Petrol price to be cut by over Rs 1 per litre

NEW Delhi: Petrol prices are likely to be cut by over one rupee a litre early next week as appreciation in value of rupee against US dollar and fall in global oil rates has made imports cheaper. However, diesel rates will go up by 50 paisa per litre in line with the practice of raising […]

‘Don’t attack schools’

HRW tells Maoist and Security forces New York, March 26 (IANS): Maoists and security forces in India should respect children’s safety by keeping away from schools in the weeks before Lok Sabha election, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The Maoists should cease all attacks on schools which will be used as balloting centres. Security forces […]

Well earning Indian women prone to partner violence: Study

New York, March 26 (IANS): In a shocking revelation, a study has found that women in India who have more education than their husbands, earn more or who are the sole earners experience frequent and severe intimate partner violence (IPV) than women who are not employed or less educated than their spouse. Abigail Weitzman, a […]

BJP to welcome foreign defence investment, keep out big retailers

New Delhi, March 26 (Reuters): The nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would welcome more foreign direct investment in defence, if elected, but would delay opening up the country’s market of more than 1.2 billion people to international retail chains like Wal-Mart. The country’s main opposition party, which surveys show is on course to win the […]

Congress promises jobs, universities

From left to right, Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi release party manifesto ahead of the general elections, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, March 26. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see […]

Court orders Sahara to pay 100 bn to release chairman Roy on bail

New Delhi, March 26 (Reuters): The Supreme Court has agreed to release the head of the Sahara conglomerate from custody, but only after the group deposits 100 billion rupees in cash and bank guarantees. Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy was arrested on February 28 and has been held in a Delhi jail since March 4 after […]

Kejriwal to take on Modi in Varanasi

Ink is seen splattered on the clothes of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, chief Arvind Kejriwal, center, and supporters during an election campaign in Varanasi India, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Unidentified people threw ink and eggs on Kejriwal and supporters during a road show. India will hold national elections from April […]

Not going ahead with hike in gas prices, govt tells SC

New Delhi, March 25 (PTI): The central government Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it was not going ahead with the hike in gas prices as the Election Commission has asked for the decision to be put on hold. A bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan, Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Kurian Joseph was also told […]

RTI activist found dead

Pune, March 25 (IANS): The body of a prominent Right to Information (RTI) activist, Vilas Baravkar was found hanging in his house in suburban Chakan town near here Tuesday morning, police said. They believed it to be a case of suicide. The police have recovered a suicide note from Baravkar’s home in Chakan, 33 km […]

Top Indian Mujahideen leader arrested

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): A top Indian Mujahideen operative who was an expert in bomb making has been finally arrested, police announced Tuesday, confirming a story IANS broke a day earlier. S.N. Srivastava, special commissioner of Delhi Police, said Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu, 22, had been taken into custody. But he declined to say […]

Erase voting ink at your own risk!

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): NCP chief Sharad Pawar has waded into a controversy for asking his supporters to remove the indelible ink mark and vote twice in the coming Lok Sabha election. But makers of the ink say it cannot be erased so quickly and those who try to do so with chemicals may […]

I am sad about Guj riots, but have no guilt: Modi

NEW Delhi, March 25 (PTI): Narendra Modi says that he was “sad” about the 2002 Gujarat riots but has no guilt, and that no court has “come even close to establishing” it. He has suffered 12 years of public “Modi-bashing” since the time of the riots but says that he had decided early on to […]