India

  • BJP should reconsider its Ekta Yatra programme: Interlocutors
    JAMMU, January 19 (TNN): In the backdrop of the Bhartiya Janata Party’s ‘Ekta Rally’ followed by a flag hosting at Lal Chowk on Republic Day, a team of interlocutors on Wednesday said that we are living in a democratic setup and every citizen of India had the right to hoist a national flag anywhere across the country but one should keep in mind the peace and tranquility of the nation.Dilip Padgaonkar, chief interlocutor, flanked by Ms Radha Kumar and M M Ansari told r
  • India’s 20th nuclear reactor connected to power grid
    Mumbai, January 19 (PTI): The fourth unit of 220 MW Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-4) located in Uttar Kanada district of Karnataka was connected to the southern power grid in the early hours today, after the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granted clearence to it. KGS-4, which achieved first criticality on November 27 last year, was “synchronised with the southern grid at 01:56 hours”, general manager (corporate communication) R R Kakde of Nuclear Power Corporation of
  • Black money info can’t be made public: PM
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, center and Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, left, look on during the swearing in ceremony of newly appointed ministers in New Delhi on January 19. India’s embattled prime minister shuffled his government Wednesday, juggling portfolios and replacing the sports minister after a corruption scandal involving last year’s Commonwealth Games. (AP Photo) New Delhi, January 19 (PTI): Pr
  • PC firmly asks Buddhadeb to end political violence
    New Delhi, January 19 (PTI) In a blunt message to West Bengalgovernment to stop unabated political violence,Home Minister PChidambaram today told Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjeethat armed cadres of parties cannot be allowed to take lawinto their hands and must be reined in. Bhattacharjee, after a 45-minute meeting with Chidambaranfollowing a ‘’letter war’’, said his government would take stepsto disarm all armed group in the state but asked Chidambaramto
  • Man wakes up from among dead
    COIMBATORE, January 19 (TNN): He lay beneath a pile of dead bodies for about 40 minutes and was counted among the dead in the Sabarimala tragedy. But when locals splashed water, R Dinesh Kumar (27) suddenly woke up from amid the heap of bodies. He is now back in his home in Coimbatore to narrate the intriguing story of how he survived the ghastly tragedy at the hill shrine.“In the stampede, I fell to the ground and several people fell over. And then, I lost my consciousness,̶
  • Oz rejects India’s request for uranium sale
    Melbourne, January 19 (PTI): Refusing to budge from itspolicy, Australia today rejected India’’s request for the saleof uranium. “Regarding the export of uranium to India, the policy ofthe Australian government is clear - we will only supplyuranium to countries that are signatories to the NuclearNon-Proliferation Treaty and have signed a bilateral agreementwith Australia,” Australia’’s Resource, Energy and TourismMinister Martin Ferguson said after h
  • AKAI Trio launches first triple GSM SIM phone
    New Delhi, January 18 (Agencies): Japanese consumer electronics firm AKAI on Tuesday launched its triple SIM mobile phone -Trio- in the Indian market and offers it at a selling price of Rs 3295.The 'Trio' comes with a 5.1 cm (2") TFT screen, 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, dual language support and audio player with equalizer. The handset hosts an inbuilt sound recorder and video player with video recording capability. Other basic features like FM Radio, Bluetooth (A2DP) ,
  • Airfare to rise along with fuel price: Praful Patel
    NEW Delhi, January 18 (ET): Aviation Minister Praful Patel has clearly stated that if the fuel price rises, then the airfare would also rise and the government would not allow exorbitant fares to be charged at any cost by airlines company.Speaking on the occasion of 100 years of Indian Aviation here on Monday, Patel said that though Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) impacts the cost of flying, the government would interfere if companies charged extraordinary prices for air tickets."As f
  • IIPM creates the magic again
    Dimapur, January 18 (MExN): The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) had received placement offers for the students, 2009-11 batches from top recruiters which included international offers as well.  The institute which set a new benchmark in terms of global exposure has once again bagged 33 international offers till now. Companies recruited 1231 students from all the 18 campuses by December end and the figure is likely to increase as the placement process is still go
  • Trial to begin in Mattel-MGA case over Bratz dolls
    SANTA ANA, Calif, January 18 (AP): It's a fight over toys, but the involved parties aren't kids. Attorneys for toy giant Mattel Inc. and bitter rival MGA Entertainment Inc. are set to present opening statements Tuesday over the copyright ownership of the Bratz dolls and the rights to market the pouty, sassy line targeted at "tweens." Two years ago, a federal jury found that the doll's designer developed the concept while working for Mattel. An appeals court later overturned t
  • Rahul’s call to fight against BSP govt
    Lucknow, January 18 (Agencies): The Congress general secretary and MP from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called upon the party workers to wage relentless battle against BSP government in UP. Rahul Gandhi said the Congress would form next UP government on its own strength. Addressing UP coordination committee meeting Rahul Gandhi asked the workers to fan out in the state and apprise the people about corruption in the state government. He said the Congress would fight against this mena
  • Trinamool MPs protest hike
    Activists of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party resist a police water canon during a protest against rise in fuel prices, in New Delhi on January 18.  (AP Photo) Kolkata, January 18 (HT): Refusing to take the price hike issue lying down in poll-bound Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has already shot off a letter of protest to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. On Monday the party, the second largest party in the UPA with 19 MPs, has hit the stree
  • ‘Pak using terror as instrument of state policy’
    New Delhi, January 18 (PTI): India has hit out at Pakistan for pursuing terrorism as an “instrument of state policy”, saying such a strategy was “flawed and self-defeating”. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is likely to meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Thimphu on the margins of a SAARC Committee meeting, said, “Some countries presume that they can pursue terrorism as an instrument of state policy without risks to themselves or to their st
  • Bihar to get its own anthem
    Patna, January 18 (agencies): The people of Bihar will soon have an anthem they could call their own. The state’s remarkable turnaround in the past five years has spurred the Nitish Kumar government to propose that such a song be composed.The state’s human resource department has placed an open advertisement inviting entries for Bihar Geet. Anyone from the country or elsewhere can send in entries and the winner will receive a cash award of Rs 1 lakh.Although the department
  • $104 billion black money taken out of country
    Washington, January 18 (Agencies): India with a total illegal capital flight of $104 billion during 2000-08 ranked fifth in Asia with the largest portion of global outflows at almost a half-trillion dollars in 2008 alone, reveals a new report. Across the nine years from 2000 to 2008, the five Asian countries with the largest total illegal capital flight were: China ($2.2 trillion); Malaysia ($291 billion); Philippines ($109 billion); and Indonesia and India - both $104 billion.On an av
  • Teenagers in rural Rajasthan under unsafe sex shadow
    Jaipur |  January 18 : The increasing trend of teenagers indulging in sex is not just an urban phenomenon. A recent survey in rural Rajasthan shows pre-marital sex is rampant among youngsters in the 13-19 age-group. The survey ‘adolescent sexual behaviour and HIV/ AIDS’ was carried out by Aide et Action (AeA), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National AIDS Control Organisation and the Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society. AeA is an inte
  • Girl raped by schoolmates in moving car
    GHAZIABAD, January 18 (TNN): Three teenagers abducted an 18-year-old girl of their college, raped her for two hours in a moving car and dropper her off, threatening to kill her if she told anyone. Police arrested the trio on Sunday, hours after the girl summoned the courage to tell her family, three days after she had been assaulted. The boys drove around Raj Nagar Extension in Kavi Nagar, which houses the district police headquarters and courts, taking turns to rape her.The victimR
  • Waive off immunity for ‘Wife-beater’ diplomat Anil Verma, UK tells India
    LONDON, January 17 (PTI): Britain on Monday asked India to waive off the diplomatic immunity for Anil Verma, a senior Indian diplomat accused of assaulting his wife, saying it does not tolerate envoys working in the UK breaking the law. “We can confirm that we have formally requested the waiver of diplomatic immunity for a diplomat posted at the Indian High Commission in London,” a foreign and commonwealth office spokesperson said here.“The Foreign Offices does not to
  • HC pulls up state govt over Sabarimala stampede
    Thiruvananthapuram, January 17 (Agencies): The Kerala high court on Monday expressed anguish over neglecting its warning on Sabarimala and directed the state government to submit a report on Friday’s stampede near the hill shrine in which 102 pilgrims crushed to death. Taking the case suo moto, the division bench of Justice Thottathil Radahkrishnan and P Bhavadasan observed that they had given a warning to authorities on Jan 5 (nine days before the incident) to regulate the flow
  • Congress never cared for poor, says Gadkari
    Bhubaneswar, January 17 (Agencies): The Congress party was never serious about the problems of the poor and peasants in the country, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari said here on Monday. After ruling the country for the most number of years since independence, it was the Congress leaders and workers who became richer, not the poor common man, he alleged.Addressing a rally of nearly two lakh people in state capital Bhubaneswar, Gadkari said more then ten lakh farmers have