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Satyendar Jain given additional charge of irrigation and flood control dept

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The Irrigation and Flood Control portfolio has been given to PWD Minister Satyendar Jain from senior AAP minister Gopal Rai, sources said today. The change in Rai's portfolio has been made to ensure coordination between the I&FC and the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC), they said. The two bodies are mandated to carry out development works in unauthorised colonies. Rai has the portfolios of labour, employment, general administration and development departments. In June 2016, Rai was also relieved of the charge of the...

3 dead, many trapped in G.Noida twin-building collapse

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | IANS | greater noida

At least three persons have died in a twin-building collapse in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida area, police said on Wednesday. The incident in Shahberi village took place late on Tuesday, apparently due to "too much moisture in the walls of the basement and poor construction material used", an official told IANS. Three persons, including the builder Ganga Prasad Dwivedi have been taken into custody, he added. There were a dozen families living in the two buildings and it is feared that more...

Javelin thrower Neeraj strikes gold at Sotteville athletics meet

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

India's star javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra have clinched the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France. Neeraj, who had won the gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier in 2018, threw 85.17 metres to bag the yellow metal with a massive margin late on Tuesday in Sotteville-les-Rouen of the Normandy region. Moldova's Andrian Mardare threw a distance of 81.48m to take the silver while Edis Matusevicius (79.31m) of Lithuania settled for bronze. Neeraj's performance was brilliant as he did not falter...

Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling; has full faith in US intelligence agencies

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | Washington

US President Donald Trump today said that he believes in the assessment of his intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in American elections in 2016 and his remarks contrary to this a day earlier in Helsinki was a case of misspeaking. His statement came after he faced a barrage of criticism from his opponents and even from his own party for not backing the American intelligence community's assessment during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. "I...

Guess who uses hatred, fear to maintain power: Rahul Gandhi

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

A day after social activist Swami Agnivesh was attacked in Jharkhand by a group, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the government using a pop quiz that asked people to the name the "perpetrator of hatred and fear". "I bow to the most powerful in the line. A person's strength and power are all that are important to me. I use hatred and fear to maintain the hierarchy of power. "I seek out the weakest and crush them. I rank...

Government ready to discuss any issue in house: Modi

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

Calling for extensive discussion in Parliament's Monsoon session which began here today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that his government was ready for debate on any issue raised by political parties. Modi told reporters that discussion on several issues is necessary in national interest and urged political parties to make maximum use of the time available in the session, which will continue till August 10. He said he had always hoped for a productive session and striven for this and his government...

Delhi HC asks JNU not to take any coercive step against Kanhaiya till July 20

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The Delhi High Court today directed Jawaharlal Nehru University not to take any coercive step on a fine imposed against its former students union president Kanhaiya Kumar till July 20. A Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kumar by an appellate authority of the university in connection with a 2016 incident in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at an event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. Justice Rekha Palli, in an oral order, asked the university not to take...

No-confidence motion moved against Modi govt;Speaker admits it

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

A no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government was today moved in the Lok Sabha, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan admitting it and saying she would announce the date for a debate on it in "2-3 days". The Speaker named all opposition members who had moved similar no-confidence motions and said TDP's Kesineni Srinivas would move his motion as his name had come up in the lottery. The member of the TDP, which had quit the ruling NDA coalition in March protesting against...

Completely paralysed despite Constitution bench verdict, Delhi govt tells SC

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The Delhi government today told the Supreme Court that its functioning is "completely paralysed" and it can't order transfer or posting of officers despite the recent Constitution bench verdict on the national capital's administration. The matter was heard by a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Navin Sinha. The court said it knows everything and the matter will be taken on July 26 since it is not a regular bench. "Functioning of the government is completely paralysed. We cannot post...

No stopping sealing, demolition of unauthorised constructions in Delhi: SC

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The Supreme Court today said there would be "no stopping of sealing or demolition" of unauthorised constructions in Delhi. The apex court's direction came after the Centre told a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that it had not given any instructions to authorities in Delhi to stop their sealing drive against illegal constructions. The bench also directed that construction activity be stopped with immediate effect wherever any unauthorised construction is noticed or booked by authorities. The apex court said...

MiG 21 crashes in Kangra district of Himachal

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | Shimla

A MiG 21 fighter jet crashed in a village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh today, police said. The fighter jet crashed in Mehra Palli village under the Jawali police station, Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Santosh Patial said. The SP told PTI that he and other officials were on their way to the spot. The aircraft had taken off from the Pathankot air base in Punjab, officials said.

60-year-old man held for raping minor girl in Odisha

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | BHUBANESWAR

A 60-year-old man was arrested today on the charge of raping a minor girl at Satya Nagar area in Bhubaneswar, a police officer said. The accused is a neighbour of the 10-year-old girl. In their complaint, the girl's parents said the sexagenarian man, on finding their child playing alone near his house yesterday, took her to a secluded place and raped her, the officer said. The girl narrated the incident to her parents on reaching home, following which they approached the police, he...

Govt to revisit AI stake sale plan after oil prices, forex rates stabilise

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The government today said it would revisit the Air India disinvestment plan after oil prices, foreign exchange and other global economic indicators stabilise. While asserting that the government remains committed to the disinvestment of Air India, Union minister Jayant Sinha told the Rajya Sabha that the national carrier has shown "considerable improvement" in operational and financial parameters in the recent past. The government's proposal to sell 76 per cent stake as well as transfer management control of the debt-laden airline to private...

Pak files counter-memorial on Jadhav's case in ICJ

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | Islamabad

Pakistan today filed its second written reply to India in the ICJ on the conviction of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on January 23 gave a timeline to both Pakistan...

Obama invokes Mahatma Gandhi in major speech in South Africa

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | Johannesburg

Former US President Barack Obama, who has often talked about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life, today invoked him during a major speech, while articulating his vision of equality, justice and freedom. Obama, who scripted history by becoming the first black President of the US in 2009, has long...

Rahul constitutes CWC, convenes first meeting on July 22

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi today constituted the Congress Working Committee and dropped veterans Digvijay Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Kamal Nath, Sushilkumar Shinde and Karan Singh from the party's highest decision-making body. In the working committee named a few months after he took over as Congress chief, Gandhi banked, however, included other veterans like A...

Obama gives Trump sharp rebuke in Mandela address on values

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | AP | Johannesburg

Former US President Barack Obama today took aim at "strongman politics" in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat in an impassioned address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth. While not mentioning his...

Flight attendant's in-laws to be questioned after July 20: Police

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The in-laws of a female flight attendant, who allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi's Panchsheel Park, will be questioned after July 20, police said today. Anissia Batra (39), who worked with a German airline, allegedly jumped from the terrace of her house on Friday. The victim's family has alleged that her husband...

Lets work on women's Quota, triple talaq & nikah halala together : Govt to Cong

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

Seeking to the corner Congress on the issue of women empowerment, the government today urged the main opposition party to provide women with a "new deal" by joining hands to pass the bills on women's reservation, instant triple talaq and nikah halala in Parliament. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today wrote...

Tears don't reflect helplessness, never said Cong troubling me: Kumaraswamy

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

After his emotional speech at a JDS event fuelled speculation about strain in ties with ally Congress, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said he had shed tears not out of "helplessness" and asserted that he did not speak anything against the Congress. Kumaraswamy said there was nothing wrong in...

Flight attendant suicide case: Husband sent to 14-day judicial custody

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | NEW DELHI

A Delhi court today sent the husband of a female flight attendant, who allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi's Panchsheel Park on Friday, to two weeks' judicial custody. Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Kumar sent Mayank Singhvi to 14 days' judicial remand after Delhi police moved an application saying the accused was not...

Why Centre doesn't let Delhi government work, AAP MP asks Modi

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | IANS | New Delhi

AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh used the all-party meeting here on Tuesday to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi why the Centre was obstructing the Delhi government's work. "I asked PM Modi why, even after the Supreme Court ruling, is the Lt. Governor in Delhi operating on his own?" Singh said...

Rahul in competition with Owaisi to usurp Jinnah's legacy: BJP

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

The BJP today described Congress president Rahul Gandhi's tweet that he stands with the last person in line as a "confession" of his reported remarks that his party is for Muslims. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters that Gandhi has not denied the comments, seized by the saffron party to accuse...


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My father lived, died for India, says Rahul

15 Jul 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

Amid row over alleged use of derogatory language in a web series while referring to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the BJP and the RSS believe that freedom of expression must be policed, while he regards it as a fundamental democratic right. “My father lived and died in the service of India...

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Two-month-old dies in 108-Amublance

18 Jul 2018 | Staff Reporter | RAIPUR

A two-month-old infant died due to suffocation after the door of the ‘108 Ambulance Service’ that was carrying him to a hospital malfunctioned and failed to open on time at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital here on Tuesday. The Ambulance operators tried to open the door for a couple of hours but failed to open it on time...

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