Apr 23

China fumes as India grants visa to Uyghur ‘terrorist’

New Delhi: An invitation to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamshala next week could develop into another irritant between India and China. Dolkun Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC) who lives in Germany, has been invited to the conference being organised by the US-based ‘Initiatives for China’. Uyghurs

Beheading photo sent to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar by ISIS

Agartala: Spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was allegedly sent a photo of a beheaded man when he tried to broker peace with the Islamic State. “I tried to initiate peace talks with the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recently but they sent me a

Sidhu, Mary Kom among 6 nominated to RS

New Delhi: BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and Navjot Singh Sidhu as well as Narendra Jadhav, member of erstwhile National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, were on Friday nominated by the Modi government to Rajya Sabha. Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, journalist Swapan Dasgupta and boxer Mary Kom were also nominated to the

Sikh doctor shot dead in Pakistan

Peshawar: A prominent Pakistani Sikh doctor and politician was shot dead by unidentified gunmen here on Friday. Sardar Sooran Singh, who was also the Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Minority Affairs, was assassinated in Pir Baba area of Buner District of the province, police said. The car of Singh was ambushed by

Legal battles to impact Rawat government’s majority test

New Delhi: With the Uttarakhand High Court setting aside President’s Rule in the state and asking Chief Minister Harish Rawat to prove his majority in the assembly on April 29, the fate of the government now hinges on the members of Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) and the outcome of the case relating to nine rebel

At 90, Spanish priest becomes Indian citizen after 38-year

Mumbai: After living in India for over six decades, a 90-year-old Spanish Jesuit priest finally had his long-cherished wish of becoming an Indian citizen fulfilled, after a 38-year-long struggle. Father Gussi Frederick Sopena was handed the Certificate of Naturalisation, the final document proclaiming him to be an Indian citizen by Mumbai suburban district collector Shekhar

Rajnath reviews landslide, floods situation in Arunachal

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh, which has been hit by a massive landslide that left 14 people dead. Singh called up Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and took stock of the situation in the state following the landslide in border town Tawang and floods in Changlang and

GRP to intensify train-checking to nab drug smugglers

Jaisalmer: With large quantities of opiumallegedly smuggled from West Bengal seized in the last two months, Government Railway Police will intensify checking on trains from the state. “68 kg of opium has been seized from passengers of the train in the last two months. Hence, it has been decided to intensify the checking of Howrah

Centre moves Supreme Court against Uttarakhand HC verdict

New Delhi: The central government on Friday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Uttarakhand High Court verdict that quashed President’s Rule in the state. As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the Centre’s plea before a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, the court asked him to approach its secretary general for

Back as CM, Rawat chairs Uttrakhand cabinet meeting

Dehradun: Chief Minister Harish Rawat chaired a cabinet meeting late on Thursday after the Uttarakhand High Court revoked President’s Rule and restored the Congress-led government in the hill state. Official sources said the cabinet cleared at least 11 proposals pending before the government. These included re-appointment of over 6,000 guest teachers on a monthly stipend

Banks have no right over info on overseas assets: Mallya to SC

New Delhi: Beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya on Thursday told the Supreme Court that banks have no right over the information of his overseas movable and immovable assets as he was an NRI since 1988. “Statement of Assets was confined to assets in India only and overseas assets were not disclosed which as a Non-resident Indian,

Indian-origin British MP welcomes India’s stand on Kohinoor diamond

London: Britain’s longest-serving Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz on Thursday welcomed Indian government’s stand over the Kohinoor diamond that it intends to make all efforts to bring back the precious stone in an amicable manner. “Previous statements and reporting on the Solicitor General of India’s comments to the Supreme Court are puzzling. I welcome the clarification

Captain Amarinder cancels political rallies in Canada

CHANDIGARH: On the request of Foreign Ministry of Canada, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh has cancelled his plans to hold political rallies in Toronto and Vancouver. However, he would be meeting and interacting with the Punjabi diaspora during his six days

Punjab asks Centre to amend crop insurance policy

Chandigarh: Punjab government has submitted a proposal to the Centre to amend the National Crop Insurance Scheme as its few clauses are not suitable to the interests of Punjab farmers. This was disclosed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, mentioning that Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also raised the issue in this regard

Uttarakhand has got justice, says Rawat

Dehradun: Uttarakhand’s ousted Congress chief minister Harish Rawat on Thursday hailed the high court decision to axe President’s Rule in the state as a victory for the people. “Uttarakhand has got justice,” a visibly pleased Rawat told the media shortly after the Uttarakhand High Court gave a ruling that is widely seen as a huge

ED seeks Mallya’s deportation; writes to MEA

New Delhi: Armed with a non-bailable arrest warrant against him, ED has approached the External Affairs Ministry seeking initiation of deportation proceedings against liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with its money laundering probe against him in the Rs 900 crore IDBI alleged loan fraud case. The agency has written to MEA and will also

Moon will be smallest in size tomorrow

Kolkata: The moon will appear to be smaller in size on full moon day tomorrow, a phenomenon known as ‘Mini Moon’ which will recur only after 15 years. Tonight at 9.35 PM IST, the moon will be at apogee – the farthest point in its orbit around the earth which is a distance of around

Youth BJP worker shot dead

Meerut: A BJP worker was shot dead by five scooter borne assailants in a market here with police suspecting that the incident was a fallout of a dispute over a girl. The incident has triggered furore with the BJP traders’ body giving the police, an ultimatum of 24-hours to arrest the culprits, failing which they

Three militants killed in encounter  

Srinagar: Three militants were killed todayin an encounter with security forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the army said. One more militant has been killed in the operation in north Kashmir, taking the total number of militants killed to three, an army official said. He said the security forces also recovered three AK 47 rifles

Woman booked for hurling slipper at judge

Nashik: A woman was booked for allegedly hurling a slipper at a judge inside a courtroom here, police said on Thursday. The incident took place yesterday at a court here during the final hearing of a case when the woman suddenly hurled a slipper at the judge, Narayan Nyahalde, in-charge of Nashik Road Police Station,