Aug 24

Pak court reserves verdict on Hafiz Saeed’s Kashmir petition

Lahore: A Pakistani court today reserved its verdict on the maintainability of a petition filed by Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed seeking directives for the government to take up the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council and other international fora. Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Saeed had filed the petition in the Lahore

ED summons Nalini Chidambaram in Saradha scam probe

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram for questioning in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, an official said on Wednesday. The official refused to divulge the date when she will be questioned, but said the agency has “certain evidence” against her in the

SC to hear fresh plea on human pyramid during ‘Dahi Handi’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a fresh plea seeking to relax the cap of 20-feet height of the human pyramid fixed by it for the Dahi Handi ritual during Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra. A bench comprising justices A R Dave, U U Lalit and L Nageswara Rao said that it will

Rajnath to interact with stakeholders in Kashmir

New Delhi: As he embarks on a two-day visit to the troubled Kashmir Valley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said he will hold talks with all stakeholders and those who believe in ‘Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat’ are welcome. Singh said he would be staying at Srinagar’s Nehru guest house where he will interact with cross

Chandrababu Naidu plays badminton with Sindhu

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday picked up a badminton racquet to play with Olympic silver medallist P. V. Sindhu. Naidu played for a few moments with the star shuttler on the dais of a function organised by the state government to felicitate her. Hundreds of people including students cheered the

Fertilizer factory tank leaks, 35 ill in Bangladesh

Dhaka: At least 35 people fell ill after inhaling gas leaking from a tank of a fertilizer factory in Chittagong in Bangladesh, police said on Tuesday. The leakage from a reserve container started at around 10.30 p.m. on Monday in Anwara, an official said. One of the three containers stored 500 tonnes of ammonium phosphate.

Fed up with heavy school bags, 2 students hold press meet to narrate woes

Chandrapur (Mah): Burdened with heavy schoolbags, two seventh grade boys held a press conference here to highlight the plight of students who carry a load of 5-7 kg on their shoulders daily to attend classes. Media persons at the local Press Club were taken aback yesterday when the duo from local Vidya Niketan School, walked

Two earthquakes in Assam, no report of injury/damage

Guwahati: Two earthquakes measuring 3.1 and5.5 on the Richter scale shook Assam today, forcing people to rush out of their houses in panic. There was no immediate report of any injury or damage to property due to the tremors, the police said. Met office here said the first quake of 3.1 intensity rocked Guwahati and

Khel Ratna For PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik, Jitu Rai For Rio 2016 Show

Rio Olympics 2016 medallists PV Sindhu (badminton) and Sakshi Malik (wrestling) have been awarded the Khel Ratna award for 2016. The highest sporting award of the country has also been given to Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai. Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisweshwar Nandi is among six coaches who has been awarded the Dronacharya Award for 2016.

Tripura declares holiday as it celebrates gymnast Dipa’s homecoming

Agartala:  The Tripura government on Monday gave a rousing reception to ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian to take part in an Olympic gymnastics final, missing out on the bronze by a whisker. Hundreds of fans, officials, followers, admirers and well-wishers received Dipa and her coach Bisheshwar Nandi at the Agartala airport on their

Sindhu gets rousing welcome, Telangana govt felicitates her

Hyderabad: Amidst scenes of jubilation anda sense of pride, Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu was today accorded a rousing welcome on her arrival to home town and felicitated by Telangana government for her stupendous performance at Rio Games. The 21-year-old, who landed with her coach Pullela Gopichand, was received at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Death for two, life term for another in Jigisha murder case

New Delhi : A Delhi court today awarded death penalty to two convicts and life term to another for robbing and killing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh here in 2009, observing that it was a “brutal” and “cold blooded murder”. “To be hanged by neck till death,” Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav said, while awarding death to convicts

PM wishes Indian Olympic contingent

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wished the Indian contingent for giving their best at the Rio Olympics and also congratulated the host nation Brazil for hosting a memorable Games. “Want to specially wish the Indian contingent at #Rio2016. Every athlete gave his or her best,” he wrote on his twitter handle. “Special gratitude

Unrest in Kashmir will alienate people further: Opposition to PM

New Delhi: As curfew continued for the 46th day in Srinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met a delegation of opposition parties from Kashmir who warned that a continuing law and order problem and unrest in the state will only alienate the people further. The delegation — led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah —

Rupee slumps 16 paise against dollar

Mumbai: The rupee depreciated by 16 paise totrade at fresh three-week low of 67.21 against the dollar at the forex market today following increased demand for the American currency from importers and banks. The dollar firmed up against some global currencies on US interest rate hike hopes this year after the Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley

Rahul takes a dig at Modi over his suit

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today took a dig at Narendra Modi over a suit worn by him making it to the Guinness World Records, saying it was a “just reward” for the Prime Minister’s “immense sacrifice”. “Just rewards for Modiji’s immense sacrifice,” tweeted the Congress Vice-President. Gandhi also tagged the news report regarding

Goa fight is between AAP & BJP, Cong has no chance: Kejriwal

Panaji: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal today asserted that the real fight in the upcoming Goa Assembly polls would be between AAP and the ruling BJP, claiming Congress would not be able to win even a single seat in the 40-member House. He alleged that BJP wants to win Goa just “to

EPFO investments in ETFs to be raised beyond 5%: Dattatreya

Hyderabad: Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya today said that EPFO will raise proportion of its investments in exchange traded funds (ETFs) from the present 5 per cent and a final decision on the quantum for current fiscal would be taken very soon. SBI Mutual Fund and UTI Mutual Fund will manage the corpus of the

No compromise with those indulging in violence in Kashmir: Jaitley

Jammu: As unrest continues in Kashmir, the central government today outlined its priorities, asserting that there will be no compromise with those indulging in violence even efforts will be made for development of the state which was “denied” for the last 60 years. Acknowledging that situation in Kashmir was “serious”, senior union minister Arun Jaitley

Najma Heptulla sworn in as Manipur governor

Imphal: Former Union minister Najma Heptullawas today sworn in as Governor of Manipur at Raj Bhavan here. Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Rakesh Ranjan Prasad administered the oath of office at 11.30 AM. Heptulla, the 18th governor of the state, replaced Shanmuganathan who was holding the dual charge of Governor of Manipur and