Jul 12

Nearing completion Swachh Bharat sees cut in allocation: Official

Governments much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission aiming to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF) seems to be on its way out making way as other important schemes on solid waste management and drinking water is expected to get higher funding. The Finance Ministry has decreased allocation

Extensive repair work on Taj Mahal minar begins

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has begun extensive repair work on one of the four minarets of the iconic 17th century monument of love, the Taj Mahal. The ASI has undertaken the exercise after reports of damage and cracks in the stones and rusting of iron clamps.ASI chief in Agra, Vasant Swarnakar told that

Extradite Sikhs for Justice legal adviser: Punjab Minister

A day after India declared US-based pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) an unlawful association for supporting militancy and secessionism in Punjab, a state Minister on Thursday demanded the extradition of its legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun from the US.Pannun is wanted in several first information reports (FIRs) registered in the state and he must

Super 30’s Anand Kumar suffering from brain tumour

Patna-based educationist and founder of the ‘Super 30’ programme Anand Kumar recently revealed that he is suffering from brain tumour.Kumar, whose life is the subject of the new Hrithik Roshan-starrer “Super 30”, has opened up about his battle with acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous tumour. In an interview with a wire agency, Kumar said that trouble

‘WhatsApp messages can be traced without diluting encryption’

With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) has stressed that the issue can be easily resolved without diluting end-to-end encryption and affecting the privacy of users.”If WhatsApp says it is not technically possible to show the originator of

We are disappointed, gave everything we had: Kohli

After India’s heart-wrenching defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of the ongoing World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli expressed gratitude towards the fans and said that the team tried their best in the competition.On Wednesday, India’s worst fears come true as they suffered a top-order collapse during their chase of 240 at the Old Trafford

Earth’s largest radio telescope to search for ‘new worlds’

As well as hunting for signals from alien life, the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built will search for extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, which have magnetic fields like Earth, within 100 light-years from Earth.Astronomers from countries including China and France recently published their ambitious observation plan using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope

Railways plan to execute 491 projects in northeast

The Railway Ministry will execute 491 projects in seven northeastern states at a cost of Rs 6.48 lakh crore, Lok Sabha member from Tripura Pratima Bhowmik said on Thursday quoting Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Bhowmik in a statement from New Delhi said that Goyal in his reply to her question in Parliament on Wednesday said

Government treating farmers badly, complains Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the central government of adopting “double standards” and taking decisions as if “farmers are inferior to the rich”.Raising the issue of farmer suicides in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi said that farmers were suffering throughout the country. He expressed unhappiness over the Union Budget 2019-20 for not taking “concrete”

EWS quota in DU mostly vacant due to high cut-offs

Only 27 per cent of seats have been filled in the newly introduced economically weaker section (EWS) quota for students in the prestigious Delhi University due to an unexpected problem: high marks needed for admission into various courses.When the central government announced a 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions in EWS

For ‘monetary consideration,’ top officials granted bulk gun licences in J&K

After a series of raids in Jammu and adjoining districts on Tuesday, the sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation are close to laying their hands on the biggest gun-running racket emerging from India’s terror-stricken state. The racket unravels a deep-rooted nexus between bureaucrats and arms dealers in Jammu and Kashmir, and further connects with the

Cross-border infiltration in J&K down by 43%

Net cross-border infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has reduced to 43 per cent in the first half of 2019 while the barbed wire fencing along the India-Pakistan border will be completed by March 2020, the Parliament was told on Tuesday. The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration, Minister of State

Pakistani veteran actor Zaheen Tahira dies at 79 Karachi

Legendary Pakistani actor Zaheen Tahira passed away here on Tuesday. She was 79. According to The Express Tribune, the actor was admitted to a city-based hospital last month due to cardiac issues.She was put on a ventilator and was later shifted to the critical care unit (CCU). The actor’s grandson Danial Shahzad Khan also shared

Playing video games can make you more creative: Study

Playing video games may not be as bad as we always thought and certain games that foster creative freedom can help in increasing creativity, researchers say.In the experimental study published in the Creativity Research Journal, the researchers analysed 352 participants. They compared the effects of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV

Yuvi rues not settling with any IPL team

He played a pivotal role in India’s two World Cup triumphs but Yuvraj Singh rued that he could never settle with any particular team in the Indian Premier League despite being among the most sought after for the better part of his career. The swashbuckling allrounder, who retired after a glittering career last month, represented

Housing sales in major cities fall 13% in April-June: Anarock

Sale of housing units across seven major cities in the country declined by 13 per cent on quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) basis during the April-June quarter of 2019, an Anarock report said on Tuesday. Sales declined to 68,600 units from 78,520 units in the January-March quarter, the report said.”As anticipated, residential real estate activity remained largely tepid

Bunch of red Japanese grapes sold for $11,000 at auction

A bunch of red grapes was sold on Tuesday in Japan for 1.2 million yen ($11,000) in the first auction of the season, making it the most expensive since the breed came to market 12 years ago.The “Ruby Roman”, is known for being extremely juicy with little acidity and a high sugar content. Each grape

Indian Navy’s ‘White Tigers’ squadron turns 60

The longest serving combat unit of the Indian Navy, the White Tigers squadron, which played a stellar role in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, has turned 60. Flying Seahawks, the unit had stopped sections of the Pakistani armed forces from fleeing into Myanmar following the surrender of East Pakistan on December 17, 1971, former Navy chief

Rapper Honey Singh booked for lewd lyrics

Punjab Police have booked rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh and producer Bhushan Kumar over lewd lyrics in the singer’s new song, “Makhna”, an official said on Tuesday. The duo was booked, among others, under Sections 294 (punishment for obscene act or words in public) and 509 (words, gestures intended to insult woman) of the Indian

MBD Group celebrates 9th Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is the most awaited annual celebration for every member of MBD family. This year it marks the 74th birth anniversary of our Founder, Shri Ashok Kumar Malhotra–an exemplar for business and society. Every year on 10 July MBDians renew their pledge to pursue his vision and values. The theme of MBD Group’s 9th