India

  • Opposition Cong keeps rotten dal plates on Orissa Speaker’s podium
    Bhubaneswar, February 15 (PTI): As the Opposition continued the uproar and raised slogans, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House twice. When the House met for the day, pandemonium broke out with the Chair refusing to accept the Opposition’s demand to suspend the Question Hour. Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh demanded action against those involved in irregularities in purchase and supply of rotten pulses to children and pregnant women.Singh said people responsible
  • India becoming surrogate pregnancy hub
    NEW DELHI, february 15 (Agencies): Surrogate pregnancy, an assisted reproductive technique (ART) in which a woman carries in her womb the baby of another woman, has seen a spurt in India. Due to the healthier lifestyles of to-be mothers and lower costs compared to the West, the country could become a global hub in the field, gynaecology experts say. “The reason why surrogate pregnancy is rising is mainly because of the low-cost factor, and the preferably healthy lifestyle of Indi
  • Now BJP wants JPC on all scams
    Kolkata, February 15 (PTI): Scenting success on Opposition clamour for a Joint Parliamentary Committee, the BJP on Tuesday upped the ante demanding that the JPC should also probe CWG and the Adarsh Housing scams. Addressing a party rally here, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he sympathised with him and described him as “weak”. Seeking widening of the scope of JPC, he said, “All cases of corruption, including 2G spectrum, CWG
  • Forty years on, birth of a new Boeing jumbo
    SEATTLE, February 14 (Reuters): Boeing Co rolled out a new jumbo jet on Sunday, hoping to relive the glamor of the birth of the 747 over 40 years ago and use it to boost slow sales. The 747-8 Intercontinental will seat 467 passengers, 51 more than the current version of the 747, and burn less fuel while offering passengers more comfort, the U.S. planemaker says. “Of all the airplanes that we’ve built, there is one that is identified more closely with Boeing than any other,
  • Swan-Reliance Telecom business links being probed
    New Delhi, February 13 (Agencies):  While continuing with face-to-face custodial questioning of the former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, and DB Realty managing director Shahid Balwa on Saturday as part of its ongoing probe into 2G spectrum scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation has started looking into business links between Mr. Balwa’s Swan Telecom Ltd and the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group (ADAG), which launched Reliance Telecom Ltd. (RTL). In a new twist to the ongoing probe
  • Dabur to tap professional beauty care market through ‘Oxylife’
    NEW Delhi, February 13 (PTI): In a bid to tap the fast growing Indian professional beauty care market, FMCG major Dabur today said it has developed products to cater to the segment as it looks to take on the likes of French cosmetic giant L’Oreal and Lakme. The company, which has only been selling its products through retail outlets, has introduced its new skincare range ‘OxyLife’ to tap beauty parlours and salons.“While Dabur has been offering its range of skin
  • Project to promote tourism in 14 lighthouses across nation launched
    CHENNAI, February 13 (Agencies): Union Shipping Minister G.K.Vasan on Saturday launched an ambitious project for promotion of tourism in 14 lighthouses across the country at a cost of Rs.300 crore. The objective is to turn these lighthouses and surrounding areas into maritime landmark destinations and develop allied maritime infrastructure.The Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) will complete the project in 36 months. Lighthouses in Chennai, Mamallapuram, Rameshwar
  • Enable interception or stop B’berry services: Govt tells telcos
    NEW Delhi, February 13 (PTI): Hardening its stance against Blackberry for not providing a solution to intercept Enterprise mail services, the government today said telecom operators will have to stop any such services that cannot be monitored as per the satisfaction of law enforcement agencies. BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) has been saying that it cannot provide access to the popular BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) as it does not possess any key and the security archite
  • ‘Amendments to electoral reforms in next 3 to 4 months’
    Bangalore, February 13 (PTI): A comprehensive amendment to electoral reforms will be brought about in the next three to four months, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Sunday.  “A comprehensive amendment is the need of the hour and will be brought about in the next three to four months after a national consultation on the issue,” he said at the Sixth Regional Consultation on Electoral Reforms here.He said the recommendation made by the National Commission to R
  • 2G scam: CBI summons Arun Shourie
    New Delhi, February 13 (PTI): Former telecom minister Arun Shourie will appear before the CBI next week in connection with the agency’s probe into possible criminal aspects in the telecom policy since 2001. The CBI approached Shourie last week asking him to appear before the agency in connection with the Preliminary Enquiry registered by the agency following a direction from the Supreme Court.The PE was registered against “unknown persons” with an aim to ascertaining
  • India wants China to be ‘sensitive’ on Pakistan issues
    New Delhi, February 13 (Agencies): Noting that India and China share a complex relationship, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao underlined that Beijing needs to be more “sensitive” towards India’s concerns in its dealings with Pakistan. During her talk at The New School here, Rao said that India was not against Pakistan’s relationship with other countries but New Delhi had some genuine concerns about some aspects of the relationship between Beijing and Islamabad.Chi
  • Tharoor defends his CWG links
    New Delhi, February 13 (PTI): Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor is back in the news over payment of money by the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games for consultancy services. Tharoor on Sunday described the reports as “malicious”, saying that he was “officially, formally and legally paid” for the services rendered by him when he was not in public life. He also said that he legally retained his foreign bank accounts as all former NRIs were entitled
  • No salary for those appointed illegally: SC
    New Delhi, February 13 (PTI): A person employed in violation of prescribed rules is not entitled to any benefit, including salary, the Supreme Court has held. “If any appointment is made by merely inviting names from the Employment Exchange or putting a note on the Notice Board, that will not meet the requirement of Articles 14 and 16 (equality clause) of the Constitution. “Such a course violates the mandates of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India as it deprives
  • Omar Abdullah asks PDP to clarify stand on Kashmir
    New Delhi, February 13 (PTI): A person employed in violation of prescribed rules is not entitled to any benefit, including salary, the Supreme Court has held. “If any appointment is made by merely inviting names from the Employment Exchange or putting a note on the Notice Board, that will not meet the requirement of Articles 14 and 16 (equality clause) of the Constitution. “Such a course violates the mandates of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India as it deprives
  • ‘Dear Krishna, all is forgiven. Just don’t catch the wrong flight’
    New Delhi/New York, February 13 (PTI): ‘Dear Krishna, all is forgiven. Don’t catch the wrong flight’. This is not a message to the External Affairs Minister from his boss, the Prime Minister but is what Dr Yum Yum Singh, a fictitious Manmohan Singh, wrote on his Twitter today commenting on Krishna’s faux pax in the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday. At the UNSC meeting, Krishna began reading the wrong speech by inadvertently reading the Portuguese Foreign Min
  • India to send panel to US to get evidence from Headley
    New Delhi, February 13 (PTI): India is contemplating sending a commission to the United States for getting evidence from Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley and his wife, who has been kept away from Indian investigators so far. The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the case, also plans to file a charge sheet soon against the Pakistani-American terrorist who is accused of having done reconnaissance of targets before the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.Union Home Secretary Gopal K
  • India-Pak talks were in the pipeline for 6 months
    New Delhi, February 11 (Agencies): Thursday’s announcement of a structured resumption of Indo-Pakistan dialogue was in the pipeline for nearly six months but came to fruition only at the Thimphu meeting between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her counterpart Salman Bashir four days ago. “This process has been gradual. A number of steps have been made to reengage, beginning in February last year with the meeting between the two Foreign Secretaries],” said highly pla
  • Aarushi case: Why have we forgotten Hemraj?
    New Delhi, February 11 (Agencies): He lived with the Talwar family in their Jalvayu Vihar flat in Noida and addressed their 14-year-old daughter as “Aarushi baby.” On the morning of May 16, 2008, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) closure report, the murdered teenager’s parents Dr Nupur and Rajesh Talwar wept and told their maid “dekho Hemraj kya karke gaya hai!” (Look what Hemraj has done).The echo of that accusation was to spr
  • Himachal Pradesh government gives clean chit to Karmapa
    Shimla, February 11 (PTI): The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday gave a clean chit to Karmapa Ugyen Trinely Dorji in a foreign currency haul case, saying he has no links with the money seized from his transit home near Dharamsala. “The huge foreign currency recovered during raids from the Gyuto Monastery, the transit home of the Karmapa, are donations and offerings from devotees and the Karmapa has no links with it as the affairs of the trust are managed by trustees,” C
  • Will bring out ‘chargesheet’ against Deve Gowda: Yeddy
    New Delhi, February 11 (agencies): Seeking to take the battle to his detractors’ court, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa plans to bring out a ‘chargesheet’ against JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and his family members on the issue of land scams. Unfazed by the opposition campaign for his removal, Yeddyurappa also declared that his government is going to last a full 5-year term and central leaders of the BJP were “happy about my performance”.He said h