BSF trooper killed, 7 soldiers hurt in LoC firing

Jammu, November 21 (IANS) One Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed and seven others were injured on Monday in Pakistan firing on the Line of Control in Jammu’s Rajouri district, an official said.   “Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling in Manjakot sector of Rajouri district after midnight,” the senior BSF official […]

Modi seeks support for demonetisation, assures victory for people

Modi seeks support for demonetisation, assures victory for people

Agra, November 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought people’s support for his demonetisation decision, saying that the country will emerge victorious after this “test by fire”.   “As I said on the very first day when I announced the decision, it is a time-consuming process. It will cause inconvenience and a little […]

China says Dalai Lama’s Mongolia visit could harm ties

China says Dalai Lama’s Mongolia visit could harm ties

BEIJING, November 20 (Reuters) – China urged Mongolia on Sunday to take steps to protect the two countries’ relations after the Dalai Lama visited the central Asian country at the weekend, despite Beijing repeatedly voicing its opposition.   The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in Mongolia on Friday to meet Mongolian Buddhist leaders, according to […]

Demonetisation has hit terror outfits hard: Amit Shah

Chandigarh, November 20 (IANS): Defending the central government’s demonetisation decision, BJP President Amit Shah said on Sunday that the “bold” move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hit terror outfits hard, leaving them penniless.   Addressing a rally of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) booth-level leaders here on Sunday, Shah said the same people from opposition […]

Prabhu orders enquiry over train derailment

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday ordered an enquiry after the Patna-Indore express derailed near Kanpur, in which over 45 people were killed and said strictest action would be taken against those responsible.   “Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately. All necessary assistance provided to the […]

Pakistan Army says it shot down Indian drone near LoC

Islamabad, November 19 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday said it has shot down an unmanned Indian drone near the Line of Control.   Inter-Services Public Relations, the military’s media wing, chief Lt Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted that an “Indian quadcopter” was shot down at 4.45 p.m. Pakistan time, by the troops at Aagahi post in Rakhchakri […]

If no shortage, why are banks not exchanging old notes: Chidambaram

New Delhi, November 19 (IANS) Attacking the Centre over demonetisation, senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday questioned why banks were not exchanging old currency notes if there was no shortage of new notes and those of Rs 100 denomination.   “If the learned AG (Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi) is correct […]

If demonetisation fails, country will be pushed to anarchy, Raj Thackeray warns

If demonetisation fails, country will be pushed to anarchy, Raj Thackeray warns

Mumbai, November 19 (IANS) Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the November 8 demonetisation of high-value currency notes and warned that if it fails, the country will be pushed to anarchy.   Questioning the government’s assertions that preparations for demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee […]

Life returns to Kashmir after four months of closure

Srinagar, November 19 (IANS) After 132 days of closure, the Kashmir Valley burst into life on Saturday morning with a large number of vehicles out on the roads, and markets, schools, offices and businesses open for the first time after months of separatist-sponsored shutdown and violent protests.   Shoppers thronged Srinagar markets in large numbers […]

India has most urban-dwellers without sanitation: Report

KOCHI, NOVEMBER 18 (PTI): With the breakneck speed of expansion of cities, India has the greatest number of urban-dwellers in the world without safe, private toilets and practising open defecation though the government has made sanitation a priority, a report by a global NGO says. “India ranks top for having the greatest number of urbanites […]

If hardship due to demonetisation continues, there may be riots: SC

New Delhi, November 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay, for now, the petitions against demonetisation pending before different High Courts and subordinate courts as it cautioned that if hardship continues, there may be riots.   Asking the government to ease the situation, the court observed if hardship continues “we may have […]