28 jute mills closed in India in FY16: Govt

New Delhi, Feb 3 (PTI) As many as 28 jute mills have shut down during 2015-16, as against 18 in the previous fiscal, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Of the 28 private and public sector jute mills that closed, 17 were in West Bengal (up from 10 in...

Patanjali Group To Set Up Food Processing Park In Madhya Pradesh: Ramdev

NINORA, May 13 (PTI): Patanjali Group, promoted by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, will soon set up a food processing park and cow research centre in Madhya Pradesh. "Patanjali Group has been given offers by many states to set up food processing park. But we have decided to establish it in...

Central Government Extends AFSPA In Nagaland For Another 6 Months

NEW DELHI, Jul 01 (PTI): The Centre has renewed for six months its "disturbed area" notification on the entire state of Nagaland, allowing the armed forces power to search, raid and arrest without a warrant under the AFSPA. In its notification, the Union Home Ministry said that it is of...

India Slips 2 Spots In English Proficiency, Singapore Tops In Asia

BEIJING, Nov 16 (PTI): India has slipped two spots compared to last year in English proficiency rankings while China has improved its ranking, according to a new report. India is placed at the 22nd spot in the new report released by Swedish education company EF Education First in China's capital...

Minority status granted to 4,895 schools between 2012 to 2015

NEW DELHI, May 09 (PTI): Over 4,800 schools across the country were granted minority status by the National Commission for Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) between 2012 to 2015, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. "The National Commission for Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) has informed that it has granted minority...

India likely to raise Azhar row with China

New Delhi, Apr 05 (PTI): India is likely to raise with China the issue of Beijing blocking its latest bid to have JeM chief Masood Azhar designated terrorist by the UN in the aftermath of terror strike at the Pathankot air force base. India has been “disappointed” by the Chinese...

H-1B Visa Issue Not A Sticking Point In India-US Ties: Shalabh Kumar

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (PTI): Asserting that artificial trade barriers between India and the US would "evaporate" quickly, an Indian-American donor and supporter of US President Donald Trump has said fears about the H-1B overhauling is "overblown" and the issue is unlikely to cause trouble in bilateral ties. "President Trump first...

Sushma Swaraj Arrives In Nepal To Attend SAARC Ministerial Meeting

POKHARA, Mar 16 (PTI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Pokhara today on a three-day visit to Nepal to attend the SAARC Ministerial meeting during which she will push ahead India's "neighbourhood first" policy and review the progress of decisions taken by the grouping last year. Ms Swaraj arrived...

New Post Of Secretary For Defence Finance Created

NEW DELHI, May 18 (PTI): A new Secretary-level post has been created in the Defence Ministry to help in better management of its accounts and its huge budget of over Rs. 2 lakh crore. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shobhana Joshi, an Indian Defence Accounts...

PM Narendra Modi launches ‘Stand up India’ to promote financial inclusion

Noida, Apr 05 (PTI): To boost entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women by facilitating loans in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched the Stand Up India initiative and said it will transform the lives of...

It’s about celebrating tech that India creates: Nadella

New Delhi, May 30 (PTI): India-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella today said developers and entrepreneurs from India are playing a key role in driving innovation — both in the country and outside — and the company wants to be the platform for creators here. Nadella, on a one-day...

Despite Bajwa as new army chief Pak’s India policy won’t change: Experts

New Delhi , Nov 30 (PTI): The Nagrota attack, which claimed the lives of seven soldiers including two Majors, is a signal from the Pakistani establishment that their policy of proxy war against India will continue despite change of person helming their army, eminent security analysts said today. "It is...

2 terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter in Kashmir

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI): Two militants were killed in an overnight gunbattle with security forces in a village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Troops of 53 Rashtriya Rifles and police cordoned off Naina Batapora village last evening following information about presence of the militants in the area, an...

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, Indian refiners clear part of $6.4 bn dues to...

Tehran, May 21 (PTI): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Iran, Indian refiners have made first euro payments in four years to clear a part of the USD 6.4-billion in past oil dues. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) has paid USD 500 million and Indian...

Khaki shorts out for RSS, brown trousers in

Nagaur (Rajasthan), Mar 13 (PTI): Khaki shorts, the trademark dress for RSS cadres for 91 years, is out and is being replaced by brown trousers as the Sangh wants to move with the times. The decision was taken at the three-day annual meeting of Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest...

Concern Over India’s Nuclear Liability Law Still Remains: French Firm EDF

NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (PTI): A month after India and France signed an agreement to take forward a deal to supply six nuclear reactors for Jaitapur plant, French firm EDF has said concern over India's liability law still remains and that it will give a fresh pricing proposal for...

India, Israel to intensify defence, anti-terror cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) Reflecting their growing proximity, India and Israel today decided to further "broad-base" their already close defence partnership and intensify cooperation in combating radicalisation and extremism, while calling upon global community to act tough against terror networks and States harbouring them. The two countries also agreed...

Police suspect three Mumbai youths could have joined ISIS

MUMBAI, Dec 21 (PTI): Three youths from Mumbai who have been missing for some time are suspected to have joined terror outfit Islamic State (IS), police said on Monday. The three youths are identified as Ayaz Sultan (23), Mohsin Sheikh (26) and Wajid Sheikh (25), all residents of Malvani area...

China detains Indian national who strayed into the country

Beijing, Jan 18 (PTI): China has detained a mentally unstable Indian national who strayed into the country through Myanmar border and efforts are on to identify the man currently undergoing treatment in a hospital. Chandra Mohan, 42, hailing from Khooja village near Guna in Madhya Pradesh who was reported to...

India’s oil demand growth rate to eclipse China’s

New Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI): India's oil consumption is expected to 7-8 per cent this year, outpacing China's demand growth for the third consecutive year, as impact of demonetisation is likely to be short-lived, according to Platts. LPG and transport fuels demand will rise, while new petrochemical projects would...

82 incidents of tiger attacking human in last 3 yrs

New Delhi, Mar 08 (PTI): As many as 82 incidents of tiger attacks on humans have been reported in different parts of the country in the last three years, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. Among these incidents, 28 have been reported in 2014-15, 33 in 2013-14 and 21 in...

PMO to notify CMs panel on making India less-cash economy

New Delhi, Nov 29 (PTI) Seeking to neutralise political turmoil over demonetisation within and outside Parliament, the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) is likely to shortly notify a committee of chief ministers to suggest ways to make India a less-cash economy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has already spoken to Andhra...

2006 Malegaon Blast Case: Bail Plea Of 4 Accused Rejected

MUMBAI, Jun 06 (PTI): The special NIA (National Investigation Agency) court today rejected the bail plea of four accused in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blast case. Special NIA judge VV Patil rejected the bail applications of Manor Singh, Rajendra Chaudhry, Dhan Singh and Lokesh Sharma. The four accused had urged for...

Interest Cut An Assault By Modi Government On Middle Class: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI, Mar 19 (PTI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today came down hard on the government for slashing the interest rates on small savings, including Public Provident Fund (PPF), terming it as yet another assault on the middle class. "Slashing interest rates on small savings - on PPF and...

3000 Ex-Servicemen To Be Appointed As Special Police Officers In Haryana

CHANDIGARH, Jun 08 (PTI): Haryana government has decided to appoint around 3000 ex-servicemen as Special Police Officers in all 21 districts on contract basis for a period of one year. "Ex-servicemen of Indian Army, between the age of 25 and 50 years, who have not been removed from service due...

Rejected 43 high court judges due to adverse intelligence reports: Govt

NEW DELHI, Nov 25 (PTI): The government on Friday defended its move to return to the Supreme Court collegium names of 43 candidates for appointment as judges in high courts, saying the decision was based on adverse intelligence reports and serious nature of complaints against them. "The major reasons for...

Govt to rescue 41 Indian sailors stuck in UAE: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said government was working to secure release of 41 Indian sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in United Arab Emirates. Swaraj also said the Indian Embassy in UAE has been directed to ensure that the sailors get...

Mallya a Congress baby UPA forced bank to give him loans BJP

New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI): Hitting back at Congress for questioning whether the Centre would seek Vijay Mallya‘s deportation, BJP said the industrialist was a “Congress’ baby” and accused the previous UPA dispensation of helping him by forcing a bank to provide a loan of Rs 3,100 crore despite...

India ‘Substantially Free’ From Homegrown Terrorism: President Pranab Mukherjee

NEW DELHI, Sep 5 (PTI): President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi today said India is "substantially free" from the globally witnessed menace of homegrown terrorism as citizens possess "ethnicity in mind and have faith in pluralism". Mr Mukherjee, while teaching students in the school inside the President's Estate as part of...

Delhi pollution: Centre says it is an emergency situation

New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) Delhi is witnessing an "emergency situation" due to alarming pollution level, the Centre today said and called a meeting of Environment Ministers of all neighbouring states on Monday to curb stubble burning by farmers which has made Delhi a "gas chamber". As a blanket of...
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