156 Indians evacuated from S Sudan return home

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 15 (PTI): The first Indian Airforce flight C-17 carrying 156 persons, who were evacuated from war-torn South Sudan’s capital city Juba, arrived here early today. The evacuees also included two Nepali citizens, besides nine women and three children. The passengers from Kerala and some from Tamil Nadu disembarked...

Hooch tragedy: Toll mounts to 33; 1,621 arrested across UP

LUCKNOW/ETAH, Jul 18 (PTI): The death toll in the hooch tragedy on Monday climbed to 33 and more than two dozen people were battling for life after consuming spurious liquor in Etah and Farrukhabad districts even as the authorities launched a crackdown on bootlegging arresting 1,621 people across Uttar...

IRCTC joins hands with SBI to promote rail ticketing

New Delhi , Jul 20 (PTI): Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has joined hands with the State Bank of India to chalk out a detailed plan for promotion of rail ticketing activities, including internet ticketing and unreserved ticketing system. IRCTC, a PSU of Railways which handles catering, tourism...

Implementation Of Uniform Civil Code ‘Duty’ Of The State: Government

NEW DELHI, Jul 23 (PTI): The state has a "duty" to implement a Uniform Civil Code in the country, but since the matter is sensitive and requires an in-depth study it has been sent to the Law Commission for recommendations, the government today informed the Rajya Sabha. The government's written...

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...

FDI Inflows Jump 53 Per Cent In Last 2 Years, Says Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Jul 29 (PTI): India saw a record 53 per cent increase in FDI in last two years as the investment climate brightened due to steps taken to foster growth, price stability and fiscal prudence which also improved the overall macroeconomic stability, government said today. Emphasising that investments are...

27.50 lakh people affected in Bihar floods

Patna, Jul 31 (PTI): The flood situation remained grim in 12 districts of Bihar where an estimated 27.50 lakh people were affected though no fresh casualty was reported, with the toll standing at 26. Rivers Ghaghra-Darauli and Gangpur-Siswan in Siwan disrict, Bagmati-Benibad in Muzaffarpur district, Koshi-Baltara in Khagaria district, Mahananda-Dhengraghat...

No Country Creating Obstacles In Implementation Of ‘Mausam’

NEW DELHI, Aug 02 (PTI): The government on Monday rejected suggestions that any of the 39 countries including China, which are part of an ambitious project to re-connect cultural and economic communications between countries of the Indian Ocean 'world', are creating 'obstacles' in its implementation. Responding to a supplementary by...

Indian Reporters Not Allowed Into SAARC Meet Venue In Pak, Says Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Aug 5 (PTI): Pakistani authorities did not allow entry of Indian mediapersons, including those from PTI and Doordarshan, inside the venue of 7th SAARC Home Ministers Meeting in Islamabad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. Responding to questions in Rajya Sabha after making a suo motu statement on...

Maruti To Transport Cars On Ganga From Varanasi To Kolkata, Says Nitin Gadkari

NEW DELHI, Aug 8 (PTI): Maruti Suzuki is set to commence a pilot-run from August 12 under which its cars would be transported from Varanasi to Kolkata on National Waterway-I, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. During Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Mr Gadkari said an MoU has been signed...

Rajnath takes on Pak, says no power can separate Kashmir from India

NEW DELHI, Aug 10 (PTI): Sharing the pain of the suffering Kashmiris, Parliament on Wednesday unanimously appealed to people of the valley to restore peace and harmony even as the government expressed readiness to hold talks with moderate groups and others and decided to call an all-party meet on...

Pak envoy’s remarks on Kashmir due to frustration: BJP

New Delhi, Aug 14 (PTI): BJP today attributed Pakistan’s “provocative” remarks on Kashmir to its “frustration” after Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted it over atrocities against people in PoK and Balochistan. It also sought to play down the remarks by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit about extending support to Kashmiri...

NIA probes routing money through ordinary Kashmiris to fund militancy

NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (PTI): The NIA has launched a probe to track the funding of militants in Jammu and Kashmir by their sympathisers abroad who have started using bank accounts of ordinary citizens to route money to finance their activities in the restive state. Running the risk of getting...

Cut construction cost, avail dollar loans: Nitin Gadkari to builders

New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI): With the real estate sector facing huge slowdown, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday asked builders to reduce construction cost and avail dollar loans to cut their interest expenses in order to revive demand. The Road Transport and Highways Minister also announced that pending work...

22 persons killed, over 23 lakh affected in Bihar floods

Patna, Aug 23 (PTI): At least 22 persons have been killed while 23.71 lakh people affected in the Bihar floods with many areas, specially the riverine belt of 12 districts badly reeling under water in the state. The floods caused by a spate in rivers Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak,...

West Bengal Dengue Casualties Climbs To 23, Over 5,000 Affected

KOLKATA, Aug 26 (PTI): A 65-year-old woman died of Dengue in West Bengal on Thursday, taking the death toll due to the vector-borne disease to 23 in the state. A total of 510 new Dengue cases have also been reported in the state in the last 24 hours. The woman from...

No blanket ban on pellet guns, but to be used in rare cases

New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Pellet guns, which are being used by security forces for crowd control in Jammu and Kashmir, will not be completely banned but will be fired in "rarest of rare cases", a top government official said today. Senior government functionaries have arrived at this conclusion after...

Jung, Centre made Delhi world’s crime capital: AAP

New Delhi , Aug 31 (PTI): Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) today accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and the Centre of "crippling" its government in Delhi and relegating the city into the "crime capital" of the world with their "abject failure" in the Lawand order front. AAP said the data released by...

India, Egypt To Step Up Security Cooperation

NEW DELHI, Sep 2 (PTI): India and Egypt today decided to significantly step up their defence and security cooperation to effectively deal with twin challenges of terrorism and radicalisation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks covering the entire expanse of ties. With both...

Government Includes Internet Broadcasting Under Copyright Act

NEW DELHI, Sep 7 (PTI): Government has decided to include Internet broadcasting under the purview of the Copyright Act, a move that will benefit the music entertainment industry. Under the earlier provisions, 'broadcasting organisations' mainly covered raido and television. "The provisions of section 31D (of the Copyright Act, 1957) are not...

Education Ministry May Issue Digital Degrees, Certificates From 2017 Onwards

NEW DELHI, Sep 9 (PTI): The HRD Ministry is working to ensure that degrees and certificates are given to students in digital format from the 2017 academic session onwards. "There is a need to take pledge and that pledge is by 2017, all degrees and board certificates, everything will go...

Modi reviews Indus water treaty, says blood and water cannot flow together

New Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI): "Blood and water cannot flow together," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as he chaired a review meeting of 56-year-old Indus Water Treaty during which it was decided that India will "exploit to the maximum" the water of Pakistan-controlled rivers, including Jhelum, as per...

Afghanistan defends India’s surgical strikes in PoK

New Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) Afghanistan today backed India's surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK, terming it as an act of "self-defence", and in a strong message to Pakistan asserted that time has come to take "tough" and "risky" decisions to deal with the menace of terrorism. Afghanistan's...

Economic Impact Of India-Pak Tensions Will Be ‘Extremely Marginal’: Arun Jaitley

TORONTO, Oct 4 (PTI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has expressed confidence that any economic impact arising from recent tensions with Pakistan and incidents like the surgical strikes undertaken by Indian special forces will be "extremely marginal". Addressing a gathering at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Mr Jaitley...

India to push for jt efforts to fight terrorism at BRICS meet

New Delhi , Oct 07 (PTI): India will strongly push at the BRICS Summit for joint efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens and arms to terrorists while it will also make efforts to revive the seven-nation regional bloc BIMSTEC next week in Goa. Apart from...

Finance Ministry Warns Tax Officials Of Action For Protest Against GST

NEW DELHI, Oct 14 (PTI): In the run-up to GST rollout, the finance ministry has warned tax officials of disciplinary action if they go ahead with planned protests, including taking mass casual leave, on the budget day. The All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers is opposed to...

India lauds Brazil’ support for actions to combat terror: Modi

Benaulim (Goa), Oct 17 (PTI): India today appreciated Brazil's support for its actions to combat terrorism and said the two countries agreed that the world must come together to fight the menace without distinction or discrimination. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also thanked Brazilian PresidentMichel Temer for "understanding India's aspiration" for...

Card data breach: Govt promises prompt action

New Delhi, Oct 21 (PTI) The government today got cracking on the debit card fraud, asking banks concerned and RBI to submit report on the nature of security breach which compromised over 3.25 million cards and assured customers that strong action will be taken while their interests will not...

Rajnath speaks to Odisha CM after forces killed 24 Maoists

New Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Home Minister Rajnath Singh today took stock of the situation along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border where 24 Maoists were gunned down by security forces in a fierce gun-battle. Singh, who is in Bahrain, called up Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who apprised him about the...

Degradation of Earth Due To Pollution Visible From Space: Astronaut Rakesh Sharma

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 27 (PTI): Astronaut Rakesh Sharma, speaking at the Odisha Knowledge Hub (OKH) lecture series on the topic 'Manned Space Flight: A learning Experience' on Thursday, said that environmental degradation of the earth caused by vehicular and industrial pollution was clearly visible from the space. Unless pollution issues are...
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