Sep 16

Sushma calls on Nepal PM

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on visiting Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” here on Friday. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders. Prachanda is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with

Lord Ganesha immersions end in Maharashtra, 16 deaths

Mumbai/Nagpur: The immersion of thousands of idols of the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha ended in most parts of Maharashtra on a tragic note with at least 16 visarjan-related deaths in the 24 hours to Friday morning, officials said. Two people are missing At least seven deaths took place in Nashik during immersion ceremonies in the district

Parchanda receives ceremonial welcome

New Delhi: Nepal’s new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Parchanda’ received a ceremonial welcome here at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday. He is in India on a four-day state visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Parchanda at Rashtrapati Bhawan. “Ceremonial honours for a neighbour! PM Nnarendra Modi receives Nepal PM Pushpa Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on his state

Amitabh roots Narmada river's cleanliness campaign
Regret not fulfilling promises I made as a politician:Bachchan

New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan may have had a short tryst with politics but the actor says he is still not able to get over the times as he “regrets not fulfilling the promises” he made to the people of his constituency- Allahabad. The 73-year-old National award-winning actor took a break from acting in 1984

Shah for celebrating Modi’s birthday as ‘sewa divas’

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah today pitched for celebrating the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17 as ‘sewa divas’ (day of service) and declared that he will take part in a cleanliness drive in Telangana on the day. “Lets celebrate the Prime Minister’s birthday as sewa diwas. I am happy that

India takes dig at Pak over violence in Afghanistan

New Delhi: In an apparent dig at Pakistan, India today said while it has always worked towards Afghanistan’s development, there are some who have given the country only “bloodshed and violence”. India has engaged with Afghanistan in capacity and capability building in agriculture, water, infrastructure, energy, health, education and many other sectors and the landmarks

Kashmir remain shut for 70 consecutive days

Srinagar: Curfew like restrictions were imposed by authorities in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley on Friday to prevent separatists called protests. The authorities did not mention if there would be curfew anywhere in the valley on Friday, but deployed security forces were disallowing all pedestrian and vehicular movement in old city areas of

Website, app for AIR’s Balochi service to be launched tomorrow

New Delhi: Public Broadcaster Prasar Bharati will launch a website and mobile app tomorrow for All India Radio’s Balochi service to reach out to the people who speak the language across the globe. According to officials, the Balochi website and mobile app will be launched by Prasar Bharati Chairperson A Surya Prakash. As part of

Shutdown in Tamil Nadu evokes mixed response

Chennai: The shutdown strike called by various organisations representing farmers, traders, transporters and others began in Tamil Nadu on Friday with mixed results. The general strike called by different organisations demanded Cauvery river water and protested against attacks on Tamils and their property in Karnataka. While public transport, government offices, schools, colleges, banks and others carried

Mauritius seeks India’s support in handloom, handicraft

New Delhi: Mauritius today sought India’sassistance to develop its handloom and handicraft sectors, outlining the potential areas for bilateral cooperation. Mauritius Finance Minister Pravind Jugnauth, currently on a visit to India, today met Union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra. “We seek India’s assistance to develop handloom and handicraft sectors in Mauritius,” Jugnauth said, highlighting other possible

IDS: I-T offices to remain open till midnight on Sep 30

New Delhi: The taxman will undertake a midnight vigil on September 30 as CBDT has directed the Income Tax department to keep their country-wide offices open in order to receive declarations under the domestic black money window – the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS). “The last date for making declaration under the IDS, 2016 is September

Promote Hindi in higher education: Subhash Chandra

New Delhi: No language can replace Hindi as the “language of common man” while efforts should be taken to make Hindi the medium of instruction (MOI) in higher education, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said. “English cannot replace Hindi as the language of communication in this country. The language of the common man is Hindi

Two abducted Indians in Libya freed: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: Two Indian teachers who were abducted in Libya over a year ago have been released, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.”I am happy to inform that T Gopalakrishna (AP) and C BalaramKishan (Telangana) who were captive in Libya since July 29, 2015 have been rescued,” she tweeted. Both Gopalakrishna and Balaramkishan

Cauvery issue: BJP pledges support to Pondy bandh on Sept 16 

Puducherry: The Puducherry unit of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) today announced its support to the bandh called by several tamil outfits here, tomorrow, to condemn the violence against Tamils in Karnataka in the wake of Cauvery row.”The BJP will extend its support to the bandh being observed in the Union Territory tomorrow to condemn

Kashmir remains paralysed for 69th consecutive day

Srinagar: Heavy deployments of security forces were made by authorities on Thursday in Srinagar and other places of the Kashmir Valley where life remained paralysed for the 69th consecutive day.A senior police official said: “Heavy deployments of police and paramilitary forces have been made in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the valley to maintain

2 women die in building collapse

Kolkata: Two women died after being trapped under the debris of a century-old three-storied residential building which collapsed at Pathuriaghata in the city, police said today. The two women reentered the collapsing building to fetch some valuables left inside after they, along with other occupants, vacated it when another portion of the building crashed down

jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft pilots to use iPads

New Delhi: Over 1,000 pilots of Jet Airways Boeing 737 fleet are all set to go digital with the aviation regulator DGCA allowing the private airline to switch over to use of iPads from the from voluminous printed documents in the cockpit for flight operations. As of now, these pilots are required to take numerous

Rafale deal: All details fixed, IGA being finalised

New Delhi: The much anticipated contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets is likely to be sealed soon as both the countries have finalised the details for the deal which will cost about Euro 7.87 billion. Government sources said the cost, offsets and service details have been finalised and the work is being done on the

Nawazuddin appointed brand ambassador of UP farmers’ scheme

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday appointed Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the brand ambassador of its flagship programme ‘Samajwadi Kisan Beema Yojana’, a scheme aimed at insuring farmers. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced this at a function at his official residence. Flanked by Nawazuddin, Akhilesh hoped that with the actor’s joining, awareness about

12 injured in clash over collecting water

Muzaffarnagar: Twelve people, including six women, were injured in a clash between two groups over collecting water from a hand pump in Pather village, police said. Umerdin and Ziaul Haq had an argument yesterday over collecting water from hand pump following which their supporters clashed with sticks and firearms, police added. The injured were shifted