India

  • Rahul Gandhi a casteist, didn’t eat food offered by Dalits: BSP
    LUCKNOW, july 8 (Agencies): The BSP has accused Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi of being a casteist. The party claimed that Rahul stayed at a house of a person belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) in Marodgarhi village, Aligarh, but did not eat anything offered to him. The accusation has come on the fourth day of Rahul Gandhi’s foot-march in UP. He is expected to cover villages in Mathura and Agra affected by land acquisition by the UP government for Yamuna Expressway and as
  • Hillary Clinton to visit India, nuclear waiver tops agenda
    New Delhi, july 8 (Agencies): Amid anxieties about new guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India will press the US for the transfer of sensitive technologies to enable full civilian cooperation when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes here for a strategic dialogue July 18. Hillary Clinton will be on a three-day visit for the second strategic dialogue, with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, said well-placed sources. She last came here in July 2009 when India and th
  • Exit Maran; Lalu Prasad lobbies for Cabinet berth
    New Delhi, july 8 (Agencies): Lalu Prasad Yadav looks for a dramatic return to the Union Cabinet as the ministerial reshuffle following Dayanidhi Maran’s exit could take place in the next couple of days. Former Rail Minister, RJD’s Lalu Prasad has been camping in Delhi over the past one week lobbying for a Cabinet berth for his party. The RJD has only 4 MPs in the Lok Sabha. Lalu has been in touch with the Congress leadership seeking a Cabinet post for himself. He had a bit
  • ‘There is inflationary pressure in the economy’
    NEW Delhi, July 7 (PTI): Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said there is inflationary pressure in the economy, even as inflation in the food segment declined marginally. “There is inflationary pressure in the system and these weekly variations (in food inflation numbers) are mainly because of base effect,” Mukherjee told reporters here. Food inflation fell to a seven-week low of 7.61 per cent for the week ended June 25 on the back of cheaper vegetables, pulses a
  • 38 killed, 31 injured as train rams into bus
    KANPUR, july 7 (agencies): At least 38 people were killed and 31 injured when a train collided with a bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Kanshiramnagar during the wee hours of Thursday. According to reports, the incident took place in Addupura village under Patiyali police station limits at around 1.55 am when the 15108 Chhapra-Mathura Express train hit a bus carrying members of a marriage party at an unmanned railway crossing in the district.“Nearly 33 were declared dead on
  • Uttar Pradesh is run by ‘dalals’: Rahul
    Kirpalpur, July 7 (PTI): Firing a fresh salvo at the Mayawati Government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said “dalals” were running Uttar Pradesh as people of the state are “divided“. “You are not together. Uttar Pradesh is divided and that is why dalals (touts) are running the state,” Mr. Gandhi said, addressing people in this village on the third day of his padayatra to Aligarh. “You may not like it. But this is true. Since you are not to
  • Cash-for-vote scam: Supreme Court seeks report on probe
    New Delhi, July 7 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Police to place before it the status report on the probe conducted by it in the “cash-for-vote” scam during the trust vote faced by the UPA government in July 2008. Not satisfied with the Centre’s contention that an FIR has been lodged in the case and probe will be completed within two months, a bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam ordered the police to file the status report by July 15. R
  • ‘New green farming vital to end global hunger’
    GENEVA, July 6 (Reuters): A solid shift to green technologies in world farming is vital if endemic food crises are to be overcome and production boosted to support the global population, the United Nations said on Tuesday. And as a first step, governments and international agencies should focus on boosting small-scale agriculture in developing countries with support services like rural roads and sustainable irrigation, a report from the world body argued."Food security must now be
  • Nokia slashes N8, E6, C7 prices
    HELSINKI, july 5 (Agencies): Nokia has cut prices of smartphones across its portfolio from early July in an attempt to slow the decline of its share in the higher-end of the cellphone market, 2 industry sources said. One of the sources with direct knowledge of Nokia’s pricing said the company’s flagship model, the N8, the multimedia phone C7, as well as the business user-targeted E6, saw the steepest cuts of around 15%.Other price cuts were smaller, both sources said. ̶
  • Agriculture Ministry not pushing for export of foodgrains: Pawar
    New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said his ministry is not pushing for foodgrains export in view of the proposed National Food Security Bill. His remarks comes days after Food Minister K V Thomas had said that his ministry was “not averse” to limited exports of wheat and rice considering record foodgrains output and lack of storage space. Export of wheat and non-basmati rice has been banned since February 2007, and April 2008, respectivel
  • Lord Vishnu’s royal servants guard his riches
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, July 5 (TNN): As Sree Padmanbha Swamy temple’s glittering gems are valued and tagged, it’s not just the diamonds that shine but also the royal family of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. It’s an ode to the family’s unflinching devotion and integrity that not a penny has gone missing from the billions stored in the cellars of the centuries-old shrine administered by the royals.Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma, current head of the ro
  • Committed to “full civil nuke cooperation” with India: France
    New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): France on Tuesday said nothing in the existing and future Nuclear Supplier’s Group guidelines should be interpreted as detracting from the ‘clean’ exemption given to India or reducing the ambition of Indo-French “full” civil nuclear cooperation. A key member of the 46-nation grouping, France reiterated its commitment towards “full civil nuclear cooperation” with India for the development and use of nuclear energy for pe
  • Black money: SC appoints SIT
    New Delhi, July 4 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday appointed a high-level Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by former apex court judge B.P. Jeevan Reddy to monitor the investigation and the steps being taken to bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks. Besides Justice Reddy, who will be the chairman of the SIT, the apex court also appointed its former judge, Justice M.B. Shah as the vice-chairman of the panel.A bench comprising Justices B. Sudershan Reddy and S.S. N
  • Governmentt Inc alone matches India Inc’s top-ten in market wealth
    NEW Delhi, july 3 (PTI): Tatas and Ambanis may be known for being among the country’s wealthiest groups, but it takes as many as ten of them to match the stock market wealth of the conglomerate comprising of various government companies. The combined market valuation of all listed government entities has grown to close to Rs 20,000,000 crore, as per an analysis of data available with the two bourses, BSE and NSE. In comparison, all the companies belonging to the country’s 1
  • India recognises Scotch as whiskey produced only in Scotland
    NEW Delhi, July 3 (PTI): Scotch lovers in the country can now savour their drinks without the fear of sipping a fake one, with India agreeing to formally recognise ‘Scotch Whiskey’ as a product that can only be made in Scotland. The move follows the Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai granting geographical indication (GI) status to the famous Scotch Whiskey of Scotland. As per the registry, Scotch Whiskey is the 148th item in a list of 151 products that have been g
  • All party meet calls for a strong Lokpal Bill
    New Delhi, July 3 (Agencies): The all-party meeting on Lokpal Bill has begun at 7, Race Course Road, the Prime Minister’s residence. The meeting, convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh aims at evolving a consensus over the contentious provisions in the draft Lokpal Bill. Affirming government’s commitment to enact Lokpal Act, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said such an institution will have to work within the framework of Constituation.It was in the all party meet, Singh s
  • 4 Telangana MLAs quit
    HYDERABAD, July 3 (Agencies): Four dissident Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators from Telangana Sunday sent their resignations to the Andhra Pradesh assembly speaker even as both ruling Congress and the main opposition TDP legislators from the region are set to resign Monday seeking a separate state. Congress MPs, state ministers and legislators reiterated that they will not go back on their resignations even as the party leadership continued its efforts for the second day to dissuade
  • Assets worth Rs. 77 Lakh seized at Sai Baba ashram
    PUTTAPARTHI, july 3 (Agencies): Skeletons continued to tumble out of Prashanti Nilayam with the Anantapur district authorities on Saturday seizing gold, silver, diamond ornaments worth Rs 76.89 lakh from Yajur Mandir, the abode of Satya Sai Baba who passed away on April 24 this year. Anantapur joint collector Anita Ramachandran told TOI that the precious metals and other items were seized during an inspection carried out by a team of district officials headed by her on Saturday. The in
  • Now, cruelty to animals may invite Rs 1 cr fine
    NEW Delhi, July 3 (Agencies): Be cruel to your pet or any other animal at your own peril. For, an offender could end up paying up to Rs 1 crore as fine or be jailed for up to five years. The environment and forests ministry has proposed this hefty fine in its Animal Welfare Bill, 2011. For institutions or companies that show cruelty towards animals the penalty would be a whopping Rs 25 crore. The proposed bill empowers the Centre to fix fines and penalties based on the severity of offe
  • Pakistan’s attitude towards terror has altered: Nirupama
    NEW Delhi, july 3 (PTI): Pakistan’s attitude towards tackling terrorism has “altered”, a “concrete” development that India should take note of, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao has said. “I think the prism through which they see this issue has definitely been altered,” Rao told Karan Thapar on Devil’s Advocate programme on CNN-IBN. She was replying to a question on whether India saw a change in Pakistan’s attitude towards terrorism du