Aug 17

2 ‘commander-rank’ cadres among 4 Naxals killed in Dantewada

Raipur: Four Naxals, including a’commander-rank’ woman cadre and another wanted in the deadly Jiram Valley attack, were today gunned down while a jawan was injured in a fierce encounter between security personnel and the ultras in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. The encounter took place in wee hours in the restive Dabba-Kunna hills when the joint team of CRPF,

Jamia students protesting police ‘raids’ call off agitation

New Delhi :Students at Jamia Millia Islamia who have been protesting since four days against the “surprise checks” by police in the varsity hostels today called off the agitation after the Vice Chancellor assured them of “zero police presence” on campus. Scores of students have been protesting at the varsity alleging that “surprise checks” were

Finance Ministry spikes Gadkari’s greening highways initiative

New Delhi: In a blow to the Green Highways Policy of Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Finance Ministry has rejected his proposal which mandates that developers invest 1 per cent of their total project cost in a corpus fund for roadside plantations. The fund was expected to hold up to Rs.1,000 crore per year

Unitech Slammed by Supreme Court for not refunding money

On Wednesday, Supreme Court strike Unitech for not repaying money to the people, who had invested in two housing projects in Noida and Gurgaon. Both the projects are running years behind schedule.The court lined, Unitech have to pay Rs 5 crore within two weeks and the remaining Rs 10 crore by the end of September

Notorious criminal Zakir Sheikh surrenders

Malda: Zakir Sheikh, a most wanted criminal allegedly involved in 23 cases of murder, has suurendered to police authorities at Malda police station. Superintendent of police Arnab Ghosh told a press meet that Zakir, who was on the run since 2010, was also involved in several cases of kidnapping and illegal possession of arms. Zakir,

‘India’s Internet users to grow over 2-fold to 730 mn by 2020’

New Delhi: Buoyed by Internet penetration inrural areas, the number of web users in India will see a two-fold rise at 730 million by 2020 against 350 million at the end of 2015, a latest report said today. India, whose Internet user base is second largest after China, will remain the fastest growing market, according

11 mysterious deaths in Bihar, probe ordered

Patna: At least 11 people died overnight under mysterious circumstances in Gopalganj district of Bihar. The administration on Wednesday morning ordered a probe after families claimed it to be a hooch tragedy, police said. Five others were in critical conditions at a government hospital here, said the police. All the victims were residents of Nonia

13 persons killed in Uttar Pradesh rains

Lucknow: At least 13 persons were killed in the past 24 hours in rain related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, a home department official said on Wednesday. It has been raining heavily in most parts of central and eastern Uttar Pradesh since Tuesday evening, leading to water logging, caving in of houses and collapse of walls.

Uttar Pradesh government not to remove Noida CEO

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has told the Allahabad High Court that it did not approve of its decision to remove the chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida and Greater Noida Authority, Rama Raman, officials said on Wednesday. This was communicated to the court which earlier asked the state government if it had any other

Bihar assembly passes GST Bill

Patna: The Bihar assembly on Tuesday ratified the Goods and Services Tax Constitution Amendment Bill which found support from the ruling coalition of JD-U, RJD and Congress as well as the BJP-led opposition. The CPI(ML), however, opposed the GST Bill — its three members walked out of the assembly which convened for a special day-long session

Space war between India, Devas Multimedia takes another turn

Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram: Five years on, a raging battle between the Government of India, the privately-owned Devas Multimedia, and former senior officials of the Department of Space (DOS), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Antrix Corp refuses to die down. While Devas seems have won cases filed overseas against the Indian government for cancelling its transponder

UP govt shifts 8 IPS officers

Lucknow: In a minor reshuffle, the Uttar Pradesh government today transferred eight IPS, including district police chiefs, an official spokesman said here. Jhansi SSP Manoj Tiwari has been shifted to Saharanpur. He would be replaced by SP, Barabanki, Abdul Hameed. SSP, Saharnpur, Pradeep Yadav has been shifted as SP State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB). Commandant

Retail NPS more than doubles in one year

Mumbai:Post the budgetary provision to provide tax benefits up to 40 per cent of maturity of investment in National Pension Scheme, the retail segment of NPS has grown by over 100 per cent over the past one year. PFRDA Chairman Hemant Contractor told PTI that the new tax benefits provision has drawn a lot of

PM highlights faster rail network expansion

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said railways is expanding the rail network in the country faster as it has commissioned 3500 km track in the last two years. “Earlier, 1500 km line was commissioned in the last 10 years while today we have succeeded in commissioning 3500 km line in two years,” Modi

India to save Rs 20k cr from new gas import deal with Qatar:PM

New Delhi: India will save as much as Rs20,000 crore as it has renegotiated a long-term gas import deal with Qatar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. India buys 7.5 million tons a year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum from Qatar. The price formula for this was fixed 13 years back and the rate

Freedom can never be for the few: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of recent attacks on Dalits, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said freedom can never be for the few and asked Indians to aspire for a country where ideas are not “crushed violently” by the forces of hate and mediocrity. “When the forces of darkness threaten this liberty for some

US greets India on 70th Independence Day

Washington:Greeting India on its 70thIndependence Day, the US today reaffirmed its pledge to working towards ensuring freedom and justice for “all within our great democracies”. “On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the American people, I send our best wishes to the people of the Republic of India as you celebrate your Independence Day on

Accountability at root of good governance: PM

New Delhi: Accountability is at the root of good governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he addressed the nation on its 70th Independence Day. “Accountability should be at the root of good governance,” the prime minister said in his speech from the Red Fort. “Good governance means a change in the life

Modi announces hike in freedom fighters pensions

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a 20 per cent hike in the pension of freedom fighters. “Pension for our freedom fighters will be increased by 20 per cent. So those who are receiving Rs 25,000 will now get Rs 30,000,” Modi said in his address to the nation from the Red Fort

MP assembly to sit on August 24 to consider GST Bill

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh assembly will convene on August 24 to consider the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (Goods and Services Tax) Bill, an official said. Principal Secretary of the state assembly A.P. Singh said on Saturday that the legislature will meet to consider the GST Bill on August 24 in continuation of the monsoon session last