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  • US State Department's computers hacked, email shut down 6 days ago

    Washington: The US State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported...
  • Mamta Kulkarni, husband Vijay Goswami detained in Kenya November 13, 2014

    Mumbai: According to media reports, former Bollywood actress has been detained in Kenya with husband Vijay Goswami at the Port Police Station in Mombasa. The couple has been charged with drug trafficking. The couple, taken into custody on Sunday last week, is being interrogated by the Kenya police. Both Mamta...
  • Chief Vigilance Officer of MCI HK Jethi had sought repatriation, Harsh Vardhan clarifies November 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Under attack, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that Chief Vigilence Officer of Medical Council of India HK Jethi had written to the Health Ministry requesting repatriation to his parent cadre and that his application was only forwarded by his Ministry to the Department of Personnel...
  • Karnataka Labour Department asks US IT firm to pay Rs 12.5 lakh to techie for sacking her November 5, 2014

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka Labour Department has ordered a US-based IT firm to compensate a woman employee on grounds of 'illegally' terminating her services without providing valid reasons and for allegedly causing harassment. The techie had approached the Labour department on Karnataka Women's Commission's direction, and after hearing the case, the department...
  • Devendra Fadnavis reviews status of key departments in Maharashtra November 1, 2014

    Mumbai: A day after taking charge as the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday got down to the job, reviewing the status of key departments. Fadnavis chaired a meeting of the state Cabinet at the government's Sahyadri guest house in south Mumbai. The Chief Minister reviewed presentations of finance,...
  • IT to begin probe against 90 from Mumbai in blackmoney case October 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Mumbai Income Tax authorities will soon initiate the process of ascertaining if there was any "criminality" involved in the accounts of 90 individuals from the city whose names figure in the list of 627 Indians submitted by the Centre to the Supreme Court in the blackmoney case. Sources in...
  • Dengue cases on the rise in Bihar: Health department October 26, 2014

    Patna: At least 50 dengue cases have been reported in Bihar till Sunday, health officials said. "Nearly 20 new dengue cases have been reported in the last three days in Patna and the total number of people afflicted with the disease rose to 50," said Sambhusaran Singh, a health department official. He...
  • Government to take up a month-long drive against schools running without affiliation October 25, 2014

    Bangalore: A day after Bangalore police arrested the secretary of the school where a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped, on charges of cheat, the Karnataka Education Department has now said that it will take action against its own officials too, who seemed to have turned a blind eye when the...
  • More emergency fire calls in Kolkata this Diwali October 24, 2014

    Kolakta: The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services here received 108 calls on Diwali, slightly higher than last year, an official said on Friday. "Till 12 midnight October 23, we received 108 calls. This is slightly higher than last year as Diwali and Kali puja coincided," an official said. According to the...
  • Delhi fire department gets 293 calls on Diwali October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received 293 calls the highest in the past five years on Diwali on Thursday, an official said on Friday. "This is the highest figure in the past five years. On Diwali, from midnight till 7am October 24, we received 293 calls of fire...
  • More rain expected on Tamil Nadu by next 24-48 hours: Met October 24, 2014

    Chennai: The Met office here has forecast more rains in South Tamil Nadu, Puducherry during the next 24 to 48 hours as the North East monsoon has been active over the last few days. "Isolated heavy to very heavy rain may occur over the South Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. Isolated...
  • Haryana paanwala gets Rs 132 crore power bill October 24, 2014

    Chandigarh: A paan or betel-leaf seller in Haryana has got a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali. His bill is a whopping over Rs 132 crore. Rajesh, who runs a shop in Gohana town in Sonipat district, has got the electricity bill of Rs 132.29 crore for the month of...
  • Air quality to drop in Delhi on Diwali October 22, 2014

    New Delhi: With the onset of Diwali, air quality in the national capital is set to deteriorate over the next two days, with the Met department terming the condition as "severe". According to System of Air quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), pollution levels will be high in areas...
  • India may have to wait for automatic exchange of Swiss information October 12, 2014

    New Delhi/Berne: India may have to wait longer for joining "selected" countries with whom Switzerland plans to do automatic exchange of information on tax matters, even as Indian and Swiss officials will meet soon to iron out their bilateral arrangements on suspected tax evasion cases. Switzerland has started a process...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: IMD says 'worst is already over' as storm makes landfall in Vizag October 12, 2014

    As the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud makes landfall in Visakhapatnam on Sunday noon, the Met department has issued a statement saying that the worst phase of the cyclone is already over. ...
  • Cyclone Hudhud's intensity to prevail for six hours after landfall: IMD October 12, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Even after landfall of cyclone Hudhud, the system will maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into cyclonic storm in subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh, an IMD bulletin said. Under its influence, rainfall in most places...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: The eye of the cyclone will make landfall soon, says Met official October 12, 2014

    Cyclone Hudhud is very close to the Visakhapatnam coast. "The eye of the cyclone will make landfall soon," said Met department official. ...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: Eye of the storm approaches the coast of Andhra Pradesh October 12, 2014

    Cyclone Hudhud is very close to the Visakhapatnam coast. "The eye of the storm is approaching the coast of Andhra Pradesh," said IMD official. More than lakh people have been evacuated and relief operations are on. ...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: Wind speeds touch 50 km/hour in Gopalpur, Odisha October 12, 2014

    Large scale evacuations have been carried out in Odisha beacuse of cyclone Hudhud. "Wind speeds expected to touch 200 km/hour post landfall. Wind speeds to touch 50 km/hour in Gopalpur, Odisha," predicts MeT department. ...
  • Income Tax department launches secure email system for staff to curb frauds October 12, 2014

    New Delhi: To curb misuse of official cyber tools and attempts of phishing, the Income Tax department has rolled out a secure email system for all its employees and officers. The department, official sources said, has recently discontinued its existing email systems (called Lotus mail and IMail) and has issued...
  • Strong winds, heavy rains in coastal AP ahead of Hudhud strike October 12, 2014

    Hyderabad: Strong winds and heavy rains led to large-scale disruption of power lines in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh as the state braced for Hudhud, a very severe cyclonic storm that is expected to hit the coast around noon on Sunday. "Except East Godavari, power entirely failed in the...
  • Cyclonic storm Hudhud hits India; how the day unfolded October 12, 2014

    Sunday noon witnessed the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hitting the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with full force but the loss of life was contained to single digits by a well prepared administration. Even though heavy rain and winds of almost 200 kmph left six people dead...
  • Precautionary steps taken to minimise cyclone Hudhud impact October 11, 2014

    Rajahmundry: All precautionary steps have been taken in and around the city anticipating Cyclone Hudhud, Rajahmundry Sub-Collector V Vijayarama Rao said. "We are receiving weather information from the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) for every three hours on the cyclone situation. On the basis of information provided by the IMD we...
  • Heavy rainfall expected after cyclone Hudhud makes landfall in AP: Met October 11, 2014

    Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are on high alert as cyclone Hudhud is fast approaching the Eastern coast. It is likely to make landfall in Visakhapatnam on Sunday afternoon. MET Department Director K Ram Chandra Rao said, "The cyclone is at the the distance of 350 KM from Visakhapatnam. It will...
  • Hudhud to take 'very severe' turn in next 12 hours: IMD October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Hudhud will turn take a "very severe" turn in the next 12 hours, bringing with itself very heavy rainfall and gusty winds as it inches closer to the coast, the MeT department has said. In the evening, Hudhud was 675-km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 685-km southeast...
  • More than 2000 Bru refugees return to Mizoram October 3, 2014

    Aizawl: At least 2,136 Bru refugees have returned to Mizoram from the six relief camps in Tripura since June 21 last, state Home Department officials said. The Bru refugees entered Mizoram on their own after discontinuation of the official repatriation process and settled in different villages in Mamit district, they...
  • Man to sue US government after being cleared in the Taliban terror case October 2, 2014

    Miami: Irfan Khan, a naturalised US citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realise the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver, service technician and operated a limousine company. He was an avid...
  • 2014 mild meteorological drought: Skymet; Not so, says MeT October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: With the country receiving "below normal" rainfall, a private weather forecasting agency has termed monsoon 2014 as a "mild meteorological drought" but the MeT department dismissed it saying around 70 per cent of the country had normal rains. "Monsoon 2014 has ended in a mild meteorological drought. In particular,...
  • Send students for wildlife week celebrations requests forest department September 24, 2014

    Coimbatore: The Forest Department has requested educational institutions to send students in large numbers for the proposed painting, quiz competitions, scheduled on September 28 as part of the Wildlife Week celebrations from the first week of October. The competitions are planned for students studying form LKG to College level and...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave...