Apr 19

Badal seeks early release of `20,094 crore credit

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s official residence here and sought the immediate release of cash credit limit (CCL) worth Rs 20,094 crore to enable the state government to make timely payment to the farmers for the wheat procurement. The Chief Minister’s

Restrictions re-imposed in Handwara in J&K

Srinagar: Handwara, the epicentre of ongoing unrest in Kashmir, and its adjoining areas continued to witness trouble on Monday, prompting re-imposition of curfew-like restrictions after a three-hour relaxation even though mobile internet services were restored after four-day suspension. Authorities on Monday gave a three-hour relaxation from curfew-like restrictions in Handwara town in Kupwara district and

Non-bailable warrant against Mallya in IDBI fraud

Mumbai: In fresh trouble for Vijay Mallya, a special court on Monday issued a non-bailable ‘open dated’ warrant against the liquor baron in a money laundering case involving alleged defrauding of IDBI Bank of Rs 950 crore. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court also rejected the application moved by now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines challenging

Delhi seeks SC nod to file fresh plea on syl

New Delhi: Days after removing its lawyer, Delhi government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it did not subscribe to the views presented by him in the sensitive Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal case and wanted to file its submission afresh. The AAP government told a five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Justice A R Dave,

Centre seeks Punjab’s pending food grain bills

New Delhi: The Union Food Ministry has asked Punjab government to submit pending bills of last three years related to foodgrain procurement for reimbursement so that the state can repay outstanding loans to the banks. The repayment of loan by the state government would enable it to avail fresh cash credit from banks for undertaking

Kirpal Singh’s body to arrive today

Gurdaspur/Chandigarh: The family members of Kirpal Singh on Monday claimed that his body was arriving India on Tuesday. Parmajit Kaur, who claimed to be Singh’s wife, said that she had information that his body arrive here on Tuesday. She, however, expressed anguish over the way some of the people were staking claim over his body.

HC asks Govt what was the urgency to ban over 300 FDC drugs

New Delhi: What was the urgency for banning the manufacture and sale of over 300 fixed dose combination medicines and how can the approval of Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) be disregarded completely, Delhi High Court asked the government on Monday. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also sought an explanation from the concerned ministry on

Enforce strict laws to curb drugs: Himachal CM

Kullu: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said there are areas in the state that are known for cultivation of cannabis and opium and the practice needs to be curbed by enforcing strict laws. Speaking at the opening of a three-day conference on drug problem being organised by the Institute of Narcotics Studies

Indian struck by train at London Underground station; dies

London: A 33-year-old Indian man, who waspursuing an MBA in the UK, died after being struck by a train at a London Underground station in the capital’s southwest, authorities said on Monday. Mir Baquer Ali Rizvi, from Hyderabad’s Miralam Mandi area, was pronounced dead at Osterley station last Tuesday. British Transport Police (BTP), which led

IAS officer jailed in Noida plot allotment case

Ghaziabad: A CBI court here on Monday sent IAS officer Rajiv Kumar to judicial custody in Dasna jail after he surrendered before the court for abuse of power in a Noida plot allotment scam. The former deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) and presently in waiting list for new posting, surrendered before the CBI court on

Lawyers not ready to fight my daughter’s case: Hiralal Kashyap

Ghaziabad: Former BSP minister Hiralal Kashyap has alleged that the city lawyers have refused to take up the case of his daughter who allegedly committed suicide due to dowry harassment. Kashyap’s daughter Himanshi (27), who was married to the son of Bahujan Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap, was found dead with a bullet

Temple fire tragedy: Kerala to seek Rs 117 cr aid from Centre 

Kannur: The Kerala government today said itwould seek Rs 117 crore aid from the Centre for rehabilitating victims who suffered losses in the April 10 Puttingal Devi Temple fire tragedy at Kollam that killed 108 persons. “The assistance has been sought for rehabilitation of the injured, compensation to be paid for property loss suffered and

B S Yeddyurappa returns SUV to Murugesh Nirani

Bengaluru: Former Chief Minister and Karnataka unit BJP President B S Yeddyurappa has returned a Rs 1.15 crore swanky SUV given to him by a former minister and loyalist to tour the state, after questions were raised about its propriety. Yeddyurappa said he will tour the state by train. “Handling the proposed state tour in

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‘Cake war’ over symbolic action by Rane’s son

Mumbai: Congress MLA Nitesh Rane cut acake with the image of former Maharashtra Advocate General Shrihari Aney, in a symbolic gesture to oppose those favouring division of the state. Nitesh, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane, cut the cake with Aney’s image while he was in Hingoli district of Marathwada, to attend an

Two new cases against Chhota Rajan under stringent MCOCA

New Delhi: In fresh trouble for gangster Chhota Rajan, CBI has registered two new cases of alleged extortion and attempt to murder under the stringenet MCOCA. CBI sources said agency has taken over investigation in the alleged attempt to murder of builder Ajay Gosalia and Arshad Shekh in 2013 by the gang members of 55-year-old

Patel rally turns violent, Lalji Patel injured

Mehsana: A massive rally of the Patel community at Mehsana town in Gujarat demanding reservation and release of their jailed leaders on Sunday turned violent as police used lathicharge and fired teargas shells on the agitators who allegedly engaged in stone-pelting. Patel protesters had gathered at Modhera crossroad as part of the `Jail Bharo’ agitation

Nearly 80 per cent turnout in Bengal polls

Kolkata: Nearly 80 per cent of about 1.22 crore voters exercised their right to franchise across 56 constituencies in the second phase of elections to the West Bengal assembly on Sunday, amid allegations of sporadic violence and voter intimidation. “At 5 pm, the overall polling percentage was 79.70 per cent,” an Election Commission official said.

Centre should ask its embassy in Germany for immediate aid: DyCM

Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday condemned the explosion at a gurdwara in Germany’s western city of Essen and urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue of safety of Sikhs and their religious places with the German government. “The news of a bomb attack on a gurdwara

Girl denies molestation by soldier

Srinagar: The girl, who is at the centre of the Handwara molestation storm, has recorded her statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate in which she stood by her earlier statement that she was not molested by any army soldier on Tuesday. The girl along with her father was presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Handwara

French team to visit India next month

New Delhi: A high-level team from France is expected to arrive here next month to firm up the order for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft by India as both countries have managed to narrow down their differences over pricing. The development comes nearly four months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President