Sep 29

Two soldiers killed in firing along LoC by India, says Pakistan

Islamabad: At least two soldiers were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. The exchange of fire began at 2.30 a.m., ISPR said in a statement, and continued till 8.00 a.m., Dawn online reported. “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian

Dan Brown’s new novel is ‘Origin’, to be out next Sept

New Delhi: Dan Brown’s popular character Robert Langdon will feature again in the author’s next thriller “Origin” which will hit the bookstands on September 26 next year. This will be the fifth Langdon thriller after “The Da Vinci Code”, “Angels and Demons”, “The Lost Symbol” and “Inferno”. “Origin” will be published in the UK by

NBB to train teachers for children with special needs

New Delhi: Svayam Foundation and National Bal Bhavan (NBB) unveiled Indias first teacher training certificate programme designed to cater to the needs of children with special needs here on Wednesday. The curriculum of the six-month long programme has been formulated with the aid of Ramakrishna University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and follows the guidelines as set

Mizoram to continue peace talks with terror outfit

Aizawl: The Mizoram government would continue to hold peace talks with the Manipur-based terror outfit — Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) and the second round of the bi-partite talks is scheduled on October 5, an official said here on Thursday. The first round of talks between the government and the HPC-D was held on August 10.

Jazzy Tourism Day celebrations in the city

New Delhi: It was a jazzy celebration of World Tourism Day here on Wednesday with the performance of the American group ‘Donald Harrison and the Berklee All Stars’. Led by Grammy-nominated Berklee School of Music alumnus and swinging alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, the band also features Berklee faculty member and singer Patrice Williamson (Boston), Berklee

Rosetta comet mission set for final rendezvous in space

London/Washington: The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission is set to complete its historic 12-year journey in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on Friday. The spacecraft arrived at its destination comet on Aug 6, 2014, becoming the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet and escort it as it

CBSE Chairman visits Super 30, interacts with students

Patna: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Chairman Rajesh Chaturvedi on Wednesday visited Super 30, a programme run by mathematician Anand Kumar for mentoring students from underprivileged families for IIT entrance exam, and interacted with students. Addressing the students, Chaturvedi said India was the hub of knowledge and education in ancient times and there was

Katju booked for sedition for comments on Bihar

Patna: As the row over his remarks on Bihar raged on, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has been booked on sedition charge following a complaint by a JD(U) MLC againt his online post that Kashmir should be offered to Pakistan on the condition that it takes Bihar too. Another complaint was also filed today

SC asks Sahara to deposit another Rs 200 cr, extends Roy’s parole

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Sahara to deposit another Rs 200 crore by October 24, as it extended its interim order releasing Subrata Roy and two other directors on parole. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, while extending the parole, asked Sahara to give a road-map by which

Government announces 78 days bonus for railway employees

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday announced a productivity-linked bonus for the railway employees for 78 days. Briefing the media after the Cabinet meet, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the railway employees would be given a bonus for 78 days before the festive season. “The Cabinet has cleared the proposal of giving productivity-linked bonus

SC allows marine Latorre to stay back in Italy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed Massimiliano Latorre, the second Italian marine accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012, to remain in his country till the international arbitral tribunal decided the jurisdictional issue. The apex court said all the conditions, which were imposed on the other marine, Salvatore Girone,

Railwaymen to get 78-day wages as bonus

New Delhi: Ahead of the festive season,government today gave its approval to pay 78-day wages as bonus to railway employees, the same for the fifth consecutive year. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the pay productivity-linked bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78-day wages to eligible non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) for

Govt approves ratification of Paris climate agreement

New Delhi: Paving the way for bringing the historic Paris agreement into force, the government today approved its ratification which will be formalised on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The nod by the Union Cabinet comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the move which is expected to give momentum

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Coalscam: Court asks CBI to verify death of accused

New Delhi: A special court today directed CBI to verify the death of an accused in a coal scam case involving Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex -Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and others. Special Judge Bharat Parashar passed the directions after he was informed by a counsel that Radha Krishna

Peres was warrior for peace: Advani

New Delhi: Condoling the death of Israeli leader Shimon Peres, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani on Wednesday called him a “warrior for peace”. Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers, died on Wednesday morning in Tel Aviv. Advani said in a condolence message: “I am deeply grieved to learn about

Police kill criminal in Delhi

New Delhi: Police shot dead a 25-year-old criminal in a shootout here on Wednesday morning but two accomplices in the car escaped, police said. The dead man was identified as Abhishek. According to police, a constable tried to stop the car in which the three were travelling around 4 a.m. in Uttam Nagar in west

Robbers kill four in Bareilly

Lucknow: Four persons from a family were killed by robbers in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district on Wednesday, police said. The killings took place in the house of Naresh Kumar Sethi in Veer Savarkar Nagar. A police officer said Sethi, his wife Shikha, son Shubh and daughter Aastha were killed in their sleep and the robbers

President pays obeisance at Kedarnath shrine 

Dehradun: President Pranab Mukherjee today paid obeisance at the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand on the second day of his three-day visit to the hill state.     Accompanied by Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Harish Rawat, the President spent about an hour at the temple offering prayers and taking a round of it, Sri Badrinath-Sri

India responsible with its nuclear technology: Carter

Washington: India is a responsible nuclear state while Pakistan’s history of nuclear weapons is entangled in tensions and the US was working with Islamabad to ensure stability, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said. “The landscape of nuclear weapons have changed in the last 25 years,” Carter said yesterday in his remarks on “Sustaining Nuclear Deterrence”

Lost a key world leader in Peres: Modi

New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres and said the world has lost a key leader and friend of India. “In former President Shimon Peres, we lost a key world leader and a friend of India. Pained by his demise. Our condolences