HC pulls up state govt over Sabarimala stampede

Thiruvananthapuram, January 17 (Agencies): The Kerala high court on Monday expressed anguish over neglecting its warning on Sabarimala and directed the state government to submit a report on Friday’s stampede near the hill shrine in which 102 pilgrims crushed to death. Taking the case suo moto, the division bench of Justice Thottathil Radahkrishnan and P […]

Congress never cared for poor, says Gadkari

Bhubaneswar, January 17 (Agencies): The Congress party was never serious about the problems of the poor and peasants in the country, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari said here on Monday. After ruling the country for the most number of years since independence, it was the Congress leaders and workers who became richer, not the […]

UPA in Mamata’s line of fire over petro price hike

Kolkata, January 17 (HT): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, the Congress’s biggest partner in the ruling UPA government, on Sunday slammed the decision to hike petroleum prices, saying her party had not been consulted before taking the decision. Trinamool will hit the streets on Monday in protest. “We did not know about this. Nobody discussed […]

HC reserves order on Kasab’s appeal against death sentence

MUMBAI, January 17 (PTI) : After hearing arguments for three months, the Bombay High Court on Monday reserved till February 7 its order on the appeal filed by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab against the death sentence awarded to him for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V […]

PM meets Prez, fuels reshuffle speculation

NEW DELHI, January 17 (PTI): A reshuffle of the Union council of ministers with a few inductions is likely to take place later this week. An indication of this came after a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil on Monday evening. Though official sources described it as a routine meeting, indications […]

Abolish crude oil customs duty to avoid price hikes: Oil cos

New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Finding a Rs 5.50 per litre hike in petrol prices over the past one month insufficient to cover their under-recoveries on fuel sales, oil marketing companies have demanded the abolition of customs duty on crude oil to avoid a further increase amid spiralling international rates. Petrofed, an oil and gas […]

Mitsubishi Motors to raise output in India, Brazil

New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): Mitsubishi Motors will streamline production in Japan, the United States and Europe while increasing output in emerging markets including Brazil and India, a report said Saturday. By redistributing resources, the automaker aims to lift global production to 1.5 million units, up 50% from the year to March 2010, the Nikkei […]

No SEBI ban on me or my firms: Ambani

Mumbai, January 16 (PTI): Anil Ambani on Sunday claimed that his two group firms – Reliance Infra and RNRL – settled the SEBI probe voluntarily and the regulator has not imposed any ban on the companies or their directors from participation in the capital market. Contesting media reports that SEBI barred two group firms and […]

DoT moots up to Rs. 2 crore penalty on unlawful phone tapping

New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Amid a debate over phone-tapping and making conversations public without authorisation, the Telecom Ministry has proposed a penalty of up to Rs. 2 crore on unlawfully tapping, as against just Rs. 500 at present. In a communique to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed […]

Demolish Adarsh building in 3 months: Jairam

This November 1 file photo, two Indian boys chat in the backdrop of the Adarsh Housing Society apartments, center, in Mumbai. India says an upscale apartment building must be demolished because its location on Mumbai’s coast violates environmental protection laws.(AP Photo) New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): The 31-storey Adrash Housing Society building should be demolished […]

Allies seek better coordination in UPA-II

New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): At a time when the ruling coalition is passing through a turbulent phase, demands for a better coordination in the UPA-II are being raised by the allies of the Congress. The NCP, whose chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has come under criticism from within a section of Congress, is […]