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  • Dhoni to pull guard duty in troubled Kashmir as honorary colonel
     India's President Ram Nath Kovind confers the Padma Shri award to cricketer Mahindra Singh Dhoni, during an event at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, April 2, 2018. Money Sharma/Pool via Reuters/File Photo   NEW DELHI, July 30 (Reuters) - Indian cricket star Mahendra Singh Dhoni starts patrol duties in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir from Wednesday to discharge his responsibilities as an honorary colonel in the army, the military said.   Dhoni is sittin
  • Protests over worker deaths paralyse production at some Coal India mines
    Trucks move in the Mahanadi coal fields, near Talcher town in Odisha, March 28, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files     BHUBANESWAR, July 29 (Reuters) - Members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have mounted protests that have paralysed production at one of India's biggest coalfields following a deadly accident last week.   The BJP workers have been staging sit-down protests and waving flags at state-run Coal India Ltd's min
  • Cow strolls in IIT-B classroom; panel set up to probe
    Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) A video of a stray cow entering a lecture hall at the IIT-Bombay campus has gone viral, embarrassing the authorities at the country's premier institute of learning, here on Monday. When contacted, an IIT-B spokesperson said it was not clear from the undated video when or where the incident occurred. The institute would enquire about it before commenting, he said. Stunned by the sharp reactions the incident evoked on social media, the IIT-B on Monday said it
  • Tiger turnaround: How over 75,000 frames captured by camera traps helped
    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) It took 3.5 crore pictures from camera traps, out of which 76,523 captured tigers, for the scientists to complete the tiger head count. The individual animal was identified using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to conclude the presence of around 3,000 tigers in the county in 2018.   Above all, the general trait of Indians to co-exist with animals has been a crucial factor in tiger conservation, feels Y.V. Jhala, who heads the Tiger Cell of Wildlife I
  • RS passes Bill to bring clarity to bankruptcy law
    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha on Monday cleared a bill providing greater clarity to bankruptcy law and timely resolution of the cases.   Replying to a debate on the amendment in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman said the seven proposed changes in the law are to largely remove the ambiguities and facilitate smooth conduct of the corporate and insolvency resolution process. It seeks to maximize the outcomes in line wi
  • Priyanka will be perfect choice as Congress chief: Amarinder
    Chandigarh, July 29 (IANS): Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would get all-round support if she is chosen to take over as Congress President. He regretted the decision of Rahul Gandhi to step down from the top party post. "India is a young nation, and will respond to a young leader," he told reporters here when asked to comment on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's statement that Priyanka would be a good choice as party chief.   "Priya
  • Modi goes on wild adventure with Bear Grylls
    New Delhi, July 29 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in a special episode of Discovery's "Man Vs Wild" which will highlight "issues related to environmental change."   According to a statement from the channel, the special episode, featuring adventurer Bear Grylls and shot in India's Jim Corbett National Park, will be a "frank and freewheeling journey" which will throw light on wildlife conservation.   The episode will premiere on August 12 and will
  • Yediyurappa wins trust vote; Speaker resigns
    Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa shakes hands with his party leaders and MLAs after proving its majority in the state assembly. Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo     Bengaluru, July 29 (PTI) The three-day old BJP government in Karnataka headed by B S Yediyurappa on Monday proved its majority in the truncated state Assembly winning the confidence motion by a voice vote in a smooth affair. Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar announced his resignation so
  • Doctors, medical students protest against Medical Bill
    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS): Doctors and students from various hospitals and colleges protested here on Monday alleging that the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill will only give a boost to quacks. The demonstration came in response to a call from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).   The IMA held a "Delhi Andolan", which included a march by the medical fraternity from Nirman Bhavan - which houses the Health Ministry - to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital. &
  • India to be third biggest economy by 2024: Amit Shah
    Lucknow, July 28 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that in the next five years, India would be the third biggest economy in the world.   Shah was speaking at the second ground breaking ceremony in Lucknow which saw the launch of more than 250 projects worth Rs 65,000 crore. He said that in the past five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken the country's economy to the fifth position from the 11th position. The Home Minister added that Uttar P
  • Step up fight against human trafficking: Vice President
    Hyderabad, July 28 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called upon government agencies, civil societies and NGOs to step up the fight against human trafficking by coordinating their efforts.   He said that the war against human trafficking must continue until the last victim was rescued and rehabilitated and the last perpetrator was brought to justice. In his address at an event to release releasing the training manual on 'home management for homes' meant
  • Priyanka gives Rs 10 lakh relief to Sonebhadra victims
    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (File Photo)   Sonebhadra, July 28 (IANS) A delegation of Congress leaders has handed over compensation cheques to the families of those killed in a clash over a land dispute in Sonebhadra district. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, during her visit to the area to meet the victims of the July 17 carnage, had promised them Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Congress Party. Congress leaders visited Sonebhadra and handed over the cheq
  • Those trying to spread hate, obstruct development in Kashmir will never succeed: Modi
    New Delhi, July 28 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed as he cited a recent government exercise to assert that power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs. In his monthly 'Mann ki baat' broadcast, he said the "Back to village" programme held in June in Jammu and Kashmir saw enthusiastic participation of villagers everywhere, including in very sensi
  • K'taka speaker disqualifies 14 more rebel MLAs
    Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh addresses a press conference in Bengaluru. Photograph: ANI     New Delhi, July 28 (PTI): Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection act till the end of the current term of the assembly in 2023.   The 14 MLAs who had resigned earlier this month include Pratapgouda Patil, BC Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, ST Somashekhar, BA Basavaraja, Anand Singh, R Roshan Ba
  • Don't fiddle with 35 A, warns Mehbooba Mufti
    Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti. (File Photo)     Jammu, July 28 (PTI): Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday warned the Centre against revocation of Article 35-A of the Constitution, saying any tinkering with the state's special status or identity would be akin to setting a powder keg on fire.   Addressing a function in Srinagar to celebrate the Peoples Democratic P
  • All taken off the stuck train, Mumbai region flooded
     In this handout photo provided by the Indian Navy, passengers are being rescued from the marroned Mahalaxmi Express train in Badlapur, Saturday, July 27, 2019. ( PTI Photo)   Mumbai/Thane, July 27 (IANS): Over 1,000 passengers, including nine pregnant women, on the Mahalaxmi Express which was stranded for nearly 18 hours in heavy flood waters, around 90 km from Mumbai, were rescued in a massive, multi-agency operations by Saturday afternoon, officials said. Centra
  • India urges Iran to free all its crew after nine released
    Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port, July 21, 2019. Picture taken July 21, 2019. Iran, Mizan News Agency/WANA Handout via REUTERS   NEW DELHI, July 27 (Reuters) - Iran has freed nine Indian crew members of a Panama-flagged tanker it seized this month, the Indian foreign ministry said on Saturday, and it appealed for the release of three remaining crew members held from the same ship. Dozens of Indian crew members on shi
  • Need to learn from India: Pakistanis on Chandrayaan-2
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) India's successful launch of the Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission on July 22 earned appreciation from people from across the world including Pakistan, with many of them saying that India's achievement offers its neighbour an opportunity to learn. "Good step. They are far ahead of us in technology. Pakistan should learn from it," one person was seen as saying in a video of Lahore-based YouTuber Sana Amjad. On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elli
  • Karnataka's 3 disqualified MLAs to appeal Speaker's order
    Bengaluru, July 27 (IANS) Karnataka's three disqualified legislators, including two rebel Congress MLAs, would on Monday move the Supreme Court and the Karnataka High Court against the Speaker's order, sources said on Saturday.   The disqualified legislators are Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumatahalli of the Congress and R. Shankar of the KPJP, whom the Congress claims to have merged his regional outfit with it on June 14 after he became minister again in the then JD-S-Congr
  • 1st batch of 4 Apache helicopters to arrive in India today
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The first batch of four Apache helicopters will arrive at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of Delhi on Saturday. The AH-64 helicopters, the most modern variant of the Apache, are being delivered by its manufacturer, the US-based Boeing, ahead of schedule.   However, the helicopters will not be handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) immediately after their arrival. "The helicopters will be handed over to us after prope