May 23

Congress questions AAP’s silence over BJP’s “misrule” in Goa

Panaji: After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused Congress and BJP of being involved in various scams in Goa, the state Congress unit today sought to know why AAP activists were silent over the alleged misgovernance of the Laxmikant Parsekar-led government. “Kejriwal only spoke about the scams. Has he answered why his own local unit

Call drop, congestion hit emergency number ‘100’

Delhi Police, which receives on an average 22,000 calls a day at its control room, informed the Home Ministry that many calls via telephone number 100 do not get through due to congestion in the network New Delhi. Don’t be surprised if in distress you dial 100 and hear ‘all lines in the route are

Fresh summons to Harish Rawat in corruption case

New Delhi: The CBI on Sunday asked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat to appear before the agency on May 24 in connection with a probe into the sting operation involving him. Rawat has been asked to appear on Tuesday, official sources said The CBI had last week rejected the Uttarakhand government’s notification withdrawing the case

PM Modi accorded ceremonial welcome in Iran

Tehran: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today accorded a ceremonial welcome as he met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for talks to deepen trade, investment and energy ties. Modi, the first Prime Minister to visit Iran on a bilateral visit in 15 years, was received by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the forecourts of Saadabad Palace

Taliban supremo Mansour killed in US drone attack

Washington/Kabul: Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan, Afghanistan announced on Sunday, inflicting a body blow to the insurgents and a removing a major ‘threat’ to the fragile peace process in war-torn Afghanistan. Mansour and another militant were targeted in a precision air strike by

PM congratulates ISRO scientists on launch of space shuttle

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated scientists on the successful launch of India’s first indigenously made space shuttle- the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). “Launch of India’s first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD is the result of the industrious efforts of our scientists. Congrats to them,” he said in a tweet. “The dynamism & dedication

Sikh American councilman called ‘terrorist’ in US

New York: A Sikh-American councilman was called a ‘terrorist’ on Twitter by a Donald Trump supporter but the Indian-origin politician hit back at the troll, saying ‘you clearly don’t know what it means to be an American’. Ravinder Bhalla, city council member at large and council president of Hoboken, New Jersey, posted a message on

Modi leaves for Iran

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for Iran on a two-day official visit, during which the trilateral agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan to develop the Chabahar port in that Gulf nation will be signed. “PM @narendramodi leaves for Iran in a visit aimed at furthering cooperation and boosting people to people

Mallya’s India woes now troubling his US beer firm

New York/London: Legal proceedings in India against beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya has now come to haunt his US-based brewery firm, which is banking on USD 1 million bridge loan promised by his holding firm for survival. “Vijay Mallya, the company’s Chairman and indirect majority shareholder, is presently subject to certain legal proceedings in India, which

Gadkari says non-passage of road safety bill ‘biggest regret’

New Delhi: Blaming ‘vested interests’ for delaying the Road Safety Bill, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today said its non-passage remains his “biggest regret” as more people are getting killed every year in road accidents than in “wars, terror attacks or epidemics”. Gadkari, known to speak his mind, did not name the “vested

Indian students shine at International Philosophy Olympiad

New Delhi: Two 17-year-old Indian students won laurels at the 24th International Philosophy Olympiad, a philosophy competition for high school students from across the world, held in Belgium recently. While 17-year-old Drishtti Rawat from Noida won a silver medal, Lucknow-based Tathagat Bhatia, also 17, received an honourable mention. India secured an overall third position in

PMO asks for putting on hold bills on transgenders, drugs

New Delhi: Two key proposed social sector reforms which seek to protect the rights of transgenders and address the problem of drug abuse are unlikely to be introduced anytime soon, with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) putting them on hold for the time being. The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry had already completed inter-ministerial consultations

PFRDA hones its media outreach strategy, to hire PR agency

New Delhi: As government looks to widen social security cover in India, pension regulator PFRDA is readying a media blitzkrieg and has decided to rope in a PR agency to increase visibility and public awareness of such products. The public agency, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) said, will design and execute an

China’s 488 mn fake posts ‘flooding’ social media

FACTS FROM THE RESEARCH REPORT  The 488 million posts per year are made more effective by making sure they are added during the busiest times on social media.  The study used documents and spreadsheets leaked in 2014 that found the names and online pseudonyms of people employed by the Chinese authorities to post on the

Delhi girl Sukriti tops CBSE Class XII exam, scores 99.4 pc

 Palak Goel of Tagore Public School, Kurukshetra, gets second position with 496 marks.  The third position has been shared by Somy Uppal from St Theresa’s Convent School, Karnal and Ajish Sekar from PSBB Senior Secondary School, Chennai. They have scored 495 marks.  With a pass percentage of 88.58, girls have once again outperformed boys in

Girl hangs self to death at Balianwali police station

Bathinda: Three days after a man committed suicide outside Abohar police station, a young girl on Saturday hanged herself to death at Balianwali police station in Bathinda district.The deceased was identified as Jasvir Kaur, resident of Dadu village in Haryana. According to information, Jasvir and her cousin Baljinder Kaur of village Kotda Kodiyan Wala in

New Express train between Pune-Hazrat Nizamuddin from May 23

Mumbai: Railways would introduce anew weekly AC Express train between Delhi and Pune from May 23, which would be flagged off by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu through remote from Rail Bhavan in Delhi. “Inaugural special train no 02494 will leave Hazrat Nizamuddin at 4.25 PM on May 23 and arrive in Pune at 4.10

Border with Bangladesh will be sealed in 2 year’s time:Sonowal

Guwahati: Sealing of the borders with Bangladesh will be completed in two year’s time to put an end to infiltration, Assam’s Chief Minister-to-be Sarbananda Sonowal said today. A product of the student movement of the 80s during the anti-foreigners agitation, Sonowal, who steered the BJP to victory in the elections, has put the issue of

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