Prez okays change in rules for rail budget merger

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee has approved changes in government rules to allow merger of rail budget with the central budget. The Department of Economic Affairs has been entrusted with the work relating to preparation of central budget including rail budget, as per a recent order issued...

Indian Abducted In Malaysia, Sushma Swaraj Assures Family Of Help

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (PTI): A 46-year-old Indian has been abducted in Malaysia and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed the Indian Mission in that country to send her a report about the case so that he can be rescued. "We are taking this abduction very seriously. I have...

India, 29 countries discuss Panama Papers investigations

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) India and 29 countries discussed their findings on investigations arising from the Panama Papers, including the role of tax intermediaries such as financial institutions and advisers in tax evasion. The two-day meeting of the Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration (JITSIC) in...

Lashkar Chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s ‘Nephew’ Killed In Encounter In North Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Jan 20 (PTI): A top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, believed to be nephew of the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was killed by security forces in an encounter on Thursday in north Kashmir's Bandipora district. Abu Musaib, a self-styled divisional commander of LeT, was active in Bandipora and...

We Resolved Tough Issues; No Place For Complacency: US Envoy Richard Verma’s Parting Message

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (PTI): A day before he demits office, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, on Thursday underlined how the two countries resolved some "tough issues" during his tenure, including nuclear liability, even as he cautioned against being "complacent". Terming cross-border terrorism a "serious threat", Mr Verma...

Dhulagarh Violence: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Plea For CBI Probe

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (PTI): The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a petition seeking CBI probe into the alleged two-day communal riots in West Bengal's Dhulagarh last month. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and P C Pant said the matter could be raised before the Calcutta...

NIA arrests close aide of Ulfa chief Paresh Barua

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI): A senior commander of banned militant organisation ULFA was today arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). A senior trained cadre of ULFA(I), Gagan Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng, who was earlier arrested by Assam Police, was remanded in NIA custody after he was produced in...

22 Panchayat Ghars damaged during Kashmir unrest: Govt

Jammu, Jan 20 (PTI) As many as 22 Panchayat Ghars have been fully or partially damaged in Kashmir during over five month-long unrest in the Valley, the state government said today. Eleven Panchayat Ghars have been fully damaged and an equal number of them partially damaged during the unrest in...

Differences over NSG membership, Azhar ban issues should not be ‘stumbling blocks’ in ties...

BEIJING, Jan 18 (PTI): China on Wednesday said differences over India's NSG membership bid and designating of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the UN should not be "stumbling blocks" in developing ties and asserted that both sides must respect each other's core interests and major concerns. Appreciating...

Right Time To Invest In India: Minister Nitin Gadkari Tells Global Leaders At World...

DAVOS, Jan 18 (PTI): Showcasing India growth story before global business leaders in Davos at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, senior Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that the time is appropriate and opportune for investing in India. Mr Gadkari, who is the Minister for Road Transport and Shipping,...

India’s ‘dynamic economy’ to grow at 7.7%: UN

New Delhi , Jan 18 (PTI): India is one of the most "dynamic emerging economies" and is likely to grow at 7.7 per cent this year on strong private demand and government reforms but excluding the effect of demonetisation, a UN report said today. It said demonetisation undertaken in India...

Cabinet sets electronics manufacturing sops at Rs 10,000 crore

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a pared-down modified special incentive package meant to boost electronics manufacturing by cutting down the application window by about one and a half year to December 31, 2018, and capping the outflow at Rs 10,000 crore. "We have today...

Respect India’s territorial sovereignty: India to China

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI): In the midst of growing unease in their ties, India today asked China to respect its territorial sovereignty and said its ascent should not be seen as a threat to China's rise. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar also criticised Pakistan for "blocking" SAARC, saying the regional...

Shiv Sena Calls Notes Ban ‘Nuclear Bomb’, Says Economy Like ‘Hiroshima-Nagasaki’

MUMBAI, Jan 18 (PTI): In a vitriolic attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, the Shiv Sena today said he had dropped a "nuclear bomb" on the country through the decision and turned the economy into "Hiroshima-Nagasaki", the Japanese cities devastated by the US during the World War...

Cabinet approves India’s move to take full membership of IVI

NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (PTI): The Union Cabinet today approved India taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute Governing Council, a body mandated to develop and introduce new and improved vaccines to protect people, especially children, against deadly infectious diseases. The move involves payment of annual contribution of USD...

Now Get Short Distance Tickets On Long Route Trains Too

NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (PTI): In a move that is expected to make short distance travel cheaper on long route trains, the Railway Ministry has lifted restrictions on issuing short distance tickets for sleeper and AC coaches of long haul trains. At present, short-distance passengers are not allowed reservation in...

BJP hopes to repeat Assam in U’khand with help from Cong turncoats

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) BJP hopes to do an Assam in Uttarakhand by replicating the strategy it adopted in the northeastern state where it poached on several Congress leaders before launching a successful electoral campaign. If the likes of Himanta Biswa Sarma and other Congress MLAs supporting him helped...

Govt okays MoU with UAE for cooperation in agriculture

New Delhi , Jan 18 (PTI): The government today approved the signing of an agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates in the area of agriculture and allied sectors. "The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding...

Pak must walk away from terrorism for talks with India: PM

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) India alone cannot walk the path of peace with Pakistan and the neighbouring country must walk away from terrorism if it wants bilateral dialogue to resume, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, amid continued chill in Indo-Pak ties. Referring to ties with China, the Prime...

World needs India’s leadership in countering terror: US

New Delhi , Jan 17 (PTI): The Obama administration has recently delivered a "very tough" message to Pakistan asking it to dismantle safe havens of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed and Haqqani network operating from its soil, outgoing US envoy to New Delhi Richard Verma said on Monday. Holding that India faces...

Air pollution problem ‘very serious’, urgent steps needed: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday warned that the problem of air pollution was very serious and solutions need to be found urgently, rather than in years. "This pollution problem is very serious. If you talk for years for a solution, then it is a problem,"...

Suspected ISI link to target railways unearthed, 3 held: Police

Motihari (Bihar), Jan 17 (PTI) Bihar police today claimed to have unearthed a suspected ISI link to target the railways with arrest of three persons in East Champaran district of the state. Police claimed the trio had confessed to having worked for a Nepalese contact suspected to be connected to...

Note ban to cost India fastest growing crown, IMF cuts FY17 growth to 6.6%

New Delhi , Jan 17 (PTI): The Centre’s decision to demonetise high-value currency notes could have stolen India’s crown as the world’s fastest growing large economy, according to the International Monetary Fund, though the slowing is likely to be temporary. IMF has cut India’s economic growth rate forecast by one...

Govt mulls allowing 100% FDI in single brand retail

New Delhi , Jan 17 (PTI): The government is considering allowing 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) through automatic route in single brand retail to attract a larger number of global players in the sector. According to sources, there is a proposal to allow 100 per cent FDI in...

Indian CEOs most optimistic amidst global gloom; hiring to boom this year

New Delhi , Jan 17 (PTI): Amidst existential questions over the impact of globalisation and concerns around the rising trend of protectionism, 71 per cent of India’s chief executive officers (CEOs) are very confident of their company’s growth in the next 12 months, against a global average of 38...

Chinese, Nepalese held at IGIA

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) A Chinese and a Nepalese have been arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here for allegedly using fake travel documents and passport and illegally exchanging them to fly to each other's destination. Officials said the incident was reported on January 15 when CISF...

Five naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 17 (PTI) Five naxals were today arrested in Chhattisgarh?s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said. The cadres were apprehended by a joint a team of security forces when it was out on an anti-naxal operation in the interiors of Mardapal police station area, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Maheshwar...

India among top six promising markets, but slips one notch

Davos, Jan 17 (PTI) India features among top six for global executives when it comes to overall growth prospects over the next 12 months, but enthusiasm for investing in the country has dropped from three years ago, finds out a survey. According to the annual global CEO survey of...

Bihar govt not to renew license of liquor units in 2017-18

RAJGIR, Jan 17 (PTI): Bihar government on Tuesday decided not to renew the licence of Beer, Bottling plants and ENA (Extra Neutral Alcohol) manufacturing units, in the next financial year. The state cabinet in a meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar approved a proposal of the Excise and Prohibition...

Modi has murdered the ‘free soul’ of RBI: Rahul

Rishikesh , Jan 17 (PTI): Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of impinging upon the autonomy of institutions like the RBI, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, said the Central Bank’s Governor was informed of his decision on demonetisation just a day before the move. “The RBI was created as...
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