• Food inflation falls; vegetables still costly
    NEW Delhi, January 13 (PTI): Snapping the five week rising trend, food inflation softened to 16.91% for the week ended January 1, 2011, although vegetables, onions and protein-based items continued to remained costly. Food inflation fell by 1.41 percentage points from 18.32% recorded in the previous reporting week. Even as the index of food inflation showed a meagre decline, vegetable prices soared by 70.73% on an annual basis in the wholesale market, official data showed.Also onions c
  • India summons Sri Lankan HC on fisherman killing
    New Delhi, January 13 (PTI): India on Thursday summoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam to lodge a strong protest over the killing of a fisherman by Sri Lankan Navy, asserting that such incidents have no “justification” and calling on authorities there to “desist” from use of force. However, the Sri Lankan envoy denied involvement of his country’s Navy in the killing of the fisherman on Wednesday.Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S.M. Kr
  • PM’s panel recommends cheap food for poor
    New Delhi, January 13 (Agencies): Prime Minister’s expert committee on National Food Security Bill today recommended that the assured delivery of wheat at Rs 2/kg and rice at Rs 3/kg could be given only to poor and expressed difficulty in accommodating category in view of projected food availability. In contrast, National Advisory Council (NAC), headed by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, had recommended legal entitlement to subsidised foodgrains to both ‘priority’ and &#
  • Government to pump in Rs 6 bn to fight Maoists
    NEW Delhi, January 13 (Agencies): The government is pumping in Rs 580 crore (Rs 5.8 billion) under a special security scheme which would include strengthening road connectivity and recruiting 12,000 more special police officers (SPO) to boost its fighting power against Maoists in mineral-rich central and eastern India. The central government is increasing its money and muscle power to rein in the armed leftist rebels who claim to be fighting for the rights of the tribes in the forest b
  • Lalgarh massacre: W Bengal government opposes CBI probe
    Kolkata, January 13 (PTI): The West Bengal government on Thursday opposed a CBI probe into the Lalgarh massacre that claimed seven lives as also compensation and told the Calcutta High Court that the CID be allowed to continue the investigation. Denying that the CID would not be able to properly investigate as alleged by the petitioner, Calcutta High Court Bar Association in a PIL, the government said in its affidavit that it would make all efforts to ensure that the actual culprits we
  • Mumbai boy kills India’s most wanted
    Mumbai, January 13 (Agencies): Sources reveal how a small-time convict from Kandivli went to Pakistan and pumped bullets into IM mastermind Riyaz Bhatkal. Even as the daring shootout that killed India’s most wanted terrorist and chief of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, Riyaz Bhatkal has thrown investigators into a huddle, the needle of suspicion points to a Mumbai assassin. According to sources, the man identified as the shooter is a former convict affiliated to Mumbai’s u
  • Bollywood biggies to help Shabana Azmi with her girl child project in UP
    Mumbai, January 13 (Agencies): Girls in a small village in Uttar Pradesh have found unlikely allies in Bollywood. Industry biggies, including Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar, will walk the ramp later this month to raise funds for the education of girl children in rural India. The proceeds from the fashion show will go to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Mijwan, a village in Uttar Pradesh.“I am very happy to support the cause of the girl child
  • ‘India, Pak can’t live in perpetual tension’
    NEW Delhi, January 12 (PTI): Citing the collapse of the Berlin Wall that unified Germany, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that differences between India and Pakistan may be resolved one day since the two cannot wish each other away and live in “perpetual tension”. “I do not have the capacity to indulge in the romanticism that like Berlin Wall, one day the differences may go. How the course of history will take turn, nobody can predict with that precision. I
  • 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