Pak shells border posts, hamlets; BSF jawans among 7 injured

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | Jammu

Pakistani troops targeted Indian border outposts and hamlets in Jammu, Samba and Poonch districts in overnight firing and shelling, injuring two BSF jawans and five civilians, officials said today. Continuous violations of the ceasefire by Pakistan along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) have forced hundreds of border residents to flee their homes. Pakistan troops engaged in heavy firing and mortar shelling on villages and border outposts in Arnia, R S Pura and Ramgarh sectors along the IB...

India calls for global action to counter use of Internet for radicalisation

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | New York

Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures and differential standards must not be accepted, India has said, seeking global action to tackle the evolving threat of Internet being used by terrorists for radicalisation and terror financing. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made the remarks during a high-level meeting at the UN on 'Preventing Terrorist Use of Internet' hosted by the UK and Italy on Wednesday. "Internet backbone, critical Internet resources and data centres should be dispersed and redundant to mitigate...

Development, not votes, is our priority: PM

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | Shahanshahpur (Varanasi)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at his political rivals, saying for BJP, politics was not for the sake of votes as it considered the country's development as the top-most priority. Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a 'Pashu Arogya Mela' (cattle health fair) here on the second day of his two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, he also promised to double farm income and provide homes to the homeless by 2022. He said his government had "waged...

Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | AFP | Tehran

Iran said today that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high- profile military parade in Tehran yesterday. It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone. The broadcaster gave no date for the test although officials had said yesterday that it would be tested "soon". Previous...

Film producer Morani surrenders in rape case

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | IANS | Hyderabad

Bollywood producer Karim Morani has surrendered to police here in connection with a rape case hours after the Supreme Court dismissed his bail plea, authorities confirmed on Saturday. He surrendered at the Hayathnagar police station on the city's outskirts around midnight, the police said. The "Chennai Express" producer will be produced before a court later in the day. Morani is facing the charge of raping a Delhi-based woman. The 25-year-old aspiring actor alleged that he repeatedly raped her by threatening...

Swaraj to address UN General Assembly tonight

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | Washington

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to raise issues like the global fight against terrorism, climate change and the Security Council's reform in her address to the United Nations General Assembly tonight. When Swaraj, 65, takes the podium she would be addressing the UN General Assembly for the second consecutive time. She is expected to deliver her speech in Hindi like the last year. Swaraj, who arrived New York last Sunday, spent a major part of her day on Friday giving final...

Britain's May asks for transition deal after Brexit

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | AFP | Florence (Italy)

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a two-year transition after Brexit in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, in a charm offensive intended to unlock stalled negotiations with the European Union. In a major speech in Florence yesterday, May promised to meet Britain's existing EU budget commitments until 2020 and outlined new legal guarantees for the rights of around three million EU nationals living in Britain. She also committed to maintaining Europe's security, saying in a...

Arvind Subramanian to continue as CEA, gets 1-yr extension

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Srubramanian, whose term was due to end in October, has been given an extension of one year, the government said on Saturday. "Subramanian will continue for one more year after completion of his three year tenure on October 16," Finance Ministry said in a tweet. Earlier there were reports that the CEA had submitted his resignation to the government, which was denied by the ministry officials. The officials had earlier clarified that he would continue...

ED files charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shah

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and a suspected hawala dealer in connection with a 2005 money laundering case filed against him for alleged terror financing. The final report, filed before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, also named the alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Alsam Wani, who is in judicial custody along with Shah. The case dates back to August 2005 in which the Delhi Police's Special Cell had earlier arrested Wani. Wani had then...

Beware of 'fake' samajwadis, Akhilesh tells party members

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | Lucknow

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today cautioned his supporters against "fake samajwadis", signalling fresh strain in the party's top ranks. The former chief minister was addressing the state convention, which unanimously re-elected Naresh Uttam as the party's president in Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh called on his party members at the meet, asking them to realise their responsibilities ahead of Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, seats vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya. "Beware of 'banawti' (fake) samajwadis....

Does NKorean H-bomb threat push US closer to war?

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | AP | WASHINGTON

Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the US. and North Korea closer to actual war? As with much that has transpired lately in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where this would lead or whether the North will even carry out its threat. It does, however, raise many questions, including: How would the North undertake such a nuclear test, what risks might...

We all lied about Jaya's health condition: TN Minister

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | IANS | Chennai

Tamil Nadu Minister for Forests C. Sreenivasan has sought people's apology for "lying" about the health condition of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa when she was admitted in Apollo Hospital. Speaking at a public meeting in Madurai, around 500 km from here, on Friday night Sreenivasan said: "We would have told lies that she (Jayalalithaa) had idlis and people met her. The truth is that nobody saw her." Sreenivasan said he is seeking apology from the people now for "those...

Senior journalist, mother murdered in Mohali house

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | IANS | Chandigarh

Senior journalist K.J. Singh and his aged mother were found dead in their residence in Mohali town in Punjab, adjoining Chandigarh, on Saturday, police said. Both victims were attacked by their assailants with a sharp-edged weapon in their house in Phase 3B2 of Mohali, 10 km from here. Police said that Singh's mother, Gurcharan Kaur, 89, was strangulated. Singh was stabbed in the stomach and his throat was also slit. The bodies of the victims were discovered on Saturday afternoon...

3.5-magnitude quake rattles N Korea near nuclear test site

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | AFP | Beijing

A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site today, US seismologists said, in what China's seismic service said was a "suspected explosion", but Seoul deemed a "natural earthquake". The earthquake came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions raised international alarm. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 20-km away from the North's nuclear test site,...

Fuel prices will come down soon: Pradhan

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | PTI | Ahmedabad

Attributing the recent rise in fuel prices to a hurricane in the US, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the rates will come down in the next few days. "Fuel prices have gone up recently due to the hurricane in the US. As the prices reduce in the international market, they will come down here also," the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister told reporters here. The rates have already started to come down in the last three days," he said, adding that...

Fiscal prudence a challenge, but no need for panic: Jaitley

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

As the government looks at ways to revive sagging growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said maintaining fiscal prudence is a "challenge", but maintained that there is no need to "panic". "How do you maintain the balancing act between continuing to spend in an economy, continuing to support your banks and...

Swaraj meets Tillerson, discusses bilateral ties

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | New York

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and discussed regional issues with a focus of Pakistan, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism. Swaraj, who met Tillerson on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly session, also strongly raised the issue of H1-B visa, the most sought after...

PM flags off Mahamana Express from Varanasi

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the third Mahamana Express running between Vadodara and Varanasi from here today. While the prime minister inaugurated the first run of the train remotely from here, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal joined him via video link from Vadodara along with senior officials of the ministry. ...

Indian Army reserves right to retaliate: DGMO to Pak counterpart

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

In a blunt message, the Indian Army today conveyed to Pakistan that it reserves the right to "retaliate appropriately" to any incident leading to the loss of lives of its troops due to Pakistani firing along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. In a telephonic conversation, Indian Army's...

Sensex tanks 448 pts on global sell-off, falling rupee

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

Stocks ended the week on a distinctly bearish note after the Sensex tanked 447 points -- the biggest fall in over nine months -- and the Nifty ended below the 10,000 level today as renewed geopolitical worries about North Korea rattled investors. The rupee hit near six-month low against the...

Karti was closing his foreign bank account: CBI tells SC

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The CBI today claimed in the Supreme Court that a lookout notice was issued against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, to prevent him from travelling abroad as he was closing several of his foreign bank accounts. The apex court, which was hearing the matter relating to...

GST implementation smoother than expected: Jaitley

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the implementation of the new taxation regime GST is going smoother than expected in initial phase. The decision-making mechanism at the top between the Centre and the states has been "reasonably institutionalised" and the mechanism created to address day-to-day issues is robust, he said. ...

Pak rakes up Kashmir at UN, warns India against 'limited war' doctrine

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | United Nations

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today urged the UN to appoint a special envoy to Kashmir and warned India against pursuing the doctrine of "limited war" against his country, saying it will evoke a strong and "matching response". Abbasi in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, raked...

'Newton' is India's official entry to Oscars 2018

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

Director Amit Masurkar's political satire "Newton", starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, will be India's official entry at Oscars 2018, the Film Federation of India announced today. The Hindi film was the unanimous choice of FFI's selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy. "'Newton' has been...

Drunk dad throws toddler in drain, held for murder

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

A 40-year-old man was arrested in South-East Delhi’s Jamia Nagar for allegedly throwing his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter in a drain since she was sick and would cry a lot. The child’s body was recovered from the drain on Thursday, almost 56-hours-after her father, who claimed to be inebriated, had thrown her...

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Sena ups ante, stages protests against hike in fuel prices

24 Sep 2017 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai

In a clear indication of an irreconcilable rift between it and its senior alliance partner BJP, the Shiv Sena on Saturday staged simultaneous protests at 12 places across the metropolis against the hike in prices of fuel, essential commodities and domestic gas cylinders. Amid intense speculation that Sena president Uddhav Thackeray — during his Dussehra rally to be held next week — might announce withdrawal of his party’s support to the...

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CM: Foundation for Patratu plant soon

24 Sep 2017 | PNS | Ranchi

Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday said that the foundation for new power plant at Patratu — a joint venture of Jharkhand Government and National Thermal Power Corruption (NTPC) will be laid soon. During a meeting with NTPC Chairman Gurdeep Singh here on Thursday CM said that the plant will not only fill the energy gap in State but will also be able to supply power to other States...

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