Press Trust Of India

  • Telecom operators slash call rates to earthquake-hit Nepal 26-04-2015 02:52 PM

    New Delhi: Telecom operators MTS India and Tata Teleservices on Sunday said they have slashed charges for calls made to earthquake-hit Nepal to support disaster relief efforts. State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL, and private companies like Airtel and Idea Cellular have already announced reduction in charges or made free...
  • Earthquake: Government asks media houses to exercise restraint 26-04-2015 02:40 PM

    New Delhi: The government on Sunday asked the media houses to exercise restraint in speculating about possible aftershocks after the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday saying it can complicate relief efforts. In a media advisory, External Affairs Ministry said, in view of the coordinated efforts of our agencies to...
  • Fresh aftershock of 6.7-magnitude jolts Nepal, causes panic 26-04-2015 01:45 PM

    Kathmandu: A powerful 6.7-magnitude aftershock jolted Nepal and adjoining areas on Sunday, triggering panic among the people, a day after a devastating temblor killed over 2,000 people. The latest aftershock hit at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres at 12:39 IST, according to the US Geological Survey. The aftershock was...
  • Ratan Tata acquires stake in Xiaomi 26-04-2015 12:33 PM

    New Delhi:Iconic business leader Ratan Tata has acquired a stake in Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, the first investment by any Indian in the smartphone maker. The company declined to disclose the quantum and value of the stake, which Tata Group's former chief has picked in his personal capacity. "We are...
  • Smartphones still a luxury for many in India 26-04-2015 12:13 PM

    New Delhi: Even as it expects Internet users in India to double to 400 million by 2018, BCG said prices of smartphones -- an important driver for net penetration - are "too expensive for many" in the country. Exuding optimism on the increasing Internet penetration in one of the world's...
  • IPL 2015: Dropped catches cost us against CSK, says Sanjay Bangar 26-04-2015 11:29 AM

    Chennai: Disappointed with his team's massive IPL loss to Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar criticised the fielding and said the dropped catch of Brendon McCullum proved to be decisive. Punjab lost by 97 runs while chasing a mammoth target of 193, which Chennai made on the...
  • Twitter to issue user policies in Hindi, Urdu 26-04-2015 11:19 AM

    New Delhi: Twitter is working on making its user policies available in Indian languages like Hindi and Urdu to increase 'informed' usage of the microblogging site across non-English speaking population in the country. The user policies, which are guidelines to the kind of content that can be shared on the...
  • I really started understanding the craft and enjoying my work in the last two-three years: Deepika Padukone 26-04-2015 11:09 AM

    New Delhi: It has been a slow and steady journey to stardom for Deepika Padukone but the actress says she never felt insecure about her career. The 29-year-old actress, who will be next seen in Shoojit Sircar's 'Piku', said she has always been concerned about her personal shortcomings rather than...
  • Preity Zinta has always been my crush; she has shaped the female characters in my books: Chetan Bhagat 26-04-2015 10:27 AM

    Mumbai: Writer Chetan Bhagat is looking forward to sharing judging duties on reality dance show 'Nach Baliye' with Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, on whom he had a huge crush in college. The 41-year-old '2 States' author said Preity has been a huge influence on the female characters in his books...
  • IPL 2015: Delhi, Bangalore seek to continue winning momentum 26-04-2015 10:23 AM

    High on confidence after convincing victories in their previous games, both Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek the winning momentum when they face off in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Daredevils dispatched Mumbai Indians to end their nine-match losing streak at Kotla while RCB returned to winning...
  • Pranab Mukherjee speaks to Nepal President, assures fullest cooperation 26-04-2015 10:05 AM

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee spoke to his Nepalese counterpart Ram Baran Yadav and expressed deep shock over the damage caused by the powerful earthquake which shook the neighbouring country. Mukherjee spoke over telephone to Yadav and enquired about the latest situation and assessment of people killed in the earthquake,...
  • Hollywood stars support Bruce Jenner over gender transition 26-04-2015 10:02 AM

    Los Angeles: Hollywood stars Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, among others have lauded reality TV star Bruce Jenner as he has come out as transgender. Jenner, 65, revealed he is a transgender woman in a two-hour exclusive interview with Diane Swayer. Transgender actress Laverne Cox congratulated Jenner on...
  • UPSC recommends 105 more candidates for civil services 26-04-2015 10:02 AM

    New Delhi: As many as 105 candidates, who were put on a reserve list, have been declared qualified for the civil services examination 2013 by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A total of 1,122 candidates were declared qualified by the UPSC for the 2013 examination in order of merit for...
  • Delhi zoo makes special arrangements for animals to beat the summer heat 26-04-2015 09:58 AM

    New Delhi: With temperature soaring, the Delhi zoo authorities have put in place a series of special arrangements like installation of water sprinklers and desert coolers to help its animals stay cool. According to zoo curator Riyaz Khan, the summer plans usually include change in diet, security arrangements and altering...
  • Proposal to raise retirement age of AIIMS faculty put on hold 26-04-2015 09:56 AM

    New Delhi: Decision on a proposal to increase the retirement age of AIIMS director and teaching faculty from 65 to 70 years has been deferred for a second time following opposition from several quarters. The proposal was discussed at the Governing Body meeting held recently. "It was turned down following...
  • Air India resumes flights to Nepal 26-04-2015 09:32 AM

    New Delhi: National carrier Air India resumed its flights to quake-hit Nepal with two services- one each from Delhi and Kolkata - leaving for Kathmandu on Sunday morning. Both the flights left around 7:30 AM with 118 and 45 passengers on board each plane, an Air India spokesperson said. Air...
  • Delhi: NDMC to give image makeover to CP's Central Park soon 26-04-2015 09:11 AM

    New Delhi: The Central Park in Connaught Place, which boasts of the highest monumental flagpole in the national capital, is set to get an image makeover soon with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) planning to turn it into a popular tourist spot. The park is set to get a musical...
  • Plea in SC for probe into hanging of farmer during AAP rally 26-04-2015 08:59 AM

    New Delhi: Days after a farmer from Rajasthan allegedly hanged himself during an Aam Aadmi Party rally, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored judicial probe into the incident that took place in full public view. The PIL, likely to be listed for hearing during...
  • IPL 8: Life without Sunil Narine set to begin as Kolkata face tough Rajasthan 26-04-2015 08:45 AM

    Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be in a tight corner without their 'mystery spinner' Sunil Narine, reported for chucking, as they gear up to face Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. Narine, whose action has yet again come under scanner will undergo corrective measures at the ICC and BCCI accredited testing...
  • Social media contest to pick 100 women making a difference in society: Maneka Gandhi 26-04-2015 08:23 AM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development will soon launch a nationwide competition to select 100 dedicated working women contributing to create a difference in the society, and felicitate them. The competition, a first-of-its-kind initiative taken by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, would be held on...
  • Uttar Pradesh government offers help for earthquake-hit Nepal 26-04-2015 08:19 AM

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government has assured all possible help to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake and will send water, food packets and medicines to the Himalayan country. The decision was taken by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to send 10 trucks of mineral water, 10 trucks...
  • India's U-14 girls football team stuck in Nepal due to earthquake 26-04-2015 07:48 AM

    New Delhi: Eighteen members of India's Under-14 girls football team find themselves stuck in Nepal following a massive earthquake, amid anxious wait that the rescue team sent from their home country will fly them out of the devastated Himalayan nation. The scared Indian girls and two support staff have decided...
  • IPL 8: All-round Chennai Super Kings thrash Kings XI Punjab by 97 runs 25-04-2015 11:51 PM

    Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by a huge margin of 97 runs on Saturday, extracting a sweet revenge for a string of three losses to them in the last season of the Indian Premier League. Brendon McCullum (66 off 44 balls) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (41* off 27)...
  • IAF plane brings back 55 stranded Indians 25-04-2015 11:12 PM

    New Delhi/Kathmandu: An Indian Air Force aircraft on Saturday night brought back 55 stranded Indians, including four infants, from the earthquake-hit Nepal. The aircraft C-130J, which had earlier flown National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) members and relief materials from New Delhi to Kathmandu, landed with 55 Indian evacuees at around...
  • Two Tata steel employees safe: Bachendri Pal 25-04-2015 10:25 PM

    Jamshedpur: Two employees of Tata Steel including a woman, who had set off to conquer world's highest peak Mount Everest in the first week of April, are safe and based at camp II (at around 22,000 ft), said the Chief of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, Bachendri Pal. Pal, the first...
  • Nepal earthquake: BSNL, MTNL and Airtel pitch in with local, free calls 25-04-2015 10:16 PM

    New Delhi: As a massive earthquake rocked Nepal, telecom major Airtel on Saturday announced free calls to Nepal on its network over the next 48 hours, while state-run BSNL and MTNL decided to charge local rates for calls made to the Himalayan nation for the next three days. "We are...
  • I-League: Mohun Bagan beat Pune FC 2-0 25-04-2015 10:04 PM

    Pune: Jeje Lalpekhlua and Katsumi Yusa scored one goal each as Mohan Bagan defeated Pune FC 2-0 in an I-League Round-19 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Saturday. Striker Lalpekhlua (5th minute) and winger Katsumi (76th) handed Pune FC their fifth loss of the season and...
  • Earthquake: Health services put on high alert 25-04-2015 10:02 PM

    New Delhi: Health services have been put on the "high alert" following the massive earthquake originating in Nepal which has so far claimed the lives of at least 34 people in India and injured over 100 people. Health Ministry officials said that they have taken complete stock of the situation...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan says no casualties or damage due to tremors in Madhya Pradesh 25-04-2015 09:56 PM

    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said there were no reports of casualties or damage to property in the state due to the earthquake which hit several parts of the country and Nepal, but asked officials to be on alert to deal with possible aftershocks. He...
  • 25 tourists from Telangana stuck in earthquake-hit Nepal 25-04-2015 09:52 PM

    Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered the tourism department to extend necessary help to 25 tourists from the state who are stranded in Kathmandu. The tourism department has been asked to make arrangements to locate and bring them back, an official release in Hyderabad said. Though tremors...