Oct 15

Modi pays tribute to Kalam on 85th birth anniversary

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to former President and the “Missile Man” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on his 85th birth anniversary. “Tributes to our former President, the person who captured the imagination of every Indian, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary,” Modi said in a tweet. Kalam,

AAP cabinet takes on Jung over probe panel

New Delhi: Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung was on Friday told to axe a panel he set up to probe some actions of the AAP government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced. Calling the Committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu “unconstitutional”, Sisodia said there was no provision in the Constitution for

‘#Indiamyway’ to take viewers on road trips across 29 states

New Delhi: Travelling the roads of Delhi, trotting through lush vineyards of Nashik, taking a safari in the Rann, cruising across treacherous terrains of Ladakh — actor and avid traveller Paloma Monappa and travel writer Meraj Shah undertook a road trip covering over 28,000 kms for “#Indiamyway”, a new TV series. Discovery’s premier series, “#Indiamyway”,

India dismisses Pakistani media report on surgical strikes

New Delhi: India on Friday dismissed a Pakistani media report that cited Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar as telling German Ambassador Martin Ney that there was no surgical attack carried out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir last month. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas

Pakistan police say security forces killed 8 militants

Multan (Pak):  Pakistan says security forces, acting on a tip, raided a militant hideout in the central province of Punjab and subsequently killed eight militants during a shootout at the scene. The Punjab Counter terrorism Department says the shootout took place late yesterday near the town of Dera Ghazi Khan. It says officers asked the

India should not use BRICS summit to isolate Pakistan: Chinese expert

Beijing: India should not politicise the upcoming eighth BRICS summit to solve its bilateral disputes and not expect member nations to isolate and brand Pakistan as “supporter of terrorism”, a Chinese expert has suggested. “One of the key items at this year’s summit will be anti-terrorism. All BRICS members do not want to solve bilateral

Security heightened in Bhopal ahead of Modi visit

Bhopal: Security was heightened in the Madhya Pradesh capital ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here on Friday, said police official. Railway stations, airports, bus terminals, important markets and localities in the city were secured ahead of the high profile visit. Vehicles were screened at different check points to ensure no untoward incident occur.

Modi to reach Goa for BRICS, hails BIMSTEC

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is slated to reach Goa on Friday for the upcoming eighth BRICS Summit and the first ever BRICS-BIMSTEC meet saying that the outreach with the BIMSTEC leaders was significant.”The outreach with BIMSTEC leaders is significant. We hope to tap the huge potential for cooperation and the dividends this

District court allows couple’s divorce plea rejected earlier

Thane: A local court has set aside the decision of a magistrate rejecting a divorce petition despite the fact that the couple was not willing to stay together. The couple, both teachers, got married on June 28, 2010, as per Hindu tradition at an Arya Samaj Mandir in Navi Mumbai. However, there were constant quarrels

Cabinet nod to revising price of ethanol for petrol blending

New DelhI: A cabinet panel on Thursday approved a new market-based mechanism for revising the price of ethanol used for blending in petrol, resulting in a fall in prices by Rs 3 to Rs 39 per litre for the fuel extracted from sugar. Announcing the cabinet decision here, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the

Muslim board rejects move on uniform civil code

New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday rejected the Law Commission’s questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code and decided to boycott it. This came days after the union government told the Supreme Court that Triple Talaq, Nikaah Halaal and polygamy were not integral to the practice of Islam or essential religious

Cabinet approves an IIM for Jammu

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment and operation of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu at a cost of nearly Rs 62 crore.The cabinet meeting here was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 20th IIM of the country will function from a temporary campus at Old Government College

Modi a warmonger, says Digvijaya Singh

New Delhi: Modi a warmonger, says Digvijaya Singh Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him a “warmonger” for pushing India to a war like situation with Pakistan. “Warmonger Modi is slowly getting India in a War like situation with Pakistan. He sees this as the only option to win

Art exhibition for the visually impaired

New Delhi: In a bid to make art accessible to the visually impaired, Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) Modern is hosting an exhibition with tactile replicas of works from the artist collective ‘Group 1890’. The initiative titled ‘Abhas’ has been executed by architecture and access consultant Siddhant Shah, who has reproduced the artworks in the form

Farmer shot dead in UP

Muzaffarnagar: A 55-year-old farmer was shot dead in his fields in Ghari Dolat village of Shamli district, police said today. Islam had gone to irrigate the fields under Kandhla Police Station area yesterday when he was murdered by unidentified miscreants, they said. Islam’s body was found by his father who went looking for him when he

HDFC to raise up to Rs 500 crore via masala bonds

New Delhi: Mortgage lender HDFC today said it will raise up to Rs 500 crore through rupee-denominated bonds from overseas investors. “Pursuant to the approval of the Board of Directors of the corporation at its meetings held previously, the corporation is contemplating, subject to market conditions, undertaking the fourth issuance of Rupee Denominated Bonds to

8 more arrested for assault on Somaiya, BJP workers

Mumbai: Eight more Shiv Sena activists have been arrested in connection with the assault on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya and party workers at suburban Mulund here, police said today. The fresh arrests were made last night, taking the number of total arrests in this case to 13, an officer of Navghar Police Station said. Yesterday,

Denying sex to husband for long period ground for divorce: HC

New Delhi: Denying sex to husband for a long time without any justification amounts to mental cruelty and is a ground for divorce, Delhi High Court has said. The verdict came on a petition by a husband seeking divorce, complaining that his wife had subjected him to mental cruelty by not allowing him to have

India-made hand driers launched with New Zealand technology

Chennai: A Tamil Nadu-based industry is set to launch electric hand driers based on foreign technology to target more than one million proposed toilets under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abiyan’ programme, said company official. The city based Mrinalini Industries is setting up a new plant to make these electric hand drier with the technical know-how from

BJP worker hacked to death in Kerala

Kannur (Kerala) : A Bharatiya Janata Party worker was hacked to death on Wednesday in Kerala’s Kannur district, the state police said. The victim was identified as Remith. He was killed in front of a petrol pump in Pinarayi village around 10 a.m., a police official said. According to sources, Remith’s father was also murdered