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Modi lashes out at Congress for rejecting 2013 proposal to redevelop Kedarnath

Friday, 20 October 2017 | IANS | Kedarnath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Congress for rejecting his proposal in June 2013 when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat for redevelopment of the revered Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath that was badly damaged in the catastrophic flash floods. "The floods of 2013 had made all of us extremely sad. That time I was not the Prime Minister, I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I came here to do all that I could for the victims," Modi...

Pollution killed 2.5 million people in India in 2015: study

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

India had the world's highest number of deaths due to air, water and other forms of pollution in 2015, according to a study published in the Lancet journal today which showed that pollution killed as many as 2.5 million people in the country. Most of these deaths are due to non-communicable diseases caused by pollution such as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers said. According to the study, air pollution is the biggest contributor,...

Cracker ban goes up in smoke on Diwali night, Delhi wakes up to hazy morning

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Delhi and the National Capital Region woke up to a blanket of smog today, after a quiet and promising Diwali evening gave way to noisy and relentless bursting of firecrackers till late night yesterday, despite a Supreme Court ban on their sale in the NCR. The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city glowed red, indicating a 'very poor' air quality as the volume of ultra fine particulates PM2.5 and PM10, which enter the respiratory system and...

Chidambaram takes dig at EC for delaying Gujarat poll announcement

Friday, 20 October 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday took a dig at the Election Commission (EC) for not announcing the Gujarat Assembly poll dates, saying it has "authorised" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "announce" the dates at his last poll rally this month. "EC will be recalled from its extended holiday after Gujarat government has announced all concessions and freebies. EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat elections at his last rally (and kindly keep EC informed)," Chidambaram tweeted...

Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era

Friday, 20 October 2017 | AP | BEIJING

In this summer's "Wolf Warrior II," Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People's Liberation Army. Audiences loved what became China's biggest-grossing movie ever. Some reportedly sang the national anthem as the movie closed on an image of a Chinese passport and the words, "Please remember, at your back stands a strong motherland." This red-blooded nationalism has been channeled skillfully by President and ruling Communist Party...

8 killed as portion of TN transport corpn's building collapses

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | Nagapattinam

A portion of an over six- decade-old building of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation's Porayar branch in the district collapsed this morning killing eight crew members, police said. Three others sustained injuries, they added. The crew members of the TNSTC were sleeping in the building, constructed in 1952, when the collpase happened around 3.30 am, killing them on the spot, they said. The three others who sustained injuries were rushed to Karaikal General Hospital. Nagapattinam District Collector Dr C...

Ranjit Kumar resigns as solicitor general

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the country's second highest law officer, resigned today for "personal reasons". The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today. While Kumar confirmed to PTI that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for "personal reasons". He was appointed solicitor general in June 2014 after the Modi government came to power. His second term as solicitor general was renewed recently. There was speculation a few months ago that the...

Pak court indicts Sharif in 3rd graft case

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | Islamabad

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was today indicted by an anti-graft court in a third corruption case related to Flagship Investments and other offshore companies. The Accountability Court here charged Sharif in absentia for holding assets beyond his known sources of income, and read out a charge sheet to his pleader Zafir Khan. It was one of the three cases of corruption and money laundering registered by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against 67-year-old Sharif on September 8. The cases...

Hafiz Saeed's house arrest extended for 30 days

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | Lahore

Hafiz Saeed's house arrest has been extended for another 30 days by a Judicial Review Board of Pakistan's Punjab province after it reviewed the detention of the Mumbai attack mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief. However, the board rejected the government's plea for the detention of his four aides. The 30-day detention will be applicable from October 24. Saeed's aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – may walk out free on the expiry...

India welcomes Tillerson's remarks on US-India ties

Friday, 20 October 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

India on Friday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks on US-India ties in which he said that Washington and New Delhi were committed to build an ambitious partnership. "Secretary Tillerson has made a significant policy statement on India-US relations and its future," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query. "He brought out its various strengths and highlighted our shared commitment to a rule-based international order," he said. "We appreciate his positive...

Will not speak on 'Shah-zada', says Rahul after court order

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Days after a court restrained news portal 'The Wire' from publishing or broadcasting reports based on an article published by it regarding a company of BJP chief Amit Shah's son, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said he would neither speak himself about "Shah-zada" not allow others. "Mitron (friends), will not speak about 'Shah-zada', nor will let anyone speak," he tweeted in Hindi, referring to an interim injunction granted by an Ahmedabad court on a criminal defamation case filed against The Wire...

Have lodged seven more cases in coal scam: ED to SC

Friday, 20 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has told the Supreme Court that it has lodged seven more cases in the coal block allocation scam and was in process of filing prosecution complaints against two firms, including M/s Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. In its tenth status report filed in the apex court for the period from January last year to September 30 this year, ED has said it had earlier received 55 FIRs from the CBI and registered enforcement case information report (ECIR) in...

EU leaders approve Brexit trade talks preparations

Friday, 20 October 2017 | AFP | Brussels

EU leaders today agreed to start preparatory talks on the bloc's relationship with Britain after Brexit, giving some progress for embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to take back home. EU President Donald Tusk said in a tweet the bloc's other 27 leaders meeting in Brussels had agreed to begin preparations for trade talks even though not enough progress has been made on the terms of the divorce. "Brexit conclusions adopted. Leaders green-light internal EU27 preparations for 2nd phase," Tusk said on Twitter...

Afghan official: Suicide bombing at Kabul mosque kills 30

Friday, 20 October 2017 | AP | Kabul

An Afghan official at the Interior Ministry says suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in western Kabul has killed at least 30 people and wounded 45. Major General Alimast Momand says the attacker was on foot and walked into to the Imam Zaman Mosque today in the city's Dashti Barch area where he detonated his explosives. The head of the area's Isteqlal Hospital, Mohammad Sabir Nassib, says it has received the bodies of two people slain in the attack as well as...

Ist phase of piped natural gas supply unveild in Odisha

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | IANS | BHUBANESWAR

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday launched the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply system in Odisha by rolling out the first phase of the project here - almost six months before the deadline. With this, Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) started supplying environment-friendly PNG to...

No change in essential drugs’ ceiling price calculation, says Govt

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The Government on Friday said it is not considering any changes in the methodology for calculating ceiling prices of scheduled medicines although it is working to bring a new method to decide prices of ‘new drugs’ to avoid delays in launching them in the market. The Department of Pharmaceuticals also...

India’s Forex reserves kitty rise by $1.5 bn, reclaim $400 bn mark

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | IANS | MUMBAI:

India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves kitty increased by $1.50 billion as on October 13, 2017, official data showed on Friday. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly statistical supplement released on Friday showed that the overall Forex reserves rose to $400.29 billion from $398.79 billion reported for the week...

Nearly 37 lakh GSTR-3B filed so far, says GSTN Chairman

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi:

Nearly 37 lakh GST returns for September have been filed till 1900 hours and 75,000 sales data is being uploaded on the GSTN portal on hourly basis, its Chairman Ajay Bhushan Pandey said on Friday. The deadline for filing the initial returns in GSTR- 3B...

JSW Group, Uttarakhand Govt ink pact to reconstruct Kedarnath shrine

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

The JSW Group, on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Uttarakhand Government to carry out the work of reconstruction and restoration of Kedarnath, which was devastated by flash floods in June 2013, a company statement said here. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone to mark the...

Sebi slaps ban on 14 firms from mkt

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi:

Regulator Sebi has banned Grass Root Finance & Investment Company (India) Ltd and 13 others from the capital markets for raising funds without complying with the public issue norms. A probe by Sebi found that the company had issued equity shares to 9,321 people between 1995-96 and 2006-07 and raised...

MPC minutes suggest RBI to tread cautious path: Report

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The minutes of the recent Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting suggest that the Reserve Bank is likely to tread a cautious path and there is little chance of a rate cut in the near term as inflation is expected to inch upwards, says a report. According to a Kotak Economic Research...

Time to have some fun

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | Saimi Sattar

Actor Richa Chadda will be seen in a different avatar in Jia Aur Jia, says Saimi Sattar Her characters, even when they are miniscule, have a definite voice. One never has to think what character, actor Richa Chadda played in a movie — they immediately and unconsciously spring to mind. Whether...

‘Strong India-UAE ties helping implementation of bilateral deals’

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | PTI | Dubai

India’s ties with the UAE is very strong which is helping in the implementation of the agreements signed between the two countries, India's envoy to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri has said. Suri listed out a number of engagements between the UAE and India, including an investment agreement worth $1 billion...

India’s fuel demand rises 10% in Sept

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

India's fuel demand surged 9.9 per cent in September, the biggest expansion in more than one year, after petrol and diesel consumption soared. The world's fastest growing oil consumer used 16.25 million tonnes of petroleum products in September as compared to 14.78 MT in the same period a year ago,...

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I am with you, Pawar tells victims of social media trolls

15 Oct 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

Coming out in support of young victims of social media trolls, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar on Saturday exhorted them to speak out against the wrong policies of the Government and oppose growing incidents of intolerance and fascism across India. In an unique initiative, Pawar met around 35 youngsters who have been threatened on social media and/or booked by police for speaking out their minds against the Government and...

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Youth kills himself after money dispute with father

21 Oct 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Dejected over refusal of non-payment of loan installment for bike by his father, a 22-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging with the ceiling at his Sankracharya Nagar residence under Bajaria police station area on Thursday. Police said that the deceased Shubham Malviya was found hanging with the ceiling and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead...

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