Press Trust Of India

  • India to help in evacuating Sri Lankans from Yemen 02-04-2015 12:08 PM

    Colombo: India has acceded to Sri Lanka's request to evacuate stranded Sri Lankans along with Indian nationals from strife-torn Yemen, the Foreign Ministry said. There are reportedly around 75-100 Sri Lankan expatriates, including students, in Yemen. Due to the volatile situation in the country, Sri Lanka is making arrangements to...
  • Amitabh Bachchan gets Honorary Doctorate from Egypt's Academy of Arts 02-04-2015 11:15 AM

    Cairo: Amitabh Bachchan, who is on a three-day trip here, received an Honorary Doctorate from the prestigious Egyptian Academy of Arts for his contribution to cinema. Big B, 72, said the Doctorate signifies that Indian cinema and its various techniques have gone beyond Indian shores. "Culture is the soft power...
  • Benedict Cumberbatch gets life-sized chocolate statue 02-04-2015 10:56 AM

    London: A lip-smacking model of 'The Imitation Game' star Benedict Cumberbatch has been created out of chocolate. The 6ft statue is made from 40kg of thick, hollow Belgian milk chocolate, and it took eight people a total of 250 hours to create it, reported Daily Telegraph. The team began by...
  • Flood threat eases in Kashmir as rain stops 02-04-2015 10:30 AM

    Srinagar: The flood threat in Kashmir eased on Thursday as overnight rainfall, which had led to slight rise in water level of River Jhelum, stopped. Jhelum was flowing at 14.10 feet at Sangam in south Kashmir, nearly nine feet below the danger mark, while the water level at Ram Munshi...
  • Two policemen killed in firing in Telangana 02-04-2015 10:01 AM

    Hyderabad: Two policemen on Thursday killed and as many injured after an unidentified person opened fire on them while they were questioning passengers during checking of vehicles in Nalgonda district of Telangana in the wee hours. The incident occurred at around 12:30 AM at a bus stand in Suryapet town...
  • Harvard University set to open international office in Mumbai 02-04-2015 09:15 AM

    New York: The US' prestigious Harvard University is set to open its international offices in India, China and South Africa to facilitate research and academic work for its affiliates in those regions. Harvard is awaiting approval from the Indian government for its School of Public Health to open an office...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping for trilateral cooperation with India: Sri Lanka 02-04-2015 08:47 AM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday said that Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed trilateral cooperation with India to address its security concerns in the Indian Ocean region amid increased Chinese involvement in mega projects in the island nation. Cabinet minister Rauff Hakeem, who accompanied President Maithripapa Sirisena on a four-day...
  • Jaswant Singh in ICU after fever, respiratory distress 02-04-2015 12:16 AM

    New Delhi: Former Union minister Jaswant Singh, who is in coma since August 2014 after suffering head injury, was admitted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi after developing symptoms of fever and respiratory distress. "He has been in coma since he had suffered severe head injuries....
  • Suresh Raina to tie nuptial knot on Friday 01-04-2015 10:27 PM

    New Delhi: The pre-wedding ceremonies of star India cricketer Suresh Raina were held on Wednesday, ahead of the 'big day' on Friday. Reports say the 28-year-old Raina will be tying the knot with fiancee Priyanka Chowdhary at a posh hotel. Middle-order batsman Raina returned to the country with his India...
  • Over 2,000 people evacuated after underground fire near London School of Economics 01-04-2015 10:22 PM

    London: More than 2,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday from buildings in central London as toxic smoke filled the streets after an underground fire near London School of Economics. Firefighters said power cables had started a fire beneath the pavement in Holborn and they could not put it out until...
  • ICC should go back to 1987 World Cup format: Kiran More 01-04-2015 10:12 PM

    Mumbai: Former India stumper Kiran More wants the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 be held on the same format as the 1987 edition organised in the sub-continent for the first time in which he also figured as a player. "It (the just concluded edition) was a disappointing World...
  • Andhra Pradesh government approves Amaravathi as new capital 01-04-2015 10:06 PM

    Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government on Wednesday decided to name the new capital of the state which is coming up in Vijayawada-Guntur region as 'Amaravathi', after the ancient seat of power of the Satavahanas. The resolution to this effect was passed by the state cabinet which met under chief minister...
  • Dilip Vengsarkar impressed by 11-year-old boy's talent 01-04-2015 10:01 PM

    Mumbai: Former India captain and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has been impressed by the talent and dedication shown by 11-year boy Sahil Yadav, who trains at his academy at the Oval maidan in South Mumbai. Yadav, who hails from a poor family and travels in the local train daily with...
  • Will launch Mahabharata-like war over Land bill: Lalu Prasad 01-04-2015 10:00 PM

    Patna: The merger of six Janata Parivar parties would send a clear signal to the country for the ouster of BJP, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said and vowed to launch a Mahabharata-like war over Land bill. "The aim of the merger of Janata (Parivar) parties is to send...
  • Winning Ranji Trophy on debut best career moment: Sourav Ganguly 01-04-2015 09:59 PM

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday rated his debut in the Ranji Trophy winning final moment in 1989-90 as perhaps the best moment in his glittering cricketing career. "At 17-18 years, making a Ranji Trophy debut that too in the final... It was probably the best moment of my...
  • CNG, piped cooking gas rates cut in Delhi by 60 paise 01-04-2015 09:36 PM

    New Delhi: A day after natural gas prices were cut by 8 per cent, CNG and piped cooking gas rates in the national capital region were on Wednesday reduced by 60 paise per kg. Indraprastha Gas, which retails compressed natural gas to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households in...
  • Lalu hits out at Giriraj Singh over Sonia Gandhi's skin colour remark, says he should be made to wear bangles, vermilion, bindi 01-04-2015 09:02 PM

    Patna: Criticising Union Minister Giriraj Singh for his controversial comments on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, RJD President Lalu Prasad today said he had crossed borders of indecency and demanded action against him. "He should be made to wear bangles, vermilion, bindi, and his face should be blackened" as he has...
  • IPL 2015: Open to playing any role in CSK, says Michael Hussey 01-04-2015 08:54 PM

    Chennai: Michael Hussey is happy to be back at the Chennai Super Kings and the 39-year-old Australian is open to performing any role for the two-time IPL champions in the upcoming edition. "I have not really thought about it (his role) too much. I need to sit down and have...
  • Sunil Narine will have to appear for another test: Jagmohan Dalmiya 01-04-2015 08:48 PM

    Kolkata Knight Riders' ace spinner Sunil Narine might have been cleared by the ICC but the West Indian will still have to appear for another test for his suspected illegal bowling action in Chennai, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said Wednesday. "I've spoken to them (KKR management), he has to appear...
  • SP MLA blames women for rapes, abortion, dowry harassment 01-04-2015 08:21 PM

    Hamirpur: In a shocking sexist comment, a ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday said women were more responsible for rapes, drawing strong condemnation from opposition parties. "...it is wrong to say that women are less guilty, they are more responsible for rapes," Shiv Charan Prajapati, MLA...
  • Debroy Committee submits interim report to Railways 01-04-2015 08:09 PM

    New Delhi: Limited role for Railway Board, revamping of HR functions, and switch over to commercial accounting of railway functions are some of the recommendations made by the Debroy Committee in its interim report to Railways on Wednesday. The high-level committee headed by economist Vivek Debroy, who is a NITI...
  • Mohammad Hafeez to appear for reassessment of bowling action 01-04-2015 07:18 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez is all set to undergo a reassessment test on his bowling action on April 9 in Chennai to revive his international career. Hafeez's bowling action was reported during the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai last November. The International Cricket Council...
  • ICC accepts Mustafa Kamal's resignation as President 01-04-2015 07:03 PM

    The International Cricket Council on Wednesday accepted the resignation of its disgruntled President Mustafa Kamal, who quit the position after being denied the honour of presenting the World Cup winners' trophy. "The International Cricket Council (ICC) today (Wednesday) confirmed that Mr Mustafa Kamal has tendered his resignation as the ICC...
  • IPL reaches out to fans through Fan Park initiative 01-04-2015 06:45 PM

    Mumbai: As a part of the ongoing initiatives to bring in newer audience through IPL, especially families, BCCI will be investing in Fan parks across the country this season. In addition to the 12 venues hosting the matches this season, Pepsi IPL 2015 will be taken to 15 cities across...
  • Rupee bounces back by 18 paise vs dollar, ends at 62.49 01-04-2015 06:17 PM

    Mumbai: The rupee ended the fiscal on a positive note by rising 18 paise to 62.49 against the American currency on Wednesday on selling of dollars by banks and exporters on expectation of resumption of foreign capital inflows into equity market. The Indian currency had ended the last fiscal year...
  • SpiceJet makes part payment of dues to AAI 01-04-2015 04:53 PM

    New Delhi: Budget carrier SpiceJet has made a part payment of its dues to the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) and also signed an agreement with aircraft leasing firm BBAM to settle out of court the dispute over Boeing rentals. "SpiceJet has paid a part payment of Rs 25...
  • Ramdas questions AAP claim that his tenure as Lokpal had ended 01-04-2015 02:48 PM

    New Delhi: Days after the AAP appointed a new Lokpal panel replacing him, former Navy chief Ramdas has questioned the decision, claiming his term was to end in November 2016. Ramdas, a recipient of 2004 Ramon Magsaysay award for peace, said he was "stunned", "bemused" and "befuddled" by AAP's decision,...
  • Woman's body found from husband's pyre in Maharashtra 01-04-2015 01:29 PM

    Mumbai: Body of a 50-year-old woman was found from her husband's pyre giving rise to suspicion that she performed 'sati', a banned practice in India, police said on Wednesday. The incident happened in Latur district of Maharashtra, when family members went to collect her husband Tukaram's ashes on Tuesday, when...
  • Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis enter Miami Open doubles semis 01-04-2015 01:14 PM

    Miami: Fresh from their maiden win in the Paribas Open title last month, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have entered the women's doubles semi-fnals of the Miami Open. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss duo served past the Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, 6-3, 6-4 in the...
  • 68-year-old man jailed for 10 years for raping minor in temple 01-04-2015 12:51 PM

    New Delhi: A 68-year-old man has been sent to 10 years in jail for sexually assaulting a minor girl in a temple by a Delhi court which observed that children are a supremely important asset. Additional Sessions Judge Gautam Manan awarded the jail term to Jaipal, a resident of Mangolpuri,...