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  • Stuart Binny banking on extra pace to seal World Cup spot 23-12-2014 12:25 AM

    New Delhi: Cut-throat competition is expected when it comes to making the final-15 for the 2015 Cricket World Cup and all-rounder Stuart Binny feels the extra pace he has gained of late makes his case stronger ahead of the all important selection early next month. Binny has not made the...
  • Hyderabad: 63-year-old receptionist allegedly rapes minor girl 22-12-2014 11:37 PM

    Hyderabad: A minor girl was on Monday allegedly raped by a 63-year-old man, working as a receptionist at her residential educational institute in SR Nagar in Hyderabad, police said. The accused, identified as Hargopal, was later arrested. The incident took place when the 11-year-old girl was going from one block...
  • Akal Takht supports 'Sikhs are not Hindus' petition 22-12-2014 11:33 PM

    Amritsar: Akal Takht, the top temporal seat of the Sikhs, on Monday asked the members of the community to continue signing a petition 'Sikhs are not Hindus' till December 31. All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and the US-based Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) have initiated the process to file the...
  • Stage set for counting in Jharkhand; BJP, JMM hopeful of majority 22-12-2014 11:30 PM

    Ranchi: All arrangements are in place for Tuesday's counting for 81 seats to decide the fate of the third Assembly polls in Jharkhand, where two previous ones threw up hung verdicts. The updated 66.47 per cent voter turnout in the 2014 polls was a record for both Lok Sabha and...
  • SpiceJet presents revival plan to government 22-12-2014 11:15 PM

    New Delhi: Struggling budget carrier SpiceJet has presented a revival plan to the government, which will be discussed with oil companies and banks before taking a final decision regarding the airline, official sources said on Monday. The airline's original investor Ajay Singh is in discussion with two US-based private equity...
  • Schools to remain closed on Christmas, says CBSE 22-12-2014 11:09 PM

    New Delhi: Close on the heels of the controversy surrounding the observance of good governance day on Christmas day, the Central Board of Secondary Education on Monday made it clear that participation in the event was "voluntary" as schools will remain closed on that day and essays would be submitted...
  • Ravi Shastri feels DRS can be used for 'howlers' 22-12-2014 10:48 PM

    Melbourne: India cricketers' stance on the Decision Review System (DRS) seem to be softening with the national team director Ravi Shastri saying that the technology can be used in the event of "howlers". Former captain Shastri was quoted as saying by 'The Australian' that as a member of the ICC...
  • State government responsible to check conversions: BJP 22-12-2014 09:25 PM

    Lucknow: Terming the Samajwadi Party's allegations that conversions in the state were taking place at the instance of Centre as baseless, the BJP today said law and order is a state subject and that the state government should be responsible to check them. "The Samajwadi Party people, who had been...
  • BJP terms coming together of Janata Parivar as 'get-together of corrupt' 22-12-2014 09:07 PM

    New Delhi: Terming the coming together of Janata Parivar outfits as a get-together of "corrupt" and "brand ambassadors of misgovernance", the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday said their joint agitation is road-blocker in the path of development and good governance initiated by the Narendra Modi government. The BJP took a...
  • Ram Temple should be birthday gift to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Shiv Sena MPs 22-12-2014 08:37 PM

    New Delhi: Shiv Sena members in Lok Sabha on Monday sought rolling out of Uniform Civil Code, abrogation of Article 370 and construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya as a "birthday gift" to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose birth anniversary falls on December 25. Sena MP Arvind Sawant...
  • Common man to benefit from GST; states to gain from Day 1, says Arun Jaitley 22-12-2014 08:21 PM

    New Delhi: The proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit most of the states from Day 1 and industries and common man also stand to gain, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday. Speaking at the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, he said GST...
  • Ranji Trophy Group C, Round 3: Tripura take lead against Jharkhand 22-12-2014 08:15 PM

    Dhanbad: Bishal Ghosh and Rakesh Solanki struck half centuries as Tripura consolidated their strong position by reaching 227 for six in their first innings on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match against Jharkhand on Monday. Resuming the day at 72 for two, Tripura added 155 runs from 76...
  • Parliamentary panel raps J&K government for inadequate steps on flood warning 22-12-2014 08:12 PM

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel on Monday rapped Jammu and Kashmir government for not taking sufficient measures on the forewarning of the meteorological department about "more than normal" heavy showers during the recent floods and also asked the Centre "not to shrug off its responsibility" in rebuilding the flood-ravaged state....
  • Mel B was hospitalised for mixing drugs with alcohol? 22-12-2014 07:49 PM

    Los Angeles: Spice Girl Mel B was hospitalised last weekend because the singer had reportedly an accidental overdose of tranquilisers and alcohol. Controversy has swirled around the 39-year-old singer and TV judge after she apparently split from husband Stephen Belafonte, reported Radar online. "Mel B was hospitalised because she mixed...
  • Ranji Trophy Group A, Round 3: Abhishek Kaushik's fifty keeps Railways alive against Karnataka 22-12-2014 07:39 PM

    New Delhi: Opener Abhishek Kaushik struck a gritty half century to lead Railways' fight against defending champions Karnataka on Day 2 of their Ranji Trophy Group A match on Monday. Kaushik's 59 runs off 90 balls on a two-paced surface helped Railways reach 106 for four at stumps, trailing Karnataka...
  • Aamir Khan starrer 'PK' grosses Rs 95 crore at the box-office in its opening weekend 22-12-2014 07:32 PM

    Mumbai: Aamir Khan-starrer 'PK' earned Rs 95.21 crore at the box-office in the weekend, according to the producers. 'PK', directed by Rajkumar Hirani and co-starring Anushka Sharma, released on December 19 in around 6000 screens all over including 5200 in India. "PK collected record Rs 38.24 cr on Sunday which...
  • J&K polls: Counting of votes for 87 Assembly seats on Tuesday 22-12-2014 07:32 PM

    Srinagar: Counting of votes in Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken up on Tuesday even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's tweet slamming the UPA government for not conferring the Bharat Ratna on former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee created a buzz. As political parties...
  • Ranji Trophy Group B, Round 3: Yuvraj Singh ton gives Punjab upperhand against Maharashtra 22-12-2014 07:27 PM

    Pune: On a day when he was dropped from the BCCI's graded retainership, Yuvraj Singh came to his own as he blasted Maharashtra attack into submission with an attractive 136 to guide Punjab to a commanding position in a Ranji Trophy cricket match on Monday. The veteran India discard hit...
  • Review finance rejig plan for power discoms: Parliamentary panel to Centre 22-12-2014 07:02 PM

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has suggested that the government review the financial restructuring package for state electricity power distribution firms as not many states have shown interest in the scheme. The suggestion has been made by the Standing Committee on Energy, which submitted its first report on Power Ministry's...
  • Why didn't JK Rowling feature zombies ever in the 'Harry Potter' series? 22-12-2014 06:44 PM

    London: J K Rowling did not feature zombies in her 'Harry Potter' books because she is a huge fan of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' where the 'King of Pop' danced as a zombie. J K Rowling updated her latest entry on the 'Harry Potter' publishing website Pottermore where she talks about...
  • Alka Yagnik to judge the fifth season of 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs' 22-12-2014 06:19 PM

    Mumbai: Noted playback singer Alka Yagnik is returning as 'mahaguru' on the fifth season of kids singing reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs'. This season will be hosted by Aditya Narayan and judged by Shaan and reality TV star Monali Thakur. "I have been associated with Zee...
  • 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...