May 03

SAD to contest UP’s 2017 assembly polls

New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday announced to contest the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 along with like-minded parties in order to ensure due recognition for Sikhs and the Punjabi community in the state. The decision was taken a party meeting held in New Delhi on Monday under the chairmanship

Goa Russian rape: Accused still at large, consulate not informed

Panaji: Five days after a 25-year-old Russian national was allegedly raped by a beach resort owner in the beach village of Morjim, located in the chief minister’s constituency of Mandrem, neither has the accused been arrested yet, nor has the Russian consulate been informed about the crime. “As of current date we have not received

Congress, BJP slugfest over AgustaWestland, GK basin

New Delhi: The Congress and the BJP members on Monday took on each other with all their might in the Rajya Sabha, throwing proceedings to the wind, resulting in repeated adjournments of the House. The Congress members raised the issue of an alleged mismanagement in Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) during the tenure of Narendra

Youth tries to fling slipper towards Nitish, arrested

Patna: A youth on Monday allegedly tried to fling his chappal or slipper towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a public interaction programme here but was arrested by the police. The incident occurred when the youth, who incidentally goes by the name of Nitish Kumar, came to meet Nitish and hand over his request

Mallya resigns from RS

New Delhi: Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, facing a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, on Monday resigned from the Rajya Sabha, a day before Ethics Committee was set to recommend his expulsion. In his resignation letter to the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, he said he does not want

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After yet another suicide, Kota DC writes to parents not to burden the children

Kota: Moved by the tragic case of a 17-year-old IIT aspirant who committed suicide a day after clearing her exam, the Kota district collector has written an emotional letter to parents of over 1.50 lakh students in coaching institutes here, asking them not to force their expectations on the children. The five-page letter by Collector

CBI questions former IAF chief SP Tyagi

New Delhi: CBI on Monday examined former IAF chief SP Tyagi in connection with alleged corruption in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Tyagi arrived at CBI headquarters at around 10 AM for questioning. The Milan Court of Appeals — equivalent of an Indian high Court — has given details of how alleged bribes

Rawat accepts his ‘presence’ in sting CD

Dehradun: Ousted chief minister Harish Rawat on Sunday virtually admitted his presence in the controversial sting CD, but said it was not a crime to meet a journalist or an MLA and dismissed the conversation shown in the video as ‘meaningless’. Alleging that the sting operation and the CBI probe into it were part of

Tracks clearing begin after train derailment near Ghaziabad

Lucknow: Clearing of the tracks and removing eight derailed coaches of the Delhi-Faizabad 14206 Padmavat Express began on Monday morning, police said. The train had derailed between Kakather and Gadhmukteshwar in Hapur on Sunday night. The derailed coaches included two sleeper, four air-conditioned coaches, guard, and seating and luggage rake (SLR) coach, a railway official

‘Just 1 pc of population pays taxes’

New Delhi: Taxpayers account for just about one per cent of India’s population, but tax outgo was over Rs 1 crore for as many as 5,430 individuals, as per the latest data disclosed by the government for assessment year 2012-13. As part of a transparency drive, the government has made public direct tax data for

UP police launch criminal tracking app

Ghaziabad: Uttar Pradesh Police here on Sunday introduced a criminal tracking app which is hoped to offer help, especially to the office going women who commute by auto rickshaws. Launching the app here, Inspector General of Uttar Pradesh Police (Meerut zone) Sujeet Pandey claimed the app is first of its kind in the country. Stating

HC clears decks for US couple to adopt 2 kids abandoned by mom

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has cleared the decks for adoption of two minor children, who were abandoned by their biological mother in 2012, by a US-based couple. The children’s adoption was held up since 2013, as the biological mother, after initially abandoning them, sought their custody when the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) put the

300 ‘smart’ villages to be developed in Gujarat: CM

Vadodara: On 57th Foundation Day, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today said her government has decided to make 300 villages across the state self-reliant on the lines of smart cities. “Now that the concept of Smart Cities has reached Smart Villages, the government decided to make 300 villages self-reliant, clean and hygienic during this year,”

Modi launches scheme to provide free LPG connections to poor

Ballia (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a Rs 8,000 crore scheme to provide 5 crore free LPG connections to poor families as he attacked previous governments for just paying lip service to reducing poverty. Calling himself ‘Shramik No.1’ (Worker No.1), he listed out initiatives taken by his government for the welfare of

‘Need to strengthen India’s food policies’

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson H.L.Dattu said on Thursday the country’s food policies need to be strengthened to make them more affective. “There are several food schemes such as the ‘Antodaya Yojna’ and many others like this. There has been no dearth in the number of policies and programmes in food issues.

Commencement of work for Ambedkar memorial at Indu mill may get delayed

Mumbai: Given the strong objections to the ribbed like ‘Stupa’ structure design and large green spaces, there could be a further delay in commencement of the construction work of grand memorial of Babasaheb Ambedkar at Indu Mill compound here. Maharashtra Minister of Social Justice Rajkumar Badole today said some changes will have to be made

Breakthrough eluded Delhi talks: Pakistan top official

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that there was no breakthrough in talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar on his recent trip to New Delhi. The foreign secretary, who was in Delhi on Tuesday to attend the Heart of Asia Senior Officials’ meeting, held talks with his Indian counterpart on bilateral issues, including

Second phase of Bihar panchayat polls begins

Patna: The second of a ten-phase panchayat elections in Bihar began on Thursday to elect 27,514 posts of the three-tier rural administrative structure, officials said. “Polls began on a peaceful note amid tight security. There were no reports of violence during initial hour,” an official said. In the first phase of polls, one person was

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AgustaWestland Scam: No Deal Between PM Modi And Italy, Says Government

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday denied reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi striking a deal with his Italian counterpart to free two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen for information on the “Gandhi family”. Mr Jaitley also said the investigation in the VVIP chopper scam is in an “advanced stage”. The

Panic Button On Mobile A Game Changer, Says Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today said the in-built system of panic button on mobiles for women’s safety is a “game changer”. “We finally managed to get the panic button. We have been working on it over the last two years. I spoke to the Prime Minister and he took it