Insight: Modi’s pre-election handouts to cost India billions, breach fiscal targets – sources

Insight: Modi’s pre-election handouts to cost India billions, breach fiscal targets – sources

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session, in New Delhi, India, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo NEW DELHI, January 18 (Reuters) – A series of vote-catching measures planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he braces for a difficult […]

Compulsive contrarians indulge in falsehood against Modi government: Jaitley

Compulsive contrarians indulge in falsehood against Modi government: Jaitley

Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance of India attends the session “The Global Economic Outlook” during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) In a hard-hitting attack on opposition parties, specially the Congress and the Left, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said […]

Government curtails tenure of Asthana, 3 other CBI officers

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The Central government on Thursday curtailed the tenure of Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana, who had a bitter fight with ousted agency Director Alok Verma and who himself faces corruption charges, with immediate effect. Along with him, the tenure of three other top officers — Joint Director Arun Kumar Sharma, […]

Hundreds of Rohingya families flee India after deportations

Hundreds of Rohingya families flee India after deportations

Sahidullah, a man from the Rohingya community, holds his son on his lap as he speaks with Reuters inside his shack at a camp on the outskirts of Jammu October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files NEW DELHI, January 17 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim families have left India for Bangladesh since seven Rohingya men were […]

Reclusive Naga sadhus a huge draw at Kumbh Mela

Reclusive Naga sadhus a huge draw at Kumbh Mela

A Naga sadhu waits for devotees inside his camp during “Kumbh Mela” in Prayagraj, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui PRAYAGRAJ, India, January 17 (Reuters) – Ash-smeared and dreadlocked Naga sadhus or Hindu ascetics, naked except for rosary beads and garlands and smoking wooden pipes, are a huge draw at the world’s largest religious festival that […]

New IS module: NIA searches 7 places in UP, Punjab; detains 4

New IS module: NIA searches 7 places in UP, Punjab; detains 4

New Delhi, January 17 (IANS) The NIA on Thursday raided five places in Uttar Pradesh and two in Punjab in its probe into a new Islamic State (IS)-inspired module Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam and detained four men, officials said. The National Investigation Agency teams launched simultaneous searches at seven locations, including Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Hapur and […]

BSP-SP alliance does not spell stability: Sheila Dikshit

BSP-SP alliance does not spell stability: Sheila Dikshit

Sheila Dixit. (Photo: PTI) By Anand Singh and Prashant Sood  New Delhi, January 17 (IANS) In the first attack by a senior Congress leader on the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that it does not “spell stability” and the Congress will spring a surprise in the state […]

Silence prevails in Manali hamlets to appease gods

Vishal Gulati Manali, January 16 (IANS): The sounds of silence in tiny picturesque hamlets currently marooned in a thick blanket of snow overlooking this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort can be heard loud and clear. The deafening silence, which begins every year on Makar Sankranti (January 14) and continues till the end of the ‘Magh’ month, will […]

Indian opposition seeks scrapping of 1870 sedition law after JNU students charged

Indian opposition seeks scrapping of 1870 sedition law after JNU students charged

Kanhaiya Kumar, a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader, gestures as he addresses a meet inside JNU campus in New Delhi. (REUTERS File Photo) New Delhi, January 16 (Reuters): India opposition politicians and media called for a colonial-era sedition law to be scrapped on Wednesday, accusing authorities of trying to suppress dissent after it […]