Apr 18

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

‘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

India to ramp up oil and gas investment in Iran

Tehran: India and oil-rich Iran on Sunday decided to significantly expand engagement in their overall ties, particularly in boosting Indian investment in joint ventures in oil and gas sectors in the Persian Gulf nation where foreign investors from major economic powers are rushing in to get early footholds after lifting of nuclear sanctions. In talks

Sikh fervour grips Times Square

New York: The iconic Times Square was seeped in the colours of the Sikh culture as thousands of community members gathered here to celebrate Baisakhi and educate fellow Americans about Sikhism in the wake of growing incidents of hate crimes and discrimination against them. Legendary Indian sportsman Milkha Singh graced the occasion and addressed one

Banda hottest in UP at 45.4 deg C

Lucknow: There was no respite from thescorching heat in UP with mercury hitting 45.4 degrees Celsius in Banda, the hottest in the state. The weather was generally dry over the state, the MET office said. The maximum temperature rose in Meerut division and changed little in the remaining divisions of the state, it said, adding

Curfew in Gujarat town, Patel protest turns violent

Ahmedabad: Curfew was imposed in Gujarat’s Mehsana town after pro-reservation Patidars (Patels) turned violent, leading to arson and clashes with police on Sunday. Authorities suspended internet service in Mehsana after the violence and police and paramilitary forces were deployed in all north Gujarat towns, besides Ahmedabad and Surat, which are known strongholds of the pro-quota

Kejriwal government seeks LG’s intervention on auto stir

New Delhi: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Sunday stepped up its attack on the RSS and BJP for trying to sabotage the odd-even traffic scheme and sought Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung’s intervention in the matter. The Aam Aadmi Party government urged Jung to direct the Delhi Police to ensure safety of those auto-taxi drivers

Modi attacks Mamata over rant against poll panel

Krishnanagar (West Bengal): Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her rant against the Election Commission (EC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also accused her of misusing the state machinery. “On the brink of defeat, the Trinamool has lost its senses, Mamata and her party have accepted defeat and that is why she

Lucknow Metro shuttering collapses; 8 hurt, no loss of life 

Lucknow: Eight labourers were injured, one of them seriously, when a shuttering between two under- construction pillars of Lucknow metro, a flagship project of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, collapsed here on Sunday.However, there was no loss of life, District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said.He said eight workers were at the site when the incident occurred and

Citizenship for Hindus from Pakistan to be made easier: Government

New Delhi: The government on Sunday announced that it proposes to simplify procedures for grant of Indian citizenship to minority Hindus from Pakistan. The proposal also envisages allowing “minority communities of Pakistan staying in India on a Long Term Visa” to buy property, open bank accounts and obtain permanent account number (PAN) and Aadhaar number,

World’s largest ‘charkha’ to be on display at IGI airport 

New Delhi: World’s largest wooden Charkha(spinning wheel) proposed to be installed at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here is ready for dispatch from a unit of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Ahmedabad.The four-tonne Charkha made from high-quality teak wood, which is estimated to last for over 50 years, was built by