Oct 09

Single anti-trafficking law not possible in Indian context: Activists

New Delhi: The Draft Anti-Trafficking Bill may have been dubbed as a “comprehensive” legislation when it was launched earlier this year but activists say an umbrella law for this offence is not possible in the Indian context. Final touches are being given to the draft bill before it is sent to the Cabinet. The government

Security of Taj Mahal beefed up, vital installations in UP

Lucknow: Security has been heightened at many important places, tourist spots and government installations across Uttar Pradesh following an IB alert of a potential threat by terrorists, officials said on Sunday. Additional security has been deployed at the Taj Mahal, in Agra the biggest draw for foreign and domestic tourists. Officials informed that 36 extra

IAF’s 84th anniversary celebrated

Thiruvananthapuram:  The 84th anniversary of Indian Air Force was celebrated with pride and solemnity at Southern Air Command at nearby Akkulam and all its establishments. In the context of the prevailing situation in the country,  Air Marshal S Neelakantan, Air Officer Commanding-in-chief Southern Air Command, laid stress on security aspects to preserve the expensive assets,

AAP cries foul over sops
AAP’s Umesh Verma joins Swaraj India

New Delhi:  AAP’s JJ Cluster Cell President Umesh Verma today joined the newly launched political outfit Swaraj India, led by Yogendra Yadav. Attacking the AAP, Verma said the Arvind Kejriwal government had “promised” to regularise unauthorised colonies in a year, but that is yet to take place. Verma, who was earlier with the BJP before

Our decisions being rendered null and void: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Slamming Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said all the decisions taken by the Delhi government in the last one and a half years are being rendered “null and void”, leading to chaos. “This will have serious ramifications for the city and it will send Delhi back by

Minor girl dies after undertaking 64-day fast

Hyderabad:  A 13-year-old girl died here after her family allegedly compelled her to undertake a 64-day fast as part of a community ritual prompting the city police to launch an enquiry into the incident. According to B Sumathi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone), a case would be filed after a preliminary inquiry into the

Forces will not talk, just deliver: Air Force chief

Hindon: Asserting that the Indian armed forces are prepared to take on any challenge, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Arup Raha on Saturday said there has been enough discussion on the surgical strikes across the LoC, but the forces will not talk about it. “There has been so much discussion on this issue in the

Case against school for teaching objectionable content

   Thiruvananthapuram: A case has been register edagainst a school in Kochi for allegedly teaching students objectionable content and exhorting them to lay down their lives for Islam, with police suspecting that the curriculum has been drafted with persons close to controversial preacher Zakir Naik. The Peace International School at Thammanam in Ernakulam is run

Pak mischief among drug issue, Punjab: Rajnath
Home Minister to review security at Indo-Pak border in Barmer

Barmer (Raj): Amid rising tension in Indo-Pakties, Union Minister Rajnath Singh will assess security arrangements on the border in Barmer district of Rajasthan. Singh along with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today arrived at Barmer from Jaisalmer, accompanied by Border Security Force (BSF) officials, sources said. The Home Minister yesterday chaired a

Perfumer’s murder:Goa Police teams sends teams to neighbouring states

Panaji: Banking on a few leads, Goa Policehas sent teams to neighbouring states to nab the absconding accused in the murder case of high-profile perfume specialist Monica Ghurde. “We will be able to crack this case soon. We are working on different theories. Yesterday, we have sent teams to different locations including neighbouring states,” Deputy Inspector

Amid Indo-Pak tension, Goa Archbishop calls for prayers for ‘Mother India’

Panaji: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, religious leader of Goan Catholics who account for more than a quarter of Goa’s population, has appealed for special prayers for peace for “Mother India”, especially in the light of simmering hostilities with Pakistan. “I call upon members of other religious communities in our Archdiocese to join us in praying

Sangeet Som supporters burn Salman effigy

Muzaffarnagar:  Supporters of BJP MLA SangeetSom burnt an effigy of actor Salman Khan at Khatoli town here for opposing the ban on Pakistani artistes in India. Workers of Sangeet Som Sena staged a demonstration in the town and threatened to boycott the Bollywood superstar’s movies. Salman had said artistes from Pakistan should not be treated

Modi greets nation on Air Force Day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his greetings on the 84th anniversary of the Air Force Day and thanked the force for protecting skies. “Saluting all air warriors and their families on the Air Force Day. Thank you for protecting our skies. Your courage makes India proud,” Modi tweeted. The Indian Air

Force prepared to take up any challenge: IAF chief

New Delhi: Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Saturday said the IAF is prepared to deal with “any challenge” in “most befitting manner”. In his message on official Facebook page of the IAF — Indian Air Force, Power to Punish — the Air Force chief said the force is operating some

BJP raps Congress for defending Rahul on ‘Dalali’ jibe

New Delhi:  The BJP on Friday severely criticised the Congress for defending its Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his ‘Khoon Ki Dalali’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a press conference here, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Congress is busy doing ‘Rahul Gandhi Bhakti’ (worship) and was not bothered about

SC stays Patna HC order quashing liquor ban in Bihar

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Patna High Court order quashing the Bihar government’s ban on liquor. A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit gave the respondents – Confederation of Indian Alcholic Beverage Companies and others – six weeks time to respond, and gave the Bihar government four

Kunal Ghosh released from jail

Kolkata:  Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, an accused in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam, was released from jail on Friday after being behind bars for almost three years. The suspended Trinamool Congress MP was granted interim bail till November 11 by the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday after several of his bail appeals during

‘Modi’s Dussehra event in Lucknow won’t help BJP politically’

Mumbai:  Shiv Sena today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to celebrate Dussehra in Lucknow will not yield the BJP any political benefits in poll-bound UP, which may go on to repeat a Bihar for them. Breaking from tradition, Modi will attend the historic Aishbagh Ramlila at Lucknow on Dussehra next week. Usually, Prime Ministers

Khali’s shows in Gurgaon, Panipat cancelled

Gurgaon:  Fans of professional wrestler ‘Great Khali’ were left disappointed after his show scheduled here for tomorrow was cancelled due to a dispute between the organiser and the ticket distributor company. The organisers said that they have now terminated the contract with this company for the next event to be held at Panipat on October

3 Nigerians held for duping student on pretext of job abroad

Hyderabad:  Three Nigerians who allegedly cheated a student from the city on the pretext of providing him a job in Sydney and made him pay Rs 5.6 lakh as visa processing fee, were arrested from Bengaluru today. Daniel Also Eltus, Chankgoz Ofbeena and Okafor Elvis, all natives of Imo state in Nigeria, were arrested from