Press Trust Of India

  • HC asks Gujarat not to collect duty on telecom customers forms 21-09-2014 05:40 PM

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has asked the state government not to collect stamp duty from various telecom service providers including Tata TeleServices, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications on customers' application forms. Justice CL Soni of the Gujarat High Court directed the Gujarat government not to collect stamp duty on...
  • Britain hires dyslexic spies in anti-terror campaign 21-09-2014 05:31 PM

    London: Britain's main surveillance agency is employing over 100 afflicted with dyslexia and dyspraxia as spies in the country's fight against terror. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), referred to as the UK's listening post, uses the ability of these "neuro-diverse" spies to analyse complex information in a "dispassionate, logical and...
  • Haryana government to send pumps to J&K for draining out water 21-09-2014 05:30 PM

    Chandigarh: Haryana Government has decided to send 10 pump sets to Srinagar to expedite draining out of water from flooded areas of the Kashmir valley. This is in addition to the earlier financial assistance of Rs 10 crore, medicines worth Rs 50 lakh, 50,000 blankets and food items sent to...
  • Asian Games equestrian: Shruti, Nadia qualify for final round 21-09-2014 05:19 PM

    Incheon: Two Indian women qualify for the final round of the equestrian dressage individual event after a creditable show in the first round at the Asian Games on Sunday. Shruti Vora and Nadia Haridass made the cut for the final round as one of the 15 best performers in the...
  • Odisha: Voters' awareness campaign to raise votes in Kandhamal bypolls 21-09-2014 05:18 PM

    Berhampur: In order to raise voters' awareness and participation in ensuing Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-election, the district administration has started systematic voters' education and electoral participation (SVEEP) programme. "We are trying our best to draw voters to the booths by educating them on their right to vote," returning officer and...
  • Over 200 wedding guests at Indian restaurant in UK escape fire 21-09-2014 05:12 PM

    London: Over 200 guests at a wedding reception had a lucky escape when a fire broke out at an Indian restaurant in the UK. The fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the roof of the Arooj restaurant on Attercliffe Road, Sheffield. About 30 firefighters tackled the blaze,...
  • G20 commits to automatic exchange of tax information by 2017 21-09-2014 05:11 PM

    Cairns: Committing to a global response to deal with cross border tax avoidance and evasion, the G20 on Sunday decided to put in place a mechanism for automatic exchange of tax information by 2017. "We endorse the finalised global Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of tax information on a...
  • MeT forecasts heavy rainfall in Odisha 21-09-2014 05:00 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Pounded by heavy rains in the past couple of days, Odisha is unlikely to get any respite soon as heavy rainfall coupled with gusty winds has been forecast in some places till Monday. Rain and thundershower will occur in many places of the state due to a well marked...
  • Corporates upbeat on Modi's US visit, expect tangible outcomes 21-09-2014 04:49 PM

    New Delhi: India Inc is optimistic about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming US visit, with 77 per cent of corporates eyeing tangible outcomes from meetings with President Barack Obama and a boost to bilateral trade from current level of $150 billion, says an Assocham survey. The survey covered 261 corporate...
  • Seven Indian nationals arrested in Sri Lanka for overstaying 21-09-2014 04:48 PM

    Colombo: Seven Indian nationals have been arrested by Lankan police for allegedly overstaying and their involvement in illegal trade in the country, according to a media report. All seven of them, between the age of 23-65, have exceeded their visa tenure, violated immigration laws and engaged in illegal trade in...
  • Delhi: Nurse found dead in LNJP Hospital staff quarters 21-09-2014 04:39 PM

    New Delhi: A 45-year-old nurse was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside her room in LNJP Colony of central Delhi. Police said the deceased was identified as Nirmala, who was working at LNJP Hospital and lived in the staff quarters. According to police, the matter came to light last night...
  • World's first photographs taken with 3D printed telescope 21-09-2014 04:36 PM

    London: Researchers have unveiled the very first photos of space ever taken with a 100 pounds telescope that has been developed using a 3D printer. The telescope, based on Isaac Newton's reflecting telescope design, is called PiKon; a portmanteau made from combining the alternative spelling of 'icon', which is Greek...
  • Swede's homemade submarine sells for $98,500 21-09-2014 04:31 PM

    London: A submarine built from scratch by a Swedish man using his "common sense" and constructed over the course of two years has sold for a whopping $98,500 in an online auction. Eric Westerberg, 33, from Robertsfors in northern Sweden, spent over 3,500 hours to build the six metre long...
  • Over 4,000 persons booked for drunken driving in Chennai 21-09-2014 04:28 PM

    Chennai: Police have recommended Regional Transport Officers to cancel the driving licenses of 4,560 persons temporarily, who were nabbed for drunken driving. With the help of breath analyzer, the police have registered 40,835 cases allegedly for drunken driving, a police release said. This year driving licenses of 965 persons were...
  • PPA criticises BJP for excluding NE states during Chinese president’s visit 21-09-2014 04:27 PM

    Itanagar: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) on Sunday criticised the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for "exclusion of people from the northeastern states during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping". The PPA, in a statement, said that the decision of the party in power had again proved...
  • Big rallies planned in front of UN, White House to welcome PM Modi 21-09-2014 03:53 PM

    Washington: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day visit to the US, hundreds of Indian-Americans from across the country have joined hands to give him a rousing welcome in front of the United Nations headquarters and the White House. 'America Welcomes Modi' rallies are being planned in front of the...
  • Customised Android tablets make way to India at Rs 5,000 onwards 21-09-2014 03:37 PM

    New Delhi: Challenging the one-size-fits-all approach of leading electronics manufacturers, a home-grown company has brought in a new concept of customised tablets for specific segments like children, women, seniors, professionals and gamers with prices starting at under Rs 5,000. Besides being customised at the hardware and software levels, these tablets...
  • Asian Games 2014: Indian men lose to Saudi Arabia in second qualifier of basketball 21-09-2014 03:36 PM

    Incheon: After an impressive start in their opening game, the Indian men cagers failed to maintain the momentum as they went down fighting 67-73 to Saudi Arabia in their second Group B qualifying round match in the basketball competition of the Asian Games on Sunday. India scripted a fightback in...
  • Indian handball team loses to South Korea in Asiad 21-09-2014 03:18 PM

    Incheon: The Indian handball team's dismal show continued as they lost 19-39 to South Korea in their second group D match at the 17th Asian Games on Sunday. The Indians trailed the host team 6-21 in the first half before losing the second half 13-18. The Koreans were incisive in...
  • India fined for last-minute pullouts at Asiad 21-09-2014 03:10 PM

    Incheon: The Indian Olympic Association has been fined USD 10,000 for withdrawing teams from the Asian Games at a late stage, but All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna is hopeful that the penalty would be withdrawn. Interestingly, the Indian contingent's chef de mission and Athletics Federation of India President...
  • ISRO geared up for a crucial manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Mission on Monday 21-09-2014 03:01 PM

    Bangalore: Ahead of India's Mars orbiter's scheduled rendezvous with the red planet on September 24, the Indian Space Research Organisation is all set for the crucial fourth trajectory correction manoeuvre and test fire of the main liquid engine on the spacecraft on Monday. The 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM)...
  • Padmanabhaswamy temple audit to take 5-6 months: Vinod Rai 21-09-2014 02:58 PM

    New Delhi: The special audit of the properties of Kerala's famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is facing allegations of financial irregularities, is expected to be completed in the next five to six months. Former CAG Vinod Rai, who has been tasked with a special audit of the temple's properties, also...
  • Diplomacy is not a take-away joint, Congress tells Modi 21-09-2014 02:53 PM

    New Delhi: Criticising the Narendra Modi government's policy towards Pakistan and China, Congress on Sunday said diplomacy is not a "take away joint" and asked the Prime Minister to take the country into confidence before working on any "strategic alliance" with the US. Talking about Modi's foreign policy, Congress spokesperson...
  • Bilawal one of the 'daydreamers' in Pakistan: Muslim League 21-09-2014 02:47 PM

    New Delhi: Indian Union Muslim League on Sunday dubbed Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as one of the "daydreamers" in Pakistan for his Kashmir remarks and said that every inch of Indian territory will be protected to the last minute. "The utterances of Pakistan's Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto is nothing but to...
  • Fawad Khan to team up with his 'Humsafar' co-star Mahira Khan for a new project? 21-09-2014 02:43 PM

    New Delhi: Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has hinted at reteaming with his 'Humsafar' co-star and friend Mahira Khan. The 32-year-old actor, who played the husband of Mahira on the TV show, said he has shared an idea with the actress but nothing has been finalised yet. "I look forward to...
  • Narendra Modi congratulates New Zealand PM on election victory 21-09-2014 02:40 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated John Key on being re-elected for a third term as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. "Congratulations to Mr. John Key & the New Zealand National Party for the victory in the General Election," the Prime Minister said. Key, the conservative...
  • Measurement and Metrology Group explores business potential in India 21-09-2014 02:35 PM

    Singapore: Measurement & Metrology Group (M&M) is exploring business potential in India's education sector, offering a wide range of laboratory equipment technologies. "We are aiming to supply our products to labs in India's technical schools, having marketed these products in Southeast Asia and Africa," said Singapore-based M&M's business development manager...
  • Locals cry for basic amenities on the 6th anniverasry of Balta encounter 21-09-2014 02:15 PM

    New Delhi: Six years have gone by but the stigma of the infamous Batla House encounter still haunts residents of the largely Muslim-dominated locality in the heart of South Delhi, who also have been grappling with a range of issues like lack of proper roads, water supply and other necessities....
  • PM Modi working on visa on arrival facility on the anvil for US tourists 21-09-2014 02:08 PM

    New Delhi: India is working on a proposal for Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility for US tourists, one of the big-ticket announcements expected to be made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high-profile visit to the US beginning September 26. The Ministry of Home Affairs is working overtime to finish the...
  • Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal confirm squash medals for India in Asiad 21-09-2014 02:04 PM

    Incheon: Dipika Pallikal assured India of a maiden women's singles squash medal in the Asian Games, while top seed Saurav Ghosal confirmed his third successive podium finish in men's singles after the two reached the semi-finals of their respective events here on Sunday. Ghosal defeated Pakistan's Iqbal Nasir 11-6, 9-11,...