Monday, Apr 20, 2015
Merger with CPI on cards: Sitaram Yechury

Merger with CPI on cards: Sitaram Yechury

"There is no time-frame for the merger. But we are trying for the merger to happen at the earliest," said Yechury.

PM 'salutes' VK Singh; slams media for ignoring 'good work'
PM 'salutes' VK Singh; slams media for ignoring 'good work'

Modi was critical of the media for ignoring Singh's work at a time when newspapers worldwide highlighted the Indian rescue mission.

12,000 ITIs brought under Skill ministry
12,000 ITIs brought under Skill ministry

The National Council for Vocational Training also comes to the Skill ministry with this decision.

Jayalalithaa case: SC will hear issue relating to SPP on April 21
Jayalalithaa case: SC will hear issue relating to SPP on April 21

Anbazhagan had filed a petition seeking removal of the SPP from appearing in the appeal filed before HC.

Kerala CM's mass contact programme begins Monday

A total of 16,253 petitions have been received in the Thiruvanathapuram phase.

475 evacuees from Yemen arrive in Kochi onboard 2 ships

Officials from Bangladesh government are in the town to co-ordinate onward travel of their fellow nationals.

Karnataka caste count: CM wants it out after 33 queries

The Census of India collected universal caste-wise population data until 1931.

#ModiInCanada: Day 2 with PM Harper in Vancouver

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#ModiInCanada: Day 2 with PM Harper in Vancouver

Dance performance in Tarn Taran jail sparks row

The function was allegedly organised by an under-trial in a murder case who have close links with a political bigwig.

Not dithering on pictorial warning, says Union Health minister J P Nadda

"There is no dithering on the part of the ministry and no question of succumbing of any pressure," said Nadda.

Church attack: Agra police suspect a revenge act

No arrest so far, cops looking into a brawl Wednesday evening.

India to cut down 10% crude oil import by 2022, says Dharmendra Pradhan

The govt would cut down India’s crude oil import by at least 10 per cent in the next seven years and bring it down to 67% of the country’s total demand.

Gadkari-Fadnavis pledge to take the waterways by storm

Gadkari & Fadnavis displayed a picture perfect making water ways a common cause to transform the face of India.

Pink & saffron turbans: At Rahul Gandhi’s comeback rally, colours of divided Congress

Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda was the first to issue a pink turban code for his supporters participating in the rally.

Vehicles set ablaze in Shalimar after death of councillor's brother

The incident is a fall-out of a clash between two groups in which two persons were injured on Apr 7.

Namdapha National Park: 3 Royal Bengal tigers spotted by camera trapping

The last time a camera trapping exercise was done in Namdapha was in 2011-12, when only one tiger was spotted.

Agra: Idols vandalised at church by miscreants, triggers outrage

Police lodged an FIR against unidentified persons on the complaint of the church’s priest, Father Moon Lazarus.

Release land for landfills: HC to govt agencies

'Expedite the process,' the court said, adding that the issue of waste management was a 'serious problem'.

Kerala govt to amend Land Reforms and Wetland Acts

Govt to facilitate the use of fallow land for industrial purpose and give ownership of right for purambokku.

SC draws the line, reserves verdict on Mahatma poem

The poem ‘Gandhi Mala Bhetla Hota’ (I met Gandhi) allegedly attributed obscene and vulgar expletives to Gandhi.

Behind Didi’s confidence, BJP disarray

So far growing, BJP grapples with infighting, clashes among members, limited campaign ahead of Bengal civic polls.

Noida techie's murder: Police have gunman’s CCTV image

Police now believe that the 28-year-old cousin of victim Ankit Chauhan is the prime suspect in the case.

CJI Dattu sets up benches to hear NJAC, Jaya, Teesta cases

The name of the judge who will take the place of Justice Dave was not mentioned in the notice issued by SC.

Cops out on illicit liquor raid beaten up

The men allegedly attacked the police team and Constable Kapil Kumar was seriously injured, police said.

Goa based Vikram Patel named among Time's 100 influential people

"Naturally I feel happy and privileged,” Patel told The Indian Express when contacted.

Kullu bad weather: 23 students, 3 teachers rescued after 12-hour ordeal

“The children and teachers had spent the whole night under some rocks and they had nothing for safety," said police.

Gujarat govt accuses Ford Foundation of FEMA violation

Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel said that Ford Foundation had donated more than $5 lakh to Setalvad’s NGO.

Maoists release all 11 they had abducted in Malkangiri

The rest 9 were let off after the Maoists thrashed three including the local sarpanch for 'helping the police'.

Narayan Rane blames Congress for 'plotting' his defeat

The editorial in Prahar - Rane's mouthpiece - flashed a headline "Rane won, Congress lost".

Malegaon blast case: Purohit, Pragya can’t be charged under MCOCA says Supreme Court

SC said that there was "considerable doubt" about the involvement of those charged under MCOCA.

Ambedkar was critical of Nehru’s handling of J&K: RSS journal

RSS with special supplement on Ambedkar’s birth anniversary had been critical of the first PM on the issue of J&K and his foreign policy.

Gujarat: IPS officer Geetha Johri promoted to DGP rank

Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005 after which his wife disappeared.

Cops seize four weapons, 45 number plates from car-theft kingpin’s house

The police also recovered one car believed to have been stolen from New Delhi.

A month after mob lynched jail inmate, Dimapur gets Police Commissionerate

Dimapur alone accounts for more than 40 per cent of crimes registered in Nagaland.

Centre can’t bring law against conversion

Any such move will not only be legally untenable, it will also go against basic tenets of the Constitution, the Law Ministry told the Home Ministry.

Mufti assures ‘thorough probe’

Army won’t apologise, says slain youth was Hizbul worker.

Supreme Court judges differ on appeal in Jaya disproportionate assets case

The matter will now be referred to a three-judge Supreme Court bench.

VVIP chopper deal: ED summons CEO of multinational bank

According to ED sources, Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa had used the bank’s London branch to branch to transfer large amounts to accounts in Dubai and Singapore and other countries.

Ansari sets up a 3-member panel to probe MP HC judge

58 MPs submitted a petition to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari seeking impeachment of Justice S K Gangele.

Women’s univ project in Rae Bareli shelved

The University was supposed to have an all-India character. Thus the admission of students as well as recruitment of faculty was to be made on all-India basis.

Congress MLA Rumi Nath: From one controversy to another

Nath, speaking to the media on Monday, however had complained that she was unnecessarily framed in the Chauhan case.

Ex-Armymen body writes to PM on right to appeal in High Courts

One of the largest ex-servicemen body in the country has written to the PM asking for an amendment to the Armed Forces Tribunal Act to allow for appeals in the high courts.

Maharashtra BJP conclave next month to address problems faced by govt

THE Maharashtra unit of the BJP has convened a national executive meeting at Kolhapur from May 4 to 6 to discuss and determine the roadmap to address the problems within the government and the organisation.

Land Bill Protest: BSP to hold nation-wide agitation against Centre's policies

"The Modi government including its policies and programmes are anti-people and in favour of capitalists," said Mayawati.

AFSPA ‘not justified’, Arunachal govt asks Centre to reconsider

“Extension of AFSPA to the border districts of the state in entirety is not justified at this stage,” the cabinet resolution said.

US govt seeks dismissal of lawsuit to designate RSS as terror group

SFJ had asked the court to declare that RSS as a "foreign terrorist organisation" under relevant US law.

After nephew Abhishek, brother Kartick takes Mamata party stage

Kartick Banerjee spoke for nearly 45 minutes on Friday to a crowd of several hundred people.

Congress puts off mega event on Ambedkar Jayanti

Congress wanted to launch the celebrations in a big way, but Rahul’s unavailability forced it to redraw the schedule.

Spurned youth goes on rampage with car in Kerala village, injures six

Police said, Shibin, a student, had proposed to the woman more than a year back.

India's GDP growth rate to reach 8 per cent by 2017: World Bank

In India, GDP growth is expected to accelerate to 7.5 per cent in fiscal year 2015/16.

Akhilesh Yadav declares calamity in UP, seeks Rs 1000 cr from PM

Yadav said that a financial assistance of Rs Five lakhs from the Chief Minister's fund will be provided.

Bird flu alert in Telangana, AP, two lakh birds to be culled

Telangana govt has sounded an alert in districts around Hyderabad and has also issued an advisory to neighbouring AP.

SC refuses to stay land ordinance

The Constitutional validity of the ordinance was questioned in the court by a few farmers associations.

Haryana grants Ramdev Cabinet minister status

Thousands of species of ayurvedic herbs would be grown under the supervision of Ramdev.

Ex-Bihar CM Manjhi mulls floating party before Assembly polls

Manjhi also came out in defence of Modi vis-à-vis delivery of promises and secularism.

Upset with wife's death, man kills two daughters in Amritsar

Ram Anand allegedly removed the clothes of his daughters and took them to a small water reservoir nearby and drowned them.

Farmers are dying and PM is touring Paris: Azam Khan

"Farmers are dying in the country and he (Modi) is touring Paris. He has failed to fulfil his promises," Khan said.

Court moved for action against J&K CM Mufti, Masarrat Alam

The court has also issued notices to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah on a plea.

Muslims are used as vote bank, so scrap their voting rights: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena sought to downplay the article saying the party is against "appeasement politics" and the violation of fundamental rights.

Long way from Delhi, AAP unit in Tamil Nadu makes itself count

A group of 50 AAP leaders had made their way into Panneerselvam’s residence on Greenways Road on March 21.

PM’s Vigyan Bhavan speech restored minorities’ confidence: Naqvi

The minister conceded that during the first few trips to Kerala and Telangana in January, he witnessed among people mistrust for the government.

Bajwa says Captain trying to scuttle Rahul’s elevation

Singh, the former chief minister, has often sought Bajwa’s removal from the post of president of the party unit.

Government to honour policemen killed by Naxals with gallantry award

Seven STF personnel were killed and a dozen others injured in an ambush by Naxals on Saturday.

Parrikar seeks services’ views on new defence procurement policy

The make procedures have been given to the Army (and the other two services) for comments.

Modi slams UPA govt: Coal blocks given away like you give handkerchiefs

Modi said the 'hopes and expectations' with which BJP has been voted to power will be fulfilled.

Four injured in explosion in Manipur

The bomb, apparently meant to target BSF personnel, was set off by suspected militants using remote-controlled device.

Bodo People’s Front one seat short of majority in Autonomous Council

This was the first time since formation of the BTC following the Bodo Accord of 2003 that national parties like the Congress, BJP and CPI(M) contested.

Farmer ends life after crop damage in unseasonal rains

Dejected after seeing the damage, Shivaji went home and committed suicide by consuming pesticide.

Modi govt's diktat to governors: Don't leave states without telling President

Every request of governors travel plan will also have to be marked to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Khattar finally visits without notice, Navy officer kin ask why

He added that the CM appeared to have come only under “pressure”.

Meghalaya CM compares Rahul Gandhi to Alfred the Great, king who returned to conquer

One must translate into actions the promises made, he said.

Greenpeace trying to hurt Indian tea industry: MHA

Govt said the NGO is projecting abroad that homegrown leaves of the beverage have hazardous pesticides.

Kashmiri Pandits say hurt by 'politics' over their return; township needed
Kashmiri Pandits Planned Townships

"I was 20 years old when militants of JKLF killed my father in broad daylight...," said Ashutosh.

Less than 20% farmers take crop insurance: Study

A very large proportion of 81 per cent were found to be unaware of the practice of crop insurance.

Indians can now extend stay in France after completing studies

The new scheme will allow Indian students in France and French students in India to stay for 24 months.

Congress hints at alliance with JD (U), says immediate aim is to halt BJP in Bihar

Coming together of Janata Parivar to consolidate anti-BJP forces is a welcome developmen, Ramesh said.

Unable to repay loan, Kerala parents allegedly married off minor daughter to money lender

Shelvakumar a native of Theni in TN, had given Rs 5 lakh to her parents at Mavadi village in the district.

Body lying in Sharjah morgue for 9 yrs could be of Kochi woman

Smitha’s husband claimed she had run away with lover; he is now in custody for ‘forging’ her letter.

The danger: Like CRPF, police may hold back, allow Maoists to recover

The CRPF has nearly 30,000 personnel posted in Chhattisgarh and provide crucial support to the state police.

Central government buildings to have crèches, ministries will furnish, train nurses

For opening a crèche, the minimum number required has been fixed at 15 women employees.

Opinion & Editorials

Chinese president’s visit to Pakistan could be an opportunity to transform New Delhi’s relationship with Islamabad and Beijing.

With Eduardo Galeano’s passing, Latin American history has lost a valued witness.

The exit of Narasimha Rao triggered the coalition era

If one compared the budget estimate for 2014-15 and 2015-16, the reduction was extremely harsh.

Nobody seriously believes that there will be another redrawing of India’s borders.

Now lo and behold, poor Babasaheb is being claimed by the BJP/RSS as a great Hindu!

Unlike others who have had to leave after completing their parliamentary terms, Amar Singh has so far managed to stay on.

The city, and the party that controls it, could be on the arduous path to normalcy

A roadmap for cleaner urban centres can be merged into the smart cities framework

Instead of ‘family planning’ for Muslims, Christians, let’s educate all our girls.

Pessimists on Indian growth will have to look for pastures other than the new GDP data

When Gunter Grass bathed in a malarial pond and we roamed the city end to end.

Adopt more stringent fuel quality and emission standards — and push for the national automobile pollution and fuel authority.

Public accounting needs to reclaim its pre-eminence as a profession and as a calling.

N-deal with Iran opens another front in the international arena.

This year’s UN report on sexual violence in conflict documents the horror and suggests early warning systems.

Institutional capacity in finance SEZs will eventually reform the mainland.

China takes the lead in Afghanistan. Why India need not feel threatened.

Rural distress is growing. Chand Committee report on MSPs shows a way out.

While violation of approved conditions is rampant, enforcement of environmental laws is abysmally poor.

Otherwise, TV news is insular, uninterested in the world.

Facing up to him means confronting questions of our own complicity and guilt.

PM’s visit to ‘Komagata Maru’ museum highlights the trials of first generation Indian immigrants to Canada.

Every drop of rain that can be captured, should be captured. Every drop of wastewater that can be safely reclaimed, should be reclaimed.

For India, in a phase of urban transition, solutions to air pollution are both local and global.

Private funding is a supporting mechanism, but conservation must remain a public priority.

He will be relevant as long as concerns of most disempowered are unheard.

Dibakar Banerjee’s film rekindles a romance that has endured for 83 years.

The international community must create a viable alternative to the Lausanne deal with Iran

As they face similar threats from religious extremism and terrorism, India and Canada can significantly expand their intelligence-sharing on a bilateral basis.

If we use the corrected number for cars, we get a statistic of eight cars per hundred persons in Delhi.

Far from infusing energy, it could further enfeeble the bureaucracy.

Railways revival could begin with reforms charted by Sreedharan, Debroy panels.

A major overhaul of the crop insurance system is needed. This is a good time to do so

Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu is taking on Karnataka’s Siddaramaiah in a bid to woo the IT industry to his state

The old Land Acquisition Act of 1894 was an oppressive and exploitative colonial legislation.

When Modi promised to eliminate laws that came in the way of the justice system moving faster.

Some of Anil Vij’s earlier tweets can also be interpreted as innuendoes against M L Khattar.

AAP is of course not a political party in any ordinary sense.

How a misinterpretation of Hitler’s demand for German majority areas in Czechoslovakia influenced the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan.

The best way to improve Delhi’s toxic air is to massively augment public transportation systems.

Extending beef ban is unreasonable. Decision on Marathi movies was needed

A similar tale of dynasty and power unfolds on both sides of the border.

Recent spate of Bollywood films offers a new premise: story can be the hero

For the first time, there is an open discussion on its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

India is at a crossroads: It can pursue a carbon-intensive development agenda with huge health implications.

By trying to enforce old paradigms in a new marketplace, carriers will end up on the wrong side of history.

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