India

  • Cong talks tough at core group meet on Ramdev
    Yoga guru Baba Ramdev with social activist and Lokpal Bill drafting committee member Anna Hazare in New Delhi. (FILE PHOTO) New Delhi, june 2 (Agencies): Worried over Baba Ramdev’s plan to start an indefinite fast against corruption from Saturday, Congress leaders met again on Thursday. Sources said Baba Ramdev is in discussion with a desperate Government and will announce the results of the talks on Friday. According to the sources, on Thursday, he spoke to Congress leader
  • RTI: Aiyar raised questions over CWG budget to PM back in 2006
    New Delhi, June 2 (agencies): Scams related to Commonwealth Games 2010 might have surfaced late last year, but the then Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar had raised questions over the unusual increase in the budget for the mega event as early as in 2006. In a series of letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh since March 2006, Aiyar had expressed his doubts over the functioning of CWG OC and sought removal of its chief Suresh Kalmadi.An RTI reply received from the Prime Minister’
  • Autorickshaw driver’s son sets sights on space
    VISAKHAPATNAM, May 31 (Agencies): It is sheer grit and determination which have given him the recognition as a young scientist. Proving that where there is a will there is a way, Nidrabingi Ramesh Reddy, who recently completed plus two from a city college, wants to become a space scientist notwithstanding his financial background.Son of autorickshaw driver N. Ranga Reddy and home-maker Kondamma, who stay in a small tenement in Peda Waltair, Ramesh, 18, recently returned from his second
  • PM, Merkel discuss terrorism, Af-Pak
    New Delhi, May 31 (PTI): Terrorism in the region and security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan were among the host of issues discussed during the first Indo-German Inter-governmental meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserting that terrorism will have to be fought “on all fronts and not selectively“.Led by Dr. Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrived in New Delhi this morning, the Cabinet meetings between the two sides saw
  • ‘More smokers want to quit after harsh pictorial warnings’
    New Delhi, May 31 (PTI): Anti-tobacco campaigns by the government and stringent pictorial warnings on packages of smoking and chewable tobacco products seem to have increased the number of smokers in India who wish to quit smoking.  “Studies carried out after the implementation of pictorial package warnings in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand consistently show that graphic warnings have significantly increased people’s awareness of the harms of tobacco use,”
  • IOC may hike petrol prices
    NEW Delhi, may 31 (PTI): State-owned Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, on Monday said it may hike petrol price as the steep hike of Rs 5 per litre of May 15 was not enough to cover for the cost of crude oil. “Even after the hike, we are today losing Rs 4.58 per litre. After including VAT, the desired increase at retail level comes to Rs 5.50 a litre,” IOC chairman R S Butola told reporters here.The desired hike in price has been calculated based on
  • Entrepreneurship and Skill programme on Motor Cycle Repair
    DIMAPUR, MAY 31 (MExN): An Entrepreneurship Skill and Development Programme on Motor Cycle Repairing sponsored by Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise conducted by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Guwahati in association with Rudichulare MPCS Mokokchung concluded a 300 (three hundred) hours training Programme from 31st March to 30th May 2011 with 30 (thirty) trainees. The training was conducted by various resource person on both theory and practical sessions.Mrs. Odi
  • ICICI Bank leading in front
    Kohima, May 28 (MExN): ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, is ranked at the 53rd position in the league of world’s 100 most valuable brands compiled by global brands agency Millward Brown becoming the only Indian brand to feature in the list. With a brand value of USD 14.9 billion, this is the second straight appearance for ICICI bank in annual BrandZ study. Interestingly, the report said that with a rise of 27 percent in brand value to USD 8.2 billion, India&#
  • India in world’s most difficult neighbourhood: PC
    US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, left, and Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram look on during a joint press conference in New Delhi, May 27. The United States and India have pledged to boost their efforts in counterterrorism, intelligence sharing and cybersecurity. (AP Photo) New Delhi, May 27 (Agencies): Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that India lives in the “most difficult neighbourhood” in the world as terrorism infrastructure in Pakistan
  • We have unfettered powers under Article 142 to render substantive justice: SC
    New Delhi, May 27 (Agencies): The Supreme Court has held that it has unfettered powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to enlarge the scope of hearing in a particular case to render substantive justice depending on its facts and circumstances.A Bench of Justices A.K. Ganguly and Deepak Verama said: “The Supreme Court, while hearing the matter finally and considering the justice of the case, may pass such orders which the justice of the case demands and in doing so, no fette
  • Airtel launches Apple’s iconic i-phone 4 smartphones in Assam & NE
    Tridip Sarma PHRO -Bharti Airtel NESA(left) handing over i-Phone4 to the 1st customer Hemant Jain -Director, Greystone Ispat Ltd.(right) at Guwahati.
  • Hazare warns govt against doing ‘hanky panky’ with Lokpal bill
    BANGALORE, may 27 (PTI): Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare today warned the government that if it did “something hanky panky” with the Lokpal bill he would again undertake a fast-unto-death. “If the Jan Lokpal bill becomes a law, it will eradicate corruption 60-70%. It will lay the foundation for total eradication of corruption,” he said addressing villagers in Begur village in Bangalore Rural district.Hazare, who had undertaken an indefinite fast in Delhi to pres
  • Nat’l Election Watch: 35% MLAs elected in Bengal carry criminal charges
    Kolkata, May 27 (Agencies): Thirty-five per cent of the MLAs elected in the recently concluded Assembly elections in West Bengal have criminal cases pending against them as against an average of 33 per cent of those in the four other States that underwent Assembly elections, according to the National Election Watch (NEW). The other States are Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and the Union Territory Pondicherry. Nine Ministers sworn in to the newly-formed Cabinet had criminal cases pending aga
  • Nagaland coconut growers boost knowledge
    Dimapur, May 27 (MExN): An exposure trip for coconut farmers of Nagaland was organized by All Nagaland Coconut Growers Association and Coconut Development Board Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, Guwahati, Assam. It was sponsored by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Nagaland. The team was headed by Er. Kedovisie Bizo, President,  All  Nagaland Coconut Growers Association  as  team  leader and Nihito Muru, Jt. Secretary  as co-team le
  • ‘India ranks among most entrepreneur-friendly nations’
    London, May 26 (PTI): India along with US, Canada and Australia, has been ranked among the nations with the best cultures in the world for people to start a new business, a new global poll has showed. While India finds itself bracketed with the better ranked countries, Colombia, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and Russia are the least friendly to innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the results of the 24-country BBC World Service poll. The world’s two major economies — US and
  • Ferrari enters India, launches cars priced at Rs 2.2 cr onwards
    NEW Delhi, may 26 (PTI): Italian luxury sports car Ferrari on Thursday officially entered the Indian market with popular models such as the California, 458 Italia, 599GTB Fiorano and the latest FF at prices starting from Rs 2.2 crore onward. “Till yesterday, Ferrari was present in 57 countries. Now we are in the 58th country, which is India. We should have been in India much before and we expect to be able to sell more than 100 cars in the next 2-3 years,” Ferrari SpA Chief
  • After praise, Hazare targets Modi for corruption in Gujarat
    Ahmedabad, May 26 (Agencies): After praising Chief Minister Narendra Modi for developmental work in Gujarat, social activist Anna Hazare today did a U-turn saying he was dismayed at the levels of corruption in the state. Hazare, who had faced criticism for praising Modi, observed that corruption was rampant in Gujarat and wryly said it has not even spared the state of Mahatma Gandhi. The anti-graft crusader also said liquor flows more freely than milk in Gandhi’s Gujarat where a
  • Chavan assures adequate security after Headley’s revelations
    Mumbai, May 26 (Agencies): Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today assured of adequate security arrangements in Maharashtra in the wake of testimony by the 26/11 accused, David Coleman Headley, about Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. “Headly had revealed in Chicago that Thackeray was also a target of Pakistan intelligence agency ISI and the Indian government was awaiting details from the US government through official channels about the exact plot but at the same time Maharashtra gov
  • Government forms independent panel to probe air crashes
    New Delhi, May 26 (PTI): A day after the Faridabad air crash that claimed 10 lives, the government on Thursday created an independent panel to probe aviation accidents, separating the roles of regulator and investigator, which were being performed by the DGCA alone so far. Aiming at creating an independent investigation system to match the growth in aviation resulting in rising number of incidents or accidents, an Accident Investigation Committee (AIC) has been established to work unde
  • India asks UN to take lead in combating int’l piracy
    Addis Ababa, May 26 (PTI): India on Thursday made a strong pitch to the U.N. to take the lead in evolving a comprehensive response to the threat of international piracy in the Red Sea and off the coast of Somalia to ensure unhindered maritime trade. Simultaneously, the international community should continue with efforts to restore stability in Somalia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while addressing the joint session of Ethiopian Parliament here. Dr. Singh, who is the first-ever I