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India asks Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav forthwith

A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, India has asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer without any delay.In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said Jadhav was innocent of the charges levelled against him. “No forced confession that too without legal

No proposal from Centre on atomic energy units: Punjab CM

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he was yet to receive any proposal from the Central government for establishment of atomic energy units at the Bathinda and Ropar power plants.At the same time, the Chief Minister said he had never had any problems working with the Centre. Cordial relations between the Central and state

SC asks Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from accepting MLAs’ resignations

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from deciding whether to accept or reject the resignations tendered by the MLAs of the JD-S-Congress coalition on July 6.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi sought a clear response from senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar. “You

Helmets made compulsory on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has made wearing helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The move comes days after the UPEIDA made it compulsory for commuters not to complete the 302-km journey in less than three hours. The state government also announced that those covering the stretch from Lucknow toll

China adamant on naming Dalai Lama’s successor

China last week made clear that India’s “no” to recognise the Dalai Lama‘s successor chosen by Beijing will hurt the bilateral ties that have been on an upswing recently.Beijing has time and again asserted that the 14th Dalai Lama has no say in appointing his successor and it is the prerogative of the Chinese government.

If Sidhu doesn’t want to work, there’s nothing I can do: CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said if his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it.The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating

Modi calls Assam CM, takes stock of flood situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the ongoing flood situation in the state, which have killed nine people and have affected over 26 lakh others. Sonowal spoke to the Prime Minister on the phone and appraised him of the steps taken by the state government

Cheaper fuel cost eases India’s June WPI to 2.02%

Lower prices of key transportation fuels along with manufactured items eased India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 2.02 per cent in June from 2.45 per cent in May, official data showed on Monday. Similarly, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce

US begins raids to evict undocumented immigrants

Authorities from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have begun conducting raids to round up about 2,000 undocumented immigrants in an operation to drive them out of the country, media reports said on Monday.US media outlets cited government officials as saying that the raids began on Sunday afternoon, but civil rights groups said there

Yogi orders probe into BJP MLA’s daughter’s marriage case

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday asked senior party leaders and officials to submit a report on the controversy surrounding the marriage of BJP MLA Rajesh Misra’s daughter Sakshi and a Dalit youth, Ajitesh Kumar.The Chief Minister sought the report following allegations that the whole episode was a conspiracy to malign the image

ISRO hailed for detecting Chandrayaan-2 glitch on time

With India postponing the Chandrayaan-2 launch owing to technical snag in the ‘Bahubali’ rocket about an hour before it was to take off on Monday morning, people on social media said it is better late than never.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) called off the launch of Chandrayaan-2 that would send an orbiter, lander and

Rainy days: Slowdown to further decelerate automobile production

With the ongoing sales slowdown showing little signs of abating, India’s automobile industry might further decelerate production, leading to eventual job losses.Apart from the slowdown, a weak Monsoon, inventory pile-up and stock management of BS-IV vehicles vis-a-vis BS-VI will hamper any production growth. The automobile sector has been impacted the hardest among major manufacturing sectors

Pakistan agrees for visa-free year-long travel to Kartarpur Sahib

Pakistan on Sunday agreed in-principle to allow visa-free, year-long travel for Indian passport holders and OCI card holders to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. Everyday, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Gurdwara on foot, both as individuals or in groups, Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Internal Security) S.C.L. Das told reporters here after the second

Racing against time to launch Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra

Even as the Central government has announced the inauguration of the Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra on October 2 in New Delhi, work on the project is yet to begin at the site.The inauguration date has been fixed to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at whose samadhi, the Rajghat, the project will be

36 more cows dead in UP

In a shocking incident, 30 cows died at a shelter home in Ayodhya, while six others were dead after being caught in a swamp created by rain water in Pratapgarh.The deaths in Ayodhya and Pratapgarh on Saturday comes after 35 cows died at a shelter home in Prayagraj on Friday due to a lightning strike.

DC in Punjab can now clear investment projects up to Rs 10 cr

In a bid to boost ease of doing business in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday issued directives empowering all the DC Punjab to independently clear investment projects up to Rs 10 crore. He was chairing a high-level meeting with the Deputy Commissioners to review programmes and projects, and draw out a roadmap to

25 injured in Philippines earthquake

At least 25 people were injured and several houses, churches and buildings were damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Sur province in Philippines on Saturday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake, which struck at 4.42 a.m., occurred at a depth of 5 km, about 9 km southeast of

Group of Ministers formed to examine Goa mining revival: CM

A Group of Ministers (GoM) has been formed to examine vexed issue of mining in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters late on Friday.The GoM includes Union Ministers for Finance, Environment, Agriculture, Mining, Commerce & Industries, Petroleum and Law, and is led by Home Minister Amit Shah. Arriving from a two-day visit to the

Now a device to wake up drowsy drivers

The Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) is now planning to deploy special devices in buses that will prevent drivers from dozing off on long-distance routes.The device, equipped with special sensors, will initially warn the driver with a beep sound and red light in the event of him getting sleepy during driving and later

Swarup moved to Delhi as Indo-Canadian ties remain frosty

Author-diplomat Vikas Swarup, India’s current High Commissioner to Canada, has been appointed as Secretary in the Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs division, with effect from August 1. According to a circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Vikas Swarup, (Indian