India

  • 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
  • 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