India

  • PM under Lokpal: Congress reversing stand, says Karat
    New Delhi, July 2 (PTI): The CPI(M) on Saturday accused the Congress of reversing its own stand of bringing the Prime Minister under Lokpal purview, saying a parliamentary panel headed by senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee had made such a recommendation in 2001. “Since the 1989 V.P. Singh government, three bills were brought on Lokpal. ... Also in 1996 and 2001. All of them provided for placing the PM under the Lokpal. It is surprising that the UPA government is refusing to acc
  • Telangana Cong lawmakers firm on resignations
    Hyderabad, July 2 (Agencies): Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Congress party on Saturday began efforts to dissuade its parliament and state legislature members from the Telangana region from resigning on Monday, but they ruled out going back on their decision unless the central government agrees to their demand for a separate Telangana state. According to party sources, state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana met ministers and MPs from the region and urged them to reconsider their decis
  • Tihar orders inquiry into special treatment to Kalmadi
    NEW Delhi, July 2 (PTI): Tihar prison authorities on Saturday ordered an inquiry into reports claiming that sacked CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi is getting special treatment inside the jail premises. Jail superintendent S C Bharadwaj, in whose room Kalmadi was reportedly found having tea by inspecting trial court judge Brijesh Kumar Garg during a surprise visit to the jail on June 30, has also been transferred to Port Blair but the officials said it was not related t
  • Defence Secy. Pradeep Kumar is new CVC
    New Delhi, July 2 (PTI): Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar was on Saturday unanimously chosen the next Central Vigilance Commissioner, four months after the Supreme Court had quashed the appointment of P.J. Thomas to the post. Though no official announcement has been made yet, sources said Pradeep Kumar, who retires as Defence Secretary on July 31, was chosen by consensus by a panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sab
  • Rs 1 Lakh reward for info on sex determination tests
    Nagpur, July 2 (Agencies): In a novel proactive step towards curbing the menace of female foeticide, the Indian Medical Association’s DASS Committee (Doctor against Sex Selection Committee) has announced a Rs 1 lakh reward to anyone who helps in nabbing doctors indulging in sex determination tests. It was announced to mark Doctor’s Day on Friday. The award will be given away under the IMA’s Save the Girl Child Project. IMA president Dr Pradeep Rajderkar said that suff
  • At 78, workaholic PM puts in 18-hour days
    NEW Delhi, july 2 (Agencies): Invariably polite and punctilious, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s energy levels and intense concentration can give someone in his 20s a run for his money despite two heart surgeries. Disciplined and balanced in his lifestyle, 78-year-old Singh can keep punishing schedules, switching between reviewing Afghanistan and Pacific security with a visiting prime minister and meeting MPs with localized grievances.Manmohan Singh increasingly works out of his
  • Tata group wealth crosses $100-bn mark
    New Delhi, July 2 (PTI): The country’s top corporate house Tata group’s stock market wealth on Friday crossed the USD 100 billion mark, as some of its companies including IT giant TCS gained value despite an overall weak market.  The cumulative market capitalisation of all the listed companies of Ratan Tata-led salt-to-software conglomerate today rose to Rs 4,47,351 crore, based on their share prices at the Bombay Stock Exchange.Taking into account today’s RBI re
  • Rs 50k crore worth treasure in Kerala temple
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, july 2 (agencies): The legend of El Dorado was definitely not set on the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. But the seven-member panel, which is drawing up a list of assets at the famed shrine here, had a feel of the lost city of gold as they set foot in one of the two secret vaults located inside the sprawling granite structure which gives the Kerala capital its name. On Thursday, the team assisted by personnel from the fire services and archeology department opened the
  • Training on ‘Noting & Drafting Skills’ held
    Dimapur, July 2 (MExN): A 3-days training on “Noting and Drafting Skills” conducted with the objective to enable the participants to learn how to make good noting and drafting in their respective Departments concluded at ATI on June 29. Altogether 32 office assistants availed the training.A press note issued by State Coordinator, DMC, ATI Nagaland Dr.Hovithal Sothu informed that the topics covered during the 3 days included, What is a note and Noting? Functional approach of
  • Top paint brands in India, Nepal and Bangladesh continue to flout lead norms: Study
    New Delhi, july 2 (Agencies): Indian paint majors are showing their true colours in neighbouring markets, by including dangerously high levels of lead in their products, according to a study conducted by some non-governmental organisations in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. For example, Asian Paints’ Golden Yellow shade of paint contains only 90 ppm (parts per million) of lead in India, meeting international standards. In Nepal, it contained 190 ppm of lead, exceeding global safety
  • Madurai Police commissioner to be booked for rights violation
    Madurai, July 1 (Agencies): The Madras High Court has ordered the home secretary to register a case against city police commissioner P Kannappan and 5 other policemen on charges of malicious prosecution and human rights violation during their tenure in Ramanathapuram district in 1997. The direction was given on Thursday by justice R S Ramanathan of the Madurai bench of the court. The court had allowed a petition filed by S Krishnamurthy seeking action against police officials for alleg
  • Grover murder: Maria free; Jerome gets 10 yrs
    Mumbai, July 1 (Agencies): Held guilty only for destroying evidence in the brutal murder of television executive Neeraj Grover three years ago, small-time Kannada actress Maria Susairaj can walk free anytime as a Mumbai court on Friday sentenced her to three years in jail – time she has already served as an undertrial. The maximum time for her conviction is three years. Her boyfriend, former Navy officer Emile Jerome Mathew – convicted of ‘culpable homicide not amount
  • Anna, Ramdev ‘self appointed messiahs’:Pranab
    Kolkata, july 1 (agencies): Dubbing Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and their followers as “handful of self appointed messiahs”, union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee lambasted the group stating that parliamentary democracy is being challenged by them. According to him, they have no accountability to anyone and are igniting sentiments through hunger strikes. Mukherjee was speaking at the first post-election victory rally of state Congress in Kolkata. Union law minister M Veerapp
  • Money laundering: Hasan Ali, Tapuriah’s bail plea rejected
    Mumbai, July 1 (PTI): A sessions court today rejected the bail plea of Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan and his associate Kashinath Tapuriah, arrested in March by Enforcement Directorate which alleged that they had laundered $ 93 million in foreign banks and indulged in conspiracy to “wage war against the nation”. The bail petitions were rejected by Principal Sessions Judge, Swapna Joshi, who agreed with the prosecution that granting them liberty at this juncture was not
  • Rahul Gandhi: India’s leader in waiting
    NEW DELHI, July 1 (Reuters): The rise of Rahul Gandhi to India’s top office is now more a question of when, not if. The handsome 41-year-old great-grandson of India’s first ever prime minister has long been tipped as a future leader of the country, and incumbent Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday the party had not discussed him stepping down before his term ends in 2014 but he was ready for that.“I don’t mind young leaders taking over,” Singh was quoted as s
  • Image makeover plan: PM to meet editors today
    NEW DELHI, june 28 (Agencies): Under attack from civil society activists, the media and some of his own party members, over perceived communication gap over critical issues, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided on a media outreach plan that kicks off with a meeting with some senior editors Wednesday. The prime minister will meet a group of editors of regional and national dailies Wednesday, government sources said.Manmohan Singh has so far held only three nationally televised pres
  • Kani breaks down on seeing Stalin
    NEW Delhi, june 28 (Agencies): More than a month after DMK leader MK Stalin had met his half-sister and party MP Kanimozhi, he paid her a visit in the women’s jail for about half an hour on Monday afternoon. He was accompanied by DMK Parliamentary Party Leader TR Baalu and MP AKS Vijayan. Stalin had last met Kanimozhi at the Special CBI court on May 24, four days after she was arrested in connection with the 2G scam. Stalin also met ex-telecom minister A Raja and Managing Directo
  • Indian women world’s most stressed: Nielsen
    TOKYO, june 28 (Agencies): Women around the world feel stressed and pressed for time, but women in emerging markets are more stressed than their sisters in developed nations -- and Indian women say they are the most stressed of all, according to a survey published on Tuesday. But while women in emerging markets may be under more pressure, they are also far more hopeful, with most seeing more financial stability and better chances for education for their daughters, according to the surv
  • ‘Chhota Rajan ordered J Dey’s killing’
    Indian police present before the media, six among the arrested seven suspects (faces covered) in the slaying of veteran Mumbai crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai, June 27. Police arrested seven suspects in the murder of Dey, including four people who allegedly gunned down the journalist and then escaped on motorcycles, officials said Monday. (AP Photo) MUMBAI, june 27 (PTI): A fortnight after senior crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead, Mumbai police on Monday cracked
  • Anna Hazare puts conditions for Baba Ramdev to join fast
    NEW Delhi, june 27 (Agencies): After allowing Baba Ramdev to share the dais with him during his fast in Jantar Mantar in April and later voicing support to the yoga guru, veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare has now laid down a set of “conditions” for Ramdev before letting him join his proposed fast in August. Speaking to TV reporters in Maharashtra late Sunday, Anna Hazare said: “Baba has expressed his wish to sit on fast with me but I have placed a set of demands in front o