Press Trust Of India

  • Assam violence: Over 1.15 lakh people living in 81 relief camps 27-12-2014 11:09 PM

    Guwahati: Assam government on Saturday claimed that the overall situation in the restive districts has improved even as the number of people taking shelter in 81 relief camps in the wake of serial NDFB attacks has risen to nearly 1.15 lakh. "The overall situation is improving. Incidents of violence between...
  • Cypriot Stephen Constantine to take charge as India football team's coach 27-12-2014 10:44 PM

    New Delhi: Cypriot Stephen Constantine will return as Indian football team's chief coach for the second time as his name has been cleared by the All India Football Federation's Technical Committee. Constantine's appointment is expected to be officially announced next week by the AIFF and the English-Cypriot will begin his...
  • PCB says Misbah-ul-Haq needs more time for full fitness 27-12-2014 10:43 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday said that Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq has made improvement on his hamstring injury but still required more time to be 100 per cent fit. In a statement on the fitness status of Misbah, left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, batsman Sohaib Maqsood and all-rounder Ehsan...
  • India asks Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim 27-12-2014 10:36 PM

    New Delhi: India on Saturday asked Pakistan to hand over underworld don Dawood Ibrahim saying enough evidence have been given to it on the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said India's stand has been very clear for a long time...
  • Pragyan Ojha banned due to suspect action, heads to Chennai 27-12-2014 10:23 PM

    New Delhi: The BCCI has finally banned discarded India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha from bowling in competitive matches due to suspect action and he will be heading to Chennai for taking corrective measures. The BCCI has officially informed Ojha's home state association Hyderabad about his action needs remedial measures and...
  • Dhoni has struggled as Test captain for a while: Ganguly 27-12-2014 10:22 PM

    Melbourne: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team at the Test level for quite some time despite being the leader for close to 60 matches. Ganguly, who has been an expert commentator in...
  • Replace history books written by Britishers: Subramanian Swamy 27-12-2014 09:05 PM

    Varanasi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday advocated replacing history books written by Britishers in pre-Independence era, alleging they had "distorted" facts about India. Addressing students at Banaras Hindu University's Swatantrata Bhawan hall, he said the history books written by Indians should be promoted instead of the ones written by...
  • PM Modi hails Dabbawalas, Saina Nehwal for joining Swachh Bharat 27-12-2014 08:58 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed famous 'Dabbawalas' (lunch box-carriers) of Mumbai for joining Swachh Bharat campaign, saying their effort is exemplary. "I congratulate the Dabbawalas of Mumbai for joining Swachh Bharat Mission & extending their continued support to it," Modi tweeted. "The efforts of the Dabbawallas...
  • Pakistan: Draft amendments for trial of militants presented to Nawaz Sharif 27-12-2014 08:51 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was presented with the first draft of constitutional and legal amendments for trial of hardcore terrorists and enemy combatants as he ordered the activation of a dormant anti-terror body to fight the menace on Saturday. The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the committee...
  • Indian bowling attack is hopeless: Sunil Gavaskar 27-12-2014 08:28 PM

    New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar was scathing in his criticism after Ishant Sharma and company conceded 500 runs for the third time in the ongoing Test series against Australia, saying that he has "no expectations" from the Indian bowling attack and termed it "hopeless". Asked if the performance of...
  • Indian football team drops to worst-ever FIFA ranking of 171 27-12-2014 08:19 PM

    New Delhi: In a year when the cash-rich ISL created waves and brought Indian football to the notice of the world, its national team slumped to its worst-ever FIFA rankings dropping to 171st in the 209-nation chart. The world's second most populous country now lies below little-known nations Montserrat in...
  • Ranji Trophy: Confident Delhi look to complete hat-trick of wins 27-12-2014 08:16 PM

    New Delhi: With two convincing outright victories under their belt, a supremely confident Delhi led by their mercurial skipper Gautam Gambhir will take on the gutsy Gujarat in their bid to complete a hat-trick of outright victories in the Ranji Trophy tournament on Sunday. After four indifferent seasons in Ranji...
  • Rajnath Singh advocates online monitoring of sale of acid 27-12-2014 07:22 PM

    Lucknow: Voicing concern over increasing incidents of acid attacks on women, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said an online monitoring of sale of acid would be done to check such incidents. "An online monitoring of sale of acid would be done to put an effective check over such incidents,"...
  • Delhi hospitals put on alert following swine flu death 27-12-2014 07:10 PM

    New Delhi: Delhi government has put all its designated hospitals on alert and has asked them take appropriate measures and follow the standard protocols for treating swine flu patients in the wake of the death of a 51-year-old woman due to the virus. With 32 confirmed cases of H1N1 in...
  • No violation of safety norm or unfair seat allotment: Air India 27-12-2014 06:48 PM

    New Delhi: Air India on Saturday said its fight safety wing is looking into the issue of a daughter of a senior pilot resting in a bunk, meant only for use of flight crew members, during one of its flights to Newark from Mumbai recently. However, it asserted that the...
  • Upbeat Mumbai take on off-colour Bengal in Ranji Trophy tie 27-12-2014 06:47 PM

    Kolkata: Having put their campaign back on track with a convincing win against Uttar Pradesh, 40-time champions Mumbai will take on an out-of-sorts Bengal in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy tournament on Sunday. Although its early days in the tournament, Mumbai with 7 points from three games...
  • Boxer Sarita Devi determined to win an Olympic medal 27-12-2014 06:42 PM

    Kolkata: Overwhelmed by the support she received from Boxing India and her fellow countrymen including cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar while facing the prospect of a life ban, boxer L Sarita Devi hopes to make it count by winning a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "I really thank Sachin Tendulkar,...
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia's decoit drama 'Sultana Daku' will be like 'Indiana Jones' 27-12-2014 06:29 PM

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is attempting another dacoit drama 'Sultana Daku' after the success of 'Paan Singh Tomar' and he says it would be on the lines of 'Indiana Jones'. Tigmanshu, 47, said the film is for kids and it will be India's answer to American popular entertainment franchise...
  • Pakistan: 60 terrorists killed in airstrikes, gun battle 27-12-2014 06:22 PM

    Peshawar: About 60 terrorists were killed in airstrikes by Pakistan military and a gun battle that ensued after terrorists attacked army check posts in the volatile northwest tribal region, officials said on Saturday. The militants attacked the check posts in Shindara and Khazana Kandao in Orakzai Agency near the Afghan...
  • Refugees from Assam are guests in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee 27-12-2014 05:59 PM

    Alipurduar (WB): Describing refugees from Assam as guests, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her government would stand beside them. "They are more than our guests, our own people. They don't have shelter now. We all know their mental condition. They are the victim of circumstances, so...
  • Simbu sings 'Desi desi girl' for Prashanth 's action-comedy 'Saahasam' 27-12-2014 05:34 PM

    Chennai: Popular Tamil film actor Simbu alias Silambarasan has sung a song 'Desi Desi Girl' in the upcoming action-comedy flick 'Saahasam', a remake of Telugu hit 'Julayi'. Actor Prashanth is playing the lead role in the movie, produced by his father actor-director Thiagarajan. The movie is directed by debutante Arun...
  • Digvijay Singh wants Rahul to take 'full-time' charge of Congress 27-12-2014 05:29 PM

    Bhopal: With Congress reeling under a string of poll defeats, senior leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi should assume "full-time" leadership of the AICC. "All Congressmen today want Rahul Gandhi to take over full-time leadership of All India Congress Committee," the party general secretary said here,...
  • Jharkhand CM designate Raghuvar Das meets BJP chief ahead of swearing-in 27-12-2014 04:54 PM

    New Delhi: Ahead of his swearing-in as Jharkhand Chief Minister on Sunday, Raghuvar Das met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Saturday and discussed with him government formation in the state. The 59-year-old BJP leader, a national vice-president of the party who will be the first non-tribal Chief...
  • Amendment in Lokpal Act on LoP in next session 27-12-2014 04:45 PM

    New Delhi: A Bill for inclusion of the leader of single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha as a member of a committee selecting chairperson and members of Lokpal will be brought in the next session of Parliament, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday. "The Lokpal Bill was brought...
  • Colonial 'mentality' hampering Hindi: VK Singh 27-12-2014 04:33 PM

    New Delhi: Hindi is not getting its proper due as the "mentality" that developed out of "imperialism" continue to persist among Indians, Union Minister General (Retd) VK Singh said on Saturday. The Minister of State for External Affairs said that US is developed, as the country had discarded "imperialist practices"...
  • NIA to take up Assam attack cases 27-12-2014 04:18 PM

    New Delhi: The NIA has been directed by the Home Ministry to take up the cases relating to the recent killing of more than 70 Adivasis by NDFB(S) militants in two districts of Assam. The four cases registered by Assam Police in two districts -- Sonitpur and Kokrajhar -- will...
  • India didn't have an answer for us: Steven Smith 27-12-2014 03:22 PM

    Melbourne: Skipper Steven Smith said on Saturday that India were clueless against Australia's lower-order batsmen who helped the hosts post 530 runs in their first innings on the second day of the third Test. "It felt pretty good at the crease and things are working well for me. It is...
  • Batsmen will score big on Day 3, says Ravichandran Ashwin 27-12-2014 02:53 PM

    Melbourne: Disappointed they might be after conceding "too many runs" to the Australians, but Indian off-spinner R Ashwin said on Saturday that the tourists will pile up their own share on Sunday in the ongoing third cricket Test as the wicket has become flat now. India had pushed Australia on...
  • Pakistan violates ceasefire twice along International Border in Jammu, Kathua 27-12-2014 02:42 PM

    Jammu: Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kathua districts, drawing retaliation from Border Security Force. This is the fourth ceasefire violation in the past four days. "Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing on Vikraman post along the IB in Arnia sub-sector of...
  • Chinese official under scrutiny for wearing expensive belt 27-12-2014 02:40 PM

    Beijing: A government official in China's central province has been placed under judicial investigation after a photograph of him seen wearing an expensive Louis Vuitton belt went viral on social media. Li Jianguo, general manager of a state-owned hydropower company in Rucheng county in Hunan Province, was lambasted by users...