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‘Airtel to buy Loop Mobile in Rs.700 crore deal’

Mumbai: India’s largest cellular carrier, Bharti Airtel Ltd, will buy small mobile operator Loop Mobile for about Rs.300 crore, two sources said, the first merger in six years in an industry long seen as ripe for consolidation. Loop, which operates…

‘Oldest family in the world’ aims for Guinness World Records

BANGALORE, February 16 (TNN): They are 13 of the 14 children of Shankaranarayana Manja from Kargal in Shimoga, and, with a collective age of over 880 years, they are now staking their claim to be the oldest family in the…

AAP announces its first list of Lok Sabha candidates

New Delhi, February 16 (IANS): Medha Patkar, Anjali Damania, Yogendra Yadav, Meera Sanyal and Kumar Vishwas are among 20 people who feature in the first list of the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidates for the Lok Sabha elections announced here Sunday.…

Don’t expect major announcements in interim Union Budget

Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, in white shirt, pose for photographs while giving final touches to the interim budget in New Delhi, India on February 16. The budget for 2014-15 will be presented on Monday. (AP Photo)   NEW Delhi,…

Rahul woos women voters, promises empowerment

Tumkur, February 16 (PTI): In a veiled attack on BJP and RSS, Rahul Gandhi today said the opposition does not respect women and their ‘ideological sangathan’ has no place for them. “Their ideological sangathan has no place for women. Their…

CBI starts fresh questioning of Tyagi brothers in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal

New Delhi, February 16 (PTI): CBI has started fresh questioning of the cousins of former IAF chief SP Tyagi in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal in light of claims by alleged middleman Guido Haschke that he had…

Must collectively address censorship issue: Publishers

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 16 (PTI): In the wake of Penguin’s decision to withdraw US scholar Wendy Doniger’s book in India, publishers today rallied for the need to make collective efforts against the issue of censorship. “The withdrawal of Doniger’s book…

Kejriwal resigns over Janlokpal bill; sets stage for national role

New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): Forty-nine days after he took charge of the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and BJP legislators “defeated” his party’s attempts to…

SC told ‘high dignitaries’ term not constitutional

New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): The Supreme Court Friday asked the central and state governments to respond to a petition seeking to declare “unconstitutional” a section in the Motor Vehicle Rules that allows use of red beacon lights by “high…

‘Anti-corruption bills have empowered people’

New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): The government is committed to weeding out corruption and many anti-graft bills have “empowered” the people of the country, Minister of State V. Narayanasamy said Friday. Speaking at the 7th Interpol global programme on anti-corruption,…

Publisher blames Indian law for removal of Hindu book

NEW DELHI, February 14 (AP): Penguin India publishing house said Friday that “intolerant and restrictive” Indian laws forced it to remove a book from sale after it tried to defend an American author’s religious history against objections from a conservative…

Rise in eve-teasing, molestation cases on trains: Railways

New Delhi, February 14 (PTI): Despite several measures introduced to ensure the security of women passengers, railways has seen an increase in the number of cases of molestation and eve-teasing on trains in the past year. A total of 189…