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  • Country remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary 6 hours 1 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The country on Wednesday fondly remembered former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari leading the nation in paying tributes to the departed leader. Mukherjee, Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Vir Bhumi,...
  • Congress CMs likely to skip events involving PM Modi: sources 8 hours 35 minutes ago

    New Delhi: All Congress Chief Ministers are likely to skip events involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources told CNN-IBN on Wednesday. The development comes after Bharatiya Janata Party supporters booed Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during his speech at Modi's rally in Kaithal on Tuesday. Sources added that Maharashtra...
  • Photos: Was the saffron and green turban Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing on August 15 torn? Yesterday

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of Indian Independence Day, in New Delhi on Friday. His speech was broadcast live from the Red Fort on August 15 and about 10,000 people were for the first time allowed to witness the ceremony, for which separate stands were...
  • Jaswant Singh remains in coma 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Former union minister and ex-BJP leader Jaswant Singh remained in coma for the 10th day on Sunday, doctors said. A statement from the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) said Jaswant Singh was still in coma and on ventilatory support. His heart rhythm was normal. The statement added that medication being...
  • Punjab Youth Congress president writes to PM Modi to oppose the screening of Punjabi film based on Indira Gandhi's assassins 3 days ago

    Chandigarh: The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) on Saturday strongly opposed the permission granted for the screening of the controversial Punjabi movie 'Kaum de Heere', saying it glorifies the assassins of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PYC president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary said it was...
  • Low growth, high inflation not acceptable: Arun Jaitley 4 days ago

    Mumbai: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the current situation of high inflation and low growth has to be reversed to achieve sustainable GDP expansion along with improvement in price situation. "If inflation is high then you begin at a point where growth is low. We need to change this...
  • Saradha scam: Bengal minister Shyamapada Mukherjee summoned 5 days ago

    Kolkata: West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. "I have been asked by the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it regarding a sale of land to the Saradha Group which I did in 2009. I...
  • Government has no intention to take over BCCI, says Sports Minister 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was responding to a...
  • I have a degree from Yale University, says Smriti Irani August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy over Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualifications has taken a new turn with her assertion that she also has a degree from the prestigious Yale University in the United States. Irani made the remark when pressed by a questioner at the India Today Woman Summit...
  • 2 schools of Nalanda University to commence courses from September August 10, 2014

    The first two Schools of Nalanda University, which is being built near the ruins of the ancient academic institution in Bihar with assistance from a number of ASEAN member countries, will commence its courses from next month. In her address at the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, External Affairs Minister...
  • Ebola: Karnataka health minister writes to PM, seeks more checks at Delhi, Mumbai airports August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan to step up vigilance for possible Ebola virus affected patients landing at Delhi and Mumbai airports; the only two airports in the country that receive direct flights from Africa. He has...
  • Bring more retail investors to market: Jaitley to Sebi August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Pitching for greater transparency in rule-making and other functions of regulators, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday asked Sebi to work towards attracting more retail investors to the capital markets. Addressing the board of the capital markets regulator, Jaitley also asked Sebi to consider new measures to address issues...
  • Shah Rukh Khan celebrates Raksha Bandhan with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, tweets a photo of his rakhi August 11, 2014

    Whether it is Diwali, Eid or Rakshabandhan, star Shah Rukh Khan invariably takes to Twitter to extend his wishes to his fans. And on the eve of Rakshabandhan, SRK tweeted a photo of a Rakhi which was tied to him by Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee. "Happy RAKHI to everyone. Mine...
  • BJP slams JD(U) minister for making fun of Sushma Swaraj August 8, 2014

    A day after a senior JD(U) minister ridiculed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for saying that flood situation had been averted in Bihar due to the initiative of the Centre, the BJP on Friday hit back at him for trivializing the union government's efforts to prevent largescale destruction due to discharge...
  • Government to soon notify minimum Rs 1,000 monthly pension under EPS August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Government will soon issue a notification to implement the Budget proposal of increasing the minimum monthly pension under the EPS-95 scheme to Rs 1,000, Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. "My ministry has cleared the proposal and a notification will be issued soon," he said, responding to issues raised...
  • Government plans to decriminalise attempt to commit suicide August 5, 2014

    New Delhi:The Home Ministry is in the process of effacing Section 309 of IPC, under which anyone attempting to commit suicide is punishable with a jail term of upto one year and fine, and discussions in this effect are on. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in Lok Sabha...
  • Protesting aspirants reject Centre's plan, want UPSC CSAT scrapped August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the Centre on Monday came up with the proposal that marks of English language skills in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Aptitude Test should not be included in merit in a bid to defuse the protest, a section of the agitating aspirants rejected the...
  • Government's health policy will lay emphasis on Ayurveda: Harsh Vardhan August 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the government would work towards enhancing Ayurveda's global acceptance as evidence-based medicine. Speaking to reporters at Haridwar after laying foundation stone of a Global Museum of Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine at yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Yoga...
  • Contribution of all communities must for progress, says Akhilesh Yadav August 2, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that contribution of every religious community was essential in the development of the state. During a meeting with the delegation of UP Sikh Gurudrawa Prabandhak Committee, Akhilesh said that the state government was committed to ensure justice and security to all. The delegation...
  • Tour operators fight before Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik in Varanasi August 2, 2014

    A brawl broke out at a hotel in Varanasi on Saturday between tour operators from New Delhi and a local group in the presence of Union Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik. The incident took place at Hotel Rivatas in the temple town over some concessions and other issues being demanded by...
  • MBBS seats: Harsh Vardhan comes down hard on Medical Council of India August 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has come down hard on the Medical Council of India for "punishing" MBBS aspirants instead of medical colleges for not complying with rules, which, he said, has ended up reducing the number of seats and harming career of many students. Vardhan, who had earlier charged...
  • Natwar Singh attacks Manmohan Singh in his book August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh's reign as Prime Minister has been severely criticised by his former ministerial colleague Natwar Singh, who says he leaves no legacy after being in power for 10 years. Singh, who was External Affairs Minister under Manmohan Singh, says the MEA was "demoralised" since it was run...
  • Government hints at delay in bringing judicial accountability bill August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: A proposal which seeks to change the present system of investigating complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of the Supreme Court and high courts requires "further consideration", the government said on Friday, indicating that a bill in this regard may not come in the immediate future. Referring to...
  • Congress terms Natwar Singh's claims on Sonia, Rahul a publicity stunt July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Soon after former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh claimed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi declined to become Prime Minister in May 2004 because of strong opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has rubbished the remarks. "He is a senior leader, he has worked in the organisation....
  • ED attaches RS 100 crore worth assets of former Jharkhand Minister July 28, 2014

    The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached properties estimated worth is Rs 100 crore of former Jharkhand Minister Anosh Ekka in connection with its money laundering probe against him based on a disproportionate assets complaint. Ekka, a former Rural Development Minister in Chief Minister Madhu Koda's cabinet, has been under the scanner...
  • Bihar: Motorcade carrying Chhattisgarh minister meets with an accident July 28, 2014

    Aurangabad (Bihar): A motorcade carrying Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ram Sewak Paikra and his supporters met with an accident near Aurangabad. The minister himself is unharmed but over a dozen of his supporters travelling along with him have been grievously injured. The injured are being treated at Aurangabad Sadar hospital. The...
  • Venkaiah Naidu pays a surprise visit to his ministry; finds officials missing July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday made a surprise visit to Nirman Bhawan and found that several officials from the Central Public Works Department were not present at the ministry. Naidu has issued a stern warning to all the missing officials. Naidu also noted that personnel at...
  • Jaitley to meet heads of PSU banks on Thursday July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to hold his first meeting with all the heads of the public sector banks on July 31 and is expected to impress upon them the need to lower interest rates for boosting growth. "The Finance Minister would be meeting heads of banks on...
  • Rape crisis centres soon; Finance Ministry approves Maneka's proposal July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has given its nod to the setting up of rape crisis centres in all the districts, as proposed by the Ministry of Women & Children Development. Formal approval of the Union Cabinet is likely to be taken up on Monday. Women * Children Development Minister Maneka...
  • Saharanpur violence appears pre-planned: Union Minister Kalraj Mishra July 27, 2014

    Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Sunday said it appeared Saharanpur clashes were pre-planned and asked political parties not to politicise the issue. "The manner in which members of a particular community attacked those, who were protesting against forced grabbing of land, is indicative of a serious conspiracy," he said. "The Saharanpur incident...