Apr 21

CPI(M) accuses TMC of unleashing terror, lashes out at EC

Kolkata: The killing of a CPI(M) polling agent in Murshidabad district today kicked off a blame game between CPI(M) and TMC, with the Left party alleging that TMC had unleashed a “reign of terror” while EC was only acting as a “mute spectator”. The TMC denied the allegations and said the killing was a fallout

Paris climate deal: Song of a dying swan?

The singular credit for conceiving and championing the Nuclear Security Summits unarguably goes to US President Barack Obama. In 2009, he called nuclear terrorism one of the greatest threats to international security and initiated global dialogue. The first summit was held in 2010, when about 50 world leaders drew the Washington Work Plan to contain,

‘Centre taking concrete steps to tide over drought crisis’

New Delhi: The Central government is sensitive towards drought and is taking concrete steps to provide permanent solutions to tide over water scarcity in times of poor monsoon, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Wednesday. As many as 10 states have declared drought in 256 districts in the country due to deficit rains for

Maharashtra developer apologises to PM, CM for misusing their names

Pune: The Maple Group here on Thursday tendered its “sincere and deepest apologies” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat for creating wrong perceptions through advertisements for cheap homes. “We express sincere and deepest apologies for any harm/inconvenience, caused to them due to the wrong perception

SGPC asked to file caveat in SC

Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday asked the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to file a caveat in the Supreme Court so that the committee could be heard before the court gives a judgement on the return of the Kohinoor diamond to India. “The SGPC would

Punjab to get `17,523 cr for wheat procurement

 Badal asks DCs to evolve three-tier mechanism for smooth procurement of wheat  Reiterates firm commitment to procure every single grain of the farmers.  DCs to command procurement operations at district levelj Chandigarh: In what comes as a big relief to Punjab government, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday issued the authorisation of Cash

‘No defaulter should get away’

New York: Amid a raging row over recovery of soured debt from tycoon Vijay Mallya, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that said it was the responsibility of banks to ensure no defaulter manages to get away. A special court in Mumbai on Monday ordered the arrest of Mallya, days after government suspended his passport

Two militants killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar: Two militants were killed on Thursday in a gunfight with security forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.”Two militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Patushai village today,” a senior police official told IANS here. “Security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR) troops and the special operations group (SOG) of state police

U’khand Police horse ‘Shaktiman’ dead

 Animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi said: “Shaktiman died the same day when it was attacked and its leg broken. Horses with such weight have very little chance to live on three legs. We were mentally prepared for this but political parties are playing blame games.”  Neha Joshi, BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi’s daughter, claimed: “Many television

India To Sign Paris Pact On Climate Change In New York

New Delhi: India will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted by more than 190 countries in December last, on Friday in New York. The Union Cabinet today approved the signing of the agreement, adopted during the 21st Conference of Parties held in the French capital. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will sign the agreement on

Surge pricing by taxi operators daylight robbery: Kejriwal 

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday termed as “daylight robbery” the surge pricing by app based taxi operators, and said overcharging and blackmailing won’t be allowed in the national capital. “Surge pricing is daylight robbery. No responsible govt can allow that,” he tweeted. He said some taxi operators were resorting to blackmailing, saying

NIA to send fresh LRs on four JeM terrorists to Pak

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has readied fresh Letters Rogatory (LRs) to be sent to Pakistan containing the addresses of four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who attacked the strategic Pathankot IAF base in January. The LRs are being despatched notwithstanding indications from the Pakistani side that it was not yet ready to receive Indian investigators

Hit and run: Minor offender denied bail

New Delhi: A juvenile board on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of a minor accused in a hit-and-run case that led to the death of a 33-year-old business consultant. According to informed sources, the Juvenile Justice Board rejected the bail application of the minor, observing that he was a repeat offender. He had been earlier

India will rule the 21st century, the era of knowledge: PM

Katra (J-K): India will rule the 21st century which is the era of knowledge and with 800 million youths below the age of 35 years, the dream of every young person can become a progress story of this country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said. Addressing the fifth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

Six mowed down, 19 injured by speeding car in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: At least six people were killed and 19 injured when a drunk driver rammed his car into a roadside event in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday. People were watching a regional folk dance at Pannaha village late on Monday when a speeding car ran into them and mowed them down.

Delhi govt cracks whip on Ola, Uber

New Delhi: Cracking its whip against app-based taxi services, Delhi government has impounded 18 cabs of Ola and Uber for charging fares more than the prescribed rates during the odd-even car rationing period. A senior government official said the cabs were impounded last evening after an order was issued to the Transport Department to take

FICCI Ladies Org plans set up centres in Guj to educate women

Vadodara: FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO)plans to set up two ‘Mahila Huts’ in the state for the upliftment of women belonging to all sections of the society through education and training. FLO is the women wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which encourages and facilitate women to showcase their talents,

PM inaugurates superspeciality hospital in Katra   

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi todaydedicated the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in Katra belt of Reasi district. The 230-bed hospital has been set up by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board with an investment of about Rs 300 crore at Kakryal near Katra. At

Swaraj asks China to review stand on Masood Azhar

The UN had banned the JeM in 2001 but India’s efforts for slapping of sanctions on Azhar after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack also did not fructify as China, that has veto powers, did not allow it apparently at the behest of Pakistan. Moscow: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday did some tough talking

Parrikar too raises JeM chief issue

Beijing: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday firmly conveyed India’s reservations to Chinese leaders over Beijing blocking its efforts to get Pakistan-based JeM head Masood Azhar banned by the UN and sought clarification on it as well as China’s projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. In a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan, Parrikar said that