Category: Current Affairs

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…

Kamala Harris ends her presidential bid

Kamala Harris ends her presidential bid

File photo of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris.   | Photo Credit: AP The California Senator’s departure from the race is the first of a top-tier candidate from the crowded nominating contest. Indian-origin U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California announced on December 3 the end of her 2020 presidential campaign after failing to garner…

GST revenues not enough for States’ compensation: Centre

GST revenues not enough for States’ compensation: Centre

more-in Letter to States flags falling collections The Centre has written to all the States voicing concern that due to the lower Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, the compensation cess might not be enough to pay for losses arising out of the tax system.The communication comes at a time when several States, including Rajasthan,…

National shame: On gender sensitisation

National shame: On gender sensitisation

December 04, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 03, 2019 23:08 IST December 04, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 03, 2019 23:08 IST Gender sensitisation and wider societal changes are needed to end sex crimes Last week’s brutal rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad has led to an outpouring of anger across the…

Waiting for change: On BCCI’s reworked constitution

Waiting for change: On BCCI’s reworked constitution

December 04, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 03, 2019 23:09 IST December 04, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: December 03, 2019 23:09 IST more-in The BCCI is subtly pushing for a rollback of its reworked constitution Indian cricket operates at two levels as its heroics on the field are often juxtaposed with a state of limbo…

Lok Sabha sizzles over onion prices, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s comments

Lok Sabha sizzles over onion prices, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s comments

Bedlam marks Zero Hour as BJP members demand apology from Congress MP The Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar on Tuesday as Congress and BJP members engaged in sharp exchanges over onion prices and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s comments relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman.The ruckus erupted…

Porting request will now be met in days: TRAI

Porting request will now be met in days: TRAI

The request for port out from one circle to another will be completed in five working days, said TRAI.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan more-in The request for port out from one circle to another will be completed in five working days, TRAI said. Mobile phone users will now be able to switch their…

Citizenship Bill likely next week

Citizenship Bill likely next week

Urging discipline: Rajnath Singh after the BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: PTI BJP cracks whip; Rajnath Singh asks MPs to ensure their presence in Parliament BJP MPs were warned against absenteeism by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday.He said the presence of…

Opposition demands debate on electoral reforms

Opposition demands debate on electoral reforms

A ‘no’ vote: Several parties say the Election Commission has not been able to set at rest doubts on EVMs.   Shiv Sena, BSP, TRS also sign motion by 16 parties seeking return to paper ballot in place of electronic voting machine At least 16 Opposition parties have signed a motion demanding a debate on…

BJP ally AGP hints at U-turn on CAB, likely to support bill

BJP ally AGP hints at U-turn on CAB, likely to support bill

HighlightsWe have to move forward with the reality — neither can we expel lakhs of illegal migrants nor will Bangladesh ever take them back: AGP’s Atul BoraAGP’s changed stance comes close on the heels of Amit Shah’s assurance that CAB would not affect the indigenous people of the north-eastAssam saw huge protests againstthe CAB (File…

NASA credits Indian engineer for finding first crash piece of Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander

NASA credits Indian engineer for finding first crash piece of Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander

Images of the lunar surface just released by NASA confirm that the Indian lunar lander Vikram broke into pieces on crashlanding on September 7. Its debris was strewn across at least 750 metres of the crash site — which itself was off the landing target.The U.S. space agency also credited Indian engineer Shanmuga Subramanian with…

‘Accept Without Demur’: Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan ‘Sacked’ by Muslim Parties from Ayodhya Case

‘Accept Without Demur’: Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan ‘Sacked’ by Muslim Parties from Ayodhya Case

New Delhi: After the Sunni Waqf Board’s decision not to challenge the Ayodhya verdict, more cracks seem to have appeared among the Muslim parties even as they gear up to seek review of the November 9 judgment. On Tuesday morning, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan put out a Facebook post saying he has been sacked by…

Amit Shah to move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha today

Amit Shah to move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha today

ANI | Updated: Dec 3, 2019, 8:59 ISTUnion home minister Amit Shah (File photo)NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah will on Tuesday move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on November 27. It was passed with a voice vote, while Congress MPs had…

Sexual abuse takes place in convents and seminaries, says Kerala nun

Sexual abuse takes place in convents and seminaries, says Kerala nun

Lucy Kalapura, a 52-year-old nun expelled from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) about three months ago on grounds of indiscipline, has alleged in her autobiography that sexual abuse and assaults take place in convents and seminaries, and has called for institutional reforms. The book, Karthavinte Namathil (In the Name of Christ), was released on Saturday. “It…

God save us from New India’s novice economists’: Cong’s dig at BJP MP’s GDP remark

God save us from New India’s novice economists’: Cong’s dig at BJP MP’s GDP remark

PTI | Updated: Dec 2, 2019, 20:50 ISTBJP MP Nishikant Dubey NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday took a dig at BJP MP Nishikant Dubey over his remarks that the GDP has no relevance, saying God save the people from “New India’s novice economists”. Participating in a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Taxation…

Pragya Thakur’s Complaint against Rahul Gandhi May be Sent to Privilege Committee: Sources

Pragya Thakur’s Complaint against Rahul Gandhi May be Sent to Privilege Committee: Sources

Pragya Thakur moved a breach of privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi saying that there is no conviction against after he attacked for praising Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha. PTIUpdated:December 2, 2019, 7:46 PM IST File photo of Bhopal BJP MP Pragya Thakur in Lok Sabha. New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Speaker may send BJP MP…

Nirmala Sitharaman’s comeback to Congress over Rahul Bajaj’s criticism is a bundle of darts

Nirmala Sitharaman’s comeback to Congress over Rahul Bajaj’s criticism is a bundle of darts

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday responded to sharp attacks from the Congress-led opposition on the economy, with a quick comparison of the growth rate and fiscal deficit during government’s tenure with that of the previous UPA-led coalition.Sitharaman also rebutted claims that people were afraid to criticise the government. “If there is a government, Prime…

Dear Lawmakers, Turning India Into Lynchistan Won’t Stop Rapes, Nor Will Caging Women

Dear Lawmakers, Turning India Into Lynchistan Won’t Stop Rapes, Nor Will Caging Women

Lock up women. Lynch the accused. Blame alcohol and mobile phones (and also the victim). The tell-tale responses from lawmakers, politicians and police officers following the brutal rape and murder of a veterinary doctor on her way home from work in Hyderabad have done everything but answer the burning question on everyone’s minds – how…

PM Modi Should Quit If BJP Leader’s Maharashtra Fund Claim True: NCP

PM Modi Should Quit If BJP Leader’s Maharashtra Fund Claim True: NCP

Prime Minister Modi will have to step down from his post if claims true, NCP’s Nawab Malik says. (File)Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to resign if there is truth in BJP MP Ananth Kumar Hegde’s claim that Devendra Fadnavis was made chief minister last month despite lacking majority only to “protect” Rs 40,000…

Sexist jibe: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury calls Finance Minister ‘Nirbala’ Sitharaman | News

Sexist jibe: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury calls Finance Minister ‘Nirbala’ Sitharaman | News

02 Dec 2019, 05:27PM ISTSource: Times NowCongress veteran leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in Lok Sabha that even though he respects Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he thinks that she should be called ‘Nirbala’ (weak) because she is unable to assert herself much on policies of the government. In the controversial remark, Congress leader said, ‘Even…

PM Modi wanted us to work together but I rejected his offer: Sharad Pawar

PM Modi wanted us to work together but I rejected his offer: Sharad Pawar

MUMBAI: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed “working together” but he rejected the offer. Pawar said he made it clear to Modi that it won’t be possible for him to work together with the PM. “Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations…

Storm builds over US East, promises up to 20 inches of snow

Storm builds over US East, promises up to 20 inches of snow

Pedestrians in Times Square as the first snow hits from a winter storm in Manhattan on Dec. 1, 2019NEW YORK: A storm that snarled Thanksgiving travel across much of the country brought a messy mixture of rain, snow, sleet and wind to the East, slowing the Monday morning commute, closing schools and offices, and canceling…

NCR-based real estate group admits to Rs 3,000 crore black money after I-T raids

NCR-based real estate group admits to Rs 3,000 crore black money after I-T raids

PTI | Updated: Dec 2, 2019, 20:38 ISTHighlightsLast week, searches and surveys were conducted at over 25 premises of the group Cash ledgers containing details of unaccounted cash receipts of more than Rs 250 crore have also been found and seized. The group also did not pay taxes on several property transactions: CBDTIt said 32…

We are a government that listens, says finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

We are a government that listens, says finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the criticism that the government is not willing to listen is “absolutely unfair” and emphasised that she herself goes around the country and speaks to people. The remarks came against the backdrop of industrialist Rahul Bajaj’s comments + that there was an “atmosphere of fear” and…

Amit Shah sets 2024 deadline for NRC, says all infiltrators to be expelled by then

Amit Shah sets 2024 deadline for NRC, says all infiltrators to be expelled by then

CHAKRADHARPUR/BAHARAGORA: BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday set a 2024 deadline for implementing the hugely divisive NRC across the country, asserting “each and every” infiltrator will be identified and expelled before the next general election. Notwithstanding the admission by some BJP leaders in West Bengal that apprehensions over the NRC had cost the party dearly…

Devendra Fadnavis rubbishes Hegde’s claim on central funds; Sena, Congress slam BJP

Devendra Fadnavis rubbishes Hegde’s claim on central funds; Sena, Congress slam BJP

NAGPUR: Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday dismissed BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde’s claim that he was made CM last month despite lacking majority only to ‘protect’ Rs 40,000 crore central funds from being ‘misused’. Neither the Centre asked for any funds nor the Maharashtra government sent it back, Fadnavis asserted even as the…

Parliament session live update: Lok Sabha passes Bill to effect corporate tax reduction

Parliament session live update:  Lok Sabha passes Bill to effect corporate tax reduction

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Dec 02, 2019, 21:06:56 ISTThe Winter session of Parliament is in progress and two Houses are debating various issues. Stay tuned for all live updatesHousing Committee of Lok Sabha has issued notices to three former MPs – Maganti Murali Mohan of TDP, Manohar Untwal of BJP and K…

Hyderabad vet rape and murder: Telangana policemen asked to register ‘Zero FIR’

Hyderabad vet rape and murder: Telangana policemen asked to register ‘Zero FIR’

Hundreds of students and activists took part in a massive protest against the rape and murder of 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad on December 2, 2019.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. Giri Three policemen were suspended last week for the alleged delay in registering the FIR. Drawing flak for the alleged delay in responding to a…

Congress’s Chowdhury calls Nirmala ‘Nirbala’, BJP protests

Congress’s Chowdhury calls Nirmala ‘Nirbala’, BJP protests

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on December 2, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI/LSTV grab During her reply, Finance Minister Nirmala ended her speech by saying she still is Nirmala and “sabla” (empowered). Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury…

Air India ferries Swedish Royal couple to India on state visit

Air India ferries Swedish Royal couple to India on state visit

King of Sweden His Majesty Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus and Her Majesty Silvia Renate Sommerlath at the Air India flight AI168 from Stockholm to Delhi. Twitter/@airindiain   more-in “The reason for the change was that there was a technical problem with the state aircraft,” a Swedish official said. National carrier Air India chipped in to…

Parliament passes bill to ban e-cigarettes

Parliament passes bill to ban e-cigarettes

A Bill banning the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes, but not their possession and use, was passed by Parliament on Monday.Rajya Sabha passed the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 by voice vote after four hours of discussion. The Bill, which was passed by…

‘Ajit Pawar Shot’: New Zealand Cricketer’s Bizarre Batting Has Reminded Desis of Maharashtra Politics

The Ford Trophy 2019 is currently underway and in the latest match, where Otago was playing against Auckland, a New Zealand player, Glenn Phillips hit a quite bizarre and unconventional shot that left cricket enthusiasts baffled and amused. The Ford Trophy 2019 is currently underway and in the latest match, where Otago was playing against…

Two Indian students killed in hit-and-run crash in U.S. on Thanksgiving night

Two Indian students killed in hit-and-run crash in U.S. on Thanksgiving night

Two Indian students were killed in a hit-and-run accident in South Nashville, Tennessee on Thanksgiving night, authorities have said.Judy Stanley (23) and Vybhav Gopisetty (26) were graduate students of the Tennessee State University (TSU) and were pursuing food science degrees in the College of Agriculture, the university said.The university students have raised — through a…

Man surrenders for killing Indian student in California

Man surrenders for killing Indian student in California

The suspect Eric Turner, 42, turned himself in on Saturday, the San Bernardino Police Department said. A US national has surrendered to the police in San Bernardino and been arrested on charges of killing Indian national Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat early this week, the police said on Sunday. The suspect Eric Turner, 42, turned himself in…

‘Japan tracking J&K situation very carefully’

‘Japan tracking J&K situation very carefully’

Japan is tracking the situation in the Kashmir Valley and hopes for a peaceful solution to the difficulties in the region, a representative of Tokyo said here on Sunday. Atsushi Kaifu, Deputy Press Secretary of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commented on Kashmir, while declaring that Tokyo remains focussed on connectivity projects in India, including…

Glimmer of hope: On fresh SIT report on 1984 riots

Glimmer of hope: On fresh SIT report on 1984 riots

December 02, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 02, 2019 00:09 IST December 02, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 02, 2019 00:09 IST more-in Fresh SIT report on 1984 riots may pave the way for reopening scuttled probes A confidential report by a court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) may contain answers to the question of whether…

Time to act: On latest estimates of economy

Time to act: On latest estimates of economy

December 02, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 02, 2019 00:09 IST December 02, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: December 02, 2019 00:09 IST more-in The economy needs a meaningful policy response with steps to spur consumption The latest estimates on economic output and growth, while not a surprise, reaffirm the fact that the ongoing six-quarter slump…

Who is a farmer? Government has no clear definition

Who is a farmer? Government has no clear definition

Who is a farmer? What is the government’s definition of a farmer and how many farmers are there in India by that definition?Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar failed to answer that question when it was asked in Parliament last week. The government’s ambiguity has serious implications for the design and beneficiaries of the schemes meant…

The curious case of 59 Bangladeshis who vanished

The curious case of 59 Bangladeshis who vanished

more-in Govt. and police officials of Bengal claim to have no information on the group brought to Kolkata by Karnataka police A week after a group of 59 alleged Bangladeshis were brought to Kolkata by the Karnataka police, the whereabouts of the detained persons, including about a dozen children, remains a mystery.The “Bengali- speaking alleged…

Will never dump Hindutva, says Uddhav Thackeray

Will never dump Hindutva, says Uddhav Thackeray

PTI Mumbai, December 01, 2019 20:19 IST Updated: December 02, 2019 01:05 IST Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhavan for the Assembly session in Mumbai on Sunday, December 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI PTI Mumbai, December 01, 2019 20:19 IST Updated: December 02, 2019 01:05 IST more-in “I am still…

Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder: Telangana CM orders fast track court to try accused

Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder: Telangana CM orders fast track court to try accused

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered immediate constitution of a fast track court to try the accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian at Shadnagar.He gave instructions in this regard to officials on Sunday while discussing measures to speed up trial of the case and severe punishment to accused. He also asked…

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio hike prepaid tariff by up to 40%

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio hike prepaid tariff by up to 40%

The era of low tariffs for Indian consumers seems to have ended as major telcos — Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), Bharti Airtel Limited and Reliance Jio — have hiked tariff by up to 40% for prepaid customers. While VIL, and Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel have decided to hike the tariffs with effect from December 3,…

Your mobile bills set to get expensive as unlimited free-calling across networks ends

Your mobile bills set to get expensive as unlimited free-calling across networks ends

NEW DELHI: The days of unlimited free voice calling across networks are over for Indian customers with Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and Reliance Jio ending free outgoing services. From December 3, the customers will have to pay 6 paisa per minute for outgoing calls after exceeding the quota of free minutes. On Sunday, Airtel and Vodafone Idea…

No deputy CM for Congress, NCP gets most berths

No deputy CM for Congress, NCP gets most berths

HighlightsNCP emerged the biggest beneficiary in the negotiations within the Maha Vikas Aghadi for ministerial berths with a tally of 16Shiv Sena will have 15 members in the cabinet, including the CMCongress settled for 12, besides the speaker’s postMUMBAI: NCP has emerged the biggest beneficiary in the negotiations within the Maha Vikas Aghadi for ministerial…

Will be frank with New Delhi to avoid misunderstandings: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Promising to be “frank” and “upfront” to avoid the misunderstandings of the past between New Delhi and Colombo, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says India and other countries in the region must invest more in Sri Lanka if they want to provide an alternative to Chinese investment. He also suggested closer coordination between the two…

Govt, BJP strongly condemn Pragya’s remarks on Godse: Amit Shah

Govt, BJP strongly condemn Pragya’s remarks on Godse: Amit Shah

PTI | Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 23:19 ISTHighlightsShah said that defence minister Rajnath Singh has already condemned her remarks and the party has taken action against her.”Neither the government, nor the BJP supports such remarks. We strongly condemn it,” he said.MUMBAI: Home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the government and Bharatiya Janata Party strongly…

India to become $5 trillion economy by 2024: Amit Shah

India to become $5 trillion economy by 2024: Amit Shah

PTI | Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 23:34 ISTHighlightsIndia is already a destination of global companies due to its huge market and FDI is at record level today, the minister said”India was at the rank of 142 in 2014, but in the last five years we jumped to 77 and by 2024, India will be somewhere…

Hyderabad vet could have been saved but police wasted precious time, victim’s family tells NCW

Hyderabad vet could have been saved but police wasted precious time, victim’s family tells NCW

Shyamala K Sundar, member, National Women’s Commission speaking to media after a visit to the residence of the victim and toll gate where the incident happened.NEW DELHI: The Hyderabad Police played a “negative role” and “wasted precious time” which could have been used to save the life of a veterinarian who was brutally raped and…

Two soldiers killed as avalanche hits Army patrol in Siachen

Two soldiers killed as avalanche hits Army patrol in Siachen

HighlightsThe Army on Saturday said the two soldiers from Ladakh Scouts were killed when the avalanche hit their “link patrol” between two posts at an altitude of 18,000-feetThis comes soon after another four soldiers and two civilian porters were killed in an avalanche in the northern glacier on November 18Representational photo.NEW DELHI: Two soldiers were…

India and Japan ask Pakistan to take concrete action against terror infrastructure

India and Japan ask Pakistan to take concrete action against terror infrastructure

PTI | Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 20:34 ISTHighlightsThe two countries called upon Islamabad to “fully comply” with its international commitments to deal with terrorism “The ministers underlined the need for all countries to ensure that all territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries in any manner,” an Indo-Japan…

Thackeray-led MVA govt passes floor test; BJP MLAs skip voting

Thackeray-led MVA govt passes floor test; BJP MLAs skip voting

MUMBAI: The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance passed the floor test in the Maharashtra assembly on Saturday. The BJP, which has 105 MLAs, staged a walkout before head count of members began in the 288-member House. The boycott was against the “unlawful manner” in which the ministers were sworn…

Pak waging proxy war as it can’t win conventional one: Rajnath Singh

Pak waging proxy war as it can’t win conventional one: Rajnath Singh

PTI | Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 21:56 ISTHighlightsPakistan had realised right from 1948 through the wars in 1965, 1971 and 1999 that it could not win against India in any conventional or limited war, the minister said.”It has chosen a path of proxy war through terrorism and I can tell you with full responsibility that…

4 Arrested for Gang-rape and Murder of 22-Year-old Veterinarian Near Hyderabad, Say Police

The announcement was made by Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanar at a press briefing on Friday evening. New Delhi: At least four suspects were arrested on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a 22-year-old veterinarian, whose charred body was found a day earlier near Shadnagar town. The announcement was made by Cyberabad Commissioner…

30 useful government apps every Indian should download | Gadgets Now

30 useful government apps every Indian should download | Gadgets Now

1 / 3130 useful government apps every Indian should download There’s an app for almost everything these days and as part of its Digital India initiative, the government of India has also been aggressively building apps for the citizens. These apps are for various government related services and for also different sections of the society.…

PSLV-C47/Cartosat-3 mission: Isro successfully places remote sensing satellite, 13 US nanosatellites in orbits

PSLV-C47/Cartosat-3 mission: Isro successfully places remote sensing satellite, 13 US nanosatellites in orbits

HighlightsPSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and the nanosatellites lifted off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.28am, as scheduled. Around 17 minutes later, the rocket placed Cartosat-3 in a polar sun synchronous orbit. PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites lifted off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space…

Karnataka bypolls: True to form, leaders again invoke caste and religion

Karnataka bypolls: True to form, leaders again invoke caste and religion

HighlightsAddressing rallies, Yediyurappa, a Lingayat, openly invoked religious sentiment, saying his future lies in the hands of the communityA fortnight ago, HD Kumaraswamy, former CM and the face of the JD(S), openly admitted that he was under extreme pressure to field a Vokkaliga in Mahalakshmi Layout, but he finally picked a LingayatState BJP president Nalin…

NCP’s Supriya Sule welcomes Ajit Pawar with a warm hug

NCP’s Supriya Sule welcomes Ajit Pawar with a warm hug

NEW DELHI: NCP leader Supriya Sule on Wednesday personally welcomed newly-elected MLAs at Vidhan Bhawan upon their arrival for the oath-taking ceremony in Maharashtra assembly. Sule, daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and an MP, also greeted her cousin and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar with a warm hug when he arrived for the…

No immediate retirement plans, MS Dhoni to play 2021 IPL

No immediate retirement plans, MS Dhoni to play 2021 IPL

CHENNAI: Indian coach Ravi Shastri made it clear on Tuesday that MS Dhoni’s international career is far from over. “It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL…The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last tournament after which more or less your 15 (for…

Maharashtra: BJP miscalculated Ajit Pawar’s ability to sway NCP MLAs

Maharashtra: BJP miscalculated Ajit Pawar’s ability to sway NCP MLAs

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: BJP’s costly misjudgment of Ajit Pawar’s promise to deliver the numbers has earned the party criticism, coming on top of an almost replica fiasco in Karnataka in 2018. In 2018, the Karnataka polls saw BJP fall short by seven MLAs and led to a bid to rope in opposition legislators, with B S…

Maharashtra news live: Former CM Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as an MLA

Maharashtra news live: Former CM Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as an MLA

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Nov 27, 2019, 12:29:37 ISTAs the newly-elected MLAs of Maharashtra take oath, the Maha Vikas Aghadi of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are holding hectic deliberations to give shape to the new government to be formed under Uddhav Thackeray. Stay with us for live updatesWhat has happened in…

Ajit Pawar’s move resembles uncle Sharad Pawar’s political coup 41 years ago

NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s decision to join hands with the BJP bears a striking resemblance to his uncle Sharad Pawar’s coup against a government formed by two Congress factions 41 years ago. In 1978, Mr. Pawar ran the rainbow coalition comprising the Janata Party and the Peasants Workers Party, which lasted less than two years.…

No Cabinet meet, PM uses powers to revoke Article 356

No Cabinet meet, PM uses powers to revoke Article 356

HighlightsPM Modi used the special powers conferred on him under rules for transaction of government business to recommend revocation of President’s rule in MaharashtraThis rule empowers the PM to allow a departure from the procedure requiring convening of Cabinet meet to approve cases relating to Article 356Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)NEW DELHI: There was…

Ajit Pawar began calling up his ‘loyal’ MLAs at 8pm on Friday

Ajit Pawar began calling up his ‘loyal’ MLAs at 8pm on Friday

HighlightsAjit Pawar or his office started calling his trusted Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators at 8pm on FridayThe legislators were asked if they were with Ajit or Sharad PawarDevendra Fadnavis submitted a letter to Raj Bhavan staking claim for government formationMaharashtra’s deputy CM Ajit Pawar (File photo)MUMBAI: It was between 8pm on Friday and 8am…

29 independents, MLAs from small parties may hold key to vote

29 independents, MLAs from small parties may hold key to vote

HighlightsThe role of 29 MLAs belonging to smaller parties or elected as independents will be crucial as BJP is slated to prove its majorityFadnavis took oath as CM on Saturday after staking claim to form the government with the support of BJP’s 105 MLAs, NCP’s 54 and 11 independentsBJP rebel Geeta Jain, who contested and…

Did Sharad Pawar know? Can he hold NCP?

Did Sharad Pawar know? Can he hold NCP?

TNN | Updated: Nov 24, 2019, 2:55 ISTHighlightsWhen Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy CM of Maharashtra, one big question was whether his uncle Sharad Pawar was on boardSharad Pawar however soon made it clear that Ajit’s decision was personalHe also rejected the speculation that Ajit’s defiance was the result of a power struggle…

Ajit-BJP back-channels opened a few days ago, operation began Friday evening

Ajit-BJP back-channels opened a few days ago, operation began Friday evening

TNN | Updated: Nov 24, 2019, 3:00 ISTHighlightsNCP leader Ajit Pawar was not at ease with the idea of an alliance with the Shiv SenaHe was getting increasingly anxious over his future in NCPThe back-channels had been at work over the past few days and on Friday, Ajit Pawar indicated he might be ready to…

Devendra Fadnavis back as CM, Ajit Pawar deputy CM; Sena, NCP, Congress rush to SC

Devendra Fadnavis back as CM, Ajit Pawar deputy CM; Sena, NCP, Congress rush to SC

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and NCP leader and deputy CM Ajit Pawar greet each other with Maharashtra sta…Read MoreMUMBAI: A thriller straight out of the playbook of guerrilla warfare was played out in Mumbai early Saturday morning when, contrary to expectations that Uddhav Thackeray would take up the chief minister’s post soon as Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP…

Maharashtra govt formation live updates: SC to hear Sena-Congress-NCP petition at 11:30 am today

Maharashtra govt formation live updates: SC to hear Sena-Congress-NCP petition at 11:30 am today

Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress move Supreme Court against the decision of Maharashtra governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government,, seek urgent hearing tonight itself”Our people are there. Registry is open now. They will decide on the urgency of the case. Petition on behalf of three parties have been filed , SC Registry is…

Will Thackeray drop remote, take direct control of Maharashtra?

Will Thackeray drop remote, take direct control of Maharashtra?

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray leave after a meeting with Congress and NCP lea…Read MoreMUMBAI: Uddhav Thackeray’s control over the new three-party government set to be formed in Maharashtra will not be remote. After Sharad Pawar declared Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP had at their Friday evening meeting arrived at…

India courts private hospitals to boost ‘Modicare’ insurance programme

India courts private hospitals to boost ‘Modicare’ insurance programme

NEW DELHI : India will offer incentives to private hospitals to take part in the government’s health insurance programme, potentially the biggest of its kind in the world, a senior government official told Reuters.Launched last year, the scheme is critical to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to reform the country’s health system, where private healthcare…

Three Jharkhand cops killed in Maoist attack

Three Jharkhand cops killed in Maoist attack

PTI | Updated: Nov 22, 2019, 23:00 ISTHighlightsThe attack by armed Maoists occurred at about 8:30pm when a police party was on-board an official four-wheeled vehicle in the Chandwa police station area, they said.The Maoists are reported to have sprung a surprise attack on the personnel. File photo used for representation RANCHI: Three Jharkhand police…

Hong Kong would be ‘obliterated in 14 minutes’ if not for me: Donald Trump

Hong Kong would be ‘obliterated in 14 minutes’ if not for me: Donald Trump

WASHINGTON : US President Donald Trump said Friday he had saved Hong Kong from being destroyed by persuading Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold off on sending in troops to crush its pro-democracy movement.”If it weren’t for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes,” Trump said in a scattershot early morning interview…

Setback for TSRTC employees: Telangana HC allows privatisation of bus routes

Setback for TSRTC employees: Telangana HC allows privatisation of bus routes

TSRTC strike The High Court observed that it cannot intervene in the government’s decision to privatise bus routes. In a major setback to protesting Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees the High Court of Telangana has disposed of the writ petition that was filed against the state governments’ decision to privatise as many as 5100…

53 road crashes, 17 deaths per hour in 2018: Annual government report

Traffic chaos and over speeding on a main road. Representative photo.   | Photo Credit: M. VEDHAN more-in Over-speeding is a major killer, followed by driving on the wrong side, says the report released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. More than 1.5 lakh people lost their lives in road crashes in the…

New Sri Lanka President to visit India on November 29

New Sri Lanka President to visit India on November 29

HighlightsNewly elected Sri Lanka President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will make his first foreign trip to India on November 2Jaishankar was the first high-level foreign dignitary to call on the newly elected Sri Lankan President as he flew down to Colombo on Tuesday eveningExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in Colombo (ANI)NEW…

J&K stone-pelting down but 700 held since August 5: Govt

J&K stone-pelting down but 700 held since August 5: Govt

NEW DELHI: The government said 765 people were arrested in 190 stone-pelting and ‘law and order’ cases in Jammu & Kashmir between August 5, the day Article 370 became a dead letter, and November 15. As compared to this, 361 instances of stone-pelting and law and order disruptions were reported between January 1 and August…

India witnessing average sea level rise of 1.7mm/year

India witnessing average sea level rise of 1.7mm/year

NEW DELHI: Sea levels along the Indian coast have risen by 8.5 cm during the past 50 years with an average increase of 1.7 mm per year, said the government in Rajya Sabha as it shared data from 10 major ports across the country in response to a Parliament question. Compared to global data, the…

Con man boards over 15 flights as pilot, held

Con man boards over 15 flights as pilot, held

NEW DELHI: Life imitated art at the IGI Airport on Monday when security personnel caught a man impersonating a Lufthansa pilot while catching a flight to Kolkata on AirAsia India — an act reminiscent of the lead character in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’. In the movie, con artist Frank Abagnale Jr (played…

Indians living in US up 9 lakh since 2010

Indians living in US up 9 lakh since 2010

MUMBAI: The United States of America continues to be a land of immigrants, but there is a significant decline in the number of new migrants. According to the American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2018, which measures the US population as of July 1, 2018, the total number of foreign-born population in the US stood…

SC to govt: Why no permanent jobs for serving Armywomen?

SC to govt: Why no permanent jobs for serving Armywomen?

HighlightsSC asked the Centre to explain the rationale behind offering permanent commission in the armed forces to only future women recruits and denying it to serving and retired personnelThe counsel said the IAF and the Navy, as a matter of policy, do not discriminate between men and women and deny permanent commission to all short…

To Parliament question, govt doesn’t spell out if it used Pegasus

To Parliament question, govt doesn’t spell out if it used Pegasus

HighlightsDMK leader Maran’s query came in the wake of WhatsApp’s recent revelation that messages and calls of some activists and journalists in India shared on its platform had been intercepted using Israeli software PegasusThe government, however, rubbished these allegations and sent a notice to Facebook-owned WhatsApp for not informing it about the vulnerability in its…

4 Shot Dead While Watching Football Game In Backyard In California: Cops

4 Shot Dead While Watching Football Game In Backyard In California: Cops

Los Angeles: Four people were shot dead and six others wounded while watching a football game in the backyard of a central California home on Sunday, police said.Police were called to the scene after at least one person opened fire into a crowd of about 35 people gathered outside the house in Fresno, around 200 miles…

Sharad Pawar’s Baffling Response On Shiv Sena Ahead Of Meeting Sonia Gandhi

Sharad Pawar’s Baffling Response On Shiv Sena Ahead Of Meeting Sonia Gandhi

Sharad Pawar had declared that the Sena, Congress and NCP would come together and form government.Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar’s response to questions this morning, hours before his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on government formation in Maharashtra, left many wondering. Asked about the Shiv Sena saying it was in talks with…

Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan In Kolkata Hospital Due To Respiratory Problem

Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan In Kolkata Hospital Due To Respiratory Problem

Nusrat Jahan is at ICU but in stable condition and conscious, her family said in a statement.Kolkata: Bengali actress turned MP Nusrat Jahan has been admitted to a private hospital in the city due to respiratory problem, her family said on Monday.Ms Jahan, elected to Lok Sabha from Basirhat on a Trinamool Congress ticket, was admitted…

Those in government want to take India backward: Sonia Gandhi

Those in government want to take India backward: Sonia Gandhi

TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 3:17 ISTHighlights”Their language may be modern, but they seek to take India backward, not forward. For after all, they made no sacrifices to shape India’s destiny,” the Congress president saidSonia referred to the ruling dispensation as authoritarian, adding that they wanted to “dictate to us what we can do,…

Rafale gets wings, Rahul gets sting in unanimous SC verdict

Rafale gets wings, Rahul gets sting in unanimous SC verdict

HighlightsNoting that the price of the basic Rafale jet negotiated by the NDA government was, contrary to allegations by the opposition and others, marginally cheaper than that considered by the UPA government, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph unanimously dismissed the review petitionsThe bench also…

260 writers approach PM Modi on Aatish Taseer

260 writers approach PM Modi on Aatish Taseer

TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 2:38 ISTHighlights“We are extremely concerned that Taseer appears to have been targeted for an extremely personal form of retaliation due to his writing and reporting that has been critical of the Indian government,” the letter says“Denying access to the country to writers of both foreign and Indian origin casts…

Congress-NCP, Shiv Sena finalise draft CMP, final call early next week

Congress-NCP, Shiv Sena finalise draft CMP, final call early next week

HighlightsA broad consensus seems to be emerging on Sena getting 16 cabinet members, NCP 14 and Congress 12The common minimum programme will be shared with the chiefs of the three parties, who will confer over the weekend and the final blueprint is expected by November 19Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray(L), NCP chief Sharad Pawar and…

L-G says poll process in J&K to begin soon, asks cops to be ready for key role

L-G says poll process in J&K to begin soon, asks cops to be ready for key role

Highlights“It will not continue like this,” Murmu said, adding, “The process for holding the elections will come soon”Murmu also said there would be an “important role” for the men in uniform in the forthcoming electionsJammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Girish Chandra Murmu. (AFP file photo)JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Thursday…

Sabarimala verdict: Woman can have darshan, but will they go?

Sabarimala verdict: Woman can have darshan, but will they go?

TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 2:28 ISTHighlightsWith the final verdict now deferred to a larger SC bench, the Kerala government’s interest has waned in what it sees as potentially a ‘lost cause’It is learnt that there is an understanding in the top echelons of the government not to encourage young women to trek to…

Karnataka: BJP gives bypoll tickets to 13 disqualified MLAs

Karnataka: BJP gives bypoll tickets to 13 disqualified MLAs

Anil Gejji | TNN | Updated: Nov 14, 2019, 21:23 ISTHighlightsThe BJP awarded tickets to 13 of the 16 former legislators who joined the party on Thursday.Yediyurappa called new colleagues ‘future MLAs and ministers’, indicating they will walk into the cabinet if they win the bypolls.The assembly has 17 vacancies, and byelections are being held…

CJI office under RTI Act: Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on November 13.

CJI office under RTI Act: Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on November 13.

more-in Declaration of assets by a judge is a voluntary act towards transparency. A Constitution Bench of the court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict on Wednesday whether the office of the Chief Justice of India should be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.The personal assets of seven of a…

‘If Not for JNU, I’d be a Peon in My Hometown’: Student Unsure of His Future after Proposed Fee Hike

New Delhi: Ramesh Kumar, 22, a student of the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), had cleared the multi-tasking staff exam in Jharkhand and was ecstatic about earning Rs 20,000 a month that would end all the financial problems back home. Kumar had been considering taking up the job at the…

The extra mile: on Kartarpur corridor

The extra mile: on Kartarpur corridor

November 12, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: November 12, 2019 00:14 IST November 12, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: November 12, 2019 00:14 IST Kartarpur corridor has realised the dream of devout Sikhs, but done little for India-Pak. ties For millions of Sikhs worldwide, the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor was a dream seven decades in the…

Casting the Net wide: on Kerala’s plan for free Internet roll-out

Casting the Net wide: on Kerala’s plan for free Internet roll-out

November 12, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: November 12, 2019 00:18 IST November 12, 2019 00:05 IST Updated: November 12, 2019 00:18 IST more-in Kerala’s plan for providing free Internet access to the poor is worthy of emulation by others If things go as per plan, Kerala could have near-universal Internet access in a little over…

Maharashtra impasse | Congress, NCP in huddle after Governor refuses Sena plea for extension

Maharashtra impasse | Congress, NCP in huddle after Governor refuses Sena plea for extension

In fast-paced political developments in Maharashtra, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday evening invited the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government after the Shiv Sena failed to provide the letters of support from the Congress-NCP alliance.“We will discuss the proposal with our allies tomorrow and will get back with our reply to the…

Mamata conducts aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas; toll rises to 14

Mamata conducts aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas; toll rises to 14

PTI | Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 23:34 ISTChief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee conducts an aeriall survey of areas affected by Cyclone Bulbul o…Read MoreKAKDWIP: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone Bulbul-ravaged areas of South 24 Parganas district and announced a compensation of Rs 2…

Sena couldn’t submit ‘requisite letter of support’: Raj Bhavan

Sena couldn’t submit ‘requisite letter of support’: Raj Bhavan

MUMBAI: A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders on Monday met Maharashtra governor B S Koshyari and expressed the party’s willingness to form the government, but could not submit the “requisite letter of support”, the Raj Bhavan said. The Sena sought three-day extension for submitting the letter of support, but the governor declined to accept the…

Centre justifies Article 370 decision in SC; says militants, separatists were taking advantage

Centre justifies Article 370 decision in SC; says militants, separatists were taking advantage

PTI | Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 21:29 ISTHighlightsThe militants and separatist elements, with the support of foreign forces inimical to India, were taking advantage of Article 370: Centre to SC The Centre also said the abrogation of Article 370 provisions would also act as a catalyst for enabling the State to achieve its development potential…

Rohit bhai said he will use me like Bumrah: Deepak Chahar

Rohit bhai said he will use me like Bumrah: Deepak Chahar

NEW DELHI: It almost looked like Bangladesh would run away with the third T20I in Nagpur on Sunday and with it register their maiden series win over India as Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun looked to be in cruise mode. With dew not helping matters, skipper Rohit Sharma handed the ball to pacer Deepak Chahar,…

JNU students protesting over fee hike clash with police; HRD minister stuck for over 6 hours

JNU students protesting over fee hike clash with police; HRD minister stuck for over 6 hours

The gates of the AICTE were locked and security personnel were stationed in and outside the premises.NEW DELHI: Thousands of students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) clashed with police on Monday as their protest over fee hike on the varsity’s convocation day escalated, forcing HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ to stay inside the AICTE premises…

Lata Mangeshkar down with a viral infection, is on a path to recovery, says her niece

Lata Mangeshkar down with a viral infection, is on a path to recovery, says her niece

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in the early hours of Monday after she complained of breathing problems, hospital sources said. The singer, who turned 90 on September 28, is in a critical condition, they said. “She was brought to hospital at about 2 am. She is critical…

Maharashtra political impasse: Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar in Mumbai

Maharashtra political impasse: Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday and is learnt to have requested the latter to extend his party’s support in forming government, sources said. Thackeray and Pawar held parleys at a suburban hotel ahead of the 7.30 pm deadline set by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for the Sena…

SC bench veered towards unanimity soon after hearings ended on October 16

SC bench veered towards unanimity soon after hearings ended on October 16

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict came on Saturday after the five judges learned first hand from police and intelligence officials as well as from the Union home secretary that adequate security arrangements were in place to deal with possible law and order disruptions as well as angry response from some quarters. CJI Ranjan…

1,160 & 450km: Two trekking tigers walk into record books

1,160 & 450km: Two trekking tigers walk into record books

NAGPUR: Two young male tigers, both on epic journeys of their own, are walking their way into record books. One has logged 1,160km so far and the other 450km, which are among the longest recorded distances covered by any tiger in the country. C1, a radio-collared tiger from Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Pandharkawda in Maharashtra’s…

Ready to give up claim, Sunni board wrote to SC in March

Ready to give up claim, Sunni board wrote to SC in March

LUCKNOW: The Sunni Central Waqf Board, which was a key litigant in the Ayodhya title suit, had offered a settlement formula to resolve the issue in its letter to Supreme Court in March this year, stating it was ready to relinquish its claim over the disputed site in larger interest of national harmony in lieu…

Immigration fraud: 6 of 8 Indians held in US sentenced to jail

Immigration fraud: 6 of 8 Indians held in US sentenced to jail

HYDERABAD: Six of the eight Indians, arrested in connection with the immigration fraud following the Farmington University crackdown in the US in January this year, have been sentenced to jail, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The two others will also be sentenced shortly. All the eight are originally from Telangana and…

Ram temple construction may start early next year

Ram temple construction may start early next year

NEW DELHI: The construction of Ram Mandir is likely to start from Makar Sankranti next year and is unlikely to involve a fresh ‘shilanyas’ (ground breaking ceremony). Sources said the government is likely to move fast to comply with the Supreme Court’s directives for setting up a trust, and will coordinate with all the stakeholders…

TN Seshan, former CEC who tamed politicians, dies at 86

TN Seshan, former CEC who tamed politicians, dies at 86

TNN | Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 5:39 ISTHighlightsA 1955 batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, Seshan served as a senior bureaucrat in various capacities including as cabinet secretary of India in 1989 and earlier as the administrative head of Indian Space Research Organisation. It was, however, as the 10th chief election commissioner form…

Hindu, Muslim religious leaders meet NSA Doval post-Ayodhya verdict, commit to peace, harmony

Hindu, Muslim religious leaders meet NSA Doval post-Ayodhya verdict, commit to peace, harmony

HighlightsNational security adviser Ajit Doval met leaders of both Hindu and Muslim communities to enlist their cooperation in ensuring peace and communal harmonyAccording to an officer privy to the discussions between NSA and religious leaders, the latter reposed full faith in the rule of law and Constitution of IndiaNSA Ajit Doval with various religious leaders…

‘Meet with NCP, Congress soon’ as Shiv Sena races to get the numbers

‘Meet with NCP, Congress soon’ as Shiv Sena races to get the numbers

The Shiv Sena will be racing against time if it wants to realise its long-held ambitions of leading a government. Sources said Sena MP Sanjay Raut is likely to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar and visit Delhi to seek an appointment with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the next 24 hours. The Sena may also…

Ready to give up claim, Sunni board wrote to SC in March

Ready to give up claim, Sunni board wrote to SC in March

LUCKNOW: The Sunni Central Waqf Board, which was a key litigant in the Ayodhya title suit, had offered a settlement formula to resolve the issue in its letter to Supreme Court in March this year, stating it was ready to relinquish its claim over the disputed site in larger interest of national harmony in lieu…

Take Prompt Action on SC’s Ayodhya Verdict, Build Temple as per Architect Sompura’s Design: VHP to Govt

Take Prompt Action on SC’s Ayodhya Verdict, Build Temple as per Architect Sompura’s Design: VHP to Govt

Architect Chandrakant Sompura was asked to prepare the design in 1989 by then VHP chief Ashok Singhal and it was circulated among devotees, VHP’s working president Alok Kumar said. PTIUpdated:November 11, 2019, 12:05 AM IST Representative Image. New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday said the Centre should take swift action on the…

Over 22 Killed as Cyclone Bulbul Smashes Bengal, Odisha & Bangladesh; Trees Uprooted, Power Lines Snapped

Over 22 Killed as Cyclone Bulbul Smashes Bengal, Odisha & Bangladesh; Trees Uprooted, Power Lines Snapped

New Delhi/Dhaka: At least 10 people were killed in Bangladesh and West Bengal each and two in Odisha after cyclone Bulbul smashed into coastal areas this weekend, bringing in its wake torrential rains coupled with howling gales and ravaging the coastlines. In Bangladesh The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour (kph)…

Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan Dies At 86

Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan Dies At 86

New Delhi: Former Chief Election Commissioner Tirunellai Narayana Seshan, who had become an icon of Indian bureaucracy for ushering in tectonic reforms in the country’s electoral process during his tenure in the nineties, died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday in Chennai. He was 86.A retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Tamil Nadu…

Painter from Himachal Village Hits Jackpot, Wins Rs 2.5 Crore Lottery in Punjab

Painter from Himachal Village Hits Jackpot, Wins Rs 2.5 Crore Lottery in Punjab

The painter said he bought two tickets for Rs 1,000 from a lottery stall near Nangal bus stand while he was returning from PGIMER, Chandigarh, where he had visited for a medical check up of his son. PTIUpdated:November 10, 2019, 9:59 PM IST Image of representation. (Reuters) Chandigarh: A painter from a village in Himachal…

“If Mosque Was Illegal Why Is LK Advani Being Tried”: Asaduddin Owaisi

“If Mosque Was Illegal Why Is LK Advani Being Tried”: Asaduddin Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi said BJP and RSS have a list of mosques which they want to “transform”Hyderabad: If the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya was illegal why were BJP veteran LK Advani and others being tried in connection with its demolition, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen or AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi asked on Saturday.Addressing a public meeting…

Congress Announces First List of Five Candidates for Jharkhand Elections

Congress Announces First List of Five Candidates for Jharkhand Elections

The five candidates are from seats that will go to polls in the first phase on November 30. November 13 is the last date of filing nominations. PTIUpdated:November 10, 2019, 6:49 PM IST Representative image. New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday announced its first list of five candidates for the Jharkhand Assembly elections and has…

Ayodhya verdict: Security of 5 Supreme Court judges beefed up

Ayodhya verdict: Security of 5 Supreme Court judges beefed up

Security of five judges, who delivered the verdict in the highly-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has been enhanced with the deployment of additional troops, barricades and mobile escort teams, officials said on Sunday.The enhanced security has been put in place since Saturday, when the judges — Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, CJI-designate Sharad Arvind…

How the Lord fought & won Ayodhya suit

How the Lord fought & won Ayodhya suit

LUCKNOW: With the Supreme Court declaring the makeshift temple’s presiding deity, Ram Lalla Virajman, as owner of the disputed land in Ayodhya, the 70-year-old title suit created legal history on Saturday with the Lord himself being a party to the case and winning it. And it was Ram Lalla’s ‘next friend’ Triloki Nath Pandey, who…

‘I am Virat Kohli’, says David Warner’s little daughter

‘I am Virat Kohli’, says David Warner’s little daughter

News / Sports News / ‘I am Virat Kohli’, says David Warner’s little daughterGetty Images.NEW DELHI: Australia batsman David Warner’s daughter, Indi Rae, wants to bat like India captain Virat Kohli when she grows up. In a video posted by Warner on his Instagram account on Sunday, Indi could be seen playing cricket in the…

How Ayodhya land dispute case unfolded over the years | News

09 Nov 2019, 01:53PM ISTSource: TNNThe Supreme Court pronounced its judgment in the 70-year-old Ayodhya dispute case today. In the unanimous judgment, the apex court directed the Centre to set up a trust to build a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. It also ordered allotment of 5-acre land to Sunni Waqf Board for…

Have no interest in Air India, says Qatar Airways CEO

Have no interest in Air India, says Qatar Airways CEO

PTI New Delhi, November 07, 2019 13:09 IST Updated: November 07, 2019 13:11 IST Photo for representational use only. | File   | Photo Credit: Reuters PTI New Delhi, November 07, 2019 13:09 IST Updated: November 07, 2019 13:11 IST more-in Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, expressed interest in buying a stake in IndiGo…

Sri Lanka presidential election: TNA endorses Sajith Premadasa

Sri Lanka presidential election: TNA endorses Sajith Premadasa

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on Thursday officially endorsed presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa, ahead of the November 16 poll.Also read | Despatch from Colombo: When ‘Padman’ became a poll hashtagThe TNA, which represents Tamils of the war-affected north and east, said it based its decision on the past track records…

MEPs lacked ‘expertise’ on Kashmir, New Delhi should allow U.N. observers to assess Valley situation: Finland’s FM

MEPs lacked ‘expertise’ on Kashmir, New Delhi should allow U.N. observers to assess Valley situation: Finland’s FM

India should allow U.N. observers and diplomatic missions to visit Kashmir, says Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. In an interview to The Hindu Mr. Haavisto rejected last week’s MEP visit to Kashmir for not being representational enough, and also spoke about the difficulties in restarting India-EU talks.Q: Finland was one of the few…

Indian Sikh pilgrims will require passport to visit Kartarpur: Pak Army

India had asked Pakistan to clarify whether passport will be required by the Sikh pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur.   more-in This comes days after Pakistan PM Imran Khan said that Indian devotees would only need a valid ID Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib will need a passport to use the…

No talks between Mohan Bhagwat, Uddhav Thackeray yet: Sanjay Raut

No talks between Mohan Bhagwat, Uddhav Thackeray yet: Sanjay Raut

PTI | Updated: Nov 7, 2019, 11:23 ISTHighlights”There have been no talks yet between Bhagwat and Thackeray,” the Rajya Sabha member saidAsked if he represented views of his party amid the logjam over government formation in the state, Raut said, “I put forth views of Uddhav Thackeray”Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (ANI)MUMBAI: There have been…

Uttarakhand official ran power bill of Rs four lakh over two years, paid Rs 425/month

Uttarakhand official ran power bill of Rs four lakh over two years, paid Rs 425/month

NAINITAL: The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday came down heavily on Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) while hearing a public interest litigation that cited the records of C K Tamta, general manager of the corporation, who had an electricity bill of Rs 4 lakh (92,000 units) for around 25 months but only paid Rs 425…

Breaking news live updates: PM Modi addresses Global Investor’s Meet in Dharamshala

Breaking news live updates: PM Modi addresses Global Investor’s Meet in Dharamshala

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Nov 07, 2019, 13:27:41 ISTStay here for real-time updates on breaking news from India and across the world thatThe massive jump in Ease of Doing Ranking for India isn’t just a statistical change. It means our Govt is taking decisions that has helped the industrial grassroots mechanism get…

Keen to see Amit Shah’s skills in govt formation: Sharad Pawar

Keen to see Amit Shah’s skills in govt formation: Sharad Pawar

MUMBAI: Reiterating that the mandate for his party was to sit in the opposition, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday that the BJP-Shiv Sena combine should take the lead and form the government as early as possible to avoid a constitutional crisis in the state. Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who had met Pawar last…

Hyderabad’s ‘Munni’ creates history, elected Virginia senator

Hyderabad’s ‘Munni’ creates history, elected Virginia senator

She was known as ‘Munni’ as a child in Hyderabad before her family moved to America.HYDERABAD: She was known as ‘Munni’ as a child in Hyderabad before her family moved to America. Fifty years later, Ghazala Hashmi scripted history in the land she has made her home. A Democrat, Hashmi unseated incumbent Republican senator Glen…

Ayodhya on tenterhooks: Some shift out, others stocking up on ration

Ayodhya on tenterhooks: Some shift out, others stocking up on ration

HighlightsWith the temple verdict expected any day now, some are hoarding food and essentials, while others have begun shifting women and children out to places they feel are safeSome are even cancelling weddings or moving venues outside the districtRapid Action Force (RPF) and Uttar Pradesh Police personnel patrol a street in Ayodhya (PTI photo)AYODHYA: In…

I will kill myself if extradited to India: Nirav Modi

I will kill myself if extradited to India: Nirav Modi

HighlightsNirav Modi told a UK court on Wednesday that he was beaten up “three times” in prison, but still a UK judge refused to grant him bailHe said the prison service failed to respond to the assaults and Nirav’s request to see a counsellor was also deniedFile photoLONDON: Jailed diamantaire Nirav Modi told a UK…

“They Need To Be Protected By Seniors”: Kiran Bedi After Cops’ Protest

“They Need To Be Protected By Seniors”: Kiran Bedi After Cops’ Protest

Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi was a former IPS officer who was in charge of traffic in Delhi.New Delhi: Never drive men and women in uniform up the wall, said Kiran Bedi, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry and former IPS officer, reacting to Tuesday’s unprecedented protests by police personnel in Delhi and the police-lawyer clashes over the…

BJP, Sena had consensus before polls on CM’s post: Sanjay Raut

BJP, Sena had consensus before polls on CM’s post: Sanjay Raut

PTI | Updated: Nov 6, 2019, 11:00 ISTMUMBAI: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed there was a “consensus” between the BJP and his party before the Maharashtra assembly elections on sharing the chief minister’s post. Amid the stalemate continuing over government formation in the state, Raut told reporters here that no fresh…

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Hints at More Sops for Housing Sector

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Hints at More Sops for Housing Sector

She said that real estate has a spillover effect on many sectors, hence addressing its issues will benefit industries such as cement and steel, who are the major suppliers. File photo of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (PTI) New Delhi: Dropping a hint that a big boost to the realty sector maybe on the cards, Finance…

Disqualified Karnataka MLA Claims BS Yediyurappa Gave Him Rs 1,000 Crore: Report

Disqualified Karnataka MLA Claims BS Yediyurappa Gave Him Rs 1,000 Crore: Report

Narayana Gowda claimed BS Yediyurappa had given him Rs 1,000 crore for development of his constituencyMandya (Karnataka): Disqualified Karnataka MLA Narayana Gowda on Tuesday claimed that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had given him Rs 1,000 crore for the development of his Krishnarajpet constituency and the money was being spent for development works, news agency ANI reported.”Somebody…

‘Scared’ Pakistan, China Responsible for Delhi’s Apocalyptic Smog? Possible, Says BJP Leader

‘Scared’ Pakistan, China Responsible for Delhi’s Apocalyptic Smog? Possible, Says BJP Leader

BJP’s Vineet Agarwal Sharda said Pakistan was frustrated since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah took charge and was hence ‘releasing poisonous gases’ into India. Vineet Aggarwal Sharda A Bharatiya Janata Party leader has blamed Pakistan and China for the toxic smog that enveloped the national capital region and adjacent areas, alleging…

Ayodhya event may see a million people as Supreme Court verdict nears

Ayodhya event may see a million people as Supreme Court verdict nears

At least one million devotees are likely to descend on Ayodhya for a Hindu religious event next Tuesday around the same time the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, sparking security concerns ahead of the culmination of one of India’s most communally sensitive court cases.The district…

After refusing to join China-led trade deal, India supports talks with EU

After refusing to join China-led trade deal, India supports talks with EU

India should hold talks with the European Union for a free trade agreement, the government said on Tuesday, a day after it refused to join a China-backed regional trade pact for fear of a flood of cheap Chinese imports.Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said sectors such as gems, textiles and agriculture have pushed for a trade…

Orders for shutting down phone, Internet services in J&K ‘illegal and unconstitutional’: Vrinda Grover

Vrinda Grover.   more-in A Bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana was told that even after 90 days, communication services were not operational in the Kashmir Valley, affecting the working of the media. An August 4 directive from the IGP of Kashmir Zone in Srinagar to shut down landlines to prevent the “misuse of data…

Safe, for now: On India opting out of RCEP

Safe, for now: On India opting out of RCEP

November 06, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: November 05, 2019 23:16 IST November 06, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: November 05, 2019 23:16 IST more-in India has its reasons to stay out of RCEP, but tariff walls cannot remain high India eventually decided to play it safe by pulling out at the last minute from the Regional…

Back to the blackboard: On NEET crisis

Back to the blackboard: On NEET crisis

November 06, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: November 05, 2019 23:17 IST November 06, 2019 00:02 IST Updated: November 05, 2019 23:17 IST more-in NEET puts the poor at a disadvantage, but the focus must be on quality of school education Acting out of sheer pique cannot be the ideal response to any crisis. Recent data…

Economic slowdown will lighten India’s carbon burden

Economic slowdown will lighten India’s carbon burden

more-in Carbon dioxide emissions are poised to grow at their slowest since 2001 due to a slower growth in coal-based power generation, finds study There’s a silver lining to India’s economic slowdown. Carbon dioxide emissions are poised to grow at their slowest — a 2% rise from last year — since 2001, according to an…

‘Indian lungs under extreme stress’

‘Indian lungs under extreme stress’

more-in Acute Respiratory Infections affect children the hardest, say experts Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) accounted for 69.47% of morbidity last year which was the highest in the communicable disease category leading to 27.21% mortality. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal reported a large number of patients and fatalities due…

Congress begins stir against NDA economic policies

Congress begins stir against NDA economic policies

Rajiv Shukla. File   Claims credit for RCEP withdrawal The Congress on Tuesday kicked off its 10-day agitation programme against the economic policies of the Modi government and claimed credit for India’s last minute pull out in Bangkok from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.“Owing to strong opposition of the Congress in the…

Could join RCEP if demands are met, says Piyush Goyal

Could join RCEP if demands are met, says Piyush Goyal

more-in But decision to stay out is final for now: Commerce Minister The decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is final for now, but if the other countries agree to India’s demands, then negotiations and talks are possible in the future, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

Ayodhya case: RSS, Muslim leaders meet

Ayodhya case: RSS, Muslim leaders meet

more-in All agreed that verdict should be accepted peacefully at a discussion presided over by Abbas Naqvi In anticipation of an Ayodhya verdict in a few days, Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday presided over a meeting attended by senior RSS leaders and Muslim community leaders at his residence, and all parties…

‘Protect the protectors’: Police personnel besiege HQ, alleging cop-out by seniors

‘Protect the protectors’: Police personnel besiege HQ, alleging cop-out by seniors

HighlightsTwo days after the clashes at Tis Hazari, about 3,000 cops laid an unprecedented siege to the Delhi Police headquarters on Tuesday, leading to an 11-hour standoffThese men and women — ranging from constables to inspectors — had launched an agitation for the entire force to reclaim their dignity and demand a safe environmentPTI photoNEW…

U.S. begins formal pullout from Paris deal

U.S. begins formal pullout from Paris deal

Donald Trump.   | Photo Credit: AP more-in The withdrawal will take a year — until just after the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections The world’s climate action efforts were left on shakier ground on Monday after the United States, notified the United Nations of its formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the 2015 global agreement…

Pakistan leaves visitors to Kartarpur clueless on papers

Pakistan leaves visitors to Kartarpur clueless on papers

TNN | Updated: Nov 6, 2019, 2:08 ISTHighlightsIndia still does not have confirmation from Pakistan about the composition of the jatha (pilgrim group) which will travel through the corridor to the Kartarpur gurudwara, government sources said Sources said Pakistan had also not allowed any advance team from India to visit Kartarpur Sahib yet to confirm…

Delhi Police ends agitation after assurance from senior officers

Delhi Police ends agitation after assurance from senior officers

Thousands of Delhi police personnel on Tuesday laid siege to the force’s headquarters for 11 hours and staged a virtual revolt, sparked by two attacks on colleagues. They called off the stir following multiple appeals, including from their chief.The protests, in which families of the personnel also took to the streets, were withdrawn in the…

Speed up delivery of S-400 missiles, India to tell Russia

Speed up delivery of S-400 missiles, India to tell Russia

HighlightsIndia wants Russia to speed up the delivery schedule of the advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems, which can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombersIndia has also sought an extension of INS Chakra’s lease till the Akula-1 submarine is ready for induction into the Indian Navy by 2025 or soFile photoNEW DELHI: India wants…

Maharashtra Assembly formation: BJP leader says ‘good news’ soon

Maharashtra Assembly formation: BJP leader says ‘good news’ soon

After days of suspense over reaching out to the Shiv Sena for formation of the next government in Maharashtra, the BJP on Tuesday said it was ready to negotiate as soon as its pre-poll ally sent its proposal. The Opposition has made similar overtures to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)…

In strategic shift, India mulls a trade agreement with US

In strategic shift, India mulls a trade agreement with US

TNN | Updated: Nov 6, 2019, 1:17 ISTHighlightsFor years, India has shot down suggestions of a free trade agreement with the US Piyush Goyal, however, said the government was in no rush and would only sign a trade agreement which safeguarded its interestsNEW DELHI: A day after opting out of the China-backed RCEP (Regional Comprehensive…

Ayodhya countdown: BJP, RSS, Muslims call for peace

Ayodhya countdown: BJP, RSS, Muslims call for peace

HighlightsThe BJP and RSS appealed to the people to remain cautious of elements who are engaged in a conspiracy to harm the unity and harmony of the society for their vested interestAt the meeting of BJP, RSS and Muslim representatives of organisations both sides hoped that the verdict will bring closure to the issueNEW DELHI:…

Infosys lays off mid, senior level executives

Infosys lays off mid, senior level executives

BENGALURU: Infosys, like Cognizant, is laying off people, and in similar fashion – a targetted move to reduce some of the perceived fat, particularly in the middle and top, and flatten the organisation. The company is letting go of 10% of the workforce, or around 2,200 people, in the JL6 band (job level 6), an…

Shiv Sena will split, 25 MLAs in touch with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis: Independent MLA

Shiv Sena will split, 25 MLAs in touch with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis: Independent MLA

MUMBAI: Independent legislator Ravi Rana from Badnera constituency in Amravati district, who has extended support to the BJP and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, said on Monday that the Shiv Sena would split if it did not go along with the BJP. Terming Sena leader and Saamna executive editor Sanjay Raut as the “parrot” of the…

One killed, 40 injured in Srinagar grenade attack

A man from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh was killed and 41 were injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants at a busy market in Srinagar’s commercial hub, Hari Singh High Street, on Monday afternoon. The victim, Rinku Singh, 35, was a toy seller. Three of the injured are Sashastra Seema Bal personnel.The culprits appeared…

Kozhikode serial murder case cracked, three arrested

Kozhikode serial murder case cracked, three arrested

Sleuths of Kerala’s Crime Branch on October 5 uncovered a serial murder case in Kozhikode’s Koodathayi village, in which six persons, including three of a family, were killed using cyanide between 2002 and 2016.The police team arrested Jolly Shaju, the prime suspect, along with two of her partners M.S. Mathew and P. Prajikumar, a day…

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren urges India to respect rights of people of Kashmir

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren urges India to respect rights of people of Kashmir

PTI Washington, October 05, 2019 23:47 IST Updated: October 05, 2019 23:51 IST Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks at an event in Los Angeles on October 4, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP PTI Washington, October 05, 2019 23:47 IST Updated: October 05, 2019 23:51 IST more-in The Massachusetts Senator’s statement comes a month…

Kashmir is India’s internal issue: Maldives ex-President Mohammed Nasheed

Mohamed Nasheed   more-in Days after the 57-member Organisation for Islamic Cooperation issued a statement on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly criticising India for continuing restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir, Maldivian parliamentary Speaker and former President Mohammed Nasheed distanced Maldives from the statement, backing Delhi’s stand on Article 370.“The Maldives cannot be with…

Army inducts Israeli `tank killers’ till DRDO develops indigenous ones

Army inducts Israeli `tank killers’ till DRDO develops indigenous ones

NEW DELHI: Indian infantry soldiers now finally have a new weapon to destroy advancing enemy tanks on the western front with Pakistan. The Army has begun to induct a limited number of Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to meet immediate operational requirements till the indigenous man-portable “tank killers” being developed by DRDO are ready…

5 SC judges recuse from Gautam Navlakha case in 4 days

TNN | Updated: Oct 4, 2019, 1:48 ISTHighlightsNavlakha’s petition was first listed on October 1 before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who recused himself from hearing the case. His plea was then listed before a bench of Justices N V Ramana, R Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai and, interestingly, all three…

Home and abroad: On India’s rightful place in the world

Home and abroad: On India’s rightful place in the world

India must take its place in the world by privileging universal rights everywhere Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the UNGA catalogued welfare and development schemes that he had initiated. He sounded like a seer in his call for unity of humanity, but it was his emphasis on Indian diversity that stood out for its…

Trust deficit: On Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank issue

Trust deficit: On Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank issue

Failures such as PMC Bank’s must be pre-empted to retain public faith in the system It has been a nightmare of a week for thousands of customers of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC), who were told last Tuesday by the Reserve Bank of India that no more than ₹1,000 could be withdrawn from…

Obesity and undernutrition coexist, finds study

Obesity and undernutrition coexist, finds study

Nearly 10% of children in the age group of 5-9 years and adolescents in the age group of 10-19 years are pre-diabetic, 5% are overweight and another 5% suffer from blood pressure. These are among the key findings of the first-ever national nutrition survey conducted by the Centre, yet to be made public, providing for…

A week after high-profile MoU, questions cloud Petronet-Tellurian deal

One week after it was announced with considerable fanfare at the start of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, several loose ends are yet to be tied up in the $2.5 billion (₹17,668 crore) investment planned by Indian PSU Petronet in American LNG company Tellurian. According to information with The Hindu, the…

Nehru approaching UN on J&K was Himalayan blunder: Amit Shah

Nehru approaching UN on J&K was Himalayan blunder: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said there are no restrictions in the Kashmir Valley now and the entire world has supported the move to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Shah asserted that Jammu and Kashmir will be the most developed region in the country…

Centre bans export of onion, imposes stock limit on traders to check price rise

Centre bans export of onion, imposes stock limit on traders to check price rise

NEW DELHI: Concerned over rising onion prices, the Centre on Sunday banned the export of the key kitchen staple and imposed a stock limit on traders to improve the domestic availability of the commodity and provide a relief to consumers. Retailers can stock onion only up to 100 quintals and wholesale traders are allowed to…

Stress fracture has nothing to do with Jasprit Bumrah’s action, says Ashish Nehra

Stress fracture has nothing to do with Jasprit Bumrah’s action, says Ashish Nehra

NEW DELHI: Ashish Nehra, who knows a thing or two about injury management, on Sunday insisted that India’s premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s stress fracture has got nothing to do with his unorthodox action. Bumrah was recently ruled out of both South Africa and Bangladesh series owing to a stress fracture in his lower back,…

Navy prepared to tackle any security challenge: Rajnath Singh

Navy prepared to tackle any security challenge: Rajnath Singh

ANI | Updated: Sep 29, 2019, 17:25 ISTHighlights”I can say with full confidence that our Navy has made full arrangements for maritime security. There is no scope of any doubt about it,” Singh told media onboard INS VikramadityaHe said Pakistan continues to make attempts to destabilise and divide the country and asserted that Navy and…

Ease of doing business: India among 20 most improved countries

NEW DELHI: India is among the 20 countries that have improved the most on ‘Ease of Doing Business’, the final score and the rankings of which will be released by the World Bank on October 24. India made it easier to do business in four areas measured by the bank’s annual ‘doing business’ survey —…

PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’: Highlights

PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’: Highlights

* Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the citizens of the nation to share their joy and happiness with the deprived people as the festive season begins in the country. * The Prime Minister while conveying his greetings to the nation for the festive season urged people to make it about sharing happiness. He…

J&K: BSF jawan washed away in seasonal stream, search operation under way

J&K: BSF jawan washed away in seasonal stream, search operation under way

ARNIA (JAMMU AND KASHMIR): One Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was washed away on Sunday while on patrolling duty near a seasonal stream following heavy rains in Arnia sector of RS Pura, Jammu and Kashmir. “The incident occurred on Saturday evening when the BSF jawan was on patrolling duty in Arnia sector. Reportedly the seasonal…

Possibility of ‘Nefarious’ Terror Incidents Along India’s Coastline Remains, Says Rajnath Singh

Possibility of ‘Nefarious’ Terror Incidents Along India’s Coastline Remains, Says Rajnath Singh

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. New Delhi: The threat of terror incidents along the Indian coastline remains and a neighbouring country is involved in “nefarious” actions to destabilise India, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. Singh was speaking to reporters on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya which is currently sailing…

SDF Announces Candidates for October 21 Sikkim Bypolls to Three Seats

SDF Announces Candidates for October 21 Sikkim Bypolls to Three Seats

The party’s parliamentary board, during a meeting, cleared the candidature of Moses Rai from Poklok-Kamrang constituency, Nuk Tshering Bhutia from Martam-Rumtek and Rinzing Ongmu from Gangtok seat. PTIUpdated:September 29, 2019, 10:21 AM IST File photo of SDF Chief and Chief Minister of Sikkim. Pawan Chamling. Gangtok: The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has announced its candidates…

At UNGA, a tale of two speeches: Narendra Modi spoke like a statesman, Imran Khan mired in a maze of contradictions 

At UNGA, a tale of two speeches: Narendra Modi spoke like a statesman, Imran Khan mired in a maze of contradictions 

Narendra Modi and Imran Khan spoke at the 74th United Nations General Assembly session on Friday Imran’s speech, in which he attacked the prime minister of another country, does not behoove any Head of State. Imran named India 19 times, RSS 9 times, Kashmir 17 times, Pulwama 3 times and picking up gun 4 times…

Sent young diplomat to articulate New India’s position: Syed Akbaruddin on India’s right to reply at UNGA

India’s envoy to United Nations Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said that reason why India sent a young diplomat to answer Imran Khan’s UNGA speech was to reflect a new India and bring to table energy of a young person. In an exclusive interview to Zee Media, Syed Akbaruddin talked about Pakistan, UNSC reforms and issue…

Watch | Maharashtra and Haryana 2019 Assembly Elections in numbers

Watch | Maharashtra and Haryana 2019 Assembly Elections in numbers

The Election Commission announced on September 21 that Assembly Elections will be held in Maharashtra and Haryana on October 21, 2019. The results will be declared on October 24.The term of the present 288-member Maharashtra Assembly ends on November 9 and the term of the present 90-member Haryana Assembly ends on November 2. Notification for the…

Hostile neighbourhood wants to destabilise India: Rajnath Singh at INS Nilgiri launch

Hostile neighbourhood wants to destabilise India: Rajnath Singh at INS Nilgiri launch

Defence minister Rajnath Singh commissioning INS Khanderi at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019./ File   more-in State-sponsored terrorism is a big challenge and “our hostile neighbourhood” wants to destabilise India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday at the launch of frigate INS Nilgiri here.INS Nilgiri, the first ship of the…

Top news photos: Restrictions in Srinagar, elections in Afghanistan, and more

Top news photos: Restrictions in Srinagar, elections in Afghanistan, and more

From commissioning INS Khanderi to presidential election in Afghanistan, here are the top news images of the day. more-in 12.10 p.m. | Thousands of people take holy dip in the Agnitheertham, in Rameswaram on the occasion of Mahalaya Amavasya. Believers of Hinduism pay obeisance to their ancestors on this day. Photo: L. Balachandar 11.30 a.m.…

Politics live: After BJP inducts its lone MLA into party, Akali Dal decides to go it alone in Haryana polls

Politics live: After BJP inducts its lone MLA into party, Akali Dal decides to go it alone in Haryana polls

KeralaPala result may change course of politics in Central TravancoreThe defeat of the Kerala Congress (M) in the Pala Assembly byelection has come as a major set back for the United Democratic Front (UDF) and might change the course of politics in Central Travancore which has always been one of the bastions of the Opposition…

India responds to Imran Khan’s UN speech: Indian citizens do not need anyone to speak on their behalf

India responds to Imran Khan’s UN speech: Indian citizens do not need anyone to speak on their behalf

Strongly hitting back at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s rant at the UN General Assembly, India has said its citizens do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf and “least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.” Khan delivered his maiden speech at the 74th…

Tamil Nadu police blow lid off a huge scam in NEET

Students during the NEET exam hall at Army Public on Kamaraj Road in Bengaluru   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain more-in 3 more medicos detained, national racket suspected The Crime Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police have blown the lid off a huge scam in which Plus Two students who appeared for National Eligibility…

NSA Ajit Doval reviews security arrangements, discusses measures to ease restrictions in Kashmir

NSA Ajit Doval reviews security arrangements, discusses measures to ease restrictions in Kashmir

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is camping in Srinagar ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.For the past week, security officials have been making arrangements to ensure no violence is reported in Kashmir in the wake of the high-profile event as it might…

No liquidity crisis; economy to start looking up in days ahead: Nirmala Sitharaman

No liquidity crisis; economy to start looking up in days ahead: Nirmala Sitharaman

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday hoped that that the economy will start to move forward in the second half of the current financial year as consumption rises and banks increase their lending operations. After a meeting with private sector banks and financial institutions, Sitharaman said that there have not been any concerns…

BJP and Shiv Sena Finalise Seat-sharing Agreement for Maharashtra Polls after Weeks of Wrangling: Sources

BJP and Shiv Sena Finalise Seat-sharing Agreement for Maharashtra Polls after Weeks of Wrangling: Sources

The post of the deputy chief minister, as per the agreement, could be allocated to a leader from the Shiv Sena. News18.comUpdated:September 26, 2019, 10:14 PM IST BJP chief Amit Shah, flanked by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, during the alliance announcement in Mumbai on Feb 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)…

Kashmir issue: Rescind action on Article 370, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation tells India

Calling on India to “rescind” its actions revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Saudi Arabia joined Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Niger to issue a statement on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Kashmir contact group, criticising the government’s actions there.In the statement issued on September 25 after a ministerial meeting on the sidelines…

#MumbaiMirrored: Striking a chord

#MumbaiMirrored: Striking a chord

By Amarendra Dhaneshwar A Gwalior gharana exponent on how Mumbai became a hub for cultural performances and an epicentre of Hindustani classical music.What would have happened if Noor Jahan had not migrated to Pakistan and continued to stay in Bombay?” This was a question that was put to veteran composer Naushad saheb, during the early…

SC wants rules for social media, gives govt 3 weeks to file affidavit

SC wants rules for social media, gives govt 3 weeks to file affidavit

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into uncharted territory, asking the Centre to frame guidelines to regulate social media and put in place a mechanism to track origin of fake news, rumours and objectionable material like pornography on social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube. Pointing to social media being rampantly…

Gunmen wait in orchards, in shadow of Red Delicious

Gunmen wait in orchards, in shadow of Red Delicious

SHOPIAN: Barely visible through the dense foliage of the September blossom in the orchards spread all over the hills in Shopian district, south Kashmir, the low-hanging apples with a tinge of red, covered in dust, await a shower of rain to ripen into juicy ‘Delicious’. Also waiting, hidden among apple trees laden with fruit, are…

Jaish readying special squad to target PM Modi, NSA Ajit Doval: Intel

Jaish readying special squad to target PM Modi, NSA Ajit Doval: Intel

HighlightsA major in Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, ISI, is collaborating with the JeM brass for the “sensational attack”, sources in the intelligence establishment saidAccordingly, an alert has been issued to police in 30 “vulnerable” cities including Jammu, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jaipur, Gandhinagar, Kanpur and LucknowNEW DELHI: Jaish-e-Muhammed is readying a squad to target PM Narendra Modi…

India, US, Japan set for Malabar exercise; Quad to meet in New York

India, US, Japan set for Malabar exercise; Quad to meet in New York

NEW DELHI: As the first-ever “Quad” meeting at the foreign minister-level takes place on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York this week, warships and aircraft from three of the countries are amassing over 7,100 miles away in the Western Pacific for high-voltage wargames that have often irked China. The 23rd edition…

‘Father of India’ Modi will take care of terror, Kashmir: Trump

‘Father of India’ Modi will take care of terror, Kashmir: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he expected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “take care” of the terrorism problem in the region and the Kashmir issue, effectively endorsing New Delhi’s position that bilateral matters with Pakistan brook no third party mediation. “I know that your Prime Minister will take care of it ……

ED initiates money laundering probe against Sharad Pawar, nephew Ajit

ED initiates money laundering probe against Sharad Pawar, nephew Ajit

HighlightsThe agency has also booked the then chairman, MDs and directors of Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for alleged loan frauds to the tune of Rs 25,000 crore.The bank had provided loans to cooperative sugar factories in Maharashtra and many of the sanctioning authorities were found to be connected with owners of these sugar mills.NEW DELHI:…

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi orders impeachment probe: ‘No one is above the law’

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi orders impeachment probe: ‘No one is above the law’

Protesters with ‘Kremlin Annex’ call to impeach President Donald Trump in Lafayette Square Park in front of th…Read MoreWASHINGTON: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the…

PM Modi receives Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

PM Modi receives Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ from Bill Gates.(Source: Twitter/@narendramodi)Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday received the Global Goalkeeper Award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his government’s initiatives on sanitation, including the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards sustainable development goals. Modi has been chosen…

PM Modi inaugurates Gandhi Solar Park at UN headquarters

PM Modi inaugurates Gandhi Solar Park at UN headquarters

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (local time) inaugurated a 50 kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ at the Headquarters of the United Nations here, on the second leg of his visit to the United States. World leaders including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President of South Korea Moon-Jae-in were also present at the…

Imran Khan Says Both Trump, Saudi Asked Him To Mediate With Iran

Imran Khan Says Both Trump, Saudi Asked Him To Mediate With Iran

United Nations: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that both the United States and Saudi Arabia asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions.Khan met both US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations, before which he visited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.”Trump asked me that…