India

  • Tamil Nadu freebie wars: AIADMK ups DMK’s promise
    Chennai, March 24 (Agencies): It is raining promises of freebies in Tamil Nadu polls. AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa Thursday exceeded her arch rival DMK’s promises to the voters in a bid to win the April 13 assembly polls. Jayalalithaa has promised freebies ranging from free laptops to students, fans, grinders, mixies, rice, housing plot, cash assistance for students, free water and many other things, outdoing the DMK. Her promises were contained in the party’s much-waited m
  • TI Cycles launches India’s first carbon bicycle
    CHENNAI, march 24 (PTI): Bicycle manufacturer TI Cycles, a part of the $3.2 billion Murugappa Group , today introduced India’s first bicycle made from carbon, ‘Montra’. The cycle, targeted at urban adults, is priced between Rs 21,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh. The Chennai based company has manufactured the bicycle at their Ambattur facility and aims to sell about 12,000 units this year, according to TI CYCLES India President Dr Raghuram.“We are happy to introduce these bi
  • Mulayam wants quota for Muslims in LS, state assemblies
    New Delhi, March 24 (PTI): A demand for reservation for Muslims in state assemblies and Parliament was made in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.  Raising the matter during Zero Hour, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expressed concern over ill-representation of Muslims in the Lok Sabha. He said the Lok Sabha has only one member from the Muslim community from 14 key states, which together send 257 members to the House of the People.This situation can only be changed by introducing reservation
  • Lokayukta Police to probe land scam charges against Yeddy
    BANGALORE, march 24 (Agencies): A local court on Thursday postponed prosecution in a complaint filed against Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his family members for alleged involvement in illegal mining and land scams and ordered Lokayukta Police to probe the matter. When the first complaint out of the five filed by city-based advocates came up for orders before Additional Civil and Sessions court judge C B Hipparagi, he postponed the prosecution and referred the matter to
  • Gates for introducing new vaccines to combat measles, diarrhea
    Patna, March 24 (Agencies):  Philanthropist and software titan Bill Gates on Wednesday said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were in talks with the Government of India to introduce new vaccines to bolster the rate of immunisation in the National Rural Health Mission programme. In Bihar to visit community health workers and State officials to witness first-hand the launch of a five-year $80 million grant, Mr. Gates talked of discussions with the Government of India to introduc
  • 95% of farmer households in NE sans banking
    Executive Director of the RBI, DK Mohanty addressing the gathering at the ‘Financial Outreach’ camp held on Wednesday, March 23 in at Chumukedima village. DIMAPUR, MARCH 23 (MExN): The Reserve Bank of India as part of its platinum jubilee celebrations is currently in the midst of ‘Financial Outreach’ campaign to reach out to the ‘unbanked’, particularly at the rural areas.  The mission is to extend hundred percent ‘financial inclusion
  • Cash vote: PM takes swipe at Sushma, Advani
    File photo: PM Manmohan Singh and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj during a function at the Parliament House. New Delhi, March 23 (Agencies): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to buckle at the face of a united Opposition assault on the cash-for-votes scandal and reiterated in Parliament on Wednesday that the government did not bribe anyone in 2008 to survive a no-confidence motion. Tongue firmly in cheek, the Prime Minister also took digs at prominent Op
  • Dishonour to Sikhs a national insult: Govt
    New Delhi, March 23 (PTI): India on Wednesday said dishonour to the Sikhs is a national insult and the government takes serious note of the incident in which golfer Jeev Milkha Singh’s coach Amritinder Singh was forced to remove his turban at Milan airport last week. Assuring the Rajya Sabha that the issue would be taken up with Italy, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said, “Whenever there is an insult to Sikhs, we take it as national insult. We take it up in that spi
  • No question of arresting or harassing Mamata: Buddhadeb
    Kolkata, March 23 (Agencies): West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today ruled out the arrest or harassment of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjeee before the upcoming Assembly elections in connection with a 17-year-old case. “There is no question of arresting or harassing Mamata Banerjee before the Assembly elections,” Bhattacharjee told a press conference here.The CPI-M had yesterday asked the Election Commission to execute all non-bailable warrants, in
  • Committee to inquire into alleged police rampage
    “We harvest only one crop a year in January and that feeds us for the whole year,” said Kowasi Joga, who says his granary held about 70 quintals of grain. “Everything is burnt, what will I eat?” he asked. (File Photo) Raipur, March 23 (Agencies): Amid allegations of security personnel going on the rampage in tribal villages, burning houses and assaulting women in a remote area in Naxalite affected Dantewada, the administration is setting up a joint committe
  • DMK minister’s assets rose 780 times in 5 yrs
    CHENNAI, March 23 (Agencies): In five years of DMK rule, a state minister has multiplied his assets 780 times. At least that’s what the official figures show. Tamil Nadu food minister EV Velu, contesting from Tiruvannamalai assembly segment, declared at the time of the 2006 assembly polls that his assets were worth around Rs one lakh. Apart from a 1.1-acre agricultural plot in Pinjur village worth Rs 60,000, Velu had shown cash deposits of Rs 25,000 and jewellery worth Rs 15,000
  • Mary Kay helping people through community services
    New Delhi, March 23 (AGENCIES): Thousands of Mary Kay family members in more than 35 countries helped their fellow neighbors by volunteering more than 430,510 hours of community service or more than 49 years of service valued at nearly $9 million* (USD) around the world in one month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Womens Day, commemorated on March 8 . Mary Kay employees, independent sales force members as well as their family, and friends joined together to make a b
  • Car-makers face challenges from Japan crisis, rate hikes
    Mumbai, March 23 (PTI): Faced with surging raw material costs, Indian car-makers now face three additional serious challenges, including a shortage of key components, which could impact their performance this year. While they could pass on the burden of increased input costs to customers, a shortage of components, compounded by the March 11 tsunami and quake in Japan and the Reserve Bank’s latest rate hike - which could affect car financing - have made them jittery over their pro
  • Govt withdraws unhealthy misery tax
    New Delhi, March 22 (Agencies): There is some relief for the common man as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday announced in Parliament the withdrawal of the newly levied service tax on healthcare. ‘The Indian Express’ had reported March 18 that the government would roll back some of its tax proposals, including service tax on healthcare services and the proposed 10 per cent excise duty levy on branded garments.Bowing to demand from all quarters, Pranab Mukherjee to
  • Cyber crooks offer refund on online tax refund: report
    NEW Delhi, March 22 (PTI): Cyber crooks are on the prowl this financial year closing and are using phishing attacks and hoax-alerts to gain access to account details of individuals who have filed their Income Tax returns online, warn experts. “ IT is the season of income tax returns. Many people file them online. Cyber criminals use this time to launch phishing attacks through emails as many people are not aware of these things,” says Vinoo Thomas, Technical Product Manager
  • Controversy over another Tata Telecom deal
    New Delhi,  March 22 (Agencies): Telecom deals continue to haunt governments, past and present. The 2G spectrum scam, which led DMK leader and former Telecom Minister A Raja to jail, has embarrassed the government.  Mr Raja gave spectrum at throwaway prices to companies in 2008; last week, the CBI, which is investigating the scam, said that he had forged documents to allow him to bend the rules that were meant to govern the allocation of spectrum.Now, another deal, dating bac
  • Uproar in Parliament over WikiLeaks exposé
    New Delhi, March 22 (PTI): The BJP and the Congress created pandemonium in Parliament today over WikiLeaks expose and alleged irregularities in VSNL disinvestment during NDA regime but in the din, the government managed to introduce the landmark GST Bill in the Lok Sabha. After giving privilege notices against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for allegedly misleading Parliament on the WikiLeaks exposé , the main Opposition pressed for immediate discussion on the issue in both the Lok
  • Bhopal tragedy: CBI moves Delhi court for Warren Anderson’s extradition
    NEW Delhi, March 22 (PTI): The CBI today moved a Delhi court to obtain a Letter Rogatory to the US authorities for extradition of former Union Carbide Corporation Chairman Warren Anderson to stand trial for his criminal culpability in the 1984 Bhopal gas leakage tragedy, which had left over 15,000 people dead and maimed several thousands. In a 33-page application submitted to the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav, CBI said Anderson should be extradited from the USA to
  • No external powers should interfere in Libya affairs: India
    New Delhi, March 22 (Agencies): Members of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday made a strong pitch for a unanimous resolution in the House condemning air strikes on Libya by the allied forces while the government said it had already expressed unhappiness over the action. Raising the issue, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav suggested that the House should pass a unanimous resolution against the air strike by the US-led forces. The Left parties and the Bharatiya Janata Party supported the p
  • Info on corruption can’t be withheld under RTI Act: CIC
    New Delhi, March 22 (Agencies): Information on allegations of corruption is not excluded from disclosure under the Right to Information Act, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has held. The information could be furnished by applying the severability clause under Section 10, Information Commissioner Sushma Singh said in an order passed on an appeal filed by Vishwanath Swami, a social activist of Chennai. Seeking information on every purchase made by the Narcotic Control Bureau for