India needs comprehensive tax policy for curbing tobacco use: WHO

Kolkata, March 22 (PTI): India needs to draft a comprehensive tax policy for all tobacco products if it wants to cut down the easy access to the plethora of low-cost and locally produced tobacco products available in the country, World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested. Describing the availability and affordability of low-cost and locally-produced tobacco […]

Aspirations of small town India push regional newspaper boom

Aspirations of small town India push regional newspaper boom

Nirmala George Associated Press   Rewatiraman Shukla, a young office worker living in a slum on New Delhi’s outskirts, can’t remember a time when his family did not have a newspaper delivered to their home. Even when home was a single room in a congested tenement without indoor plumbing. Even when his father was working […]

Three injured in attack on army camp in Jammu

Three injured in attack on army camp in Jammu

Jammu, March 21 (IANS): Two soldiers and a pilgrim were injured on Saturday in a militant attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, police said.   Armed with automatic weapons and grenades, militants attacked the Mesar camp of 82 armoured regiment in Samba district in the morning triggering a gunfight with […]

IAS officer’s death; JDS releases audio tape

Bengaluru, Mar 21, 2015, (PTI): JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy today released an audio clipping claiming it would expose the circumstances that led to the transfer of IAS officer D K Ravi, who died under mysterious circumstances, in contrast to claims made by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.   JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy today released […]

Bihar exam mess: 100 arrested, Centre to seek report

Patna, March 21 (IANS): Cheating in the Class 10 exams continued in Bihar on Saturday, with police having to fire in the air and carry out a baton charge to disperse people who were helping students to copy. While nearly 100 people were arrested, union minister Upendra Kushwaha said the Centre will seek a report […]

Why no arrest over nun’s gang rape, NCW asks Bengal government

Kolkata, March 21 (IANS): The National Commission for Women (NCW) slammed the West Bengal administration on Saturday over its failure to arrest any of the culprits involved in the gang rape of a septuagenarian nun in Nadia district.   The sister superior of the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat — some 80 km […]

Medical devices industry in India underinvested: WHO

March 21, New Delhi (PTI): The ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi throws up opportunities for growth of domestic medical devices industry, which is not only “underinvested” but heavily import-oriented at present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.   “There is a need for appropriate and applicable health care technology […]

‘Political compulsions can’t decide AFSPA move’

Jammu, March 21 (PTI): Asserting that Pakistan is not ready to mend its ways, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh on Saturday maintained that Centre was following zero-tolerance towards terrorism and said any decisions of AFSPA cannot be taken on the political considerations.   “I think, this is also an occasion for us to do […]

Scores killed as Varanasi-bound train derails

Scores killed as Varanasi-bound train derails

Rae Bareli/Lucknow, March 20 (IANS): At least 32 people were killed when the engine and three coaches of a passenger train derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh after the driver overshot a signal on Friday. Northern Railway spokesman Neeraj Sharma said in New Delhi that nearly 50 people were warded in hospitals. Doctors in […]

Indian handloom, textile real luxury for us: British designer

Mumbai, March 20 (IANS): While many Indian designers are trying to hit international runways with their creations, here is one Briton who is fascinated by Indian handloom and textiles. Designer Natalie Jolliffe of brand Miss Bennett London says that such elements are “real luxury” for someone like her who hardly find such products in her […]

Twitter plans Dubai office; First in MENA region

Dubai, March 19 (IANS): Popular microblogging service provider Twitter plans to open an office in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will be its first office in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to a report on Thursday.   Twitter’s plan to open the Dubai office, which was announced on […]