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  • Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for VVIP travel Yesterday

    New Delhi: Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for using its aircraft for travel of VVIPs. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken up the issue with various ministries regarding the pending amount related to the services of Air India aircraft availed for such VVIP travel. According to official...
  • Delhi airport immigration officer accused of sexually harassing a woman arrested Yesterday

    New Delhi: Days after a Bengaluru woman filed a complaint against him of sexually assaulting her, Delhi airport senior immigration officer Vinod Kumar has been arrested. Vinod had been suspended by authorities for allegedly repeatedly harassing harassing a young woman passenger from Bengaluru at the Delhi Airport. After prima facie merit...
  • Border dispute has 'good prospects' of resolution: China 2 days ago

    Beijing: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in Beijing next month, China on Wednesday said the border dispute has "good prospects" of resolution if it is backed by "strong political will" from both sides. Huang Xilian, Deputy Director General of Asian Affairs, said Beijing wants India and China to act...
  • Government sets up panel to consider declassification of Netaji-related files 2 days ago

    New Delhi: An inter-ministerial committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has been set up by the government to look at the possibility of declassification of all files related to death or disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose nearly 70 years back. The first meeting of panel, which consists of representatives...
  • North Korean Foreign Minister in India 5 days ago

    New Delhi: In a significant diplomatic engagement, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will receive her North Korean counterpart Ri Su-yong on Monday during which issues like DPRK's contentious nuclear programme and concerns over the tension in the Korean Peninsula are expected to figure. The meeting, which comes nearly a month ahead...
  • VK Singh gets heroic welcome upon return from Yemen after ending evacuation operations April 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Minister of External Affairs General VK Singh on Friday received a heroic welcome on as he returned from war-torn Yemen. He oversaw the massive evacuation operation. India on Thursday wrapped up its air evacuation operations rescuing another 630 of its citizens from Sanaa, taking the total number of Indians...
  • CCPA recommends reconvening Rajya Sabha from April 23 to May 13 April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Tuesday recommended reconvening the Rajya Sabha from April 23 to May 13. Even though the Lok Sabha passed the Land Acquisition Bill with nine amendments on March 9, it is yet to be take up in the Upper House. The Upper...
  • Over 1,000 Indians evacuated from Yemen on Monday, several still stranded April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: External Affairs Ministry on Monday said 1000 more Indians stuck in Yemen have been evacuated. 574 left Sana'a on three flights, while 479 were evacuated on board INS Mumbai from Al Hudaydah. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said all major evacuations will be complete by Monday evening. But many...
  • India welcomes agreement over Iran's nuclear programme April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Friday welcomed the understanding reached between Iran and the six world powers on Tehran's contentious nuclear programme and hoped that this would lead to a comprehensive agreement by June 30. "A significant step seems to have been taken with agreement on the parameters of a comprehensive settlement...
  • India strongly condemned outrageous terror attack in Kenya April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Thursday night strongly condemned the outrageous terror attack on a university campus in Kenya that killed at least 70 students, saying the international community needs to further strengthen its fight against terrorism. "India strongly condemns barbaric terrorist attack on a university campus at Garissa in north-eastern Kenya,"...
  • Navy evacuates 349 Indians from strife-torn Yemen, confirms Ministry of External Affairs April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Sailing away from troubles, the Navy late on Tuesday night rescued 349 Indians from war-torn Yemen. The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted that Navy's INS Sumitra with evacuated Indians left from Aden late on Tuesday night and will be reaching Djibouti from where they will leave for India. Confirming...
  • AAP removes Yogendra Yadav from chief spokesperson post, appoints a 20-member panel March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday night sacked dissident leader Yogendra Yadav as chief spokesperson of the party and also removed rebel leaders Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar as spokespersons while announcing a new 20-member panel packed with Arvind Kejriwal loyalists to interact with the media. Atishi Marlena, who was...
  • We appreciated General VK Singh's presence at Pakistan Day celebrations: Pakistan envoy March 31, 2015

    A week after the row over MoS External Affairs General VK Singh attending the Pakistan National Day celebrations, Pakistan's envoy to India tried to play down the issue. "We appreciated General VK Singh's presence at Pakistan Day celebrations," said Pakistan envoy. ...
  • 82 per cent of tribal rights entitlement cases quashed: RTI March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Under the 2006 Forest Rights Act, providing land rights to forest-dwelling communities of the country, only 15 lakh complainants out of the 39,56,262 cases filed; were given the legal recognition to their property. Responding to an RTI query, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs stated that 39,56,262 complaints were...
  • PM Modi to visit France, Germany and Canada from April 9-16 March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on an eight-day tour of France, Germany and Canada on April 9 with a focus on attracting investment and enhancing overall cooperation with the three countries. Modi will first travel to France on April 9 and from there he will leave for Germany...
  • VK Singh can't blame government for making him attend Pakistan's event: Congress March 25, 2015

    The Congress has hit out at MoS External Affairs VK Singh saying a former army general should not have tweeted on foreign policy. "Don't understand why he kept saying it was a government decision. He is part of it so it is his decision. There is a collective responsibility," former...
  • MoS External Affairs General VK Singh's office rubbishes rumours of his resignation March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh's office on Tuesday night rubbished rumours of his resignation from the post. The former Army chief had on Monday attended Pakistan's National Day celebrations at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi where several Kashmiri separatist leaders were also present. Singh...
  • 'At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss' - Monica Lewinsky talks about her affair with Bill Clinton and public shaming March 23, 2015

    Monica Lewinsky was just another employee at the White House. But her fate was not that of any other employee over there. Monica Lewinsky fell in love with her boss. This may not sound like a very big deal, until you realize that her boss was none other than the...
  • Karnataka HC stays tabling of CID interim report on DK Ravi death case in state Assembly March 23, 2015

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Sunday stayed the tabling of the Crime Investigation Department's interim report on the mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi in the state Assembly. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was planning to table the interim report in the Assembly on Monday. The move came after a...
  • Corporate espionage case: CBI widens probe, may quiz Corporate Affairs Ministry officers: Sources March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Tightening the noose around the Corporate Affairs ministry, the Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to examine the officials of the the department in connection with alleged sale of confidential documents to corporate groups. The investigation revealed that Corporate Affairs Ministry officials were involved in sending documents to...
  • Unskilled workers not to be allowed to take up foreign jobs March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: With a significant number of unskilled Indian workers facing trouble and legal action abroad, government on Friday said it has decided not to allow people without skill certificates to leave the country for overseas employment. Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told the Lok Sabha...
  • Coal bill may clear Rajya Sabha hurdle, mines bill to go back to Lok Sabha March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides for auctioning of coal may clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle after a Select Committee endorsed it by majority, though some members dissented, but a bill relating to other minerals will have to go back to Lok Sabha because of an amendment suggested by...
  • India gives 250,000 USD to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: India has given a cash assistance of USD 250,000 to Vanuatu which has been hit by a massive tropical cyclone leading to loss of lives and widespread destruction of property. "The government is deeply saddened by the tragedy caused by the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu...
  • Dramatic rise in rape cases registered: Government March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The number of rape cases registered has "dramatically" increased since 2013 which is a matter of "deep concern", government told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and exuded confidence that the steps being taken to deal with the issue will take effect. "We have initiated...
  • Yogendra Yadav welcomes PAC's decision to expand AAP nationally, says step in right direction March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Battling infighting, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday decided to take steps to end the rift in the party by reaching out to senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan besides expanding the party in other states. Yadav welcomed the party's move and he tweeted, "Welcome PAC's statement to...
  • Prashant Bhushan reaches out Kejriwal, seeks meeting to end rift in AAP March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Political Affairs Committee member Prashant Bhushan on Monday reached out to party national convener Arvind Kejriwal. Bhushan has sought a meeting with the Delhi Chief Minister to end the rift in the party. Bhushan said, "I have sent a message to Kejriwal....
  • No proposal under consideration to regulate e-commerce: Ram Vilas Paswan March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said that there is no proposal under consideration to regulate e-commerce business in the country. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he also said the government has initiated investigation on the basis of formal complaints alleging unfair...
  • No central database of financial assistance to NGOs: Government March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The government on Friday said there is no central database maintained with respect to financial assistance received by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other charitable entities. NGOs or voluntary organisations (VOs) are registered as societies or charitable trusts or not-for-profit companies under central or state...
  • Won't be a rubber stamp: Prashant Bhushan in 2014 emails to PAC March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid the ongoing rumbling within the Aam Aadmi Party, emails sent by Prashant Bhushan to party's Political Affairs Committee in 2014 have surfaced in which he had expressed unhappiness over the process of candidate selection saying he would not be a "rubber stamp" in the party's top decision-making...
  • Ministry of Home Affairs conducting background check of new owner of SpiceJet March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Security agencies are conducting a background checking of new owner of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, after he infused a fund of Rs 500 crore in the beleaguered air carrier and announced plans to invest Rs 1,500 crore. The Home Ministry ordered a background check of Singh as part of the...