Aug 15

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Freedom can never be for the few: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of recent attacks on Dalits, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said freedom can never be for the few and asked Indians to aspire for a country where ideas are not “crushed violently” by the forces of hate and mediocrity. “When the forces of darkness threaten this liberty for some

US greets India on 70th Independence Day

Washington:Greeting India on its 70thIndependence Day, the US today reaffirmed its pledge to working towards ensuring freedom and justice for “all within our great democracies”. “On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the American people, I send our best wishes to the people of the Republic of India as you celebrate your Independence Day on

Accountability at root of good governance: PM

New Delhi: Accountability is at the root of good governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he addressed the nation on its 70th Independence Day. “Accountability should be at the root of good governance,” the prime minister said in his speech from the Red Fort. “Good governance means a change in the life

Modi announces hike in freedom fighters pensions

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a 20 per cent hike in the pension of freedom fighters. “Pension for our freedom fighters will be increased by 20 per cent. So those who are receiving Rs 25,000 will now get Rs 30,000,” Modi said in his address to the nation from the Red Fort

MP assembly to sit on August 24 to consider GST Bill

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh assembly will convene on August 24 to consider the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (Goods and Services Tax) Bill, an official said. Principal Secretary of the state assembly A.P. Singh said on Saturday that the legislature will meet to consider the GST Bill on August 24 in continuation of the monsoon session last

Security beefed up in Delhi ahead of Independence Day

New Delhi: Security forces were on high alert in the Indian capital ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Monday, with some 45,000 personnel deployed across the city, officials said on Sunday. Besides securing the Red Fort and its environs, security has also been stepped up all across the capital, in particular shopping areas, malls and

Chinese Foreign Minister meets Sushma

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here on Saturday and discussed “issues of mutual importance”. The two sides then held delegation-level talks, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. Earlier, Wang called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wang was among the first foreign ministers to be welcomed in

Modi: Facing up to the threat within

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has given its guarded approval to Narendra Modi’s criticism of the cow vigilantes. Not with standing the caveat that Modi should not have said that 80 per cent of the “gau rakshaks” were fake, the endorsement marks a giant leap forward for the Hindu supremacist organisation since its note of

Ramdev to visit US and Canada

Washington: Yoga guru Ramdev will participate in the annual 70th Independence Day Parade to be held in New York this month and hold yoga camps in the US city of Houston.Ramdev has been invited by the Federation of Indian Association (FIA) to be the guest of honour for their Independence Day Parade in New York

‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ events in Uttar Pradesh to recall freedom fighters

Lucknow: On the occasion of 70th Independence Day, a two-day cultural programme titled ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ would be held across Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Saturday. Using different mediums and forums, tributes would be paid to various freedom fighters and revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives for the country, secretary Culture, Hariom, informed IANS. He said Uttar

Tension in Assam district after terror attack

Guwahati: Tension gripped Tinsukia district in eastern Assam on Saturday after five to six militants belonging to the anti-talk faction of Ulfa shot dead two people and injured seven. The attack took place on Friday night at a house in Bamungaon village. The dead were identified as Kishori Shah (65) and his son Rajesh Shah

Goa is epitome of India’s bright future: Chinese Foreign Minister

Panaji: Goa is the epitome of the future of India and the upcoming BRICS summit there will place the coastal state at an even bigger global stage, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. “Goa has a time honoured history, beautiful landscape rich resources and hardworking people and is one of the most developed states

Indian cinema played vital role in freedom movement: Naidu

New Delhi: Union Information & Broad casting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated the Independence Day Film Festival and said Indian cinema has helped inculcate the feeling of patriotism among the citizens. “Indian cinema played a vital role not only during the freedom movement but also helped propagate the deeds of our leaders. There are a

SC pulls up Centre for silence on parking hazards on highways

New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Centre and imposed on it a cost of Rs 25,000 for failing to respond to a petition that said parking along the highways was a major source of fatal accidents.Pointing out that courts are being criticised for not doing their work, a bench of Chief Justice

Goa CM assures impartial probe into graft charge against IGP

Panaji:  Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the state assembly on Friday that a non-police official will conduct an impartial inquiry into bribery allegations against Inspector General of Police Sunil Garg. “An independent and impartial inquiry by a non-police official will be conducted into the serious corruption charges made against IGP Garg,” Parsekar said. A

Lucknow to get Rs 207 crore ‘Shilp Graam’

Lucknow:In a bid to encourage artisans in the state and lay emphasis on their social and economic development, the Uttar Pradesh government has embarked on a project to construct a Shilp Graam for Rs 207 crore, an official said on Thursday. The state housing and development board will be developing the Shilp Graam — an

Narmada activists demand CBI probe into rehabilitation ‘scam’

Bhopal: Alleging a scam of Rs 1,500 crore in the Sardar Sarovar rehabilitation project, activists of the Narmada Bachao Aandolan in Madhya Pradesh have demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the issue. The activists claimed that as per the report of the S.S. Jha commission, constituted to look into alleged irregularities in

Congress wants PM’s statement on Kashmir

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in the Lok Sabha over the situation in the Kashmir Valley where a month of unrest has left over 55 people dead. Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also slammed Modi for making a statement over the issue outside

Pul’s body taken to native village

Itanagar: The mortal remains of formerArunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul were taken today to his native village Hawai in remote Anjaw district bordering China for the last rites. BJP MLA from Tezu Mahesh Chai accompanied the body of Pul along with his relatives in a helicopter which took off at 7:30 AM for Hayulian

Four persons killed in road accident

Katihar: Four persons, including a woman,were killed in a road accident near a village in Katihar district of Bihar, a police officer said today. The incident took place late last night near Kheria village when a speeding truck rammed into an autorickshaw kiiling its four passengers, including a woman, on the spot, Korha police station