Oct 02

Four arrested for trying to extort from film unit

Kolkata: Four persons were arrested on Sunday in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district for allegedly trying to extort a huge amount of money, as Durga Puja subscription, from a Bengali film director and producer close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Police said the four accused are members of a youth club based in Lataguri who allegedly

Girl dies in lightning strike in Dhar district

Dhar (MP): A 16-year-old girl was killed and her two friends were injured today when the lightning struck them at Jalka village, police said. The deceased girl was identified as Geeta. Manu (14) and Manisha (11) sustained injures. The three were grazing the cattle when the mishap took place, Manwar Sub Divisional Officer of Police

Man arrested with fake coins of face value Rs 40,000

New Delhi: A man was arrested today from Rohini in outer Delhi and counterfeit coins of face value Rs 40,000 were seized from him, police said. During a surprise vehicle checking, a car was stopped by Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS). On checking the car, two plastic bags, each containing 20 packets of fake Indian

Gandhi stressed upon role of panchayats to empower them: Das

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the role of panchayats in the country’s development was stressed upon by Mahatma Gandhi to empower the local bodies. Introducing sasakta (powerful) gram sabha and sakhaym (capable) gram shaba, Das said gram sabhas would be held every month. He appealed to the representatives of the local bodies

Ten dead as bus falls into reservoir in Madhya Pradesh

Vidisha (MP): Ten were killed persons died and 17 others injured today when the mini-bus in which they were travelling fell into the backwaters of a dam at Pali village, around 50 km from here. “The 32-seater bus was on its way to Lateri in the district from Bhopal. It fell in the backwaters of

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Can’t imagine lives without farmers, jawans: Rahul

Mainpuri (UP): Underlining the importance of’ kisan and jawan’, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today said both were equally important for the country and the people cannot “imagine” their lives without them. “We cannot imagine our lives without farmers in the field, and jawans on the borders,” he said at a road show here. The

Rajnath to visit Leh, Kargil on Oct 3-4

New Delhi: As part of the Centre’s outreach to Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake a two-day visit to Ladakh region beginning tomorrow during which he will interact with a cross-section of people. Singh will hold meetings with delegations of political parties, civil society groups and individuals in Leh tomorrow and in

Three arrested for assaulting traffic sergeant over car checking

Kolkata: Three people, two of them women, have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a traffic sergeant when their car was stopped for checking, police said on Sunday. The incident took place at around 12 midnight near the Park Street-Camac Street crossing. According to police, Adhiraj Mukherjee and his wife allegedly stopped Sandip Roy, the sergeant

98-year-old prevented from taking Jal Samadhi

Agra: Police on Sunday foiled an attempt by a 98-year-old freedom fighter, Chimman Lal Jain, to jump into the Yamuna to denounce the government’s failure to enforce prohibition in Uttar Pradesh. A large group of men and women, volunteers of Garib Sena as well as activists followed Jain from his house as he walked to

Two persons killed as lorry hits motorcycle

Kolkata: Two persons were killed and another was seriously injured when their motorcycle was hit by a lorry here in the wee hours of Sunday, police said. The accident took place in front of Sovabazar Metro station in north Kolkata. “At around 12.10 a.m. a bike with three riders was hit by a lorry. Two

4 yr-old raped, accused arrested

Kota: A four-year-old was allegedly raped by 23-year-old youth in Vigyan Nagar area of Kota city, following which he was arrested, police said today. The accused, Dolat Suman, was arrested yesterday and would be produced before the court today. “The victim’s family and the accused share rented rooms in a same building in Vigyan Nagar

Army made India proud by launching surgical strikes: Rajnath

New Delhi: The valour displayed by Indian soldiers to the entire world by the manner in which they carried out ‘surgical strikes’ against terror launch pads across the Line of Control has made the country proud, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. “The country as well as the whole world is aware of this (surgical

India may get Rafale jets sooner than 36 months

Pune: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that India may start getting Rafale fighter aircraft from France earlier than the agreed-upon 36 months. “As per terms of the deal it is 36 months (during which the delivery has to start), but it may come slightly earlier. We have requested them to (deliver it) as fast

GST training: Govt faces steep climb as deadline nears

New Delhi: Already running against time on GST, the revenue department will have a tough time in training 60,000 field officials for its implementation from April 1 as it has provided requisite skills to only 3,074 personnel. The National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) has been tasked with the mammoth task of training

PM to brainstorm with rail staff over roadmap for railways

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to around 400 railway staff in person, and around 20,000 over video conferencing to firm up a road map with innovative ideas to ensure the national transporter meets the aspirations in a fast changing scenario. In a first in railways, Modi will attend ‘Rail Vikas Shivir’ —

Modi pays tribute to Gandhi, Shahstri

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri at Rajghat and Vijay Ghat respectively on their birth anniversaries. The Prime Minister remembered the two leaders for the values they championed. “Gandhi ji made this world a better place. His ideals, dedication to the poor and struggle

Katara murder: SC to pronounce verdict on sentence tomorrow

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will tomorrow decide the quantum of sentence to be awarded to Vikas Yadav, his cousin Vishal and their aide Sukhdev Pehalwan, who all were convicted in the sensational 2002 Nitish Katara murder case. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan will pronounce the verdict on the appeals filed

Irom Sharmila wants to meet Modi, take advice from him

New Delhi: After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, rights activist Irom Sharmila now wants to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi expecting “good advice” from him. She had met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on September 26 seeking his advice on how to defeat “major political parties” in her state Manipur. “Good advice should always be

Political parties urge Karnataka government not to release water

Bengaluru: In a rare show of unity, opposition parties on Saturday once again urged the Karnataka government not to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu even if it meant disobeying the Supreme Court’s fresh order. “We have told the Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) not to release water at any cost and abide by the state

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Jaitley to leave for 7-day visit to Canada, US on Sunday

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will leave on Sunday morning for a seven-day official visit to Canada and the US to attend the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and also hold talks with foreign investors. “Arun Jaitley is leaving on a 7-day official visit to Canada and