Modi calls for ‘stronger and closer’ ties with new British PM

New Delhi/London, Jul 27 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May congratulating her on her assumption of office and discussed with her "stronger and closer" bilateral ties, including in trade and defence. During the telephonic conversation yesterday, Modi also appreciated the UK's consistent...

India-US deal to procure four Poseidon-8I aircraft

New Delhi , Jul 27 (PTI): India today signed an over USD 1 billion deal with American defence and aerospace major Boeing for procuring four additional 'Poseidon-8I' long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The contract is a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes already bought by India in a...

‘India More Than Capable Of Achieving 100 Smart City Goal’

SINGAPORE, Jul 27 (PTI): India is more than capable of achieving its 100 Smart City goal but needs a "collaborative" and focussed approach to complete the ambitious plan, a top executive of a leading global Financial services company has said. "With its ambitious plan, it is more crucial than ever...

Drop Charges Against Irom Sharmila, Demands Amnesty International

KOLKATA, Jul 27 (PTI): International human rights organisation Amnesty International has appealed to the Manipur government to drop charges against activist Irom Chanu Sharmila before she ends her 16-year-old fast on August 9. In a statement, it said the state government must immediately and unconditionally release the 44-year-old activist and...

60 Per Cent Indians To Live In Cities By 2050: Government

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): About 60 per cent population of the country will live in cities by 2050 as India's rate of urbanisation is "dramatic", Minister of State for Urban Development Rao Inderjit Singh said in Lok Sabha today. As per the 2011 census, 31 per cent population in...

Highest Priority To Provide Help To Distressed Indians Abroad, Says Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): The NDA government has given highest priority to provide help and assistance to distressed Indians abroad, including those who are defrauded in marriage, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Lok Sabha today. Ms Swaraj said her ministry has been receiving petitions from Indian women...

Monsoon to push GDP growth to over 8% this fiscal: Panagariya

New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) A good monsoon can help add "a percentage point" to India's GDP growth in the current fiscal, from 7.6 per cent in 2015-16, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya said today expressing confidence in crossing the 8 per cent mark. "I am very optimistic particularly...

One-Fifth Of Investigation Officer Posts In CBI Vacant, Says Government

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): CBI is facing a severe staff crunch with over 20 per cent vacancies in the crucial executive cadre, mostly investigation officers, while nearly 1,300 cases are pending with it, Lok Sabha was informed today. Replying to a question on the number of cases pending due...

PM Modi To Hold NITI Aayog Meeting For 15-Year Vision Tomorrow

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of NITI Aayog on Thursday to give concrete shape to a 15-year vision document for accelerating all round development of the country. "During the meeting, NITI Aayog will make a presentation to the Prime Minister on the...

60 Per Cent Probability Of GST Bill Passage In Current Session: Report

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): The constitutional amendment that allows for a Goods and Services Tax (GST), is more likely to be passed in this Monsoon Session of Parliament, says Japanese financial services major Nomura. According to Nomura, the expected timeline for the passage of GST is by August 12...

Modi Government To Organise ‘Bharat Parv’ To Mark Independence Day

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): The capital will witness a mega event to mark the Independence Day with the Modi government deciding to hold a cultural spectacle spanning six days from August 12, nearly two-and-half-months after it organised an extravaganza to celebrate its second anniversary at India Gate. The event...

Looking Forward To Opening Retail Stores In India, Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the tech giant is "looking forward" to setting up retail stores in India to tap into the booming smartphone market in here. "India is now one of our fastest growing markets. In the first three quarters of this fiscal...

Air India To Recruit 500 Pilots, 1,500 Cabin Crew In Next 2-3 Years

HYDERABAD, Jul 27 (PTI): Air India is planning to recruit around 500 pilots and more than 1,500 cabin crew over the next two to three years to meet the requirement as the fleet size is expected to increase considerably, a senior official has said. "We are planning to have 700...

Kargil martyr’s mother, widow battle over sharing compensation

Kendrapara (Odisha), Jul 27 (PTI): The mother and widow of a soldier who had laid down his life in the Kargil war are entangled in an intriguing legal battle for the past 17 years over sharing the monetary compensation. Lance Naik Sachidananda Mallick had fought for the country in Kargil...

Railways Disaster Management Plans Not Comprehensive: National Auditor

NEW DELHI, Jul 27 (PTI): The Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Tuesday said the disaster management plans of Railways are "not comprehensive" and there are shortcomings in its safety plan. Disaster management plans, though broadly framed in zonal railways and in divisions, are not comprehensive, lacked uniformity and...

No proposal now for talks with ULFA, NDFB factions: Rijiju

New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI): There is no proposal at present to hold talks with two Assam-based outfits – Paresh Barua-led ULFA or NDFB(S), as they have engaged in violent activities, government said today. During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju emphasised that...

India discovers producible natural gas hydrates: US agency

Washington, Jul 26 (PTI): India has discovered a large,highly enriched accumulations of natural gas hydrates in theBay of Bengal that has the potential to be tapped, a top USagency which helped in this major discovery has said. "Advances like the Bay of Bengal discovery will helpunlock the global energy resource...

Government Considering New Policy For Senior Citizens

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (PTI): Government is considering bringing a fresh policy on elderly people in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the government is considering a new policy for aged citizens. As...

No Corruption In Defence Procurements In Last 2 Years, Says Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (PTI): The government today asserted that no case involving corruption in defence procurements undertaken during the last two years has come to light. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also said new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) incorporates provisions to ensure the...

Army accuses Pak of direct role in proxy war in Kashmir

Drass (Kargil), Jul 26 (PTI): Asserting that Pakistan has "direct role" in fuelling terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Army on Tuesday warned of more infiltration bids along the LoC in the coming weeks in view of the volatile situation in the Valley. "Pakistan is interfering in Kashmir and has direct...

Govt constructing 73 roads along Indo-China border

New Delhi , Jul 26 (PTI): Altogether 73 roads having operational significance along Indo-China border will be constructed by 2020, Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the out of these 73 roads, 46 roads are being constructed by Ministry of Defence and 27...

‘Not Appropriate’ To Compare 7th Pay Panel With Previous Ones: Government

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (PTI): The government today said it is "not appropriate" to compare the increase in minimum pay suggested by the 7th Pay Commission with that of the previous commissions. According to the 7th Pay Commission, the real increase given in 1996 and 2006 in minimum pay was...

54 ISIS Supporters Arrested: Government

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (PTI): As many as 54 supporters of dreaded terror group ISIS have been arrested in the country, Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the National Investigation Agency and state police have registered various cases with respect of ISIS/ISIL/IS phenomenon...

Show ‘Utmost Respect’ For Law Of Seas: India On South China Sea Issue

BANGKOK, Jul 26 (PTI): Identifying maritime cooperation as a key priority, India today called for all stakeholders in the South China Sea issue to show "utmost respect" for the UN body that establishes the international legal order of the seas and oceans as it sought peaceful resolution of the...

Internal Differences In BJP Delaying Passage Of GST Bill, Says Congress

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (PTI): Congress on Thursday blamed "internal differences" within BJP for the non-passage of GST Bill and said it is insisting on an 18 per cent cap on the proposed indirect tax regime to ward off the inflationary effects the reform measure could have on the...

Lanka govt orders release of 77 TN fishermen

Chennai , Jul 26 (PTI): The Sri Lankan government has ordered release of 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were arrested on the charge of fishing in the island nation's territorial waters. Tamil Nadu government said in a release here today that 43 of the fishermen had been released by Lankan...

Govt asks its diplomats in Pak to send wards outside for studies

New Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) Amidst growing strain in Indo-Pak ties, India today advised its diplomats and officials posted in its High Commission in Islamabad to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan from this academic session, virtually downgrading it as a "non-school-going station". The announcement came after...

Australian envoy pitches for boosting co-op with India

Chandigarh , Jul 25 (PTI): Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu today pitched for boosting economic cooperation with India as she indentified numerous sectors like dairy, sports, scientific research, foodgrains and education where the two countries can work together. With bilateral trade between the two nations pegged at 20 billion Australian...

Rs 7 lakh cr to be spent to build 50,000 kms of NH says...

New Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI): About Rs seven lakh crore would be spent to develop around 50,000 kilometres of national highways over the next five years, the Government said on Monday. During Question Hour in Rajya Sabha , Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Government has allocated a total Gross...

Suresh Prabhu Announces Rs. 2 Lakh For Kin Of Train Mishap Victims

NEW DELHI, Jul 25 (PTI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today expressed "profound grief" over the death of children in a mishap at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh and announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased. Eight children were killed and 14 others injured...
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