India

  • A Raja treated like every other prisoner at Tihar, sleeps on floor
    New Delhi, February 18 (PTI): Former telecom minister A Raja had jail food, slept on the floor during his first night in Tihar prisons and was up at 6.00am today to attend the roll call like any other prisoner. The 47-year-old high-profile inmate of Jail No1, arrested for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, is mostly keeping to himself, a senior jail official said.“The former minister did not hesitate to eat food cooked inside the prison kitchens. He ate rice, da
  • 2G: A Raja sent to Tihar jail
    New Delhi, February 17 (Agencies): Former Telecom Minister A Raja, arrested for his alleged role in 2G Spectrum allocation scam, was sent to Tihar Jail by a Delhi court today under 14-days’ judicial custody. “The accused is remanded in judicial custody till March 3,” Special CBI judge O P Saini said. The judge also directed the Tihar Jail authorities to let the former minister have access to home-made food, besides his medicines.The court gave this direction to the ja
  • PM’s charge on Gujarat biggest joke in 2011: Narendra Modi
    Gandhinagar, February 17 (Agencies): Reacting a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s allegations that the BJP had scuttled reforms because action was being taken day against a Gujarat minister (read former Home Minister Amit Shah), the state’s Chief minister Narendra Modi said Singh’s allegations was the biggest joke of 2011. Modi said the Prime Minister was levelling allegation against Gujarat to “divert public attention from his failures”. Modi told
  • India asks Sri Lanka to release 136 fishermen
    New Delhi, February 17 (PTI): India on Thursday conveyed its “deep concern” over the detention of 136 Indian fishermen in Jaffna and asked the Sri Lankan government to take “necessary” steps to get them released. “I have just had a telephonic conversation with the Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka (G.L. Peiris) and I have conveyed India’s deep concern at the detention of nearly 136 fishermen in Jaffna district,” External Affairs Ministe
  • Controversial Antrix-Devas deal terminated
    NEW Delhi, February 17 (Agencies): The government Thursday scrapped the controversial deal between Antrix, the commercial arm of Indian space agency ISRO, and private firm Devas on the allocation of space spectrum using S-band, high value and scarce radio waves. “The agreement for the lease of space segment capacity on Antrix S-Band spacecraft (satellite) by Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. shall be annulled forthwith,” Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily told reporters, announcing th
  • China opposes India’s call for quick UNSC reforms
    Beijing, February 17 (Agencies): Amid a call by G-4 countries comprising India, Brazil, Germany and Japan for a quick UNSC reform, the state-run Chinese media has said that any attempt to rush through “premature plans” could harm the process and undermine the world body’s unity. “The G4 alleged in their joint statement that their proposal for enlarging the Council is widely supported by UN member nations, but did not indicate how many or which countries have sid
  • ‘Eco reform will spell doom for people’
    New Delhi, February 17 (PTI): The CPI(M) on Thursday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intention of undertaking major economic reform measures in the near future will “spell doom” for the people. Noting that Mr. Singh during a media interaction on Wednesday had given “an indication that major economic reforms are round the corner”, senior party leader Sitaram Yechury said this meant that the reforms of financial liberalisation, which the Left parties ha
  • Entrepreneurship prog in food processing concludes
    Dimapur, February 17 (MExN): Farmers in Nagaland produces variety of fruits and vegetables but due to pitiable transportation and storage facility and poor marketing network, about 40 percent of the produce is spoiled.  Krishi Vigyan Kendra Phek planned keeping this problem in mind an Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Food Processing for the farmers of the Mon district in coordination with Krishi Vigyan Kendra Mon and Krishi Vigyan Kendra Dimapur. A press note received her
  • Budget to give clearer picture on eco reforms: PM
    NEW Delhi, February 16 (PTI): Under attack for high food prices and slow reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the UPA has not given up its economic agenda and promised clear measures in the upcoming Budget. Exuding confidence that inflation rate should be “no more than 7 per cent” by March-end from 8.23 per cent in January, Singh said the government’s effort has been to rein in high prices without hurting growth, which he projected to be at 8.5 per cent t
  • Financial inclusion initiative to bring rural masses under banking system by SBI
    Dimapur, February 16 (MExN): With a view to engaging Village Development Boards (VDBs) as Business Correspondent (BC), a meeting with selected 25 VDB Secretaries of various villages covering all districts of Nagaland was organized by State Bank of India, Regional Business Office, Dimapur at its Conference Hall today. The meeting was chaired by Deputy General Manager (RBU) SBI Local Head Office, Guwahati and attended by senior Bank Officials from SBI LHO, Guwahati and Regional Business
  • Never felt like resigning, I have a job to do: PM
    New Delhi, February 16 (PTI):  Admitting that “some compromises” have to be made in managing a coalition, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday declared that his government will bring the wrongdoers in scams to book but ruled out quitting from his post. He asserted that his government was not lame duck nor was he a lame duck Prime Minister and it was a functioning government that would go after scamsters.On the 2G scam involving former Telecom Minister A. Raja, th
  • India-US Strategic Dialogue on April 6
    Washington, February 16 (Agencies): India and the US would hold the second round of their Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on April 6 during which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would lead the American side, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has announced here. “This time the meeting would take place in New Delhi on April 6. Secretary Hillary Clinton would travel to India for that meeting,” Rao told reporters last evening at the end of her three-day US visit.Rao, who was ba
  • ‘Progress in talks if Pak addresses 26/11 concern’
    New Delhi, February 16 (PTI): As it prepares to resume dialogue with Pakistan, India on Wednesday said any “meaningful progress” in the process can take place only if Islamabad takes concrete steps to address New Delhi’s concerns on 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. “Any meaningful progress can be made only when Pakistan takes concrete steps to address India’s concerns on 26/11 terror attacks,” Defence Minister A K Antony said at the Asian Security Con
  • Boy dies trying to save sister from molesters
    Kolkata, february 16 (Agencies):  Kolkata Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today visited the family of Rajib Das in Barasat, who died on Tuesday after being  stabbed by a group of miscreants when he tried to stop them from molesting his sister. The incident took place late on Monday at Barasat, about 15 km from the Kolkata airport following which 16-year-old Rajib was admitted in a hospital, where he died on Tuesday. The incident has shocked the state especially as it o
  • Govt has 90 ways to tap your phone
    Mumbai, February 16 (Agencies): Irrespective of the Supreme Court saying that eavesdropping violates right to life and privacy,he government has bought 90 systems so far enabling intelligence agents to track, hear and record cellphone conversations at will without even approaching the telecom companies, sources said. The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) is one of the strong agencies that the government has for intercepting phone calls. The NTRO is the government’s
  • Pranab meets Sushma and Jaitley in a bid to break JPC logjam
    New Delhi, February 16 (Agencies): After the clearest signal from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on JPC formation to probe 2G spectrum scam, government on Wednesday made a fresh bid to end deadlock in Parliament as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met BJP leaders who insisted that JPC should be announced on February 22 to enable the House to function normally. “We requested that announcement for formation of JPC should be made on (February) 22nd itself so that Parliament may resu
  • SC takes just 90 minutes to decide Surender’s fate
    New Delhi, February 15 (pti): The Supreme Court on Tuesday took just 90 minutes to seal the fate of Surinder Koli by confirming his death sentence in a case of Nithari serial rape-cum-killing episode, which perhaps may be the fastest decision by it in a capital punishment hearing. The final hearing saw a Bench comprising justices Markandey Katju and Gyansudha Misra giving credence to the confessional statement of Koli to put a seal of approval on the decisions of the trial court and th
  • Advani calls PM ‘weak’, Cong hits back
    New Delhi, February 15 (Agencies): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are involved in a war of words over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and various cases of corruption. The first salvo was fired by senior BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday when he Singh on the various scams and corruption cases that have hit the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government. Calling Singh a “weak” Prime Minister, Advani said that he feels sorry for him. “I feel sorry for
  • Opposition Cong keeps rotten dal plates on Orissa Speaker’s podium
    Bhubaneswar, February 15 (PTI): As the Opposition continued the uproar and raised slogans, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House twice. When the House met for the day, pandemonium broke out with the Chair refusing to accept the Opposition’s demand to suspend the Question Hour. Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh demanded action against those involved in irregularities in purchase and supply of rotten pulses to children and pregnant women.Singh said people responsible
  • India becoming surrogate pregnancy hub
    NEW DELHI, february 15 (Agencies): Surrogate pregnancy, an assisted reproductive technique (ART) in which a woman carries in her womb the baby of another woman, has seen a spurt in India. Due to the healthier lifestyles of to-be mothers and lower costs compared to the West, the country could become a global hub in the field, gynaecology experts say. “The reason why surrogate pregnancy is rising is mainly because of the low-cost factor, and the preferably healthy lifestyle of Indi