India

  • Amma is god for TN IT minister who leaves behind his footwear
    CHENNAI, may 26 (agencies): The new information and technology minister R B Udayakumar never wears footwear. He doesn’t have Gandhian leanings nor wish to feel the ground beneath his feet. Udayakumar’s reason is simple and sycophantic: Walking where AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa has tread with shoes would make him feel like a heel. “Amma is my god,” said the minister who was elected from Sattur constituency. “I can never wear footwear and step where she has
  • DoNER Minister to launch IIM programme in Shillong
    DIMAPUR, MAY 25 (MExN): B K Handique, Minister of DoNER will inaugurate the programme named “Developing Managerial Skill for Entrepreneurship” at IIM Shillong on the 2nd of July, 2011. The programme will be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong through its Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER). The Ministry of DoNER has sanctioned an amount of rs.79.15 lacs for this programme for training 60 youth from the Region.  The Cou
  • India, US to begin internal security dialogue, talk terror
    New Delhi, may 25 (Agencies): Terror will top the agenda when US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Home Minister P Chidambaram meet on Friday for the first formal dialogue on internal security between the two countries. The talks coincide with the trial in Chicago of Mumbai terror attack accused Tahawwur Rana during which Pakistani-born American terrorist David Coleman Headley has linked Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist
  • Low-intensity explosion outside Delhi HC
    Police and forensic experts surround the site of a blast outside the Delhi High Court in New Delhi, May 25. Police say a minor explosion has taken place near the parking lot of the court, but there are no casualties. Dharmendra Kumar says a plastic bag containing an unknown explosive substance went off on a side street near the high court in central New Delhi. (AP Photo) New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): A minor explosion outside Delhi High Court on Wednesday shattered the lull in the capi
  • Pregnant women to get free medicines, diet in govt hospitals
    New Delhi, May 25 (Agencies): In new initiatives to tackle maternal and infant mortality, the Union Health Ministry plans to ensure free medicines and diet for pregnant women in government hospitals from next month and monitor immunisation status of children in states through a tracking system. The government has asked all the states to ensure free and cashless services to all pregnant women delivering in government health institutions as well as to sick neonates.“The scheme for
  • 26/11: Headley’s diary provides contact details of Pak handlers
    Chicago, May 24 (Agencies): Clinching evidence of key Mumbai attack accused David Headley’s links with ISI and Jamaat-ud Dawa is provided by his diary which contains telephone numbers of two Major-rank officers of the Pakistani Army besides some others who handled the 26/11 attackers. The hand-written diary, whose two pages were produced by the US prosecutors as evidence in a court here, mentions the names and Pakistani phone numbers of Major Iqbal and one Major ‘SM’
  • Assets of corrupt babus may be seized & liquidated
    NEW Delhi, May 24(Agencies): Activists against graft have often pointed out that even the threat of jail hardly serves as a deterrent for a corrupt person, as he can enjoy his ill-gotten gains after he completes his sentence. Now, that could be set to change. Assets amassed through corrupt means by a public servant will be frozen during investigation and liquidated on his being proved guilty, if the proposed Lokpal bill comes through. The drafting committee on Monday agreed that assets
  • Airtel digital TV customers can now watch all channels in HD like quality
    Dimapur, May 23 (MExN): Airtel digital TV has enabled all its High Definition (HD) and HD Recorder Set Top Boxes (STBs) to upscale its complete array of Standard Definition (SD) channels to HD like quality (resolution -1080) with a 16:9 wide aspect ratio. Customers can view all their favorite programs with enhanced contrast with sharper, brighter and more vivid picture quality. This feature is available at no extra charge for all Airtel digital TV HD, HD Recorder customers. The effort
  • Sachin Pilot arrested on his way to Greater Noida, released
    GREATER NOIDA, may 22 (PTI): Reviving the Bhatta-Parsaul farmers’ issue, Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Sunday visited protestors lodged in Dasna jail and was arrested on way to the violence-hit areas to meet families of those injured during the agitation over land acquisition. Pilot, Union minister of state for information technology, along with around 100 supporters, was arrested on National Highway 24 when his cavalcade left for Bhatta and Parsaul villages after he met those
  • ONGC, SBI biggest losers in market cap past week
    Mumbai, may 22 (PTI): Hit by huge losses in the market capitalisation (m-cap) of state-owned ONGC and SBI, the combined market worth of eight of the country’s top-10 firms diminished by Rs 78,553.96 crore during last week. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) suffered a loss of Rs 26,222.55 crore from its market cap which stood at Rs 2,34,462.93 crore as on Friday’s trade on the BSE. Last week, the government increased the burden of fuel subsidy payable by upstream oil fi
  • Tata’s ‘remarks’ on Mukesh’s home sparks controversy
    LONDON/MUMBAI, may 22 (PTI): Ratan Tata’s purported remarks expressing surprise at fellow industrialist Mukesh Ambani living in a billion-dollar mansion in Mumbai has sparked off a controversy today. The Tata group Chairman was quoted by London’s Times newspaper as having said, “It makes me wonder why someone would do that. That’s what revolutions are made of. The person who lives in there should be concerned about what he sees around him and [asking] can he mak
  • Mamata sworn in as W Bengal CM
    Onlookers crowd a street to greet the new Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, May 20. Banerjee is the first woman chief minister of the state. Congress and its ally Trinamool Congress toppled a 34-year Communist-led government after an aggressive campaign that hammered the leftist coalition on stagnation, corruption, agricultural malaise and industrial decline. (AP Photo)INSET: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee takes oath as the Chief Minister of We
  • Indian teenager creates world record atop Mount Lhotse
    NEW Delhi, may 20 (agencies): A 17-year-old schoolboy from a New Delhi suburb, who became a climbing sensation last year by becoming the youngest Indian to conquer Mt Everest, created a new record Friday by becoming the youngest in the world to ascent Mt Lhotse, the fourth highest peak. After an aborted attempt last week due to bad weather, Arjun Vajpayee, from Noida, finally stood on the 8,516 m summit at 8.15 am, reported Asian Trekking, the Kathmandu-based mountaineering agency that
  • Probe money laundering charges against Amar Singh: HC
    Allahabad, May 20 (agencies): The Allahabad High Court today directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate charges of money laundering against Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, saying the probe should commence within two weeks. The court gave the direction while dismissing a petition filed by the former Samajwadi Party general secretary who had challenged an FIR lodged in Kanpur nearly two years ago accusing him of various financial irregularities when the party was in power in Utt
  • ‘My kids asked me if I loved Infosys more than them’
    BANGALORE, may 20 (Agencies): N R Narayana Murthy has three children: Rohan, Akshata and Infosys. He will be retiring as chairman of the enterprise he co-founded in 1981 in August this year. In a detailed goodbye note that appeared in Infosys’ recent annual report, Murthy wrote, “The best analogy that I can think of separation between Infosys and me is that of one’s daughter getting married and leaving her parent’s home. Yes parents will be there when she needs
  • Rs 30,000 crore blackmoney recovered in last two years: CBDT
    New Delhi, May 18 (Agencies): Taxmen have seized blackmoney to the tune of a whopping Rs 30,000 crore in the country in the last two years, said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) which is set to get investigative powers to boost its drive against wrongdoers. The CBDT is in the process of creating a Directorate of Criminal Investigation after getting approval from Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee last week. CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra said they have gone after big shots and eve
  • Rahul dares Maya; pledges to fight for farmers
    VARANASI, May 18 (PTI): Unfazed by the attack on his claims on the alleged police brutality in the villages of Greater Noida, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday appeared to justify those remarks saying people there had complained to him about the atrocities they were subjected to. Declaring a war against Mayawati government, he said Congress would go to every village of the state and fight for ousting the government. He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the violence in Bhatta-Parsaul villag
  • MPs go back to school with JPC on 2G scam
    New Delhi, May 18 (agencies): It was back to school for many MPs in the Joint Parliamentary Committee which on Wednesday began examining the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The second meeting of the JPC, chaired by Congress leader P C Chacko, turned into a virtual classroom as members were briefed by officials of the Department of Telecom on basic issues like what is spectrum, the different technologies involved and how are signals amplified for use in teleph
  • Cong will be part of ministry: Mamata
    KOLKATA, may 15 (PTI): Mamata Banerjee was today formally elected Trinamool Congress Legislature Party leader and said pre-poll ally Congress would be part of her “small” ministry. Two days after her party stormed to power with three- fourths majority, ending 34 years of Left Front rule in West Bengal, the name of 56-year-old Banerjee as TCLP leader was proposed by Subrata Bakshi. The formality of her election was completed at Maharashtra Niwas hall in south Kolkata where a
  • Rahul meets farmers in Greater Noida
    Greater Noida, May 11 (PTI): Giving the police a slip, Rahul Gandhi rode pillion on a motorcyle in dark just before dawn on Wednesday to the epicentre of violent clashes in this district and met farmers protesting Uttar Pradesh government’s land acquisition policy. The strong police force deployed at the Bhatta Parsaul village, which witnessed violent clashes between the police and farmers, apparently failed to notice the Congress General Secretary when he reached the Delhi subur