• PM launches MNP service
    NEW DELHI, January 20 (Agencies): Finally! Looks like the Indian Government and the people have played enough of the waiting game. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is supposed to roll out number portability for mobile phones today at the Vigyan Bhavan official convention centre in New Delhi. So what’s in it for the average mobile phone user?If you’re really fried with your current service provider due to coverage issues or tariff plans, you can change to another service provid
  • ‘Pak. should be sensitive to India’s concerns’
    Melbourne, January 20 (PTI): Dubbing Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism,” India on Thursday slammed it for its inaction against the Mumbai attacks perpetrators, saying it has not been able to punish any of those accused of masterminding the terror strikes.  “Pakistan should be sensitive to few of our concerns. One of our concerns is terrorism and how Pakistan deals with terror and terrorists,” External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told the Indian media
  • Sabarimala stampede report says warnings ignored
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, January 20 (agencies): The Kerala police, Travancore Devaswom Board (which manages the Sabarimala temple) and the state forest department today filed their reports on the January 14 stampede - which killed 102 pilgrims – in the state high court. ( Read: Lack of coordination between various depts: HC on Sabarimala stampede.  While the board alleged that there was no adequate security arrangement to ensure safety of pilgrims in Pulmedu – near Vandiper
  • Husband physically unable to rape: BSP MLA’s wife
    Lucknow, January  20 (PTI): Claiming that BSP MLA Purshottam Naresh Dwiwedi was “physically unable” to commit rape, his wife Asha Thursday demanded DNA and medical test to prove his involvement in the assault on a Dalit teenager in Banda. “My husband is a patient of sugar and blood pressure for the last 18 years and his left kidney is also not working. With existing physical condition he cannot rape and being his wife I can say this with certainty,” Asha to
  • Telangana agitation: Osmania students boycott exams
    HYDERABAD, January 20 (TNN): The Telangana agitation has once again intensified as hundreds of Osmania University and its constituent colleges boycotted their Masters level semester examinations in support of a separate state on Thursday here. (Read: Tension in OU as students seek exam deferment) Hundreds of students of Osmania University and its constituent colleges including Nizam College and Koti Women’s College boycotted PG semester examinations in support of Telangana agitat
  • Ponder with eastern MLAs – NSF to ENPO
    Dimapur, January 19 (MExN): The Naga Students’ Federation has urged the Government of Nagaland to give “special attention” to the economically and educationally “rearward” areas but has also ‘suggested’ to the Eastern Naga People’s Organization (ENPO) to take up their grievances with the elected members of the Nagaland State legislative Assembly of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire districts. “It is none other than the people of t
  • Petrol prices set to boost diesel car sales
    NEW Delhi, January 19 (TNN): Environment minister Jairam Ramesh may not like this, but the growing gap between the pricing of petrol and diesel is likely to give a boost to diesel-powered vehicles as more and more people prefer to cash in on the lower price of the fuel that also fetches more mileage.The gap, now as high as Rs 20, will add to the already-rapid growth of diesel-powered vehicles just as companies are also expected to bring out more vehicles with diesel option. Officials f
  • Apple posts record profit
    New York, January 19 (PTI): Apple Inc. has reported a whopping 78 per cent jump in net income at USD 6 billion for the October-December period of 2010, buoyed by record sales of iPhone, iPad and Macintosh computers.The company had a net income of USD 3.38 billion in the October-December quarter of 2009, Apple said in a statement. Apple has registered record revenue of USD 26.74 billion in the first quarter of the fiscal compared to USD 15.68 billion in the year-ago period.“We had
  • India likely to sign defence contracts worth Rs 46,000 cr
    New Delhi, January 19 (Agencies): "In the 11th Plan, the value of offsets contracts is likely to be more than Rs 10,000 crore... In addition, (offsets worth) Rs 4,818 crore are at the contract negotiation stage and Rs 31,500 crore are at other stages," Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said on Wednesday.Under the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), foreign vendors have to reinvest at least 30 per cent of the deals worth over Rs 300 crore in the Indian defence, ci
  • BJP should reconsider its Ekta Yatra programme: Interlocutors
    JAMMU, January 19 (TNN): In the backdrop of the Bhartiya Janata Party’s ‘Ekta Rally’ followed by a flag hosting at Lal Chowk on Republic Day, a team of interlocutors on Wednesday said that we are living in a democratic setup and every citizen of India had the right to hoist a national flag anywhere across the country but one should keep in mind the peace and tranquility of the nation.Dilip Padgaonkar, chief interlocutor, flanked by Ms Radha Kumar and M M Ansari told r
  • India’s 20th nuclear reactor connected to power grid
    Mumbai, January 19 (PTI): The fourth unit of 220 MW Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-4) located in Uttar Kanada district of Karnataka was connected to the southern power grid in the early hours today, after the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granted clearence to it. KGS-4, which achieved first criticality on November 27 last year, was “synchronised with the southern grid at 01:56 hours”, general manager (corporate communication) R R Kakde of Nuclear Power Corporation of
  • Black money info can’t be made public: PM
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, center and Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, left, look on during the swearing in ceremony of newly appointed ministers in New Delhi on January 19. India’s embattled prime minister shuffled his government Wednesday, juggling portfolios and replacing the sports minister after a corruption scandal involving last year’s Commonwealth Games. (AP Photo) New Delhi, January 19 (PTI): Pr
  • PC firmly asks Buddhadeb to end political violence
    New Delhi, January 19 (PTI) In a blunt message to West Bengalgovernment to stop unabated political violence,Home Minister PChidambaram today told Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjeethat armed cadres of parties cannot be allowed to take lawinto their hands and must be reined in. Bhattacharjee, after a 45-minute meeting with Chidambaranfollowing a ‘’letter war’’, said his government would take stepsto disarm all armed group in the state but asked Chidambaramto
  • Man wakes up from among dead
    COIMBATORE, January 19 (TNN): He lay beneath a pile of dead bodies for about 40 minutes and was counted among the dead in the Sabarimala tragedy. But when locals splashed water, R Dinesh Kumar (27) suddenly woke up from amid the heap of bodies. He is now back in his home in Coimbatore to narrate the intriguing story of how he survived the ghastly tragedy at the hill shrine.“In the stampede, I fell to the ground and several people fell over. And then, I lost my consciousness,̶
  • Oz rejects India’s request for uranium sale
    Melbourne, January 19 (PTI): Refusing to budge from itspolicy, Australia today rejected India’’s request for the saleof uranium. “Regarding the export of uranium to India, the policy ofthe Australian government is clear - we will only supplyuranium to countries that are signatories to the NuclearNon-Proliferation Treaty and have signed a bilateral agreementwith Australia,” Australia’’s Resource, Energy and TourismMinister Martin Ferguson said after h
  • AKAI Trio launches first triple GSM SIM phone
    New Delhi, January 18 (Agencies): Japanese consumer electronics firm AKAI on Tuesday launched its triple SIM mobile phone -Trio- in the Indian market and offers it at a selling price of Rs 3295.The 'Trio' comes with a 5.1 cm (2") TFT screen, 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, dual language support and audio player with equalizer. The handset hosts an inbuilt sound recorder and video player with video recording capability. Other basic features like FM Radio, Bluetooth (A2DP) ,
  • Airfare to rise along with fuel price: Praful Patel
    NEW Delhi, January 18 (ET): Aviation Minister Praful Patel has clearly stated that if the fuel price rises, then the airfare would also rise and the government would not allow exorbitant fares to be charged at any cost by airlines company.Speaking on the occasion of 100 years of Indian Aviation here on Monday, Patel said that though Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) impacts the cost of flying, the government would interfere if companies charged extraordinary prices for air tickets."As f
  • IIPM creates the magic again
    Dimapur, January 18 (MExN): The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) had received placement offers for the students, 2009-11 batches from top recruiters which included international offers as well.  The institute which set a new benchmark in terms of global exposure has once again bagged 33 international offers till now. Companies recruited 1231 students from all the 18 campuses by December end and the figure is likely to increase as the placement process is still go
  • Trial to begin in Mattel-MGA case over Bratz dolls
    SANTA ANA, Calif, January 18 (AP): It's a fight over toys, but the involved parties aren't kids. Attorneys for toy giant Mattel Inc. and bitter rival MGA Entertainment Inc. are set to present opening statements Tuesday over the copyright ownership of the Bratz dolls and the rights to market the pouty, sassy line targeted at "tweens." Two years ago, a federal jury found that the doll's designer developed the concept while working for Mattel. An appeals court later overturned t
  • Rahul’s call to fight against BSP govt
    Lucknow, January 18 (Agencies): The Congress general secretary and MP from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called upon the party workers to wage relentless battle against BSP government in UP. Rahul Gandhi said the Congress would form next UP government on its own strength. Addressing UP coordination committee meeting Rahul Gandhi asked the workers to fan out in the state and apprise the people about corruption in the state government. He said the Congress would fight against this mena