Year: 2019

Kerala CM tables anti-CAA resolution in assembly

Kerala CM tables anti-CAA resolution in assembly

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday moved a resolution in the state assembly demanding the scrapping of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Though the one-day special session was convened to ratify the extension of the reservation for SC and ST in the Assembly and the Parliament for another decade, the resolution against…

How pacers powered the rise of Team India in 2019

How pacers powered the rise of Team India in 2019

India had a satisfying year to round off their most productive decade ever. They didn’t always get it right – no one does – but as 2019 tapered off, India’s dominance on the Test stage, with a record four consecutive innings victories at home, seemed so inevitable it became monotonous. They became the first Indian…

Uddhav Thackeray inducts son Aaditya into cabinet, Ajit Pawar back as Maharashtra deputy CM

Uddhav Thackeray inducts son Aaditya into cabinet, Ajit Pawar back as Maharashtra deputy CM

MUMBAI: Debutant MLA Aaditya Thackeray (29) was on Monday inducted as cabinet minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by his father Uddhav Thackeray, making them the first father-son duo to be part of the cabinet together in Maharashtra. The NCP’s Ajit Pawar, who had rebelled against his uncle Sharad Pawar and joined hands…

PM Modi tweets Sadhguru video to drum up support for CAA

PM Modi tweets Sadhguru video to drum up support for CAA

NEW DELHI: In a social media intervention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun canvassing support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, retweeting Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s justification of the law that gives a path to citizenship to Hindus and five other communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The PM’s intervention is a departure from his usual tweets…

With max temperature at 9.4°C, Delhi gets its coldest day in 119 years

With max temperature at 9.4°C, Delhi gets its coldest day in 119 years

NEW DELHI: Battered by over two weeks of unrelenting severe cold, Delhiites got another weather shock on a bitterly bleak and foggy Monday, when the maximum temperature settled at just 9.4 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest day conditions ever experienced in the capital in 119 years of temperature records . “Monday’s maximum temperature of…

General Bipin Rawat becomes India’s first tri-service chief

General Bipin Rawat becomes India’s first tri-service chief

NEW DELHI: The government on Monday night finally declared that General Bipin Rawat will take over as the country’s first-ever Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or tri-Service chief, an announcement that came barely a few hours before he completes his three-year-tenure as the Army chief on December 31. The government said Gen Rawat, who turns…

Navy bans use of Facebook by personnel to prevent ‘honey-trapping’

Navy bans use of Facebook by personnel to prevent ‘honey-trapping’

NEW DELHI: In yet another military directive to prevent the “leaking” of classified information to online espionage agents from China and Pakistan, the Navy has banned the use of Facebook for all its personnel, while also directing them not to carry smart mobile phones into bases and dockyards as well as on board warships. The…

CBDT Extends Aadhaar-PAN Linking Deadline to March, 2020 from December 31, 2019

This is the eighth time that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the deadline for individuals to link their PAN with Aadhaar. PTIUpdated:December 30, 2019, 11:56 PM IST Photo for representation. New Delhi: The last date for the mandatory linking of the Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar has been extended till…

2. Can going swadeshi help beat the slowdown?

2. Can going swadeshi help beat the slowdown?

2. Can going swadeshi help beat the slowdown?Buy local: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon people to buy indigenous products. “I do not advocate this for a long time, just till 2022, till the completion of 75 years of Independence,” he said.Cut down global: The commerce ministry had recently asked all ministries and…

Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah in Wisden’s T20I team of the decade

Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah in Wisden’s T20I team of the decade

LONDON: Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are the only two Indians who have been able to make a cut to the T20I team of the decade announced by Wisden. Surprisingly, the team led by Australia’s Aaron Finch, doesn’t have either MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma. “While Kohli’s record in domestic T20 cricket is patchy, the…

Envoy to Austria brought back to Delhi amid talk of ‘irregularities’

Envoy to Austria brought back to Delhi amid talk of ‘irregularities’

TNN | Updated: Dec 30, 2019, 8:07 ISTNEW DELHI: India’s ambassador to Austria, Renu Pall, has been transferred back to Delhi amid allegations of financial irregularities against her. A 1988 batch IFS officer, Pall had not yet completed her tenure as ambassador in Vienna. Official sources here ruled out suggestions that she had been recalled…

Why ‘hill station’ Delhi has been colder than Shimla, Mussoorie

Why ‘hill station’ Delhi has been colder than Shimla, Mussoorie

NEW DELHI: Delhiites usually head to the mountains to beat the summer heat. But with Delhi-NCR in the grip of its second harshest December in 119 years, they could well have gone to the hills to get respite from the cold! Strange as it may seem, many parts of Delhi have been colder than popular…

Maharashtra cabinet to be expanded today; Congress to get 10, NCP 13

Maharashtra cabinet to be expanded today; Congress to get 10, NCP 13

MUMBAI: After more than a month since taking charge as chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray will finally expand his cabinet on Monday. Thackeray, who was sworn in on November 28, will induct 36 cabinet members, 13 each from Shiv Sena and NCP and 10 from Congress. Government formation has been delayed by a dispute over sharing…

Pakistan Kartarpur overreach a self-goal at UNSC

Pakistan Kartarpur overreach a self-goal at UNSC

NEW DELHI: For those wondering why the latest attempt by China and Pakistan to seek a UNSC meeting fizzled out in no time, an interesting back story is now emerging. The day Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote to the UNSC president, December 12, alleging a reign of terror in Kashmir and escalation of…

Live news updates: JP Nadda to hold meet with party workers on CAA outreach program

Live news updates: JP Nadda to hold meet with party workers on CAA outreach program

16 arrested, 36 cases registered since protests against CAA, reports ANI, quoting Assam police.Taking to Twitter, Assam police said, “Following the CAA protests, 246 social media posts were found to be in conflict with the law.” “While a total of 36 cases have been registered across the state, 16 people arrested, all others were counselled,…

Arms and the man: On Gen Rawat’s comments

Arms and the man: On Gen Rawat’s comments

December 30, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 29, 2019 22:59 IST December 30, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 29, 2019 22:59 IST General Rawat crossed the lines of military propriety in making political comments If a diplomat should think twice before saying nothing, an army general should not think of saying anything at all. The…

Governance Index: On study of States on governance

Governance Index: On study of States on governance

December 30, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 29, 2019 23:00 IST December 30, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 29, 2019 23:00 IST more-in Marking States on different parameters can incentivise performance The nation-wide comparative study of States on governance carried out by the Government of India, as seen in the Good Governance Index (GGI), is…

3 years on, a mere 30% of Poshan Abhiyaan funds used

3 years on, a mere 30% of Poshan Abhiyaan funds used

The State governments and the Union Territories utilised a mere 30% of the funds released under the Poshan Abhiyaan, or the National Nutrition Mission, since it was launched in 2017.Barring Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar, none of the governments used even half of the sum granted in the past three years, according to an…

A priest in the middle of anti-CAA protests

A priest in the middle of anti-CAA protests

Fr. Anand Mathew   He was let go, but served notice later A day before social activists, intellectuals, students and research scholars took out a march in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Beniabagh here, two policemen came knocking on the door of Fr. Anand Mathew who had just returned to Varanasi. They took…

In maiden order, Hemant Soren drops Pathalgadi cases

In maiden order, Hemant Soren drops Pathalgadi cases

Newly sworn-in Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren with his father Sibu Soren, mother Rupi Soren, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Ashok Gehlot, MK Stalin, Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja, Sarad Yadav and other leaders during the oath taking ceremony at Morahabadi ground in Ranchi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in Jharkhanad Chief Minister holds first Cabinet…

Pakistan to host OIC meet on Kashmir, CAA

Pakistan to host OIC meet on Kashmir, CAA

Pakistan will hold a ministerial meeting of the 57-member Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir in April 2020, said official media in Islamabad. The development, according to diplomats, is linked to a broader Saudi-Pakistan deal.The announcement came days after recently-appointed Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud visited Islamabad and met…

Watch: Brawl at AGM, Gautam Gambhir urges BCCI to dissolve DDCA

Watch: Brawl at AGM, Gautam Gambhir urges BCCI to dissolve DDCA

NEW DELHI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Sunday urged the BCCI to “dissolve” Delhi and District Cricket Association and demanded bans for officials of the state body, who were involved in fracas during its Annual General Meeting here. A DDCA release stated that all the members unanimously “passed the resolutions and agendas” but sources…

Major terror strike averted with timely detection of IED along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Major terror strike averted with timely detection of IED along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

PTI | Updated: Dec 29, 2019, 21:33 ISTJAMMU: A major terror strike was averted on Sunday with timely detection of a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) along the Line of Control (LOC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said. He said the IED was found planted in Keri sector and was…

‘Insensitive’ UP govt has crossed all limits: Priyanka on Sadaf Zafar’s arrest; BJP says theatrics won’t fetch votes

‘Insensitive’ UP govt has crossed all limits: Priyanka on Sadaf Zafar’s arrest; BJP says theatrics won’t fetch votes

LUCKNOW: Taking on the Adityanath government over handling of protests against the amended Citizenship Act, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said it has “crossed all limits of inhumanity” and claimed party worker Sadaf Zafar was arrested on “baseless” charges. “This insensitive government has separated children from their mother and the older generation from…

India may surpass Germany to become fourth-largest economy in 2026: Report

India may surpass Germany to become fourth-largest economy in 2026: Report

NEW DELHI: India is expected to overtake Germany to become fourth-largest economy in 2026 and Japan to become third largest in 2034, according a recent report by the UK-based Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). It further said India is also set to reach a gross domestic product (GDP) of $5 trillion by 2026,…

Indian Navy plans to build 24 submarines, six of them nuclear-powered

Indian Navy plans to build 24 submarines, six of them nuclear-powered

NEW DELHI: To strengthen its underwater fleet, the Indian Navy plans to build 24 submarines, including six nuclear attack submarines, a parliamentary panel was told. The Navy also told the panel that Medium Refit Life Certification (MRLC) of submarine Sindhuraj has been held up since the Russian side has not been able to submit bank…

China sends 5 lakh Muslim kids to boarding schools

China sends 5 lakh Muslim kids to boarding schools

HOTAN: The first-grader was a good student and beloved by her classmates, but she was inconsolable, and it was no mystery to her teacher why. “The most heartbreaking thing is that the girl is often slumped over on the table alone and crying,” he wrote on his blog. “When I asked around, I learned that…

As New Year’s Eve approaches, Goa grapples with sharp dip in tourists

As New Year’s Eve approaches, Goa grapples with sharp dip in tourists

Shacks like this one at Colva are getting fewer customers this year.PANAJI/COLVA/CALANGUTE: There’s a pall of gloom along Goa’s world-famous beach belt. Usually chock-a-block with tourists, vehicles, and its commercial stretches throbbing with life, a sharp decrease in tourism this year has seen stakeholders subdued. A “flop season” is how shack operators have already labelled…

Ajit Pawar Deputy Chief Minister In Cabinet Expansion Tomorrow: Sources

Ajit Pawar Deputy Chief Minister In Cabinet Expansion Tomorrow: Sources

NCP leader Ajit Pawar has served as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister on two previous occasionsMumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar will make a dramatic return as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Monday, sources have said, adding that tomorrow will also see an expansion of the state cabinet that currently has only six…

Major terror strike averted with timely detection of IED along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Major terror strike averted with timely detection of IED along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

PTI | Updated: Dec 29, 2019, 21:33 ISTJAMMU: A major terror strike was averted on Sunday with timely detection of a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) along the Line of Control (LOC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said. He said the IED was found planted in Keri sector and was…

In 1st Major Decision, Hemant Soren Govt Withdraws Cases Against Pathalgarhi Activists & CNT-SPT Act Protester

In 1st Major Decision, Hemant Soren Govt Withdraws Cases Against Pathalgarhi Activists & CNT-SPT Act Protester

Jharkhand Chief Minister designate Hemant Soren arrives for his swearing-in ceremony at Morahabadi ground in Ranchi on Sunday (PTI) Ranchi: In its first cabinet decision, the Jharkhand government on Sunday initiated action to withdraw all cases registered against tribals involved in Pathalgarhi movement and those who took part in protests after the Chota Nagpur Tenancy…

‘Insensitive’ UP govt has crossed all limits: Priyanka on Sadaf Zafar’s arrest; BJP says theatrics won’t fetch votes

‘Insensitive’ UP govt has crossed all limits: Priyanka on Sadaf Zafar’s arrest; BJP says theatrics won’t fetch votes

LUCKNOW: Taking on the Adityanath government over handling of protests against the amended Citizenship Act, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said it has “crossed all limits of inhumanity” and claimed party worker Sadaf Zafar was arrested on “baseless” charges. “This insensitive government has separated children from their mother and the older generation from…

Govt amends Army rules to allow chief of defence staff to serve till 65

Govt amends Army rules to allow chief of defence staff to serve till 65

NEW DELHI: The stage is now set for the government to announce the name of the country’s first-ever chief of defence staff (CDS), with the Army, Navy and IAF Rules being amended to allow the tri-Service chief to serve till the age of 65. The frontrunner for the CDS post is General Bipin Rawat, who…

“Massive Protest” If PM Inaugurates “Khelo India”: Assam Students Body

“Massive Protest” If PM Inaugurates “Khelo India”: Assam Students Body

CAA Protests: Young demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in Guwahati (AFP File Photo)Guwahati, Assam: In a bid to intensify its agitation against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA, the  powerful All Assam students Union or AASU has decided to launch massive protests if Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Assam’s Guwahati to flag off…

Indian Navy plans to build six nuclear attack submarines: Navy to Parliamentary panel

Indian Navy plans to build six nuclear attack submarines: Navy to Parliamentary panel

NEW DELHI : The Indian Navy is planning to build a fleet of 18 conventional and six nuclear attack submarines as part of its plans for its underwater fleet.”Eighteen (Conventional) plus six SSN (nuclear-powered attack) submarines are planned but the existing strength is 15 and 1 SSN is available on lease,” the Standing Committee on…

CAA: The Peaceful Protests by Muslims That No One Is Talking About

CAA: The Peaceful Protests by Muslims That No One Is Talking About

New Delhi: From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Union home minister Amit Shah, several senior BJP leaders and some of their opponents like Yashwant Sinha, all have been talking about the ‘violent’ protests by Muslims against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC). Moreover, many media outlets, especially…

PM Modi Says He’s Proud Of MPs for Record-Breaking Parliament Sessions

PM Modi Says He’s Proud Of MPs for Record-Breaking Parliament Sessions

PM Modi says both the sessions of the 17th Lok Sabha were very productive. (File)New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated and lauded MPs of all parties for “record-breaking” productive business during the last two Parliament sessions.In the 60th edition of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, PM Modi said the businesses done…

How Assam is dealing with social media dissent against CAA: Official orders, ‘polite’ calls

How Assam is dealing with social media dissent against CAA: Official orders, ‘polite’ calls

On December 11, Guwahati – which houses Assam’s political capital, Dispur – witnessed remarkable scenes as protesters against the Citizenship Amendment Act laid siege to the city. One of the most enduring images of the day was of state government employees, amassed behind barricades meant to protect the state secretariat, joining protesters on the other…

Explained | Is the economy in really bad shape?

Explained | Is the economy in really bad shape?

The story so far: On November 30 this year, India’s statistical machinery revealed that growth in the quarter from July to September had slipped to 4.5%. This was the lowest level recorded in six-and-a-half years, with the 6.1% nominal GDP growth (real growth plus inflation) coming in as the slowest in a decade. Compared to…

Explained | What is the directive on detention centres?

The story so far: On December 24, the Union Cabinet approved an outlay of over ₹3,941.35 crore for updating the National Population Register (NPR) across the country, barring Assam. A mandatory exercise, the NPR is to be conducted between April-September 2020. The NPR, first collated in 2010, already has a database of 119 crore residents.…

K’taka Minister Warns of Confiscation of Properties of Protesters Damaging Public Assets Like in UP

Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said everyone has to obey the law of the land and not give the government an opportunity to take such an action. PTIUpdated:December 26, 2019, 11:22 PM IST File photo of police detaining anti-CAA protesters in Mangaluru on Thursday. Bengaluru: Sending out a stern warning, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka…

Endless wait: on Afghanistan Presidential election

Endless wait: on Afghanistan Presidential election

December 27, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 26, 2019 23:58 IST December 27, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 26, 2019 23:58 IST A prolonged election process will do little to end political instability in Afghanistan The announcement of preliminary results for the Afghanistan Presidential election is a significant step for India’s war-torn neighbour. The fourth…

Cracks in the relic: on U.S.-Turkey relations

Cracks in the relic: on U.S.-Turkey relations

December 27, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 27, 2019 00:04 IST December 27, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 27, 2019 00:04 IST more-in The downturn in Turkey’s relations with the U.S. holds implications for the future of NATO Rising tensions in U.S.-Turkey relations are threatening to upset North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) unity. In the…

Revamp of railway freight and passenger fares likely

Revamp of railway freight and passenger fares likely

V.K. Yadav. File   more-in The Railways is mulling “rationalising” of charges for both passenger and freight services, Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav said on Thursday. But he did not clarify whether the fares will be increased.“We are looking at rationalising the fares and freight rates. Something is being thought about… While the freight fares…

NPR: house-to-house verification planned

NPR: house-to-house verification planned

The Narendra Modi government proposes to update the existing National Population Register, which already has an electronic database of more than 119 crore residents, by verifying the details of all respondents through house-to-house enumeration, according to an official manual on conducting the fresh NPR exercise.The NPR exercise has become controversial because the Citizenship Rules 2003…

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan to get ₹1.3 crore

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan to get ₹1.3 crore

Special Correspondent THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , December 26, 2019 22:53 IST Updated: December 27, 2019 01:08 IST Special Correspondent THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , December 26, 2019 22:53 IST Updated: December 27, 2019 01:08 IST more-in The Cabinet has decided in principle to give ₹1.3 crore to former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist, Nambi Narayanan of the infamous ISRO…

Scientists get air borne for special view of the eclipse

Scientists get air borne for special view of the eclipse

more-in Some enthusiasts took flight to take a closer look at the sun; in contrast, people in villages took refuge in superstition A group of astrophysicists and space enthusiasts took to the skies for a special view of the solar eclipse on Thursday. A six-seater Beechcraft C-90 aircraft flew at 21,000 feet with a clear…

Grand alliance in a flux in Bihar

Grand alliance in a flux in Bihar

Grand plans: HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and Akhilesh Singh of the Congress.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar more-in Ahead of election in 2020, Manjhi-led HAM(S) has been keeping it on edge Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president Jitan Ram Manjhi’s plan to organise a joint rally…

Amruta Fadnavis vs Shiv Sena: Thane Municipal Corporation to shift Axis Bank accounts

Amruta Fadnavis vs Shiv Sena: Thane Municipal Corporation to shift Axis Bank accounts

The development follows a war of words on social media between the Shiv Sena and Amruta Fadnavis – wife of former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis – who holds a senior position at the Axis Bank. The Shiv Sena-ruled Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to shift its salary accounts from Axis Bank to a nationalized bank,…

Opposition led by Congress created confusion over CAA: Amit Shah

Opposition led by Congress created confusion over CAA: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said it was time to “punish” the “tukde tukde gang under the leadership of the Congress”, which was responsible for “disrupting the peace” in Delhi during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The people of Delhi would punish them, he stated, referring to the coming Assembly elections.Mr.…

Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat condemns anti-CAA protests

Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat condemns anti-CAA protests

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. File   He was apparently referring to the protests across the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Students leading crowds to carry out arson and violence is not leadership, outgoing Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Thursday, in an apparent reference to the protests across the country against…

Some of my Pakistani teammates treated Danish Kaneria unfairly because he was Hindu: Shoaib Akhtar

Some of my Pakistani teammates treated Danish Kaneria unfairly because he was Hindu: Shoaib Akhtar

KARACHI/NEW DELHI: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that his teammate Danish Kaneria faced discrimination at the hands of a few Pakistani cricketers, who were reluctant to even eat with him because he is a Hindu. Kaneria supported Akhtar’s claim. Kaneria, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his maternal uncle Anil Dalpat,…

CAA stir: Security increased in UP, internet suspended at several places as precautionary measure

CAA stir: Security increased in UP, internet suspended at several places as precautionary measure

LUCKNOW: Security was increased and patrolling intensified in Uttar Pradesh to ensure peace ahead of the Friday prayers, keeping in mind the widespread violence that hit the state last week during protests against the amended citizenship law. Meanwhile, the process to confiscate property of those involved in damaging public assets during the protests gained momentum…

Gen Rawat’s ‘leadership remark’: No political statement, says Army HQ; ‘statement wrong,’ feel veterans

Gen Rawat’s ‘leadership remark’: No political statement, says Army HQ; ‘statement wrong,’ feel veterans

NEW DELHI: General Bipin Rawat on Thursday slammed the people instigating protests in the country against the new citizenship law, saying leadership was not about guiding crowds including students to carry out arson and violence. The Army chief’s remarks drew sharp criticism from opposition leaders as well as some military officers, who accused him of…

India-China military ties ‘improving’, thanks to Modi, Xi efforts: PLA

India-China military ties ‘improving’, thanks to Modi, Xi efforts: PLA

PM Modi and Chinese President Xi held an informal summit in Chennai earlier this yearBEIJING: China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said on Thursday that its ties with the Indian military are “improving” with the strategic dialogue, practical cooperation and exchanges, “thanks” to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping. Providing an…

Playing aerial shots is not a crime, says Rohit Sharma

Playing aerial shots is not a crime, says Rohit Sharma

MUMBAI: Playing flamboyant shots is not a “crime” if they translate into results, reckons batting maestro Rohit Sharma, who says youngsters should have the freedom to express themselves freely. Rohit started his international career as a middle-order batsman before becoming one of the best openers in the limited overs game. The 32-year-old had a memorable…

For 1st time, Air India refuses tickets to government agencies that owe it over Rs 10 lakh

For 1st time, Air India refuses tickets to government agencies that owe it over Rs 10 lakh

MUMBAI: Fund-starved Air India has decided to stop issuing tickets for official travel to personnel of government agencies that owe it over Rs 10 lakh. “The dues of various government agencies to Air India for ticket purchases add up to Rs 268 crore,” said an airline source. For the first time in its decades-long existence,…

No Pakistan player to be part of Asia XI in Bangladesh T20s: BCCI

No Pakistan player to be part of Asia XI in Bangladesh T20s: BCCI

NEW DELHI: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to celebrate the birth centenary of ‘Bongobondhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, by hosting two T20 matches in March between the Asia XI and the World XI. While the ICC is said to have given the games official status, looking at the current situation…

Officially say no to CAA, NRC in Congress-ruled states: Prashant Kishor to Rahul Gandhi

Officially say no to CAA, NRC in Congress-ruled states: Prashant Kishor to Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday asked Rahul Gandhi to impress upon the Congress to “officially” announce that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be implemented in the states ruled by the party. Kishor, the vice president of BJP-ally JDU, also thanked the former Congress…

Modi-Shah Politics May Be Facing the Law of Diminishing Returns

Modi-Shah Politics May Be Facing the Law of Diminishing Returns

The spontaneous protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens by students from institutions as diverse as Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore tell us that something unusual is happening in our polity. It’s no…

The big news: With Jharkhand defeat, BJP loses fifth state in a year, and nine other top stories

The big news: With Jharkhand defeat, BJP loses fifth state in a year, and nine other top stories

A look at the headlines right now:JMM-Congress-RJD alliance emerges victorious in Jharkhand Assembly polls, BJP concedes defeat: The ruling party won only 25 seats in the 81-member Assembly, while the Opposition alliance won 47 seats. Constable fired bullet that killed 20-year-old during Citizenship Act protests in Bijnor, UP police admit: The police official shot Mohammed…

India must take ‘urgent’ action to reverse economic slowdown, says IMF

India must take ‘urgent’ action to reverse economic slowdown, says IMF

India’s government must take steps quickly to reverse the economic slowdown of an economy that has been one of the engines of global growth, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.Declining consumption and investment, and falling tax revenue, have combined with other factors to put the brakes on one of the fastest growing economies in the…

German student who took part in anti-CAA protests told to leave India

German student who took part in anti-CAA protests told to leave India

Jakob Lindenthal at a protest rally in Chennai.   Sources close to the student confirmed that no written communication was given to him by the BoI officials Jakob Lindenthal, a German student on an exchange programme at IIT-Madras who took part in a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act here, was asked to leave India…

We will win future wars with Indian systems: Army Chief Bipin Rawat | News

We will win future wars with Indian systems: Army Chief Bipin Rawat | News

23 Dec 2019, 10:38PM ISTSource: ANIArmy Chief General Bipin Rawat inaugurated the ‘Army Technology Seminar’ in Delhi on December 23. On the growth of Indian defence industry, Rawat said that the Indian Army will win future wars with the help of its indigenous systems.He further said, “Non-contact warfare will help us in gaining advantage over…

Jailed activist Sadaf Zafar denied bail; Congress leaders meet her in jail

Jailed activist Sadaf Zafar denied bail; Congress leaders meet her in jail

By: PTI | Lucknow | Published: December 23, 2019 8:34:57 pm The bail application moved on Zafar’s behalf had claimed that she had not committed any crime.A court here on Monday rejected the bail plea of jailed social activist and Congress worker Sadaf Zafar who was arrested while protesting against the amended citizenship law. Chief…

“BJP Activist Mr Jagdeep Dhankar…”: Jadavpur Students Heckle Bengal Governor

“BJP Activist Mr Jagdeep Dhankar…”: Jadavpur Students Heckle Bengal Governor

Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar was heckled by students protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) ActKolkata: In unprecedented scenes in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University this afternoon, Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar was gheraoed by black flag-waving students with placards that read “BJP activist Mr Jagdeep Dhankar, go back”, when he arrived to attend a meeting of top university’s top officials.…

DMK, allies stage rally in Chennai, warn of more protests if CAA not repealed

DMK, allies stage rally in Chennai, warn of more protests if CAA not repealed

The ruling AIADMK, which supported the law, also came in for sharp criticism from the protesters. In a show of strength, the DMK and its allies on Monday took out a huge protest rally in Chennaia against the amendment to the Citizenship Act and warned of intensifying the agitation by mobilising apolitical sections of society…

Nine killed in fire in Delhi’s Kirari: officials

Nine killed in fire in Delhi’s Kirari: officials

The fire had broken out in a cloth godown in Kirari in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday (ANI photo)NEW DELHI: A powerful blaze ripped through a three-storey residential-cum-commercial building in outer Delhi’s Kirari area, killing at least nine people including three children, the Delhi Fire Service said. The incident came days after 43…

Plan to build new Parliament building takes off

Plan to build new Parliament building takes off

The Parliament house in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan more-in A 9.5-acre plot, now meant for recreation, is proposed for the new structure A 9.5-acre plot opposite the Parliament House is likely to be used for the construction of a new Parliament building. On Saturday, the government acted to change the…

Explained: What connects the NPR, NRIC and Census?

Explained: What connects the NPR, NRIC and Census?

The story so far: As protests spread all across the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 and the proposed National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC), West Bengal and Kerala suspended work related to the preparation and update of the National Population Register in their respective States. The NPR, a register of residents of…

Manual scavenging left 282 dead since 2016

Manual scavenging left 282 dead since 2016

As many as 282 people have died while cleaning sewers and septic tanks in the country between 2016 and November 2019, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment said in a response to a question by Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan.Among the States, Tamil Nadu has recorded 40 deaths, the highest in number, in these…

Assam plans law on land rights

Assam plans law on land rights

Indigenous communities in Assam may soon be prevented from transferring land to the non-indigenous, according to Assam’s Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.In a move that is believed to be a direct fallout of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took a slew of…

Making returning citizens feel at home

Making returning citizens feel at home

In the widespread resistance to the recently-passed Citizenship (Amendment) Act, many have repeatedly highlighted the omission of Sri Lankans among persecuted communities in the neighbourhood who now qualify for Indian citizenship, for the first time based on their religion. Nearly 1,00,000 Sri Lankan Tamils live in India, mostly in refugee camps across Tamil Nadu. They…

Master of disguise Mumbai’s go-to policeman to find missing kids

Master of disguise Mumbai’s go-to policeman to find missing kids

MUMBAI: A greying man with a thick moustache shuffling around Andheri may not look anything like a Perry Mason. But head constable Rajesh Pandey’s sleuthing skills have made him Mumbai police’s most trusted investigator in missing persons’ cases. With 700 solved cases under his belt and a repertoire of disguises, Pandey’s work has impressed a…

BJP’s CAA ‘myth-buster’ to cover 3 crore families

BJP’s CAA ‘myth-buster’ to cover 3 crore families

People take part in a rally in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens in…Read MoreNEW DELHI: In its bid to counter what it claims is an opposition-backed campaign against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), BJP on Saturday announced a massive countrywide campaign to share details of the legislation, assure people that…

Sharad Pawar seeks SIT probe into police action in Elgar case

Sharad Pawar seeks SIT probe into police action in Elgar case

PUNE: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday sought the formation of a special investigation team to conduct an “independent inquiry” into the cases filed against human rights activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. He asserted that prima facie it looked like Pune police had misused its authority while probing the case.…

Every 5th fire death in world is in India: Study

Every 5th fire death in world is in India: Study

MUMBAI: With 27,027 deaths, every fifth fire-related death in the world in 2017 took place in India. Around 9 million fire incidents and 1.2 lakh deaths were recorded across the globe that year. Of these incidents, India recorded 1.6 million fires and 27,027 deaths, according to a 195-nation analysis by Global Diseases Burden published in…

Net blocked, protesters use offline chat apps

Net blocked, protesters use offline chat apps

NEW DELHI: Amid internet shutdowns following protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, offline messaging apps such as Bridgefy, Fire-Chat and others are seeing a spike in usage. Indian protesters may be taking their cue from Hong Kong where these two apps became the popular method of connecting during the recent political crisis. Both apps use…

Cabs to food, e-biz hit by internet shutdown

Cabs to food, e-biz hit by internet shutdown

Online food deliveries were also massively hit due to the internet shutdown (File photo used for representatio…Read MoreNEW DELHI: India’s internetbased economy is feeling the pinch of the first major national disruption in connectivity following protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The impact is most pronounced in UP and NCR, where the consumer base is…

No GST rate increase till revenue stabilises

No GST rate increase till revenue stabilises

Representative imageNEW DELHI: There is no possibility of change in GST rates till GST revenue stabilises, the convenor of a panel of state ministers said on Saturday. Speaking at Ficci’s 92nd annual convention on the theme ‘India: Roadmap to a $5 Trillion Economy’, Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar deputy CM and convener of the group of…

Protests over CAA continue, death toll in UP climbs to 17

Protests over CAA continue, death toll in UP climbs to 17

Relentless protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, claimedeight more lives in Uttar Pradesh, taking the death toll in India’s most populated state to at least 17, and the spiral of violence spread to neighbouring Bihar during a one-day strike organised by the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) against the contentious law on Saturday.One…

Citizenship Act Protests Live Updates: Violence in UP’s Rampur, Kanpur; several people, including cops, injured

Citizenship Act Protests Live Updates: Violence in UP’s Rampur, Kanpur; several people, including cops, injured

RAF personnel firing tear gas shell in Rampur. UP DGP O P Singh denied opening fire on protesters while suggesting that those who died were caught in cross-firing between protesters. (Photo: ANI)Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Today Live News Updates: The death toll in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in…

Violence erupts in Bihar, six admitted with bullet injuries

Violence erupts in Bihar, six admitted with bullet injuries

The Bihar bandh called by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed all-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) was marred by violence, a day after chief minister Nitish Kumar announced that Bihar will not conduct the NRC among its residents. Six persons with bullet injuries…

This Sunday, Congress to lead anti-CAA protest on PM Modi’s mega-rally day

This Sunday, Congress to lead anti-CAA protest on PM Modi’s mega-rally day

New Delhi: A day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to address a key rally in Delhi’s historic Ramlila Maidan on Sunday ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls next year, the Congress too plans mega protests in the city with all the Gandhis and its top brass present — this after it faced…

BJP to Launch Info Campaign on Changes in Citizenship Law, Will Involve Beneficiaries Too

BJP to Launch Info Campaign on Changes in Citizenship Law, Will Involve Beneficiaries Too

File photo of BJP working president JP Nadda. (PTI) New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday announced a mass contact programme over the amended citizenship law as the party geared up to mobilise support for the contentious legislation amid widespread protests against it. Party general secretary Bhupender Yadav told reporters that the BJP, within the next…

‘Are we in world’s largest democracy?: Daryaganj locals blame ‘outsiders’ for violence during anti-CAA stir, accuse cops of violating right to protest peacefully

‘Are we in world’s largest democracy?: Daryaganj locals blame ‘outsiders’ for violence during anti-CAA stir, accuse cops of violating right to protest peacefully

Fifteen people who were arrested in connection with the violence in Daryaganj in Old Delhi have been remanded to judicial custody Meanwhile, normalcy is returning for the Daryaganj residents, who bore witness to large-protests against the Act on Friday afternoon People in the crowded lanes and by-lanes claimed that their right to protest peacefully was…

CAA protests: 15 killed in UP, 705 arrested

CAA protests: 15 killed in UP, 705 arrested

Police clash with protesters during demonstrations against India’s new citizenship law in Lucknow on December …Read MoreLUCKNOW: The death count in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act mounted to 15 in Uttar Pradesh during the last 72 hours. The deceased included an 8-year-old boy in Varanasi. So far, four persons have been killed in Meerut,…

Jamia students protest outside varsity campus against CAA

Jamia students protest outside varsity campus against CAA

New Delhi, Dec 21 () The Jamia Millia Islamia students on Saturday staged a demonstration yet again outside the varsity campus against amendments in the citizenship law, days after violent clashes between police and agitationists in its vicinity. The demonstration, begun by woman students of the central varsity, was later joined by its male students…

PM Modi Reviews Ministries’ Performance In Last 6 Months: Report

PM Modi Reviews Ministries’ Performance In Last 6 Months: Report

Brief presentations were made by ministries in front of PM Modi. (File)New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the progress made by various ministries in the last six months after the BJP returned to power for the second consecutive term.In the meeting that is likely to continue till evening, brief presentations are being made…

Anti-CAA protests: At least 11 killed in Uttar Pradesh violence, say officials

Anti-CAA protests: At least 11 killed in Uttar Pradesh violence, say officials

At least 11 people, including an 8-year-old boy, have lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh as the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act turned violent in the State, officials said on December 21.Also read | Editoral: Net loss — on Citizenship Amendment Act protestsAfter Friday prayers, protesters clashed with police at several places in the…

Tulsi Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachment

Tulsi Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachment

Home / World News / Tulsi Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachment Longshot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is facing some heat in her heavily Democratic home state of Hawaii for voting “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.Kai Kahele, a Democratic state senator who is running to succeed…

40 Detained After Violence in Daryaganj, Hundreds Outside Delhi Police HQ to Demand Their Release

40 Detained After Violence in Daryaganj, Hundreds Outside Delhi Police HQ to Demand Their Release

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Friday night. New Delhi: The Delhi Police detained 40 people after a protest against the amended Citizenship Act turned violent in Daryaganj on Friday. The detainees were kept inside the Daryaganj police station and not allowed to meet anyone for nearly three hours and several…

Nine Indian Magsaysay award winners say “clearly divisive” CAA is ‘unacceptable’

Nine Indian Magsaysay award winners say “clearly divisive” CAA is ‘unacceptable’

NEW DELHI: Nine Indian Ramon Magsaysay award recipients issued a statement on Friday saying the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) singles out Muslims, is “clearly divisive” and, therefore “unacceptable”. The signatories are, Aruna Roy, Admiral (retd) Laxminarayan Ramdas, Bezwada Wilson, Rajendra Singh, P. Sainath, Shantha Sinha, TM Krishna, Deep Joshi and Sandeep Pandey. The statement goes,…

Exit polls predict tight finish in Jharkhand

Exit polls predict tight finish in Jharkhand

Exit polls predicted a close fight in Jharkhand, where the fifth and final phase of polling in 16 Assembly constituencies passed off peacefully on Friday.All exit polls predicted that the BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress alliance were locked in a neck-to-neck fight while India Today-Axis My India survey gave a clear majority to the JMM-Congress…

CAA protests: Six killed in different districts of Uttar Pradesh

CAA protests: Six killed in different districts of Uttar Pradesh

Smoke rises out of a burning vehicle as police clash with people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment…Read MoreLUCKNOW: Six persons were killed in different districts of Uttar Pradesh as police continued to remain on toes with protesters in clash with cops relating to the Citizenship Amendment Act at several places in state. Two persons died…

Don’t Ignore People’s Voice: Mamata Banerjee On Citizenship Act Protests

Don’t Ignore People’s Voice: Mamata Banerjee On Citizenship Act Protests

Mamata Banerjee says the BJP is imposing one political agenda after another. (File)Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, against the backdrop of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), today said the BJP has been imposing one political agenda after another, thinking that Indians are peace-loving and would not protest.The BJP has no right to…

Nitish Kumar asserts NRC has no place in Bihar, becomes first NDA ally to reject proposed move for nationwide citizen’s register

Nitish Kumar asserts NRC has no place in Bihar, becomes first NDA ally to reject proposed move for nationwide citizen’s register

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday asserted that National Register for Citizens will not be implemented in the state, putting at rest speculations raised by his JDU support to the Citizenship Amendment Act Kumar made this clear in a terse reply to queries from journalists who had sought his response on the proposed country-wide…

‘Brute repression’: Sonia Gandhi, in video message, attacks BJP over CAA protests

‘Brute repression’: Sonia Gandhi, in video message, attacks BJP over CAA protests

Home / India News / ‘Brute repression’: Sonia Gandhi, in video message, attacks BJP over CAA protests Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday charged the BJP-led national coalition of ignoring the voice of the people protesting the amended citizenship law and accused authorities of trying to crush the dissenting voice with brute force. In a…

‘Treated like criminals’: Kerala journos released after 7 hours of detention in Mangaluru

‘Treated like criminals’: Kerala journos released after 7 hours of detention in Mangaluru

‘They barred us from talking to each other for hours. They took away our camera and other equipment as soon as we were detained’, Asianet’s Pratheesh said. Eight Malayali media persons who were taken into custody on Friday morning by the Mangaluru police were released after seven hours of detention. The media persons from four…

Unnao rape case: MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar sentenced to life imprisonment

Unnao rape case: MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar sentenced to life imprisonment

A court in Delhi on Friday sentenced former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life imprisonment for raping a minor in 2017, ANI reported. The court also ordered him to pay Rs 25-lakh compensation to the complainant.On Tuesday, the court had deferred the hearing till Friday, and asked Sengar’s lawyers to submit his…

Drawing such parallels in today’s situation fake, fraud: Cong hits back at BJP over Manmohan video

Drawing such parallels in today’s situation fake, fraud: Cong hits back at BJP over Manmohan video

NEW DELHI: After BJP posted a 2003 video of Manmohan Singh advocating citizenship to minorities from Bangladesh, the Congress said drawing such parallels in today’s situation was “fake and fraud” as no previous government had to change the law for the purpose. “There is a Liaqat-Nehru pact and there is talk of 1971. Is it…

Quick, not hasty: On Kuldeep Singh Sengar conviction

Quick, not hasty: On Kuldeep Singh Sengar conviction

December 19, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 19, 2019 01:13 IST December 19, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 19, 2019 01:13 IST more-in Real deterrence is when there is certainty of punishment without justice-denying delays The trial court verdict finding former BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar guilty of raping a minor girl from Unnao in…

A duty to publish: On RTI

A duty to publish: On RTI

December 19, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 19, 2019 01:14 IST December 19, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 19, 2019 01:14 IST more-in Limiting RTI responses based on locus standi of the applicants could create a chilling effect The Right to Information Act’s role in fostering a more informed citizenry and an accountable government has…

GST Council votes for 28% GST on all lotteries

GST Council votes for 28% GST on all lotteries

The GST Council broke its tradition of taking decisions by consensus at its 38th meeting on Wednesday, with a first time vote on a proposal to tax all lotteries at the uniform rate of 28%. After Kerala pushed for a division, States voted 21-7 in favour of the proposal. There were no proposals or discussion…

After Rohit and Rahul’s knocks, Kuldeep spins a web around WI

After Rohit and Rahul’s knocks, Kuldeep spins a web around WI

Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick proved the icing on the cake after openers Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul’s brilliant centuries as India scripted a 107-run win against the West Indies in the second ODI at the Dr. YSR-ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Wednesday. Pulling levelThe victory helped Kohli’s men pull level and take the series to…

NRC places an intolerable burden on the poor and vulnerable sections: Jairam Ramesh

NRC places an intolerable burden on the poor and vulnerable sections: Jairam Ramesh

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh speaks about the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens while discussing his latest book A Chequered Brilliance: The many lives of V.K. Krishna Menon.The Citizenship Amendment Act has been in the making for the past four years. Isn’t the Congress too late to begin the protests now?It’s not…

Big victory for Cyrus Mistry, uncertain times ahead for Tata Group

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal’s (NCLAT) decision in the Mistry vs Tata Sons case is a big victory for Cyrus Mistry.His plaint about being oppressed has been upheld; the proceedings of the board meeting on October 24, 2016 in so for as it relates to his removal as Executive Chairman of Tata Sons has…

China cites India to justify Internet curbs

China cites India to justify Internet curbs

File image used for representative purpose. NEW DELHI: An article in People’s Daily online has “justified” internet shutdowns by citing India as an “example”. The daily is China’s largest newspaper and controlled by the country’s ruling party. “India recently ordered a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya to control protests…

‘Plot to kill Modi’ in draft charges against 19 Elgar accused

‘Plot to kill Modi’ in draft charges against 19 Elgar accused

The draft said all 19 accused were conspiring to assassinate PM Modi during his road shows in a manner similar…Read MorePUNE: The Maharashtra state prosecution has included “conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi” in the draft charges submitted to the special UAPA court here on Wednesday against the 19 accused named in the Elgar…

4 convicted for Jaipur blasts that killed 80

4 convicted for Jaipur blasts that killed 80

File photo of 2008 Jaipur serial bomb blasts that had left 80 people dead and more than 170 injured.JAIPUR: Eleven years after 80 people were killed and more than 170 injured in eight successive blasts that rocked Jaipur on a warm May evening, a special court on Wednesday convicted four of the five accused in…

Do not conduct trials in undue haste: SC

Do not conduct trials in undue haste: SC

File image used for representative purpose. NEW DELHI: Expeditious trial was required in criminal matters but it should not be conducted in undue haste without giving reasonable time to the accused to defend himself, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday while setting aside the order of a trial court which wrapped up proceedings within a…

Cyrus Mistry’s removal as Tata Sons chairman illegal, reinstate him: NCLAT

Cyrus Mistry’s removal as Tata Sons chairman illegal, reinstate him: NCLAT

MUMBAI: Three years after he was suddenly sacked as chairman of Tata Sons—the holding company of India’s largest conglomerate—the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), in a stunning move on Wednesday, restored Cyrus Mistry to the position he had held for nearly four years. While reinstating Mistry (51), a two-judge tribunal held that the appointment…

Live updates: US lawmakers voting on impeachment motion against President Donald Trump

Live updates: US lawmakers voting on impeachment motion against President Donald Trump

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Dec 19, 2019, 00:10:12 ISTThe House of Representatives is voting on articles of impeachment accusing President Trump of abusing his power and obstructing lawmakers’ investigations. Democratic lawmakers are expected to approve two impeachment charges against Trump. Stay with TOI for live updatesQuoteWhat we are discussing today is the…

Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act: Top developments and reactions

Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act: Top developments and reactions

NEW DELHI: Protests on Wednesday continued across the country, including several universities against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). Prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be imposed from tomorrow in Uttar Pradesh, Bengaluru, and Mangaluru in the backdrop of the protests. Here are the all the top developments: Section 144…

Sharad Pawar: Country needs alternative to BJP that stays in India

Sharad Pawar: Country needs alternative to BJP that stays in India

By: Express Web Desk | Nagpur | Updated: December 19, 2019 12:08:08 am “People need an alternative for such change, and such an alternative has to be staying in the country,” Pawar said.NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said that the country needs an alternative to the ruling BJP which “stays in the country”, PTI…

The CAA Challenge: Sarbananda Sonowal, Poster Boy of Anti-Migrant Movement, Faces Toughest Balancing Act

The CAA Challenge: Sarbananda Sonowal, Poster Boy of Anti-Migrant Movement, Faces Toughest Balancing Act

When ‘jatiya nayak’ (an affectionate title, meaning leader of the community) Sarbananda Sonowal became the chief minister of Assam, many of his compatriots thought that his first step would be to take strong action against the influx of immigrants and safeguard the rights of ‘indigenous people’. But as he gets ready to defend his chair…

In a first, GST Council votes on single tax rate for lotteries

In a first, GST Council votes on single tax rate for lotteries

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, in its 38th meeting, decided on a single rate of 28 percent on both state-run and private lotteries. The new rate would be applicable from March 1, 2020.The is the first time that the Council arrived at a decision through voting since it was constituted.”Every attempt was made…

Naqvi: Police action against Jamia students unjust and wrong, students being misled

Naqvi: Police action against Jamia students unjust and wrong, students being misled

NEW DELHI: Condemning police action, particularly against women students in Jamia Millia Islamia as “unjust and wrong,” minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the role of the police and all those involved will be investigated in this case. He also warned against a “misinformation campaign” on the Citizenship Amendment Act by “forces playing…

CAA: Home ministry tweets fresh clarifications to allay fears

CAA: Home ministry tweets fresh clarifications to allay fears

NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing protests across the country, the ministry of home affairs on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears, explained the provisions pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said it does not apply to Indian citizens. Posting a series of tweets, the MHA through its Twitter handle said that…

“One That Saved Constitution”: Kanhaiya Kumar On Citizenship Act Protests

“One That Saved Constitution”: Kanhaiya Kumar On Citizenship Act Protests

Kanhaiya Kumar said citizenship law and NRC should be protested tooth and nail. (File)New Delhi: Communist Party of India leader Kanhaiya Kumar joined the protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi on Wednesday and said the demonstration was not just a fight to protect Muslims, but to protect the entire country.Addressing a large gathering…

‘Situation on LoC can escalate’: Army chief amid spurt in ceasefire violations

‘Situation on LoC can escalate’: Army chief amid spurt in ceasefire violations

Home / India News / ‘Situation on LoC can escalate’: Army chief amid spurt in ceasefire violations Bipin Rawat’s remarks came in the backdrop of spurt in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August. india Updated: Dec 18, 2019 19:08 IST Chief of…

‘What About Our Rights’: Nirbhaya’s Mother Breaks Down After Delhi Court Postpones Death Warrant of Convicts

‘What About Our Rights’: Nirbhaya’s Mother Breaks Down After Delhi Court Postpones Death Warrant of Convicts

A file image of Nirbhaya’s mother during a protest in Delhi. A Delhi court on Wednesday directed Tihar jail authorities to seek response from four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape-and-murder case whether they are filing mercy pleas against their executions with the President of India. The development assumes significance as the…

Jamia violence: Three students, former Congress MLA among seven named in FIR

Jamia violence: Three students, former Congress MLA among seven named in FIR

Three Jamia Millia Islamia University students were among seven people booked by the Delhi Police in connection with Sunday’s violence in Jamia Nagar area during protests against the amended Citizenship Act, PTI reported on Tuesday. The students have been charged with culpable homicide, rioting and assault on public servants, reported The Telegraph. None of these…

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan hints at 3 capitals for state

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan hints at 3 capitals for state

Jagan stated that three cities may be considered as the capitals and each will perform a different function. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday hinted that the state may have a total of three capitals to keep up with the aspirations of the people. Jagan stated that three cities — Amaravati, Visakhapatnam…

Anti-CAA protests: 21 hurt as protesters clash with police in Delhi

Anti-CAA protests: 21 hurt as protesters clash with police in Delhi

Twenty-one people were injured when a protest at Seelampur in east Delhi against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the police action against students at Jamia Millia Islamia University in the capital turned violent on Tuesday.Two police booths were set on fire and three vehicles, including two police bikes,…

The General in trouble: on Pervez Musharraf’s death sentence

The General in trouble: on Pervez Musharraf’s death sentence

December 18, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 18, 2019 02:27 IST December 18, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 18, 2019 02:27 IST more-in The judiciary in Pakistan is providing an opportunity to redraw civil-military relations A Pakistani special court’s decision on Tuesday to hand down the death penalty to former dictator Pervez Musharraf is perhaps…

Justice for the Rohingya

Justice for the Rohingya

December 18, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 18, 2019 02:29 IST December 18, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 18, 2019 02:29 IST Myanmar must guarantee immediate protection for its Muslim minority Last week’s preliminary hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking guarantees of basic protection for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims arguably offer only symbolic…

Musharraf can never be a traitor: Army

Musharraf can never be a traitor: Army

The Pakistani military on Tuesday said former dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who has been sentenced for death by a special court for high treason, “can surely never be a traitor”.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the armed forces, said in a statement that the decision by the special court “has been received…

Class 10, 12 CBSE exams to begin on February 15, 2020

Class 10, 12 CBSE exams to begin on February 15, 2020

Staff Reporter CHENNAI , December 17, 2019 23:00 IST Updated: December 18, 2019 00:09 IST For Class 12, the exams will go on till March 30 and for Class 10, the students will have exams till March 20.   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar Staff Reporter CHENNAI , December 17, 2019 23:00 IST Updated:…

Defence ties to get push at ‘2+2’ with U.S.

Defence ties to get push at ‘2+2’ with U.S.

Enhanced defence cooperation, furthering their Indo-Pacific strategy, and discussions on global challenges, including U.S. policy in Iran and Afghanistan, are likely to feature at the top of the agenda as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh sit down to the second “2+2” combined ministerial meeting with their U.S. counterparts, Secretary of…

Opposition urges President to advise government to withdraw Citizenship Amendment Act

Opposition urges President to advise government to withdraw Citizenship Amendment Act

A delegation of Opposition parties, led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday to advise the Union government to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and accused the government of having no “compassion as it shuts down people’s voices”.“All of us, representatives of 12 different political parties, have met the…

Supreme Court to hear pleas against Citizenship (Amendment) Act on December 18

Supreme Court to hear pleas against Citizenship (Amendment) Act on December 18

more-in Petitions say the law is against the principles of secularism, right to equality A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde is scheduled to hear a bunch of 20 petitions challenging the validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Wednesday.Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant are on the Bench. December…

No State-wise minority classification, says Supreme Court

No State-wise minority classification, says Supreme Court

more-in Bobde says religion is beyond borders Religion has no borders, Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde said on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court dismissed a petition to recognise Hindus as minorities in the States where they are low in population.The petition asked the court to frame guidelines to “identify and define” religious minorities…

UNSC meeting on Kashmir postponed

UNSC meeting on Kashmir postponed

The U.N. Security Council held a behind-the-doors meeting to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Twitter/@UNDPPA   more-in The meeting was sought by China to discuss India’s decision to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.  A special meeting of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Kashmir…

SC dismisses plea challenging Centre’s notification according minority status to 5 communities

SC dismisses plea challenging Centre’s notification according minority status to 5 communities

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the validity of the Centre’s 26-year-old notification according minority status to five communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis, saying religion must be considered pan-India. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde refused to entertain the PIL filed by BJP leader…

Citizenship Amendment Act protests LIVE updates: Congress to meet president over violence, Venkaiah Naidu decries damage to public property

Citizenship Amendment Act protests LIVE updates: Congress to meet president over violence, Venkaiah Naidu decries damage to public property

Auto Refresh Feeds Citizenship Amendment Act protests Latest updates: Senior Congress leader AK Antony said on Monday that Opposition leaders will meet President Ram Nath Kovind under the leadership of party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday to lodge their protest against the government over police action against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim…

Congress moves privilege motion against Smriti Irani for remark on Rahul Gandhi

Congress moves privilege motion against Smriti Irani for remark on Rahul Gandhi

TNN | Dec 17, 2019, 5:34 ISTCongress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks during the party’s ‘Bharat Bachao’ rally in New Delhi. (TOI photo)NEW DELHI: Days after women MPs of BJP petitioned the Election Commission to take action against Rahul Gandhi for his “rape in India” remark at an election rally in Jharkhand, Congress has moved a…

Situation in Assam improves, we thank people, say police

Situation in Assam improves, we thank people, say police

The situation in Assam, which has been reeling under protest over the newly-enacted citizenship law, has improved immensely, the police said on Monday morning.“We thank the people of Assam for following the spirit of the law,” the police said, according to news agency ANI. The police also said that day curfew has been withdrawn in…

Citizenship protests spill over to universities across the country

Citizenship protests spill over to universities across the country

New Delhi: Thousands of students came out in support of their peers at Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Monday spread swiftly across the country.The students’ agitation that started at Jamia has now spread to around 20 universities, including Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and Indian…

Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane to be next Army chief

Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane to be next Army chief

NEW DELHI: The government on Monday cleared the name of Lt-General Manoj Mukund Naravane as the next Army chief after General Bipin Rawat finishes his three-year tenure on December 31, but did not announce the all-important post of the country’s first-ever chief of defence staff (CDS) or tri-Service chief. General Bipin Rawat is the front-runner…

Under fire, govt releases Rs 35,298 crore GST compensation to states

Under fire, govt releases Rs 35,298 crore GST compensation to states

NEW DELHI: Facing heat over delay in payment of GST compensation, the central government on Monday released Rs 35,298 crore to states to make up for the loss of revenue due to rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). When GST was rolled out on July 1, 2017, states were through legislation promised to…

Amid Clashes over Citizenship Act, Bengal Govt Issues Stay Order on National Population Register Work

Amid Clashes over Citizenship Act, Bengal Govt Issues Stay Order on National Population Register Work

File photo of Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. New Delhi: Hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced in a mega rally in Kolkata on Monday that her government would not implement the amended Citizenship Act that was passed by Parliament recently and the National Register of Citizens, senior officials issued…

Modi govt has started a war on country and its people: Sonia Gandhi

Modi govt has started a war on country and its people: Sonia Gandhi

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2019 6:38:42 pm Sonia Gandhi also accused the BJP of labelling the protesting students as Naxalites and traitors, saying that they are fighting against BJP’s conspiracy to break the Constitution. (File)Attacking the BJP-led NDA government over the crackdown on university students and anti-CAA protesters,…

21 Arrested After Clashes At Aligarh Muslim University: Police

21 Arrested After Clashes At Aligarh Muslim University: Police

Protests had broken out on Sunday night against the amended citizenship law at AMU. (File)Aligarh: A total of 21 people have been arrested in connection with the clashes between Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students and the police over the Citizenship Amendment Act and orders issued to completely vacate all hostels of the university, officials said…

Unnao rape: MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar convicted by Delhi court

Unnao rape: MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar convicted by Delhi court

A Delhi district and sessions court on Monday convicted MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping a woman in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, LiveLaw reported. Sengar was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party in August. The woman was kidnapped and Sengar raped her when she was a minor in 2017. The court acquitted the other accused in…

Amid protests over citizenship law, West Bengal stays work on NPR

Amid protests over citizenship law, West Bengal stays work on NPR

Protestors, amid tear-smoke, throw stones at the police during clashes following a protest against NRC and Ci…Read MoreKOLKATA: The West Bengal government on Monday stayed all activities relating to the preparation and updation of the National Population Register (NPR) in the state, amid furore over the citizenship law. An order issued by the Home and…

ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel complete acquisition of Essar Steel

ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel complete acquisition of Essar Steel

The new chairman of ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Limited Aditya Mittal.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu more-in Joint Venture to be called ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Limited with Aditya Mittal as its chairman. ArcelorMittal, world’s largest steel maker on Monday completed the acquisition of Essar Steel India Limited (ESIL), and simultaneously established a joint…

The extent of India’s economic slowdown has surprised many, including us at the IMF: Gita Gopinath

The extent of India’s economic slowdown has surprised many, including us at the IMF: Gita Gopinath

With economic growth slowing to a six-year low, Gita Gopinath says the government should undertake structural reforms such as bank clean-up and labour reforms to address the slowdown in domestic demand.She added that the extent of the slowdown of the Indian economy has surprised many, “including us here at the IMF”. Ms. Gopinath, 48, who…

Opposition condemns police action at Jamia, demands judicial probe

Opposition condemns police action at Jamia, demands judicial probe

The Union government is responsible for the fallout of bringing in the Citizenship Amendment Act, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday in response to the statements by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress and its allies were behind the violence in the garb of protests against…

‘Abuse’ of RTI has led to ‘paralysis and fear’ among officials, says CJI Bobde

‘Abuse’ of RTI has led to ‘paralysis and fear’ among officials, says CJI Bobde

Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde on Monday said the unbridled use of the Right to Information (RTI) Act had created a sense of “paralysis and fear” in the government.“There is paralysis and fear about this Act (RTI). People are not taking decisions,” Chief Justice Bobde observed orally.The CJI said government functionaries were too…

Temple in Ayodhya will come up within four months: Amit Shah

Temple in Ayodhya will come up within four months: Amit Shah

At a poll meeting in Jharkhand, the Home Minister lashed out at Rahul Gandhi, saying he should give an account of development work carried out by the Congress in the State BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said a grand Ram temple would come up in Ayodhya within four months as per the wishes of…

Kuldeep Sengar convicted in Unnao rape case

Kuldeep Sengar convicted in Unnao rape case

A Delhi court on Monday held former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar guilty of raping a minor in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao in June 2017. Arguments on the quantum of sentence, which may extend to life imprisonment, will be heard on Wednesday.The court said the victim’s testimony was unblemished, truthful and had been proved to be…

Anti-Citizenship Act protest: Two FIRs registered for violence near Jamia Millia Islamia University

Anti-Citizenship Act protest: Two FIRs registered for violence near Jamia Millia Islamia University

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University clash with the police during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), at the University in New Delhi, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in Police will gather CCTV footage and videos of violence circulating on mobile phones to identify people involved The Delhi…

Citizenship Act protests live updates | Detained Jamia Millia Islamia University students released, says police

Citizenship Act protests live updates | Detained Jamia Millia Islamia University students released, says police

A day after the police and protesters opposing the amended Citizenship Act clashed in Jamia Millia Islamia and the areas surrounding it, students from various institutions across the country took out rallies in support, including those from Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, TISS in Mumbai and the Bombay university.Violence had erupted in the area…

Many mutinies: On protests against amended citizenship law

Many mutinies: On protests against amended citizenship law

December 16, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 16, 2019 09:08 IST December 16, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 16, 2019 09:08 IST The Citizenship Amendment Act may have opened up old faultlines in the Northeast After erupting in revolt against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Assam and other Northeastern States have substantially calmed. People will…

Probing the police: On killing of Hyderabad rape-murder accused

Probing the police: On killing of Hyderabad rape-murder accused

December 16, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 16, 2019 00:32 IST December 16, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 16, 2019 00:32 IST more-in Judicial inquiry into the rape suspects’ killing should not undermine the criminal probe In ordering a judicial inquiry into the killing of the four suspects arrested for the rape and murder of…

Most dangerous online banking scam of 2019 that cheated Indians | Gadgets Now

Most dangerous online banking scam of 2019 that cheated Indians | Gadgets Now

The most dangerous mobile banking scam in India in 2019 had nothing to do with malware-infected smartphones or ransomware. The scam had to entirely do with digital illiteracy among citizens and some fraud customer service representatives. Most online mobile banking scam including UPI or even Paytm e-KYC scam occured in the country because citizens do…

Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Jamia Students Released from Detention, Delhi Metro Resumes Ops; Night of …

Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Jamia Students Released from Detention, Delhi Metro Resumes Ops; Night of …

Peaceful protests were held in Assam amid calls by the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) for resignation of its ministers. The party, which is part of the BJP-led government in Assam, decided it will move the Supreme Court against the amendments made in the Citizenship Act. Soon after the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia, Chief Proctor…

‘This govt is coward’: Priyanka Gandhi hits out at Centre after Jamia clashes

‘This govt is coward’: Priyanka Gandhi hits out at Centre after Jamia clashes

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the Modi government on Sunday of being “coward” as it feared to hear the voice of people and was making its presence felt through “oppression” of students and journalists.In a tweet late on Sunday night, she said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to listen to the voice of…

50 students, detained during protests at Jamia, released: Police

50 students, detained during protests at Jamia, released: Police

Policemen stand guard outside Jamia Millia Islamia following the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, in New Delhi. (PTI)NEW DELHI: As many as 50 students, who were detained during protests at the Jamia Millia Islamia University here on Sunday, were released in the early hours of Monday, police said. Of the 50 students, 35 were released…

“Thrash Rahul Gandhi”: Savarkar’s Grandson Tells Uddhav Thackeray

“Thrash Rahul Gandhi”: Savarkar’s Grandson Tells Uddhav Thackeray

Rahul Gandhi rejected the BJP”s demand for apology for his “rape in India” barb.Mumbai: V D Savarkar’s grandson Ranjit Savarkar on Sunday appealed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to “thrash” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in public for “insulting” the late Hindutva icon by his remarks.Ranjit Savarkar was referring to the comments made by Rahul…

13 Metro Stations Closed Over Violent Protests In Delhi

13 Metro Stations Closed Over Violent Protests In Delhi

Entry, exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh have been closed.New Delhi: Metro commuters on Sunday faced difficulties as gates of several stations were closed due to violence following protest and arson against the amended citizenship law in South Delhi on Sunday.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed the entry and…

Protests against Citizenship Act turn violent in Delhi, West Bengal

Protests against Citizenship Act turn violent in Delhi, West Bengal

New Delhi: Protests over the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 that began in the North-East last week spread to more states on Sunday, turning violent in parts of West Bengal and Delhi. In Assam’s capital Guwahati, two more persons died of bullet wounds, raising the toll in police firing during the protests to four.In south…

Citizenship Amendment Act imposes a homeland for Hindus on a culturally diverse region and Assam’s youth will have none of it

Citizenship Amendment Act imposes a homeland for Hindus on a culturally diverse region and Assam’s youth will have none of it

Assam is burning. And students from across the state are leading protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. So are the youths across North East India. For nearly a week, they have taken on rubber bullets, lathi charges and also police firing to stand against the CAA that could potentially, systematically dilute economic resources, living space…

Those indulging in arson ‘can be identified by their clothes’: Modi on anti-CAA protest

Those indulging in arson ‘can be identified by their clothes’: Modi on anti-CAA protest

Accusing the Congress and its allies of fuelling violence over the amended Citizenship Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the opposition’s actions prove that the decision to pass the bill was “1,000 percent correct”, and those indulging in arson “can be identified by their clothes”.”The Congress and its allies are stoking fire over…

Jharkhand Assembly Election, Jharia profile: Family feud takes centre stage as Congress fields widow against wife of BJP MLA on trial for his murder

Jharkhand Assembly Election, Jharia profile: Family feud takes centre stage as Congress fields widow against wife of BJP MLA on trial for his murder

Jharia, one of the six Assembly constituents of the Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat, will go to polls on 16 December in phase four of the Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019. Contesting on a BJP ticket is Ragini Singh, wife of incumbent MLA Sanjeev Singh, who is currently being tried for killing his political rival and cousin…

Chaos in toll plazas over FASTags

Chaos in toll plazas over FASTags

Toll personnel diverting vehicles to the FasTag lane in Bengaluru on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain more-in Government issues last-minute order extending deadline and allowing room for cash transactions Confusion reigned supreme at toll plazas after the government issued an order extending the deadline for FASTags to become mandatory by 30 days and…

175 held, 1,406 taken into custody in Assam over Citizenship Act stir

175 held, 1,406 taken into custody in Assam over Citizenship Act stir

Assamese actor Barsa Rani Baishya and protestors in a rally against Citizenship Amendment Act, at AEI playground in Guwahati, Sunday, December 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in The death toll rose to five on Sunday with two more persons succumbing to their injuries sustained in police firing. The Assam government on Sunday said…

Thrash Rahul Gandhi in public: Savarkar’s grandson tells Uddhav Thackeray

Thrash Rahul Gandhi in public: Savarkar’s grandson tells Uddhav Thackeray

PTI Mumbai, December 15, 2019 20:52 IST Updated: December 15, 2019 21:35 IST Ranjit Savarkar. Photo: Twitter/@RanjitSavarkar   PTI Mumbai, December 15, 2019 20:52 IST Updated: December 15, 2019 21:35 IST more-in Ranjit Savarkar reminded Mr. Thackeray of his past remarks that those who insult Savarkar should be thrashed at a public square. V.D. Savarkar’s…

Major states snub calls for climate action as U.N. summit wraps up

Major states snub calls for climate action as U.N. summit wraps up

A handful of major states resisted pressure on Sunday to ramp up efforts to combat global warming as a U.N. climate summit ground to a delayed close, prompting sharp criticism from smaller countries and environmental activists.The COP25 talks in Madrid were viewed as a test of governments’ collective will to heed the advice of scientists…

IND vs WI first ODI: Hetmyer, Hope take West Indies to victory over India

IND vs WI first ODI: Hetmyer, Hope take West Indies to victory over India

The pleasant weather of the last few days gave way for the familiar hot and humid conditions, but it did not stop Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope from slamming contrasting tons to help West Indies script an eight-wicket win over India in the first one-day international at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.Chasing 288…

Police enter Jamia Millia Islamia campus in Delhi as anti-Citizenship Act protest turns violent

Police enter Jamia Millia Islamia campus in Delhi as anti-Citizenship Act protest turns violent

Violence erupted in the area surrounding Jamia Millia Islamia University here on Sunday afternoon as protesters opposing the amended Citizenship Act clashed with police. Several were injured as police resorted to lathi charge and firing of tear gas shells as crowd control measures. In turn, angry protesters set fire to public buses and damaged parked…

Anti-Citizenship Act protests: Those indulging in arson can be identified by their clothes, says Narendra Modi

Anti-Citizenship Act protests: Those indulging in arson can be identified by their clothes, says Narendra Modi

Accusing the Congress and its allies of fuelling violence over the amended Citizenship Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 15 said the Opposition’s actions prove that the decision to pass the bill was “1,000 per cent correct”, and those indulging in arson “can be identified by their clothes“.“The Congress and its allies are stoking…

Internet services cut in some Bengal districts as anti-Citizenship Act protest continues

Internet services cut in some Bengal districts as anti-Citizenship Act protest continues

Police attempt to disperse protesters during a demonstration against passing of Citizenship Amendment Act in Howrah, West Bengal.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in Kolkata too witnessed road blockade and disruption in traffic movement over the last few days. The West Bengal government has stopped internet services in some of the districts of the State,…

Violence rocks south Delhi during anti-citizenship law protest, 4 buses torched, 6 cops injured

Violence rocks south Delhi during anti-citizenship law protest, 4 buses torched, 6 cops injured

Policemen stand guard near Jamia Millia Islamia following the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. (PTI…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Protesters torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends’ Colony near Jamia University during a demonstration against the amended citizenship act, leaving six cops and two firemen injured, officials said.…

No question of extending Article 371 to J&K: Jitendra Singh

No question of extending Article 371 to J&K: Jitendra Singh

HYDERABAD: The Central government does not intend to extend Article 371 of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. “There is no question of Article 371 going to be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh said. “There is nothing of that sort being contemplated at any level by the…

Next for Isro: A mobile launchpad

Next for Isro: A mobile launchpad

Isro has a string of big tickets projects it hopes to execute in the next decade. BENGALURU: The next decade will be a compilation of milestones if everything goes as per plan for Isro, which, among many big ticket programmes in its pipeline, will also build a mobile launchpad for the proposed small satellite launch…

Devendra Fadnavis seeks Rahul Gandhi’s apology over Savarkar remarks

Devendra Fadnavis seeks Rahul Gandhi’s apology over Savarkar remarks

Devendra Fadnavis, ex-chief minister of Maharashtra, addressing media on the eve of the winter session of stat…Read MoreNAGPUR: Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra assembly, Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday demanded an “unconditional apology” from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘My name is not Rahul Savarkar’ remark. Talking to reporters, Fadnavis also announced that the…

Anti-citizenship law protests: Latest developments and reactions

Anti-citizenship law protests: Latest developments and reactions

NEW DELHI: Protests against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) were witnessed at many places across the country on Sunday. The CAA seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Here are latest developments: Students protest outside Delhi Police HQ* Scores…

Congress raising storm over citizenship law: PM Modi in Jharkhand

Congress raising storm over citizenship law: PM Modi in Jharkhand

DUMKA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress and its allies of raising a storm over citizenship law, asserting that the opposition parties were fuelling unrest and arson over the issue in several parts of the country. Without mentioning any party or community, Modi said those ‘fanning the fire’ could be identified by…

Citizenship (Amendment) Act stir live updates: Jamia says its students not involved in violence, police enter

Citizenship (Amendment) Act stir live updates: Jamia says its students not involved in violence, police enter

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Dec 15, 2019, 22:39:28 ISTProtests against the amended Citizenship Act turned violent in Delhi on Sunday. Buses were set ablaze by a mob and two fire officials were injured in the clash. Meanwhile, Two more persons succumbed to gunshot wounds in Assam’s Guwahati, taking the toll in police…

15-year residency to be must for owning land in J&K, Ladakh?

15-year residency to be must for owning land in J&K, Ladakh?

Security personnel stand guard during snowfall, in Srinagar, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (PTI)NEW DELHI: The government has denied any move to offer special status to the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh under Article 371 of the Constitution, while indicating a move to notify domicile rules for the two newly-created UTs.…

None will be spared, says Mamata as Bengal erupts

None will be spared, says Mamata as Bengal erupts

KOLKATA: Amid day-long violent protests and widespread destruction of vehicles and government property, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday appealed for peace and urged people not to take law into their hands and adopt undemocratic means of protests. She also issued a warning to those resorting to violence and vandalism stating that “none…

Rahul’s Savarkar jibe draws fire from new ally Shiv Sena

Rahul’s Savarkar jibe draws fire from new ally Shiv Sena

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi found himself at odds with new ally Shiv Sena on Saturday, with the Maharashtra outfit slamming his jibe at Veer Savarkar as a person who sought clemency from the British, saying that insulting the Hindutva icon is unacceptable. Speaking at a rally here on Saturday, Gandhi rejected BJP’s demand that he…

Will tweak Citizenship (Amendment) Act if needed, says Amit Shah

Will tweak Citizenship (Amendment) Act if needed, says Amit Shah

DHANBAD/RANCHI: In his first public rally after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act cleared the Parliament hurdle, Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday hinted that “some changes” could be made in the law’s provisions to address the concerns of the northeastern states. “Conrad Sangma (Meghalaya chief minister) and his ministers met me on Friday and informed…

FASTag relief: 25% of toll lanes will take cash till January 15

FASTag relief: 25% of toll lanes will take cash till January 15

Representational photo.NEW DELHI: Those who have not yet procured their FASTags, have got some relief for the next one month. The highways ministry on Saturday asked NHAI to take a call on the number of toll lanes where cash payment will be accepted till January 15 and their number shouldn’t be more than one-fourth of…

A special force to protect courts? SC seeks governments’ reply

A special force to protect courts? SC seeks governments’ reply

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought response from the Centre and state governments on a lawyer’s PIL seeking formation of a special force to protect courts across the country with the petitioner citing frequent violent incidents inside court premises, including the gunning down of a woman lawyer at Agra and recent clashes between police…

Rahul Gandhi takes centrestage at mega rally, fuels talk of return as Congress chief

Rahul Gandhi takes centrestage at mega rally, fuels talk of return as Congress chief

NEW DELHI: His cut-outs in the foreground and all around, and the massive crowd at Ramlila Maidan in rapt attention, Rahul Gandhi spoke for a brief 18 minutes. But his sharp remarks against PM Modi cornered the limelight at Congress’s “Bharat Bachao Rally”. Minutes before he took the microphone, AICC general secretary and Gandhi sibling,…

Days after Criticising JD(U) for Stand on Citizenship Act, Prashant Kishor’s Offer to Quit; Nitish Kumar Says

Days after Criticising JD(U) for Stand on Citizenship Act, Prashant Kishor’s Offer to Quit; Nitish Kumar Says

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with poll strategist and senior JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor. Patna: During a closed-door meeting with JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Saturday, party vice-president Prashant Kishor offered to resign. However, Kumar refused to accept the resignation. The chief minister also assured Kishor that the…

Citizenship Act: Arson intensifies in Bengal, no internet in Assam until Monday

Citizenship Act: Arson intensifies in Bengal, no internet in Assam until Monday

New Delhi: New Delhi: Even as curfew was relaxed for several hours in Assam and Meghalaya during the day, the anti-Citizenship Act protests continued to intensify in parts of the country with West Bengal observing maximum unrest and arson.While internet blockage was extended by 48 hours in Assam, Delhi saw a massive protest against the…

Rejuvenation of Ganga should be shining example of cooperative federalism: PM

Rejuvenation of Ganga should be shining example of cooperative federalism: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council here on Saturday and said that rejuvenation of the river should be a shining example of cooperative federalism.He also reviewed the progress of works under the ambitious Namami Gange project in the stretch of the river that is considered the most polluted,…

Modi risks losing focus on Indian economy as protests build over citizenship law

Modi risks losing focus on Indian economy as protests build over citizenship law

A new law on Indian citizenship is threatening to pull Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus away from a flagging economy as protests and criticism builds against the divisive plan.The government was forced to call in the army to quell protests in some parts of the country this week after the parliament passed legislation that will…

The big news: Citizenship Act protests spread beyond North East, and nine other top stories

The big news: Citizenship Act protests spread beyond North East, and nine other top stories

A look at the headlines right now:From Delhi to Shillong, demonstrators hit the streets against amendments to Citizenship Act: In Shillong, police used tear gas and baton-charge demonstrators, while Jamia Millia students were also baton-charged. Bangladesh also objected to an attack on their official’s convoy in Guwahati, multiple petitions filed against the act in Supreme…

Four dead, several injured in Assam as stir against Citizenship Act enters fourth day; AASU takes battle to SC

Four dead, several injured in Assam as stir against Citizenship Act enters fourth day; AASU takes battle to SC

On Friday, the stir in Assam against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act entered its fourth straight day Guwahati, the epicenter of protests, witnessed a mass gathering with thousands from different walks of life participating in the hunger strike The AASU and several other Assamese organisations have approached the Supreme Court to challenge the Act, as…

Mahua Moitra, Jairam Ramesh File Petitions Challenging Citizenship Act in SC

Mahua Moitra, Jairam Ramesh File Petitions Challenging Citizenship Act in SC

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra moved the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the amended Citizenship Act, according to which members of non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan cab be given Indian citizenship. Moitra’s counsel mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, who asked…

ICF gets nod to make Vande Bharat Express rakes

ICF gets nod to make Vande Bharat Express rakes

Ending months of controversy over the move to import complete train sets by floating global tenders and the stiff resistance that followed from senior railway officials and political parties, the Ministry of Railways has finally accorded sanction to the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here to roll out 45 rakes (720 coaches) of the Vande Bharat…

300 Dalit families enter 200-year-old temple for first time in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district

300 Dalit families enter 200-year-old temple for first time in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district

Celebration rented the air at Hosur village of Pattikonda mandal of Kurnool district on Saturday when 300 Dalit families formally entered the temple for the first time. A massive procession, led by various caste organisations, was taken out from Ambedkar statue in Pattikonda town to the village.According to the temple authorities, while the records for…

Citizenship Act: Meghalaya Chief Minister seeks ‘protection’ on the lines of Inner Line Permit

Citizenship Act: Meghalaya Chief Minister seeks ‘protection’ on the lines of Inner Line Permit

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on December 14 said an ordinance passed by his government for mandatory registration of outsiders entering the State is awaiting the Governor’s approval. He brought up the issue at a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi late on December 13.Like other parts of the northeastern region, Meghalaya…

Data Protection Bill not in line with draft: Justice Srikrishna

Data Protection Bill not in line with draft: Justice Srikrishna

HYDERABAD, 15/07/2014: Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Chairman of Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC), B.N. Srikrishna, addressing at FINSEC 2014, the 2nd Financial Sector Conclave, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Hyderabad on July 15, 2014. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar   | Photo Credit:…

At Ramlila Maidan, Congress leaders urge Rahul to wield the baton again

At Ramlila Maidan, Congress leaders urge Rahul to wield the baton again

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s aggressive speech in Bharat Bachao (Save India) rally on Saturday was not the centrepiece but the rally itself seemed like a carefully planned setting for him to make a comeback as Congress president.From party workers shouting Mr. Gandhi’s name in chorus to having 30-feet tall cutouts spread all over the…

NIA has not filed chargesheet in Pulwama attack

NIA has not filed chargesheet in Pulwama attack

Jawans examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, 2019.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS Role of each individual has to be spelt out but none of the key suspects are alive The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not filed a chargesheet in the Pulwama terror incident,…

25% FASTag lanes to accept other payment modes for a month

25% FASTag lanes to accept other payment modes for a month

more-in The hybrid lane will accept FASTag and other modes of payment. To avert inconvenience to citizens, the government said on Saturday that up to 25% of FASTag lanes at the National Highway toll plazas would be treated as hybrid lanes for a month.The hybrid lane will accept FASTag and other modes of payment.The government…

Deep-frying the nation batch by batch

Deep-frying the nation batch by batch

I don’t know if you eat onions in your house, in my house I certainly do. Sometimes foreigners ask me: “You say you’re from a Hindu background and you grew up vegetarian — does that mean garlic and onions were also banned from your house?” I have to hasten to deny that my family had…

Anti-Citizenship Act protests turn violent in West Bengal, Assam situation eases

Anti-Citizenship Act protests turn violent in West Bengal, Assam situation eases

The protests against the Citizenship Act took a violent turn in West Bengal on Saturday, even as the situation eased in Assam.As protesters torched railway stations and buses, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed for people to shun violence.Protesters targeted railway property and public buses and held road blocakes in different parts of the State.  Empty…

When there’s just you and the character on the screen, communing with each other

When there’s just you and the character on the screen, communing with each other

In the final scene of Martin Scorsese’s epic The Irishman, protagonist Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) sits old and alone in a nursing home; it’s Christmas, but he has nothing to celebrate. Frank has asked that his room door be left ajar, and the film’s last shot has the camera outside, watching him through the…

Rahul Jinnah ‘more appropriate’ name for Rahul Gandhi: BJP

Rahul Jinnah ‘more appropriate’ name for Rahul Gandhi: BJP

NEW DELHI: Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for his Savarkar jibe at the BJP, the ruling party on Saturday said a “more appropriate” name for the Congress leader is “Rahul Jinnah” as his “Muslim appeasement” politics makes him a worthy legatee of the Pakistan’s founder. Addressing the Congress’ mega “Bharat Bachao Rally” at Ramlila grounds…

Have a lot of respect for Sourav Ganguly and to hell with those who don’t understand: Ravi Shastri

Have a lot of respect for Sourav Ganguly and to hell with those who don’t understand: Ravi Shastri

NEW DELHI: “To hell with those who don’t understand” was Ravi Shastri’s inimitable response to the sceptics, who have constantly made conjectures about his alleged frosty relationship with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. A week back, it was Ganguly who had cleared the air on his part making it clear that rumours of bad blood between…

India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli & Co. firm favourites going into first ODI against West Indies

India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli & Co. firm favourites going into first ODI against West Indies

CHENNAI: India will have their tails up when they play West Indies in the first One-day International of the three-match rubber here on Sunday, seeking a 10th straight bilateral ODI series win against the side from the Caribbean. Both teams will have an eye on the weather after rains in the last 24 hours. READ…

Farooq Abdullah’s detention extended by 3 months

Farooq Abdullah’s detention extended by 3 months

SRINAGAR: The detention of Farooq Abdullah, three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail, officials said here. The case of Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board…

Violent protests in Bengal against Citizenship Act, Mamata appeals for calm

Violent protests in Bengal against Citizenship Act, Mamata appeals for calm

Several parts of West Bengal witnessed incidents of violence on Saturday.KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged people to maintain peace and warned that strict action will be taken against people found indulging in violence. She appealed for calm as several places across the state saw violent agitations and vandalism by people…

‘My name is Rahul Gandhi, not Rahul Savarkar; will never apologise’

‘My name is Rahul Gandhi, not Rahul Savarkar; will never apologise’

NEW DELHI: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday refused to apologise over his “Rape in India” remark and mocked Sangh ideologue VD Savarkar and said, “I am not Rahul Savarkar and I will not apologise for speaking the truth”. Rahul Gandhi also accused the Prime Minister of burning the northeastern states and West Bengal…

Citizenship Amendment Act protests live updates: Curfew relaxed from 9am to 4pm in Guwahati

Citizenship Amendment Act protests live updates: Curfew relaxed from 9am to 4pm in Guwahati

Oil tanker set ablaze in Assam, driver killed as protests continueAn oil tanker was set ablaze in Assam’s Sonitpur district, killing its driver, even as protests against the amended Citizenship Act continued on Saturday across the state amid a rail blockade, sit-ins and hunger strikes by different organisations, officials said. The empty oil tanker, on…

‘Centre in talks with J&K, Ladakh on special status’

‘Centre in talks with J&K, Ladakh on special status’

The Ministry of Home Affairs office at North Block in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy more-in The “special status” will be on the lines of Article 371 of the Constitution, a senior government official said. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is holding consultations with the Union Territories of Jammu and…

Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder: Rape, rage, and an exchange of fire

Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder: Rape, rage, and an exchange of fire

Two weeks after his daughter was brutally raped and murdered in Hyderabad, rage has morphed into deep sorrow for Disha’s* father. He patiently recalls his 27-year-old daughter’s hobbies. “She loved cooking for us,” he says. “She also liked collecting saplings as she was interested in gardening.” Disha’s family lives in the suburbs of Hyderabad in…

The day of Boris: On U.K. polls

The day of Boris: On U.K. polls

December 14, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 14, 2019 00:39 IST December 14, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 14, 2019 00:39 IST Labour lost because it fought a Brexit election as if it were just another general election The decisive victory the Conservative Party clinched in Thursday’s elections to Parliament gives British Prime Minister Boris…

Twin troubles: On low growth and high inflation

Twin troubles: On low growth and high inflation

December 14, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 14, 2019 00:40 IST December 14, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 14, 2019 00:40 IST more-in Low growth and high inflation raise questions about the root cause of the crisis Economic data released by the government on Thursday suggest that India may be stepping even closer to stagflation.…

Despite massive victory, Boris Johnson faces a battle for Britain

Despite massive victory, Boris Johnson faces a battle for Britain

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured after delivering a statement at Downing Street after winning the general election, in London, Britain, December 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters Strong show by SNP and Irish nationalists raises concerns about independence movements gaining momentum Prime Minister Boris Johnson may be revelling in his mighty election…

Supreme Court issues notice to Election Commission on ‘discrepancies’

Supreme Court issues notice to Election Commission on ‘discrepancies’

The petition said there were six seats where the discrepancy in votes was higher than the winning margin./ Photo for representation   Petition says a study was done by them on discrepancy patterns found in ECI website and ‘My Voters Turnout App’. The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to…

Supreme Court throws out plea alleging minors illegally detained in Kashmir Valley

Supreme Court throws out plea alleging minors illegally detained in Kashmir Valley

Security personnel stand guard during snowfall in Srinagar on December 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in Court relied on a detailed ground report submitted by the J&K High Court Juvenile Justice Committee led by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and three other judges. The Supreme Court on December 13 disposed of a writ petition…

Protests against Citizenship Act continue; Amit Shah cancels northeast visit

Protests against Citizenship Act continue; Amit Shah cancels northeast visit

Participants assemble for a demonstration against the Citizenship Act despite curfew in Guwahati on December 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in Curfew relaxed in Guwahati; mobile Internet, data services remain suspended Union Home Minister Amit Shah cancelled his scheduled visit to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh on December 15 and 16 as protests continued…

Be patient, Supreme Court tells women seeking protection to enter Sabarimala temple

Be patient, Supreme Court tells women seeking protection to enter Sabarimala temple

The Supreme Court on Friday advocated patience to women of menstruating age fighting for their right to enter and worship at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The law was in their favour and any judicial order at this time may spark violence. The situation was already “explosive,” the court said.Two women in their 30s rccently…

India-Japan Guwahati summit cancelled

India-Japan Guwahati summit cancelled

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. File photo.   | Photo Credit: AP more-in Both sides have decided to defer PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to a mutually convenient date in the near future: MEA The annual India-Japan summit, scheduled to be held in Guwahati between December 15 and 17, has been…

Dec 16 gang rape convicts under depression, police keep a close watch: Tihar jail sources

Dec 16 gang rape convicts under depression, police keep a close watch: Tihar jail sources

The four convicts facing death in the 2012 gang rape and murder case are under depression and Tihar Jail officials are keeping a close watch to ensure they do not harm themselves, prison sources said on Friday.Four-five security personnel have been assigned to each of the four convicts, the sources said.The four — Akshay, Mukesh,…

Britain speeds towards Brexit as Boris Johnson wins large majority in election

Britain speeds towards Brexit as Boris Johnson wins large majority in election

London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31.Brexit represents the country’s biggest political and economic gamble since World War II, cutting the world’s fifth largest economy adrift from the…

News18 Wrap: 3 CMs Refuse to Implement CAB, Boris Johnson Sweeps UK Elections & Other Stories You Missed

News18 Wrap: 3 CMs Refuse to Implement CAB, Boris Johnson Sweeps UK Elections & Other Stories You Missed

News18 Wrap brings you some of the biggest stories on News18.com today to help you stay updated at all times. News18 Wrap brings you some of the biggest stories on News18.com today to help you stay updated at all times. In case you missed it CAB Protests: As a growing number of state governments refuse…

Kerala’s ruling, opposition parties to protest together against CAB on Dec 16

Kerala’s ruling, opposition parties to protest together against CAB on Dec 16

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi | Published: December 13, 2019 8:25:43 pm Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.Kerala’s bitter political rivals – CPM and the Congress – and the multi-party coalitions they lead will shed their differences to unite in a protest against the controversial Citizenship…

Non-BJP states might not be able to stall the Citizenship Act. Here’s why

Non-BJP states might not be able to stall the Citizenship Act. Here’s why

The governments of five states not ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party – Punjab, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh – have now declared that they will not implement the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, which was passed by Parliament on Wednesday. The Act seeks to provide Indian citizenship to religiously persecuted Hindu, Parsi, Christian,…

Logistics, Guwahati’s Significance as Venue: Why Shinzo Abe Postponed India Visit Over Citizenship Act Unrest

Logistics, Guwahati’s Significance as Venue: Why Shinzo Abe Postponed India Visit Over Citizenship Act Unrest

The dates will be reworked as the India-Japan summit is annual in nature and has to be held at some stage, sources aware of the developments said. File photo of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R). New Delhi: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India for the annual summit…

Winter session: Lok Sabha productivity at 116%; for Rajya Sabha 99%

Winter session: Lok Sabha productivity at 116%; for Rajya Sabha 99%

Fourteen bills were passed by the Lower House while 15 bills were passed by Rajya Sabha. Overall, 15 bills were passed by both Houses of Parliament, Joshi said. The Lok Sabha recorded productivity of 116 percent in the winter session while for Rajya Sabha it was at 99 percent, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said…

Will never apologise for ‘rape in India’ comment: Rahul Gandhi

Will never apologise for ‘rape in India’ comment: Rahul Gandhi

PTI New Delhi , December 13, 2019 14:39 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 19:36 IST Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on December 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI PTI New Delhi , December 13, 2019 14:39 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 19:36…

CAB effect: Japanese PM puts off India visit

CAB effect: Japanese PM puts off India visit

World Amiti Sen New Delhi | Updated on December 13, 2019 Published on December 13, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has postponed his visit to India scheduled between December 15 and 17, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed.“With reference to the proposed visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to India, both sides…

CAB will not be implemented in Kerala, says Chief Minister

CAB will not be implemented in Kerala, says Chief Minister

Thiruvananthapuram/Kozhikode: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said the Citizenship (Amendment) bill, passed by Parliament, will not be implemented in the state, as hundreds of students of a local college in north Kerala took out a march and burnt the effigy of Home minister Amit Shah. The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) also held a…

Economic reforms are showing impact, says government

Economic reforms are showing impact, says government

NEW DELHI: Chief economic advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian on Friday said that the government’s economic reforms are showing its impact. Addressing the media, Subramanian also spoke on the road towards the $5 trillion economy and support for the small and medium businesses. “Evidence of measures to boost investment is actually seen in the record FDI inflows…

Nirmala Sitharaman ranked 34th in the world’s most powerful women list: Forbes

Nirmala Sitharaman ranked 34th in the world’s most powerful women list: Forbes

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, HCL Corporation CEO and Executive Director Roshni Nadar Malhotra and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw have been named among the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.Ms. Sitharaman, a newcomer on the Forbes most powerful women list, is ranked 34th. India’s first female finance minister, Ms. Sitharaman has also served as the…

Top news photos: Parliament attack anniversary, protests against CAB

Top news photos: Parliament attack anniversary, protests against CAB

Here are some of the top images of the day from across the world more-in 12 noon | A major fire broke out at a godown stocking chemical raw materials in Erukkenchery, in Chennai, in the early hours of Friday. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam 10.30 a.m. | Members of Assam Congress Party staging a protest…

Parliament proceedings live | Both Houses adjourned till 12 noon

Parliament proceedings live | Both Houses adjourned till 12 noon

Rajya Sabha passed the following bills on Thursday.Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019, Constitution (scheduled tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 and Lok Sabha passed the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019.Here are today’s live updates:Today is the last day of the winter session.Rajya Sabha | 12.30 p.m.Chairman Mr. Naidu…

Nirbhaya case: Victim’s mother moves Supreme Court opposing review plea of convict

Nirbhaya case: Victim’s mother moves Supreme Court opposing review plea of convict

PTI New Delhi, December 13, 2019 11:34 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 12:14 IST PTI New Delhi, December 13, 2019 11:34 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 12:14 IST more-in The counsel appearing for the victim’s mother mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and said they are opposing convict Akshay…

Student suicide: State Commission for Women visits IIT Madras

Student suicide: State Commission for Women visits IIT Madras

Chairperson Kannegi Packianathan visited IIT-M on Thursday, to enquire into the circumstances that led to the death of Fathima Latheef last month Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women chairperson Kannegi Packianathan visited IIT Madras on Thursday to enquire about the suicide of first-year post-graduate student Fathima Latheef last month, as well as about issues faced…

Centre sends NIA IG G.P. Singh to Assam to quell stir

Centre sends NIA IG G.P. Singh to Assam to quell stir

With violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, swelling in Assam, the Centre repatriated G.P. Singh, a senior IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who had been posted at the National Investigation Agency (NIA), back to the State to quell the violence.The 1991-batch officer was directed to go to Assam on Wednesday night after…

UK election results 2019 | Live: We have a powerful mandate for Brexit, says Boris Johnson

UK election results 2019 | Live: We have a powerful mandate for Brexit, says Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are on course to win a large majority in Thursday’s U.K elections after voters backed his bid to deliver Brexit on January 31. Mr. Johnson’s party is set to win comfortably in the 650-seat parliament in what could be the biggest Conservative national election win since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 triumph.The…

Japan PM might cancel India trip, says press

Japan PM might cancel India trip, says press

Reuters TOKYO, December 13, 2019 09:09 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 10:20 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. File photo.   | Photo Credit: AP Reuters TOKYO, December 13, 2019 09:09 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 10:20 IST more-in The move follows violent protests in Guwahati, the planned venue for…

An exoneration: On clean chit Modi

An exoneration: On clean chit Modi

December 13, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 07:40 IST December 13, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 07:40 IST The clean chit to Modi is unsurprising, but the riots can’t be described as spontaneous Commissions of Inquiry are often seen as tools to manage public perception about lapses on the part of…

Nation #194?: On Bougainville

Nation #194?: On Bougainville

December 13, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 01:21 IST December 13, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 13, 2019 01:21 IST more-in Bougainville is some distance from nationhood but its people have spoken With Bougainville’s overwhelming vote for independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG), the country has crossed a milestone in the peace process…

3-member panel to probe Hyderabad ‘encounter’

3-member panel to probe Hyderabad ‘encounter’

HighlightsThe court’s comments came after the Telangana government refused to prosecute police personnel involved in the incident on the ground that there was no case against themA bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices S A Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna asked the commission to complete the probe in six months and file a…

Two killed in police firing in Guwahati as thousands defy curfew

Two killed in police firing in Guwahati as thousands defy curfew

TNN | Dec 13, 2019, 1:38 ISTHighlightsOne of the victims was identified as 23-year-old Deepanjal Das, who took a bullet in his stomach and died at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital an hour laterAt the Latasil Ground, there was a mammoth gathering of citizens, including students, for a rally that passed off without any confrontationProtestors…

Thunderstorm, heavy rains lash Delhi, several flights diverted; brings in winter chill

Thunderstorm, heavy rains lash Delhi, several flights diverted; brings in winter chill

Heavy rains, coupled with thunderstorm, lashed several parts of the national capital Thursday evening, which is expected to improve the city’s air quality and bring the temperature further down. Several flights have been diverted as well.Under the influence of a western disturbance, the national capital recorded rains with strong winds for nearly two hours, said…

‘Lotus on Passports as Part of Security Features’: MEA Clarifies after Congress’s Outcry

‘Lotus on Passports as Part of Security Features’: MEA Clarifies after Congress’s Outcry

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the use of lotus on passports was a part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports and involves using other national symbols as well on rotation. PTIUpdated:December 12, 2019, 7:11 PM IST MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar addresses the press in Delhi on Thursday. (Reuters) New Delhi: A…

On barb over citizenship law, India gives Imran Khan some advice

On barb over citizenship law, India gives Imran Khan some advice

India’s foreign ministry (MEA) on Thursday lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who has been severely critical of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which will fast-track citizenship for religious minorities from three neighbouring countries, including Pakistan. The other two Muslim-majority countries which the citizenship bill covers are Bangladesh and Pakistan.Imran Khan, MEA spokesperson Raveesh…

Maharashtra government: Shiv Sena gets Home, NCP Finance, Congress revenue, PWD

Maharashtra government: Shiv Sena gets Home, NCP Finance, Congress revenue, PWD

MUMBAI : Portfolios in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra were allotted on Thursday, two weeks after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister, with his party, Shiv Sena, getting the important Home ministry.Thackeray, alongwith six ministers — two each from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — took oath of office on November…

Protesters vandalise AGP headquarters in Guwahati

Protesters vandalise AGP headquarters in Guwahati

Protesters gather to defy the curfew and protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), at Latasil Ground i…Read MoreGUWAHATI: Headquarters of the Assam Gono Parishad in the city’s Ambari area was attacked on Thursday by people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, police said. The protesters went inside the building, located on the Gopinath Bordoloi Road…

Want to assure brothers, sisters of Assam they have nothing to worry after CAB: PM Modi

Want to assure brothers, sisters of Assam they have nothing to worry after CAB: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to reach out the people of Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them on Thursday that they had nothing to worry after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, even as the northeastern state continued to simmer against the contentious legislation. A day after the bill was passed in Parliament,…

Opposition speaking Pakistan’s language on Citizenship Bill: PM Modi at BJP meet

Opposition speaking Pakistan’s language on Citizenship Bill: PM Modi at BJP meet

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the opposition of speaking Pakistan’s language on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and asserted that the legislation will be written in “golden letters” in history. Addressing BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi likened the bill to the government’s decision to nullify Article 370 and said it will provide…

Oppn speaking Pakistan’s language on Citizenship Bill: PM Modi at BJP meet

Oppn speaking Pakistan’s language on Citizenship Bill: PM Modi at BJP meet

New Delhi: After the Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary party meeting, Prahlad Joshi and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as a historic one. “PM Modi said that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be written in golden letters for people who are persecuted on basis of religion,” he added. The Bill would…

2 weeks on, Uddhav allocates 56 portfolios among 7 mantris

2 weeks on, Uddhav allocates 56 portfolios among 7 mantris

MUMBAI: Over a fortnight after Uddhav Thackeray took over as CM heading a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi, as the recently-formed three-party alliance is called, allocated 56 portfolios between the seven ministers who were all sworn in on November 28. Of the plum portfolios, the Sena has got home and urban development, the…

What happens to atheists as per the Citizenship Amendment Bill, and other interesting questions from the parliamentary debates | The Hindu Analysis Podcast

What happens to atheists as per the Citizenship Amendment Bill, and other interesting questions from the parliamentary debates | The Hindu Analysis Podcast

Jayant Sriram December 12, 2019 20:40 IST Updated: December 12, 2019 20:50 IST Jayant Sriram December 12, 2019 20:40 IST Updated: December 12, 2019 20:50 IST The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill by the Rajya Sabha on December 11 was preceded by two days of intense debate in both the Houses of Parliament. Legislators…

Maharashtra portfolios: Shiv Sena gets Home, NCP Finance, Congress Revenue and PWD

Maharashtra portfolios: Shiv Sena gets Home, NCP Finance, Congress Revenue and PWD

Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai. File photo   | Photo Credit: Aadesh Choudhary more-in At present six Ministers will handle all portfolios and Cabinet expansion will take place after the session. Fifteen days after the swearing-in ceremony in Maharashtra, the government has finally announced the portfolio distribution in the State on…

Article 370 petitioners seek transfer of case to larger Bench

Article 370 petitioners seek transfer of case to larger Bench

The Constitution Bench heard submissions till 1 p.m. on Thursday and scheduled the next hearing for January 21, 2020. File   more-in The petitioners challenging the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday urged the five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court to refer the case to a larger Bench.Appearing before the…

Ayodhya verdict: SC dismisses pleas seeking review

Ayodhya verdict: SC dismisses pleas seeking review

“… We do not find any ground, whatsoever, to entertain the same… ‘’, says five-judge Bench, led by CJI Sharad A. Bobde A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde, on Thursday dismissed 19 petitions seeking a review of the court’s November 9 verdict permitting the…

Not part of Maharashtra BJP core team but won’t quit party, says Pankaja Munde

Not part of Maharashtra BJP core team but won’t quit party, says Pankaja Munde

Pankaja Munde said she will be holding a ‘Mashal Rally’ across Maharashtra starting from January. Maharashtra BJP leader and former minister Pankaja Munde on Thursday said she is no longer a member of the party’s state core team but added she won’t quit the organisation as yet. Addressing a rally on Thursday in Beed district…

Bangladesh cancels Foreign Minister’s Delhi visit

Bangladesh cancels Foreign Minister’s Delhi visit

Bangladesh on Thursday cancelled the scheduled December 12-14 India visits by its Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, diplomatic sources said.Dhaka has not yet elaborated upon the reasons behind the cancellation of the trip, but it is understood that it is a sign of its displeasure over repeated reference by Indian…

Parliament proceedings live | Lok Sabha begins Question Hour

Parliament proceedings live | Lok Sabha begins Question Hour

Rajya Sabha has passed the Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019 which seeks to extend the reservation for SCs & STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.The House also passed the Constitution (scheduled tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 through a voice vote. The legislation specifies the tribal…

Anti-Citizenship Bill protests: People defy curfew in Guwahati, Army conducts flag march

Anti-Citizenship Bill protests: People defy curfew in Guwahati, Army conducts flag march

People defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the Army conducting flag march in the city.Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the Army was called in at four places and…

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

December 12, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 12, 2019 00:33 IST December 12, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 12, 2019 00:33 IST more-in A flawed collegium system is no reason to hold back appointments to the judiciary The list of alarming numbers and figures relating to the depleting numbers in India’s higher judiciary has a…

Staggering spread

Staggering spread

December 12, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 12, 2019 09:21 IST December 12, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 12, 2019 09:21 IST more-in Governments must do more to increase public awareness of vaccine importance Even as reported measles cases globally during 2000 to 2018 decreased by 59%, there has been a spike since 2016. Compared…

CAB set to be law as RS passes it 125-99, indefinite curfew and Army in Guwahati

CAB set to be law as RS passes it 125-99, indefinite curfew and Army in Guwahati

NEW DELHI: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is set to become law with the Rajya Sabha passing the hotly debated and polarising legislation by 125-99 votes on Wednesday after a lengthy discussion over its provisions offering citizenship to Hindus and five other minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The numbers did not prove a challenge for…

Maharashtra IPS officer quits over ‘communal, unconstitutional’ Citizenship Bill

Maharashtra IPS officer quits over ‘communal, unconstitutional’ Citizenship Bill

PTI | Dec 11, 2019, 23:06 ISTHighlightsAbdur Rahman, posted as special IGP in Mumbai, issued a statement saying he won’t be attending office from Thursday.Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.”I request all justice loving people to oppose the bill in a democratic manner. It runs against…

CAB protests: Northeast Frontier Railway cancels, reschedules several trains

CAB protests: Northeast Frontier Railway cancels, reschedules several trains

Protesters burning tyres during the 12-hour Assam bandh call given by North East Student Organization (NESO) in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in Guwahati on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar more-in On Tuesday, normal life across Assam came to a standstill due to an 11-hour northeast bandh.…

Citizenship Bill: Clear our doubts before expecting support from us in Rajya Sabha, says Sanjay Raut

Citizenship Bill: Clear our doubts before expecting support from us in Rajya Sabha, says Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut at Parliament House.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in No one can exert pressure on us, says the Shiv Sena MP ahead of the voting in the Upper House Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said the dynamics in the Rajya Sabha were different from that of the Lok…

Sushil Modi replaces Nirmala Sitharaman as head of GoM on IGST settlement

Sushil Modi replaces Nirmala Sitharaman as head of GoM on IGST settlement

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi | File   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in Since the Union Finance Minister is the chairperson of the GST Council, she could not have headed the panel Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi will be the convener of a Group of Ministers on Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST)…

Metro car manufacturer Alstom unhappy over restrictions in participating in Chennai Metro’s phase II project

Metro car manufacturer Alstom unhappy over restrictions in participating in Chennai Metro’s phase II project

A file photograph of a Chennai Metro Rail entering Thirumangalam Station   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu Funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency has prevented non-Indian firms from participating in new metro rail projects French metro car manufacturer’s India operation, Alstom India, has expressed unhappiness over the restrictions placed by Japanese funding agency preventing non-Indian…

Parliament proceedings live | Rajya Sabha adjourned

Parliament proceedings live | Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha is taking up the amendments to Citizenship Bill, which was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday midnight.Today also marks the 18th anniversary of the terror attack at Parliament premises.Here are the live updates:Rajya Sabha | 2 p.m.Ram Chandra Prasad Singh (JD-U) says the Bill is very clea, as he begins speaking in support…

Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission gives clean chit to Narendra Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots

Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission gives clean chit to Narendra Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots

The Gujarat government has tabled the final part of the Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission report on the 2002 riots, in the Assembly on Wednesday. The report deals with post-Godhra violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed in the widespread communal riots across the State.The Commission has given clean chit to the then Chief Minister…

Countdown begins for launch of RISAT-2BR1, to mark PSLV’s 50th flight

Countdown begins for launch of RISAT-2BR1, to mark PSLV’s 50th flight

PSLV-C48 to be launched from Sriharikota on December 11   | Photo Credit: Twitter/ISRO The December 11-launch will mark a significant milestone for the space agency as it would be the 50th flight of the PSLV The countdown is on for the launch of India’s radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 on board PLSV-C48 from…

Top news images: Fernandez sworn in as Argentina’s President, International Clown Day in Mexico, and more

Top news images: Fernandez sworn in as Argentina’s President, International Clown Day in Mexico, and more

Here are some of the top images of the day more-in 12.15 pm | The 136th birth anniversary of Tamil poet ‘Mahakavi’ C. Subramania Bharathi, was celebrated at his birth place in Ettayapuram on Wednesday. Over 130 students clad in white turban, black jacket and dhoti, resembling Bharathiyar took out a rally. Photo: N. Rajesh…

Instant reward: On Karnataka defection politics

Instant reward: On Karnataka defection politics

December 11, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 11, 2019 10:00 IST December 11, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 11, 2019 10:00 IST more-in Karnataka gets political stability, even though it was achieved via dubious means Instant reward, not punishment, is what people willed for Karnataka lawmakers who defected from the Congress and the Janata Dal…

Doping to win: On Russia’s ban from global sporting events

Doping to win: On Russia’s ban from global sporting events

December 11, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 11, 2019 00:52 IST December 11, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 11, 2019 00:52 IST more-in Some athletes do cheat, but when they do so with official sanction it is an epic crisis Monday’s decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ban Russia from global sporting events…

Shooter Ravi Kumar, boxer Sumit Sangwan fail dope tests

Shooter Ravi Kumar, boxer Sumit Sangwan fail dope tests

PUNE/NEW DELHI: With just seven months to go for the Tokyo Olympics, two Indian sportspersons of note, shooter Ravi Kumar and boxer Sumit Sangwan, have tested positive for banned substances. It has come as a surprise because one rarely hears of cases of dope violations in shooting and boxing, more so if the involved athletes…

Delhi HC dismisses plea for judicial, CBI probe into Anaj Mandi fire

Delhi HC dismisses plea for judicial, CBI probe into Anaj Mandi fire

Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea which had sought a judicial probe or an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the fire at an illegal factory in the Capital’s Anaj Mandi area, where at least 43 people were killed on Sunday.A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari…

Shiv Sena seeks answers before backing govt in RS, but NDA confident of numbers

Shiv Sena seeks answers before backing govt in RS, but NDA confident of numbers

TNN | Updated: Dec 11, 2019, 1:08 ISTHighlightsBJP’s ally-turned-foe had broken with new partners Congress and NCP on Monday to vote for the CAB in the Lok Sabha after having vacillated through the day. Sena chief and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said Sena needed clarity on demands like denial of voting rights for 25 years…

Seven Accused in Tabrez Ansari Lynching Case Granted Bail

Seven Accused in Tabrez Ansari Lynching Case Granted Bail

Seven Accused in Tabrez Ansari Lynching Case Granted BailSHARE, SAVE, COMMENT Tabrez Ansari was brutally murdered in Jharkhand.(Photo: The Quint)Aishwarya S IyerUpdated: 03H 42M AGOThe Ranchi High Court granted bail to seven of the thirteen accused in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case, senior advocate A Allam representing Tabrez’s family told The Quint on 10 December.Bail…

Overjoyed by unanimous passage of Bill extending reservation for SCs, STs in legislatures: PM Modi

Overjoyed by unanimous passage of Bill extending reservation for SCs, STs in legislatures: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he was “overjoyed” that Lok Sabha unanimously passed a Bill to extend reservation for SCs and STs in national and state legislatures by another 10 years. “We are unwaveringly committed towards the empowerment of our citizens, especially the marginalised,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter. I…

European Union asks India to restore normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir

European Union asks India to restore normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir

Security personnel patrol at a closed market during a strike in Srinagar on Tuesday. (PTI photo)NEW DELHI: Expressing concerns over the continuing restrictions on mobility and communications in Kashmir, the European Union asked India to restore normalcy there. Speaking to journalists in his first media interaction here, new EU envoy, Ugo Astuto said the EU’s…

‘Why Give Death Penalty When Delhi Air is Reducing Life?’ Nirbhaya Convict’s Plea in Supreme Court

‘Why Give Death Penalty When Delhi Air is Reducing Life?’ Nirbhaya Convict’s Plea in Supreme Court

Filed through his lawyer AP Singh, Akshay’s petition maintains that he does not deserve death given the environmental conditions in the national capital. Illustration by Mir Suhail. (News18.com) New Delhi: On the death row, Nirbhaya case convict Akshay filed his review petition in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, questioning why give him death penalty when…

In New Citizenship Bill Flip-Flop, Shiv Sena Says Its Vote May Change

In New Citizenship Bill Flip-Flop, Shiv Sena Says Its Vote May Change

Published on Dec 10, 2019After the Shiv Sena supported the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha last night, party chief Uddhav Thackeray today made it clear that Sena’s support to the bill in the Rajya Sabha is not a given. The party is already in trouble with new Maharashtra ally Congress,…

With Karnataka bye-polls over, rebels now eye key ministerial berths

With Karnataka bye-polls over, rebels now eye key ministerial berths

Sources in the BJP say that the newly elected legislators have already put in requests to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, for the ministerial portfolios of their choice The political drama in Karnataka, which began with the rebellion of Congress and JD(S) leaders, finally ended on Monday after 11 rebel leaders won the bye-election. With their…

Human Rights Day 2019: Knowing the history and significance

Human Rights Day 2019: Knowing the history and significance

Every year, Human Rights Day is observed on December 10. The day was officially adopted in the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The UN came up with a document called Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which defined the rights an individual should enjoy, despite belonging to any race, colour, religion, sex, language, political…

Hyderabad encounter: HC asks state to preserve accused’s bodies till Dec 13

Hyderabad encounter: HC asks state to preserve accused’s bodies till Dec 13

Judiciary The Telangana High Court, hearing a plea seeking a probe into the encounter, has appointed Advocate Prakash Reddy as amicus curiae to assist the court in the case. Image: PTI In a fresh development, the Telangana High Court, which is hearing petitions seeking a probe into the Hyderabad encounter, has asked officials to preserve…

New Congress ally Shiv Sena votes with Govt

New Congress ally Shiv Sena votes with Govt

TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 5:10 ISTHighlightsDuring the debate on the bill, the party had argued that refugees getting citizenship under the CAB should not be granted voting rights for 25 years. It said since the CAB has left out north-eastern states, the government should spell out in which states would the refugees getting…

Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill

Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) that seeks to give citizenship to refugees from the Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Bill was passed 311-80 with zero abstentions, after the Opposition put up a spirited attack against it.Responding to the…

Unequal, unsecular: On Citizenship Amendment Bill

December 10, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 10, 2019 00:04 IST December 10, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 10, 2019 00:04 IST more-in Citizenship law amendment goes against non-discriminatory norms in the Constitution The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (CAB), is brazenly discriminatory and it is only a matter of time before its constitutionality is subjected…

BJP sweeps bypolls in Karnataka; two state Congress leaders quit over poor show

BJP sweeps bypolls in Karnataka; two state Congress leaders quit over poor show

PTI | Updated: Dec 9, 2019, 19:29 ISTHighlightsThe bypolls were considered a litmus test for the BJP govt as it needed to win six of the 15 seats to remain in majorityThe BJP sweep had an immediate fallout in the opposition Congress with top leaders Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao quitting their postsTurncoats had a…

JNU protest: Police lathi-charge students on way to Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi traffic comes to a standstill

JNU protest: Police lathi-charge students on way to Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi traffic comes to a standstill

JNU students during a march from the university campus to Rashtrapati Bhavan to ‘save public education’. (PTI photo)NEW DELHI: Scores of JNU students were lathi-charged by police on Monday and several of them detained when they tried to march towards Rashtrapati Bhawan against the hostel fee hike, throwing traffic out of gear and leaving metro…

Andhra CM lauds KCR, Telangana cops on ‘encounter’ deaths

Andhra CM lauds KCR, Telangana cops on ‘encounter’ deaths

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday lauded his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao and the state police over the alleged encounter of the four accused in the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian. The chief minister also announced that his government would introduce a bill in the ongoing session…

Discussed weather: Ajit Pawar on public chat with Fadnavis

Discussed weather: Ajit Pawar on public chat with Fadnavis

PTI | Updated: Dec 9, 2019, 18:41 ISTHighlightsOn Sunday, Fadnavis and Pawar were seen together for the first time since the fall of their short-lived government”Just because we sat together doesn’t mean something new is cooking. We discussed the weather and rainfall,” Pawar told reportersFile photoMUMBAI: As eyebrows were raised over their first joint public…

Russia banned from Olympics for four years over doping scandal

Russia banned from Olympics for four years over doping scandal

LAUSANNE/MOSCOW: Russia was banned from the Olympics and other major world championships on Monday after sporting officials decided to punish it for tampering with doping-related laboratory data in another blow to Russia’s already tarnished sporting reputation. The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), imposed a four-year ban on Russia participating in a range of…

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha: Who said what

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha: Who said what

Congress leader Manish TewariThis is against article 14, article 15, article 21, article 25 and 26 of the Indian constitution. This bill is unconstitutional and against basic right of equality. Today, the home minister said that the Congress is responsible for the partition on basis of religion, I want to make it clear that the…

Lok Sabha to vote on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill today: All you need to know

Lok Sabha to vote on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill today: All you need to know

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha will on Monday debate and vote on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to profoundly alter how Indian citizenship will be determined by offering Indian nationality on grounds of “religious persecution” to Hindus and other minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Last week on Wednesday, the Union cabinet had cleared…

‘Will Never Forget What I Saw’: Eyewitnesses Recount Horror of Delhi’s Anaj Mandi Blaze That Killed 43

A fire engine stands by the site of a fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Sunday (AP) Mohammed Sonu, 16, woke up gasping for air on Sunday morning. Dense smoke had filled the small room that he shared with four others in a building in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi. Everywhere around him men were screaming and…

Hyderabad veterinarian rape accused killing: Telangana forms Special Investigation Team

Hyderabad veterinarian rape accused killing: Telangana forms Special Investigation Team

Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagwat   | Photo Credit: The Hindu Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagwat to head the investigation team. The Telangana government on Sunday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing of four accused in the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian. The SIT headed by Rachakonda…

Trampling on grassroots: On T.N. local body polls

Trampling on grassroots: On T.N. local body polls

December 09, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 09, 2019 00:22 IST December 09, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 09, 2019 00:22 IST more-in It is a travesty of law that local body polls have been delayed by three years in Tamil Nadu Three years after they fell due in 2016, rural local bodies in Tamil…

Shooting in Pensacola: On Saudi aviation student’s crime

Shooting in Pensacola: On Saudi aviation student’s crime

December 09, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 09, 2019 00:20 IST December 09, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 09, 2019 00:20 IST more-in Saudi Arabia is not doing enough to counter Islamist tendencies at home and abroad The deadly shooting at Florida’s Pensacola Naval Air Station by a Saudi aviation student that killed three and…

Officials dismiss concerns over U.S. House resolution on Kashmir

Officials dismiss concerns over U.S. House resolution on Kashmir

Pramila Jayapal   more-in India reaches out to Congressmen, diaspora for support The External Affairs Ministry has refused to comment on the U.S. House resolution on Jammu and Kashmir introduced by Indian-American lawmaker Pramila Jayapal, even as the government stepped up efforts to ensure that the resolution is not passed, with officials reaching out to…

Bypoll results hold key to BJP government’s stability in Karnataka

Bypoll results hold key to BJP government’s stability in Karnataka

Will Monday’s results of the bypolls for 15 Assembly constituencies bring curtains down on the State’s saga of political upheavals that has drawn on for over four months, or will it be the beginning of another? Not only is the stability of the B.S. Yediyurappa-led BJP government in question, but also the political survival of…

Delhi Anaj Mandi fire tragedy: Workers trapped in death chamber with no escape

Delhi Anaj Mandi fire tragedy: Workers trapped in death chamber with no escape

Saurabh Trivedi NEW DELHI , December 08, 2019 21:35 IST Updated: December 08, 2019 22:43 IST A fire engine waits near Anaj Mandi in a narrow alleyway amid a maze of electrical wires in New Delhi on December 8, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar Saurabh Trivedi NEW DELHI , December 08, 2019…

Delhi Anaj Mandi fire tragedy: ‘The fire has come inside the building. I can’t breathe’

Delhi Anaj Mandi fire tragedy: ‘The fire has come inside the building. I can’t breathe’

Musharraf Ali, who was among the 43 people who died in the devastating fire in Delhi early on Saturday, made a last distress call to his friend Monu Agarwal, as smoke entered the fourth floor hall where he was sleeping.Knowing that he would not make it out alive, he called his childhood friend and neighbour…

Two Congress MPs face suspension from Lok Sabha

Two Congress MPs face suspension from Lok Sabha

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.   | Photo Credit: PTI/LSTV Moved in a ‘threatening manner’ towards Smriti Irani Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will be moving a motion in the Lok Sabha on Monday to suspend two Congress members, T.N. Prathapan and Dean Kuriakose, for the rest of the winter session for moving in…

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in LS for passage on Monday

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in LS for passage on Monday

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Decembner 9.The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 by seeking to grant citizenship to undocumented and illegal non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.The Lok Sabha…

Unnao victim laid to rest amid high drama

Unnao victim laid to rest amid high drama

After hours of emotional outrage and protests, the mortal remains of the Unnao rape victim were buried in the fields of her native village on Sunday, three days after she was set ablaze allegedly by five persons, including two men accused of raping her last December.The body, which reached the village from Delhi at around…

Bypoll results today set to decide fate of Karnataka rebels

Bypoll results today set to decide fate of Karnataka rebels

TNN | Updated: Dec 9, 2019, 3:25 ISTHighlightsThe BJP needs to win at least six seats to continue in power. It is confident of securing a majority — as is the opposition Congress and JD(S). A victory in six seats will take BJP’s number in the assembly to 112 in a 223-member house (it has…

Ajit told me Sharad knew of his NCP+BJP plans: Devendra Fadnavis

Ajit told me Sharad knew of his NCP+BJP plans: Devendra Fadnavis

TNN | Updated: Dec 8, 2019, 2:57 ISTMUMBAI: NCP leader Ajit Pawar had approached him seeking to form a government with BJP, and had said his uncle Sharad Pawar was aware of his plans, former CM Devendra Fadnavis said in an interview to a TV channel on Saturday, speaking in detail about the short-lived BJP-NCP…

Expensive legal process beyond reach: President

Expensive legal process beyond reach: President

TNN | Updated: Dec 8, 2019, 2:01 ISTHighlightsThe President appealed to the bar and bench to come together and make the “free legal help” model a success. Talking about the role of technology in justice delivery system, he called upon young advocates to play an active role in it.Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said India’s…

No handcuffing of accused except under magistrate’s orders: SC

No handcuffing of accused except under magistrate’s orders: SC

TNN | Updated: Dec 8, 2019, 1:52 ISTHighlightsThe apex court in 1995 in ‘Citizens For Democracy Vs State Of Assam’ passed a slew of directions on procedures to be followed while handcuffing a prisoner. Holding minimal freedom of movement, which even a detainee is entitled to under Article 19, cannot be cut down by application…

Baraat arrives late, gets locked up; bride finds herself new groom

Baraat arrives late, gets locked up; bride finds herself new groom

HighlightsAccording to police sources, the couple was set to get married in a “proper ceremony” in Nangaljat village on Friday after they tied the knot earlier in a mass wedding programme six weeks ago. Notably, after the initial wedding, the bride did not go to her in-laws house as the couple wanted to get married…

We will bury her, she’s already burnt, says Unnao girl’s father

We will bury her, she’s already burnt, says Unnao girl’s father

HighlightsThe devastated father of the murdered rape victim said, “We will bury her. I won’t light her pyre. My beloved daughter is already burnt.”The family has decided to bury her in the fields on the outskirts of their village.She is to be interred between 4 and 6am on Sunday.UNNAO: At 9.30pm on Saturday, when her…

17-year-old gang-raped, burned alive in Tripura

17-year-old gang-raped, burned alive in Tripura

HighlightsThe girl had suffered 90% burn injuries after being set on fire, allegedly by her boyfriend and his mother, at Shantirbazar, South Tripura, on Friday.Police said the girl was rescued by the neighbours of the accused who took her to GB Pant Hospital here, and added that the girl was held captive for ransom by…

Nearly 90% of Nirbhaya Fund lying unused: Govt data

Nearly 90% of Nirbhaya Fund lying unused: Govt data

HighlightsNo state has reported utilisation of over 50% of the fund, and Uttarakhand & Mizoram top the list with 50% utilisation, followed by Chhattisgarh (43%), Nagaland (39%) and Haryana (32%). Further, out of the 36 states and UTs for which data is available, utilisation in 18 states and UTs is less than 15%. NEW DELHI:…

Justice must never ever take form of revenge, says CJI

Justice must never ever take form of revenge, says CJI

HighlightsReferring to last year’s much-criticised press conference by four Supreme Court judges, including former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Bobde said it was nothing more than a self-correcting measure, though he did not wish to justify it. He termed criticism the best form of correction. JODHPUR: Justice cannot take the form of revenge, Chief Justice of India…

Unnao rape victim’s death ‘extremely sad’, case will be fast-tracked: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Unnao rape victim’s death ‘extremely sad’, case will be fast-tracked: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

PTI | Updated: Dec 7, 2019, 14:16 ISTHighlightsThe case will be taken to a fast-track court, and punishment will be given, Yogi saidThe rape victim, airlifted to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi after she was set ablaze allegedly by five persons, died on Friday nightLUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday termed the…

Second phase of polling in Jharkhand: All you need to know

Second phase of polling in Jharkhand: All you need to know

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Dec 7, 2019, 9:18 ISTHighlightsThe second phase of polling began Saturday morning in 20 constituencies in Jharkhand, which votes in five phases to elect 81 members of the legislative assembly. The main contest is between the ruling BJP and the alliance of the Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Rashtriya Janta Dal. Here…

Five get Rs 1 crore+ offers at IIT-Kharagpur in five days

Five get Rs 1 crore+ offers at IIT-Kharagpur in five days

TNN | Updated: Dec 7, 2019, 7:03 ISTIndian Institute of Technology, KharagpurKOLKATA: Five students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, have each received offers in excess of Rs 1 crore in the first five days of the ongoing final placements. Also, the number of international offers has shot up by 50% with Japanese firms…

4 Hyderabad rape accused snatched 2 guns from 10 cops, shot dead: Police

4 Hyderabad rape accused snatched 2 guns from 10 cops, shot dead: Police

HYDERABAD: Just eight days after the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the four men suspected of the crime were shot dead in an early Friday morning “encounter” by the Cyberabad police, which claimed the unarmed men had somehow managed to snatch two guns from their escort of 10…

Unnao girl passes away after 40-hour battle for life

Unnao girl passes away after 40-hour battle for life

LUCKNOW/UNNAO: The Unnao gang-rape survivor who was stabbed and set ablaze on Thursday died at 11.40pm on Friday following cardiac arrest, a spokesperson for Safdarjung Hospital said. Earlier, addressing mediapersons outside the hospital, her brother had said, “When I hugged my sister yesterday, she said just one thing to me: ‘Save me, I don’t want…

103 suspected criminals killed in encounters in 2 years, say U.P. police

103 suspected criminals killed in encounters in 2 years, say U.P. police

Photo: Twitter/@Uppolice   more-in Response comes after BSP chief Mayawati said the police were keeping criminals as ‘State guests’ The Uttar Pradesh police have killed 103 suspected criminals in alleged encounters over a period of more than two years. This was the claim made by the State police in response to taunts by Bahujan Samaj…

Jharkhand Assembly elections Phase 2: Four candidates booked for crimes against women

Jharkhand Assembly elections Phase 2: Four candidates booked for crimes against women

In the second phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections, 20 constituencies are going to the polls with 260 candidates in the fray.Only 29 of these are women.Of the 20 constituencies, 16 are reserved Scheduled Tribe seats, one is reserved for Scheduled Castes, and three are general constituencies.According to personal information declared by candidates and analysed…

Politics live | Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar to discuss allotment of portfolios

Politics live | Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar to discuss allotment of portfolios

Maharashtra CM, Pawar meet to discuss portfoliosNearly 10 days after the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government assumed office under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, the deadlock between the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena seems to have ended over distributions of ministries following a meeting between the Chief Minister and Sharad Pawar.Six…

Top news photos: Rio Star ferris wheel launched, John Kerry endorses Biden, and more

Top news photos: Rio Star ferris wheel launched, John Kerry endorses Biden, and more

Here are some of the top images of the day more-in The “Rio Star” ferris wheel stands at dusk after its inauguration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The “Rio Star” ferris wheel, Latin America’s biggest, measures 88 meters high and a complete lap will take around 18 minutes. Photo: AP Democratic…

Unnao rape victim succumbs to burn injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital

Unnao rape victim succumbs to burn injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital

The burns ward of New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital where the Unnao rape survivor was admitted on December 5, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI more-in “Despite our best efforts, she did not survive. Her condition deteriorated towards the evening. She had a cardiac arrest at around 11.10 p.m. We tried to resuscitate her, but she…

Climate warnings: On unmet emission goals

Climate warnings: On unmet emission goals

December 07, 2019 00:40 IST Updated: December 07, 2019 03:37 IST December 07, 2019 00:40 IST Updated: December 07, 2019 03:37 IST more-in Planned emission cuts fall short of what needs to be done to contain global warming Two important reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on the impact of higher global…

In a land without Internet: How the communication blackout is forcing young entrepreneurs out of Kashmir Valley

In a land without Internet: How the communication blackout is forcing young entrepreneurs out of Kashmir Valley

The office of FastBeetle was buzzing with activity on August 4. It was business as usual for the company, located in the historic premises of the Indo-Kashmir Carpet Factory in Srinagar, often referred to as Asia’s largest carpet factory. Phones rang constantly and the staff were busy replying to the steady stream of email enquiries.…

Retributive justice: On Hyderabad vet rape and murder

Retributive justice: On Hyderabad vet rape and murder

December 07, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 07, 2019 09:30 IST December 07, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 07, 2019 09:30 IST more-in Punishments must reinforce people’s faith in the rule of law, not undermine it Justice in any civilised society is not just about retribution, but also about deterrence, and in less serious crimes,…

Hyderabad vet rape and murder: Uneasy calm covers village of three of the four accused

Hyderabad vet rape and murder: Uneasy calm covers village of three of the four accused

There is an uneasy calm at Gudigandla, a village around 45 km from Mahbubnagar. It is marked by unusual presence of police and curious onlookers who are trying to get a glimpse of happenings near three houses. The houses are of Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, three of the four accused in the…

Shoddy ammo from ordnance factories hitting military: CAG

Shoddy ammo from ordnance factories hitting military: CAG

HighlightsThe Army told the defence ministry that the rise in ammunition-related accidents, taking place once a week on an average, were causing “fatalities, injuries and damage to equipment” regularly. This, in turn, was “leading to the Army’s loss of confidence in most types of ammunition” being manufactured by OFB.NEW DELHI: Shoddy manufacture of critical ammunition…

GST rates set to increase as council eyes major revamp

GST rates set to increase as council eyes major revamp

NEW DELHI: Almost two and a half years since its launch, the GST council is expected to discuss major restructuring to raise the base slab from 5% to 9-10%, while doing away with the 12% rate and moving 243 items in this segment to the 18% band — moves that will increase the tax burden…

SC raps govt over delay in judges’ appointment

SC raps govt over delay in judges’ appointment

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday took serious note of the government sitting over names reiterated by the CJI-led collegium for appointment as high court judges and also asked the Centre to look into delays in considering the appointment of 100-odd names recommended by the collegium. A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and…

Consumer sentiment lowest in 5 years: Survey

Consumer sentiment lowest in 5 years: Survey

Consumer confidence in India dropped to its lowest since at least 2014, the year Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power. The current situation index fell to 85.7 in November from 89.4 in September, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s consumer confidence survey, where 100 is the dividing line between pessimism and optimism. The…

Hyderabad: ‘Encounter cop’ had led similar operation in 2008

Hyderabad: ‘Encounter cop’ had led similar operation in 2008

HighlightsVishwanath Chennappa Sajjanar was superintendent of police of Warangal district then. Eleven years later, four men – Mohammed Areef, Shiva, Naveen and Chennakesavulu – accused of gang-raping a veterinarian and murdering her near Shamshabad, met the same fate.HYDERABAD: On December 10, 2008, three men threw acid on 20-year-old Pranitha and her friend Swapnika on a…

Exhausted, orchestra dancer pauses to take a break, gets shot in the face

Exhausted, orchestra dancer pauses to take a break, gets shot in the face

TNN | Updated: Dec 7, 2019, 1:49 ISTHighlightsAccording to local police, on November 30, Sudhir Singh had hired an orchestra for his daughter’s wedding, where a group of women were performing onstage. The injured woman has been identified as Heena Devi, who was taken to Lucknow SGPGI for a jaw surgery. She is said to…

4 Hyderabad rape accused snatched 2 guns from 10 cops, shot dead: Police

HighlightsThe killings occurred at Chattanpally village near Shadnagar, a stone’s throw from where the suspects were alleged to have set the woman’s body on fire after killing her. Police had taken the accused to the spot to recover the veterinarian’s mobile phone and accessories.HYDERABAD: Just eight days after the rape and murder of a veterinary…

4 Hyderabad rape accused snatched 2 guns from 10 cops, shot dead: Police

4 Hyderabad rape accused snatched 2 guns from 10 cops, shot dead: Police

HighlightsThe killings occurred at Chattanpally village near Shadnagar, a stone’s throw from where the suspects were alleged to have set the woman’s body on fire after killing her. Police had taken the accused to the spot to recover the veterinarian’s mobile phone and accessories.HYDERABAD: Just eight days after the rape and murder of a veterinary…

Former BJP Ally Uddhav Thackeray Meets PM Modi For First Time After Becoming Maharashtra CM

Former BJP Ally Uddhav Thackeray Meets PM Modi For First Time After Becoming Maharashtra CM

PM Narendra Modi will attend the national conference of director-generals and inspector-generals of police, which is being held in Pune. PTIUpdated:December 6, 2019, 10:52 PM IST Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray greets PM Narendra Modi upon arrival in Pune on Friday. Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray received Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Pune airport…

No mercy for rapists, says President Ram Nath Kovind

No mercy for rapists, says President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on December 6 said there should be “no mercy for rapists”, adding that these kind of crimes “shock the whole nation”.Speaking at an event in Sirohi, Rajasthan, President Kovind said, “I recommended that there should be an amendment in the Constitution with regard to mercy petition. In my opinion, people convicted…

NEFT transactions to be available 24×7 from 16 December

NEFT transactions to be available 24×7 from 16 December

MUMBAI : In a bid to promote digital transactions, the RBI on Friday said round-the-clock transactions will be allowed under the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) system from December 16.The 24X7 NEFT system will be available on all days of the year, including holidays, it added.NEFT transactions are settled in hourly batches. For weekdays, the…

Indian citizenship to those facing persecution at home will assure them of better lives: PM

Indian citizenship to those facing persecution at home will assure them of better lives: PM

Indian citizenship to those facing persecution in their home countries will ensure that they get a better tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, in his first remarks on the issue after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by the Union cabinet recently.Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Modi also said although a…

Onion prices shoot up to Rs165/kg; government says imported onions to arrive by January 20

Onion prices shoot up to Rs165/kg; government says imported onions to arrive by January 20

NEW DELHI: Showing no signs of cooling down, retail onion prices have continued to spiral, touching as high as Rs 165/kg on Friday even as the government grapples to boost the supplies through imports. The government in Parliament informed that imported onions will arrive by January 20. In most cities, onion was quoting above Rs…

Sister Of Accused In Unnao Rape Survivor Set On Fire Seeks CBI Probe

Sister Of Accused In Unnao Rape Survivor Set On Fire Seeks CBI Probe

The Unnao rape survivor, who was set on fire by five men on Thursday, is critical.Unnao: The sister of the main accused in Thursday’s case of a rape survivor being set on fire in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district has demanded a CBI inquiry into the case.The girl, who did not wish to be named, said…

2 policemen injured after accused snatched weapons and fired: VC Sajjanar

2 policemen injured after accused snatched weapons and fired: VC Sajjanar

Two of the suspects snatched weapons from the police and fired at them, said the Cyberabad police chief VC Sajjanar explaining what had led to the encounter. The suspects were brought to Chatanpalli to reconstruct the crime scene where they attacked the police with stones. Areef and Chenna Keshavulu snatched the guns from the police…

Police Beef Up Security in Ayodhya on 27th Anniversary of Babri Masjid Demolition

Police Beef Up Security in Ayodhya on 27th Anniversary of Babri Masjid Demolition

Ayodhya: Security has been tightened in Ayodhya on Friday on the 27th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Since the demolition of the Babri masjid in Ayodhya, the Hindus celebrate December 6 as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ whereas the Muslim community observes this as ‘Babri Shahadat Diwas’. There will be no programmes as such, though…

Wrong to dub Citizenship Amendment Bill communal, unconstitutional; critics conflating persecution of minorities with those fighting for their rights

Wrong to dub Citizenship Amendment Bill communal, unconstitutional; critics conflating persecution of minorities with those fighting for their rights

The CAB says that since India is umbilically tied to these nations and the persecuted minorities take refuge in the land of their ancestors, it is only fair that they are given citizenship rights By that token, we now come to the second question that has been raised against the Bill, and has been the…

Railways retires 32 officers in ‘public interest’

Railways retires 32 officers in ‘public interest’

PTI New Delhi , December 06, 2019 18:54 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 18:57 IST In a rare move, the railways has prematurely retired 32 of its officers above the age of 50 years in public interest on grounds of inefficiency, doubtful integrity and conduct unbecoming of a railway servant as part of a periodic…

IND vs WI T20 series: India vs West Indies T20 scorecard

IND vs WI T20 series: India vs West Indies T20 scorecard

India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field against the West Indies in the first T20I in Hyderabad on Friday.(If you are viewing this on The Hindu app, click this link to open the scorecard in your browser)Teams:India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube,…

Those convicted under POCSO Act should be deprived of right to mercy petition: President Kovind

Those convicted under POCSO Act should be deprived of right to mercy petition: President Kovind

Demonic attacks on women have shaken the conscience of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday and advocated that those convicted under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act should be deprived of their right to mercy petition. It is for the Parliament to take a decision on the matter and…

Nithyananda’s passport cancelled: MEA

Nithyananda’s passport cancelled: MEA

Nithyananda.   more-in The ministry has sensitised all its missions and posts abroad about the controversial self-styled godman The government has cancelled the passport of controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda and rejected his application for a fresh one, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the MEA had sensitised all its…

Hyderabad vet rape and murder: Accused killed in retaliatory firing says Cyberabad Commissioner

Hyderabad vet rape and murder: Accused killed in retaliatory firing says Cyberabad Commissioner

Cyberabad Commissioner Sajjanar addressing the media on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal more-in Law has done its duty, says V.C. Sajjanar The police resorted to retaliatory firing after two of the accused snatched our weapons and opened fire, said Cyberabad Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar, who was part of the 10-member team that killed all…

Unnao rape victim fighting for life, say doctors

Unnao rape victim fighting for life, say doctors

A video grab of the crime scene in Unnao, where a rape victim was set ablaze allegedly by five men, on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement more-in She was airlifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hopsital on Thursday night “Will I make it out alive? Please save me.” These were the words uttered by the…

Hyderabad encounter: Justice done, says victim’s family

Hyderabad encounter: Justice done, says victim’s family

After it emerged that the four accused in the rape-and-murder of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian were shot dead by police, the victim’s family, lawyers and activists took to various forms of media to react to the issue.According to sources, the four accused, who were under arrest, had tried to flee when they were taken to…

Four accused in Hyderabad vet rape and murder case shot dead

Four accused in Hyderabad vet rape and murder case shot dead

The clues team recover the pistol snatched by one of the accused from police at the shootout site, near Hyderabad on December 6, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Abhinay Deshpande more-in According to police sources, the exchange of fire took place between 5.45 a.m. to 6.15 a.m. The four accused in the case of rape and murder…

Bail basics: On Chidambaram case

Bail basics: On Chidambaram case

December 06, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 10:30 IST December 06, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 10:30 IST The order in Chidambaram case restates fundamental principles on granting bail The Supreme Court has restated the basic principles of granting bail while ordering the conditional release of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram…

A strategic pause: On RBI holding interest rate

A strategic pause: On RBI holding interest rate

December 06, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 00:55 IST December 06, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 00:55 IST In holding the interest rate, the RBI is waiting to see what is in the coming budget After a breathless run of five consecutive rate cuts, beginning February, the Reserve Bank of India…

Row in LS over Congress MPs’ ‘threatening position’ towards Smriti Irani; BJP, others seek apology

Row in LS over Congress MPs’ ‘threatening position’ towards Smriti Irani; BJP, others seek apology

PTI | Updated: Dec 6, 2019, 18:00 ISTHighlights”Sita is being burnt”, a reference to the Unnao case, while plans are afoot to build a Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took a jibe at the BJPIrani then launched a blistering counter attack on the opposition, saying the Unnao matter was being…

VC Sajjanar: The IPS officer who played key role in Hyderabad encounter

VC Sajjanar: The IPS officer who played key role in Hyderabad encounter

HYDERABAD: Eleven years after three men were sensationally killed in an encounter after murdering a woman in an acid attack in Warangal, four men were gunned down in the early hours of Friday by the Telangana Police for allegedly raping and killing a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad. The officer who played a key role in…

25 billion reasons: Why Saudi is listing its crown jewel

25 billion reasons: Why Saudi is listing its crown jewel

DUBAI: Saudi oil giant Aramco has raised $25.6 billion in the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO), sources told AFP. The oil-rich kingdom has put a value of $1.7 trillion on Aramco as it prepares to sell 1.5 per cent of the company to fund its “Vision 2030” economic transformation plan. But why is Saudi…

Maruti recalls 63,493 units of Ciaz, Ertiga, XL6 to fix faulty part

Maruti recalls 63,493 units of Ciaz, Ertiga, XL6 to fix faulty part

NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Friday said it is recalling 63,493 units of petrol smart hybrid (SHVS) variants of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 models to rectify faulty motor generator unit (MGU). “The company will inspect 63,493 vehicles of petrol SHVS of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 for a possible issue with the Motor Generator…

Indian cricketers hit out at Abdul Razzaq for his statement on Jasprit Bumrah

Indian cricketers hit out at Abdul Razzaq for his statement on Jasprit Bumrah

NEW DELHI: Veteran Indian pacer Irfan Pathan has slammed Abdul Razzaq for calling Jasprit Bumrah a ‘baby bowler’ and has urged fans not to pay too much heed to such “over-the-top statements” and should instead just laugh. “After having faced world class bowlers in my time, I would have had no problem against a bowler…

Encounter of Hyderabad rape-murder accused: Sequence of events

Encounter of Hyderabad rape-murder accused: Sequence of events

* All the four accused were brought to the crime scene for the reconstruction of the sequence of the events that led to the rape and murder of the woman veterinary. * As soon as the police personnel reached the crime spot, the accused attacked the cops with sticks and stones. The accused then snatched…

ACB ‘clean chit’ for Ajit Pawar in Nagpur division irrigation projects

ACB ‘clean chit’ for Ajit Pawar in Nagpur division irrigation projects

HighlightsNCP leader Ajit Pawar has been given a ‘clean chit’ by ACB in cases linked to alleged irregularities in irrigation projects in Nagpur division.Though the affidavit was filed in HC on Wednesday, it was prepared and signed on November 27, the day after both Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar resigned.MUMBAI: Nine days after he resigned…

’84 riots: Manmohan’s Rao remark sparks row

’84 riots: Manmohan’s Rao remark sparks row

TNN | Updated: Dec 6, 2019, 4:07 ISTNEW DELHI/HYDERABAD: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s comments that had the late I K Gujral’s pleas to then home minister P V Narasimha Rao for Army deployment in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination been heeded, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots may have been avoided saw BJP slamming Singh…

RBI slashes growth forecast, leaves key rate unchanged

RBI slashes growth forecast, leaves key rate unchanged

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee (MPC) on Thursday slashed its GDP growth estimate but disappointed markets and borrowers by keeping its key policy rate unchanged after reducing it five consecutive times in 2019. It was widely expected that the central bank would reduce its repo rate — at which it lends…

Third warmest November in India since 1901

Third warmest November in India since 1901

Representataive imagePUNE: Last month was the third warmest November in India since 1901, with warmer than usual nights due to recurrent spells of rain and cloud cover. The mean temperature in India in November was higher than normal (climatological mean) by 0.72 degrees. November 2015 was the warmest in 118 years, with a 0.87-degree rise.…

WhatsApp ‘exits’ accounts of J&K users

WhatsApp ‘exits’ accounts of J&K users

HighlightsAs per WhatsApp’s global policy, accounts that remain unused for 120 days are automatically deactivatedAs J&K completed exactly 120 days of internet blackout on Wednesday, many users were checked out of their accounts and groupsA WhatsApp spokespersonsaid this was not a J&K-specific feature, but a policy for all inactive accountsNEW DELHI: The four-month-long internet shutdown…

Justice Mishra offers ‘dandavat’ apology

Justice Mishra offers ‘dandavat’ apology

NEW DELHI: Justice Arun Mishra, the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court, on Thursday offered a “hundred apologies” with “folded hands” to advocates hurt by his terse comments during arguments after a group of renowned senior advocates expressed disappointment over his strong remarks at lawyers. The stage was set at 10.30 am by…

States can’t have lower fine than in amended MV Act: Attoney general

States can’t have lower fine than in amended MV Act: Attoney general

HighlightsK K Venugopal said that state governments cannot reduce fines for traffic offences below what has been notified as minimum amountTill now only eight states – Odisha, Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Manipur – have notified the Motor Vehicle Act.NEW DELHI: State governments cannot reduce fines for traffic offences below what has been notified…

As onions touch Rs 165 a kilo, Centre banks on imports

As onions touch Rs 165 a kilo, Centre banks on imports

NEW DELHI: The government expects to get at least 35,000 tonnes of imported onion from next week onwards to increase availability as mandis across the country wait to get enough supply of domestic onion. While the data available from consumer affairs department showed that onion prices touched Rs 165 a kg in Panaji on Thursday,…

It is for AIADMK seniors to decide on Sasikala: Panneerselvam

It is for AIADMK seniors to decide on Sasikala: Panneerselvam

Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O. Panneerselvam.   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan. more-in The Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister says it was the general council that sacked her Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O. Panneerselvam on Thursday reiterated his position that it was for senior functionaries of the party to take a…

Bail basics: On Chidambaram case

December 06, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 00:55 IST December 06, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 06, 2019 00:55 IST The order in Chidambaram case restates fundamental principles on granting bail The Supreme Court has restated the basic principles of granting bail while ordering the conditional release of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram…

Karnataka: Voting begins for by-election in 15 constituencies

Karnataka: Voting begins for by-election in 15 constituencies

BJP candidate for Hirekerur (left) after casting his vote along with his family in Hirekerur, Karnataka on Thursday.   more-in Out 15 constituencies going to the bypolls, 12 were held by the Congress and three by the JD(S). Voting began at 7 a.m. on Thursday for byelections to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka amidst tight…

They’re upset with our rise in society, says Madhya Pradesh OBC groom thrashed by Rajput men for riding horse

They’re upset with our rise in society, says Madhya Pradesh OBC groom thrashed by Rajput men for riding horse

Pushed off a horse by Rajput men during his wedding procession last week, Dharmendra Parmar, who belongs to an OBC community, realised the worth of his education and job only then.“They are threatened by our assertion, and rise up the social ladder. Why should we consult them for every decision since we are educated?” asked…

Another quota question: On creamy layer for SCs

Another quota question: On creamy layer for SCs

December 05, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 05, 2019 00:46 IST December 05, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 05, 2019 00:46 IST Supreme Court needs to decide whether ‘creamy layer’ norms can be extended to SCs The time may have come for an authoritative pronouncement on the question whether the concept of ‘creamy layer’ ought…

Close encounters: On faking anti-Naxal fight

Close encounters: On faking anti-Naxal fight

December 05, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 05, 2019 00:56 IST December 05, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 05, 2019 00:56 IST more-in Security forces must be trained to desist from panic responses while dealing with extremists It will be hard for security forces in Chhattisgarh to live down the assertion by the Justice V.K.…

BJP confident of Citizenship Bill passage

BJP confident of Citizenship Bill passage

The Citizenship Amendment Bill cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday is expected to be tabled in Parliament next week. While its fate in the Lok Sabha is a forgone conclusion, the government appears confident of clearing it in the Rajya Sabha too, where the numbers are tricky. Those opposed to the Bill include the…

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera likely to lead crucial U.S. House subcommittee on Asia

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera likely to lead crucial U.S. House subcommittee on Asia

An imminent shuffling of positions in the U.S. Congress could have particular significance for India with Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera likely to take over the crucial Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation. The committee, which is currently headed by Democrat Brad Sherman, was in the news recently for an October 22 hearing…

Uddhav Thackeray agrees to withdraw 700 cases related to Bhima Koregaon, Maratha agitations

Uddhav Thackeray agrees to withdraw 700 cases related to Bhima Koregaon, Maratha agitations

Uddhav Thackeray   more-in While the withdrawal may start in patches, the total process will take nearly one year to complete, officials said. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has agreed in principle to withdraw nearly 700 cases related to the Bhima Koregaon and Maratha agitations.The State Home Department on Wednesday forwarded a status report to…

Government procured just 3% of pulses, seeds targeted under PM-AASHA scheme

Government procured just 3% of pulses, seeds targeted under PM-AASHA scheme

Less than 3% of this season’s sanctioned amount of pulses and oilseeds have actually been procured so far under the once-hyped PM-AASHA scheme, Agriculture Ministry data show. Arrivals of these crops began in October and will end by February.A total of 37.59 lakh metric tonnes of procurement had been sanctioned under the Centrally funded scheme.…

Chidambaram walks out of Tihar jail after 106 days

Chidambaram walks out of Tihar jail after 106 days

As former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram walked out of the Tihar jail to a rousing welcome by Congress supporters on Wednesday evening, he said there was not a single charge against him.“I cannot speak on the case, and I will obey the orders but the fact is that after 106 days’ incarceration, there is not…

ITBP jawan kills five colleagues, shoots self in Chhattisgarh

ITBP jawan kills five colleagues, shoots self in Chhattisgarh

Photo: Facebook/@ITBPofficial   more-in An ITBP soldier allegedly opened fire at his colleagues in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on Wednesday, killing five personnel and injuring two, before killing himself, the police said.The incident took place in a camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s 45th battalion in Kadenar village, around 350 km from Raipur, Inspector General of…

Sundar Pichai will run Google & parent, A to Z

Sundar Pichai will run Google & parent, A to Z

Sundar Pichai — who grew up in a two-room apartment in Chennai’s middle-class neighborhood, Ashok Nagar, in the 1970s and 1980s — is taking over as the CEO of one of the world’s most cash-rich companies, Alphabet, the parent company of search engine giant Google. In a move that marks the end of an era,…

INX Media case: Chidambaram walks out of jail, says ‘not a single charge framed against me’

INX Media case: Chidambaram walks out of jail, says ‘not a single charge framed against me’

Congress leader P Chidambaram waves at Congress workers and supporters after he was released from Tihar jail.NEW DELHI: After 105 days in custody, former Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday night walked out of Tihar jail hours after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a money laundering case linked to the INX Media…

Google co-founders step aside as Sundar Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet

Google co-founders step aside as Sundar Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet

The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the world’s largest, most powerful — and, increasingly, most feared — firms in the world.Sundar Pichai, who…

Donald Trump abused power of his office: House Intel Committee’s impeachment report

Donald Trump abused power of his office: House Intel Committee’s impeachment report

U.S. President Donald Trump abused his power of office, a key Congressional committee from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has alleged in a report based on its impeachment hearings against the President.“The evidence is clear that President Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into his political rival, former…