Absconding major surfaces in US, says Al Qaeda present in Kashmir

Srinagar, March 1 (AGENCIES): An ex-army major, wanted for the 1996 disappearance and murder of a lawyer and rights activist, has surfaced in California and reportedly said the Al Qaeda is present in Jammu and Kashmir – a claim strongly denied by the authorities here who are now planning to seek his extradition. Major Avtar […]

Kashmiri separatist detained

NEW Delhi, March 1 (Reuters):  Leading Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani was detained by police in connection with a money laundering case, police said on Tuesday, sparking concerns of protests in the region.Geelani, a hardliner separatist seen as the face of last summer’s violent anti-India demonstrations in the disputed region, was held at the […]

Indian ‘Casino King’ ready to clear tax liabilities in Nepal

KATHMANDU, March 1 (PTI): Amid stepped up pressure on casino owners in Nepal, Indian ‘Casino King’ Rakesh Wadhwa has expressed his willingness to clear all tax liabilities if the government withdraws an arrest warrant issued against him.Most of the casinos in Nepal have failed to clear their tax liabilities. Wadhwa, who is in New Delhi […]

Budget: This looks like a brazen attempt to fool the people

Mumbai, March 1 (DNA): The finance minister, in his budget speech, was self-congratulatory about the UPA government’s spending on social sectors, which he claimed would continue well into the coming fiscal year. His speech highlighted over several paragraphs the various inclusive measures the government had already undertaken and emphasised the increasing resources that he was […]

Petrol prices to increase

New Delhi, March 1 (Agencies): Your fuel bill is set to go up shortly, in all likelihood, after Parliament session on April 18. But price of petrol, which is not controlled by the government, could go up sooner than that.Oil marketers could raise petrol price by ` 2 to ` 4 since they are losing […]

Reformist Indian budget has a bit for all

The socialist Samajwadi Party activists burn the effigies of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party President Sonia Gandhi and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, during a protest against the annual budget, in Allahabad, February 28. India pledged to reduce its deficit while ramping up social spending Monday as the government unveiled an annual budget […]

Bailable warrants issued against Aarushi’s parents

Allahabad, February 28 (Agencies): Warrant has been issued against the Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar over their alleged roles in the double murder case. Both Mr and Mrs Talwar are allegedly the prime and only accused in the much hyped Aarushi’s murder case. 13-year-old Aarushi was the only child of the dentist couple. However, […]

All shades of opinion should seize opportunity of dialogue: J&K government

Jammu, February 28 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Government said all shades of opinion in the state should seize the ‘historic opportunity’ thrown up by the ongoing dialogue process initiated by the Centre, noting agitation and confrontation cannot resolve differences. The state government also ‘complimented’ the Union Government for its recent initiatives to recommence the dialogue […]

2G scam: Key documents ‘untraceable’ in DoT: CBI

New Delhi, February 28 (Agencies): Several crucial documents of a telecom firm given to the Department of Telecom for the allocation of 2G spectrum to it and which was key evidence in the scam has gone missing from the Department, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a court here today. “The documents submitted by […]

‘India will not offer unsolicited advice to Arab nations’

ON BOARD SPECIAL AIRCRAFT, February 28 (agencies): Although India wanted peace and stability to return to Arab countries, its “basic proposition” was that it would not offer unsolicited advice. The government’s immediate focus and attention was on bringing back Indians who wanted to return from countries in turmoil, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told journalists […]

Honda advances launch, to roll out Brio next month

NEW Delhi, February 28 (Agencies): Honda will launch its Brio small car in the country next month, six months ahead of schedule and weeks before Japanese rival Toyota rolls out its first small car in India, two people familiar with the company’s plans said. Honda Brio, a compact car developed for emerging markets such as […]

Budget 2011: Petrol, diesel prices may rise

NEW Delhi, February 28 (PTI): Petrol and diesel prices look set to be hiked after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee ignored calls for its reduction in customs and excise duty to contain the impact of spurt in global crude oil prices that have touched a two year high of USD 110 per barrel. Mukherjee in his […]