Aug 10

SCM, Tata Steel holds Workshop on Tribal Medicinal Practices

Bhubaneswar: More than 25 tribalmedicinal practitioners exchanged ideas with experts and displayed plants and herbs with healing properties at a workshop organised by Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) of Tata Steel in Jajpur district. Over 15 tribal and traditional medicinal practitioners from around Sukinda including a woman and 10 from Keonjhar district from tribes like Sabara,

NZCC helps in strengthening cultural values, says Solanki

Chandigarh: Lauding the role of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) in building a just and peaceful human society, Punjab Governor and Chairman, NZCC, Patiala, Kaptan Singh Solanki, while addressing the 32nd meeting of the executive board and 30th meeting of governing body of the NZCC on Tuesday at Haryana Raj Bhavan, said, “We, in India, are

Modi reaches out to people of Kashmir, appeals for peace

Bhabra (MP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to the people of turbulent Kashmir and indicated willingness to hold dialogue under the framework of ‘insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat’. Breaking his silence on the over-a-month-long unrest which has claimed more than 55 lives, Modi said it was painfully to see innocent youngsters, who should

AAP says LG a threat to democracy, alleges conspiracy

New Delhi: The AAP on Tuesday branded Lt Governor Najeeb Jung as a threat to democracy after he reportedly suggested he could consider doing away with the Delhi assembly. The Aam Aadmi Party also said that it smelt a larger “conspiracy” behind the continuing attacks on the Delhi government and said Jung would not have spoken

Breaking: Sharmila wants to become Manipur CM to remove AFSPA

Imphal: Irom Sharmila, who is set to end her 16-year-long fast, said on Tuesday that she wants to become Chief Minister of Manipur so that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) can be removed from the state. Sharmila, who has been on fast unto death since November 4, 2000 demanding the repeal of AFSPA, told

Reliance General enters ‘bancassurance’ deal with co-operative bank

Chennai:  Non-life insurer Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd on Tuesday announced a bancassurance tie-up with Shamrao Vithal Co-operative Bank (SVCB). According to Reliance General, it will distribute its insurance products to the customers of SVCB having a network of 194 branches. “We are delighted to have SVC Bank on board. This tie-up will enable RGI

PIL challenges bill increasing salaries, pension of MLAs

Mumbai: A PIL in Bombay High Court has challenged a Maharashtra government’s bill increasing salaries and pension of sitting and former MLAs as well as ministers, citing financial burden on the state. The bill raised the monthly salaries of sitting MLAs from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, while awarding the ministers and ex-MLAs

India, Switzerland in talks for pact on information exchange

New Delhi: India is in discussion with Switzerland to enter into an agreement for implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) between the two nations, Parliament was informed today. “The government is in discussion with the government of Swiss Confederation to enter into an agreement for the implementation of AEOI between the two countries,” Minister of

Modi launches theme song ’70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani’

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the BJP MPs to highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among school children during fortnight-long celebrations of India’s 70th Independence Day. In a meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting, Modi also released a theme song ’70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani’

Salahuddin asks Pakistan to snap ties with India

Karachi: Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin asked Pakistan to snap diplomatic ties with India if a “peaceful solution” to the ongoing violence in Kashmir is not reached. At a press conference here yesterday Salahuddin said Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing gave a “new meaning to the struggle” for Kashmir. He asked Pakistan to “find a

Cocaine seized for the first time in Mizoram

Aizawl: In a first, 110 gm of cocaine was seized in Mizoram following a joint operation by Narcotics Control Bureau and Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department. The drug was sent through Aizawl Post Office and it was seized at Rangvamual area near Aizawl on Saturday night over a tip off, a senior official of the Excise

Modi unable to protect the poor, he has become weak: Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become “helpless” and was not in a position to protect Dalits from cow vigilantes. The Congress reaction came following Modi’s remark on Sunday in Telangana in which he said: “I want to tell all such people (cow vigilantes), if you want to attack, attack

Govt in advanced stages of talks on spl status to AP: Jaitley

New Delhi: Amid continued uproar in Lok Sabhaover the issue of granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, government today said it is at a “fairly advanced stage” of discussions with the state government and would arrive at a solution shortly. In a brief intervention, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also admitted that at the time of

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Dpty Nitin Patel, 22 ministers take oath

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel took oath on Sunday along with a 22-member cabinet in Gandhi Nagar’s Mahatma Mandir. Governor O P Kohli administered the oath. Nine ministers from the Anandiben Patel’s council – three cabinet and six junior ministers — were dropped. The key faces missing included Saurabh Patel,

 Modi to intervene during GST debate in Lok Sabha

New Delhi: The government is likely to move the amended Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the Lok Sabha for passage on Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to intervene in the debate. The government has listed the bill for next week’s legislative business in the lower house along with other important bills.

SVO registers case against fmr Cong minister in land grab case

Srinagar: The State Vigilance Organisation(SVO) today registered a case against former Congress minister Taj Mohiuddin and four revenue officials in connection with illegal transfer of ownership rights of a piece of forest land to the leader in south Kashmir. Apart from Mohiuddin, the then Sophian Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ramzan Thakur,the then Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad

Adverse weather, high currents pose a road block in search ops

Mahad (Raigad): Search operations launchedto trace the remains of the two buses and private vehicles swept away in Mahad have run into adverse weather conditions coupled with high currents in the Savitri river, a senior NDRF official said. NDRF joined other agencies including the Coastguard in relief operations soon after the tragedy struck on Tuesday

Lawyers’ strike paralyses work in Delhi courts

New Delhi: Judicial work in Delhi’s courts was paralysed on Friday by a strike of city lawyers protesting the reported assault on lawyers during a clash with the police on Wednesday morning. “We are protesting against the recent incident that took place in Rohini Court complex where lawyers were beaten up by police officials followed

Mahanadi row: BJD team to visit Chhatisgarh

Bhubaneswar: Amid the Mahanadi watersharing dispute with Chhatisgarh, ruling BJD in Odisha today set up a 12-member team to visit project construction sites in the upper catchment of the river in the neighbouring state. The team is headed by BJD Vice-President and Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya and include ministers Debi Prasad Mishra, Pradip Kumar

Bridge part washes away due to heavy rains in Thane district

Thane: A portion of a bridge on Shahiriver in the district was washed away due to heavy rains, posing commuting problems to villagers. The portion between Shirosi and Dadare villages washed away on Wednesday, said Shahapur Tehsildar Avinash Koshti. He said villagers are finding it difficult to travel due to lack of access road, following