India

  • Aircel launches 3G service
    Chennai, February 22 (PTI): Telecom operator Aircel on Tuesday launched its 3G services here, with an aim to increase mobile internet penetration. “3G will collapse all barriers. It will revolutionise entertainment since it is a highly interactive medium and bandwidth will not be a constraint,” Aircel Chief Operating Officer Gurdeep Singh said.The pan-India operator has won 3G licences in 13 telecom circles across India and will be launching 3G services in the remaining cir
  • After 9 yrs, 31 convicted in Godhra train burning case
    AHMEDABAD, February 22 (Agencies): Thirty-one people were today convicted and 63 others, including the main accused Maulvi Umarji, were acquitted by a special court here in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident that left 59 people dead and triggered violence in Gujarat that had claimed the lives of over 1200 people, mainly Muslims. The sentencing would be pronounced on February 25 after arguments on the quantum of punishment by the Special Court that accepted the theory of conspiracy
  • Indian workers sue US company for human trafficking
    HOUSTON, February 22 (PTI): Lawyers for a group of Indian guest workers, trafficked to the US from India to work in shipyards after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, have sued an American company, Signal International, along with its co-conspirators and other entities for human trafficking and racketeering. If class status is granted, the lawsuit could be the largest human trafficking case in US history, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has said in a statement. Workers were allegedly
  • India keeping a close watch on situation in Libya: S M Krishna
    New Delhi, February 22 (PTI): The government on Tuesday said it is keeping a close watch on the situation in violence-hit Libya where all Indians are safe. “The situation is being closely monitored by the External Affairs Ministry and we are in constant touch with the Ambassador there. I am happy to inform that all Indians are safe in Libya,” External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna told reporters outside Parliament.The Minister said the mission in Libya was in constant touc
  • Honda launches new ‘Accord’
    NEW Delhi, February 21 (PTI): Premium car-maker Honda Siel Cars India on Monday launched an upgraded version of its Accord luxury sedan, priced between Rs 19.60 lakh and Rs 25.41 lakh. “Our belief in constantly upgrading our products based on customer feedback prompted this launch of an upgraded version of the ‘Accord’ with unique styling in combination with luxurious features,” Honda Siel Cars India ( HSCI ) President and CEO Takashi Nagai said in a statement.T
  • Sustaining growth, combating inflation top priority: President
    New Delhi, February 21 (PTI): Combating inflation and sustaining growth momentum may be the top priority, but the government on Monday said it would strive to push economic reforms to encourage foreign and private sector investments in the economy.  “The Indian economy continues to be on a trajectory of high growth despite an adverse global environment... However, there is no room for complacency,” President Pratibha Patil said in her address to Parliament that marked
  • Court upholds death sentence to Kasab
    Mumbai,February 21 (PTI): The Bombay High Court on Monday confirmed the death penalty to 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, terming the case as rarest of rare and holding there was “no scope of reform” of the convict. “There is no scope of reform or rehabilitation of the convicted accused. It is a rarest of rare case and the court cannot be more confident than it is today that death penalty must be given,” a division Bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R. V. More obse
  • Mainstream languages attempt a ‘phono-cide’, linguists cry hoarse
    Ahmedabad, February 21 (Agencies): Both the Bible and Hindu mythology talk of how God turned one common language of mankind into many different tongues and scattered the people around the world, thus giving birth to a variety of customs and cultures. But it seems God’s plan is going haywire as ‘mainstream languages’ threaten to unite the universal tongue once again. Linguists’ warnings about the death of languages in India have continuously fallen on deaf ears.
  • Surat girl is ambassador for World Maths Day 2011
    Surat, February 21 (Agencies): A young girl from Surat, who is not in her teens yet, has been named the Indian Ambassador for the prestigious World Maths Day event to be held next month. Priyanshi Somani, 12, a mathematical genius herself, has been named the Ambassador from India for World Maths Day, which will be observed on March 1. She will also represent India in the competition, to be held on the same day.Originally from Surat, Priyanshi has participated in several prestigious Mat
  • More tax info exchange pacts to curb black money menace
    Paris, February 20 (PTI): Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said about 500 tax information exchange agreements have been signed between different countries across the globe, a development that will help fight the menace of tax evasion and track ill-gotten money. Mr. Mukherjee, who is spearheading the fight against tax evasion at the G-20 grouping, also made a case for collective action against those countries that refuse to part with tax and banking information essential for
  • CBI asks TRAI to value 2G spectrum allotted between 2001-08
    NEW Delhi, February 20 (PTI): The CBI, which is probing the 2G spectrum scam , has sought telecom regulator TRAI’s help to ascertain the loss to the government on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008. Highly placed sources in the agency said the decision to approach TRAI was taken in view of the fluctuating estimates of the losses to the exchequer on account of the sale of spectrum in 2008.“We have requested TRAI to set up an expert team which will
  • Govt agrees to parliament probe into telecom scam
    New Delhi, February 20 (Reuters): The government has bowed to opposition demands for a parliamentary investigation into a major telecoms corruption scandal, lawmakers said on Sunday, in a move to end months of deadlock and ensure passage of the upcoming budget. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is accused of heading a corrupt government that has sold access to the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market at rock-bottom prices, depriving the state of billions of dollars in revenue
  • Mediators, Orissa govt officials in talks
    Bhubaneswar, February 20 (PTI): The much-awaited talks between the Orissa government and mediators chosen by Maoists began here on Sunday for the release of abducted Malkangiri District Collector RV Krishna and an engineer. The crucial meeting began amid tight security soon after the arrival here of the two Hyderabad-based interlocutors, Prof Hargopal and Prof Someswar Rao. Orissa Home Secretary U N Behera and Panchayati Raj Secretary SN Tripathy represented the government in the talks
  • ‘PM less concerned about corruption’
    NEW Delhi, February 20 (PTI): Senior BJP leader L K Advani today took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for saying that he had to make “some compromises” to run a coalition and maintained that the NDA never used such “phoney constraints” as an excuse for compromising on integrity or good governance. “The Prime Minister’s television interaction with some leading journalists last week has been disappointing. It shows much less concern about corrup
  • Mediators to hold talks with government over hostage
    Bhubaneswar, february 19 (Agencies): As Orissa on Saturday intensified efforts for the release of a district collector and a junior engineer abducted by Maoists three days ago, a mediator asked the state government to release a jailed Maoist to speed up dialogue with the abductors, an official said. R Vineel Krishna, the district collector of Malkangiri, was abducted along with junior engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi by Maoists on Wednesday evening. The state government on Friday requested
  • Decision to revoke Disturbed Areas Act lies with J&K govt: Omar
    Jammu, February 19 (PTI): Rejecting any difference with the Centre on the issue of revoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Disturbed Areas Act, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the decision to withdraw DAA lay with the state government. “I don’t require anybody’s recommendation. Please understand at the end of the day Army is tool of Central government,” Omar told reporters when asked whether his government needed recomm
  • ‘There you go!’: a satire on tribal struggles
    The briefcase-wielding officials in Oren Ginzburg’s satirical cartoon series ‘There you go!’ claim to want to ‘bring sustainable development’ to an imaginary forest-dwelling tribe. What they really unleash is the clearing of the tribe’s forest and the destruction of their livelihood and culture. The self-sufficient tribespeople are reduced to poverty, dependent on welfare, living on rubbish dumps on the edge of a polluted city. All in the name of a &
  • Delhi CM Sheila Dixit under scanner for favouring relatives
    New Delhi, February 18 (Agencies): Amidst all scandals and scams that the Congress is embroiled in, there is another controversy that seems to be staring the party in the face and Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is bang in the middle of it. So much so, that the Lokayukta is now conducting an inquiry pertaining to the same. According to an exclusive report by Zee News channel, it has emerged that the Delhi Chief Minister has been favouring her relatives while passing tenders
  • Babri Masjid case: CBI moves SC against L K Advani, others
    New Delhi, February 18 (Agencies): The CBI has moved the Supreme Court challenging an Allahabad High Court order that dropped charges of criminal conspiracy against top BJP leaders including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in the Babri Masjid demolition case. In its appeal, the agency said that the High Court had not come to the right conclusion and the charges of criminal conspiracy should be restored against them. The High Court had on May 20 last year dismissed the CBI plea seeki
  • Collector’s kidnap: Orissa govt contacts mediators chosen by Naxals
    Bhubaneswar, February 18 (PTI): Asking Maoists to extend their two-day deadline, Orissa government on Friday said it has established contact with two mediators handpicked by the Naxals to negotiate the release of abducted Malkangiri District Collector R V Krishna and a junior engineer.  “They (Maoists) had given three names for negotiation. We have established contact with Prof Someswar Rao and Prof Hargopal (both from Andhra Pradesh). They are willing to mediate in the matt