Death toll rises to 10 in China gas factory blast


At least 10 people have been killed, 19 severely injured and five others are missing after an explosion ripped through a gas plant in China‘s Henan Province, authorities confirmed on Saturday.  A device in the gas factory owned by the Henan Coal Gas (Group) Co. Ltd., located in the city of Yima, exploded at around

Over 2.38 lakh perform Amarnath Yatra in 19 days

Over 2.38 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra during the last 19 days as another batch of 4,094 yatris left Jammu on Saturday for the cave shrine in Kashmir Valley, officials said. Since the Yatra began on July 1, a total of 2,38,974 pilgrims had ‘darshan’ at the cave shrine. Police said another

India asks Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav forthwith

A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, India has asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer without any delay.In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said Jadhav was innocent of the charges levelled against him. “No forced confession that too without legal

US-based Kashmiri doctors to launch critical care ambulance service in Valley

Alarmed by the number of road accident deaths in Jammu and Kashmir, a group of US based Kashmiri doctors is all set to provide fully equipped critical care ambulances.”In the absence of emergency service in the ambulances, the US-based group of Kashmiri doctors have launched a programme to provide fully-equipped ambulances with paramedics and junior

No proposal from Centre on atomic energy units: Punjab CM

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he was yet to receive any proposal from the Central government for establishment of atomic energy units at the Bathinda and Ropar power plants.At the same time, the Chief Minister said he had never had any problems working with the Centre. Cordial relations between the Central and state

Kesarbai Building missing from BMC’s list of ‘dangerous’ structures

The name of the ill-fated Kesarbai Building, which crashed on Tuesday killing at least two persons, is mysteriously omitted from a comprehensive list of 499 “dangerous” buildings prepared by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said a RTI activist. Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB) Chairman Vinod Ghosalkar, however, feared the toll on Tuesday could

SC asks Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from accepting MLAs’ resignations

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from deciding whether to accept or reject the resignations tendered by the MLAs of the JD-S-Congress coalition on July 6.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi sought a clear response from senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar. “You

Google’s ‘Internet Saathis’ now cover 2.6 lakh Indian villages

Google Indias ‘Internet Saathi‘ programme aimed to empower rural women how to use the Internet has now added two more states — Punjab and Odisha — thus reaching 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states, the company announced on Tuesday. Launched as a pilot project in 2015 along with Tata Trusts, ‘Internet Saathi’ programme focuses on

Helmets made compulsory on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has made wearing helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The move comes days after the UPEIDA made it compulsory for commuters not to complete the 302-km journey in less than three hours. The state government also announced that those covering the stretch from Lucknow toll

China adamant on naming Dalai Lama’s successor

China last week made clear that India’s “no” to recognise the Dalai Lama‘s successor chosen by Beijing will hurt the bilateral ties that have been on an upswing recently.Beijing has time and again asserted that the 14th Dalai Lama has no say in appointing his successor and it is the prerogative of the Chinese government.

If Sidhu doesn’t want to work, there’s nothing I can do: CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said if his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it.The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating

Modi calls Assam CM, takes stock of flood situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the ongoing flood situation in the state, which have killed nine people and have affected over 26 lakh others. Sonowal spoke to the Prime Minister on the phone and appraised him of the steps taken by the state government

Pooja Batra confirms marriage with Nawab Shah

Actress Pooja Batra has confirmed her marriage with actor Nawab Shah. Pooja, who is known for her roles in the nineties hits such as “Haseena Maan Jaayegi”, “Nayak” and “Virasat”, took to her Instagram stories, where she shared a photograph of her wedding with Nawab. The former Miss India International also shared a photograph and

‘WC 2019 final best white-ball game of all time’

England became the World Cup champions for the first time in cricket history after defeating New Zealand in a pulsating final which ended in a nail-biting Super Over at Lord’s.On Sunday, the Black Caps needed two to win from the final ball but a superb throw from Jason Roy in the deep saw Martin Guptill

Cheaper fuel cost eases India’s June WPI to 2.02%

Lower prices of key transportation fuels along with manufactured items eased India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 2.02 per cent in June from 2.45 per cent in May, official data showed on Monday. Similarly, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce

US begins raids to evict undocumented immigrants

Authorities from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have begun conducting raids to round up about 2,000 undocumented immigrants in an operation to drive them out of the country, media reports said on Monday.US media outlets cited government officials as saying that the raids began on Sunday afternoon, but civil rights groups said there

MPs in Rajya Sabha want discussion on interlinking of rivers

Amid the intensifying water crisis in the country, MPs in the Rajya Sabha during “zero hour” on Monday raised the issue of inter-linking of rivers to deal with the disparities in availability of water.BJP MP Satyanarayan Jatiya and AIADMK member A.K. Selvaraj suggested taking up the issue of linking small rivers with major rivers on

Yogi orders probe into BJP MLA’s daughter’s marriage case

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday asked senior party leaders and officials to submit a report on the controversy surrounding the marriage of BJP MLA Rajesh Misra’s daughter Sakshi and a Dalit youth, Ajitesh Kumar.The Chief Minister sought the report following allegations that the whole episode was a conspiracy to malign the image

Six soldiers, civilian killed in Himachal building collapse

Six soldiers and a civilian were killed and 35 rescued after a four-storey building collapsed due to rain at Kumarhatti town of Himachal Pradesh, rescuers said on Monday.It is believed that six-eight people are still tapped in the debris.While 23 soldiers and 12 civilians were pulled out from the rubbles, the rescue operation by the

ISRO hailed for detecting Chandrayaan-2 glitch on time

With India postponing the Chandrayaan-2 launch owing to technical snag in the ‘Bahubali’ rocket about an hour before it was to take off on Monday morning, people on social media said it is better late than never.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) called off the launch of Chandrayaan-2 that would send an orbiter, lander and