Amma, Didi, Behenji: India’s female kingmakers

Pondicherry, April 2 (AFP): The makeup of India’s next government could lie in the hands of a trio of women who command a massive following in their regional heartlands, including a populist former movie star known as “Mother” to supporters. Known more for their charisma than policies, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati are likely […]

No death penalty for Rajiv Gandhi’s killers: SC

NEW Delhi, April 1 (TNN): The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Centre’s petition seeking review of judgment commuting death penalty to life imprisonment of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan. In a short order dismissing Centre’s review petition, a three-judge bench headed by CJI said, “we find no merit in the review […]

Climate change may lead India to war: UN report

NEW DELHI, April 1 (TNN): Asia is facing the brunt of climate change and will see severe stress on water resources and food-grain production in the future, increasing the risk of armed conflict among India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China, the latest report of a UN panel has warned. UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in […]

US ambassador to India resigns 1 week before vote

NEW DELHI, April 1 (AP): The American ambassador to India said she has resigned and will retire before the end of May, ending a two-year tenure after the strip-search of an Indian diplomat in New York City badly damaged U.S.-India ties. In a posting on the U.S. Embassy website Monday, Ambassador Nancy Powell gave no […]

Kejriwal questions Modi wave, attacks Sonia

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS): AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday hit back at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying if there was indeed a ‘Modi wave’ in India, then why was the Gujarat chief minister fighting the Lok Sabha polls from two places. The former Delhi chief minister was equally harsh on Congress president […]

Now, a Khaas Aadmi Party with dustbin as symbol

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS): Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party may now have a competitor. A Khaas Aadmi Party was Tuesday floated in Mumbai, and has asked the Election Commission to allot ‘dustbin’ as its symbol. However, party founder Mirza Dus Hazary assured he was not competing with the AAP in any manner. “We shall take […]

Dearth of doctors to treat autism

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day New Delhi, April 1 (IANS): India faces a dearth of doctors and experts to treat autism, the incidence of which is slowly rising, with the illness being considered wrongly by many as mental retardation, experts said. Moreover, awareness about the neuro-biological disorder is still very low despite the fact […]

No penalty for bank balance below minimum limit: RBI to banks

MUMBAI: Customers may soon be spared penalties for non-maintenance of minimum balances in savings accounts with the Reserve Bank India asking banks to cut down services on low-balance accounts and do away with fines. Banks however say the new regime will lead to higher charges on services for customers. In its first bi-monthly policy on […]

Indian economy more stable; deficit will come down: PC

New Delhi: The Indian economy is more stable than it was 20 months back and businesses are comfortable with the UPA, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said Monday hitting back at BJP’s criticism of economic mismanagement. Chidambaram criticised BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that his brand of liberalism is “crony capitalism” and aims to […]

Time to give back to country what I got in life: Nilekani

Bangalore, March 30 (IANS): Indian IT bellwether Infosys’ co-founder Nandan Nilekani, who has declared assets worth Rs.7,770 crore ($1.3 billion), said that “it’s time to give back to people and the country” what he got in life as he contests the Lok Sabha election. “As I had a successful and fulfilling career in private and […]

India seeks equal role for all governments in global internet

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS): Close on the heels of the US decision to relinquish its oversight of Internet Corporation for Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a global multi-stakeholder meeting – NETmundial – on the future of internet governance will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 23-24. Nearly 800 delegates representing government, private […]