India

  • 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
  • Doctors in Chennai extract 526 teeth from boy's mouth
    CHENNAI, India, August 2 (Reuters) - Indian doctors removed a tumor with a record number of 526 teeth inside a seven-year-old boy's mouth, the medical team in Chennai said on Friday.   The 200 gram (7 ounce) growth was lodged in the boy's lower right jaw, said Senthilnathan P., a doctor at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, where the operation was performed.   "He had come to us complaining about a swelling in his jaw," Senthilnathan told Reuters, saying the bo
  • Dam Safety Bill gets Lok Sabha nod
    New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) A Bill to set up a national authority as well as a committee for inspection and maintenance of dams across the country was on Friday passed in the Lok Sabha with voice vote. Arguing on behalf of the government for the passage of the Dam Safety Bill, 2019, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the legislation focuses on creating a standard criteria for safety of dams across the country as the issue is related to the safety of people as well as thei
  • SC decision in Unnao case stamp on UP govt's failure: Priyanka
    New Delhi, August 2 (PTI) Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said the Supreme Court's ruling in the Unnao rape case is a "stamp" on the prevailing "jungle raj" in Uttar Pradesh and the state government's failure. The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a slew of instructions in the case, including directing the transfer of all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital. "Th
  • Vadodara cop carries baby in tub on his head in neck-deep water
    Photographs: Courtesy @Shamsher_IPS/Twitter   New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): As torrential rain lashed Vadodara in central Gujarat, a policeman saved the life of a baby girl by carrying her on his head through neck-deep water in the wee hours of Thursday.   Police sub-inspector Govind Chavda rescued a one-and- half-year-old girl from Devipura locality near Vishwamitri railway station.   On learning about flooding of the locality, a police team rushed to the
  • Kashmir discussion only with Pak: India after Trump's offer
    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets his American counterpart Mike Pompeo in Bangkok. Photograph: @DrSJaishankar/Twitter   New Dehi, August 2 (PTI): Rejecting any mediation by United States President Donald Trump on Kashmir, India on Friday made it clear to America that any discussion on the issue, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.    The assertion by external affairs minister S Jaishankar came hours after Pres
  • Ayodhya mediation fails, daily hearing from Aug 6: SC
    New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday ordered day-to-day hearing from August 6 of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case after noting that the mediation proceedings to resolve the dispute amicably have failed.   A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the report of the three member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge FMI Kalifulla, that its effort to find out an amicab
  • With 147:42 votes Parliament passes anti-terror bill
    New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties.   While Lok Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on July 24, Rajya Sabha approved it after rejecting an opposition-sponsored motion to send it to select committee. &nb
  • Journalist Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Magsaysay award
    Ravish Kumar, journalist and senior executive editor at NDTV. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/Reuters   In electing Kumar to receive the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognises his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards, the award citation said.   New Delhi, August 2 (PTI): Senior journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday was awarded this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the No
  • Troop deployment in J-K based on security situation: Govt
    Jammu, August 2 (PTI): The home ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain.   Sources in the ministry said 100 companies (10,000 personnel) of central forces were ordered for deployment in the state about a week ago and they are in the process of reaching their destinations.   This has apparentl