Press Trust Of India

  • Near miss by Etihad, Emirates flights over Mumbai airspace 31-03-2015 11:24 PM

    New Delhi: A possible mishap involving aircraft of two Gulf carriers over Indian airspace early on Monday was averted when Mumbai ATC alerted one of the commanders, aviation sources said on Tuesday. The incident involving Emirates and Etihad Airways was reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which has...
  • AAP removes Yogendra Yadav from chief spokesperson post, appoints a 20-member panel 31-03-2015 11:06 PM

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday night sacked dissident leader Yogendra Yadav as chief spokesperson of the party and also removed rebel leaders Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar as spokespersons while announcing a new 20-member panel packed with Arvind Kejriwal loyalists to interact with the media. Atishi Marlena, who...
  • Deepika Padukone's 'My Choice' video: Is it empowering or hypocritical? 31-03-2015 11:03 PM

    The world has never been kind to celebrities, and it was the same when Deepika Padukone's new video 'My Choice' went viral, earning over 2 million hits in a couple of days since it was shared on social media by a popular fashion magazine. ...
  • India held by Bangladesh in U-23 AFC match marred by power blackout 31-03-2015 10:53 PM

    Dhaka: India and Bangladesh finished with a goalless draw in a power blackout-marred Group E exchange of the Under-23 AFC Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday. India threatened the Bangladesh citadel time and again in the first session, but the script was reversed after the lemon break as...
  • Government allocates Rs 4,948 crore for filling strategic oil reserves 31-03-2015 10:51 PM

    New Delhi: Taking advantage of lower oil prices, the government on Monday allocated Rs 4,948 crore to full India's maiden strategic oil reserves to insulate itself from supply disruptions. India, which is 79 per cent dependent on imports to meet its crude oil needs, is building emergency stockpiles with millions...
  • Hunger strike in sun will make you 'dark', 'ruin marital prospects', Goa CM allegedly tells nurses 31-03-2015 10:43 PM

    Panaji: In a remark that could land him in trouble, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday allegedly advised the agitating nurses that they should not stage hunger strike in the sun because it will make them 'dark' and 'ruin their marital prospects'. "When we met the Chief Minister over...
  • Government to revive two fertiliser units, nod for Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline 31-03-2015 10:38 PM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Tuesday approved revival of two shut fertiliser plants in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar at an investment of up to Rs 12,000 crore and by making use of 2,000-km proposed gas pipeline from Jagdishpur to Haldia. The urea plants at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and Barauni...
  • Cabinet approves gas pooling for fertiliser sector 31-03-2015 10:14 PM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to pool or average out prices of domestic natural gas and imported LNG used by fertiliser plants to make the cost of fuel uniform and affordable. Fertiliser plants consume about 42.25 million standard cubic meters per day of gas for manufacture...
  • Delhi: Registration of properties in unauthorised colonies allowed 31-03-2015 09:06 PM

    New Delhi: In a major relief to lakhs of people living in unauthorised colonies, Delhi government on Tuesday decided to allow registration of properties in the settlements regularised by the Centre, heeding to a long-standing demand of the residents. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued direction to finalise boundaries of...
  • Cricket legends call for restoring bat-ball balance in ODIs 31-03-2015 08:38 PM

    Sydney: Cricket legends have called for restoring the balance between bat and ball, including easing fielding restrictions and regulating bat thickness, in the ODI format. Michael Holding, Ian Chappell, Rahul Dravid and Martin Crowe, participating as experts in 'ESPNcricinfo' discussion on the future of ODI game, in Sydney after the...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to build grassroot cricket in Sri Lanka 31-03-2015 07:07 PM

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to take over a role with the country's cricket administration to develop the infrastructure of the local game at the feeder level. Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said that Jayawardene, 37, has consented to a futuristic role in restructuring the schools and...
  • Narendra Modi government to build memorial for former PM Narasimha Rao 31-03-2015 07:06 PM

    New Delhi: Former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao, who was disowned by Congress and denied a memorial in Delhi by its government, will finally get his due respect in the form of a 'samadhi', 10 years after his death. The NDA government has mooted a proposal for constructing a memorial...
  • Drunken driver is like a suicide bomber: Delhi court 31-03-2015 06:40 PM

    New Delhi: A drunken driver is like a suicide bomber who has set out to kill himself and other road users, a city court said on Tuesday and proposed stingent punishment to the offenders. The court made these observations while setting aside the sentence of an autorickshaw driver who found...
  • India lack good domestic competitions, says Ramesh Krishnan 31-03-2015 05:29 PM

    New Delhi: Indian tennis legend Ramesh Krishnan on Tuesday said lack of domestic competition is the reason behind the dearth of quality players in the country, adding the sport needs to be taken to the far-flung areas to produce future champions. A legend in his own right, Ramesh had guided...
  • Arun Jaitley's security upgraded to Z-plus category 31-03-2015 05:28 PM

    New Delhi: Security of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been upgraded to topmost Z-plus category and he will be guarded by paramilitary commandos drawn from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) now. The move to increase Jaitley's security cover was taken by Union Home Ministry recently after assessing the threat...
  • AAP activist's bid to self immolate to protest school fee hike 31-03-2015 05:12 PM

    Jamshedpur: An Aam Aadmi Party activist on Tuesday made an abortive attempt to immolate himself in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in protest against the 'whimsical' increase in fees by private schools. City Superintendent of Police Chandan Jha said police personnel had prior information in this regard and they...
  • Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan eye Indian team comeback via IPL 31-03-2015 04:27 PM

    New Delhi: Hoping to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team with stellar showings in the IPL, new Delhi Daredevils recruits Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan on Tuesday said they will make their stint with the franchise count to revive their international careers. Delhi bagged Yuvraj for a record...
  • Kolkata Municipal elections prompt IPL schedule rejig 31-03-2015 02:34 PM

    New Delhi: The Indian Premier League's Kolkata schedule has been slightly rejigged owing to the Municipal elections in the city with the organisers deciding to shift KKR's April 12 to 25 home matches following a request from the police there. The IPL will be played at 12 venues across India...
  • Team India need a bigger pool of fast bowlers: Prasanna 31-03-2015 01:59 PM

    The Indian bowling was a pleasant surprise in the recent cricket World Cup but a bigger pool of genuine fast bowlers and spinners needs to be created for the team to be a consistent force in the future, feels the legendary E Prasanna. The bowling department copped serious criticism in...
  • Virat Kohli's work ethics are second to none, says Ravi Shastri 31-03-2015 01:46 PM

    New Delhi: Defending an under-fire Virat Kohli, Indian cricket Team Director Ravi Shastri on Monday said the swashbuckling batsman's ordinary run in the World Cup had nothing to do with his actress-girlfriend Anushka Sharma's presence and to call it that is "utter nonsense". "If it was so, Virat wouldn't have...
  • Virat Kohli steady at fourth, Dhawan rises to sixth in ICC rankings 31-03-2015 10:13 AM

    Dubai: A lacklustre World Cup performance notwithstanding, Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Tuesday. Apart from Kohli and Dhawan, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the other Indian batsman to...
  • Sensex falls 18 points, gauge climbs 25 per cent in fiscal 2014-15 31-03-2015 09:52 AM

    Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex on Tuesday inched lower by about 18 points to close at 27,957.49, wrapping up 2014-15 with hefty 25 per cent gain -- its best performance in six fiscal years -- buoyed by foreign investments after the Narendra Modi-led government took charge. After jumping 205 points in...
  • Film on homosexuality 'Un-Freedom' banned in India 31-03-2015 09:37 AM

    New Delhi: Florida-based director Raj Amit Kumar's debut film "Un-Freedom", starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee in key roles espousing homosexuality, has been banned in India. The 36-year-old director is the latest who has hit out at the certification process in recent times. Disappointed, at being unable to get the...
  • Rupee bounces back by 18 paise vs dollar, ends at 62.49 31-03-2015 09:29 AM

    Mumbai: The rupee ended the fiscal on a positive note by rising 18 paise to 62.49 against the American currency on Tuesday 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...
  • Light sentences for negligent driving 'mockery of justice': SC to lawmakers 31-03-2015 09:21 AM

    New Delhi: Terming light sentences being awarded in road accident cases as "mockery of justice", Supreme Court on Monday asked lawmakers to "scrutinise, re-look and re-visit" the penal laws saying the poor's life was as worth living as that of the rich. "We are compelled to observe that India has...
  • No Indian study confirms tobacco use causes cancer: Parliamentary panel 31-03-2015 07:15 AM

    New Delhi: As India is set to defer its April 1 deadline for increasing size of pictoral warnings on tobacco products after pressure from various lobbies, head of a Parliamentary panel said there was no Indian study to confirm that use of tobacco products leads to cancer. Dilip Gandhi, head...
  • Interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket 30-03-2015 10:47 PM

    Colombo: Mired in controversies owing to allegations of corruption, Sri Lanka Cricket will now be run by an interim committee, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday. The SLC Annual General Meeting to elect office bearers was to be held on April 30 and the nominations for positions were to...
  • IAF's AN-32 planes stranded in Ukraine 30-03-2015 10:25 PM

    New Delhi: The last lot of five AN-32 aircrafts, which were sent for upgrade to Ukraine, continues to remain stranded there due to the geo-political situation there, the Air Force said on Monday. IAF's statement came amid reports in the Russian media that the planes have gone missing during the...
  • SC irked over road accidents, asks lawmakers to re-visit law 30-03-2015 10:17 PM

    New Delhi: Terming light sentences being awarded in road accident cases as "mockery of justice", Supreme Court on Monday asked lawmakers to "scrutinise, re-look and re-visit" the penal laws saying the poor's life was as worth living as that of the rich. "We are compelled to observe that India has...
  • Players need to perform consistently, says PCB's new chief selector 30-03-2015 09:38 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan's new chief selector Haroon Rasheed on Modnay issued a warning to the members of the national team that they had to either perform consistently or the selectors would look for replacements. "At the end of the day the selectors can only pick the best squad and the coaches...