Aug 30

Athletes bask in awards glory at Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday conferred Khel Ratna award on four-Sakshi Malik, P V Sindhu, both of whom won medals at Rio Olympics, Deepa Karmakar and Jitu Rai, the duo whose stunning performance drew laurels from across the country. They received a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each. Also

Separatist shutdown continues in Kashmir

Srinagar: Separatist shutdown continued in Kashmir on Tuesday despite relaxation of curfew in the Valley. “Except for Pulwama town and two police station areas of Nowhatta and M.R.Gunj in Srinagar, there would be no curfew anywhere in the Valley,” a senior police official said. “In order to maintain law and order, restrictions under section 144

Steps taken to streamline emergency helpline number 100, police tells HC

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday told the Delhi High Court that they have taken several steps to streamline the system for improving the emergency helpline number 100. Police told a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that to tackle the problem of calls queuing up at the

fter 91 years, RSS changes – to full pants

Nagpur: Over nine decades after it was founded by Kesava Rao Baliram Hedgewar in 1925, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will finally drop its khaki shorts and change into a new uniform comprising full-length dark khaki pants from Dassehra Day this year. A consignment of the first lot of 10,000 sets of the new ‘ganvesh’ (uniform)

Committee flags gaps, vulnerability in Indo-Pak border fencing

New Delhi: Use of scientific technology and heightened vigil on riverine frontiers while guarding the Indo-Pak border are among the suggestions given by a Home Ministry-appointed committee which also flagged gaps and vulnerability in border fencing. The committee, headed by former Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, was set up following the terror attack on Pathankot

List of National Sports Day awards

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Sports Day awards at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. Rio Olympics medallists shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar along with shooter Jitu Rai were conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards — the country’s highest sporting honour. Following

CRPF to appoint Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador

New Delhi: Country’s largest paramilitaryforce CRPF has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as it’s brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player. Official sources said the force has moved a formal proposal in this regard to the Union Home Ministry and after getting required sanctions,

Didn’t seek ban on skirts by foreign tourists :Mahesh Sharma

New Delhi: Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Monday denied urging foreign women tourists to avoid wearing skirts in the country. Sharma told the media that he made the comment in the context of foreigners who visit temples where certain rules have to be followed. Admitting that he was not authorised to issue

Good Q1 GDP expected due to normal monsoon, salary hikes

New Delhi: India’s national income figures for the first quarter of the current fiscal 2016-17 are due for release on Wednesday, against the backdrop of expectations aroused by a normal monsoon and the recent pay hikes for central government employees. The government expects Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth to pick up to eight per cent

HC seeks Delhi Police reply on e-rickshaws

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from Delhi Police on a plea seeking direction to stop plying illegally operated e-rickshaws here following accidents involving them. Justice J.R. Midha asked police to file a response by September 19 on the plea which sought direction that responsible officers of police and the

Most doctors prefer partners from medical profession: Survey

New Delhi: Around 69 per cent doctors prefer their spouses to be from the medical profession, the results of a medical app-based survey have revealed. For the survey, Curofy, a networking app for doctors to connect with other doctors, discuss complicated cases and seek a second opinion, approached 1,273 doctors and found that the majority

India, Myanmar sign four agreements

New Delhi: India and Myanmar on Monday signed four agreements following bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Myanmar President Htin Kyaw here. “Moving Forward with Myanmar! PM an President witness the exchange of 4 agreements between the two sides,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The first agreement pertains to construction

Rajnath Singh to head all party delegation to Kashmir

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to Kashmir on September 4, an official said.”An all party delegation led by the Home Minister will go to Kashmir on the 4th of next month,” a home ministry official told IANS.He said the minister and the delegation members will meet a large number

UN General Assembly President-elect calls on Modi

New Delhi: President-elect of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Peter Thomson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Monday. “Advancing India’s multilateral agenda. PM @narendramodi receives President Elect of the UNGA, Peter Thomson,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. Thomson, who is from Fiji, was elected in June. He

Sushma calls on Myanmar President

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday called on Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw who is on a four-day visit to India. “Last Monday in Nay Pwi Taw, today in Delhi! EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on the President of Myanmar HE U Htin Kyaw,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. Sushma Swaraj went

Curfew relaxed in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 29 (IANS) Authorities on Monday lifted curfew after 52 days from the valley except at three places, police said.”Curfew has been lifted from all over the valley. It will, however, remain in force in Pulwama town and in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and M.R. Gunj police stations in Srinagar,”

AAP will emerge as an alternative to BJP in Gujarat: Lamba

Vadodara:  AAP MLA Alka Lamba today said herparty will emerge as an alternative to ruling BJP in Gujarat. “Corruption, atrocities on the Dalits and the Patidar community will be the main issues for the 2017 Assembly polls in Gujarat,” the legislator from Chadni Chowk in Delhi told reporters here. “The party will emerge as an

Former PM Deve Gowda offers prayers at Bhadrachalam temple

Hyderabad: Former Prime Minister H D DeveGowda today offered prayers at the famous Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam in Khammam district of Telangana. Temple priests and officials welcomed Gowda and his wife with traditional honours on their arrival at the shrine. Later, Gowda, along with his wife offered prayers at the historical temple.

PAAS suspends Hardik’s ex-aides for smear campaign against him

Ahmedabad: Hardik Patel-led Patidar AnamatAndolan Samiti (PAAS) today suspended two of his former associates for levelling “baseless allegations”, days after they accused him of using the quota stir as a “tool” to further his personal ambitions. The announcement was made by Hardik after a meeting of all conveners of PAAS at Udaipur in Rajasthan today.

Desai visits Haji Ali, urges trustees not to move SC against HC ruling

Mumbai: Activist Trupti Desai today visited Haji Ali Dargah and appealed to the trustees of the shrine not to move the Supreme Court against the High Court ruling lifting ban on women’s entry in its core area. She also vowed to fight for women’s right to pray at Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. Desai, who successfully led