No action can be taken against Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan PM

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Islamabad

Pakistan will not act against Hafiz Saeed 'sahib' as there is no case registered against him in the country, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said, giving a clean chit to the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind. Saeed, the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November. The US has labelled JuD the "terrorist front" for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987. LeT was responsible for carrying the 2008 Mumbai attack that...

Exceptional Kohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Dubai

In phenomenal form across formats, Indian captain Virat Kohli was today named the world cricketer of the year, besides bagging the top honour for ODI players in the ICC annual awards, announced here. In the qualification period from September 21, 2016 to the end of 2017, Kohli scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80 including eight centuries, 1,818 ODI runs including seven centuries at 82.63, and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153. He also captained...

Dipak Misra meets four senior-most SC judges

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today held a meeting with four senior-most Supreme Court judges to resolve issues raised by them during a press conference on January 12. The meeting between the CJI and four judges-- Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph -- lasted for around 10-15 minutes before resumption of court proceedings at 10:30 am, court sources said. They said that no other judge was present at the meeting. Yesterday, the meeting could...

Future belongs to those who innovate: Netanyahu to India Inc

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Mumbai

Stating that the partnership between Israel and India is doing wonders, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today asked business leaders to focus on innovation. "The future belongs to those who innovate," Netanyahu said in his opening remarks at a power breakfast with top corporate honchos at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabia Sea. "It is very, very crucial today for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up, because the future belongs to those who innovate," Netanyahu said at...

India successfully test-fires Agni-5 ballistic missile

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Balasore (Odisha)

India today successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 - the most advanced missile in the Agni series with a strike range of over 5000 kms -- from a test range off Odisha coast. The user associate test-flight of the missile has further boosted indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence strength of the country. All radars, tracking systems and range stations monitored the flight performance, defence sources said. Describing the trial as "fully successful", the sources said, the sophisticated...

UNSC must step up pressure on Pak to change its behaviour: US

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | United Nations

The UN Security Council should step up pressure on Pakistan to "change its behaviour", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley today said. Briefing reporters after returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, she said the Afghanistan government has asked the 15-member powerful wing of the world body to step up pressure on Pakistan. "They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behaviour," Haley said. She...

SC allows 'Padmaavat' to be screened across India, stays ban

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The Supreme Court today cleared the decks for the all-India release of controversial movie 'Padmaavat' on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained any other state from issuing such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud observed that the states are obliged to maintain...

Terror funding: NIA files charge sheet agnst Hafiz Saeed, ors

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court against terror masterminds Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin and ten Kashmiri separatists in a case of alleged terror funding and secessionist activities in the valley. The charge sheet was filed by the probe agency before Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat, who kept it for consideration later today. The probe agency said the 12,794-page charge sheet has been filed against 12 persons including Hafiz Saeed, the head...

Modi, Sushma mislead nation on Doklam: Congress

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of misleading the nation over Chinese troops occupying Doklam plateau, saying Indian security and strategic interests have been compromised. "The satellite imagery and media reports suggest that China has established military establishments in Doklam near Indian borders which indicates that India's security and strategic interests have been compromised," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surhewala told the media here. Surjewala said: "It seems that the government was...

Swedish skier dies in Gulmarg avalanche, another rescued

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | IANS | Jammu

A Swedish skier was killed in an avalanche while his compatriot was rescued alive on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Gulmarg ski resort. Police said two Swedish skiers got trapped under an avalanche in Affarwat peaks of Gulmarg in Baramulla district. "One skier. identified as Daniel from Sweden, has died while police teams successfully rescued another Swedish skier named Benjamin who was also trapped under the avalanche," police said. Authorities had issued an avalanche warning for the area. It was...

CM Yogi for modern education in madrassas, Sanskrit schools

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Lucknow

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said closing madrassas was not a solution and pitched for providing modern education not only in Islamic institutions but also in Sanskrit schools to face competition. Adityanath said the country was not able to utilise energy of those "misguided" in 'rashtra nirman' (nation building) and stressed that quality education was the solution. "We can think about modernisation of madrassas. Closing them down is not a solution but timely improvements should be considered. I also...

Pakistan can live without US aid: Foreign Minister

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | IANS | Islamabad

Pakistan is trying to maintain a balance in its relationship with the US and the government has made it clear that Islamabad can live without Washington's aid but will not compromise on national integrity, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said. Addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Asif said that relations with Washington were not normal following tirades by US President Donald Trump, the News International reported on Thursday. He also said that Pakistan could no more host...

Govt's decisions will have positive impact in future: VP

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Chennai

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said today that various decisions of the central government, including demonetisation and GST, are likely to have a positive impact in the coming years. "I am aware of the initial difficulties that the exporters have been facing due to these steps. However, I am sure they will be resolved soon," he said. The GST council would be addressing the concerns of the exporters, he said, advising them to focus on new markets and new products, including "sunrise products". Naidu...

Chabad House a symbol of love that fell victim to hatred: Netanyahu

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | PTI | Mumbai

Mumbai's Chabad House, which lay soaked in blood during the 26/11 terror attack, is a unique symbol of love that fell victim to hatred towards the people of Israel, the country's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said today. He was addressing people at the Chabad House, or Nariman House, in south Mumbai, after meeting 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg whose father Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother Rivka were killed along with six others there during the terror strike over nine years ago. Moshe, then a...

Bring petroleum, real estate under GST ambit: Congress

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

A day ahead of the GST Council meeting, the Congress on Wednesday reiterated its demand for including petroleum products and real estate under the ambit of GST and said the government must consult all stakeholders before bringing any changes in the pan-India indirect tax law. "The Congress will demand that petroleum...

Modi changing India through innovation: Netanyahu

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PTI | Deo Dholera

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi today, saying the latter is changing India through innovation and trying to make it a global power. Emphasising that Israel seeks to form partnership with India in "every field", Netanyahu said he wants young Israelis to come to India, "not...

India to become $5 tn economy in next 8-9 years: Suresh Prabhu

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | IANS

India is expected to become a $5 trillion economy in the next eight-nine years with the manufacturing sector alone contributing 20 per cent towards that, Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Wednesday. "We are preparing a detailed plan towards achieving that. Experts are busy preparing the roadmap including all the...

Trump admin's 'must list' for immigrants: skill, job, English

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PTI | Washington

The Trump administration has no qualms admitting immigrants who are skilled, employed and can speak English, a top official has said, while giving insight into what its merit-based system would look like. Such individuals could be from any part of the world given that they fulfil the requirements, the official...

Terrorism mother of all disruptions: Sushma Swaraj

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

Asserting that having radically divergent views of how the world runs is likely to enhance disruptive tendencies, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on Wednesday said terrorism is the mother of all disruptions today. Delivering the plenary address at this year's Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics,...

16 held after seizure of Rs 97cr in old notes; no terror angle

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PTI | Kanpur (UP)

As many as 16 people, including a noted builder, were arrested in connection with the seizure of over Rs 97 crore in demonetised currency notes from the builder's ancestral house here. The UP government said prima facie no terror link had been established. "In Kanpur, raids are going on at...

Making efforts for innovation-friendly systems: Modi

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PTI | Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today his government is making efforts to create systems that are innovation-friendly to build an innovation-driven new India. Modi was speaking after he and his Israeli counterpart Benjaman Netanyahu dedicated to the nation a centre for entrepreneurship and technology in Deo Dholera village near Ahmedabad. ...

South Africa end India's nine-series winning streak

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | PTI | Centurion

Indomitable at home, India's batsmen capitulated in the face of South Africa's menacing pace attack to suffer a 135-run drubbing in the second Test here today, ending a nine-series unbeaten run for Virat Kohli's world No.1 side. After the 72-run loss in the opening Test, the margin got bigger here...

Ex-CIA officer suspected of helping China arrested

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | IANS | Washington

A former CIA officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle Washington's spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalised US citizen, was held after arriving at New York's JFK airport on Monday. Lee worked for the CIA between 1994...

Countries that back terror must be tackled: Army chief

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

Countries which support terrorism need to be "tackled" and terrorism is here to stay unless the world joins hands to end it, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday. He also said that a country which is victim of terror has to fight on its own war. Speaking at...

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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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