After pest attack, some Indian farmers shun GM cotton

After pest attack, some Indian farmers shun GM cotton

BHATINDA, November 6 (Reuters) – Indian farmers are for the first time abandoning genetically modified cotton after a devastating pest attack ravaged their fields, sowing doubts about the crop technology that had been hailed as a panacea.   The whitefly attack on the Bt cotton variety in Punjab and Haryana has caused a rural crisis: […]

Chhota Rajan brought to Delhi, kept in CBI custody

Chhota Rajan brought to Delhi, kept in CBI custody

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Long-absconding underworld don Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan on Friday was brought to the national capital from Indonesia, officials said.   Rajan, who was arrested by Indonesian police on October 26, reached here in a special aircraft around 5.30 a.m. at Palam airport from where he was taken to Central […]

Bihar battle ends, exit polls split on outcome

Bihar battle ends, exit polls split on outcome

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) Bihar’s bitterly-contested staggered elections ended on Thursday evening, with exit polls sharply split on who would get to rule the state: the BJP-led alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Grand Alliance.   While three of the nine surveys at the end of five rounds […]

24 writers, filmmakers return National Awards over ‘intolerance’

24 writers, filmmakers return National Awards over ‘intolerance’

Mumbai, Nov 5 (IANS) In a collective move to draw the government’s attention to their fears that the country’s “robust democracy might be coming apart”, 24 filmmakers and writers, including Arundhati Roy, Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah, on Thursday returned their national awards. Countering this, veteran actor Anupam Kher has decided to lead a march […]

Graft case: Court asks CBI to verify death of two accused

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 5 (PTI): A special court has asked CBI to verify whether two of the five persons it summoned as accused in a graft case in which ex-Union minister P K Thungon was awarded a four-and-a-half-year jail term have died.   Special judge Ajay Kumar Jain had summoned five persons as accused on […]

Microsoft announces new partnerships, cloud start-up initiative

Mumbai, Nov 5 (IANS) US-based technology major Microsoft on Thursday announced a string of partnerships, programmes and products claimed to help Indian organisations and governments to explore unchartered business areas and enrich customer and citizen experiences.   The newly launched local Microsoft Cloud and new devices will also catalyse digital transformation, the company said.   […]

Tata Steel to press ahead with cuts as China exports bite

Tata Steel to press ahead with cuts as China exports bite

MUMBAI, November 5 (Reuters) – Tata Steel Ltd, Europe’s second-largest steel producer, said on Thursday it will press ahead with cost cuts and restructuring to cope with a surge in cheap Chinese exports to Europe and India, its two key markets.   Tata, which posted a surprise 22 percent rise in second-quarter net profit after […]

Education must deepen students’ linkage with society: President

Education must deepen students’ linkage with society: President

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that education must deepen students’ linkage with society and develop a scientific temper in them.   “Knowledge is individual. We must follow a multi-disciplinary approach that allows students to learn and seek knowledge holistically,” the president said.   He was speaking here at the […]

Modi launches ‘Made in India’ gold coins, two other schemes

Modi launches ‘Made in India’ gold coins, two other schemes

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) In a bid to put some 20,000 tonnes of idle gold to productive use and cut imports worth $35-$45 billion annually, India today launched three schemes related to the metal, including domestically minted coins with the images of Ashok Chakra and Mahatma Gandhi.   The schemes launched by Prime Minister […]

India-born former soldier sworn in as Canada’s new defence minister

India-born former soldier sworn in as Canada’s new defence minister

OTTAWA, November 5 (Reuters) – Harjit Sajjan, a former police officer and veteran of three military deployments to Afghanistan, was named Canada’s new minister of defence on Wednesday, bringing first-hand expertise to one of the country’s top cabinet positions.   Sajjan will oversee an anticipated change in Canada’s military involvement in the battle against militants […]

Twitter launches Make in India emoji

New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) The Indian government on Wednesday became the first non-US based brand to have a Twitter emoji — #MakeInIndia — which aims to promote the country as a global manufacturing hub.   “As a key highlight of this government campaign, an emoji of a black lion on an orange background, a […]