• Trinamool MPs protest hike
    Activists of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party resist a police water canon during a protest against rise in fuel prices, in New Delhi on January 18.  (AP Photo) Kolkata, January 18 (HT): Refusing to take the price hike issue lying down in poll-bound Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has already shot off a letter of protest to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. On Monday the party, the second largest party in the UPA with 19 MPs, has hit the stree
  • ‘Pak using terror as instrument of state policy’
    New Delhi, January 18 (PTI): India has hit out at Pakistan for pursuing terrorism as an “instrument of state policy”, saying such a strategy was “flawed and self-defeating”. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is likely to meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Thimphu on the margins of a SAARC Committee meeting, said, “Some countries presume that they can pursue terrorism as an instrument of state policy without risks to themselves or to their st
  • Bihar to get its own anthem
    Patna, January 18 (agencies): The people of Bihar will soon have an anthem they could call their own. The state’s remarkable turnaround in the past five years has spurred the Nitish Kumar government to propose that such a song be composed.The state’s human resource department has placed an open advertisement inviting entries for Bihar Geet. Anyone from the country or elsewhere can send in entries and the winner will receive a cash award of Rs 1 lakh.Although the department
  • $104 billion black money taken out of country
    Washington, January 18 (Agencies): India with a total illegal capital flight of $104 billion during 2000-08 ranked fifth in Asia with the largest portion of global outflows at almost a half-trillion dollars in 2008 alone, reveals a new report. Across the nine years from 2000 to 2008, the five Asian countries with the largest total illegal capital flight were: China ($2.2 trillion); Malaysia ($291 billion); Philippines ($109 billion); and Indonesia and India - both $104 billion.On an av
  • Teenagers in rural Rajasthan under unsafe sex shadow
    Jaipur |  January 18 : The increasing trend of teenagers indulging in sex is not just an urban phenomenon. A recent survey in rural Rajasthan shows pre-marital sex is rampant among youngsters in the 13-19 age-group. The survey ‘adolescent sexual behaviour and HIV/ AIDS’ was carried out by Aide et Action (AeA), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National AIDS Control Organisation and the Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society. AeA is an inte
  • Girl raped by schoolmates in moving car
    GHAZIABAD, January 18 (TNN): Three teenagers abducted an 18-year-old girl of their college, raped her for two hours in a moving car and dropper her off, threatening to kill her if she told anyone. Police arrested the trio on Sunday, hours after the girl summoned the courage to tell her family, three days after she had been assaulted. The boys drove around Raj Nagar Extension in Kavi Nagar, which houses the district police headquarters and courts, taking turns to rape her.The victimR
  • Waive off immunity for ‘Wife-beater’ diplomat Anil Verma, UK tells India
    LONDON, January 17 (PTI): Britain on Monday asked India to waive off the diplomatic immunity for Anil Verma, a senior Indian diplomat accused of assaulting his wife, saying it does not tolerate envoys working in the UK breaking the law. “We can confirm that we have formally requested the waiver of diplomatic immunity for a diplomat posted at the Indian High Commission in London,” a foreign and commonwealth office spokesperson said here.“The Foreign Offices does not to
  • HC pulls up state govt over Sabarimala stampede
    Thiruvananthapuram, January 17 (Agencies): The Kerala high court on Monday expressed anguish over neglecting its warning on Sabarimala and directed the state government to submit a report on Friday’s stampede near the hill shrine in which 102 pilgrims crushed to death. Taking the case suo moto, the division bench of Justice Thottathil Radahkrishnan and P Bhavadasan observed that they had given a warning to authorities on Jan 5 (nine days before the incident) to regulate the flow
  • Congress never cared for poor, says Gadkari
    Bhubaneswar, January 17 (Agencies): The Congress party was never serious about the problems of the poor and peasants in the country, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari said here on Monday. After ruling the country for the most number of years since independence, it was the Congress leaders and workers who became richer, not the poor common man, he alleged.Addressing a rally of nearly two lakh people in state capital Bhubaneswar, Gadkari said more then ten lakh farmers have
  • UPA in Mamata’s line of fire over petro price hike
    Kolkata, January 17 (HT): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, the Congress’s biggest partner in the ruling UPA government, on Sunday slammed the decision to hike petroleum prices, saying her party had not been consulted before taking the decision. Trinamool will hit the streets on Monday in protest. “We did not know about this. Nobody discussed anything with us before taking the decision. We will launch a strong agitation against the decision,” said Banerjee.She
  • HC reserves order on Kasab’s appeal against death sentence
    MUMBAI, January 17 (PTI) : After hearing arguments for three months, the Bombay High Court on Monday reserved till February 7 its order on the appeal filed by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab against the death sentence awarded to him for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More also reserved order on an appeal filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the acquittal of LeT suspects Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, who were charged wi
  • PM meets Prez, fuels reshuffle speculation
    NEW DELHI, January 17 (PTI): A reshuffle of the Union council of ministers with a few inductions is likely to take place later this week. An indication of this came after a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil on Monday evening. Though official sources described it as a routine meeting, indications were available that a rejig of the UPA ministry was possible later this week.Sources said that the Prime Minister may utilise the opportunity to inject
  • Abolish crude oil customs duty to avoid price hikes: Oil cos
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Finding a Rs 5.50 per litre hike in petrol prices over the past one month insufficient to cover their under-recoveries on fuel sales, oil marketing companies have demanded the abolition of customs duty on crude oil to avoid a further increase amid spiralling international rates. Petrofed, an oil and gas industry body representing state-run firms like Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and private sector players such as Reliance Industries, has asked the government to re
  • Mitsubishi Motors to raise output in India, Brazil
    New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): Mitsubishi Motors will streamline production in Japan, the United States and Europe while increasing output in emerging markets including Brazil and India, a report said Saturday. By redistributing resources, the automaker aims to lift global production to 1.5 million units, up 50% from the year to March 2010, the Nikkei business daily said.In the United States, Japan’s fourth-largest automaker will stop production of three models designed only f
  • No SEBI ban on me or my firms: Ambani
    Mumbai, January 16 (PTI): Anil Ambani on Sunday claimed that his two group firms - Reliance Infra and RNRL - settled the SEBI probe voluntarily and the regulator has not imposed any ban on the companies or their directors from participation in the capital market. Contesting media reports that SEBI barred two group firms and its directors from dealing in the capital market, Mr. Ambani told reporters, “SEBI has not banned R-Infra, RNRL, Anil Ambani, other directors from capital mar
  • DoT moots up to Rs. 2 crore penalty on unlawful phone tapping
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Amid a debate over phone-tapping and making conversations public without authorisation, the Telecom Ministry has proposed a penalty of up to Rs. 2 crore on unlawfully tapping, as against just Rs. 500 at present. In a communique to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed the imposition of a penalty between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 2 crore for breaches under different sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885.For breac
  • Demolish Adarsh building in 3 months: Jairam
    This November 1 file photo, two Indian boys chat in the backdrop of the Adarsh Housing Society apartments, center, in Mumbai. India says an upscale apartment building must be demolished because its location on Mumbai’s coast violates environmental protection laws.(AP Photo)New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): The 31-storey Adrash Housing Society building should be demolished within three months, the Environment Ministry recommended on Sunday while holding that the scam-tainted proje
  • Pak probe into 26/11 case has not moved an inch: Pillai
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): India has expressed its “disappointment” over Pakistan’s delay in bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attack to justice, saying “real investigation” has not taken place in that country. Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said the prosecution attempt in Pakistan to bring the 26/11 guilty to justice “has not moved an inch” and India’s request for providing the voice samples of the handlers of the attackers has
  • Allies seek better coordination in UPA-II
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): At a time when the ruling coalition is passing through a turbulent phase, demands for a better coordination in the UPA-II are being raised by the allies of the Congress. The NCP, whose chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has come under criticism from within a section of Congress, is among those seeking formation of a Coordination Committee. Pawar hit back at his detractors yesterday saying that it was “not right” to blame his ministry fo
  • Criminal justice system not working properly: SC
    New Delhi, January 16 (Agencies): Irked by the Allahabad High Court’s ‘casual approach’ in acquitting a man charged with rape and kidnapping, the Supreme Court has observed that criminal justice system is “not working” properly in the country and recommended urgent steps to stem the rot. “We are constrained to observe that criminal justice system is not working in our country as it should,” said a bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha.It a