Har Ghar Dastak: Nitish Kumar knocks doors as Bihar polls loom

Har Ghar Dastak: Nitish Kumar knocks doors as Bihar polls loom

Starting the programme after offering prayer at Badi Patandevi temple, Nitish Kumar knocked the first door of one Krishna Sahu near Paschim Darwaza.

Maha govt seeks more time to reply to beef ban query by Bombay HC
Maha govt seeks more time to reply to beef ban query by Bombay HC

In April 2015, the court had refused to grant an interim stay on the said section.

Fresh Charges: Lalit Modi ‘offered job’ to Sushma Swaraj’s husband

Proves quid pro quo charge, conflict of interest on part of Modi, says Congress

Lait Modi row: Congress tells H R Bhardwaj to exercise restraint
Lait Modi row: Congress tells H R Bhardwaj to exercise restraint

Congress has been demanding resignations of Swaraj and Raje over the Lalit Modi controversy.

Bru repatriation: Process wrapped up in three camps, only one woman turns up

The woman, identified as Porati, had turned up at the counter in Hamsapara on Monday.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju apologises over flight issue

The controversy erupted after reports that a family of three persons, including a child, was not allowed on the flight to accommodate Rijiju, his aide and J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on June 24.

Commando killed in accidental firing

The deceased policeman has been identified as constable Mahadeva Swamy and the injured PSI has been identified as Manjula, 27.

AAP protests in Delhi, demands Irani, Swaraj, Raje's resignation

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AAP protests in Delhi, demands Irani, Swaraj, Raje's resignation

Air India flight delay: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh remains unapologetic

"It is media trial. You are doing injustice to democracy. We are targeted because of being politicians. We have not misused our powers," Singh told reporters.

Five years after scrapping policy program, IIMA to launch JSW School of Public Policy

PGP-PMP which had opened amidst much fanfare, had to be shut down in three years owing to a lukewarm response from policymakers.

Tihar guard was removed from duty minutes before escape, finds probe

From 7 am to 12 pm, no security personnel was deployed in that area.

Dec 16 ‘robbery case’: No witnesses for defence, court lists matter for final arguments

Delhi police have alleged that before raping a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus on the night of Dec 16, 2012, the accused had lured a carpenter, Ram Adhar, into the vehicle and robbed him.

RSS nudges Centre on land bill, labour laws

Asks Sangh affiliates to refrain from harsh criticism.

Nitish kumar's poll bonanza for backward classes; 50% quota in Bihar govt contracts

Reacting to the Bihar Cabinet’s decisions, Manjhi said that Nitish Kumar was forced to emulate him because of his political compulsions.

Now playing, Amarinder vs Bajwa in battle of rallies

On Thursday, Amarinder will address his next rally in Gurdaspur, the parliamentary constituency that had elected Bajwa in 2009 before rejecting him last year.

The Congress brings Muslim victimhood into a straightforward matter of crime-prevention....

38 killed, 23 missing as landslides rock Darjeeling

Rescue operations taken up jointly by Sahastra Sena Bal (SSB) and the state police officials have been affected due to the heavy downpour.

J&K minister in a soup for touching woman doctor’s collar

BJP leader Chaudhary Lal Singh, who is Minister for Health, had gone to the government hospital in Lakhanpur to check preparedness ahead of the start of Amarnath yatra

Yudhishtira don't teach us dharma: FTII students tell Gajendra Chauhan

The students raised slogans like "Yudhishtira do not teach us dharma" and said that FTII's institutional autonomy should be preserved without political interference in its affairs.

Bihar lynching: Autopsy reports say students drowned, kin want CBI probe

The aggrieved parents trashed the “drowning report”, insisting that the 14-year-old victim from Pachwara knew how to swim.

India reduces open defecation by 31 per cent: UN report

It said India is among the 16 countries that have reduced open defecation rates by at least 25 percentage points. The progress termed as "moderate" by the UN report.

HRD Ministry issues show cause notice to Visva Bharti university VC

The notice was given seeking the VC's explanation on financial and administrative irregularities found by a three-member panel set up by the Ministry.

Aruvikkara MLA Sabarinadhan becomes youngest member in Kerala Assembly

31-year-old K S Sabarinadhan of Congress who took oath as MLA on Wednesday became the youngest legislator in the 140 member Kerala assembly.

MHA asks DG Tihar to probe jail break, fix responsibility

The inquiry will focus on the factors and circumstances leading to the incident, besides reviewing comprehensively the security set-up of Delhi Prisons.

Jailed for alleged Maoist link, DU professor GN Saibaba gets bail

Worsening health of G N Saibaba, charged under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links, was the main ground for his release.

Rajnath Singh to hold review meeting on security provisions for Amarnath Yatra today

This year's Amarnath Yatra will commence from July 2 and end on August 29.

Land Swap: Verification of enclave residents to start soon

Between July 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the entire process, including physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels is expected to be completed.

Jagendra Singh - Paan shop to reporter to his death: 7 criminal cases, a ‘Wanted’ poster

Singh’s father Somer Singh filed a case against two alleged associates of the minister for allegedly threatening the family and asking them to withdraw the murder case against the minister.

Media reports of death of 41 Vyapam accused baseless, says MP government

Madhya Pradesh government said that since the Vyapam scam was exposed on July 7, 2013, only 14 persons involved in the scam had died while 11 others had died prior to that.

Vaccination coverage: Ahmed Patel questions Maneka Gandhi on UNICEF data

The RSOC data on immunisation of children aged between 12 -23 months has become a bone of contention between the government and UNICEF, which did the survey.

Gauhati HC orders reinstating Tezpur Varsity Prof dismissed on sexual harassment charges

Gauhati HC said the departmental inquiries and the removal of the Tezpur University faculty member were found to be 'wholly illegal'.

No information on Vasundhara Raje's foreign tours when opposition leader

Rajasthan government does not have any record about Vasundhara Raje's foreign tours between February 2009 and February 2013 when she was the leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, an RTI query has found.

Pankaja Munde denies corruption charges, says will expose conspiracy against her

A week after coming under a cloud of allegations, Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde today asserted she will expose the conspiracy against her.

Visionary technocrat K P P Nambiar dies at 86 in Bangalore

Nambiar, a native of Kannur in Kerala, had been credited for establishing India’s first state run electronics venture Keltron and India’s first IT park Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.

Vyapam scam-The back story: How scorers and impersonators won jobs, seats for candidates

Examinations and recruitment tests conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) over several years were manipulated to help those who had paid money.

Vyapam scam: Deaths of 25 accused 'natural', claims cornered Shivraj Singh Chouhan govt

The government said that out of the 25 deaths as many as 11 were reported before July 7, 2013 when the first FIR was registered in Indore.

BJP vote-share increase in Aruvikkara shows communal forces have gained strength: CPM

CPI (M) said the Congress won Aruvikkara by-election with the support of communal forces and money power.

Bypolls: BJP retains Garoth Assembly seat, CPI(M) wins in Tripura

Eight candidates were in fray for the bypoll, but the main contest was between BJP's Sisodia and Congress nominee Sojatia.

Vyapam scam: Whoever is born must die, says minister Home Minister Babulal Gaur

Two more accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as Vyapam scam, died in Gwalior and Indore yesterday,

Vaccination coverage: Govt refuses to accept UNICEF report

One of the five states where immunisation coverage dipped in 2012-2013 was Gujarat.

Rs 500 cr deducted from J&K flood fund

More than two lakh people, including tourists and non-Kashmiri labourers, were rescued and essential supplies like food, water and medicine were air-dropped in what the armed forces called "Operation Megh Rahat".

Dark lining to June clouds: ‘Prepare for dry July days’

The good rainfall this month — more than 25 per cent above normal till June 25 — was triggered by what is known as Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO).

Adarsh society allottees seek safeguard for home buyers

The bill proposes to regulate transactions between promoters of real estate projects and buyers and pave the way for setting up a Real Estate Regulatory Authority and Tribunal to settle consumer disputes.

Exercise Malabar: Japan Navy to join India, US in Bay of Bengal

The 2015 exercise will see Japan’s participation in a naval manouevre in the Bay of Bengal after eight years, but Australia will not be participating.

Woman wants to marry Abu Salem, says she was ‘defamed’ by rumours

The woman said she was defamed after her name and photographs appeared in the media linking her to the gangster.

Bihar lynching: A day later, villagers show no remorse

Villagers also trashed the drowning theory as they claimed that the boy from Pachwara knew how to swim, and that his clothes were found at some distance from the crime scene.

Lalit Modi row: V K Singh defends PM, says he need not react to everything

Dismissing criticism over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the Lalit Modi controversy, V K Singh said it is not necessary for the Prime Minister to react to everything and he will speak when the right time comes.

Kerala: Achuthanandan quotes Bible to attack Mani

Kerala Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan has once again quoted Bible in the Assembly to attack finance minister K Mani, a Catholic politician who is facing bribery case.

14-year-old allegedly gangraped in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh

Police have registered a case in this regard and arrested two of the accused. A medical examination of the girl was conducted.

Amreli flash floods: Lion deaths touch double digit, blue bulls cross 600 mark

The only wild population of Asiatic lions in the world is surviving in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar district.

Kerala: CPM says BJP divided anti-incumbency votes in Aruvikkara bypoll

The by-election has gained a triangular touch after BJP fielded its poll veteran O Rajagopal. Otherwise, it would have been a direct fight between CPI (M) and Congress.

After Maggi, Top Ramen withdrawn from Indian market

After Maggi controversy, Indo Nissin on Monday announced withdrawal of its instant noodles brand 'Top Ramen' from the Indian market on orders from central food safety regulator FSSAI.

Sushma's Ministry declines info under RTI on Lalit Modi's passport issue
The Sushma Storm

The Ministry has refused to answer an RTI application containing seven questions including who had taken a decision not appeal in the Supreme Court the Delhi High Court's decision restoring Modi's passport.

J&K: Unidentified gunmen open fire at police, one constable injured

Identifying the injured cop as Jagdish Singh of Hatli, police suspected that assailants were narcotic smugglers from Punjab.

As monsoons hit Jammu, mercury falls by 3 degree Celsius

The people in Jammu woke up to a bright sunny day on Monday morning, but dark clouds cast the sky by noon resulting in poor visibility even during the day.

Swine flu is biggest communicable disease killer in Kerala this year

H1N1 flu becomes the deadliest communicable disease in Kerala as it claims 50 lives.

Uneasy calm prevails in Rajasthan BJP; Vasundhara Raje avoids public functions, stays in

An uneasy calm prevailed in the party headquarters and within the Raje camp that refrained from making any show of strength avoiding to draw the Center’s ire.

43 officials in Indian diplomatic missions to face action

Some of the complaints are against low-ranking officials and locally-hired staff and the cases are being dealt with as per laid down procedures, Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said.

Bihar: Two students of DPS found dead, principal beaten up by locals

The bodies of Ravi Kumar and Sagar Kumar, students of residential Delhi Public School, were fished out from a water-filled ditch near Nirpur village located close to the school.

ITI Entrance Exam deferred as question paper leaked

Announcing this in Kolkata on Sunday, state's Technical Education and Training Minister Ujjal Biswas said the decision was taken following complaints of question paper leaks in several newspapers.

Own gateway key to satcom, Govt clears funds for BSNL

Moving to regulate satellite communication from the country, DoT has given the initial nod to earmark $8 million to state-owned BSNL for the establishment of a satellite communication gateway in India.

Quake rocks Assam, Meghalaya, Bengal and Bhutan

The epicentre was located near Kokrajhar at a depth of 10 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Opinion & Editorials

It keeps our democracy safe. By ensuring that an internal emergency has lost its bite

On same-sex love, Bollywood needs to break the taboo, take the lead.

Negotiations between the country, its creditors are about politics, not economics.

Nuclear agreement marks a new era in Iranian politics. But political troubles await the Middle East

Lalit Modi may have driven a wedge between Modi government, its viewers

The view of MGNREGA as a makeshift work programme is far off the mark.

Forget gay marriage. In India, the constitutional debate is stuck at the lowest rung.

The only ground report on the forcible sterilisation campaign during Emergency appeared in a little-known magazine.

US court’s gay marriage decision subordinated judicial restraint to justice and equality — and so it should have

Diffusion of militant Islamic radicalism from the region cannot be ignored.

Emergency may not return in the same form, but we need to guard against illiberal tendencies.

Before opening up the antiquities market, India needs to modernise the registration process and address its lack of institutional expertise.

The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The paradox is striking: While India has been trying to attract FDI, Indian companies are investing abroad.

UGC’s choice-based credit system is a gamechanger. But are colleges ready?

Grassroots democracy makes an emergency more difficult today. But largescale urban discontent is growing

India was surprised at Kargil. But its lessons may still be unlearnt

In a letter to the speaker, Sharad Yadav explained why he was resigning as an MP, on March 14, 1976. Excerpts:

Who is the majority? Is it the majority of persons belonging to a caste or a religion?

If lustre has begun to fade from image of PM who last year at this time was a rock star, he has himself to blame.

This streak of gamesmanship is new to Bangladesh, perverse proof of a new self-confidence.

The Partition is a wound that has not healed. It still incites passion.

On the International Yoga Day, there was no shortage of yoga enthusiasts. However, a shortage of mats was the problem.

From available evidence, he isn’t. So where is the need for Raje and Swaraj to resign?

Going slow on ‘Hindu terror’ is dangerous. It’s also an insult to the memory of Hemant Karkare.

The danger of authoritarianism revisiting India is a very real one.

We need a holistic bankruptcy code. RBI’s Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme is not the answer.

We now have a crackdown we don’t see. It’s less ominous, but equally insidious.

Judiciary is reasserting itself, pushing political parties towards accountability.

A new biography recalls Eqbal Ahmad, who brought together people with a shared belief in justice and dignity.

It needs to be reinterpreted for a new time.

Slogans of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Minimum Government’ won’t ring true if IIMs are being strangled.

India needs to come out in favour of the Iran nuclear deal before it’s too late.

It would not be necessary for an autocratic government to take any extra-constitutional measures today, so pro-establishment has the media become.

Emergency regime tried to intimidate ‘The Indian Express’ and failed, writes a special correspondent with the paper, 1975-78.

While ‘Lalitgate’ flares, prices in Parliament canteen raise heckles.

The Emergency’s enduring legacy is the cult of the supreme politician: bigger than party, government, nation.

They are expansionist and vainglorious — and vulnerable to political satire.

Agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal marks a new sub-regional framework.

It is a warning India must heed.

I resigned when Emergency was imposed — to little effect. India’s intelligentsia rationalised the tyranny

An urgent mass awareness campaign on lead-related issues is needed

PM Modi should set an example by asking all BJP politicians to resign from the BCCI and its affiliated bodies

The impressive participation around the world on International Yoga Day is indeed a testimony to India’s immense reservoir of soft power.

Cost of delivery varies between and within states. This must be factored into fund-sharing arrangements.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will not do yoga himself, will be on stage at Rajpath overlooking thousands gunning for the record.

Kailash-Mansarovar initiative reconnects the cultural heritage of two civilisations.

The Shah Commission report should be made compulsory reading in schools and colleges.

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Landmark 200-year-old sweet shop Ghantewala in Old Delhi shuts down

In the bylanes of the bazaar, it was routine to see hungry customers dodging rickshaws and fellow passersbys to make a beeline to the shop, famed for its mouthwatering 'Sohan halwa' and 'Karachi halwa', which "tasted like pure ghee."