India

  • India’s very own ‘Tejas’ takes to the skies
    India’s first indigenously developed fighter aircraft prepares to take a flight during a function in Bangalore, January 10. India’s defense ministry has approved the production of Tejas, after years of development delays and cost overruns, an official said. (AP Photo) Bangalore, January 10 (Agencies): India on Monday joined the select club of countries making a fighter jet from scratch when Indian Air Force (IAF) flew for the first time the lightweight indigenous multi
  • Speaker to make fresh attempt to break Parl deadlock
    New Delhi, January 10 (PTI): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is likely to make a fresh endeavour to break the Parliament deadlock on the 2G Spectrum scam by calling leaders of political parties, who could not join her a fortnight back to discuss the issue, ahead of the Budget Session. “I will call the remaining leaders after my return from a visit to Britain this week,” the Speaker said. Ms. Kumar will be on an official visit to the UK later this week, the first by a Speaker
  • GoM to fast track corruption probe against guilty officials
    New Delhi, January 10 (PTI): Fast tracking of corruption cases against public servants and amendment to the Constitution to provide for summary proceedings in cases of grave misdemeanor involving bureaucrats would form part of the terms of reference of the Group of Ministers formed to tackle the menace. The GoM, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, has been asked to report back to the Union Cabinet within 60 days with its recommendations after the January 6 notification.The 8-m
  • Kashmir interlocutors submit report to PC
    JAMMU, January 10 (Agencies): The three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir have submitted a report to union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, stressing on the right to protest and outlining a basic framework to bring peace in the state, an official source said Monday. Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and economist M.M. Ansari in their report have stressed on the basic right of the people to protest, the official said. “This right cannot be denied to the people ha
  • Census’11: Transgenders prepare to be counted
    New Delhi, January 10 (Agencies): When census officials hit the road for the mammoth task of counting the billion plus people, transgenders will ensure they are counted for the first time ever, after the government decided on their inclusion in the 2011 population count as a separate category. Transgenders’ addition in the census process in the ‘others’ category is hailed by the community members and activists as a recognition which, they hope, will inch the “fa
  • ‘Ajmer blast carried out to deter Hindus from dargah visit’
    New Delhi, January 10 (PTI): The 2007 Ajmer Shariff blast was carried out to deter Hindus from going to the famous shrine and the act was carried out by a group of extremists whose members belonged to both majority and minority communities, Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the case has said in his confessional statement. “A couple of days after the Ajmer blast, Sunil Joshi (a former RSS pracharak who was murdered) came to see me. He was accompanied by two men named Raj and Mehul,
  • BMW emerges as top luxury car in India in 2010
    New Delhi, January 10 (Agencies): Germany’s BMW on Monday said it maintained its lead over rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi to remain the top luxury car-maker in India in 2010, with sales of 6,246 units. BMW India, which saw 73 per cent growth in sales during the year, enjoys over an 40 per cent share of the luxury car market in the country, which is estimated at around 15,000 units per annum.“In terms of the sales growth rate, India was among the top three markets for BMW aft
  • Nashik onion traders on strike, prices could rise further
    NEW Delhi, January 10 (PTI): In a move that could further push up Onion prices, traders in Nashik and adjoining areas today went on two-day strike against tax raids and disrupted supply to contracting traders from other states who are being forced to sell the vegetable at “below the cost price”. “The contracting traders have said that it would be unviable to sell below Rs 30/kg as the buying cost of onion is higher than that,” Nashik-based District Deputy Regist
  • State Bank Of India in Nagaland
    Introduction:  State Bank of India is the Lead bank in the State of Nagaland. Dimapur Module/Region is one of the Modules/Regions in North Eastern Circle. Number of Office/Branches : There are 50 Numbers of Branches spreading across all 11 Districts. All the Branches are connected by Core banking System(CBS) and the Customer of one Branch in Nagaland is the Customer of all 14000 Branches of SBI in India and abroad. Extended Branches/Offices: 1) For Public Convenient Banking,
  • India seeks Financial Sector Assessment by IMF & WB
    Kolkata, January 10 (PTI): India has voluntarily sought a comprehensive Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) by IMF and World Bank, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here today asserting the country has been found to be compliant with such international financial standards. “We have voluntarily sought a full-fledged Financial Sector Assessment Programme to be conducted by the IMF and the World Bank”, Mr. Mukherjee told the International Financial Conferen
  • Afghan peace process cannot be Pakistan driven: Krishna
    Kabul, January 9 (PTI): In a clear pointer to Pakistan, India on Sunday said that any “external” interference in the transition process of Afghanistan will be detrimental to both its success and the future of the Afghan people. Echoing India’s views, Afghanistan said the peace process cannot succeed without being led by the Afghan people and noted that the process was fully controlled by it.These views were expressed at a joint press conference here by External Affair
  • Pranab, Moily express concern over law & order in Bengal
    Kolkata, January 9 (Agencies): Two central ministers on Sunday expressed concern over the law and order situation in West Bengal, two days after the death of seven people in firing at a village near the Maoist hub of Lalgarh. Asked for his comments in the aftermath of the killings, which allegedly involved assailants backed by the ruling Left Front major Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told media persons that it was the responsibility of the
  • Chinese troops enter Indian territory again
    Leh/Srinagar, January 9 (PTI): After remaining peaceful for most of the year, Chinese troops entered Indian territory in the fag end of 2010 along the Line of Actual Control in South-eastern Ladakh region and threatened a contractor and his team to halt work on constructing a “passenger shed”. The Chinese troops, which included motor-cycle borne personnel of People’s Liberation Army (PLA), entered Gombir area in Demchok region in Jammu and Kashmir and threatened the c
  • Revisit issue of criminals, bar them from contest: CEC
    NEW Delhi, January 10 (PTI): New Delhi The Election Commission wants the government and Parliament to “revisit” the issue of criminalisation of politics and take urgent steps to bar candidates facing serious charges of murder, rape and extortion from contesting elections. Worried that criminalisation of politics or politicisation of criminals is an ill plaguing the electoral system increasingly, the Commission says the issue needs to be revisited to enhance the faith of cit
  • 9 Maoists killed in encounter
    Bhubaneswar, January 9 (PTI): At least nine Maoists were gunned down in an encounter with the police in a hilly and forested area of Orissa’s Naxal-hit Rayagada district on Sunday morning, police said. The gunbattle took place in Kashipur-Kalyansinghpur border area, after the police conducted a raid following information about presence of the ultras there, Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj said.Bodies of nine rebels and some weapons and explosive materials were found i
  • BJP trying to divert focus from RSS-terror link: Congress
    New Delhi, January 9 (PTI): Congress on Sunday reacted sharply to BJP allegations against Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Bofors and 2G Spectrum issues, saying the opposition party is trying to divert attention from “RSS’ complicity in terrorism” by levelling such accusations. “These are things being done deliberately to digress and divert attention from documented investigation reports showing full complicity of RSS in terrorism,” party
  • India’s growth helps global economic recovery: World Bank
    New Delhi, January 9 (PTI): Describing India as a global player and rising economic power, World Bank President Robert Zoellick has said the high level of growth in the country is helping the international economy recover from the crippling effects of recent financial turmoil. “India’s return to high levels of growth is helping the global economy recover from the crisis,” said Mr. Zoellick, who is scheduled to arrive in the country on Monday on a four-day visit aimed
  • Indian mobile application makers raking the moolah globally
    New Delhi, January 9 (Agencies): The world over BlackBerry was the undisputed leader in smartphones. It still is, but with some serious competition from players who took the idea of smartphones from just work to play. Now as the battle for smartphones and tablets plays out across the world, some unknown but pivotal players are working for major manufacturers like RIM (Research in Motion) and other platforms and creating apps. Apps, or mobile applications, have become an important crite
  • We run risk of employee fraud: Citibank risk factor disclaimer
    NEW Delhi, January 9 (PTI): It may be a routine ‘risk factor’ disclaimer, but global giant Citibank has acknowledged that it runs the risk of possible fraud by its employees and internal controls may not always be effective. The India . arm of the US-based banking major is currently at the centre of a Rs 400 crore fraud allegedly perpetrated by a relationship manager at the Gurgaon branch of the bank.“There have also been a number of highly publicised cases involving
  • The future electric car that beats traffic congestion!
    LONDON, January 9 (PTI): Fed up with traffic jams and lack of parking spaces? Just cheer up, for scientists claim to have designed an electric car which can beat traffic congestion and even capable of parking itself. According to its developers, the two-seat Electric- Networked Vehicle (EN-V) is designed to alleviate those common driver concerns and also address environmental issues, energy consumption and affordability.And, amazingly one doesn’t even need to be in the driving se