Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015
Govt begins second round coal mine auctions

Govt begins second round coal mine auctions

The mines on offer are Jitpur, Moitra, Brinda and Sasai - all in Jharkhand. Top firms like Adani Power, JSW Steel, SAIL and BALCO are in the race.

To counter China, govt pushes naval exports to small Indian Ocean nations
To counter China, govt pushes naval exports to small Indian Ocean nations

Under its ‘Make in India’ slogan, some of recent clearances from defence ministry include two Fast Patrol Vessels and 11 Fast Attack Crafts to Mauritius.

Want to promote culture of reading, says NBT chief
Want to promote culture of reading, says NBT chief

The new chairman clarified that he would ensure politics and controversy were kept away from NBT.

Strong defence forces needed for territorial integrity: President Mukherjee
Strong defence forces needed for territorial integrity: President Mukherjee

The President lauded the IAF for "safeguarding the sovereignty" of the country.

Crimes up, Tripura to increase number of women police personnel

Tripura has also registered an increase in women’s involvement in politics in the recent years.

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das presents ambitious state budget, counts on coal auction revenues

CM Raghubar Das said that the Jharkhand government would hire one lakh employees over the next fiscal.

New J&K Cong chief has his task cut out — hit the streets against govt

The two-time state minister said time has come for the PDP and the BJP to fulfil the promises they made before the elections.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed takes oath as Jammu and Kashmir CM

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed takes oath as Jammu and Kashmir CM

US spy girl "Betty" turns 100, was stationed in India during WWII

Elizabeth "Betty" McIntosh was stationed in India as an officer of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which is CIA's predecessor.

Mamata set aside rivalry to ask MPs to back CPM amendment

Mamata is scheduled to meet the PM Wednesday for seeking a financial package for the state.

Narayan Rane trying to reassert his political identity: Congress

“Rane is vying for some responsibility in Maharashtra Congress or AICC,” said a source in Congress.

Farmers' suicide cases rise 26 percent to 1,109 in 2014

Out of 1,109 cases, 986 were reported from Maharashtra, 84 from Telangana and 29 from Jharkhand.

Rahul's life in exile a shameful situation: Kerala Students Union

The resolution was presented by the KSU unit at Maharaja’s College in Ernakulam.

Centre to open one-time 'short window' for declaring black money

Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das said the only advantage under the scheme would be escape from prosecution.

IIMA placements conclude, Accenture Strategy is top recruiter with 21 offers

Among the banking and financial services firms, Yes Bank made 10 offers.

Two army personnel killed in avalanche in Pithoragarh

Two army-men, who lost their lives, were Havildar Santosh Singh and Pradeep Kumar.

A royal Congress wedding

CM Virbhadra Singh's daughter is set to marry Capt Amarinder Singh's grandson this month.

One optional subject scrapped in HAS selections, UPSC pattern adopted

The Commission said the decision will level the playing field to all the candidates appearing for the selections.

PMK stages protest over land bill across Tamil Nadu

PMK is the latest BJP ally to come out against the land acquisition bill.

My film on December 16 gangrape has nothing sensational: Leslee Udwin

Leslee claimed she took permission from the then Director General of Tijar jail before interviewing the convict.

Not enough media coverage to our work on law & order: Akhilesh Yadav

He said that his govt has worked for checking criminal incidents in the state besides working for development.

Corporate espionage case: Court sends 3 accused to judicial custody

The three accused were produced before the court as their police custody expired on Tuesday.

Rahul Gandhi on leave, Congress sets in motion much-expected party rejig

Satav loses to ‘experienced’ Chavan; no decision on Punjab yet.

25% staff of PSU banks to retire by 2020: Jayant Sinha

The govt has granted managerial autonomy to the PSBs in the matters related to Human Resource, he said.

Bid to sabotage AAP, says Sanjay Singh

Matters had come to a head after Bhushan shot off a letter to colleagues on February 26, the day the AAP national executive met.

Not possible to provide definite date for bringing back black money: Govt

"Sustained efforts are made to obtain information about Indians having black money stashed abroad," said Jayant Sinha.

Swine Flu Scare: 10,000 lawyers go on vacation to escape epidemic

The Bar Association yesterday issued a notification, which stated that the recent unseasonal rains can spread the deadly H1N1 virus.

Lok Sabha: Insurance Bill introduced under heavy opposition

It provides for raising FDI cap in insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.

Muslim quota: Sena tells Owaisi to pursue his demands in Pak

Terming Owaisi's speeches "hateful", the Sena said that the Fadnavis government should file a case against him and start legal proceedings.

All flagship healthcare progarmmes to continue: Govt

"Adequate budgetary resources have been provided by Centre for health schemes," J P Nadda said.

Celebratory firing of arms during weddings a killer: Delhi Court

"Firing with guns and pistols during marriage processions has become a sort of fashion," said the Court.

Bangladesh cooperating with India in nabbing insurgent leaders

Certain Indian insurgent groups continue to take shelter and use Bangladesh territories for anti-India activities.

Arvind Kejriwal to undergo naturopathy treatment in Bangalore

He will leave for Bengaluru on March 5 and undergo naturopathy treatment there for 10 days.

Telangana MP demands separate High Court for state

A P Jitendra Reddy said The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act has a provision for a separate High Court for Telangana.

Govt does not endorse Mufti's statement on J&K polls: Rajnath Singh

"There is no question of welcoming such remarks," said Singh.

Rs 5 a meal for poor in five Orissa towns

The government would provide a meal for Rs 5 to the urban poor in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela.

Varanasi to be pitched as ‘cultural capital’

On its end, the Ministry of Culture has envisaged a concept wherein schools will be turned into “interpretation centres” for tourists.

Communalism derailed India development story: Naqvi

Rajya Sabha : MoS tries to blunt Oppn attack over Mufti’s comments.

Stolen ‘parrot lady’ sculpture surfaces in Canada

The ‘parrot lady’ is a sculpture of a naayika or heroine seen at several medieval temples in central and southern India.

PDP-BJP coalition 'unprincipled, opportunistic': Nitish Kumar

Lambasting BJP for joining hands with PDP Kumar said, "This is playing with the nation and betrayal against its people."

Devendra Fadnavis apologises says he doesn't believes in VIP culture

Traffic policemen at the NSCI Club had stopped private vehicles to make way for the Chief Minister's convoy.

Smooth polls due to J&K people, security, EC: Centre

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, however made is annoyance over Mufti Sayeed's remarks clear.

Himachal HC seeks status report on under trials in prisons

The apex court had directed all the state high courts to examine the issue touching the rights of the under-trial prisoners

Total solar eclipse will occur on March 20

From any given place on the Earth, the total eclipse can be seen for a maximum of 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

AGP to form 8-party front to fight Congress, BJP in Assam

The decision was taken to fight the ‘anti-people’ and ‘anti-Assam’ policies adopted by the two parties, AGP said.

Techie kills friend's wife in Bangalore, caught red handed

The accused and the victim were living in separate rented houses in the same building.

Two MP labourers picked up from Jamnagar for kidnapping girl

Sushila had run away from home in Chikapagi village in Dhar district of MP as her father used to drink and beat her.

Spot permissions restored for lion safaris in Gir forest

The issue for spot permissions for safaris were stopped as a farmer blocked way to Bhambhafod check-post.

MACT awards more than Rs 7 cr to NRI accident victim's family

“It is the highest compensation amount awarded ever in Mohali, and probably the highest in the Tricity,” said advocate HS Hundal.

TN again: Writer beaten, slapped with obscenity charge

The Writers’ Association in Chennai has organised protests condemning the attack on Murugesan.

Hindu majority requisite for democracy, says Swamy

‘Modi govt must take up temple issue in Ayodhya, Mathura, Kashi’

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti defends father's statement

"We felt that the separatists and Pakistani elements have also understood that democracy is the only way out," she said.

National Conference demands apology from Mufti over statement

NC MLA Mohammed Akbar Lone pointed out that militants had tried to scuffle the polls but the people defied the boycott calls.

I don't believe in VIP culture, says CM Devendra Fadnavis

Traffic police outside NSCI club in Mumbai stopped vehicles of the public to make way for the CM's convoy on Sunday.

Pakistan should grant NDMA status to India: Assocham

The current annual trade volume between Pakistan and India is around USD 3 billion, which could increase manifold.

Rs 1,000 cr in hands of ‘Naxal-backed’ panch, officials fear misuse

Candidates with ‘Maoist links’ sweep Bastar polls.

Tarun Gogoi, governor Acharya at loggerheads over Kaziranga rhino poaching

While Acharya feels “another agency” should be engaged, Gogoi has pushed the blame to the Centre for lack of funds.

Rahul's team will have a blend of youth, experience: Ashok Gehlot

Gehlot, a two-time Rajasthan Chief Minister, is known to be close to Sonia Gandhi.

Maharashtra govt on 'mission mode' to tackle swine flu

CM Fadnavis said that all hospitals including have been directed to give free treatment to the affected patients.

Nothing wrong in 'ghar wapsi': VHP

He said to protect the interests of Hindu, a constitutional amendment "Hindu rashtra" would be a good solution.

Cong-NCP still a challenge in local bodies polls: BJP

The BJP admitted that the Congress and the NCP which dominate in local bodies across the state cannot be beaten easily.

Doors open for disgruntled TMC leaders: Congress

The Trinamool Congress on Saturday removed Mukul Roy from the key post of party general secretary.

Congress, CPI(M) hit out at PDP-BJP alliance in J&K

Barring state Congress chief Saif-ud-din Soz none of the Congress leaders attended today's swearing-in ceremony.

Peaceful J-K polls due to those who trust in Const: BJP on Sayeed remark

BJP said the exercise had been successful due to the efforts of the EC and Indian Army and of those who believe in the Constitution.

I will not ask people to follow Kejriwal's advice: Mufti

Mufti said fighting corruption will be his first priority but he will not ask people to carry mobiles to expose corruption.

Manjhi’s own front: Hindustani Awam Morcha

‘Nitish Kumar took all decisions of my govt till February 7, I worked only for 12 days’.

Sajjad Lone - from being a separatist to a minister

Sajjad Lone is married to daughter of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Amanullah Khan from Pakistan.

AIMIM chief Owaisi demands quota for backward Muslims in Maharashtra

Owaisi maintained he was against the ideology of Hindutva, but not against Hindus.

PDP-BJP alliance brings together villages that voted differently in Kashmir

There are voices from both in favour of the coalition, at the same time they talk about climbdown of the opposite.

Arun Singh to be the next Indian Ambassador to United States

India has already sent an agreement to the US government naming Singh as its next Ambassador.

Sushma Swaraj to travel to Sri Lanka this week

Swaraj will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and hold talks with Foreign Minister.

Rapist can be awarded lesser punishment for special reasons: SC

Ravindra was held guilty for rape and was awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment for raping a woman.

Chhattisgarh police to take radio route to combat Naxal menace

The All India Radio has started airing jingles from its sub-station at Jagdalpur district headquarters from last month.

Aircel Maxis case: Marans, others likely to appear in court on Monday

Besides the Maran brothers and Krishnan, CBI has named Malaysian national Augustus Ralph Marshall and four firms.

No private emails for govt's official communications

As per new policy, government officials will be allocated two e-mail ids-- one based on designation and other on name.

BSF sets free Pak national who crossed border inadvertently

Pakistani Rangers were contacted and he was handed over to them on humanitarian ground.

MP minister wants law allowing people to keep tigers as pets

In Thailand there is a legal recognition to people for keeping tigers and lions as pets, she said.

Budget 'hollow and plain', it's 'dhanwapsi' programme for the rich: Opposition
Union Budget 2015

"You (BJP) had taken in elections. You are paying back," Congress leader Jairam Ramesh alleged.

Bihar Congress announces new team ahead of assembly poll

In the new team, there would be 76 Secretaries and 43 Organising Secretaries.

Anna padyatra from Maharashtra to Delhi

The activist also accused the BJP-led government of being 'dictatorial' and claimed this government was “worse than the British rule'.

PIL in HC on whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has gone on a sabbatical for a few weeks but his destination was not disclosed by the Congress.

New budget growth oriented, but short of big reforms: US media
Union Budget 2015

American media said the announcements made by Jaitley will boost investment and focus on infrastructure.

Congress worker expelled over poster demanding Rahul's resignation

The poster saying "Resign Rahul, and give somebody else a chance", had the picture of former Kanpur MP Sriprakash Jaiswal.

One Rank, One Pension stuck between Services and Defence Ministry
Union Budget 2015

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that 'One rank, One pension' scheme will be rolled out soon.

Swine flu claims 36 more lives, over 19,000 affected

The Health Ministry had Friday given the figure of those affected to be 18,105.

Mukul Roy keeps card close to chest

Now Trinamool Congress has 11 MPs in Rajya Sabha and 34 MPs in Lok Sabha.

Budget disappointing, lacks clear roadmap, says Manmohan Singh
Union Budget 2015

Manmohan Singh was critical of the government over "inadequate" fund allocation for rural areas .

Bhagwat's comments on Mother Teresa blown out of context: RSS

Bhagwat had said that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor.

Dissent grows in Congress over Rahul elevation

During an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, Ramesh said that to say there is a conflict is wrong.

Govt committed to encourage research: PM Narendra Modi

Modi said the govt is committed to encouraging research and innovation in the field.

Life disrupted in Kandhamal after VHP's bandh call

Kandhamal district had witnessed widespread violence after the killing of senior VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati.

No desire to become Chief Minister for another term: Karuna

He said DMK is the only movement serving the economically and socially downtrodden.

Nation remembers Dr Rajendra Prasad on his death anniversary

Nitish Kumar laid a wreath on Rajendra Prasad's samadhi along the Ganga River and paid rich tributes to him.

Court suggests Irani and Nirupam to settle defamation complaints

Nirupam's counsel told the court that they were ready for compromise but Irani was not ready for it.

Threat forces Hindu-Muslim couple to escape home district

Considering the tense situation the court allowed the lovers to conduct their register marriage in Kochi.

Mufti remark: Modi says can never back it

"If somebody makes such a statement, we can never support it," Modi said in Rajya Sabha.

Opinion & Editorials

With the budget, BJP-PDP alliance, Modi may be charting a new course.

A reformist budget was tripped up by short-run pressures.

Prime minister’s success in securing the release of a priest from the Afghan Taliban points to India’s new clout.

All of Modi’s predecessors have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.

A new regional dynamic is shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Delhi needs a new strategy for this critical sub-region.

Finance Commission initiated shift to greater federalism. But let’s hasten slowly.

Like his predecessors, Narendra Modi may yet discover that the road to peace has led to a minefield.

Defence ministry shows a troubling inability to spend budgetary allocations.

BJP-PDP is the most difficult alliance in J&K. It could also be the most durable.

Budget should have rationalised food-fertiliser subsidies to raise agri-investment.

After nine months of tinkering, with this budget, the government has begun institutional change. Yet, reneging on the promised fiscal consolidation is a problem.

Finance minister’s focus on growth and equity is incomplete. He should have acknowledged the trade-off between the need for energy and the imperative of environmental protection.

This budget makes a radical new promise — policy will pray at the altar of jobs.

Abhijit Sen may not be alone when he wrote his four-page dissent to the Report of the FFC.

Every country which is rich today was once poor and agrarian. It got rich by using land for industry.

Lalu once hoped that his eldest daughter Misa would marry Yadav’s eldest son Akhilesh.

The land law is not the only bad piece of legislation that the last government bestowed upon us.

Budget 2015-16 will be watched for how much it breaks from the past.

It is increasingly difficult for Pakistan to punish those who kill for religious reasons.

Indian Railways should decentralise by using PPPs in a big way.

Change is not easy, and the Congress flirts dangerously with obsolescence if it cannot reinvent urgently.

Home ministry’s affidavit in Priya Pillai case is a study in irony.

Rail budget missed the opportunity to lay out an agenda for the future.

Post-reform India has had three gamechanging budgets. Will Arun Jaitley’s be the fourth?

If promoting obscurantism is a concern, TV is far more guilty than films.

Union budget will be watched for the incentives it offers to encourage private investment.

Rail budget makes many right moves. But beware of rail ministry’s ‘implementation bug’.

A PDP-BJP coalition could help heal the rift between Jammu and Kashmir.

Real challenge for railways is to keep pace with a fast expanding economy.

It will increase the price of coal and eventually the price of power.

Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rolled back the years with a return to protests, and TVs.

How Nitish, Rahul and Modi have overplayed their hand

Budget offers government a chance to tap gold stocks, monetise them.

Aggressive bidding and transparency in the auction process have rescued the sector from the uncertainty caused by the cancellation of allocations.

By the turn of the 20th century, the subcontinent had nearly 15,000 km of railway track, in comparison to just 600 km in China.

After the recent coal block auctions, there is no further scope for hypothetical assumptions with political overtones.

Government must avoid the temptation to bypass the legislature.

Both form and content of GST Constitution amendment bill need to be re-thought.

To sustain the abhiyan, we should draw inspiration from beloved saint-reformers like Sant Gadge Maharaj.

The revival of a university in Nalanda is a noble mission. But the past seven years have seen a hijacking of the project by a small clique.

A renewed commitment will improve India’s record on combating childhood diseases and help set the global agenda on child health.

Land markets are skewed by policies that urgently require correction.

A Hindu majoritarian cultural agenda seems to be entrenched in the state.

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