May 21

Sonia, Rahul pay tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday paid tributes to her husband and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 25th death anniversary. They laid flowers and wreaths at Rajiv Gandhi memorial ‘Vir Bhumi’ here. Rahul Gandhi, his son and vice president of Congress, posted

Goa govt to appoint security guards in every aided, state-run school

Panaji: The Goa government has decided to appoint a security guard or watchman outside every aided and government secondary schools who will keep a tab on visitors. The state cabinet yesterday passed the scheme named ‘sanction of watchman to the government and aided secondary schools.’ Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said the scheme will benefit 189

States out of NEET ambit this year

New Delhi: Under mounting pressure from several states, Government on Friday gave its nod for promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for this year. The ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday morning, is aimed at ‘partially’ overturning a Supreme Court verdict

Pinarayi Vijayan to be sworn-in on May 25

Thiruvananthapuram: Pinarayi Vijayan would be sworn-in as Kerala’s 22nd chief minister on May 25, in the state capital.The CPI-M led Left Democratic Front (LDF) won the polls on Thursday by winning 91 seats in the 140 member Kerala Assembly. The date was confirmed by Vijayan on Saturday meeting veteran party colleague V.S.Achuthanandan along with CPI-M

Pinarayi Vijayan set to become next Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) strongman Pinarayi Vijayan is all set to become the next chief minister of Kerala with the party unanimously choosing him over 92-year-old veteran V S Achutanandan, who played a major role in bringing the party back to power in the election. In a bid to placate Achutanandan, the party compared him with Fidel

Prabhu sends his man reading tweet for milk on train

Ferozepur: A simple tweet to railway minister Suresh Prabhu (with not much hope) turned out to be a great relief for Shobit Gupta of New Delhi. Gupta was travelling to Katra via Ferozepur from New Delhi along with his family including a baby boy in Suvidha Special train 04411 on Thursday. As his toddler started

Death for hijackers; Centre notifies new anti-hijacking law

New Delhi: Hijacking of an aircraft will attract capital punishment in the event of death of “any person”, as per the new anti-hijacking law notified by the Centre. In other cases of hijacking, guilty will be punished with imprisonment for life and fine, besides confiscation of movable and immovable property held by him or her.

Trinamool, AIADMK retain power, BJP takes Assam, Left Kerala

New Delhi: West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Thursday crushed the opposition and Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK proved exit polls wrong by retaining power in assembly elections, the biggest popularity test after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP stormed to power in Assam while the Left made a comeback in Kerala amid a washout in

Jayalalithaa thanks people for historic win

Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayaalithaa on Thursday thanked the people for re-electing the AIADMK and making history. In a statement here she said: “I do not have words to describe my feelings at this victory. The victory belongs to the people of Tamil Nadu.” Recalling a song in a Tamil movie starring party

Taj Mahal in top 5 tourist attractions globally: Survey

New Delhi: Considered one of the most iconic wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal has been voted among the top five tourist attractions in the world, second in Asia and led the popularity list in India, according to a leading travel planning and booking site Trip Advisor. The iconic ‘monument of love’ is ranked

Trinamool wins first seat in West Bengal

Kolkata: The first results of the West Bengal assembly polls on Thursday went in favour of the Trinamool Congress as the ruling party steadily marched towards a brute majority, leading in as many as 212 of the total 294 seats. Trinamool nominee Nayna Bandyopadhyay retained Chowrangee constituency, defeating her nearest rival Somen Mitra of the

India ready for talks with Pakistan, says envoy

Islamabad: India’s High Commissioner to Pakis­tan Gautam Bambawale has said that Pakistan-India talks must be held on all issues, including Kashmir, and added that India was ready and willing to go ahead with dialogue. Bambawale on Wednesday acknowledged a breakthrough was expected in resumption of the dialogue process after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to

Apple opens development office in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Tech giant Apple on Thursday announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products like iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs. “Apple is focused on making the best products and services in

PM for weekly drought-proofing steps

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked 11 drought-hit states including Maharashtra to take measures on a weekly basis for drought-proofing of villages till the monsoon arrives in the first week of June. In the last two weeks, Modi has met separately the chief ministers of 11 drought-hit states such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh,

Prisoner escapes, role of policemen under scanner

Inside the story Dilpreet Singh was lodged in Hoshiarpur jail and managed to run away from a dhaba onRopar-Hoshiarpur road. Prisoner and his friends also managed to decamp with one AK-47 assault rifle along with 20 live cartridges. Police have started probe in the matter, said Nawanshahr SP Harinderpal Singh Parmar.   Ropar:  In an

Sea of humanity pays homage to Baba Hardev

New Delhi: Thousands of devotees of the Nirankari sect gathered here as spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh, who died in Canada last Friday, was cremated with full honours at the national capital’s Nigambodh Ghat on Wednesday. Followers of the Nirankari sect, including many from abroad, participated in the leader’s last journey that began from Nirankari

Trinamool, AIADMK to retain power, upsets in Assam, Kerala

New Delhi: West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK were set to retain power on Thursday as the BJP was on the road to victory in Assam and the Left made a comeback in Kerala. On expected lines, the Trinamool was sweeping all across West Bengal as officials counted the millions of

Apple to have iOS app design centre in Bengaluru

HIGHLIGHTS  Global tech giant Apple Inc’s chief executive Tim Cook on Wednesday started off his maiden five-day visit to the country with a visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple in central Mumbai on Wednesday.  Apple CEO Tim Cook will inaugurate its development centre Thursday in the presence of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. California-based

Chanting of ‘Om’ not necessary before yoga: Naidu

New Delhi: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said chanting of ‘Om’ during yoga sessions on the International Yoga Day on June 21 is not mandatory. “Do not make yoga controversial. ‘Om’ is not mandatory. Yoga is a great ancient Indian art which will discipline both the body and the mind,” said Naidu

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Siddhivinayak, performs aarti

Mumbai: Global tech giant Apple Inc’s CEO Tim Cook kicked off his maiden India trip with an early morning visit to the famed Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi, central Mumbai, where he performed a special ‘aarti’. Sporting a light blue shirt and dark trousers with a yellow stole having Sanskrit scriptures in orange, Cook performed