India

  • Harrowing tales as Indians return from Libya
    Indian workers who were employed by a construction firm return home after being evacuated from Tripoli, because of the ongoing strife in Libya, at Indira Gandhi International airport, in New Delhi on February 27. Meanwhile, three Indian Navy ships have also sailed to Libya to help in the evacuation of the 18,000 Indians in the country, according to news reports. (AP Photo) NEW Delhi, February 27 (Agencies): The dawn of Sunday brought more than 500 Indians here from Libya with tale
  • Telangana leaders mount pressure on Congress
    NEW Delhi, February 27 (PTI): The issue of formation of a separate Telangana state is becoming ticklish for Congress with each passing day as party leaders from the sensitive region in Andhra Pradesh mount pressure on it to find an early settlement. With the budget session of Parliament on, partymen from Telangana region appear to have made a common cause in Lok Sabha with members of TRS and TDP from the region.The leadership has brought temporary truce asking the party MPs to lie low
  • Mother of 66 fashioning new lives
    JAIPUR, February 27 (Agencies): She has not given birth to them, but she proudly calls herself the mother of 66 children. Manan Chaturvedi, 35, would probably have become a top fashion designer earning fabulously and living in style. But she chose not to and dumped midway her promising career in fashion designing. Chaturvedi, who has three children biologically, instead turned to Jaipur’s street children to give them a new life. She picked up these children - aged between six mon
  • LIC exam paper leaked, 1 arrested
    New Delhi, February 27 (PTI): The question paper of an all-India examination for the post of assistant administrative officer of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) was on Sunday leaked in the city ahead of the test following which police arrested “the main conspirator” allegedly involved in it. The incident came to light after Delhi Police’s crime branch got hold of the copies of the question papers for both morning and afternoon sessions from some persons much
  • Interlocutors to submit report on Kashmir
    Supporters of Peoples Democratic Party attend a public rally in Srinagar, February 26. Top leaders of a political group in Indian Kashmir Saturday in a public rally urged India to initiate measures for a lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute. (AP Photo) Srinagar, February 26 (PTI): The Centre’s interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday said they will submit their report to the Government on the Kashmir issue irrespective of whether separatists give their opinion or n
  • ‘Many challenges remain for India’s youthful population’
    New Delhi, February 26 (Agencies):  Having more than 243 million adolescents – the highest in the world – the key challenge that India faces is ensuring the nutritional, health and educational needs of this population, particularly girls. Over the past two decades, rapid economic growth – with real gross domestic product averaging 4.8 per cent between 1990 and 2009 – has lifted millions out of poverty. This, combined with government programmes, had led to i
  • ‘Mamata unveils populist railway budget’
    NEW Delhi, February 25 (Agencies): For the third successive year, the Railway Budget for 2011-12 spared the passengers of any increase in fares and proposed no hike in freight rates while introducing 56 new trains, including nine non-stop Duronto trains and three Shatabdis. Regretting the two incidents of sabotage that led to a large number of deaths last year, Mamata said to avoid such incidents in future, anti-collision devices will be commissioned in three more divisions and all unm
  • 2G scam: Former Telecom minister Shourie quizzed by CBI
    New Delhi, February 25 (PTI): Former telecom minister Arun Shourie today appeared before the CBI in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case and said the real issue involved kickbacks and not the policy pursued for spectrum allocation. Before he went into the CBI headquarters where he was called for questioning, he said the government was trying to divert the attention from “real issues” by coming up with “rubbish arguments”.Shourie, who was telecom minis
  • Infected IV fluid kills 13 pregnant women in Jodhpur
    Jodhpur, February 25 (NDTV):  In a shocking case of negligence, 13 pregnant women died at Jodhpur’s Umaid Hospital after being administered with infected glucose. The deaths, which occurred in the span of just over a week, happened at the time of child births. The women had undergone C-sections or had suffered excessive bleeding during deliveries. Initial investigations reveal that the patients were, indeed, administered contaminated IV fluid which eventually led to their de
  • Uncle Pai dies at 81, leaves behind a legacy
    Mumbai, February 25 (Agencies): Founder of popular comic series, ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ and Tinkle Comics, Anant Pai died on Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 81. Popularly known as Uncle Pai to his young readers, he helped millions of children discover the fascinating world of Indian mythology through his world famous comic strip.The shy but affectionate man was perhaps the first in India to introduce comics based on Indian mythology in 1967. The idea ca
  • Captivity made me more sensitive to tribals: Collector
    Malkangiri, February 25 (Agencies): Disctrict Collector R Vineel Krishna, who was back at work within 12 hours of homecoming after eight days in Maoist captivity, said that the incident was, “A life-changing experience that contributed to increasing one’s sensitivity to the tough life tribals lived in remote forest areas.” Krishna, who reached home late, last night, met a large number of people early in the morning. They included school children, who thronged his resi
  • Adhere RTE Act in letter & spirit
    Kiphire | February 24  : The seminar on Right to Education (RTE) was held at the Hopongkyu Memorial hall, Kiphire today with Vipralhou Kesiezier, Director SCERT and Zavise Rume, Lecturer DIET as resource persons. The seminar was organized by the DIET Pfutsero. Speaking on the topic ‘Implementation of Right to Education Act 2009’ the Director SCERT said, “RTE is one of the fundamental right and is to be implemented in letter and spirit.” He said that no soci
  • North East Shuttles offers special fare
    Kohima, February 24 (DIPR): The newly launched North East Shuttles has announced special fare of `3,500/- till March 20. The flight timing is as follows: Departure from Guwahati-9.30 a.m; Arrival at Dimapur-10.10 a.m; Departure from Dimapur-11.00 a.m; Arrival at Guwahati-11.40 a.m.For booking, interested persons may contact Kohima Office - Portrait Old NST (Mobile - 8974997923), Dimapur Office - Circular Road, Near Eastern Mirror Office Building (03862 - 286729/9856071903 or Dimapur Ai
  • 36 banks attend consultative meeting
    Dimapur, February 24 (DIPR): Dimapur District Banks consultative committee (DCC/DLRC/DLSE) held its quarter end meeting at DC’s conference hall on February 22. Altogether there are 36 National and State Bank branches in the District. The meeting was initiated by Chief Manager Lead Bank, Dimapur D. Saikia. Agendas such as performance of Bank’s under Annual Credit Plan 2010-11, performance of Bank’s under Government sponsored Schemes, Various credit cards (KCC/ACC) sche
  • NIIT announces 7th National IT Aptitude Test – NITAT
    Dimapur, February 24 (MExN): NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, has announced country’s largest IT Aptitude Test— the 7th National IT Aptitude Test (NITAT) — to enable students and graduates to calibrate their potential and aptitude for a career in the promising IT industry. ‘NITAT 2011’, will be simultaneously conducted by NIIT, in over 180 cities nationwide, on Saturday, the 26th February’11. Ov
  • Govt. will do everything to clean public life: Manmohan
    New Delhi, February 24 (PTI): Sharing concerns of all sections over scams including those involving 2G spectrum and CWG, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asserted in Parliament that his government would do everything to clean the “public life” and ensure that “no wrong-doer” goes unpunished. He referred to the decision to form JPC into 2G scam and the probe being undertaken by the CBI in various corruption cases and said his government would “full
  • Navy warships being sent to evacuate Indians from Libya
    NEW Delhi, February 24 (Agencies): Warships of Indian Navy are being despatched to evacuate Indians from Libya as the situation in the North African country continued to deteriorate because of clashes between supporters and opponents of Muammar Gaddafi. The ministry of external affairs asked the defence ministry to ready the warships to sail for Libya. The exact number of warships needed for the operation, which is likely to be a largescale one, and from where they will be despatched i
  • 2G spectrum scam: War of words in Parliament
    New Delhi, February 24 (Agencies):  A Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum allocation issue was set up today amid charges and countercharges between the Government and the Opposition. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee moved the motion for appointment of the 30-member Committee to look into the telecom policy pursued from 1998 to 2009 including the allocation and pricing of telecom licences and spectrum.The Committee will also examine “irregularities and abe
  • Fare hike unlikely in Rail Budget
    New Delhi, February 24 (PTI): Railways are unlikely to carry out any major changes in passenger fares in the Rail Budget for the eighth year in succession, even as more than 100 new trains could be announced, including a dozen non-stop Durontos. The Rail Budget 2011-12, to be presented in Lok Sabha tomorrow, could also find mention of mega base kitchens in the metros preparing 50,000 to 1 lakh meals per day for the train passengers. This would be managed by railway itself as per the ne
  • Budget 2011: Consumer durables may become costlier
    MUMBAI, February 23 (Agencies): Consumers may have to shell out more on electronics , appliances and fast moving goods. Talks of a rollback of the stimulus and increase in excise duty are making consumer goods’ companies apprehensive. Already reeling under the surge in input costs over the year, companies will be forced to pass the excise duty burden, leading to higher retail prices for consumers. It looks almost certain that excise will be hiked in the auto sector, experts say.