PM offers condolences to Dasmunsi's family

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his condolences to the family of veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who succumbed to his prolonged illness here this afternoon. He was 72. "Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsiji and family as well as his supporters," Modi tweeted. A former Union Minister, Dasmunsi died at Apollo Hospital...

Cong leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi dies

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Senior Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008, today passed away at a hospital here. He was 72. "He had been critically ill since the past one month and succumbed to the illness at 12.10 pm. His family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time," Apollo hospital authorities said. The former Union minister had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was hospitalised since then. Dasmunsi was heading the...

Kohli extends India's lead to 129 after Lakmal's triple blow

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | Kolkata

Sri Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal rattled India once again with a triple blow before Virat Kohli guided the hosts to 251-5 in their second innings at lunch on the fifth and final day of the opening Test here today. Lakmal first cleaned up KL Rahul, who added six runs to his overnight total, to bring his exquisite 79-run innings to an end before dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) in space of five deliveries to deflate India. The...

Delhi HC notice to Centre, WB govt on phone tapping charge

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The Delhi High Court today directed the Centre and the West Bengal government to file in a sealed cover their responses on a plea by BJP leader Mukul Roy alleging that his phones were being tapped by the state police. Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Centre, state government and Roy's telecom service providers -- MTNL and Vodafone to file their affidavits stating whether Roy is being monitored or his calls are intercepted by any of the agencies. The court said...

New Congress President to be elected on Dec 16

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

The Congress party on Monday announced elections to choose the next party president on December 16 "if necessary", and a new Congress President will be announced on December 19. The schedule for election was approved by the Congress Working Committee on Monday. The election will be notified on December 1, and the last date for filing nominations is December 4. The nominations will be scrutinised on December 5, and last date for withdrawing nominations is December 11. A statement announcing...

NCP to contest Gujarat polls solo

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | IANS | Gandhinagar

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which was earlier in talks with the Congress to form an alliance to contest the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, on Monday decided to contest alone for all the 182 constituencies in the state. "We have decided to contest all alone and single handedly for the Gujarat assembly elections. We don't want to tie up with the Congress as we have been doing in the past. "Our party will be fielding candidates for all the...

Egg prices 40% higher on tight supply

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Egg prices have jumped by up to 40 per cent to Rs 7-7.50 per piece in retail markets in most parts of the country, hit by tight supply, Poultry Federation of India President Ramesh Katri said today. The upward trend would continue in coming months as egg production is likely to be lower by 25-30 per cent this year, he said. "Egg prices have increased significantly as many poultry farms have reduced production for the current year because they did not get...

UNSC permanent members unnerved by prospect of India's nominee winning ICJ election: Observers

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | United Nations

The permanent members of the UN Security Council are 'unnerved' by the prospect of India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari winning against Britain's candidate in the election to the last seat of the World Court as it would set a precedent that may challenge their power in the future, observers here feel. Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, the sources say. The permanent members of the Security Council...

Jaitley refutes Sonia's charge of govt sabotaging Parl session

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | Rajkot

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said Parliament sessions were often rescheduled to ensure they did not overlap with elections, and claimed the Congress had done so too in the past. On Congress president Sonia Gandhi's allegation that the government was "sabotaging" the Winter session of Parliament, Jaitley said the opposition party had also delayed a session in 2011 and even earlier because the sittings coincided with election campaigns. "It has been a tradition and it has happened several times that Parliament...

Padmavati not to be screened in MP if it distorts historical facts: Chouhan

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | Bhopal

"Padmavati" will not be allowed to be screened in Madhya Pradesh if historical facts are "distorted" in the film, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today. The chief minister said any distortion of historical facts will not be tolerated. "We will not tolerate any distortion of historical facts. The entire country is speaking in one voice that historical facts were distorted," he said. "If there are scenes breaching the honour of queen Padmavati, then the movie will not be allowed to be...

Create awareness among school kids on Blue Whale: SC to states

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The Supreme Court today directed all state governments to make school children aware of the dangers posed by virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said school-going children should be made aware about the "beauty of life" and the dangers posed by such games. It directed the Chief Secretaries of all states to ask the secretaries of the concerned departments to take steps in this regard. The...

Not upset with Tharoor's tongue-in-cheek remark: Manushi Chhillar

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar on Monday said she is not upset that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor referred to her as "chillar", which means small change. "A girl who has just won the world isn't going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. 'Chillar' talk is just small change - let's not forget the 'chill' within Chhillar," Manushi tweeted, and tagged Tharoor as well as Times Group Managing Director Vineet Jain. Manushi, a medical student from Haryana, won the title in China,...

SC allows Karti Chidambaram to go abroad

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Monday permitted Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, to go to Britain for the admission of his daughter to Cambridge University. Karti Chidambaram had sought the court's permission to go to Cambridge from December 2, assuring that he will come back on December 10. Permitting junior Chidambaram to fly abroad, the bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said if he fails to return by December 10, it will be treated as contempt of...

50 hundreds do not seem a long journey for Kohli

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | Kolkata

Fifty international hundreds might seem staggering for a 29-year-old but India captain Virat Kohli feels that it hasn't been that long a journey as the figures might suggest. Kohli's status in world cricket grew further when he smashed his 18th Test hundred and 50th international ton on the final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka today, but the skipper said that records are just numbers for him. "It (50 international hundreds) feels good. It hasn't been a long journey yet,"...

Suu Kyi blames world conflicts partly on illegal immigration

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | AP | Naypyitaw

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said today that the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism, as her country faces accusations of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi did not directly mention the refugee exodus in a speech to European and Asian foreign ministers in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw. But her speech highlighted the views of many in the country who see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants and accuse them...

Rahul Gandhi's elevation: CWC meet underway

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

A crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) is underway here today to clear the decks for the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president. The meeting, chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is being held at her 10 Janpath residence. The decision on the schedule of party organisation...

2nd round of Mugabe exit talks as party begins to oust him

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | AP | Harare

Clinging to his now virtually powerless post, longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe today was set to discuss his expected exit with the army commander who put him under house arrest, while the ruling party opened an emergency meeting to recall the world's oldest head of state as its leader. A day...

'Padmavati' makers postpone film's release amid controversy

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" has been deferred, the makers of the film said today. In a statement to PTI, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision "voluntarily". "Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind 'Padmavati', has voluntarily deferred the release date of the...

Swaraj condoles death of ex-Nepal PM Prachanda's son

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today condoled the death of Prakash Dahal, son of former Nepalese Prime Minister and leader of Communist Party of Nepal 'Prachanda'. "We are sorry to know about the sudden demise of Prakash Dahal, son of Shri Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', former prime minister of Nepal. Our...

India is proud of you: Modi, Big B wish Manushi Chhillar

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and celebrities who have roots in Haryana, have congratulated India's Manushi Chhillar for making the country proud by clinching the Miss World 2017 title. "Congratulations Manushi Chhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment," Modi tweeted on Saturday night. Amitabh wrote: "A Miss...

Railways not to seek more funds from Budget: Goyal

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Indian Railways is not looking at more funds in the upcoming Union Budget for 2018-19 as it is focussed on monetising assets within, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. The Budget that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents on February 1 next year will be the second after the railway and Union budgets...

India reach 171/1 at stumps on day 4

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | PTI | Kolkata

India reached 171 for one in their second innings at stumps after dismissing Sri Lanka for 294 on the fourth day of the opening cricket Test at the Eden Gardens here today. At the draw of stumps, India were leading by 49 runs with openers KL Rahul (73) and Cheteshwar Pujara...

Black money: Swiss Par panel OKs auto info exchange with India

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | PTI | Berne/New Delhi

Paving the way for India to get instant access to details on Indians with Swiss accounts, a key parliamentary panel in Switzerland has approved an automatic information exchange pact between the two countries. The Commission for Economic Affairs and Taxes of the Council of States -- a key panel of the...

Netanyahu to face new questioning over graft: media

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | AFP | Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be questioned by police today for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, media reports said. Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. Milchan, a longtime friend of...

NIA likely to probe human trafficking cases

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Anti-terror probe agency NIA could be empowered to investigate cases of human trafficking, in what seems to be a breakthrough in the nearly year-long consultations among various stakeholders, including the home ministry and the ministry of women and child development. Sources say the additional responsibility for the National Investigation Agency (NIA)...

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Modi pays tribute to Rang Avadhoot

19 Nov 2017 | PNS | GANDHINAGAR

Addressing a gathering of people via video conferencing in Bharuch district of poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked them to unite against casteism, terrorism, black money, corruption and communalism. “It is a strange environment…We must hold each others hand and move ahead…...

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State’s first women’s university to come up at Jamshedpur

21 Nov 2017 | Parvinder Bhatia | Jamshedpur

State’s first women university will come at Sidhgora in the eastern part of Jamshedpur, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said on Monday in Jamshedpur. “I am happy to announce that first Women’s University will come up at Sidhgora...

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