India

  • Scrapping Article 370 will be 'catastrophic', says Mehbooba
    Srinagar, August 5 (IANS) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Monday described the Modi government's decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution as "the darkest day in Indian democracy".   "Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K," the former Chief Mini
  • Shah says Article 370 to go, J&K no more a state
      New Delhi, August 5 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and said the state will be split into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one. Making a historic announcement in the Rajya Sabha that triggered bedlam, Shah said: "I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1)."
  • Kashmir solution has begun, says Anupam Kher
    New Delhi, August 5 (ANI) Amid dramatic late-night developments in Jammu and Kashmir, with several of the state's top political leaders, including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Sajad Lone being put under house arrest, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher tweeted, saying "Kashmir Solution has begun."   The tensions in the valley emerged after the Jammu and Kashmir administration scrapped the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourist to leave the state, citing security threats
  • Congress condemns house arrest of J&K political leaders
    New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for the house arrest of senior political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it was a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms to achieve its objects.   In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said: "Before the day is over we will know if there will be a major crisis in J&K. Keeping my fingers crossed. "The house arrest of J&K leade
  • Omar, Mehbooba under house arrest in Srinagar
    Srinagar, Aug 5 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will not be allowed to move out of their houses as strict restrictions are imposed in the Kashmir Valley from early Monday morning, police sources said.   National Conference leader Abdullah had earlier on Sunday night expressed apprehension that he was going to be placed under house arrest along with other mainstream leaders, while Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti h
  • ISRO shares Chandrayaan pics, students to see landing
    New Delhi/Chennai, Aug 4 (IANS) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to share the first pictures of Earth captured by the LI4 camera installed in Chandrayaan-2. The Indian space agency also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will watch the moon landing of the lander Vikram carried by the spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 along with selected students Two students studying in classes 8 to 10 from each state scoring the highest in a q
  • NIT Srinagar students leave for home states
    A boy loads the luggage of foreign tourists onto a passenger vehicle as they leave Srinagar August 4, 2019. REUTERS   Jammu, August 4 (PTI): Amid confusion and heightened security across Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of students from Srinagar's National Institute of Technology on Sunday left for their home states with local administration coming forward to facilitate their smooth journey.   The students, hailing from different parts of the country, reached
  • Pakistan calls for Trump mediation on Kashmir as region remains tense
    Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a session during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan June 14, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo   ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, August 4 (Reuters) - Tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir have the potential to blow up into a regional crisis and it is the right time for U.S. President Donald Trump to mediate, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday.   K
  • 5 dead in Maharashtra rains, IAF, NDRF rescue villagers
    Thane: A man helps a child to stand at a flooded road following heavy monsoon rains, in Thane, Sunday, Aug 4, 2019. (PTI Photo)      Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) At least five persons were killed in Mumbai and Satara as rains continued to batter large parts of Maharashtra, especially the coastal Konkan region, on Sunday, hitting train services hit badly. Helicopters rescued 73 people in Thane and boats were deployed to rescue around 400 people stranded in Mumbai suburbs,
  • Will quit AAP, fight polls as an Independent: Lamba
    New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi MLA Alka Lamba on Sunday announced that she will resign from the party and contest the next Assembly election as an Independent candidate. Lamba, who has not been on the same page as the party on various issues since past several months, said she took the decision after consulting the people of her Chandni Chowk constituency. In a tweet in Hindi, she said that people from her constituency have agreed that instead of compromising wit
  • PM Modi responds to Israel's Yeh Dosti...! wish on Friendship Day
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday responded with a "Thank you" after Israel wished India on the occasion of Friendship Day with a message that featured part of the song "Yeh Dosti" -- from the 1975 Bollywood blockbuster "Sholay". In its message, the Israeli Embassy in India tweeted: "Happy #FriendshipDay2019 India! May our ever-strengthening friendship and growing partnership touch greater heights." "Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge (This friendship we w
  • IIT grads cannot be selling detergents: Pranab
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee has said that the country needs its graduates from premier institutions such as IITs to serve larger purposes rather than advance the sales of detergents at large multinationals. "We require the talent of an IIT graduate for better purposes, than advancing the sale of detergents at any of the large multinationals. That job can be done by anybody. But surely the talent, knowledge and merit of an IIT graduate isn't required
  • AIIMS doctors call off strike after talks with Vardhan
    Doctors and medical students of AIIMS display placards during a strike to protest the introduction of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 01, 2019. (PTI Photo)   New Delhi, August 4 (PTI): Resident doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences called off their strike and resumed duties on Sunday after Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured them that their concerns over the National Medical Commission Bill will b
  • Army foils Pak BAT strike on LoC, kills 4
    New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The Indian Army claimed on Saturday that it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) to carry out a strike in Keran sector on the Line of Control (LoC). Army sources said heavy casualties were inflicted on the BAT and assessed that four possible Special Services Group (SSG)A commandos were killed as the bodies were spotted close to the post on LoC where the action took place. The Army also claimed that in the last 36 hours, several atte
  • After Assam, govt to prepare NPR for pan-India NRC
    For the purpose of NPR, a usual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for past six months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months or more (Reuters File Photo)    New Delhi, August 3 (PTI): The government has decided to prepare a National Population Register by September 2020 to lay the foundation for rolling out a citizens' register across the country.   The NPR will be a list of usual resid
  • 7 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh
    Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh), Aug 3 (IANS) Seven Maoists were killed on Saturday in an encounter by the security forces in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon region, near Maharashtra border, police said. The encounter began at about 8 a.m. and continued till around 5 p.m. Police have recovered an AK 47, one 303 rifle and four muzzle loading guns, Maoist literature and ammunition from the encounter site. Chhattisgarh Police chief, D.M. Awasthi, said seven Maoists were killed while three pol
  • UK issues advisory, warns citizens against travelling to J&K
     New Delhi/London, Aug 3 (IANS) The UK on Saturday issued a travel advisory for its citizens travelling to Jammu and Kashmir, warning against travel to the state, except Jammu city and Ladakh, after the Indian government advised Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave in view of the security situation. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir - "with the exception of (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city o
  • Guv assured us no move to repeal Article 35-A, 370; want statement in Parliament: Omar
    Srinagar, Aug 3 (PTI) National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday said Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik has assured his party that no moves are planned on repealing Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, or the state's trifurcation. However, the former J&K chief minister said he wants an assurance on these issues from the Centre in Parliament on Monday. Abdullah and some of his party colleagues met the Governor Saturday on these issues. "He assured us th
  • CBI to quiz truck driver, cleaner in Unnao rape survivor's accident
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), August 3 (IANS) A court here on Saturday remanded to three days CBI custody the driver and the cleaner of the truck involved in the accident of the Unnao rape survivor and her family on July 28. The CBI will quiz driver Ashish Kumar Pal and cleaner Mohan for three days to unearth the conspiracy behind the accident. Based on their statements, the investigating agency will decide its next move. The CBI is also likely to approach the court seeking permission
  • Heavy rains pound Mumbai; train services hit
    Thane: People cross a waterlogged railway track following heavy monsoon rain in Thane, Saturday, Aug 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)   Mumbai, August 3 (PTI): Incessant rains lashed Mumbai and its surrounding areas on Saturday and the India Meteorological Department said more heavy rainfall is expected in the metropolis during the next 24 hours, prompting authorities to declare a holiday in schools and colleges.   The IMD cautioned people, saying heavy rainfall warning on a