Aug 12

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

Students who dropped out fearing tigers return to school in TN

Chennai: Forty-five children, who hadstopped going to school out of fear of wild animals like tigers, have returned to their institution in Mudumalai, a tiger habitat in Nilgiris district, after the Tamil Nadu government provided jeep for their safe transportation. State Minister for School Education P Benjamin also said that state government’s self-defence programme for

Will power and Yoga made Sharmila survive for 16 years

Imphal: The secret of Manipur’s ‘IronLady’ Irom Sharmila’s fairly good health even after undertaking a hunger strike for 16 years, during which she was forcibly nose-fed, lay in her will power and the habit of practising yoga daily. According to her associates and family members, she learnt yoga in 1998, two years before she sat

Police bust ATM heist, Romanian in custody

Thiruvananthapuram: A Romanian man involved in a sensational ATM heist from an SBI kiosk here has been arrested in Mumbai and he has admitted to being a part of a Romanian gang. Gabriel Marian was taken into custody on Tuesday night from Mumbai. He identified two others involved in the crime as Bogdean Florian and

HC directs Coimbatore Dist Judge to inspect Isha Yoga Centre

Chennai: The Madras High Court todaydirected the Principal District Judge, Coimbatore, to visit the premises of Isha Yoga Centre near that city to conduct an inquiry with the inmates about their willingness to stay there and submit a report tomorrow. A division bench comprising justices S Nagamuthu and V Bharathidasan gave the direction on the

Air India inks pact with Spicejet for MRO facility at Mihan

Nagpur:  Air India has finally succeededin roping-in a private airline to use the maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) facility at the SEZ in Mihan here. An MoU was signed by Air India Engineering Services CEO H R Jagannath and Spicejet vice president Arun Kashyap in the presence of top AI officials here yesterday. With the signing

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