ABVP protest turns violent, nearly 100 people injured

Patna, March 26 (IANS): Police fired in the air and resorted to a baton charge on Thursday to disperse ABVP members who pelted stones at police during a protest near the Bihar assembly against the prevailing education scenario in the state. Nearly 100 people were injured while a similar number of ABVP activists were detained. […]

Coal ministry eyeing 15 to 20 blocks for next auction round

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS): The coal ministry is identifying 15-20 blocks for the next – third – round of auction, but cannot give a deadline for completing the process for all 204 blocks whose allotments were annulled by the Supreme Court, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday.   “Fifteen to 20 […]

At least 121 death petitions disposed off in last 34 years

NEW DELHI, MARCH 26 (PTI): A total of 121 death petitions involving more than 163 persons were disposed off by the President of India in the last 34 years.   In response to an RTI query, Ministry of Home Affairs (Judicial Division) said that since 1981, there were 124 cases, whereupon 90 cases were rejected […]

India cautions against UN legitimising armed groups

United Nations, March 26 (IANS): India has cautioned the UN against directly dealing with armed groups and bypassing national governments as this would “give political legitimacy to non-state actors.” “It is this legitimacy that they seek the most and which may also, to some extent, be a motivating factor,” India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Bhagwant S. […]

Thousands of avian visitors bid adieu to Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, March 26 (IANS): After six months of winter sojourn in the Kashmir Valley, thousands of migratory birds are bidding adieu to return to their summer homes in far off lands.   The increasing cackle, the preparatory flapping of wings and vigorous feeding are some of the signs for bird watchers to know that the […]

Audi enters North East India eyes 200 units in first year

Guwahati, March 25 (PTI): The country’s largest luxury carmaker Audi entered the North Eastern market by opening its first dealership in Guwahati, which is expected to sell 150-200 units in the first year. “We enter a new place only when we see there is a market for us. We expect to sell a minimum of […]

RBI signs $400 million currency swap pact with SL

Mumbai, March 25 (PTI): RBI on Wednesday signed a $400 million currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for three years that will allow the island nation to draw the amount in dollars or euros in multiple tranches.   “The Central Bank of Sri Lanka can make drawals of US Dollar or […]

Telecom spectrum auction ends, garners over 1 lakh crores

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): After 19 days of rigorous bidding, the auction of airwaves for telecom operators concluded Wednesday, with officials initially placing the figure of cumulative bids at over Rs.100,000 crore. The auction was conducted for 800 MHz, 900 Mhz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz covering both mobile telephony and broadband, including 4G. […]

Mercedes-Benz launches two new luxury cars

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): Luxury automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz launched on Wednesday two of its specialty cars — the new CLS-Class Coupé and the E-Class Cabriolet. The luxury automobile manufacturer launched the new E 400 Cabriolet at Rs.78.50 lakh and the new CLS 250 CDI Coupé at Rs.76.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The company said the […]

Cipla to launch generic Hepatitis C drug ‘Hepcvir’

NEW Delhi, March 25 (PTI): Drug major Cipla today announced the launch of generic drug Sofosbuvir for treating chronic Hepatitis C under the brand name ‘Hepcvir’, in India.   “Following the non-exclusive licensing agreement signed with Gilead Sciences in September last year to manufacture and market chronic Hepatitis C medicines, Cipla is now all set […]

India to grow at 7.8%, surpass China: ADB

Manila, March 24 (IANS): India will lead in the Asian region with growth at 7.8 percent in the next fiscal and at 8.2 percent in 2016-17, as China’s economy slows, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.   The bank’s Asian Development Outlook (ADO) report instead projected China’s economic growth to decelerate from 7.4 […]

Cairn Energy seeks compensation from India

New Delhi, March 24 (PTI): Cairn Energy of UK is seeking compensation from the Government of India for the loss in value it suffered due to an “unfair and arbitrary” Rs.10,247 crore tax demand raised using a retrospective tax law.   Using the UK-India Investment Treaty, the Edinburgh-based firm filed a formal dispute notice against […]