Press Trust Of India

  • Top NRI industrialists say budget lays road map for growth 01-03-2015 08:34 PM

    London: Leading NRI industrialists have given a thumbs up to India's 2015-16 Budget, saying it would improve investment climate and laid a clear roadmap for placing the country on a double-digit growth trajectory. The Hinduja brothers who run the multi-billion dollar global business empire covering automotive, IT, trading, oil, banking...
  • Completely wrong to call Budget pro-corporate: Centre 01-03-2015 07:54 PM

    New Delhi: Rebutting criticism that proposals in the Budget for 2015-16 are pro-corporate and anti-poor, government on Sunday said the views are "completely wrong and ill founded" and not backed by any data. "They (critics) are completely wrong...it is ill founded, misguided and certainly not backed up with any data,"...
  • ECB chairman opens door to Kevin Pietersen return 01-03-2015 07:51 PM

    London: Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career. Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous...
  • Low-cost housing sector flay Budget 01-03-2015 07:48 PM

    Mumbai: The Budget has failed to offer any incentives to the affordable housing sector which is already facing risks in form of high costs and low margins, industry leaders said. "The Budget is disappointing. The affordable housing sector was expecting that the Narendra Modi government, like last time, would extend...
  • Punjab farmers unhappy with Union Budget 01-03-2015 07:44 PM

    Chandigarh: Punjab's farming sector has expressed disappointment over the Union Budget for not taking "pro-farmers" decision to provide much-needed fillip to the state's agriculture which has been suffering with "high" input cost and "lower" output prices. Even the farm experts have also expressed displeasure with the budget for not announcing...
  • Union Budget 2015: Super rich senior citizens to take biggest hit 01-03-2015 07:40 PM

    New Delhi: Individuals with an annual income of above Rs 10 lakh but below Rs one crore have emerged as the biggest beneficiaries of the new taxation proposals, if they are aged below 60 years, while the super rich above this age bracket will be hit the hardest. As per...
  • World Cup: Relieved Misbah-ul-Haq tells Pakistan batsmen to shape up 01-03-2015 07:16 PM

    Brisbane: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq told his batsmen to shape-up or ship out of the World Cup after the 1992 champions scraped a 20-run win over Zimbabwe on Sunday. It was Pakistan's first victory of this World Cup after losing by 76 runs to India and suffering a 150-run hiding at...
  • Sajjad Lone- from being a separatist to a Minister 01-03-2015 06:55 PM

    Jammu: Sajjad Gani Lone, younger son of People's Conference leader Abdul Gani Lone who was assassinated in 2002 in Srinagar, has crossed yet another threshold with his swearing in as a minister in PDP-BJP Government since he broke ranks with separatists nearly a decade ago in Jammu and Kashmir. That...
  • SA assistant coach backs Ireland and 10-team World Cup 01-03-2015 06:22 PM

    Canberra: South Africa's assistant coach Adrian Birrell wants the decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams from 14 to be reversed, saying he did not want his former wards at Ireland to be left out. Birrell, who coached Ireland for four years from 2007 to 2011, said...
  • World Cup: 'No remorse' Suranga Lakmal fined for bowling beamers 01-03-2015 06:16 PM

    Wellington: Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined on Sunday for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said. The incident happened in the 50th and final over of England's innings in their World Cup clash...
  • Internal Lokpal talks of 'growth of two camps within AAP' 01-03-2015 06:04 PM

    New Delhi: Amidst rumblings of a crisis within AAP, a letter by its internal Lokpal has pointed to the growth of two camps within the top leadership of the party due to an "abject breakdown in communication and mutual trust" and said it needs to make efforts to address criticisms...
  • PIL in Allahabad High Court on whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi 01-03-2015 05:51 PM

    Lucknow: A local lawyer on Sunday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court seeking to know the whereabouts of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who has taken a sabbatical. Petitioner Ashok Pande said he deemed it necessary for the safety of Gandhi, Congress Vice-President...
  • A new beginning for Trinamool Congress, says Mukul Roy 01-03-2015 05:39 PM

    Kolkata: A day after he was removed from the post of all India general secretary of Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy on Sunday said leaders who replaced him in different positions "are more competent than him", but time would tell if the decision was correct. Stressing that he very much remained...
  • World Cup 2015: This Pakistan team has substance, says Wasim Akram 01-03-2015 05:23 PM

    Brisbane: Even as the current Pakistan team struggles to make an impact at the World Cup, Wasim Akram - one of the heroes of the 1992 triumph - backed them to come good, while slating ex-players who had been savage in their criticism after the defeats to India and West...
  • FIR against Digvijaya Singh over appointments in Congress regime 01-03-2015 05:22 PM

    Bhopal: An FIR was filed against Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, former Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Sriniwas Tiwari and 17 others in connection with their appointment to the legislature secretariat during the Congress regime. Deputy secretary of the state Assembly Shyamlal Maithil filed the FIR at Jehangirabad police...
  • RSS reiterates demand to enact anti-conversion law 01-03-2015 05:20 PM

    New Delhi: Amid the raging row over Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on Mother Teresa, RSS on Sunday reiterated its demand for an anti-conversion law to check the "rising incidents" of religious conversions in the country. Suhasrao Hiremath, the Akhil Bharatiya Saha Seva Pramukh of RSS made the remarks at a press...
  • Madonna 'Rebel Heart' hacker officially indicted in Israel 01-03-2015 04:55 PM

    Los Angeles: The man behind the leak of Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' music has been officially indicted in Israel. Adi Lederman, who was arrested by authorities last January in Tel Aviv, has now been charged by Israel's magistrate courts with four counts, which are computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional...
  • India to join top global league with proposed black money law 01-03-2015 04:36 PM

    New Delhi: India will join the league of countries like Singapore, UK and the US with its proposed law to check black money, under which those hiding income and evading tax in relation to foreign assets can be slapped with a prison term of up to ten years. In fact,...
  • Oscar winner Patricia Arquette has a wardrobe malfunction 01-03-2015 04:30 PM

    Los Angeles: Oscar winner Patricia Arquette suffered a wardrobe malfunction when returning from an errand run in Beverly Hills. In some photos, the 46-year-old 'Boyhood' actress was seen wearing unbuttoned jeans and her underwear was exposed, reported Ace Showbiz. Wearing no make-up, Arquette sported a loose white tee, a black-and-white...
  • ATF price hiked by 8.2%; non-subsidised LPG to cost Rs 5 more 01-03-2015 03:45 PM

    New Delhi: Jet fuel price was on Sunday hiked by a steep 8.2 per cent while the rates of non-subsidised LPG was increased by Rs 5 per cylinder on firming international oil rates. The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, in Delhi was hiked by Rs 3,849.97...
  • Virat Kohli will bring purpose to Indian captaincy: Kim Hughes 01-03-2015 03:41 PM

    Perth: Former Australia skipper Kim Hughes is not a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership style and feels that Virat Kohli's elevation to captaincy should not only be in Tests but also across all formats to bring in more purpose to the top job. "Much as I admire Dhoni...
  • Robotic ankles will soon have 'eyes' to see where they are going 01-03-2015 03:23 PM

    Washington: Researchers are developing an artificial vision system that can enable a robotic ankle to see where it is going to improve the wearer's gait. Mo Rastgaar, a Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer and his team have already developed a prototype of the prosthetic ankle that can provide a range...
  • Passive Facebook use to scroll news feed, browse profiles can lead to depression: Study 01-03-2015 03:13 PM

    Washington: Using Facebook only to scroll through your news feed or browse other people's profiles could make you feel envious and depressed, according to a new study. Researchers examined how passive versus active Facebook use affects users. They completed two studies: one laboratory experiment, which allowed them to draw inferences...
  • Jaishankar arrives in Bhutan on first leg of 'SAARC yatra' 01-03-2015 02:50 PM

    Thimphu: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Sunday called on Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay soon after arriving in Thimpu on the first leg of his 'SAARC yatra'. "Jaishankar SAARC Yatra begins. Foreign Secy Jaishankar in Thimphu," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted. Bhutan's trip will be followed by Bangladesh...
  • IAF officer Sanjay Patil turns writer; pens the script for a Marathi film 01-03-2015 02:02 PM

    Mumbai: A senior officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has penned script of a Marathi film that deals with travails of parents who make sacrifices to ensure their children have good upbringing and quality education, and support them in realising their dreams in life. "The film, 'Manatlya Unhat', is...
  • Omar Abdullah questions BJPs' ideological position 01-03-2015 01:52 PM

    Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday took pot-shots at Bharatiya Janata Party ministers in the PDP-BJP government, saying they swore allegiance to the same Constitution of the state which their ideologue Shyama Prasad Mookerjee died trying to get rid of. "BJP Ministers swearing allegiance to...
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Lines are blurring now between character-actors and the typical Bollywood heroes 01-03-2015 01:46 PM

    New Delhi: Citing example of his latest film 'Badlapur', which ditched the cliched image of a hero and a villain, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says Bollywood is doing away with fixed caricatures and welcoming character-driven stories. 'The Lunchbox' star feels the industry is in an exciting phase right now as even...
  • 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Lakhvi's luxury jail life: Internet, mobiles, TV and visitors 01-03-2015 01:46 PM

    Islamabad: LeT operations commander Zaki-ur- Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, is living in relative luxury inside jail with access to internet, mobile phones and visitors despite Pakistan's protestations that it is cracking down on terrorists. One of Pakistan's most notorious prisoners, 55-year-old Lakhvi is living in relative...
  • Walmart sees Budget 2015 driving domestic consumption, retail growth 01-03-2015 01:41 PM

    New Delhi: Retail giant Walmart sees an increase in India's domestic consumption and retail growth over a period of time on the back of social security measures proposed in the Budget. The company, which has decided to focus only on wholesale business in India owing to several restrictions in the...
  • Government targets to collect Rs 1 lakh crore in dividend next fiscal 01-03-2015 01:33 PM

    New Delhi: The government aims to collect over Rs 1 lakh crore in dividend from public sector companies and banks in 2015-16, a 13 per cent increase over previous year. The government will collect Rs 88,781 crore on account of dividends in the current fiscal, the Budget document shows. All...