Press-Trust-Of-India

  • Government eyes Rs 1.47 lakh crore from 92 coal blocks 22-12-2014 05:50 PM

    New Delhi: The government is targeting a revenue of Rs 1.47 lakh crore from the allotment and auction of 92 coal blocks out of those being given out in the first phase to private as well as public sector entities. The 92 coal blocks to be both alloted and auctioned...
  • Tata Motors starts online booking for the upcoming Bolt hatchback 22-12-2014 05:47 PM

    New Delhi: Tata Motors has launched online bookings for its soon to be launched hatchback 'Bolt'. Customers can book the Bolt online by making a payment of Rs 11,000, Tata Motors said in a statement today. Bolt, which will be available in petrol and diesel variants, is the second brand...
  • Solution to voting by NRIs without coming to India to be found: Sushma Swaraj 22-12-2014 05:19 PM

    New Delhi: Ahead of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas next month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday voiced confidence about finding a solution to voting by NRIs without coming to India. The Election Commission was considering the issue, she said. "The Election Commission could not take a decision so far. There...
  • Modi has taken up with Brtain at highest level students visa norms: Smriti Irani 22-12-2014 04:57 PM

    New Delhi: India on Monday said that it has taken up with Britain at the highest level the issue of dwindling students outflow to that country due to British government's new policies. Apparently referring to the issue of stringent visa norms for students, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in Rajya...
  • Bhupathi, Saketh, Jeevan & Balaji given wild card in Chennai Open 22-12-2014 04:56 PM

    Chennai: India's top tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Sriram Balaji have been granted wild card entries into the doubles draw of Chennai Open, organisers said on Monday. Other than offering fans an opportunity to watch top Indian players, the 20th edition of the event will present...
  • Mamata biggest beneficiary of Saradha Media: Kunal Ghosh 22-12-2014 04:50 PM

    Kolkata: Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh on Monday alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the biggest beneficiary of Saradha Media, an arm of the Saradha Group embroiled in a multi-crore chit fund scam, during his deposition before a city court. "If anyone has derived most benefit...
  • Taxi firm not to disclose customer information to drivers 22-12-2014 04:44 PM

    Chennai: To enhance security and safety of women passengers, a city taxi operator on Monday said that it will not disclose their mobile numbers and other details to drivers, in the wake of alleged rape of a woman by an Uber cab driver in the national capital. Usually, when passengers...
  • Opposition parties harming people's interests by blocking Bills: Naidu 22-12-2014 04:40 PM

    New Delhi: Hitting out at opposition parties, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said they were raising the conversion issue to derail the Narendra Modi government's agenda of development and good governance and accused them of "blocking" important Bills in Parliament. After the opposition parties stalled proceedings in Parliament,...
  • India to be the second largest smartphone market by 2016: Report 22-12-2014 04:30 PM

    New Delhi: India will surpass the US as the second largest market for smartphones globally by 2016, helped by device makers offering affordable handsets, research firm eMarketer said. According to eMarketer, increasing penetration of affordable smart mobile devices in emerging markets will help smartphone users worldwide surpass the 2 billion-mark...
  • SpiceJet's dues grew to Rs 1,230 crore in 18 days till December 10: Government 22-12-2014 04:25 PM

    New Delhi: Troubled budget carrier SpiceJet's dues to foreign and Indian vendors, airport operators and oil companies grew swiftly from Rs 990 crore to Rs 1,230 crore in a matter of 18 days till December 10, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. The airline's dues to foreign vendors, including lessors...
  • Neither Government, nor BJP involved in conversion: Venkaiah Naidu 22-12-2014 03:06 PM

    New Delhi: Facing opposition attack over the conversion issue, Government on Monday said in Lok Sabha that neither it nor the BJP was involved in such acts and the state governments should take action if anyone violates the law. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu insisted that the government does...
  • Arrangements in place for counting of votes in J&K on Tuesday 22-12-2014 03:03 PM

    Srinagar: Counting of votes for the five-phased assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be undertaken on Tuesday, with the authorities finalising all arrangements to ensure smooth conclusion of the poll process to the 12th Legislative Assembly. Counting centres have been set-up at all district headquarters in the state and...
  • Conversion row: Parties indulging in vote bank politics: Nitin Gadkari 22-12-2014 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: Amid a controversy over religious conversions, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that political forces "disturbed" over the victory of BJP are trying to convert the agenda of development into that of vote bank politics. "This is not an issue within the party. There are some political...
  • Selfie, the new-age autograph 22-12-2014 02:31 PM

    Kolkata: Clicking selfies became an urban cultural phenomenon in India during 2014 leaving autographs outdated. Whether it was about flaunting a new hairstyle, telling the world about a brush with a celebrity, a party with friends or visit to a landmark place, clicking selfies was the choice of millions. When...
  • It's important to intimidate opposition, says Mitchell Johnson 22-12-2014 01:05 PM

    Melbourne: Never the one to shy away from a showdown, either with the ball or words, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson feels "psychological warfare" is important to intimidate the opposition on the cricket field. In a new DVD titled 'Mitchell Johnson: Bouncing Back,' the pacer, who has tormented India with both...
  • Nathan Lyon contradicts MS Dhoni, lauds umpires for good job 22-12-2014 12:50 PM

    Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may not be all that satisfied with the level of umpiring in the ongoing Test series but Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon feels the officials are doing a "pretty good job". India were at the receiving end of at least five contentious calls in the first...
  • Nothing wrong with reverse conversions, says Shiv Sena 22-12-2014 11:27 AM

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Monday said that there's nothing wrong with reverse conversions and flayed "those who kept mum when Hindus were converted to Muslims." "Till yesterday, Hindus were converted to Muslims. Then, nobody said those were done forcibly or through enticement. But now when the Ganga has started flowing...
  • Google plans to open its own campus in Hyderabad 22-12-2014 11:01 AM

    Hyderabad: Internet giant Google plans to open its own "permanent and big" campus in Hyderabad and is set to sign an MoU with Telangana government shortly to take up the venture. "We are likely to sign MoU with Google. They are likely to open their campus here in Hyderabad. It...
  • Mature drivers worse at texting while driving 22-12-2014 10:51 AM

    Washington: In a surprising finding, researchers have found that older, more mature motorists - who typically are better drivers in many circumstances - are much worse than their younger counterparts when texting while driving. An interdisciplinary research team at the Wayne State University explored the relationship between texting, driving performance...
  • My dad didn't believe I was selected: Joe Burns 22-12-2014 10:46 AM

    Melbourne: Young batsman Joe Burns' selection in the Australian team for the third Test against India was so unexpected that his own father had refused to believe the news. The 25-year-old, who was named as a replacement for injured all-rounder Mitchell Marsh on Sunday, spoke of his father's surprise and...
  • India likely to have 10-15 million 4G subscribers by December 2015: Report 22-12-2014 10:34 AM

    New Delhi: With more operators launching the super-fast fourth-generation mobile services next year, the 4G subscriber base is expected to reach 10-15 million by December 2015 in the country, consultancy firm PwC has said. "We expect 4G LTE subscribers to reach 10-15 million by December 2015 driven by competitive pricing,...
  • Islamic State link, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance dominate headlines in Maharashtra 22-12-2014 10:29 AM

    Mumbai: Four Kalyan youths joining the ISIS in Iraq, a low-intensity blast in Pune, enhanced underworld threat to Bollywood personalities and the crisis hit NSEL promoter's arrest in an alleged Rs 5600-crore scam were some crime cases that hogged headlines in Maharashtra during 2014. Terror menace resurfaced in the state...
  • '4D printing' creates shape-changing objects 22-12-2014 10:28 AM

    New York: MIT researchers have used 4D printing to create shape-changing three-dimensional structures that may be used in a range of applications from medical implants to home appliances. Lead study author Dan Raviv, a mathematician at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and colleagues are working on 4D printing, which involves 3D...
  • Irom Sharmila's fight agaInst AFSPA, Mary Kom's gold keep Manipur in news in 2014 22-12-2014 10:21 AM

    Imphal: Terrorist activities including blasts on Republic Day, Irom Sharmila's fast entering the 15th year and boxer MC Mary Kom winning an Asiad gold kept Manipur in news in 2014. Though there was some decline in terrorist activities, nevertheless 13 civilians including five non-Manipuris were either killed by unidentified gunmen...
  • Gautam Gulati: She kissed me, I kissed her back, but we never discussed our relationship 22-12-2014 10:08 AM

    Mumbai:'Bigg Boss 8' participant Gautam Gulati, who did not acknowledge his relationship with fellow evicted contestant Diandra Soares despite sharing cosy moments with her, says he was scared to admit the relationship because he was worried about his mother's reaction. During a party organised inside the 'Bigg Boss' house recently...
  • Rupee recovers 5 paise vs dollar in early trade 22-12-2014 09:56 AM

    Mumbai: The rupee recovered by 5 paise to 63.25 against the US dollar in early trade on Monday on fresh selling of the American currency by banks and exporters. Besides, dollar's weakness against other currencies overseas amid higher opening in the domestic equity market also supported the rupee, dealers said....
  • My appetite for chess has recovered: Viswanathan Anand 22-12-2014 09:35 AM

    Buoyed by winning the London Chess Classic, five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm. "I think my appetite for chess has recovered. I am going to play chess with renewed vigour in 2015," the 45-year-old Indian...
  • Sensex climbs 330 points, Nifty crosses 8300 mark on global rally 22-12-2014 09:25 AM

    Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex rose for the third day ending about 330 points higher on buying in banking, FMCG and auto stocks amid firming trends in global markets. The wider Nifty of NSE reclaimed the 8,300-mark amid positive domestic factors after the introduction of GST Bill in the Lok...
  • India to seek clarification from UN on reference to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed as 'sahib' 22-12-2014 09:21 AM

    New Delhi: Perturbed over calling 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as as 'sahib' by a UN Security Council panel, India will seek a clarification on it from the world body. It is understood that the government will seek the clarification on the usage in the...
  • Batting approach in overseas tours has improved: MS Dhoni 22-12-2014 08:16 AM

    Even as their dismal run away from home continues, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the Indian cricket team's approach to batting in overseas tours has "improved" in the last one year. A listless India capitulated to a four-wicket defeat in the second Test against Australia after an inept batting display...