Apr 26

PM shakes hands with Oppn leaders in RS; new MPs take oath

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today freely mingled with leaders of various opposition parties as he attended the Rajya Sabha proceedings. Modi arrived few minutes before the Upper House proceedings began and went around greeting opposition leaders seated in the front rows. He greeted Congress leaders A K Antony, Anand Sharma and Pramod Tiwari,

SC refuses to hear plea against reappointment of SEBI chief

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea challenging the reappointment of U K Sinha as Chairman of market regulator Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) till 2017, saying there is no bar on it. “We are not inclined to hear this,” a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice T S

Boy stabbed to death  

Kochi: A 10-year-old boy was Tuesday stabbed to death allegedly by a man here.Police said fifth standard student Christy John was stabbed 17 times allegedly by 40-year-old Aji Devasia, at Pulleppady area. The incident occurred this morning when the boy was returning home after buying milk from a shop in the neighbourhood.Though locals took the

Train services between Lumding and Silchar disrupted

Guwahati: A bogie of the Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express derailed on Tuesday in Assam, disrupting train services between Lumding and Silchar. There were no casualties, an official said. The incident took place at about 2 a.m. between Mahur and Phiding stations, about 85 km from Lumding, a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official said. “All passengers

Massive fire destroys National Museum of Natural History

New Delhi: A massive fire destroyed the National Museum of Natural History in FICCI building in central Delhi in the wee hours today, with many exhibits like herpetological specimens and taxidermied animals gutted. Six fire officials were rushed to hospital after they inhaled excessive smoke during the four-hour operation to control the blaze that broke

UPSC postpones civil services examination notification

New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has postponed the date for issuance of notification for civil services examination 2016 without citing any reason. The notification was due to be issued on Saturday. “The civil services examination, 2016 (and the Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) examination, 2016), scheduled to be notified on April 23, 2016,

Ruckus in Parliament over Uttarakhand, Arunachal

New Delhi: Angry over the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, Congress on Monday created ruckus in Parliament, accusing the NDA government of toppling democratically-elected governments of opposition parties, a charge rejected by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The issue generated heat in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the opening

Youngsters wanting to be Dhonis not getting chance’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up BCCI for ‘monopolising’ cricket in the country and said several youngsters wanting to be Dhonis and Kohlis are not given equal opportunity if they are not on the right side of the cricket body. “Several youngsters in the country want to make their career in cricket

Every act of public functionary must be bona fide: HC

Nainital: Every act of a public functionary at any level must be bona fide even in an action like imposing President’s rule in a state, which is liable to be struck down if it is done with mala fide, the Uttarakhand High Court has held. The court noted that there is a modicum of power

Paresh Rawal fined Rs 2,000 for odd-even violation

New Delhi: BJP MP and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal was fined Rs.2,000 for breaking the odd-even traffic scheme here on Monday. He apologized: “Made a serious blunder… Sorry Arvindji and Delhiites.” The actor was challaned in the morning for travelling in an even-numbered car (DL9C AE1914) while going to parliament. The BJP MP not only

Rajya Sabha members demand exemption from odd-even scheme

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha members on Monday demanded exemption from the odd-even scheme, stating that it is preventing them from executing their duties as members of parliament. The issue was raised by Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal when the house met post-lunch. “Being an MP, it is our special privilege that we participate in the

Modi’s unkept promises embolden ‘tinpot’ Kanhaiya: Shiv Sena

Mumbai: The unfulfilled election promises of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have emboldened even a ‘tinpot’ like JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar to criticise him, the Shiv Sena said on Monday. “Modi had made tall pre-elections promises: return of black money lying abroad, creating 20 million jobs every year, ‘achhe din’, and other things. After

Pak Foreign Secretary to visit India for ‘Heart of Asia’ meeting

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry will visit India tomorrow to attend the ‘Heart of Asia’ regional conference where he will meet with his Indian counterpart after bilateral talks were derailed following the Pathankot terror attack. The Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement here that the Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of

Woman with two sons commit suicide

Darbhanga: A woman with two minor sons committed suicide by immolating themselves at a village in Bihar’s Darbhanga district, a police officer said. Apparently peeved with frequent quarrel in her family, 30 year-old Sheela Devi, wife of one Satya Narayan Mahto, with two sons Rajkumar Mahto (9) and Vikas Kumar Mahto (6) set themselves on

Hope parliament will function smoothly: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that the parliament session beginning on Monday will transact its business smoothly. “In the last session also we transacted important business. Most of them were on financial issues. The satisfaction about it reflected in the face of our members. I hope similarly business will be transacted

Nine members take oath in RS

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma and eight other members recently elected or re-elected to the Rajya Sabha today took oath or affirmation of allegiance to the Constitution. Sharma, Deputy Leader of the Congress party in Rajya Sabha, was recently re-elected to the Upper House from Himachal Pradesh. He took affirmation of allegiance to

Protests over Prez Rule in Uttarakhand disturb Par proceedings

New Delhi: The issue of imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand today echoed in Parliament today with Congress members in both Houses storming the Well and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge staging a dharna in the Lok Sabha. “It is a murder of democracy,” Kharge said as the Lower House assembled for the day, telling Speaker

Couple commit suicide in Palghar

Palghar: A young man and a woman allegedly committed suicide in Vikramgadh taluka of the district, police said Monday. The bodies of Sandeep Ambat (24) and Chandrakala Wagath (22) were found at a farmhouse in Gadade village of Vikramgadh yesterday, they said. Both of them are suspected to have ended their lives by consuming poison

Minor raped in Kalyanpuri

New Delhi: A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour, who also tried to kill her in east Delhi’s Kalyanpuri area, police said Monday. The girl is presently admitted in a hospital and her condition is critical. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old accused has been arrested. The girl lives with her parents, both workers at a

Around 22 percent turnout in Bengal polls’ fourth phase

Kolkata: Nearly 22 percent turnout was recorded in the first two hours after polling began in 49 constituencies spread over two districts – Howrah and North 24 Parganas – bordering Kolkata in phase four of the West Bengal assembly elections on Monday. “Till 9.00 a.m., 21.87 percent turnout was recorded, with 22.63 percent in North