India

  • UPA in Mamata’s line of fire over petro price hike
    Kolkata, January 17 (HT): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, the Congress’s biggest partner in the ruling UPA government, on Sunday slammed the decision to hike petroleum prices, saying her party had not been consulted before taking the decision. Trinamool will hit the streets on Monday in protest. “We did not know about this. Nobody discussed anything with us before taking the decision. We will launch a strong agitation against the decision,” said Banerjee.She
  • HC reserves order on Kasab’s appeal against death sentence
    MUMBAI, January 17 (PTI) : After hearing arguments for three months, the Bombay High Court on Monday reserved till February 7 its order on the appeal filed by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab against the death sentence awarded to him for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More also reserved order on an appeal filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the acquittal of LeT suspects Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, who were charged wi
  • PM meets Prez, fuels reshuffle speculation
    NEW DELHI, January 17 (PTI): A reshuffle of the Union council of ministers with a few inductions is likely to take place later this week. An indication of this came after a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil on Monday evening. Though official sources described it as a routine meeting, indications were available that a rejig of the UPA ministry was possible later this week.Sources said that the Prime Minister may utilise the opportunity to inject
  • Abolish crude oil customs duty to avoid price hikes: Oil cos
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Finding a Rs 5.50 per litre hike in petrol prices over the past one month insufficient to cover their under-recoveries on fuel sales, oil marketing companies have demanded the abolition of customs duty on crude oil to avoid a further increase amid spiralling international rates. Petrofed, an oil and gas industry body representing state-run firms like Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and private sector players such as Reliance Industries, has asked the government to re
  • Mitsubishi Motors to raise output in India, Brazil
    New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): Mitsubishi Motors will streamline production in Japan, the United States and Europe while increasing output in emerging markets including Brazil and India, a report said Saturday. By redistributing resources, the automaker aims to lift global production to 1.5 million units, up 50% from the year to March 2010, the Nikkei business daily said.In the United States, Japan’s fourth-largest automaker will stop production of three models designed only f
  • No SEBI ban on me or my firms: Ambani
    Mumbai, January 16 (PTI): Anil Ambani on Sunday claimed that his two group firms - Reliance Infra and RNRL - settled the SEBI probe voluntarily and the regulator has not imposed any ban on the companies or their directors from participation in the capital market. Contesting media reports that SEBI barred two group firms and its directors from dealing in the capital market, Mr. Ambani told reporters, “SEBI has not banned R-Infra, RNRL, Anil Ambani, other directors from capital mar
  • DoT moots up to Rs. 2 crore penalty on unlawful phone tapping
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Amid a debate over phone-tapping and making conversations public without authorisation, the Telecom Ministry has proposed a penalty of up to Rs. 2 crore on unlawfully tapping, as against just Rs. 500 at present. In a communique to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed the imposition of a penalty between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 2 crore for breaches under different sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885.For breac
  • Demolish Adarsh building in 3 months: Jairam
    This November 1 file photo, two Indian boys chat in the backdrop of the Adarsh Housing Society apartments, center, in Mumbai. India says an upscale apartment building must be demolished because its location on Mumbai’s coast violates environmental protection laws.(AP Photo)New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): The 31-storey Adrash Housing Society building should be demolished within three months, the Environment Ministry recommended on Sunday while holding that the scam-tainted proje
  • Pak probe into 26/11 case has not moved an inch: Pillai
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): India has expressed its “disappointment” over Pakistan’s delay in bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attack to justice, saying “real investigation” has not taken place in that country. Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said the prosecution attempt in Pakistan to bring the 26/11 guilty to justice “has not moved an inch” and India’s request for providing the voice samples of the handlers of the attackers has
  • Allies seek better coordination in UPA-II
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): At a time when the ruling coalition is passing through a turbulent phase, demands for a better coordination in the UPA-II are being raised by the allies of the Congress. The NCP, whose chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has come under criticism from within a section of Congress, is among those seeking formation of a Coordination Committee. Pawar hit back at his detractors yesterday saying that it was “not right” to blame his ministry fo
  • Criminal justice system not working properly: SC
    New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): Irked by the Allahabad High Court’s ‘casual approach’ in acquitting a man charged with rape and kidnapping, the Supreme Court has observed that criminal justice system is “not working” properly in the country and recommended urgent steps to stem the rot. “We are constrained to observe that criminal justice system is not working in our country as it should,” said a bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha.It a
  • SC can bring back black money stashed abroad: LK Advani
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday pinned all his hopes on the Supreme Court to bring back black money stashed in foreign countries and said it will earn the apex court “lasting gratitude” of the people. “The country expects the Supreme Court to pursue this matter to its logical end. USD 462 billion is a huge amount. which is wealth that can bring about a miraculous metamorphosis in Indian conditions,” Advani said referring to the
  • J-K troop reduction: Was talking about Army, clarifies Gen Singh
    New Delhi, January 15 (Agencies): A day after his comments which were seen as countering Home Secretary on troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General V K Singh today clarified that he was talking about the Army personnel while G K Pillai was referring to paramilitary forces. “I think there was some confusion. What Mr Pillai said was concerning the Paramilitary forces. What I was talking of was Army,” he told reporters here seeking to clear the perception that
  • Kerala govt orders probe into Sabarimala tragedy
    (PIC 1): An investigating officer inspects the site of a stampede, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast from the famed Sabarimala shrine in the southern Indian state of Kerala, January 15. The stampede was set off Friday night when a group of pilgrims in a jeep drove into a crowd of worshippers walking along a narrow forest path as they returned from offering prayers at the hilltop Sabarimala shrine, said local police official Sanjay Kumar. (PIC 2): A boy, center, breaks down on he
  • Rs 50,000 compensation to beggar dumped in garbage
    PANAJI, January 15 (PTI): The National Human Rights Commission has recommended Rs 50,000 compensation to a 47-year-old beggar who was dumped into a garbage bin by the Goa police in 2009. The order which came on January 10, after NHRC went through the details of the case, said the compensation amount be recovered from salary of the guilty policemen.Shelton Messierhas who had taken a shelter in the city market was dumped into garbage by the police control room van on June 2, 2009 after a
  • The going is tough for Cong brass & PM too
    New Delhi, January 15 (Agencies): The current political crisis has so paralysed the Congress leadership that it is finding it hard to institute the sort of sweeping changes it would like to see in both the party organisation and the government. Coping with soaring food prices, a slew of scams and a first class political crisis in Andhra Pradesh — not to mention the the electoral washout in Bihar — the party brass is barely living from day to day.More than three weeks after
  • Maruti to decide on raising prices next week
    New Delhi, January 15 (Agencies): Rising input costs may force Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) to increase the prices of its range of products. Top management of MSIL will take the final call on this during its meeting called next week. The new prices would come into force with immediate effect from the day the decision is taken.Earlier, while announcing the results for the quarter ended September, the company had admitted that profit margins were under pressure due to an increase in commod
  • IMG unveils mobile banking framework
    NEW Delhi, January 15 (PTI): People in areas that do not have access to banks should be able to open accounts linked to their cellphones and be allowed withdrawals of up to Rs 5,000 a day, according to a mobile banking framework presented today by a government committee. “The framework envisages creation of Mobile linked No-Frills Accounts by the Banks, which will have various transaction limits,” said the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) in its report to Telecom Regulatory Au
  • Jumbo Chinese onions to ease crisis?
    Mumbai, January 15 (Agencies): The last of the imported stocks of onions, this time from China, arrived at the APMC wholesale market in Vashi on Friday. The Chinese onions are high grade and double the size of normal Indian onions.The director of onion-potato section of APMC, Ashok Valunj, said: ‘’A shipping container with 11 tonnes of imported onions of China arrived today from Nhava Sheva. We will not be getting any more imports from Pakistan or China now, as the fresh fa
  • Citibank working on ‘’fair compensation’’
    Mumbai, January 15 (agencies): Citibank, one of whose Gurgaon branch employees is accused of a Rs 400-crore fraud, said that it is working towards providing a ‘fair compensation’ to its affected customers. The bank has been in touch with its impacted customers and is fully committed to safeguarding their legitimate interests, it said in a statement.“As we have stated earlier, we identified suspicious transactions at our Gurgaon Branch in early December and immediately