‘Don’t attack schools’

HRW tells Maoist and Security forces New York, March 26 (IANS): Maoists and security forces in India should respect children’s safety by keeping away from schools in the weeks before Lok Sabha election, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The Maoists should cease all attacks on schools which will be used as balloting centres. Security forces […]

Not going ahead with hike in gas prices, govt tells SC

New Delhi, March 25 (PTI): The central government Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it was not going ahead with the hike in gas prices as the Election Commission has asked for the decision to be put on hold. A bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan, Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Kurian Joseph was also told […]

RTI activist found dead

Pune, March 25 (IANS): The body of a prominent Right to Information (RTI) activist, Vilas Baravkar was found hanging in his house in suburban Chakan town near here Tuesday morning, police said. They believed it to be a case of suicide. The police have recovered a suicide note from Baravkar’s home in Chakan, 33 km […]

Top Indian Mujahideen leader arrested

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): A top Indian Mujahideen operative who was an expert in bomb making has been finally arrested, police announced Tuesday, confirming a story IANS broke a day earlier. S.N. Srivastava, special commissioner of Delhi Police, said Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu, 22, had been taken into custody. But he declined to say […]

Erase voting ink at your own risk!

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): NCP chief Sharad Pawar has waded into a controversy for asking his supporters to remove the indelible ink mark and vote twice in the coming Lok Sabha election. But makers of the ink say it cannot be erased so quickly and those who try to do so with chemicals may […]

I am sad about Guj riots, but have no guilt: Modi

NEW Delhi, March 25 (PTI): Narendra Modi says that he was “sad” about the 2002 Gujarat riots but has no guilt, and that no court has “come even close to establishing” it. He has suffered 12 years of public “Modi-bashing” since the time of the riots but says that he had decided early on to […]

Lalu’s crorepati daughter Misa Bharti files nomination

Patna, March 25 (IANS): Misa Bharti, daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who filed her nomination papers Tuesday for the Lok Sabha polls from Pataliputra constituency in Bihar, is a crorepati with the total value of her declared assets more than Rs.5 crore. According to the affidavit submitted by her while filing the nomination from […]

Kejriwal to take on Modi in Varanasi

Ink is seen splattered on the clothes of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, chief Arvind Kejriwal, center, and supporters during an election campaign in Varanasi India, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Unidentified people threw ink and eggs on Kejriwal and supporters during a road show. India will hold national elections from April […]

Withdraw instruction to make Aadhaar mandatory: SC to Centre

New Delhi, March 24 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to immediately withdraw the instruction, if any, issued by it for making Aadhaar card mandatory for citizens to avail government services. “If there are any instructions that Aadhaar is mandatory, it should be withdrawn immediately” a bench of justices BS Chauhan and […]

Press freedom is a compromised reality in India

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS): According to the World Press Freedom Index, which measures the level of freedom of information in 180 countries, ranks India at 140 for the year 2014. The rank is down from 131 in 2012. Among the questions the survey tries to seek answers to pertain to government (bureaucratic) interference in […]

PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi got $13.2 mn pay package in 2013

New York: PepsiCo Inc. CEO Indra Nooyi got a pay package worth $13.2 million last year, representing a 5% increase from the previous year. The pay bump for the Indian-born Nooyi was the result of a higher performance-based bonus, reflecting the company’s improved financial results after coming out of a “transitional year” in which it […]

Karbonn, Lava to launch Windows Phone handsets in few months

NEW DELHI: Domestic handset players Lava and Karbonn will launch Windows Phone-based smartphones in the coming few months. Karbonn’s Windows Phone devices will be in the price range of Rs 6,000-12,000. Lava’s price starts with Rs 6,500. “We will come out with four devices with Windows-based operating system by the end of May or starting […]