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Virat Kohli loses top spot in ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli loses top spot in ICC Test rankings

DUBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli lost the top spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings after managing only 21 runs in the first Test which his side lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets in Wellington. Kohli, who has 906 points, slipped to the second position in the list which also features Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar…

A bed in economy class? Air New Zealand unveils sleeping pod concept

A bed in economy class? Air New Zealand unveils sleeping pod concept

SYDNEY: Some economy-class travellers envying those at the front of the plane with lie-flat beds may soon have another option: Air New Zealand Ltd has developed a sleeping pod prototype to help passengers cope with near-18 hour flights. The Economy Skynest concept unveiled on Wednesday, which features six bunks akin to those in a train…

Delhi violence: PM Modi appeals for calm, says peace & harmony our central ethos

Delhi violence: PM Modi appeals for calm, says peace & harmony our central ethos

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for peace and brotherhood in the wake of violent clashes in Delhi in which at least 20 people have been killed. “Had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace…

Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi demands resignation of Amit Shah

Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi demands resignation of Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Union government is responsible for the prevailing violent situation in Delhi and demanded the resignation of home minister. Without naming Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi said: “The Union home minister must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and should resign”. Sonia said that a…

‘Very unfortunate’: What SC said about violence in Delhi

‘Very unfortunate’: What SC said about violence in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Expressing concern and anguish over violence in Delhi which claimed lives of 20 people, the Supreme Court questioned Centre for not allowing police to discharge their job professionally. The bench comprising justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, while referring to the incidents of violence said the situation could have been avoided…

What Supreme Court said on Delhi violence

What Supreme Court said on Delhi violence

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 26, 2020, 12:48 ISTThe Supreme Court on Wednesday said that there was a lack of professionalism on part of Delhi police in handling the violence and questioned Centre for not taking steps to allow the police to work professionally. Here is what the apex court said on the violence in the…

Delhi violence: After more than a dozen deaths, city limps back to normalcy

Delhi violence: After more than a dozen deaths, city limps back to normalcy

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 26, 2020, 16:17 ISTNEW DELHI: The deathtoll in northeast Delhi communal violence rose to 20 on Wednesday. Tension smouldered in the national capital and streets in several localities like Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Maujpur, Kardampuri and Jaffrabad saw pitched battles between the members of two groups who also hurled petrol bombs…

Delhi Police recover IB officer’s body from drain in Chandbagh

Delhi Police recover IB officer’s body from drain in Chandbagh

Police personnel at a violence-affected area in north-east Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: – Ankit Sharma was missing from Tuesday evening. Police recovered the body of a 26-year-old man, identified as Ankit Sharma, from a drain in Chandbagh area. He was working as a security assistant with Intelligence Bureau. He was missing from…

Delhi violence | Video of inflammatory slogans at BJP MLA’s march surfaces

Delhi violence | Video of inflammatory slogans at BJP MLA’s march surfaces

Police personnel at a violence-affected area in north-east Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: – Abhay Verma says the slogans were raised, but that it was by “common people” in the area and not his supporters. BJP MLA Abhay Verma on Tuesday night led a march in his area in Laxmi Nagar of east…

Delhi violence: Lives would have been saved had the police acted on time, says Supreme Court

Delhi violence: Lives would have been saved had the police acted on time, says Supreme Court

Lives would have been saved and the spiral of communal mob violence stopped had the police acted on time to stop people from making inflammatory remarks, Supreme Court judge K.M. Joseph hit out at the Delhi Police on Wednesday.When Solicitor General Tushar Mehta tried to hush the judge lest his oral remarks may “demoralise the police”…

Bill to make Marathi must in schools in Assembly on Feb 27: Maharashtra Education Minister

Bill to make Marathi must in schools in Assembly on Feb 27: Maharashtra Education Minister

“The government has also studied the pattern being followed in Southern states in teaching local languages in their schools.”   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar Varsha Gaikwad that the government had conducted meetings with representatives of different boards and they had agreed on this The Maharashtra government will bring a Bill in the State legislative…

Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi demands Amit Shah’s resignation, Congress to submit memorandum to President

Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi demands Amit Shah’s resignation, Congress to submit memorandum to President

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony addressing a news conference after Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar “Where was the Home Minister and what was he doing since last Sunday?,” asks Congress president Congress…

Hyderabad police file cases against poet Imran Pratapgarhi over anti-CAA event

Hyderabad police file cases against poet Imran Pratapgarhi over anti-CAA event

They say he and the organisers violated conditions for the programme The Hyderabad police have registered cases against poet Imran Pratapgarhi and two organisers of a poetry programme for violating conditions pertaining to the conduct of an event. The programme (Ehtaji Mushaira) was held as a mark of protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA),…

COVID-19: Iranian deputy health minister, lawmaker test positive

COVID-19: Iranian deputy health minister, lawmaker test positive

Iran’s deputy health minister and a member of parliament have tested positive for the coronavirus as the death toll inside the country rose to 16 and Iranians worried that authorities could be underestimating the scale of outbreak.Iran has the highest number of coronavirus deaths outside China, where the virus emerged in December and more than…

Delhi Violence LIVE Updates: I Appeal to My Sisters & Brothers to Maintain Peace, Says PM Modi; BJP Leade…

Delhi Violence LIVE Updates: I Appeal to My Sisters & Brothers to Maintain Peace, Says PM Modi; BJP Leade…

Security personnel stand guard near a neighbourhood vandalised by rioters in Northeast Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the army should be called in and curfew imposed in Northeast Delhi where violence has claimed 20 lives. “I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming.…

Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi demands resignation of Amit Shah

Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi demands resignation of Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Union government is responsible for the prevailing violent situation in Delhi and demanded the resignation of home minister. Without naming Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi said: “The Union home minister must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and should resign”. Sonia said that a…

21 Killed In Delhi Clashes, Top Cabinet Security Body Meets: 10 Points

21 Killed In Delhi Clashes, Top Cabinet Security Body Meets: 10 Points

Northeast Delhi continues to remain tense after Tuesday’s unprecedented violence.HighlightsOver 150 people have been injured in the clashes The violence-hit areas continued to remain tense this morning Late last night, NSA Ajit Doval visited violence-hit areasNew Delhi: The number of deaths in the unprecedented violence in Delhi since Sunday has risen to 21. Stone-throwing between…

Shaheen Bagh protests: SC rebukes Delhi Police, says timing ‘unconducive’ to hear matter; hearing deferred to 23 March

Shaheen Bagh protests: SC rebukes Delhi Police, says timing ‘unconducive’ to hear matter; hearing deferred to 23 March

The Supreme Court Wednesday deferred the hearing of the Shaheen Bagh matter to 23 March as it took note of the sensitive situation in Delhi over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act The bench, which took on record the report, said that it would peruse it and the matter would be heard on 23 March The…

Delhi sees third day of deadly religious riots

Delhi sees third day of deadly religious riots

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionInside Delhi’s night of horrorDelhi remains on edge after the third consecutive night of rioting, with reports of Muslim homes and shops being targeted by violent mobs. Twenty people have been killed so far in the deadliest violence the Indian capital has seen in decades. The clashes…

On Balakot Anniversary Rajnath Singh Says Armed Forces Now Don’t Hesitate To Cross Border To Counter Terror

On Balakot Anniversary Rajnath Singh Says Armed Forces Now Don’t Hesitate To Cross Border To Counter Terror

Year after the Balakot Airstrike, Defence Minister lauds the major shift in India’s counter-terror policyNew Delhi: India’s approach in dealing with terrorism has undergone a major change as its armed forces now do not hesitate to cross the border to protect the country against the menace, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on the first anniversary…

Delhi violence live updates | GTB hospital forms committee to conduct post mortem as toll reaches 20

Delhi violence live updates | GTB hospital forms committee to conduct post mortem as toll reaches 20

Tensions continues to simmer in and around northeast Delhi for the fourth consecutive day as the death toll in the clashes around the Citizenship Amendment Act rose to 20. Over 180 people have been injured.In a late night development, the Delhi High Court ordered the Delhi Police to ensure safe passage of about 22 riot victims…

‘Once Trump leaves, Muslims will not be safe’: Violent Hindutva crowds roam North East Delhi

‘Once Trump leaves, Muslims will not be safe’: Violent Hindutva crowds roam North East Delhi

“We are holding back for now – once Trump leaves, Muslims will not be safe,” said Gaurav Shastri, a young priest at a local temple in Babarpur, a locality in North East Delhi, on Tuesday afternoon. United States President Donald Trump was in Delhi on a two-day visit to India, scheduled to leave in the…

Namaste Trump event, day 2: Highlights | News

Namaste Trump event, day 2: Highlights | News

Feb 25, 2020, 08:22PM ISTSource: TOI.inOn the second day of the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Earlier, President Trump and First Lady received a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later, PM Modi and President Trump held bilateral talks at Hyderabad House.…

‘Are you Hindu or Muslim?’: TOI photojournalist recounts Maujpur horror

‘Are you Hindu or Muslim?’: TOI photojournalist recounts Maujpur horror

(This story was first published in the Times of India on February 25, 2020)New Delhi: This story is all about how things have been spiralling out of control in northeast Delhi and how misguided youths have decided to take the law in their hands by unleashing violence based on religious identity. My horrifying experience began…

Big trade deal elusive, India & US eye Free Trade Agreement

Big trade deal elusive, India & US eye Free Trade Agreement

PM Modi (R) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (AFP…Read MoreNEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signalled immediate launch of negotiations for a free trade agreement with India with his administration expected to kick off the process through the mandated 90-day notice to…

Post-CAA, Maharashtra government moves to get detention centre ready

Post-CAA, Maharashtra government moves to get detention centre ready

Protesters at an anti-CAA rally in Mumbai. Picture credit (PTI)MUMBAI: In the wake of the passing of the CAA, the Union home affairs ministry has issued a model detention centre manual to Maharashtra, and the state government is in the process of taking possession of a temporary detention centre while the process of identifying land…

Balakot most significant Indian air action in four decades: IAF chief

Balakot most significant Indian air action in four decades: IAF chief

Breaking a self-imposed red-line exactly a year ago, India with its Mirage-2000 fighters conducted pre-dawn air strikes to bomb a major Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot on February 26, 12 days after the Pulwama terror attack claimed 40 CRPF troopers. IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria tells Rajat Pandit that the strikes delivered…

Paramilitary out in riot-hit northeast Delhi as toll rises to 13

Paramilitary out in riot-hit northeast Delhi as toll rises to 13

Security personnel conduct flag march during clashes between those against it and those supporting the CAA in …Read MoreNEW DELHI: Even as US President Donald Trump was winding up his visit to India on Tuesday evening, the government seemed to have finally woken up to the serious situation in northeast Delhi where violence spiralled out…

Five SC judges catch H1N1, right to religion hearing gets derailed

Five SC judges catch H1N1, right to religion hearing gets derailed

Justice D Y Chandrachud told lawyers in the morning that six judges were affected by H1N1 virus: File photoDELHI: In the past 10 days, Supreme Court judges and thousands of lawyers practising there have been spooked by H1N1 with five judges kept in isolation on being found infected with the virus. This derailed day-to-day hearing…

Bihar becomes first NDA state to adopt anti-NRC resolution

Bihar becomes first NDA state to adopt anti-NRC resolution

PATNA: Bihar on Tuesday became the first state with an NDA government to unanimously adopt a resolution to stick to the old National Population Register (NPR) pro forma, adopting only the transgender column from the new format recommended by the Union home ministry. The resolution, virtually a copy of CM Nitish Kumar’s response to the…

A test of governance: On Delhi violence

A test of governance: On Delhi violence

The police must clamp down on the communal violence in Delhi Communal violence in parts of Delhi, an earshot away from the nerve centre of the government of India, has claimed 13 lives and left over 150 injured. Mobs of pro-CAA demonstrators and anti-CAA protesters wielding sticks and weapons have taken over parts of the…

Crisis in Malaysia: On Mahathir Mohamad resignation

Crisis in Malaysia: On Mahathir Mohamad resignation

A power-hungry Mahathir has pushed Malaysia toward political instability The abrupt resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday has triggered the first major political crisis in the country since the 2018 general election and could upturn the reform process initiated by the coalition government. Though the nonagenarian leader has not said why he…

Trump renews offer to mediate on Kashmir, but skirts CAA

Trump renews offer to mediate on Kashmir, but skirts CAA

India and the United States on Tuesday strengthened their partnership with agreements on healthcare and energy, and issued a joint statement that designated the two countries as “Comprehensive Global Strategic partners”.The statement followed bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump, during which the later renewed his offer to mediate between…

Delhi violence | CBSE exams put off in 86 centres in northeast Delhi

Delhi violence | CBSE exams put off in 86 centres in northeast Delhi

The Shiksha Sadan which houses the Central Board of Secondary Education at Rouse Avenue in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan Examinations will be conducted as usual in the rest of the city The Central Board of Secondary Education has postponed the Class 10 and 12 board examinations scheduled for Wednesday in 86…

Violence continues in Delhi for third day, toll climbs to 13

Violence continues in Delhi for third day, toll climbs to 13

Clashes triggered on Sunday by pro- and anti-CAA protesters continued for the third day on Tuesday in northeast Delhi as the death toll mounted to 13. Most of the deaths were due to gunshot wounds, their families have told The Hindu.Mobs carrying lathis roamed the streets of northeast Delhi, attacking shops and burning vehicles even…

Asian elephants modulate their vocalisations when disturbed, reveals study

Asian elephants modulate their vocalisations when disturbed, reveals study

A recent study by scientists of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has revealed fresh insights into the behaviour of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Their findings show that Asian elephants modulate their vocalisations when disturbed. The paper titled ‘Asian elephants modulate their vocalisations when disturbed’, which was published in February 2020 in the international…

India, U.S. sign defence deals worth over $3 billion

India, U.S. sign defence deals worth over $3 billion

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 25, 2020.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan These deals will enhance our joint defence capability, says President Trump India and the U.S. on Tuesday concluded defence deals worth over $3 billion for…

RS polls: political arithmetic to largely remain unchanged

RS polls: political arithmetic to largely remain unchanged

The political arithmetic will largely remain unchanged in the Upper House with elections to 55 seats, but the Opposition expects to bring in qualitative change by nominating many of its heavyweights to the Rajya Sabha.With its improved situation in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, the Congress is set to gain four seats from these three States.In…

Hosni Mubarak, former Egypt President who was ousted in 2011 uprising, passes away

Hosni Mubarak, former Egypt President who was ousted in 2011 uprising, passes away

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who for nearly 30 years was the resolute face of stability in the Middle East, died on Tuesday, the country’s state television said, ending his days after a swift and ignominious tumble from power in the Arab world’s pro-democracy upheaval. He was 91.Throughout his rule, he was a stalwart US…

CJI meets SC Bar Association president as judges fall ill due to possible swine flu infection

CJI meets SC Bar Association president as judges fall ill due to possible swine flu infection

Dushyant Dave confirmed that some judges were taken ill in the past few days Five judges of the Supreme Court have been affected by Swine Flu, caused by the H1N1 virus, the Union Health Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.“Five judges were kept in home isolation as soon as the infection came to light and, of these,…

Donald Trump on CAA, trade deal and Kashmir: Highlights of US President’s press conference

Donald Trump on CAA, trade deal and Kashmir: Highlights of US President’s press conference

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday interacted with the media and responded to questions ranging from citizenship law to Kashmir and trade deal. Addressing a press conference, Trump described PM Modi as a “terrific” leader and India as a “tremendous country”. Here are his reactions on different issues: On religious freedomThe US President…

Television journalists attacked in northeast Delhi, one serious

Television journalists attacked in northeast Delhi, one serious

NEW DELHI: A journalist with JK 24X7 news received a bullet injury and two reporters from NDTV were beaten and punched by rioters in northeast Delhi, which witnessed fresh violence on Tuesday. Akash sustained a bullet injury while covering the communal clashes in Maujpur locality and is in hospital where his condition is serious, said…

India vs New Zealand: Kapil Dev questions ‘in-form’ KL Rahul’s absence from Test team

India vs New Zealand: Kapil Dev questions ‘in-form’ KL Rahul’s absence from Test team

NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Kapil Dev has criticised Virat Kohli and Co. following their thrashing in the Test series opener in Wellington, a game which they lost by 10 wickets at the Basin Reserve on Monday. “We have to praise New Zealand, they are playing very good cricket. The three ODIs and this Test…

US President Donald Trump in Delhi: Key points

US President Donald Trump in Delhi: Key points

NEW DELHI: On day 2 of his India visit, the US President Donald Trump started his day with a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Trump was then welcomed at the Hyderabad House where he held discussions with PM Modi. He later visited Raj Ghat, held discussion with top India Inc leaders and also addressed a…

Violent clashes in Delhi continue on Tuesday: Key points

Violent clashes in Delhi continue on Tuesday: Key points

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Tuesday said 10 people, including one policeman, have been killed in the violence in northeast Delhi. Violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi, turning it into a battlefield with frenzied protesters torching houses, shops, vehicles and hurling stones. Affected areas of northeast Delhi include Jafrabad, Chand Bagh,…

Donald Trump India visit live updates: PM Modi wants people to have religious freedom, says US President

Donald Trump India visit live updates: PM Modi wants people to have religious freedom, says US President

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Feb 25, 2020, 18:23:35 ISTDonald Trump held delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on the last day of his India visit. Stay with TOI for live updatesIndia is going to be major player in next 50 to 100 years; India is going to have phenomenal…

Delhi violence: TOI correspondent tells her first hand experience

Delhi violence: TOI correspondent tells her first hand experience

Visual of violence from Chand Bagh. (PTI photo)NEW DELHI: Walking from Jafrabad metro Station towards Maujpur-Babarpur station, I could never imagine that the second day of the protests would be as ugly as what unfolded in front of my eyes. As I stood a few metres ahead of Maujpur-Babarpur station, I could hear rounds being…

Violent clashes in Delhi continue on Tuesday: Key points

Violent clashes in Delhi continue on Tuesday: Key points

NEW DELHI: Unrest continued in northeast parts of Delhi on Tuesday resulting in death of seven people, including a head constable of Delhi Police. The violence that started Sunday evening has thrown politicians and officials into action while social media imitated the frenzy on streets. The string of violence started after protesters against the 2019…

US first lady Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness Class’ in Delhi school

US first lady Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness Class’ in Delhi school

Home / Delhi News / US first lady Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness Class’ in Delhi school US first lady Melania Trump reached a Delhi government school on Tuesday morning to review the “Happiness Class” programme implemented by the government of the capital city.She was welcomed by students of Sarvodaya Senior Secondary School in Moti Bagh…

ICSI CS December 2019: Result for Professional Released, Executive at 2pm; Check at icsi.edu

ICSI CS December 2019: Result for Professional Released, Executive at 2pm; Check at icsi.edu

The e-Result-cum-Marks Statement of ICSI CS Executive Programme will be uploaded immediately after the declaration of result at icsi.edu. (Illustration: Mir Suhail) ICSI CS December 2019 Result | The Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSI) is all set to declare the CS Professional and CS Executive Exam result for December 2019 session today. As per the…

Coronavirus And Superspreaders: Humans Can Carry And Transmit COVID-19 Without Symptoms

Coronavirus And Superspreaders: Humans Can Carry And Transmit COVID-19 Without Symptoms

Medical workers wearing protective gears carry a patient infecting with a new coronavirus to a hospital in Chuncheon, South Korea. (Image: AP) Any one of us could be Coronavirus or COVID-19 superspreaders, and simply not know about it. Mind you, Coronavirus uses human bodies differently before the symptoms show and superspreaders are not criminals. News18…

Donald Trump’s Message On “Great Mahatma Gandhi” At Rajghat After Sabarmati Slip

Donald Trump’s Message On “Great Mahatma Gandhi” At Rajghat After Sabarmati Slip

Donald Trump and Melania Trump laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial in Rajghat.New Delhi: US President Donald Trump’s message in the visitor’s book at the Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi on Tuesday mentioned the Independence movement icon, a day after the American leader’s note at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad left many surprised.Mr Trump…

Americans stand strongly with Mahatma Gandhi’s vision: Trump at Rajghat

Americans stand strongly with Mahatma Gandhi’s vision: Trump at Rajghat

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday stressed that the Americans stand strongly with a sovereign and wonderful India, which he said was a vision of “great” Mahatma Gandhi. In his message in the visitor’s book after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the US President wrote: “The American people stand strongly with a sovereign…

Delhi violence live updates: All possible steps will be taken to restore peace, says Kejriwal after meeting Shah

Delhi violence live updates: All possible steps will be taken to restore peace, says Kejriwal after meeting Shah

Violence continued for the third consecutive day in several parts of northeast Delhi, especially Maujpur, Brahampuri and other adjoining areas.A police head constable was among those killed in the violence that took a communal colour and spread to other parts of northeast Delhi on Monday as organised groups attacked each other, setting shops and vehicles…

Trump in India: US President gets ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan | News

Trump in India: US President gets ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan | News

Feb 25, 2020, 10:50AM ISTSource: TOI.inPresident Ram Nath Kovind, his wife Savita Kovind and PM Modi received the US President and First Lady Melania Trump at Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Trump was accorded the tri-services Guard of Honour at the ceremonial ceremonial. Trump also greeted tge senior officials and ministers at the location.

Shaheen Bagh: Are Protests Allowed on Public Road? Past Judgments When SC Didn’t Abdicate Responsibility to

Shaheen Bagh: Are Protests Allowed on Public Road? Past Judgments When SC Didn’t Abdicate Responsibility to

New Delhi: Earlier this month, when it was hearing a matter relating to road blockades due to the Shaheen Bagh protests, the Supreme Court expressed apprehensions on what if another section, for some other cause, takes the same path. The bench of Justices Sanjay K Kaul and KM Joseph had remarked that the indefinite protests…

‘Atithi Devo Bhava’: PM Modi responds to Trump’s Hindi tweet on India visit

‘Atithi Devo Bhava’: PM Modi responds to Trump’s Hindi tweet on India visit

Home / India News / ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’: PM Modi responds to Trump’s Hindi tweet on India visit In Ahmedabad, where Trump is scheduled to address the “Namaste Trump” event, people have already started filling up the Motera Stadium. india Updated: Feb 24, 2020 11:37 IST US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump…

COVID-19: death toll in China passes 2,600; Parliament session postponed

COVID-19: death toll in China passes 2,600; Parliament session postponed

China on Tuesday reported another 71 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the lowest daily number of fatalities in over two weeks, which raised the toll to 2,663.The National Health Commission also reported 508 new confirmed cases, with all but nine in hard-hit Hubei province. It is up from Monday’s 409 cases nationwide.Multiple provinces in China…

Regional issues, 5G, cross-border terror likely on agenda

Regional issues, 5G, cross-border terror likely on agenda

The meeting between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will be the second full fledged discussion since the American leader took charge in January 2017. Several strategically significant issues like the talks on Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific cooperation have matured ever since the two leaders met for their first detailed meeting…

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi seeks asylum in France

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi seeks asylum in France

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after a 2010 conviction of blasphemy, said Monday that she was seeking political asylum from the French government.“My great desire is to live in France,” Bibi said in an interview with RTL radio, her first trip to France since fleeing with her family…

Dual citizenship: on regularising stay of Sri Lankan refugees

Dual citizenship: on regularising stay of Sri Lankan refugees

With no legal scope for it, govt. must think of regularising stay of Sri Lankan refugees The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, has again triggered an ill-advised demand for dual citizenship to Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. This refuses to leave public discourse despite the constitutional and legal position being clearly against the grant of…

Challenger’s challenge: On Trump’s Democratic rivals

Challenger’s challenge: On Trump’s Democratic rivals

Bernie Sanders needs to widen his support base without compromising on principles President Donald Trump may be enjoying the optics and bilateral bonhomie on his maiden official visit to India, but he must be aware that back home, the clock is ticking on his first term in office. Indeed, Mr. Trump’s Democratic rivals have trained…

It’s a far greater, closer relationship, says Modi

It’s a far greater, closer relationship, says Modi

U.S. President Donald Trump being greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Ahmedabad airport on February 24, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Narendra Modi opened the mega event with chants of ‘long live India-U.S. friendship”. Addressing the ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad in the presence of visiting U.S. President Donald Trump on…

Kisan Samman Nidhi target lowered to 12 crore

Kisan Samman Nidhi target lowered to 12 crore

Safety assured: The scheme gives land-owning farmer families an annual sum of ₹6,000. File   Kisan Samman Nidhi will cover only 12 crore people; Centre urges West Bengal to join scheme and Bihar to expedite process. One year after the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, the Centre has revised the farmer income…

Cop, 4 others die as clashes and arson scorch N-E Delhi

Cop, 4 others die as clashes and arson scorch N-E Delhi

Mohammed Shahrukh threatens a policeman with a gun at Jafrabad on Monday. He was later detained.NEW DELHI: A wide swathe of north-east Delhi — from Jafrabad to Chand Bagh and Karawal Nagar — was wracked by communal riots and incidents of rampant vandalism on Monday as anti- and pro-CAA groups clashed for over seven hours.…

In a first, no shutdown in Kashmir on U.S. President’s India visit

In a first, no shutdown in Kashmir on U.S. President’s India visit

In a first, Kashmir witnessed no separatist Hurriyat backed shutdown during the visit of a United States President. The entire local leaders, both separatists and the regional parties, completely refrained from issuing any statements during President Donald Trump’s two-day visit that began on Monday, unlike the trend witnessed in the past two decades.There was a…

Hospital, library also on 5-acre mosque site

Hospital, library also on 5-acre mosque site

LUCKNOW: UP Sunni Central Waqf Board on Monday decided to constitute a trust to construct a mosque as well as amenities such as a charitable hospital and a public library on the five-acre alternative land allotted to it by the UP government following the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case. After a meeting of…

Dissent against govt is not anti-national: Justice Gupta

Dissent against govt is not anti-national: Justice Gupta

Justice Deepak Gupta   ‘A political party getting 51% mandate in the polls did not mean the other 49% of the country ought to remain silent for the next five years’ A dissenter is not an anti-national. Holding a contrary view to that of the government does not make one an anti-national, Supreme Court judge…

Love will be in the air at Prez dinner today

Love will be in the air at Prez dinner today

PM Narendra Modi with USA President Donald Trump at Sardar Patel Motera Cricket stadium during Namaste Trump e…Read MoreNEW DELHI: When US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sit down to a ceremonial dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday evening, the hors d’oeuvres will be brought out to the strains of Eric Clapton’s…

Wah Taj! Our visit will boost tourism: Trump

Wah Taj! Our visit will boost tourism: Trump

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose as they visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. (AFP) Early Monday, there was an air of expectation in Agra. Men on motorbikes, women in burqa and girls in shimmery dresses posed and pouted before the cut-outs of Trump and Modi. The city, which had received…

‘India-US no longer just any partnership, it’s far closer’

‘India-US no longer just any partnership, it’s far closer’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. (PTI)AHMEDABAD: India and the US were “natural partners” and their ties and cooperation would play a big role in determining the world’s direction in the 21st century, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Monday in an unprecedented and unabashed…

Majoritarianism is the antithesis of democracy, says SC’s Justice Gupta

Majoritarianism is the antithesis of democracy, says SC’s Justice Gupta

NEW DELHI: Expressing serious concern over a ‘troubling’ trend of branding dissenters as anti-national or traitor, Supreme Court’s Justice Deepak Gupta said in a democracy right to dissent is a precious right and that the government has has no right to stifle a peaceful protest. Delivering a lecture on ‘Democracy and Dissent’ organised by Supreme…

Clashes in Delhi live news: Five dead in violence; police say situation very tense

Clashes in Delhi live news: Five dead in violence; police say situation very tense

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Feb 25, 2020, 09:01:18 ISTFive people, including a head constable, were killed and several others injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi on Monday. Delhi Police said that fresh stone-pelting incidents were reported in Maujpur and Brahampuri areas on Tuesday and the situation…

Anti CAA protests in Delhi: Entire violence appears to be orchestrated, says MHA | City

Anti CAA protests in Delhi: Entire violence appears to be orchestrated, says MHA | City

Feb 24, 2020, 07:14PM ISTSource: Times NowThere was a major violence in North East Delhi. According to the MHA, this entire violence appears to be orchestrated with an eye on Donald Trump’s visit to Delhi on Tuesday. However, MHA is monitoring the situation. The clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA demonstrations when the two…

Trump pitches for US to become India’s premier defence partner, a day before $3 billion copter deals

Trump pitches for US to become India’s premier defence partner, a day before $3 billion copter deals

NEW DELHI: The US has strongly pitched for becoming India’s “premier defence partner” by providing it with the most advanced weapon systems like armed drones that are “feared” across the globe, ahead of the inking of two more military helicopter deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday, which will take the total value of Indian arms…

Violence in Delhi orchestrated in view of Trump’s visit: Govt sources

Violence in Delhi orchestrated in view of Trump’s visit: Govt sources

PTI | Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 18:28 ISTNEW DELHI: Violence in some parts of Delhi appears to have been orchestrated keeping in view the ongoing visit of US President Donald Trump, government sources said on Monday. Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik is stationed at the police control room and is closely monitoring the situation. “The…

US President Donald Trump visits Taj Mahal, says America loves India

US President Donald Trump visits Taj Mahal, says America loves India

AGRA: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Monday evening visited the iconic Taj Mahal as they marvelled at the famed 17th century Mughal-era mausoleum built as a monument of love. Trump, accompanied by his wife, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, arrived here from Ahmedabad. “Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless…

India, US committed to defend people from radical Islamic terrorism: Trump

India, US committed to defend people from radical Islamic terrorism: Trump

AHMEDABAD: India and the US are committed to defend their people from radical islamic terrorism, resolved to significantly expand defence ties and are working on a “fantastic” trade deal, said US President Donald Trump on Monday while asserting that his country “loves” and is “loyal” to India. Addressing a huge crowd at ‘Namaste Trump’ event…

‘History is being created’: PM Modi at ‘Namaste Trump’ event

‘History is being created’: PM Modi at ‘Namaste Trump’ event

Agencies | Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 14:14 ISTAHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said ties between India and the US are no longer just another partnership but have touched far greater heights. Welcoming US president Donald Trump at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Motera stadium here, PM Modi said a “new history” is being…

Modi is a tough negotiator, says Trump

Modi is a tough negotiator, says Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump being greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Ahmedabad airport on February 24, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement “We will seal defence deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday,” said Mr. Trump. U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania on Monday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati…

Sunni Waqf Board to accept alternative land near Ayodhya offered by UP government

Sunni Waqf Board to accept alternative land near Ayodhya offered by UP government

A general view of Ayodhya.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS The size of a mosque and the area it would occupy in the site is yet to be decided The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Monday decided to accept the five acres of land allotted to it for the construction of a mosque…

Pro-, anti-CAA groups clash in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

Pro-, anti-CAA groups clash in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

Stone pelting between youths of two community at Kabir Nagar near Maujpur metro station in north-east Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area. Situation continued to remain volatile in north-east Delhi, with fresh cases…

Trump visit: Former PM Manmohan Singh to attend official banquet on Tuesday

Trump visit: Former PM Manmohan Singh to attend official banquet on Tuesday

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. File   | Photo Credit: Paul Noronha So far, U.S. officials have not contacted the principal Opposition for any one-on-one meeting between the U.S. President and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be attending the official banquet, hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind, in honour of…

Shaheen Bagh protests: Court-appointed interlocutors file report in sealed cover in SC

Shaheen Bagh protests: Court-appointed interlocutors file report in sealed cover in SC

The Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors on Monday handed over a report of their four-day endeavour to coax Shaheen Bagh protesters to shift their agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to an alternative site, conveniently out of the way of traffic and public movement.A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph took the yellow-enveloped…

Malaysian PM Mahathir submits resignation

Malaysian PM Mahathir submits resignation

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, at 94 the world’s oldest leader, submitted his resignation to the king on Monday, his office said, after a bid by his political partners to bring down the government.Dr. Mahathir “has sent a resignation letter as prime minister of Malaysia”, said a statement from his office.Malaysian politics was in turmoil…

NIA conducts searches in multiple places in Tamil Nadu

NIA conducts searches in multiple places in Tamil Nadu

The NIA investigators gathering information during the search in the house of Mohideen Fatima in Kaayalpattinam in thoothukudi district on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement The National Investigation Agency (NIA) are conducting searches at various places across Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.Sources told The Hindu the premier agency was conducting raids on the premises…

Namaste Trump: Ahmedabad glitters to welcome POTUS | Live updates

Namaste Trump: Ahmedabad glitters to welcome POTUS | Live updates

With massive decorations and elaborate security arrangements, Ahmedabad is ready to welcome U.S. President Donald Trump, who will be attending ‘Namaste Trump’, a mega event at the Motera cricket stadium.Similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Howdy Modi! rally held in New Hampshire last year, Mr. Trump will take part in ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the newly-constructed…

Donald Trump In India LIVE Updates Day 1: The Trumps Spin Mahatma Gandhi’s Charkha At Sabarmati Ashram In Ahmedabad

Donald Trump In India LIVE Updates Day 1: The Trumps Spin Mahatma Gandhi’s Charkha At Sabarmati Ashram In Ahmedabad

HomeAll IndiaDonald Trump In India LIVE Updates Day 1: PM Modi, Donald Trump’s Massive Roadshow In Ahmedabad Donald trump India visit Live: The Air Force One plane carrying Trump and his wife Melania landed at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad at 11.37 am, officials said. Donald Trump in India: On his first…

Clash erupts between pro and anti-CAA groups in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

Clash erupts between pro and anti-CAA groups in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

NEW DELHI: Clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA groups in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur area for the second consecutive day on Monday with agitators pelting stones at each other. Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. A few policemen also attempted to pacify the groups. Security Update Entry & exit of Jaffrabad and…

Karnataka minister wants law to shoot those who ‘speak ill of India’

Karnataka minister wants law to shoot those who ‘speak ill of India’

Home / India News / Karnataka minister wants law to shoot those who ‘speak ill of India’ Days after a young woman in Bengaluru was arrested and slapped with sedition charges for raising Pakistan Zindabad slogans at an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act rally in Bengaluru, Karnataka’s agriculture minister B C Patil has called for law to…

Wall to Hide Slums, Mud Packs for Taj Mahal & Monkey Removals in Order For Trump’s Arrival in India

Wall to Hide Slums, Mud Packs for Taj Mahal & Monkey Removals in Order For Trump’s Arrival in India

A hoarding welcoming US President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Ahmedabad. (AP) Ahmedabad: US President Donald Trump makes his first official visit to India on Monday and work has been going on around the clock to spruce things up — to the annoyance of some locals as well as monkeys. The photo opportunity…

Fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari brought to Bengaluru from Senegal

Fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari brought to Bengaluru from Senegal

PTI | Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 08:15 IST Ravi Pujari (wearing white cap), accused of committing serious offences including murder and extortion, reaches Kempegowda International Airport: ANIBENGALURU: Fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari who is wanted in many heinous crimes, including murder and extortion, was brought in the early hours of Monday from Senegal via France to…

Will Play Flute When Tejaswi Yadav Becomes Bihar Chief Minister: Tej Pratap

Will Play Flute When Tejaswi Yadav Becomes Bihar Chief Minister: Tej Pratap

Tej Pratap was speaking at a “Berozgaari Hatao Yatra” in Patna (File)Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav on Sunday said that he will play the flute only when his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav will become the Chief Minister of Bihar.”Everyone keeps asking when I will play the flute. I want to say…

Assam to conduct survey of ‘indigenous’ Muslims: Experts term move divisive, say classification is undemocratic, unconstitutional

Assam to conduct survey of ‘indigenous’ Muslims: Experts term move divisive, say classification is undemocratic, unconstitutional

The final Assam NRC list had left out 1.9 million people and made them potentially stateless. The Assam government put forward the idea of a socio-economic census of indigenous Muslims of Assam, except that it decided to drop the term Khilonjiya (indigenous) from the census. The socio-economic census that excludes many Muslim communities increases fears…

Pollachi master tailor to surprise President Donald Trump with a khadi shirt

Pollachi master tailor to surprise President Donald Trump with a khadi shirt

Home / India News / Pollachi master tailor to surprise President Donald Trump with a khadi shirt Vishwanathan had gifted such shirts to various political leaders, including former Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers, the late K Kamaraj and C N Annadurai and also former President R Venkataraman, his family said. india Updated: Feb 23, 2020 18:40…

Coronavirus Live update: Fear of global outbreak as South Korea, Italy face a spike in new cases

Coronavirus Live update: Fear of global outbreak as South Korea, Italy face a spike in new cases

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China has climbed to 2,442 as 79 more people died of the deadly infection overnight, while the overall confirmed cases almost neared to 80,000, Chinese officials said on Sunday. A team of WHO experts visited the worst-affected Wuhan city in Hubei province. The National Health Commission (NHC)…

Motera Stadium: 10 things to know about ‘Namaste Trump’ venue

Motera Stadium: 10 things to know about ‘Namaste Trump’ venue

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 11:11 ISTA view of the Motera Stadium. (Credits: ANI)NEW DELHI: With heightened security and preparations in order, the Sardar Vallabhai Patel stadium (SP Stadium) in Motera, Ahmedabad, is all-set to welcome US President Donald Trump. The world’s largest cricket stadium, popularly known as the Motera Stadium, awaits arrival of…

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: My scores don’t reflect the way I am batting, says Virat Kohli

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: My scores don’t reflect the way I am batting, says Virat Kohli

WELLINGTON: Virat Kohli is not unduly perturbed by his relatively low run of scores on the tour of New Zealand as the premier batsman feels analysing too much can unnecessarily clutter his mind. New Zealand has been one rare overseas tour in recent times when Kohli could not live up to his high standards, scoring…

Daredevil who wanted to prove earth is flat dies in crash of his homemade rocket in California

Daredevil who wanted to prove earth is flat dies in crash of his homemade rocket in California

LOS ANGELES: “Mad Mike” Hughes, a self-styled explorer and daredevil bent on proving that the earth is flat was killed over the weekend when his homemade rocket crashed in the California desert over the weekend. “Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket,” the Science Channel, which…

Donald Trump India visit live updates: Agra decked up to welcome the US president

Donald Trump India visit live updates: Agra decked up to welcome the US president

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Feb 24, 2020, 11:08:22 ISTUS President Donald Trump will arrive in Ahmedabad today with his wife Melania Trump for the first leg of his maiden India trip. Trump, who is also accompanied by daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, will get a taste…

Moderates hustle to blunt Sanders’ momentum after Nevada win

Moderates hustle to blunt Sanders’ momentum after Nevada win

WASHINGTON: Bernie Sanders’ commanding Nevada caucus victory made him a top target for his Democratic rivals and a growing source of anxiety for establishment Democrats worried that the nomination of an avowed democratic socialist could cost the party in November. Sanders’ win solidified his front-runner status in the crowded field as the race turned to…

Donald Trump to meet Indian CEOs creating manufacturing jobs in US

Donald Trump to meet Indian CEOs creating manufacturing jobs in US

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump will meet a select group of about a dozen Indian CEOs on Tuesday and among them will be those whose companies have made investments in the manufacturing sector to create jobs in America. Sources said US Ambassador Kenneth Juster will be hosting the CEOs in the closely guarded meeting…

Not just bilateral, regional & global issues also on Modi-Trump platter

Not just bilateral, regional & global issues also on Modi-Trump platter

NEW DELHI: The India-US strategic partnership will see the two countries focusing on four key objectives this week — peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean, counter-terrorism, free and fair trade, and energy. President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi will also consider ways to promote regional connectivity based on transparency, responsible debt practices and,…

Keep up the pressure: decision by FATF on Pakistan

Keep up the pressure: decision by FATF on Pakistan

The international community must continue to hold Pakistan to account on terrorism The decision by global watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), at its plenary in Paris last week, to keep Pakistan on its “greylist” for monitoring its record against terror financing was no surprise. While the Pakistan government has yet to complete the…

Limits of funding: on private sector research funding

Limits of funding: on private sector research funding

Private sector research funding is boosted mostly by partnerships among companies That research and development in India is inadequate, in terms of money, personnel and ambition, isn’t news. The founders of independent India sought to base its development on science and technology. To this end, even at the expense of universal, free primary education, the…

President Ram Nath Kovind lauds SC for pursuing gender justice

President Ram Nath Kovind lauds SC for pursuing gender justice

President Ram Nath Kovind. File   | Photo Credit: PTI With its verdicts, it has led a social transformation, says President President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday praised the judiciary for pursuing the “cherished goal of gender justice” and appreciated the Supreme Court for being always “pro-active and progressive”. Delivering the valedictory address at the…

Justice Arun Mishra draws flak for praising Prime Minister

Justice Arun Mishra draws flak for praising Prime Minister

Concern over judicial impartiality Several retired judges, senior lawyers and politicians have been sharply critical of sitting Supreme Court Judge Arun Mishra’s remarks at an event on Saturday, describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “internationally acclaimed visionary” and a “versatile genius.” Terming his remarks sychophantic, atrocious and a threat to the independence of the…

Some restrictions imposed on export of medical equipment to China, says MEA

Some restrictions imposed on export of medical equipment to China, says MEA

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters India has already evacuated around 640 Indians from Wuhan, the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak, in two separate flights. India has restricted export of certain medical items that are necessary for fighting the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Officials in New Delhi said the step…

Ahmedabad joint rally with Trump will be historic, says Modi

Ahmedabad joint rally with Trump will be historic, says Modi

Hours before the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for his first visit to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said their joint rally in Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium will be a “historic” event.Mr. Trump will arrive in Ahmedabad just before noon on Monday at the start of a 36-hour visit that is expected to see the…

The Huddle 2020 | Only a “a microscopic minority” protesting against CAA: BJP MP Tejaswi Surya

The Huddle 2020 | Only a “a microscopic minority” protesting against CAA: BJP MP Tejaswi Surya

Ritesh Pandey, Tejasvi Surya and Nivedith Alva in conversation with Palki Sharma, Executive Editor, WION.   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar The majority gave political capital to “fix civilisational problems” like Article 370, he says BJP MP Tejaswi Surya termed the sedition law “a hangover of Victorian morality” like blasphemy and adultery laws and…

Trump express optimism for US peace deal with Taliban

Trump express optimism for US peace deal with Taliban

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Sunday he’s ready to sign a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan if a temporary truce holds in America’s longest war. “Time to come home,” he said. “They want to stop. You know, they’ve been fighting a long time. They’re tough people. We’re tough people,” Trump told reporters as…

The Huddle 2020 | Rise of strongmen changing conduct of foreign policy across nations, says Nirupama Rao

The Huddle 2020 | Rise of strongmen changing conduct of foreign policy across nations, says Nirupama Rao

The rise of strongmen leaders in democracies not only challenges their domestic institutions but is also changing the way nations conduct foreign policy, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, said.Speaking on Sunday at The Huddle, the annual thought conclave of The Hindu in Bengaluru, Ms. Rao said: “In foreign policy, muscularity has a certain premium today.…

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan increased manifold to push terrorists into J&K: DGP

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan increased manifold to push terrorists into J&K: DGP

JAMMU: Ceasefire violations by Pakistan has increased manifold to push armed terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir and sabotage peace, DGP Dilbag Singh said on Sunday, asserting that the security grid is strong enough to foil the neighbouring nation’s designs. The Union Territory’s director general of police (DGP) also said a few successful infiltration bids were…

The Huddle 2020 | Regional integration pegged to SAARC revival, says Ranil Wickremesinghe

The Huddle 2020 | Regional integration pegged to SAARC revival, says Ranil Wickremesinghe

Successful regional integration — both economic and security — depends on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) becoming fully functional at the highest levels, Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.Emphasising the need for countries in the region to link up both strategically and economically, Mr. Wickremesinghe said the postponement of the…

Clash erupts between pro and anti CAA groups in Delhi’s Jaffrabad area; gates of 2 metro stations closed

Clash erupts between pro and anti CAA groups in Delhi’s Jaffrabad area; gates of 2 metro stations closed

Police fired tear gas shells as members of the two groups pelted stones at each other in Maujpur. (ANI photo)NEW DELHI: Clashes broke out Sunday evening between pro and anti-CAA groups near Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi after a large number of people who have been protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) blocked a road,…

Parties in J&K can start political process, says Ram Madhav

Parties in J&K can start political process, says Ram Madhav

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the party was in favour of early restoration of political activity in Jammu and Kashmir and that despite the continued incarceration of top political leaders including three ex-Chief Ministers, political parties could start the process.He was speaking at a session entitled “India’s Political Future: Looking at 2024 and Beyond”…

From ‘Namaste Trump’ to Taj Mahal visit, US President’s jam-packed schedule in India

From ‘Namaste Trump’ to Taj Mahal visit, US President’s jam-packed schedule in India

NEW DELHI: Preparations are in the final stages for US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India, starting tomorrow. Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, and a high-level delegation, will land at the Ahmedabad airport in Gujarat around noon, where he is likely to be welcomed by Prime Minister Modi and other dignitaries. Here is…

‘We’re in a petri dish’: How Coronavirus ravaged a cruise ship

‘We’re in a petri dish’: How Coronavirus ravaged a cruise ship

Passengers on the Diamond Princess, the night before the ship arrived in Yokohama, Japan (NYT photo)The captain came over the intercom early in the evening: A passenger who had left the ship nine days earlier had tested positive for the new coronavirus sweeping through China. While the guests on board were unnerved, it was the…

Bargain-hunting Prez to press Delhi hard

Bargain-hunting Prez to press Delhi hard

Between 1999-2000, when Bill Clinton visited India, and the last financial year, India’s exports to the US increased over six times to $52.4 billion. Imports shot up 10 times to $35.6 billion in the same period. While imports from the US have grown faster than Indian exports to the US, President Donald Trump is not…

How defence partnership ringfences ties between India and US

How defence partnership ringfences ties between India and US

NEW DELHI: Expansive defence cooperation has been, and will continue to be, the lodestar of wider India-US ties. Whether Bush Jr or Obama, or now Trump, bilateral defence ties have been on an upward trajectory for almost two decades now despite persisting disputes on other fronts like trade and tariffs. Consider this: starting virtually from…

India looks forward to welcoming US President Donald Trump: PM Modi

India looks forward to welcoming US President Donald Trump: PM Modi

A billboard displaying pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump and his wife Mel…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country is looking forward to welcoming United States President Donald Trump tomorrow. “India looks forward to welcoming US President Donald Trump. It is an honour that he…

Navy’s MiG-29K aircraft crashes in Goa, pilot ejects safely

Navy’s MiG-29K aircraft crashes in Goa, pilot ejects safely

PANAJI: A MiG-29K aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed in the Arabian Sea off Goa coast on Sunday morning, the Navy said. The pilot ejected safely, a Navy spokesman said, adding that an inquiry has been ordered into the incident. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when it crashed off the Goa coast…

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test Day 3: India look down the barrel after another top-order flop show

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test Day 3: India look down the barrel after another top-order flop show

WELLINGTON: The Indian batsmen, caught between over-cautiousness and impetuosity, produced yet another inept batting performance to put New Zealand firmly on the driver’s seat at the end of third day’s play in the first Test here on Sunday. At stumps, India reached 144 for 4 in their second innings as the top-order found Trent Boult’s…

Collective submergence of individual egos, ambitions key to Congress revival: Jairam Ramesh

Collective submergence of individual egos, ambitions key to Congress revival: Jairam Ramesh

KOLKATA: Amid the ongoing bickering in the Congress, post its dismal performance in the Delhi Assembly polls, its senior leader Jairam Ramesh said “collective submergence of individual egos and ambitions” was the need of the hour to revive the party. In an interview to PTI, the Rajya Sabha member and former Union minister said the…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address: Key points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address: Key points

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 23, 2020, 12:15 ISTNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the 62nd edition of the monthly programme ‘Mann ki Baat’. In his address, the Prime Minister spoke about science, technology, biodiversity and upcoming exams of the students. Here is a look at the key points from his address -On…

The perfect scam script: Railways job racket planned meticulously to con many over 10 years without cover being blown

The perfect scam script: Railways job racket planned meticulously to con many over 10 years without cover being blown

GHAZIABAD: A person posing as a doctor walking around the corridors of Delhi’s Northern Central Railway Hospital is greeted by a fake job agent and escorts a railway job applicant to an isolated spot to take blood samples. “We will do the rest,” the candidate is told. As the backroom workings of the multi-crore fake…

Why India may be Donald’s trump card

Why India may be Donald’s trump card

The US pivot to Asia has been almost a decade in the making. But for the past two decades, the more significant development has been the Indian pivot to the US. This change of direction, after almost half a century of “tilt” towards Russia, has meant that on a geopolitical level, India is quietly reorienting…

Donald Trump India Visit LIVE: Decked-Up Ahmedabad Rolls Out the Red Carpet; Will H-1B Visa and Security …

Donald Trump India Visit LIVE: Decked-Up Ahmedabad Rolls Out the Red Carpet; Will H-1B Visa and Security …

Policemen walk past a hoarding welcoming US President Donald Trump, at the airport ahead of his visit in Ahmedabad, on February 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) Barack Obama visited India twice — 2010 and 2015. Dwight D Eisenhower was the first US President to visit India in 1959. Richard Nixon travelled to India in 1969…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address: Key points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address: Key points

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 23, 2020, 12:15 ISTNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the 62nd edition of the monthly programme ‘Mann ki Baat’. In his address, the Prime Minister spoke about science, technology, biodiversity and upcoming exams of the students. Here is a look at the key points from his address -On…

Course on how a woman should behave, dress during pregnancy at UP varsity

Course on how a woman should behave, dress during pregnancy at UP varsity

Home / India News / Course on how a woman should behave, dress during pregnancy at UP varsity Lucknow University is all set to become the first varsity in the country to launch a certificate and diploma course on ‘garbha sanskar’ from the new academic session.Under the new course, students will be taught about motherhood…

With Baahubali tweet, Trump says looking forward to being with my great friends in India

With Baahubali tweet, Trump says looking forward to being with my great friends in India

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was looking forward to being with his “great friends” in India next week as he retweeted a short video in which his face was superimposed on the hit movie-character Baahubali, showing the president as a great saviour bringing peace to his kingdom. President Trump will pay…

Trump Will Be Talking Kashmir with Modi Backstage — But The Path He’s Advocating is Doomed

Trump Will Be Talking Kashmir with Modi Backstage — But The Path He’s Advocating is Doomed

From a distance, it might have been mistaken for an early autumn snowfall: torn leaves of a Quran fluttered all around the famous Rozabal ziarat in Srinagar; the grave of the saint Yuz Asaf, believed by some to, in fact, be the resting place of Jesus, had been dug up. In the small village of…

Can’t Get Rights By Blocking Road: Union Minister Over Anti-CAA Protests

Can’t Get Rights By Blocking Road: Union Minister Over Anti-CAA Protests

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says dissent and consensus are part of democracy. (File)Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said that dissent and consensus are part of democracy but you cannot get your rights by blocking the road.The minister was apparently referring to people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR)…

Uddhav’s new allies ask him to review stand on CAA-NPR

Uddhav’s new allies ask him to review stand on CAA-NPR

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)MUMBAI: A day after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray once again made clear his support for CAA and NPR in New Delhi following his meeting with PM Narendra Modi, his new allies Congress and NCP mounted pressure on him to get him and the Shiv Sena to reconsider their stand in…

Manipal lab that detected Nipah virus removed from ICMR list, contests move

Manipal lab that detected Nipah virus removed from ICMR list, contests move

Manipal Institute of Virology was earlier praised for detecting and containing the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala in 2018.It has been a testing week for Dr. G Arunkumar, who heads the Manipal Institute of Virology (MIV). The Indian government’s decision to strike off MIV’s laboratory from the list of Indian Council of Medical Research’s…

PM Modi a versatile genius who thinks globally, acts locally: Justice Arun Mishra

PM Modi a versatile genius who thinks globally, acts locally: Justice Arun Mishra

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 23, 2020 7:35:50 am Justice Arun Mishra said, “We thank the versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally, Shri Narendra Modi, for his inspiring speech which would act as a catalyst in initiating the deliberations and setting the agenda for the conference.”Supreme Court judge Justice Arun…

1.3 bn Indians wholeheartedly welcomed critical judicial verdicts despite apprehensions: PM Modi

1.3 bn Indians wholeheartedly welcomed critical judicial verdicts despite apprehensions: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said “1.3 billion Indians” have disregarded apprehensions and “wholeheartedly” accepted recent critical judicial verdicts which were subjects of global discussion. Speaking at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference 2020 – ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court, Modi spoke about recent crucial judgements, in…

The Huddle 2020, Day 2: Ranil Wickremesinghe to deliver keynote address

The Huddle 2020, Day 2: Ranil Wickremesinghe to deliver keynote address

N. Ram, Chairman, THG Publishing Pvt. Ltd., with former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe at The Huddle 2020 in Bengaluru   The two-day event features 15 sessions and 32 speakers from the world of politics, business, academics, sports, entertainment and the arts. The second day of the fourth edition of the Huddle 2020,…

How AAP won the social media battle in Delhi polls

How AAP won the social media battle in Delhi polls

From advertising on Google, which was never done before by the party, to hiring professional help for advertisements and holding meetings with its social media teams three months before the notification of the elections, the Aam Aadmi Party fought a pitched social media battle in the run-up to the 2020 Delhi Assembly elections.According to Facebook,…

The Trump visit as India-U.S. trade booster?

The Trump visit as India-U.S. trade booster?

The story so far: United States President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip after his acquittal in an impeachment trial in the Senate will also be his first ever official visit to India. The 45th American President will be in India on February 24-25, spending time in Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s home State of Gujarat, and…

Road near Shaheen Bagh opened by protesters: police

Road near Shaheen Bagh opened by protesters: police

Open again: A stretch of the road that was closed for over two months being cleared on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: PTI The move follows a visit by court-appointed interlocutors A stretch of a road near the Shaheen Bagh protest site here was opened on Saturday, following a visit by a Supreme Court-appointed interlocutor.However,…

240-250 militants active in Kashmir, says J&K DGP

240-250 militants active in Kashmir, says J&K DGP

J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh, left, and IG of Kashmir Vijay Kumar addressing the media in Srinagar on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad ‘25 terrorists killed in nearly dozen operations in 2020’ The number of listed militants in Kashmir has come down to less than 250, while 25 terrorists were killed by security forces…

The Huddle 2020 | Govt. should resume talks with Pakistan, says M.K. Narayanan

The Huddle 2020 | Govt. should resume talks with Pakistan, says M.K. Narayanan

India needs to reopen a dialogue with Pakistan, former National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan said on Saturday while also advocating the resumption of political engagement by the Modi government with leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.Speaking at The Hindu’s thought conclave The Huddle in Bengaluru, Mr. Narayanan said the government is “running out of time diplomatically”…

PM Modi not to visit Taj Mahal with U.S. President Donald Trump

PM Modi not to visit Taj Mahal with U.S. President Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not accompany President Donald Trump during his visit to Taj Mahal, an official source has said.Also read | Trump event should not become an extension of U.S. Presidential campaign: Congress | ‘Namaste Trump’ won’t mark inauguration of Motera stadium: GCA | White House to take call on Trump’s Sabarmati Ashram…

How German cruiser ‘Emden’ struck terror in the heart of the British Empire, and became a Tamil word

How German cruiser ‘Emden’ struck terror in the heart of the British Empire, and became a Tamil word

The summer of 1914 was unlike any other year in Europe. Since early July, the spectre of war had begun to haunt the continent. And by the end of the month , the greed of European imperial powers had plunged the world into World War I.Around this time, an obscure German light cruiser named SMS…

I, as a voter, protest

I, as a voter, protest

On Facebook recently, a friend posted a letter written by her father. My friend’s father, M.V., had moved from India to Britain in the late 1930s, just before the start of World War II. After the war, M.V. stayed on in London working in the Indian High Commission. The image on Facebook is a copy…

Pakistan’s Oscar entry ‘Laal Kabootar’ is Karachi noir par excellence

Pakistan’s Oscar entry ‘Laal Kabootar’ is Karachi noir par excellence

There is a sense of verticality that stands out in the evocation of class divides in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. A sprawling, rich home and its hidden basement and a suffocating semi-basement at a distance become spatial attributes of the incipient hierarchies. Then there are the staircases that constantly take the characters, and in turn the…

PM Modi a versatile genius who thinks globally and acts locally: Justice Mishra

PM Modi a versatile genius who thinks globally and acts locally: Justice Mishra

Justice Arun Kumar Mishra. (ANI)NEW DELHI: Supreme Court Judge Arun Mishra on Saturday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership which he said led to India emerging as a “responsible and friendly member of the international community” and also praised Modi as a versatile genius who thinks globally and acts locally. “India is a…

Govt summons urgent meeting on telco relief

Govt summons urgent meeting on telco relief

Representational photo.NEW DELHI: The government has called an emergency meeting on Sunday, including key officials from the telecom and finance ministries and Niti Aayog, as efforts to come up with a bailout for the beleaguered telecom sector gathers pace. The process is being closely monitored by the PMO amidst heightened concerns over the fate of…

India has fully accepted critical verdicts: Modi

India has fully accepted critical verdicts: Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday highlighted India’s civilisational belief in the rule of law and said this core value cleared the way for the “wholehearted acceptance” of recent critical judicial verdicts. “In recent times, there have been some critical judgments and decisions which have been the subject of global discussion. Before these…

India: China ‘deliberately delaying’ Wuhan flight nod

India: China ‘deliberately delaying’ Wuhan flight nod

File photo used for representational purposes. NEW DELHI: With its request for operating an evacuation flight from Wuhan pending with Beijing for more than a week now, a livid Indian government on Saturday accused China of deliberately delaying approval even while allowing other countries to evacuate their citizens. The delay, official sources here said, had…

Uddhav’s new allies ask him to review stand on CAA-NPR

Uddhav’s new allies ask him to review stand on CAA-NPR

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)MUMBAI: A day after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray once again made clear his support for CAA and NPR in New Delhi following his meeting with PM Narendra Modi, his new allies Congress and NCP mounted pressure on him to get him and the Shiv Sena to reconsider their stand in…

US says Russia behind huge coronavirus disinformation campaign

US says Russia behind huge coronavirus disinformation campaign

WASHINGTON: Thousands of Russian-linked social media accounts have launched a coordinated effort to spread alarm about the new coronavirus, disrupting global efforts to fight the epidemic, US officials say. The disinformation campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that the United States is behind the COVID-19 outbreak, in an apparent bid to damage the US image around…

Nationalism, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ being misused to construct militant idea of India: Manmohan Singh

Nationalism, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ being misused to construct militant idea of India: Manmohan Singh

NEW DELHI: Nationalism and the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to construct a “militant and purely emotional” idea of India that excludes millions of residents and citizens, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday, in an apparent attack on the BJP. Addressing a gathering at the launch of a book…

Shaheen Bagh dharna a global conspiracy by Muslim countries against India: BJP MLA

Shaheen Bagh dharna a global conspiracy by Muslim countries against India: BJP MLA

Muslim women during a protest against the CAA, NRC at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: PTI This Shaheen Bagh protest is being staged to divide the country, says Bairia MLA Surendra Singh BJP’s outspoken Bairia MLA Surendra Singh has described the ongoing anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi as…

Delhi court rejects Nirbhaya convict Vinay Sharma’s plea claiming mental illness

Delhi court rejects Nirbhaya convict Vinay Sharma’s plea claiming mental illness

2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder case convict Vinay Sharma. File   | Photo Credit: PTI The plea had claimed that Sharma had sustained grievous head injury and fracture in his right arm, and was suffering from “insanity”, “mental illness” and “schizophrenia”. A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed a plea by one of the four death…

Watch | All you need to know about Trump’s India visit

Watch | All you need to know about Trump’s India visit

Watch | All you need to know about Trump’s India visit On his first visit to India as the U.S. President, Donald Trump will visit Ahmedabad and Delhi. A ‘Howdy Modi’-style mega rally, ‘Namaste Trump,’ that he will jointly address with PM Narendra Modi, along with bilateral agreements on counter-terrorism among others, are on the…

Rahul Gandhi remains ‘top leader’ in Congress, large section always felt he should return as chief: Khurshid

Rahul Gandhi remains ‘top leader’ in Congress, large section always felt he should return as chief: Khurshid

A large section within the Congress has always felt that Rahul Gandhi must come back as party chief and he remains the “top leader” in the party, senior leader Salman Khurshid said on Saturday, asserting that Mr. Gandhi should be allowed to make his decision at a time of his choice. In an interview to…

Modi a versatile genius who thinks globally and acts locally: Justice Arun Mishra

Modi a versatile genius who thinks globally and acts locally: Justice Arun Mishra

Supreme Court judge Arun Mishra described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “internationally acclaimed visionary” at a public forum on Saturday. He commended the “versatile genius” of Mr. Modi to “think globally and act locally”.Justice Mishra, one of the first five senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, twice heaped praises on Mr. Modi while delivering…

President Ram Nath Kovind’s inaugural address at The Huddle 2020

President Ram Nath Kovind’s inaugural address at The Huddle 2020

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the fourth edition of The Huddle, The Hindu’s annual thought conclave, at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru on Saturday. The keynote address will be delivered by the former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe.The two-day event will feature 15 sessions and 32 speakers, showcasing some of the best minds from…

COVID-19: India accuses China of denying permission for relief flight

COVID-19: India accuses China of denying permission for relief flight

In this handout photo provided by Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Air India aircraft that brought back Indians from Wuhan stands after arrival at the airport in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: AP “Indian nationals in Wuhan continue their long wait,” says official China has allowed evacuation flights from other countries but has denied…

The Huddle 2020 day 1, live: President Kovind inaugurates the event in Bengaluru

The Huddle 2020 day 1, live: President Kovind inaugurates the event in Bengaluru

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the fourth edition of The Huddle, The Hindu’s annual thought conclave, at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru on Saturday. The keynote address will be delivered by the former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe.The two-day event will feature 15 sessions and 32 speakers, showcasing some of the best minds from…

Coronavirus: Govt asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore

Coronavirus: Govt asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore

Workers pass a thermal scanner as part of the coronavirus outbreak precautions in SingaporeNEW DELHI: In furtherance to the travel advisory issued earlier in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the government on Saturday advised citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore. It also said screening at airports is now being planned for…

Rule of law most fundamental feature of modern constitutions of world: CJI

Rule of law most fundamental feature of modern constitutions of world: CJI

NEW DELHI: The rule of law is probably the “most fundamental feature” of modern constitutions and its success depends on how judiciaries across the world respond to emerging challenges, Chief Justice S A Bobde said on Saturday. The CJI, while speaking at the International Judges’ Conference on the subject of ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’…

Indian nationals still on Japan cruise ship to be tested for coronavirus: Embassy

Indian nationals still on Japan cruise ship to be tested for coronavirus: Embassy

Members of the media work in front of the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama (AFP)TOKYO: Indians, who are still on board a cruise ship moored off the Japanese coast, will be tested for the novel coronavirus infection along with others on the vessel by the Japanese authorities, the Indian embassy said on Saturday…

Kejriwal, Sisodia dropped from Melania Trump’s Delhi school event

Kejriwal, Sisodia dropped from Melania Trump’s Delhi school event

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia are unlikely to be present when US First Lady Melania Trump visits a Delhi government-run school in the national capital on February 25, according to sources. As per the original schedule, both Kejriwal and Sisodia were to accompany Melania Trump during her visit to…

Coronavirus now hackers’ bait to spread their own viruses

Coronavirus now hackers’ bait to spread their own viruses

BENGALURU: From ‘trojan attacks’ to phishing, cybercriminals are making the most of the Coronavirus outbreak, using it to spread their own “viruses” online, with hundreds of websites using the novel virus’ domain having popped in just the two weeks between January 30 and February 10 this year. The most latest Global Threat Index published by…

Pak must crack down on terrorists for successful dialogue with India: White House

Pak must crack down on terrorists for successful dialogue with India: White House

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is encouraging a reduction in tensions between India and Pakistan, the White House said on Friday, emphasising that any successful dialogue between the two neighbours would be possible only if Pakistan cracks down on terrorists and extremists on its territory. “I think what you’ll hear from the President is very…

Ivanka Trump joins in, makes visit a family affair

Ivanka Trump joins in, makes visit a family affair

Ivanka Trump. (Reuters)NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will be accompanied by not just his wife Melania and son-in-law Jared Kushner but also his high-profile daughter Ivanka on his maiden visit to India as president starting on Monday. The entire family is expected to travel together to the Taj Mahal in Agra from Ahmedabad on…

Internal Checks Begin To Find Ineligible People In Assam Citizens’ List

Internal Checks Begin To Find Ineligible People In Assam Citizens’ List

The Supreme Court is monitoring the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in AssamGuwahati: After six months of publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the authorities are trying to reopen the process for internal checks to weed out foreigners from the list. The authorities are running the filter before the list…

PM Modi hails judiciary for striking balance between development & environment protection

PM Modi hails judiciary for striking balance between development & environment protection

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday hailed the Indian judiciary for redefining environmental jurisprudence to strike a balance between development and ecological protection. Speaking at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference 2020 – ‘judiciary and the changing world’ at the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister referred to gender justice and said no…

No Donald Trump-Narendra Modi meet in Agra: Sources

No Donald Trump-Narendra Modi meet in Agra: Sources

NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday refuted media reports suggesting an official engagement between senior dignitaries from the Indian side, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and US President Donald Trump during the latter’s visit to Agra on February 24 as part of his two-day visit to India. “We have seen media reports regarding PM’s presence…

Coronavirus: China ‘deliberately delaying’ IAF flight to evacuate Indians, say sources

Coronavirus: China ‘deliberately delaying’ IAF flight to evacuate Indians, say sources

New Delhi: China is delaying grant of clearance to India’s proposal to send an Indian Air Force flight to carry relief material for people affected by coronavirus in the neighbouring country and bring back Indians from its city of Wuhan, official sources said Saturday. India was to send a C-17 military transport aircraft to Wuhan,…

Another nun accuses Franco Mulakkal of sexual abuse

Another nun accuses Franco Mulakkal of sexual abuse

Nun says he had groped and kissed her on April 30, 2017 Even as the Additional District and Sessions Court I, Kottayam, is set to consider the discharge petition filed by Franco Mulakkal, a bishop accused of raping a nun, allegations of sexual abuse by another nun against the bishop surfaced here on Friday.The nun,…

On the Heels of Ayodhya’s Ram Statue, ‘World’s Tallest’ Hanuman Sculpture May Come Up in K’taka

On the Heels of Ayodhya’s Ram Statue, ‘World’s Tallest’ Hanuman Sculpture May Come Up in K’taka

The statue is expected to come up in Gangavathi taluk in Koppal district. However, the trust is yet to find a suitable spot for the statue that will take two months. Representative image. Bengaluru: Close on the heels of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust building a Ram statue, Hanuman Janmabhoomi Theerthakhsetra trust in…

“Discussed CAA With PM, Nobody Needs To Be Afraid”: Uddhav Thackeray

“Discussed CAA With PM, Nobody Needs To Be Afraid”: Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray (left) son Aaditya Thackeray (right) met with PM Modi at his residence in Delhi.New Delhi: The central government has promised that there will not be a nationwide exercise to make people prove their citizenship through a National Register of Citizens or NRC and so there is no need to be concerned about the…

AIMIM to seek explanation from Waris Pathan over ‘15 crore Muslim’ remark

AIMIM to seek explanation from Waris Pathan over ‘15 crore Muslim’ remark

Home / India News / AIMIM to seek explanation from Waris Pathan over ‘15 crore Muslim’ remark The All India Majlis-e- Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) will seek explanation from its leader Waris Pathan over his alleged ‘15 crore Muslims can be heavy on 100 crore’ remark he recently made in Karnataka, a party leader said here on…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE: Israel Confirms First Case; China to Re-tally Count to Clear ‘Doubt’ Around Da…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE: Israel Confirms First Case; China to Re-tally Count to Clear ‘Doubt’ Around Da…

Meanwhile, two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus on their return home, despite being cleared in Japan, authorities said Friday. “We have two people who are positive for the COVID-19 virus. Those two people have mild illness,” said Dianne Stephens, acting chief health officer for the Northern Territories.…

Taj Mahal to be closed for public for a day during Donald Trump’s visit

Taj Mahal to be closed for public for a day during Donald Trump’s visit

Agra: The Taj Mahal will remain closed for the general public from 12 noon on February 24 during US President Donald Trump’s visit next week. Speaking to ANI, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, Superintendent Agra Division, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said, “Due to security reasons, Taj Mahal will be closed for public from 12 noon on…

Cash transfer to ration cardholders: Madras High Court dismisses Puducherry Chief Minister’s plea

Cash transfer to ration cardholders: Madras High Court dismisses Puducherry Chief Minister’s plea

The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a writ petition filed by Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy challenging a decision taken by the President concurring with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, in favour of disbursing cash to ration cardholders instead of supplying them rice as resolved by the Council of Ministers of the Union Territory.Justice C.V.…

Brus vs non-tribal Bengalis: It’s a clash among the displaced in Tripura

Brus vs non-tribal Bengalis: It’s a clash among the displaced in Tripura

Anandabazar, a commercial centre in northern Tripura’s Reang tribal domain, means Market of Happiness. Given by Bengali refugees from present-day Bangladesh during the Partition of India, the name perhaps reflected their state of mind on receiving a piece of land to rebuild their lives.But Anandabazar is far from the picture of happiness it was once,…

Asleep at the wheel: On Tiruppur road accident

Asleep at the wheel: On Tiruppur road accident

The Tiruppur accident shows that the Centre and States are yet to take road safety seriously Even in a country inured to death and mayhem on its roads everyday, Thursday’s crash that killed 19 bus passengers on a national highway, at Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, comes as a shock. Every day, thousands board government-run and private…

Terror in Germany: On far-right extremist rampage near Frankfurt

Terror in Germany: On far-right extremist rampage near Frankfurt

The rise of far-right groups poses a serious threat to peace and security in Europe Wednesday’s bloody rampage in Hanau town near Frankfurt by a suspected far-right extremist has heightened concerns over recurrent hate crimes in Germany, home to the largest number of immigrants from the recent refugee crisis. The incident, coming just days after…

Donald Trump claims 10 million will welcome him in Ahmedabad

Donald Trump claims 10 million will welcome him in Ahmedabad

U.S. President Donald Trump has made yet another tall claim about the size of the crowd that will welcome him in Ahmedabad, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told him that there will be 10 million people to greet him on his arrival. Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania are scheduled to travel to Ahmedabad,…

Ahmedabad Mayor chairs committee hosting ‘Namaste Trump’ event

Ahmedabad Mayor chairs committee hosting ‘Namaste Trump’ event

Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel as chairperson, two parliamentarians, president of the Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industries and other eminent citizens and Padma recipients are the members of a newly-formed Donald Trump Nagarik Abhivadan Samiti (DTNAS), which is holding the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Motera stadium in Ahmedabad on February 24. Full coverage | Namaste…

Clampdown on Kashmir social media users, 2 held

Clampdown on Kashmir social media users, 2 held

The police have started a clampdown on social media users in Kashmir and arrested two persons in the Valley.A police official said Waseem Majeed Dar, a resident of Handwara’s Waskura area, was arrested after “strenuous efforts for posting objectionable content” on social media platforms.“The police acted after it came to know that some youth were…

Ram temple work should be done peacefully: Modi

Ram temple work should be done peacefully: Modi

The model of the proposed Ram temple displayed at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan PM asks trust members to ensure there is no disharmony Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked members of the newly constituted Ram temple trust to ensure that construction work on the temple is conducted harmoniously and without…

Giriraj Singh makes yet another controversial comment

Giriraj Singh makes yet another controversial comment

‘We paid heavy price as our forefathers did not send Muslims to Pakistan’ Giriraj Singh, Union Minister and BJP MP from Begusarai, has made yet another controversial statement. The BJP allies — the Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti Party — have urged him not to make such comments.“Our forefathers committed a mistake. Had…

Scientists oppose government research into ‘indigenous cows’

Scientists oppose government research into ‘indigenous cows’

Online petition says the proposal has been ‘drafted unscientifically from start to finish’ At least 400 scientists have petitioned the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to withdraw a proposal that solicits research into indigenous cows.As The Hindu reported on February 17, SUTRA-PIC or ‘Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows’, has five…

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Modi

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Modi

PTI | Updated: Feb 21, 2020, 18:02 IST Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackeray met PM Modi on Friday, in his first visit to the…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, his first visit to the national capital after taking over the reins of…

Bomb blast in Pakistan, earthquake in Nepal as grounds for lawyers’ strikes irk SC

Bomb blast in Pakistan, earthquake in Nepal as grounds for lawyers’ strikes irk SC

NEW DELHI: Strikes by advocates for “flimsy reasons”, like bomb blast in a Pakistan school and earthquake in Nepal, on all working Saturdays for more than the past 35 years in three districts of Uttarakhand has caught the attention of the Supreme Court which rapped them for resorting to such a “joke”. The issue came…

US says preparing to sign deal with Taliban on February 29

US says preparing to sign deal with Taliban on February 29

US President Donald Trump (L) and Afghan’s President Ashraf Ghani (R) (AFP photo)KABUL: The US and the Taliban are set to sign a historic agreement that would pave the way to ending America’s longest war, the bitter foes announced Friday, hours after Kabul said a week-long partial truce across Afghanistan would kick off this weekend.…

Madhya Pradesh government scraps circular on sterilisation

Madhya Pradesh government scraps circular on sterilisation

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday scrapped a controversial circular that set sterilisation targets for male multi-purpose health workers (MPHWs) and warned of salary loss for not meeting goals. The circular, issued by the state unit of the National Health Mission (NHM), directed each male MPHW to get at least get one man sterilised…

FATF keeps Pakistan in ‘Grey List’; warns of action if Islamabad fails to check terror funding

FATF keeps Pakistan in ‘Grey List’; warns of action if Islamabad fails to check terror funding

NEW DELHI: Global terror financing watchdog FATF on Friday decided continuation of Pakistan in the ‘Grey List’ and warned the country of stern action if it fails to check flow of money to terror groups like the LeT and the JeM, sources said. The decision was taken at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary…

People sitting on roads to force their opinion on others is a form of terrorism: Kerala governor

People sitting on roads to force their opinion on others is a form of terrorism: Kerala governor

NEW DELHI: Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Friday, in an indirect criticism of Shaheen Bagh protestors, said people sitting on roads and disrupting normal life to force their opinion on others is a form of terrorism. “Aggression doesn’t come in the form of violence only. It comes in many forms… If you won’t listen…

Another virus hotspot surfaces in China — prisons

Another virus hotspot surfaces in China — prisons

BEIJING: More than 500 cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in prisons across China, authorities said Friday, prompting the sacking of a slew of officials. Hubei, the hard-hit central province where the virus emerged late last year, said Friday that 271 cases were reported by its prisons on Thursday, including 220 that had…

Govt. looks at balancing act on AGR dues; Sunil Mittal says telcos facing ‘unprecedented crisis’

Govt. looks at balancing act on AGR dues; Sunil Mittal says telcos facing ‘unprecedented crisis’

Amid a deepening crisis in the telecom sector, the government is looking to strike a balance between complying with the Supreme Court order on AGR dues, ensuring health of the sector and safeguarding consumer interest, even as Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal continued to seek prompt measures.Vodafone Idea Ltd, the company that is said to be…

Trump blasts best-picture Oscar for South Korean film ‘Parasite’

Trump blasts best-picture Oscar for South Korean film ‘Parasite’

Mr. Trump also expressed his disapproval of actor Brad Pitt U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the historic best-picture Oscar win for South Korean film Parasite, telling a campaign rally he wished for the return of Hollywood classics like 1939’s Gone with the Wind.Parasite, a dark social satire about the gap between rich and…

Police slap sedition charge on student who raised pro-Pakistan slogan at Owaisi event

Police slap sedition charge on student who raised pro-Pakistan slogan at Owaisi event

A protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) here on Thursday evening, with All India Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi as chief guest, ended up embarrassing the organisers after a student-activist, who was allowed to talk on stage, suddenly raised pro-Pakistan slogans.The college student, identified as Amulya Leona, has been charged with sedition,…

Trump cards: On U.S. President’s India visit

Trump cards: On U.S. President’s India visit

Even if the Trump visit yields no big deal, some agreement on trade will be made Ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India, some of the key deliverables from the trip, as well as the outcomes that may not be delivered after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, are coming…

ART of life: On Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill

ART of life: On Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill

The Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill is a much-needed complement to Surrogacy Bill Sometimes, the leash follows the dog, but given the importance of control, the sequence can seem insignificant. It only matters that there remains a good hold over the circumstances. No matter then, that the Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation (ART) Bill, which was…

Unknown group to host ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad

Unknown group to host ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad

In a new twist to the mega event Namaste Trump to be held at the newly built cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, a newly formed Donald Trump Nagarik Abhivadan Samiti (Citizen Felicitation Committee for Donald Trump) is the organiser of the event.Mysteriously, it is not known yet about persons who have formed the committee to felicitate…

Bulk of Jharkhand’s deleted ration cards weren’t fake, study shows

Bulk of Jharkhand’s deleted ration cards weren’t fake, study shows

Almost 90% of ration cards deemed fake and deleted by the Jharkhand government between 2016 and 2018 actually belonged to existing, valid households, according to a new study by economists affiliated to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).The randomised control study found that almost 56% of…

After Delhi rout, rumblings rise in Congress

After Delhi rout, rumblings rise in Congress

A worker seen cleaning the lawn at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi. File photo.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy Shashi Tharoor endorses comments of Sandeep Dikshit; younger leaders too speak their mind The Congress Working Committee (CWC) should hold leadership elections to “energise workers and inspire voters”, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said…

Twitter asked to take down posts of anti-CAA activists

Twitter asked to take down posts of anti-CAA activists

Picture used for representational purpose only.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS Received legal request to remove content from an authorised entity, claims Twitter Activists and individuals who support the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act-National Register of Citizens-National Population Register protests said they got an email from Twitter Legal informing them that the micro-blogging giant has received a…

Babri demolition accused hold key posts in Ram temple trust

Babri demolition accused hold key posts in Ram temple trust

Nritya Gopal Das and Champat Rai Bansal, chairman and general secretary of the trust set up to oversee construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, are both accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.Both Mr. Das and Mr. Bansal were on the dais from where several leaders had addressed ‘kar sevaks’ before the mosque was…

Woman Arrested For Shouting “Pakistan Zindabad”, Charged With Sedition

Woman Arrested For Shouting “Pakistan Zindabad”, Charged With Sedition

Amulya was denied bail last night, has been sent to three-day judicial custody.HighlightsThe woman was arrested last evening soon after the event She raised the slogan at an anti-CAA protest in Bengaluru Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi was also present at the eventBengaluru: A sedition case has been filed against a woman in Bengaluru after she…

China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

Mainland China had 118 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak by the end of Thursday, the national health commission reported on Friday, pushing the number of deaths nationwide to at least 2,236. Beijing also reported 1,109 new confirmed cases of the disease during the same period, sharply up from 349 cases the previous day, reversing three days of decline. At…

UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Exam 2020 Result Declared at upsc.gov.in

UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Exam 2020 Result Declared at upsc.gov.in

The UPSC will upload the marks and cut-off marks of Engineering Services (Preliminary) exam after the declaration of the final results at upsc.gov.in. News18Updated:February 21, 2020, 10:20 AM IST (Image: News18.com) UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 result (written part) was declared on February 20. Candidates can check the UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020…

Representing 1.5 billion people, Modi has an advantage on Facebook: Donald Trump

Representing 1.5 billion people, Modi has an advantage on Facebook: Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represents “1.5 billion” Indians, has an advantage on Facebook, while referring to the number of followers the two leaders have on the social networking website. Trump, who will visit India next week, said Modi is “number two” on Facebook in terms of…

The Neuroscience Behind Kejriwal’s Victory

The Neuroscience Behind Kejriwal’s Victory

Arvind Kejriwal’s victory is currently being viewed from the perspective of a development centred narrative coupled with a platitude of freebies offered by the Aam Admi Party (AAP). However, if one analyses past election results, voters have rejected pro-development governments on a number of occasions. The governments of Narasimha Rao, as well as Vajpayee, were…

SC pulls up trial court, cancels black warrant

SC pulls up trial court, cancels black warrant

Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 20 The Supreme Court was in for a shock on Thursday when it came to know about issuance of black warrants for execution of a death penalty by a trial court even before the expiry of 60-day time period for filing of appeal before it. A Bench, headed by…

AIMIM Leader’s “15 Crore Muslims …” Remark Triggers Backlash From BJP

AIMIM Leader’s “15 Crore Muslims …” Remark Triggers Backlash From BJP

Waris Pathan made the comments while addressing anti-CAA rally at Kalaburagi in Karnataka (File)Bangalore: Amid protests against the CAA, a video has gone viral on social media where AIMIM leader Waris Pathan is allegedly saying that 15 crore Muslims can prove to be heavy on the other 100 crore. This has triggered a backlash from…

‘Ghost town’ for Clinton, Agra set to give a lively reception to Trumps

‘Ghost town’ for Clinton, Agra set to give a lively reception to Trumps

Home / India News / ‘Ghost town’ for Clinton, Agra set to give a lively reception to Trumps When Bill Clinton visited Agra as the US President in 2000, the city was smothered by a blanket of security. The streets and the main Mall road were sealed and sanitised, shops were closed, and Clinton saw few…

FATF retains Pakistan in ‘grey list’, delivers a sharp warning on blacklisting

FATF retains Pakistan in ‘grey list’, delivers a sharp warning on blacklisting

Home / India News / FATF retains Pakistan in ‘grey list’, delivers a sharp warning on blacklisting Pakistan will remain in terror funding watchdog FATF’s “grey list” but has been given a sharp warning to deliver on the remaining 13 action points in the next four months or risk being blacklisted, people familiar with the…

Interview: Why Delhi HC Lawyers Are Protesting Against Justice Muralidhar’s Transfer

Interview: Why Delhi HC Lawyers Are Protesting Against Justice Muralidhar’s Transfer

New Delhi: Only “urgent” work was conducted at the Delhi high court on Thursday, as most lawyers were abstaining from work in response to a call given by the Bar Association. The lawyers were protesting against the transfer of Justice S. Muralidhar, the third most senior judge in the court, to the Punjab and Haryana…

Pak stays on FATF grey list, sees June deadline on terror, could slip into black list after June

Pak stays on FATF grey list, sees June deadline on terror, could slip into black list after June

Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan. (AFP)NEW DELHI: Pakistan will stay on the FATF ‘grey list’ until June 2020, after which it could slip into the ‘black list’. As the global body to fight terror financing wound up its plenary in Paris, Pakistan was told it could go into the black list if it failed to…

India vs New Zealand 1st Test Live Score Updates: Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bowl against India

India vs New Zealand 1st Test Live Score Updates: Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bowl against India

LIVE SCORECARD | LIVE BLOG45 overs gone! India 108/5. Pant is yet to open his account, Rahane is batting on 34.Rishabh Pant is the new man at the crease.OVERS 41.1: WICKET! Jamieson takes his third wicket today. What a debut for this man. Hanuma Vihari departs for 7. India’s top order has faltered badly today.…

FATF pressure a factor in reduction of cross-border terror: Army chief

FATF pressure a factor in reduction of cross-border terror: Army chief

NEW DELHI: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) should not let Pakistan off the hook or it will ramp up its continuing support for cross-border terror into India, said Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Thursday, adding there were as many as 250 to 300 terrorists present in camps and launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.…

Congress again in turmoil over leadership

Congress again in turmoil over leadership

NEW DELHI: After a brief lull, Congress on Thursday was seized by a fresh burst of discontent with demands that the party put an end to the leadership vacuum, with senior MP Shashi Tharoor saying elections be held to fill the post of party president and former minister Veerappa Moily calling for a ‘chintan baithak’…

GMR Airports sells 49% stake to French group for 10,780 crore

GMR Airports sells 49% stake to French group for 10,780 crore

Representational photo.NEW DELHI: The GMR Group — India’s biggest private airport infra player — has picked Groupe ADP, formerly Aéroports de Paris, over a Tata Group-headed consortium to sell 49% stake in GMR Airports Limited (GAL) for Rs 10,780 crore. The deal, which values GMR Airports at Rs 22,000 crore, will see GAL getting Rs…

Corona scare: No Air India flights to Hong Kong, China till June 30

Corona scare: No Air India flights to Hong Kong, China till June 30

Representational photo.NEW DELHI: Air India has extended the suspension of its China flights by another three months to June-end in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. The flights were earlier suspended till March 28. “Flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong are further cancelled till June 30,” an AI spokesman said on Thursday. The national airline…

New Delhi plays down Trump’s comments that US not treated well by India

New Delhi plays down Trump’s comments that US not treated well by India

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday sought to play down American President Donald Trump’s remarks that New Delhi is not treating the US “very well” on the trade front, insisting that it was important to understand the context in which he made the comments. As hopes for sealing the much-anticipated trade deal during Trump’s visit to…

India, US eyeing to ink five pacts during Trump’s visit

India, US eyeing to ink five pacts during Trump’s visit

NEW DELHI: India and the US are eyeing to sign around five pacts providing for cooperation in areas of intellectual property rights, trade facilitation and homeland security during President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India next week, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. Boosting counter-terror cooperation, deepening engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, augmenting defence…

AGR dues: Govt to look at balancing SC order compliance, telcos’ health, consumer interest

AGR dues: Govt to look at balancing SC order compliance, telcos’ health, consumer interest

NEW DELHI: The government will look to strike a balance between compliance of Supreme Court order on statutory dues, ensuring health of the sector and consumer interest, a source said. The government official, who did not wish to be named, said that telecom companies have already paid about Rs 16,000 crore in AGR dues, and…

Our men foiling BAT action even before Pakistan is able to launch it: Army chief MM Naravane

Our men foiling BAT action even before Pakistan is able to launch it: Army chief MM Naravane

ANI | Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 17:58 ISTNEW DELHI: Army chief General MM Naravane on Thursday said that his force is not allowing any disruptive actions by Pakistani army’s BAT as the Army foils the attempts even before the adversary is able to launch them. “We have been getting inputs. We have been able to…

Interlocutors reach Shaheen Bagh to initiate 2nd round of talks with protestors

Interlocutors reach Shaheen Bagh to initiate 2nd round of talks with protestors

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors met Shaheen Bagh protestors on Thursday in their second visit to the site where people have been on a sit-in since the last two months against the amended citizenship act. Advocates Sanjay Hedge and Sadhana Ramachandran, the interlocutors, were not willing to start the discussion in the presence of…

SC order on commissioning of women enabling will give clarity moving forward: Army chief

SC order on commissioning of women enabling will give clarity moving forward: Army chief

NEW DELHI: Army Chief General M M Naravane on Thursday said the force has been championing gender equality and the Supreme Court order granting permanent commission to women officers will give it a lot of clarity moving forward. The Supreme Court on Monday had directed that women officers in the Army be granted permanent commission…

Data mistrust grows as Hubei changes Coronavirus count method again

Data mistrust grows as Hubei changes Coronavirus count method again

BEIJING: The number of new coronavirus cases reported by Hubei province dropped sharply after China changed the way it officially reports the number of infections for the second time in a month, raising questions over the reliability of data from the epicenter of the outbreak. In its daily tally, Hubei said on Thursday that it…

SAP India says two employees tested positive for H1N1 virus

SAP India says two employees tested positive for H1N1 virus

The Indian arm of German software group SAP said on Thursday it had shut down all offices in the country .   | Photo Credit: AFP Offices in Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Mumbai have been temporarily closed and employees have been asked to work from home The Indian arm of German software group SAP said on…

National Museum cites ‘tradition’ for excluding non-veg dishes from Harappan food event

National Museum cites ‘tradition’ for excluding non-veg dishes from Harappan food event

A view of the National Museum in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan National Museum officials said on Thursday that the tasting menu and dinners that are a part of the ongoing exhibition on Indus Valley food would not include non-vegetarian dishes as it was a “tradition” to serve only vegetarian food at…

Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors continue talks with protesters at Shaheen Bagh

Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors continue talks with protesters at Shaheen Bagh

Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran on Thursday continued for the second day dialogue with the women protesters of Shaheen Bagh, who have been on a sit-in against the CAA-NRC-NPR regime since December 16.Ms. Ramachandran told them that multiple issues and questions had been raised over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and that…

Amit Shah allays fears in northeast about Article 371

Amit Shah allays fears in northeast about Article 371

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday allayed fears in the northeast about Article 371 meeting the same fate as Article 370 while addressing a public rally at the 34th Statehood Day celebrations in Itanagar.His visit was marked by protests in Arunachal Pradesh and China, which claims the State as part of southern Tibet. Students…

IIT-M scholar, held for filming a woman student in washroom, gets bail

IIT-M scholar, held for filming a woman student in washroom, gets bail

A view of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani Police said the suspect’s mobile phone has been sent for analysis A research scholar of IIT Madras, who was nabbed for allegedly filming a woman student in the washroom on campus, was granted bail by a court here.Police said the suspect…

Hold leadership elections to energise workers, Shashi Tharoor urges CWC

Hold leadership elections to energise workers, Shashi Tharoor urges CWC

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. File   | Photo Credit: PTI The Congress leader’s appeal came in support of his party colleague and former MP Sandeep Dikshit’s remarks that the the biggest challenge the party faces is the “leadership question”. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to hold leadership…

Anti-CAA protests: 28 in Lucknow told to pay ₹64 lakh for damage to property

Anti-CAA protests: 28 in Lucknow told to pay ₹64 lakh for damage to property

In this photo of December 19, 2019, police are seen using barricades to stop protestors during anti-CAA protests in Lucknow.   | Photo Credit: AP Several vehicles, including a state bus and police motorcycles, were set on fire Twenty-eight persons in Lucknow have been asked to pay around ₹64 lakh as recovery for damage to…

Word ‘nationalism’ can be likened to ‘Nazism’ by some, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Word ‘nationalism’ can be likened to ‘Nazism’ by some, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on February 20 said people should desist from using the word “nationalism” as it has connotations of “Hitler and Nazism”.“Do not use the word ‘nationalism’. Use ‘national’, ‘nationality’, ‘nation’. The meaning of ‘nationalism’ is Hitler, Nazism and Fascism. The aim of the Sangh is to boost the feeling of patriotism and…

New Zealand vs India: Rishabh Pant needs to accept that he is going through a rough patch, says Ajinkya Rahane

New Zealand vs India: Rishabh Pant needs to accept that he is going through a rough patch, says Ajinkya Rahane

WELLINGTON: Rishabh Pant needs to accept that he is going through a rough patch and remain focussed on improving as a cricketer, said India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane here on Thursday. The 22-year-old Pant, who till five months ago was India’s first choice wicketkeeper-batsman across formats, has lost his spot in limited overs cricket to KL…

BR Shetty, richest Kannadiga, in trouble

BR Shetty, richest Kannadiga, in trouble

MANGALURU: BR Shetty, the richest Kannadiga in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion, is in trouble. Shares of his flagship company, Abu Dhabi-based NMC Health, has dropped 70% since mid-December, following allegations by an US investment firm that NMC made potential overpayment for assets, inflated cash balances and understated debt. News…

At least 17 killed in Coimbatore bus accident

At least 17 killed in Coimbatore bus accident

A Subburaj | TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 10:28 ISTThe accident happened on the Avinashi-Salem bypass around 3.25am.COIMBATORE: As many as 20 people died on the spot when a speeding container truck rammed a Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus near Thirumuruganpoondi in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Thursday.…

PM Modi’s former key aide Nripendra Misra to oversee Ram temple construction

PM Modi’s former key aide Nripendra Misra to oversee Ram temple construction

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s former principal secretary, Nripendra Misra, has been nominated chairman of the committee for construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, in what is being seen as a clear pointer to Modi’s close engagement with the ambitious project. The decision to get the retired UP cadre IAS officer — who worked…

A beautiful game: Syrian teaches his 3-year-old daughter to laugh during air raids to drown noise of shells

A beautiful game: Syrian teaches his 3-year-old daughter to laugh during air raids to drown noise of shells

SARMADA, SYRIA: In Syria’s Idlib, there’s no escaping the war, so Abdullah al-Mohammed says the only way he found to reassure his daughter Salwa was to turn the shelling into a game. A video in which she laughs every time an explosion goes off was widely shared on social media in recent days as a…

Indian-American moderate Sri Srinivasan becomes chief judge of US Court of Appeals amid conservative influence

Indian-American moderate Sri Srinivasan becomes chief judge of US Court of Appeals amid conservative influence

WASHINGTON: In a landmark judicial advancement at time of intense ideological battles in the US, Indian-American Sri Srinivasan on Tuesday took over as chief judge of the influential Appeals Court in Washington DC, the first person of Indian origin to lead a federal court that is just one step short of the US Supreme Court.…

Dec 16 Delhi rape convict Vinay Sharma bangs his head against wall: Tihar Jail official

Dec 16 Delhi rape convict Vinay Sharma bangs his head against wall: Tihar Jail official

Home / India News / Dec 16 Delhi rape convict Vinay Sharma bangs his head against wall: Tihar Jail official Vinay Sharma, one of the four death row convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang-rape and murder case, attempted to hurt himself by banging his head against a wall in his cell on February 16,…

Coimbatore: Bengaluru-Kochi KSRTC bus accident kills at least 20

Coimbatore: Bengaluru-Kochi KSRTC bus accident kills at least 20

A Subburaj | TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 10:28 ISTThe accident happened on the Avinashi-Salem bypass around 3.25am.COIMBATORE: As many as 20 people died on the spot when a speeding container truck rammed a Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus near Thirumuruganpoondi in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Thursday.…

Ansal Brothers Won’t Go to Jail in Uphaar Fire Tragedy Case as Supreme Court Rejects Curative Petitions

Ansal Brothers Won’t Go to Jail in Uphaar Fire Tragedy Case as Supreme Court Rejects Curative Petitions

Image for representation. New Delhi: In a relief for industrialists Sushil and Gopal Ansal, the Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its verdict that had enabled the brothers to escape further jail term in connection with the death of 59 people in the blaze inside Delhi’s Uphaar cinema hall 23 years ago. A bench headed…

New 4-Foot Wall To Hide Slums From President Trump’s View In Ahmedabad

New 4-Foot Wall To Hide Slums From President Trump’s View In Ahmedabad

US President Donald Trump will come to India on a two-day visit next weekAs President Donald Trump’s motorcade makes its way from the airport in Ahmedabad next week anticipating millions of cheering people waiting to greet him at a sprawling cricket stadium, there’ll be a few thousand locals hidden from view.The city’s municipal corporation has…

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal explains his decision for not keeping any portfolio

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal explains his decision for not keeping any portfolio

Home / India News / Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal explains his decision for not keeping any portfolio Arvind Kejriwal has given an explanation for his decision to not keep any portfolio under him during his third term as the chief minister of Delhi.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief had allocated the portfolios on Monday, a…

Bengaluru-Kochi KSRTC bus meets with accident in TN, 19 people dead

Bengaluru-Kochi KSRTC bus meets with accident in TN, 19 people dead

There were 48 passengers travelling on the bus.A volvo bus of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), which was heading from Bengaluru to Ernakulam in Kerala, met with an accident in Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur district in the early hours of Thursday. Nineteen people, including the driver of the bus, died in the accident, while…

Coronavirus: death toll in China exceeds 2,100

Coronavirus: death toll in China exceeds 2,100

Workers wearing face masks pack vegetables at Baishazhou market in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China   | Photo Credit: Reuters The number of new cases reported is sharply lower than the daily updates of recent weeks. The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 2,112 on…

Coronavirus impact: Will disruption in China lead to a flood of stainless steel imports?

Coronavirus impact: Will disruption in China lead to a flood of stainless steel imports?

Even as the coronavirus outbreak in China has disrupted the demand-supply dynamics of nearly every commodity, the stainless steel industry in India may be staring at multiple outcomes.”It is clear that the outbreak has already had an adverse impact on sectors such auto, pharma and white goods. It is going to be weeks, or months, before normalcy…

Shaheen Bagh protests: We will find a solution, say SC-appointed interlocutors as dialogue with protesters hit several roadblocks

Shaheen Bagh protests: We will find a solution, say SC-appointed interlocutors as dialogue with protesters hit several roadblocks

The SC-appointed mediation panel went to Shaheen Bagh in an effort to come to an understanding with the protesters who have been holding sit-in protests at a public road for over 60 days now Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde who is a member of the panel said, ‘We have come here according to the order of…

Only ‘Namaste Trump’ do for U.S. President in Ahmedabad

Only ‘Namaste Trump’ do for U.S. President in Ahmedabad

Trip minutiae: A USAF plane in Ahmedabad with cargo on Wednesday ahead of the President’s visit.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu To fit in a Taj Mahal visit, he may leave the city early. ‘Namaste Trump’, a mega event at Motera cricket stadium, seems to be the only engagement U.S. President Donald Trump will…

U.S. Congressmen concerned over Kashmir

U.S. Congressmen concerned over Kashmir

Days before President Donald Trump’s visit to India, two senior U.S. Congressmen have expressed their concerns to the government over the situation in Kashmir and protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Representative Ami Bera, who is the Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Asia-Pacific, and Representative George Holding, who is a co-chair…

President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate The Huddle on February 22

President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate The Huddle on February 22

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will deliver keynote address. The fourth edition of The Huddle, The Hindu’s annual thought conclave, will be held at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru on February 22 and 23.President Ram Nath Kovind will address the audience as the Chief Guest and inaugurate the conclave on February 22. The…

Secrecy hurts: On handling SARS-CoV-2 outbreak

Secrecy hurts: On handling SARS-CoV-2 outbreak

Opacity in the time of an outbreak is sure to kill more people From quick sequencing of the whole genome of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 — after alerting WHO in December 2019 about a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause — to quickly developing viral diagnostic tests, China has done much to…

Infinite crisis: On Afghan presidential poll result

Infinite crisis: On Afghan presidential poll result

Afghanistan is no closer to peace after the declaration of Ashraf Ghani as the President The Afghan Independent Election Commission’s much-delayed announcement that President Ashraf Ghani is the winner of the September 28 Presidential election is expected to deepen the political crisis in the war-torn country. That it took almost five months to declare the…

Trade deal with U.S. delayed, not stuck, says government

Trade deal with U.S. delayed, not stuck, says government

An India-U.S. trade deal has been delayed, but is not “stuck”, said the government on February 19, hours after President Donald Trump confirmed that negotiations will not be completed in time for his visit next week. However, government sources said expectations on trade must not overshadow the larger context of the visit, which will be…