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  • Prime Minister's Office among top 'rejectors' of RTI applications during 2013-14: CIC Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office is among the top public authorities to have rejected the maximum number of RTI applications received by them during 2013-14, according to an annual CIC report released on Wednesday. The top slot in the list is taken by Ministry of Corporate Affairs which has rejected...
  • Ali Fazal replaces Arjun Rampal in Soni Razdan's 'Love Affair' 3 days ago

    Mumbai: Actor Ali Fazal has been roped in to replace Arjun Kapoor in Soni Razdan's directorial venture 'Love Affair'. The film also stars Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah and Monica Dogra. Confirming the news Ali said, "Yes I have been approached for the part in what I call the wee hours of...
  • Rift in AAP reaches breaking point; failure of the third alternative? 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The expected has happened. The virtual split of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is now in the public domain. Two founding members of the AAP and the top advisors of its chief Arvind Kejriwal have expressed their resentment over what is happening within the party which is still...
  • Yogendra Yadav, Bhushan pitch for 'new blood' in AAP Political Affairs Committee 3 days ago

    New Delhi: A strong pitch to reconstitute the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) bringing in "new blood" and more "transparency" was made by senior AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav when a three-member panel met the two to defuse the simmering crisis in the party. Bhushan is also said...
  • Nagpur: Man cancels marriage on receiving SMSes about bride's affair 5 days ago

    Nagpur: A police complaint has been filed against a man for calling off his wedding at the last minute in Nagpur after receiving SMSes about his fiancee's past love affair, police said on Friday. Embarrassed by the sudden turn of events, the woman's family, which hails from Nagpur, filed a complaint...
  • All-party meeting sees moments of bonhomie before Budget session February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Despite differences between the government and the Opposition on a number of issues, the all-party meeting called on Sunday by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu ahead of the Budget session beginning on Monday had its own share of lighter moments and bonhomie. When leaders from all parties gathered for...
  • Indian sets Guinness Yoga record in Hong Kong February 15, 2015

    Hong Kong: A 29-year-old Indian yoga teacher in Hong Kong on Sunday set a Guinness World Record for performing Yoga continuously for 40 hours non-stop, demonstrating more than 1,500 'asanas'. Yogaraj CP, a yoga instructor based here, broke the record for the 'Longest Yoga Marathon (Male)' by performing continuously for three...
  • Centre appoints new Home Secretary after sacking Goswami for interfering in Saradha scam probe February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Centre on Wednesday night appointed 1979 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer LC Goyal as new Union Home Secretary after sacking his predecessor Anil Goswami for his alleged interference in Saradha scam probe. The 60-year-old Goyal is presently serving as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Rural Development and has...
  • Saradha scam: Centre sacks Home Secretary Anil Goswami for stalling Congress leader's arrest February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami has been sacked for trying to interfere in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam probe and stopping the arrest of a senior Congress leader. He was sacked by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday night. Goswami has been named by the Central Bureau of...
  • Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar is new Foreign Secretary, replaces Sujatha Singh January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major shakeup in the External Affairs Ministry, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday appointed India's Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar, as the new Foreign secretary. He replaces Sujatha Singh. The major change comes just a day after US President Barack Obama left the country after a...
  • Pakistan opposes US support for India's bid to UN Security Council January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: A day after US President Barack Obama assured that they will push for India's permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council, Pakistan has opposed the bid. Pakistan's Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said US support for India's permanent seat in the UNSC...
  • CCPA to announce the dates for the budget session today January 21, 2015

    New Delhi: The Cabinet committee on Political Affairs will meet on Wednesday to announce the dates for the budget session. According to sources, the session is likely from Febuary 23. With President Pranab Mukherjee voicing his objection to the 'Ordinance route', the government is planning to introduce the recent ordinances...
  • Brooklyn Beckham models for Polish fashion label January 14, 2015

    London: Brooklyn Beckham, son of former footballer David Beckham and singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, has starred in his first modelling campaign for Polish fashion label Reserved. The 15-year-old, who made his modelling debut last April when he appeared in Man About Town magazine, shared a sneak peak of the shoot on...
  • 'The Affair' wins Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Series January 12, 2015

    Beverly Hills: 'The Affair' has won the Golden Globe for best TV drama series. The Showtime drama looks at the ripple effects of an extramarital affair between a married novelist and a waitress. It stars Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. The other nominees Sunday were: 'Downton Abbey', 'Game of Thrones', 'The Good...
  • Film director Rosi, who explored Italy's dark side, dies at 92 January 11, 2015

    Rome: Francesco Rosi, an Italian director whose gritty films offered a socially charged look into the country's underworld of crime and corruption, died on Saturday at age 92, officials said. Rosi was born and raised in a middle-class home in Naples, a city long infested by mafia and graft, and later...
  • Selena Gomez: It's tough to convince people that I'm right for certain films January 11, 2015

    Los Angeles: Singer Selena Gomez says the mistakes she has made in her life so far have taught her a lot about herself and the people around her. The 22-year-old pop-star experienced many ups and downs in 2014 -- splitting and getting back together with Justin Bieber -- on several occasions...
  • External Affairs Ministry strips Devyani Khobragade off her duties over vigilance case against her December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In yet another trouble for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the External Affairs Ministry has stripped her of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division of the MEA. She has been placed under a compulsory wait. Sources in the MEA said that the action taken against Khobragade...
  • Australia's foreign affairs department evacuated over suspicious package: police December 16, 2014

    Sydney: Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen, police said. Australia is on high alert after heavily armed police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being held...
  • Is Robbie Williams thinking of quitting music? December 10, 2014

    London: Singer Robbie Williams says he will give up his music career to become a mechanic. The 40-year-old pop star said he has grown tired of making music now and wants to have a "proper job", reported Contactmusic. "To be quite honest with you I'm getting a little bit bored of...
  • West Bengal: Man slashes daughter's tongue over love affair December 6, 2014

    Canning: A man allegedly slashed his teenage daughter's tongue after trying to strangulate her as a punishment for having an affair with a boy despite his disapproval, police said on Saturday. The incident occurred at Adharmanik village under Dholahat police station in in South 24 Parganas district where the class...
  • Odisha: College student kills classmate over love affair November 19, 2014

    Cuttack: A 20-year-old college student was arrested by Cuttack city police on Wednesday for allegedly killing his classmate and throwing his body into river water over a triangular love affair. Police said that they arrested Amulya Sahoo (20), a student of Stewart Science College and a...
  • India third largest passport issuing country, China at the top: Sushma Swaraj November 14, 2014

    Shillong: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that India is the third largest passport issuing country after China and the US. "India accounts for 14 per cent of passport issuance and is the third largest passport issuing country after China and the US, with over 5.7 crore passports...
  • We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen: Syed Akbaruddin October 30, 2014

    Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We have been following this case for some time now. We aim to pursue this case at the high court level. We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen." ...
  • Second transfer for Arvind Mayaram in a fortnight, now goes to Minority Affairs October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday transferred Arvind Mayaram again. In the second transfer to Mayaram in a fortnight, he is now made Secretary of Minority Affairs. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved cancellation of order of appointment of Mayaram, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan...
  • Modi government replaces Arvind Mayaram with Rajiv Mehrishi as Economic Affairs Secretary October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday replaced Arvind Mayaram as Economic Affairs Secretary with Rajiv Mehrishi. In orders issued on Wednesday, Mayaram, a 1978-batch IAS officer belonging to Rajasthan cadre, was made the Tourism Secretary in place of Parvez Dewan on his retirement at month end. In his place,...
  • Home Ministry asked to administer Emblems Act October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Consumer Affairs Ministry has asked the Home Ministry to take over the complete administration of a law that aims to prevent improper use of certain emblems and names for professional and commercial purposes. The Emblems and Names Act (Prevention of Improper Use)...
  • India siding with US against China can be disastrous: Natwar Singh September 25, 2014

    Jaipur: A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on his maiden visit to the United States, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh said that India should not unite with the US against China as it could be "disastrous". "The era of superpower has gone. America is not the only...
  • Sushma Swaraj arrives in Afghanistan to improve strategic ties September 10, 2014

    Kabul: Seeking to enhance strategic cooperation and help Afghanistan deal with key challenges of security and stability, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived on Wednesday on a crucial visit as the trouble torn country approaches the first democratic transition of power after fall of the Taliban in 2001. Swaraj's visit also...
  • AlQaeda India wing: IB issues alert in all states as sources say video appears authentic September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau has issued an allIndia alert saying that the video, in which alQaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his terrorist group, is authentic, say sources. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the video which the government says...
  • Appointing Sathasivam as Kerala Governor will lead to political interference in judiciary: ExCJI VN Khare September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam's name has been finalised for the post of Kerala Governor, which has led to a new controversy. Both the political and the legal fraternity have slammed the government's move calling it a bad precedent. Voicing his objection, former Chief Justice of India...