Press Trust Of India

  • Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire, target Border-out-Post in RS Pura sector of Jammu 26-02-2015 11:47 PM

    Jammu: After a week-long lull in firing from across the International Border (IB), Pakistani Rangers tonight violated the ceasefire and targeted a Border-out-Post (BoP) in the RS Pura sector of Jammu. "Pakistan troops resorted to small arms firing around 9:30 PM," a police officer said. He said the Pakistani Rangers...
  • I am not a terrorist says Former Maldivian President Nasheed 26-02-2015 11:35 PM

    Male: Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed on Thursday said he was not a terrorist and nor did he authorise any arrest as he appeared for a late night hearing in a criminal court in Male four days after he was arrested under anti-terrorism laws. During the second hearing, the prosecutor...
  • Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan rubbishes BJP claim that he sought changes to land act 26-02-2015 11:17 PM

    Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that BJP's claim that he had opposed the land acquisition bill of UPA government was "mischievous". "As part of the consultation process, the (then) Union Minister Jairam Ramesh sought views of all the state governments and we gave our suggestions....
  • Ready to extend power benefits to all if Centre shares cost: AAP 26-02-2015 10:59 PM

    New Delhi: Welcoming the state BJP's demand that 50 per cent power subsidy benefit should be extended to all, AAP on Thursday said the welfare initiative will be extended to all immediately if the Centre agrees to bear the extra cost. "The Aam Aadmi Party welcomes Delhi state BJP's demand...
  • Virat Kohli may get close to 50 ODI centuries: Sourav Ganguly 26-02-2015 10:15 PM

    Kolkata: India's premier batsman Virat Kohli may get close to breaking Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI centuries record but the batting maestro's 100 International centuries milestone would stay safe forever, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly. "Virat Kohli I think will get close to him one-day cricket. He has reached 22...
  • Our uniqueness lies in acceptance of diversity: Mohan Bhagwat 26-02-2015 09:57 PM

    Mumbai: Stating that accepting diversity has been a unique quality of Indians, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said, "We came to know that 'puja' (worship) is so important during the Islamic invasion of India." "We never thought puja is important. We realised it is important during the invasion of...
  • Shoaib Akhtar wins legal battle against PCB 26-02-2015 09:30 PM

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Thursday reportedly won a long running legal battle against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the recovery of seven million rupees which were deducted from his earnings as penalty imposed on him by an appellate tribunal for indiscipline. In October 2007 when...
  • China's world no.1 Xu Xin confirmed for Asian Cup TT in Jaipur 26-02-2015 09:09 PM

    Jaipur: Table Tennis giants China have made a few changes in their squad for the Asian Cup to be held here from March 13 to 15 at the Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium. With the preparation in full swing for the big event, the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) has...
  • World Cup: Bereaved Duncan Fletcher flies back to SA, to miss UAE game 26-02-2015 08:57 PM

    Perth: Indian cricket team's chief coach Duncan Fletcher on Thursday left for his home in South Africa following the death of his father-in-law and is set to miss team's next World Cup game against UAE on Saturday. "Duncan today left for Cape Town after receiving the news of the death...
  • PM Modi will not take suggestions as he is 'allergic' to me: Anna Hazare 26-02-2015 08:55 PM

    Bijnor: Social activist Anna Hazare, who is spearheading agitation against the Land Acquisition Bill, on Thursday said Prime Minister will not accept his suggestions on the issue as Narendra Modi is "allergic" to him. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not accept my suggestions on the Land Acquisition Bill as during...
  • Rail budget is dedicated to infrastructure: Rajasthan BJP 26-02-2015 08:46 PM

    Jaipur: Terming the rail budget as the "first rail budget dedicated to infrastructure", the ruling BJP in Rajasthan on Thursday said it was focused on facilities of people even as the opposition Congress described it as a "hollow budget with no vision". "Security of women passengers, ease in ticket availability,...
  • Lankan Foreign Minister on maiden visit to China on Friday 26-02-2015 08:39 PM

    Beijing: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will embark on his maiden visit to China on Friday to hold talks with the top leadership in Beijing on some of the big- ticket Chinese investments, including the USD 1.5 billion Colombo port project that is being reviewed by his government. Samaraweera...
  • Sunil Gavaskar floored by 'natural cricketers' from Afghanistan 26-02-2015 08:06 PM

    Melbourne: Sunil Gavaskar has predicted a bright future for Afghanistan after their first ever World Cup win on Thursday, saying the players from the strife-torn come across as "natural cricketers", reminding him of West Indies' greats of the past. "They come across as natural cricketers, like the players of the...
  • Sri Lanka: Minister slams police for tardy progress in graft cases 26-02-2015 07:59 PM

    Colombo: The new Sri Lankan government on Thursday asked the police department to submit a report within 10 days on the action taken to unravel the large-scale corruption allegations linked to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Slamming the department, Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga asked the police to expedite...
  • Swine Flu claims another life in West Bengal, 100 affected 26-02-2015 07:55 PM

    Kolkata: Swine Flu claimed another life in West Bengal taking the toll to six even as the number of people affected by the H1N1 virus reached 100 on Thursday, a senior health official said. "One person has died in the state because of Swine Flu at a city hospital in...
  • Various delegations discuss issues with Jammu and Kashmir Governor 26-02-2015 07:49 PM

    Jammu: Several delegations from across Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday held meetings with state Governor NN Vohra and apprised him of the problems being faced by the people in their areas. "A joint delegation of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh and Kargil comprising Rigzin Spalbar, chief executive councillor,...
  • Rail Minister has 'derailed' the budget: Congress 26-02-2015 07:42 PM

    New Delhi: Congress on Thursday came down heavily on the Rail budget and alleged that the Railway Minister has not only "derailed" it but has "pulled a fast one" on the people by failing to lower fares despite downturn in global crude prices. "A trained Chartered Accountant has derailed the...
  • Rail budget 'most disappointing', claim UP leaders 26-02-2015 06:40 PM

    Lucknow: Dubbing the Rail Budget as 'most disappointing' for the state, political parties in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday rued that no new train was allotted even to UP which has elected 73 MPs in the ruling BJP-led NDA at the Centre. "The first full-fledged Rail Budget of the (Narendra) Modi...
  • I-League: Lajong FC, Mohun Bagan set for keen tussle 26-02-2015 06:35 PM

    Shillong: The return of rock-solid Korean defender Minchol Son to Shillong Lajong FC squad will prove to be a tough challenge for visiting Mohun Bagan on Friday as both lock horns in I-League round 8 match at the J N Stadium. The North East giant comes into this match with...
  • Maharashtra Bill to ban cow slaughter to get President nod soon: BJP MPs 26-02-2015 06:34 PM

    New Delhi: A long-pending Maharashtra Bill seeking a ban on cow slaughter is expected to soon receive Presidential assent, a delegation of state BJP MPs said on Thursday. Seven MPs led by Kirit Somaiya met President Pranab Mukherjee, who indicated appropriate action on the measure soon. The legislation, entitled Maharashtra...
  • Delhi CM Kejriwal meets Home Minister Rajnath Singh 26-02-2015 06:29 PM

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and raised issues relating to the law-and-order situation in the national capital. Sources said Kejriwal also discussed with Singh appointment of a new Chief Secretary for Delhi government as incumbent DM Spolia is set to retire...
  • Rail Budget to improve passenger amenities: Labour Minister 26-02-2015 06:20 PM

    New Delhi: Hailing the Rail Budget as "progressive and well thought out", Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday said it would improve amenities and infrastructure without burning a hole in passgengers' pockets. "This is a progressive and well thought out Rail Budget, without increasing the passenger fare. Moreover, there is...
  • Steel firms hail Rail Budget, say it will spur demand 26-02-2015 05:56 PM

    New Delhi: Languishing long over a chronic low demand, steel makers lauded the Rail Budget hoping their deliveries would pick up as government plans to spend Rs 8.5 lakh crore over the next five years on capacity building. Though there has been a marginal 0.8 per cent hike in the...
  • HC allows publicising of 'Badmashiyaan'; producers to pay Sony 26-02-2015 05:51 PM

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today allowed the producers of Bollywood film 'Badmashiyaan' to publicise the movie after they agreed to pay a certain amount of money to Multi Screen Media (MSM) who had alleged copyright infringement by the film's makers. Justice Indermeet Kaur directed the producers, VRG Motion...
  • US federal court summons Amitabh Bachchan in an alleged human rights violation; connects it to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots 26-02-2015 05:49 PM

    Washington: The summons issued to Amitabh Bachchan by a federal court in Los Angeles in an alleged human rights violations case has been served on the superstar's Hollywood manager on Monday, according to a Sikh rights body. New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had filed a lawsuit against Bachchan claiming...
  • Highways construction delays due to land acquisition: Government 26-02-2015 05:42 PM

    New Delhi: Delays in construction of some national highways have been mainly due to land acquisition, environment and contractual issues, Parliament was informed on Thursday. "Some National Highway projects under various phases of National Highways Development Projects (NHDP) have been delayed mainly due to land acquisition, poor performance of contractors...
  • India bans ISIS under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 26-02-2015 05:29 PM

    New Delhi: Dreaded terror group ISIS and all its affiliate organisations, responsible for series of savage attacks and killings in Iraq and Syria, have been banned in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Recruitment of youths to the outfit from India and their radicalisation is a matter of serious...
  • Rail stocks derail; falls up to 7% as Budget disappoints markets 26-02-2015 05:28 PM

    Mumbai: Share prices of companies that cater to the railway sector plunged by up to 7 per cent on Thursday after the Rail Budget 2015-16 failed to boost investors' sentiment. Cimmco tanked 6.93 per cent, Stone India plunged 6.07 per cent, Simplex Castings went down by 4.26 per cent and...
  • Delhi greenest among metropolitan cities: Javadekar 26-02-2015 05:08 PM

    New Delhi: In spite of rapid urbanisation, the government on Thursday said that Delhi has the largest forest cover out of three metropolitan cities while the country's green cover is over 23 per cent. As per the masterplan of the city provided by Urban Development Ministry, Delhi has 180 sq...
  • Railway expects 17% rise in passenger revenue in Financial Year 2016 26-02-2015 04:30 PM

    New Delhi: Railway's earning from passenger traffic is estimated to rise by nearly 17 per cent to Rs 50,175 crore in the next financial year as it expects more number of passengers to travel longer distance. The revenue from passenger traffic is expected to rise at Rs 43,002 crore in...