 seeking recovery of its dues of Rs 7,000 crore from Nirav Modi.  A consortium of banks, which had also lent Rs 200 crore to the diamantaire, subsequently ..

Critics of $5 tn economy goal are professional pessimists: Modi

 VARANASI: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dismissed as “professional pessimists” the critics of the Centre’s target to achieve a USD 5-trillion economy within the next five years and asserted that the “new India” is on the threshold of sprinting forward. A day after the Union Budget was presented by Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman, the Prime Minister shared his views on the Budget at the launch of the BJP’s membership drive here on the occasion ..

Jaipur gets UNESCO World Heritage tag

 NEW DELHI: THE walled city of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list on Saturday, becoming the second city of the country after Ahmedabad to get the recognition. The decision was taken at the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) in the historic city of Baku, Azerbaijan, from June 30-July 10. The committee examined the nomination of Jaipur that was supported by a majority of the countries ..

K’taka Govt in crisis, 13 Cong-JD(S) MLAs quit

 BENGALURU:  The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where half-way mark is 113.  THE JD(S)-Congress Government plunged into a crisis on Saturday with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker. The ruling coalition, which has 118 members, faces the risk of losing majority ..

Rahul Gandhi gets bail in another defamation case

 PATNA: RAHUL Gandhi was granted bail on Saturday after he appeared before a court here in a defamation case filed by BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, days after a Mumbai court held that the Congress leader would face trial for alleged slander against the RSS.  The Congress leader, who recently resigned as party President, surrendered before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Kumar Gunjan, who is the judge for special MPs and MLAs court here, and was granted ..

PAN, Aadhaar interchangeable for filing of Income Tax Returns

NEW DELHIFINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said PAN and Aadhaar have been made interchangeable, allowing those who do not have PAN to file income tax returns. Presenting the first budget of the Modi Government in its second term, Sitharaman said Aadhaar card for NRIs with Indian passports will be issued after their arrival in India, without waiting for the mandatory 180 days. Sitharaman said with a view to incentivising investment in GIFT City, the Government proposes several tax benefits. ..

SC convicts twelve persons in Haren Pandya murder case

Pandya was the Home Minister in the then Gujarat Govt. He was shot dead on March 26, 2003 in Ahmedabad. As per the CBI, Pandya was killed to avenge the 2002 Gujarat riots.NEW DELHI THE Supreme Court convicted 12 persons on Friday in the 2003 murder case of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.   The apex court allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat Government challenging the High Court order by which the convicts were absolved of the ..

HC grants one month parole to Rajiv case convict Nalini

Court ordered Nalini not to give any interviews and not to meet any political person while out on paroleCHENNAITHE Madras High Court on Friday granted one month parole to Nalini Sriharan, serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, after she argued her plea in person for seeking the relief to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.    A division bench of Justice M M Sundaresh and Justice M Nirmal Kumar also directed the Tamil Nadu Government to finalise ..

Pakistan will not dare to attempt Kargil-like infiltration: Army Chief

NEW DELHIPAKISTAN will not dare to attempt to infiltrate India like it did Kargil in 1999 because it has “seen the consequences”, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said on Friday and asserted that the armed forces are keeping a tight watch in border areas.   Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen  He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to commemorate 20 years of Operation Vijay, India’s limited war against Pakistan in Kargil. “There is no such area ..

After quitting as party chief, Rahul watched movie in Delhi multiplex

NEW DELHIAFTER resigning as Congress President, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday watched a movie in a Delhi multiplex like a common citizen. A video of Rahul Gandhi watching Hindi movie Article 15 on Wednesday evening at PVR Chanakya went viral on social media platform Instagram, where he was praised for not behaving as a VIP. In the video, Rahul Gandhi was seen interacting with a person sitting next to him and also having some popcorn.  On Wednesday he ended weeks of speculation by stepping down ..

Govt raises Budget allocation to Agri Ministry by 78 per cent in FY’20

NEW DELHITHE Government has proposed to increase Budget allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare by over 78 per cent to Rs 1.39 lakh crore for the current fiscal, out of which Rs 75,000 crore will be for the flagship scheme PM-KISAN.   The Government had allocated Rs 77,752 crore in the revised estimate for 2018-19. Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), launched just before the general elections, aims to give Rs 6,000 annually in three equal installments ..

Budget will empower poor and give youth a better tomorrow: Modi

NEW DELHIDESCRIBING the Union Budget as citizen friendly, development friendly and future oriented, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it will empower the poor and provide the youth with a better future.   Terming the Budget as one that extends “hope” and boosts “self confidence”, he said the policies of the Government will empower the downtrodden and turn them into a “power house” for the development of the country. In a televised address ..

Highest ever Budget for Railways

Public pvt partnership to be unleashed to develop railway’s infraNEW DELHIRAILWAYS received a budgetary allocation of Rs 65,837 crore and highest ever outlay for capital expenditure amounting to Rs 1.60 lakh crore in the Budget for the year 2019-20 presented on Friday, which includes a whopping 200 per cent increase in funds for passenger amenities.   Last year, the outlay for the railways was Rs 1.48 lakh crore while the Budget allocation was Rs 55,088 crore. In the interim Budget, ..

H’bad traffic police install LED strip lights at signals to help pedestrians

 HYDERABAD: IN a unique move the traffic police here have installed LED strip lights at signals to curb signal jumping and help pedestrians cross the roads with ease. Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, told ANI on Wednesday, “We could see many commuters jumping signals in the city.  To curb this, we have installed LED strip lights on the stop line at traffic junctions on a pilot basis.” “When the red light is seen on the signals, the commuters ..

Young India stands for secularity, humanity: Nusrat

  KOLKATA: NEWLY-WED Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan on Thursday sought to send a strong message of secularism, faith and humanity when she attended the International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ (ISKCON) Rath Yatra event here. Sporting a traditional look in a saree, ‘mangalsutra’ and bangles, the Bengali actress took part in all the rituals along with her husband Nikhil Jain and other dignitaries. Like every year, the event was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata ..

Cong MLA Nitesh Rane arrested for pouring mud on engineer

 MUMBAI: CONGRESS MLA Nitesh Rane and his 16 supporters were on Thursday arrested for attacking a deputy engineer with mud in Maharashtra. Nitesh Rane, the son of BJP Rajya Sabha MP and former Chief Minister Narayan Rane, and his supporters were held for the mud attack on deputy engineer Prakash Shedekar of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at Kankavli in coastal Sindhudurg district, Dikshit Gedam, Superintendent of Police, told PTI.  Narayan Rane has apologised for his ..

Disquiet in Cong after Rahul’s decision to quit as party chief

 NEW DELHI: PLUNGED into an existential crisis with Rahul Gandhi setting the seal on his decision to resign as party President, there was disquiet in the Congress ranks on Thursday with many pushing him to change his mind as they looked anxiously at the viability of a Gandhi-free future. A day after his candid four-page letter formally and firmly stating that he was no longer Congress President, Gandhi appeared before a Mumbai court in connection with a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. ..

‘7% GDP growth projected for 2019-20’

 NEW DELHI: THE Government on Thursday projected the country’s GDP growth for 2019-20 at 7 per cent, up from five-year low of 6.8 per cent, on the back of anticipated pickup in investment and consumption. According to the Economic Survey 2018-19, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament, India continues to remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world in 2018-19, despite a slight moderation in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth from 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 ..

‘Malnutrition-free India by 2022’

 NEW DELHI: ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ scheme is one of the dream projects of Prime Minister Modi Scheme is progressing at an incredible rate and in the next two years no child will be diagnosed with malnutrition, said Smriti Irani in RS   WOMEN and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday informed the Rajya Sabha that India would have no cases of malnutrition by 2022. She said that ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ scheme is one of the dream projects of Prime Minister ..

Lakhs of devotees take part in Jagannath Rath Yatra

 PURI (Odisha): PREPARATIONS are in full swing for the holy Jagannath Rath Yatra, also known as Gundicha Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings. Lakhs of devotees thronged the streets of Puri to celebrate the day with religious fervour and devotion. As per the rituals, three garlands of consent from the three deities were placed on the three grand chariots thereby officially permitting the conduct of preparatory rituals for reading the chariots for pulling. The three chariots look just ..