India

  • We are cooperating with CBI: Kanimozhi
    Chennai, March 11 (PTI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, who was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Friday said full cooperation was being extended to the agency.  “We are answering everything and whatever is required. We are cooperating with CBI, unlike many political leaders who don’t,” Ms. Kanimozhi, who was questioned alo
  • Prithvi-II, Dhanush test-fired successfully
    Dhanush, the Naval variant of the Prithvi missile, takes off during its successful launch from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa on Friday. CHENNAI, March 11 (Agencies): India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC), which handles missiles with nuclear warheads, fired Dhanush and Prithvi-II missiles on Friday within a gap of an hour, establishing the readiness of India’s nuclear deterrence systems. Both Dhanush and Prithvi-II are surface-to-surface missiles that
  • Shreyans Group official Ferrari importer for India
    NEW Delhi, March 10 (Agencies): The Shreyans Group has officially been appointed as importer for Ferrari in India. The first Ferrari dealership will open its doors in New Delhi in the upcoming spring, and a second one is scheduled to open in Mumbai in the second half of 2011. The Shreyans Group will setup an independent Ferrari India office with Ferrari experienced professionals to manage the upcoming dealer network. "We are proud to announce the partnership with Ferrari today. Th
  • Water Hyacinth Craft Gallery at NEDFi Haat
    Guwahati, March 9 (Agencies): The eco-friendly handicraft products made from water hyacinth (Pani Meteka) will now be available at the NEDFi Haat, Ambari, Guwahati. A press release issued by CABSFORD PR on behalf of NEDFi stated that the Water Hyacinth Craft Gallery-cum-Demonstration Centre at NEDFi Haat was inaugurated today by U. K. Sangma, Secretary NEC in presence of B. P. Muktieh, CMD, NEDFi. The initiative which was started by NEDFi in a small way in the year 2008 is now supporte
  • NIIT to host NE mega job fair 2011
    Dimapur, March 9 (MExN): It has always been a continuous effort of NIIT, the global talent development corporation to design various Placement EVENTS exclusively for Graduates and final year of graduation students. The objective of this is to reduce demand and supply gap and to equip students with the required technical skills and expertise to enhance their employability and confidence, thereby making them productive from day one. Hence to extend career opportunities and assuring 
  • Delhi’s Airport Metro makes you fly, marvel passengers
    NEW Delhi, March 9 (Agencies): Mohammad Kamil , a 42-year-old non-resident Indian returning from Saudi Arabia, is in complete awe of the Metro Express that takes one from the New Delhi railway station to the international airport in just 20 minutes. “I can’t differentiate between Saudi Arabia and India right now. The speed, comfort and the time and money I save by using it - it’s just fantastic value. With such developments, I feel proud to be an Indian,” Kamil
  • Akhilesh Yadav arrested in Lucknow
    Lucknow, March 9 (PTI): On the last day of Samajwadi Party’s State-wide agitation against the Mayawati government, party State president Akhilesh Yadav was on Wednesday arrested at the Amausi airport as soon as he landed in Lucknow from New Delhi. “Akhilesh has been arrested here this morning as soon as he landed here. He was immediately sent to jail and not even allowed by the police to talk to media,” party spokesman Ashish Yadav told reporters in Lucknow.Mr. Akhile
  • BJP walks out of LS over pirates issue
    New Delhi, March 9 (PTI): Unsatisfied over the response of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna over the plight of 79 Indian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha. Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj raised the issue during Zero Hour, saying the deadline for the execution of eight of the 79 Indian sailors was scheduled to expire on Wednesday. “When even one US national is kidnapped, the US
  • Police release sketch of DU girl’s shooter
    NEW Delhi, March 9 (PTI): Delhi Police on Wednesday released the sketch of a suspect in the murder of a young girl outside her college but expressed dismay that no one who was present at the scene has come forward as witness to the incident. Investigators said the assailant was trailing the victim, Radhika Tanwar (20), from her house in Naraina and chose the foot over-bridge (FoB) outside Ramlal Anand College in Dhaula Kuan’s Shantiniketan area to shoot her deliberately.Police ha
  • Hyderabad braces for Telangana million march
    Hyderabad, March 9 (Agencies): The stage is set for a possible showdown between police and Telangana protesters in Hyderabad on Thursday as the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has vowed to go ahead with the million march despite ban orders. In an attempt to foil the march and to prevent people from reaching Hyderabad, police ice in Telangana districts on Wednesday took a large number of activists into preventive custody.As the police have denied permission to TJAC for the milli
  • 2G scam: Sibal urges telecom operators to iron out differences
    New delhi, March 8 (PTI): Worried over differences amongst the service providers, particularly, on the issue of spectrum allocation, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday asked them to soon sink their differences as otherwise it could adversely impact growth of the sector. Mr. Sibal, during his meeting with various telecom operators, discussed in detail issues ranging from spectrum sharing, merger and acquisition, annual spectrum usage charge and rising disputes among the telecom fir
  • Congress aims to shore up govt after ally quits
    New delhi, March 6 (Reuters) - The Congress party moved to shore up its ruling coalition on Sunday after a key partner said its ministers will formally quit the cabinet on Monday, the latest setback for a government beset by corruption scandals. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government is not in immediate threat of collapse because the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) party has said it will continue to offer conditional support even after its six ministers leave because of a row
  • Delhi slum children to study in Australia
    NEW DELHI, March 6 (PTI): If Mumbai’s slum children could walk the red carpet at the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony in 2009 for Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Delhi’s urban poor youth would have a chance to go all the way to Australia for studying. Under an exchange programme between Delhi-based NGO Asha and the University of Melbourne, selected students from around 400 slum youths currently studying in Delhi University will get this golden oppo
  • CBI to question Kanimozhi, Radia soon
    NEW DELHI, March 6 (PTI): With the deadline for filing charge sheet in the 2G spectrum case nearing, the CBI is expected to soon question DMK MP K Kanimozhi and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, especially on the role played by Radia in clinching a deal between Tata Realty and Unitech. The CBI is also preparing a list of all ineligible telecom companies which had got the licences in 2008, besides scrutinising the papers of a deal between Tata Realty and Unitech, agency sources said.The C
  • FM wants RBI to focus on inflation
    NEW DELHI, March 6 (PTI): Concerned over worsening political turmoil in the Middle-East and the impact of rising global crude prices on the domestic economy, the finance ministry has suggested the Reserve Bank to focus on steps to contain inflation. An indication to this effect was given by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to the RBI, which is slated to announce its mid-quarterly review of the monetary policy on March 17.The central bank has for the seventh time since March 2010, rais
  • SC turns down BSNL plea on roaming charges
    NEW Delhi, March 5 (PTI): The Supreme Court today said that state-owned BSNL is not entitled to charge private operators for providing signaling network for roaming services just on the basis of registration by their subscribers, even though they were not availing the facility. BSNL provides connection to private operators who offer roaming services to their subscribers and charge monthly registration fees at the rate of Rs 25 per user for domestic roaming and Rs 50 for international r
  • 2G scam: A Raja may be charged with endangering national security
    NEW Delhi, March 5 (Agencies): The CBI is considering whether to charge former telecom minister A Raja with endangering national security for being instrumental in allocating spectrum to companies with foreign partners linked to firms controlled by secret services of countries inimical to India. Sources in the agency claim to have found evidence of quid pro quo between grant of licences under Raja to firms which had either done or were in business with telecom companies in Pakistan , A
  • As debt piles up, RCom faces key test
    Mumbai, March 4 (Reuters) - The clock is ticking and costs are seen rising for Reliance Communications Ltd as it struggles to reduce a $7 billion mountain of debt ahead of a major bond redemption next year. Shares in India’s No. 2 mobile carrier, controlled by Anil Ambani, who ranked 36th on last year’s Forbes global rich list, dropped to a record low this week leaving the company valued at $4.3 billion. Six straight quarters of falling profits as a tough telecoms market sq
  • Government to further liberalise FDI policy: FM
    NEW Delhi, March 4 (AFP): India said Friday is it seeking ways to boost foreign investment needed to fund a $1 trillion plan to overhaul its dilapidated infrastructure - seen as vital to boosting economic growth. “Discussions are under way to liberalise foreign direct investment policy,” Pranab Mukherjee told an international financial conference, without elaborating.Foreign direct investment in India has dropped sharply recently amid concerns over corruption, bureaucracy,
  • India willing to discuss Kashmir with Pak: PM
    JAMMU, March 4 (PTI): Maintaining that India will enter into talks with Pakistan with an open mind, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country wants to resolve all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, through dialogue and purposeful negotiations. He also asked Pakistan to take resolute action against extremist groups operating in the country and leave no stone unturned in bringing to book perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.Referring to his recent statement in Parl