ECs’ salary set to see over 2-fold hike

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The salary of the three Election Commissioners is set to see an over two-fold hike in the coming weeks. The three Commissioners, including the Chief Election Commissioner, are entitled to a salary which is “equal to the salary of a judge of the Supreme Court”, according to the provisions of a...

Modi, Netanyahu inaugurate 28th Centre of Excellence

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PNS | New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday inaugurated a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for 'date palms' at Kukama, Kutch District, through a video link and interacted with the farmers. This is the 28th CoE set up by Israel to improve quality and cultivation of vegetables...

Don’t see serious trouble, but forces are prepared: Rawat

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PNS | New Delhi

Post the 70-day-long Doklam face-off between India and China in August last year, the Indian Army does not visualise any “serious trouble” as the forces of both the countries are holding regular exchange and the earlier “bonhomie” has returned, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said here on Wednesday. However,...

Doval did not attend political meet: MHA

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PNS | New Delhi

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval did not attend any political meeting at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh on January 14 as alleged by the CPI (M) and reported in certain media but participated in a regular security review meet on that day, the Home Ministry said on Wednesday. On...

Ensure subsidy funds used for minority: Patel

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PNS | New Delhi

Welcoming the end of Haj subsidy, Congress MP Ahmed Patel on Wednesday wrote to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asking him to ensure that the funds for the scrapped subsidy are used for the uplift of the Muslim community. In a letter addressed to Naqvi, Patel said he welcomed the...

Swavlamban Card project proves to be a non-starter

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PNS | New Delhi

So far just 11 States/Union Territories have commenced implementation of the Universal Disability Identity (UDID) card project in 306 districts with 2,55,913 cards generated. This is a dismal pace given that there are around 2.68 crore People with Disabilities (PwD) waiting to get the card, which is also known as...

Netanyahu, Modi in Guj today

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | NAYAN DAVE | GANDHINAGAR

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will experience hospitality of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s home-State during his maiden visit to Gujarat on Wednesday. Already top political leaders of Japan and China savoured similar Gujarati hospitality after Modi elevated from Gujarat’s Chief Minister to Prime Minister of India in May 2014. The Israeli...

‘It was unnecessary burden’, Clerics hail Haj subsidy end

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PNS | Lucknow

In a politically significant move, the Union Government abolished subsidy for Haj pilgrims on Tuesday. Muslim clerics welcomed the move saying ‘good riddance’. The clerics maintained that Haj subsidy was a myth and an unnecessary burden on the community without any actual benefit to pilgrims. The decision to abolish subsidy comes...

Haj dole pullout: TMC hits out at Central Govt’s ‘anti-minoritism’

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | Saugar Sengupta | Kolkata

Trinamool Congress on Tuesday reacted sharply against the Central Government’s decision to withdraw subsidy for Haj pilgrims with senior Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim lambasting New Delhi for its “anti-Muslim policies.” Hours after the decision was made public by Union Minister Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, the Bengal Urban Development Minister said, “the decision...

BJP Govt played spoilsport during RaGa’s Amethi visit, alleges Cong

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PNS | Lucknow

Congress and BJP workers came to a head for the second day during Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s two-day visit to Parliamentary constituency Amethi on Tuesday. Rahul had to leave his motorcade and march to complete his ‘roadshow’ after the administration changed his route at the last moment. The Congress later charged...


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Myanmar Army’s admission of killings a ‘positive step’: Suu

14 Jan 2018 | AFP | Yangon

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed an unprecedented army admission that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings of Rohingya Muslims as a “positive step”, state-backed media reported on Saturday. After months of staunch denials of abuse, the army on Wednesday said a probe found four members of the security forces helped kill 10 Rohingya militant suspects at Inn Din village on September 2, leaving their bodies in a...

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State in dilemma over SC orders on Padmaavat release

19 Jan 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

With the decision of the Supreme Court setting aside notification issued by the Madhya Pradesh Government banning the release of Hindi movie ‘Padmaavat’, the State Government is in dilemma.The Government does not know what to do in the new scenario...

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