Aug 31

NGT notice to Centre, Punjab on Ambuja Cement plant expansion

New Delhi: With a plea seeking quashing of Environmental Clearance (EC) for expansion of Ambuja Cements’ unit in Punjab’s Ropar district, the National Green Tribunal today sought the responses from the Centre and the state government. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Punjab

Powerful IED planted by Naxals seized in Sukma

Raipur: A powerful IED planted by Naxals was today recovered near an under-construction culvert in Chhattisgarh’s  Sukma district, police said. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED), weighing about 10 kg, was unearthed by a team of CRPF’s 217 battalion under Maraiguda police station limits when they were patrolling to ensure security to the under-construction Maraiguda-Golapalli road, a CRPF

Have tears of joy, now I can die in peace, says Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Tata Motors’ Nano project case as a “landmark victory”, adding she had “tears of joy” on learning about the decision and can now “die in peace”. The top court set aside the acquisition of land by the previous Left

Duterte to meet Obama over war on drugs

Manila: US President Barack Obama and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will meet next week amid international concern over a three-month-old crackdown on drugs that has claimed more than 2,000 lives, officials said on Wednesday. White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said on Monday that during a meeting on September 6 Obama was expected

Comedian Jason Byrne to enthral Indian audiences

New Delhi: British comedian Jason Byrne will on Friday take to the stage in Bengaluru for his India debut here, and subsequently perform in Mumbai and Delhi. Byrne will perform at the MLR Whitefield, courtesy AGP World, producers of theatrical plays like “History Of India”, “Blame It On Yashraj”, “Bottoms Up”, “Two To Tango, Three

Minimum wage: CITU accuses Centre of ‘misleading’ workers

New Delhi: Accusing the government of”misleading” workers, unions today said the central advisory board did not discuss any proposal of hiking minimum wage to Rs 350 per day as announced by the government yesterday and the meeting on Monday was inconclusive. “There was no proposal to hike minimum wage to Rs 350 per day. The

Kolkata Shame: 12-Year-Old Allegedly Raped By 2 Cab Drivers, Body Thrown Off Bridge

KOLKATA: A 12-year-old girl in Kolkata was kidnapped, gang-raped and murdered, allegedly by two cab drivers who have been arrested. The girl, who lived on the pavement with her family, was allegedly picked up from the streets in central Kolkata around 5 am on Wednesday. Her mother said she raised an alarm immediately. The police

Seven killed in rain-related incidents in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: At least seven persons including four children were killed today in two separate rain-related incidents following heavy downpour in the city since morning which has caused water-logging in many areas and brought traffic to a standstill in most parts of the city. Four members of a family including two kids and their parents died

Pak has to do more to clear terror sanctuaries: Kerry

New Delhi:  The United States today said that it is clear that Pakistan has to do more work towards clearing the terror sanctuaries and push harder against “indigenous groups” operating from its soil that are affecting ties with India and Afghanistan’s peace and stability. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is on a three-day

Jayalalithaa completes 100 days in office

Chennai: People in Tamil Nadu woke up to full-page advertisements in newspapers about the achievements of Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK government during its first 100 days of rule. Writing off the outstanding crop loans given by cooperative banks to over 16.94 lakh farmers; free power to households (first 100 units), to handloom weavers (200 units),

Terror groups like Daesh, Al Qaeda, LeT, JeM can’t be fought by a single nation alone: John Kerry

New Delhi: “Terror groups like Daesh, Al Qaeda, LeT, JeM can’t be fought by a single nation alone” said  John Kerry. Adding on , he also siad that – We have to respect rights of all our citizens irrespective of creed and allow them to protest in peace without fear that they will be jailed

RSS removes Goa chief

Panaji: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday removed its Goa chief, Subhash Welingkar, for working against the Bharatiya Janata Party state government. “Subhash Welingkar has been removed from his post with immediate effect for faulting a political outfit and working against Goa government,” RSS publicity head Manmohan Vaidya told IANS.

LG forms panel to examine around 400 files of AAP govt

New Delhi: A three-member panel was today setup by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to fix responsibilities, including criminal liability, in “omissions and commissions” while clearing 400 files relating to a large number of decisions without his approval. The appointment of the panel, comprising former CAG V K Shunglu, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and

Now book retiring room at railway stations on hourly basis

New Delhi: Now train passengers will be able to book retiring rooms on hourly basis as railways has revised the current practice of 12/24 hours booking rule to cater to the growing demand for lodging facility at railway premises. Railways provides lodging facility through retiring rooms to its passengers at stations spread across the country.

India has become US military ally: CPI-M

New Delhi: India has formally become a military ally of the US after signing a Logistics Agreement that will allow American armed forces to access and use Indian military bases, the CPI-M said on Tuesday. “By signing such an agreement, India has acquired the formal status of a military ally of the US,” the Communist

‘Freedom 251’ makers launch loyalty card programme

New Delhi:  Noida-based Ringing Bells that introduced the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 on Tuesday launched a loyalty card programme for its products on its first anniversary. With silver, gold and platinum loyalty cards, customers will get discounts on purchase of every Ringing Bells product, along with a Freedom 251 smartphone as free gift. “The

Modi’s helicopter travel to SAUNI venue aborted due to bad weather

Jamnagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi todaytravelled by road to Aji-3 dam to inaugurate the SAUNI project after landing at the airport here, instead of taking a helicopter ride owing to bad weather conditions. As monsoon has been active over Jamnagar for the past few days, the plan to travel by helicopter was dropped. “Due to

Sex racket busted in Delhi, eight arrested

New Delhi: Eight people including a couple was arrested by in Delhi for human trafficking, police said on Tuesday.Police said that the culprits, ran a sex racket and a syndicate suspected to have trafficked girls from Nepal to India.The culprits, Saira Begum, her husband Aafaq Hussain along with six of their aides have been booked

Small group holding majority to ransom: Parrikar on Kashmir

Washington: Alleging that forces across the border are fomenting trouble in violence-hit Kashmir, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that “a small percentage” of people in the Valley are holding the majority to ransom. He said the government is working “proactively” in handling the violence in the state. “As far as Kashmir is concerned, the

Sushma, Kerry to co-chair India-US dialogue

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead their respective sides at the 2nd India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue here later on Wednesday to review the progress on decisions taken last time and identify new areas of cooperation. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her US counterpart Penny