Sri Lanka’s new president arrives in India

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15 (AP): Sri Lanka’s new leader is underlining India’s importance as a regional ally by making it his first official foreign destination as president, following years of uneasy relations with New Delhi and international pressure to speed up post-civil war reconciliation efforts at home.President Maithripala Sirisena’s four-day visit, beginning with his arrival […]

Pakistan for meaningful dialogue with India

Islamabad, February 15 (IANS): Pakistan stands for "meaningful and serious dialogue" with India, a top official has said, after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.Reacting with "cautious optimism", Sartaj Aziz, the advisor on foreign affairs and national security, said India took the step due to persuasion by the UN […]

Fifty-seven percent of TB patients given wrong drugs

MUMBAI, February 15 (TNN): Here’s why drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) breeds freely in Mumbai: Patients don’t get appropriate medication. A new study collating information from eight hospitals and treatment centres across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai found patients were given drugs that they were resistant to.The study, published in PLOS ONE medical journal recently, looked at […]

National Games: Services complete hat-trick of titles

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, February 14 (PTI): Meet records tumbled in a heap, established stars performed as expected even as some lesser known faces managed to surprise with lion-hearted performances in the 35th National Games where the Services Sports Control Board ended up being the most dominant force for a third year running. Although hosts Kerala won the […]

Kejriwal promises corruption-free Delhi, end ‘VIP culture’

Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, leader Arvind Kejriwal greets the crowd after taking oath as Chief Minister of Delhi, as Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung stands by his side in New Delhi on Saturday, February 14. The AAP, headed by the former tax official who had remade himself into a champion for clean government, […]

1,700 obsolete laws to be repealed: PM Narendra Modi

Mumbai, February 14 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the government has identified around 1,700 obselete and is woring towards their repeal. Pointing out that the world is looking at India with great hopes, he said one of the reasons for this was the global investor community trusts the independence of the country’s judicial […]

States to get more central funds for Clean India campaign

Kolkata, February 14 (IANS): The centre will increase fund allocation for states to promote the Clean India campaign and will rate city municipalities in the process, union Minister of Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu said here Saturday. "The government is committed to implement a gradation of all the municipalities of the country […]

‘Can the president help fix my cancer?’

February 15 is International Childhood Cancer Day New Delhi, February 14 (IANS): “What is Rashtrapati Bhavan,” asks Dharmesh, a blood cancer patient. Even as Mehroz, his teacher, prepares to explain, the eight-year-old shoots off another question. “Who lives there? Will he help fix my cancer,” he asks, furiously colouring his ‘I deserve a beautiful environment […]

ISIS group to be banned in India

New delhi, february 14 (PTI): The dreaded terror group ISIS and all its affiliate organisations will be banned by India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act soon. A notification declaring ISIS and its affiliates ISIL and IS as proscribed organisations will be issued very soon, official sources said on Friday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had […]

Aadhaar to link with electoral rolls to remove bogus voters

HYDERABAD, February 14 (PTI): The Election Commission would launch a drive from March 1 to link Aadhaar number with electoral rolls in a bid to weed out multiple voter cards and bogus voters and put in place an authentic database. Chief election commissioner HS Brahma told reporters here on Saturday that this ‘Electoral Roll Purification […]

‘ISI cultivated Taliban to counter Indian interests’

Islamabad, February 13 (IANS): Former military ruler and Pakistan and military ruler Parvez Musharraf, who was accused of sheltering and supporting the Taliban, has called for an end to the backing of militant “proxies” in Afghanistan.In an interview to The Guardian, Musharraf admitted that when he was in power, Pakistan sought to undermine the government […]

Main accused in Japanese tourist rape case surrenders

Jaipur, February 13 (IANS): The main accused in a Japanese woman’s rape case surrendered Friday to the police in Dudu, over 60 km from here, an official said.“The main accused, identified as 24-year-old Ajit Singh Chaudhary alias Jeetram, surrendered to the police in Dudu today (Friday). We have arrested him and his interrogation is going […]