Kiran Bedi joins BJP

 BJP chief Amit Shah presents a bouquet to former IPS officer Kiran Bedi to welcome her into the party during a press conference in New Delhi. (PTI Photo) New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): Celebrated former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who parted ways with AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal around two years ago, Thursday joined the BJP, […]

18 army officers held for attacks on police

Nashik, January 15 (IANS): At least 18 army officers involved in attacks on police personnel and a police station here have been arrested, police said Thursday. “We have arrested 18 lieutenants from among the more than 150 army officers involved in the incidents yesterday (Wednesday),” Deputy Commissioner of Police Hemrajsingh Rajput told IANS. They have […]

India facing climate of mounting intolerance: Shashi Tharoor

Kolkata, January 15 (IANS): Admitting he was fortunate his book “The Great Indian Novel” wasn’t banned when it released 25 years ago, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Thursday said there is a trend of “mounting intolerance” in India today and he was not confident if the same book would have survived in this age. “The Great […]

Centre seeks help of industry, academics on healthcare

Mumbai, January 15 (IANS) Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda Thursday stressed on greater links between the government, industry and academicians to find solutions to healthcare challenges in India. While the government is taking several steps to address healthcare challenges, the minister said there is a strong need to augment these by the […]

President’s daughter to contest Delhi polls

New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishta Mukherjee was among the 15 candidates named by the Congress Thursday for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls. Sharmishta Mukherjee, 49, will contest from the Greater Kailash Colony assembly constituency in south Delhi. She will take on Aam Aadmi Party leader and former transport minister […]

US court dismisses case against Modi

New York, January 15 (IANS): A US court has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failure to control the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying as a sitting head of government he was entitled to immunity. In dismissing the case filed by human rights group American Justice Centre (AJC) in New York, US District […]

UP targets illegal liquor sales as deaths hit 38

LUCKNOW, January 14 (AP): Authorities in a north Indian state suspended 23 officials Wednesday in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38. Investigators were looking into whether officials neglected to halt illegal liquor sales, possibly accepting bribes to […]

Bill moots heavy fine for smoking in restricted areas

New Delhi, January 14 (Agencies): From banning smoking even in designated areas in hotels and restaurants to imposing heavy fines for flouting rules, the Centre has cracked the whip on consumption of cigarettes and tobacco products by proposing a slew of amendments to the (COTPA) Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation […]

State of education: Half of Class V can’t read Class II text

New Delhi, January 14 (Agencies): Despite various government initiatives and near-universal enrolment in the age group 6-14, basic learning achievements in reading and maths remain low and dismal, according to the tenth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). ASER 2014, released Tuesday, has found that the proportion of children enrolled in private schools has gone […]

Delhi church vandalized

New Delhi, January 14 (IANS): A church here was vandalized before dawn Wednesday, the fourth such incident in the capital in seven weeks, police said. The incident, which took place around 4:20 a.m., was captured by a CCTV camera installed inside the premises of Our Lady Of Graces Church at Vikaspuri in west Delhi. “The […]

NHRC officer gets seven-year jail term for raping woman

New Delhi, January 14 (IANS): A senior officer of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was sent to seven years in jail by a court here for raping a woman by concealing his marital status and marrying her. Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Virender Bhat awarded seven years jail to convict Jagdish Nautiyal, a gazetted NHRC […]