India

  • China seeks to advance boundary negotiations
    Beijing, March 4 (PTI): China on Friday proposed to “advance” the negotiation process with India on resolving the boundary issue in view of the prevailing “good atmosphere”, even as it played down any impact of a sharp hike in its defence budget on bilateral ties saying it poses no threat to any country. The Special Representative mechanism created by both the countries to resolve the boundary issue has brought about “some momentum” to bilateral effo
  • Court allows plea for withdrawal of case against Ottavio Quattrocchi
    New Delhi, March 4 (PTI): A Delhi court on Friday allowed a CBI plea seeking withdrawal of prosecution against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the two-decade-old Bofors payoff case.  “The application of the CBI is allowed,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said.  “If the logical conclusion of a case is not possible then it is better to leave the issue,” he said. How long we will spend through our nose the hard-earned money of the aa
  • Making history: An untold Everest story
    KOLKATA, March 4 (Agencies): Soon after the first Indian conquest of Mount Everest led by Captain M. S. Kohli in 1965, the Indian Air Force organised a photo-op for journalists. But of the entire planeload of photographers who were flown to the world’s tallest mountain peak, the only clear images came from the camera of the pilot, an amateur photographer. Well over 45 years later now it transpires that those might well be the earliest aerial colour photographs of Everest.Kolkata-
  • Tata Teleservices Limited, Jet Airways in exclusive partnership
    Dimapur, March 3 (MExN): Tata Teleservices Limited, the country’s fastest-growing dual-technology telecom service provider, and Jet Airways, India’s leading airline, have entered into an exclusive partnership to offer something unique for members of JetPrivilege, Jet Airways’ award-winning Frequent Flyer Program. A press note received here stated that the offer is exclusive to JetPrivilege members who wish to buy either a Tata Photon Plus or Tata Photon Whiz connectio
  • Twitter suspends fake Steve Jobs account
    New York, March 3 (CNN): Twitter suspended an account mimicking Apple CEO Steve Jobs, suggesting the parody account didn't appear quite fake enough.The account, @ceoSteveJobs, had more than 450,000 followers before, according to its operator, Twitter shut it down. But he was back up and tweeting Wednesday afternoon after changing the account name to @fakeCEOSteve. The account isn't the only one to mimic Apple's leader, who is currently taking a medical leave of absence. Blogger Fake St
  • India allows Pakistani team access to 26/11 witnesses
    NEW Delhi. March 1 (Agencies): India has agreed "in principle" to allow an investigating team from Pakistan to question Mumbai witnesses of the 2008 terror attack, Home minister P. Chidambaram said Tuesday.But he added that Islamabad had been asked if Indian investigators could similarly question people accused of conspiring and helping execute the Mumbai carnage that killed 166 people including foreigners."We have agreed that they should come to India to record the evid
  • Absconding major surfaces in US, says Al Qaeda present in Kashmir
    Srinagar, March 1 (AGENCIES): An ex-army major, wanted for the 1996 disappearance and murder of a lawyer and rights activist, has surfaced in California and reportedly said the Al Qaeda is present in Jammu and Kashmir - a claim strongly denied by the authorities here who are now planning to seek his extradition. Major Avtar Singh, who worked for the Territorial Army in the Valley, had been named as accused by police for the disappearance and subsequent murder of Jaleel Andrabi, a promi
  • Kashmiri separatist detained
    NEW Delhi, March 1 (Reuters):  Leading Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani was detained by police in connection with a money laundering case, police said on Tuesday, sparking concerns of protests in the region.Geelani, a hardliner separatist seen as the face of last summer's violent anti-India demonstrations in the disputed region, was held at the New Delhi airport as he was waiting to board a flight, police said."He has been requested to join the investigation," D
  • Indian ‘Casino King’ ready to clear tax liabilities in Nepal
    KATHMANDU, March 1 (PTI): Amid stepped up pressure on casino owners in Nepal, Indian 'Casino King' Rakesh Wadhwa has expressed his willingness to clear all tax liabilities if the government withdraws an arrest warrant issued against him.Most of the casinos in Nepal have failed to clear their tax liabilities. Wadhwa, who is in New Delhi for the past four months after Nepalese authorities issued arrest warrant against him, sought more time to clear all his tax liabilities."I have no
  • Budget: This looks like a brazen attempt to fool the people
    Mumbai, March 1 (DNA): The finance minister, in his budget speech, was self-congratulatory about the UPA government's spending on social sectors, which he claimed would continue well into the coming fiscal year. His speech highlighted over several paragraphs the various inclusive measures the government had already undertaken and emphasised the increasing resources that he was allocating to them.But a look at the actual numbers tells a rather different story. It turns out that in the m
  • Petrol prices to increase
    New Delhi, March 1 (Agencies): Your fuel bill is set to go up shortly, in all likelihood, after Parliament session on April 18. But price of petrol, which is not controlled by the government, could go up sooner than that.Oil marketers could raise petrol price by ` 2 to ` 4 since they are losing ` 2.25 on each litre. The government could then raise diesel price by  ` 2 a litre and that of cooking gas cylinder by ` 25-50, sending inflation into a spin. The Budget glossed over the im
  • Reformist Indian budget has a bit for all
    The socialist Samajwadi Party activists burn the effigies of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party President Sonia Gandhi and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, during a protest against the annual budget, in Allahabad, February 28. India pledged to reduce its deficit while ramping up social spending Monday as the government unveiled an annual budget aimed at balancing populism with pragmatism. (AP Photo) NEW Delhi, February 28 (Agencies): India’s Rs.12.
  • Bailable warrants issued against Aarushi’s parents
    Allahabad, February 28 (Agencies): Warrant has been issued against the Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar over their alleged roles in the double murder case. Both Mr and Mrs Talwar are allegedly the prime and only accused in the much hyped Aarushi’s murder case. 13-year-old Aarushi was the only child of the dentist couple. However, a bailable warrant Rs 20,000 each against has been issued against Dr Talwars. The court also has dismissed Talwars’ plea for exemption from
  • All shades of opinion should seize opportunity of dialogue: J&K government
    Jammu, February 28 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Government said all shades of opinion in the state should seize the ‘historic opportunity’ thrown up by the ongoing dialogue process initiated by the Centre, noting agitation and confrontation cannot resolve differences. The state government also ‘complimented’ the Union Government for its recent initiatives to recommence the dialogue process with Pakistan.The Omar Abdullah government’s approach to issues fa
  • 2G scam: Key documents ‘untraceable’ in DoT: CBI
    New Delhi, February 28 (Agencies): Several crucial documents of a telecom firm given to the Department of Telecom for the allocation of 2G spectrum to it and which was key evidence in the scam has gone missing from the Department, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a court here today. “The documents submitted by one telecom company to DoT for the allocation of spectrum, on the basis of which their (telecom firm’s) priority was to be determined, are reported to b
  • ‘India will not offer unsolicited advice to Arab nations’
    ON BOARD SPECIAL AIRCRAFT, February 28 (agencies): Although India wanted peace and stability to return to Arab countries, its “basic proposition” was that it would not offer unsolicited advice. The government’s immediate focus and attention was on bringing back Indians who wanted to return from countries in turmoil, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told journalists while returning from a three-day visit to Kuwait. India would be willing to assist in institution
  • Honda advances launch, to roll out Brio next month
    NEW Delhi, February 28 (Agencies): Honda will launch its Brio small car in the country next month, six months ahead of schedule and weeks before Japanese rival Toyota rolls out its first small car in India, two people familiar with the company’s plans said. Honda Brio, a compact car developed for emerging markets such as India, will hit the road on March 17, although deliveries to customer will start only during the monsoon season in August-September, a person in the advertisemen
  • Budget 2011: Petrol, diesel prices may rise
    NEW Delhi, February 28 (PTI): Petrol and diesel prices look set to be hiked after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee ignored calls for its reduction in customs and excise duty to contain the impact of spurt in global crude oil prices that have touched a two year high of USD 110 per barrel. Mukherjee in his Budget for 2011-12 left customs duty on crude oil unchanged at 5 per cent and that on petrol and diesel untouched at 7.5 per cent. Excise duty on petrol will remain at Rs 14.35 a litr
  • Earth’s value is £3,000 trillion!
    London, February 28 (Agencies): arth is worth £3,000 trillion, according to an astrophysicist who claims to have created a formula to calculate the value of a planet. In fact, the astrophysicist, Greg Laughlin, came up with the figure by calculating the sum of the planet’s age, size, temperature, mass and other vital statistics - and Earth came out as the most expensive. “The formula makes you realise just how precious Earth is and I hope it will help us as a society s
  • Budget expectations for food, commodities
    NEW Delhi, February 27 (Reuters): The government is likely to increase subsidies on food in a Feb. 28 budget, a populist move that hurts public finances but promises political dividends for a ruling coalition trying to cool disquiet over high inflation. Though the govt is moving away from its partly socialised economy after embracing free market reforms in the 1990s, removing subsidies has always been a tough call as they protect millions of poor voters who determine who governs.Its po