• Kashmir discussion only with Pak: India after Trump's offer
    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets his American counterpart Mike Pompeo in Bangkok. Photograph: @DrSJaishankar/Twitter   New Dehi, August 2 (PTI): Rejecting any mediation by United States President Donald Trump on Kashmir, India on Friday made it clear to America that any discussion on the issue, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.    The assertion by external affairs minister S Jaishankar came hours after Pres
  • Ayodhya mediation fails, daily hearing from Aug 6: SC
    New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday ordered day-to-day hearing from August 6 of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case after noting that the mediation proceedings to resolve the dispute amicably have failed.   A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the report of the three member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge FMI Kalifulla, that its effort to find out an amicab
  • With 147:42 votes Parliament passes anti-terror bill
    New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties.   While Lok Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on July 24, Rajya Sabha approved it after rejecting an opposition-sponsored motion to send it to select committee. &nb
  • Journalist Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Magsaysay award
    Ravish Kumar, journalist and senior executive editor at NDTV. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/Reuters   In electing Kumar to receive the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognises his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards, the award citation said.   New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): Senior journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday was awarded this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the No
  • Troop deployment in J-K based on security situation: Govt
    Jammu, August 2 (PTI): The home ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain.   Sources in the ministry said 100 companies (10,000 personnel) of central forces were ordered for deployment in the state about a week ago and they are in the process of reaching their destinations.   This has apparentl
  • Family refuses to move Unnao rape victim to AIIMS
     MP's from various opposition parties stage a protest over the accident of Unnao rape survivor and ex-soldier beaten to death (in Amethi, UP), at Parliament House during the Budget Session, in New Delhi, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (PTI Photo)   New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): The Supreme Court said on Friday that the Unnao rape victim's family is at liberty to take a call on shifting her to AIIMS in New Delhi from the Lucknow hospital where she is undergoing treatment following
  • Supreme Court asks RBI to confirm WhatsApp's compliance with local data rules
    The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo   MUMBAI, August 2 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court has given the central bank six weeks to report on whether WhatsApp had complied with data localisation norms as the Facebook-owned messenger gears up to launch a payments service in the country, a person involved in the matter said.   WhatsApp has been testing a peer-to-peer payments service for over a year i
  • India accuses Pakistan-backed militants of targeting Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir
    An Indian Army soldier displays a seized rifle during a news conference in Srinagar, August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail   SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI, August 2 (Reuters) - Indian security officials on Friday said they had found evidence of attacks planned by Pakistani military-backed militants on a major Hindu pilgrimage in the disputed Muslim-dominated region of Kashmir. Tension has run high in the mountainous region since a vehicle laden with explosive rammed into an Ind
  • Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission Bill, 2019
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 1 (ANI): The Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 by a voice vote with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying the Bill will go down in history as the biggest reform of the Narendra Modi government. The NMS Bill that seeks to create National Medical Commission in place of Medical Council of India (MCI) has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. "When history will be written, this Bill will be recorded as the biggest r
  • LS passes bill for death penalty in child sex abuse cases
    Union Minister Smriti Irani at Parliament in New Delhi on August 1, 2019. (Photo: IANS)   New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, Lok Sabha members on Thursday supported an amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act providing for death penalty in cases of aggravated sexual assault on children besides stringent punishments for other crimes against minors. Moving for the Bill for passage, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti
  • Indian coffee tycoon V.G. Siddhartha's body found floating in river
     V.G. Siddhartha, chairman of Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd, speaks during a news conference in Mumbai, India, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/File Photo   MANGALURU/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Authorities in Karnataka recovered the body of coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha floating in a river on Wednesday, two days after his disappearance sparked speculation that he was under intense financial strain.   The recovery of Siddhartha's body unnerved investors in his
  • Tiger population growth 'good sign' for meeting UN goals
    United Nations, July 31 (IANS) The doubling of India's tiger population between 2006 and 2019 is being welcomed as a "good sign" by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to his Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq.   "We have a Sustainable Development Goal which encourages the preservation of biodiversity and of all species including, in particular, those that are endangered. So, it's always a good sign if endangered species are, in fact, being protected," Haq told reporte
  • Gogoi allows CBI to lodge case against Allahabad HC judge
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has permitted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to register a case against S.N. Shukla, a judge of the Allahabad High Court, for his alleged role in a medical admission scam.   Justice Shukla has become the first sitting High Court judge to be investigated -- after a gap of nearly 28 years. Justice Shukla has been accused of extending favours to a private medical college by allowing it to extend its deadline to
  • SC reserves order on plea over EWS reservation
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved order on the issue of referring to the Constitution bench a petition on the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019 that provides 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS).   A bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde reserved the order on whether the matter requires to be referred to the Constitution bench or not after hearing the parties. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said the 10 per cen
  • India receives 42% more rains than average this week: IMD
     Children play in a puddle of water as it rains at a sea front in Kochi, India June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V     MUMBAI, July 31 (Reuters) - India's monsoon rains in the week ending on Wednesday were above average for the second time since the start of the season on June 1, helping farmers accelerate the planting of summer-sown crops and easing concerns of drought.   Monsoon rains are crucial for farm output and economic growth, as ab
  • 8-foot-long crocodile comes out of drain in Maharashtra town
    Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), July 30 (IANS) An eight-foot-long crocodile was rescued from a roadside drain in the tourist resort of Chiplun in Maharashtra's coastal Ratnagiri district, officials said on Tuesday.   A video of the reptile emerging out of the drain has gone viral on the internet. The incident occurred in Chiplun's Dadar area, leading to confusion about whether it happened in suburban Mumbai. Forest officials said that the incident occurred last Friday (July 26)
  • 1 Indian, 2 Pak soldiers killed in firing in J&K
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Two Pakistani soldiers and an Indian soldier were killed in heavy firing by Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on Tuesday.   According to sources, at around 1 p.m, the Pakistani side resorted to unprovoked firing in Sunderbani area which expanded to Tangdhar and Karen sector. A soldier, Naik Krishan Lal, was killed in Jammu's Sunderbani area. The Indian
  • Parliament passes Bill criminalising Triple Talaq
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Triple Talaq bill criminalising instant divorce in the Muslim community was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with the government mustering numbers for its smooth sailing in the Upper House where it still lacks majority support.   The contentious Bill was passed with 99 members voting in favour and 84 against it. It was passed by the Lok Sabha last week. This is the second instance in recent days when the Modi government managed to
  • Reservations intended to achieve equality of opportunity
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that reservations are intended to achieve equality of opportunity, while hearing a bunch of applications on the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019 that provides 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS).   A bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde made the observation. The top court which is currently considering whether the matter requires to be referred to the Constitution bench or not
  • 'India Ashamed': Outrage grows over BJP lawmaker accused of rape
    The images of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are seen on hoardings as an activist holds a placard during a protest demanding investigation in a highway collision in which a woman who is fighting a rape case against a legislator of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was critically injured, in New Delhi, India, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui     NEW DELHI, July 30 (Reuters) - Protesters stepped up dema