India summons Sri Lankan HC on fisherman killing

New Delhi, January 13 (PTI): India on Thursday summoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam to lodge a strong protest over the killing of a fisherman by Sri Lankan Navy, asserting that such incidents have no “justification” and calling on authorities there to “desist” from use of force. However, the Sri Lankan envoy denied involvement […]

PM’s panel recommends cheap food for poor

New Delhi, January 13 (Agencies): Prime Minister’s expert committee on National Food Security Bill today recommended that the assured delivery of wheat at Rs 2/kg and rice at Rs 3/kg could be given only to poor and expressed difficulty in accommodating category in view of projected food availability. In contrast, National Advisory Council (NAC), headed […]

Government to pump in Rs 6 bn to fight Maoists

NEW Delhi, January 13 (Agencies): The government is pumping in Rs 580 crore (Rs 5.8 billion) under a special security scheme which would include strengthening road connectivity and recruiting 12,000 more special police officers (SPO) to boost its fighting power against Maoists in mineral-rich central and eastern India. The central government is increasing its money […]

Lalgarh massacre: W Bengal government opposes CBI probe

Kolkata, January 13 (PTI): The West Bengal government on Thursday opposed a CBI probe into the Lalgarh massacre that claimed seven lives as also compensation and told the Calcutta High Court that the CID be allowed to continue the investigation. Denying that the CID would not be able to properly investigate as alleged by the […]

Mumbai boy kills India’s most wanted

Mumbai, January 13 (Agencies): Sources reveal how a small-time convict from Kandivli went to Pakistan and pumped bullets into IM mastermind Riyaz Bhatkal. Even as the daring shootout that killed India’s most wanted terrorist and chief of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, Riyaz Bhatkal has thrown investigators into a huddle, the needle of suspicion points to […]

Bollywood biggies to help Shabana Azmi with her girl child project in UP

Mumbai, January 13 (Agencies): Girls in a small village in Uttar Pradesh have found unlikely allies in Bollywood. Industry biggies, including Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar, will walk the ramp later this month to raise funds for the education of girl children in rural India. The proceeds from the fashion show […]

‘India, Pak can’t live in perpetual tension’

NEW Delhi, January 12 (PTI): Citing the collapse of the Berlin Wall that unified Germany, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that differences between India and Pakistan may be resolved one day since the two cannot wish each other away and live in “perpetual tension”. “I do not have the capacity to indulge in the […]

Cracks in UPA: NCP calls Rahul arrogant for price rise

New Delhi, January 12 (Agencies): The Nationalist Congress Party, a major constituent of the UPA, today hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for blaming coalition compulsions for price rise, saying his statements should reflect “humility” and not “arrogance”. A day after Gandhi made the comments which seemed to target Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, NCP […]

‘Sibal’s remarks on CAG report improper’

New Delhi, January 12 (PTI): Hitting out at Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday said his “improper” remarks against the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the 2G spectrum issue had hurt the dignity of the government auditor. PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi also said that the committee members had […]

Army Chief VK Singh appears before PAC

NEW Delhi, January 12 (PTI): In a first instance of its kind, Army Chief V. K. Singh on Wednesday appeared before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with alleged irregularities in the canteen stores supplies. The PAC had called the chiefs of the three defence services for a hearing after a CAG report pointed […]

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Buddhadeb-Chidambaram meeting between Jan 17-19   Kolkata, January 12 (Agencies): The long-awaited meeting between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Delhi to discuss law and order in the state, including the January 7 Lalgarh killings, might take place between January 17 and 19. “We are trying to fix […]

Winds of change in Kashmir as ‘stone-pelting’ youth eye police job

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as a Kashmiri youth, whose face covered with a scarf, waits to submit his documents during a police recruitment rally in Srinagar, January 12. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which is divided between Hindu-majority India and predominately Muslim Pakistan, but claimed by both in its entirety. (AP Photo) […]