Press Trust Of India

  • Padma Shri came as a pleasant surprise: Mithali Raj 26-01-2015 02:00 PM

    Surprised at being selected for the Padma Shri, Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj says she was not expecting the prestigious honour with some men's team superstars also in the race. "Honestly when I was pitted against Virat Kohli, I gave up because when you compare us with men's...
  • Keep Virat Kohli at No.3 in World Cup, says Ian Chappell 26-01-2015 12:56 PM

    Sydney: Describing India's defence of the World Cup title as shaky, former Australia captain Ian Chappell has advised them to keep star batsman Virat Kohli at number three to negate any opposition plans to bounce them out with short-pitched deliveries on lively pitches here. "India's World Cup defence is looking...
  • Major Mukund Varadarajan, Naik Neeraj Singh posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra 26-01-2015 11:43 AM

    New Delhi: Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh, the two Army personnel who laid down their lives combating terrorists in Kashmir Valley, were on Monday awarded posthumously the highest peacetime military honour, the Ashok Chakra, by President Pranab Mukherjee. The families of Major Varadarajan and Naik Singh, who...
  • Bihar to appoint Urdu teachers in all government schools: Jitan Ram Manjhi 26-01-2015 09:17 AM

    Patna: The Bihar government will appoint Urdu teachers in all government schools in the state to promote the language, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Sunday. "I have decided that at least one Urdu teacher will be appointed in every government school. Earlier there was a provision to appoint...
  • I want to wear a Modi Kurta, says US President 26-01-2015 08:53 AM

    New Delhi: I wanted to wear a 'Modi kurta,' said US President Barack Obama as he raised a toast at the banquet hosted in his honour by President Pranab Mukherjee. As he started his speech, Mr. Obama said, "We feel your friendship, 'dosti' and I am deeply honoured." He recalled...
  • Was approached by LK Advani to contest 2014 Lok Sabha polls for BJP: Kiran Bedi 26-01-2015 08:34 AM

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi Assembly elections, Kiran Bedi, on Sunday claimed that she had been approached by senior party leader LK Advani to contest the last Lok Sabha polls for the party. Addressing a rally in the Adarsh Nagar constituency, she also said...
  • LK Advani, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar get Padma Vibhushan 25-01-2015 11:33 PM

    New Delhi: LK Advani, Amitabh Bachchan, thespian Dilip Kumar and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday were chosen for this year's Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, as government gave a saffron touch honouring eminent people of various fields in 2015's list of Padma awardees. Eminent lawyer...
  • Bill and Melind Gates get Padma Bhushan 25-01-2015 11:26 PM

    New Delhi: Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates, who are also big philanthropists, on Sunday were chosen for Padma Bhushan award this year under the social work category. In the trade and industry discipline, Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, whose domicile is France/UK, has been selected for...
  • US, India sign pact for developing 3 smart cities in country 25-01-2015 10:56 PM

    New Delhi: India on Sunday signed three agreements with the US for developing smart cities in Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam, with the government saying that the agreements would make significant contribution to building such cities in the country. The agreements were signed by the United States Trade and Development Agency...
  • New York: 4-year-old girl calls 911, saves pregnant mother 25-01-2015 10:48 PM

    New York: A 4-year-old American girl has been called a hero for helping her pregnant mother and calling emergency service operators to take her mom, suffering a seizure, to hospital. Calise Manning's mother Centerria, who was 9-months pregnant and epileptic, had apparently fallen to the floor in the midst of...
  • This Padma Bhusan award is dedicated to my students: Satpal Singh 25-01-2015 10:42 PM

    India's most decorated wrestling coach Satpal Singh was on Sunday ecstatic after he was named for Padma Bhusan award as he dedicated the award to "all his students" without whom it wouldn't have been possible for him to get country's third highest civilian award. "I am extremely happy and deeply...
  • India, US ask Pakistan to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice 25-01-2015 10:41 PM

    New Delhi: Identifying terrorism as a major challenge, India and the US today stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt terror entities including LeT, D Company and the Haqqani Network and asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attack to justice. After his talks with...
  • Gushtaba, Rogan Josh, Galauti kebabs for Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan banquet 25-01-2015 10:13 PM

    New Delhi: Rich culinary traditions from Kashmir to West Bengal were spread out in the lavish banquet in honour visiting US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday. Famous signature meat preparations from the Valley, Kashmiri Gushtaba, tender meat balls made with a complex mix of spices, and aromatic...
  • Clean energy: US to place investment officer in India 25-01-2015 09:53 PM

    New Delhi: To mobilise private capital in the clean energy sector, the US has agreed to place a field investment officer in India apart from hosting a series of events to overcome strategic barriers in accelerating institutional and private financing. "USAID will install a field investment officer in India this...
  • India, US should develop more trust to fight terror: President Pranab Mukherjee 25-01-2015 09:49 PM

    New Delhi: India and the US should fight terrorism together as no country is safe from the menace, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said while sharing views of American President Barack Obama that no nation should provide safe haven to terror groups. During his meeting with the visiting US President,...
  • N Srinivasan set to chair ICC board meeting on January 28-29 25-01-2015 09:43 PM

    Dubai: Despite Supreme Court of India effectively barring N Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI presidential polls, the Tamil Nadu strongman's position in the ICC doesn't seem to be under any kind of threat as he is set to chair the all-powerful ICC Board Meeting on January 28 and 29. "The...
  • Now anyone can have selfie with Modi for free: Union Minister Ananth Kumar 25-01-2015 09:41 PM

    New Delhi: A day after BJP launched its 'Selfie with Modi' campaign in Delhi, Union Minister Ananth Kumar on Sunday said now anyone can have a selfie with the Prime Minister for free whereas, he claimed, AAP charges people for clicking a picture with its chief Arvind Kejriwal. BJP chief...
  • To create 'buzz' before Delhi elections, AAP ropes in support from across India 25-01-2015 09:30 PM

    New Delhi: As it goes all out in its bid to win the vote in Delhi, AAP's campaign for the upcoming Assembly polls is being supported by volunteers who are pouring in from across the country as part of an innovative drive called 'AAP Buzz'. With not even a fortnight...
  • Delhi elections: Arvind Kejriwal will run away again, forget promises, alleges Amit Shah 25-01-2015 09:23 PM

    New Delhi: Attacking Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday asked the people of Delhi "not to vote for a person who runs away and forgets his promises". Addressing two meetings of booth in-charges in Pushp Vihar of south Delhi and Karawal Nagar in North-East...
  • Man feted by Obama wants to return citation over costly education 25-01-2015 09:22 PM

    Ujjain (MP): A Dalit labourer, feted by Barack Obama in Delhi in 2010 for promoting education, now wants to return the souvenir he had received from the US President to draw his attention to the plight of poor parents who cannot even afford primary education for their children. Ramdas Ahirwar...
  • Shillong Lajong FC blank Mumbai FC 1-0 in I-League 25-01-2015 09:17 PM

    Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC on Sunday edged past Mumbai FC 1-0 in a second round I-League encounter, courtesy a perfect free kick conversion by Boithang Haokip in the second half. After Shillong striker Penn Orji was fouled about 30 yards away from the rival goal line, his teammate Boithang Haokip...
  • Punjab Warriors beat Kalinga Lancers 4-2 in HIL 25-01-2015 09:10 PM

    Mohali: Jaypee Punjab Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer led from the front as his team put up a clinical performance defeating Kalinga Lancers 4-2 in a Hero Hockey India league match played under biting cold conditions, here on Sunday. Down 0-1 in the first quarter, the Warriors came back strongly and...
  • Pakistan cricketers refuse to sign three-month extended contract 25-01-2015 08:26 PM

    Pakistan cricketers, who are currently touring New Zealand, have refused to sign the three-month extended contract that is given to them by the national cricket board (PCB). According to the Express newspaper, the national team players, after a meeting in New Zealand, declined to sign the extended contracts and informed...
  • India, US to restart talks on social security pact: PM Modi 25-01-2015 08:14 PM

    New Delhi: Seeking to further strengthen bilateral economic relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India and the US will "restart" discussions on the Social Security Agreement and resume talks on Bilateral Investment Treaty. Addressing a joint press meet with US President Barack Obama, he said economic growth in...
  • Ordinance not good for democracy, 'breaches' trust of people: President Pranab Mukherjee 25-01-2015 07:43 PM

    New Delhi: After cautioning the Government against taking the Ordinance route, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday did some plain speaking, saying enacting laws without discussions "breaches the trust" reposed by people and is not good for democracy. In his address on the eve of 66th Republic Day, Mukherjee spoke about...
  • Terrorism a 'principal' global threat: PM Modi 25-01-2015 07:28 PM

    New Delhi: Terming terrorism as a "principal" global threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there should be no distinction between terrorist groups and pressed for countries to fulfil their commitment to wipe out their safe havens and bring them to justice. He said India and the United States...
  • India, US renew defence pact; to pursue co-production projects 25-01-2015 07:24 PM

    New Delhi: Vowing to take defence ties to a "new level", India and the US on Sunday renewed their 10-year Defence Framework Agreement and agreed in principle to pursue joint development and production projects. The new framework will enhance bilateral defence partnership by stepping up joint military exercises and through...
  • Swine flu outbreak: 35 fresh cases reported in Telangana 25-01-2015 06:26 PM

    Hyderabad: Thirty five fresh swine flu cases have been reported in Telangana on Sunday even as no fresh death due to the infection was reported in the last 48 hours, a senior health official said. The 35 were among 82 samples tested while another 112 samples are in the process...
  • I love mentoring Indian players during IPL: Mike Hussey 25-01-2015 06:19 PM

    He is one among the few top overseas players to have regularly featured in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and Michael Hussey believes that his bond with it has got stronger over the years having played the role of a "mentor" to young Indian players. Hussey, who has played six...