Press Trust Of India

  • Leonardo DiCaprio collaborates with Netflix for documentaries 06-03-2015 01:12 PM

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix to develop non-fiction projects. DiCaprio's Appian Way will develop fact-based projects with topical and provocative environmental and conservation themes, reported Aceshowbiz. "Working with Netflix on 'Virunga' has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want...
  • My son inspires me everyday: Miranda Kerr 06-03-2015 01:07 PM

    Los Angeles: Supermodel Miranda Kerr says seeing the world through the eyes of her and former husband Orlando Bloom's son Flynn is very refreshing. The 31-year-old mother of one said her keys to success are 'Health, love, happiness, family and friendship', reported E!Online. "Flynn inspires me every day. Just seeing...
  • 'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens to join the cast of the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' 06-03-2015 12:52 PM

    Los Angeles: Dan Stevens, the breakout actor of 'Downton Abbey' and action movie 'The Guest', is in negotiations to play the Beast/Prince in Disney's live-action retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Stevens, 32, will join Emma Watson, who is playing Belle, the "Beauty" in the title, while Luke Evans is...
  • ICC World Cup: Misbah backs bowlers to slam brakes on South Africa 06-03-2015 12:51 PM

    Auckland: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq insists his bowlers can slam the brakes on South Africa's batting superstars in Saturday's World Cup clash in Auckland with AB de Villiers their prime target. South Africa have blasted totals of 400-plus in their last two Pool B matches with De Villiers notching one-day international...
  • Karl Lagerfeld defends using fur in fashion 06-03-2015 12:42 PM

    Los Angeles: Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld says fur is not just a lavish accessory for some consumers rather it is an industry for many Americans. Lagerfeld said if people can have meat why cannot they wear fur, reported E!Online. "The problem with fur... For me, as long as people eat...
  • Patricia Arquette clarifies Oscar night comments 06-03-2015 12:26 PM

    Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette said she could have made her backstage remarks in a more eloquent way at this year's Academy Awards. Arquette, 46, who is facing backlash from media for her backstage speech while collecting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 'Boyhood', reported The Wrap. "You can't...
  • World Cup: ICC approves Seekuge Prasanna as replacement for Karunaratne in SL squad 06-03-2015 12:04 PM

    Sydney: The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the cricket World Cup has approved Seekuge Prasanna as a replacement player for injured Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka's squad for the tournament. Karunaratne fractured his little finger during a training session here and has been ruled out of...
  • PM Modi to visit Seychelles, Mauritius, Lanka; tour begins on March 10 06-03-2015 11:24 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on March 10 on a three-nation visit Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Friday with no mention, however, of the Maldives, which was being considered earlier. On his first trip abroad in 2015, the prime minister will...
  • Renault Lodgy MPV expected to be launched in India by March-end 06-03-2015 11:07 AM

    Chennai: Automaker Renault India today said it will roll-out a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) 'Lodgy' and a small car this year and expects to double its sales in two years. "India is a strong market for Renault and we have strong presence in the country. We will launch MPV Lodgy by...
  • WHO recommends annual vaccination to combat swine flu 06-03-2015 09:49 AM

    Kolkata: Annual vaccination is the most effective solution for combating seasonal influenza infections such as swine flu, which has killed more than 1,200 people in 2015 in India, the World Health Organisation has said. "It is recommended that people get a flu vaccine even during seasons when drifted viruses are...
  • Axed from AAP's PAC at behest of Kejriwal, suggests Prashant Bhusan 06-03-2015 08:36 AM

    New Delhi: Prashant Bhushan on Thursday suggested that he and Yogendra Yadav were axed from the Political Affairs Committee of AAP at the behest of Arvind Kejriwal and the party's top leader wanted to "dominate" decision-making, which he had opposed. The noted lawyer activist and AAP's founding member said he...
  • US support India's efforts to address gender-based violence 06-03-2015 08:09 AM

    Washington: The US on Thursday said it supports Indian efforts to address "gender-based violence" in the aftermath of the horrific rape and murder of Nirbhaya, but refused to comment on the latest controversy surrounding the BBC's documentary on the issue. "We have not seen the documentary in question and cannot...
  • RBI eases norms for home loans for up to Rs 10 lakh 06-03-2015 07:59 AM

    New Delhi: Giving a boost to affordable housing, the RBI on Thursday eased the norms for home loans for up to Rs 10 lakh by allowing banks to include stamp duty and registration charges to the cost of a unit. These charges form around 15 per cent of the cost...
  • Farmers hold protest in Kurukshetra, block road 05-03-2015 11:42 PM

    Kurukshetra: A large number of farmers associated with Bhartiya Kisan Union on Thursday held a protest and blocked the Kurukshetra-Saharanpur road in support of their various demands. The BKU farmers led by Haryana unit president Gurnam Singh, courted arrest at Pipli town, near here in support of their demands, including...
  • Indian arrested in Saudi Arabia for posting blasphemous image 05-03-2015 11:38 PM

    Jeddah: An Indian has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, a local media report in Jeddah said on Thursday. The Indian expatriate was arrested last month by the police at the airport. He admitted that the Facebook page...
  • Agreement signed for commercialising Ayurvedic medicines 05-03-2015 11:29 PM

    New Delhi: To commercialise Ayurvedic medicines, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) on Thursday signed a pact with Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS). The scope of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) also includes providing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) services to CCRAS in India and abroad. CCRAS, an autonomous...
  • Gujarat shuts down 55 illegal units in Gir lion sanctuary 05-03-2015 11:24 PM

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat government told the Gujarat high court on Thursday that it had shut down 55 illegal establishments and directed others to comply with norms. Placing a compliance report about illegal units which were operated around the Gir Asiatic Lions' Sanctuary, Additional Advocate General Prakash Jani told the High Court...
  • Second day of spectrum auction ends; bids grow to Rs 65,000 crore 05-03-2015 10:10 PM

    New Delhi: The second day of the biggest ever telecom spectrum auction ended today with total bids growing to about Rs 65,000 crore, as the telecom operators bid aggressively across all bands including those for 2G and 3G. The auction will continue on Friday, despite it being a holiday on...
  • India doing well as it is batsman's World Cup, says Geoffrey Boycott 05-03-2015 10:06 PM

    Melbourne: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian cricket team is doing well because so far it has been a "batsman's World Cup" and they will continue to be a "big threat" when batting first. "I think it is because this is a batsman's World Cup. You...
  • Nirbhaya's father now objects to documentary 'India's Daughter' 05-03-2015 09:56 PM

    Ballia: The family of Delhi gangrape victim has taken a strong exception to making public of their daughter's name in the BBC documentary and has warned of taking legal action in this connection. "Despite clearly telling them not to make the name and photo of our daughter public, they have...
  • Nagaland: Rape accused dragged out of jail custody, lynched 05-03-2015 09:40 PM

    Kohima: A man, accused of raping a girl, was beaten to death on Thursday after being pulled out of a jail by a mob at Dimapur in Nagaland. A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur on Thursday morning after which students and angry people forced into...
  • Maharashtra: Would respect court verdict on Muslim reservation says Devendra Fadnavis 05-03-2015 08:41 PM

    Maharashtra: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said in Latur that his government would respect the verdict of the court on the Muslim reservation issue. He was in Latur for the inauguration of Vivekananad Cancer Hospital. Fadnavis, while speaking to reporters about the ordinance on Muslim reservation in jobs...
  • Electrification work of 925 km rail route to commence from April 05-03-2015 08:35 PM

    New Delhi: In an effort to fast-track completion of crucial rail infrastructure projects, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) has tied up with Sojitz- L&T for the electrification of the 925 km-long Western Dedicated Freight Corridor track between Rewari and Vadodara. Funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the largest single...
  • Anti-women remarks by lawyers: BCI head terms it unwarranted 05-03-2015 08:21 PM

    New Delhi: Bar Council of India (BCI) Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra on Thursday termed "unwarranted" the alleged anti-women remarks of certain lawyers, including a defence counsel of the December 16 gangrape convict. The BCI Chairman, however, said the lawyers' body cannot initiate action on its own without any complaint. "Unless...
  • CBI registers a case against former TDP minister 05-03-2015 08:12 PM

    New Delhi: CBI has filed a case against former TDP Minister Kothapalli Subbarayudu of Andhra Pradesh for allegedly cheating State Bank of India for Rs 5.73 crore. CBI sources said a case has been registered against him for allegedly availing loan facilities for 23 fish banks on the basis of...
  • Maharashtra: Narcotic drug mephedrone alias `meow-meow' banned 05-03-2015 07:57 PM

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that the Centre had accepted its recommendation to include mephedrone in the list of prohibited drugs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Mephedrone, a narcotic drug which is also called M-Cat or `meow meow' in the party circuit,...
  • Will corner Fadnavis government over Muslim quota: Congress 05-03-2015 07:48 PM

    Mumbai: Congress on Thursday said that it will corner the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government over the issue of Muslim reservations during the ensuing Budget session of the state legislature. "We will corner the government and demand that it scrap its decision to cancel the five per cent quota for Muslims...
  • Gujarat High Court: PIL seeks compensation for families of swine flu victims 05-03-2015 07:40 PM

    Ahmedabad: A public interest litigation filed in the Gujarat High Court has sought compensation of Rs five lakh for the relatives of people dying of swine flu and of Rs one lakh for the swine flu patients. The division bench of acting Chief Justice VM Sahai and Justice RP Dholaria...
  • Nirbhaya documentary ban: India trying to muzzle free speech, says BBC filmmaker Leslee Udwin 05-03-2015 07:36 PM

    London: Unfazed by the controversy, the British filmmaker behind the BBC documentary on the Delhi gangrape incident on Thursday accused the Indian government of trying to "muzzle free speech" by banning its telecast in India. Leslee Udwin's 'Storyville: India's Daughter' was due to be aired in the UK on Sunday...
  • World Cup 2015: Mohit Sharma survives injury scare ahead of Windies clash 05-03-2015 06:40 PM

    Perth: In-form pacer Mohit Sharma was on Thursday hit on the right hand during training but he remains available for selection for India's World Cup game against the West Indies here on Friday. "Mohit Sharma got hit in his right hand during net practice today and Precautionary X-Ray was taken...