Soon, 13 new armed police battalions to take on Naxals

New Delhi , Jul 25 (PTI): Thirteen new armed police battalions, including one comprising mostly tribals from the worst Maoist-hit districts, will be raised by the government to tackle the Naxal menace. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved 12 India Reserve...

‘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...

800 jobless Indians starving in Jeddah, Swaraj steps in to help

New Delhi, July 30 (PTI) Nearly 800 Indian workers are reportedly starving for the last three days in Saudi city of Jeddah after losing their jobs and Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is traveling to the Gulf nation to sort out the issue. External Affairs Minister Sushma...

Electronic snooping: India raised its concerns with US

New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) The government today said it had raised its concerns with the US authorities over the reported snooping on Indian electronic communications by some American agencies. "The government has raised its concerns with the US side, including at senior levels, on the reported authorisation given to...

Over 8,000 Villages Targeted For Electrification This Fiscal

NEW DELHI, Aug 5 (PTI): Over 8,000 villages have been targeted for electrification during the current fiscal, the Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday. Power Minister Piyush Goyal said during Question Hour that 8,360 villages are targeted for electrification during the current financial year. He said as reported by the states,...

Implementation of GST to give job market a fillip: Experts

New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI): GST rollout across the country will improve ease of doing business and encourage industries to expand their operations, which in turn will help boost job opportunities, experts say. The Make in India initiative will get a significant boost as companies would be able to create...

PETA India files petition with NGT urging ban on ‘manja’

Nashik, Aug 10 (PTI): Animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a petition urging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to ban all forms of sharp kite flying strings called ‘manja’ nationwide. “Manja, which is often coated with glass, metal, or other sharp objects...

YouTube Obliged Not To Host Videos Violating Law: High Court

NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (PTI): Delhi High Court has said that video-sharing website YouTube was obliged not to host any content which violates the laws currently in force. The ruling came on a plea by Tata Sky seeking removal of videos from YouTube on how to crack the encryption of...

2 Commander-Rank Naxals Among 4 Killed In Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

RAIPUR, Aug 17 (PTI): Four Naxals, including two 'commander-rank' accused in the deadly Jiram Valley attack, were today killed in a fierce encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. A jawan was also injured in the firing. The encounter took place in the early morning today in the restive...

Terror Alert In Pathankot, Gurdaspur After Call From Pak Intercepted

GURDASPUR, Aug 20 (PTI): A terror alert has been sounded in border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot after a call from Pakistan was intercepted by security agencies suggesting movement of some suspects. Security was strengthened in Pathankot and Gurdaspur especially Batala town with police along with Army and BSF conducting...

Omar-led J & K Opposition delegation calls on Modi, appeals for dialogue

New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI): A joint delegation of opposition parties led by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the ground situation with an appeal to adopt a political approach in dealing with the unrest in...

India marching towards self reliance in missile system

Hyderabad, Aug 24 (PTI) India is steadfastly marching towards complete self-reliance in missile systems and technologies, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister G Satheesh Reddy said today. "To create a significant impact on Indias science and technology and to promote highest standard of engineering education and practices, professional societies, scientific...

India test fires Scramjet engine, joins elite club of nations

Bengaluru, Aug 28 (PTI): Joining a select club of nations, India today successfully test fired its futuristic Scramjet Rocket Engine using oxygen from the atmosphere that could cut the cost of the launches several fold and help in ISRO's bid to design advanced air breathing engines. The first experimental mission...

PM io Inaugurate first phase of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for irrigation project in Gujarat

RAJKOT, Aug 30 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first phase of SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for Irrigation) project in which nearly 10 dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi would be filled up with the water of Narmada river. The Rs. 12,000 crore project is considered...

FCRA licence renewal of Naik’s NGO: 4 MHA officials suspended

New Delhi, Sep 2 (PTI): Four officials of the Home Ministry were tonight suspended for allegedly facilitating the renewal of FCRA licence of an NGO promoted by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, against whom several probes are going on. The officials, including two Under Secretaries and one Section Officer, were suspended...

NSG raises alarm, says terrorists getting public support in parts of country

New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI): Terrorists and insurgents are getting “public support” in some parts of the country and unless this is stopped, India will continue to get hit by acts of terrorism, a report prepared by the elite counter-terror force NSG has said. The analytical report on recent bombing...

Green Panel Directs Delhi, UP To Act Against Unauthorised Industries

NEW DELHI, Sep 9 (PTI): The National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments to take action against unauthorised industrial units running in residential areas on the outskirts of the national capital. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has...

2008 Malegaon blast case: No bail for Prasad Purohit

MUMBAI, Sep 26 (PTI): The special court for NIA cases here on Monday rejected the bail application of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. The order was passed by Special Judge S D Tekale. Purohit had sought the bail contending that National Investigation Agency...

Elderly In India Continue To Suffer Despite High Net Worth: Study

NEW DELHI, Sept 30 (PTI): Despite being well off, the aged in India continue to suffer from medical, social and financial problems, according to a new study. The nationwide survey, conducted by Delhi based Agewell Foundation, analysed the financial status of seniors in India while assessing various aspects related to...

RBI Cuts Repo Rate To 6-Year Low In Urjit Patel’s First Monetary Policy, EMIs...

New Delhi, Oct 4: The Reserve Bank of India in its monetary policy review today cut its key lending rate or the repo rate by 25 basis points to a six-year low of 6.25 per cent, from 6.5 per cent. Banks are expected to pass on the RBI rate...

IRCTC plans insurance cover for mobiles, laptops

New Delhi, Oct 07 (PTI): Buoyed by the success of the 92 paise travel insurance policy for passengers, IRCTC is now planning to launch another scheme for passengers’ gadgets like mobile phones and laptops. The first round of meeting in this regard was held between IRCTC officials and insurance companies,...

Ban On Hawkers Will Defeat Idea Of Curbing Pollution: Green Panel Told

NEW DELHI, Oct 13 (PTI): Cycle rickshaw pullers and street vendors, who have been barred from plying on metalled roads in the national capital, have moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) challenging the ban imposed on them, saying any restriction on non-motorised modes will defeat the idea of reducing...

India, Russia To Study Building World’s Most Expensive Pipeline

BENAULIM, GOA, Oct 16 (PTI): India and Russia have agreed to explore building the world's most expensive pipeline costing close to USD 25 billion to ferry natural gas from Siberia to the world's third biggest energy consuming nation. The pipeline is to connect Russian gas grid to India through a...

Human Rights Commission Should ‘Roar Like A Tiger’: Chief HL Dattu

NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (PTI): National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Justice HL Dattu today pitched for vesting NHRC with "more power", saying the rights watchdog should "roar like a tiger". "Everyone wants to have more power. We (NHRC) also want to have more power," he told reporters. The former Chief Justice...

Indo-Tibetan Border Police Deploys Women Personnel At China Border For First Time

GREATER NOIDA, Oct 24 (PTI): At least 100 women Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP personnel have been deployed at 15 border posts along the arduous Sino-India frontier, making it the first such posting of 'mahila' combatants in a forward area. The force has recently completed the full process for deployment...

One-Man Judicial Panel On One Rank One Pension Submits Report To Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI, Oct 27 (PTI): The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) set up by the government today submitted its report to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday. The Centre had appointed the committee under the Chairmanship of retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narasimha...

‘Pak informed about death of Guj fisherman in Karachi jail’

Vadodara, Oct 29 (PTI): Pakistani government had informed the Union Home Ministry about the death of a fisherman from Gujarat at Karachi jail hospital, state Fisheries Minister Babubhai Bokharia today said. Mohan Jethiya Rathod from Malkhet in Umargam Tehsil of Valsad district had died on October 2 due to illness,...

Human Rights Only For Terrorists; Jawans Don’t Matter: Union Minister’s Dig At Opposition

NEW DELHI, Nov 2 (PTI): Amid controversy over the "encounter" killing of eight alleged SIMI terrorists by Madhya Pradesh Police, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan took a dig at opposition parties saying that for them "human rights are only for terrorists," while "the lives of soldiers don't matter." "For Afzal, Yakub,...

Pakistan violates ceasefire 99 times on LoC post-surgical strike

JAMMU, Nov 04 (PTI): Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 99 times along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, targeting Indian posts and civilian areas, after the surgical strike by the army on PoK-based terrorist launching pads. "Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire along LoC in Jammu...

Farmers stage protest at WHO tobacco conference venue

Greater Noida, Nov 7 (PTI) Indian tobacco farmers staged a demonstration at the venue of a global conference organised by the WHO here today to protest against the "non-democratic" way of framing "one-sided" policies on tobacco. India is hosting the Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to World...
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