JBT scam: Supreme Court upholds jail term of Om Prakash Chautala, his son

JBT scam: Supreme Court upholds jail term of Om Prakash Chautala, his son

O P Chautala, his son and three others are serving 10-year jail term in the case.

BJP plays up PM Narendra Modi’s caste to woo Teli voters
BJP plays up PM Narendra Modi’s caste to woo Teli voters

Sushil Kumar Modi said that it was only possible in a party like the BJP that a person hailing from the Teli community was chosen for the PM seat.

A P J Abdul Kalam: Fond memories of the man behind the missile, shared by his ‘funny guys’
A P J Abdul Kalam: Fond memories of the man behind the missile, shared by his ‘funny guys’

When Kalam took over as DRDO chief, the indigenous content in the missile systems was 30 per cent. Aatre says Kalam convinced the government that DRDO would reverse that to 70 per cent.

Former Louis Berger Vice-President Satyakam Mohanty arrested in bribery case
Former Louis Berger Vice-President Satyakam Mohanty arrested in bribery case

The alleged bribery scam of USD 976,630 for the project included kickbacks to a minister, the details of which have not been disclosed by the US Department of Justice.

Yakub Memon case: Supreme Court may take action against registrar who resigned
Yakub Memon Hanging

According to sources, the authorities have taken strong note of the fact that Surendranath got involved in Yakub’s case without permission.

Rihai Manch — the organisation that works on cases of ‘youths implicated in terror cases’ — alleged that circumstances indicated he was picked up by the intelligence agencies.

NDRF reaches village hit by landslide in Manipur, 3 more rescued

At the time of the landslide there were 18 people present at the village, which falls under Chandel district’s Khengjoi sub-division.

Modi govt signs 'historic' peace accord with Nagaland militant group NSCN(IM)

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Modi govt signs 'historic' peace accord with Nagaland militant group NSCN(IM)

Day before ‘jalabhishek’ in Varanasi, chief of Hindu Mahasabha arrested

ABHM had given a call to its workers from across the country to reach Varanasi on August 3 and perform ‘Jalabhishek’ at Shringar Gauri, as part of its campaign — ‘Islam Mukt Bharat'.

After Army, IAF takes a step to replace PT shoes

It will be issued free of cost only once every 12 months to the airmen, unlike the canvas PT shoe which is issued every six months.

Stray incidents of violence on third day of bandh in Jammu

The AIIMS coordination committee extended its bandh call by another three days from tomorrow to press for the establishment of full fledged premier health institution in the region.

Judges should not go beyond lakshman rekha, says Justice Kurian Joseph
Yakub Memon Hanging

On July 28, Justice Joseph had passed a dissenting order after failing to agree with his fellow judge on a “common order” while hearing Memon’s plea seeking a stay on his execution.

Death brings prohibition demand on centre-stage of Tamil Nadu politics

Perumal’s family has refused to accept his body, demanding the closure of all liquor shops near schools and temples.

Congress accuses PK Dhumal, son Anurag of denting state exchequer by Rs 100 crore

Producing documents in support of the accusation against the Dhumal-led government, Ramesh said the land for the stadium was given on a lease at a measly sum of Rs one per month against the state government rule of leasing out at Rs 94 lakh per annum.

Excessive rains wreak havoc in several states, 81 die due to flood

At least 81 people died and more than 80 lakh people were affected in fresh floods due to excessive rains in worst affected Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha.

Congress hits back at Union Minister Mahesh Sharma over his 'no work, no pay' remark

Mahesh Sharma had on Saturday said in Varanasi that there is a suggestion for applying 'no work, no pay' policy on MPs like it is being done with regard to bureaucrats.

Telangana requests Centre to name DRDO after APJ Abdul Kalam

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, according to a release issued by his office.

Govt's fresh bid to end Parliament deadlock: All-party meet tomorrow

While the BJP-led coalition is reaching out to Opposition, there is no let up in the Congress attack on the government on the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies

Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire again, fire mortars along border

This is second ceasefire violation in 12 hours, no loss of lives reported.

Jammu AIIMS row: Lawyers clash with cops on Day 2; Congress, NC join protests

The lawyers were led by Abhinav Sharma, chairperson of AIIMS coordination committee, which has called the bandh. Earlier, the lawyers had a tiff with police outside the state BJP office in Kachhi Chowani area.

Barak 8 surface-to-air missile to be test-fired this month

The state-run Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will series-produce the 70 km-range Barak-8, with 32 missiles to be initially fitted onto INS Kolkata.

Less than fifty per cent of Anganwadis have toilets: Ministry report

The Ministry said more than 20,000 were built under Swachh Bharat Mission over the past one year.

Smart villages, not smart cities are need of the hour, Gogoi tells Modi

Gogoi recalled former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s concept of ‘Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas’ (PURA) and asked the Centre to take that concept up on a mission mode.

Kabul woman molested at top hospital, cleaner arrested: Police

Max Healthcare says contract employee handed over to police, dismissed.

Riot film screening disrupted at Delhi University

ABVP-led DUSU says film on Muzaffarnagar riots ‘anti-Hindu’; Kirori Mal College calls police.

Rename Aurangzeb Road after Kalam: BJP MP to PM Narendra Modi

According to Girri, renaming the road would not only be a great way of honouring Kalam’s legacy, it would also be an opportunity to “correct mistakes made in history”.

Logistics staff go on strike, Flipkart, Myntra in a fix

Employees seek better pay, fixed hours; MNS wing threatens to intensify stir.

Indian Army, Chinese PLA hold maiden personnels' meet at DBO in Ladakh

"The Indian delegation was led by Colonel BS Uppal and the Chinese delegation by Colonel Song Zhoanli," he said, adding that the BPM on the occasion of PLA Day is organised every year by Chinese troops with great enthusiasm.

Row over Chauhan: At FTII, Rahul backs protesting students, says Centre, RSS promoting mediocrity

Rahul Gandhi said he was against privatisation of the institute and that he would back the demands of the students.

Govt acted humanely in Yakub Memon's hanging, ensured peace: RSS

Senior leader Indresh Kumar said the govt acted as it should in a democracy. It made sure that Memon's family was present in Nagpur to take the body and also allowed people to participate in his funeral.

Before Bihar polls, govt transfers 36 IAS, 41 IPS officers

The transfers come ahead of the possible visit of a high-profile Election Commission (EC) team, led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi.

Louis Berger bribery case: Digvijaya Singh says no question of Digamber Kamat's involvement

Earlier during the week, both Kamat (who was heading the state between 2007-2012 when the US company allegedly paid bribes) and Alemao were grilled by the Crime Branch in connection with the case.

Lt Gen MMS Rai takes over as Army's new vice chief of staff

Rai replaced Lt Gen Philip Campose, who superannuated last evening. He was the Eastern Army Commander prior to his appointment as VCOAS.

Tripura Governor Roy stokes controversy with remarks on Yakub Memon funeral
Yakub Memon Hanging

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy clarified in his tweet, "When I suggested intelligence keeping a tab, I mentioned no community."

Naga groups endorse Assembly views for lifting AFSPA, unifying Naga-inhabited areas

Chief Minister TR Zeliang got all major civil society groups of the state to endorse the adopted resolutions.

India has 31 lakh NGOs, more than double the number of schools

These statistics have come to light after the CBI collated information from all states and Union Territories to list NGOs registered under the Societies Registration Act.

Pakistani Rangers violate ceasefire, targets three BOPs

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four time on 29 and 30 of July along the LoC.

Gurgaon will have a police station for women, by women

It will be inaugurated on August 28, complainants will be provided legal assistance.

Tharoor Writes To Sonia: ‘Malicious press leaks are trying to portray I’m isolated in the party’

“Why on earth would I have spoken to the media to undermine myself and my standing within the party?” Tharoor asks in the letter.

Admission racket in DU: At Ramjas, forensic experts catch fakes

DU media spokesperson Malay Neerav said colleges will have to take a call for a foolproof system.

French woman’s arrest justified under extradition law, says govt

MEA, in an affidavit filed in court, has refuted her contentions, saying even if there was no treaty between the two nations, the Act would apply to fugitive criminals.

NDMC homes will have to pay green fee

Households which are not a part of the NDMC’s water billing network will also be required to pay environmental compensation fees.

Logjam in Upper House drags on

The disruption began soon after the House assembled at 11 am and an obituary reference was made for former member Sarada Mohanty.

All-party meet called to end stalemate

Naidu accused the Congress for the Parliament impasse and noted that the land and GST bills were sent to parliamentary committees due to the Opposition’s demands.

Over 9,700 women rights violation cases registered since April 2015: Govt

In the last three financial years and so far this fiscal, the total number of such cases in Uttar Pradesh stood at 44,328.

Jammu bandh over AIIMS turns violent, police use force to disperse protesters

A coordination committee formed for pressing the government for setting up an AIIMS in Jammu comprises lawyers, traders, industrialists and civil society members.

J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed approves first-ever state disaster management plan

The chief minister exuded confidence that the new disaster management plan, prepared by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai

24,771 dowry deaths reported in last 3 years: Govt

Uttar Pradesh is followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with 3,830 and 2,252 deaths during the same period.

NITI Aayog to hire chief economist for policy issues

NITI Aayog has been on a hiring spree. It has also invited applications for the post of Officers on Special Duty (OSDs) as well as engaging young professionals in the past.

Police check ids of women riding bikes with covered faces in the wake of Gurdaspur attack

In the summer season, women often cover their faces with 'dupattas' for protection against dust and sun while riding.

Ashok Gehlot slams Raje govt for delaying Barmer refinery project

Raje, soon after coming to power had maintained that the MoU inked with HPCL for the refinery was a shoddy deal for the state govt and stated that the stakes of the state govt should be increased.

GPCC organises Cyber Meet 2015 to impart training to 800 party workers

According to GPCC's IT cell chief Rohan gupta, two IT experts from Kolkata are also coming to give training.

Tarun Gogoi danced with girls when state was mourning Kalam's death: BJP MP

Tarun Gogoi has already apologised for dancing with tribal girls of tea garden workers community at a function in Golaghat district of Assam.

When former union minister Bharatsinh Solani had taken over the reigns of the party in March this year, he had gone for a small-size of the party unit in the state.

Bombay High Court reserves order till August 3 on Nestle plea against Maggi ban

Nestle's lawyer Iqbal Chhagla said the company was agreeable to the suggestion but the tests should be conducted in the presence of a renowned scientist.

Army jawan commits suicide in Jammu

After hearing gunshots, other jawans rushed to the spot and shifted him to hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Rohingya muslims in Hyderabad and Cyberabad come under scanner

While police has increased surveillance, it has no data on the number of Rohingya refugees and what they are doing.

Srinagar: J-K police detain moderate Hurriyat leaders protesting against capital punishment

Shouting slogans against capital punishment, the leaders were demanding the release of all the political prisoners in the valley.

Shiv Sena joins Opposition demand of Rs 12,000 cr package for Marathwada

Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said the government has made provision of only Rs 900 crores.

Yakub Memon hanging: Those who sought leniency are nation's enemies, says Sena

The Shiv Sena has said that all those who asked for mercy to be shown towards Yakub Memon should be tried for being enemies of the country.

Yakub Memon hanging: Sleepless night in Delhi with judges, lawyers, ice-cream
Yakub Memon Hanging

It all began on Wednesday night, when over a dozen advocates camped outside the residence of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu in a last-ditch effort to seek a stay on Yakub Memon’s execution.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan to soon carry out Cabinet expansion in MP

There have been differences between Chouhan and Gaur, a former chief minister of the state, over various issues including the Vyapam scam, party sources said.

Lok Sabha witnesses ruckus, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan refuses to adjourn proceedings

The Minister also read out rules of conduct in the House and urged the Speaker to take the matter seriously.

26,000 cops on their toes, with messages ready for circulation
Yukub Memon Hanging

Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni added, “There were around 6,000 personnel in Mahim alone, and 7,500 personnel around the cemetery.

One a midnight knock did save, in the nick of time

After staying the execution before midnight, the apex court on August 8, 2013, extended the stay and a few months later commuted the death sentence of Maganlal Barela was changed to life imprisonment.

Yakub Memon hanging: For neighbours, a prison that will never look the same again
Yakub Memon Hanging

The men are in fact prisoners and the fields part of the open jail that led to the Nagpur jail.

War of words: Digvijaya, Tharoor speak up against hanging, BJP hits back
Yakub Memon Hanging

The BJP hit out at Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Shashi Tharoor over their reactions to the hanging of Yakub Memon, saying their comments were "insult" to the people wanting to get rid of terrorism.

Government going slow in ‘Hindu terror’ cases, says CPM
Yakub Memon Hanging

“The justice delivery system in the country should be seen to be impartial so as to retain the people's confidence in it,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.

Lalit Modi row: Left MP seeks censure motion against Sushma Swaraj
The Sushma Storm

Sources said that the censure motion was being used to try and express no confidence in Swaraj as a Cabinet minister.

Tytler clean chit: Delhi court to hear anti-Sikh riots case on August 14

The CBI had earlier told the court that no fresh FIR has been lodged against Jagdish Tytler on allegations of influencing witness and money laundering.

Rahul Gandhi to visit FTII tomorrow in support of students' demands

Earlier FTII students had written to him seeking his intervention to check the "assault on institutions of higher learning".

J&K: Independent MLA detained after rally against Yakub hanging

Sheikh Abdul Rashid took out a rally to protest the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon and against the prevalence of capital punishment.

Three arrested for gangrape of teenager in Arunachal Pradesh

Police said that a car which the alleged rapists had used to whisk away the girl on July 26 has been also seized.

Kannada film director S Narayan robbed outside bank

Police are analysing CCTV footage from the crime scene to identify the accused. They have also questioned narayan's driver.

Cyclone Komen to make landfall, heavy rains expected in West Bengal

Wind speed reaching 65­75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph would prevail along and off West Bengal and north Odisha Coasts, MeT office said.

Assam Innovation Centre to be named after APJ Abdul Kalam
APJ Abdul Kalam - The Missile Man of India

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the proposed Abdul Kalam Centre for Innovation would help to engage young minds of Assam in carrying out exercises in entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

CBI inquiry ordered into appointment of ex-AMU registrar

AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said, 'A CBI inquiry has been ordered and the university has also received a letter'.

Chhattisgarh seeks Sushma Swaraj help to rescue 22 labourers from Malaysia

The matter surfaced after some of these labourers managed to call their relatives in Chhattisgarh a fortnight ago and informed them about the inhuman condition they were being forced to live in.

At Jantar Mantar, a vigil to seek mercy for Yakub Memon

Memon is set to be hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail on Thursday morning.

Skeletons of four ‘missing’ children found near Haryana village

Police arrest man for allegedly killing his nephew, niece and their friends.

At Yakub Memon's home, a locked gate, empty street
Yakub Memon Hanging

Yakub’s cousin Usman Memon has been in Nagpur since Tuesday. On Tuesday, he was not allowed to meet him.

Coal scam: CBI court summons ex-Coal Secy HC Gupta, five others as accused

The CBI court probing the coal scam summoned them as accused after taking cognisance of CBI's final report filed in the case.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend Abdul Kalam's last rites in Rameswaram

Dr AJP Abdul Kalam was "equally at ease before an audience of suave, globe-trotting ministers and a class of young students", PM Modi said.

Delhi HC exempts Smriti Irani from personal appearance in defamation case

Justice Kait issued notice to Sanjay Nirupam which was accepted by his Counsel Handoo.

Cloudbursts in Kashmir valley kill over 10 in three weeks

Experts believe it is the interaction of moist warm monsoon winds and western disturbances that result in creation of low pressure system causing heavy rains.

Dust storm in Bengal leaves 200 homeless

The dust storm, accompanied by heavy rains, lashed Chara Panchla Badamtala village under Panchla police station last evening.

A deep divide vulnerable even to rumour

How a gang fight and rumours about a girl being harassed led to violence in Jamshedpur.

Hope against dengue as vaccine trials protect 2 kids in every 3

In 2014, dengue affected 40,571 people and caused 137 deaths. Dengue escalates after the monsoon from July and continues until November.

‘Ram Vilas Dalit face wherever you go, Jitan Ram Manjhi can be Mahadalit face’

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan discusses Bihar politics, Parliament standoff and caste census. Excerpts from interviews to Santosh Singh in Patna and Liz Mathew in New Delhi.

In Memoriam-On board with Abdul Kalam: sambar-vada in Iceland

After every foreign tour, Kalam is known to have sent suggestions to the government on all the bilateral discussions he had abroad, which included his wishlist.

Cops sustain injuries after unidentified militants fire on a police naka party in J&K

Police in Jammu and Kashmir have launched a manhunt to nab the militants

Smriti Irani moves Delhi High Court over defamation case summons

Nirupam, a former MP, alleged that on December 20, 2012, when Gujarat’s Assembly poll results were announced, Irani had made “defamatory and scurrilous comments” against him during a TV debate.

'People's President' A P J Abdul Kalam: Some inspirational speeches we can remember him by

APJ Abdul Kalam, famously known as the people's president took his last last breath while giving a speech in IIM Shillong

PDP govt pushing youth towards militancy: Omar Abdullah

“There are reports that young and educated youth are joining militancy and this is a dangerous trend. And the responsibility on the large is on the present government, they should not hide things,’’ Omar said.

Yakub Memon's cousin, lawyer visit him in Nagpur jail

Prison sources said that Memon would be allowed to celebrate his birthday in a low-key manner, so as to keep him in good humour before the scheduled execution.

About Rs 39,000-crore loss in one year due to illicit markets in manufacturing sectors: FICCI

The study also revealed that during the course of two years from 2011-12 to 2013-14, revenue loss to the government had grown exponentially by Rs. 13,049 crores, an increase by 49.8 per cent.

JDU MLA files complaint against PM Narendra Modi

The judge has posted the matter for hearing on July 31 and directed the petitioner to substantiate his charge.

APJ Abdul Kalam's life will be taught in schools: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan said teaching children about Abdul Kalam's life will inspire them in achieving their goal and make them ideal citizens.

Jail authorities step up security for Yakub hanging

Meanwhile, preparations inside the jail for Memon’s hanging were on at full swing.

Kerala govt urges Centre to enable state to pay tributes to APJ Abdul Kalam

Oommen Chandy wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi that Kalam’s body should be placed in Thiruvananthapuram before being taken to his native place Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu for final rites.

Indian-American community mourns the death of former president A P J Abdul Kalam

"He inspired millions of children and youth of the nation and gave motivational speeches across the country," President, Overseas Friends of BJP-US, Chandra Patel said.

At war with BJP-led Centre, Arvind Kejriwal calls on L K Advani

While both leaders said the meeting was just 'a courtesy call', sources in the AAP said issues relating to challenges faced in Delhi were discussed.

Dengue cases on the rise, city hospitals placed on alert

Hospitals have been directed to set up dedicated fever wards and strengthen laboratories for diagnosis of vector-borne diseases, officials said.

Have lost a marg darshak, says PM Modi; karma yogi par excellence, says Advani

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday condoled the death of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, terming it "an irreparable loss".

Gurdaspur terror attack: I faked death, they threw me out of the car,  says a survivor

Doctors said Kamaljit was out of danger and had been shot in the shoulder and hands.

Former Union minister P K Thungon gets over 4 years jail in graft case

During arguments held earlier in the day, CBI had sought "approporiate sentence" for Thungon and the three other convicts.

Karnataka Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao's son held in ‘extortion’ racket

The arrest of Ashwin Rao was made in Hyderabad, as the SIT, formed to probe the alleged racket that has also led to clamour for the resignation of Bhaskar Rao, intensified the investigation.

Anti-terror operation in Gurdaspur ends, all terrorists killed

With the killing of all the three terrorists holed up inside Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab government declared the operation to be over at 5 pm, exactly 12 hours after the terror attack.

High alert sounded across nation after Punjab terror attack

Meanwhile, a rumour of firing close to Parliament House kept the cops on tenterhooks in the morning.

Gurdaspur terror attack: 31 years after father's death in gunfight , SP meets same fate

Baljit is survived by his wife, two daughters and son. From Dhandowal in Kapurthala, the family lives in Preet Nagar in Kapurthala.

SC notice to Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa on appeal against her acquittal in DA case

Karnataka government had, in its appeal against the May 11 verdict, taken the ground that the state government's prosecuting agency was not made a party before the High Court.

Interview: PM Narendra Modi has only engaged in tall talk, says Nitish Kumar

Day after Narendra Modi’s visit to Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar speaks to Santosh Singh.

Vasundhara Raje breaks silence over Portugal cancer centre, says for state’s benefit

The Congress, is attacking her for entering into an MoU with the Champalimaud Foundation, months after Modi’s wife Minal was treated there.

VHP enters, calls ‘Beti Bachao’ meet over Bareilly eve-teasing

The Mahapanchayat is being purportedly held over incidents of “regular eve-teasing” of girls.

Defence Ministry pulls up Navy for leaving HR spot open for 4 months

Vice chief officiating as Chief Of Personnel since March

Extortion racket: Karnataka Lokayukta PRO Syed Riyaz arrested

The matter came to light after Krishnamurthy approached then newly appointed Lokayukta SP Sonia Narang about the matter in May.

Kaziranga: NGT issues warrants against dhabas

The tribunal wanted to know from them what right they had over the land and whether those plots fell under the proposed eco-sensitive zone of Kaziranga National Park.

Paris Climate Meet: India’s offer to slow greenhouse gas emissions to be minimalist

India is preparing to make a minimalist offer indicating a single target for slowing down the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Evidence against Yakub Memon 'very weak': Katju

Katju said after carefully studying the judgement of the court he finds that the evidence on which Memon has been found guilty is 'very weak'.

Former union minister B K Handique passes away

"In his death, Assam lost a very good parliamentarian, while I lost a very close friend," Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said as he payed his tributes to Handique.

Nitish Kumar has betrayal and arrogance in his DNA: Sushil Kumar Modi

Going by his long history of betrayal to colleagues and allies, one would never know when he would junk Lalu Prasad, said Sushil Kumar Modi in a statement.

Amarnath yatra expected to resume from Baltal route tomorrow

The road from Srinagar to Baltal is likely to be opened for two-way traffic from tomorrow, for the movement of convoys of pilgrims from the Manigam camp to Baltal.

AAP devising strategy to return 'favour' to Nitish Kumar's JD(U) in Bihar poll

The JD(U) had supported AAP during the Delhi Assembly polls as also during AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal's Varanasi fight against Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls.

Gujarat's Patels to launch statewide protests seeking OBC status

"Despite our representations to mamlatdars of various talukas, they (government) did not consider our demands," said a member of the Patidar Anamat Samiti.

PM Narendra Modi goes on the offensive against Nitish Kumar, plays development card

Narendra Modi targeted Nitish Kumar for allying with RJD, saying he was trying to drag the state back to the 'jungle raj', and asked the voters to reject such people as they "cannot be trusted" again.

1993 Mumbai blast: How the trail took off

Of the many anecdotes the Mumbai Police shares about the two, one shows how Tiger was possessive of Roma.

61,000 Indian millionaires shifted overseas in last 14 years

Some 61,000 uber-rich Indians have changed domicile between 2000 to 2014 - second only to China which saw an outflow of 91,000 ultra-rich persons in the same period

Big Picture: Guns ‘n’ poses

They are young, educated and wealthy. And they love wielding their guns for the camera. Bashaarat Masood on the new crop of militants in the Valley. Photographs by Shuaib Masoodi

How to rectify injustice to Yakub? SC should take suo motu notice of Raman piece

Writes former Supreme Court judge Justice Harjit Singh Bedi in a letter to The Indian Express

No clarity on special package for Bihar, says Nitish Kumar after Modi's rally in Bihar

Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad termed BJP as “Bharat Jalao Party”. “Modi is trying to create differences between me and Nitish,” he said.

Vyapam scam: Two get five years in jail for impersonation

The verdict came after an 11-year-long trial that was revived after the PMT scam came to light in Indore in July 2013

Karnataka govt seeks to dilute Lokayukta law

The new law proposes investigation, hearing and framing of charges within 90 days by the Chief Justice of Karnataka or a judge appointed by him.

Odisha: BJD MP Kalpataru Das passes away

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik and union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan have condoled his demise.

Former Kerala, Bihar Governor R S Gavai passes away

Gavai's funeral will take place at his native village in Daryapur in Amravati district tomorrow with state honours.

‘Snakes and sandalwood’: Nitish Kumar meets Lalu Yadav, party plans bicycle campaign

The tweet was seen as a dig at the RJD chief, who had said after projecting Nitish as the CM face that he was ready for “vishpaan (drinking venom)” to defeat BJP.

J&K: 2 minors killed as cloudburst hits Amarnath yatra base camp

"Two bodies of minors were found in the wee hours today which include a girl, aged 13 and a boy, aged 12. At least 10 others have sustained injuries and 11 have gone missing," the official said.

JNTUH 2-2 Results 2015 declared, visit www.jntuh.ac.in

JNTUH results have been declared, visit www.jntuh.ac.in for more information.

AAP playing a dangerous game, says its Patiala MP

Don’t support release of radicals, said Dharamveer Gandhi

Teesta NGO will need MHA nod for foreign funds

The CJP is alleged to have violated various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

Rlys plans to offer platform tickets on cellphones

While the cost of a platform ticket is low — Rs 10 each currently — officials expect the vendors to make up the difference through the high volume of transactions involved.

Asaram rape case: UP recommends CBI probe into witness murder

35-year-old Akhil was shot by unknown persons on his way home in Muzaffarnagar in January this year.

Lokayukta SP complains of intimidation, case filed

A Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka Police is currently investigating the case.

BJP MLA alleges misuse of poll funds by Shanta Kumar
Vyapam Scam

MLa Kalia said that since the Kangra MP has questioned the party’s functioning, he 'should look into the same mirror that he was trying to show to others'.

Private bill on anti-conversion tabled in assembly

Senior BJP (MLA) Atul Bhatkhalkar says it is necessary to stop the forced conversion. Often poor and innocent are exploited who fall prey to such religious conversions.

Minor tribal girl gangraped in Jharkhand

Three persons gangraped the minor at Mayurtola locality in the district.

ED to seek non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi

The ED has sought details from Modi on four charges, including his role in the deal between WSG, Mauritius and Multi Screen Media, Singapore.

‘Peace proposal’ in place, Jamiat factions seek to reunite soon

In a serious attempt at reconciliation, the peace overtures were formally approved by the Jamiat working committee on the same day.

Singapore's bussiness and management institution to set up campus in Chennai

Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) will establish the university campus in Chennai with the collaboration of India's Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies.

Bihar polls: No CM candidate, Modi is NDA’s campaign face

The BJP hoardings, which have come up in response to CM Nitish Kumar’s campaign posters, pitch development with 'Tez Vikas ki yahi pukar, abki baar BJP sarkar'.

Dornier’s black box sent to US to retrieve data

The Dornier aircraft crashed off the coast of Tamil Nadu on June 8 killing three Coast Guard personnel onboard.

Centre in Supreme Court: ‘Striking down  defamation will lead to anarchy’

Govt said that with the advent of the Internet where obnoxious content is in the cyber world forever, reputation has become more important today than it was when the Constitution was framed.

Madras HC allows Sun Group to take part in FM auctions

The renewal of licences for Sun’s 29 FM radio stations had landed in trouble after Centre denied security clearance to the group on July 15.

World observes decisions taken in India: PM Modi

Modi said the world closely observes whatever decisions are taken in India and asked MPs to take a larger view of issues as they could have impact globally.

Uttarakhand: Cloudburst kills one, injures five

The cloudburst took place in the village at around 4 am in the state capital which received heavy rains since last night.

Rajasthan school girls protest against 'gender bias' in education system

Students at three government girls’ schools in Bhim, Barar and Diver in Rajsamand district locked up the school gates and sat on demonstration against what they called ‘gender bias’ in the public education system.

Naroda Patiya massacre: HC extends Bajrangi's bail for ten days

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday extended the bail of Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre, for ten days with a condition that he would not seek further extension.

Opposition stalls Parliament proceedings over Lalit Modi controversy

Question Hour in the Lok Sabha was washed out for the second consecutive day on Thursday as an aggressive opposition stalled the proceedings over the Lalit Modi controversy.

J&K govt approves 2-years child care leave for women employees

As per the new provision, a women employee can avail a maximum period of 730 days of child care leave during her entire service.

Both BJP, UPA indulged in corrupt practises, they're no different: Prakash Karat

"Both have indulged in corrupt practices. But unfortunately the DMK and AIADMK have failed to make any comment in Parliament on such corruption by the BJP," he said.

Two Amarnath pilgrims die, death toll rises to 28

The latest deaths raised the toll in the ongoing yatra, which started on July 2, to 28.

Wife, daughter meet Yakub Memon in Nagpur prison

On July 21, a three-judge Supreme Court bench had rejected Yakub's curative petition, saying the grounds raised by him do not fall within the principles laid down by the apex court in 2002.

NGO working for Muslim community gives scholarship to Hindus students

A total of 400 students would be benefited from the scholarships - of which 50 are from the Hindu community, the release said.

Journalist, RTI activist arrested in Karnataka Lokayukta ‘extortion racket’

The state government has been accused of shielding the Lokayukta by not seeking his resignation.

No business on DAY 2 too: Scam versus scam is the BJP’s new line of attack

The counter-strategy was explained to MPs at a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Interview: Oppn is disturbing without homework or exit route, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

BJP minister Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi discusses Congress ‘arrogance’ and NDA strategy with Abantika Ghosh.

AIPMT re-exam: Dress code only an advisory, says CBSE

CBSE said that the dress code is only an 'advisory' to prevent 'inconvenience to the candidates during frisking by metal detectors'.

Negotiate rather than blacklist:  proposal for Defence purchases

Fifteen companies, including six foreign firms, are currently blacklisted by the MoD while 23 other companies are under scrutiny for allegations of corruption.

Don't show mercy to Rajiv Gandhi killers: Centre to SC

The Centre said that since the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was the result of a conspiracy involving foreign nationals, the killers should be shown no mercy.

UN observer group probing ceasefire violation along Indo-Pak border unable to draw conclusion

The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan.

Congress claims TRS, KCR have pushed Telangana into financial crisis

Congress leader, Shabbir Ali, asked Telangana Finance Minister Etala Rajender to explain as to what went wrong to the projections which he made in last two budgets.

Iran says no 'emergency' in getting oil dues of over Rs 41,000 crore from India

Till about 6-7 years ago, Iran accounted for 15-17 per cent of the total Indian oil imports and was the second biggest supplier to India.

State govt's plan to develop land owned by Gujarat University faces opposition

Those opposing the plan question the right of the GU authorities to hand over the land to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

Curfew continues to remain in force over IS flag burning in Rajouri

Police and para military personnel were deployed in strength and outlets of all the lanes and bylanes sealed with barbed wire fence to prevent movement of people.

J&K Police trace missing British national Yasmin Milner

Yasmin Milner went missing on July 15 after arriving in Leh. Soon after Milner went missing, Police had launched a search operation to find her.

UP: Man stabs wife to death, surrenders after

Family dispute is believed to be the reason behind her murder.

May shut down FTII for some time, says director Prashant Pathrabe

Students say I&B ministry unable to explain appointments.

MP government tables Bill to  prevent ‘vexatious’ litigation

The Bill does not allow for any appeal against such an order in the state but provides exemption for litigants to approach the Supreme Court.

Fast food chain KFC ties up with IRCTC, to serve meals on trains

Starting Monday, the facility has been made available on 12 trains passing through New Delhi railway station.

In standoff, AAP govt calls special session on crimes against women

The decision comes days after the murder of a 19-year-old girl in central Delhi prompted the Arvind Kejriwal-led government to demand control over the Delhi Police.

Call from cream of legal fraternity: Stall law that seeks to try juveniles as adults

One of the criticisms of the proposed amendment is that it could, in one stroke, legalise the illegal detention of thousands of underage children by policemen across the country.

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today slammed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for "spreading lies and misguiding" people on the issue of expenses incurred on Congress president Sonia Gandhi's foreign tours.

Govt acted humanely in Yakub Memon's hanging, ensured peace: RSS

Senior leader Indresh Kumar said the govt acted as it should in a democracy. It made sure that Memon's family was present in Nagpur to take the body and also allowed people to participate in his funeral.

Opp ups ante, Jammu bandh extended for 3 more days

The AIIMS coordination committee extended its bandh call by another three days from tomorrow to press for the establishment of full fledged premier health institution in the region.

Opinion & Editorials

A waning supply shock in an environment of tepid demand affords RBI elbow room to wield the knife.

The essentiality of religious practices is best determined by clergy, not judiciary.

It is necessary to rescue public policy from its elitist bias, bring agriculture to its centre

He has withdrawn from politics. And thereby hangs a tale.

As Nepal fumbles with identity issues, an open threat of separatism raises new concerns.

On 8 out of 10 monetary policy statements or actions, Government and the RBI will be — and in the past, have been — on the same page.

If Yakub Memon had not spent 20 years in jail before he was finally hanged there would have been less sympathy for him.

Why do I pick Dravid? For starters, he is the embodiment of world-class excellence in a land of irrepressible mediocrity.

There will no doubt continue a debate about justice to Yakub Memon as there has been about Afzal Guru and the Batla House encounter.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur responds to all media queries about the board while BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is silent.

Yakub Memon gets all legal protections, and all the tears. The policeman lives and dies unsung.

The concept of wakf for the settler’s limitless generations is archaic.

The BJP has the ammunition to pass the GST bill — most importantly, the promise of a revenue neutral GST tax rate of 11 per cent, which a task force set up by the Congress had first proposed in 2009

Post-war Japan bent adversity into opportunity. Can Team Modi do the same?

PM Narendra Modi has done well to draw attention to the epidemic of road accidents.

Aftermath of his hanging puts at risk presumptive legitimacy of institutions that mediate social division.

A culture of lawlessness, corruption and prejudice is being perpetuated.

He has been the guardian and spokesperson of Pakistan’s ideology.

You don’t prepare for terrorism after it has happened.

We need an informed debate on cash transfers, not ideological positioning.

This is not the time for comprehensive financial sector legislative reforms. Fix problems through institutional changes.

It deserves special category status, especially after the 14th Finance Commission allocation.

This week, TV was overtaken by news.

As scientist and as president, Kalam asked the questions that pointed us in the right direction.

Will Turkey-US cooperation against IS bring more stability to the region or less?

The most desirable monetary policy committee will be one that gives primacy, but not total control, to the RBI.

At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.

Terror at Gurdaspur will test the political will for India-Pakistan dialogue. It must not win.

Modi’s foreign policy shows new energy. But can ambition stand in for realism?

In Yakub Memon case, state displayed bad faith.

The modern Indian university has always been yoked to the state project of the moment.

Delhi government should learn from failure of BRT project in order to revive it.

Regrettably, neither before nor after has pre-poll canvassing been so sordid as in 1969, incidentally the Mahatma’s birth centenary year.

If Russia and China enter, compete and succeed in the region, can India afford to lag behind?

Swaraj’s gesture didn’t change facts of Lalit Modi case or subvert due process

No amount of taunts can wish away the fact that the Lalit Modi-Sushma Swaraj story has abuse of authority, nepotism and conflict of interest written all over the pages.

The makers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and its main star, Salman Khan, clearly intend to deliver a message to audiences in India. The message is, “We Are All the Same”.

On behalf of those of us watching from the outside may I say that both parties ended up looking juvenile and silly.

While the Congress had monopoly of power at the Centre and in the states, it did not matter how power was divided.

What Dulat does not mention is that Khan, on one of his trips to India, had breakfast with then prime minister Manmohan Singh at Race Course Road.

There is mutual accusation. And no hope of cleansing the system.

Maharashtra government’s decision is an opportunity to start a new discussion.

The Iran nuclear deal could be a trigger for a far-reaching transformation

A badly mismanaged transition phase in Nepal’s politics is coming to an end. But there is no clear exit from the disorder yet

Growing attacks against Dalits point to their increasing assertion and the sharp reaction to it

The courts must step in when governments persecute individuals like Setalvad.

Will the US-Iran agreement be as transformative as the Indo-US deal a decade ago?

States, more experienced on land acquisition, must be allowed their own laws

Decline in number of OBC MPs shows that the classic tropes of backward class politics — quotas and simple descriptive representation — no longer work.

Much remains to be done in the project of repealing obsolete laws. But steady progress is being made.

India needs to rework balance between worker protection, investor confidence.

It’s very bad. It proves the adage — garbage in, garbage out.

While the RBI criticises policy, it does not use its own limited authority effectively.

Participants on general news channels behave like grizzlies with high blood pressure.

Socio-Economic and Caste Census can help identify welfare beneficiaries without falling into a binary trap.

The bloc’s bank could, and should, help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Its excommunicated reveal the reality of the Pakistani state.

Lateral exit is as important as lateral entry in improving performance and efficiency.

Madrasas that only impart religious education are holding Muslim children back.

Contrary to current narratives, the process didn’t begin with the Emergency

Government response to the crisis of farmer suicides has been simplistic.

Abe is pressing ahead with the overhaul of Japan’s defence policies.

Farmers need better irrigation and access to markets.

Gajendra Chauhan is symptomatic of the lack of quality teachers at FTII.

Estimates based on SECC and NSS data have different purposes.

Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri had the gift of inspiring students to reach beyond the mundane syllabus.

Today we have a PM who will “see no evil and hear no evil” when it concerns the ministers in his council of ministers.

The MEA's attitude towards the talks by the two heads of government is interesting.

BCCI — the Board of Charlatans and Carpetbaggers in India — is a multimillion-dollar embarrassment, a phenomenally profitable affront to cricket.

It gives me another chance to reiterate that Dr Sen is to blame for keeping vast majority of Indians poor, hungry and illiterate for decades.

Last week, as the negotiations for the Greek bailout climaxed, one could say that Helmut Schmidt had failed in his gamble.

Skills can change lives in ways that no subsidy can.

Offshore transloading infrastructure will reduce costs, delays and pollution.

The tone of this government’s argument for NJAC recalls how a former regime browbeat the judiciary in the run-up to the Emergency.

China used it to expand its influence in the past. Beijing is doing the same today.

Special packages to states fly in the face of cooperative federalism

The ideal of a united continent is demolished, the reality of the project is laid bare

The prohibition pledge acknowledges the growing importance of women voters.

India should welcome the agreement between the US and Iran without reservation.

Nepal’s leaders need to be reminded that only a full national reconciliation will create the right atmosphere for the new constitution.

Iran nuclear deal is by no means perfect. But it is significant, most of all, for what it avoids.

Indian academics have themselves to blame for the poor regard they’re held in.

The European Community has drawn its most draconian line yet with Greece. But the third bailout will also fail.

Debate over the appointment of the FTII chairman has acquired an elitist hue.

He was struck by Parkinson’s disease in 1982 but did not let that slow him down and went on working at his research and teaching till the very end.

The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.

Has AAP thought through its promise of a plebiscite on full statehood for Delhi?

It’s better to adopt measures to tighten the creation of black money than to be quixotic about its return.

Gossip, half-facts and some fiction cannot masquerade as history.

The rot in higher education set in long ago.

Why Sirisena government is holding parliamentary elections ahead of schedule

Centre’s untidy money management creates unnecessary volatility

Pakistan and India are joined together by shared crises.

Reducing preventable disease should be a developmental priority.

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