Housing

  • US Federal Reserve surprises, sticks to bond-buying stimulus as it cuts growth outlook September 19, 2013

    The US Federal Reserve defied investor expectations on Wednesday by postponing the start of the wind down of its massive monetary stimulus, saying it wanted to wait for more evidence of solid economic growth. Investors responded by propelling US stocks to record highs and driving down bond yields. Yields on US...
  • TN: Jayalalithaa inaugurates houses for tsunami affected people September 18, 2013

    Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday inaugurated 5,674 houses, roads and new buildings for the benefit of people who lost their homes in the December 2004 tsunami. The Chief Minister inaugurated the houses, roads and buildings through video-conferencing from the Secretariat. The houses have been constructed at a cost of Rs 209 crore,...
  • 'Obama, Manmohan Singh should invite Miss America for lunch at the White House' September 18, 2013

    A former top American diplomat has hoped that President Barack Obama invites Nina Davuluri when he hosts Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for lunch at the White House next Friday, in recognition of the contribution of Indian-Americans to the United States. Nina Davuluri, 24, is the first Indian-American to have been crowned...
  • J&K: Syed Ali Shah Geelani placed under house arrest September 18, 2013

    Top separatist leaders, including chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had called for a march to UN Military Observers Group office was placed under house arrest by authorities in Srinagar to lodge protest against killing of five youths in Shopian. The other separatist leaders placed under house arrest...
  • Book extract: Happy Birthday by Meghna Pant September 17, 2013

    Happy Birthday! is a celebration of the complex, mysterious inner lives of our fellow human beings, by the award-winning novelist Meghna Pant. The book is about a dedicated friend who undertakes one last labour of love for a childless woman. Nadia - married into money - finds herself facing uncomfortable truths...
  • Middle-aged man arrested for throwing fire crackers inside White House fence September 17, 2013

    A man threw fire crackers over the north fence of the White House, hours after a shooting rampage at a Navy Yard in Washington that left at least 13 people dead. A middle-aged man was arrested near the White House after he threw fire crackers inside its fence, officials said. Immediately thereafter...
  • Unlike Russia, US stands up for democratic values: White House September 13, 2013

    Washington: Taking a strong exception to Russian President's remarks on the US over Syria issue, the White House has said that it is not surprised by Vladimir Putin's words and that unlike Russia, America stands up for democratic values and human rights. "As for the editorial, we're not surprised by President...
  • PM to inaugurate housing complex for nearly 8500 slum families September 11, 2013

    Chandigarh: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a housing complex at Dhanas on September 14, benefiting nearly 8,500 families living in slums in the city. The Rs 2,400 crore worth 'Housing Complex' project at Dhanas town has been completed and the Prime Minister will hand over the keys of 8,448 houses,...
  • Obama vows to explore Russian offer on Syria September 11, 2013

    US President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria's chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force. Obama said in a White House speech that a Russian offer to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...
  • Herd of Elephants enters town, damages 'Gibraltar House' September 9, 2013

    A herd of 15 elephants, on Monday, damaged the 'Gibraltar House' built by a judge of the Calcutta High Court at Kanhari Hills in Hazaribagh town 150 years ago. The elephants damaged the "Gibraltar House", built by late S C Mallick, a judge of the Calcutta High Court but none was...
  • Enough international support on Syrian military strike: White House September 8, 2013

    Washington: The US has enough international support for a military strike against Syria, a top White House official said on Monday though America lacks firm commitment on military personnel or equipment from any other country for action against the Bashar al-Assad regime. "We do have plenty of friends who are standing...
  • Bill to protect street vendors introduced in Lok Sabha September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: A Bill to protect the rights of urban street vendors- including against harassment by the police and other authorities- as well as to regulate street vending activities was on Thursday moved for discussion and passage in the Lok Sabha. Moving for discussion and passage the Street Vendors (Protection of...
  • Over 3,00,000 attempts made to watch porn in UK Parliament: Report September 5, 2013

    Over 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites from the British Parliament in the past year, according to official figures. Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the 'Huffington Post UK', the House of Commons authorities acknowledged that users of the Parliamentary Network servers have repeatedly attempted to access...
  • Barack Obama faces Syria test as House holds 1st hearing September 4, 2013

    The Obama administration is facing a tougher examination of its plans for military intervention in Syria, squaring off against tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members a day after gaining Speaker John Boehner's critical endorsement and finding significant support in the Senate. With President Barack Obama in Europe, his top...
  • Link disbursal of home loans to stages of construction: RBI to banks September 4, 2013

    The Reserve Bank on Tuesday asked banks to link the disbursal of home loans to stages of construction to protect the interests of buyers and contain the fallout of "innovative" housing financing schemes. "In view of the higher risks associated with such lump-sum disbursal of sanctioned housing loans and customer suitability...
  • Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra's tale of 'How Not to Make Money' September 3, 2013

    Rajasthan Royals' co-owner, Shilpa Shetty's husband, Raj Kundra who was recently surrounded by the IPL spot-fixing controversy is set to make his literary debut. Raj Kundra's debut novel, 'How Not To Make Money' is set to be published in October 2013 by Random House India. A gripping thriller based...
  • Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain September 2, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama is inviting Senator John McCain to the White House, hoping his foe in the 2008 presidential election will help sell the idea of a US military intervention in Syria to a nation deeply scarred by more than a decade of war. Having announced over the weekend that he'll...
  • Pervez Musharraf booked for murder of cleric during Lal Masjid operation September 2, 2013

    In fresh trouble for Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, a case was on Monday filed against him for the murder of cleric Abdul Rasheed and his mother during the infamous Lal Masjid operation. The case was filed on the directions of the Islamabad High Court Justice Noorul Huque Qureshi...
  • Gauriganj: 2 infants killed after wall collapses on them September 2, 2013

    Two infants were killed after a wall of a house collapsed in Gujar Tola in Gauriganj area in Amethi,  police said on Monday. The two brothers - a one-year-old and a two-and-a-half year old -- were sleeping in their room on Sunday night when the wall collapsed.  The two children died...
  • Yasin Bhatkal arrested after leads from Tunda: Sources August 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen co-founder Muhammad Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal was arrested on Wednesday night from the India-Nepal border following leads given by another arrested terrorist, Adbul Karim Tunda of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, say sources. Yasin Bhatkal was arrested following an operation involving the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing...
  • Two unidentified assailants murder a widow insider her own house August 30, 2013

    A widow was murder in Delhi on Thursday evening by two assailants whom she had let into the house, police said. Madhu, 55, was murdered by the two unidentified men using a blunt object at her own house in Khirki Extension area in south Delhi around 4.30 pm, police said. The attackers...
  • Indian-origin cardiologist named White House fellow August 30, 2013

    Kapil Parakh, an Indian-origin cardiologist working in Washington area, is among a dozen people chosen by the White House for its prestigious fellowship programme for 2013-14. A Zambia University graduate, Parakh is the director of heart failure at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre and assistant professor in the Departments of...
  • Obama administration announces new steps crub import of military surplus weapons August 29, 2013

    The Obama administration, on Thursday, announced new steps on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations. The administration has failed to find support in Congress for its gun control proposals...
  • Noida: Fashion designer found dead in guest house, boyfriend missing August 29, 2013

    Noida: A fashion designer identified as Lubna Mahmood was found dead in guest house in Noida's Sector 27 under suspicious circumstances. Lubna from Kanpur was found dead in her room on Wednesday morning with injury marks on her body. She had checked in with her boyfriend. But her boyfriend Shahnawaz has...
  • Possible action against Syria not about regime change: White House August 28, 2013

    Washington: The US has insisted that it is not seeking a regime change in Syria, where it is contemplating taking military action against President Bashar Al Assad's government for alleged use of chemical weapons. "I want to make clear that the options we are considering are not about regime change. They...
  • Team Obama reaches out to key allies as US mulls Syria strike August 28, 2013

    President Barack Obama and his cabinet colleagues on Tuesday reached out to key allies of the US before a possible military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss concerns about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian...
  • No doubt Syria used chemical weapons, says White House August 28, 2013

    Asserting that there is "little doubt" that the embattled Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people, the White House on Tuesday said President Barack Obama is still weighing the response to the devastating attack that left hundreds of civilians dead. What kind that response would take, Obama...
  • VHP Ayodhya Yatra: Seer placed under house arrest in Amethi August 27, 2013

    Sri Paramhans ashram seer Mauni Mahraj was on Tuesday placed under house arrest along with his followers when he tried to leave for Ayodhya to take part in the VHP yatra, which has been banned by the UP government. Peethasheewar Mauni Mahraj, 35 to 40 sadhus and about 500 others were...
  • Obama considering limited military strike against Syria August 27, 2013

    US President Barack Obama is considering a limited military strike against Syria, as Washington accused Damascus of using chemical weapons against its own people, according to a media report on Tuesday. Even as the White House insisted that President Obama has made no such decision and is yet to take a...
  • Syria resumed shelling at site of chemical weapons attack: White House August 27, 2013

    The Obama Administration has alleged that Syria's Assad regime resumed shelling at the site of the reported chemical attack, soon after a team of UN investigators, gathering evidence from the site, returned. "The United Nations' team caravan was attacked en route to the site, and upon its return from its first...