25 CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh naxal attack, 7 wounded

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) At least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded in Chhattisgarhs Sukma district today, the deadliest ambush by naxalites of security forces this year. The nearly 100-strong CRPF patrol providing security for road construction work came under fierce gunfire from Maoist guerrillas occupying vantage...

PM Modi has intention to hold talks, but right atmosphere needs to be created,...

NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears amenable to holding talks with stake holders in a bid to arrest the deteriorating situation in the Valley. However, she cautioned, that "an atmosphere needs to be created" for a...

India to export mangoes to Australia for the first time

Melbourne, Apr 24 (PTI) India may export mangoes that meet biosecurity standards to Australia for the first time following revision of protocols to allow them in the Australian economy. Robert Gray from Australian Mango Industry Association, said the Indian mangoes would be for sale outside of the Australian mango season. However,...

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Presses For Enforcement Of Juvenile Justice Act

KOLKATA, Apr 24 (PTI): Nobel Peace Prize winner and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has said that there is a very strong provision under Juvenile Justice Act in the country to stop children taking to criminal activities. "There is a very strong provision under the Juvenile Justice Act which needs...

Heat killed 4620 people in India in 4 years, 92 per cent in Andhra,...

New Delhi , Apr 24 (PTI): Over 4,620 people died in India due to severe heat wave over the last four years, of which only Andhra Pradesh and Telangana accounted for about 92 per cent, according to the government data.4,246 people died in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone during...

Unique identification numbers for cows: Centre’s proposal to SC

New Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI): A unique identification number for animals has been suggested by an expert panel to evolve a mechanism to stop trafficking of cattle across the Indo-Bangla border, the Centre today the Supreme Court on Monday. The committee, set up in pursuance of the court order, has...

Unique identification numbers for cows: Centre’s proposal to SC

New Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI): A unique identification number for animals has been suggested by an expert panel to evolve a mechanism to stop trafficking of cattle across the Indo-Bangla border, the Centre today the Supreme Court on Monday. The committee, set up in pursuance of the court order, has...

New Law To End Denial, Loss Of Jobs To HIV Positive People

NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (PTI): People won't be denied or terminated from jobs if they suffer from HIV/AIDS, as per a new law. Besides, those found propagating hatred against people suffering from such diseases will be punished with imprisonment of not less than three months and which can be extended...

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades Expects India’s Support In Its Reunification

NICOSIA, Apr 24 (PTI): As President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades begins his four-day tour to India tomorrow, he said Cyprus sees India to be instrumental in its reunification process. "Those who are close to Turkey can be helpful," he said. In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus and occupied...

Supreme Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Implementation Of Fundamental Duties

NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (PTI): The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre for implemention of the recommendations of the Justice J S Verma committee to bring into force fundamental duties of citizens. "This report is of 1999. How can a court direct...

300 WhatsApp Groups Used To Gather Stone Throwers In Kashmir: Official

SRINAGAR, Apr 24 (PTI): Nearly 300 WhatsApp groups were being used to mobilise stone throwers in Kashmir to disrupt anti-terror operations by security forces at encounter sites, a police official said on Sunday. More than 90 per cent of these groups have been shut down in the past three...

Navy war room leak: Court allows ex-naval officer to go abroad

NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (PTI): A special court has allowed a former navy officer, facing trial in the 2006 Naval War Room leak case, to go abroad for 25 days but asked him not travel to London where prime accused Ravi Shankaran, who has been absconding, is learnt to...

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews Kashmir situation with top security brass

NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (PTI): The top security brass of the country on Monday reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir amid continued unrest in the Kashmir Valley. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was given a detailed presentation on the latest ground situation in the state in the wake of violence...

6 more airports to go handbag tags free; trial begins

New Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI): Six more airports in the country could soon do away with the practise of stamping passengers’ hand baggage tags, after few prominent ones ushered in the new system from April 1. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), tasked to guard 59 civil airports in the...

BSNL to connect all Assam GPs through optical fibre in 2017-18

Guwahati, Apr 24 (PTI) BSNL will connect all gram panchyats in Assam through optical fibre network by this financial year, said a top official of the public sector telecom major. "All gram panchyats in Assam will be connected through optical fibre network by this financial year. There are 1,518 gram...

Indo-Israel ties more visible under Modi govt: Israel

NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (PTI): Appreciating that Indo-Israel ties were more "visible" after the Modi government has come to power, Israel said today that India's policy of not having a "zero-sum game" while dealing with the Jewish nation and the Arab countries has sent a strong message. Ahead of first...

India should recognise Balochistan as separate country: Swamy

Vadodara, Apr 23 (PTI): India should recognise Balochistan as a separate country if Pakistan went ahead with the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said today. "Pakistan should be taught a lesson by recognising Balochistan if it executes Jadhav. Not only that, Pakistan should be divided...

GST Implementation Will Boost India’s Growth, Says FM Arun Jaitley

Washington, Apr 23 (PTI): India continues to be the fastest growing major economy in the world and its growth will accelerate further due to factors like implementation of GST, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. The minister also said the scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will increase...

Now Apply For Passports In Hindi, Says Ministry Of External Affairs

NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (PTI): The Ministry of External Affairs has made a provision enabling people to apply online for passports in Hindi. The move comes after President Pranab Mukherjee recently accepted recommendations made in this regard by the Committee of Parliament on Official Language via its ninth report. The report...

Yogi Adityanath Calls For Biometric Attendance System In All UP Offices Upto Block Level

LUCKNOW, Apr 23 (PTI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices up to the block level to ensure all government employees reach work on time. His instructions came during a meeting with officials of the rural development...

Mega Defence Deals Likely During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit To Israel

NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (PTI): A raft of mega defence deals including procurement of an air defence system for the Indian Navy are likely to be sealed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Israel which will be first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation. Ahead...

Most places renamed by China have Dalai Lama, Tibet links: expert

NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (PTI): Most of the six places in Arunachal Pradesh that China renamed recently have some significance related to the Dalai Lama or Tibet, a China expert said on Sunday. “This is only an attempt to show its severe displeasure to India” for allowing the Dalai Lama...

Mother Of India’s US Envoy Navtej Sarna Allegedly Assaulted By Maternal Grandson

NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (PTI): The 86-year-old mother of Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna was allegedly assaulted by her maternal grandson in southeast Delhi's Greater Kailash over a property dispute, police said. The accused, Karan Dev Chopra (30), had been pressuring his grandmother Surjit Sarna for a greater...

Heatwaves Claim 4620 Lives In 4 Years, 90% Deaths In Andhra Pradesh And Telangana

NEW DELHI, Apr 23 (PTI): Heatwaves in the country are turning out to be particularly deadly with over 4,620 recorded deaths caused by the severe weather condition in the last four years. Of that figure, a whopping 4,246 people died in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone. According to the Ministry...

Thailand expects to host 12 lakh tourists from India in 2017

New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI): Thailand, the South Asian country mainly known for its tropical beaches and cuisine, is eyeing 12 lakh travellers from India this year. "We hosted 11.8 lakh tourists from India in 2016. This year looks promising and we are expecting to host 12 lakh travellers from...

Success rate among Indian start-ups is good: IT expert

Hyderabad, Apr 23 (PTI): Mortality rate among start-ups in India is not alarming, and their success ratio is actually good and on par with global trend, said an expert in information technology (IT) industry. "In the start-up industry (in India), if you look at ten companies at least three or...

India-US Ties More Stronger, Matured: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

WASHINGTON, Apr 22 (PTI): India-US ties have significantly improved over the last few decades, becoming more "stronger" and "matured" and defying changes in governments in both the countries, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. Mr Jaitley, speaking at a reception hosted by India's Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, said...

Over 16K Indians Visited US Through Exchange Programmes: American Envoy

NEW DELHI, Apr 22 (PTI): Over 16,000 Indians have visited the United States since 1950 through educational, cultural, or professional exchange programmes sponsored by the US, a senior American envoy said today. Speaking at the Alumni Conference for US government-sponsored exchange participants from India and Bhutan, MaryKay Carlson, Chargé d'Affaires...

Prohibition across the country would unite people: Nitish

Mumbai, Apr 22 (PTI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today advocated prohibition across India, saying that it would unite all sections of the society. "Every religion is against consumption of liquor. All- India prohibition can help unite all people and all religions," said Kumar, whose government has imposed prohibition in...

Two militants gunned down in encounter in Budgam

Srinagar, Apr 22 (PTI): Two militants, who opened fire on an army patrol, were killed by the security forces in an encounter today in the Budgam district of central Kashmir. "Two militants have been killed in the gunfight with the security forces," a police official said. A patrolling party of the...
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