Congress hits out at spying on Rahul; Police, BJP reject charges

There was no snooping, no instruction from the government of India: Police New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The Delhi Police on Saturday termed as “routine” a visit by a policeman to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s house to make queries – including on his physical appearance – even as the party termed it “political espionage” […]

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Maoist arrested, 3,000 gelatin rods seized in Bihar Patna, March 14 (IANS): Police have arrested a hardcore Maoist and seized 3,000 gelatin rods, 7,000 detonators, some carbines and a big consignment of ammonium nitrate on Saturday from near a village in Bihar’s Rohtas district, an officer said. Rohtas Superintendent of Police Sandeep Lande said that […]

‘Gear up for online courses’ challenge’

Academic institutions should be benchmarked and accredited: Prez Chandigarh, March 14 (IANS): Calling for academic institutions to be benchmarked and accredited, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said universities should gear up to the challenge posed by new models of knowledge dispensation – especially online courses. Addressing the 64th annual convocation of Panjab University (PU) here, […]

India aims $137 bn railway investment in 5 yrs

People travel at the doorway of a crowded local train on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Indian Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will unveil the Rail Budget 2015 on Thursday for one of the world’s largest railways systems that serves more than 23 million passengers a day. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)   NEW […]

Major terror attack against India could trigger Nuclear war: experts

Washington, February 26 (PTI): Pakistan may use nuclear weapons against India if the latter goes for a large scale military assault against it in retaliation for a major terror attack emanating from across the border, two top American experts have warned US lawmakers. Given the presence of a strong government in New Delhi and the […]

Two more arrests in document leak case

New Delhi, February 26 (IANS): Two officials of the environment ministry and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) were arrested in connection with the official documents leak case, police said Thursday.Delhi Police have arrested Jatinder Nagpal, who is personal assistant to the joint secretary in the ministry. He was arrested Wednesday night along with Vipan […]

Parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 (REUTERS): The Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned on Thursday after opposition members denounced comments by the leader of a Hindu group who said Roman Catholic missionary Mother Teresa had tried to convert people to Christianity. Religious conversion has become a highly emotive issue in India recently, with debate whipped up by […]

Indian cities have Rs.56,200 crore worth of used goods

New Delhi, February  25 (IANS): With about 20% of goods stocked in urban households having become obsolete for the owners, the used goods market has surged to an estimated Rs.56,200 crore, an online e-commerce portal said Wednesday.”For the first time, (we) put a figure on this market – Rs.56,200 crore in 2015 – just in […]

Vrindavan widows to break from tradition to play Holi

Vrindavan, February 25 (IANS): More than 1,000 kgs of gulal will be available at shelter homes here for the thousands of widows in this Uttar Pradesh holy town to celebrate Holi and break from tradition and their mundane routine.The Holi revelries will begin March 3 with songs, dances and sprinkling of colours on their white […]

Indian private hospitals ‘treat patients as revenue generators’

Pune, February  25 (IANS): What has long been murmured in private has now come out in public – India’s private healthcare sector largely treats patients as mere “revenue generators”, according to a study that reveals shocking testimonies of corruption.Irrational drug prescribing, kickbacks for referrals and unnecessary investigations and surgical procedures are widespread in the private […]

Amidst protests, government softens stand on Land Bill

Indian farmer Ghaliapita Hara, 45, holds his head as he listens to a speaker during a protest against the government’s proposed move to ease rules for acquiring land to facilitate infrastructure projects, in New Delhi on Wednesday, February 25. Hara, who is from the state of Madhya Pradesh, said that his land was taken away […]

Gangster Abu Salem gets life

Mumbai, February  25 (IANS): Gangster Abu Salem and his former driver Mehndi Hasan were sentenced to life imprisonment here Wednesday for the brutal daylight killing of Mumbai builder Pradeep Jain in March 1995.Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said Salem has also been fined Rs.200,000 by the Special TADA Court. Salem, also accused in the March […]