Press-Trust-of-India

  • CPM's youth wing launches matrimonial website to promote 'secular' marriages 18-12-2014 03:39 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M's youth wing, Democratic Youth Federation of India, has launched a matrimonial website exclusively to promote 'secular' marriages. The website, "www.secularmarriage.com," will function as a unique platform for liberal-minded people to find their partners irrespective of caste, creed and religion, DYFI sources said. The site, launched by celebrity couple--director...
  • India are ahead in the game, says R Ashwin 18-12-2014 03:37 PM

    Brisbane: Indian off-spinner R Ashwin believes his side is currently ahead in the second Test against Australia and said they would look to get some quick wickets in the morning session on Friday. Australia on Thursday finished the day at 221 for 4 in reply to India's total of 408...
  • Proud to take five wickets in debut Test: Josh Hazelwood 18-12-2014 02:50 PM

    Brisbane: Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has expressed his delight on snapping up his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket on day two of the second Test against India on Wednesday. The pacer took 5-68 on debut as the visitors were bowled out for 408. "I personally started the summer...
  • Selena Gomez grieves over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift's birthday bash 18-12-2014 01:25 PM

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Selena Gomez reportedly cried and threw a fit over her on-off boyfriend Justin Bieber at her friend and country singer Taylor Swift's 25th birthday. The 22-year-old 'Heart Wants What It Wants' hitmaker shocked everyone at Swift's party with her outburst, reported Us magazine. "She shouted, 'No one...
  • Pakistani Army retaliates to Peshawar attack, kills 57 Taliban terrorists in airstrikes 18-12-2014 01:13 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan army retaliated to the the deadly Taliban attack at Peshawar school by killing 57 militants in massive airstrikes in the Khyber tribal region where the suicide bombers were reportedly trained. The army launched 20 airstrikes on Wednesday on several Taliban hideouts in Tirah valley area of Khyber tribal...
  • Leicester-based band Kasabian gets eight nods at NME Awards 2015 18-12-2014 01:12 PM

    London: Alternative rock band Kasabian has topped the nomination list for the NME Awards 2015 with a total of eight nods. The Leicester-based band are in the running for: Best Band; Best Live Band; Best Track and Dance Floor Filler (both for lead single 'Eez-Eh'); Best Music Film (Kasabian: Summer...
  • 'My Birthday Song' navigates the space between real and surrealism, says director Samir Soni 18-12-2014 12:57 PM

    New Delhi: Actor-turned-director Samir Soni is currently busy shooting his directorial debut 'My Birthday Song' in the capital with actor Sanjay Suri in the lead role. The crew of the film, co-produced by Soni and Suri under the latter's Kahwa banner, shot some scenes in south Delhi and Defence Colony...
  • Jack Whitehall wins best comedy performer at British Comedy Awards for the third time 18-12-2014 12:45 PM

    London: Comedian Jack Whitehall has won best comedy performer award for the third time in a row at the British Comedy Awards. The 26-year-old star won this award to beat stars such as Lee Mack and Graham Norton, reported BBC. Norton, 51, received two awards for best entertainment personality and...
  • 2015 must be a 'time for global action' against terror, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon 18-12-2014 12:21 PM

    United Nations: The year 2015 must be a "time for global action", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said and asked the international community to do more to counter extremism and work on reforms of world body to adapt it to a new global landscape. Highlighting the key imperatives for...
  • List of launches made by ISRO on GSLV 18-12-2014 12:06 PM

    Sriharikota: With an eye on manned space missions, ISRO on Thursday successfully tested the atmospheric re-entry of a crew module after its heaviest launch vehicle, GSLV Mark-III, blasted off from Sriharikota. GSLV Mark-III launch is significant as it had a Crew module Atmospheric Re-Entry Experiment (CARE) mission. This is basically...
  • Hand over Hafiz Saeed, Dawood: Naidu to Pakistan 18-12-2014 11:58 AM

    New Delhi: India on Thursday asked Pakistan to hand over Mumbai terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim, who also figures in the country's most wanted list, to it if the neighbouring country is serious about fighting terrorism. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif...
  • Jaitley adopts Karnali group panchayat villages in Gujarat 18-12-2014 11:53 AM

    Vadodara: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has decided to adopt Karnali group panchayat villages in Gujarat's Vadodara district as part of the 'Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna', a senior official has said. Four villages of Karnali, Pipaliya, Vadiya and Baglipura are covered under Karnali group panchayat of Dabhoi taluka. Vadodara District...
  • IMF agrees to release $ 1 billion to Pakistan 18-12-2014 11:41 AM

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to release another USD 1.05 billion in financial assistance to Pakistan as part of its effort to help the country overcome economic crisis. With this, the total disbursements under the arrangement is about USD 3.2 billion, a statement said after the IMF...
  • Legal action to be initiated against Google for displaying incorrect map of India on its websites 18-12-2014 11:07 AM

    New Delhi: The government has asked the Department of Electronics and Information Technology and Survey of India to initiate "appropriate" legal action against Google for wrongly depicting international boundary of some states like Arunachal Pradesh, the Lok Sabha was informed today. "Google is displaying incorrect map of India depicting the...
  • AIFF plans to start ISL-style women's football league 18-12-2014 11:03 AM

    New Delhi: The country's women football scene could get a fillip soon as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning to start a franchise-based professional league for them mid next year. "We are planning to start a franchise-based women's football league in mid-2015 with the help of FIFA," AIFF's...
  • New India hockey coach could be appointed before HIL starts 18-12-2014 10:56 AM

    New Delhi: Indian men's hockey team is expected to get a new foreign coach within a month, that is by the time the third season of Hockey India League (HIL) starts on January 22. The process for selection of Australian Terry Walsh's successor had already started with Hockey India formally...
  • Shane Warne in damage control mode after calling Mitchell Starc 'soft' 18-12-2014 10:52 AM

    Brisbane: Never too far from controversies, spin legend Shane Warne found himself at the centre of another one when he called pacer Mitchell Starc "soft", but had to offer an explanation after Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann took exception to the description. After Australia endured a tough day in Brisbane...
  • Rupee up 40 paise against dollar in early trade 18-12-2014 10:23 AM

    Mumbai: After three sessions of weakness, the rupee strengthened by 40 paise to 63.21 against the dollar in early trade on Thursday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on increased selling of the US currency by exporters and banks amidst higher opening in the domestic equity market. Forex dealers said besides...
  • Lumia 638: Microsoft launches the most affordable 4G Windows Phone smartphone in India at Rs 8299 18-12-2014 10:02 AM

    New Delhi: Microsoft launched its most affordable smartphone 4G device in the country - Lumia 638 - powered by Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 8,299. The smartphone, sporting a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera, 8GB memory (expandable upto 128GB) and 1,830 mAh battery,...
  • Soha Ali Khan to play the female lead in 'Ghayal' sequel co-starring Sunny Deol 18-12-2014 08:49 AM

    Mumbai: Actress Soha Ali Khan is all set to star opposite Sunny Deol in 'Ghayal 2', which is the sequel of the latter's 1990 action drama, 'Ghayal'. "To put an end to the confusion, I am playing the female lead in 'Ghayal 2' but it's not a romantic film -it...
  • US, Cuba swap prisoners, to open embassies 17-12-2014 11:23 PM

    Washington: An American aid worker, who had spent over five years in jail in Cuba on charges of spying, was released on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap deal between the two countries as the White House announced talks with Havana to normalize diplomatic relations with the Communist state....
  • Ranji Trophy Group C, Round 2: Seven-wicket win for Andhra against Kerala 17-12-2014 11:11 PM

    Andhra cantered to a seven-wicket victory over Kerala in their Ranji Trophy Group C cricket match on Wednesday. The hosts, after giving away a handy first-innings lead to Kerala, reached the target with ease scoring 221 for three in 51.2 overs. Brief scores: Kerala: 229 and 129 in 78.1 overs...
  • Ranji Trophy Group B, Round 2: Punjab draw with Vidarbha, claim 3 points 17-12-2014 10:58 PM

    Punjab walked away with three points from their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match against Vidarbha after the slender 37-run first innings lead proved handy for the visitors in the game which ended in a draw on Wednesday. At the end of the match, Vidarbha were 143 for three in...
  • Ranji Trophy Group A, Round 2: Uttar Pradesh beat Madhya Pradesh by 4 wickets 17-12-2014 10:50 PM

    After their bowlers had set up the trap, Uttar Pradesh batsmen held their nerves on the fourth and final day's play to beat Madhya Pradesh by four wickets in the Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, on Wednesday. Chasing 180 for a win at the Holkar Stadium, the Piyush Chawla-led...
  • Saina, Srikanth register wins in World Super Series final 17-12-2014 09:16 PM

    On a superb day for Indian shuttlers, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and World No.8 Kidambi Srikanth won their respective singles matches to open the World Super Series badminton final campaign on a positive note, in Dubai on Wednesday. Fifth-seeded Saina stunned reigning Asian Games champion Shixian Wang of China...
  • India evacuating 34 nurses evacuated from Libya, 12 to reach Kochi on Thursday 17-12-2014 09:03 PM

    New Delhi: The Indian government is evacuating 34 Indian nurses from strife-torn Libya. The first batch of 12 will arrive on Thursday in Kochi. "A group of 12 Indian nurses are on their way from Tunisia and will arrive in Kochi tomorrow. Another batch of 22 nurses are also on...
  • I am not connected with BCCI administration: Sunil Gavaskar 17-12-2014 08:48 PM

    With the Supreme Court on Wednesday observing that players and officials having commercial interests should stay away from administering the game, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar clarified that he is "not connected in anyway" with the BCCI administration. Senior advocate CA Sundaram, appearing for BCCI, gave the names of former...
  • Wrote letter to AIBA to save Sarita's career: Sachin Tendulkar 17-12-2014 07:34 PM

    Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said on Wednesday that the whole idea behind his writing a letter to world boxing body AIBA was to save boxer L Sarita Devi's career from ending abruptly after the Asian Games controversy in Incheon. "Our effort was to see that Sarita Devi's career was...
  • Eddie Redmayne marries Hannah Bagshawe in Somerset 17-12-2014 07:29 PM

    London: Actor Eddie Redmayne, known for his role in Golden Globe nominated movie "The Theory of Everything", married Hannah Bagshawe in Somerset. The two tied the knot Monday and the news was confirmed by Redmayne's representative, reports hollywoodreporter.com. The newlyweds, who have been together since 2012 and got engaged in...
  • Sanjay Dutt has lived an unbelievable life: Rajkumar Hirani 17-12-2014 07:21 PM

    New Delhi: After working with Sanjay Dutt in two 'Munnabhai' films, Rajkumar Hirani is keen to make a biopic on him that will depict the actor "with all his flaws". Ranbir Kapoor is slated to play Dutt in the movie, which the director is writing with Abhijat Joshi. Dutt, 55,...