• Cracks in UPA: NCP calls Rahul arrogant for price rise
    New Delhi, January 12 (Agencies): The Nationalist Congress Party, a major constituent of the UPA, today hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for blaming coalition compulsions for price rise, saying his statements should reflect “humility” and not “arrogance”. A day after Gandhi made the comments which seemed to target Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, NCP General Secretary and spokesman D P Tripathi said the Congress leader’s statement was not based on
  • ‘Sibal’s remarks on CAG report improper’
    New Delhi, January 12 (PTI): Hitting out at Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday said his “improper” remarks against the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the 2G spectrum issue had hurt the dignity of the government auditor. PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi also said that the committee members had asked him to take appropriate steps to ensure that such instances do not recur.“The sense of the committee wa
  • Army Chief VK Singh appears before PAC
    NEW Delhi, January 12 (PTI): In a first instance of its kind, Army Chief V. K. Singh on Wednesday appeared before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with alleged irregularities in the canteen stores supplies. The PAC had called the chiefs of the three defence services for a hearing after a CAG report pointed out irregularities in the supply chain management of rations by Canteen Stores Department (CSD).General Singh appeared before the PAC headed by senior
  • NATION Briefs
    Buddhadeb-Chidambaram meeting between Jan 17-19 Kolkata, January 12 (Agencies): The long-awaited meeting between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Delhi to discuss law and order in the state, including the January 7 Lalgarh killings, might take place between January 17 and 19. “We are trying to fix up two meetings with the Home Minister and Prime Minister between January 17 and 19,” CM’s secretariat source
  • Winds of change in Kashmir as ‘stone-pelting’ youth eye police job
    An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as a Kashmiri youth, whose face covered with a scarf, waits to submit his documents during a police recruitment rally in Srinagar, January 12. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which is divided between Hindu-majority India and predominately Muslim Pakistan, but claimed by both in its entirety. (AP Photo) Srinagar, January 12 (PTI): Just a few months back youths in Kashmir used to turn out in huge numbers to fight pitched battles
  • SBI & Airtel form joint venture
    New Delhi, January 12 (Agencies): India’s largest public sector bank State Bank of India (SBI) Wednesday entered into a joint venture with telecom giant Bharti Airtel to deliver banking services to those sections which do not have them yet. ‘We look forward to taking the benefits of banking to the Indian masses and building a more inclusive society,’ SBI chairman O.P. Bhatt said. SBI will have a 51 percent stake while Airtel will hold 49 percent in the Rs.100 crore jo
  • GM to launch 6 new cars in 2 yrs
    Ahmedabad, January 12 (PTI): General Motors India today said it will launch six new cars in India in the next two years, while also stating that it will invest $ 100 million (about Rs. 450 crore) to increase production capacity at its Halol plant in Gujarat. The company, which plans to launch three light commercial vehicles from the stable of its Chinese partner Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) during the same time period, also said it has lined up to introduce 14 new va
  • ‘Tuk Tuk meter’ app to calculate auto fares launched
    Kochi, January 12 (PTI): Kerala-based based MindHelix Technologies, today launched ‘Tuk Tuk meter’, claimed to be India’s first GPS based multi-platform Auto fare calculator that runs through smart phones. The application can be started on getting into the autorickshaw and the meter in the phone will run alongside the meter in the rickshaw. It can also double-check the distance travelled as shown in the auto’s meter and the GPS distance calculated by the applica
  • IndiGo orders 180 airplanes; sets a record in commercial aviation history
    MUMBAI, January 12 (Agencies): Low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed firm orders for 180 Airbus 320 aircraft at an estimated cost of $ 15.6 billion. The order is the single largest for jets, in terms of volume, to be ever placed in the commercial aviation history. It is not the first time that IndiGo has placed a brow-raising order though. The Gurgaon-based private carrier created ripples in the 2005 Paris airshow with an announcement to buy 100 A320s. Currently, the airline flies 34 A320
  • Ratan Tata slams goverment’s stand on leakage of Radia tapes
    New Delhi, January 11 (PTI): Tata group chairman Ratan Tatahas criticised in the Supreme Court the government’’s”lackadaisical attitude” on the leakage of his tappedtelephonic conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia,alleging it has remained least bothered about the violation ofan individual’’s privacy in the entire episode.He voiced the criticism in an affidavit filed in thecourt in response to the government’’s reply to his pet
  • PM-led meeting on price rise ends inconclusively
    PM Manmohan Singh during a high level meeting on food inflation in New Delhi on Tuesday.  NEW Delhi, January 11 (Agencies): A high level meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss ways to tackle food inflation, particularly the zooming prices of onion, essential vegetables and milk, remained “inconclusive’’, according to official sources. The meeting, lasting one-and-a-half hours, was attended among others by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, A
  • Indians growing richer and less healthy: Study
    NEW Delhi, January 11 (AFP): Indians are growing richer, but they are also adopting unhealthy lifestyles that could take years off their lives and threaten economic growth, a major study said Tuesday. In a wide-ranging review of India’s under-resourced health system published in the British magazine The Lancet, studies by a clutch of top doctors flagged some particular medical downsides linked to economic progress.“Rapidly improving socioeconomic status in India is associat
  • Indian-American charged in US’ biggest insider trading case
    Washington, January 11 (PTI): An Indian-American is among four persons charged by US authorities as part of a wide-ranging investigation involving the multi-billion-dollar Galleon Group hedge fund scam, the biggest insider trading case in the country. Sunil Bhalla, a senior executive with Polycom, along with three others was named in fresh charges filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday.Out of the four charged in the case, the SEC alleged, Robert Feinblatt, a
  • NABARD ties up with Reuters for providing market information to farmers
    Madurai, January 11 (Agencies): The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has entered into a tie-up with the international news agency Thompson Reuters’ Indian subsidiary to provide market information to farmers. The one year programme is being introduced in Tamil Nadu from January as a pilot project by NABARD with Reuters Market Light (RML), a unit of Thomson Reuters India, contracted to provide information to farmers through Short Message Service (SMS), R
  • Barack Obama says nation is grieving
    Washington, DC, January 11 (PTI): US President Barack Obama has said that the nation is grieving and in shock after the Saturday's shootout incident that critically injured Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, besides killing six others including a nine-year-old girl and a federal district judge. "All of us are still grieving and in shock from the tragedy that took place. Gabby Giffords and others are still fighting to recover. Families are still absorbing the enormity of the
  • Too soon to share Samjhauta details with Pak: India
    New Delhi, January 11 (agencies): Days after Pakistan sought an update on the probe into the Samjhauta Express bombing, the government today ruled out sharing information at this stage saying it was “too premature”. Ministry of Home Affairs has informed the Ministry of External Affairs to convey to Islamabad that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not completed its probe into the 2007 explosions in the India-Pakistan train which claimed 68 lives.“It is too pr
  • Jagan stages show of strength, taunts Cong
    Former Congress party lawmaker Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy sits in the backdrop of a portrait of his father YSR Reddy during a day-long fast to protest against alleged injustice to farmers from Andhra Pradesh state, in New Delhi, January 11.  (AP Photo) NEW Delhi, January 11 (PTI): Former MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who staged a show of strength here on Tuesday, virtually dared the Congress to take action against its MLAs and MPs who are with him saying the Kiran Kumar Reddy governme
  • Terror threats to embassy in Kabul are real: Krishna
    New Delhi, January 11 (Agencies): India Tuesday said terror threats to its embassy in Kabul were real and the “grim possibilities” have been confirmed by its own intelligence inputs and those from Afghanistan and friendly countries already in action there. “I did talk about the threat to our embassy and consular offices (in Kabul) recently. The threats are real and some of the attacks were successful, some others were thwarted. We have lost many precious lives in Kabu
  • Hindu “terror” vs corruption splits politics
    New Delhi, January 11 (Reuters): A growing scandal over Hindu militants linked to bombings in India has highlighted how the ruling Congress party and the main opposition are increasingly exchanging bitter barbs ahead of key state elections this year. Congress, stung by graft allegations and food inflation that have hit its approval ratings, hopes to gain the initiative over the Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) after a report linking alleged Hindu militant bombers with its ideological parent
  • PM leading the most corrupt government in Indian history: Jaitley
    NEW Delhi, January 11 (PTI): Taking the attack on the ruling dispensation a notch further, the BJP today accused the Prime Minister of leading the “most corrupt” government in the country’s history and said the UPA II has little idea on how to deal with the various problems plaguing the country. “People say he (Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) is personally honest.... It is a strange honesty that he leads the most corrupt government in India since 1947,” Lea